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Hughson gives city manager a second chance

The approximately 100 residents of Hughson that attended Monday's city council meeting weren't the only ones confused and caught-off guard with the conflicting agenda items that preceded an even more surprising closed session decision. Council members demonstrated their own confusion when discussing the hiring of potential city managers at a special meeting on Dec. 7, then not even an hour later taking back City Manager Joe Donabed with open arms.

November 24, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Government


Stadium remodel on council agenda

The $2.8 million renovation of Turlock High School's Joe Debely Stadium is chief on the list of priorities for Tuesday's City Council meeting, as councilmembers will decide on three agenda items that would usher the project into reality.

November 20, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Turlock must plan for homeless housing, according to state law

The draft Turlock Housing Element update, a document that will prepare the City of Turlock to meet housing needs through 2014 and may include a provision that allows homeless shelters in Turlock, was released for public review and comment last week.

November 20, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Council moves forward with Debely renovation

The Turlock City Council approved a list of more than 20 projects for Redevelopment Agency funding Tuesday evening - including the controversial plan to install a new synthetic track and field at Turlock High School's Joe Debely stadium.

November 13, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Water rates could triple in six years

Members of the Turlock City Council have long backed a proposed surface water treatment plant, but on Tuesday they balked at a potential 300 percent increase in water rates associated with the project.

November 13, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson residents ‘embarrassed’ by their own city council

Hughson residents packed City Hall Monday night and stood in line to give City Council members a piece of their minds.

November 10, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Government


Cargo container legislation in the works

The City of Turlock may soon adopt a policy to address the countless cargo containers around town.

November 06, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Down economy leads to creation of fee deferral program

In an effort to help developers bring their building plans to fruition in the current down economy, the City of Turlock will now offer a fee deferral program.

October 30, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Government


Local congressman laments governor over NFL stadium and the Delta Smelt

The Delta pumps being turned off over two years ago has stirred up quite the controversy. The dormant pumps have caused suffering in the Central Valley agriculture industry with a loss of more than 40,000 jobs. So why push aside environmental regulations for a National Football League stadium in Los Angeles and not push those regulations aside to get the water moving again throughout California?

October 30, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Government


‘Move over’ law gives Caltrans the right to rule the road

A new law allows Caltrans vehicles to have the same priority as ambulances, police officers and firetrucks with a flash of a light.

October 27, 2009 | BY MAEGAN MARTENS mmartens@turlockjournal.com | Government


City Council preview

BMX Bike Park has raised the money, now its time for building

October 23, 2009 | MAEGAN MARTENS mmartens@turlockjournal.com | Government


Valley Blueprint Process forges ahead despite economic setbacks

The San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Process held a public forum last week to discuss the challenges of implementation of the preferred scenario (B+) and how it got selected for the Valley.

October 20, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Government


$16.3 million to go to California specialty crops

California has long led the nation when it comes to specialty crop agriculture. Now the state is first on the United States Department of Agriculture's list to receive Specialty Crop Block Grant funding.

October 20, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Lazar gathers with county mayors to discuss economy, tourism

Turlock Mayor John Lazar was one of four county mayors to attend the first annual State of the Region luncheon hosted by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 14.

October 20, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Government


Council accepts COPS grant; four new officers to be hired

Turlock City Council members voted to accept grant funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services on Tuesday for the reinstatement of four sworn officers in the Turlock Police Department. The three year grant stipulates that the officers must be retained for a fourth year at the expense of the City of Turlock.

October 17, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Government


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Road tax could be on November ballots

Turlock residents will likely see a citywide tax initiative on their ballots this November, as the City Council begins the process of creating an alternative to the countywide transportation tax recently abandoned by the Stanislaus Council of Governments that would have generated millions for local roadway repairs.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council moves forward with district elections

The Turlock City Council opted to take an important step towards switching Turlock's current at-large election system to one composed of multiple districts, in an effort to encourage equal representation within local government while also saving the city from hefty lawsuits.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Assembly bills target metal thieves

Two bills designed to combat metal theft by creating a statewide task force and implementing a stolen materials alert system are advancing toward becoming law in the Assembly.

April 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Legislators recognize Armenian genocide

The California State Assembly and Senate both commemorated the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide by adopting separate Genocide Recognition Resolutions on April 7.

April 22, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Council to discuss road tax, housing, and election

The Turlock City Council faces a full agenda on Tuesday, taking up three major issues concerning a possible tax increase for Turlock road repairs, the development of new housing near Monte Vista Crossings, and the imminent change to district elections.

April 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG opens comment period for long term draft transportation plan

Recently releasing the draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and associated Environmental Impact Report, the Stanislaus Council of Governments Policy Board is currently accepting public reviews and comments during a 60 day period.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Noise concerns put Larsa permit in peril

Due to multiple noise complaints from neighboring properties, the Larsa Event Center, located on E. Monte Visa Avenue may have its Conditional Use Permit revoked pending a decision by the Stanislaus County Planning Commission.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Crowd pours in for water talk

Hundreds of concerned community members, farmers, and local officials filled the packed conference room at California State University, Stanislaus on Tuesday evening, eager to hear more about regional groundwater issues from a panel of experts.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Pedestrians help City develop bike lane improvements

Recently partnering with a planning and design firm to develop a Bicycle Master Plan, the City of Turlock has been making strides in various efforts to improve the safety of bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout the City.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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