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All permit work has been completed for the impending expansion of Monte Vista Crossings, Turlock Assistant to the City Manager for Housing and Economic Development Maryn Pitt confirmed Tuesday. The work should clear the way for the expansion’s two anchor tenants, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, to open by Christmas, Pitt said.
Should Turlock’s future voting districts be as compact as possible, neighborhood-centric, or centered on Downtown Turlock? Turlockers discussed that issue during a meeting at the Public Safety Facility Wednesday night, in anticipation of an upcoming vote to adopt district voting in future Turlock City Councilmember elections. A mayor would continue to be elected at-large. “If we don’t go to districts, we’ll probably be sued,” Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden said. “And that will be very expensive.”
Downtown Turlock’s newest restaurant, Memo’s Cocina, is one step closer to opening. The City of Turlock confirmed that Memo’s Cocina’s owners pulled construction permits on Tuesday morning, allowing remodel work to proceed on the former J.C. Penney building at 139 W. Main St. The restaurant will be operated by Karina and Guillermo Ramirez, owners of Turlock’s Las Casuelas. The new Memo’s Cocina will focus on healthier Mexican fare and a large selection of tequila.
Prayer could become an official part of Turlock City Council meetings once again, following a split decision of the Supreme Court on Monday. A 5-4 majority ruled that the town council of Greece, New York, had not violated the U.S. Constitution by opening its meetings with Christian prayers.
A brush fire near the Highway 99/Monte Vista Avenue Interchange slowed traffic and closed on-ramps briefly on Monday afternoon. The California Highway Patrol first received a report of the fire at 2:40 p.m. Officers arrived on-scene at 2:50 p.m. The Turlock Police and Fire Departments assisted, putting the blaze out by 3:10 p.m.
Turlock's only ice skating rink is one stride closer to doubling in size. The Turlock Planning Commission unanimously voted Thursday night to endorse an expansion of the Fields of Ice skating rink, operated by R.A.M. Farms, Inc. The expansion still requires endorsement from the Turlock City Council, expected on May 27, and ultimate approval from the Stanislaus County Planning Commission; the county is expected to uphold whatever decision Turlock may make.
Friday, 02 May 2014 11:39

Faith Key to Kaepernick's Success

Every time San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick scores a touchdown, he curls his bicep and gives it a kiss. That gesture, now known as "Kaepernicking," isn't about showing off, he said Friday morning at the Turlock Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. It's about faith.
Turlock Mayor John Lazar presented San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the Key to the City of Turlock on Friday morning. The presentation came during Lazar's eighth and final Turlock Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. Though Lazar is not seeking reelection, he said he will remain active in the community. "It's not the last time you'll see me," Lazar said. "I was born and raised here. I love Turlock."
Want to see 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Turlock tomorrow morning? TurlockCityNews.com is giving away two tickets to the sold-out Turlock Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, which Kap will keynote. The event will run from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Larsa Banquet Hall, 2107 E. Monte Vista Ave.
Turlockers now have their first glimpse at the potential future of voting in Turlock, as the City of Turlock has released maps of potential voting districts for future elections. The City of Turlock is considering a switch to district-based voting from the current at-large system due to the threat of multi-million dollar litigation. As the city currently has a large Latino population but has not elected any Latino councilmembers, the city could be considered in violation of the 2002 California Voting Rights Act.