FLY-IN AT MODESTO AIRPORT WELCOMING GREAT LAKES AIRLINES TO MODESTO

Great turnout at yesterday’s event where I spoke briefly to represent our City of Modesto at today’s fly-in event to welcome Great Lakes Airlines. I lead a community chant urging the airline to CHOOSE MODESTO, CHOOSE MODESTO! 
Join me in liking Great Lakes Airlines Facebook page to show our community support: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Lakes-Airlines/109308849095438

Great job Opp Stan (Opportunity Stanislaus) on organizing today’s event!


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SOUTH MODESTO COMMUNITY MEETING FOR FAIRVIEW PARK IMPROVEMENTS

Great turn out Thursday night by neighbors and community stakeholders regarding the future of Fairview Park in South Modesto!

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STATE BUDGET AND KEY ISSUES BRIEFING IN SACRAMENTO

Represented the City of Modesto this Thursday morning in Sacramento at a League of California Cities briefing on state budget and key issues facing Cities across California. See attached slides for more information on the League’s 2017 legislative and budget priorities for California Cities.

Tony Madrigal

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INCREASING ART IN PUBLIC PLACES IN MODESTO

Participated in the City of Modesto Culture Commission meeting today to share my ideas on ways we can increase art in public places in Modesto, such as:
– Develop a Modesto Murals Master plan to identify all the potential sites for a mural throughout our downtown 

– Establish a City Adopt-a-Tree program where businesses/individuals can adopt a tree downtown to the sponsor wrapping the tree with decorative lighting

– Establish a City Adopt-a-Sidewalk we are businesses/individuals can adopt a square of sidewalks space to sponsor installation of art in the sidewalk

– Repaint the City of Modesto water tower as peach, tomato, almond, globe or other creative artistic ideas, possibilities are endless
There are four vacancies currently on the culture commission. If you are interested in serving, please apply online at: http://www.modestogov.com/FormCenter/Boards-Commissions-8/Boards-Commissions-Committees-Applicatio-49

What ideas do you have to increase art in public spaces in Modesto?

Tony Madrigal

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30TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMEMORATION IN WEST MODESTO

Heard a moving speech this morning by keynote speaker San Francisco 49ers Chaplain Earl Smith & retired San Quentin Prison Chaplain at the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration in west Modesto. 
Also saw moving presentations by local young entrepreneurs, young musicians, dancers, and a moving poem in Spanish by a student enrolled in Spanish immersion school. Dr. King’s vision indeed lives on today!

Tony Madrigal

Tony Madrigal

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KING KENNEDY MEMORIAL CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS 13th ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LEGACY LUNCHEON IN WEST MODESTO

Heard an inspiring story today about the value of diversity and hard work delivered by the luncheon’s keynote speaker Daryn Kumar, CEO of Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. 
Like the King Kennedy Memorial Center Board of Directors at https://m.facebook.com/groups/295870820513979?ref=bookmarks

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AT TONIGHT’S MODESTO CITY COUNCIL MEETING:

– CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO CITY EMPLOYEE FOR EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE:
The Council presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Public Works employee Jeff Tighe for excellent customer service provided when he exemplified honesty when he turned in a purse he found and it was returned to it’s rightful owner intact.
 
– ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF OUR CITY STAFF’S HARD WORK IN PREPARATION FOR RECENT STORM:
I publicly thanked and praised our City of Modesto workers for all they did to distribute sand bags and provided assistance to our neighborhoods to address any flooding in the recent storm.
 
– APPRECIATION OF OUR MODESTO POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR PROVIDING INCREASED PATROLS, SAFETY, ASSISTANCE TO A WEST MODESTO NEIGHBORHOOD BEING THREATENED:
I publicly thanked and praised our City of Modesto Police Department for their help and increased patrols and assistance including placing the Police Department’s armored surveillance vehicle in a West Modesto neighborhood where residents were being physically/verbally threatened by people from outside that neighborhood who were trespassing in an abandoned home.
 
– ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESS PREVENTION EFFORTS:
The Council approved Amendment No. 2 to City of Modesto Program Year 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan to (1) allocate $13,257.50 of uncommitted FY 2016-2017 Emergency Solutions Grant funds for Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention Activities; (2) allocate an additional $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement funds for the Acquisition, Public Facility Improvement, Clearance and Remediation Activities related to the Homeless Access Center; (3) allocate $400,000 in CDBG entitlement funds to establish a Revolving Loan Fund for a Homeowner Sewer and Water connection program; (4) add a Fair Housing activity and allocate up to $10,000 in CDBG entitlement funds. SEE ATTACHED PRESENTATION SLIDES
 
– ACHIEVING GREATER FISCAL STABILITY BY INCREASING THE CITY OF MODESTO EMERGENCY RESERVES FUND:
The Council approved amending the City of Modesto’s General Fund Reserve policy, and increased the Emergency Reserves by $12.8 million for a total of $15.8 million. I commented that this action also goes a long way to restore the community’s trust in the way our City manages its finances and thanked our City staff and leadership for their work to bring our City to this level of financial stability. SEE ATTACHED PRESENTATION SLIDES
 
SEE THE FULL MODESTO CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA AT: http://atg.modestogov.com/sirepubcouncil/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1063&doctype=AGENDA

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HERE’S SOME HANDY INFORMATION FOR STORM-RELATED ISSUES & TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING RAINSTORM

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For life-threatening emergencies or structural damage, dial 9-1-1

· Up to 20 sandbags per household are available free to City of Modesto residents at the City of Modesto Corporation Yard, located at 501 N. Jefferson Street, Modesto, CA. Call 209-342-2244 for more information.
· Stanislaus County residents can call 209-525-4130 for information regarding sand bags.
· To report City tree emergencies, call 209-342-2253.
· To report street flooding, call 209-577-6200.
· To report traffic signal and/or street light outages, call 209-342-2297.
· For clogged storm drains, call 209-577-6200.
· For downed power lines and electrical outages, call MID at 209-526-8222 or 888-997-8222.
Check out the latest City of Modesto news alerts at http://www.modestogov.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=153

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MODESTO HIGH SCHOOL CROSSWALK REPAINTED/RESTORED IN WEST MODESTO & WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY, HEALTHY & ABOVE ALL SAFE NEW YEAR 2017!

Final post of 2016 showing our dedicated City of Modesto work crews repainting & restoring this highly used crosswalk in front of Modesto High School (MoHigh) in West Modesto! Huge thank you to our City of Modesto staff for responding to my request a while back to improve this pedestrian crossing, especially for the safety of our MoHigh students, staff, & faculty.  
Please help us stay on top of needed street improvements in 2017 by quickly reporting them to the City of Modesto by calling (209) 342-2244 to quickly request improvements to streets in the City of Modesto city limits, or download the new GoModesto! smartphone app and take a picture and quickly report it. 

Download the GoModesto! app at:

for iPhone: https://appsto.re/us/ic2qcb.i 

for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.publicstuff.modesto_ca.

Tony Madrigal

Tony Madrigal

Tony Madrigal

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VISITING FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED BUSINESSES IN DOWNTOWN MODESTO: RANCAÑO & RANCAÑO LAW FIRM

Stopped by to visit Rancaño & Rancaño law firm in downtown Modesto yesterday, located in my Modesto City Council District 2 area. 
Rancaño & Rancaño was founded by attorney David Rancaño since 1992 (over 24 years), provides over 30 jobs in Modesto, and specializes in Employment Law, Workers Compensation, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Catastrophic Injuries. I fondly recall during my Modesto Jr. College years watching the Rancaño & Rancaño law firm TV commercials in spanish on our local Univision Channel 19. They even have offices in Sacramento and Stockton too!

Give Rancaño & Rancaño a call or stop by their MODESTO OFFICE:
Rancaño & Rancaño Attorneys at Law 

1300 10th Street

Modesto, CA 95354

209-549-2000

or call 1-800- 755-5557 for a free case evaluation 

www.rancanolaw.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm closed 12pm-1pm for lunch

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