Ever hear of the saying about polishing a worm ridden apple? You can polish the outside of a worm infested apple and make it shiny but the apple still remains worm infested.
Changing the appearance is the goal for the Newly elected mayor of Modesto Garrad Marsh. Sometimes it really becomes obvious to others that some of these politicians are not in touch with the citizenry. Same old thing,same old lines,same old promises. Mayor Ridenour talked about standing still now Garrad Marsh trying to think of something special to say in a speech to the developers and business owners had to rehash Mayor Ridenour in talking about standing still. Polishing the apple.
Nothing new here just the same old hash as before served cold. Shills the whole lot.
Did I mention Marsh is a housing developer…bought and paid for.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
New mayor pledges to lead Modesto ‘forward’
By Ken Carlson
Garrad Marsh was sworn-in Tuesday to begin a four-year term as Modesto’s mayor.
To a standing-room-only audience in the council chamber, he promised the city to “uphold your confidence and trust as your mayor as I lead Modesto forward.”
Marsh takes over from Jim Ridenour, who led the city through the economic highs and lows of the past eight years.
“I don’t believe we can be accused of standing still in the face of difficult times,” he said. “We have kept providing core services for our community, while keeping our financial house in order.”
In going through a light agenda Tuesday, the council concurred with Marsh’s suggestion to delay a decision on a new city logo until March 27.
Marsh wants to include the logo in the March city utility billings to get the public’s opinion. He stressed that Modesto will maintain the historic motto, “Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health.”
The logo, which will appear on the city Web site, stationery and vehicles, has been a sensitive topic after adverse public reaction to a city branding campaign unveiled in August.
The color graphic featuring a classic car, farmland and a child on a swing does not have a slogan, but is simply underlined by “Modesto, California.”
STANDING STILL IN THE VALLEY OF THE POOR
Submitted by wayne2008 on Fri, 2011-02-18 16:36.
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
NO MORE STANDING STILL ! Mayor Ridenour continually said Standing still, yes he was standing still while giveing the state of the city address the same address last year that he charged $40 per person to see his megalomania while on stage. I often wondered if the Mayor and the City Council members were singing the tune Living on the Ritz, with their top hats and walking sticks, you got the idea. For $40 dollars a person I would expect to see a show not some hum-drum speech telling us all what we already know.
The Valley of the poor. Modesto’s lame duck mayor continues to be the pitchman for the building developers, development,build more houses,build more shopping centers,build,build,build. Apparently, that’s the only solution he can think of to get Modesto out of this great depression and it’s getting worse.
Ridenour with his parrot Joe Muratore sitting on his shoulder and probably whispering in his ear, only see what they hope for as a solution,but the reality of realty is that the City of Modesto ranks third in all of the cities throughout the United States with the most foreclosures. Stockton 4th,Merced 5th,Bakersfield 9th,Sacramento 13th,Fresno 16th,Visalia 17th. Seven of the top 20 cities with the most foreclosures, are in the Central Valley of California. Remember the television series called Big Valley with the Barkley Family? We can now call that Big Valley the Big Valley of the Poor.
Properties with Foreclosure Filings
Rate Rank Metro Name Total 1/every X HU (rate) %HU with FC Filings %Change from Q2 2010 %Change from Q3 2009
1 Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 32,288 25 3.98 1.52 -20.10
2 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 10,352 35 2.84 12.36 -21.61
3 Modesto, CA 4,825 36 2.76 1.43 -17.98
4 Stockton, CA 5,929 39 2.59 1.32 -25.89
5 Merced, CA 2,072 40 2.48 -8.64 -32.99
6 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 35,863 41 2.46 -0.67 -25.93
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 58,624 41 2.42 24.50 9.15
8 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 39,199 44 2.28 9.31 -3.37
9 Bakersfield, CA 6,135 44 2.25 1.94 -20.87
10 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 3,364 45 2.23 -5.08 -21.14
11 Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 19,171 47 2.13 0.05 -15.55
12 Reno-Sparks, NV 3,637 50 2.01 -5.29 -24.02
13 Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 17,108 50 2.00 6.71 -10.28
14 Boise City-Nampa, ID 4,624 52 1.92 26.13 11.23
15 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 4,708 53 1.90 18.23 27.35
16 Fresno, CA 5,314 58 1.72 9.98 -9.32
17 Visalia-Porterville, CA 2,313 60 1.68 7.38 -5.17
18 Naples-Marco Island, FL 3,237 60 1.67 2.27 8.01
19 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 4,381 61 1.64 12.71 18.12
20 Lakeland, FL 4,568 61 1.63 20.15 -6.91