News & Notes

Web site promotes City Hall reform plan

Supporters of a Modesto City Hall reform measure have unveiled a Web site to promote their campaign, www.mformodesto.com. Measure M is set to appear on the Feb. 5 ballot. It is designed to make city government more accountable to voters by giving the City Council more authority over budget planning, establishing an independent auditor and instituting several other adjustments to Modesto's charter.

Tougher dog rules go to city committee

Owners of dogs believed to be vicious could face misdemeanor penalties under a revised proposal scheduled to appear today before the Modesto City Council's Safety and Communities Committee. Modesto's municipal code lumps serious pet-related violations, such as dog bites, with lighter charges, such as not having a dog license. Both are subject to $100 citations. The proposal would make it easier to arrest people suspected of being reckless pet owners or to seize their animals. The committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2005 of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.

Library group to hold a benefit book sale

Friends of the Turlock Public Library will be holding its winter book sale at the end of January. All proceeds will benefit the library. The sale will be at First United Methodist Church, 1660 Arbor Way, at East Main Street and Berkeley Avenue. The public sale will be Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A "Members Only Night" will be held Jan. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. Individuals can purchase a membership at the door for $10. Most books will sell for $1 or less. In addition to books, there will be videos, DVDs, books-on-tape and records. Book sets will be sold to the highest bidder.

Dumpster-diving ban on council's agenda

People caught digging through garbage cans could face a $500 fine and time in jail if the Modesto City Council on Tuesday passes a proposal to ban Dumpster-diving. Police had a hand in writing the ordinance, which they say would give officers the authority to search Dumpster-divers for signs of attempting to commit identity theft. Page B-3


50 YEARS AGO: A policy approved by the Modesto Board of Education required that everyone working full time for Modesto City Schools would have to be fingerprinted. Teachers already had been fingerprinted, but the new policy required fingerprints of all classified employees. Originally, the administration had recommended that male classified employees be fingerprinted, but the board saw no reason to exclude female workers.

25 YEARS AGO: Kirsten Johnson scored a pair of goals and Tobi Palombi added one as the Davis High girls soccer team edged Beyer 3-2 to keep its two-year unbeaten streak.