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MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VOL. 38 | ISSUE 10 | OCTOBER 2017

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The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman

Eric Tobias, F&M Bank

Chairman-Elect

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Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

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David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates

Vice Chairman, External Operations Stephen Madison, STANCO

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Elliot Begoun, The Intertwine Group Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Ryan Fitzpatrick, Valley BMW/Lexus David Gingerich, TD Gingerich Insurance Solutions, Inc. Paul Holshouser, Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto Michael Howell, Blom & Associates Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Naomi Layland, Huff Construction Co, Inc. Craig Lewis, Lewis Capital Advisors DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Tom Nielsen, Individual Member Peggy O’Donnell, Mid-Valley Promotion Dillon Olvera, Beard Land & Investment Co. Kay Peck, HealthSouth Rehabilitation of Modesto Thomas Reeves, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Lucy Virgen, Bank of the West Pete Zahos, Sysco Central California, Inc.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

By Cecil Russell,

Chamber President and CEO

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membership. One way we provide this service is to interview local candidates running for office. As we have done in

on the State of Downtown Modesto and the City’s Economic Development Marketing Efforts

the past, this year we have sent out local questionnaires to the City Council candidates, and we have printed them in this issue side-by-side, starting on page 10, along with our Board’s decisions on endorsements. We have also printed the voter statements of candidates for the school board races and the contested MID board race. I urge you to review these answers and vote for the most businessfriendly candidate in each category on your ballot—those

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who you think will spur economic development, create jobs, and better the community.

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Our 34th Annual Oktoberfest celebration is on Oct. 13, and

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this long-running event is safe and fun for those that love good German food (grilled by the Modesto Police Officers

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Association) and great craft beer. The Good Egg Breakfast on Oct. 26 is also a local yearly tradition, honoring a person who is a “good egg” by serving the community. We are now

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The Disney Institute® is coming to our town on Nov. 1. We are hosting this event with Stanislaus State, with help from Prime Shine Car Wash, the Modesto Bee, and the 209

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 7:30 a.m.

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NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 3 p.m.

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS Community Hospice 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto 7:30 a.m.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12 p.m.

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hen one thinks of the county library, the first—and perhaps only—image that comes to mind is of

Last year alone, 1.7 million items

perusing shelf after shelf of carefully categorized

were checked out of the

books to check out with a library card. Providing books freely to the community is an important function, and helps elevate both children and adults who otherwise might not be able to afford much to read. In the modern day, however, the library has evolved in the community by having much more than books, and has become an even more important tool for public good. The Stanislaus County Library is an important part of both the Modesto community and the greater Stanislaus community, especially for the economically disadvantaged who have precious few resources available to them. Last year alone, 1.7 million items were checked out of the Stanislaus County Library’s 13 branches, and our county libraries saw 2.1 million visitors. Many people came to read at the library or to check out books to take home, while others came to make use of the many other services offered by the library. For those who do not have access to the internet, the library’s free Wi-Fi and public computers give them a lifeline to an increasingly important part of public life. For example, for anyone looking for a job, many

13 branches, and our county libraries saw 2.1 million visitors.

appointment. For those studying to take their driver’s license test, DMV practice tests are available, and the library provides those who are interested in citizenship with workshops on the naturalization process. The library also provides access to Mango, an online language learning platform which offers lessons on over sixty languages. Residents are also provided with 24/7 access to downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, and movies. Naturally, one of the big issues that the Stanislaus County Library tries to tackle is literacy. Being read to regularly is important for young children and helps them develop their reading skills, as well as important verbal language skills. The Stanislaus County Library holds storytimes and programs for infants and toddlers to attend, and provides a collection of 70,000 books for this age group. The library also has children’s computers available to

prospective employers only offer their applications online.

provide young children with digital resources and instructional

Internet services are merely scratching the surface of what the

is of paramount importance.

Stanislaus County Library offers residents. The county library offers visitors a host of innovative services which can have a direct, positive impact on their life. For example, branches

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activities that will prepare them for a world where technology

Outreach is an important function of the library. The Youth Services Outreach Department staff help provide early literacy services out in the community to families who can’t get to a library branch due to distance or lack of transportation. The


library has also partnered with WIC, a program that helps the parents of young children procure important staples, to set up a Pop-up library at the WIC office so that families can check out books and receive education about the importance of reading to their children while they wait for WIC services. A bi-weekly book club and self-service library for incarcerated youths has also been established to help young, incarcerated individuals develop both a broader understanding of the world and a roadmap to a successful life once they’re released. Many great things are planned for the Stanislaus County Library as it continues to expand its services. Plans have been made to move the Empire branch of the county library to a more convenient location near an elementary school and a park. The Turlock branch is due to be expanded, to better serve the growing demand of the Turlock area. Meanwhile, the Modesto branch will soon host an exciting new MakerSpace, designed to allow patrons to explore the crossroads of technology and science with handson tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, robotics hardware and software, and virtual reality equipment. This unique area will be open for all ages to explore and create. The services provided by the Stanislaus County Library are innovative and diverse, and benefit the whole community by providing high-quality facilities and programs that are accessible to everyone in the county, from the richest to the poorest. However, this comes at a cost. Currently, 89 percent of the library’s budget is provided by sales tax. This sales tax is tiny, merely an eighth of a penny, but the impact it has is enormous. It keeps the library staffed so they don’t need to cut hours or close, it bolsters the range of services the library provides, and helps continue the library’s efforts to ensure that Stanislaus County’s youth are literate individuals with access to reading materials and a world of creative resources, which is an important part of ensuring the next generation is productive and successful.

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2017 The next regular municipal election for the City of Modesto will be held on Nov. 7. On or before that date, registered voters will cast their ballot for, among other races, city council candidates in Districts 2, 4, and 5. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce reminds its members it is essential to be part of the democratic process. The first part of that process is to register to vote; if you haven’t already, please visit www.stanvote.com to learn more. The second part of the democratic process is to learn everything you can about what is coming up on the ballot; that includes doing the research to determine which of the candidates align more closely to your own views and values. The third part is to get out and vote! As part of this important process, the Chamber sent questionnaires to each of the seven candidates for Modesto city council, and invited each to attend an interview-of-sorts. Each candidate (three from District 2, two from District 4, and two from District 5) responded to the questionnaire, and their responses have been published here—in their own words—for your education. For the interviews, the candidates met collectively with their district opponents and members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Government Relations Committee. We asked each candidate to elaborate on their questionnaire answers, and it was solely based on those interviews and their written responses the Board of Directors ultimately decided which candidates to formally endorse for office.

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The Board of Directors chose not to endorse a candidate in Districts 2 and 5, and elected to endorse incumbent Bill Zoslocki for District 4.

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In endorsing Bill Zoslocki for District 4 city council, the Board reaffirmed its goal in standing aligned with policy makers who steadfastly support the policy statements made by the Chamber, specifically in relation to economic development and growing the local business climate. On Mar. 7, 1995, Stanislaus County voters, by more than a twothirds vote, approved a five-year Library Sales Tax effective from July 1, 1995 until June 30, 2000. In 1999, voters, by more than a two-thirds vote, approved a five-year extension of the tax to June 30, 2005. In 2004, more than two-thirds of the voters approved

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an eight-year extension of the library tax through June 30, 2013. In 2012, more than two-thirds of the voters again voted for a five-year extension, which will expire on June 30, 2018, unless Measure S is adopted.   The Modesto Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Government Relations Committee believe this is an excellent track record, and shows residents of Stanislaus County truly believe the library is an asset for lifelong learning. Your Chamber fully endorses Measure S, the renewal of the special library tax.

1. WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS THAT PROPEL YOU AS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR LOCAL OFFICE? 2. HOW WOULD YOU SUGGEST THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY GAUGE YOUR JOB PERFORMANCE? 3. DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOU, AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL, WOULD ENCOURAGE A COLLABORATIVE AND COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER UNITS OF STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. 4. WHAT IS YOUR TOP CAMPAIGN ISSUE? 5. WHAT ROLE DOES THE CITY COUNCIL HAVE IN LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? HOW CAN THE COUNCIL BEST SUPPORT THE GROWTH AND RETENTION OF JOBS? 6. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS TO MAKE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MORE TRANSPARENT AND RESPONSIVE? 7. HOW DO YOU EVALUATE THE IMPACT TO BUSINESS WHEN MAKING POLICY DECISIONS? Candidates statements limited to 100 words per question. Full responses available at our website modchamber.org


D ISTRIC T 2 1. Now more than ever, Modesto needs the City Council experience and pro-economic development voice that I bring to the table. I’m a family man, a business development manager, an educator, a Neighborhood Watch coordinator, a King Kennedy Center Board Member, and your Modesto TONY MADRIGAL City Councilmember for District 2. I’ve worked hard to keep my promise about Jobs, Safety, Community, and here’s some of what I’ve done to support our local economy: • Worked to help create over 500 jobs

4. Public Safety to create a secure environment for businesses of all sizes to have the freedom to focus on job creation.

5. Our City Council has a primary role in creating a local environment that is safe so economic development can have the freedom to occur anywhere in Modesto. Our City Council can best support growth and retention of jobs by making sure our police department and fire departments are well staffed to ensure the people who live and work in Modesto feel safe. If a business doesn’t feel safe it can’t focus on serving its customers, much less on growing. In addition, the council must make sure we have enough shovel-ready land for economic investment in Modesto, preferably along high traffic corridors.

• Supported hiring more police officers and keeping fire

6. Our City of Modesto employees work hard every day to respond

downtown Modesto

2. Excellent. I’ve worked hard to stay connected to our Modesto community everyday by supporting local businesses/events and being responsive to the needs of residents and businesses. I’ve been a strong advocate for economic development by pushing for job-creating strategies for our City such as wet industry expansion outreach that’s being done by City staff on an ongoing basis. I’ve been proactive about cleaning up our community, and keeping our small businesses safe. When a small business owner tells me they have a problem, I go meet with them and pursue the issue until it is resolved.

3. Share information, develop positive relationships with our state and federal government leaders and communicate regularly so that protecting local government is always a priority for them.

1. I grew up in this community and have lived here for most of my life. I have been helping families and individuals give back to the neighborhood and participate to improve their community for as long as I can remember. I consider myself a collaborator, bridge builder, and connector. I have a proven history of HOMERO MEJIA creating partnerships and efforts between the community, city, and the business sector. I have a passion for serving others and my 12 years of nonprofit work comes from my love of collaborating with individuals in this district.

to the needs of the people and businesses, and we can always improve as an organization. Our GoModesto app has done wonders to empower people so they can report problems online and request service right away. However, we can do more to make our city more transparent and responsive, such as some public services that were reduced or eliminated due to budget cuts. If a person or business has an issue, we should always provide a response in a timely manner.

7. I always try make sure we are creating an environment where businesses can start, grow, and thrive in Modesto. A guiding principle for me is protecting the public’s safety which is why I’ve supported our City’s efforts to hire more police officers and keep our fire stations open. Sometimes, I even reach out to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce to seek input before I make a policy decision to make sure my decision will have a positive impact on businesses.

2. • Broader civic engagement measured by voter turnout and attendance at City Council meetings and participation in volunteer commissions • Economic development indicators such as job creation and median wages • Increased public safety in lower crime rates

3. One of the ways to encourage collaboration with different levels of government is to develop intentional relationships with decision makers from every level. This includes finding ways to do projects and events to solidify the relationship with decision makers

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stations open • Led efforts to bring a UC Merced presence to

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D ISTRIC T 2 from state and federal levels. For example, job fairs, public hearings, community events, and public safety events.

4. • Public safety • Economic development / jobs • Transparency and accountability

6. • Local government should publicize major decisions that would impact business with direct outreach to impacted businesses in the community. • A business advisory council made up of business leaders with unimpeachable integrity should be formed to be constantly responding to business and economic development needs. We need to do this to gain public trust and restore confidence.

5. • City Council has a very key role in local economic development because the council makes decisions regarding infrastructure that business needs to relocate to our community. City Council is also key in being the face and ambassador to bring more economic development. City Council needs to constantly be listening and thinking with business and economic development organizations in our community. • The council can support growth and retention by maintaining and expanding vibrant neighborhoods to keep people from moving out the area.

1. I serve on the Yosemite Community College District for Area 7. We on the board manage a budget roughly the same size as the general fund budget of the Modesto City Council, 114 million dollars. We deal with state mandates, governors' budget, departments and their directors, unions, Calpers, and Calsters, JON RODRIGUEZ just like the city council or any other legislative body responsible for governing a government agency. In addition to that I was an employee of the California Republican Party for over a year and worked on political campaigns, chief among them Jeff Denham's Congressional race, and for a Louisiana United State Senate race, for now U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy.

2. That will be up to the tax payers and voters, in regards to how they

7. My plans when it comes to evaluating the impact to business when making decisions is to surround myself with business owners that have a history of transparency and proven track record of economic development for the good of the community to evaluate the impact of any policy change.

5. As an elected member of our municipal legislative body or any legislative body it can always be a challenge to play a role in job creation and economic development since this is a job best suited for private enterprise. I think one of the keys is to ask the business community what the impediments may be to opening, running, or expanding their businesses, and then see if you as a council member can direct staff to get out of the way or make it easier, and/or less expensive.

6. Transparency and responsiveness can be tricky since government is ensconced in policy and procedure and it may not always be clear to involved citizens, let alone disengaged citizens what is going on or why their government hasn't or takes so long to respond. The only thing I can say to this is that anytime someone wants an answer, or someone wants quick action they can reach out to me and I will do my best to make government share information, or act as quickly as humanly possible.

choose to gauge my performance.

7. Evaluating the impact to business when making a policy decision

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3. I think this can be done through council members making

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themselves more available through office hours on a weekly, monthly or perhaps on an as needed basis. As a College Trustee I have office hours and try to encourage people to come and see me as much as they can or I will offer to meet them wherever that may be.

4. My biggest priority and issue is dealing with poverty and opportunity. On the Municipal level this means only one thing— championing economic development and job creation. I have been a part of this as much as I can since my last run for council.

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is matter of first observing whether or not it has something to do with business and then following up with questions to staff. If the policy seems out of council members' depth or a council member feels staff may be falling short, then I believe it's necessary to approach the business community and organizations and ask for their input.


D ISTRIC T 4 1. My youth. I do not consider myself stuck

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in any kind of ways or way of thinking. I look for the best ideas and solutions , whether that is a more conservative solution or a more liberal solution. This, along with how tech savvy I am, fuels my hope to bring Modesto futher into the 21st century.

crimes reported annually. Its time to better fund our police station and create programs that generate self-awareness and action from our citizens to create a safer, happier Modesto.

5. By supporting local businesses when they bid on city contracts. Also by funding new projects that will lead to new jobs and job growth. However, I will not simply support a project for tax money and job growth if it is not something the people want or need. I will do my best to listen to the people so that Modesto becomes a better place for its citizens to reside in.

2. Through my actions and the results they achieve. Actions speak louder than words and I promise to always take a stance on an issue and will not waver. I consider myself to be an honest man and a man of integrity. If I do not keep my word and do not fight for the results the people are looking for than I would consider my own job performance to be a failure.

6. From a personal standpoint I plan to have weekly fireside chats on my Facebook page in which all citizens will be welcomed to watch. These chats will include how I and other council members voted on current issues, what issues are coming up, how I think we can better our city, and of course a Q and A portion from letters and concerns I receive from citizens.

3. My door would always be open to state and federal level elected official and workers with useful knowledge and data that can help me make the best possible decision on the policy at hand and future policy. If the people support an idea that a state level official is pushing then I would push and fight for that issue as well. My office is elected by the people, of the people, for the people, and I will never forget that.

7. All facets must be considered with a policy decision and how it will effect business. I will look at the benefits and the harms caused by the passing or rejection of policy. I am a huge supporter of local business and look to help it grow by any means at my disposal. I will also use my moral conscious to the best of my ability and will not support something I do not deem as just or fair.

4. The safety and security of the citizens of Modesto. Modesto ranks in the 6th percentile of crime in the country with over 13,000

of the originating StanCOG members to draft the hugely successful language for the Stanislaus Measure L campaign. Measure L will provide the necessary funds to fix our roads throughout Stanislaus County for the next 25 years. BILL ZOSLOCKI

Additionally I serve as the City of Modesto’s member on Stanislaus County's County Water Advisory Committee, Modesto’s Domestic Water Policy Committee, North Valley Regional Recycle Water JPA and Chair of the Economic Development Committee. Each of these committees provide the opportunity to significantly impact unemployment and develop job opportunities we desperately need in Stanislaus County.

2. The best way to gauge future performance is by examining

About six months after taking office, I was the one vote that later became the turnaround vote for installation of LED streetlights saving Modesto 2.2 million dollars plus $600,000 annually. I worked to provide adequate police officers to serve our citizens. Sworn officers went from a high 287 in 2008 to 184 officers by 2013. With contract changes, we now stand at 227 officers on our way to 240. I opposed both general sales tax increases, water rate increase, and credit card convenience fees increase.

3. I gained the confidence of all five Stanislaus County Supervisors and they endorsed my re-election. Many initiatives are greater than a single jurisdiction’s abilities and I am a strong supporter of city/county cooperation on major initiatives.

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1. I am current chair of StanCOG and one

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D ISTRICT 4 With the passing of proposition 47 and 57 and its destructive effects through increased homelessness and vagrancy, I believe Modesto's continued support of the county's "Focus on Prevention" is a vehicle toward logically addressing this issue. Additionally I supported Modesto financially assisting financially with the County in the new Veterans' Center on Coffee road. Modesto should also join a city/county licensing and regulating of marijuana operations.

4. Restoring public trust in city government operations. Accountability for actions and extreme commitment to understanding that taxpayer dollars should be spent as carefully as if they were our own personal funds. By doing this we can earn the trust of our citizens and address the quality of life issues that impact all of us.

5. City must be willing to make infrastructure investments that incentivize jobs. Council should encourage, not hamper, economic development. We can never take our eye off this goal. One way Modesto is now supporting growth and retention of jobs is with the recently adopted form-based code available in downtown Modesto. A streamlined permit process with greater flexibility for businesses and residential users. Along with a new general plan update starting after the completion of the current general plan amendment. Modesto will have efficient tools for infill development as well as providing for residential, commercial and industrial sectors within its general plan.

6. In December of 2016 I supported, through Council Resolution, an agreement with Bloomberg Philanthropies "What Work Cities" initiative. This will be part of the largest-ever national philanthropic effort to enhance the use of data and performance management and assist in transparency across all departments. It will ensure citizen have open access to city records. The City also began a community outreach to determine what types of information residents are looking for and currently hold performance data meetings quarterly. We need to do this to gain public trust and restore confidence.

7. Business economic impact needs to be a top concern of the council. Without a healthy and diverse economy, we will not meet the quality of life challenges that will face us in a changing, competitive world economy. I evaluate the impact by measuring government’s impact and demand on businesses. Government demands on business are often exaggerated by needless squandering of time, energy and costs it takes business to transact with government. These inefficiencies are often a significant frustration when doing business with city government.

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1. I served five years on the Tuolumne

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Utilities District Board, working in the best interests of residents. With other board members, we made policy and reviewed multi-million dollar budgets. I grew up in Bay Area when it was like Modesto, filled with orchards and dairies. Irreversible changes occured which JOSEPH DAY severely impacted the quality of life there. I work in biotech. Economic ties are critical, yet there is danger of overcrowding, exploding home prices, and high rent. Bay Area demand will affect us. I will defend our quality of life and seek better opportunities for employment now, and for our next generations.

2. Do I fight for you? Do I represent your best interests? An effective board member does not act merely to be re-elected. It is critical to have principles to guide decisions. I would seek to use revenue more efficiently. The private sector has had to make do with less,

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why not government? Exceptions include public safety. Spending depends on revenue. I would not seek to raise taxes, but rather to improve the economy by cooperating with regional entities, and encourage ties with Bay Area employers. However, effective planning for growth must mitigate negative impacts on our residents and quality of life.

3. LAFCO is a mechanism for regional planning to coordinate actions and make decisions in concert with other agencies. It is a natural conduit for communication between city, county, other cities in the county, and the public. We should explore opportunities to expand LAFCO to include a permanent Modesto commissioner seat. Modesto should not interfere with Federal and State law enforcement. Without any doubt, all Modesto residents are entitled to equal protection under the law. Modesto must comply with Federal and State clean air and clean water regulations, and must maintain a safe water distribution and waste collection system.


4. Family security. We Modesto residents need to feel secure in our homes, in our schools, and on our streets. We need to trust our jobs are likely stable, and that our public utilities will not be priced out of our ability to pay for basic services. We should trust our city government will allocate resources to best effect for our benefit. But we don't trust these things, and we don't feel safe. Is there any solution? If we are able to improve our economy, additional revenue will benefit our residents, and our city government will have more to spend without raising taxes.

6. Local government is very transparent already through the Brown Act, publishing agendas, and making video recordings of minutes available to the public for review. Input is available through public comment. The public may attend meetings except in closed session. They may request issues be placed on an agenda. It is important to maintain avenues of communication so the public may voice concerns. I believe it is important to communicate with business owners. It is also important to know what impacts my fellow residents, and seek to address their concerns. Many of them may work in local businesses.

5. Excessive regulation and sluggish administrative processing of permits and licenses are factors impacting commerce in some government entities. Businesses need to anticipate a timely and robust return on investment. The private sector is best able to create jobs. Local government must not get in the way of efficient business development while ensuring adequate review of compliance for public safety. Our youth are particularly impacted by higher minimum wage requirements. A possible solution would be to allow part-time internships lasting from 6 months to 1 year to permit training at the same location where young people work a part-time job for pay.

7. It may be better for businesses to evaluate the potential impact

1. Four years of experience as a sitting council member.

5. We can look at streaming the application process. Being supportive of the VOLT program.

2. How I have been engaged with them and how I have helped solve their concerns.

3. I believe that the "Focus on Prevention" has shown how we as a community can work together.

6. I believe that I have been very transparent and can only hope the other council members do the same.

7. When making policies we have to be very attuned to how it will affect the present businesses as well as future businesses.

4. Economic development. Attracting industries that will provide jobs that will provide a living wage.

Vote 2017 CO UNT Y OF STANISLAU S Consolidated District Election

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of a policy decision . They know their business best, so it might be a good idea to ask them what they think. Unanticipated consequences may have some unpredicted impacts after a policy decision has been made. Being open to reviewing the policy may minimize problems.

I am running for Modesto City Schools, Trustee District 7. It is time for those without a voice in the school system, to have one. Please vote for me, Matthew J. Harrington for Trustee District 7. This is for the students, for the teachers and for the community. matthew4district7@gmail.com || www.matthew4district7.com OCTOBER 2017

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STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER – AREA 5 MODESTO CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT CHARLENE G. WEST Occupation: School Counselor/Professor Education and Qualifications: I have been a School Counselor working with at-risk students for over 20 years (Lincoln Unified School District and Sylvan Union School District), earned my doctorate degree from Oxford Graduate School, and served as an adjunct Professor for over 15 years (CSU Stanislaus and Chapman/Brandman Universities). I have seen many changes to our public schools during this time. My own children attended Modesto City schools growing up, so I am fully aware of the needs of our students, parents, teachers, and community. As a school board member, I will strive to meet the needs of our students, to hear our parent and teacher concerns, and to focus on educating our children to prepare them to positively contribute to our community. I believe that respectful collaboration between students, parents, and teachers is essential. I am passionate about the future of our children and I believe raising well-rounded, educated, thoughtful adults will benefit us all.

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Occupation: Attorney Education and Qualifications: I have had the opportunity, with my wife, to raise our four sons in this community, and be actively involved by volunteering in their schools. As an attorney, who was a prosecutor and now a defense attorney, I see the consequences when we prioritize criminal justice over education.

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I have volunteered on the Modesto City Schools LCAP Committee (Local Control Accountability Plan) since it started three years ago. We review current issues and make recommendations to improve the outcomes for our students. I am a board member of the Stanislaus Council for the Arts, a local nonprofit agency seeking to improve access to the arts. I have also been a volunteer for the Johansen Performing Arts Association the past three years, where my youngest son attends High School. Moving forward, my priorities for our schools are: • Ensure students have access to music, arts, and vocational programs • Early drop out identification and intervention program • Student safety • Maintaining the high degree of professionalism in our educators I ask for your vote to reach the goal of creating a generation of students that are successful in college, a vocational program, and in the workforce of tomorrow.

RICKEY MCGILL Occupation: Retired Educational Administrator Education and Qualifications: I have lived in Modesto for over 33 years and I love my community. I have three children who have attended and graduated from Modesto City Schools. I have spent most of my life working with children. I would like to unify our community by creating a collaboration made up of parents, counselors, teachers, administrators, business leaders, and community members. I believe that these stakeholders would be interested in investing in our students’ educational futures. I believe that it is better for our students to be prepared for opportunities and not have any, than to have opportunities and not be prepared. If you elect me, I promise that I will be dedicated and committed to the educational achievement of every student regardless of his or her background or economic status. This year I served on the Student Equity Committee, LCAP Advisory Board, Dr. Parker Committee and I attend Modesto City School Board meetings. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Education, Master’s Degree in Education Administration, as well as current and valid credentials in teaching and Educational Administration. I will readily make myself available to the community. I appreciate your vote. Contact me at 209.996.8559 RickyMcGill@att.net rickymcgill0.wixsite.com/mcgill

STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER – AREA 7 MODESTO CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ADOLFO LOPEZ Occupation: Community Outreach Coordinator Education and Qualifications: As a former student of Robertson Road elementary, Hanshaw Middle School, and Modesto High, I believe I am the best person for this position because I understand the educational needs of my district and I am willing to advocate with the overall community’s best interests in mind. If you elect me, I promise to devote my time to listening and understanding parent expectations of their child’s school to establish and maintain the trust of my community. The success of a student lies in the collaboration of parents, mentors, schools, and the larger community. This starts with fundamental needs like students feeling safe at school, having safe routes to get there, and not being hungry while expected to learn. I believe that by tapping into the talent in our community, we can strengthen community partnerships and increase parent involvement; collectively working together in creating new and engaging ways to unlock a student’s potential. I love this community and have been fortunate to have received mentorship in key moments in my educational experience to get me

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here today. I ask for your vote so I can bring more positive influences into our schools to encourage student success. Thank you. AdolfoForModestoSchools.com

With 17 years of experience on the Sylvan school board, my approach to decision making is to ask three important questions: How will this decision support student learning? What impact will it have on children and families? Is it fiscally responsible? These questions reflect my priorities for providing a high quality education for all students.

MATTHEW J. HARRINGTON Occupation: Youth Care Provider Education and Qualifications: I want to serve on the Board of Trustees of Modesto City Schools because for far too long, the residents of South Modesto and West Modesto have not had a voice. I want to be the voice for our community. I passionately believe that education is a priceless door for our students.

I would be honored to continue to represent the family values and high academic standards you’ve come to expect from the Sylvan District.

RYAN SCHAMBERS

CHRISTINE HARVEY

Occupation: Substitute Teacher Education and Qualifications: I am a Modesto City Schools graduate and have lived in Modesto for 21 years. After high school I was a police explorer for two years. I then attended CSU Stanislaus and received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Throughout the schools I have attended, I noticed many great things and some things that concern me. I will put a stop to the wasteful spending that has created over $3 million dollars of debt each year. Taxpayers and school staff continue to suffer while our money is spent on things we don’t need.

Occupation: Science Teacher

Please visit www.facebook.com/ModestoCitySchoolBoard or call me at 209.566.3595 to learn more. This area needs proper representation and someone that will actually listen. I would be honored to serve you and receive your vote.

STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER – AREA 3 SYLVAN UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT TERRIANN ZEEK Occupation: School Board President Education and Qualifications: I’ve been deeply involved in the Sylvan District for many years. My volunteer efforts in classrooms and PTA eventually led me to serve on the school board. Now I have a granddaughter about to enter a Sylvan school and I’m still very enthusiastic about this great district. Exciting things are happening in the Sylvan District (e.g., the opening of our first STEAM school), but the district is also facing challenging times. Multimillion-dollar increases to PERS and STRS, and other fiscal threats, will require experienced leadership and a deep knowledge of the complexities of school finances.

No Statement filed. 949.933.6070 Harvey4sylvan@gmail.com

STATEMENT OF CANDIDATE FORDIRECTOR – DIVISION 4 MODESTO IRRIGATION DISTRICT JAKE WENGER Occupation: Farmer Education and Qualifications: As the fourth generation on the family farm, I am no stranger to hard work. Being elected to the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) Board of Directors four years ago, I knew it would take a lot of hard work to bring the MID into strong financial standing and to fight to keep our water from being taken by state bureaucrats. I am proud to say that since first being elected, MID debt has been reduced by $250 million, the pension plan is nearly 80 percent funded, and nearly $20 million has been added to reserves; and all this was accomplished without any electric rate increases. However, there is still more work to do. The relicensing of Don Pedro Reservoir continues to provide challenges to the district, not to mention the tremendous threat to our water by the State Water Resources Control Board. I have been, and will continue to be, at the forefront of these battles and fight for all Modesto Irrigation District ratepayers. If re-elected, I will fight to protect our water rights, and continue my efforts to see MID succeed without electric rate increases. Vote Jake Wenger, ratepayer, farmer, leader, for Modesto Irrigation District Board of Directors.

STU GILMAN Occupation: Small Business Owner Education and Qualifications: I respectfully request your vote for MID director. My wife Joni and I have lived both in Salida and Modesto. We own a small business OCTOBER 2017

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I am also troubled by the fact that our schools are not safe. Many campuses are plagued by violence, bullying, and crime. I would create a system that ensures there is constant supervision and train school staff on how to properly handle these issues. Schools should partner with each other and host informational meetings with parents. Working in multiple school districts has given me ways of implementing community involvement in education.

I believe school board members should be accessible to the community. Please contact me at thezeeks@sbcglobal.net or 209.577.6895.

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that creates customized software for computer users. I serve on our church board and neighborhood association leadership. All year, I’ve read investigative newspaper articles about MID. I’ve read how lavish compensation to MID employees leads to high electric bills. I’ve read that average private sector wages of $39,969 are dwarfed by the MID average of $91,105. I’ve read how, with benefits, the average MID employee costs $145,604. I don’t blame the workers. But has MID forgotten that families, widows, and retirees pay huge electrical bills allowing this lavishness? MID doesn’t worry about these costs because ratepayers bail them out. MID’s electrical profit averaged $93,000,000 annually since 2010. The 2008 economic crisis reminded me, the hard way, that every dollar counts. Bankruptcy and losing our Salida home in foreclosure taught me that lesson. Despite these setbacks, we kept the doors of our small business open as we rebuilt our lives. Our kids attended Salida schools and excelled at Gregori High. Please call me at 209.491.2200 with any questions or about anything else.

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By John Villines, Director of Membership & Operational Services Here at the Modesto Chamber, one of our core values is “Service.” One of the key ways the Chamber strives to serve its members is to provide opportunities for discounts, training, and promotions. I have included some of these benefits below. I am excited to announce that the Stockton Heat Hockey Team, a member of the American Hockey League, is offering discounted tickets (group rate) to all Modesto Chamber members. The season is about to start and this is a great way to reward your employees or treat your key customers to a fun night. There are many ways to tailor your trip to the rink for your organization. Just go to our website and click on the banner ad for Stockton Heat to take advantage of this offer, or contact Michael Rojeski at 209.373.1552. The Chamber is producing a printed annual directory for 2018 with MNC of CA/209 Business Journal, which will list all our members, have sections on the history of the region and the Chamber, and have articles on things to do and places to see in Modesto. We will print 10,000 copies and distribute them in hotels, restaurants, and other attractions. If you would like to advertise in this directory, please email me in October at jvillines@modchamber.org. Finally, I want to make one more plug for the Disney Institute® on Nov. 1. To answer the question I get the most—YES, it is THAT Disney®. This professional training has transformed the way so many organizations do business. Here is a testimonial from Evan Porges at Prime Shine Car Wash, one of the event’s sponsors: “When Prime Shine Car Wash was looking for a little magical training, we looked no further than the Magic Kingdom itself. Prime Shine has sent several of its employees to the Disney Institute in Anaheim to experience first-hand the secrets that have made the Disney brand one of the world’s most recognizable. The seminars were first class and the teachings were immediately applicable to the Prime Shine system. With Disney coming to Modesto, local companies will have the opportunity to experience world class training in town without the additional travel expenses. Prime Shine is looking forward to this opportunity to send its employees to get energized with the Disney methods of training and leadership.” | P

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Solecon Industrial Contractors

Kaiser Permanente

American Chevrolet

Galletto Ristorante

Solid Networks, Inc.

Walmart

American Medical Response

Gianelli & Associates

Stanislaus Distributing

Walmart Neighborhood Market

Aramark Uniform Services

Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc.

Stanislaus Food Products Company

Atherton & Associates, LLP

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Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc.

Bank of the West

Bank of Stockton

Beard Land and Investment Co.

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Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc.

Brunn & Flynn

Doctors Behavioral

California State University, Stanislaus

Care One Home Health

Health Center- DMC

Certified Public Accountants

Grover Landscape Services, Inc. I.J. Larsen Pumps, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto International Paper Company

Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Storer Coachways SunOpta Aseptic, Inc. Sutter Gould Medical Foundation Telcion Communications Group TSM Insurance Turlock Irrigation District

Iron Mountain, Inc.

Union Bank

JS West & Company

US Bank

Lewis Capital Advisors

Valley Children’s Healthcare

Central Valley Automotive

Maxx Value Foods

Valley First Credit Union

Pacific Southwest Container

Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge

Mercer Foods

Valley Lexus-BMW

Physician Referral Service-DMC

Central Valley Nissan

Mocse Credit Union

Vintage Faire Mall

Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai

The Modesto Bee

W.H. Breshears, Inc.

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Modesto Toyota

Warden’s Office Products Center

5.11, Inc.

Central Valley Specialty Hospital

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Chuckchansi Gold Resort & Casino

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DoubleTree Hotel

Clark Pest Control

Pacific Gas & Electric Company

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Comcast

Pepsi Bottling Group

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Central Sanitary Supply Co.

MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc.

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Covanta Stanislaus, Inc.

Modesto Irrigation District

Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios,

Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball

RACOR, Division of Parker

Del Monte Foods

Delta Sierra Beverage

Hannifin Corporation

Pacher & Silva

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D.B.A Courtesy Staffing

Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc.

The Eberhardt School of Business

Sysco Food Services of

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San Joaquin Valley College

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Wells Fargo Bank Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green

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Yosemite Meat Company, Inc.

PMZ Real Estate

Seneca Foods, LLC

Taco Bell

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