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Brandvold highlights “Modesto’s strength” in first State of the City

“Modesto’s strength is in it’s people.”

Those were the words that launched Modesto Mayor Ted Brandvold launched his first State of the City address of his three-year tenure on Wednesday.

Brandvold tailored his 45-minute address around a number of major accomplishments he secured over the course of his tenure at the helm of the City, including a major boost the number of officers working for the Modesto Police Department.

At the outset of Brandvold’s Mayorship, Modesto had 168 police officers. Now, the Modesto Police force exceeds 230 officers.

The City of Modesto – and Stanislaus Counties – have faced a growing crisis on homelessness. Recently, Brandvold has taken Modesto’s seat on the Stanislaus Homeless Alliance, a consortium aiming to address the crisis.

“We must continue to address our homeless population with compassion,” Brandvold said during the speech.

Currently, the Salvation Army is in the midst of adding beds for the County’s homeless population at the Berberian Center, while the homeless population is being housed in temporary housing near downtown Modesto.

Brandvold also heavily emphasized the need to recruit Silicon Valley firms to Modesto to help ease issues caused by a massive commuters.

“I want to find the startup companies that can’t afford the land costs over there and bring them to Modesto,” Brandvold told FOX40 after the address.

Watch Brandvold’s State of the City address

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.