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What’s New in the Neighborhoods


La Loma Neighborhood Develops Native Plant Garden


An idea to transform a blighted area in the La Loma neighborhood has blossomed into a community native garden project. Several La Loma volunteers, led by Rhonda Allen, have already spent many hours preparing the land for use.


The native plant garden, located at 1805 Encina Avenue, will include the promotion of water conservation by using drought-tolerant plants, and will increase habitat for pollinators.


Many hands will be able to plant and maintain the garden as it grows, including on Love Modesto day (April 8, 2017 – project signups begin this fall).

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CANA to Raise Funds to Replace Graceada Playground Damaged by Fire


College Area Neighborhood Alliance met September 8 in Enslen Park with MPD’s Lieutenant Rigo DeAlba, the Central Area Commander, regarding the August 22 arson in Graceada Park.


Representatives from multiple community sectors were involved to help neighbors keep their parks safe, healthy, and clean. Neighbors learned about police findings regarding Central Area Command and its parks.


Bring your supportive appetite to the Divine Swine (825 Roseburg) on October 12 from 6 to 9pm, and 15% of your meal will be donated to replace the burned playground equipment.


Learn more about CANA events:


DelWood Neighorhood Alliance Recycles with United Cerebral Palsy


United Cerebral Palsy’s Ignacio Chavez will discuss the free recycling program through the UCP Program in your neighborhoods on September 26 (6:30-7:30pm) at Trinity United on Carver. If you miss(ed) it, contact Ignacio at with your name, address, email, and phone number, and UCP will check if you fit on an existing route and go from there.


Representatives from the police department’s Neighborhood Preservation and Code Enforcement units, as well as Northwest Area Command officers, will be present at the meeting to answer your questions, so come prepared.


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Beyer-Sylvan at the Lakes Neighbors Gather to Discuss Safety


In light of recent events that occurred in the Northeast area of town, a Community Meeting was held on August 24 at Modesto Covenant Church to address concerns and answer questions. City Council Members Jenny Kenoyer (District 5) and Douglas Ridenour (District 6) encouraged neighborhood attendance.


Kathy Muñoz, Beyer-Sylvan at the Lakes chair, reported the meeting was “very informative. The police chief, detectives and officers shared the message that the recent shooting incidents involved neighbors whose disagreements had escalated to violence. This was not gang related and did not involve drugs. Both shooters have been placed in custody. These crimes were committed in the East Rumble road area.”


Another neighbor on agreed, “I’m glad to know that the statistics show that all sorts of crimes are down from last year. I was also glad to hear that the PD is actively recruiting and training new officers. Hopefully, they can fill those vacancies soon!”

Debra Wright added, “Appreciate the mayor being there.”


Email questions to:


Neighbors Gather to Hear Presentation on Local Roads Measure


If passed, half of the money from the half-cent Measure L sales tax will be used for local road maintenance, including resurfacing every residential street in Modesto three times over the next 25 years. Email your actual street to and Vickey can check timing. You can attend a presentation on Measure L with your neighbors on the following dates:


  • September 26 (Monday) 6:30pm-7:00pm at Trinity United on 1700 Carver
  • October 17 (Monday), 6:00-7:00pm at Emanuel Lutheran on 324 College

More info:


To schedule a Measure L presentation closer to your neighborhood, please contact Vickey Dion (209) 571-5542.





About the Author:

Maryann Spikes holds an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities through Modesto Junior College, manages the Positive Modesto News page on Facebook, and enjoys coordinating Orchard Park Neighborhood Alliance under the umbrella of Modesto Neighborhoods Inc. Her favorite local coffee shop is the Queen Bean, and she calls Redeemer home. Maryann and her husband, Lee, are very proud of their young men, Ethan and David. Email Maryann at with CommunityView story ideas.