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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.
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. 
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).
Monday, 11 July 2016 07:26

Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven

It’s 50 years of one of America’s favorite frozen drinks! 7-Eleven’s Slurpee has turned 50, and, to celebrate its birthday, aka Free Slurpee Day, stop by the 7-Eleven today to get a free Slurpee. Turlock Irrigation District’s Canal Drive Weather Station is predicting a high 93 degrees today, and an ice cold drink can be great way to recharge from the summer heat.
There is no more ambiguity in where the Turlock City Council stands in their opinions regarding campaign finance. After voting down all the other proposed measures, a majority of the City Council, with Councilmember Bublak teleconferencing into the meeting, voted in approval for Proposal 4, which implements voluntary campaign contribution limits. The ordinance adopted by the City Council regarding voluntary contribution limits has a looser definition of a donor than the ordinance proposed by Councilmember Steven Nascimento. Whereas Councilmember Nascimento sought to define a donor so that an individual who owns multiple business entities couldn’t usurp the contribution limit by donating from his different business entities, Mayor Soiseth’s proposal kept the definition as defined by the State of California. 
Originally, Director of Development Services Mike Pitcock had stated that a ribbon cutting for Turlock’s relocated Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park could have been in the works for mid-June or early July. However, the completion date of the Turlock skate park has once again been pushed back.
Turlock Fire Department responded to a fire at approximately 2:15 p.m. on the 800 block of North Denair Avenue. Turlock firefighters are on scene and currently have blocked off a stretch of North Denair Avenue, between Canal Road and Starr Avenue.
Thursday, 23 June 2016 02:05

Cat Missing from 95380 Area

Be on the lookout for a lost cat. A cat named Mama Kitty has been lost. She is currently lost at 10 years of age. Mama Kitty is a domestic long haired cat.