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Dec 30

A Look Back and a Look Ahead

Posted on December 30, 2020 at 10:06 AM by Thomas Reeves

This wasn’t the year anyone expected. Many of us hoped that we would be on the other side of COVID-19 by the end of the year. Doctors and nurses have made significant progress in treating symptoms of the virus, and the vaccines provide further hope that there is an end in sight. However, case numbers continue to increase, and people are still losing loved ones. We need to remain vigilant and do our part to slow this spread.

We recognize that this has been a difficult time for many, and encourage you to continue caring for loved ones and yourself as best you can.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the City has not stopped assisting our community when possible. We allocated resources received from the federal government to help keep residents and businesses afloat, adjusted our budget to maintain fiscal responsibility, and still found a way to tackle blight, homelessness, and public safety.

Our Budget division is keeping a close eye on our finances, and we are making efforts to pursue a rebounding economy.  Our Quarter 2 numbers should let us know if these efforts are working, and we will update you during our mid-year budget review.

Our community partners have continued to make strong investments in local businesses and programs, including Save Mart with Starship’s self-driving delivery robots and the expansion of our homeless outreach team (HEART). Even Love Modesto found a way to gather participants to safely beautify the community.

With the new year on the horizon, we have much to look forward to as a City. Our hard work this year has laid the foundation for the Blight Abatement Advisory Committee and a new program geared towards reducing homelessness with the Camp2Home program. We completed the Downtown Master Plan and are looking forward to developing an enhanced downtown environment and experience.

And finally, many thanks to our City employees for their flexibility in schedules and work environment in the past year. I am encouraged by the dedication our employees have to serving their community, staying safe, and bringing their all to every workday. It is because of them that we are able to continue making Modesto THE place to be.

On behalf of all of us at the City of Modesto, I want to wish you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year.