It's no secret that for the past several years, California has been hit with one of the worst droughts on record. However; during these troubling times there are some who feel the effects of the crippling conditions harder than others.
This month marks City Manager Gary Hampton's 100-day milestone as head of the City, and even though it's a position he's held before - for four months in 2009 - both Turlock and Hampton are at much different places today than they were seven years ago.
Turlock City Manager Gary Hampton and City Engineer Mike Pitcock have their work cut out for them over the next three weeks. They have been tasked with finding $100,000 in the City's operational budget that could possibly be reallocated to road repair and present a list of potential road projects the money could be spent on to the Council at their Aug. 9 meeting.
Californians are continuing to heed the call to conserve water, reducing their residential water usage by 28 percent in May, compared to usage in 2013, according to the State Water Resources Control Board.
Vice Mayor Amy Bublak wants to double the amount of money the City of Turlock allocates to be spent on fixing the city's roadways. The City Council will consider Bublak's request on Tuesday for an annual appropriation of a minimum of $100,000 dedicated to local roadway improvements.
The Turlock Planning Commission will continue looking at downtown parking on Thursday and consider approving a number of modifications to the Downtown Parking Plan before it goes before the City Council for action.
California is known for its efforts to preserve vast amounts of natural wilderness. With miles of golden coastline and forests spanning the entire Sierra Nevada, there are many natural wonders worth saving across California.
Sustainable landscaping is the use of design and maintenance practices that work harmoniously with the local climate and soils. Sustainable landscapes are adapted to the area's rainfall patterns and can thrive with minimal watering. Further, a sustainable landscape typically does not require pesticides or fertilizers and creates little or no waste.