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Report calls for more guards at local jails; close honor farm

A civil grand jury report evaluating the custodial facilities in Stanislaus County recommended the honor farm be closed down and the staffing levels at all the facilities be increased.

June 10, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Centennial to be next off-leash dog park

The Turlock Parks, Recreation and Community Commission approved the establishment of an off-leash dog park at Centennial Park on Wednesday evening. The vote came after months of consideration for a new dog park and a public hearing to discuss Centennial Park as a proposed location.

June 10, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Government


County supervisor redistricting meeting to be held Monday

With the 2010 U.S. Census complete, Stanislaus County is now mired in the laborious process of redrafting its Supervisorial districts.

June 10, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City Council looks to balance budget with cuts, reserves

The Turlock City Council will consider adopting a $27 million General Fund budget on Tuesday – but that budget still sits $3.9 million in the red.

June 10, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Cuts lead to reduced service levels in county offices

Budget reductions enacted on Tuesday will be felt in "every area" of Stanislaus County's service, county staff members said, from recreation opportunities to road maintenance.

June 07, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Downtown businesses oppose homeless shelter zoning plan

Residents and business owners asked the Turlock Planning Commission to prevent homeless shelters from opening near their properties Thursday night, but the commission approved the by-right zoning area as proposed.

June 03, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Carbon monoxide detectors mandatory as of July 1

In just under a month, new legislation will require most California homeowners to install potentially life-saving carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.

June 03, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


County faces even more cuts

Stanislaus County's proposed 2011-2012 budget calls for a further $24.5 million spending cut and the elimination of vacant positions, but no further reductions in force in a rare bright spot after years of layoffs.

June 03, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson public forum gets elected officials, community under one roof

In less than two weeks, Hughson residents will have a rare opportunity to address their representatives in Sacramento and Washington D.C. face-to-face.

May 31, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Cardoza voices opposition to physican training cuts

New legislation that aims to reduce federal funding for physician training could have a negative impact on medically underserved communities, including the Central Valley, said Congressman Dennis Cardoza, who opposed the legislation Tuesday.

May 24, 2011 | | Government


City offers cash payouts for new businesses

Thinking about opening a new business? The City of Turlock is offering $1,000 in cold, hard cash to startup businesses, in hopes of inciting economic development in Turlock.

May 20, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Funding problems force changes to affordable housing development

The Turlock Planning Commission recommended approving the split of a 141-unit affordable housing apartment development into two separate projects - a phase one, 80-unit parcel and a phase two, 61-unit parcel - at a special meeting held Thursday.

May 20, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Government


County lays off health services workers

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors cut nine more positions from the county payroll on Tuesday, an all-too common occurrence for the money-starved county.

May 20, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Local state parks face closure

There could soon be far fewer places in nature in which to seek refuge should the California State Parks department follow through with a plan to close 70 of its 278 parks - including Turlock Lake, Railtown 1897 Historic Park in Jamestown, George Hatfield State Recreation Area between Newman and Hilmar, Henry W. Coe State Park in Stanislaus and Santa Clara counties and McConnell State Recreation Area in northern Merced County.

May 17, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Brown’s May revise sees more money for K-12; calls for tax extensions

Though state tax revenues are now projected to come in $6.6 billion better than expected, Gov. Jerry Brown said the state still faces a "wall of debt" as legislators hammer out California's 2011-2012 fiscal year budget in Sacramento.

May 17, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Government


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Grant will help workers displaced by drought

The Department of Labor is allocating millions of dollars to California to put workers forced into unemployment because of the ongoing drought back to work, albeit in temporary positions.

July 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Tuolumne River water sales agreement approved for regional project

A regional solution to the need for drinking water is one step closer to reality as the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority voted Thursday morning to accept a water sales agreement with the Turlock Irrigation District.

July 23, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Hughson raises water rates

Residents of Hughson will soon be paying $22.81 more a month for water, after the Hughson City Council voted to move forward with a rate increase beginning Aug. 1.

July 23, 2015 | | Government


Election season begins for local races

There are quite a number of seats up for election in local school districts, community service districts and municipal advisory councils this November - along with two Turlock Irrigation District Board of Director positions.

July 21, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Planning approves 4-story apartment complex near university

The Turlock Planning Commission unanimously approved amending the City's General Plan Thursday night to permit the construction of three four-story buildings roughly 50 feet in height to house student apartments, which will be the highest buildings in Turlock.

July 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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