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Controversy erupts in city manager selection process

On the path to a fresh start, the Hughson City Council on Monday tasked a committee with the job of interviewing city manager candidates. However, the process of finding Joe Donabed's replacement has already hit a bump in the road with council members and the mayor exchanging cross words over selection of committee members.

July 27, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


City Council: No more abstentions allowed

Members of the Turlock City Council will no longer have the option of abstaining from a vote, following a split council decision Tuesday night.A vote of "abstain" allows elected officials to participate in votes without stating their support or opposition to the item discussedVice Mayor Kurt Spycher, who brought forward the idea of eliminating abstentions, and Council members Ted Howze and Amy Bublak supported the measure. Mayor John Lazar and Councilwoman Mary Jackson dissented.With the vote, the Turlock City Council follows in the footsteps of the Modesto City Council and a growing number of cities to disallow ...

July 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Revisiting big box ban comes with its own hurdles

The issue of big box stores is returning to Turlock like a zombie climbing out of the grave – it's slow, kind of clumsy and has the potential to eat your brain. Well, the brain eating part might not be accurate, but it is a convoluted issue that at least has the potential to cause a few headaches around City Hall.The discussion isn't whether Turlock should rescind the big box ban …yet. That will come later. At issue now is how the city can revisit the issue and get the discussion going again, which is where it gets ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Council to talk big box store ordinance

Hello, Walmart Supercenter?

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Council stalls completion of beautification project

A project to beautify the medians of Golden State Boulevard and the Monte Vista Avenue/Highway 99 interchange and install wayfinding signs throughout Turlock stalled out Tuesday night, as the Turlock City Council held off on appropriating $3,797 to complete the design plans over maintenance cost concerns.

July 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City fears new county fees will discourage development

The Turlock City Council took issue with a proposed revision to County Public Facility Impact Fees Tuesday night, voicing a laundry list of complaints with higher fees that could discourage new businesses while providing limited utility to Turlock. But optimism remains that a solution will be reached.

July 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson city budget behind schedule

A slow-starting audit, low staffing in Hughson City Hall and the recent mayhem that took over the City of Hughson is to blame for the late city budget, said Debbie Paul, director of finance for the City of Hughson.

July 13, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


The search continues for a new Hughson city manager

The search for a new Hughson city manager is in its final weeks as the City Council prepares for preliminary interviews at their Monday meeting.

July 09, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Spycher to sit out council race

The candidate pool for November's Turlock City Council election grew smaller Friday, as Turlock Vice Mayor Kurt Spycher announced he would not seek reelection in the Nov. 2 race.

July 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Turlock to partner with other cities in water plan

The City of Turlock will join forces with nearby Hughson, Ceres, and Modesto to develop an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan in hopes of securing state and federal funds for regional water projects.

June 29, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson City Council refuses to increase trash rates

A request to increase monthly trash collection fees by $0.75 in Hughson failed to pass on Monday night, after council members questioned the need for the rate hike.

June 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Council approves city budget

The Turlock City Council on Tuesday approved the 2010-2011 budget, which includes no layoffs and keeps the city's recreational swim program while saving millions from the city's bottom line.

June 22, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Budget cuts hit council

During a fireworks-laden special meeting Thursday night the Turlock City Council agreed, in principle, to cut health insurance for elected officials but retain some other council expenditures, saving the city $90,000 annually.

June 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


A new look at the big box store ban

Back in 2004, when the Turlock City Council decided to take on Wal-Mart, it was seen as a David vs. Goliath fight.

June 18, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Hughson recognizes deputies shifted by county budget cuts

The Hughson City Council opened their Monday meeting with a set of proclamations recognizing the service of the city's four sheriff's deputies.

June 15, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | 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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