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Assemblyman Gray proposes legislation to overhaul state water management

Describing California's water management structure as "broken," Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced new legislation Monday to overhaul and restructure the current administration and enforcement of water rights and the State Water Project.

February 10, 2017 | | Government

Study: On average, City salaries 10% below market median

In 2014, the Turlock City Council publicly committed to conducting a compensation study for all employees and bargaining groups who wanted to participate. Over two years later, the study is finally ready to be presented to the City Council.

February 10, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government

County CEO announces retirement

After a nearly 30-year long career with Stanislaus County, three of which in the role of chief executive officer, Stan Risen informed the Board of Supervisors that he plans to retire from his position effective as of August.

February 10, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government

Two new faces join Parks Commission

Two new commissioners have been welcomed to the Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission, following appointment from the Turlock City Council.

February 09, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

A community transformed: Chiesa delivers State of the County address

Vito Chiesa wants the residents of Stanislaus County to know that through transformation, the impossible can become possible. The Board of Supervisors Chairman spoke of growing together as a community in his State of the County speech Tuesday morning, comparing the county's resurgence in the face of past adversity to life bouncing back in the spring – fitting, as rain outside the building where he spoke breathed life back into the drought-plagued community.

February 07, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

Water wasting violations

The City's Winter Watering Schedule is still in effect, which limits outdoor watering to only one day per week. City staff regularly patrols all neighborhoods in Turlock to enforce the watering schedule as well as other water wasting violations. Water wasting notices are issued for a number of reasons, such as:

February 03, 2017 | | Government

Public supports Main Street plan that saves both trees and street parking

Thanks to the voter approved Measure L - Local Roads First Transportation Funding - Turlock will soon have the funds needed to begin repairing the city's ever-worsening roadways. At the top of the Measure L project list is a complete reconstruction of the oldest part of West Main Street, something that everyone agrees is badly needed for one of Turlock's key thoroughfares. What members of the public have trouble agreeing on is just exactly how Main Street should look when it's done.

February 02, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Flora assigned to six Assembly committees

Assemblyman Heath Flora, who represents the state's 12th District, announced on Monday that he has been appointed to six different Assembly committees, including an appointment to Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee.

February 02, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

Advocates push for Laura’s Law in Stanislaus County

Laura's Law, which allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment, has proven successful in multiple counties throughout the state, reducing emergency situations for those suffering from mental illness while at the same time saving valuable funds. In Stanislaus County, advocates from the National Alliance on Mental Illness are working to implement the law here at home.

February 02, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

County Supervisors hope to build on past success

Following an impactful 2016 that saw a new road tax passed and the lowest amount of debt the county has owed in eight years, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors are looking to continue their success in 2017 with help from newly-appointed Chairman Vito Chiesa and new supervisor Kristin Olsen.

January 31, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

City Council approves $155K in additional general fund spending

The Turlock City Council approved a number of mid-cycle budget requests last week that will see an additional $155,220 come out of the City's General Fund Reserve.

January 31, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Three new Planning commissioners appointed

The Turlock Planning Commission recently welcomed three new faces, following the Turlock City Council's action to appoint the new commissioners at their Jan. 10 and Jan. 24 meetings.

January 31, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

Local legislators weigh-in on Trump’s travel ban

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 27 which temporarily bans travel from seven Muslim-majority countries has prompted protests and confusion around the country and locally. Though some have praised the executive order, amid questions of its legality and the manner in which it was implemented, local legislators both Democrat and Republican alike have expressed their skepticism and concern publicly.

January 31, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

Excessive water use targets and penalties ordinance

On Aug. 29, 2016, the Governor approved Senate Bill 814 which requires urban water suppliers to establish a method to identify and discourage residential excessive water use. The legislation applies to residential customers only and authorizes water agencies to charge residential customers for excessive water use.

January 27, 2017 | | Government

Denham to serve as Rail chairman for 11th Congress

Heading into the 115th Congress under newly-elected President Donald Trump, Congressman Jeff Denham is eager to continue his roles in various House Committees.

January 27, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

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Mayoral race heats up: Bublak vying to unseat Soiseth

There is now a three-way race for the Turlock Mayoral seat, as Council member Amy Bublak announced Friday that she is challenging Gary Soiseth in ...

March 23, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Stanislaus State welcomes U.S. Senate hopeful

Just one day before stepping down from the California Senate's top job as president pro tem, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Kevin de Leon ...

March 20, 2018 | Angelina Martin | Government

Prepping your irrigation system for the warmer season helps prevent water loss

Spring is around the corner and although the recent rain prevents the need for watering just yet, there are a number of ways to start ...

March 16, 2018 | | Government

Former Turlock City Councilman jumps into District 10 race

After an eight-year hiatus in politics, Ted Howze has thrown his hat into the crowded California 10th Congressional District race. Howze is the only Republican ...

March 16, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Government

City continues battle with illegal dispensary

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control is cracking down on unlicensed cannabis operations, and so is the City of Turlock.

March 16, 2018 | Angelina Martin | Government

Council hears budget woes

The Turlock City Council heard about a number of critical unmet needs throughout City departments during a special budget workshop held on Saturday, including an ...

March 13, 2018 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Denham target of healthcare bill protesters

A group of roughly 60 protesters lined the sidewalk in front of Dust Bowl Brewery Tuesday afternoon to protest Congressman Jeff Denham and his recent ...

May 09, 2017 | Frankie Tovar | Government


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