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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


Westside farmers could benefit from wastewater recycling

Where wastewater flows, food could grow.

April 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Less bucks for books

The Stanislaus County Library is the target of the latest round of county budget cuts, falling to service levels not seen since before the 1995 adoption of a one-eighth cent library sales tax.

April 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson sets date for recall election, opts out of funding

The date has been set; all that's left is to figure out how the Hughson City Council recall election will be funded.

April 27, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


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Plastic bags officially banned in California

"Paper or plastic?" This commonly asked question at grocery stores across the country will soon be rendered obsolete as Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will prohibit stores from offering single-use plastic bags at check out.

September 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Grant to revive street crimes unit, if accepted by City Council

The Turlock Police Department has been awarded a half million dollar grant to hire new officers, but it will be up to the Turlock City Council if it is accepted or not.

September 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Project update: Avena Bella provides safe housing for low-income families

It was less than one year ago that Nicole Esparza and her four daughters were living in a cramped one bedroom apartment when a man attempted to break into their home.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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