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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The City of Turlock will soon have a new chief administrator, as the City Council is expected to select a candidate by mid-February.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
California is hoping a $70.4 million grant will help prevent wildfires with the likes of the Rim Fire-which scorched approximately 400 square miles of land in Tuolumne County nearly three years ago-from dealing another devastating blow to the region and ultimately the state.
As a political science major at Stanislaus State, Josephine Hazelton has an eye for improving the community around her. Now as the first recipient of the Mayor's Public Policy Award in the amount of $3,000, she can do just that-starting with improving access to municipal bus services in the community.
The recent drop in gasoline prices may be good for families looking to save money at the pump, but it's taking funding away that the City of Turlock could use to fix the city's failing roads.
Residents have long known that the road conditions in Turlock are poor. On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council will hear a report on how the city's road conditions have actually worsen over the past two years.
The good news is the City of Turlock's deficit spending in the 2015-16 fiscal year was $200,000 less than the almost $400,000 ...
While Turlock has experienced a rare wet spring, the City's water woes are far from over. In fact, Turlock has seen a significant reduction ...
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted on May 10 to establish new fares, amend, and eliminate existing transit fares for Stanislaus Regional Transit. The ...
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