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Community protests molesters being released in the county

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Stanislaus County District Attorney Jeff Laugero said Friday that he’s confident the decision to release two sexually violent predators into the rural Turlock community will be reversed when the issue comes before a judge next month.

Laugero, along with Turlock Police Chief Jason Hedden, state Sen. Marie Alvarado-Gil (D-Jackson), Sheriff’s Detective Raj Singh, County Supervisor Vito Chiesa, and others, were on hand for a joint press conference in Turlock to address the potential release of sexually violent predators Kevin Scott Gray, 72, and former Ceres resident Timothy Roger Weathers, 61.

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Teamsters, CSU locked in negotiations amid impasse

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More than 20 members of the Teamsters union and their supporters huddled at the busy corner of Turlock’s university circle for a one-day strike last Tuesday.

As part of a statewide strike of over 1,000 union members, they held up picket signs and banged sticks onto buckets as passing cars honked.

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Valley Students Speak Out Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict, Urge UC Merced, Stanislaus State to Act

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As the conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, the war’s shock waves are being felt here in the San Joaquin Valley.

Students gathered in Turlock at California State University Stanislaus’ quad on Monday to chant for Palestinian rights, as the war’s death toll continues to rise, particularly among civilians in the Gaza Strip.

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In Stanislaus, protesters raise voices, banners in solidarity with the people of Iran

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Dozens of demonstrators on Sunday waved flags, held signs and shouted demands for democracy and human rights, hoping their voices echo in Washington and from there are carried to the land they love and the rulers they loathe.

Iranian Americans from Stanislaus County and beyond, as well as supporters, gathered in the afternoon in Turlock, at the corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Countryside Drive.

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At Modesto protest of ‘comply or die’ policing, loved ones of those killed seek justice

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About two dozen family members, friends and advocates of police reform gathered early Saturday afternoon at one of Modesto’s busiest intersections to repeat their call for justice in the July 14 fatal shooting of Paul Chavez by a police officer.

The demonstrators gathered at the northwest corner of Briggsmore and McHenry avenues by the Briggsmore Square Shopping Center.

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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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Stanislaus County declares state of emergency following George Floyd protests

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. — Officials in Stanislaus County declared a state of emergency in response to the George Floyd protests throughout the area.

The move will give the county access to federal and state funding for law enforcement efforts.

“While we expect to see additional peaceful demonstrations as we have seen throughout this week, we do not expect demonstration to turn to violence unless instigated by outside influencers,” said Sheriff Jeff Dirkse. “This proclamation is primarily an administrative tool for the county to access state resources as well as activate the State Emergency Services Act, which helps to facilitate coordinated response throughout the County if needed.”

The declaration comes as a George Floyd protest in Oakdale turned "unpeaceful," according to local police. Earlier in the day, the Oakdale Police Department's chief had met and spoke with some of the protesters.
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Protests, Open Defiance Test Newsom’s Resolve as California Counties Push to Reopen

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — People in Northern and Southern California ignored closures at public parks and beaches on Sunday, defying stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus as pressure to reopen parts of California continues to build.

Santa Cruz County began on Saturday to close all beaches between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to let residents visit the beach in the early morning or sunset hours and keep day-trippers away.

Beaches are just the latest focus for frustrations over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s six-week-old order requiring nearly 40 million residents to remain mostly indoors. Businesses not deemed essential are closed until COVID-19 testing, hospital and death rates indicate the state outbreak is beginning to ease. Millions have been unable to work.

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