A former Turlock mayor and two former City Council members are taking local campaign finance reform into their own hands with a petition to adopt a legislative policy that would provide limits on participation by members of the City Council on matters effecting large campaign contributors.
The Turlock Planning Commission approved Hauck's Grill hanging the first neon sign the downtown area has seen in quite some time, but when it comes to the size of the proposed wall-mounted blade sign the Commission decided smaller was better.
New downtown eatery Hauck's Grill is hoping the Planning Commission will allow a number of exemptions to the City of Turlock's design regulations and allow them to install a neon blade sign that would extend over 7 feet into the West Main and Broadway intersection.
Those driving through Turlock Memorial Park this weekend will have no doubt that Turlock remembers the men and women who died in service of their country. Every Memorial Day, the Turlock cemetery turns into an Avenue of Flags, with thousands of stars and stripes flying in remembrance of the local veterans buried there and elsewhere.
The good news is the City of Turlock's deficit spending in the 2015-16 fiscal year was $200,000 less than the almost $400,000 projected last June, however, City department heads are asking for a combined $1.2 million in additional spending for 2016-17.
Tortoises aren't known for their speed, but one Turlock tortoise seems to have made a quick getaway. George the California desert tortoise has been missing for a week now from his home near Dutcher Middle School.
The opening of Hauck's earlier this month generated a lot of buzz from Turlockers excited to see the historic downtown building and one-time pharmacy repurposed into a bar and grill - and it also generated donations for local athletic programs.
While Turlock has experienced a rare wet spring, the City's water woes are far from over. In fact, Turlock has seen a significant reduction in water resources over the past two years that is "cause for concern," according to Director of Municipal Services Michael Cooke.
Turlock Christian School can now move forward with plans to convert the old MedicAlert offices into an elementary school campus, following the Turlock Planning Commission's approval of a Minor Discretionary Permit for the project on Thursday.
More and more local residents are registering to vote, either online or by paper registration form, as the June 7 Presidential Primary Election draws near. The Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters received 2,047 online voter registrations on Tuesday alone, in addition to paper registration forms. In comparison, the Registrar of Voters received 447 voter registrations on May 10, 148 on May 3 and 138 on April 26.
When school starts again in Denair, students and staff will welcome new principals at three campuses. Kara Backman will take over at Denair High School, Kelly Beard will become the new leader at Denair Middle School and Lucy Zamora will take the reins at Denair Elementary Charter Academy.