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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


Five candidates already vying for Assembly’s 12th District

The 2016 election may be over a year out, but five candidates have already tossed their hat in the ring to represent the 12th Assembly District, a seat presently occupied by Kristin Olsen (R–Riverbank).

May 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock council enters into MOU for regional water project

The Turlock City Council convened for a special meeting Friday afternoon and unanimously approved to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Modesto, Del Puerto Water District, and the Department of the Interior in order to have more input during the environmental review process for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Beekman remains as LAFCO representative, for now

Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman will continue to serve as a member of the Stanislaus County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, at least for the next 60 days as the county's mayors decided they needed more time to determine if he is fit to represent their collective interests.

May 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council considers next step in recycled water project

The Turlock City Council will consider taking another step forward on the proposed North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program at a special meeting set for 2:30 p.m. today.

May 14, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock sees uptick in sales tax; City anticipates deficit budget spending

July 1, which marks the beginning of the fiscal year, is fast approaching meaning there is one significant item before the City of Turlock: the budget adoption process. While traditionally the City has adopted a budget annually, this year it will work within a two year time frame for the 2015-2015 and 2016-2017 budgets.

May 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council approves external audit of CVB in 4-1 vote

The Turlock City Council voted to conduct an external audit of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Tuesday evening in a 4-1 vote with Council member Steven Nascimento casting the sole dissenting vote.

May 12, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Parks in Turlock to be less green this summer

Parks in the city of Turlock will be less than lush this summer as water conservation measures mean minimal watering for Turlock's green spaces.

May 12, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Larsa noise level issues still unresolved

After more than a year of discussions and excessive noise complaints from nearby neighbors, the fate of the Larsa Event Center is still unknown as the Stanislaus Planning Commission asked staff to bring back the item for consideration at a future meeting.

May 08, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Water takes center stage at Government Night

It is not often that local, state, and federal legislators have the opportunity to convene and discuss topics with constituents, but that is precisely what took place on Thursday at the fourth annual Government Night.

May 08, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Chamber provides documentation to reduce unallowable CVB expenses by $55K

The Turlock City Council will consider paying an outside firm to do a more comprehensive audit of the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday. The City is alleging that the Turlock Chamber of Commerce owes $186,015.60 for unallowable expenditures under the contract to run the CVB, which is roughly $55,000 less than the City originally asked the chamber to repay on April 24.

May 08, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Plan reveals need for affordable housing in Turlock

There are more than 600 families on the waiting list for a family unit at the Avena Bella affordable housing community, an indication that finding reliable housing is a problem faced by many in Turlock.

May 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


$80,000 available for events to promote Turlock

Roughly $80,000 of grant funding is available through the 2015-2016 Community Event and Activities Grant Program, a new service the City is executing as it has taken over administering the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

May 05, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local representatives make moves for water legislation at state, federal levels

Water has been a viral topic of conversation in California communities as state mandated conservation standards have become stricter, but storage of the precious resource has also been at the forefront of local legislators' minds in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

May 05, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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Mayors gather to share ideas, tackle issues

The populations and attributes of Turlock and Los Angeles may vary greatly, but that didn't stop Mayor Gary Soiseth and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti from finding some common ground in the essentials of governing a city: making sure the police are on patrol; that the garbage is picked up; and that water flows when the tap is turned on.

June 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government


City officially adopts Morgan Ranch Master Plan

The City of Turlock is charting new territory with the Morgan Ranch Master Plan, a planned development on the south side of Turlock that will include a new school. It is the first time that a medium density residential range of this size will be collectively developed as an estimated 980 to 1,200 units are anticipated at full build out.

June 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock Council approves downtown bike race

Downtown Turlock will officially play host to the first annual Turlock Criterium bike Race on Aug. 8 after the Turlock City Council unanimously passed the item on Tuesday.

June 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Denham introduces legislation to protect bees

National Pollinator Week may have come to a close on June 21, but Congressman Jeff Denham (R – Turlock) is aiming to highlight the importance of bees all year-round.

June 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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