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Mayor Carmen Sabatino

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Join us weekdays @ 5PM 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 – at 5PM Monday to Friday You will notice the difference. Local call-in number (209) 846-1814.

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The Modesto City Council hired more than they bargained for in their selection of Monica Houston as the city auditor because she is competent, ethical, and courageous. The council and the City Attorney are searching for ways to get rid... more

Due to popular demand, we are replaying last nights show.

From 2014 to April of this year, The City of Modesto has paid $20 million dollars in legal fees. City Attorney Adam Lingren has been paid $9 million. The City may not have the public records within the 10 day limit suggested by law. Go to... more

In a rare, last-minute legal pitch to keep polls throughout Stanislaus County open longer was denied by a Superior Court judge shortly before polls closed at 8 p.m. Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Robert Westbrook turned down the request to... more

The Back Story, Democracy Now! & The Intercept are teaming up to host a live midterm election night special. On Tuesday, November 6, as polls close around the country, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Juan González and... more

On Tuesday, November 6th from 6PM to 9PM call into the Back Story news at 209 846-1814, or use our Chat Room for your comments on the 2018 Midterm elections. We will have reporters at the elections office and at the various... more

Tonight at 5:00 at FM93.3, guest Warren Yates returns to discuss District Attorney Fladager's ?win at all costs, even the truth? approach prosecuting the Carson Trial

Tune into FM93.3 at 5:00 - what has changed? Clarification: Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager pointed out that judges and technological problems contributed to those delays (true), and since January of 2017 more... more

The Bee fears DA Fladager power and may be backing down on publishing final endorsement after endorsing other DA candidates.

Modesto leases exceeded spending limits; fixes aim to prevent future problems BY ROSALIO AHUMADA rahumada@modbee.com October 25, 2018 03:41 PM Updated October 25, 2018 04:09 PM Modesto officials have found lease... more