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Gov. Brown signs legislation to stabilize teachers retirement system

In an effort to reduce California's long-term fiscal liabilities, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1469 on Tuesday, fully funding the teachers' retirement system over a period of years through annual contributions of school districts, teachers and state government.

June 24, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Parade, fireworks to highlight holiday events

The Turlock community has once again come together to ensure residents will get a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July in patriotic style, complete with fireworks.

June 24, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Council approves $32.4 million in budget spending

In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, Turlock City Council members approved the general fund budget, which reflects $32.4 million in spending, for the next fiscal year set to begin on July 1.

June 12, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council moves forward with recycled water project

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Turlock City Council decided to move forward with the next stage of the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Project – a proposal to sell treated wastewater to farmers in west Stanislaus County by developing what would be one of the largest regional recycled water projects in the nation.

June 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Brem joins Mayor race

Announcing his candidacy on the night of the Primary Election, Turlock Planning Commissioner Mike Brem is joining the Mayoral race in November.

June 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Election


Voters choose incumbents in first top-two election

Despite having a low voter turnout, Tuesday's elections will go down in history as California's first primary election using the top-two system for all state races.

June 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Election


TID picks up abandoned project to save water

The old Hilmar water treatment facility could soon help strengthen local water conservation efforts made by the Turlock Irrigation District, as the district Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to spend $2.34 million to pick up the previously abandoned project in an effort to catch canal water currently spilling into the Merced River.

June 03, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Get ready to vote on Tuesday

Voters across California will head to the polls on Tuesday for the June Primary Election – the first election in the state's history that the top-two system will be used for all races.

May 30, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Election


Energy ‘game changer’ comes to Turlock

Being deemed a "game changer" by many energy experts, Silicon Valley startup company EnerVault has built the world's largest iron-chromium redox flow battery and storage facility in a Turlock orchard.

May 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


RAM Farms ice rink approved for expansion

Turlock's one-of-a-kind ice skating rink will nearly double in size for its second year of operation this coming holiday season, as the City Council approved an expansion plan at the site operated by RAM Farms.

May 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


RAM Farms ice rink approved for expansion

Turlock's one-of-a-kind ice skating rink will nearly double in size for its second year of operation this coming holiday season, as the City Council approved an expansion plan at the site operated by RAM Farms.

May 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Local artisan drip coffee a hit at Farmers’ Market

Name of Business: Friday's Grind

May 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Council: City road tax for repairs, not transit

While there remains uncertainty whether or not the proposed citywide transportation tax being placed before Turlock voters in November will receive adequate support, the tax is guaranteed to be spent on repairs solely and not transit costs if approved, said the City Council on Tuesday.

May 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City opts for ‘sensible’ voting districts

The City Council took another pivotal step towards replacing Turlock's current at-large voting system with district-based elections on Tuesday, choosing to move forward with one of the three proposed maps outlining district boundaries throughout the city.

May 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG to bring transportation tax in 2016

As President Barack Obama has recently called for a recommitment to improving the nation's transportation infrastructure, so has the Stanislaus Council of Governments, who informally agreed on Wednesday to commit to bringing forth a countywide transportation tax to Stanislaus County in November 2016.

May 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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