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Census committee seeks government money, volunteers

With the 2010 U.S. Census less than a year away - set for April 1, 2010, - the City of Turlock is beginning its effort to count every man, woman, and child in attempts to secure a fair share of government dollars.

July 17, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Council approves Dels Lane site for new transit hub

The Turlock City Council gave the proposed Dels Lane Public Transportation Hub a green light on Tuesday evening, despite a grassroots petition effort that drew 1,970 signatures from Turlockers who wanted the hub sited downtown.

July 14, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Federal recovery funds to help reduce diesel emission in Valley

A number of Central Valley school buses and agricultural vehicles will soon be "greener" thanks to the millions of dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funds awarded to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District.

July 10, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Courthouse to shutter doors

Reeling from an unprecedented budget cut at the state level, the Stanislaus County Superior Court has decided to close Turlock's courthouse and furlough workers.

July 10, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Governor signs disaster assistance order

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took the next step in assisting drought decimated areas of the Central Valley by activating the California Disaster Assistance Act.

July 03, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Government


Grand Jury clears Jackson

A long-sealed Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury report, released this week, finds Turlock City Councilwoman Mary Jackson did not violate common law conflict of interest laws by failing to recuse herself from Dec. 9, 2008, and Jan. 13 appeal hearings for the Vintage Lounge piano bar conditional use permit.

July 03, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Garbage fees decrease, county facility fee changes on hold

Turlockers could find themselves smiling the next time they go to take out the trash, as the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved revisions in the maximum allowable rates for solid waste collection services that will spell discounts for residential consumers.

June 30, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Upcoming elections sooner than you think

As thousands of Turlockers amble over to their calendar this morning, flip the page to the fireworks-themed picture of a fluffy kitty, and make plans to avoid the triple digit heat, the thought that Nov. 3 elections are now just four months away may seem hard to believe.

June 30, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Car seat program sees funding at other nonprofits’ expense

The Turlock City Council unanimously agreed to add the Seated For Safety Car Seat program, a Turlock Fire and Emergency Services initiative, to the roster of programs receiving Turlock Community Development Block Grant funding in the 2009-2010 fiscal year during their Tuesday meeting.

June 27, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Property taxes to fall this year

While the precipitous decline in housing values certainly isn't creating too many happy homeowners in the Central Valley, there is one bright spot amid the doom and gloom - property taxes will be lower this year for almost half of Stanislaus County residents, based on the newly released 2009-2010 Regular Assessment Roll.

June 27, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


THS stadium, Carnegie make RDA budget

The 2009-2010 Turlock Redevelopment Agency budget adopted late Tuesday evening looks to send $27.8 million of funding around the city to projects such as the Carnegie Arts Center, a Columbia Park water feature, and a proposed overhaul of Turlock High School's Joe Debely Stadium.

June 27, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


New regulations could make ‘safe, monitored care less available,’ says daycare provider

Turlock large family daycare providers turned out in full force for a special Planning Commission workshop on June 18 to discuss a set of harsher rules that could be imposed on new operators in town.

June 27, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Residents, experts and city discuss Turlock housing

The Housing Element Update, a plan that will prepare the City of Turlock to meet housing needs through 2014, reached the next milestone in the planning process on June 18 as local residents gathered at City Hall for a workshop to hammer out particulars how the town can meet the needs of the elderly, poor, and homeless.

June 27, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


City welcomes Wasden

Before Tuesday's regularly scheduled City Council Meeting, the City of Turlock took an opportunity to honor its new city manager, Roy W. Wasden. Wasden took time to talk with Turlock Unified School District Trustee Timm LaVelle and with Chairwoman of the Carnegie Arts Foundation Patty O'Donnell. Wasden was officially sworn into office at the start of Tuesday's meeting.

June 27, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | Government


Jackson investigation called off

A proposed formal investigation into Councilwoman Mary Jackson's alleged leak of Roy Wasden's candidacy for city manager will not occur, following a City Council commitment late Tuesday evening to, "uphold the utmost level of confidentiality and to unanimously call for swift investigations of any future leaks, should they occur."

June 27, 2009 | Alex Cantatore | 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


Turlockers exemplify stellar conservation efforts

Long before Gov. Jerry Brown declared the State of California to be in a drought emergency Turlockers have exhibited proactive conservation efforts evident by the fact that local residents use roughly the same amount of water as they did in 1997 - despite an increase in the population of nearly 20,000 residents.

September 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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