City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dee Williams-Ridley, (209) 571-5809
Release Date: Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 4:00:00 PM

Mayor Marsh to Hold Citizens Forum on Public Safety


Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh has called together the community to brainstorm ideas and solutions on addressing the City of Modesto’s service level concerns as they relate to police and fire services.  The Citizens Forum on Public Safety will take place on Friday, December 7, 2012, in the lower level of the Modesto Centre Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Police and Fire services account for approximately 70% of the General Fund.  Public safety is a top priority for the community and the Modesto City Council.  With crime rates rising and response times to fire calls diminishing – both to levels believed to be unacceptable by the City Council – the Mayor is asking the community to rally together to generate ideas and solutions.

 

A second forum will take place after the first of the year where all information gathered will be presented and firm priorities will be developed for recommendation to the City Council.  This information, presented in a report-back presentation to Council, will create the backbone of the City of Modesto’s next Strategic Plan.

 

The Citizens Forum on Public Safety is open to the community – seating is limited.  For additional information, please call the Office of the Mayor and Council at (209) 571-5169 or email Kathy Espinoza, Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Council at kespinoza1@modestogov.com.


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