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New program encourages affordable housing development

Affordable housing projects could be on the uptick in California as the state's Housing Finance Agency announced a new program on Wednesday aimed at making it easier for developers to establish less expensive housing options.

April 03, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Planning Commission approves development of new school, residential community

After 10 years of evolving plans, another step has been taken towards developing property in the southeastern part of Turlock which will include an elementary school, city parks and residential housing.

April 03, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Police union, city reach contract deal

After eight months of negotiations and five months of working without a contract, the Turlock Associated Police Officers and the City of Turlock have reached an agreement deemed acceptable to both sides.

April 03, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government


City to focus on more transparent fee structure for building permit applicants

The City of Turlock is considering steps it could take to make it more transparent to applicants why they are paying a litany of fees when they apply for a building permit following a workshop on Tuesday.

April 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Assemblyman Adam Gray offers free help in filing taxes

It's April 1, which means the days left to file taxes before the deadline are becoming fewer and fewer.

March 31, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City seeks to save Pedretti Redwoods

The City of Turlock is using precious well water to irrigate Pedretti Park after recycled water began having an adverse affect on the Coastal Redwoods that embellish the public facility.

March 31, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Civil grand jury applications being accepted

The selection process for the 2015-2016 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury has started. Citizens interested in serving on the Civil Grand Jury are encouraged to contact the Grand Jury Office at 558-7766 or go on line at: http://stanct.org/sites/default/files/Affidavit%202015_2016.pdf to download an application form.

March 26, 2015 | | Government


The 'counterintuitive' aspect of road maintenance and why your neighbor's road may be in better cond

It's a common complaint in Turlock: Why is their road being fixed and not mine?

March 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council to consider road closures for upcoming downtown events

Events could be returning to the downtown Turlock area with a bridal showcase this spring and a monthly food fair this summer pending the Turlock City Council's approval of road closures for the events at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

March 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


New structure will restore access to Yosemite and reduce travel times

Caltrans and its partners are beginning the first phase of a $133 million project to create a unique protective structure to protect the roadway from rockslides and restore State Route 140 between Mariposa and El Portal, and provide a safe, direct route to enter Yosemite National Park.

March 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Government


DMV seeks comment on potential AB 60 regulation updates

As part of an ongoing effort to successfully implement Assembly Bill 60, the California Department of Motor Vehicles announced it is seeking public comment on several potential changes to future application processes.

March 19, 2015 | | Government


Legislators come to talk Turlock

While local legislators may hold different views on issues affecting the region they have one thing in common: Turlock.

March 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Parks, potholes and planes

Director of Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Allison Van Guilder said her department is analogous to an event planning firm.

March 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City sales tax exceeds county, state averages

The City of Turlock is outperforming both Stanislaus County and the State of California in sales tax revenue and while this is indicative of a strengthening local economy, it doesn't necessarily translate into more money for the City.

March 13, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City gears up for summer, school programs including facility changes

On any given school day roughly 1,000 kids across 13 school sites are taking advantage of the City of Turlock after school programs, but the programs' beginnings in the late 1990s were far more modest: there was only one student and two staff at Crowell Elementary School.

March 12, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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City requests Chamber pay back $241K in visitor bureau funds

The City of Turlock is alleging that the Turlock Chamber of Commerce spent $241,297.07 of taxpayer dollars on items not permitted under the Convention and Visitors Bureau contract, an agreement the Chamber has executed for the past 24 years.

April 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City Council, staff convenes for final workshop on strategic plan

Tuesday marked the end of Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth's workshop series dedicated to reviewing City services as part of his 100-day commitment.

April 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council could propel new skateboard park process forward

There will be a new skate park at Donnelly Park in upcoming months if the Turlock City Council approves an agreement with a Santa Cruz based consulting firm for design and construction elements Tuesday night.

April 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Planning to consider downtown zoning for fast food, new drive-through regulations

It could become more difficult for fast food restaurants to set up shop near downtown Turlock as the Planning Commission will be revisiting permitting requirements for the eateries at their next meeting.

April 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council adopts new zoning ordinance

Four years and 18 public workshops later and the City of Turlock has repealed and replaced its Zoning Ordinance.

April 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City launches strictest water regulations to date

California Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order that mandates communities across California reduce their water usage by 25 percent has proven not enough for the City of Turlock.

April 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council unanimously bans food trucks in certain downtown districts

Mobile food vendors are officially not permitted in Turlock's downtown core as the City Council unanimously voted to prohibit them Tuesday evening.

April 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Berryhill introduces legislation aimed at increasing fishing participation

Californians are not fishing, despite the fact that the state boasts over 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, thousands of rivers and streams and an extensive coastline.

April 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council to revisit food truck restrictions, zoning overhaul

The Turlock City Council will consider a comprehensive repeal and replacement of the Turlock Zoning Ordinance at Tuesday's meeting, something that the council previously deferred back to the Planning Commission for further consideration in January.

April 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Bill aims to bolster concurrent enrollment opportunities

The road towards college and career readiness is hoping to undergo construction in order to become that much smoother for California high school students, thanks to Assembly Bill 288's passage on Tuesday out of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

April 09, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


PARC evaluates community grants for first time

The transition of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau contract from the hands of the Chamber of Commerce to the City of Turlock is being actualized as evidenced by the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission meeting on Wednesday.

April 09, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen hosts electronic skateboard demo day

The west steps of the State Capitol were abuzz with skateboarders on Monday, but it wasn't a sign of kids enjoying their spring break. Instead it was Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen and those interesting in getting a feet-on demonstration of electronic skateboards.

April 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Federal, local legislators talk rail issues

There is more crude oil being moved by rail across the United States than ever before said Acting Administrator for the Federal Railroad Association Sarah Feinberg on Tuesday at the Modesto Transportation Center.

April 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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