A woman sleeping in a homeless encampment in Modesto was killed when she was hit by heavy machinery used by Caltrans to clean up the property, according to Modesto police.
The woman had been sleeping in a cardboard box on the grassy area along Highway 99 south of Kansas Avenue, according to a man who was there that morning.
Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol have not commented on the investigation about the Aug. 1 incident despite multiple calls from The Bee.
However, Modesto police Chief Galen Carroll, whose department homicide detectives were called to the scene after the body was discovered, confirmed Tuesday how she died.
Once it was discovered it was not a homicide, the investigation was turned over to the CHP because the accident occurred on state property.
The Modesto Bee has been inquiring with the CHP for weeks regarding the outcome of the investigation but the agency, as well as Caltrans, have released no details.
The incident occurred four months after the union that represents Caltrans workers filed a grievance regarding homeless encampment cleanups, saying workers are not given sufficient protective gear or training for that kind of work. The state rejected the grievance.
CHP Officer Tom Olsen said the Modesto area CHP is working with the agency’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team based in Fresno and would not comment on the details of the case involving the woman’s death until the investigation is complete.
Caltrans did release this statement earlier this month:
“Our sympathies go out to the family of the woman who was found earlier this month during an encampment cleanup along State Route 99 in Modesto. The incident is currently being investigated jointly by the CHP Fresno area office and the Modesto Police Department.”
California is currently celebrating Muslim Appreciation Month, thanks to some very Islam-friendly lawmakers.
“My friends and neighbors continue to experience harassment on a daily basis for no other reason than being Muslim. This resolution is an opportunity to look beyond the hate, the negative headlines and the hurtful rhetoric,” said California Assemblymember Dr. Bill Quirk.
Never mind the fact that Islam is responsible for more death than any other religion in the history of Earth. Never mind the genital mutilation, the animal rape, the pedophilia, the obvious fact Muslims worship Satan… Never mind all of that, let’s celebrate Muslims. Utter madness. Only in the minds of Democrats is this a celebratory moment.
He is one of three sponsors of the measure that recognized August 2018 as Muslim American Appreciation and Awareness Month. Assemblymembers Kansen Chu and Ash Kalra joined him in promoting the bill.
Muslim-American Aziz Akbari joined them on the Assembly floor to celebrate the passage of the bill. He is the youngest Muslim American to be elected into public office in the country.
“For the Muslim American community to thrive, we rely not only on having representation in each body of government, but also on having strong allies who will voice our concerns and be there to support us. Assemblymember Quirk has been one of the strongest allies of our community, and I tremendously appreciate the work that he has done,” said Akbari, according to Quirk’s website.
“It is because of our community’s support that young Muslims, like me feel comfortable and resilient enough to run for elected office – especially given the incendiary rhetoric we hear about our community on the national level,” he said.
But Carol Brown with American Thinker says it’s not that simple. She says Californians are going out of their way “even more than normal – to kowtow to Islam as they celebrate a contrived notion about Muslim contributions to our society.”
This is the third year California has decided Muslims are deserving of special honor by the government. Brown writes it’s a perfect example of political correctness as “madness rules the day” in California.
“So it should come as no surprise that California would lead the (wrong) way when Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR joined forces with dhimmi state assemblyman Bill Quirk to propose a resolution (which passed unanimously) to designate August as Muslim Appreciation Month,” Brown wrote.
She points out there aren’t other months reserved for honoring other religions like “Hindu Appreciation Month” or “Jewish Appreciation Month.”
She wrote that she doesn’t want to “start with this nonsense, but I’m just making the point that this is dhimmitude, pure and simple.”
Brown goes on to list and link “some Muslims’ contributions to the quality of life in California just this year alone.” She offered a list of 50 instances of crimes by Muslims, with many of them being acts related to ISIS terrorists and acts of terrorism.
Meanwhile, a new bill in California would give kids just two drink options to choose from at a restaurant: milk or water.
Senate Bill 1192 would make those two options the default drink for kids meal in an effort to help reduce obesity.
CBS Sacramento reports that the bill passed the state assembly and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. If he signs it, California would be the first state in the nation to have such a law restricting sugary drinks.
But California lawmakers could make that sugary fix harder to get as a new effort to impact the eating habits of children gains momentum at the state Capitol.
“Cancer is fought in the halls of government, not just in the halls of the hospital,” said Stephanie Winn with the American Cancer Society.
Her group is one of many supporting the bill that would force restaurants to automatically serve water or milk with kids meals instead of juice or soda. She argues children’s meals shouldn’t come with a side order of diseases.
“Some of these kids are drinking up to three sodas a day. This is setting them up for tremendous cancer risks down the road. Because now we know that 20 percent of all cancers are tied to being overweight,” she said.
An excerpt from the bill reads:
SB 1192, as amended, Monning. Children’s meals.
Existing law, the California Retail Food Code, establishes uniform health and sanitation standards for, and provides for regulation by the State Department of Public Health of, retail food facilities, as defined, and requires local enforcement agencies to enforce these provisions. Under existing law, a person who violates any provision of the code is guilty of a misdemeanor with each offense punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in a county jail for a term not exceeding 6 months, or by both that fine and imprisonment.
This bill would require a restaurant, as defined, that sells a children’s meal that includes a beverage, to make the default beverage water, sparkling water, or flavored water, as specified, or unflavored milk or a nondairy milk alternative, as specified. The bill would not prohibit a restaurant’s ability to sell, or a customer’s ability to purchase, an alternative beverage if the purchaser requests one.
The bill would make a violation of its provisions an infraction, but would make the first violation subject to a notice of violation. Under the bill, the 2nd and 3rd violations would be punishable by fines of not more than $250 and $500, respectively. By imposing additional duties on local enforcement agencies and by creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 30th, 2018