I think it’s time for the people of Stanislaus County to have an organization of their own representing them. It wouldn’t be affiliated with any other groups, and is just out of concern for the issues faced by those of us in the Central Valley. We’ve watched Modesto try to claim land belonging to the residents of Salida and now Wood Colony is being threatened with extinction. It’s important to understand extinction is exactly what will happen if the majority of the Modesto City Council gets their way. It’s the extinction of a way of life for the German Baptist Brethren, and everyone else who lives in the area. Once industry invades Wood Colony it’s the beginning of the end.
Going to the Modesto Planning Commission meetings we heard the Modesto Chamber of Commerce attempt to extend Modesto’s influence to the river on the West and North. They were claiming ‘they’ would protect farmland but the reality is something completely different. This massive land grab they attempted to bring into Modesto’s General Plan (37 square miles) was larger than Modesto proper (34 square miles.)
Individually they can ignore the will of the people but collectively they have to listen. It’s important for everyone to come forward and speak your mind to the Modesto City Council. Citizens of Modesto especially. Why? Because the Majority of the City Council is preparing to help you surrender your ability to vote on Modesto’s annexations. We ALL need to protect Measures A and M because they help us to rein in the greed coming from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and being funneled through the City Council.
The people of Wood Colony and Salida need and deserve our support. Only by standing together can we survive the onslaught being perpetuated by the Modesto City Council and Modesto Chamber of Commerce.
Think about it.
Special thanks to the Fly N Dutchman Graphics and Banners for the picture.