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THE BACK STORY WITH MAYOR CARMEN SABATINO

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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 among the recommendations outlined in the 10-page final report of Mayor Ted Brandvold’s 100-day budget review committee. The report includes lots of recommendations the city has considered over the years but never acted upon, such as having the DoubleTree operate Modesto Centre Plaza, as well as apparently new ones, such as exploring whether Modesto and Stanislaus County could consolidate their vehicle maintenance operations to save money.

Modesto could face challenges if it decides to implement some of the recommendations, which could result in outsourcing jobs.

In a statement, Kim Gillingham, the labor representative for the Modesto Confidential and Management Association – one of the city’s six labor groups – warns that while it is good practice to look at the costs and benefits of keeping services with the city vs. outsourcing, those comparisons need to be comprehensive and include all costs.

 

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