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What’s on America’s Mind With Emerson Drake Wednesday 10/2 8:00 PM

Tonight’s topics include Developer and candidate for city council Bill Zoslocki’s latest lie suggesting Village I was a model


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development, LCR’s question to city school candidates and their responses, LAFCO’s comments regarding the Woodglen subdivision and the Modesto City Council, water mining, these topics and more so tune into tonight and find out what you need to know to make decisions important to you, your family and your community. Wednesday at 8:00 PM


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Candidate Forums Continue with MID Monday Sept. 23 at 6:00 PM

The Latino Community Roundtable (LCR) Presents…


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Candidate Forums Continue with Modesto Irrigation District (MID)  Monday night Sept. 23 at 6:00 PM  at Castle Real Estate  1418 J. Street, Modesto Ca.


The League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County Presents…


Date and Time:  Sept.30, 6:15 to 7:30 PM. – Modesto City Council candidates for  Districts 2, 4 and 5 in the council chamber in the basement of 1010 10th Street


The Latino Community Roundtable Presents…


Candidates forums for the Turlock Unified School District and the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) on October 10th 6:00 PM at the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Conference Room.


The League of Women Voters Presents…


Candidates for the Modesto City Schools of Education on  Oct.10, 6 to 7:30 PM at the King Kennedy Center 601 Martin Luther King Drive Modesto, Ca.


Candidates for the Modesto Irrigation District Oct. 17th 6 to 7:30 at the Modesto Junior College West at Glacier Hall Room 101


The Latino Community Roundtable has yet to announce the dates and times for:


Ceres City Council                                                                                                         Ceres Unified School District                                                                                         Riverbank Unified School District



This article will be updated when the dates and times are announced.





What’s on America’s Mind With Emerson Drake Wednesday at 8:00 PM

A 49 year old man rapes a 14 year old girl and gets 30 day sentence, a blow by blow description of the LCR Council Candidates

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Radio RED 104.9 FM (Photo credit: Mahdi Ayat.)

forum, wondering about Modesto’s proposed sales tax, these topics and more so tune into tonight and find out what you need to know to make decisions important to you, your family and your community. Wednesday at 8:00 PM.  See you then.

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Chamber’s Pathway to SPRAWL Plan Garners Meaningless Endorsements

By Emerson Drake

It would be funny if it wan’t so pathetic, watching the Chamber of Commerce lobbyist Cecil Russell  scurry from group

Chamber pot

Chamber pot (Photo credit: Pete Reed)

to group presenting their Pathways to SPRAWL plan. Several weeks ago at the Planning Commission’s meeting regarding the General Plan Amendments,  Russell tried in vain to fend off questions from the public despite not being on the agenda.

During the meeting Maggie Mejia, President of the Latino Community Roundtable (LCR),  spoke to the public saying she was going to bring a Proclamation to her group endorsing the Pathways to Sprawl plan of the Chamber’s.  But a few minutes later when she heard she would receive opposition to the Proclamation she must have silently changed her mind.  For just a few days later and without consulting LCR members, Ms. Mejia  signed the so called Proclamation.

Last Tuesday when the Chamber’s representatives met at the King Kennedy Memorial Center, the presentation was given to five members of the public (two of whom were from Salida) in an effort to receive the Boards endorsement. They received the endorsement of the five members of the King Kennedy Board, along with that of the NAACP since Frank Johnson was there.

My point is we have three Boards, The King Kennedy Memorial Center’s Board, the NAACP, and the LCR,  all of whom are desperate for a seat at the power table, and are willing to endorse this GREEDY DEVELOPER’S LAND GRAB to obtain one.  None of these Boards discussed this with their memberships, if in deed they represent voters at all,  let alone sought out debate on the subject.  So now the Chamber has three meaningless endorsements to brag about.


Latino Community Roundtable Presents the Chambers “Pathways to Growth”

The Latino Community Roundtable is holding a meeting Thursday May 8, at MJC Campus West in the Mary Stuart Rogers


A montage I (Valente Q.C.) made with pictures ...

A montage I (Valente Q.C.) made with pictures that I took for the Infobox in the Modesto, California Article. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Building located at 2201 Blue Gum from 11:30-1:30.  It’s too late to purchase the catered lunch but seats will be provided to hear the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s vision of the future called “Pathways to Growth” for Modesto and the surrounding communities.


Come and meet the Chamber’s lobbyists, Cecil Russell, Craig Lewis, and Steve Madison.


Remember the Chamber’s Motto: The best crops for farmland are driveways.


MID uses Deception to Hire an Old School Lobbyist

By Emerson Drake

It was revealed at Tuesday’s MID board meeting that General Manager Allen Short and MID Board President Tom Van Groningen used a company named Martino Graphic Design to funnel money.   This money went to a local political consultant named Mike Lynch, on MID’s bill paying ledger, under the guise of public affairs-2012 in the amount of $4582.97 for the month of March alone.  Mr. Lynch has his own consulting firm called, no surprise, Lynch Consulting, so why the deception?

Lynch has been going around to local political wannabees and others like Ruben Villabos,  Modesto School Board President and OFFERING his services to them when they run for election or re-election as necessary. One of Lynch’s most obvious Charlie McCarthy dolls (ventriloquist dummies) is Josh VanderVeen (LCR member), stepson to Modesto Councilman Dave Lopez. Both of these men and three others spoke for the water transfers.  As a long time MID meeting attendee it needs to be said none of these people ever came to a MID meeting until Mike Lynch became involved.

But Lynch found his “mother lode” in the LCR or Latino Community Roundtable. This organization which consists of 195 members, many of whom are politicians ($10.00 to those over age fifty, and then you get to vote for yourself) who have stood in front of the LCR hoping for endorsements.  LCR represents no constituency other than themselves and whom could only field 18 members at a recent political forum they held at, surprise, the Modesto School board office thanks to LCR  member Villabos.  While I’ll be one of the first to say LCR has many well-meaning members of the general public they also have those craving a seat at the local political table and Mike Lynch holds out his “free pass” to the promised land.

PART of your electric utility payments are being used to finance the posturing of political wannabees

Now campaign consultants have been making promises to candidates  for quite some time, after all it’s how they make their money, but to my knowledge this is the first time a public organization like MID has PAID  a consultant to potentially alter the political landscape using Public/RATEPAYER money.

Mike Lynch personally contacted each and every Modesto City Council member and asked for the Letter to MID not be written (it’s available on this website). Then Lynch sent Ruben Villabos, apparently his personal emissary, to a “private session” of the Council with foreknowledge of what was to be discussed.

Which Councilmember tipped of f Mike Lynch and Ruben Villabos about the secret topic?

That was the question at last night’s City Council meeting. Former Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino appeared in front of the Council last night to question the minutes of last weeks meeting which DID NOT mention Vallabos’ appearance. Sabatino questioned the validity of Villabos appearing and was reassured by City Attorney Susan Acala Wood his appearance was legal under the Brown Act. The Council said the minutes would be changed to reflect Villabos’ appearance.

But the over-riding question spoken by Councilwoman Stephanie Burnside was “who tipped Lynch/Villabos off?”  Nobody was forthcoming regarding this.  Looks went around the room but no one was willing to fess up. Needless to say  Diogenes is still looking with his lamp.

So where does this leave us?  Well, our electric payments are going to a political consultant without our consent who is bent on giving away our water, and our best hope, is the City Council sticking to their guns.

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