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LIFE in Los Banos Annual Publication 2018

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Table of Contents Outdoors .............................4 Los Banos Public Officials ..........................................42 Parks in Los Banos ..........12 Police and Fire .................44 Agriculture .......................14 Churches ..........................48 Schools ............................18 Volunteer Opportunities ...51 Local School Resources ..22 Arts ...................................55 Higher Education .............24 Los Banos Chamber of Health Care ......................28 Commerce Membership GENE LIEB/glieb@losbanosenterprise.com Dollie and Jerry O’Banion sit with their granddaughter who happens to Directory ..........................60 City Government ..............36 also be the 2017 Miss May Day Queen, Juilianna O’Banion-Borboa during the junior livestock auction at the Merced County Spring Fair in Los Banos.

On the cover: Joe Cox, a 92-year-old Los Banos resident who was an advocate of schools, veterans and local and regional interests died January 22, 2018 in a car crash. Cox was a farmer, veteran, teacher, principal and he has served on a variety of local community organizations, according to a biography on his website, drjoecox.com

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One of 12 volunteer fishing boats heads to the dock after a morning of fishing as part of the Catch a Special Thrill for Kids program held each year at the O’Neill Forebay near Los Banos.

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hen it’s time to log out, pack up and head out there are superlative places to go and things to see near Los Banos. The largest off-stream reservoir in the United States is just 12 miles west of Los Banos off Highway 152. Supplied by pumps lifting water from both the California Aqueduct and the Delta-Mendota Canal via the O’Neill forebay, San Luis Reservoir has a capacity of 2,041,000 acre-feet of water (an acre-foot is about 325,851 gallons). The reservoir is used year-round by boaters and anglers alike. In 1992 a world record striped bass was taken from the reservoir. Along its shoreline are camping facilities and hiking trails managed by California Department of State Parks personnel. The Basalt Campground near the eastern

entrance to the state recreation area surrounding the reservoir is renowned as a “hot spot” for birding. A short distance farther west of the reservoir is the main entrance to the O’Neill Forebay. The forebay is also used by anglers and boaters. On occasion, wind-surfers take advantage of the stiff breezes that often blow across the water. Cottonwood Creek campground is popular with visitors to the forebay as is the Medeiros campground area (accessed from Highway 33). West of the O’Neill forebay on the south side Highway 152 is the California Department of Water Resources’ Romero Visitors Center. At the center one can learn about the evolution of the San Luis Reservoir and the many recreational opportunities it provides. See next page


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Near the summit of Pacheco Pass at Dinosaur Point is the western-most entrance to the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area and the entrance to Pacheco State Park. The 6,890 acre park has miles of hiking and equestrian trails which offer visitors spectacular vistas of the foothills and remote meadows. During the spring, wildflowers are abundant and guided tours of the bloom are offered each April by state park personnel and volunteers. Traveling north from the city on Highway 165, the city limit signs can still be see in the rearview mirror when it's time to turn on Henry Miller Road to get to the Los Banos Wildlife Area. Managed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel (formerly Fish and Game), the area is a favorite destination of waterfowl hunters from the third week in October to the end of January. The area is closed to the general public from Sept. 15 through Feb. 15, but the remainder of the year it offers fishing, birding, bicycling and hiking opportunities, as well as wildlife viewing. Bird-dog trials are often held there. The Grasslands Environmental Education Center (GEECe) is located within the wildlife

area. Sponsored by California Fish and Wildlife and Grasslands Water District, GEECe programs and field trips teach school children and others about wetland and upland habitat, and the flora and fauna that live there. The Los Banos Wildlife Area is just a small part of the nearly 200,000 acre Grassland Ecological Area. The grasslands area is comprised of federal, state and private land, and is the largest contiguous wetland habitat remaining in California. Also ,part of that grassland area is the largest National Wildlife Refuge Complex in the state. The San Luis National Wildlife Complex headquarters and visitors center is north of the Los Banos Wildlife Area off Highway 165 at the end of Wolfsen Road. Opened in 2011, the visitors center is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except federal holidays). The complex is comprised of three refuges, San Luis (about 27,000 acres), Merced (nearly 11,000 acres) and San Joaquin River (about 7,000 acres). Included in the complex is the Grasslands Wildlife Management Area, more than 90,000 acres of private land under conservation easement. See next page

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Christopher Garcia, 11, of Los Banos, waits as Joe Perez of Hayward, a member of a fishing club called Angry Anglers, baits a hook at O’Neill Forebay near Los Banos as part of a program called C.A.S.T., Catch a Special Thrill for Kids. The program provides an opportunity for disabled children and their parent or guardian to have a morning of fishing and fun.

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At the San Luis refuge is a nearly 800 acre enclosure where a herd of more than 80 tule elk live. The tule elk, which only exist in California, were nearly extinct from in the late 1800s ,but a herd of about 28 animals survived. In the mid-1970s, State Fish and Wildlife management signed a memorandum of understanding with management of the federal refuge to reintroduce elk at San Luis. That herd has prospered since and now there are 22 established herds statewide but only two that are in enclosures (animals at the Tule Elk State Reserve near Buttonwillow are also enclosed). Annually about 1,500 school children are given guided tours to see the animals and learn their history. That route is open to the public year round. San Luis has an eight-mile auto route for those interested in seeing waterfowl and other animals. Black tailed deer, which were reintroduced in the Grasslands Ecological Area about 15 years ago after being extirpated from the Central Valley floor following the construction of the California Aqueduct and the Delta-Mendota Canal, now number about 300 animals that are frequently seen by visitors to the

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Lifeguards Destiny Marrison, foreground, Ryan Bordenave, center, and Sarah Didwell cool off a bit before starting their shift at the San Luis Recreation Area. refuge and state areas. For those who want to get out of the car and strike out on foot, the Kesterson Unit of San Luis located off Highway 140 between Stevinson and Gustine is the place to be. Once inside the gate, visitors do not have to stay on the

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The largest wintering population of lesser sandhill cranes on the Pacific Flyway calls the refuge complex home for several months of the year. Thousands spend their nights at the Merced Refuge off Sandy Mush Road and can be readily seen from the auto route at the refuge especially as the sun goes and they fly low and loud coming home from a day of foraging in nearby fields. Many claim the sight and sound of thousands of large birds coming home to roost is awe inspiring. The largest number of wintering Ross’ Geese in North America also claims Merced Refuge as home. Some 60,000 white geese can be seen by visiting the refuge. Nearly 300 species of birds utilize the refuge complex’ habitat throughout the year. The Riparian Brush Rabbit was federally listed as an endangered species in 2000. The rabbit was reintroduced to the San Joaquin River Refuge near Modesto, the northern most refuge in the San Luis complex, in 2002. Hundreds of rabbits were released at the refuge. Today, thousands of them are thriving there and many are showing up on surrounding properties. In California there are eight species of rabbits, hares and pikas; three of those, the

ed. In the 1970s a major portion of the population wintered on private property that has been part of the refuge since 1987. That population only totaled about 300 birds. The goose was delisted in 2001 and is flourishing with tens of thousands spending winter at the refuge. Rarities of another sort are closer to Los Banos off Highway 165 just west of the San Joaquin river at the Great Valley Grasslands State Park. Access from the highway along the San Joaquin River Flood Lifeguard Sarah Didwell looks over the beach and lake as Control Levee District levee is she keeps a close eye out for problems at the San Luis for hikers and bicyclists. Recreation Area. A mile and half from the entrance (after a left turn from the main Desert Cottontail, Black-tailed Jack Rabbit levee road at one mile) are some of the and the Riparian Brush Rabbit can all be better vernal pools remaining in the valspotted at the San Joaquin River refuge. ley. According to scientists who study rabbits During years with normal rainfall, the (lagomorphologists), seeing three species pools at the park fill with flowers, deepin one location anywhere in the world is blue downingia ringed by bright-yellow very rare. goldfields. Another formally endangered species California Tigers salamanders and severthat made its comeback at the San Joaquin al species of fairy shrimp call the pools refuge is the Aleutian Cackling Goose, the species for which the refuge was establish- home, as do ducks and shorebirds.

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Agriculture remains lifeblood of local economy; goes high tech By Kim Yancey

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he city’s ties to agriculture predate by decades its incorporation in 1907. Some of the better ground for farming and ranching in California surrounds Los Banos. Growing far from its 19th century roots behemoth tractors pulling sophisticated and sometimes computerized farm implements have replaced mule teams dragging plows through nearby fields. Aerial drones help monitor crop growth and irrigation requirements on some local farms and satellites guide tractors on straight, efficient paths during ground preparation. The result is decreased water, fertilizer, fuel and pesticide use and increased crop yield. Merced County agricultural commodities grossed more than $3.4 million in 2016. Milk was again the top grossing

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tt Ideal climate, fertile ground, modern machinery and nearby processing plants not withstanding local agriculture would not be viable without an adequate and reliable supply of water. ttttt commodity in the county followed by almonds, wine grapes, cattle and calves, and sweet potatoes. While many of the top crops come from nearby farms and ranches, diversity is the key to success on the Westside. Cotton, tomatoes, alfalfa, melons, safflower, silage, a few acres of blueberries, bees and a flock or two of sheep and goats all contribute to the robust ag industry locally. Three tomato processing facilities are

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Cody Mallonee hits a tee shot at the 2017 Tiger Golf Classic.

Los Banos Tiger varsity football players, from left, Vince Alvarez, Daniel Guerrero, Nano Caballero, Eddie Riviera and Andre Castillo welcome everyone to the 2018 TDC Tiger Golf Classic. The 2018 tournament will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Pheasant Run Golf Course in Chowchilla with a 1 p.m. start time. Anyone interested in participating, sponsoring or volunteering for this year’s event, contact Gary Capresso at (209) 617-5231.

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cantaloupe and other melons. Cotton is still ginned a short drive from the city, and one of the few remaining federally inspected abattoirs in the state is located on Pacheco Blvd. Ideal climate, fertile ground, modern machinery and nearby processing plants not withstanding, local agriculture would not be viable without an adequate and reliable supply of water. Los Banos is a hub of water for irrigation with more than 12 water agencies headquartered in the city or surrounding areas. Based in downtown Los Banos, the San Luis and DeltaMendota Water Authority manages miles of the California Aqueduct and Delta-Mendota Canal which bring water from the Delta to San Luis Reservoir as part of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. Also based in the city is the

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nearby while the Firebaugh Canal Water District and Columbia Canal Company are in Fresno and Madera counties, respectively. Those four agencies provide water to nearly

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229,000 acres of farmland. South of the city is based the Grasslands Water District which delivers water to the 75,000 acre Grassland Resource Conservation District and its private, state and federal wildlife refuges. It was a water project in the 1960s that was responsible for a population boom in Los Banos. Hundreds came to work on the San Luis Dam from 1963 to 1968. Many stayed to make their home in the city. Los Banos celebrates its historic connection to agriculture each year during the final week of April with the Merced County Spring Fair. Local FFA and 4-H members compete with others from surrounding communities as their projects, ranging from livestock to ag mechanics, are judged. Many local residents also enter contests at the fair and thousands turnout for five days of fun, food and entertainment.

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and San Luis). The school district also has Crossroads, which offers a

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to relieve overcrowding; t Improving student safety and campus security; and t Renovating, constructing, acquiring and equipping classrooms, science labs, sites and facilities that support student achievement in math, science, engineering, technology, skilled trades and other academic areas. The results of the survey, Marshall said, were “very promising.” He expects the district will be providing more detailed information related to the survey in the near future. As it grows, the district is focusing on students, understanding data and building on its successes. The best approach to achieve success, according to Marshall, is

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Los Banos Junior High School Principal, Deolinda Brasil, right, begins the process of shaving the head of Los Banos Mayor Michael Villalta Dec. 19, 2017 while the student body watches. Villalta and Los Banos Police Chief Gary Brizzee volunteered to have their heads shaved if the community donated enough food to the local food bank. Of all the participating schools, students at Los Banos Junior High School donated 3,233 cans. through collaboration and communication. “I believe that we can accomplish a great deal working together,” Marshall said. “People may have differing opinions, and I respect that, but we are all working to-

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the district has created an environment in which school board meetings are occasions for communication and constructive discussions, with students as the focus. Marshall also believes that continuous improvement in student achievement is vitally important and can be best achieved by building on existing success. “Many of our schools experienced significant academic improvements recently,” he said. “We have to recognize that success, as well as understand we need to improve.” The school district is also continuing to work on building community partnerships with the city, law enforcement, local businesses and the community. Consistent with this, the school district has implemented a new initiative called "Community Cafés," gatherings that are hosted by the district during

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Los Banos Elementary School teachers, Laura Rasey, left, and Trish Santos were all smiles as they paraded in downtown Los Banos as part of Halloween parade. which participants obtain information and then contribute to guided and structured conversations. Community Cafés are open to the entire community and are designed to gauge stakeholder perceptions of the district and to provide a forum to

listen to community members’ ideas to improve the educational experiences for the students. The first Community Café was held on October 19, 2017 at Lorena Falasco Elementary School. Another was held at Los

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Banos Junior High School Feb. 6, 2018, in collaboration with the Los Banos Campus of Merced College. Los Banos has two private schools which have served the community for many years: Our Lady of Fatima School and Los Banos Adventist School. Both are based in religious, as well as academic education. Kendyl Darnell, principal of OLF, expressed the perspective of the local private schools: "We realize student success is our primary mission," Darnell said, "and that includes academic achievement. But success at religious-based schools also means building character and instilling spiritual values, so that our students can create a life that is well-rounded and meaningful.” At a religious-based school, Darnell added, “we are able to speak freely about religion and morality. We discuss not only our relationship to others but our relationship to God.”


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“We are adding a welding program with new state-ofthe-art equipment,” said Dr. Brenda Latham, dean of the Los Banos Campus, “and we’re expanding our teacher education pathway, to name just two of the recent curricular developments. “We’ll also be planting our

Many varieties of wildflowers pop up around the Merced College Los Banos campus each year. ‘Food Forest’ this spring,” Latham added, “and laying the groundwork for a bicycle path from the central area of Los Banos to our campus.” The Los Banos Campus of Merced College has been part

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of the Los Banos city limits. The campus offers a wide range of associates degrees and transfer programs, closely articulated with nearby California State University Stanislaus in Turlock and the University of California in Merced. While it has offered career technical education (sometimes referred to as vocational education) in the past, it is preparing to add one of most complete CTE programs in its history. “Thanks to a state grant, we will be able to fully equip a rented facility in Los Banos and be able to hire a full-time welding instructor,” Latham said. “We plan to offer our first welding courses this fall.” Latham believes the addition of welding to other career tech programs like business and criminal justice and courses in the health care fields like Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Nursing Assistant will give students increased career opportunities. EMT and CNA, along with science prerequisites like chemistry and anatomy, are also closely articulated with high-demand health programs on the Merced campus like nursing and medical imaging. The campus, as part of Merced College’s new five-year educational planning process, is also looking at adding new programs in future years which match the skill sets needed by companies and businesses in the Bay Area, such as computer networking and cyber security. “We hope, Latham said, “this will enable more of our graduates to work in the Los Banos area, as well as provide more training for those seeking jobs ‘over the hill.’” At the same time the campus continues to offer strong programs and courses for those students wishing to transfer to four-year colleges. “Besides a solid general education transfer program, which has been part of the campus since its inception,” Latham said, “we have added new Associate

Degrees for transfer, which provide a smoother transition for our transfer students to the California State University system.” The local campus is also partnering with the Los Banos Unified School District to provide more opportunities for students who want to pursue the career of teaching. The campus will provide a foursemester program to serve as a streamlined path in liberal studies, the major needed for elementary school teachers, to California State Universities like the campus in nearby Turlock.

tt The campus offers a wide range of associates degrees and transfer programs, closely articulated with nearby California State University Stanislaus in Turlock and the University of California in Merced. ttttt Students can also gain experience and employment in education by working in the AVID tutorial program offered at the local school district. All of this will enable more local students who pursue a teaching credential more opportunities to return to their home town to teach. There is also a plan, in its initial stages, to encourage local students to pursue science and math majors and eventually return to Los Banos to teach in these high demand areas at the junior high and high school levels. The streamlining initiatives at the Los Banos campus this year include helping students who had previously been releSee next page


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gated to many semesters of remedial education to move more quickly into transfer English and math courses, with the help of significantly increased support services. “Overall,” said Latham, “we want every student at the Los Banos campus to have a clear, direct and efficient path to a meaningful career and we want to guide them carefully along their pathways so they can advance as rapidly as possible.” This spring, members of the campus community will be planting a “Food Forest,” including an outer circle of environmental habitat like valley oaks and sycamores and an inner circle of fruit-bearing trees like pecan and peach. The inner circle will also provide vegetables and blackberry bushes. Within a year the food forest will provide fresh organic food for the student community, while creating an

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Quality health care is available in Los Banos – now and in the future By John Spevak Health care in Los Banos is going through many changes, as in other cities, but the outlook for health care here is optimistic. That’s the assessment of Doug Archer, administrator of Sutter Health Memorial Hospital, the primary provider of health care in Los Banos. Archer oversees not only the hospital (520 West I St.), the city’s center for acute health care, but the hospital’s Rural Health Clinic (1253 West I St.), a significant provider of primary health services in the city. “We have many challenges in health care today,” Archer said, “but we also have many positives here in Los Banos.”

The main challenges of health care today, Archer said, are higher costs and increased regulations for doctors, clinics and hospitals and lower reimbursements from Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance firms. “It’s very difficult now for an independent general care physician to stay in business,” Archer said. “Most doctors have to join groups to stay afloat financially.” Another challenge is the difficulty of attracting specialists, as well as primary care physicians, to a small city like Los Banos, Archer added. Specialists need to work in high population areas to have a viable practice. In response to See next page

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this challenge, Sutter Health began thinking several years ago about expanding its very small rural health clinic in the city. “Our chief nurse executive, Kristie Marion, had the foresight four years ago to encourage Sutter Health to expand the clinic,” Archer said, “and in November 2016 we were able to open a greatly expanded facility, in the old Los Banos Enterprise building down the street from the hospital.” Sutter Health was able to take advantage of government assistance programs specifically targeted to rural areas. “That is the positive side of living in a rural area,” Archer said. “Through rural assistance funds we receive reimbursements that let us stay financially solvent.” Even though Los Banos is a relatively small community compared to San Jose or Modesto, it still provides quality health care, according to Archer. One example is the hospital. “Memorial Hospital in Los Banos has received numerous awards for the quality of care we provide,” Archer said, “including recognition from our parent company, Sutter Health.” See next page

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The Los Banos hospital is able to provide quality care, Archer continued, for two main reasons. “We are part of a larger group, from which we get a great deal of support. And we have loyal employees who have worked for us in their home town for years. “Our employees are invested in our community, and our patients realize this,” he added. “Chances are that when a patient’s family comes into our hospital, someone will be a friend or relative of a staff member they encounter. There is a sense of ‘family’ within our hospital, and the staff goes the extra mile to ensure patients are well cared for.” The importance of quality care also extends to the Rural Health Clinic, which plays a key role in the community. “The focus of good health care is the prevention of health problems and quick response to minor problems before they

become major,” Archer said. “That’s why it’s important for everyone to have access to health care, like the services provided in the clinic.” Persons who are new to Los Banos and need to see a doctor often have to wait a long time to get an appointment, if they can get one at all. That’s because fewer and fewer primary care doctors are able to stay in practice on their own. At the Rural Health Clinic, however, which can accommodate more than 100 appointments daily, if a person needs medical care there’s a good chance he or she can see someone that same day. One key reason is the clinic’s reliance on nurse practitioners, who, while working under a doctor’s supervision, are able to diagnose many health issues and prescribe many medications. Archer believes that nurse practitioners may be the longterm answer for the doctor shortage the Central Valley has

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ity years is a long time for any business to stay in business, but that has been the story of Tee-Dee-Us Automotive Service in Los Banos.

ater more bad agricultural luck and several temporary trips to California, George gave up on Oklahoma farming and headed back to California with his family for good.

Tee-Dee-Us opened on July 1, 1967, and has been serving customers ever since. But what’s even more remarkable is how it came to be--through the initiative, expertise and hard work of its owner, Tom Westrope.

This time George drove his family through the Central Valley and stopped in towns like Lindsay, Exeter and Pixley, where he found work as a migrant laborer. Tom, now a teenager, helped out his family and picked his share of fruit. At the end of this long trip the Westrope family landed in Los Banos, where George’s brother-in-law, Dee Cantrell, had moved from Hollister to work hauling hay.

When Tom first came to California in the summer of 1941, he was familiar with cars but may not have known they’d be his life’s work. He was only four years old and was riding in the back seat, along with his two older sisters, of a 1930 Model A Ford on its way from central Oklahoma to central California. His father George was driving while his mother Nova rode in the front passenger seat. Hard times had hit Oklahoma, a one-two punch of the Depression and the Dust Bowl. George, like many Oklahomans, headed to California in hopes of finding a job to support his family. He had a brotherin-law, Dee Cantrell living in Hollister, who had told him there were jobs in that area picking fruit. George, who had mechanical aptitude and talent, found a job in a winery near Hollister. On December 7 of that year Pearl Harbor was bombed, and life changed. “We lived through black-outs and air raid sirens,” Tom remembered, “since we weren’t that far from the Pacific Ocean, where Japanese submarines might be hidden in the waters. And there was rationing. My dad had a class C gas ration card that allowed him two and a half gallons of gas per week.” Tom still has that card.

In March 1951 the George Westrope family began to settle in Los Banos. George found a job working in Van Tout’s Machine Shop, in a building that still stands on I Street. In the fall of 1951 Tom was a freshman at Los Banos High School, his sister Paula was a senior, and his older sister Ruth, having graduated from high school, had found a job at J.C. Penney’s. (Ruth later married Joe Thome and served as the librarian at Los Banos High School.) Tom and his two sisters then made a pact. “Like my sisters I was tired of moving,” Tom said. “I had already been to 17 diferent schools. We all wanted to stay put. We told our parents we weren’t moving again.” As it turns out that’s just what happened. George’s family stayed in Los Banos, including Tom, who still lives here 68 years later. Now in high school, Tom wanted to pursue his life-long interest in cars. His family lived in a small house near the Los Banos Fairgrounds, and he decided one day he was going to walk over to the Parsley and Jose Ford dealership on Seventh and I Street (the site of a current furniture store) and ask for a job. One of

owners, Marshal Jose, ofered him a job as a mechanic’s helper at 75 cents an hour, not a bad wage for a 14-year-old boy then. Now that he had a job, Tom was determined a buy a car for himself. Jose had taken a car in trade, a 1940 light gray Chevy, for which he had paid the owner $600. Tom liked the car a lot and asked Jose what it would take for him to buy it. Jose made a deal. When Tom had saved up $300, Jose would finance the rest. By the summer of 1951, Tom worked and saved enough to buy that Chevy. And he drove it around town, even though at age 14 he didn’t have a driver’s license. He wasn’t too concerned about being caught by the local police, since the entire police force consisted of Chief McSwain and one other oicer. On the day he turned 16 he drove to the courthouse, on H Street (the site of the current county fire station) to get his driver’s license. Ater Tom passed his driving test, Judge D.O. Germino was ready to sign of on his license, as judges did then, when he asked Tom, “By the way how did you get here?” Tom replied, “I drove.” Judge Germino, ater giving him a scolding, signed of. It helped that the judge knew Tom’s father. Tom continued to work part-time and in the summers while in high school. His principal, Lester Spindt, helped him find a better paying job when Tom was a high school junior, at Toscano’s Grocery Store, across the street from the Ford dealership. Toscano needed a delivery boy, and Tom was more than willing to drive Toscano’s delivery vehicle. “I enjoyed my high school years,” Tom said. “Los Banos High had 350 kids and my graduating class was 60. Everyone knew each other, and the teachers really wanted to help us succeed, not only Mr. Spindt (who was a teacher as well as the principal) but also teachers like Sam Benidettino (who eventually became the school district superintendent).

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Tom’s family stayed in Hollister until 1944, when his dad thought he was ready to return to Oklahoma and try his luck again at farming. The family piled in a car again, this time a 1939 Ford, and George drove back to their home state. Six years later,

One of Tom’s favorite early memories of Los Banos came when his family visited the small town during a short stay in 1949 and he attended the grand opening of the brand new Crest Theater on I Street. “That was a big deal,” Tom said, “especially since this was before television.”

Robin and Tom Westrope with their son Tobin.


It was also in high school that Tom, a sophomore, met a 13-year-old freshman girl who would become the love of his life, Robin Arthur. Robin’s father, Cecil, owned a hardware store on Sixth Street. Tom and Robin dated through the rest of their high school years.

race, and Tom and parts manager Dick Nunes (also a classmate of Tom and Bobby) drove for them at drag strips up and down California, from Bakersfield to Half Moon Bay. Tom and Dick set drag strip records for cars in his class, including getting a 1962 super-charged Dodge to peak at 118 miles per hour. Tom and Dick loved it

Ater graduation Tom found a full-time job as a mechanic at Chet Guintini, Sr.’s Seaside Gas Station. “I know I could have succeeded in college,” Tom said. “High school came

In 1963 Tom got an ofer he couldn’t refuse. Lee Ellis, an equipment supervisor for Utah Construction, one of the contractors building the dam for the San Luis Reservoir west of Los Banos, ofered Tom a job to be the lead mechanic of the shop with General Motors Diesel Experimental equipment. Tom didn’t want to leave John Castellucci, but he was ofered a salary of $1,300 dollars a month, at a time when teachers in Los Banos were making $500 a month. Castellucci understood when Tom let.

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easy for me. But in 1954 most kids went to work right ater high school. And I had a job that I loved, working with cars.” Under the guidance of Guintini, Tom became a skilled mechanic. Ater two and half years working at the Seaside Gas Station, Tom wanted to learn more about auto mechanics, and he got his chance we he was hired by Charles and Tom Kaljian, who had an auto sales and service business in Dos Palos (where Tom went to work) as well as Los Banos. By 1957, Tom was 20 and had a solid job, in a good position to settle down and get married. Robin had turned 19 in December of 1956 and in January of 1957 she became Mrs. Thomas Daniel Westrope. In 1959 John Castellucci, who had experience in tractor sales and service, decided to open a new Chrysler-Plymouth dealership on Pacheco Boulevard, on the site of the current Santos Ford. Tom was a classmate of John’s son Bobby and Bobby’s cousin Phil Castellucci. John ofered Tom the job of service manager at his new dealership,quiteanhonorforayoungmanage22. Tom accepted. Like Tom, John and Bobby Castellucci liked fast cars. They invested in hot rods that could drag

Meanwhile, Tom continued to think about a dream he had been nurturing for several years: having his own auto repair shop.

While working at the dam, he decided to save every penny he could toward that dream. Robin supported Tom’s dream, psychologically and financially. She was working two jobs, during the day as a clerkdispatcher for the Los Banos California Highway Patrol oice and in the evening for T. Falasco Construction Company and Los Banos Lumber & Sales.

In March of 1967, ater four years of Tom working at the dam and Robin holding down two jobs, they had earned and saved enough money to buy a two-acre cow pasture on Merced Springs Road, a little north of the only other building on that narrow street, Los Banos Lumber. Ted Falasco, Robin’s employer, agreed to build the shop. Four months later, in July 1967, TeeDee-Us Automotive Service opened. Tom decided on the name Tee-Dee-Us because in high school he was oten called T.D., short for Thomas Daniel. He added the “Us” to show that it was an enterprise that also included his wife and two sons; as Tom said, “not just ‘me’ but‘us.’”Thenamewasalsoacatchy play on “tedious.”

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Tom’s most significant hire was a young man who was looking for a job in 1975, a 20-year old who was mechanically talented and eager to work and learn. Tom thought this person could do a good job of running his repair shop (another person ran his parts store). That young man was Richard Jose, the son of Marshall Jose, who had ofered Tom his first job in Los Banos as a mechanic’s helper at age 14. Richard still works for Tee-Dee-Us. As Tom looks back on his 50 years in business, he is particularly proud that over the years he earned the respect and trust and repeat business of hundreds of customers. “I’m very grateful,” Tom said, “to my loyal customers, who are remarkable individuals.” Tom is also proud of his family, his wife Robin, who has been at his side through the years, and his sons Tobin and Theron. And he feels blessed to have good health. Not many people who meet Tom would guess he’s 82 years old, especially when he plays in jam sessions with his family and friends. And Tom is grateful for Los Banos. “This community,” he said, “has been a wonderful place in which to live, raise a family and run a business.”

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L O S B A N O S PU B LI C OFFI C I A LS Mayor Mike Villalta Office term: November 2016 - November 2018 mike.villalta@losbanos.org - (209) 827-7000 Councilmember Daronica Johnson-Santos Office term: November 2016 - November 2020 daronica.johnson-santos@ losbanos.org - (209) 827-7000 Councilmember Tom Faria Office term: November 2014 - November 2018 tom.faria@losbanos.org - (209) 827-7000 Councilmember Deborah Lewis Office term: November 2016 - November 2020 deborah.lewis@losbanos.org (209) 827-7000 Councilmember Scott Silveira Office term: November 2014 - November 2018 scott.silveira@losbanos.org (209) 827-7000

City Clerk Lucy Mallonee Office term: November 2014- November 2018 lucy.mallonee@losbanos.org (209) 827-7000 City Treasurer Kimbertly Ann Tomas Office term: April 2017 - November 2018 citytreasurer@losbanos.org - (209) 827-7000 Alex Terrazas - City Manager alex.terrazas@losbanos.org (209) 827-7000, ext. 140 William Vaughn - City Attorney (209) 826-3531 Gary Brizzee - Los Banos Chief of Police Gary.Brizzee@losbanos.org (209) 827-7070, ext. 116 Mason Hurley - Los Banos Fire Chief mason.hurley@losbanos.org (209) 827-7025 Mark Fachin - Director of Public Works mark.fachin@losbanos.org - (209) 827-7000 Michael O’Brien - Interim Parks & Recreation Operations Manager & Airport Manger michael.obrien@losbanos.org (209) 827-7034, ext. 13

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ore community involvement in 2018 is the primary goal for both the Los Banos Police and Fire Departments. Both have worked to achieve this in the past, and both want the community to get even more involved in the future. Mason Hurley, the recently named Chief of the Fire Department, points to the 25 volunteer firefighters who support the 16 full-time firefighters currently on the force. All 16 of the full-timers were once volunteers themselves. “One of reasons we have such a good team of full-time Gene Lieb/glieb@losbanosenterprise.com

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firefighters,” Hurley said, “is that each has been a part of Los Banos for many years. They care about their community and are dedicated to making the department as proficient as they can. “Our current volunteers help make our department strong,” Hurley added. “They provide support and depth for us when we respond to fires.” Like Hurley, Police Chief Gary Brizzee grew up in Los Banos and worked his way up through the ranks. He wants his community to be as safe and secure as possible, and emphasizes interaction with community members, holding “Coffee with a Cop” events, for example, in different parts of the city. The Police Department also relies on community volunteers to help provide public service. Currently 25 volunteers help the police in a program called VITAL (Volunteers

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Brizzee is encouraged by the local and state economic upturn, which is enabling his department to, little by little, add positions back to the force. ttttt priorities for 2018. First and foremost, as it is every year, is reducing crime, primarily by working on prevention and intervention. “We want to become more visible in the community, listening to residents’ perspectives.” Another priority is gang control, prevention and intervention. Brizzee feels the police department has made positive strides in this area, but needs to continue to work especially in gang prevention. Other priorities include handling homelessness, increasing traffic safety and improving the quality of life in Los Banos through the department’s Code Enforcement’s efforts, all of which are labor intensive. Brizzee said the department works hard to do what it can in all these areas. Mason also feels optimistic See next page


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this year about his Fire Department: “Due to the recent retirement of Fire Chief Tim Marrison, we have been able to promote from within the rank and file and have plans to hire a new firefighter. All full-time fire personnel are individuals who have worked long and hard for the

department and have been rewarded for their service, professionalism and expertise, going back to the times they were volunteers.” Looking ahead, Hurley hopes to add in the near future additional personnel. He currently has crews assigned to three shifts; two crews have five members, one has four.

The addition of at least one more firefighter would give each crew five members. He also hopes to advance a discussion about adding a third fire station, besides the ones on Seventh Street and I Street. “We would like to have one on the southeast side of town for quicker response.” Both Chief Brizzee and Chief Hurley encourage residents to

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the school grounds. Among the organizations St. Joseph’s Parish sponsors are the Knights of Columbus, the Young Ladies Institute (YLI), and the Altar and Rosary Society, all of which have fundraisers throughout the year (such as the YLI enchilada sale) which support their work for the parish. Each September all of the parish organizations work together to hold a parish carnival. Another church active in the community is Bethel Community Church (415 I St.), which has a program to help the homeless with food, shelter and even showers. The church’s pastor, Steve Hammond, works in conjunction with Merced County’s “211” service, which provides anyone who calls that number to receive specialized information about local assistance programs, including help for the homeless. The Salvation Army Los Banos Corps (1231 Fourth St.), which has bilingual services on Sunday and other days of the week, partners with Bethel Community Church is providing food for people in need, including preparing and

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Los Banos residents have a broad spectrum of churches from which to choose, more than 60 in a community of 40,000 persons. One option is St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. distributing food. Also active in the community is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1826 S. Center Avenue), which, among other events, sponsors a community blood bank every two months in its meeting hall. The Seventh Day Adventist Church (404 Overland Rd.) has offered a private school education for children in grades one through eight in its adjacent school for

more than 60 years. St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (250 W. Adams St.) provides a pre-school at its facility and holds a Smorgasbord Dinner each October as a fundraiser. Church members also provide weekly lunch in its parish hall for the Los Banos Soroptimists. Jehovah’s Witnesses have a Kingdom Hall at 2305 Snowgoose Drive. Los Banos residents of Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, or Islam faiths need to travel outside the city to find a temple or mosque to nearby Merced or

Livingston. There are many other denominations represented in Los Banos, too numerous to mention in one article. The Los Banos Chamber of Commerce, with an office at 932 Sixth St., keeps an updated list of all churches in the city. And the Los Banos Enterprise features a Worship Directory each week providing information on many of the churches in the community.

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Los Banos offers numerous opportunities to volunteer By John Spevak

Lions events include a high school students speakers’ contest. The local police and fire departments depend on volunteers. The Police Department (Chief Gary Brizzee) and the Fire Department (Chief Mason Hurley) provide the appropriate training. The Police Department’s program is called VITAL — Volunteers Interacting to Advance Law Enforcement — and includes badly needed volunteers for the city’s animal shelter. A related organization is the Los Banos Volunteers for Animals (Kathy Wilber), which works to find home for abandoned pets. Merced County’s WorkNet Employment Resource branch in Los Banos (Mario Pena), located at 800 7th St., uses volunteers to help persons in the community who need educational, computer or job application help in order to find employment.

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provides opportunities for families in need to become first-time home owners. Volunteers are needed to help renovate existing buildings or construct new homes in the Los Banos area and to help operate the ReStore Center, which accepts donations of useful used items and resells them. Volunteers are needed in the community’s active outreach to the homeless, coordinated by the Salvation Army (Bonnie Roberts) and Bethel Community Church (Pastor Steve Hammond). Manna Ministries, an interdenominational group, sponsors a Sunday evening free meal at the Los Banos Methodist Church. Besides help with the homeless the Salvation Army also needs volunteers for its AfterSchool Assistance Program, HOPE (Helping Others Prepare See next page

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writing workshop by Terry Brown on February 24, 2018, in the Mel Soares Studio (1143 Fifth St.). Brown, a resident of Los Banos, was the 2017 winner of four awards by the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association: Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. The Arts Council has also sponsors painting classes by local artist Kelly Mance in the Mel Soares Studio. Other events the council presents annually include a Quilt Show in September, a Dia de los Muertos Festival in November and a Makers Market in December. During the past several years the council has also presented stage productions by the Los Banos Community Theater and by traveling theater groups. It has also provided opportunities for local young people to act in Missoula Children’s Theater performances. One popular event at the Ted Falasco Arts Center that benefits many local charities is Empty Bowls. Beautiful hand crafted bowls are used to serve the soup to supporters at this annual dinner. The Arts Council supports this event, helping the Los Banos Rotary Club raise money to help

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LOS BANOS ARTS COUNCIL 1105 5th St. Los Banos, Ca 93635 (209) 827-4126

LOS BANOS BASQUE CLUB P.O. Box 123 Los Banos, Ca 93635 (209) 357-2903

LOS BANOS CANINE ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 2805 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209-752-9389

PO Box 380 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 769-6703

LOS BANOS LIONS CLUB 1567 Greenwood Way Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 675-1405

LOS BANOS QUWF 501 Ward Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 769-1642

LOS BANOS SPORTSMEN’S ASSOC. PO Box 746 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3741

LOS BANOS TEA PARTY PATRIOTS 1018 Acaciawood Court Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 612-5741

LOS BANOS TIGER TRAP TEAM PO Box 2614 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209)587-1605

LOS BANOS TIGERS YOUTH FOOTBALL/CHEER PO Box 967 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 769-7205

LOS BANOS CEMETERY DISTRICT

MERCED COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES

16575 South Center Ave. Los Banos, Ca 93635 (209) 826-0882

2115 W. Wardrobe Ave. Merced, CA 95341 (209) 385-3000

LOS BANOS DES

MERCED COUNTY SUPERVISOR JERRY O’BANION

1155 West I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-1932

LOS BANOS DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION

2222 M St. Merced, CA 95340 (209) 392-6321

NAACP - UNIT 12AA

946 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0800

PO Box 2278 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 737-2066

LOS BANOS ELKS LODGE #2510

OPERATION PACKING COMPANY INC

P.O. Box 807 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2282

P.O. Box 492 Hughson, CA 95326 (209) 596-6528


FEBRUARY 2018 • LIFE IN LOS BANOS • ROTARY CLUB OF LOS BANOS PO Box 19 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 381-6410

SALVATION ARMY 1231 4th Sreet Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-4945

AUTO - PARTS

NAPA AUTO PARTS OF LOS BANOS 1560 E. Pacheco Blv. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5174

UNITED WAY OF MERCED COUNTY 658 W. Main Street Merced, CA 95340 (209) 383-4242

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS 2487 615 E Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 769-6703 (209) 827-0600, Hall Rental

WESTSIDE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-8864 AUTO - BODY & PAINT

TIFFANY’S SALON

ESPANA’S CATERING

932 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 829-1868

1460 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4041

BEAUTY- SPA SERVICES

A&A ALL PRO AUTO REPAIR

BLUSH ORGANIC SPA & BEAUTY LOUNGE

439 Mercey Springs Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-6271

619 J Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-9414

SAM’S TUNE UP CENTER 825 W. Pacheco Blvd Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4221

VALLEY CRISIS CENTER 535 J Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 725-7900

AUTO - REPAIR & SMOG

TEEDEEUS AUTOMOTIVE LLC 447 Mercey Springs Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3622 AUTO SALES- NEW-USED

SANTOS FORD 617 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4921 AUTO - TIRES & REPAIRS

703 I Street Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 454-1212

CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES

LB CLOTHING CO. MARLENE M. FREITAS BOOKKEEPING SERVICE 815 4th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0353

RICHARD MARTORELLO BOOKKEEPING Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5553

1415 Badger Flat Rd. Ste B Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 827-8612

RICK’S AUTO BODY

TF TIRE

LOS BANOS CAR WASH 823 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-4033 AUTO - FUEL DISTRIBUTORS

WINDECKER INC. 904 H Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5658

AUTO - TOWING & RECOVERY

DOC’S TOW SERVICE 2710 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-6677

BREWERY

PARAISO BREWERY 80 G Street #C Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 855-2337 BUSINESS SERVICES CONSULTING

FIRST ON COMPLIANCE BBQ SALES & SERVICE

BBQ-PROS 720 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-9900

Dr Calcagano 335 West Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos CA 93635 29-826-3020

BOOKKEEPING - TAX SERVICES

1500 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2125

AUTO - CAR WASH

310 Sunburst St. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 675-6895

FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER KINGS VIEW WORK EXPERIENCE CENTER

419 Mercey Springs Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-6271

1743 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-9433

CHURRO’S D.L.T.

CHIROPRACTOR

RODRIGUEZ FINANCIAL SERVICES MARCOS RODRIGUEZ

1339 Place Road Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2446

CATERING - FOOD VENDOR

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM

LES SCHWAB TIRE CENTER

A & A AUTO BODY

CATERING

AUTO - REPAIR

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF LOS BANOS PO Box 667 Los Banos, Ca 93635 (209) 826-5648

BEAUTY SALON

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PO Box 1174 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5103

VALLEY SIERRA SBDC 1020 10th Street Ste. 102 Modesto, CA 95355

921 6th Street Los Banos, Ca 93635 (209) 752-9547 COINS

THORESON NUMISMATICS 560 J Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0777 COMPUTER SERVICES

CENTRAL VALLEY GEEKS 924 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3410 CONTRACTORS - AIR CONDITIONING

ALL AMERICAN PLUMBING, HEATING, AIR & SOLAR 940 G Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-7400

CEN-CAL AIR INC. 821 4th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-8058

YOUNG’S AIR CONDITIONING 25 West G Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4807


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C H A M BER O F CO MM E RC E ME MB E RS HI P LI S T CONTRACTOR -CABINETS/GRANITE

COUNSELING SERVICES RECOVERY PROGRAMS

ENTERTAINMENT/BOWLING

VALLEY GRANITE & CABINETS

MARY JEAN WHITEHURST M.S.C

FIRST LOCAL FRESH DBA AQUA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

820 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-8156

20078 Cardoza Rd Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 704-1979

923 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-4989

CONTRACTOR - ELECTRICAL

COWBOY FAST DRAW-TARGET SHOOTING

FABRIC AND CRAFTS

JMG FABRIC & CRAFTS

ANTHONY GOMES ELECTRIC SERVICE

GOLDEN STATE GUNSLINGERS

PO Box 2459 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2444

1829 S. 7th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 606-4686

1044 6th Street Los Banos, Ca 93635 (209) 827-1808 FINANCIAL SERVICES-BANKING

CONTRACTORS-GENERAL

DEPARTMENT STORE

FARIAS CONSTRUCTION, INC

COSTCO WHOLESALE #1142

PO Box 848 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 829-1135

1445 R Street Merced, CA 93635 (209) 381-5601

1450 S. Mercey Springs Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-8010

RONNY’S LANDSCAPING 15901 Badger Flat Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-9858 CONTRACTORS-PAINTING

DJ SERVICE

JC’S STAR STRUCK KARAOKE & ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2071 DRY CLEANING

JOHNNIE’S CLEANERS

Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 587-6340

1023 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-6575

GENESIS PAINTING 2008 Stanford Ct. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-9265

REECE’S PAINTING 1760 Fir Drive Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 587-1865 COPY, PRINTING & SHIPPING SERVICE

COPY SHIPPING SOLUTIONS 1017 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2828 COSMETICS

AVON-VONDELL MCKENZIE 1834 Scripps Dr Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2866

ELDERLY CARE

601 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2723

WELLS FARGO 461 J Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5172

(209) 617-0176 EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

INFINITY STAFFING 2160 E Pacheco Ste. J Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-9515

WORKNET/MERCED COUNTY DEPT OF WORKFORCE INVESTMENT 800 7th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-6140

PO Box 949 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2212

MORNING STAR PACKING CO. 13448 S. Volta Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-8000

PARADISE TOMATO KITCHEN 13448 Volta Road Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 628-0793 21490 S. Ortigalita Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0272 FOOD & GAS MARKET

ARCO AM/PM LOS BANOS 1550 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 829-1623

FRESH FILL PACHECO CHEVRON 1164 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4115

TNT FIREWORKS

GRAND PETROLEUM INC. DBA FIREBAUGH TRAVEL PLAZA

2945 S. Elm Ave. Fresno, CA 93706 (559) 252-5391

15838 Paul Negra Rd Firebaugh, CA 93622

FLOOR COVERING

WESTSIDE ELDERLY CARE MARIA TOSTADO

LOS BANOS ABATTOIR

RABOBANK, N.A.

FIREWORKS VENDORS

AJ PAINTING

333 Johnson Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-8850

RYAN-PARREIRA ALMOND CO. MERCED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

CONTRACTORS - LANDSCAPING

KAGOME FOODS, INC.

CARPETS PLUS 402 W. Pacheco Blvd. #F Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 587-0572 FLORISTS

LOS BANOS FLOWER SHOP 624 K Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5668 FOOD PROCESSING

INGOMAR PACKING CO. PO Box 1448 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-9494

MI BARRIO FOOD & GAS MART 403 N. Mercey Springs Rd Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-0232 FOOD TRUCK

TACOFACE Rosa Orozco (209) 675-1834 FOOD PROCESSING - CHEESE

PELUSO CHEESE 429 H Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3744


FEBRUARY 2018 • LIFE IN LOS BANOS • FUNERAL SERVICES

WHITEHURST FUNERAL CHAPEL 16524 Center Ave. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4242

LOS BANOS FITNESS & RACQUET CLUB 1520 Racquet Club Dr. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-6011

WILLIAM K. RAPP JR. DDS 820 Iowa Ave. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-9176 HEALTH SERVICES - IMAGING

HAROBED SERVICE

BYNUM’S LOS BANOS MORTUARY

MELLO’S HAROBED SERVICE

285 N Mercey Springs Rd., Ste D Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 710-9555

PO Box 833 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-7192

EL PORTAL IMAGING 245 H Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 603-7457 HEALTH SERVICES - HOSPITAL

GENEALOGY

HEALTH FOODS/SUPPLEMENTS

EMANUEL MEDICAL CENTER LOS BANOS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, INC. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 769-8341

HEALTH TIME Kathleen 940 6th Street Los Banos CA 93635 209-826-8503

GIFTS - NOVELTIES HEALTH SERVICES - CLINIC

SCENTSY BY VICTORIA A. FERREIRA 489 Heather Creek Dr. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 489-5730 GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES

FAMILY HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER 1045 5th St. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-4747

GOLDEN VALLEY HEALTH CENTERS

ADAM GRAY ASSEMBLY MEMBER

821 Texas Avenue Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-1045

690 W. 16th Street Merced, CA 95340 (209) 726-5465

GOLDEN VALLEY HEALTH CENTERS

GUNS/AMMUNITION

737 W. Childs Avenue Merced, Ca 95341

ECLIPSE FIREARMS & TRAINING

HORISONS UNLIMITED HEALTHCARE

Sunny Le 840 6th Street Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 710-8544

1120 W. I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-1900

PINNACLE HEALTHCARE

MONGREL TACTICAL

285 Mercey Springs Rd. Suite A Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 829-0444

840 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-6282

HEALTH SERVICES- CONSULTING

GYMS - FITNESS

CROSSFIT VALLEYVIEW 1220 E. St. Suite F Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-3300

POSITIVE CHANGES Donna Mendes 1005 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0800

CARES CONSULTING DR. NIKKO DA PAZ Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 489-6315 HEALTH SERVICES - DENTISTS

STEVEN SOARES DDS 910 J Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2026

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HOME DECOR-GIFTS, FURNITURE

THE COUNTRY DUCK 927 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3935 HOME GOODS

SORENSON’S TRUE VALUE 402 Washington Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2001

670 P Street Fresno CA 93721 (559) 400-6378

HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTERS - CONCRETE

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LOS BANOS

TRIANGLE ROCK PRODUCTS

520 West ‘I’ Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0591 HEALTH SERVICESOPTOMETRIST

TRAJAN SOARES J. O.D. 1028 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-1434

22101 W. Sunset Ave. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5066 HOTELS, MOTELS & CAMPING

AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN 330 W Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5002

HOTEL MISSION DE ORO

HEALTH SERVICES - PHARMACY

13070 S Hwy 33 Santa Nella, CA 95322 (209) 826-4444

LOS BANOS DRUG CO.

LA QUINTA INNS & SUITES

601 J Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5834

20 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-4677

HEALTH SERVICES - PHYSICAL THERAPY

SPORT & REHAB PHYSICAL THERAPY 312 W J Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-6178

LOS BANOS MOTEL INC. 2509 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2700

MOTEL 6 12733 S. Hwy 33 Santa Nella, CA 95322 (209) 826-6644

RED ROOF INN HEALTH SERVICES - SENIOR CARE

2169 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-9690

VALLEY SPRING MEMORY CARE

SUN STAR INN

1625 San Luis Los Banos, CA 93635 (831) 241-4612

839 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3805

WESTSIDE ELDERLY CARE

ECONOMY INN

656 Santa Barbara Drive Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 509-5140

528 Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0682


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C H A M BER O F CO MM E RC E ME MB E RS HI P LI S T ICE CREAM PARLORS

BASKIN ROBBINS 325 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-4265

WINTON-IRELAND, STROM & GREEN 627 E. Canal Dr. Turlock, CA 95381 (209) 667-0995 JANITORIAL SERVICE

RITA’S ITALIAN ICE CREAM 107 W Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION

LEGAL SHIELD/ID SHIELD ANN M. MCCAULEY Los Banos, CA 93635 (408) 209-3820 INSURANCE

J. W. PROFESSIONAL JANITORIAL SERVICE 215 Las Palmas Ave. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209)826-5586

1048 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0152

1009 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4529

M.V.P. INSURANCE AGENCY

PRO PER LEGAL SERVICES

930 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-8735

822 7th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 704-2014

RICO, PFITZER PIRES & ASSOC. INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 207 5th Street Gustine, CA 95322 (209) 854-2000

STATE FARM INSURANCE JOE GUTIERREZ 964 J Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0137

WESTERN VALLEY INSURANCE ASSOCIATES 810 W. K St., Suite A Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5667

LISA AMARAL-WINTON, IRELAND, STROM & GREEN 627 E. Canal Dr. Turlock, CA 95381 (209)667-0995

907 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3831

MINI - STORAGE

STORQUEST SELF STORAGE 420 Mercey Springs Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3486

GERMINO, AMARAL & JORDAN

THE LAW OFFICES OF SHAWN M.GEORGE

5722 Hutchins Rd. Dos Palos, CA 93620 (209) 259-7665

LOS BANOS ENTERPRISE

311 West I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2222

MOBILE BARTENDER 303 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5024

LIBRARY

MERCED COUNTY LIBRARY 2100 O Street Merced, Ca 95340 (209) 385-7485 LOCKSMITH

ANDERSON LOCK & KEY PO Box 2317 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2590 MACHINE SHOP

HEPPNER PRECISION MACHINE 1242 G Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-6404 MEDIA PRODUCTION

GIL CREATIVE MEDIA SERVICES 713 Cabernet St Los Banos, CA 93635 (669) 233-3440

NEWSPAPERS

APEX MEDICAL GROUP

LEGAL SERVICES

FARMERS INSURANCE DAVID GOULD

JOYE MENDES RICO, PFITZER & PIRES

MEDICAL GROUP

BERNIES MIXOLOGY MOBILE BAR BERNADETTE PIMENTEL (209) 710-7499

NOTARY SERVICES

MOBILE NOTARY PUBLIC LUDWIG JERRY KNOESTER Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 769-6965

CASTRO BUSINESS SERVICE NOTARY PUBLIC & LOAN SIGNING Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 752-2583 OFFICE SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT

MORTGAGE COMPANY

C.A. REDING CO. ACADEMY MORTGAGE COMPANY KAROLE HARRIS 249 West Pacheco Blvd., Suite C Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 509-8431

SCENIC OAKS FUNDING SUSAN FAUSTINO 1415 Badger Flat Rd. Ste C Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 862-1717

620 Scenic Dr. Modesto, CA 95350 (209) 525-9849

OFFICE SUPPLY EXPRESS 1017 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-8751 PARTY SUPPLIES/DECOR

LILY’S PARTY CREATIONS MOVIE THEATRE

PREMIERE CINEMAS 245 North Mercey Springs Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (831) 638-1688 MUSEUM

MILLIKEN MUSEUM SOCIETY 905 Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5505 MUSIC SCHOOL

LOS BANOS ACADEMY OF MUSIC 1125 5th Street, Suite A Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 421-2966

VALENTINE’S MUSIC SCHOOL 1125 5th Street, Ste., D Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 356-8492

1350 E. Pacheco Blvd. Suite 224 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 587-9538 PET GROOMERS

THE DOGFATHERS GROOMING LB MARCUS ARREDONDO 25 West Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos CA 93635 (408)-599-6811 PEST CONTROL

CLARK PEST CONTROL 1370 E. Merced Ave. Merced, CA 95348 (209) 205-9640

TERMINIX 3817 N. Hwy. 59 Merced, CA 95348 (209) 631-0783


FEBRUARY 2018 • LIFE IN LOS BANOS • PICTURE FRAMING

THE FRAME SHOP 502 I Street Los Banos, CA 9365 (209) 826-3259 POSTAL- SHIPPING SERVICE

THE UPS STORE 1350 East Pacheco Blvd. Ste B Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 826- 3055 PRE - SCHOOLS

LITTLE PATHWAYS PRESCHOOL 1474 Pintail Circle Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 752-8265 PRINTING

SEEGER’S PRINTING 210 N. Center St. Turlock, CA 95380 (209) 667-2750 PRINTING - SIGNS

THE PHOTO CENTER SIGN SOLUTIONS 745 W. Pacheco Bldv. #2 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4455 RADIO STATIONS

KQLB - KLBS 401 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0578 REAL ESTATE - AGENTS

CHARLENE SLOAN CENTURY 21 M&M ASSOCIATES 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 617-3077

CHRISTINE KINSLEY BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES 931 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4924

GENEVA BRETT CENTURY 21 M&M 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 587-0573

HEATHER PACHECO CENTURY 21 M&M 1155 E. Pacheco blvd. Los Banos, Ca 93635 (209) 827-3500

JEANETTE KING CENTURY 21 M&M 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-3500

KIM RIBEIRO COLDWELL BANKER 645 Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 769-0696

MARIA PINA CENTURY 21 M&M 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 829-7613

NANCY SOARES BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES 931 Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4924

RITA ERICKSON CENTURY 21 M&M 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 829-7626

ROGER CERVANTES CENTURY 21 M&M 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 564-2910

SOCORRO O. HUICHAPAN CENTURY 21 M&M 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (408) 910-9208

YOLANDA ORDUNEZ CENTURY 21 M&M 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 606-4527 REAL ESTATE - DEVELOPERS

ANDERSON HOMES 1198 Oatgrass Way Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-9600

STONEFIELD HOME INC.

PMZ REAL ESTATE

923 East Pacheco Blv. Suite C Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-6200

1120 Scenic Drive Modesto, CA 95350 (209) 826-1100

REAL ESTATE - ESCROW/TITLE COMPANY

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WESTHILL REAL ESTATE 963 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2066

TRANSCOUNTY TITLE 265 Mercey Springs Rd. Ste. K Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0804 REAL ESTATE - HOME INSPECTION

REAL ESTATE PROJECT CONSULTANT

ANTHONY R. WHITEHURST CONSULTING Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4001

RMH HOME INSPECTIONS Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 704-5303 REAL ESTATE - MULTIPLE LISTINGS

METROLIST SERVICES 1164 W. National Dr. Suite 60 Sacramento, CA 95834 (888) 898-9788 REAL ESTATE OFFICES

ALDINA REAL ESTATE CO. 249 West Pacheco Suite D Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-7777

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES 931 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4924

BLOSSOM VALLEY REALTY J.R. SOUZA 524 Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-1600

BORELLI REAL ESTATE SERVICES 935 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 485-9273

CENTURY 21 M&M ASSOCIATES 1155 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-3500

REAL ESTATE RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

CENTRAL VALLEY APARTMENTS 1130 D Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-9270

GERBI ENTERPRISES Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 704-6000

LOS BANOS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES 645 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 710-5680

WESTHILL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 936 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2066

WOLFSEN PROPERTIES LARRY WOLFSEN 2301 Mission St. Suite C2 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 915-1821 RECREATION - VEHICLE SALES & SERVICE

TOSCANO R.V. CENTER 2531 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2488 RECYCLING

COLDWELL BANKER KALJIAN & ASSOCIATES

A&S METALS OF LOS BANOS

645 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-1826

2510 Technology Dr. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 829-1943


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C H A MBER O F CO MM E RC E ME MB E RS HI P LI S T RESTAURANTS

BLACK BEAR DINER 955 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2616

COUNTRY WAFFLES 845 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-0805

DENNY’S 1491 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (510) 490-9717

DENNY’S #8791 12820 South Highway 33 Santa Nella, CA 95322 (209) 826-3723

EDDIES FAMOUS CAFE 401 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2379

ESPANA’S SOUTHWEST BAR AND GRILL 1460 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4041

HOT CITY BBQ & STEAK HOUSE 1313 S. 6th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (559) 708-8644

M&M ITALIAN RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 400 Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-1666

TACO BELL

MERCED COLLEGE - LOS BANOS

1571 W. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-4525

22240 Highway 152 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 381-6412

TOGO’S EATERY

MERCED COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

1989 E Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2021

WENDY’S 503 Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 577-6690

WOOL GROWERS 609 H Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-4593

PAPA MURPHY’S TAKE N BAKE 611 East Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 826-2400

THE PIZZA FACTORY 2160 East Pacheco Blvd. Ste K Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 829-1100

TACO BELL 1236 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-9951

OUR LADY OF FATIMA SCHOOL 1625 Center Ave Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2709 SUPERMARKETS

FOOD 4 LESS SECURITY/INVESTIGATIONS

ACT PRIVATE SECURITY & INVESTIGATIONS PO Box 525 Los Banos, CA 93635 (408) 966-9191

2200 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 829-1300

LA MORENITA TORTILLERIA 705 W. H Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2916

CRAIG & CRAIG SECURITY INC. KEVIN E CRAIG SR. 1350 East Pacheco Blvd. Ste. B-169 Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 826-1157 SENIOR HOUSING

OVERLAND COURT APARTMENTS SENIOR HOUSING 417 Rockport Drive Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 710-9575

O&J HOTDOG HEAVEN, LLC P.O. Box 2121 Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 705-8250

632 West 13th Street Merced, CA 95340 (209)381-6600

SCHOOLS

GREEN VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOL FOUNDATIONS PUBLIC SCHOOL 1149 B Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 587-4150

TANNING

WEST COAST RAYZ & SPRAYZ, INC. 2220 Pacheco Blvd. Suite C Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 827-TANZ TAX PREPARATION

H&R BLOCK 2130 E Pacheco Blvd. Suite A Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3850

RODRIGUEZ FINANCIAL SERVICES MARCOS RODRIGUEZ 1415 Badger Flat Rd. Ste B Los Banos CA 93635 (209) 827-8612 TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES

LOS BANOS ADVENTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA DIRECTORIES

404 Overland Road Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0552

6770 N. West Ave. Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93635 (559) 432-0681

LOS BANOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

VALLEY YELLOW PAGES

1717 S. 11th Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3801

1850 N. Gateway Blvd. Fresno, CA 93727 (800) 350-8887

TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

UBER - LYFT - CHAUFFER STEVEN HILL (209) 829-9589 TRAVEL

DREAM VACATIONS, A CRUISEONE COMPANY 314 Rose Ave. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-2584

HEAD ON TOURS 2021 Princeton Ct. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 675-1513 UTILITIES

REPUBLIC SERVICES OF LOS BANOS 409 N. Mercey Springs Rd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-0231

PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC (PG&E) 940 I Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 726-6453 VETERINARY HOSPITAL

PACHECO VETERINARY HOSPITAL 1624 E. Pacheco Blvd. Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-3212 WATER TREATMENT

MCGUIRE BOTTLED WATER 45 West G Street Los Banos, CA 93635 (209) 826-5009


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