Reeling from an unprecedented budget cut at the state level, the Stanislaus County Superior Court has decided to close Turlock's courthouse and furlough workers.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took the next step in assisting drought decimated areas of the Central Valley by activating the California Disaster Assistance Act.
A long-sealed Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury report, released this week, finds Turlock City Councilwoman Mary Jackson did not violate common law conflict of interest laws by failing to recuse herself from Dec. 9, 2008, and Jan. 13 appeal hearings for the Vintage Lounge piano bar conditional use permit.
Turlockers could find themselves smiling the next time they go to take out the trash, as the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved revisions in the maximum allowable rates for solid waste collection services that will spell discounts for residential consumers.
As thousands of Turlockers amble over to their calendar this morning, flip the page to the fireworks-themed picture of a fluffy kitty, and make plans to avoid the triple digit heat, the thought that Nov. 3 elections are now just four months away may seem hard to believe.
The Turlock City Council unanimously agreed to add the Seated For Safety Car Seat program, a Turlock Fire and Emergency Services initiative, to the roster of programs receiving Turlock Community Development Block Grant funding in the 2009-2010 fiscal year during their Tuesday meeting.
While the precipitous decline in housing values certainly isn't creating too many happy homeowners in the Central Valley, there is one bright spot amid the doom and gloom - property taxes will be lower this year for almost half of Stanislaus County residents, based on the newly released 2009-2010 Regular Assessment Roll.
The 2009-2010 Turlock Redevelopment Agency budget adopted late Tuesday evening looks to send $27.8 million of funding around the city to projects such as the Carnegie Arts Center, a Columbia Park water feature, and a proposed overhaul of Turlock High School's Joe Debely Stadium.
Turlock large family daycare providers turned out in full force for a special Planning Commission workshop on June 18 to discuss a set of harsher rules that could be imposed on new operators in town.
The Housing Element Update, a plan that will prepare the City of Turlock to meet housing needs through 2014, reached the next milestone in the planning process on June 18 as local residents gathered at City Hall for a workshop to hammer out particulars how the town can meet the needs of the elderly, poor, and homeless.
Before Tuesday's regularly scheduled City Council Meeting, the City of Turlock took an opportunity to honor its new city manager, Roy W. Wasden. Wasden took time to talk with Turlock Unified School District Trustee Timm LaVelle and with Chairwoman of the Carnegie Arts Foundation Patty O'Donnell. Wasden was officially sworn into office at the start of Tuesday's meeting.
A proposed formal investigation into Councilwoman Mary Jackson's alleged leak of Roy Wasden's candidacy for city manager will not occur, following a City Council commitment late Tuesday evening to, "uphold the utmost level of confidentiality and to unanimously call for swift investigations of any future leaks, should they occur."
Turlock large family daycare providers turned out in full force for a special Planning Commission workshop on Thursday to discuss a set of harsher rules that could be imposed on new operators in town.
A confidential memo sent from Mayor John Lazar to City Attorney Phaedra Norton confirms that Councilwoman Mary Jackson has been investigated - and cleared - for alleged misconduct related to the leak of Roy Wasden's candidacy for city manager.
As the clock struck 10:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, the Turlock City Council still had one item left on their agenda, a seemingly innocuous discussion on the confidentiality of matters discussed in closed session meetings.
For more than a month Turlock was a city without a taxicab following a permitting snafu. On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council took action to ensure city processes wouldn't hinder future, qualified applicants from earning a taxicab permit in a timely fashion. "We went back to the drawing board," said Acting Turlock Police Capt. Ron Reid. The cab permit snafu traces back to July, when then-Yellow Cab driver Christopher Duncan Sansom ...
More layoffs came to the county on Tuesday, as the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors finalized their 2011-2012 budget, cutting nine positions in the process. One of those positions, in the sheriff's department, is currently filled. "Once again, we're living within our means and making very hard decisions on how to live within our means," said Supervisor Bill O'Brien. "We just hope we can see bottom in this economy and start turning ...
The Turlock City Council will hold a special, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday workshop to discuss the future of the city's Redevelopment Agency, in the wake of state action to force such agencies to either close or pay large fees to the state.
After three years of legal wrangling, the quasi-public California State University, University of California, and state community college foundations will no longer have immunity from public record laws. Gov. Jerry Brown signed The Richard McKee Transparency Act of 2011 into law on Wednesday, requiring foundations to disclose financial records, contracts, and correspondence upon request. "Three years of hard work and dedication have finally culminated in a very real victory for transparency and ...
The City of Turlock is taking a leading role in a new program intended to highlight the importance of city government to citizens, and to the state. The "Strong Cities | Strong State" initiative, a joint effort of the California City Management Foundation and the League of California Cities, aims to illustrate that even as the state government is mired in gridlock and budget tricks, local cities are working with their limited resources ...
Turlock's industrial park is one step closer to a new name: Turlock Regional Industrial Park. "It's a nice name," said Turlock Planning Commissioner Soraya Fregosi, as the commission on Thursday unanimously approved the name change. Since the park's inception, the development has been known as the "Westside Industrial Specific Plan." But planners fear the somewhat confusing moniker, which does not allude to Turlock or the park's nature, has turned away some potential ...
Every time the Turlock City Council closes one budget gap, the state legislature seems to open up a new one. Last week, city labor groups agreed to contract concessions including increased retirement contributions, reductions in healthcare services, and eliminating the practice of "selling back" vacation time. The move resulted in a $1.3 million savings to the City of Turlock, slashing the city's budget deficit to $1.9 million. But before the ink dried ...
On again, off again. The long-debated plan to treat Tuolumne River water for use as drinking water in the City of Turlock and surrounding communities was pulled from the Turlock City Council's agenda Tuesday night, after the City of Hughson desired more time to discuss the plan. The agenda item had called for Turlock to enter into a Joint Powers Authority with the Cities of Ceres, Hughson, and Modesto, creating an agency ...
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously set new supervisorial district lines which will see Ceres continue to be split between two districts, but will keep a more compact District 5 which focuses on the west side.
The on-again, off-again plan to treat Tuolumne River water for use in the City of Turlock and neighboring cities is back on the Turlock City Council's agenda Tuesday night.
After nearly eight months of planning, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finally saw firsthand how their supervisorial districts may change, though a final decision on redistricting maps is still a week away.
Since Congress reached an agreement to extend the debt ceiling, U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R – Atwater) has been inundated with constituents' letters and calls.
After two years, the Turlock City Council on Tuesday elected to reenact a procedure allowing council members to teleconference in to council meetings.
For many races, the candidate filing deadline for the Nov. 8 Consolidated District Election closed Friday at 5 p.m.
The California Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether the state can lawfully shutter redevelopment agencies if those agencies fail to issue large payments to the state.