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State board curtails use for senior water rights holders

The severity of the current California drought has prompted the State Water Resources Control Board to vote in favor of curtailing water use for the State's Pre-1914 water rights holders, more commonly referred to as senior water rights holders, in a move not seen since the drought of the late 1970s.

June 16, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


State budget agreement reached, roads amongst Governor’s priorities

Quality of roads is not an issue unique to Turlock as Governor Jerry Brown announced that he will be calling a special session to fix how California funds roads, highways and other infrastructure needs as part of his budget agreement announcement on Tuesday.

June 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County mentor program receives national award

For 17 years, county employees and partnering agencies have made mentoring youth a priority. Their efforts were recognized recently with an Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties.

June 11, 2015 | | Government


Commission approves thousands in funding for Turlock events

The Turlock Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission recommended allocating $43,500 to nine different events on Wednesday as part of the Community Events and Activities Grant Program.

June 11, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


City Council adopts two-year budget in 4-1 vote

Mayor Gary Soiseth's recommended budget was adopted by the Turlock City Council in a 4-1 vote Tuesday evening. Council member Steven Nascimento cast the lone dissenting vote after stating concerns over what he felt was excessive spending in the Mayor's proposal.

June 09, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen focuses on education

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen (R -- Riverbank) is spearheading educational reform at the state Capitol, evident by two bills dedicated to transparency and early education reform.

June 05, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council ends budget talks, expected to vote on Tuesday

After months of workshops and discussions totaling more than 16 hours of analysis, the Turlock City Council is slated to adopt its budget on Tuesday.

June 05, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County releases proposed budget

Stanislaus County has released its recommended budget proposal and while it anticipates a lack of road funding, a robust addition of jobs is included.

June 04, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Months of zoning ordinance discussion yields no change

The City of Turlock repealed and replaced its Zoning Ordinance in April after four years and 18 public workshops, though a few loose ends are still being tied up.

June 04, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Realtors oppose sidewalk policy change

The prospect of a new sidewalk improvement policy has local Realtors up in arms as Mayor Gary Soiseth is proposing sidewalk issues be addressed during the point of sale of a property.

June 02, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Final City budget workshop set for Tuesday

The City of Turlock could achieve a balanced budget within one year, that is if the Turlock City Council adopts Mayor Gary Soiseth's initial recommendations.

May 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Sixth candidate announces for 12th Assembly District seat

Virginia Madueno, former Mayor of Riverbank and local small business owner, will be vying alongside five other candidates to represent the 12th Assembly District, a seat presently occupied by Kristin Olsen (R–Riverbank).

May 28, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Two wells go offline in Turlock

Like communities across the state, Turlock is struggling with limited water resources, evident by the loss of two shallow irrigation wells in the North East part of town where the water tables dropped to 96 feet.

May 28, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County to conduct survey to determine public interest in road tax

The feasibility of placing a countywide road tax on the 2016 ballot is being investigated as the Stanislaus County of Governments approved spending $50,000 to conduct a survey to gauge the public's response to the idea.

May 28, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council one step closer to city budget adoption

Citizens interested in learning more in terms of the City of Turlock's spending expectations can attend an hour-long workshop prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday.

May 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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Grant will help workers displaced by drought

The Department of Labor is allocating millions of dollars to California to put workers forced into unemployment because of the ongoing drought back to work, albeit in temporary positions.

July 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Tuolumne River water sales agreement approved for regional project

A regional solution to the need for drinking water is one step closer to reality as the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority voted Thursday morning to accept a water sales agreement with the Turlock Irrigation District.

July 23, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Hughson raises water rates

Residents of Hughson will soon be paying $22.81 more a month for water, after the Hughson City Council voted to move forward with a rate increase beginning Aug. 1.

July 23, 2015 | | Government


Election season begins for local races

There are quite a number of seats up for election in local school districts, community service districts and municipal advisory councils this November - along with two Turlock Irrigation District Board of Director positions.

July 21, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Planning approves 4-story apartment complex near university

The Turlock Planning Commission unanimously approved amending the City's General Plan Thursday night to permit the construction of three four-story buildings roughly 50 feet in height to house student apartments, which will be the highest buildings in Turlock.

July 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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