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Aug 20

Are Neighboring Cities Transporting Homeless to Modesto?

Posted on August 20, 2018 at 5:13 PM by Thomas Reeves

Today, in a joint letter with Stanislaus County CEO Jody Hayes, I sent a letter to the City of Escalon expressing my deep concern about the practice of transporting homeless individuals to the City of Modesto.  We're working hard to help those experiencing homelessness in our community, and we encourage our neighbors to address the same in their communities without compounding the problem for us. 

Based on pictures taken on August 16 of Escalon Police dropping a homeless individual off in Modesto, we started searching for answers.  The result of the review is captured in this letter.

Modesto Stanislaus County Letter to Escalon Page 1
Modesto Stanislaus County Letter to Escalon Page 2

I encourage the citizens of Modesto to watch this closely.  Jody and I will be monitoring this and will update you as we learn more.  Thanks for your support.

Here's a PDF of the letter
Aug 17

Introducing Friday Features

Posted on August 17, 2018 at 10:19 AM by Thomas Reeves

Have you ever used the word stale to describe government?  Old ways of thinking, mundane daily operations, and out-of-date policies and procedures are ways government can bring this reputation upon itself.  Even in this day and age, cities can be slow to update their practices in order to address the service needs of the community.  

“The way we’ve always done it” in the City of Modesto will not, cannot be our mantra as we seek to provide for even the basic community requisites, like quality parks, safe neighborhoods, efficient water supplies, and solid infrastructure.  

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Aug 10

Modesto and the Bay-Delta Plan

Posted on August 10, 2018 at 11:58 AM by Thomas Reeves

The City of Modesto has historically been considered a model of success in maintaining its “water wealth” through the use of reservoir storage and dams. What Modesto residents may not know, however, is our access to water is at risk of being compromised as a result of the proposed amendments to the State’s Bay-Delta Plan.

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