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Denham re-Introduces legislation to reduce VA backlog

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) re-introduced the Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017, H.R. 1725, a bill that cuts through red tape within the Department of Veterans Affairs and seeks to reduce the benefit-claims backlog. The legislation was introduced with fellow co-chairman of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) and U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN).

March 28, 2017 | | Government


Assembly Republicans release ‘Capitol Madness’ bracket

Basketball fans know and love the third month of the year as 'March Madness' - the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament which has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. Now, Assembly Republicans are joining in on the fun, releasing not a bracket of the teams they have winning the NCAA tournament, but a bracket of the 32 wildest bills introduced in 2017 so far.

March 28, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


First Measure L project to break ground in August

Come April 1, funds from Measure L - Local Roads First Transportation Funding - will be collected county-wide following the approval of the 25-year, half-cent sales tax by voters in November. The city's first project to benefit from the additional funding will be an improvement to what many know as the roadway that welcomes visitors into Turlock, or West Main Street.

March 28, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Annual irrigation system maintenance helps prevent water loss

Although the recent rains have prevented the necessity for turning on the sprinklers, warmer weather is approaching and it is important to prepare irrigation systems accordingly. A poorly maintained irrigation system prevents water from reaching its intended source and instead is lost to runoff, evaporation and deep watering below the root zone. Maintaining your irrigation system is one of the most effective ways to reduce wasted water, reduce pollution from run-off and over-irrigation, and improve plant health by applying the correct amount of water where it can be utilized by the landscape.

March 24, 2017 | | Government


Mayor highlights city success in annual address

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth used his annual State of the City address on Wednesday to look back on the promises he made in 2016 - regarding roadways, water resources and public safety, among others-while also announcing new initiatives for neighborhood assessment districts, establishing American flag corridors around Turlock and a military personnel tribute.

March 23, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Denham to answer questions at upcoming town hall

Cries from District 10 constituents for Congressman Jeff Denham to hold a town hall meeting have been answered. The Republican representative will be joined by state Assemblyman Heath Flora, Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa and Mayor Gary Soiseth April 17 for an open forum where community members can ask questions about federal, state and local issues.

March 23, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Help avoid storm water pollution

March showers will definitely bring April flowers. They can also cause polluted water going down the storm drain. It is important to remember not to fertilize, spray herbicides or pesticides if rain is expected within 48 hours of application. Sweep up excess fertilizer on the sidewalk, driveway and roadway to ensure it does not enter the storm drain.

March 17, 2017 | | Government


Community meetings set to discuss Laura’s Law

Stanislaus County residents are invited to learn more about Laura's Law and voice any concerns or questions they may have about the provision of mental health care in the area during two community meetings in Modesto this month.

March 17, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Mayor to give annual State of the City address

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth will give his third State of the City address at an early morning public event scheduled for March 22 in front of the Public Safety Facility.

March 17, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


2016 year of growth for Turlock Fire Department

The previous year has been one of reorganization and expansion for the Turlock Fire Department, according to the annual report submitted to the Turlock City Council Tuesday night.

March 17, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government


New Millennial Caucus aims to inspire next generation of legislators

Each generation faces unique challenges, and Millennials are no different. To address these issues, Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) and other young California legislators have joined forces to create the California Millennial Caucus - a bi-partisan group of lawmakers under the age of 35 who hope to show young people that they have a place in politics.

March 16, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Locals urged to take last-minute action against State Water Board proposal

After months of lengthy debate, Friday marks the last day that the community has to comment on a controversial State Water Resources Control Board document that proposes cutting water use for fish, wildlife and salinity control.

March 16, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Business owners protest downtown street closure

Downtown business owners were once again asking the Turlock City Council to keep their economic interests in mind when allowing Main Street closures for special events, following a local organization's request to hold a parade down the popular thoroughfare on an upcoming Saturday.

March 16, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Denham introduces bill to protect small businesses against ADA lawsuits

As part of an ongoing effort to sustain the viability of small businesses in the Central Valley, Congressman Jeff Denham on Monday introduced a bill to combat frivolous lawsuits that accuse local businesses of violating portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

March 14, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Excessive Water Use Penalty in effect May 1

Beginning May 1, 2017, City of Turlock customers who use more than 40,000 gallons of water in any month will be issued an Excessive Water Use Penalty of $25. Those who are issued a first penalty will have the opportunity to have the fee waived by completing an online water conservation course.

March 10, 2017 | | Government


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Proper disposal of household hazardous waste

Many household hazardous products, such as oven cleaners, paint removers, pesticides, solvents and drain cleaners contain chemicals that are potentially harmful to both people and ...

April 21, 2017 | | Government


Study reveals impact of nearly two decades of water cuts in California

Since 2000, water cuts instituted by environmental regulation have impacted communities statewide. A report released recently by the Southern California Water Committee and the Committee ...

April 21, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Local leaders talk immigration reform

After Monday night's town hall, Congressman Jeff Denham met a much more subdued crowd Wednesday morning as he, Assemblyman Heath Flora and County Supervisor ...

April 20, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Legislators recognize Armenian genocide

Members of the California Legislature commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on Monday, even as the United States of America continues to turn ...

April 18, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Rowdy crowd goes head-to-head with Denham at town hall

Healthcare, Russia and climate change were a few of the topics on District 10 constituents' minds as they filled the Larsa Banquet Hall Monday night ...

April 18, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


City of Turlock landscape watering hours

The City's current water schedule allows residents to water two days per week. Odd addresses are allowed to water on Wednesdays and Sundays. Even ...

April 14, 2017 | | Government


Tensions rise as Denham Town Hall approaches

Although District 10 constituents' calls for Congressman Jeff Denham to hold a Town Hall meeting have been answered, local opposition groups have still taken offense ...

April 14, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


New bill designed to pay for Vote Centers

In September of last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into effect Senate Bill 450, or the Voter's Choice Act, which will modernize California elections ...

April 13, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Marketing firm seeks Turlock’s DNA

North Star Destination Strategies will soon embark on a mission to uncover Turlock's "unique DNA" as the City Council approved an agreement on Tuesday ...

April 13, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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