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Bay Area Dumps on the Valley

Ask any chief of police. If he’s honest with you, he’ll tell you most violent crime occurs in poor neighborhoods. He will NOT tell you that poor people are criminals any more than rich people. However, violent criminals tend to live in poor neighborhoods for economic reasons. Criminals may become violent when they think they […]

Wood Colony: Déjà vu Reality Check for Local Economy

For over 30 years, various political groups and private citizens have worked for the preservation of farm land for future generations. With the current proposal by the City of Modesto to appropriate Wood Colony for an industrial park, now is a good time to look at the big picture of Stanislaus County’s economic development. The Economic Goal of Urban Developers The primary […]

Marsh and Kieta: First Year Reviews

Roughly a year ago, Garrad Marsh and Joe Kieta took the helms of two of our most cherished institutions, the City itself and the City’s only newspaper. Faced with similar challenges in the form of falling revenue, reduced staffs, and a struggling economy, Marsh and Kieta have had only a year to turn things around. […]

Around the Valley

Harder delivers $963,000 for Stockton public safety Congressman Josh Harder (D-CA-9) has garnered $963,000 for the Stockton Police Department. The money will go to the department’s Public Safety Program. With staff shortages threatening officer safety and timely responses to calls, the Stockton Police Department will apply new technology, including advanced license plate readers, to enhance […]

Bruce Frohman on Caltrans' Failure to Maintain Modesto Toxic Waste Site

Several months ago, former Modesto City Councilman Bruce Frohman became concerned about toxic waste piles in west Modesto. Frohman’s persistent questioning of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and Caltrans revealed Caltrans has failed to properly maintain the site. Here is Bruce Frohman’s insider report. A toxic waste site exists within the right of way […]