Saturday's marathon four-hour special City Council meeting saw Mayor Gary Soiseth trying to "fix the process" when it comes to the City dealing with competing requests to operate a downtown Turlock farmers' market and the over-capacity crowd in attendance saying over and over again, "if it isn't broken, don't fix it."
There's no question that Turlock's downtown is in the midst of a renaissance. Downtown businesses are flourishing. Restaurants are full (to bursting on weekends). Boutiques are drawing customers from throughout the area and the Carnegie Arts Center and the Art Space on Main have given the downtown area a more cultural atmosphere.
The Turlock Chamber of Commerce will pay the City of Turlock $202,500 in reimbursement for funds misspent during the last five years of the 24-year span the Chamber operated the city's Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The Chamber and City agreed on the reimbursement - and the terms of repayment - after months of negotiations that included a contract compliance audit by an outside accountant.
Students of the Agricultural Studies Department at California State University, Stanislaus don't just learn the theory of sustainable crop production, distribution and management, they also get real-world experience with programs like the StanFresh Market.
Three Turlockers will be among the 14 honored this year as Outstanding Women by the Stanislaus County Commission for Women, an organization dedicated to supporting legislation and programs that address the needs of all women and children.
Dogs may soon not be the only ones having fun at Swanson Centennial Park, as the City of Turlock is hoping to receive a grant to finally add playground equipment and exercise amenities for the park's human visitors.
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 through the fiscal year. However, a number of departments within the City are asking for additional expenditures - to the total of over $400,000 - that, if adopted by the Council, would deplete the General Fund reserves even more than it is now.
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 job on the northeast side of town three days a week and also depends on public transportation to travel to shopping destinations like Walmart off of Fulkerth and the stores along Countryside Drive. Stanford, and residents like her, were the primary focus of Thursday's public meetings held to solicit feedback on proposed major changes to Turlock's transit system.
Turlock's bus system is in need of improvements. An October 2015 survey found that Bus Line Service of Turlock (BLAST) riders want later service, more routes on weekends and improved on-time service. The City of Turlock is working on making those changes - and possibly more.