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Judge lifts stay on same-sex marriages

Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker lifted a temporary stay on overturning Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay and lesbian couples to begin marrying at 5 p.m. on Wednesday – should a federal appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court not intervene."Today we are overjoyed, not only for all of the committed couples who are finally able marry as well as for their family and friends, but also because a fundamental constitutional freedom has been restored," said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors. "This case has definitively proven that extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples ...

August 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Planning looks at options for mandated homeless shelter zoning

By August 2011, the City of Turlock must address the lack of homeless shelters in town, according to 2007's Senate Bill 2.

August 10, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson city business postponed due to lack of quorum

Despite a full agenda set for Monday night, only two members of the Hughson City Council met putting a halt to any decision-making on city business that night.

August 10, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Prop. 8 ruled unconstitutional

Same-sex couples have just as much right to get married as heterosexual couples, according to a decision rendered Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

August 06, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


New juvenile commitment center one step closer to reality

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved schematics for a new, urgently needed, $24 million Juvenile Commitment Facility on Tuesday morning.The 60-bed facility, to be located adjacent to the existing Juvenile Hall and the Modesto Junior College West Campus, will house youth law breakers who become committed wards of the court. Non-committed individuals will continue to be housed at Juvenile Hall."This journey started a long time ago, several years ago, with a hope and a wish," said Jerry Powers, county chief probation officer. "We're at a point today where we can show you some schematic drawings. We ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson council member Ben Manley resigns

Just 22 days short of the Hughson recall election, council member Ben Manley - one of the three council members up for recall - announced his resignation at Monday's special council meeting.

August 03, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Piano bar owner refunded part of permit fee

In a compromise, the Turlock City Council on Tuesday agreed to refund $1,415 to Vintage Lounge owner Dan Gray, or half of the amount charged when he amended the piano bar's hours of operation earlier this year.

July 30, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson council to address concerns at special meeting

At a special meeting of the Hughson City Council Friday night, citizens voiced concerns about the process of hiring a new city manager. The special meeting, which was called to deal with clerical matters according to the present council members, turned into a public discussion about possible back-door politics taking place.

July 30, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Council seats wide open; Howze not running

Turlock City Councilman Ted Howze announced Friday he will not seek any elected office in the Nov. 2 election.

July 30, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Controversy erupts in city manager selection process

On the path to a fresh start, the Hughson City Council on Monday tasked a committee with the job of interviewing city manager candidates. However, the process of finding Joe Donabed's replacement has already hit a bump in the road with council members and the mayor exchanging cross words over selection of committee members.

July 27, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


City Council: No more abstentions allowed

Members of the Turlock City Council will no longer have the option of abstaining from a vote, following a split council decision Tuesday night.A vote of "abstain" allows elected officials to participate in votes without stating their support or opposition to the item discussedVice Mayor Kurt Spycher, who brought forward the idea of eliminating abstentions, and Council members Ted Howze and Amy Bublak supported the measure. Mayor John Lazar and Councilwoman Mary Jackson dissented.With the vote, the Turlock City Council follows in the footsteps of the Modesto City Council and a growing number of cities to disallow ...

July 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Revisiting big box ban comes with its own hurdles

The issue of big box stores is returning to Turlock like a zombie climbing out of the grave – it's slow, kind of clumsy and has the potential to eat your brain. Well, the brain eating part might not be accurate, but it is a convoluted issue that at least has the potential to cause a few headaches around City Hall.The discussion isn't whether Turlock should rescind the big box ban …yet. That will come later. At issue now is how the city can revisit the issue and get the discussion going again, which is where it gets ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Council to talk big box store ordinance

Hello, Walmart Supercenter?

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Council stalls completion of beautification project

A project to beautify the medians of Golden State Boulevard and the Monte Vista Avenue/Highway 99 interchange and install wayfinding signs throughout Turlock stalled out Tuesday night, as the Turlock City Council held off on appropriating $3,797 to complete the design plans over maintenance cost concerns.

July 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City fears new county fees will discourage development

The Turlock City Council took issue with a proposed revision to County Public Facility Impact Fees Tuesday night, voicing a laundry list of complaints with higher fees that could discourage new businesses while providing limited utility to Turlock. But optimism remains that a solution will be reached.

July 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


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Turlock City Council adopts new zoning ordinance

Four years and 18 public workshops later and the City of Turlock has repealed and replaced its Zoning Ordinance.

April 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City launches strictest water regulations to date

California Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order that mandates communities across California reduce their water usage by 25 percent has proven not enough for the City of Turlock.

April 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council unanimously bans food trucks in certain downtown districts

Mobile food vendors are officially not permitted in Turlock's downtown core as the City Council unanimously voted to prohibit them Tuesday evening.

April 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Berryhill introduces legislation aimed at increasing fishing participation

Californians are not fishing, despite the fact that the state boasts over 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, thousands of rivers and streams and an extensive coastline.

April 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council to revisit food truck restrictions, zoning overhaul

The Turlock City Council will consider a comprehensive repeal and replacement of the Turlock Zoning Ordinance at Tuesday's meeting, something that the council previously deferred back to the Planning Commission for further consideration in January.

April 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Bill aims to bolster concurrent enrollment opportunities

The road towards college and career readiness is hoping to undergo construction in order to become that much smoother for California high school students, thanks to Assembly Bill 288's passage on Tuesday out of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

April 09, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


PARC evaluates community grants for first time

The transition of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau contract from the hands of the Chamber of Commerce to the City of Turlock is being actualized as evidenced by the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission meeting on Wednesday.

April 09, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen hosts electronic skateboard demo day

The west steps of the State Capitol were abuzz with skateboarders on Monday, but it wasn't a sign of kids enjoying their spring break. Instead it was Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen and those interesting in getting a feet-on demonstration of electronic skateboards.

April 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Federal, local legislators talk rail issues

There is more crude oil being moved by rail across the United States than ever before said Acting Administrator for the Federal Railroad Association Sarah Feinberg on Tuesday at the Modesto Transportation Center.

April 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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