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More funding for schools included in revised state budget plan

Citing an improved fiscal outlook since his original state budget proposal in January, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his revised $124 million spending plan Thursday which rolls back original cuts meant for schools and child care, but keeps other controversial cuts intact.

May 12, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

Community grants pave way for tourism in Turlock

Each year there are countless events throughout the city that provide fun for Turlock residents and out-of-towners alike. From the Stanislaus County Fair to monster truck shows, these events draw people by the thousands to the city, creating impressive economic impact and visibility for Turlock.

May 11, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

State Farm pays out refunds for overly high rates

State Farm has issued refunds of more than $13 million to its customers for overcharged premiums after twice losing appeals in court, according to the state's Insurance Commissioner.

May 11, 2017 | | Government

City Council considers deficit spending for 2017-18, 2019-20 budgets

The Turlock City Council received some good news at Friday's budget workshop about the end of the current fiscal year, but were then tasked with considering how to address the numerous unfunded staffing, equipment and technological needs presented by the City's department heads.

May 09, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Universal health care bill in the works for California

While the rest of the country is either worried or ecstatic about the GOP's proposed national health care plan, the California Legislature has taken matters into its own hands by introducing a measure that would provide statewide, government-run health care courtesy of a single-payer system.

May 09, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Take Pride in Turlock, the City of Turlock's annual free disposal event, will take place on May 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., however, vehicles arriving after 12:45 p.m. will not be allowed entry. The event will be held at Turlock Scavenger, located at 1100 S. Walnut Rd.

May 05, 2017 | | Government

USDA to relax school lunch requirements

Barack isn't the only Obama whose policies are being kicked to the curb under the Trump administration. In a move to roll back former first lady Michelle Obama's healthy lunch initiative, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal programs in an effort to make food choices not only healthy for students, but more appealing.

May 05, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

Planning recommends rezoning in northwest Turlock

When the City of Turlock adopted the Northwest Triangle Specific Plan in 1995, the area that is now known as Monte Vista Crossings was made up mainly of agricultural land. Today the area is Turlock's most successful retail shopping center and it attracts visitors from around the region, as well as those traveling along Highway 99. The steady growth of the approximately 800 acres along Hwy 99 from Taylor Road to Fulkerth Road was made possible through the specific plan.

May 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Community panels part of City Manager search

Members of the community will take a larger part in choosing Turlock's next City Manager, following the City Council's approval of a process to select a replacement for current city manager Gary Hampton.

May 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Obamacare repeal one step closer after House approves GOP health bill

After months of infighting, the House on Thursday narrowly approved the Republican healthcare bill meant to repeal and replace key components of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans won the passage just six weeks after a vote on the first version of the bill, known as the American Health Care Act, was cancelled due to divisions in both parties about the measure.

May 04, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

Outdoor water conservation tips for uses other than landscape irrigation

When considering outdoor water use, there are many ways to conserve in areas other than just landscape irrigation. Listed below, are suggestions for reducing water use outside the home.

April 28, 2017 | | Government

Denham commends repeal of regional transportation planning rule

Congressman Jeff Denham has lauded the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a bill which will repeal regulatory mandates on Metropolitan Planning Organizations and keep decision-making authority for transportation improvements at the local level.

April 27, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government

State water management legislation moves forward

A bill that would restructure California water management is one step closer to becoming law, as AB 313 was unanimously approved by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife.

April 27, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Proper disposal of household hazardous waste

Many household hazardous products, such as oven cleaners, paint removers, pesticides, solvents and drain cleaners contain chemicals that are potentially harmful to both people and the environment. Improper disposal of HHW includes pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm drain or sewer systems, or in some cases placing them in the trash.

April 21, 2017 | | Government

Study reveals impact of nearly two decades of water cuts in California

Since 2000, water cuts instituted by environmental regulation have impacted communities statewide. A report released recently by the Southern California Water Committee and the Committee for Delta reliability reveals the inadvertent consequences of these cuts – showing the hardest hit are those who rely on agriculture to thrive, especially in the San Joaquin Valley.

April 21, 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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