A Strategic Plan for 2010-2013 was adopted by the Modesto City Council as the guiding document for the City of Modesto on September 28, 2010. One of the initiatives stated in the section titled Community & Partnerships was to build and promote partnerships that engage neighborhoods and create a sense of community.A Steering committee came together in 2010 to form the College Area Neighborhood Alliance to focus on enriching the neighborhood by taking action to solve issues and making it a better place to live for all. It is founded on community involvement and is not a political group. Anyone who lives or owns property within the boundary of CANA can participate in the neighborhood activities and events.
Neighborhoods all over Modesto are forming alliances for safety, graffiti, trees, and many other neighborhood concerns. Any resident can attend meetings and participate on a volunteer basis. This format builds a communication among residents, city officials, and the Modesto Police Department to create a safe, clean, and beautiful neighborhood.