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Homeless Outreach Effort In Riverbank

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The Stanislaus County Outreach and Engagement Team hit the streets of Riverbank last Friday morning, Sept. 18 to assist the homeless individuals. Vice Mayor Luis Uribe contacted the group to aid the less fortunate after volunteering with Christian Food Sharing earlier this month. The team visited several locations in Riverbank including the Scout Hall, St. Frances of Rome Church, and Jacob Myers Park to engage with the homeless.

“I spoke to ten of our homeless and the feedback I received from them was valuable,” said Uribe. “I immediately contacted Kyle DeJesus to set up a visit from their Outreach Team. I think it's important that we be proactive and continue to build relationships and trust with our homeless.”

The team consisted of the following agencies: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), Community Services Agency (CSA), Center for Human Services (CHS), Golden Valley Health Center (GVHC), Telecare Outreach, and Turning Point Community Programs (TPCP) Housing Assessment Team (HAT).

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Stanislaus faith leaders unite in call for masks to fight COVID

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To Our County Leaders and the Communities we Serve,

Over the last several weeks we have seen alarming increases in COVID-19 infection rates in the city of Modesto and Stanislaus County. As faith leaders, some of us have witnessed the effects of this virus on vulnerable persons in our congregations and many of us have been watching how this virus has spread and overwhelmed communities across the nation.

COVID-19 has caused so many disruptions in peoples’ lives, including mental, physical and financial stress. While we all look forward to a time when our congregations can come together again in person, we also understand the risk to the health and well-being of our communities. We cannot return to sustainable economic health if we neglect the health of the people who live in our county.

Many studies now show the effectiveness of wearing masks in partnership with physical distancing to reduce the spread of the virus, particularly as we now know that the virus can spread pre-symptomatically and asymptomatically; that a person can spread the virus without knowing they are infected.

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Coronavirus Stanislaus deaths at 295. Private schools edge toward reopening

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Latest facts on COVID-19 testing in Modesto area

Stanislaus County reported five more deaths to the virus Tuesday and also had its highest daily infection rate in nearly two weeks.

A total of 295 residents have died, the Health Services Agency said. Details were not provided on the five most recent deaths.

The 355 new cases bring the total to 15,635. Another 77,533 residents have tested negative, and 14,587 are presumed recovered.

Tuesday’s positivity rate of 36.67% was triple Monday’s figure and the highest since the 65.77% on Aug. 26.

The seven-day infection rate was 28.42%. The 14-day rate of 23.77% remains more than five times the state rate.

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California Supreme Court Throws the Barn Doors Open, Finding That Groundwater Well Permits Aren’t Necessarily Ministerial

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On August 27, 2020, in Protecting Our Water and Environmental Resources v. County of Stanislaus, Case No. S251709  (“Protecting Our Water”), the California Supreme Court held that the County in that instance could not categorically classify its issuance of groundwater well construction permits as ministerial decisions exempt from environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) (Pub. Resources Code, §§ 21000 et seq.).  While the Court’s Opinion does not state that all well permits must undergo CEQA review, it narrows the grounds on which the ministerial exemption may apply.  And since county well ordinances across the State comprise similar provisions, this ruling upsets the common practice of treating such permits as ministerial, not subject to CEQA.  More importantly, however, the Court’s ruling interrupts a growing trend in the cases to provide some relief from CEQA where agencies lack sufficient discretion, and creates uncertainty for lead agencies by holding that ministerial permitting decisions must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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Stanislaus County Mourns Loss Of Supervisor Tom Berryhill

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Tom Berryhill was sworn in as Stanislaus County Supervisor on Jan. 9, 2019. Saturday, Aug. 29, he passed away suddenly, leaving his family and elected colleagues with heavy hearts.

After serving 12 years in the state legislature, Berryhill was elected to the District 4 Board of Supervisors seat in November 2018. As a small businessman and a fourth-generation California farmer, he built his career on a legacy of hard work and determination.

“Tom Berryhill has been a dedicated servant his entire life,” said Supervisor Vito Chiesa upon hearing the sad news. “Both in Stanislaus County and at the State level, Berryhill lived to serve. My heart goes out to his wife Loretta and the family at this difficult time.”

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Councilmembers seek to revitalize the westside

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Two City Council members have a plan to revitalize Turlock’s westside and are seeking the public’s support in making it reality.

City Council member Gil Esquer and Vice Mayor Andrew Nosrati have created a long-term plan to address homelessness in Turlock and beautify parts of the westside. The working document lays out a roadmap for creating a homeless intervention center, a housing plan that starts with a tent city and transitions to a tiny home community and improvements like opening walking paths, more lighting and adding greenspace to the westside.

“We’ve done a pretty good job with downtown…but we need to find a way to expand that a little further. This is a start,” said Esquer, who represents District 2 that includes the westside.

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Trump administration halts closure of California meatpacking plant despite eight COVID-19 deaths

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The Trump administration intervened last week to postpone the closure of a poultry processing plant in California that had been ordered closed by local health officials after at least 392 workers tested positive for COVID-19 and eight died of the disease.

Last Thursday, Merced County public health officials ordered that the Foster Farms plant in Livingston, California, be closed within 12 hours, but the order was suspended following the direct intervention of the administration through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As a result, Foster Farms has forced the plant’s roughly 2,500 workers to remain on the job, with the complicity if not outright support of the Democratic Party and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union.

Immediately following the initial public health announcement, Foster Farms emailed its workforce ordering workers to report to work that evening. Then, following a call from USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety Dr. Mindy Brashears on behalf of the Trump administration, public health officials announced a 48-hour delay in the shutdown. The decision was supported by Democratic Livingston Mayor Gurpal Samra, who backed Foster Farms’ assertion that the initial shutdown time window was not sufficient.

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Weekly dinners keep America Legion afloat amid pandemic

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Vietnam veteran and Turlock resident John Haggstrom has been cooking dinners in the American Legion Hall’s kitchen for 50 years, but none have been more important to the organization than those he’s hosting these days to raise funds during the coronavirus pandemic.

Turlock’s American Legion Rex Ish Post 88 is a haven for local veterans and community members alike, serving as a gathering place for not only those who have fought in our nation’s wars, but also as a space where birthday parties are held, weddings are celebrated and organizations can convene. Haggstrom has been an American Legion member for 54 years, he said, and the state shutdown due to COVID-19 has put the group’s mission of “continuing to serve America” at risk.

Through community outreach, veteran support and monetary donations, the American Legion makes it a point to give back to the communities they’ve already served in uniform. Post 88 previously made a majority of its funds through their beer booth, or “fun booth,” as Haggstrom refers to it, at the Stanislaus County Fair. One year the organization earned just over $100,000 in beer sales alone, but now that annual revenue is gone with the fair’s cancellation.

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At least 8 released inmates were held at Turlock hotel for California’s Project Hope

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TURLOCK, Calif. — Stanislaus County officials confirmed at least eight inmates were held at the Candlewood Suites in Turlock as part of California's "Project Hope."

Project Hope is a state-funded program for inmates being released from prison during the coronavirus pandemic. It allows both state parolees and those released on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) to quarantine or isolate in a hotel upon their release from prison.

Mark Ferriera, chief probation officer for Stanislaus County, told ABC10 that the Turlock hotel was the only Project Hope location in the county. It has seen eight inmates on PRCS held there from April to August 21, all of whom Ferriera said had their last residence in Stanislaus County.

Ferriera said inmates on PRCS are supervised by the county while, generally, those who committed serious or violent offenses are overseen by State Parole. The type of supervision the released inmate gets is based on the offense that put them in prison.

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Supervisor, OID Posts To Be Contested In Fall

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Though it is still classified as an ‘unofficial candidate list’ the races appear to be set for some local offices in November. The list was released Thursday through the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters office.

Stanislaus County Supervisor District 1 – which includes both Oakdale and Riverbank – will see a battle for the post between fire captain Matthew ‘Buck’ Condit and councilman/small businessman Bill Zoslocki. Current Supervisor Kristin Olsen is not running for re-election.

Two positions are coming available on the Oakdale Irrigation District Board. Division 1 will feature a race between retired irrigation manager Ed Tobias and American Veterans First non-profit CEO Donald ‘Duke’ Cooper. Incumbent Gail Altieri is not seeking re-election. In Division 2, the race will pit incumbent Linda Santos against retired automotive technician Henry Dotinga.

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