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Appeal sought for state’s raid of redevelopment agency funding

The legality of the State of California's unprecedented $2.05 billion raid on local redevelopment funds is under appeal, following a California Redevelopment Association filing on Monday.

August 31, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Act will allow civil lawsuits against social hosts

A new state law looks to curb the practice of adults knowingly providing alcohol to minors.

August 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Beautification plan tabled

In a 3-2 vote, the Turlock City Council abandoned completing landscaping design plans for the Monte Vista Interchange and the Golden State Boulevard median.

August 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City’s future growth plans split council

Three Turlock City Council members went against the direction of the entire Planning Commission and all but one member of the audience in a vote to examine growing Turlock to the northeast as well as the southwest.

August 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson voters recall council members

The votes are in and about 88 percent of the people who voted in Hughson, voted in favor of recalling council members Thom Crowder, Doug Humphreys and resigned council member Ben Manley out of office.

August 24, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


City lifeguards to keep extra pay

The City of Turlock will not force part-time aquatics workers who were accidentally overpaid to return money to the city, following a Turlock City Council decision Tuesday evening.

August 24, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City reviews centennial loan

A $90,000 loan from the City of Turlock to the Centennial Committee was never repaid in full but was spent in accordance with the loan agreement, according to a City of Turlock memo released Tuesday.

August 24, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson council moves forward with affordable housing development

Hughson council members Thom Crowder and Doug Humphreys made what could be their last decision for the City of Hughson Monday night - one day before an election aimed at recalling the two coucilmen - in approving funding to build affordable housing.

August 24, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Appeals court grants stay on same-sex marriage

California's ban on same-sex marriages, scheduled to end today, will last at least until December.

August 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


University foundation transparency law one step closer to reality

The State Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill requiring university foundations and auxiliaries to comply with the Public Records Act.

August 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson council seat to remain open until after recall election

One week after not making quorum - and nine days before the recall election - the Hughson City Council held a special meeting with just three members. Ben Manley resigned from the City Council on Aug. 2 leaving a vacant seat, and Thom Crowder was absent from the meeting. Both Manley and Crowder, along with Doug Humphreys, are facing recall via the Aug. 24 special election in Hughson.

Council did not make quorum for their regularly scheduled Aug. 9 meeting, and the meeting was canceled. All but two issues from that day's agenda were discussed at Monday's meeting. Agenda items ...

August 18, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Government


Council tables median beautification project, again

For the second time, the Turlock City Council elected to postpone voting to appropriate $3,794 to complete landscaping design plans for the Monte Vista Interchange and the Golden State Boulevard median.The City has already spent $78,825 on the beautification plans – and set aside the $3,794 to finish detailed design documents. But the contractor, Gates and Associates, did not complete design work within an initially allotted 12 month time span, ending in April. Council first discussed appropriating the remainder of the funds to complete the design at their July 13 meeting, but postponed a decision pending a ...

August 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Parks and Rec talks dog park, teen center

Turlock's Parks, Recreation, and Community Commission set to work drafting a set of goals for the coming year on Wednesday, floating hopes of a new dog park, better marketing for programs, a new youth center, and even a nine-hole golf course – admittedly a pipe dream.But first, commissioners said, they want to take a look at existing programs."What programs are working? Do we need them? How can we change them?" asked Commissioner Desiree Silva. "… With that understanding, we're trying to get an idea of what we can do best as a commission with the programs that are ...

August 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Judge lifts stay on same-sex marriages

Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker lifted a temporary stay on overturning Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay and lesbian couples to begin marrying at 5 p.m. on Wednesday – should a federal appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court not intervene."Today we are overjoyed, not only for all of the committed couples who are finally able marry as well as for their family and friends, but also because a fundamental constitutional freedom has been restored," said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors. "This case has definitively proven that extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples ...

August 13, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Planning looks at options for mandated homeless shelter zoning

By August 2011, the City of Turlock must address the lack of homeless shelters in town, according to 2007's Senate Bill 2.

August 10, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | 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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