The four transit providers in Stanislaus County, including Ceres Area Transit (CAT), Modesto Area Express (MAX), Stanislaus County Regional Transit (StaRT), and Turlock Transit announced that all rides on all fixed route buses will be free for passengers during the entire month of July 2019 as part of a joint, free ride promotion. This includes MAX to BART Commuter Express, MAX to ACE Commuter Express, and StaRT’s BART Commuter bus services, but excludes ADA Paratransit, Medivan, and Dial-a-Ride services.

Funding for the joint, free ride promotion is made possible through a grant from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) under the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities.

In addition to the free ride promotion throughout July, regional transit operators plan to coordinate additional free ride promotional opportunities over the next twelve months under the same LCTOP grant program. These promotional periods include Rideshare Week (October 2019), Go Green Week (March 2020), Bike to Work Week (May 2020), and Dump the Pump Day (June 2020).

“We think this is a great opportunity working in tandem with all the systems in our region to offer these free rides In July,” said Annette Borrelli, StaRT’s Transit Manager. “Particularly in light of rising gas prices and increased traffic congestion. This would give community residents the opportunity to see how easy and convenient it is to get around Stanislaus County.”

Residents are encouraged to make the most of this free ride promotion by planning their trips in advance. Trip planning tools are available on the websites of the transit operators, as well as through smartphone apps such as Google Maps or the Transit app. These tools make it easy to determine the closest bus stop, the correct route, and in some cases real-time bus arrival information.

“We’re excited to coordinate our efforts with our regional partners to make it easier than ever for all County residents to experience the benefits of transit,” said Wayne York, Transit Manager for Turlock Transit. “Turlock Transit will be extending service on all routes through midnight each day of the Stanislaus County Fair (July 12-21) including Sundays, and providing a free, direct shuttle between the Fairgrounds Arch Gate and the Turlock Transit Center for easy transfers.”

All public transit buses in Stanislaus County are accessible to individuals with disabilities as required by the American’s with Disabilities Act. Individuals who have difficulty using fixed route transit services may be eligible for ADA paratransit services by contacting their respective transit operator. Individuals seeking ADA eligibility can contact MOVE Stanislaus at (209) 232-5092 for more information or to arrange an in-person assessment.

MAX will be FREE the entire month of July 2019. All fixed routes, MAX to BART Commuter Express, and MAX to ACE Commuter Express, – ALL FREE, ALL JULY!

For more information on Turlock Transit and its services, visit or call 668-5600.

IT IS NEVER ENOUGH: California gas tax goes up July 1, but leaders say road repairs need even more money……

California is poised to charge the highest taxes and fees on gas in the country when an increase kicks in July 1, but officials say the state is still billions of dollars short of what’s needed to properly fix the roads and are considering additional charges.

The gasoline tax is set to climb by 5.6 cents per gallon, the second in a wave of increases approved by state leaders two years ago to raise billions of dollars for road and bridge repairs and mass transit.

Combined with a 12-cent increase that took effect in November 2017, the taxes and vehicle fees approved in a bill known as SB 1 are projected to add $5.4 billion in the coming year to transportation funding.

But officials estimate $130 billion is needed to bring the state’s roads and bridges into a state of good repair. The gas tax increases of 2017 will raise some $52 billion during the first 10 years but that will leave a road repair shortfall of approximately $78 billion.

The tax does not expire after 10 years and will continue to grow with the cost of living in future decades.

“The current funding is not sufficient, it is not enough,” said Tony Akel, a Fresno engineer who is a leader of the American Society of Civil Engineers. “We know that there is a big gap that is a result of years of underfunding.”

The group just released a study that gives California’s roads a “D” grade, saying they are among the worst in the country. State Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), who authored the gas tax measure, said the evaluation appears accurate, but argued it is not a failure of the tax measure, just too early an assessment.

“You won’t see the impact of SB 1 for another couple of years,” Beall said. “The grades are based on actual conditions, and the SB 1 projects are underway but they are not finished. Road conditions will improve.”

The state has completed about 100 transportation projects and 400 more are in the works, according to the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Projects funded so far include $135.9 million to improve 104 lane miles of Interstate 605 and $54.9 million for 99 lane miles of State Route 1 in Los Angeles County. Projects completed so far include repaving a stretch of Interstate 5 between the 605 and Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles County.

“SB 1 was never expected to completely fund all backlog work, but it has given us a great start to making up for years of underfunding,” said Jeff Burdick, a spokesman for Caltrans.

The increase taking effect next month means the total state taxes and fees on gasoline will be 57.8 cents per gallon, based on the current average price of gas across California.

That will just edge out the 57.6 cents-per-gallon charged by Pennsylvania. Washington state will remain in third place, charging motorists 49.4 cents per gallon.

(Some of the California tax is based on a percentage of the cost of a gallon of gas, so a significant drop in prices could cause the overall tax to drop — at least temporarily — below Pennsylvania’s.)

Alaska and Missouri have the lowest gas taxes in the country, with per-gallon charges of 14.34 and 17.35 cents respectively, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Motorists in all states also pay 18.4 cents per gallon in federal fuel taxes.

“California will be number one in another category that it shouldn’t be number one in,” said state Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), who opposed SB 1 as it made its way through the Legislature. “These incremental increases drive people nuts. They are trying to meet their budgets, and we keep pounding away at it.”

Assembly Democrats, in a 49-17 vote, on Monday blocked an attempt by Republicans to postpone the July tax hike. “Democrats reaffirmed their support for a regressive gas tax increase that punishes every Californian who can’t afford a Tesla,” said Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia). “So much for being the party of working people.”

SB 1 calls for additional annual increases to California’s gas tax based on inflation starting July 1, 2020.

Beall, the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, agreed with the assessment of the engineers’ group that current revenue is insufficient.

“Money went to local [agencies] from the gas tax, but they still need more,” Beall said, adding that the federal government needs to increase its funding for roads, while counties also can go to their voters for local sales tax increases for transportation projects.

Voters in Riverside County are among those who may be asked next year to raise taxes to fill a funding shortfall to fix the roads.

The Riverside County Transportation Commission has launched a study to determine how to make up a $12.6-billion gap between its transportation needs and expected funding over the next 20 years, according to Cheryl Donahue, a manager at the agency.

“As part of its review, the commission will determine whether asking county voters to consider a sales tax measure to fund transportation improvements is part of the best overall approach to reducing congestion and improving mobility,” Donahue said.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System also is considering whether to ask voters to increase the sales tax by up to one-half cent next year to pay for transit, highway and road improvements, spokesman Rob Schupp said. The San Diego Assn. of Governments released a poll in March that found strong voter support for such a tax, with 70% of those surveyed saying “improving roads to support transit services” is important.

Voters in San Mateo and San Benito counties approved sales tax increases in November for road projects.

Moorlach said Orange County, where he lives, has approved two local tax measures to fund its transportation needs in recent years, and he does not have a problem with other counties following suit.

The group Move L.A. has proposed a grander plan, suggesting that raising local sales taxes by a half-cent in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties could bring in about $1.5 billion per year for public projects.

Much of the money would go to South Coast Air Quality Management District efforts to increase non-polluting transportation, including electric cars and trucks. But some could be spent on infrastructure including bike and pedestrian lanes, which SB 1 finances.

The air district has sponsored a bill, SB 732, that would allow it to ask voters to raise the sales tax by up to 1% in the four counties. The legislation is expected to be taken up next year.

State law requires a two-thirds vote to approve a local tax increase for transportation, but a pair of other pending bills could make approval easier. A bill in the Legislature would put a measure on the November 2020 statewide ballot that would allow cities, counties and special districts to impose taxes if 55% of local voters approve. The measure would benefit projects involving affordable housing and infrastructure, including improvements to transit and streets and highways.

Another bill, AB 1413, would allow local transportation agencies like San Diego’s to seek voter approval of tax increases in any portion of the county, so if some areas want better roads they can vote on them. The measure would allow communities to pay for “improving roads, transit, highways, or other transportation infrastructure as they see fit,” said Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego).

But the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. argued agencies “shouldn’t be able to pick and choose among their tax base to make it easier to increase regressive sales taxes.”

State lawmakers also are considering a bill that would charge a 10% tax on every barrel of oil pumped from the ground in California to bring in some $900 million annually. That, critics say, would mean motorists will pay more at the pump. Backers of the bill deny there would be a significant impact on drivers.

Money raised by the bill would go to the general fund but could help with transportation, said Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), the legislation’s author.

“While other states have brought in billions of dollars for their constituents through an oil severance tax, California has had to dip into its own pockets to cover extensive clean-up costs brought about by the oil industry’s irresponsible actions,” Wieckowski said. “Californians deserve better.”


FRANK CARSON ET AL 6-28-2019……..(TOM)




VERDICT 06/28/2019






I think this is the best day of my life. I am at the courtroom this afternoon, and somewhere around 2:00PM we (Marty and I) are notified that the jury has decided on their verdicts. We sit around, and try to keep calm, but this is too important to allow us to be so. It was brilliant for us to have gotten into the front of the first come first served line. There were so many attorneys, investigators, and family on both sides of the courtroom that it only left a precious few seats available as we entered the courtroom. There was no way that either one of us were going to miss this moment. We have put our lives on hold for 3 ½ years, and have witnesses a travesty of justice being stopped by a jury of twelve wonderful people. I must confess that I am very much drunk as I write this post. I am home, and safe, and I am going to do my best to tell you what I experienced, and to paint for you one final picture of what has been proven to be a travesty of justice.

It is 3:30PM. I am sitting in an entirely packed courtroom. On the left, were all the investigators, Kauffman family, and attorneys that supported the prosecution. On the right were the family members of the three defendants, attorneys, and supporters of the defendants. Judge Zuniga starts speaking. She tells everyone in the courtroom that the emotions are high, and this case has taken a long time. She reminds everyone that this is a courtroom. She tells everyone that it is OK to cry, but she will have the bailiff remove anyone who has an audible reaction to any of the verdicts. At 3:33PM, Judge Zuniga instructs the bailiff to lead the jury into the courtroom. The jury had been in the jury room at the side of the courtroom, but Judge Zuniga had them enter down the center isle. All of the jurors had a somber look on their face as they passed by me. I look to the ceiling, and have a private conversation with my LORD. I can’t see very well at this time. The tears are welling up. This means so much to me.

Juror number one, who is one of the two male jurors, is the foreman of the jury. He hands a large Manila envelope to the clerk, who hands it to Judge Zuniga. She takes what seems forever reading the verdicts. I am watching her face, and she seems to be shocked by what she sees. When Judge Zuniga is done reading everything twice, she hands it to the court clerk, and she begins to read the verdicts.

The court clerk starts out with Frank Clifford Carson. Not guilty for the charge of Frist Degree Murder. Not guilty for the charge of Second Degree Murder. Not guilty for the charge of Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice. I am full on crying. I just can’t stop it. I don’t care what anybody thinks. This means so much to me. I always knew this was going to happen. God would not allow anything different. Good triumphs over evil. Right rules over wrong. The light rules over darkness.

The court clerk now reads the verdict for Daljit Atwal. Not guilty for the charge of First Degree Murder. Not guilty for the charge of Second Degree Murder. Not guilty for the charge of Voluntary Manslaughter. Not guilty for the charge of Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice. I am watching through my tears the people on the other side of the courtroom, and I see some of them seething. You could feel the anger in the air. I could feel the warm tingly feeling of Love being shared between people on my side of the courtroom. A sense of relief after the Hell on Earth odyssey we have all endured.

The court clerk now reads the verdict for Baljit Athwal. Not guilty for the charge of First Degree Murder. Not guilty for the charge of Second Degree Murder. Not guilty for the charge of Voluntary Manslaughter. Not guilty for the charge of Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice. The totality of our victory is now just sinking into me. This is right up there with the birth of my only child. I thank my LORD, for HE has carried all of us across the sand. It is time for all of us to heal the many wounds that have been inflicted on us. The relief that is now upon the defendants must be overwhelming. My heart goes out to them for what they had to endure. Judge Zuniga instructs the jury. She tells them to report any unwanted contact by anyone concerning their service in this case. She instructs them that it is not legal for them to accept any money from anyone to tell their story for a period of 90 days.

Judge Zuniga now has the deputies escort the prosecution side of the courtroom out the door. I hear a young lady yell “You fucking killed my brother.” Shadow Pickett screams obscenities as he is taken out of the courtroom. I hear a warning from someone who said something about not going to Turlock. That clearly seemed to be a threat.

I was one of the first people out the courtroom door after all the angry people were taken out. It was a pure pleasure for me to hand out small bags of marbles to the defendants and their attorneys. I have titled all my articles with: “FOR ALL THE MARBLES.” Like the “Soup Nazi,” I say: “No marbles for you Marlisa.” And no marbles for all of the rest of you who weaponized our legal system to maliciously charge innocent people. Your absolute power has corrupted you absolutely.

This travesty of justice has inflicted severe emotional, physical, and financial harm to the defendants, family, and attorneys. The totality of this victory assures the FACT that HUGE law suits are going to follow. The 15-20 million dollars spent on this case will pale compared to what will be awarded to the defendants in the courtroom. They really can’t ever be adequately compensated for what was inflicted on them.

After celebrating in front of the courtroom, many of us went to a nice bar where we continued our celebration. I had someone come and make sure that I got home safe and sound. I thank all of my readers for their many kind words. I thank Marty Carlson, because all of this would have been impossible without him. I thank the fabulous lawyers who defended right over wrong. Like I said so long ago: “The Truth Will Set Them Free.” It has folks, and I am so very happy. Now it is time for me to condense thousands of pages into 400, and write my first book. If there are any of you out there that can assist me in this endeavor, please let me know. I could use your help.

Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)



Warren Yates

June 28, 2019

I happened to turn on ESPN and get the latest score. The score in the Carson persecution is: GOOD GUYS 6 BAD GUYS 0.

I’ll be a good boy on this one Marty, I promise. (Inside joke)

Finally there is “liberty and justice for all”. It is now time to boot fladager out of office and put in a DA that will go after the real murderers who butt right up against Frank Carson’s property. A phony little crying interview with the Turlock Urinal, darn spellcheck, that should be Journal. You know what I mean. Just saying…

It is very sad that the DA chose not to properly investigate this case, then put innocent people on trial and instead protected tweakers felons and dregs of society. Korey’s real killer is still out there “hitting the pipe”, stealing people blind and wiping his brow saying
“That was close”.

If this vindictive evil DA is given her walking papers as she should than a DA should be installed that does not harbor a hatred for an attorney, Frank Carson, whom the current one has never beat in court on any major case. It’s time to take the trash out folks.

As Marty said in his blog tonight, I concur and say that I too feel that Korey’s family was let down because of a Dist. Atty. that had personal animosity against Frank Carson to the extent that she would okay the malicious prosecution of innocent people. Korey’s family has my deepest sympathies for the loss of their son.

As I have said in a prior commentary, I too suffered the loss of my son although not by violent means. The pain of the loss of a son cannot be described. The worst thing a person can say to one who has lost a child is “I’m sorry for your loss. I know how you feel”. They do not know how it feels if they have not experienced the loss of a child. So don’t say that to someone who has lost a child.

The fact that the real killer is still out here is disheartening. Korey’s family has been robbed of the closure they so sorely need to gain some level of peace. The vindictive attitude of a vindictive Dist. Atty. has robbed them of that piece for over five years.

As I mentioned in a couple of commentaries prior, I said that Marlisa looked like a defeated and downtrodden deputy Dist. Atty. in the photo that was displayed in local media a week ago. This trial has not been good to Marlisa at all. With today’s verdict, Marlisa’s dream of jumping into the Dist. Atty.’s position when fladagar retires or is thrown out of office went up in smoke.

fladagar rode in on the coattails of the Scott Peterson case which she and Rick Distaso co-counseled with Rick doing most of the work. Rick became a judge and fladagar became a losing Dist. Atty. On a radio interview several years ago, Stanislaus County Supervisor Jim De Martini said that if fladagar loses the Carson case “she might as well pack her bags”. That is a direct quote.

It’s time to pack your bags fladagar and ride off into the sunset never to be heard from again. I also recalled that several years ago during the preliminary hearing, Marlisa told Judge Zuniga that she wanted to have the judge put a gag order on me because of what I had been writing in my commentaries. Now that the verdict is out, it appears that maybe Marlisa should have put a gag order on herself. She may not have looked so foolish all these years.

There is no doubt in my mind that the civil attorneys at 3:35 PM today, began drafting the civil lawsuits which will now be six lawsuits involving seven or eight figures. fladagar’s name is probably going to be removed from quite a few Christmas cards this year. Maybe she can rent a space next to a Salvation Army bell ringer to try to get some cash to pay the tax payers back.

Again, my sincere condolences to Korey’s family for this tragic loss.


There was a note from the jurors and all attorneys had to be assembled.

They were asking if they can deliberate in August if they go past July 3rd.

The judge said to be looked at next week if needed.

Marlisa Ferreira also argued that Jai Gohel argued in his closing that Praveen Singh had a deal and his atty had said he would take the 5th. (Even though hed did testify )

She just wanted to make a record.

Jai Gohel said we will see what happens his next date.