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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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False Claims Act is needed at the City of Modesto By Mayor Carmen Sabatino November 19th, 2018 Consider the following headlines that appeared in the Modesto Bee… Modesto council poised to hire its first auditor in eight years... more

The Modesto City Council on Friday voted to approve an agreement that will pay Monica Houston $225,000 and end her employment as in-house auditor, a job she was hired to do less than eight months ago. Houston came to Modesto... more

Tune in at 5:00PM on FM93.3 for the latest discussion surounding the City Attorney and the City Auditor

Tune in at 5:00om on FM93.3 for the Mayors review of the City Auditor mess. Monica Houston on Wednesday afternoon remained employed as Modesto's in-house auditor, however, there's some indication that could change soon. Less... more

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

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