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Assembly approves bill to staff high-speed rail project office

California's effort to establish a high-speed rail system received a boost Tuesday, as the state legislature approved a bill to hire additional staff and prepare a plan to spend a recent influx of stimulus funds.

August 31, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson welcomes new council members

After eight months of chaos in the small Valley town of Hughson, a sense of victory was evident at Monday's City Council meeting as three new council members were sworn into office.

August 31, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Appeal sought for state’s raid of redevelopment agency funding

The legality of the State of California's unprecedented $2.05 billion raid on local redevelopment funds is under appeal, following a California Redevelopment Association filing on Monday.

August 31, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Act will allow civil lawsuits against social hosts

A new state law looks to curb the practice of adults knowingly providing alcohol to minors.

August 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Beautification plan tabled

In a 3-2 vote, the Turlock City Council abandoned completing landscaping design plans for the Monte Vista Interchange and the Golden State Boulevard median.

August 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City’s future growth plans split council

Three Turlock City Council members went against the direction of the entire Planning Commission and all but one member of the audience in a vote to examine growing Turlock to the northeast as well as the southwest.

August 28, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson voters recall council members

The votes are in and about 88 percent of the people who voted in Hughson, voted in favor of recalling council members Thom Crowder, Doug Humphreys and resigned council member Ben Manley out of office.

August 24, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


City lifeguards to keep extra pay

The City of Turlock will not force part-time aquatics workers who were accidentally overpaid to return money to the city, following a Turlock City Council decision Tuesday evening.

August 24, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City reviews centennial loan

A $90,000 loan from the City of Turlock to the Centennial Committee was never repaid in full but was spent in accordance with the loan agreement, according to a City of Turlock memo released Tuesday.

August 24, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Hughson council moves forward with affordable housing development

Hughson council members Thom Crowder and Doug Humphreys made what could be their last decision for the City of Hughson Monday night - one day before an election aimed at recalling the two coucilmen - in approving funding to build affordable housing.

August 24, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Government


Appeals court grants stay on same-sex marriage

California's ban on same-sex marriages, scheduled to end today, will last at least until December.

August 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Government


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


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Turlock City Council adopts new zoning ordinance

Four years and 18 public workshops later and the City of Turlock has repealed and replaced its Zoning Ordinance.

April 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City launches strictest water regulations to date

California Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order that mandates communities across California reduce their water usage by 25 percent has proven not enough for the City of Turlock.

April 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council unanimously bans food trucks in certain downtown districts

Mobile food vendors are officially not permitted in Turlock's downtown core as the City Council unanimously voted to prohibit them Tuesday evening.

April 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Berryhill introduces legislation aimed at increasing fishing participation

Californians are not fishing, despite the fact that the state boasts over 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, thousands of rivers and streams and an extensive coastline.

April 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council to revisit food truck restrictions, zoning overhaul

The Turlock City Council will consider a comprehensive repeal and replacement of the Turlock Zoning Ordinance at Tuesday's meeting, something that the council previously deferred back to the Planning Commission for further consideration in January.

April 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Bill aims to bolster concurrent enrollment opportunities

The road towards college and career readiness is hoping to undergo construction in order to become that much smoother for California high school students, thanks to Assembly Bill 288's passage on Tuesday out of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

April 09, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


PARC evaluates community grants for first time

The transition of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau contract from the hands of the Chamber of Commerce to the City of Turlock is being actualized as evidenced by the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission meeting on Wednesday.

April 09, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen hosts electronic skateboard demo day

The west steps of the State Capitol were abuzz with skateboarders on Monday, but it wasn't a sign of kids enjoying their spring break. Instead it was Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen and those interesting in getting a feet-on demonstration of electronic skateboards.

April 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Federal, local legislators talk rail issues

There is more crude oil being moved by rail across the United States than ever before said Acting Administrator for the Federal Railroad Association Sarah Feinberg on Tuesday at the Modesto Transportation Center.

April 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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