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Council bans new pet stores from selling unaltered dogs and cats

The Turlock City Council passed an ordinance on Tuesday that prohibits new pet stores from selling unaltered cats and dogs. The ordinance was added to the municipal code restrictions already in place that require breeders to purchase a certificate and limit each adult animal to only one litter a year.

May 28, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Government


City budget proposal to come before council

Turlock's budget is now in the hands of the full City Council - and city employee unions - as the Budget Subcommittee wrapped up their work Friday afternoon.

May 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City Council, planning debate pros and cons of top growth plans

The Turlock of 2030 has been narrowed down to four defined visions with two clear frontrunners, but the question remains: Should Turlock grow entirely to the southeast or in a more compact plan that spreads new homes between the northwest and southeast?

May 25, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Councilman apologizes for accusing finance staff of mismanagement

What had once been considered a possible case of fraud at the City of Turlock was chalked up to misinformation on Tuesday night.

May 25, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


County child abuse programs most recent victims of budget cuts

The axe came down again at the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

May 25, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Employment commission offers local hours

Victims of workplace discrimination will have a new opportunity to file complaints locally, as the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will begin offering office hours on some Sundays in Modesto.

May 21, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City seeks community input for grant funding priorities

The City of Turlock receives millions of dollars each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, but in order to be eligible for funding the city must complete a Consolidated Plan explaining how it will use the money.

May 21, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City Council moves found money into General Fund

The Turlock City Council shifted $5.35 million from overfunded self-insurance accounts into General Fund reserves during a special meeting Wednesday night, but questions lingered as to how those accounts became so inflated in the first place.

May 21, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


County cuts 17 more full-time posts, adds new fees

The cuts kept coming at the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

May 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Citizens Coalition drops lawsuit against city

The Turlock Citizens Coalition, a group opposing the installation of a new synthetic turf track and all-weather field at Turlock High School's Joe Debely Stadium, has dropped its lawsuit against the City of Turlock, the Turlock City Council, the Turlock Redevelopment Agency, and the three individual council members who voted in favor of the project - Ted Howze, Amy Bublak and Kurt Spycher.

May 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


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


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City to increase free bus passes to those in need

Transit services for those in need in the community are becoming much more comprehensive due to the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses, the revenue of which allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Hughson State of the City focuses on high reserves, need for technology

When Mayor Matt Beekman took the microphone Monday evening to deliver his State of the City address at the Hughson City Council meeting, he had one piece of news of which not all mayors can boast: the City's General Fund reserves are at 83 percent.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council considers change in bus advertising

Transit services for those in need in the community could become much more comprehensive pending the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses. The revenue from the sale of bus ads allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock receives $105K road grant

While a City of Turlock workshop held Tuesday had citizens and council members alike lamenting the poor quality of roads in town, in a positive twist of fate just two days later the City was notified that it received a grant of $105,550 from the Department of Resources Recycle and Recovery, or CalRecycle.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Water Advisory Committee charts course for groundwater management

The Stanislaus Water Advisory Committee convened for their first meeting of 2015 Tuesday morning to discuss taking steps towards establishing a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, one component of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that was passed in 2014 to allow regional control of local groundwater resources.

February 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock road woes have reached a new milestone

It's public opinion shared by many in Turlock that the roads are in poor condition, but on Tuesday evening Director of Development Services Michael Pitcock enlightened the community on just how bad the streets really are.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local agencies host a call to action in response to immigration ruling

What was meant to be a celebration of President Barack Obama's new expansion of programs for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals transformed into a call to action after a federal court ruled late Monday night to block the president's executive action that would extend present DACA laws.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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