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Denham welcomes Turlock Bronze Star recipient as Wounded Warrior fellow

Congressman Jeff Denham has long been an advocate of programs that support veterans and he is continuing this tradition with the addition of a Turlock veteran on his staff through the Wounded Warrior Program.

January 10, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Governor bolsters Rainy Day Fund in proposed budget

Apropos to the rainy weather in Turlock this week, California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday proposed a state budget which will increase California's Rainy Day Fund to almost $8 billion. The $179.5 billion state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year is a 5 percent increase from this year, which in turn will eliminate a projected $2 billion deficit.

January 10, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Storm-related problems and flood prevention

The City of Turlock provides several proactive methods of dealing with storm related problems such as flooding, water storage and contingency planning.

January 06, 2017 | | Government


Council to consider unlimited bussing agreement with Stanislaus State

An agreement between Stanislaus State and the City of Turlock could potentially kick off with a year's worth of free bus passes for students, a perk that will mark the beginning of a five-year contract between both parties to provide more frequent and direct transit services for students in exchange for annual payments to the City.

January 06, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Excessive use penalty could hit City water wasters

Turlock water wasters may soon be paying for their lack of conservation efforts by way of a monthly penalty fee on their water bills. The Turlock City Council is set to consider implementing a penalty of $25 for those single-family residential water customers whose water use exceeds 40,000 gallons per month.

January 06, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Adult Use of Marijuana Act focus of special City Council meeting

It's been two months since California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, effectively legalizing recreational use of marijuana for those 21 years or older. While it's too soon to tell what the impacts of the AUMA will have statewide, how the Act will affect the City of Turlock's existing ban on the cultivation of cannabis will be discussed during a special City Council meeting on Tuesday.

January 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock mayor makes final plea to State Water Board

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth attended the last State Water Resources Control Board public hearing in Sacramento Tuesday in an attempt to convince Board members to rethink a controversial proposal that aims to cut water use for fish, wildlife and salinity control.

January 03, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Sales tax rate set to decrease over weekend

California residents will pay less in sales tax come Sunday, as the statewide sales and use tax rate will decrease one quarter of one percent, going from a 7.50 percent rate to a 7.25 percent rate.

December 30, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


New law restricts all uses of cell phones while driving

Come Sunday drivers in California will have to resist the temptation to pick up their cell phone for any reason, as a new state law goes into effect barring motorists from holding their phones in their hands for any reason.

December 27, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Berryhill, Cannella selected for influential senate committees

Senators Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) and Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) announced last week their nominations to serve on Senate Committees for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, two of which they will serve on together.

December 27, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


California to ring in New Year with gun laws, minimum wage increase

The New Year brings with it party hats, confetti and plenty of resolutions, and this year, Californians can also prepare for a number of new laws which will go into effect come January.

December 27, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


Leaves belong in the green garbage can, not the storm drain

As leaves begin to fall from the trees and cover the yard, the City of Turlock wants to remind residents, businesses, churches and landscape companies the importance of their proper disposal. Leaves and debris deposited into the gutter begin to collect in and around the storm drain, restricting the flow of water and causing street flooding and storm water pollution when it rains.

December 23, 2016 | | Government


Denham hosts live chat with Secretary of Transportation

As times change, more and more people are turning to the internet to receive information regardless of the topic, whether it's to watch funny videos or receive political updates. Congressman Jeff Denham recently took advantage of this by hosting a Facebook Live discussion alongside Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last week, giving viewers a unique way to discuss transportation issues affecting the 10th congressional district.

December 20, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government


Hundreds attend water board hearing to combat flow proposal

During a Modesto public hearing on Tuesday that at its peak was standing-room only, hundreds of locally elected officials, water and agricultural leaders, agency representatives and community members got what was likely their first opportunity to address the State Water Resources Control Board regarding a controversial proposal to cut water use for the benefit of fish and wildlife.

December 20, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Council moves forward with financing of airport project

One of the first things the newly seated Turlock City Council did on Tuesday was accept a grant agreement with the Federation Aviation Administration and a revised loan agreement to the Turlock Regional Aviation Association so that a much-needed runway widening project could continue at the Turlock Municipal Airport.

December 16, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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District constituents frustrated with Denham

Chants of "What do we need? Healthcare!" and "Don't give in to racist fear, immigrants are welcome here!" echoed off the iron bars of ...

February 23, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Mayor keeps good on promise to make Turlock kinder place

A year ago, Mayor Gary Soiseth launched Turlock's Million Acts of Kindness campaign, hoping to transform the City of Turlock into a friendly and ...

February 21, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


State Water Board readopts water conservation regulations

On May 9, 2016 Governor Brown issued an Executive Order calling for the State Water Board to adjust emergency water conservation regulations in response to ...

February 17, 2017 | | Government


Assemblyman Gray announces legislation for retiring veterans, underage marijuana consumption

Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (21st District) announced two separate bills this week, one of which aims to assist retiring military service members, and another that ...

February 17, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


USDA recommendation brings California dairy farmers closer to equitable milk pricing

Just like the cow in the beloved nursery rhyme, local dairy producers are over the moon following the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommended ...

February 17, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Denham highlights county commodities in district ag report

A report released by Congressman Jeff Denham Tuesday addressed the agro-economy of California's 10th congressional district and recommendations following a roundtable discussion he hosted ...

February 16, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


City contemplates bus route changes following community complaints

Over the past several months the City of Turlock has implemented a number of changes to the City's bus system, from installing new electronic ...

February 16, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


County declares state of emergency due to flooding

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors declared the county to be in a state of emergency Tuesday, in response to continued rain in the area ...

February 14, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Council accepts City employee compensation report

The Turlock City Council accepted a report Tuesday that compares the salaries and compensation packages of 65 City employee positions with 11 other agencies.

February 14, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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