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Council considers increasing their pay

Although not considered a "full-time" job, the weekly duties fulfilled by Turlock's elected officials often require many hours not only for public meetings and events, but also representing the City on other various local commissions and governmental agencies.

May 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City budget reflects better times ahead

An improving economy is projected within the City of Turlock's proposed 2014-15 General Fund budget, which – despite reflecting $1 million in deficit spending – is a step towards a balanced budget in the near future.

May 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council talks road tax details for upcoming vote

Following years of neglect, the poor conditions marking Turlock's roadways – such as cracked pavement, dangerous potholes and deteriorated sidewalks – could soon be a problem of the past should the City Council decide to place a long-awaited citywide transportation tax on the November ballot.

May 13, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Revised state budget to pay down debt

Reflecting the bipartisan compromises agreed upon by state legislators last week, the revised 2014-15 budget proposal includes plans to save money for the future while paying off state debt.

May 13, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City Council to begin budget talks

Poetry may kick-off Tuesday's City Council meeting, but numbers will have the last word.

May 09, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Supreme Court upholds prayer at Council meetings

Opening government meetings with prayer was upheld by the Supreme Court on Monday, even if those prayers are overwhelmingly Christian - a practice previously argued by many to be in violation of the Establishment Clause.

May 08, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City seeks input on draft voting district maps

After releasing three possible plans mapping Turlock's potential voting districts as the City prepares to vote on switching to a district-based system to elect future City Councilmembers, the City of Turlock is seeking input from its residents on how the districts should be formed.

May 08, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Turlock to be 'Silicon Valley of food processing,' says Mayor

A culmination of several months of hard work from the Mayor's Economic Development Taskforce, the Draft 2014 Economic Development Strategic Plan recently released by the City of Turlock was at the center of the 25-member group's meeting on Tuesday as they continue to build upon previous goals and develop new strategies that will keep Turlock's economy strong for years to come.

May 06, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Small city to see big changes

Even the smallest incorporated city in Stanislaus County is beginning to see some big changes, including holding its first-ever State of the City Address since being incorporated in 1972.

May 06, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Mayor’s taskforce to discuss draft economic plan

"A new day is dawning in Turlock. Our city has awakened with the hope that surrounds a new morning and the opportunities it brings. There is a new attitude at City Hall. Bold new ideas are emerging. Old divisions are being bridged. The city's growth and development are being reinvigorated. Turlock is a city on the move."

May 03, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Foundation questions legality of City Council prayer

When the Turlock City Council opted to install the words "In God We Trust" within the Council Chambers at City Hall, the attention of the nation's largest freethinkers association, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, was quickly gained.

May 03, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


County gives Larsa Hall extended trial period

Avoiding an immediate revocation process, the Larsa Event Center, located on E. Monte Vista Ave., has been given an extended trial period by the Stanislaus County Planning Commission to resolve its impacts on nearby neighborhoods, after multiple noise complaints from area residents and unpermitted structures at the site put the center's Conditional Use Permit in jeopardy .

May 02, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


McDonald’s proposed for Downtown Turlock

The golden arches could soon be seen in Downtown Turlock, as the City reviews a proposal to build a new McDonald's near Golden State Boulevard and Center and Marshall Streets.

May 01, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


RAM Farms seeks ice rink expansion

After a successful first season of hosting a community ice skating rink, RAM Farms is seeking permission from the City of Turlock to not only extend their dates of operation but also expand the ice rink by nearly double in size.

April 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City Council district elections draft plans released

As the City of Turlock prepares to make the change from at-large citywide elections to a new district-based system, the City Council will be holding two special meetings throughout the month of May to collect community input on the initial draft district boundary proposals prepared by consultant National Demographics Corporation.

April 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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New USDA program provides safety net for dairy farmers

Starting Sept. 2, dairy farmers will be able to enroll in the Margin Protection Program, a voluntary insurance policy program that will provide assistance to members in the event that they encounter unforeseen economic challenges.

August 29, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Candidates ready for election season with city briefing

As election season heats up Turlock's mayoral and city council candidates are becoming increasingly well versed in the nuances of Turlock's city government and all of its moving parts.

August 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Taco Bell one step closer to opening

A third Taco Bell will soon be calling Turlock home as the Turlock City Council on Tuesday denied local citizens' appeal to reject the fast food franchise's minor discretionary permit location.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County approves $200,000 for well repairs in unincorporated communities

While Stanislaus County has developed multiple strategies to resourcefully combat issues caused by the ongoing drought in the state of California, the Board of Supervisors took one step further on Tuesday by unanimously voting to adopt a financial assistance pilot program for a select group of local water well users.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Denham hosts telephone-townhall to talk VA reform

Congressman Jeff Denham spoke with locals about veterans affairs on Monday, but he didn't attend an event or host a public meeting - he led a telephone-townhall.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council considers Taco Bell project

Locals protesting the establishment of a new Taco Bell in Turlock will meet before the City Council on Tuesday as the members will determine if the process to establish the fast food chain near Pitman High School will continue.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County shows support for Turlock road tax initiative

At the behest of Stanislaus Council of Governments Board Chairman Vito Chiesa the regional transportation agency opted to support Turlock's initiative to approve a half-cent city wide road tax on the November ballot despite previous tension leading Turlock to consider abandoning support of the county's own future road tax initiative.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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