News & Notes

FPPC fines PAC for building industry

The California Fair Political Practices Commission on Wednesday fined the Building Industry Association of Central California Political Action Committee and Executive Vice President Stephen D. Madison $5,725 for failing to file several contribution statements in a timely fashion. The industry PAC failed to electronically file three semiannual statements, failed to file a pre-election statement in both paper and electronic form, and failed to electronically file four late contribution reports within 24 hours of making $11,500 in late contributions. Madison said the violation of the electronic semiannual statements was a misunderstanding of the law. The other violations came to light in a subsequent PAC audit of filings.

Celebrate Mexican independence twice

Two Mexican Independence Day celebrations are set this weekend in Modesto.

  • The Crows Landing Road of Stanislaus County Comerciantes Unidos is hosting "El Grito de Independencia de Mexico" (the Shout of Independence for Mexico) from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Plaza Mexico, 1661 Crows Landing Road. Organizers promise live entertainment and food. For more information, call 550-2717 or 303-2664.
  • On Sunday, the city's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department's King-Kennedy Memorial Center and the Inter-Agency Committee will host a celebration from 1 to 6 p.m. at the center in Mellis Park, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive. The free event will feature Stockton's Mariachi los Tapatia, accompanied by Olivia Gonzalez and other performers. New to the event will be a demonstration by horsemen known as charros. Keynote speaker will be Arturo Flores, superintendent of Modesto City Schools. For more information, contact Anne Schultze at 577-5355 or aschultze@modestogov.com.

Resignation leaves commission short

Modesto's Planning Commission has a vacancy following the resignation of Willie McDaniel from the seven-member board. The commission's purview includes annexations, subdivisions and small projects that require variances from city codes. The city also has vacancies on its Citizens Advisory Committee on Recycling, Community Qualities Forum and Board of Zoning Adjustment. The City Council appoints members to each of those commissions. Applicants should contact Esther Puckett at 571-5101 or epuckett@modestogov.com.


75 YEARS AGO: Summer vacation ended for more than 1,600 students who enrolled at Turlock high and elementary schools. Enrollment at the high school reached 650, according to Principal C.F. Perrott, and enrollment at the two elementary schools, Hawthorne Grammar and Lowell School, totaled 1,025 students. -- Karen Aiello