The 2016 election may be over a year out, but five candidates have already tossed their hat in the ring to represent the 12th Assembly District, a seat presently occupied by Kristin Olsen (R–Riverbank).
The Turlock City Council convened for a special meeting Friday afternoon and unanimously approved to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Modesto, Del Puerto Water District, and the Department of the Interior in order to have more input during the environmental review process for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program.
Hughson Mayor Matt Beekman will continue to serve as a member of the Stanislaus County Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, at least for the next 60 days as the county's mayors decided they needed more time to determine if he is fit to represent their collective interests.
July 1, which marks the beginning of the fiscal year, is fast approaching meaning there is one significant item before the City of Turlock: the budget adoption process. While traditionally the City has adopted a budget annually, this year it will work within a two year time frame for the 2015-2015 and 2016-2017 budgets.
After more than a year of discussions and excessive noise complaints from nearby neighbors, the fate of the Larsa Event Center is still unknown as the Stanislaus Planning Commission asked staff to bring back the item for consideration at a future meeting.
It is not often that local, state, and federal legislators have the opportunity to convene and discuss topics with constituents, but that is precisely what took place on Thursday at the fourth annual Government Night.
The Turlock City Council will consider paying an outside firm to do a more comprehensive audit of the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday. The City is alleging that the Turlock Chamber of Commerce owes $186,015.60 for unallowable expenditures under the contract to run the CVB, which is roughly $55,000 less than the City originally asked the chamber to repay on April 24.
There are more than 600 families on the waiting list for a family unit at the Avena Bella affordable housing community, an indication that finding reliable housing is a problem faced by many in Turlock.
Roughly $80,000 of grant funding is available through the 2015-2016 Community Event and Activities Grant Program, a new service the City is executing as it has taken over administering the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Water has been a viral topic of conversation in California communities as state mandated conservation standards have become stricter, but storage of the precious resource has also been at the forefront of local legislators' minds in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
The discussion regarding Larsa Banquet Hall and its Amethyst Way neighbors, who have filed noise complaints against the center, will be reprised at both the City of Turlock and Stanislaus County Planning Commission meetings on Thursday.