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Bruce Frohman

Bruce Frohman served on the Modesto City Council from 1999-2003. He believes the best way to build a better community is to have an informed citizenry.

Local Businesses Solve Harvest Dust Problems

For about a month every year, Valley citizens endure large dust clouds during the annual almond harvest. Dust coats cars, sidewalks, homes—everything. Those with allergies correlate their suffering with the dust. Outbreaks of Valley Fever in the southern part of the Valley are believed to be associated with dust carrying fungi. Almond harvesters presently blow […]

Bruce Frohman on Pat Gillum

Pat Gillum is a Certified Public Accountant, has served on the Modesto Planning Commission, the Community Qualities Forum, and has participated in the Lions Service Club for a number of years. She is running for Seat 3 on the Modesto City Council. Opposition to Measure G Ms. Gillum opposes Measure G, the one half percent Modesto […]

Bruce Frohman on Carmen Sabatino

When Carmen Sabatino ran for mayor in 1999, Modesto voters were disenchanted with incumbent Mayor Richard Lang and the city council. Mr. Sabatino presented a compelling case for making a change and was elected in an upset. When he assumed office, he went to work reforming city government, stopping subsidies to residential developers, and eliminating […]

Bruce Frohman Interviews Dave Lopez

Dave Lopez has served for about seven and a half years as a Modesto City Councilman. He will be termed out at the end of 2015. He is running for mayor because he wants to clean up the town, and remove vagrants and litter. He wants to try new methods to clean up the city, […]

Frohman: Yes on G

Bruce Frohman served on the Modesto City Council 1999-2003 This November, Modesto voters will decide whether to raise the sales tax by one half percent. If Measure G passes, taxes will rise only within the city limits. The tax expires in eight years; after that time voters will decide whether to extend the increase or […]

Limit Drone Use in the Valley

Internet giant Amazon is proposing package delivery using drones. As envisioned, the drones would fly day and night. Unfortunately, the more drones are used, the more evident the hazards. In the Valley, he potential for life-threatening accidents is greater than in many other parts of the country. Stanislaus County is a typical Valley county. It […]

Expect Increases in Modesto Water Rates

Between 1999 and 2003, the public works department repeatedly told the Modesto City Council that the city needn’t worry about water supplies for many years. In fact, water managers worried that if we didn’t use more surface water, we could lose water rights by state edict. Yet, Modesto citizens have been on water rationing since […]

Hot Night at Knights Ferry Water Meeting

Thursday, June 25, over two hundred people met at the Community Club in Knights Ferry. Sponsored by the Stanislaus Ground Water Alliance Committee, the purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for large farming operators, the Oakdale Irrigation District (OID), and  elected leaders to respond to questions from local residents about problems caused […]

Union Square Modesto?

Former Modesto Mayor Carol Whiteside has proposed using the block currently occupied by the Stanislaus County courthouse and jail as a park in downtown Modesto. The block is bounded by “I” Street on the north, 12th Street on the east, “H” Street on the south and 11th Street on the west. The park would be modeled on […]

The Target on Matt Beekman’s Back

Valley citizens were outraged by the proposal of six Stanislaus County mayors to remove Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman from the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo).  Important but little known (see “The Developers’ Best Kept Secret”), LAFCo regulates annexation of land to cities and allows the taking of farm land for urban development. Control of LAFCo […]