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Join us weekdays at noon The Back Story is an online journal of fact (original reporting) and opinion. It is specifically intended to be an alternative to the local newspaper, where certain news items are under-reported (or not reported at all), where not all points of view make it into print, and where current economic conditions have rendered investigative reporting all but extinct. The emphasis will be on the Stanislaus County area: political, economic, social, cultural that affect those of us who live here. We are not suggesting that we are going to supplant the daily newspaper, but we ARE stating that there is a considerable gap between what happens in and around our communities and what is reported, and we propose to fill that gap. There are individuals, groups and concepts that are considered untouchable, and we think that is very unhealthy and downright dangerous to the concept of representative democracy. There’s a lot going on in our city that affects you – events and issues you need to know about. The Bee has failed us as a reliable news source. You have to look further than the Modesto Bee. Fortunately, you have a choice with news and comment by Mayor Sabatino. You can get the REAL facts about important local issues on The Back Story. Streaming to your computer @ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebackstory – from 11:30 to noon daily. Again – that is The Back Story – daily from 11:30 to noon. You will notice the difference. Local call-in number (209) 846-1814.

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By Bruce Frohman Measure L is a proposal to raise the sales tax in Stanislaus County by one half percent. The money will be spent on various projects related to transportation. Voters will get to decide on whether to approve it at... more

What was it like prior to 1999 in the City of Modesto? Who controlled the political process and the buttons of power? How did the years 2000 to 2004 bring about some change?

Modesto should consider donating its McHenry Museum and McHenry Mansion to qualified, worthwhile nonprofit organizations that would take on the cost of running them while ensuring the two institutions remain true to their missions. That is... more

Modesto weighs giving nonprofit $900,000 Modesto Neighborhoods Inc. would use money to hire staff, pay expenses It would then help residents form watch groups, hold cleanups, work with city Mayor supports concept but questions... more

Council pays $10,900 for ?sensitivity training? Commentary by Carmen Sabatino Thanks to George Russell's request that the city of Modesto repair the flagless flagpole at the King Kennedy center and the column of Jeff Jardine on March 8... more


It seems that Mr. Rick Hernstedt, a.k.a. ‘Homeless Rick' may have ushered in from his grave an era of letting bygones be bygones between me and the Modesto Bee that Modestonians will benefit from. Bear with me as my Back... more

Turlock chamber, city shake hands on contract settlement Chamber handling of funding for Turlock tourism found wanting City admits oversight of 24-year collaboration also lax Under deal, chamber will pay back city $250,000 over 25... more

Stanislaus County district attorney turns courtroom into a "romper room" judge Zuniga reminds the DA that she is not a "dimwit" and knows what the DA is doing. Supervisor Jim DeMartini says Carson trial is costing over $3 million and predicts... more