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Olsen talks new bills, hydrofracking and regulations with Turlockers

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and residents of Turlock came together Thursday to informally discuss pressing issues affecting citizens at a Town Hall meeting hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Items discussed included Olsen's 2013 legislative measures to protect students and veterans, as well as the need for job stability and Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to hydrofrack in California.

April 12, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Bocce ball courts met with protest at all sites

Wednesday night marked the one year anniversary of when the Parks and Recreation Commission first heard a proposal from the members of the Turlock Rotary Club regarding their interests in establishing a bocce ball court in Crane Park. Since then, little progress has been made in the matter.

April 11, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Queen Shamiram still homeless

It's been six years since Turlock native and television personality Narsai David has attempted to place a 9-foot bronze statue of Queen Shamiram on Turlock grounds. Since then, David has been met with confusing mixed messages by California State University, Stanislaus about placing the statue on its campus, and has found little ground for placing the statue anywhere else in Turlock.

April 11, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Planning puts new spin on sign regulations

What may be considered normal advertisement to some local business owners may actually be a city code violation. Many businesses don't realize that there are a large percentage of signs throughout the City of Turlock that are or will soon be considered illegal, including sign spinners, flags and banners.

April 05, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


State of California sues everyone over High-Speed Rail funding

Those wishing to pursue legal action to stop the California High-Speed Railway's progression will soon have their day in court, as the state preemptively sued everyone. The lawsuit, titled "High-Speed Rail Authority v. All Persons Interested," allows all parties who oppose the project a chance to voice their concerns in court at one time. The California Attorney General's Office will represent the rail authority in court.

April 04, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Grant could help police fleet go green

The task of catching law-breakers could be getting greener here in Turlock if the City Council approves a grant application seeking environmental-friendly vehicles.

April 04, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Bill would allow California dairies to join federal pricing

As a dairyman, Representative David Valadao (R-Hanford) knows more than his fair share about the decline of dairy industries in California. In response to the crisis, the Central Valley native's first piece of legislation would allow California to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order system while continuing its state quota system.

April 02, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Immigration debate heats up at Central Valley forum

Stories of hardship shared through tears were heard alongside shouts to enforce current immigration laws at Tuesday's listening session hosted by the Congregations Building Communities association and attended by U.S. Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina).

April 02, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Community forum to discuss immigration reform

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) is hosting two upcoming listening sessions for constituents of California's 10thCongressional District to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns regarding immigration reform, jobs and taxes, and education policies currently being worked on in Congress.

March 29, 2013 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Council approves work on F Street, Golden State intersection

In a brief meeting Tuesday night the Turlock City Council approved a motion to make some much needed improvements to the Golden State Boulevard and F Street intersection.

March 28, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Housing development seeks new water deal

Monterey Park, a small development of rural homes located northwest of Turlock, could be receiving future water service from the City of Ceres. But members of the Ceres City Council met Monday and made it clear they want Stanislaus County to insulate the city from any financial jeopardy.

March 26, 2013 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Government


Fish v. farm: Water board hearing sparks heated debate

Hundreds of concerned residents from the Central Valley made their presence known during the high-stakes State Water Resources Control Board hearing this week. Their message to the water board: farms are more important than fish.

March 26, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Applicants sought for Civil Grand Jury

The selection process for the 2013-2014 Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury has started. Anyone interested in serving on the Civil Grand Jury may contact the Grand Jury Office at 558-7766 or go on line at www.stanct.org to download an application. The deadline for applications is April 30.

March 19, 2013 | | Government


Council splits on union negotiator hire

In a 3-2 split Tuesday night the Turlock City Council approved hiring retired law enforcement official Dave Young to act as an outside labor negotiator in the upcoming contract discussions with the city employee unions.

March 15, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Bocce ball court debate continues

Though Turlock Noon Rotary's plan to construct two bocce ball courts in Crane Park was foiled last year, leader Mike Dini is not giving up on the project, and has already proposed new locations that he hopes will garner public support within the next couple weeks.

March 15, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


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Drug drop off box coming to Turlock Police Department

The growing prescription drop-off program that allows individuals to dispose of unused medications in a safe manner will soon have a site in Turlock.

October 17, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Denham addresses potential impact of health insurance tax on small businesses

The 3.4 million small businesses in California that employ more than half the state's workforce could be facing a health insurance tax per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday Congressman Jeff Denham left Washington to make a local appearance and address small business owners' concerns regarding the tax at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, an event hosted by the Stop the HIT coalition.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Developer seeks amendment to east Turlock master plan

City of Turlock Planning Commissioners will consider amending the East Tuolumne Master Plan on Thursday which would increase the number of units built on what is currently farm land near the city's eastern border.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Task force approves final economic strategy for Turlock

It took a bending of the rules, but the Mayor's Economic Taskforce finally approved the final draft of its Economic Development Strategic Plan at a second meeting Tuesday that was called after a meeting was cancelled last week due to lack of quorum.

October 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council approves grant for additional police officers

The Turlock City Council voted unanimously to accept and fund a portion of a federal grant that will result in the Turlock Police Department hiring four new officers.

October 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Council to consider COPS grant, new police vehicles

The Turlock City Council will decide on Tuesday if the Turlock Police Department will receive four new officers and six new vehicles in separate items on their agenda.

October 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Fire station in need of better connection

Fire stations need certain equipment like hoses, ladders, and engines to do their jobs successfully, and in these times that also includes internet access.

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Smoking already illegal in Turlock parks, just not enforced

Residents fuming over the smoking ban at city parks being discussed by Turlock's Arts, Parks, and Recreation Commission in recent months may be surprised to find out that smoking in parks is already technically illegal.

October 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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