The Journal asked Turlock Mayor John Lazar to look back at 2010 and ahead for 2011. The following is his perspectives on the city's past and future.
The population in the United States grew by 9.7 percent over the last decade, marking one of the slowest growth rates since the Great Depression, according to figures released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.
Community members have spoken and they want Turlock Federal Housing and Urban Development money to be spent on anti-poverty, human services and public safety rather than housing, infrastructure and public facilities. This is what city staff found after sending out a survey through local utility bills to 18,607 customers in the spring of 2010.
As new council members Bill DeHart and Forest White took their oath of office at Tuesday's Turlock City Council meeting, a striking controversy bowled into City Hall before the council voted in favor of a 51,828 sq. foot family entertainment center, which includes bowling lanes, a laser tag arena and bocce ball courts.
A once chaotic small Central Valley town has begun planning for a better and more positive future. Even as three new council members take office and a new city manager comes on board, the City of Hughson continues to strive for a stronger community - the first step, creating a strategic plan.
The California Legislature gaveled in a new two-year session on Monday, welcoming 28 new legislators. They will have little time to get settled as the state is facing a $25.4 billion budget deficit expected over the next year and a half and a state-wide unemployment rate of 12.4 percent.
In a 4-to-1 split the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted to approve another round of budgetary reductions at the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department that will force the layoffs of an additional 23 employees, including 14 patrol deputies.
Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has not given up hope on his Public University Transparency Bill. Despite being vetoed twice by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Yee plans on presenting it again, this time to the governor-elect on Monday.
While the City of Turlock prepares to seat a new council following the Nov. 2 election, the investigation into the party or parties responsible for the illegal "robocalls" placed during the 2008 City Council election continues. The repercussions of the investigation also continue to sow discord between council members.
Any plans to bring a Target Supercenter or a Super Wal-Mart to the area likely were dealt a fatal and final blow as Turlock's Planning Commission voted 5-2 to recommend the City Council maintain the status quo when it comes to the ban on discount superstores.
Civility was the watchword of the 2010 Turlock City Council campaign.
The Turlock City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to assess $13,113.32 in municipal code enforcement fees against a property located at 433 S. Laurel where city-required work was not completed, despite a 90-day extension.
Smokable herbal blends that were legal to purchase in stores and over the Internet have been temporarily put under the control of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), pending a final ruling on the substances. The DEA is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals used to make "fake pot" products. Smokable herbal blends that were legal to purchase in stores and over the Internet have been temporarily put under the control of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), pending a final ruling on the substances.
Smokable herbal blends that were legal to purchase in stores and over the Internet have been temporarily put under the control of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), pending a final ruling on the substances.
Hughson took one more step towards a new positive future for the small town on Monday as new city manager Bryan Whitemyer took the oath of office at his first official city council meeting.
A state plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could cost the Turlock Irrigation District $5 million each year, according to a report delivered to the TID Board of Directors on Tuesday.
California's 2006 Assembly Bill 32 requires the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The bill's scoping plan calls for a cap-and-trade system to limit those emissions.
Roughly $80,000 of grant funding is available through the 2015-2016 Community Event and Activities Grant Program, a new service the City is executing as it has taken over administering the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Water has been a viral topic of conversation in California communities as state mandated conservation standards have become stricter, but storage of the precious resource has also been at the forefront of local legislators' minds in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
The discussion regarding Larsa Banquet Hall and its Amethyst Way neighbors, who have filed noise complaints against the center, will be reprised at both the City of Turlock and Stanislaus County Planning Commission meetings on Thursday.
The Korean War aged cannon that has stood watch over the corner of North Palm and Canal Drive in front of Turlock's War Memorial building was removed from its current location on Monday as a result of the City of Turlock's sale of the 900 N. Palm Avenue properties to the Turlock Irrigation District.
It's not every day that local, state, and federal legislators convene in the same room, but on Thursday locals will have the opportunity to interface with their elected leaders at the fourth annual Turlock Government Night.
After taking its solid waste to Merced for nearly two years, the City of Turlock is returning its trash dumping services to Stanislaus County which is posing a relatively small fee hike for customers.
A question of how public should public information be colored the conversation at the Turlock City Council meeting Tuesday night. Members were divided over whether the winding down of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce's contract to operate the Convention and Visitors Bureau was worthy of the public meeting just yet.
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