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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


High speed rail funding ruling to go under review

Despite previous rulings that essentially stopped the voter-approved California High Speed Rail project in its tracks, the California Supreme Court has ordered an appeals court to perform a fast-track review of the state court decisions over the project's financing.

January 31, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Olsen bill to ban public transit union strikes

Catching a public bus or train on time each day can sometimes be a difficult task. And while catching a public transit line when the union members are on a strike is impossible, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) hopes to change that.

January 31, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


State programs offer financial assistance during drought

Although water conditions might look dismal for farmers amidst what many have called the "worst drought in California's history," local growers can find some solace through various state drought assistance programs currently being offered to agricultural communities.

January 31, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Cannella to put water bond on November ballot

Working alongside Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford), Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) announced on Thursday that the two are introducing a bill to put a water bond on the November ballot for voters who want to prioritize water storage, clean drinking water and Delta sustainability.

January 31, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Local lawmakers respond to State of the Union

As millions of Americans watched President Barack Obama deliver his 2014 State of the Union address on Tuesday, lawmakers across the nation listened carefully while taking note of what is to come in the year ahead.

January 30, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Turlock water facility receives violation notice from state board

Turlock's Regional Water Quality Control Facility has received a notice of violation from the California Water Board after exceeding the permitted levels of a toxic chemical.

January 30, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Farm Bill passes in House, moves onto Senate

After several years of revisions the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, is one-third of the way towards being implemented.

January 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City urges residents to decrease water usage

Residents of Turlock are being urged to reduce their daily water consumption as the City Council reviewed the city's water conservation efforts.

January 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Final state water action plan outlines short, long term priorities

With California experiencing one of the driest periods on record, the final California Water Action Plan has been released, highlighting the goals and vision for the next five years.

January 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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Articles by Section - Government


City to dump trash back in county, pending council approval

After months of negotiations, the City of Turlock has reached an agreement with Stanislaus County for solid waste disposal that the Turlock City Council will consider ratifying on Tuesday.

April 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


100 days in office: Soiseth focuses on water issues; budget review proves fruitful

Tuesday marks Mayor Gary Soiseth's 100th day in office, but he has yet to have his official photo taken to hang in the Yosemite Board Room where the Turlock City Council convenes. While Soiseth stated he is more focused on policy than having his photograph taken, he said it will eventually happen, though perhaps when he is less tired.

April 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City requests Chamber pay back $241K in visitor bureau funds

The City of Turlock is alleging that the Turlock Chamber of Commerce spent $241,297.07 of taxpayer dollars on items not permitted under the Convention and Visitors Bureau contract, an agreement the Chamber has executed for the past 24 years.

April 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City Council, staff convenes for final workshop on strategic plan

Tuesday marked the end of Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth's workshop series dedicated to reviewing City services as part of his 100-day commitment.

April 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council could propel new skateboard park process forward

There will be a new skate park at Donnelly Park in upcoming months if the Turlock City Council approves an agreement with a Santa Cruz based consulting firm for design and construction elements Tuesday night.

April 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Planning to consider downtown zoning for fast food, new drive-through regulations

It could become more difficult for fast food restaurants to set up shop near downtown Turlock as the Planning Commission will be revisiting permitting requirements for the eateries at their next meeting.

April 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council adopts new zoning ordinance

Four years and 18 public workshops later and the City of Turlock has repealed and replaced its Zoning Ordinance.

April 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City launches strictest water regulations to date

California Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order that mandates communities across California reduce their water usage by 25 percent has proven not enough for the City of Turlock.

April 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock City Council unanimously bans food trucks in certain downtown districts

Mobile food vendors are officially not permitted in Turlock's downtown core as the City Council unanimously voted to prohibit them Tuesday evening.

April 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Berryhill introduces legislation aimed at increasing fishing participation

Californians are not fishing, despite the fact that the state boasts over 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, thousands of rivers and streams and an extensive coastline.

April 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council to revisit food truck restrictions, zoning overhaul

The Turlock City Council will consider a comprehensive repeal and replacement of the Turlock Zoning Ordinance at Tuesday's meeting, something that the council previously deferred back to the Planning Commission for further consideration in January.

April 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Bill aims to bolster concurrent enrollment opportunities

The road towards college and career readiness is hoping to undergo construction in order to become that much smoother for California high school students, thanks to Assembly Bill 288's passage on Tuesday out of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

April 09, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government


PARC evaluates community grants for first time

The transition of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau contract from the hands of the Chamber of Commerce to the City of Turlock is being actualized as evidenced by the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission meeting on Wednesday.

April 09, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen hosts electronic skateboard demo day

The west steps of the State Capitol were abuzz with skateboarders on Monday, but it wasn't a sign of kids enjoying their spring break. Instead it was Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen and those interesting in getting a feet-on demonstration of electronic skateboards.

April 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Federal, local legislators talk rail issues

There is more crude oil being moved by rail across the United States than ever before said Acting Administrator for the Federal Railroad Association Sarah Feinberg on Tuesday at the Modesto Transportation Center.

April 07, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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