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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


Hughson city business postponed due to lack of quorum

Despite a full agenda set for Monday night, only two members of the Hughson City Council met putting a halt to any decision-making on city business that night.

August 10, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Prop. 8 ruled unconstitutional

Same-sex couples have just as much right to get married as heterosexual couples, according to a decision rendered Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

August 06, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


New juvenile commitment center one step closer to reality

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved schematics for a new, urgently needed, $24 million Juvenile Commitment Facility on Tuesday morning.The 60-bed facility, to be located adjacent to the existing Juvenile Hall and the Modesto Junior College West Campus, will house youth law breakers who become committed wards of the court. Non-committed individuals will continue to be housed at Juvenile Hall."This journey started a long time ago, several years ago, with a hope and a wish," said Jerry Powers, county chief probation officer. "We're at a point today where we can show you some schematic drawings. We ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson council member Ben Manley resigns

Just 22 days short of the Hughson recall election, council member Ben Manley - one of the three council members up for recall - announced his resignation at Monday's special council meeting.

August 03, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Piano bar owner refunded part of permit fee

In a compromise, the Turlock City Council on Tuesday agreed to refund $1,415 to Vintage Lounge owner Dan Gray, or half of the amount charged when he amended the piano bar's hours of operation earlier this year.

July 30, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson council to address concerns at special meeting

At a special meeting of the Hughson City Council Friday night, citizens voiced concerns about the process of hiring a new city manager. The special meeting, which was called to deal with clerical matters according to the present council members, turned into a public discussion about possible back-door politics taking place.

July 30, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Council seats wide open; Howze not running

Turlock City Councilman Ted Howze announced Friday he will not seek any elected office in the Nov. 2 election.

July 30, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


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


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Grant money still available for local well repairs

Applications for the Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance Pilot Program became available on Friday and while the County has yet to receive a formal application for access to the $200,000 available in funds, the public is showing interest.

September 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Governor signs first California groundwater rules

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean:

September 16, 2014 | The Associated Press | Government


County budget still building towards pre-recession status

The economic recession that economically fragmented families, businesses, and local governments across the nation may have happened nearly a decade ago, but Stanislaus County is still in the process of building towards a healthier economic future as evidenced by the release of their finalized 2014-2015 Recommended Budget.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local fumes over potential smoking ban

Every morning Larry Clinton walks his dogs to the park and lights up his morning cigarette. A smoker since 1956, Clinton's morning ritual is one of the few habits that he enjoys but the Turlock Girl Scouts of Troop 3289 are threatening to take that away.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlockers exemplify stellar conservation efforts

Long before Gov. Jerry Brown declared the State of California to be in a drought emergency Turlockers have exhibited proactive conservation efforts evident by the fact that local residents use roughly the same amount of water as they did in 1997 - despite an increase in the population of nearly 20,000 residents.

September 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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