MODESTO CITY BUDGET HEARINGS….

Participated in today’s City of Modesto Budget hearings for the July 1, 2017 thru June 30, 2018 Fiscal Year for the the City’s $373 million operating budget. We discussed the some possible ideas to bring in more revenue to the city to recover some of the City’s costs for providing such as airport fees, credit card fees, and parking garage fees, etc. I recommended we as a Council take a hard look and seriously consider adopting necessary fee increases to make sure the City of Modesto recovers the cost of providing those City services, especially if we’ve been historically losing money as a City because we have not been charging enough to recover the City’s cost of providing those City services.
We concluded the budget hearings today and the next step will be for City staff to bring the full budget proposal with recommendations before the City Council for discussion and adoption.

SEE THE BUDGET HEARING LIVE ONLINE AT: http://www.modestogov.com/CivicMedia

SEE THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018 CITY BUDGET AT: http://www.modestogov.com/Archive.aspx?AMID=45

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AT TONIGHT’S MODESTO CITY COUNCIL MEETING…

– ADVOCATING FOR WEST MODESTO COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FUNDING: Several community leaders and King Kennedy Memorial Center Board members spoke during public comment to urge the City Council to help speed up the long overdue funding for community cultural events such as Juneteenth, and for repairs to broken doors and a digital marquee for the King Kennedy Memorial Center center in West Modesto. I’m proud to share that the Mayor and several councilmembers expressed support for quickly resolving these issues and will be meeting with them soon to find solutions. GREAT WORK & UNITY COMMUNITY LEADERS!
 
– DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH: City Council presented at City Proclamation declaring June 2017 “Disability Awareness Month.”
 
– MODESTO HISTORIC CRUISE ROUTE: City Council received an energetic presentation by Chris Murphy with an update of the Modesto Historic Cruise Route and the 2017 Walk of Fame inductees.
 
– EASING OUTDOOR WATER USE FROM 2 TO 3 DAYS PER WEEK: City Council approved City Outdoor Water Use Regulations for June through October 2017 from two days to three days for water customers served by the Modesto sub-basin groundwater supply or surface water.
 
SEE THE COUNCIL MEETINGS ONLINE AT: http://www.modestogov.com/CivicMedia?CID=City-Council-Meeting-Webcast-11
 
SEE THE FULL MODESTO CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT: http://atg.modestogov.com/sirepubcouncil/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1076&doctype=AGENDA

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MODESTO CITY BUDGET HEARINGS….

Participating in today’s City of Modesto Budget hearings for the July 1, 2017 thru June 30, 2018 Fiscal Year for the the City’s $373 million operating budget which includes:
– General Fund ($122 million)
– Water Fund ($64 million)
– Wastewater Fund ($61 million)
– Other Funds ($126 million)
SEE ATTACHED PRESENTATION SLIDES OF BUDGET OVERVIEW!
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e in now to watch online if you can! (SEE LINK BELOW)

 
Next budget hearings are scheduled at Modesto City Council Chambers as follows:
9AM Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (if needed)
1pm Thursday, May 25, 2017 (if needed)
9am Friday, May 26, 2017 (if needed)
 
SEE THE BUDGET HEARING LIVE ONLINE AT: http://www.modestogov.com/CivicMedia?CID=City-Council-Meeting-Webcast-11
 
SEE THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018 CITY BUDGET AT: http://www.modestogov.com/Archive.aspx?AMID=45

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FLAG RAISING CEREMONY FOR MODDSTO POLICE OFFICER LEO VOLK

Attended the flag raising ceremony today for Modesto Police Officer Leo Volk who died in the line of duty on Monday, May 21, 1973.

Learn more about Officer Volk at http://www.odmp.org/officer/13687-police-officer-leo-robert-bobby-volk-jr

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GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR VALLEY CHILDREN’S SPECIALTY CARE CENTER IN NORTH MODESTO

Proud to have represented our City of Modesto this morning as I provided welcoming remarks to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Valley Children’s Specialty Care Center in North Modesto! Modesto area families will now have children’s health specialists, doctors, and surgeons to provide needed healthcare for their children here in Modesto instead of having to go to Madera or the Bay Area! Special thank you to special guest Oakland Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr for speaking today and all his family’s generous support of Valley Children’s hospital!! 

Also, this Valley Children’s project will provide over 300 skilled construction jobs during the building phase and over 30 healthcare jobs once doors open in late 2018! Yet another medical care facility that is making Modesto a medical care mecca demonstrating once again that MODESTO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! 
Like Valley Children’s Medical Group at https://www.facebook.com/valleychildrens/

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SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES IN DOWNTOWN MODESTO: TRESETTI’S WORLD CAFE

Had a lunch meeting yesterday at Tresetti’s in downtown Modesto with a couple of local business owners to discuss bringing a new business to downtown Modesto. Tresetti’s gumbo is always great! Come check them out for lunch or dinner, open late til 2am!

LOCATION & INFO:

927 11th Street

Modesto, CA 95354

209-572-2990

Open 11am-2am Mon-Sat
Like Tresetti’s world cafe at: https://www.facebook.com/tresettis/

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CENTRAL VALLEY HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAY MIXER IN WEST MODESTO AT GUAYABITOS RESTAURANT

Had a great time yesterday afternoon at the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s May Mixer!
Lots of local small business folks, lots of networking. 
LIke Guayabitos Restaurant at https://www.facebook.com/guayabitosRestaurante/

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MEETING WITH MODESTO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND SOUTH MODESTO BUSINESSES UNITED (SMBU)

Helped coordinate a meeting yesterday between our Modesto Police Department and local small business owners from South Modesto to address local crime concerns and discuss upcoming community events. Productive meeting, increased communication, and lots of future collaboration! Thank you Modesto Police Department & SMBU!

Like SMBU at https://www.facebook.com/South-Modesto-Businesses-United-SMBU-170343076318912/

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TOUR OF STANISLAUS REGIONAL 911 CALL CENTER & OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES IN MODESTO 

Toured our local 911 call center in north Modesto this afternoon and learned about our local coordinated efforts in case of an emergency or disaster. 
Huge thank you to our dedicated, hard-working 911 call dispatchers and emergency services staff for all they do day in and day out.
Like our 911 Center at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stanislaus-County-Fire-Warden-Office-of-Emergency-Services/870398296407094

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FOLLOWUP MEETING IN WEST MODESTO NEIGHBORHOOD WITH POLICE & CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER TO DISCUSS SPEEDING TRAFFIC & CRIME ISSUES

Held a followup yesterday evening with neighbors, police, & a city traffic engineer to hear concerns regarding speeding cars on a 25 mile per hour street in West Modesto & learn how to start a new Neighborhood Watch. Traffic engineer provided update on which street edge lines that’ll be painted, more speed limit signs, and speed survey for possible stop sign. A Neighborhood Watch was formed and co-captains were chosen among the neighbors. Several neighbors even brought homemade food to share and they felt their questions were answered. Huge thank you again to the Neighborhood leaders for organizing this meeting and to Modesto police and city traffic engineer for attending and educating neighbors. MODESTO IS A CITY OF GREAT NEIGHBORS!

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