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A massive, 100-foot tall Verizon cell tower with no camouflaging could be built in what will one day be a Turlock residential neighborhood. A permit to build the tower currently sits before the Stanislaus County Planning Department, but the Turlock Planning Department and Commission have voiced their opposition to the development. “It would not be something the city would support,” said Turlock Senior Planner Rose Stillo. The cell tower would be built at 3332 E. Hawkeye Ave, just outside of Turlock city limits, between Daubenberger and Verduga roads. The land is currently home to a walnut orchard.
A new McDonald's could be coming to the heart of Downtown Turlock, replacing at least part of the existing Bonander Buick GMC dealership. The fast food restaurant could open in the area roughly bounded by Center and Marshall Streets, Golden State Boulevard, and an existing Don’s Mobile Glass location. That area currently serves as a car lot for Bonander Buick GMC, and is home to a taco truck. The potential development, which is still in the planning stages, has been confirmed by City of Turlock staff. “We have been contacted by McDonald's,” said Rose Stillo, City of Turlock Senior Planner. “They are proposing to put a restaurant there, however we still have some challenges.”
The former site of Turlock’s Red Steer restaurant, 203 S. Golden State Blvd., will soon be home to a new building which will house a chiropractic office. The building is being developed by Sargon Malek, D.C., a local chiropractor who owns Malek Chiropractic. “It’s 250 feet away from my current clinic (located at 373 S Golden State Blvd.),” Malek said. “The opportunity came up and I bought the property.” Construction on the 2,700 square-foot building is set to start in two and a half months, Malek said. “I’m really excited about this project,” Malek said. “It’s going to change the look of downtown.”
The final deadline has been extended in the process intended to sell Turlock’s Emanuel Medical Center to Tenet Healthcare Corp., of Dallas, as both parties remain hard at work hammering out details. Tenet initially expected the sale to be concluded by March 31. But Tenet and Emanuel Medical Center mutually agreed to extend the timeline due to the complexity of the sale, Emanuel spokesperson Pennie Rorex said Thursday.
For the second consecutive year, Turlock will play host to one of the state’s top celebrations of craft beer. The Central Valley Brewfest will be bigger and better than ever when it returns from 1 to 5 p.m. May 10 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. “The Central Valley Brewfest is a one-of-a-kind event in our region,” said Central Valley Brewfest organizer Veronica Camp. “Keeping our locals on the cutting edge of a growing trend.” Last year’s Brewfest blew away expectations, attracting more than 500 people for the four-hour beer tasting celebration. That’s nearly double the attendance Camp expected.
Less than 24 hours after Turlock Mayor John Lazar announced he will not seek reelection this November, Ed Brault, a retired teacher, has formally submitted paperwork to run for mayor. Brault is currently the lone challenger to front-runner Gary Soiseth, a local farmer, Modesto Irrigation District employee, and former California State University, Stanislaus instructor. Brault, 85, said he has entered the race simply for the sake of democracy.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, the City of Turlock is not building a bowling alley. Today’s big “news” story was, indeed, our little April Fools’ joke. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that the first letter of each sentence actually spells out “April Fools,” that the development’s name translates to “Fictional Lanes,” and that the “Bowling Alley Czar” was noted prankster Jonathan Swift. But it’s a joke we made for a reason – to bring attention to just how development happens in the City of Turlock.
Starting Thursday, Turlockers have a new, high-tech alternative to calling a cab. The app-based ride service Uber has launched in Stanislaus County, offering rides from Turlock to Ripon at the touch of a smartphone. Stanislaus County is one of Uber’s first 100 markets worldwide. “Modesto and Turlock are a big part of our plan to cover the majority of Northern California,” said Spencer Rinkus, Uber San Francisco Community Manager and a Turlock native. “... Both cities have downtown areas that are growing, and we think Uber will fill a need for safe, efficient and affordable rides.”
Thanks to some much-needed rain, the Turlock Irrigation District will once again delay the start of irrigation season. “We have decided to postpone the start of the season, again, until next week,” said TID Water Distribution Department Manager Mike Kavarian. As of Tuesday, the irrigation season is now set to start April 10. The TID Call Center will open to begin taking orders on April 9. However, Kavarian noted that the season’s start date could change yet again, should rain persist. “We may push it back another week,” Kavarian said. “It all depends on what the forecasts are, and what we hear from customers.”
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:52

City of Turlock Hosted 56 Student Interns

The City of Turlock played host to a record-breaking 56 college interns this year, the city announced Friday. The interns represent schools from across the region, including California State University, Stanislaus and the University of California, Merced. The students played roles in many different city departments, helping with scores of projects. “Our interns have worked in every program area in our city government, from the Mayor and the City Manager’s office to our engineering and police departments,” said Turlock Mayor John Lazar.