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Saturday, 29 March 2014 12:55

Around Turlock - March 28

Looking for a job and have a passion for coffee? Starbucks is hiring.As seen on this flier, hanging in the drive-through of the Countryside Drive Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain will hold a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Starbucks on Monte Vista Avenue. That particular Starbucks is located just across the street from where this photo was taken, in the Target parking lot.
After nearly 27 years of planning, the Turlock Irrigation District will soon begin formal negotiations to sell water to the City of Turlock, potentially leading to the development of a surface water treatment plant. On Tuesday, the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors will consider formally appointing Casey Hashimoto, the General Manager of the Turlock Irrigation District, to negotiate the long-term transfer of water to the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority.
Though the Stanislaus County Council of Governments abandoned plans to place a countywide road tax on the November ballot, momentum is growing among Turlock City Councilmembers to consider going alone. Two Turlock City Councilmembers have now publicly stated support for a half-cent sales tax, with all proceeds dedicated to improving Turlock’s streets.
Friday, 28 March 2014 09:23

Yee Suspended from State Senate

The California Senate voted on a resolution today to suspend three Democrat senators including Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who was arrested Wednesday by the FBI on a corruption case of accepting bribes from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for coordinating an international gun smuggling operation.Charges against Yee include conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, conspiracy to illegally transport firearms, six counts of a scheme to defraud citizens using his services, and wire fraud.
A long-awaited expressway from Turlock to Patterson moved one step closer to reality Tuesday. The Stanislaus County Council of Governments Policy Board unanimously approved commissioning a new, $350,000 study into the feasibility of constructing a South County Corridor on Wednesday. “I think this is going to be a good jumpstart to the south county,” said Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa, who represents Turlock.
In most years, police departments look to reduce crime rates. But this year, Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson was happy with a flat crime rate, despite numerous additional challenges facing the department. “I think we’re being fairly successful,” Jackson said. “My prediction that the crime trends would greatly increase hasn’t come to fruition.” The Turlock Police Department released its 2013 Annual Report on Tuesday, cataloguing a challenging year that still had a number of successes.
The Turlock City Arts Commission has held its final meeting. The Turlock City Council unanimously approved disbanding the Arts Commission on Tuesday, due to declining membership and a lack of Arts Commission activity. The Arts Commission’s duties and its few remaining members will be merged into an expanded nine-member Parks, Recreation and Community Programs Commission, effectively immediately.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:36

Around Turlock - March 25

The City of Turlock was watering a bit too much in this Monte Vista Avenue median, with water overflowing onto the neighboring street. A sprinkler appears to be broken in the median, near Geer Road, leading to the over watering. Turlock Municipal Services Director Michael Cooke noted that water isn’t truly wasted in cases of overwatering such as this. The water runs into Turlock’s stormdrain system, where it gathers in stormwater basins like the Donnelly Park lake. That recycled water is then used to water Turlock’s parks.
A split Turlock City Council endorsed a water rate increase Tuesday night, after a meager turnout in a citywide election on the rate hike. The rate hike will see monthly water bills nearly double by 2019 for the average household, from $24 to $47. The average Turlocker will see his or her monthly bill increase by roughly $4 at each of six dates: July 1, Jan. 1 2015, then every July 1 thereafter through 2019. The ordinance amendment will come back for a final reading – and final vote – on April 8. That vote will be largely ceremonial; votes during final readings seldom differ from those to introduce ordinances.
Monday, 24 March 2014 14:30

Gary Soiseth to Run for Turlock Mayor

Gary Soiseth, a local farmer, Modesto Irrigation District employee, and former California State University, Stanislaus instructor, has formally announced his candidacy for mayor of Turlock. Soiseth is a third generation family farmer from Turlock, who grows almonds for Blue Diamond. He also works as a water and energy regulatory analyst for MID. But Soiseth’s career has taken him to the White House, and across the globe.