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University foundation transparency law one step closer to reality

The State Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill requiring university foundations and auxiliaries to comply with the Public Records Act.

August 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson council seat to remain open until after recall election

One week after not making quorum - and nine days before the recall election - the Hughson City Council held a special meeting with just three members. Ben Manley resigned from the City Council on Aug. 2 leaving a vacant seat, and Thom Crowder was absent from the meeting. Both Manley and Crowder, along with Doug Humphreys, are facing recall via the Aug. 24 special election in Hughson.

Council did not make quorum for their regularly scheduled Aug. 9 meeting, and the meeting was canceled. All but two issues from that day's agenda were discussed at Monday's meeting. Agenda items ...

August 18, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Government


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


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City owned four-plex to be sold to We Care

The Turlock City Council approved two motions Tuesday night that will simultaneously improve the curb appeal of one neighborhood and bolster the funds for a nonprofit agency helping the community's homeless.

February 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government


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


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