The big box discussion isn't over in Turlock quite yet.
Due to bad addresses, nearly 49,000 Californians didn't receive their state income tax refund last year.
The City of Hughson is starting over with a clean slate in the new year. Three new council members joined the Hughson City Council after the recall election in August, and a new city manager was hired in September. Hughson will continue to see new faces at City Hall after the City Council approved the hiring of a new finance director on Monday. "Debbie Paul ...
Turlock's oft-delayed Public Safety Facility is one step closer to becoming reality. On Tuesday night, the Turlock City Council unanimously approved issuing municipal bonds through the city's Redevelopment Agency to fund the majority of the $28 million project.
Nine Stanislaus County officials were sworn in on Tuesday by Superior Judge William Mayhew.
The on-hold Public Safety Facility is back on the Turlock City Council's agenda on Tuesday, as the council will be asked to approve a more than $15 million bond issuance needed to finance the approximately $27 million project.
Target dropped plans to expand its Turlock store's grocery business on Thursday, just hours before the Planning Commission was set to consider the issue.
When 13-year-old Denair student Cody Alicea questioned why he was told to take down the American flag off of his bicycle at school, he was standing up for his right to express his patriotism. Cody never dreamed his patriotism would take him all the way to the heart of the country - Washington, D.C.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy challenged a nation to, "ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
For most jurisdictions, 2010 was a time of budget cuts and austerity. But thanks to a healthy General Fund Reserve, federal stimulus funds, and union concessions, the City of Turlock was able to avoid layoffs and start new projects.
Coming into 2010, everyone knew the fall City Council election had the potential to drastically change Turlock's leadership.
Three hours after that big ball drops in New York City on Saturday – weather permitting, of course – more than 700 new laws will take effect in the State of California, changing penalties for marijuana possession, extending benefits for foster children, and banning trans-fat oil from bakeries, among hundreds of other changes. For more information, read on:
The Journal asked Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa to look back at 2010 and ahead for 2011. The following is his perspectives on the county's past and future.
The USDA's Organic Initiative will enter its third year of helping organic producers and those looking to transition into organic production in 2011 with up to $50 million in funding. "Increasing consumer demand for organically grown foods is providing new opportunities for small and mid-size farmers to prosper and stay competitive in today's economy," Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said. "The 2008 ...
The Journal asked Turlock Mayor John Lazar to look back at 2010 and ahead for 2011. The following is his perspectives on the city's past and future.
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.