“MISSPENT FUNDS – NO REPRESENTATION”.
Mr. Greg Nyhoff, City Manager via mail & fax.
P.O. Box 642 209-571-5128
Modesto, CA 95353
Mr. Garrad Marsh via email.
Mayor of Modesto
RE: “Community Outreach Survey” to be done by Oakland based Lew Edwards Group
Dear Mr. Nyhoff and Mayor Marsh,
Today, The Modesto Bee featured a front page article about a community outreach survey the City of Modesto plans to conduct in April or May through the above business group. This survey is supposed to “assess the priorities of the community and its attitudes and awareness of services provided by the city”, give you feedback regarding the public’s feelings about the city’s public safety, roads, and the establishment of commercial flights from Modesto airport to Los Angeles area, how people feel about the city’s customer service, residents’ attitudes towards the city’s revenue options, and capture residents’ quality of life issues.
To get a proper assessment of the community of the city of Modesto, a “random” telephone survey of only 400 residents (among a population of 203,000 (2010 Census) is only .00019% of the current population! This is not even 1% representation. How could this survey even be a realistic one, or true representation of the attitudes or community sentiment of Modesto? Every resident’s voice should be heard.
As far as we know, the outreach area just might be selected to be the poorest area of Modesto – which would not reflect several middle class or upper scale neighborhoods’ concerns, attitudes, and values.
The public has a right to know the questions for the survey.
Why don’t you publish another front page article in the Modesto Bee – with the survey questions and an email response address, so that EVERY Modesto resident can send you their comments.
Additionally, Modesto has not even sufficiently marketed and informed the public of the April 18, 2013 public outreach opportunity for the “strategic plan update” and what is this all about? Is this going to be done the day before, which will limit attendance too?
Modesto, Del Rio resident”