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Stanislaus County Names New Director of Planning and Community Development

Stanislaus County Names New Director of  Planning and Community Development

Stanislaus County is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Freitas as the new Director of Planning and Community Development.  Freitas has been serving in an interim capacity since March 2012. 

“Angela brings a wealth of experience, wisdom and insight to the Planning Department,” stated Monica Nino, Chief Executive Officer. “She has been instrumental in providing guidance for the Department of Planning and Community Development in important high-profile projects, areas of planning, grant administration and redevelopment.”

Gary Condit's son seeks Calif. 10th Congressional seat

MODESTO, CA - The son of former California Rep. Gary Condit is running for his dad's former district.

Chad Condit, 44, is filing as an Independent candidate in the redrawn 10th Congressional District which includes the San Joaquin Valley.

Gary Condit, a Democrat, was a five-term congressman whose career took a turn for a worse when he was questioned several times in the 2001 disappearance of 23-year-old intern Chandra Levy of Modesto. Although he never admitted it, Condi, then 53, was accused by Levy's aunt of having an affair with her niece. His bid for re-election failed the following year.

Levy's remains were found in a Washington D.C. park in May 2002. Condit was never implicated in her death. Ingmar Guandique was convicted of Levy's murder in 2010.

Chad Condit faces incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham, a Republican, and Democrat challenger and former astronaut Jose Hernandez.

Marsh takes Modesto mayor’s seat in runoff election

Marsh takes Modesto mayor’s seat in runoff election

Garrad Marsh will be Modesto’s next mayor.

Marsh won the runoff election with 13,839 votes, or 56.3 percent, to Brad Hawn’s 10,614   votes, or 43.2 percent, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday evening with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.

The Stanislaus County Elections Office reported that 24,643 ballots were cast, or just over 26 percent of the city’s 94,715 registered voters. There were 147 write-in votes.


Stanislaus County Voters at the Polls

Stanislaus County Voters at the Polls

Stanislaus County voters gather at the polls today to elect city council and school board members and two mayors.

Here's the list of what is going on in each of your communities:


Four candidates are running for Mayor. The current Mayor, Jim Ridenour, has reached his term limits.

Elections for council members, school board members and irrigation districts.

Asking voters for opinion on 3 nonbinding pension proposals, in regards to city and state officials debate on public employee pension reform in California.


Mayor Chris Vierra is running and has no opponent.

Elections for council members, school board members and irrigation districts.


Elections for council members, school board members and irrigation districts.

Military academy application deadline is November 10

From Congressman Dennis Cardoza's office.

Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) announced that Valley high school students seeking congressional nomination to a U.S. military service academy must have their applications submitted to his office by Friday, November 10, 2011.  The U.S. academies are the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.

For more information or an application, please contact Lisa Mantarro Moore with Congressman Cardoza’s staff at (209) 527-1914. She may also be reached by e-mail at Lisa.Mantarro@mail.house.gov. Applications and instructions may also be found online by visiting the Academy Nominations section of Rep.

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.