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Council to consider Cooper Avenue abandonment

The fate of Cooper Avenue will be decided by the Turlock City Council in a special meeting on Tuesday. Sacred Heart Church is hoping the City will abandon the street to allow the church to consolidate its two private school campuses. A group of Cooper Avenue residents, however, see the abandonment request as a loss of public street use that could cause both traffic and emergency vehicle access problems.

February 26, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Mayor issues city-wide kindness challenge

Mayor Gary Soiseth is hoping to transform the City of Turlock into a friendlier, stronger and more welcoming community by encouraging residents of all ages to be kind to one another with his newly adopted Million Acts of Kindness campaign, which challenges citizens to complete one million altruistic deeds.

February 23, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Farmers' market application approved by split Council vote

Saturday's marathon four-hour special City Council meeting saw Mayor Gary Soiseth trying to "fix the process" when it comes to the City dealing with competing requests to operate a downtown Turlock farmers' market and the over-capacity crowd in attendance saying over and over again, "if it isn't broken, don't fix it."

February 23, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Efficient indoor water use tips

In 2015, the average residential water use was 117 gallons per person per day. What can we do to reduce that number? While the main use of water at a residence is outside landscape watering, in this article you will find ideas to reduce water use inside the home.

February 19, 2016 | | Government


State starts formulating new rail plan

Caltrans is beginning work on the next California State Rail Plan, which will provide the framework for California's rail network and set the stage for new and improved rail and community connections in the state for the next 20 years. Caltrans is seeking early and meaningful public participation throughout the formulation of the plan, with several options available for providing input and feedback.

February 19, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Chamber to pay City over $202K in visitors' bureau reimbursement

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce will pay the City of Turlock $202,500 in reimbursement for funds misspent during the last five years of the 24-year span the Chamber operated the city's Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The Chamber and City agreed on the reimbursement - and the terms of repayment - after months of negotiations that included a contract compliance audit by an outside accountant.

February 19, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City seeks funds to add playground to Swanson Centennial Park

Dogs may soon not be the only ones having fun at Swanson Centennial Park, as the City of Turlock is hoping to receive a grant to finally add playground equipment and exercise amenities for the park's human visitors.

February 18, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


2015 banner year for Parks and Rec

The annual report for the Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department proved some drastic comparisons from the 2014 to 2015 statistical data, but also a year that Mark Crivelli, recreation senior supervisor, says they are happy with.

February 12, 2016 | Natalie Winters | Government


Council to consider farmers' market RFP document at special Saturday meeting

With the start of spring just over one month away, the Turlock City Council is getting closer to finalizing a new process of selecting a farmers' market operator.

February 12, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock developing strategies to improve traffic safety

A study showing Turlock has a higher rate of traffic incidents, including fatalities and injuries, than other like-sized cities has prompted city officials to take a closer look at how people traverse the town and what methods could improve the safety on the roadways.

February 11, 2016 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Council begins budget planning with midyear review

The Turlock City Council received some good news on Tuesday, namely that revenue from both property taxes and sales taxes was higher than expected mid-way through the fiscal year. However, a number of departments within the City are asking for additional expenditures - to the total of over $400,000 - that, if adopted by the Council, would deplete the General Fund reserves even more than it is now.

February 09, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Water top priority for Congressional candidates

While the current El Nino weather system is expected to improve California's rainfall outlook for the upcoming year, the four consecutive years of drought has taken its toll on the most integral of natural resources, especially in the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley making water a key issue for candidates in the upcoming election.

February 09, 2016 | BY JASON CAMPBELL Turlock Journal | Government


Businesses required to separate organic material from trash beginning 2016

Recently adopted State law requires businesses in Turlock that meet certain thresholds to separate organic material from garbage beginning April 1. Businesses, including commercial or public entities such as schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, industrial businesses, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and others must recycle their organic waste based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis.

February 06, 2016 | | Government


Bus riders offer input on proposed Turlock transit changes

The Bus Line Service of Turlock is Judith Stanford's primary source of transportation. She rides the bus from her southeast Turlock home to her job on the northeast side of town three days a week and also depends on public transportation to travel to shopping destinations like Walmart off of Fulkerth and the stores along Countryside Drive. Stanford, and residents like her, were the primary focus of Thursday's public meetings held to solicit feedback on proposed major changes to Turlock's transit system.

February 05, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Commission grants signage exception to Dust Bowl

Despite concerns regarding the standard they will potentially set, the Turlock Planning Commission unanimously voted on Thursday to grant Dust Bowl Brewing Company a conditional use permit that will allow them to install 10 signs-including an expansive neon sign that will sit atop the facility-that altogether will more than double the total sign area permissible under the current sign regulations.

February 05, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


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Don Pedro spillway to close in next two to three days

A request to create additional space in Don Pedro Reservoir during what officials are calling the Tuolumne River Watershed's wettest year in recorded history ...

February 24, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


City rolls out bus route changes for March

The City of Turlock is making a number of changes to the city's bus routes starting March 1.

February 24, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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


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