Author Archive: Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.

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GreetingsView – Happy New Year

GreetingsView – Happy New Year

Our holidays were magical with two grandkids and another on the way. We enjoy having our kids here in town. We got to experience so much of what Modesto had to offer, like Modesto on Ice, Rockin’ Holiday, craft fairs, makers markets, holiday movies, concerts and so much more. But 2023 went by so fast […]

BigView – Yosemite from Modesto

BigView – Yosemite from Modesto

The BigView By Chris Murphy Modesto, the real “Gateway to Yosemite”. Yes friends, we are the true gateway to Yosemite, and you can even see it from here. How is this possible? It is up in the mountains at 4,000 ft. But, we have the best location and on a clear day, most likely right […]

Citizen Of the Year 2024

Citizen Of the Year 2024

Citizen of the Year By Chris MurphyOur community is made better by the amazing level of volunteerism, hard work, ideas and generous contributions. There are people that really stand out when it’s time to make a difference, not with a desire for recognition, but to get important things done and have a positive impact. American […]

FoodView – D’Forno In Downtown

FoodView – D’Forno In Downtown

By Chris Murphy Four-cheese Tortellini, Mediterranean Pesto Chicken, Cioppino, Lamp Chops, Coconut prawns, and flaming Saganaki cheese. These tastes are amazing. Rich, perfect pasta, worlds of spice and nice portions are what greet you when you dine at D’Forno in Downtown Modesto. Besides being a great new restaurant, D’Forno has great roots here in our […]

By December 29, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
BigView – Football for the Future

BigView – Football for the Future

Football for the Future! By Chris Murphy Here we are, nearing the end of one of the weirdest NFL football seasons ever. ModestoView readers know that many of the local restaurants and bars featured in ModestoView are also great please to watch your favorite teams. Are you in the playoffs? Will you be a national […]

By December 29, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
InterView – Jessica Hill

InterView – Jessica Hill

Jessica Hill by Chris Murphy 2024 is a fresh start for Modesto in so many ways. You can feel the positive progress in downtown and other parts of our city, as Measure L and H funds begin to show results in addition to the young energy of new businesses and community support. Modesto’s Community and […]

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BigView – Fresh Shiny Start

BigView – Fresh Shiny Start

By Chris Murphy and the ViewCrewThere seems to be a new shiny glow around town right now. More people are out and about, new businesses are opening, the live music is flowing. We had some exciting new openings in 2023 and more are expected in 2024. This next year should be a great year for […]

By December 29, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
GreetingsView

GreetingsView

Happy Holidays Friends, My how quickly the seasons change. Fall always brings a new freshness and winter really cleans it all up. I truly hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I treasure every moment I have with my family. I know that I am very thankful for my family, friends and my co-workers. The […]

By November 28, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
Christmas Vacation Party at the Intermission

Christmas Vacation Party at the Intermission

Happy Holidays Friends! Did Cousin Eddie show up at your house? The family taking up all of your guest rooms? Are you just feeling that extra Clark Griswold family spirit? If so, we have a party for you Griswold family friends. ModestoView and the State Theatre are presenting a great new party at the new […]

By November 28, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
BigView – Christmas Vacation

BigView – Christmas Vacation

By Chris Murphy Other than the big guy, Santa, no other commercial Christmas character looms larger than Clark W. Griswold, the ultimate family man. No one is more possessed to illuminate his house, take care of family and friends, “kith” and kin, host a wicked vintage RV in his suburban driveway, suffer upper management daily […]

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PerformingView – Holiday Classics

PerformingView – Holiday Classics

By Chris Murphy Well now, it is the holidays so you better just get your calendar out and cross off all of the days as there is something to do every day. Get your chores, shopping and work done because it is going to be an amazing month. There are so many things do to, […]

By November 28, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
PoetryView – J Street Beats

PoetryView – J Street Beats

PoetryView By Chris Murphy Good things are happening in downtown. Blocks are coming to life, new restaurants are opening and the music is ringing in the air. This holiday season, it is even going to be more special with the lights and snow of Rockin’ Holiday and Modesto On Ice. One more reason to explore […]

By November 28, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
All Ages Pages

All Ages Pages

By Grace McNamara What’s Up Modesto? I hope you all had a great October. November is the month of giving thanks, so I would like to share things I am thankful for here in Modesto! Modesto offers plenty of reasons to be thankful as we enter the season of gratitude. I am grateful for the […]

By November 2, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
InterView – Eric Caine

InterView – Eric Caine

By Chris Murphy Local news and journalism is really important. The free and independent press at risk, newsroom budgets have been slashed and our common dialog is cloudy as people seek shelter in their own social media bubbles. Sound ominous? Maybe, but that is one of the reasons that I started ModestoView back in 1997. […]

By November 2, 2023 0 Comments Read More →
FoodView – The Standard Pub

FoodView – The Standard Pub

The Standard Pub by Chris Murphy One of Modesto’s most anticipated openings has finally arrived. The Standard Pub is now open, with a new look, larger bar and a nod to the traditions that made it the iconic place that people are excited to experience. Nelson Ramirez has been a big part of Modesto’s restaurant […]

By November 2, 2023 0 Comments Read More →