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Council reviews mid-cycle budget, considers $1.2 million in additional deficit spending

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 projected last June, however, City department heads are asking for a combined $1.2 million in additional spending for 2016-17.

May 27, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Despite conservation efforts, Turlock water resources diminishing

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 in water resources over the past two years that is "cause for concern," according to Director of Municipal Services Michael Cooke.

May 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Board of Supervisors adopts ordinance to update transit fare structure

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 changes were triggered by the eligibility of Federal Transit Administration funds, said Public Works Director Matt Machado.

May 24, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


New landscape watering hours begin June 1

Beginning June 1, a new watering schedule will go into effect. The new schedule will prohibit watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.

May 20, 2016 | | Government


CDFA adjusts milk-for-cheese pricing formula

California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross announced Friday that she would permanently increase the price dairy producers are paid for 4b milk used to make cheese, effective June 1.

May 20, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Planning approves TC elementary project

Turlock Christian School can now move forward with plans to convert the old MedicAlert offices into an elementary school campus, following the Turlock Planning Commission's approval of a Minor Discretionary Permit for the project on Thursday.

May 20, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


County sees upswing in voter registration as election nears

More and more local residents are registering to vote, either online or by paper registration form, as the June 7 Presidential Primary Election draws near. The Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters received 2,047 online voter registrations on Tuesday alone, in addition to paper registration forms. In comparison, the Registrar of Voters received 447 voter registrations on May 10, 148 on May 3 and 138 on April 26.

May 19, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock’s problem-plagued fire engine to be replaced

A new fire engine is slated to roll into Turlock and it will be replacing one that has left fire fighters stranded out on calls and has cumulatively spent nearly a year out of service.

May 17, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Neighbors raise traffic concerns with new Turlock Christian campus

While Turlock Christian School families have been anxiously awaiting the opening of the private school's first stand alone campus, school officials must first convince the Turlock Planning Commission that the conversion of the site from the former MedicAlert offices to an elementary campus won't cause excessive traffic problems.

May 17, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Senate Ag Committee to hold meeting on citrus bug crisis

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, chaired by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, will hold an informational hearing titled "Crisis in the Golden State: Asian Citrus Psyllid's Threat to Destroy California Citrus" on Tuesday the State Capitol.

May 13, 2016 | | Government


Outdoor water conservation tips for uses other than landscape irrigation

When considering outdoor water use, there are many ways to conserve in areas other than just landscape irrigation. Listed below, are suggestions for reducing water use outside the home.

May 13, 2016 | | Government


Turlock approves recycled water sales agreement with Del Puerto

The Turlock City Council approved a Water Supply Agreement on Tuesday that will see the Del Puerto Water District paying $175 per acre foot for Turlock recycled wastewater for the next 40 years.

May 13, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Governor signs ADA reform legislation

One of the main goals of the bipartisan San Joaquin Valley Caucus was achieved Tuesday when Governor Jerry Brown announced that he signed SB269, giving businesses more time for Americans with Disabilities Act fixes.

May 12, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City adopts new street tree list

For almost a year, the City of Turlock has been tackling the issue of the many broken sidewalks and overgrown and diseased trees that have become hazards for Turlock's residents. The Street Tree and Sidewalk ad hoc committee finished its work on Tuesday, by presenting a revised Street Tree Theme and Map that addresses some of the issues that arise with different tree varieties.

May 12, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council to tackle campaign finance during series of special meetings

As Turlock gears up for its first-ever by-district City Council election in November, the current City Council will address the issue of campaign finance regulations through a series of special meetings in June.

May 10, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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The benefits of sustainable landscaping

Sustainable landscaping is the use of design and maintenance practices that work harmoniously with the local climate and soils. Sustainable landscapes are adapted to the ...

June 24, 2016 | | Government


East Turlock Subbasin forming sustainability agency

With tighter water conservation laws affecting California, the East Turlock Subbasin has begun the process of forming its very own Groundwater Sustainability Agency.

June 24, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


City Council elections heat up

Although November is still five months away, Turlock's first-ever by district election is already drawing a number of candidates. Gil Esquer announced his intention ...

June 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council to consider four different campaign finance regulations

The Turlock City Council will consider a number of campaign finance ordinances on Tuesday - including one proposed by Mayor Gary Soiseth and Councilman Bill DeHart.

June 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Ag department seeks Israeli input on water conservation

Hearing about the drought and its profound effects on agriculture here in California is nothing new to residents of the Golden State.

June 21, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


Turlockers talk ethics at campaign finance workshop

The Turlock City Council finished its series of special community workshops on campaign finance last week and is expected to address the issue at their ...

June 21, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Assembly District 12 race turning into nail-biter

As days go by and more precincts report election numbers in, the two names that will appear on the November ballot for Assembly District 12 ...

June 17, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


No stress in conducting new 'stress test' water conservation regulation

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new statewide conservation approach on May 18 that will replace Turlock's prior 29 percent water conservation ...

June 17, 2016 | | Government


County approves produce warehouse project for Avila and Sons

After seven years of planning, Avila and Sons finally received approval to build a produce warehouse facility just west of Turlock.

June 17, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


Council approves Cooper Avenue abandonment, following improvements by church

The Turlock City Council voted on Tuesday to abandon the part of Cooper Avenue that runs through Sacred Heart Church's campus, but only after ...

June 16, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


StanCOG votes to progress road tax to ballot

The Stanislaus Council of Governments proposed an Expenditure Plan based on a 25-year, half-cent sales tax measure for consideration by voters on the November 2016 ...

June 16, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


Stanislaus County allocates much-needed money for road work

The Stanislaus County Public Works Department was granted additional funds to be used on road and bridge maintenance for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

June 14, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


City flips homes for low-income housing

Popular television shows like "Fixer Upper" and "Flip or Flop" show how motivated real estate professionals can turn the worst house on the block into ...

June 14, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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