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Nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County will be dismissed, district attorney says

in Around California/People

Nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County will be dismissed thanks in part to state laws that paved the way for the action, the county district attorney said Thursday.

The cases include 62,000 felony convictions for cases — including those for marijuana sales and cultivation — dating back to 1961, and about 4,000 misdemeanor possession cases, District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office said.

“The dismissal of tens of thousands of old cannabis-related convictions in Los Angeles County will bring much-needed relief to communities of color that disproportionately suffered the unjust consequences of our nation’s drug laws,” Lacey said in a news release.
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Grant funding to financially support undergrad volunteers

in Education/People

Students attending the Valley’s two public universities will now be able to earn money for college by giving back to their communities through a new pilot initiative.

Stanislaus State and University of California, Merced, are two of eight colleges to take part in the Civic Action Fellowship — grant funding unveiled by California Volunteers on Monday that allows students to sign up as Americorps Fellows and commit to community service tailored toward their curriculum. The first-in-the-nation program utilizes a combination of federal and state funding and will award students up to $10,000 to put toward their education in exchange for one semester working with a local nonprofit or government office.

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Turlock native realizes artistic dreams

in Local Roundup/People

Morgan Andre has always had a knack for art, but she never dreamed it would blossom into the career she’s built for herself today. The Turlock native has turned her artistic ability into a successful business with a substantial following, and she shares her talent with the community through not only her artwork, but as an educator as well.

“I love that I get to express myself. It’s so fun that a passion of mine has become something I get to make into a career,” Andre said. “I never really thought that could be a possibility and it’s been fantastic to have support from people in the community and from my family and friends.”

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California stopped charging parents for kids’ incarceration. So why are some still stuck owing thousands of dollars?

in Around California/People
Foster parent Andrew Simmons, of Ramona, CA, has the initials of all six of his adopted children on his arm. January 30, 2020. Photos by Lisa Hornak for CalMatters.

When Andrew Simmons first started getting billed for his son’s stints in juvenile hall, he was shocked.

“I just thought that was crazy. I mean you’re going to arrest my kid and then you’re going to charge me for it?” Simmons said.

Simmons ended up owing nearly $14,000 to San Diego County, including $20 per day for his son’s 53 days in home supervision and $31 per day for his more than 400 days in juvenile detention, according to a county audit of his account.

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Just Released: Parent’s Guide to Social Media and Mental Health

in Health/People

TURLOCK, Calif.Feb. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Health Endowment (LHE) has released a parent’s guide to social media called PARENTS – What You Wish You Knew: A Quick Guide to the Basics of Social Media (and the Potential Risks for Children and Teens). The guide aims to help parents and guardians truly understand their children’s social media usage, as well as its potential impact on their children’s mental health.

The entire guide can be viewed and downloaded at legacyhealthendowment.org at no cost.

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Kindergartner tries to spread positivity through ‘joy box’ in his front yard

in Fun/People

TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) – A California kindergartner aims to spread happiness – and plans to start in his family’s front yard.

“Get to write a note and then you get to put it in here. And we get the key, put it in, unlock it and take it out then the wish comes true,” said Levi Navarra. “It’s called the Joy Box.”

Six-year-old Levi said he believes that finding happiness is as easy as visiting the Joy Box, according to KTXL.

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Hughson, Keyes school employees to be honored by state

in People

Two local school employees are moving on to represent Stanislaus County in the California Department of Education’s statewide recognition program for those who go above and beyond for their schools.

Hughson Unified School District Maintenance, Operations and Transportation worker Sal Ramirez and Keyes Union School District Student Support Specialist Susan Hanson were honored on Jan. 22 as two of 28 honorees during the Stanislaus County Office of Education’s 13th annual “Employees Making a Difference” ceremony, which recognizes outstanding classified (non-supervisory) education employees throughout the county.

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10 Things to do this weekend in Northern California | Jan. 24-26

in Around California/People

Whether you like bucking bulls, or building things, or even just eating bacon, this weekend around Northern California has an event that will interest you.

Sacramento’s Bacon Week wraps up on Sunday and what better way to end things than by crowning the best bacon chef in the city? Mulvaney’s in Midtown hosts the challenge and guests will get the chance to taste all the competing dishes.

Also in Sacramento, beer-lovers should “hop” on over to the Art of Beer Invitational at the McClellan Conference Center. This is a beer festival unlike any you may have ever attended. On top of unlimited tastings, organizers say the invitational offers a unique opportunity for beer drinkers to chat with beer makers to learn more about the craft.

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‘Just a phenomenal person’ | San Joaquin corrections sergeant who died in off-duty accident laid to rest

in Accident/People

TURLOCK, Calif. — The somber tones of bag pipes outside of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Turlock led a processional of mourners, family, friends and co-workers of Cesar Fuentes, a San Joaquin County correctional sergeant.

Fuentes, 32, was killed Jan. 12 when he was headed home after work and crashed into a pick-up truck in French Camp. Ten days later, Fuentes was buried in the same Turlock community in which he was born.

“He was just a phenomenal person,” said Fuentes’ sister, Marlene Larios. “He was very funny — little tornado. And he’s always wanted to serve since I can remember.”

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Family plunges into icy lake after passing warning signs, California rescuers say

in People

A family of three is safe after they plunged through ice and into freezing water in California on Saturday, police say.

Around 2:30 p.m., police arrived at Big Bear Lake to learn a father, mother and their child had fallen through the ice while they were out playing on the frozen lake, KTTV reported.

“The two ladies were yelling but they were kind of thrashing around which is the worst thing to do in ice apparently,” witness Sandy Bussey told KNBC. “We were just trying to yell at them, ‘stay calm don’t move, just hold on.’”

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