Community Briefing

COMMITTEE MEETS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: A 12-member group advising the Modesto City Council on a downtown safety plan will not hold open meetings until it presents recommendations to a council committee. Bob Quintella, the city's deputy parks director and the group's mediator, said, "This one is for the committee so we can get this together and get it written." Five members of the committee are public employees. City Councilman Brad Hawn and Gallo Center for the Arts Director Dave Pier also are on the committee. Of the remaining five, three own restaurants or bars, one is a private businessman and one is a member of the city's Visitors Bureau. The group is adapting a proposal written by the Police Department that could lead to new restrictions on entertainment venues. Members of the committee are scheduled to present a progress update at a council Safety & Communities Committee meeting Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2005 of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.

OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE VACANCY: The city of Merced's Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee has a vacancy for a representative living in the North Police District. The group reviews the spending of the city's half-cent sales tax and advises the City Council on ways to budget the funds. The sales tax is expected to generate up to $160 million over its 20-year life. The money can be used for increased services in public safety, transportation and other vital municipal improvements. A map of the North Police District, Measure C information and applications are available online at www.cityofmerced.org, or at the city clerk's office on the first floor of the Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. Applications must be filed by 5 p.m. on Oct. 17. For more information, call 385-6866.