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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


Excessive water use targets and penalties ordinance

On Aug. 29, 2016, the Governor approved Senate Bill 814 which requires urban water suppliers to establish a method to identify and discourage residential excessive water use. The legislation applies to residential customers only and authorizes water agencies to charge residential customers for excessive water use.

January 27, 2017 | | Government


Denham to serve as Rail chairman for 11th Congress

Heading into the 115th Congress under newly-elected President Donald Trump, Congressman Jeff Denham is eager to continue his roles in various House Committees.

January 27, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


West Main reconstruction focus of upcoming public meeting

The future of the 100-year-old sycamore trees that line West Main Street will once again be up for public discussion as the City of Turlock announced a third public meeting on the upcoming reconstruction project slated for the oldest section of the busy thoroughfare.

January 26, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City Manager role to see temporary change

A temporary personnel change in the City of Turlock's senior leadership will soon be effective, as City Manager Gary Hampton will be out on leave for a medical procedure for approximately four weeks.

January 26, 2017 | | Government


County approves formation of Turlock groundwater sustainability agencies

Stanislaus County is the latest public agency to move forward with creation of a groundwater sustainability plan for the Turlock Groundwater Subbasin following the Board of Supervisors' adoption Tuesday of two agreements to form groundwater sustainability agencies for the East Turlock and West Turlock subbasins.

January 24, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Stanislaus County escapes storm with minimal damage

Despite its inclusion in two emergency proclamations issued by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday – as just one of 50 counties to experience heavy rainfall that has caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damages to roads and highways throughout the state - Stanislaus County came out of recent severe winter storms unscathed.

January 24, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Agricultural water efficiency program to provide $6 million in funding

The California Department of Water Resources and California Department of Food and Agriculture have partnered together to provide $6 million in grant funding to help enhance the agricultural water efficiency of water suppliers and operations throughout the state.

January 20, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Local mayor impressed by smooth transfer of power

Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra had a ringside seat to the transfer of power from the administration of Barack Obama to Donald J. Trump on Friday morning.

January 20, 2017 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Government


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Articles by Section - 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


Help avoid storm water pollution

March showers will definitely bring April flowers. They can also cause polluted water going down the storm drain. It is important to remember not to ...

March 17, 2017 | | Government


Community meetings set to discuss Laura’s Law

Stanislaus County residents are invited to learn more about Laura's Law and voice any concerns or questions they may have about the provision of ...

March 17, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Mayor to give annual State of the City address

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth will give his third State of the City address at an early morning public event scheduled for March 22 in front ...

March 17, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


2016 year of growth for Turlock Fire Department

The previous year has been one of reorganization and expansion for the Turlock Fire Department, according to the annual report submitted to the Turlock City ...

March 17, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government


New Millennial Caucus aims to inspire next generation of legislators

Each generation faces unique challenges, and Millennials are no different. To address these issues, Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) and other young California legislators have joined ...

March 16, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Locals urged to take last-minute action against State Water Board proposal

After months of lengthy debate, Friday marks the last day that the community has to comment on a controversial State Water Resources Control Board document ...

March 16, 2017 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Business owners protest downtown street closure

Downtown business owners were once again asking the Turlock City Council to keep their economic interests in mind when allowing Main Street closures for special ...

March 16, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Denham introduces bill to protect small businesses against ADA lawsuits

As part of an ongoing effort to sustain the viability of small businesses in the Central Valley, Congressman Jeff Denham on Monday introduced a bill ...

March 14, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


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