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Council to talk budget, more aggressive smoking ban on Tuesday

Local smokers may soon find themselves at a loss for a place to light up in public as, after five months of discussion, the decision to ban smoking and electronic or vapor smoking devices will appear before the Turlock City Council on Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Inaugural workshop offers overview of City’s concerns

Unlike most weekends, City Hall was an active site on Saturday with the inaugural Turlock City Council workshop taking place where the new mayor and council set out to discuss their strategic plan for the city.

January 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Anti ADA abuse legislation in national spotlight

Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) is addressing business owners' concerns with a recent increase in Americans with Disabilities Act compliance lawsuits at the national level.

January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock South County Corridor workshop just the beginning of multi-year project

Driving on a country road in foggy weather is dangerous and all the more reason to establish a road to connect Highway 99 and Interstate 5, at least according to Kendall Flint whose company Flint Strategies is in charge of public outreach for the project that will likely take between six and 12 years to complete.

January 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


New appointments to join city, regional committees

A new mayor and council means new appointments to local and regional committees and Mayor Gary Soiseth will be at the helm of a majority of them, especially those pertaining to water.

January 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council delays zoning ordinance overhaul

Despite plans to repeal and replace the City of Turlock's Zoning Ordinance since November, it could be several months before the City Council reviews new changes as the item was referred back to the Planning Commission for a more comprehensive analysis.

January 13, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council to review police innovations at first meeting of 2015

After a slew of serious accidents in Turlock in recent months, the Chief of Police will address the public and the Turlock City Council on Tuesday on steps being taken to counteract the tragic incidents.

January 09, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Governor's proposed budget emphasizes education

In the wake of his State of the State address, Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed 2015-2016 budget on Friday which places education at the forefront amongst other familiar issues like paying down debt and water projects.

January 09, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


StanCOG, Turlock to explore feasibility of South County Corridor

Local business owners, truckers and frequent travelers are likely familiar with a quandary unique to Turlock and its surrounding towns: the lack of a direct connection between Highway 99 and Interstate 5.

January 08, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Governor touts bullet train, calls for bipartisan support on infrastructure

In a meditation on his father's time as governor- as well as his own three previous terms - Governor Jerry Brown took a long look back during his state of the state address on Monday while also expressing an optimistic approach towards the future.

January 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


2015 set to bring in a host of new laws

The New Year is a time where many plan people for change, but one thing guaranteed in store for citizens is several new laws.

December 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City to revamp zoning ordinance

The new year is fast approaching and so is the Turlock City Council's consideration of repealing the city's Zoning Ordinance in its entirety, meaning permitting requirements for uses, development standards and permitting processes in all zoning districts will be affected.

December 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Mental health board reflects on past year

In 2014, more than 40 percent of the Stanislaus County Mental Health Board members resigned, moved or passed away.

December 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City seeks public input on transportation plan

Alta Planning and Design has created over 100 active transportation plans for communities across the state and is presently working on the City of Turlock's first plan with the vision of creating "a seamless walking and bicycling network" in the town.

December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


New era begins for city council

Tuesday was a night of firsts for Gary Soiseth and Matthew Jacob, who were both sworn in as mayor and council member, respectively, before taking their seats behind the council dais alongside Bill DeHart, who was sworn in for his second term.

December 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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City to increase free bus passes to those in need

Transit services for those in need in the community are becoming much more comprehensive due to the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses, the revenue of which allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Hughson State of the City focuses on high reserves, need for technology

When Mayor Matt Beekman took the microphone Monday evening to deliver his State of the City address at the Hughson City Council meeting, he had one piece of news of which not all mayors can boast: the City's General Fund reserves are at 83 percent.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council considers change in bus advertising

Transit services for those in need in the community could become much more comprehensive pending the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses. The revenue from the sale of bus ads allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock receives $105K road grant

While a City of Turlock workshop held Tuesday had citizens and council members alike lamenting the poor quality of roads in town, in a positive twist of fate just two days later the City was notified that it received a grant of $105,550 from the Department of Resources Recycle and Recovery, or CalRecycle.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Water Advisory Committee charts course for groundwater management

The Stanislaus Water Advisory Committee convened for their first meeting of 2015 Tuesday morning to discuss taking steps towards establishing a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, one component of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that was passed in 2014 to allow regional control of local groundwater resources.

February 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock road woes have reached a new milestone

It's public opinion shared by many in Turlock that the roads are in poor condition, but on Tuesday evening Director of Development Services Michael Pitcock enlightened the community on just how bad the streets really are.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local agencies host a call to action in response to immigration ruling

What was meant to be a celebration of President Barack Obama's new expansion of programs for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals transformed into a call to action after a federal court ruled late Monday night to block the president's executive action that would extend present DACA laws.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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