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Governor proposes record-high $122 billion budget

Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record high $122.6 billion General Fund budget plan for 2016-17 - an increase of $6 billion over last year - that makes significant increases in funding for education, health care and state infrastructure, while bolstering the state's Rainy Day Fund and paying down state debts and liabilities. Along with the increased spending, however, the Governor also urged fiscal restraint.

January 07, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Checking in with the Journal's 'Movers & Shakers' for 2015

At the beginning of 2015, the Turlock Journal editorial team put together the people-focused feature "15 Movers & Shakers for 2015." As the year comes to a close, we will take a look at how a few of those "movers and shakers" fared over the year, and see what their plans are for 2016.

December 29, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock Courthouse to reopen in 2016

Reeling from unprecedented budget cuts at the state level, the Stanislaus County Superior Court closed Turlock's courthouse in 2009 until "budget issues were resolved." The closure was expected to last one year, according to the Court. Nearly seven years later, the Turlock Courthouse is finally reopening.

December 22, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Unemployment rate climbs in Turlock, county

Stanislaus County and Turlock both saw a slight increase in unemployment in November, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

December 18, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Proposed county road tax spending formula benefits Turlock

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth has said since he first started campaigning for public office in 2014 that he would only support a countywide road tax if the spending formula guarantees funds would be spent on Turlock road projects. Soiseth is ready to support such a tax as the Stanislaus Council of Governments put forth a potential spending formula on Wednesday that calls for sales tax revenue generated in Turlock staying in Turlock with complete local control over which projects would be funded.

December 17, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Traffic Calming Program receives some interest in first few months

Responding to numerous requests to slow speeding drivers in neighborhoods across Turlock, the City Council adopted the city's first ever Traffic Calming Program in September. Since its adoption, nine residents have requested information about the new program, which provides a way for traffic calming measures like speed bumps to be installed on city streets at the expense of the requestor. Seven of those requests came from residents in the north area of town and two in the southeast, according to Development Services Director and City Engineer Mike Pitcock, who gave an update on the program to the City Council ...

December 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City earns kudos for job creation efforts

Economic development has been and continues to be the number one priority for communities across California, and especially here in the Central Valley where recovery from the recent recession has been slow going. In the midst of this effort to attract and maintain thriving businesses, the City of Turlock has been recognized for its Turlock Regional Industrial Plan and celebrated the success of its small business incentive program.

December 11, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Sidewalk, street tree disclosures now part of Turlock real estate transactions

The City of Turlock is instituting a new Local Option for real estate transactions that aims to increase awareness of property owners' responsibilities when it comes to sidewalk and street tree maintenance.

December 10, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City bans cultivation of cannabis for all uses

The cultivation and sale of marijuana for any purpose is now illegal within the city of Turlock, after the City Council unanimously approved a set of cannabis-related ordinances on Tuesday.

December 08, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Planning Commission considers changes to utilities undergrounding requirements

The City of Turlock is looking to the Town of Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County as a template in creating a new policy regarding undergrounding utilities.

December 04, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Mary and Joseph seek shelter in Gold Rush town

For over 30 years, the community of Columbia has come together each December to present their unique take on Las Posadas. The original Spanish holiday tradition re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem on the original Christmas Eve. In Columbia, as Mary and Joseph seek shelter they encounter gold mining shepherds, saloon tenders and 1850's fire fighters, along with a host of more traditional angels.

December 04, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Council to consider marijuana prohibitions, new sidewalk requirements

The City Council will consider on Tuesday an amendment to the Turlock Municipal Code that would expressly prohibit all activities related to the commercial or personal use and cultivation of marijuana in the City limits.

December 04, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Planning continues talks on sign ordinance

For the past several years, the City of Turlock has been working on updating its sign ordinance, which was originally adopted in 1944. After Thursday's Planning Commission workshop, 2016 is looking like the year that the updated ordinance will finally make its way to the City Council for final approval.

December 03, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Bar Bells ring in donations

The Salvation Army revived its tradition of asking for donations from bar patrons Wednesday night with volunteers ringing the signature bells in front of downtown Turlock night spots.

November 27, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Fire erupts at Starr apartment complex, again

For the second time in five days, emergency crews were called to a Turlock apartment complex due to fire.

November 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Articles By Author - Kristina Hacker


Council to consider farmers' market RFP document at special Saturday meeting

With the start of spring just over one month away, the Turlock City Council is getting closer to finalizing a new process of selecting a ...

February 12, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Police seek identity of robbery suspect

The Turlock Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man who robbed an ATM customer by gunpoint.

February 11, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Council begins budget planning with midyear review

The Turlock City Council received some good news on Tuesday, namely that revenue from both property taxes and sales taxes was higher than expected mid-way ...

February 09, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Bus riders offer input on proposed Turlock transit changes

The Bus Line Service of Turlock is Judith Stanford's primary source of transportation. She rides the bus from her southeast Turlock home to her ...

February 05, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Longtime Turlock lumber yard closes its doors after 48 years

Turlock's last remaining lumber company closed its doors, as Valley Distributors is no longer in business.

February 04, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City manager search reaches final stages

The City of Turlock will soon have a new chief administrator, as the City Council is expected to select a candidate by mid-February.

February 04, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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