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County cuts 17 more full-time posts, adds new fees

The cuts kept coming at the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

May 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Citizens Coalition drops lawsuit against city

The Turlock Citizens Coalition, a group opposing the installation of a new synthetic turf track and all-weather field at Turlock High School's Joe Debely Stadium, has dropped its lawsuit against the City of Turlock, the Turlock City Council, the Turlock Redevelopment Agency, and the three individual council members who voted in favor of the project - Ted Howze, Amy Bublak and Kurt Spycher.

May 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Governor’s budget revise cuts welfare, childcare; puts greater burden on counties

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a revised budget proposal on Friday which he said would see the state "live within its means" by adding no new taxes but making "terrible" cuts to reduce $19.1 million in costs - including elimination of the state's welfare to work program, most childcare for the poor, and 60 percent of mental health funding.

May 14, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


County projects tabled after RDA take

Stanislaus County redevelopment agencies are $13 million poorer this week, following a Monday state deadline to relinquish local funds to help pay for state obligations.

May 14, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City looks at ending police K-9 program

The City of Turlock will face a less severe budget deficit than originally estimated, but cuts still need to be made. On Thursday, the Turlock City Council budget subcommittee took a look at the police and fire budgets, entertaining suggestions that could see Turlock's K-9 program cut.

May 14, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City budget committee finds $4 mil in General Fund reserves

The rollercoaster of planning the City of Turlock's 2010-2011 budget has had its ups and downs, but Tuesday's meeting of the budget subcommittee ended on a high point, namely, the discovery of approximately $4 million in effective General Fund reserves.

May 11, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


County to run Hughson recall election

The Hughson City Council decided at Monday's meeting to go with the cheaper and more experienced services of the Stanislaus County Elections Office for the upcoming recall election. The decision came after council members learned that if the city ran their own recall elections the cost could be as high as $57,400; whereas the county said they could run the election for a maximum total cost of $23,000.

May 11, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


RDA fund stay shot down in District Court

On Friday afternoon, the Third District Court of Appeal denied a request for a temporary stay on a $1.7 billion state taking of local redevelopment funds.

May 07, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Turlock looks to fill additional $1 mil gap

The Turlock Budget Subcommittee on Thursday learned that what was initially projected as a $4.8 million General Fund deficit for the 2010-2011 fiscal year had ballooned to a $5.49 million deficit, due to previously unrecorded costs of maintaining and operating the city's streetlights.

May 07, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Council to consider $4 million loan for low-income housing

The City of Turlock will look to approve a loan for $4 million at Tuesday's City Council meeting for EAH Housing, Inc. to begin the development of an affordable multi-family housing complex located at 500 Linwood Ave. If approved at Tuesday's meeting, the loan will be taken from the city's Redevelopment Agency funds.

May 07, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


City Council subcommittee to cut $2.5 million

Facing at least a $4.8 million shortfall in the 2010-2011 General Fund budget, the City of Turlock set about the hard work of identifying possible cuts during a budget subcommittee meeting Tuesday afternoon.

May 04, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


10 more cut from county

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors cut 10 more positions Tuesday morning - nine of which were filled - in their ongoing efforts to eliminate a $10 million budget deficit. But those being eliminated argue that the cutbacks will cost the county more than the move will save.

May 04, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


State to take $4 million from Turlock RDA

The State of California is one step closer to a balanced budget, but the state's solvency will come - in part - at the Turlock Redevelopment Agency's expense.

May 04, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Turlock’s drinking water supply faces challenges

A number of potential problems face the City of Turlock's drinking water supply in the year to come, according to a report delivered Tuesday by Michael Cooke, Turlock Regulatory Affairs manager.

April 30, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Westside farmers could benefit from wastewater recycling

Where wastewater flows, food could grow.

April 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


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Road tax could be on November ballots

Turlock residents will likely see a citywide tax initiative on their ballots this November, as the City Council begins the process of creating an alternative to the countywide transportation tax recently abandoned by the Stanislaus Council of Governments that would have generated millions for local roadway repairs.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council moves forward with district elections

The Turlock City Council opted to take an important step towards switching Turlock's current at-large election system to one composed of multiple districts, in an effort to encourage equal representation within local government while also saving the city from hefty lawsuits.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Assembly bills target metal thieves

Two bills designed to combat metal theft by creating a statewide task force and implementing a stolen materials alert system are advancing toward becoming law in the Assembly.

April 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Legislators recognize Armenian genocide

The California State Assembly and Senate both commemorated the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide by adopting separate Genocide Recognition Resolutions on April 7.

April 22, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Council to discuss road tax, housing, and election

The Turlock City Council faces a full agenda on Tuesday, taking up three major issues concerning a possible tax increase for Turlock road repairs, the development of new housing near Monte Vista Crossings, and the imminent change to district elections.

April 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG opens comment period for long term draft transportation plan

Recently releasing the draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and associated Environmental Impact Report, the Stanislaus Council of Governments Policy Board is currently accepting public reviews and comments during a 60 day period.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Noise concerns put Larsa permit in peril

Due to multiple noise complaints from neighboring properties, the Larsa Event Center, located on E. Monte Visa Avenue may have its Conditional Use Permit revoked pending a decision by the Stanislaus County Planning Commission.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Crowd pours in for water talk

Hundreds of concerned community members, farmers, and local officials filled the packed conference room at California State University, Stanislaus on Tuesday evening, eager to hear more about regional groundwater issues from a panel of experts.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Pedestrians help City develop bike lane improvements

Recently partnering with a planning and design firm to develop a Bicycle Master Plan, the City of Turlock has been making strides in various efforts to improve the safety of bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout the City.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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