After considering the fate of the downtown farmers market for close to 120 days, the Turlock City Council on Tuesday awarded the contract to a new operator: Peter Cipponeri and the Golden State Farmers Market Association. The controversial series of actions by the City - from conflicting street closure requests to the adoption of a Request for Proposals process that resulted in a change in farmers market management -has caused a rift in the Turlock community and may have significant ramifications for months or years to come.
Fidel Garcia likes to be active and bikes to work rather than driving, when he can. It's a five mile trip from Garcia's northeast Turlock home to his work in the southeast part of town. His teenage daughter also occasionally bikes from home to school at Turlock High. While Garcia has seen improvements over the past few years in the bikeability of Turlock's roadways, there's always room for more.
The Turlock City Council will once again take up the issue of who will be running a downtown farmers market during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday - however, if the discussion is anywhere near the four to five hour mark as it has been in the past, the meeting may last until Wednesday as it is the final item on the night's open agenda.
Turlock City Council member Steven Nascimento has long been active in voter outreach efforts to the Portuguese-American community and now the Turlocker is expanding his support of this community by serving as executive director of the newly formed California Portuguese-American Coalition.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "Spirit of Enterprise" Award recognizing his work supporting American workers and businesses through policies that encourage private sector investment and growth. Rep. Denham has received this award each year since 2011.
March 16, 2016|
Saying that those expecting the question of who will be running the Turlock farmers' market to be decided on Tuesday night were disappointed with the outcome of the City Council meeting would be an understatement.
California has received some well-deserved rain the last few weeks. However, it is far from being enough to pull the sunshine state out of the drought it has suffered from for over four years. Although, it is enough to keep our sprinkler systems off for a while longer.
There's only one action item on the agenda for Tuesday's special Turlock City Council meeting - selecting an operator to manage a certified farmers market in downtown Turlock - but that doesn't mean it will be an early night for Mayor Gary Soiseth and Turlock's four council members. The last time the Council convened to discuss the farmers' market Request for Proposals process, the meeting lasted over four hours - and that was on a Saturday.
Students from across the 10th Congressional District were invited to submit original artwork for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition and two Turlock students had their pieces chosen for the top three.
March 10, 2016|
BY CANDY PADILLA
March showers will definitely bring April flowers. They can also cause polluted water going down the storm drain. With spring showers around the corner it is important to not fertilize, spray herbicides, or pesticides if rain is expected within 48 hours of application. Sweep up excess fertilizer on the sidewalk, driveway, and roadway to ensure it does not enter the storm drain.