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Tax agency votes to release over a quarter-billion dollars to small-business owners

The State Board of Equalization voted unanimously on Tuesday to eliminate the agency's automatic security deposit requirement and begin the process of releasing over $296 million to small-business owners.

December 19, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


County, cities near solution on property tax dispute

Stanislaus County and eight local cities are closing in on a final joint settlement agreement in regards to an outstanding issue of the calculation of a property tax administration fee for assessing, collecting and allocating property tax revenues pursuant to the Revenue and Taxation Code, as a California Supreme Court decision in November 2012 found that counties had been overcharging cities for the service.

December 19, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Olsen urges state, federal intervention to increase water supply for area farmers

As the State continues to deal with ongoing water supply issues, Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) sent a letter to President Obama and California Governor Jerry Brown last week urging them to increase water supply while protecting Delta farmers and their families.

December 19, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


County board of supervisors select chair, vice chair for 2014

On Tuesday, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Supervisor Jim De Martini and Supervisor Terry Withrow as the Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, of the board for 2014.

December 19, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


New Stanislaus CEO welcomed

Newly appointed Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer Stan Risen was welcomed to his new position at a public reception Tuesday evening as he gets ready to take up the task before him of helming the county's business.

December 17, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Merced sheriff leaves for Governor’s Office

In an abrupt decision, Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin has announced that he will be leaving his position as sheriff after being appointed as Chief of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Law Enforcement Branch.

December 13, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


City prepares for water rate increases

As California continues to face diminishing groundwater, the City of Turlock will soon have to take measures of its own to keep the precious resource flowing.

December 13, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council ends year with appointments, Columbia Park project

The Turlock City Council finished the year strong on Tuesday evening, as the city leaders met for the final council meeting of 2013.

December 13, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Cannella joins bipartisan group calling for state water emergency

In an effort to bring attention to the ongoing water issues facing California, Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) has joined a bipartisan coalition calling upon Governor Jerry Brown to issue a drought declaration for the upcoming year.

December 12, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Retiring city employees honored by Council

During Tuesday evening's City Council meeting, a handful of city employees were honored for their years of service and dedication as they prepare for retirement.

December 10, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Centennial Park to get new name, dog park

After several months of discussion, the Turlock City Council voted to approve the construction of a new dog park at Turlock's Centennial Park, following a generous donation of $35,000 by the Swanson Family and Pet Extreme.

December 10, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council votes to extend freeze on food truck permits

New food truck vendors will not be welcomed to Turlock any time soon, following the City Council's decision on Tuesday to extend a temporary freeze on issuing new mobile food facility permits.

December 10, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council to tackle food vendor zoning

Tuesday evening marks the last City Council meeting for 2013, with the council taking on a full agenda.

December 06, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Keyes biorefinery plant against Olsen ethanol bill

Over the past several months, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) has been adamantly calling for a reduction in corn-based ethanol requirements contained in the Renewable Fuel Standard – the federal program regulating the minimum volume of renewable fuel that must be contained in transportation fuel sold in the United States.

December 06, 2013 | Cara Hallam | Government


Food truck future in downtown looks dismal

Food trucks may not be included in the future of Turlock's downtown, following Thursday's Planning Commission meeting where the general consensus was not in favor of the mobile facilities.

December 05, 2013 | Cara Hallam | 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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