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City Council moves found money into General Fund

The Turlock City Council shifted $5.35 million from overfunded self-insurance accounts into General Fund reserves during a special meeting Wednesday night, but questions lingered as to how those accounts became so inflated in the first place.

May 21, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


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


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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


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