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Commissioners discuss container restrictions

The Turlock Planning Commission's efforts to draft a citywide ordinance governing the use of cargo containers continued on Thursday, as commissioners considered possible restrictions for the use of containers in commercial zoning districts.

February 06, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Council to consider cop cuts

In a cost-saving measure, the Turlock City Council will be asked to reduce the number of Turlock Police Officers funded through the general fund from 81 to 77. The proposal is expected to save the cash-strapped City of Turlock $436,000 per year, on top of $1.5 million in police department budget cuts over the past 18 months.

February 06, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


County looks to create regional rail system

High-Speed Rail may be coming down the tracks one day, but the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors entered into an agreement Tuesday to plan and develop a regional commuter rail system that could soon share those tracks.

February 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Leaky roof to be fixed at TPD

The Turlock City Council took action to repair a leaking roof at the Turlock Police Department Tuesday evening, approving a $1,500 agreement with Vernon Construction and Roofing of Hughson.

January 29, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson residents discuss recall election possibilities

After the three Hughson City Council members have made it clear they will not resign, Hughson residents have taken the matter into their own hands.

January 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Hughson votes out city manager; mayor calls for resignations

Many controversial issues were tackled at Monday night's Hughson City Council meeting, that saw community and council members speaking out of turn in heated debate.

January 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Partnership key to county success in 2010, says Grover

Chairman of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors Jeff Grover delivered the 2010 State of the County address on Tuesday, offering a message of cautious hope for the county despite dismal economic conditions.

January 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Census participation essential, says county

Tuesday marked the start of the 2010 Census campaign in Stanislaus County, as county officials and community leaders gathered in Modesto Center Plaza to convey the importance of the once-per-decade population count.

January 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Farmers implore legislators to find water solutions now

U.S. Reps. Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced) and Jim Costa (D-Fresno) held a briefing on Thursday at the Los Banos Fairgrounds to discuss the valley water crisis, but many of the 200 plus in attendance weren't happy with the seeming lack of short-term solutions to the lowest water allocations in history.

January 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Public calls for councilmen’s resignations

Over 100 angry residents filled the Hughson Community Senior Center on Monday demanding the three council members that the Civil Grand Jury found "promoted their own agenda against the best interests of the citizens of Hughson" resign.

January 12, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Health and Human Services hardest hit by governor’s proposed budget

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed his 2010 budget proposal on Friday, calling for $8.5 billion in spending cuts and $6.9 million in federal money - but no new taxes - as part of his plan to bridge an expected $20 billion state deficit through June 30, 2011.

January 08, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Piano bar given pass on midnight restriction

What was controversial in 2009 was an easy decision in 2010. On Thursday, the Turlock Planning Commission unanimously approved extending the hours of operation for the Vintage Lounge Piano Bar from 12 midnight to 1:30 a.m. daily.

January 08, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Denham now seeks seat in U.S. Congress

The 2010 election landscape shifted significantly on Tuesday, and once again State Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) was at the center of the changes.

December 29, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Bublak and Jackson look back on their first year in office

2009 may have been the last year of the decade, but it was the first year in office for new Turlock City Councilwomen Mary Jackson and Amy Bublak. Despite a number of challenges, ranging from the economy to controversial local issues, both councilwomen look back on the year as a successful one.

December 29, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Civil Grand Jury finds Hughson City Council members in violation of Brown Act

Three Hughson City Council members received not so glad tidings on Tuesday when the Civil Grand Jury handed down a recommendation that they be removed from office.

December 22, 2009 | Maegan Martens | 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


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