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Tax board sitting on $15 million in undelivered refunds

Due to bad addresses, nearly 49,000 Californians didn't receive their state income tax refund last year.

January 11, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson finance director retires; city hires part-time replacement

The City of Hughson is starting over with a clean slate in the new year. Three new council members joined the Hughson City Council after the recall election in August, and a new city manager was hired in September. Hughson will continue to see new faces at City Hall after the City Council approved the hiring of a new finance director on Monday. "Debbie Paul has officially retired from her position of finance director," said City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at Monday's meeting. Paul was one of several Hughson city employees who filed worker compensation claims stating the City of ...

January 11, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Government


Public Safety Facility back on track, despite bond issues

Turlock's oft-delayed Public Safety Facility is one step closer to becoming reality. On Tuesday night, the Turlock City Council unanimously approved issuing municipal bonds through the city's Redevelopment Agency to fund the majority of the $28 million project.

January 11, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Oath of Office

Nine Stanislaus County officials were sworn in on Tuesday by Superior Judge William Mayhew.

January 07, 2011 | | Government


Council to consider Public Safety Facility, big box stores, downtown core on Tuesday

The on-hold Public Safety Facility is back on the Turlock City Council's agenda on Tuesday, as the council will be asked to approve a more than $15 million bond issuance needed to finance the approximately $27 million project.

January 07, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Target drops plans to expand grocery sales in Turlock

Target dropped plans to expand its Turlock store's grocery business on Thursday, just hours before the Planning Commission was set to consider the issue.

January 07, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Denair student accompanies Congressman Denham to D.C.

When 13-year-old Denair student Cody Alicea questioned why he was told to take down the American flag off of his bicycle at school, he was standing up for his right to express his patriotism. Cody never dreamed his patriotism would take him all the way to the heart of the country - Washington, D.C.

January 07, 2011 | Maegan Martens | Government


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


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Drug drop off box coming to Turlock Police Department

The growing prescription drop-off program that allows individuals to dispose of unused medications in a safe manner will soon have a site in Turlock.

October 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Denham addresses potential impact of health insurance tax on small businesses

The 3.4 million small businesses in California that employ more than half the state's workforce could be facing a health insurance tax per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday Congressman Jeff Denham left Washington to make a local appearance and address small business owners' concerns regarding the tax at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, an event hosted by the Stop the HIT coalition.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Developer seeks amendment to east Turlock master plan

City of Turlock Planning Commissioners will consider amending the East Tuolumne Master Plan on Thursday which would increase the number of units built on what is currently farm land near the city's eastern border.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Task force approves final economic strategy for Turlock

It took a bending of the rules, but the Mayor's Economic Taskforce finally approved the final draft of its Economic Development Strategic Plan at a second meeting Tuesday that was called after a meeting was cancelled last week due to lack of quorum.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council approves grant for additional police officers

The Turlock City Council voted unanimously to accept and fund a portion of a federal grant that will result in the Turlock Police Department hiring four new officers.

October 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


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