LCR Events & Standing on Current Issues

Future, Current, and Past Events

LCR invites you to its monthly luncheon that will take place on Thursday, June 13th, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Red Event Center, located at 921 8th Street, Modesto, CA.  (Please see flyer below.) 

LCR will dedicate this month’s luncheon to the issue of Immigration.  As we all know, our Latino community has a large population of immigrants.  Many of us are immigrants, related to immigrants or have contacts with immigrants, documented or undocumented, especially our farmers that need help to raise and harvest their crops at very reasonable wages up and down The Valley. 

There has been comments and reports that our immigrants commit crimes against us and should be blocked from entering our Country or kicked out if they are already here.  On the other hand, our Latino community is also very interested in keeping families together.

This month’s distinguished speaker will be STANISLAUS COUNTY SHERIFF, JEFF DIRKSE.  As our County’s top law enforcement officer, he will inform us regarding the Sheriff Department’s current policies about ICE in our jails, including to what extent is the Sheriff is collaborating with ICE, considering SB54, The California Values Act. He will answer all the tough questions you may have about his balancing between the rules imposed by our Sanctuary State Law and his duty to keep our communities safe. He will also respond to the concerns that some people have about a recent Modesto Bee article about his sharing of license plate information with ICE to target undocumented immigrants but compromising the privacy of our citizens. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend our luncheon and become part of the conversation.

***Sheriff Jeff Dirkse was born in Southern California and raised in Denair.  He graduated from Turlock High School in 1990 and the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, in 1994, with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He subsequently served in the US Army as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Ranger Platoon Leader, Infantry Company Commander and most recently was a Watch Officer at Special Operations Command, Europe.

Sheriff Dirkse began his career in Law Enforcement in 2007 with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.  He served on Patrol and as a detective in STING (Special Team Investigating Narcotics and Gangs) and Rural Crime.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2013 and served on Patrol and in Internal Affairs.  In 2015, he promoted to Lieutenant and was appointed as the Chief of Patterson Police Services.  He manages the Explorer program and was a founding member of the Sheriff Department’s Mobile Field Force, which assists other agencies during disasters and search and rescue missions.

Jeff Dirkse was sworn into the office as Sheriff-Coroner on January 7, 2019.

As always, a delicious Mexican buffet meal will be served at this luncheon.  Food is available before 12:00 p.m., and the program will start at 12:00. Cost is $20 at the door. Courtesy table reservations of four (4) or more are available. For more info., contact Amanda Duran at 209-447-4493, or the writer at 209-567-1040. 

Other Notes:

  1. LCR appreciates the prompt response by our County Board of Supervisors and thanks its members, including our chairman, Terry Withrow, for the action taken to address LCR’s concerns on how to deal with, and remove, the illegally dumped thrash in the County pocket areas of the City of Modesto. The Modesto Bee published a front-page article about the Board’s actions to remedy the situation earlier this year. Now, there is no thrash in those alleys that were filled with it, which created rodents, dangers to children, and fire hazards in our community.
  2. Karen Warner from our Congressman Josh Harder’s district office has informed us that if any of you are interested in getting our Congressman’s newsletter, please go to: and sign up for it.
  3. Leadership Modesto, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce leadership program is open for applications. Please call 209-577-5757 if interested—deadline for submission of applications available on its Website is June 7th, 2019.

Thank you for supporting LCR, a full volunteer organization with non-paid staff.




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LCR Position on Current Issues

1). Renaming Mellis Park and King Kennedy Memorial Center to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park and Center

LCR’s Board of Directors supports the efforts being made by The Committee to Change  the Name of Mellis Park to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr Park, and King Kennedy Center to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr Center, in working collaboratively with the City of Modesto to make such changes.

The Board recognizes that Reverend King fought for the civil rights of African-Americans just as Cesar Chavez fought for the rights of the Latino community.

2. National High School Walkout in Protest of Ongoing Gun Violence in Schools

The Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County (LCR) Board of Directors supports the National High School Walkout on April 20th (the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine shooting) in protest of ongoing gun violence in schools.


LCR’s Board also supports DACA.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy that allows some individuals, under restrictive conditions, who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country without legal permission to do so, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.

4. Bail Reform

LCR supports Bail Reform, Senate Bill 10, now pending in the legislature.  The Eighth amendment of the constitution prohibits excessive bail. All Californians should have the right to bail without experiencing financial hardship that affects minorities and low income people in our state, excluding defendants charged with violent crime, sex offenses, or when the court finds that defendant’s release will be a danger to society.

5. Universal Healthcare

LCR supports Universal Healthcare for all Californians. Healthcare should not only be affordable to high income earners, but to everybody regardless of income.  The free market should not dictate who stays healthy or who does not.

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Our goal is to improve the Latino Community in terms of political, social and economic welfare.  We do this by educating those who wish to get involved in the government and leadership of Modesto, endorse candidates for office giving permission for use of LCR logo/name on campaign materials, promoting them with our members, and providing other support such as recruiting volunteers at LCR.

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Latino Community Roundtable

P.O. Box 4203

Modesto, CA  95352-4203

We help the Latino Community by endorsing and supporting political candidates for election.

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