5 Questions for Caluha Barnes, Modesto's Deputy City Manager:
What is the biggest goal you aim to accomplish as the Deputy City Manager?
My biggest goal is to make a significant contribution to the city; to represent Modesto well and support the continued building of community trust, openness, and goodwill.
What is one thing the average citizen of Modesto might not know about the role of Deputy City Manager?
Probably the one thing the average citizen of Modesto might not know about the role of the Deputy City Manager is that such a position exists. Community members often know about the City Council, but often don’t know that in most California cities, including Modesto, the Council hires a professional as City Manager to run day-to-day city operations. My role is to be an extender for our City manager, overseeing the internal services departments and handling special projects such as the strategic planning process, and partnering on issues such as homelessness.
What's one of your favorite or most significant memories, and why?
Crossing the finish line of my first full marathon – the Honolulu in 2016. It is hard to describe the feeling of accomplishment coming across the finish line with three of my friends and having the medal hung around my neck. The rush was so powerful, and since that first medal, I’ve earned over 20 more from mostly half marathons, and two more Honolulu marathons!
What's the best and worst thing about getting older, and why?
The best thing about growing older is the wisdom that comes with maturity. I don’t live a life of regrets, but there are definitely things I would have done differently if I’d known then what I know now.
The worst thing about growing older is also wisdom. The knowledge of how so many things will likely end can be a real bummer!
What makes you laugh the most?
Quality stand-up comedy makes me laugh the most. The best stand-up is well-written, witty, honest, and makes you think long after you've laughed at the joke.