It's fair season. The cows are mooing, the bands are playing, and fairgoers are alternating between consuming corndogs and beer and being thrown upside-down on the newest carnival thrill rides. Amidst the statewide festivities, however, serious administrative talks are taking place that will be integral in determining the future of California fairs.
The Stanislaus County proposed 2013-2014 budget sees an increase in both state and federal funding for county projects and revenue. The budget, which is set to be finalized in September, totals $1 billion in appropriations and $990 million in revenue - an increase over last year's budget of $984 million in appropriations and $930 million in revenue.
The 2016 election may be over a year out, but five candidates have already tossed their hat in the ring to represent the 12th Assembly District, a seat presently occupied by Kristin Olsen (R–Riverbank).
The Turlock City Council convened for a special meeting Friday afternoon and unanimously approved to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Modesto, Del Puerto Water District, and the Department of the Interior in order to have more input during the environmental review process for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program.
Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman will continue to serve as a member of the Stanislaus County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, at least for the next 60 days as the county's mayors decided they needed more time to determine if he is fit to represent their collective interests.
July 1, which marks the beginning of the fiscal year, is fast approaching meaning there is one significant item before the City of Turlock: the budget adoption process. While traditionally the City has adopted a budget annually, this year it will work within a two year time frame for the 2015-2015 and 2016-2017 budgets.