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Council appoints new Planning, Parks commissioners

The Turlock Planning Commission will welcome one new member and the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission two new members after the Turlock City Council appointed new commissioners at their first meeting of 2016.

January 14, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Even with the rain, California may face another year of drought

The last weeks have seen a welcome amount of rain and snowfall in California. However, that doesn't mean that we are out of the woods, so to speak, with regard to the drought. The Department of Water Resources conducted the winter's first media-oriented manual snow survey on Dec. 30, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California's drought will be entrenched for a fifth year.

January 08, 2016 | | Government


City looks to expand airport runway

A runway widening project at the Turlock Municipal Airport will be under consideration by the Turlock City Council on Tuesday, the first council meeting of 2016.

January 08, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Commission reaches split-vote on Sacred Heart street abandonment request

A proposal filed by Sacred Heart Church to abandon Cooper Avenue between Oak and Rose streets was met with conflicting opinions among the Turlock Planning Commission, who disagreed on whether or not the petition conformed to the Turlock General Plan.

January 07, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Governor proposes record-high $122 billion budget

Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record high $122.6 billion General Fund budget plan for 2016-17 - an increase of $6 billion over last year - that makes significant increases in funding for education, health care and state infrastructure, while bolstering the state's Rainy Day Fund and paying down state debts and liabilities. Along with the increased spending, however, the Governor also urged fiscal restraint.

January 07, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Kristin Olsen opts out of race for Senate District 5

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen announced Monday that she will not be running for office at the end of her term in 2016.

January 05, 2016 | Natalie Winters | Government


USDA conducts nationwide honeybee survey

The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service will embark on its second month gathering information on honey bee colonies across the nation in hopes of promoting honey bee health and reducing colony losses during winter to no more than 15 percent within 10 years.

December 31, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Sacred Heart asks City to abandon street

A request for the City of Turlock to relinquish a portion of Cooper Avenue between Oak and Rose streets in order to allow Sacred Heart Church to consolidate two private school campuses has proven to be a source of frustration for a number of neighbors in the east Turlock area.

December 31, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


New Year brings in new laws for 2016

The ushering in of the New Year sees a bevy of new laws take effect in California that cover a variety of issues. There are new restrictions on carrying guns in the state and those making minimum wage are seeing a bump in their pay. It's also now harder for parents to get vaccine exemptions and getting a referendum on the ballot will be a bit more costly.

December 31, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government


City moves forward with downtown parking study

The City of Turlock is one step closer to securing upgraded parking options in the downtown area after Turlock City Council voted earlier this month to approve an agreement with TJKM Transportation Consultants for the development of a Downtown Parking Plan.

December 29, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


USDA shares 2015 results: Building a stronger rural America through partnership, progress and promis

This year, millions of rural businesses and families were positively impacted by U.S. Department of Agriculture investments in their communities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a list of USDA's top achievements in 2015, demonstrating USDA's efforts to help farmers and ranchers bring their products to tables domestically and abroad, build critical infrastructure in America's rural areas, conserve our nation's natural resources through long-lasting partnerships, and continuously work toward improving the lives of all Americans.

December 24, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Turlock Courthouse to reopen in 2016

Reeling from unprecedented budget cuts at the state level, the Stanislaus County Superior Court closed Turlock's courthouse in 2009 until "budget issues were resolved." The closure was expected to last one year, according to the Court. Nearly seven years later, the Turlock Courthouse is finally reopening.

December 22, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Congratulations Turlock, you conserved 33% in November

After three straight months of not meeting the State's 32 percent reduction target, Turlock water customers delivered in November with a 33 percent water savings. While a well-deserved congratulations is due, we must continue to be diligent with water conservation efforts.

December 18, 2015 | | Government


Proposed county road tax spending formula benefits Turlock

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth has said since he first started campaigning for public office in 2014 that he would only support a countywide road tax if the spending formula guarantees funds would be spent on Turlock road projects. Soiseth is ready to support such a tax as the Stanislaus Council of Governments put forth a potential spending formula on Wednesday that calls for sales tax revenue generated in Turlock staying in Turlock with complete local control over which projects would be funded.

December 17, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Traffic Calming Program receives some interest in first few months

Responding to numerous requests to slow speeding drivers in neighborhoods across Turlock, the City Council adopted the city's first ever Traffic Calming Program in September. Since its adoption, nine residents have requested information about the new program, which provides a way for traffic calming measures like speed bumps to be installed on city streets at the expense of the requestor. Seven of those requests came from residents in the north area of town and two in the southeast, according to Development Services Director and City Engineer Mike Pitcock, who gave an update on the program to the City Council ...

December 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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