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Want better roads? Open your wallet

There is a general consensus that Turlock's streets are in need of some repair. The question now is if Turlock's citizens are willing to help pay for the repairs and if so, how will the funds be generated.

March 12, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Main Street freeway sign sparks Planning debate

Main Street businesses are hoping to attract more traffic - and customers - off Hwy. 99 with a new multi-tenant freeway sign, but Turlock Planning commissioners are wary of putting up such a large structure.

March 08, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Farmers’ market looks to lay down new roots

The success of the Turlock Farmers' Market over the last few years has it looking for some room to grow.

March 08, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Finding jobs for vets goal of Congressional caucus

In an attempt to give support to those who paid their due for the country, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) launched the Congressional Veterans Job Caucus for the 113th Congress last Wednesday to promote career opportunities for unemployed veterans.

March 05, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Council learns of loss tax revenue, benefit savings

The Turlock City Council amended the current fiscal year budget Tuesday night to account for savings from employee health care costs and losses of property tax revenue, among other changes.

March 01, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Olsen bill focuses on teacher assessment

Assembly member Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) recently introduced Assembly Bill 430, known as the Teacher Professional Growth Plan (TPGP), a program that is designed to revise the current Stull Act by allowing teachers to implement their own plans for professional growth throughout the school year.

February 26, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


On the road to improvement

For those Turlock residents tired of dodging potholes and bouncing along bumpy streets - and really, who isn't? - there is cause to smile as the city takes some initial steps toward road improvements.

February 26, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Cannella: Stop stealing food from low-income students

In response to a recent state report that reviewed how schools diverted student meal funds for other needs, Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) introduced Senate Bill 302, The School Lunch Protection Act.

February 22, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Affordable housing, budget on docket for City Council

The Turlock City Council will consider approving a loan Tuesday night to purchase a four-plex for the use of affordable housing.

February 22, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Mayor expects brighter economic days in Turlock's future

The days of deep budgetary cuts and expenditure freezes in Turlock should be coming to an end as new industries and developments spur the city's economic growth.

February 20, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


TURLOCK CITY COUNCIL: HOW THEY VOTED

Amend the Turlock Municipal Code to change the number of permits given to firework vendors from 50 to 35. The highest number of permits issued in one year has been 27, according to city records. The amendment also eliminates the need for nonprofits to possess a tax exemption certificate from both the California Franchise Tax Board and the Internal Revenue Service.

February 15, 2013 | | Government


Hughson commits to farmland preservation

The City of Hughson has paved the way to be a county leader in agricultural preservation. The City Council solidified this intention by adopting the Farmland Preservation Program at its Jan. 28 meeting.

February 15, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Council starts strategic planning process

In just a few years time Turlock could see the addition of a new fire station, a citywide bicycle plan, an annexation of county islands, and a northeast expressway if everything laid out in the city's strategic plan comes to fruition.

February 15, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


City acquires more land for transit hub

The Turlock city Council approved the purchase of two parcels at the Regional Transit Center Tuesday night at a price point that is 18 percent above the appraised value.

February 15, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Mayor Lazar: No welching here

Even though Turlock Mayor John Lazar lost a bet with the mayor of Audubon, N.J., Baltimore Raven's QB Joe Flacco's hometown, and had to wear a Raven's jersey to Tuesday's City Council meeting, the rest of the council and city staff showed their support for Turlock's own Colin Kaepernick by sporting #7 and "Kaepernicking."

February 12, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


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Road tax could be on November ballots

Turlock residents will likely see a citywide tax initiative on their ballots this November, as the City Council begins the process of creating an alternative to the countywide transportation tax recently abandoned by the Stanislaus Council of Governments that would have generated millions for local roadway repairs.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council moves forward with district elections

The Turlock City Council opted to take an important step towards switching Turlock's current at-large election system to one composed of multiple districts, in an effort to encourage equal representation within local government while also saving the city from hefty lawsuits.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Assembly bills target metal thieves

Two bills designed to combat metal theft by creating a statewide task force and implementing a stolen materials alert system are advancing toward becoming law in the Assembly.

April 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Legislators recognize Armenian genocide

The California State Assembly and Senate both commemorated the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide by adopting separate Genocide Recognition Resolutions on April 7.

April 22, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Council to discuss road tax, housing, and election

The Turlock City Council faces a full agenda on Tuesday, taking up three major issues concerning a possible tax increase for Turlock road repairs, the development of new housing near Monte Vista Crossings, and the imminent change to district elections.

April 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG opens comment period for long term draft transportation plan

Recently releasing the draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and associated Environmental Impact Report, the Stanislaus Council of Governments Policy Board is currently accepting public reviews and comments during a 60 day period.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Noise concerns put Larsa permit in peril

Due to multiple noise complaints from neighboring properties, the Larsa Event Center, located on E. Monte Visa Avenue may have its Conditional Use Permit revoked pending a decision by the Stanislaus County Planning Commission.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Crowd pours in for water talk

Hundreds of concerned community members, farmers, and local officials filled the packed conference room at California State University, Stanislaus on Tuesday evening, eager to hear more about regional groundwater issues from a panel of experts.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Pedestrians help City develop bike lane improvements

Recently partnering with a planning and design firm to develop a Bicycle Master Plan, the City of Turlock has been making strides in various efforts to improve the safety of bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout the City.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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