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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


Pressure rises on minimum wage increase

With House Democrats filing a discharge petition on Thursday that would force Republicans to take a vote on raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, pressure has increased to address the issue which has left many on different sides of the table.

February 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


New chapter for Turlock economics

Turlock has a new way of doing business, making the local economy stronger each day, says Mayor John Lazar.

February 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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Grant money still available for local well repairs

Applications for the Emergency Domestic Water Well Financial Assistance Pilot Program became available on Friday and while the County has yet to receive a formal application for access to the $200,000 available in funds, the public is showing interest.

September 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Governor signs first California groundwater rules

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean:

September 16, 2014 | The Associated Press | Government


County budget still building towards pre-recession status

The economic recession that economically fragmented families, businesses, and local governments across the nation may have happened nearly a decade ago, but Stanislaus County is still in the process of building towards a healthier economic future as evidenced by the release of their finalized 2014-2015 Recommended Budget.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local fumes over potential smoking ban

Every morning Larry Clinton walks his dogs to the park and lights up his morning cigarette. A smoker since 1956, Clinton's morning ritual is one of the few habits that he enjoys but the Turlock Girl Scouts of Troop 3289 are threatening to take that away.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlockers exemplify stellar conservation efforts

Long before Gov. Jerry Brown declared the State of California to be in a drought emergency Turlockers have exhibited proactive conservation efforts evident by the fact that local residents use roughly the same amount of water as they did in 1997 - despite an increase in the population of nearly 20,000 residents.

September 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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