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Bringing government to the people

While many have complained of politicians being increasingly disconnected from everyday Americans, local elected officials are making an effort to reach out to their constituents, answering any questions they might have regarding public policy and regional issues.

March 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Courthouse project on Modesto’s 10th Street moves forward

A downtown Modesto site already chosen as the optimal site for the future home of the Stanislaus County courthouse has received the approval of the Court Facilities Advisory Committee at a town hall meeting held Wednesday in San Francisco.

March 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Partnership between city, university marks new era

When former provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Sacramento Joseph Sheley came to serve as interim president at CSU Stanislaus in 2012, he brought with him a vision of what an effective partnership between a university and its surrounding community looks like.

March 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Multiple roadways to see improvements

The city will soon begin improvements to multiple roadways throughout town, including E. Main Street, Colorado Avenue and Fulkerth Road, following approval by the City Council on Tuesday.

March 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council to consider Sunnyview Park name change

A light agenda will be placed before the Turlock City Council on Tuesday evening, as the council members meet to consider only a handful of changes.

March 07, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


County leaders make effort to curb growth…around the belly

In an effort to boost weight loss in Stanislaus County, the Board of Supervisors joined the Healthy Eating Living Cities Campaign Tuesday, making them the first county in the state to do so.

March 07, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government


Planning Commission approves food truck ban in split vote

With just one vote making the difference, the Turlock Planning Commission made their final decision to approve an amendment to the City's zoning ordinance that places a ban on mobile food facilities within the downtown district.

March 06, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Valley leaders to drought task force: Send aid, keep the politics

Hundreds of concerned Valley residents and farmers filled the public conference held at University of California, Merced on Tuesday, as Gov. Jerry Brown's Drought Task Force met with the State Board of Food and Agriculture to discuss the impacts of the ongoing drought. By meeting with local agencies and farmers, state officials hoped to discover the type of assistance and state measures that are needed to help growers survive one of the worst droughts in California's history.

March 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City updates economic taskforce on potential projects

Barely reaching a quorum, the Mayor's Economic Development Task Force meeting on Tuesday saw several empty seats as many of the 25-member committee were unable to attend. Despite the dip in participation, the group continued moving forward by picking up from their February meeting as they continually seek new strategies to update the City's 2003 Strategic Economic Development Plan.

March 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Valley Voice goes to Sacramento

Officials from the eight-county San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council will meet in Sacramento for a two-day conference this week to discuss several issues affecting the Valley.

March 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Planning to consider new housing development near Monte Vista Crossings

A new housing subdivision is set to be reviewed by the Turlock Planning Commission on Thursday, perhaps marking a turnaround in the local housing market.

February 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Cannella contest results in safe school zone legislation

After receiving multiple entries for his "There Ought to be a Law" contest, State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) has announced the winners, while introducing a bill focusing on safer school zones.

February 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Economic task force to work with Stanislaus students on strategic plan

As the Mayor's Economic Development Taskforce continues seeking out new business ideas and strategies to improve Turlock's economic recovery, the 25 member board will meet on Tuesday afternoon, bringing forth diverse areas of expertise to help create an economic plan for the city.

February 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


School board member to run against Olsen

Turlock Unified School District Trustee Dr. Harinder Grewal is adding his name to this November's ballot, as he seeks to replace incumbent Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) in the California State Assembly.

February 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Eggman campaign launches Denham parody site

As the Oscars generally fall in February or March, many are getting ready for award season. This year, a new "award" has been launched in the form of a political website – The Denham Awards.

February 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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TID Directors tour city water treatment plant

Precisely one week after the Turlock Irrigation District's weekly meeting that left the City of Turlock and the District at odds over the use of local water, the TID Board of Directors made their way to the City's Water Quality Control Facility to take a firsthand look at how local sewer water is treated to become irrigation water.

July 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Candidates talk new water fines, state control of resources at public forum

Water resources and the best way to manage them brought out the most impassioned responses from local State Assembly and Senate candidates at a debate held at California State University, Stanislaus on Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Commission upholds Vander Weide’s fines for robocalls

Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and current councilwoman Amy Bublak will have to pay the fines imposed on them by a state political watchdog agency for violations that in Vander Weide's case included the infamous 2008 robocalls.

July 17, 2014 | BY SABRA STAFFORD BY KRISTINA HACKER | Government


Judge hears arguments against Ceres Supercenter approval

A Stanislaus Superior Court judge heard arguments Friday in the matter of the challenge against the 2011 approval of the Ceres Walmart Supercenter project.

July 15, 2014 | | Government


Task force fine tunes strategic plan to make Turlock economic powerhouse

One year ago, the Turlock City Council voted to establish the Mayor's Economic Development Task Force. This team of over 20 business and community leaders was tasked with identifying strategies to make Turlock a stronger economic competitor.

July 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City applies for drought project grant

The City of Turlock could be receiving funds to develop drought resistant measures in facilities around the town after the Council unanimously approved an action to submit an application for funds from the State Department of Water Resources.

July 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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