VOLUNTEERING REPAINTING AT FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN WEST MODESTO FOR COMCAST CARES DAY

Volunteered last Saturday morning painting school blacktop lines, basketball poles, and an educational USA color map on blacktop and also spoke a bit to thank volunteers at Comcast Cares Day #ccday at Franklin Elementary School in West Modesto. Huge thank you to all the local Comcast employees, teachers, school staff, students, parents and community volunteers who came to help beautify our local school!
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4th ANNUAL STANISLAUS ASIAN AMERICAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN SOUTH MODESTO

Spoke briefly and represented the City of Modesto presenting City Certificate of Recognition to the planning committee of the 4th Annual Youth Leadership Conference of the Stanislaus Asian American Community Resource (SAACR) last Thursday in South Modesto. Over 100 local high school students in attendance participating in career workshops! Huge thank you to the generous conference sponsors, speakers, and dedicated volunteers! Learn more about the SAACR at
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stanislaus-Asian-American-Community-Resource/314052575324362

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REPAINTING COMPLETED FOR PARKING LOT OF COMMUNITY CENTER & NEIGHBORHOOD PARK IN WEST MODESTO 

Huge thank you to the City of Modesto Public Works crews for quickly responding to my request to repaint this parking lot whose lines were so faded they weren’t visible anymore, at the King Kennedy Memorial Center in West Modesto. Thank you also to King Kennedy Memorial Center Board member George Russell for bringing this overdue repainting to my attention!

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LEGISLATIVE ACTION DAY WITH LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES IN SACRAMENTO

Represented the City of Modesto last Wednesday at the League of Cities Legislative Action Day. Governor Jerry Brown spoke to us and thanked city leaders for their help in passing the transportation bill and we held meetings with our state legislators to advocate for legislation that protects local government and helps meet our local needs such as housing, crime reduction, and transportation. I also urged our legislators for more funding for flood victims and for quiet zones at railroad crossings in downtown Modesto.

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STANISLAUS VETERANS CENTER GRAND OPENING

Huge thank you to the Stanislaus Veterans Foundation board members and volunteers for all their hard work in making last Friday’s grand opening a huge success! Thank you today, and every day, to our veterans in all branches of the military for their service to our country!

For more info visit www.veteranservices.info
Address:

3500 Coffee Rd. Suite 19

Modesto, CA 95354

Phone: (209) 558-7380

Mon – Fri: 8am – 4:30pm

Closed Weekends & Holidays

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LAO NEW YEAR CELEBRATION IN STANISLAUS COUNTY

Had the honor to be invited and speak briefly at the Lao New Year celebration yesterday in Ceres! Lao New Year is known as Pii Mai in the Laotian language. This is always a huge, fun, dancing-filled, family oriented cultural celebration in our community! The food is wonderful, and for the first time I tried a new Lao rice dish called khao lam (or Kralan) made of sticky rice with red beans, sugar, grated coconut and coconut milk roasted in specially-prepared bamboo sections of different diameters and lengths. See the attached photo. Come check out the celebration, it is still going on today Sunday at the Lao Buddhist Temple, 3819 Service Rd, Ceres, CA 95307!
Special thank you to Keo Silim & Tiffany Huyen Luu for the kind invitation and hospitality!

Learn more about Pii Mai at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songkran_(Lao)

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19th ANNUAL AMERICAN GI FORUM BLACK & WHITE BALL FUNDRAISER IN DOWNTOWN MODESTO

Had a great time last night supporting the Annual Black & White ball for the American GI Forum Stanislaus Chapter student scholarship. Congratulations to our local American GI Forum Commander Steve Fimbrez and the newly installed officers on another sold out Black & White ball!
Like the American GI Forum at https://www.facebook.com/American.GI.Forum.Stanislaus.Chapter/

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MODESTO EARTH DAY & CITY COUNCIL IN THE PARK

Met many Modesto residents today at our Modesto City Council in the Park & Earth Day at Graceada Park and spoke to them about our GoModesto! smartphone app to report issues online. Many of them were so happy to know they could report issues with a picture on their phone like tagging (graffiti), abandoned shopping carts or cars, and illegally dumped trash.
You can download the GoModesto! app for iPhone at: https://appsto.re/us/ic2qcb.i & for Android at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.publicstuff.modesto_ca

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DONATING BLOOD AT KNIGHTS OF THE SHIELD 209 CHAPTER BLOOD DRIVE IN MODESTO

Stopped by to donated club this morning at the local Oakland Raiders booster club’s (Knights of the Shield 209 Chapter) blood drive at Jacks Pizza, 2001 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA. Come over and donate blood today, they’re here 10am-3pm today.
Like Knights of the Shield to learn about their upcoming community service events: https://www.facebook.com/knightsoftheshield209/

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WEST MODESTO NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING TO EXPLORE SMALL PARK OPTIONS FOR EMPTY CITY LOT & TO START THE PARADISE ROAD/WEST MODESTO NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Great meeting last Thursday in West Modesto hosted at the home of neighborhood leader Catania Galvan and co-coordinated by leaders from Alas Latinas/Latin Wings, City of Modesto parks staff & police staff! We looked at different sketches of small “pocket parks” in other cities and neighbors chose their preferred concepts, and we established the Paradise Road/West Modesto Neighborhood Watch! This neighborhood is becoming organized and starting to look out for each other. Huge thank you to all volunteers/organizations who have helped every step of the way including our hardworking interns for making reminder phone calls! More great things to come, stay tuned….

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