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Governor visits county, hears impact of prison realignment

California Gov. Jerry Brown stopped in Stanislaus County Monday afternoon to talk with local officials on the impacts of the prison realignment program at the county level.

February 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Cannella bill to provide tax relief for homeowners

Homeowners who received home loan modifications in 2013 could be provided with tax relief should Senator Anthony Cannella's (R-Ceres) new bill, SB 339, get passed by legislators.

February 21, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


High speed rail authority gets extension

The California High Speed Rail Authority is heaving a sigh of relief, as the Federal Railroad Administration announced its decision to give the Authority an extension on a $180 million payment.

February 21, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Road tax showdown

The City of Turlock is next on the list for representatives from the Stanislaus Council of Governments - the regional transportation planning agency - who are making their way through the county garnering support for a half-cent countywide transportation sales tax.

February 21, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Workshop delves into proposed water rate increases

When the City of Turlock decided to hold a public workshop on the proposed increases to water rates, city staff were preparing for Turlock residents attending the meeting to be in opposition or protest. But as Wednesday's workshop came to an end, many of the residents were calling for the City to include harsher penalties for ratepayers, as they believe it would create an incentive to conserve water.

February 20, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Gov. Brown announces emergency drought legislation

As the drought continues to devastate agriculture dependent communities, Gov. Jerry Brown has announced emergency legislation to immediately help communities deal with the extremely dry conditions, while providing funding to increase local water supplies.

February 20, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Former mayor may soon be honored with park renaming

The City of Turlock's Sunnyview Park might soon bear the name of the late Mayor Quaile Norton, following the request of a Turlock resident.

February 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council approves code of conduct changes

Although Councilmember Steven Nascimento's ordinance related to campaign finances did not gain approval at Tuesday's meeting, his other resolution aiming to refine the council's Code of Conduct was approved in a 3-2 vote.

February 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City to hold public workshop on proposed water rate increases

Although many have heard that the City of Turlock has been considering a proposed increase in water rates, not everyone may know what those rates will fully entail. Fortunately, the City will be hosting a public workshop on the matter, giving an opportunity to the community to have their questions answered.

February 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Momentum builds for psychiatric facility opening

On Tuesday, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved several items related to the opening of the new Psychiatric Health Facility, which is set to begin operation on March 1.

February 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


County may terminate solid waste services with Turlock

Pending on agreement negotiations, the Stanislaus County Environmental Services Department may terminate the Waste Reduction and Recycling Program services agreement with the City of Turlock come August, bringing an end to several key programs and services relating to solid waste.

February 13, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council campaign law faces opposition

Although Turlock City Council member Steven Nascimento had good intentions when introducing a new city ordinance that would put limits on campaign finances, not everyone at Tuesday's Council meeting was supportive of the proposed changes.

February 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Farm Bill signed into law

With the signature of President Barack Obama, the much-anticipated Farm Bill has been officially signed into law.

February 07, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council to discuss campaign finance, transparency ordinances

With 2014 being an election year with three city council seats up for grabs, Tuesday's council meeting will highlight two areas of interest for City officials, including campaign contribution limits and an updated code of conduct.

February 07, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Community wants food trucks, say vendors

Although a handful of changes to the City of Turlock Zoning Regulations will be recommended to the City Council, one in particular has left many divided – a ban on mobile food facilities in Turlock's downtown.

February 07, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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Candidates talk new water fines, state control of resources at public forum

Water resources and the best way to manage them brought out the most impassioned responses from local State Assembly and Senate candidates at a debate held at California State University, Stanislaus on Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Commission upholds Vander Weide’s fines for robocalls

Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and current councilwoman Amy Bublak will have to pay the fines imposed on them by a state political watchdog agency for violations that in Vander Weide's case included the infamous 2008 robocalls.

July 17, 2014 | BY SABRA STAFFORD BY KRISTINA HACKER | Government


Judge hears arguments against Ceres Supercenter approval

A Stanislaus Superior Court judge heard arguments Friday in the matter of the challenge against the 2011 approval of the Ceres Walmart Supercenter project.

July 15, 2014 | | Government


Task force fine tunes strategic plan to make Turlock economic powerhouse

One year ago, the Turlock City Council voted to establish the Mayor's Economic Development Task Force. This team of over 20 business and community leaders was tasked with identifying strategies to make Turlock a stronger economic competitor.

July 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City applies for drought project grant

The City of Turlock could be receiving funds to develop drought resistant measures in facilities around the town after the Council unanimously approved an action to submit an application for funds from the State Department of Water Resources.

July 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Fourth candidate in the running for Turlock City Council

Another Turlock resident has decided to put his name in the running for Turlock City Council, while another has opted to withdraw his candidacy for mayor.

July 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


City Council abandons compensation committee due to ‘wrong timing’

Amidst concern from city employees and local citizens the Turlock City Council has tabled its discussion on the creation of a Council Compensation Task Force, which would review current payments of the Mayor, Treasurer and Council, due to poor timing with the city's labor negotiations.

July 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Denham to tweet about immigration crisis

Thousands of unaccompanied children - more than 52,000 since October - have been detained by American border patrol agents creating what President Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis.

July 10, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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