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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


Council calls on citizens to promote road tax ballot measure

The Turlock City Council unanimously voted to hand the figurative 'road tax torch' off to the citizens of Turlock to rally the troops and help pass the much debated half cent tax, which will appear on the November ballot.

July 08, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Robocalls could prove costly for former council member, campaign consultant

After six years of vague accusations and finger pointing, those responsible for the 2008 illegal robocalls targeting then-Turlock City Council candidate Mary Jackson will have to face financial consequences.

July 08, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council considers legislative platform, allowing TGM volunteers to work in city parks

The City of Turlock wants legislators, policymakers and the public to know where it stands on important policy positions. To help make sure those positions are communicated, the City Council on Tuesday will consider adopting the 2014-15 Legislative Platform for the City of Turlock and authorizing the city manager to participate in the League of Cities advocacy efforts.

July 03, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Grant will make Montana Avenue park a reality

The California Department of Housing and Community Development is giving away a record-breaking $73.6 million to help 109 cities and counties build much needed parks and/or repair existing parks and recreation facilities within their community, including $443,100 for Turlock.

July 03, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Olsen to lead Assembly Republicans

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) was unanimously elected to be the next Assembly Republican Leader.

July 02, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


More family members eligible for California’s paid leave program

As California marks the tenth anniversary of the Paid Family Leave program, a new law that took effect Tuesday will be expanding coverage to a broader circle of family members.

July 01, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


City Council postpones taking next step with recycled water project

The Turlock City Council delayed a vote to move forward with the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Project – a proposal to sell treated wastewater to farmers in Westside Stanislaus by developing what would be one of the largest regional recycled water projects in the nation – Tuesday evening, a project that has been under consideration for years.

June 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Gov. Brown signs legislation to stabilize teachers retirement system

In an effort to reduce California's long-term fiscal liabilities, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1469 on Tuesday, fully funding the teachers' retirement system over a period of years through annual contributions of school districts, teachers and state government.

June 24, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Governor’s budget secures FFA funding

Future Farmers of America chapters across the state are celebrating as the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant, which funds FFA, was removed from the chopping block in Gov. Jerry Brown's final budget that was released earlier this week.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local farmers, industry experts mobilize against state water curtailments

Of the 9,528 junior water rights curtailment notices sent to Central Valley farmers by the State Water Resources Control Board on May 27 requiring them to stop diverting water from all streams flowing to the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, only 21 percent mailed back the mandated response - an indicator of local farmers' posture towards the Board's intervention during this drought period.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Singh Walkway dedicated, sign unveiled

City and community leaders gathered Wednesday morning for the unveiling of the new Singh Walkway sign at the northeast storm basin. The sign is located at the previously unnamed pathway located at the storm basin off Christoffersen Parkway and Zeering Road.

June 18, 2014 | | Government


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


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Grant money still available for local well repairs

Applications for the Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance Pilot Program became available on Friday and while the County has yet to receive a formal application for access to the $200,000 available in funds, the public is showing interest.

September 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Governor signs first California groundwater rules

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean:

September 16, 2014 | The Associated Press | Government


County budget still building towards pre-recession status

The economic recession that economically fragmented families, businesses, and local governments across the nation may have happened nearly a decade ago, but Stanislaus County is still in the process of building towards a healthier economic future as evidenced by the release of their finalized 2014-2015 Recommended Budget.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local fumes over potential smoking ban

Every morning Larry Clinton walks his dogs to the park and lights up his morning cigarette. A smoker since 1956, Clinton's morning ritual is one of the few habits that he enjoys but the Turlock Girl Scouts of Troop 3289 are threatening to take that away.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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