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City sales tax exceeds county, state averages

The City of Turlock is outperforming both Stanislaus County and the State of California in sales tax revenue and while this is indicative of a strengthening local economy, it doesn't necessarily translate into more money for the City.

March 13, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City gears up for summer, school programs including facility changes

On any given school day roughly 1,000 kids across 13 school sites are taking advantage of the City of Turlock after school programs, but the programs' beginnings in the late 1990s were far more modest: there was only one student and two staff at Crowell Elementary School.

March 12, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Commission fails to reach agreement on mobile food vendor restrictions

The future of mobile food trucks in downtown Turlock lies entirely in the hands of the Turlock City Council as the Planning Commission failed to reach an agreement on whether they should recommend stronger restrictions of the mobile vendors in certain downtown areas.

March 12, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City charges Parks Commission with administering CDBG funds

The dissolution of the City of Turlock and Chamber of Commerce's contract to operate the Convention and Visitors Bureau is already taking shape as evidenced by the City Council's lengthy deliberation Tuesday evening to decide who would administer grant funds, a job formerly reserved for the CVB.

March 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City aims to enhance customer service in Building Division

In a sign of recovering times the number of complex construction projects is on the rise in Turlock, meaning the City needs more staff to keep its customers satisfied.

March 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Denair churches’ request for reduced water rate denied

Seven churches of different denominations in Denair have one thing in common: they are dissatisfied with the rate they are paying for water.

March 06, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County Supervisors approve road improvements in Turlock

The intersection of Golden State Boulevard and Berkeley Avenue, as well as the tangential Golf Road, is Stanislaus County property and on Tuesday the Board of Supervisors approved taking the first step towards overhauling the commonly congested intersection.

March 05, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


City owned four-plex to be sold to We Care

The Turlock City Council approved two motions Tuesday night that will simultaneously improve the curb appeal of one neighborhood and bolster the funds for a nonprofit agency helping the community's homeless.

February 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government


City to increase free bus passes to those in need

Transit services for those in need in the community are becoming much more comprehensive due to the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses, the revenue of which allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Hughson State of the City focuses on high reserves, need for technology

When Mayor Matt Beekman took the microphone Monday evening to deliver his State of the City address at the Hughson City Council meeting, he had one piece of news of which not all mayors can boast: the City's General Fund reserves are at 83 percent.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council considers change in bus advertising

Transit services for those in need in the community could become much more comprehensive pending the Turlock City Council's approval of an agreement with a new firm to sell advertising on local buses. The revenue from the sale of bus ads allows the City to provide transit tickets to local nonprofits and the Turlock Unified School District.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock receives $105K road grant

While a City of Turlock workshop held Tuesday had citizens and council members alike lamenting the poor quality of roads in town, in a positive twist of fate just two days later the City was notified that it received a grant of $105,550 from the Department of Resources Recycle and Recovery, or CalRecycle.

February 20, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Water Advisory Committee charts course for groundwater management

The Stanislaus Water Advisory Committee convened for their first meeting of 2015 Tuesday morning to discuss taking steps towards establishing a Groundwater Sustainability Agency, one component of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that was passed in 2014 to allow regional control of local groundwater resources.

February 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock road woes have reached a new milestone

It's public opinion shared by many in Turlock that the roads are in poor condition, but on Tuesday evening Director of Development Services Michael Pitcock enlightened the community on just how bad the streets really are.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local agencies host a call to action in response to immigration ruling

What was meant to be a celebration of President Barack Obama's new expansion of programs for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals transformed into a call to action after a federal court ruled late Monday night to block the president's executive action that would extend present DACA laws.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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Final City budget workshop set for Tuesday

The City of Turlock could achieve a balanced budget within one year, that is if the Turlock City Council adopts Mayor Gary Soiseth's initial recommendations.

May 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Sixth candidate announces for 12th Assembly District seat

Virginia Madueno, former Mayor of Riverbank and local small business owner, will be vying alongside five other candidates to represent the 12th Assembly District, a seat presently occupied by Kristin Olsen (R–Riverbank).

May 28, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Two wells go offline in Turlock

Like communities across the state, Turlock is struggling with limited water resources, evident by the loss of two shallow irrigation wells in the North East part of town where the water tables dropped to 96 feet.

May 28, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County to conduct survey to determine public interest in road tax

The feasibility of placing a countywide road tax on the 2016 ballot is being investigated as the Stanislaus County of Governments approved spending $50,000 to conduct a survey to gauge the public's response to the idea.

May 28, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council one step closer to city budget adoption

Citizens interested in learning more in terms of the City of Turlock's spending expectations can attend an hour-long workshop prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday.

May 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Five candidates already vying for Assembly’s 12th District

The 2016 election may be over a year out, but five candidates have already tossed their hat in the ring to represent the 12th Assembly District, a seat presently occupied by Kristin Olsen (R–Riverbank).

May 21, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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