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Flora’s first bill aims to jumpstart fire careers of underserved youth

Assemblyman Heath Flora returned to a familiar setting Friday morning to discuss his first bill as California's 12th District representative, sitting down with the Modesto Fire Department to tell them about legislation that would fund a pre-apprenticeship program for underserved youth who hope to one day become firefighters.

February 10, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Mayor’s Award winners hope to ‘bridge the gap’ between university, downtown

Two Stanislaus State students have been named the recipients of the second annual Mayor's Public Policy Award for their research project titled, "Bridge the College Campus and Downtown Turlock Gap," which aims to promote local businesses and encourage college students to venture out into the City by improving communication between downtown and the local university.

February 10, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Assemblyman Gray proposes legislation to overhaul state water management

Describing California's water management structure as "broken," Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced new legislation Monday to overhaul and restructure the current administration and enforcement of water rights and the State Water Project.

February 10, 2017 | | Government


Study: On average, City salaries 10% below market median

In 2014, the Turlock City Council publicly committed to conducting a compensation study for all employees and bargaining groups who wanted to participate. Over two years later, the study is finally ready to be presented to the City Council.

February 10, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


County CEO announces retirement

After a nearly 30-year long career with Stanislaus County, three of which in the role of chief executive officer, Stan Risen informed the Board of Supervisors that he plans to retire from his position effective as of August.

February 10, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Two new faces join Parks Commission

Two new commissioners have been welcomed to the Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission, following appointment from the Turlock City Council.

February 09, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


A community transformed: Chiesa delivers State of the County address

Vito Chiesa wants the residents of Stanislaus County to know that through transformation, the impossible can become possible. The Board of Supervisors Chairman spoke of growing together as a community in his State of the County speech Tuesday morning, comparing the county's resurgence in the face of past adversity to life bouncing back in the spring – fitting, as rain outside the building where he spoke breathed life back into the drought-plagued community.

February 07, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Water wasting violations

The City's Winter Watering Schedule is still in effect, which limits outdoor watering to only one day per week. City staff regularly patrols all neighborhoods in Turlock to enforce the watering schedule as well as other water wasting violations. Water wasting notices are issued for a number of reasons, such as:

February 03, 2017 | | Government


Public supports Main Street plan that saves both trees and street parking

Thanks to the voter approved Measure L - Local Roads First Transportation Funding - Turlock will soon have the funds needed to begin repairing the city's ever-worsening roadways. At the top of the Measure L project list is a complete reconstruction of the oldest part of West Main Street, something that everyone agrees is badly needed for one of Turlock's key thoroughfares. What members of the public have trouble agreeing on is just exactly how Main Street should look when it's done.

February 02, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Flora assigned to six Assembly committees

Assemblyman Heath Flora, who represents the state's 12th District, announced on Monday that he has been appointed to six different Assembly committees, including an appointment to Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee.

February 02, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Advocates push for Laura’s Law in Stanislaus County

Laura's Law, which allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment, has proven successful in multiple counties throughout the state, reducing emergency situations for those suffering from mental illness while at the same time saving valuable funds. In Stanislaus County, advocates from the National Alliance on Mental Illness are working to implement the law here at home.

February 02, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


County Supervisors hope to build on past success

Following an impactful 2016 that saw a new road tax passed and the lowest amount of debt the county has owed in eight years, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors are looking to continue their success in 2017 with help from newly-appointed Chairman Vito Chiesa and new supervisor Kristin Olsen.

January 31, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


City Council approves $155K in additional general fund spending

The Turlock City Council approved a number of mid-cycle budget requests last week that will see an additional $155,220 come out of the City's General Fund Reserve.

January 31, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Three new Planning commissioners appointed

The Turlock Planning Commission recently welcomed three new faces, following the Turlock City Council's action to appoint the new commissioners at their Jan. 10 and Jan. 24 meetings.

January 31, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Local legislators weigh-in on Trump’s travel ban

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 27 which temporarily bans travel from seven Muslim-majority countries has prompted protests and confusion around the country and locally. Though some have praised the executive order, amid questions of its legality and the manner in which it was implemented, local legislators both Democrat and Republican alike have expressed their skepticism and concern publicly.

January 31, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


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Mayor presents Turlock business owners with Key to the City

Turlock entrepreneurs Gary and Louise Reed are responsible for keeping the U.S. Capitol Dome together and for their efforts, the local business owners were ...

March 30, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Denham re-Introduces legislation to reduce VA backlog

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) re-introduced the Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017, H.R. 1725, a bill that cuts through red tape ...

March 28, 2017 | | Government


Assembly Republicans release ‘Capitol Madness’ bracket

Basketball fans know and love the third month of the year as 'March Madness' - the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament which has become ...

March 28, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


First Measure L project to break ground in August

Come April 1, funds from Measure L - Local Roads First Transportation Funding - will be collected county-wide following the approval of the 25-year, half-cent sales tax ...

March 28, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Annual irrigation system maintenance helps prevent water loss

Although the recent rains have prevented the necessity for turning on the sprinklers, warmer weather is approaching and it is important to prepare irrigation systems ...

March 24, 2017 | | Government


Mayor highlights city success in annual address

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth used his annual State of the City address on Wednesday to look back on the promises he made in 2016 - regarding ...

March 23, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Denham to answer questions at upcoming town hall

Cries from District 10 constituents for Congressman Jeff Denham to hold a town hall meeting have been answered. The Republican representative will be joined by ...

March 23, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


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