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County planning to consider new noise restrictions for Larsa

After more than two years of discussions about numerous noise complaints, multiple public meetings and expert studies, the Stanislaus County Planning Commission has come up with a new Conditions of Approval they hope will make Larsa Banquet Hall and surrounding residents better neighbors.

November 13, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


State fire engine coming to Turlock

A light colored fire truck will soon be seen around town, as the City Council approved an agreement with the State of California for the temporary transfer of an Office of Emergency Services fire engine to the City of Turlock Fire Department.

November 13, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City Council appoints interim city manager

The Turlock City Council bid a fond farewell to retiring City Manager Roy Wasden at Tuesday's Council meeting, his last before leaving, and then appointed Municipal Services Director Michael Cooke as the Interim City Manager while a candidate selection process moves forward to find Wasden's replacement.

November 12, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


State mandates new water restrictions for landscape projects

The State of California has taken another step in water conservation, adopting a stricter landscape ordinance that includes lowering the size threshold for projects that fall under the new water efficiency provisions.

November 10, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Preliminary results hold as official election count advances

While the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters is processing and finalizing official election results from the Nov. 3 Consolidated District Election, preliminary results have remained unchanged from Election Day for the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees and Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors.

November 10, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


City of Turlock Water Saver Heroes

The City of Turlock is happy to announce its second round of Water Saving Heroes, Gizella Linn and Milt Trieweiler.

November 06, 2015 | | Government


Local cities fall short in September water saving goals

As California continues to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's 25 percent conservation mandate, the City of Turlock continues to be unsuccessful in meeting its own 32 percent requirement with a 26.3 percent overall water use reduction in September.

November 06, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Planning Commissioners consider changes to utility, sign ordinances

The Planning Commission is often tasked with finding the right balance between creating a business-friendly City and what's in the best interest of the community as a whole. On Thursday, the commissioners considered changes to two City Zoning Ordinances that could impact incoming developments and existing businesses and the overall aesthetics of the city- utility undergrounding and sign standards.

November 05, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Voters elect three DUSD trustees, TID director

It didn't take long after receiving news of her re-election to the Denair Unified School District Board of Trustees for incumbent Kathi Dunham-Filson to know exactly what she wanted to accomplish during her next term.

November 03, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Water wasting violations

In response to the ongoing drought, the State of California passed a number of regulations that must be implemented by local urban water agencies, including the City of Turlock. Perhaps the most well-known is the requirement to reduce water use in Turlock by 32 percent over 2013 levels. Did you know that the City is also mandated to report its water conservation-related enforcement actions to the State on a monthly basis?

October 30, 2015 | | Government


Public gets involved in Groundwater Act implementation

A group of Turlock Subbasin stakeholders gathered at the first Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Workshop on Thursday to learn more about the requirements of the historic legislation and more importantly how they can assume an active role in its local implementation.

October 30, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Council approves second city service rate hike

Residents of Turlock will be paying 7 percent more for water come Jan. 1, 2016, as the Turlock City Council voted on Tuesday to approve the third of six rate increases introduced in July 2014.

October 29, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Looking ahead key to success, says speakers at Economic Trends Breakfast

Anticipating change was the theme of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce's Economic Trends Breakfast held Wednesday at the Turlock Country Club.

October 29, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Committee renews focus on public art

Love her or hate her, the bronze and ceramic statue representation of the Amazon queen Califia has become an iconic figure for downtown Turlock. A special committee chose the 14-foot fountain statue to be the public art piece to cap off the downtown renovation. Although the process of selecting the location, artist and work was daunting at times, according to former City Arts Facilitator and current Director of the Carnegie Arts Center Lisa McDermott, public art is worth the hassle.

October 23, 2015 | BY KRISTINA HACKER AND NATALIE WINTERS | Government


Water rates set to increase in January

The City Council will consider on Tuesday affirming a January 2016 water rate increase of 7 percent, the third of six increases approved in March 2014.

October 23, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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Agricultural water efficiency program to provide $6 million in funding

The California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Food and Agriculture have partnered together to provide $6 million in grant funding to help ...

January 20, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Local mayor impressed by smooth transfer of power

Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra had a ringside seat to the transfer of power from the administration of Barack Obama to Donald J. Trump on Friday ...

January 20, 2017 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Government


Report highlights California’s progress towards sustainable water management

California continued to make significant advances towards sustainable water management in 2016, according to an implementation report prepared by several California agencies that details the ...

January 17, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


City picks Turlock Police veteran as new chief

The City of Turlock has selected Capt. Nino Amirfar, a 27-year veteran of law enforcement, as the city's newest police chief.

January 17, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Water conservation tips for the winter

It is a lot more difficult to stay motivated with water conservation efforts when it is raining outside. Even if your sprinklers are turned off ...

January 13, 2017 | | Government


Governor’s proposed budget takes 'positive step' for education

Educators throughout California applauded Governor Jerry Brown's proposed state budget for 2017-18, which was unveiled Tuesday to include an increase in education funding and ...

January 13, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Turlock adopts excessive water use penalty

Residents of the City of Turlock who use more than 40,000 gallons of water a month can expect to pay a $25 excessive water ...

January 12, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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