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Council approves code of conduct changes

Although Councilmember Steven Nascimento's ordinance related to campaign finances did not gain approval at Tuesday's meeting, his other resolution aiming to refine the council's Code of Conduct was approved in a 3-2 vote.

February 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City to hold public workshop on proposed water rate increases

Although many have heard that the City of Turlock has been considering a proposed increase in water rates, not everyone may know what those rates will fully entail. Fortunately, the City will be hosting a public workshop on the matter, giving an opportunity to the community to have their questions answered.

February 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Momentum builds for psychiatric facility opening

On Tuesday, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved several items related to the opening of the new Psychiatric Health Facility, which is set to begin operation on March 1.

February 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


County may terminate solid waste services with Turlock

Pending on agreement negotiations, the Stanislaus County Environmental Services Department may terminate the Waste Reduction and Recycling Program services agreement with the City of Turlock come August, bringing an end to several key programs and services relating to solid waste.

February 13, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council campaign law faces opposition

Although Turlock City Council member Steven Nascimento had good intentions when introducing a new city ordinance that would put limits on campaign finances, not everyone at Tuesday's Council meeting was supportive of the proposed changes.

February 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Farm Bill signed into law

With the signature of President Barack Obama, the much-anticipated Farm Bill has been officially signed into law.

February 07, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council to discuss campaign finance, transparency ordinances

With 2014 being an election year with three city council seats up for grabs, Tuesday's council meeting will highlight two areas of interest for City officials, including campaign contribution limits and an updated code of conduct.

February 07, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Community wants food trucks, say vendors

Although a handful of changes to the City of Turlock Zoning Regulations will be recommended to the City Council, one in particular has left many divided – a ban on mobile food facilities in Turlock's downtown.

February 07, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG to gain support for local transportation tax

Roadways in Stanislaus County might have a better chance for receiving much-needed improvements, as the Stanislaus Council of Governments, the regional transportation planning agency, heads to each of the nine cities to garner support for a countywide local transportation tax.

February 06, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


State of the County 2014: Local road tax and water take center stage

Delivering the 2014 State of the County address on Tuesday morning, Supervisor Jim DeMartini laid out the challenges continuing to face Stanislaus, while calling on the need for a countywide road tax.

February 06, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Farm bill passes senate, goes to President

The nearly $1 trillion Farm Bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday is headed to the desk of President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign the 959-page legislation on Friday.

February 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Turlock lacks skilled workers, says economic taskforce

The Mayor's Economic Taskforce, whose focus is finding ways to bolster Turlock's local economy, says that there is a high prevalence of unskilled workers in the area, and is set on trying to fix that.

February 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Nascimento calls for council transparency measure

While it is no secret that money plays an enormous role in political campaigns, some believe that wealth holds too much influence not only in federal and state politics, but locally as well.

February 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


USDA offers farmers conservation funding

The current lack of rainfall and prolonged drought status is raising concerns beyond California's borders. As a state that produces over half of the nation's fruits and vegetables and is a leader in the dairy and citrus industries, California's drought status is far reaching.

February 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City makes progress on bicycle lanes

Although a long process yet lies ahead, Turlock bicyclists can expect added bike lanes around town, as the City takes a positive step in what many have said to be "the right direction."

January 31, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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Road tax could be on November ballots

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.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council moves forward with district elections

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.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Assembly bills target metal thieves

Two bills designed to combat metal theft by creating a statewide task force and implementing a stolen materials alert system are advancing toward becoming law in the Assembly.

April 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Legislators recognize Armenian genocide

The California State Assembly and Senate both commemorated the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide by adopting separate Genocide Recognition Resolutions on April 7.

April 22, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Council to discuss road tax, housing, and election

The Turlock City Council faces a full agenda on Tuesday, taking up three major issues concerning a possible tax increase for Turlock road repairs, the development of new housing near Monte Vista Crossings, and the imminent change to district elections.

April 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG opens comment period for long term draft transportation plan

Recently releasing the draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and associated Environmental Impact Report, the Stanislaus Council of Governments Policy Board is currently accepting public reviews and comments during a 60 day period.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Noise concerns put Larsa permit in peril

Due to multiple noise complaints from neighboring properties, the Larsa Event Center, located on E. Monte Visa Avenue may have its Conditional Use Permit revoked pending a decision by the Stanislaus County Planning Commission.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Crowd pours in for water talk

Hundreds of concerned community members, farmers, and local officials filled the packed conference room at California State University, Stanislaus on Tuesday evening, eager to hear more about regional groundwater issues from a panel of experts.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Pedestrians help City develop bike lane improvements

Recently partnering with a planning and design firm to develop a Bicycle Master Plan, the City of Turlock has been making strides in various efforts to improve the safety of bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout the City.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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