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City seeks funds to add playground to Swanson Centennial Park

Dogs may soon not be the only ones having fun at Swanson Centennial Park, as the City of Turlock is hoping to receive a grant to finally add playground equipment and exercise amenities for the park's human visitors.

February 18, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


2015 banner year for Parks and Rec

The annual report for the Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department proved some drastic comparisons from the 2014 to 2015 statistical data, but also a year that Mark Crivelli, recreation senior supervisor, says they are happy with.

February 12, 2016 | Natalie Winters | Government


Council to consider farmers' market RFP document at special Saturday meeting

With the start of spring just over one month away, the Turlock City Council is getting closer to finalizing a new process of selecting a farmers' market operator.

February 12, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock developing strategies to improve traffic safety

A study showing Turlock has a higher rate of traffic incidents, including fatalities and injuries, than other like-sized cities has prompted city officials to take a closer look at how people traverse the town and what methods could improve the safety on the roadways.

February 11, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Council begins budget planning with midyear review

The Turlock City Council received some good news on Tuesday, namely that revenue from both property taxes and sales taxes was higher than expected mid-way through the fiscal year. However, a number of departments within the City are asking for additional expenditures - to the total of over $400,000 - that, if adopted by the Council, would deplete the General Fund reserves even more than it is now.

February 09, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Water top priority for Congressional candidates

While the current El Nino weather system is expected to improve California's rainfall outlook for the upcoming year, the four consecutive years of drought has taken its toll on the most integral of natural resources, especially in the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley making water a key issue for candidates in the upcoming election.

February 09, 2016 | BY JASON CAMPBELL Turlock Journal | Government


Businesses required to separate organic material from trash beginning 2016

Recently adopted State law requires businesses in Turlock that meet certain thresholds to separate organic material from garbage beginning April 1. Businesses, including commercial or public entities such as schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, industrial businesses, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and others must recycle their organic waste based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis.

February 06, 2016 | | Government


Bus riders offer input on proposed Turlock transit changes

The Bus Line Service of Turlock is Judith Stanford's primary source of transportation. She rides the bus from her southeast Turlock home to her job on the northeast side of town three days a week and also depends on public transportation to travel to shopping destinations like Walmart off of Fulkerth and the stores along Countryside Drive. Stanford, and residents like her, were the primary focus of Thursday's public meetings held to solicit feedback on proposed major changes to Turlock's transit system.

February 05, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Commission grants signage exception to Dust Bowl

Despite concerns regarding the standard they will potentially set, the Turlock Planning Commission unanimously voted on Thursday to grant Dust Bowl Brewing Company a conditional use permit that will allow them to install 10 signs-including an expansive neon sign that will sit atop the facility-that altogether will more than double the total sign area permissible under the current sign regulations.

February 05, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


City manager search reaches final stages

The City of Turlock will soon have a new chief administrator, as the City Council is expected to select a candidate by mid-February.

February 04, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City seeks input on bus route changes

Turlock's bus system is in need of improvements. An October 2015 survey found that Bus Line Service of Turlock (BLAST) riders want later service, more routes on weekends and improved on-time service. The City of Turlock is working on making those changes - and possibly more.

February 02, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Severity of California teacher shortage prompts new legislation

The size of the emerging teacher deficiency in California is too big to ignore for least three senators, who after Senate Education Committee hearing on Tuesday that highlighted the intensity of a growing shortage, proposed new bills to address the crisis.

February 02, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Turlock Police honor employees' service

The Turlock Police Department honored their own Thursday at their annual awards ceremony by recognizing those officers and personnel who exemplified the mission of the department to protect and serve.

February 02, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Water conservation for kids

Kids can make a huge impact with water conservation at home and by helping to encourage change in the way their families, friends and classmates use water. The best way to get children involved is leading by example and practicing water efficient habits at home and around the yard. Consider making a household challenge for who can conserve and/or reuse the most amount of water. Below is a list of easy and fun ideas for kids to practice in order to help reduce the amount of water they use:

January 29, 2016 | | Government


Soiseth pledges continued 'game-changing' investment in Turlock's success

In his State of the City address, delivered Friday morning at the City Corporation Yard, Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth listed many of the City's accomplishments over the past year and shared his vision for an even better 2016. For many Turlock residents, however, the news that the City doubled its pothole repair budget was probably the most impactful.

January 29, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | 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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