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Planning Commissioners consider changes to utility, sign ordinances

The Planning Commission is often tasked with finding the right balance between creating a business-friendly City and what's in the best interest of the community as a whole. On Thursday, the commissioners considered changes to two City Zoning Ordinances that could impact incoming developments and existing businesses and the overall aesthetics of the city- utility undergrounding and sign standards.

November 05, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Voters elect three DUSD trustees, TID director

It didn't take long after receiving news of her re-election to the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees for incumbent Kathi Dunham-Filson to know exactly what she wanted to accomplish during her next term.

November 03, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Water wasting violations

In response to the ongoing drought, the State of California passed a number of regulations that must be implemented by local urban water agencies, including the City of Turlock. Perhaps the most well-known is the requirement to reduce water use in Turlock by 32 percent over 2013 levels. Did you know that the City is also mandated to report its water conservation-related enforcement actions to the State on a monthly basis?

October 30, 2015 | | Government


Public gets involved in Groundwater Act implementation

A group of Turlock Subbasin stakeholders gathered at the first Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Workshop on Thursday to learn more about the requirements of the historic legislation and more importantly how they can assume an active role in its local implementation.

October 30, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Council approves second city service rate hike

Residents of Turlock will be paying 7 percent more for water come Jan. 1, 2016, as the Turlock City Council voted on Tuesday to approve the third of six rate increases introduced in July 2014.

October 29, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Looking ahead key to success, says speakers at Economic Trends Breakfast

Anticipating change was the theme of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce's Economic Trends Breakfast held Wednesday at the Turlock Country Club.

October 29, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Committee renews focus on public art

Love her or hate her, the bronze and ceramic statue representation of the Amazon queen Califia has become an iconic figure for downtown Turlock. A special committee chose the 14-foot fountain statue to be the public art piece to cap off the downtown renovation. Although the process of selecting the location, artist and work was daunting at times, according to former City Arts Facilitator and current Director of the Carnegie Arts Center Lisa McDermott, public art is worth the hassle.

October 23, 2015 | BY KRISTINA HACKER AND NATALIE WINTERS | Government


Water rates set to increase in January

The City Council will consider on Tuesday affirming a January 2016 water rate increase of 7 percent, the third of six increases approved in March 2014.

October 23, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Regional Transportation Improvement Program up for public review

The Stanislaus Council of Governments will hold a public hearing next week on the 2016 transportation plan the agency is required to submit to the California Transportation Commission.

October 15, 2015 | | Government


Historic War Memorial Cannon finds new home in Central Park

There is not a more appropriate day of the year than Veterans' Day for the rededication ceremony of the War Memorial Cannon that the City of Turlock has occupied for over half a decade.

October 15, 2015 | Natalie Winters | Government


City manager announces retirement

Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden announced Wednesday that after more than six years of running the City of Turlock and more than 40 years of public service, he plans to retire by the end of the year.

October 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council approves garbage rate hike

The Turlock City Council approved an increase in solid waste fees Tuesday night, after the City failed to receive the required 9,119 formal protests needed to prevent the fee hike from moving forward.

October 13, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Governor signs electronic skateboard bill into law

Legislation authored by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen (R – Riverbank) to allow the use of electronic skateboards was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown Sunday.

October 13, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Reminder: Public hearing for proposed solid waste rate increase

The community is encouraged to attend Tuesday's City Council meeting to voice their thoughts and/or concerns regarding the proposed solid waste rate increase. The last approved solid waste increase was in May 2003.

October 09, 2015 | | Government


Residents have until Tuesday's public hearing to protest garbage fee hike

The City of Turlock has received 409 letters as of Thursday protesting a proposed solid waste rate increase, far fewer than the 9,119 formal protests needed to prevent the City Council from moving forward with the fee hike. However, residents have until the end of the scheduled public hearing of the solid waste fee increase, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, to file a complaint.

October 09, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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State Water Board readopts water conservation regulations

On May 9, 2016 Governor Brown issued an Executive Order calling for the State Water Board to adjust emergency water conservation regulations in response to ...

February 17, 2017 | | Government


Assemblyman Gray announces legislation for retiring veterans, underage marijuana consumption

Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (21st District) announced two separate bills this week, one of which aims to assist retiring military service members, and another that ...

February 17, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


USDA recommendation brings California dairy farmers closer to equitable milk pricing

Just like the cow in the beloved nursery rhyme, local dairy producers are over the moon following the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommended ...

February 17, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Denham highlights county commodities in district ag report

A report released by Congressman Jeff Denham Tuesday addressed the agro-economy of California's 10th congressional district and recommendations following a roundtable discussion he hosted ...

February 16, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


City contemplates bus route changes following community complaints

Over the past several months the City of Turlock has implemented a number of changes to the City's bus system, from installing new electronic ...

February 16, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


County declares state of emergency due to flooding

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors declared the county to be in a state of emergency Tuesday, in response to continued rain in the area ...

February 14, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Council accepts City employee compensation report

The Turlock City Council accepted a report Tuesday that compares the salaries and compensation packages of 65 City employee positions with 11 other agencies.

February 14, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Four City buses damaged in fire

Four of the City of Turlock's buses are out of service following a fire in the City Corp Yard Saturday night that ignited the ...

February 12, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Flora’s first bill aims to jumpstart fire careers of underserved youth

Assemblyman Heath Flora returned to a familiar setting Friday morning to discuss his first bill as California's 12th District representative, sitting down with the ...

February 10, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Mayor’s Award winners hope to ‘bridge the gap’ between university, downtown

Two Stanislaus State students have been named the recipients of the second annual Mayor's Public Policy Award for their research project titled, "Bridge the ...

February 10, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Assemblyman Gray proposes legislation to overhaul state water management

Describing California's water management structure as "broken," Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced new legislation Monday to overhaul and restructure the current administration and enforcement ...

February 10, 2017 | | Government


Study: On average, City salaries 10% below market median

In 2014, the Turlock City Council publicly committed to conducting a compensation study for all employees and bargaining groups who wanted to participate. Over two ...

February 10, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


County CEO announces retirement

After a nearly 30-year long career with Stanislaus County, three of which in the role of chief executive officer, Stan Risen informed the Board of ...

February 10, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government


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