Community Briefing

FRAUD FORUM TODAY: El Concilio will hold a community forum on real estate fraud today at 6 p.m. Deputy District Attorney Marlisa Ferreira and real estate fraud investigator Rich Allen will speak. They will cover reverse mortgages, foreclosures, predatory lending and how to avoid becoming a victim. This free event will be at El Concilio Community Center, 1314 H St. For more information, call Eduardo Morales at 523-2860 or 338-5713.

PARK PACT PAYING OFF: Modesto City Council members this week endorsed a five-year contract they inked in March 2006 to outsource most park maintenance to Grover Landscape Services. Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Director Jim Niskanen said the arrangement, which pays Grover $1.9 million a year, improved service and saved the city about $22,000 it was able to use for other parks projects. Parks Superintendent Steve Lumpkin said the contract also freed city employees to work on pressing, big-picture projects, such as the remodeling of César Chávez Park. The council's Finance Committee signed off on the contract update and praised Grover's work.

KEYES SCHOOLS PLAN FOR FUTURE: Keyes Union School District invites parents, students, staff and community members to a morning of strategic planning on Oct. 6 in the gym at Keyes Elementary School, 5680 Seventh St. The event will begin with breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and will wrap up by noon. Participants will be divided into eight teams. Each group will consider two questions on eight topics: "What is going well in this area?" and "What can we improve?" The topics include: mission, vision, and purpose of the district; curriculum and instruction; personnel; student support services and educational options; facilities and operations; technology; parent-community partnerships; and finance. Call Marilyn Palmer at the District Office at 669-2921 or e-mail mpalmer@keyes.k12.ca.us if you plan to attend.