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A new call to service

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."

January 04, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Despite budget cuts, Turlock sees busy project year

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.

January 01, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


2010 elections bring big changes to Turlock, Hughson city councils

Coming into 2010, everyone knew the fall City Council election had the potential to drastically change Turlock's leadership.

December 30, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


A host of new laws take effect Jan. 1 regarding truancy, marijuana and online impersonation

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:

December 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


County to look at regionalization of services in coming year

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.

December 23, 2010 | | Government


USDA offers conservation funding to organic producers

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 Farm Bill calls for this assistance, and we want to help these farmers protect the natural resources on their land and create conditions that help foster organic production."

December 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Lazar: Council up for challenges of 2011

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.

December 23, 2010 | | Government


Census 2010: Slow growth in population

The population in the United States grew by 9.7 percent over the last decade, marking one of the slowest growth rates since the Great Depression, according to figures released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

December 21, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Poverty, public safety top concerns stated in city survey

Community members have spoken and they want Turlock Federal Housing and Urban Development money to be spent on anti-poverty, human services and public safety rather than housing, infrastructure and public facilities. This is what city staff found after sending out a survey through local utility bills to 18,607 customers in the spring of 2010.

December 14, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Ten Pin Fun Center bowling into town

As new council members Bill DeHart and Forest White took their oath of office at Tuesday's Turlock City Council meeting, a striking controversy bowled into City Hall before the council voted in favor of a 51,828 sq. foot family entertainment center, which includes bowling lanes, a laser tag arena and bocce ball courts.

December 14, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Planning for a better Hughson

A once chaotic small Central Valley town has begun planning for a better and more positive future. Even as three new council members take office and a new city manager comes on board, the City of Hughson continues to strive for a stronger community - the first step, creating a strategic plan.

December 14, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


GOVERNMENT: BACK ON THE JOB

The California Legislature gaveled in a new two-year session on Monday, welcoming 28 new legislators. They will have little time to get settled as the state is facing a $25.4 billion budget deficit expected over the next year and a half and a state-wide unemployment rate of 12.4 percent.

December 07, 2010 | | Government


More layoffs for sheriff’s department

In a 4-to-1 split the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted to approve another round of budgetary reductions at the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department that will force the layoffs of an additional 23 employees, including 14 patrol deputies.

December 07, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Act to bring greater transparency of university foundations returns for third go-around

Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has not given up hope on his Public University Transparency Bill. Despite being vetoed twice by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yee plans on presenting it again, this time to the governor-elect on Monday.

December 04, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


2008 robocalls still under investigation

While the City of Turlock prepares to seat a new council following the Nov. 2 election, the investigation into the party or parties responsible for the illegal "robocalls" placed during the 2008 City Council election continues. The repercussions of the investigation also continue to sow discord between council members.

December 04, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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New USDA program provides safety net for dairy farmers

Starting Sept. 2, dairy farmers will be able to enroll in the Margin Protection Program, a voluntary insurance policy program that will provide assistance to members in the event that they encounter unforeseen economic challenges.

August 29, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Candidates ready for election season with city briefing

As election season heats up Turlock's mayoral and city council candidates are becoming increasingly well versed in the nuances of Turlock's city government and all of its moving parts.

August 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Taco Bell one step closer to opening

A third Taco Bell will soon be calling Turlock home as the Turlock City Council on Tuesday denied local citizens' appeal to reject the fast food franchise's minor discretionary permit location.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County approves $200,000 for well repairs in unincorporated communities

While Stanislaus County has developed multiple strategies to resourcefully combat issues caused by the ongoing drought in the state of California, the Board of Supervisors took one step further on Tuesday by unanimously voting to adopt a financial assistance pilot program for a select group of local water well users.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Denham hosts telephone-townhall to talk VA reform

Congressman Jeff Denham spoke with locals about veterans affairs on Monday, but he didn't attend an event or host a public meeting - he led a telephone-townhall.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council considers Taco Bell project

Locals protesting the establishment of a new Taco Bell in Turlock will meet before the City Council on Tuesday as the members will determine if the process to establish the fast food chain near Pitman High School will continue.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County shows support for Turlock road tax initiative

At the behest of Stanislaus Council of Governments Board Chairman Vito Chiesa the regional transportation agency opted to support Turlock's initiative to approve a half-cent city wide road tax on the November ballot despite previous tension leading Turlock to consider abandoning support of the county's own future road tax initiative.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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