Patterson says no to pot dispensaries
The Patterson City Council says it doesn't want medical marijuana dispensaries in the West Side community. The council voted Tuesday to adopt an ordinance to ban such businesses. The move came after Patterson's temporary moratorium on dispensaries expired. Police Chief Tyrone Spencer said the permanent ordinance is the best way to deal with the "long-term" possibility of dispensaries opening in the city. The cities of Newman, Riverbank, Turlock and Ceres have passed similar temporary ordinances; Modesto has banned "pot clubs" outright. Patterson's ordinance must pass another vote before becoming law.
Another endangered fish in the delta?
Federal authorities will consider whether to designate another delta fish for protection under the Endangered Species Act after a sharp population decline last year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that it will review the status of the longfin smelt to determine whether it is a threatened or endangered species. The 4-inch-long fish is native to the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta. Last year, it registered its lowest population count in four decades of monitoring. Environmental groups requested a review in August. The longfin's cousin, the delta smelt, has been listed as a threatened species since 1993.
Kids' Day facts
Kids' Day is May 20, with proceeds from the sale of special editions of The Bee going to help The Salvation Army's youth programs in Modesto and Turlock.
The Salvation Army's Red Shield Community Center has an exercise room with weight machines, rowing machines, bicycle machines and other equipment for people of all ages to use. It is a great place for parents to take their children to exercise as a family.
For more information, call The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in Modesto at 538-7111 or the Turlock Corps at 667-6091.
Lock your car doors
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 vehicle from break-ins:
Keep your vehicle's doors locked and windows closed. This is especially relevant for sport utility vehicles.
50 YEARS AGO: Bill Elliott of Modesto High School repeated as the Sac Joaquin sectional diving champion by a wide margin. Elliott's teammate Dan Gates, took third place in the diving competition.
-- Karen Aiello