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Legislature approves largest spending plan in state history

Local legislators had mixed reactions to the $108 billion budget approved by the state Legislature in an unusual Father's Day session.

June 16, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council approves $32.4 million in budget spending

In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, Turlock City Council members approved the general fund budget, which reflects $32.4 million in spending, for the next fiscal year set to begin on July 1.

June 12, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council moves forward with recycled water project

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Turlock City Council decided to move forward with the next stage of the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Project – a proposal to sell treated wastewater to farmers in west Stanislaus County by developing what would be one of the largest regional recycled water projects in the nation.

June 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Valley lawmakers fight to keep pollution cleanup funds

Local legislators are opposing a proposal that would eliminate funds promised to help reduce pollution in the Central Valley.

June 09, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Neighbors protest building of new Taco Bell

Despite impassioned pleas against its construction, a new Taco Bell is one step closer to being built on N. Golden State Boulevard near the Pitman High campus.

June 05, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


RAM Farms ice rink approved for expansion

Turlock's one-of-a-kind ice skating rink will nearly double in size for its second year of operation this coming holiday season, as the City Council approved an expansion plan at the site operated by RAM Farms.

May 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


RAM Farms ice rink approved for expansion

Turlock's one-of-a-kind ice skating rink will nearly double in size for its second year of operation this coming holiday season, as the City Council approved an expansion plan at the site operated by RAM Farms.

May 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council: City road tax for repairs, not transit

While there remains uncertainty whether or not the proposed citywide transportation tax being placed before Turlock voters in November will receive adequate support, the tax is guaranteed to be spent on repairs solely and not transit costs if approved, said the City Council on Tuesday.

May 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City opts for ‘sensible’ voting districts

The City Council took another pivotal step towards replacing Turlock's current at-large voting system with district-based elections on Tuesday, choosing to move forward with one of the three proposed maps outlining district boundaries throughout the city.

May 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Electoral districts: Public picks Plan A

The Turlock City Council will consider two big issues at Tuesday's post holiday meeting - the City's road tax initiative and electoral district boundaries.

May 23, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


StanCOG to bring transportation tax in 2016

As President Barack Obama has recently called for a recommitment to improving the nation's transportation infrastructure, so has the Stanislaus Council of Governments, who informally agreed on Wednesday to commit to bringing forth a countywide transportation tax to Stanislaus County in November 2016.

May 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Highway 165 realignment progresses amid federal funding uncertainty

Despite recently passing a major milestone required for receiving state and federal funding, the Highway 165 realignment project currently faces an uncertain future due to the threatened impending bankruptcy of the federal Highway Trust Fund – a possibility that some are calling the "transportation cliff" that has already stalled critical road repairs throughout the nation.

May 20, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG to review transportation projects for coming years

Seeking public input on the proposed projects that will receive federal funding for major transportation and roadway improvements, the Stanislaus Council of Governments – the regional transportation planning agency – will hold a public hearing on Wednesday at a meeting in Ceres.

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Local legislators applaud stronger Rainy Day Fund in Gov. budget

California's multi-billion dollar deficit will be completely eliminated by 2018, according to the May Revise of Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget released on Tuesday.

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council considers increasing their pay

Although not considered a "full-time" job, the weekly duties fulfilled by Turlock's elected officials often require many hours not only for public meetings and events, but also representing the City on other various local commissions and governmental agencies.

May 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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Progress made in downtown McDonald’s

While downtown Turlock prepares to play host to a McDonald's restaurant in the future, the surrounding area will also be spruced up through an agreement with the City of Turlock and the hamburger franchise owner.

July 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


TID Directors tour city water treatment plant

Precisely one week after the Turlock Irrigation District's weekly meeting that left the City of Turlock and the District at odds over the use of local water, the TID Board of Directors made their way to the City's Water Quality Control Facility to take a firsthand look at how local sewer water is treated to become irrigation water.

July 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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


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