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Homelessness at record high in Stanislaus County

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The number of homeless individuals in Stanislaus County jumped 28 percent from last year during the annual point-in-time count for 2021.

Every two years, during the last 10 days of January, the U.S. Department of Housing & Community Development requires communities across the country to conduct a comprehensive count of people experiencing homelessness. The goal is to measure the prevalence of homelessness in each local community.

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Valley Mental Health Services Receive Funds

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Earlier this month, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced he has secured $9 million in federal funds for mental health services across the Central Valley. Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will receive $4 million. The Alliance for Community Wellness (La Familia) which spans Stanislaus, Alameda, and Merced counties will receive $5 million. The grants will be used to expand youth mental health programming in 17 school districts and at least 22 schools across the Valley, hire 12 new professionals in Turlock, serve 800 underserved individuals in Stanislaus County, and more. The grants were funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Community Mental Health Centers Grant program.

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Some California essential workers could get cash through a Biden pandemic relief plan

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Front-line farm, grocery-store and meatpacking workers in California could see financial relief through a federal program designed to alleviate pandemic-related costs.

The Farm and Food Workers Relief Program, offered through the United States Department of Agriculture, promises $700 million in grants for those workers across the U.S. The Biden administration has not said when it plans to release the money.

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Shelter seen as key to tackling Manteca issues with homeless

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The most effective law enforcement tool the Manteca Police can be armed with to address quality of life crimes and low level misdemeanors committed by the homeless might just be a drop-in shelter.

That runs counter to the reasoning many of those in opposition to the concept espouse that “if you build it, they will come”.

At last week’s Manteca City Council meeting opponents to the city buying 8 acres On South Main Street with the intent of placing a homeless navigation center/drop in shelter and transitional housing on the eastbound most portion made that point.

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Turlock law firm hopes to save lives with Sober Rides Campaign

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Hilmar native Michael Silva understands the impact an injury can have on a family, and specifically, how drunk driving can ruin lives. It’s why he returned home after schooling to open his first Silva Injury Law, Inc. office in Turlock, and is now offering to pay transportation fees for those too drunk to drive this holiday season. 

On Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve/Day, Silva’s law firm is reimbursing community members for their Uber, Lyft and cab rides all in the name of keeping drunk drivers off the road and the holiday spirit alive.

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Kids walk out, join parents in vaccination mandates

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A number of parents throughout Stanislaus County pulled their kids from public school on Wednesday in protest of Governor Gavin Newsom’s forthcoming mandate that children in middle school and older be vaccinated against COVID as a condition to being in the classroom.

Many of those parents and children staged a loud protest in front of the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) with placards, chants and shared conversation, calling for an end to the governor’s mandate.

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RxRelief: Helping families afford prescription medications

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With October upon us and as the weather slowly begins to turn, families continue to find it increasingly difficult to stretch their limited dollars.

According to a national survey conducted by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), nearly half of patients and caregivers (46 percent) say they or someone in their immediate household has not been able to afford out-of-pocket costs for medications in the past year. Six in 10 say they would have extreme difficulty paying for treatments and medications without assistance.

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Mail thieves striking in Turlock

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Turlock residents are being reminded to get their mail in a timely manner as the Turlock Police Department has taken several reports recently of mail theft.

In at least two cases it is believed the suspect(s) might have a real or counterfeit postal key to a community mailbox.

The department has taken reports of community mailboxes pried open, as well as two that had no pry marks. On Sunday the department took two reports of mailbox theft or damage — one from the 4100 block of Enclave Drive and another from the area of Westbury Lane and Ferreira Ranch Drive.

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Social Media trend leads to damaged, stolen school property

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Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) warned students about a new TikTok trend that they say results in damaged and stolen school property.

As a response of this trend, TUSD is increasing surveillance of their campuses and is currently reviewing camera footage.

According to a phone call sent out to parents, a “Devious Licks” challenge on the social media platform TikTok encourages students to steal or destroy school property and then post a picture or video of the item as a trophy.

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Post Offices in Turlock, nationwide hiring ahead of holiday surge

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In preparation for the upcoming holidays, the Turlock Post Office is looking to hire additional workers as online orders surge.

As preparations for the 2021 winter holidays continue, the U.S. Postal Service is currently hiring more than 40,000 seasonal positions — nine of which are in Turlock. It’s the agency’s peak season for mail and package deliveries, and the already-busy period has been amplified by the pandemic. 

While e-commerce was already an expanding industry prior to COVID-19, the virus forced even more shoppers online. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, online sales in 2020 increased 32.4% from 2019 to 2020. E-commerce revenue hit $791.70 billion last year, up from $598.02 billion in 2019 and representing the highest rate of annual online sales growth for which data is available.

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