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Your City Council is made up of five members, including a mayor and a vice mayor. We are a vital and dedicated part of the community (not a bureaucracy) that is open to positive change, willing to take well-thought-out risks, willing to partner in advancing and improving our community while reflecting our code of ethics.
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Mayor Amy BublakTerm Seated: 12/09/08
Amy Bublak was elected the twenty third Mayor of the City of Turlock on November 6, 2018. City residents made history by selecting Amy as Turlock's first retired police officer and first woman as their mayor. She campaigned on a transparent city government and has never changed that position.
Amy joined the Turlock City Council in the fall of 2008 and has always based her Council decisions upon wide input from every sector of Turlock: voters, business leaders large and small, city staff and her colleagues on the City Council.
She has lived in Turlock for over thirty years. While at CSU Stanislaus, Amy was twice elected student body President and earned NCAA All American honors as a member of the Track and Field team. In the fall of 2001, Amy was inducted into the CSU Stanislaus Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2005 she graduated from San Francisco State University earning a Master of Public Administration degree (M.P.A) in Urban Government.
Mayor Bublak believes in a "balanced-budget" fiscal policy where budget priorities are discussed openly allocating financial resources in the best interest of all Turlock residents. Underscoring her philosophy is fiscal prudence: ensuring the city has a pay as you go approach avoiding overspending when the revenue cannot and will not cover expenses.
A retired law enforcement officer with over two decades of service, Mayor Bublak has always believed in a strong public safety program to ensure the safety of all residents. As part of her ongoing plan, she will always make decisions that keep Turlock residents safe by prioritizing funding for public safety as that is local government's first duty and solemn obligation to its citizens.
Economic Growth and Transparency:
As Chair of the Turlock Council Economic Development Committee, Amy strives to work to create a business-friendly environment that enhances the quality of life for Turlock City residents. Since being elected Mayor, 265 new business have opened creating hundreds of new jobs for Turlock residents.
Since her election as Mayor on November 6, 2018, Amy Bublak has led City Council to:
- Operate with a balanced budget increasing our reserve fund.
- Fully implement a public safety body camera program.
- Continue to fight for a sensible Central Valley water solution and affordable rates.
- Reorganize city government to ensure maximum fiscal transparency so the public fully understands the financial challenges facing the city - today and tomorrow.
- To ensure complete fiscal transparency, Mayor Bublak will seek the consent of council to appoint a citizen's oversight committee made up of five people, chaired by Vice Mayor Pam Franco, and Turlock residents to work with an outside audit firm and City staff to ensure we are spending your tax dollars wisely.
- To improve City services, while at the same time following the will of the people in using new Measure A Sales Tax Revenue, pursuant to City of Turlock Ordinance, City Council has established a Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Committee will be responsible for reviewing the annual Measure A accountability performance report, and for reporting its findings on Measure A spending to City Council and all Turlock residents Address the challenges of the homeless: At the direction of the Mayor and City Council, Acting City Manager Gary Hampton, Interim City Attorney George Petrulakis, and Interim Police Chief Steve Williams, have enacted policies that prevent illegal unsheltered homeless encampments from dominating the Turlock landscape while improving the living conditions for all unsheltered individuals.
As mayor, Amy has been and continues to be committed to fixing the roads across the city. While ignoring the failure of the County to help with this, she has launched a program to create a program to fix the 500 miles of Turlock roads identified by City Engineers in need of repair. Why? Because Turlock has not allocated a single general fund dollar on road repair since 1985.
In her first two years as Mayor, more than 72 miles of roads has been repaired. While much more is to be done, Amy's committed to fix all Turlock roads in need of repair.
Bringing Washington DC to Turlock:
In 2019, Mayor Amy Bublak was appointed to the Social Problems Working Group, a subcommittee of the Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice. The group was launched in January following an executive order from President Trump.
Amy is married to former CSU Stanislaus Athletic Director Dr. Milton Richards and is a 1988 graduate of the CSU Stanislaus Sociology and Criminal Justice program and earned her M.P.A. majoring in public administration and urban government from San Francisco State University in 2005.
Councilmember Nicole LarsonDistrict 1
Term Seated: 12/11/18
Nicole Larson is a fifth-generation Turlock resident, and a product of our city’s public schools and hometown university, California State Stanislaus. Nicole’s family ties date back to founding residents, dairymen, cattlemen, and small business owners in our historic downtown.
In 2016, Nicole was appointed by the city council to serve on the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission for the City of Turlock and served as the Vice-Chair until her election to Council in 2018.
Nicole was also elected Stanislaus State Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) president in 2015-2017, an honors student, and a player on the women’s soccer team for four years where she helped lead the team to become CCAA Champions and become one of the top eight Division II women's soccer teams in the nation. As an honors student, Nicole volunteered her time with refugee families residing in Turlock from Afghanistan. She helped refugee families assimilate to an American life as they fled persecution in their home countries.
Throughout her college education, Stan State provided the opportunities for Nicole to dedicate herself to serving in student government and the community. Some key accomplishments during her terms was an organized a collaborative effort between Turlock's public transit system and ASI. This effort resulted in a revitalized public transportation system that was more accessible for students and Turlock residents at large. Under Nicole, ASI also partnered with the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association and City Hall to sponsor the annual event "Warriors Explore Downtown." This event connects students to the Turlock community and local businesses by allowing them to explore Turlock's historic downtown area and invest in the local economy.
Throughout her entire term, Nicole intends to maintain an 'open door' policy. Inspired by a strong belief in the importance of civic engagement and equity of accessibility to elected officials, she gladly takes on every constituent appointment request. To schedule an appointment, you may contact the City of Turlock’s Council’s office at 209-668-5540.
Councilmember Andrew NosratiDistrict 3
Term Seated: 12/11/18
Andrew Nosrati was elected to represent District 3 in Turlock's City Council, in the November, 2018 election
Born at Emanuel Medical Center in January, 1988, Andrew spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in our community and understands the values that Turlock residents hold dear.
After graduating from Pitman High School in 2006, Andrew went on to study at the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating with a B.A. in Film and Media Studies as well as a minor in Anthropology. Before returning home, Andrew spent 8 years living in Los Angeles and New York City, developing himself personally and professionally. For the last 6+ years, he has worked at AdShare, gaining skills and understanding of the new developing tech industries, where he is now the VP of Product Development.
Belonging to the Assyrian community that graciously calls Turlock home, Andrew hopes that in his role as public servant, he can be a voice for the entire Turlock community. Despite any professional achievements he may accomplish, he is a man that prides himself most on his compassion, empathy, and relentless desire to understand the many unique perspectives and is honored to be able to serve our community.
Councilmember Pam FrancoDistrict 4
Term Seated: 12/8/20
Councilmember/Vice Mayor Pam Franco is serving her first term as the District 4 Representative. Pam is not afraid to take on the hard jobs and ran for office to give back to the community that has been such a positive influence in her life.
Councilmember Franco is a lifelong member of the Turlock Community, having attended schools in Turlock, raising a blended family of 5 children alongside her husband, Ray Franco. Pam, along with her husband, has co-owned and co-managed the family Development, Building and Real Estate Rental companies. Pam has more than 40 years’ experience in Accounting and Finance, over 30 years’ experience in Building and Development and has been a licensed Real Estate Broker for more than 20 years.
Councilmember Franco was chosen to be the Vice Mayor of Turlock by our Mayor Amy Bublak. Vice Mayor Franco looks forward to working with Mayor Bublak, her Council colleagues, city staff and the public to keep Turlock the best city in California.
Feel free to contact her anytime should you wish to share any concerns you have about our fine City.
Councilmember/Vice Mayor Franco serves on the following Council Committees:
- Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) Policy Board
- Stanislaus Regional Water Authority (SRWA)
- Stanislaus County – Grant Review Panel for Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES)
- Turlock/Stanislaus County Liaison Committee
- League of California Cities – Executive Committee
- San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District – Valley-wide Special City Selection Committee
- City of Turlock/TUSD/CSUS Joint Meeting
- East Stanislaus Regional Water Management Partnership (Management Group) (Alternate)
- Economic Development Work Group (Alternate)
- West Turlock Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (WTSGSA) (Alternate)
* Term will expire following the City Council's confirmation of the official results of the November election.
About the City CouncilThe Turlock City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The meetings are held at City Hall, 156 South Broadway, Turlock, in the Yosemite Room. In addition to the regularly scheduled council meetings, councilmembers will generally spend time reviewing material in preparation for the meetings, and attend additional meetings as well as talking and corresponding with constituents.
As the elected legislative body of the City of Turlock, the City Council has overall responsibility for the scope, direction and financing of City services. The City Council establishes local law and policy that is administered and implemented through full-time staff under the Council-Manager form of government. The Council is also responsible for establishing land use policies through the General Plan and zoning regulations.
Under the Council-Manager form of government, the City Council provides policy direction to the City Manager, who is responsible for administering City operations. In setting policy, the Council works closely with citizen advisory commissions and committees, considers staff information and recommendations, and receives comments from interested parties and the general public.
The City Council also serves as the governing board of the Turlock Redevelopment Agency, which administers redevelopment activity in the designated project areas that comprise approximately one-half of the City.