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Soiseth pledges continued 'game-changing' investment in Turlock's success

In his State of the City address, delivered Friday morning at the City Corporation Yard, Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth listed many of the City's accomplishments over the past year and shared his vision for an even better 2016. For many Turlock residents, however, the news that the City doubled its pothole repair budget was probably the most impactful.

January 29, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


State receives $70.4 million for post-Rim Fire resilience

California is hoping a $70.4 million grant will help prevent wildfires with the likes of the Rim Fire-which scorched approximately 400 square miles of land in Tuolumne County nearly three years ago-from dealing another devastating blow to the region and ultimately the state.

January 26, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Mayor’s Award winner aspires to help community ‘catch the bus’

As a political science major at Stanislaus State, Josephine Hazelton has an eye for improving the community around her. Now as the first recipient of the Mayor's Public Policy Award in the amount of $3,000, she can do just that-starting with improving access to municipal bus services in the community.

January 26, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


City report: Roads continue to fail as funding sources dwindle

The recent drop in gasoline prices may be good for families looking to save money at the pump, but it's taking funding away that the City of Turlock could use to fix the city's failing roads.

January 26, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council to consider status of Turlock's bumpy roads

Residents have long known that the road conditions in Turlock are poor. On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council will hear a report on how the city's road conditions have actually worsen over the past two years.

January 22, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City of Turlock online water conservation course

Residents receiving a second violation for water wasting, which includes a $50 penalty fine, can elect to take an online water conservation course in order to waive the penalty. Only one such penalty waiver shall be allowed within any 24 month period.

January 22, 2016 | | Government


Council, Planning joint meeting revisits signs, housing issues

The Turlock City Council and Planning Commission will hold a special joint meeting on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics including enforcement of the Sign Ordinance, education on the Active Transportation Plan and homelessness.

January 22, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Turlock City Council endorses Vogel for Assembly

Since throwing his hat into the race for State Assembly District 12, Ken Vogel has received the endorsement of a number of Valley leaders and agencies and most recently the Turlock City Council.

January 21, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Potential farmers’ market operators review first draft of RFP

Before residents of Turlock can enjoy the bounty of local spring harvests at a downtown farmers' market, the City of Turlock will have to complete its overhaul of the way a market operator is selected.

January 21, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


ADA reform legislation clears Assembly Judiciary Committee

Central Valley legislators banned together last year to create the bipartisan San Joaquin Valley Caucus, with the goal of addressing the unique needs of Valley constituents. One of the caucus'; priorities- Americans with Disabilities Act reform - is closer to reality as SB 269, a bill that will help small businesses improve their disability access and prevent lawsuits, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

January 19, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Water conservation tips for the winter

It is a lot more difficult to stay motivated with water conservation efforts when it is raining outside. But even if your sprinklers are turned off and you aren't refilling your pool for the hot season, it is still important to maintain conservation habits by focusing efforts on other methods of saving water.

January 15, 2016 | | Government


Council appoints new Planning, Parks commissioners

The Turlock Planning Commission will welcome one new member and the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission two new members after the Turlock City Council appointed new commissioners at their first meeting of 2016.

January 14, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Even with the rain, California may face another year of drought

The last weeks have seen a welcome amount of rain and snowfall in California. However, that doesn't mean that we are out of the woods, so to speak, with regard to the drought. The Department of Water Resources conducted the winter's first media-oriented manual snow survey on Dec. 30, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California's drought will be entrenched for a fifth year.

January 08, 2016 | | Government


City looks to expand airport runway

A runway widening project at the Turlock Municipal Airport will be under consideration by the Turlock City Council on Tuesday, the first council meeting of 2016.

January 08, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Commission reaches split-vote on Sacred Heart street abandonment request

A proposal filed by Sacred Heart Church to abandon Cooper Avenue between Oak and Rose streets was met with conflicting opinions among the Turlock Planning Commission, who disagreed on whether or not the petition conformed to the Turlock General Plan.

January 07, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government


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The benefits of sustainable landscaping

Sustainable landscaping is the use of design and maintenance practices that work harmoniously with the local climate and soils. Sustainable landscapes are adapted to the ...

June 24, 2016 | | Government


East Turlock Subbasin forming sustainability agency

With tighter water conservation laws affecting California, the East Turlock Subbasin has begun the process of forming its very own Groundwater Sustainability Agency.

June 24, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


City Council elections heat up

Although November is still five months away, Turlock's first-ever by district election is already drawing a number of candidates. Gil Esquer announced his intention ...

June 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council to consider four different campaign finance regulations

The Turlock City Council will consider a number of campaign finance ordinances on Tuesday - including one proposed by Mayor Gary Soiseth and Councilman Bill DeHart.

June 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Ag department seeks Israeli input on water conservation

Hearing about the drought and its profound effects on agriculture here in California is nothing new to residents of the Golden State.

June 21, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


Turlockers talk ethics at campaign finance workshop

The Turlock City Council finished its series of special community workshops on campaign finance last week and is expected to address the issue at their ...

June 21, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Assembly District 12 race turning into nail-biter

As days go by and more precincts report election numbers in, the two names that will appear on the November ballot for Assembly District 12 ...

June 17, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


No stress in conducting new 'stress test' water conservation regulation

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new statewide conservation approach on May 18 that will replace Turlock's prior 29 percent water conservation ...

June 17, 2016 | | Government


County approves produce warehouse project for Avila and Sons

After seven years of planning, Avila and Sons finally received approval to build a produce warehouse facility just west of Turlock.

June 17, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


Council approves Cooper Avenue abandonment, following improvements by church

The Turlock City Council voted on Tuesday to abandon the part of Cooper Avenue that runs through Sacred Heart Church's campus, but only after ...

June 16, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


StanCOG votes to progress road tax to ballot

The Stanislaus Council of Governments proposed an Expenditure Plan based on a 25-year, half-cent sales tax measure for consideration by voters on the November 2016 ...

June 16, 2016 | Ryan McLaughlin | Government


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