County Pulse: Politicians to hear constituents at ‘Government Night’ in Turlock

kcarlson@modbee.comMarch 7, 2014 

— Live from Turlock, it’s Government Night!

The third annual Turlock Government Night will be an opportunity for federal, state and local elected officials to listen to their constituents.

County Supervisor Vito Chiesa will hold the event March 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at California State University, Stanislaus, in the Mary Stuart Rogers Building, Conference Room 130.

The scheduled speakers are Republican Congressman Jeff Denham, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen and Turlock Mayor John Lazar.

Chiesa said Government Night creates a forum for people to interact with elected representatives from the three levels of government. He said he often confers with Denham, Olsen and Lazar to discuss issues of importance to the Valley. Chiesa’s supervisorial district includes Turlock, Denair and agricultural areas in southern Stanislaus County.

Because space is limited, those wishing to attend are asked to email or call (209) 525-6440.


Soon after Scott Calkins tossed his hat Wednesday to challenge county Supervisor Terry Withrow in the June election, a few observers contested my story referring to him as a Wood Colony resident. One comment sent to The Modest Bee claimed that the southern boundary of the Old German Baptist Brethren settlement is Kansas Avenue. Calkins lives on Elm Avenue, just to the south, so he should not be called a Wood Colony resident, another critic said.

A Bee story Dec. 14 described the colony boundaries as roughly Highway 99 on the east, Murphy-Bacon Road on the north, Gates Road on the west and Maze Boulevard to the south, which places the Calkins home within the area.

Calkins, who grew up on Beckwith Avenue, in the heart of Wood Colony, said Friday the historic south border is Woodland Avenue. His parents later moved to a place on Ohio Avenue, south of Maze. “I’m off the edge, but not by much,” said Calkins, who attended elementary school at Hart-Ransom. “I have never strayed very far from my roots.”

In another race, the Michael Eggman campaign asked that the Democratic candidate in the 10th Congressional District be referred to as a Turlock farmer. The Bee has previously described Eggman as a former Turlock farmer who moved to Kingsburg.

The campaign spokesman explained that Eggman moved his family back to the Valley when his mother died about 11 years ago, so he could help his father run the Turlock farm where the candidate grew up. “His wife is a flight attendant who flies out of (Los Angeles), so they bought a home in Kingsburg,” which is more of a midpoint between Southern California and Turlock.

The spokesman said Eggman has worked the bee farm and almond orchards in Turlock as his main occupation for the past decade. The Eggmans maintain homes in both Fresno and Stanislaus counties, the spokesman said.

Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at or (209) 578-2321.

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