Running down the latest stories in the smaller cities around California …

  • City Officials in Whittier are considering amending a current city law that prohibits the use of barbed wire. The original idea behind the city’s ban on barbed wire, also know as razor wire, was due to aesthetics.

    According to an article in the Whittier Daily News, there are currently 12 cases against businesses in the city that use it for security reasons. The appeal to rework the ordinance is geared is due to business complaints citing public security over public aesthetics.

  • As other cities cut Fourth of July fireworks shows due to the current economic climate, the city of Tracy will take the lead in the Sac Joaquin area and host a larger-than usual crowd for its $14,000 fireworks display.
  • City officials in Indio are prepared to build a transportation center if the developer fails to find funding by the end of next month, according to The Desert Sun newspaper.
  • Lake Tahoe City Councilman Bill Crawford is calling for the employment review of City Manager David Jinkens because of a “mishandling of important things.”
  • Roy Wasden wrote a letter to the city of Modesto in the local newspaper to express gratitude for serving as the city’s police chief for nearly a decade. Wasden is now the new city manager of Turlock.

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