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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 re-elected on November 8, 2022 to a second four-year term as the Mayor of the City of Turlock after city voters made history in 2018 by electing Amy as Turlock's first retired police officer and first woman to serve as their mayor.
Amy was first elected to the Turlock City Council in 2008. The hallmark of her approach to elected public service is to always base her decisions upon a wide-range of input from every sector of Turlock. Depending upon the nature of the decision before her, Amy can be found seeking input from: voters, residents, retirees, employees, owners of businesses small and large, representatives from non-profits, education, churches and other religious associations, unions, business and trade associations, civic organizations, as well as city staff and her colleagues on the City Council.
She has lived in Turlock for over thirty years.
She graduated from California State University Stanislaus in 1988 with a B.A. degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. During her time there, 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 earned a Master of Public Administration degree (M.P.A) in Urban Government.
As Mayor, Amy keeps her focus on the following goals:
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. Fiscal prudence is a top priority.
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. Quality of life begins with robust job and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Mayor Bublak believes that the public's business should be conducted in public. Amy believes that City business should be undertaken solely in the best interest for the people of Turlock.
Amy is married to former CSU Stanislaus Athletic Director Dr. Milton Richards who currently represents the Turlock area as elected trustee of the Yosemite Community College District.
In addition to her time as Mayor and three terms on the City Council, Amy's has served as: President of the Stanislaus County Red Cross, Vice Mayor of Turlock three times, member and chairperson of the Stanislaus Local Agency Commission (LAFCO) and the State Legislation Director for California Women for Agriculture.
On October 18, 2019, Amy was appointed by President Donald Trump to Attorney General William P Barry's Social Problems Working Group, a subcommittee of the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.
Councilmember Rebecka MonezDistrict 2
Term Seated: 12/8/20
Born and raised on the West Side, Rebecka Monez was elected to the Turlock City Council in November 2020. Her campaign for Council centered on her desire to give the West Side a voice on City Council. “For too long, my friends and neighbors on the West Side have been overlooked. My election will end that practice. I will be an advocate for the West Side.”
No stranger to community service, Council Member Monez owns and operates three non-profit charity thrift stores in Modesto and Turlock that give those less fortunate the opportunity to purchase goods and services while feeding and providing drug and alcohol rehab support programs to the homeless on a daily basis. All proceeds from her store sales support local charities.
Council Member Monez is a member of the California Bar Association and she works as a criminal defense attorney defending people who might otherwise be unable to afford an attorney.
Her goals for her term on Council are to work with the Mayor and Council colleagues to:
- Support issues that benefit her West Side constituents.
- Fix Columbia pool.
- Fix Turlock roads.
- Address the unsheltered population while protecting the rights of all city residents.
- Deliver city services to all Turlock residents, businesses and visitors in the best, most economical manner.
- Approve fiscally conservative budgets.
- Support Public Safety insuring the safety of all Turlock residents.
Councilmember Cassandra AbramDistrict 3
Term Seated: 12/13/2022
Cassandra Abram was elected to represent District 3 on Turlock City Council in 2022. Born and raised in Turlock, Cassie is honored to have the opportunity to serve the community that has provided a wonderful setting for her own upbringing and for the family she is now raising.
Before becoming a Councilmember, Cassandra earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry at the age of 25, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Pacific, both with highest honors. She then returned to Turlock to serve the residents of her hometown as an optometrist. In her professional life and her personal endeavors, Cassandra prides herself on her empathy, analytical skills, and her ability to work collaboratively to solve problems for her patients, family, and community.
Cassie will work hard for the residents of Turlock and hopes to make a difference particularly in the areas of operational efficiency and community engagement. She also brings a unique perspective to the council as a mother of two young daughters.
Cassie cares deeply about the democratic process and believes the success of our city depends on all of us working together. She is committed to serving the public good as a Councilmember by ensuring Turlock is continually improving and becoming an even better place to work and live. If you have ideas, questions, or concerns, please reach out to Cassie at email@example.com.
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.