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Council prohibits commercial cannabis activities, deliveries in City of Turlock

Under the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the State of California is scheduled to start issuing commercial licenses to sell marijuana by Jan. 1, 2018, however, a cannabis shop will not be opening up in Turlock anytime soon.

January 10, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Denham welcomes Turlock Bronze Star recipient as Wounded Warrior fellow

Congressman Jeff Denham has long been an advocate of programs that support veterans and he is continuing this tradition with the addition of a Turlock veteran on his staff through the Wounded Warrior Program.

January 10, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Governor bolsters Rainy Day Fund in proposed budget

Apropos to the rainy weather in Turlock this week, California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday proposed a state budget which will increase California's Rainy Day Fund to almost $8 billion. The $179.5 billion state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year is a 5 percent increase from this year, which in turn will eliminate a projected $2 billion deficit.

January 10, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Storm-related problems and flood prevention

The City of Turlock provides several proactive methods of dealing with storm related problems such as flooding, water storage and contingency planning.

January 06, 2017 | | Government


Council to consider unlimited bussing agreement with Stanislaus State

An agreement between Stanislaus State and the City of Turlock could potentially kick off with a year's worth of free bus passes for students, a perk that will mark the beginning of a five-year contract between both parties to provide more frequent and direct transit services for students in exchange for annual payments to the City.

January 06, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Excessive use penalty could hit City water wasters

Turlock water wasters may soon be paying for their lack of conservation efforts by way of a monthly penalty fee on their water bills. The Turlock City Council is set to consider implementing a penalty of $25 for those single-family residential water customers whose water use exceeds 40,000 gallons per month.

January 06, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Adult Use of Marijuana Act focus of special City Council meeting

It's been two months since California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, effectively legalizing recreational use of marijuana for those 21 years or older. While it's too soon to tell what the impacts of the AUMA will have statewide, how the Act will affect the City of Turlock's existing ban on the cultivation of cannabis will be discussed during a special City Council meeting on Tuesday.

January 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock mayor makes final plea to State Water Board

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth attended the last State Water Resources Control Board public hearing in Sacramento Tuesday in an attempt to convince Board members to rethink a controversial proposal that aims to cut water use for fish, wildlife and salinity control.

January 03, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Sales tax rate set to decrease over weekend

California residents will pay less in sales tax come Sunday, as the statewide sales and use tax rate will decrease one quarter of one percent, going from a 7.50 percent rate to a 7.25 percent rate.

December 30, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


New law restricts all uses of cell phones while driving

Come Sunday drivers in California will have to resist the temptation to pick up their cell phone for any reason, as a new state law goes into effect barring motorists from holding their phones in their hands for any reason.

December 27, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Berryhill, Cannella selected for influential senate committees

Senators Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) and Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) announced last week their nominations to serve on Senate Committees for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, two of which they will serve on together.

December 27, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


California to ring in New Year with gun laws, minimum wage increase

The New Year brings with it party hats, confetti and plenty of resolutions, and this year, Californians can also prepare for a number of new laws which will go into effect come January.

December 27, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


Leaves belong in the green garbage can, not the storm drain

As leaves begin to fall from the trees and cover the yard, the City of Turlock wants to remind residents, businesses, churches and landscape companies the importance of their proper disposal. Leaves and debris deposited into the gutter begin to collect in and around the storm drain, restricting the flow of water and causing street flooding and storm water pollution when it rains.

December 23, 2016 | | Government


Denham hosts live chat with Secretary of Transportation

As times change, more and more people are turning to the internet to receive information regardless of the topic, whether it's to watch funny videos or receive political updates. Congressman Jeff Denham recently took advantage of this by hosting a Facebook Live discussion alongside Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last week, giving viewers a unique way to discuss transportation issues affecting the 10th congressional district.

December 20, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


Hundreds attend water board hearing to combat flow proposal

During a Modesto public hearing on Tuesday that at its peak was standing-room only, hundreds of locally elected officials, water and agricultural leaders, agency representatives and community members got what was likely their first opportunity to address the State Water Resources Control Board regarding a controversial proposal to cut water use for the benefit of fish and wildlife.

December 20, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


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Agricultural water efficiency program to provide $6 million in funding

The California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Food and Agriculture have partnered together to provide $6 million in grant funding to help ...

January 20, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Local mayor impressed by smooth transfer of power

Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra had a ringside seat to the transfer of power from the administration of Barack Obama to Donald J. Trump on Friday ...

January 20, 2017 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Government


Report highlights California’s progress towards sustainable water management

California continued to make significant advances towards sustainable water management in 2016, according to an implementation report prepared by several California agencies that details the ...

January 17, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


City picks Turlock Police veteran as new chief

The City of Turlock has selected Capt. Nino Amirfar, a 27-year veteran of law enforcement, as the city's newest police chief.

January 17, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Water conservation tips for the winter

It is a lot more difficult to stay motivated with water conservation efforts when it is raining outside. Even if your sprinklers are turned off ...

January 13, 2017 | | Government


Governor’s proposed budget takes 'positive step' for education

Educators throughout California applauded Governor Jerry Brown's proposed state budget for 2017-18, which was unveiled Tuesday to include an increase in education funding and ...

January 13, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Turlock adopts excessive water use penalty

Residents of the City of Turlock who use more than 40,000 gallons of water a month can expect to pay a $25 excessive water ...

January 12, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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