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California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks (State Parks) has unveiled its specialized vehicle license plate "ParksPLATE”.

The design of the plate features California’s official tree, the California redwood. Proceeds from the sale and annual renewal of the plate will provide an ongoing funding source for the restoration and preservation of state parks across California.

State Parks officials unveiled the specialized plate at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park where some of the most extensive restorations since a major reconstruction effort in the 1890s are currently underway. Plate sales will support restoration projects like this one and help the department restore and preserve California’s state park system.

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Modesto police search for 3 robbery suspects


Modesto police need help identifying three suspects who robbed a store Tuesday night.

According to the department's spokesperson Heather Graves, the robbery happened at Sam's Corner Market on Lucern Avenue.

No description of the suspects were provided by police, but the Modesto Police Department did tweet out surveillance video of the robbery in hopes that the suspects might be recognized.

If anyone has information on the robbery contact Modest police at (209) 577-5200

Retail rebounds in Central Valley

Retail rebounds in Central Valley

Signs of recovery in the Central Valley’s retail market were everywhere in 2015.

Shopping centers expanded. Vacancy rates were down. Retail employment went up.

“2015 has been the best year for retail in the past six years,” said John Godi, president and CEO of Stone Bros. Management, which manages Sherwood Mall and Stonecreek Village in Stockton.

Retail centers expect the good times to roll through the all-important holiday shopping season.

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will increase 3.7 percent in November and December to $630.5 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent.

“We prepare year-round for the holiday season which is our Super Bowl,” said Vintage Faire Mall’s marketing manager Annie Amies. “We think people in Modesto and Stanislaus County will be out shopping in full force in what we anticipate will be a positive holiday season.”... Read More

Modesto mayor candidates headed to runoff election

Modesto mayor candidates headed to runoff election

MODESTO — Modesto will hold a runoff election to choose its new mayor.

Garrad Marsh and Ted Brandvold will face each other Feb. 2.

To win outright, a candidate for mayor needed to receive at least 50 percent of the vote. Marsh got 39 percent; Brandvold, 30 percent.

Measure G

Modesto’s sales tax increase got a thumbs down from voters. Measure G, which would have  raised the city’s sales tax by a half percentage point failed with 56 percent no votes to 44 percent yes.

City leaders said the tax increase was necessary to pay for public safety, including more police officers and fire fighters. Opponents were concerned that the tax money would go to the general fund with no guarantee it would only pay for public safety.

Measure I

Measure I, which sought to restrict urban growth squeaked by with voters with the thinnest of margins — just 83 votes, 6,355 yes to 6,272 no... Read More

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Two people shot in Modesto, one transported to hospital

Two people were shot in Modesto Tuesday night. One victim was transported to the hospital with injuries believed to be critical, another person was treated with non life-threatening wounds, according to Modesto police.

Modesto police spokesperson Ivan Valencia said the shooting happened before 9 p.m. in the 300 block of Rachelle Circle. Valencia said that several people had congregated in front of a home before two shots rang out.

Two were were hit and two to three people were seen leaving the area on foot. There were no description of the suspects, according to Valencia.

This is a developing story, check back for more information.

Is Proposition 47 to blame for Modesto's high murder rate?


An unfortunate record has been set in Modesto, after another violent weekend. The city has experienced 26 homicides, that's two more than the previous high in 2012 and the year isn't over.

Law enforcement isn't just dealing with a high number of killings, law enforcement predicted something like this would happen.

About half of Modesto's killings are linked to gangs and drugs, a large number are linked to domestic problems.

A few are being linked, by police chief Galen Carroll, to Proposition 47.

"Just a quick look...three of our homicides...the suspect and victim were early releases from prison," said Carroll.

It’s Over. Say Goodbye. Get out and MOVE

It’s Over. Say Goodbye. Get out and MOVE

You heard me. Put it down. You don’t need that last Milky Way. No seriously, you don’t. Will one more kill you? No. But you don’t need it. Step away. Throw it away. Like deep down in the trash so you aren’t tempted to dig it out later in a moment of weakness. Is it in there? Deep down? Good. Now get out of the house and go for a walk. Crisis adverted.

You’re welcome.

I think we can officially welcome Autumn at this point since it doesn’t appear it will hit 90 degrees again in the coming weeks. So welcome beautiful cool, crisp, air. Bright, deep, gorgeous fall colors, and every holiday that center’s around eating. We here at Mama Bootcamp welcome you with open arms. (notice I did not say open mouths?) but open arms yes, because it is the most wonderful time of the year!