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Join us weekdays 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 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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THIS REPORT BY KEVIN VALINE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE BEE ON jULY 5TH. Mayor Marsh and the Council took the money late in the June 23 meeting on consent item number 27. The Bee has left the story under the radar for almost 2 weeks. Former Mayor Carmen Sabatino separated the Modesto Chamber of Commerce from the CVB when it was discovered taxpayer funds were being comingled. The CVB was created as an independent body with board members being selected by the city Council. On June 23rd, that independent body was terminated and Mayor Marsh and the Council will look for a new group who will run it under their control. Everybody wants the money, maybe the Modesto Chamber of Commerce can get it back. FROM THE BEE: "The City Council on June 23 approved a proposal that reassigns the CVB's functions and its $249,071 budget to the city's Community and Economic Development Department over the next year while the city develops a new model to promote Modesto. The proposal reclassifies the CVB's staff – consisting of longtime Executive Director Jennifer Mullen and executive assistant Dana Hohn – as city employees for one year. I had no idea this was coming,? CVB board Chairman Neal Khatri said in an interview. He added that city officials told him and the other CVB board members about their decision the week before the council meeting. Interim Deputy City Manager Brent Sinclair said the city notified the CVB in early April that the contract was expiring."
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