Is the Modesto City Council Just a Stepping Stone for Some?
We all remember how Kristin Olsen abandoned the Modesto City Council in 2011 when she won the State Representative position after being reelected to the City Council just 8 months before. After all Olsen was known for loving public money by keeping her position as top communicator at Stan State throughout her membership on the Council and of course she kept her well paid position at Stan State until the last possible minute before being sworn in as State Representative.
And then Councilman Bill Zoslocki decided to try a preliminary temperature test of state legislative interest in himself. Unfortunately for us, citizens of Modesto, no one was willing to donate money to his candidacy. Maybe it was his roll as Building Industry Association President, construction company owner, developer and profiteer associated with Modesto’s Village I debacle.
Now it appears we have another Council member chomping at the bit to run for a state wide position. Councilman Mani Grewal has been whispering in friendly ears about running for the State Senate. His only claim to fame that I’m aware of is him sending George Petrulakis the latest financial reports he could get his hands on when George was creating Modesto’s budget for Mayor Brandvold. And before anyone one asks, yes it was discovered through Public Record Requests. What we do know about him are his close ties to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, the local Republican party, and more specifically, last but not least, behind-the-scenes string pulling master manipulator/ land use attorney George Petrulakis.