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Modesto Extension of Sewer Service to the Rouse-Colorado Neighborhood, Measure P Advisory Vote (November 2011)

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A Modesto Extension of Sewer Service to the Rouse-Colorado Neighborhood, Measure P Advisory Vote ballot question was on the November 8, 2011 ballot for voters in the City of Modesto in Stanislaus County, where it was approved.

Measure P asked the city's voters for their advice on whether waste-water services should be extended to the Rouse-Colorado neighborhood. This neighborhood is 154 acres and is bound by South Avenue on the north, Sunset and Colorado avenues on the east, Sutter Avenue on the west and Robertson Road on the south.

The vote was considered a first step in a move to ultimately annex the Rouse-Colorado Neighborhood.[1]

The Rouse-Colorado Neighborhood is one of several "unincorporated islands" within Modesto. Several of these areas have a Latino-majority population. In 2004, the "Committee Concerning Community Improvement" and residents of several of the "unincorporated islands" filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Modesto and Stanislaus County, claiming that the unincorporated areas lack basic services. The lawsuit was settled in July 2011 and as one of the terms of that settlement, the City of Modesto agreed to put Measure P on the ballot. Stanislaus County agreed to pay half of the election costs for Measure P.

Election results

Measure P
Approveda Yes 13,605 59.66%
Election results are from the Stanislaus County elections office (dead link).


The Modesto Bee editorial board was in favor of Measure P, saying, "There are about two dozen neighborhoods like Rouse-Colorado, and they all need to be upgraded eventually. We'd like to see a way for the sewer extensions to be rounded up and placed on one ballot, rather than having them scattered over many years, with each measure costing the city at least $12,000. No ballot arguments were submitted either for or against Measure P. Unlike the Parklawn vote last year, this one is attracting almost no attention. The current residents of Rouse-Colorado Neighborhood can't vote on this proposal because they don't live within the city. We recommend Modestans vote "yes" on Measure P, as a necessary but small step in bringing another substandard county island up to livable conditions."[2]

Other Modesto ballot measures

Modesto voters had a raft of ballot measures to consider in the November 8 election.[1] They were:

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