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Eric Escalante - eric@turlockcitynews.com

Eric Escalante - eric@turlockcitynews.com

Eric Escalante is a writer versed in research methodology, phonetics, syntax, and literary analysis.

At TurlockCityNews.com, he has written on the topics of Education, Government, and community events. He has also written on social, economic, and cultural dynamics, language in literature, and concepts of identity in regard to literature, gender, and race.

Escalante graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Major in English and Minor in Linguistics. He served as an editor for the Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal, Berkeley Fiction Review, and as a writer/editor for Spoon University.

In his spare time, Escalante watches WWE Monday Night Raw, a childhood passion of his. He also composes music, makes homemade pizzas, and reads novels.
 
Monday morning the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department responded to Roselawn Continuation High School due to an anonymous tip about an armed student boarding a bus heading to the school. At approximately 7 a.m., the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about a student possibly armed with a handgun.
Nearly a year to the date that the original Turlock skate park closed on Starr Avenue, the City of Turlock has finally completed their work on the new iteration of the Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park. Skaters will be able to skate the park this afternoon as the City has planned a “soft opening” before holding a grand opening.
The races for Turlock City Council have been set, and these historic elections will each have candidates going head to head this November. The most unusual but expected race is between Councilman Steven Nascimento and Councilwoman Amy Bublak. Councilwoman Bublak was the only Councilmember displaced by the passage of Measure A, which set up the by-district elections. With her recent move in into District 4 earlier in the year, Councilwoman Bublak and Councilman Nascimento have been expected to compete for the opportunity to represent District 4 on the City Council.
A train going through Turlock is currently stopped and blocking the railroad crossings at Main Street and other crossings in the city. As of about 10:35 a.m., traffic is backed-up from multiple crossings to Golden State Boulevard to the east of the train tracks and past First Street to the west.
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After a push for campaign finance reform by Councilman Steven Nascimento since 2014, the Incumbent Council Candidate has come out of the gate in the first ever City of Turlock district election with a report of big money. For the Turlock City Council district races, the candidate’s campaign has already separated itself from the other potential candidates by receiving over $23,000 in monetary contributions. With loans and nonmonetary contributions, the Nascimento campaign has amassed over $27,000. The campaign is for a district comprised of approximately a quarter of the city.
At approximately 8:40 a.m., Turlock Police Department responded to a reported shooting on H Street. Police officers arrived at the scene of a possible shooting on the 200 block of H Street, between Jessica and Emily streets.
As the Turlock City Council and Turlock Police Department address crime trends and a better plan to provide public safety, a priority concern of Turlock citizens, another law is on the Nov. 8 election ballot that will affect crime throughout the State of California. Assembly Bill 109 and Proposition 47 have been attributed by both police and citizens to have noticeably impacted crime in Turlock. With notable impacts experienced in Turlock as a result of previously passed laws, Turlock voters will be deciding whether Proposition 57, another law geared toward prison population reduction, will be the right path for the State to take. AB 109, which was opposed by local District-12 State Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R), was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. 
Despite receiving a generalized report from Turlock Police Chief Robert Jackson, the increase in crime was an unignorable reality for the Turlock City Council. By the request of Councilwoman Amy Bublak, Chief Jackson will be returning to the podium and presenting to the City Council the specific crime trends in the City of Turlock and a course of action to reduce the crime affecting Turlock residents. Even though Chief’s Jackson’s report did show an increase in crime for Turlock, Councilwoman Bublak was vocal about her frustration with the content the Chief’s lackluster presentation. 
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Turlock Police Department Investigation Unit arrested a Turlock man for sexual assault on children under 10 years of age. On Wednesday, July 20, Turlock Police officers arrested Christopher Bonander, 41, for oral copulation with a child under 10, lewd acts with a child under 14, showing harmful matter to a minor, continuous sexual abuse of a child under 15, and attempted oral copulation of a child under 10.
Plans for a family entertainment center with a 34 lane bowling alley are currently under review by the City of Turlock. Turlock has been without a bowling alley for nearly two decades, and with the newest project coming before the City, it may be possible for a bowling alley to return to Turlock. The City of Turlock has entertained the idea of a bowling alley since 2010. Originally, the project was a 52,000 square foot proposed family entertainment center that was going to include 34 bowling lanes on Monte Vista Avenue, near Crowell Road, across from CSU, Stanislaus, which was being planned from developers and then-PMZ realtors Jerry Powell, Jim Theis, and Rod Scott (the current developer).
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