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Forums to discuss mayor, council pay

Have an opinion on how much Modesto's mayor and City Council members should earn? The city is hosting two extra forums for people to air their views on salaries for the city's elected officials. The meetings follow voters' approval of a February ballot measure that gave the mayor more power to set the agenda in City Hall and opened the door for council pay raises. Council members and the mayor earn $800 a month. The meetings will take place Monday at 7 p.m. at the YMCA, 2700 McHenry Ave., and Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Maddux Youth Center, 615 Sierra Drive.

Quail dish draws raves for local chef

Following 28-year-old Los Banos native Ryan Scott's exploits on "Top Chef":

Quickfire Challenge: Create a vegetable plate using three culinary techniques.

Immunity Winner: Dale

Elimination Challenge: Pair up to create a film-inspired dish.

Judging Ryan: Paired with Mark, their "A Christmas Story" quail with cranberry chutney garnered rave reviews.

Chopping Block: Manuel for taking a back seat on unimpressive spring rolls.

On the Net: www.bravotv.com/Top_Chef/season/4

Peephole in door adds to security

Modesto is experiencing a rash of auto thefts and residential and vehicle burglaries, police are reporting. Officials are offering weekly tips to protect your home and vehicles:

Know who is at your door before you open it. A wide-angle viewer of 180 to 190 degrees enables you to identify the visitor without exposing yourself to possible harm.

Public input sought on city general plan

The city of Modesto Planning Commission will hold a public workshop to review the proposed technical update to the general plan and master environmental impact report Monday at 7 p.m. in the City Council chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St. The documents are available for public review; comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 9. Call Cindy van Empel at 577-5267.

Body found near Modesto golf course

Modesto police are investigating what killed a man whose body was found in the brush between the second hole at Dryden Golf Course and the Tuolumne River. Page B-2

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: A storm that dropped more than 2 inches of rain pushed Modesto's season total to 20.92 inches. It was the heaviest downpour in the city's history, flooding homes and businesses and damaging the county's orchard and field crops. -- Karen Aiello

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