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Modesto Irrigation District Disappointed in Governor's Approval of AB 1027

New legislation takes authority away from local Publicly Owned Utilities and is a lose-lose for electric customers

Sacramento, CA – Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this weekend that will take authority away from local publicly owned utilities (POU) like the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) by limiting their ability to recover costs from additional non-utility related attachments to power poles.

AB 1027 (Buchanan) requires local POUs throughout California to make surplus space and excess capacity on their utility poles and support structures available for use by cable television corporations, video service providers and telephone corporations. The new law dictates the method that POUs must to calculate the fees for pole attachments and also limits the penalty POUs can charge other companies that illegally attach equipment to power poles.

Former astronaut from Stockton to run for Congress

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) -- Space will not be the final frontier for Jose Hernandez.

The former astronaut announced plans on Tuesday to run for Congress in California's newly formed 10th district, which includes Stanislaus County and the southern San Joaquin County. Hernandez made the announcement in Modesto.

The self-described moderate Democrat is a Central Valley native who toiled as a migrant worker as a child then soared over the same fields aboard the International Space Station.

Hernandez, 41, spent a year at NASA headquarters working with members of Congress on space policy issues out of the office of legislative and intergovernmental affairs. That's where the political bug bit him.

Hernandez, who was encouraged to run by President Obama, has never held office. He will run against freshman Republican lawmaker Jeff Denham if no other Democrat files.

Opinion: Assembly Bill 1027 Threatens Local Ratepayers

Opinion: Assembly Bill 1027 Threatens Local Ratepayers

By Allen Short, MID General Manager

As General Manager of the Modesto Irrigation District (MID), I believe our loyal customers should pay rates that directly reflect the costs of the services provided to them.

In such challenging economic times, California’s mandates on publicly owned utility companies like MID must focus on what is in best interests of the consumers and tax payers, not the agenda of special interests. When citizens are faced with increased rate pressures, it is imperative that the outcome results in a clear, justified and identifiable benefit. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

A classic case in point is AB 1027 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, which would significantly increase costs to MID ratepayers.

Rep. Jeff Denham to host town hall about nation's budget

Rep. Jeff Denham to host town hall about nation's budget
MODESTO - Representative Jeff Denham will host a town hall in Modesto on Thursday, Aug. 4. Denham will discuss the recent debt deal reached in Washington, the double-digit unemployment in his area and what he is doing as your representative in Congress to put Californians back to work.The event will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. at Fred C.Beyer High School located at 1717 Sylvan Avenue in Modesto.

Modesto community to protest budget cuts Thursday

MODESTO - Concerned that deeper state budget cuts will compromise their children’s education, seniors’ health, and their communities’ safety, Modesto area residents will rally to deliver the following message of courage to Sen. Anthony Cannella: "Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but we are counting on you. No more cuts!"

Under strong pressure from extremists not to support a budget compromise, Cannella will hear directly from constituents urging him to stand up and do the right thing by voting to maintain existing revenues. If existing revenues which are set expire on June 30 are not maintained, $9.6 billion more in cuts will be made, which will devastate our communities and our economic recovery.

Over 100 Modesto families, seniors and community members were expected to rally at 12 p.m. Thursday, in front of Cannella's office at 918 15th Street.

California Legislature advances bills on food containers, cellphones in prisons

California Legislature advances bills on food containers, cellphones in prisons

Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto). The California Restaurant Assn. and American Chemistry Council also oppose the measure. The foam is the best material for food packaging because it is inexpensive, lightweight and effective in keeping food warm or cold, ...

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Modesto seniors to protest budget cuts April 21

Modesto seniors to protest budget cuts April 21

MODESTO - Dozens of local seniors and their families will converge in front of Senator Anthony Canella’s office and a brigade will travel to Senator Tom Berryhill’s office to show the Valley legislators the far-ranging and deep impact billions of dollars in state budget cuts have already had on grandparents and elderly members of our community.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at Canella's office at 918 15th Street in Modesto.

In a news conference outside Canella’s office, the group of local seniors will tell stories of the impact budget cuts have had on senior’s health, safety and independence.