Jeff Jardine

Jeff Jardine

Meals on Wheels gets major mileage out of minimal funding

President Trump’s proposed budget doesn’t specifically target the Meals on Wheel program, which receives no direct federal funding at all. But it does benefit from community block development grants, which are expected to be reduced. In Stanislaus County the program’s value is measured by the people it serves and the ones it trains.

Jeff Jardine

Laura’s Law proponents in Stanislaus County look to once-starving sign man downtown and wonder, ‘What if?’

What if Stanislaus County had implemented Laura’s Law, which allows counties to seek court-ordered patient help for those with serious mental disorders? State legislators passed it in 2003, leaving each of the 58 counties to determine whether to create and pay for the programs aimed at people like Ramon Alvarez, who had failed to comply with mental health treatment attempts.

Jeff Jardine

Denham inspiring the base, but which one more? Conservative or liberal?

Is Denham vulnerable – and even beatable – in 2018? The Democrats certainly think so. He is one of seven Californians on the list of 61 Republican representatives nationally they will target in the next election. But unseating Denham here will take more than money. It will take a candidate with some name recognition, and they are waiting to see who that will be.

Jeff Jardine

Why didn’t Denham schedule town hall meeting to face his constituents?

Across the nation, GOP congressional representatives go home to face angry constituents who clearly don’t like what they’ve seen thus far from President Donald Trump – including some who voted for him in November – as well as others don’t think he’s gone far enough fast enough. Suddenly, people who used to detest Congress but loved their district’s representative have turned on him/her too. And just as suddenly, many politicians who gladly spoke to crowds during the campaign season – Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock included – now avoid them.

Jeff Jardine

Rumors of ICE roundup, checkpoint in Stanislaus County denied

Rumors of a checkpoint to round up undocumented immigrants last week in south Modesto and other points in Stanislaus County simply were not true, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said. Any arrests targeted those with criminal records and those who posed a threat to the community – not merely being undocumented.

Jeff Jardine

A new plea to the governor, times two, to keep killers in 1979 Modesto case locked up

In 2015, members of the Ranzo family and others went to the state Capitol to ask Gov. Brown to overturn the parole of Jeffrey Maria, one of four men convicted in the brutal murders of Modesto residents Phil and Kathy Ranzo in 1979. Their efforts worked, and Brown kept Maria in prison. With Maria again recommended for freedom, and crime ringleader Marty Don Spears as well, will their tactic work again? They went to the Capitol again to plead their case to keep both killers behind bars, and now await Brown’s verdict.

Jeff Jardine

UC Merced, other attacks ‘underreported’? Nothing a Google search won’t refute

When a UC Merced student stabbed four people before being shot to death by a campus police officer, the media reported it in depth and detail. Then news outlets continued to follow the story as each new piece of information – including the FBI’s report that the attacker was “self-radicalized and inspired by, but not connected to, the Islamic State” – became available. Yet President Donald Trump claims that incident and 77 others were “underreported” as he tries to push immigration ban.

Jeff Jardine

When government lawyers up, flow of public information slows down

Officials lawyer up and then claim attorney-client privilege to deny an information request which, in turn, denies the public the right to information it ultimately finances as taxpayers. Or officials find other reasons to withhold information. It’s a form of legal dodgeball used mostly in cases involving personnel investigations, which generally should be public information once they are completed, whether they involve the city manager or a lower-level employee.

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Concerns raised over threat to senior meals in Stanislaus County

Howard Training Center, a non-profit in Ceres, makes and takes 20,000 meals a month to seniors in Stanislaus County through Meals on Wheels and daily lunches served at 13 congregate sites. Though only a small portion of its budget is derived from federal funding, it is still necessary to keep the programs going. Officials are concerned social services cuts in President Trump's budget would cause more hardships for needy seniors.
jjardine@modbee.com
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Concerns raised over threat to senior meals in Stanislaus County

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Turlock 2017 State of the City Address

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