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Council to consider cop cuts

In a cost-saving measure, the Turlock City Council will be asked to reduce the number of Turlock Police Officers funded through the general fund from 81 to 77. The proposal is expected to save the cash-strapped City of Turlock $436,000 per year, on top of $1.5 million in police department budget cuts over the past 18 months.

February 06, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


County looks to create regional rail system

High-Speed Rail may be coming down the tracks one day, but the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors entered into an agreement Tuesday to plan and develop a regional commuter rail system that could soon share those tracks.

February 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Leaky roof to be fixed at TPD

The Turlock City Council took action to repair a leaking roof at the Turlock Police Department Tuesday evening, approving a $1,500 agreement with Vernon Construction and Roofing of Hughson.

January 29, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson residents discuss recall election possibilities

After the three Hughson City Council members have made it clear they will not resign, Hughson residents have taken the matter into their own hands.

January 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Hughson votes out city manager; mayor calls for resignations

Many controversial issues were tackled at Monday night's Hughson City Council meeting, that saw community and council members speaking out of turn in heated debate.

January 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Partnership key to county success in 2010, says Grover

Chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Jeff Grover delivered the 2010 State of the County address on Tuesday, offering a message of cautious hope for the county despite dismal economic conditions.

January 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Census participation essential, says county

Tuesday marked the start of the 2010 Census campaign in Stanislaus County, as county officials and community leaders gathered in Modesto Center Plaza to convey the importance of the once-per-decade population count.

January 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Farmers implore legislators to find water solutions now

U.S. Reps. Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) and Jim Costa (D-Fresno) held a briefing on Thursday at the Los Banos Fairgrounds to discuss the valley water crisis, but many of the 200 plus in attendance weren't happy with the seeming lack of short-term solutions to the lowest water allocations in history.

January 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Public calls for councilmen’s resignations

Over 100 angry residents filled the Hughson Community Senior Center on Monday demanding the three council members that the Civil Grand Jury found "promoted their own agenda against the best interests of the citizens of Hughson" resign.

January 12, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Health and Human Services hardest hit by governor’s proposed budget

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed his 2010 budget proposal on Friday, calling for $8.5 billion in spending cuts and $6.9 million in federal money - but no new taxes - as part of his plan to bridge an expected $20 billion state deficit through June 30, 2011.

January 08, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Piano bar given pass on midnight restriction

What was controversial in 2009 was an easy decision in 2010. On Thursday, the Turlock Planning Commission unanimously approved extending the hours of operation for the Vintage Lounge Piano Bar from 12 midnight to 1:30 a.m. daily.

January 08, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Denham now seeks seat in U.S. Congress

The 2010 election landscape shifted significantly on Tuesday, and once again State Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) was at the center of the changes.

December 29, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Bublak and Jackson look back on their first year in office

2009 may have been the last year of the decade, but it was the first year in office for new Turlock City Councilwomen Mary Jackson and Amy Bublak. Despite a number of challenges, ranging from the economy to controversial local issues, both councilwomen look back on the year as a successful one.

December 29, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Civil Grand Jury finds Hughson City Council members in violation of Brown Act

Three Hughson City Council members received not so glad tidings on Tuesday when the Civil Grand Jury handed down a recommendation that they be removed from office.

December 22, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Government


Poker room to grow, city to profit

The Turlock Poker Room will grow from 10 to 14 tables, following the acceptance of a new development agreement with the city.

December 11, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


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City to increase free bus passes to those in need

Transit services for those in need in the community are becoming much more comprehensive due to the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses, the revenue of which allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Hughson State of the City focuses on high reserves, need for technology

When Mayor Matt Beekman took the microphone Monday evening to deliver his State of the City address at the Hughson City Council meeting, he had one piece of news of which not all mayors can boast: the City's General Fund reserves are at 83 percent.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council considers change in bus advertising

Transit services for those in need in the community could become much more comprehensive pending the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses. The revenue from the sale of bus ads allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock receives $105K road grant

While a City of Turlock workshop held Tuesday had citizens and council members alike lamenting the poor quality of roads in town, in a positive twist of fate just two days later the City was notified that it received a grant of $105,550 from the Department of Resources Recycle and Recovery, or CalRecycle.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Water Advisory Committee charts course for groundwater management

The Stanislaus Water Advisory Committee convened for their first meeting of 2015 Tuesday morning to discuss taking steps towards establishing a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, one component of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that was passed in 2014 to allow regional control of local groundwater resources.

February 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock road woes have reached a new milestone

It's public opinion shared by many in Turlock that the roads are in poor condition, but on Tuesday evening Director of Development Services Michael Pitcock enlightened the community on just how bad the streets really are.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local agencies host a call to action in response to immigration ruling

What was meant to be a celebration of President Barack Obama's new expansion of programs for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals transformed into a call to action after a federal court ruled late Monday night to block the president's executive action that would extend present DACA laws.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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