Opening government meetings with prayer was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday, even if those prayers are overwhelmingly Christian - a practice previously argued by many to be in violation of the Establishment Clause.
After releasing three possible plans mapping Turlock's potential voting districts as the City prepares to vote on switching to a district-based system to elect future City Councilmembers, the City of Turlock is seeking input from its residents on how the districts should be formed.
A culmination of several months of hard work from the Mayor's Economic Development Taskforce, the Draft 2014 Economic Development Strategic Plan recently released by the City of Turlock was at the center of the 25-member group's meeting on Tuesday as they continue to build upon previous goals and develop new strategies that will keep Turlock's economy strong for years to come.
Even the smallest incorporated city in Stanislaus County is beginning to see some big changes, including holding its first-ever State of the City Address since being incorporated in 1972.
"A new day is dawning in Turlock. Our city has awakened with the hope that surrounds a new morning and the opportunities it brings. There is a new attitude at City Hall. Bold new ideas are emerging. Old divisions are being bridged. The city's growth and development are being reinvigorated. Turlock is a city on the move."
When the Turlock City Council opted to install the words "In God We Trust" within the Council Chambers at City Hall, the attention of the nation's largest freethinkers association, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, was quickly gained.
Avoiding an immediate revocation process, the Larsa Event Center, located on E. Monte Vista Ave., has been given an extended trial period by the Stanislaus County Planning Commission to resolve its impacts on nearby neighborhoods, after multiple noise complaints from area residents and unpermitted structures at the site put the center's Conditional Use Permit in jeopardy .
The golden arches could soon be seen in Downtown Turlock, as the City reviews a proposal to build a new McDonald's near Golden State Boulevard and Center and Marshall Streets.
After a successful first season of hosting a community ice skating rink, RAM Farms is seeking permission from the City of Turlock to not only extend their dates of operation but also expand the ice rink by nearly double in size.
As the City of Turlock prepares to make the change from at-large citywide elections to a new district-based system, the City Council will be holding two special meetings throughout the month of May to collect community input on the initial draft district boundary proposals prepared by consultant National Demographics Corporation.
As Monte Vista Crossings begins construction on the Phase II expansion project, a new 107-unit housing subdivision is also set to be located just across the street at the corner Countryside Drive and Tuolumne Road after receiving approval by the City Council on Tuesday.
In a sweeping effort to further combat the impacts of California's ongoing drought, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an extensive new emergency drought proclamation on Friday, cutting red tape in various government functions to help water agencies find new supplies, fight wildfires and assist cities and farmers.
City Councilman Forrest White has announced that he is seeking reelection this November, as he hopes to continue helping the City of Turlock move forward in areas such as economic growth, roadway improvements and water issues.
Turlock residents will likely see a citywide tax initiative on their ballots this November, as the City Council begins the process of creating an alternative to the countywide transportation tax recently abandoned by the Stanislaus Council of Governments that would have generated millions for local roadway repairs.
The Turlock City Council opted to take an important step towards switching Turlock's current at-large election system to one composed of multiple districts, in an effort to encourage equal representation within local government while also saving the city from hefty lawsuits.
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.
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.
While the final numbers won't be in for several months, the outlook is positive for the City of Turlock which doesn't anticipate needing to dip into reserves for the 2013-2014 fiscal year as revenues exceed expenses by just over $1.35 million.
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