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VOL. 40 | ISSUE 10 | OCTOBER 2019


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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.



Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

Past Chairman

Eric Tobias, F&M Bank

Vice Chair, External Operations

Tom Nielsen, Individual Member

Vice Chair, Internal Operations

Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum,CPA


Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Kirstie Boyett, The State Theater Michael Gaffney, PG&E Michael Howell, Blom & Associates Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Naomi Layland, Huff Construction and Ardis Farming Craig Lewis, Lewis Capital Advisors DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Kathy Monday, Squeeze In and Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Michael Moradian, Jr., Peace of Mind Pest Control & Home Inspections Peggy O’Donnel, Mid-Valley Productions Kristin Reza, Bank of Stockton Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group Lucy Virgen, Bank of the West David Wright, Wright Insurance Company Pete Zahos, Sysco Central California


Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Melissa Williams, Modesto Irrigation District

Modesto Streets Team


Harvest Lunch


Interim CEO Message


Chamber Calendar


Good Egg Breakfast

ADVOCACY Saturday Service


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Ribbon Cuttings


Member Anniversaries



Positive People

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Staff: Membership Coordinator, Sabrinna Gonzales Staff Accountant, Jaime Lastra Administrative Assistant, Hope Gyorfi

Investment Information

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PROGRESS MAGAZINE 1114 J Street • Modesto, CA 95354 209. 577.5757 • Fax 209. 577.2673 www.ModChamber.org • Progress@ModChamber.org



A Message From The Interim President & CEO STEPPING STONES By Trish Christensen

Whew! My first month as the Interim CEO of the Chamber has been a whirlwind of activity! Something new to learn each day, people to meet and brainstorm with, members and future members to connect with. So many positives! The number of people who have reached out or stopped by to offer such positive encouragement and support to our team, has been remarkable. I thank each and every one of you. This has made for a very rewarding month for the Chamber Staff and I. One conversation at a time, I can see and feel each setting a stone in the foundation that a great many bridges and pathways will grow and develop from. In addition to all these fabulous interactions, the staff and I have found ourselves looking at a full and exciting calendar. The Chamber suddenly had 13 ribbon cuttings scheduled over 11 weeks! We are partnering on a few joint networking events with Christine Schweininger and the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We have exciting speakers lined up for Chamber University and the Stanislaus Green Team sessions, and we have Disney Institute – Quality of Service seats filling up! As a follow up to a very successful 58th Annual Harvest Luncheon, and super fun 36th Annual Oktoberfest – things could not be going better.


Separately, we are making strides to add some of our own stones to the foundation we are building. We hosted a gathering of the Tourism Task Force. There are some great plans in the works to impress those who visit our county. We are once again supporting and selling tickets to the 57th Annual Good Egg Breakfast where made to order omelets will be prepared as part of the experience. You will find details within this edition. We have become a partner with an incredible group of resources, services, and organizations such as the Stanislaus Family Justice Center, Without Permission, public transit, and the District Attorney’s Office - 209 Freedom Project. This group is working to fight human trafficking in our county. Lastly, the Chamber was selected as a recipient of a “2019 Business Recycling Award” (Small Business category) from the City of Modesto’s Solid Waste Division.


As we approach the end of the calendar year, it will soon be time for YOU to make nominations for our member’s choice awards that will be presented at our annual Gala (February 1, 2020). We will be asking you to verify your business listing information for the annual directory. I ask that you take a moment to log into your member profile to see that your contact information is accurate. If you do not have your login information, please call the office, or email us at info@modchamber.org so we can send you a link to set, or re-set your password. Your profile account is where you create your presence within the membership database. We encourage each of you to keep your representatives list current, your primary and billing contact up to date, and that you utilize your ability to post events, job openings, and member-to-member deals and discounts. We also want you to stay informed with what we have going on. If you are not getting our e-blasts, or getting direct emails from us through the database, please let us know. More information will be coming soon on the above. Please don’t wait to register for Disney Institute - Quality of Service! Space is limited! You can sponsor and reserve your seat directly from our website www.modchamber.org. You may also email or call the office for assistance at 209-577-5757. Wishing each of you a pleasant transition from summer into fall. It always comes, one step at a time. Don’t hesitate to stop by, say hi and introduce yourself … our Chamber door is always open.


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CHAMBER CALENDAR OCTOBER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 2 Update on Modesto Transit & Ace Train Adam Barth & Dan Leavitt Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 7:30 A.M.

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RIBBON CUTTING - People’s Remedy 16537 Highway 33 Patterson, CA 12-1 P.M.


OKTOBERFEST Modesto Center Plaza Parking Lot 5:30-10 P.M.


BUSINESS AFTER HOURS + RIBBON CUTTING McHenry Mansion 906 15th, Modesto, CA 5:00 P.M. Ribbon Cutting 5:30 P.M. After Hours

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CHAMBER U Appropriate Retirement Platforms Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.

STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM Rene Gutierrez & Adam Barth SJRRC/MAX Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.. RIBBON CUTTING - Community Hospice Patient Services Center 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, Ca 95356 4:30 P.M.


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.


BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Gather 2424 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 5:30 P.M.



ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 7:30 A.M.


CHAMBER U - How to react during a hiring crisis: Replacing a key position Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.






STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM – TBD* Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M..


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.


BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Veteran’s Foundations of Stanislaus County 3500 Coffee Rd Ste 15, Modesto, CA 5:30 P.M.


DISNEY INSTITUTE 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, Ca 95358 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.





*See website for more detail. Please note that calendar events and details are subject to change. **The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto



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

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At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local

and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live,

students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and

work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and

partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live,

work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local

students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready

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Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

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Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit

addressing business initiatives, addressing issues in our community members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit and government committees, donating their business expertise, time

and working toand relieve regulatory The burdens businesses due as to local statethe governments. Modesto Chamberendure gets results, to local shown and state Modestomore Chamber gets results, as by governments. recent victoriesThe in forming rational ADA legislation, shown by recent avictories in measure, forming electing more rational legislation, defeating no-growth businessADA friendly candidates, working alongside otherselecting to passbusiness Measure L, a candidates, local self-help defeating a no-growth measure, friendly measure, for our workingtransportation alongside others to and passchampioning Measure L,fora more local water self-help agribusiness, industry citizens. By working together, transportation measure, andand championing for more waterour formembers our are stronger together than they ever be on their own. agribusiness, industry and citizens. Bycould working together, our members

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ANNUAL HARVEST LUNCHEON FOCUSES ON THE FUTURE On Friday, September 13, 2019, The Modesto Chamber of Commerce hosted its 58th Annual Harvest Luncheon, in partnership with Modesto Junior College Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Guest speakers featured Holly King, who is a member of a ranching and farming family in the Klamath Basin, farming alfalfa and grain, as well as in Kern County farming almonds. We also had the pleasure of hearing from two Modesto Junior College students, Julia Orland and Ryder Nielson and their views as future leaders in the agricultural industry. Harvest Luncheon brings community leaders, state and local leaders of agriculture together.


This year’s event welcomed over 500 attendees and locally grown products including the Mary Lyons family and Mapes Ranch, donating mouthwatering tri-tip. Alongside were fresh cut fruits and vegetables, milk, and table snacks from our local growers.



The Harvest Luncheon raises more than $20,000 annually for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce Voss/Berryhill Modesto Junior College Ag Scholarship program. Together, with the help of our amazing sponsors from the Almond Board of California, and to everyone who were able to donate, we all came together and had an amazing turnout. Thank you for everyone’s dedication to making this event possible. We look forward to another successful event next year, see you all there.

57th Annual

GOOD EGG BREAKFAST Look forward to made-to-order omelets, entertainment, Modesto Junior College scholarships and the Annual Good Egg Award!

OCTOBER 24, 2019 AT 7:00 A.M. EGGSACTLY DoubleTree Hotel, Grand Ballroom 1150 9th Street Downtown Modesto $ 3 0 P re - S a l e P e r P e rs o n | $ 3 5 a t D o o r P e r P e r s o n SPEAKERS “EGGSTORDINARE” Emily Lawrence and Brandi LaForti National Ag Science Center Ag in Motion—The Mobility of Ag Science

Presented By: Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, California Poultry Federation

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Return to Modesto Chamber of Commerce, 1114 J Street, Modesto, CA 95354 Phone (209) 577-5757 Fax (209) 577-2673 No refunds. Tickets will be held at the door for orders received after Friday, October 11th, 2019



ANNOUNCEMENTS An Update From Doctors Medical Center Dear Community Partner, At Doctors Medical Center, we are committed to the people and communities we serve and we are dedicated to providing the finest medical care for the Central Valley. As mayFrom haveDoctors noticedMedical in our advertising and messaging, we have updated our Anyou Update Center tagline to reflect the core of our mission, which is to serve as A Community Built on Care. We are committed to honoring the trust that our patients place in us and to Dear Community Partner, safe, high quality care, in the right place and at the right providing compassionate, time.

At Doctors Medical Center, we are committed to the people and communities we serve and we are dedicated to providing the finest medical care for the Central Valley. As you may have noticed in our advertising and messaging, we

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In other news, I highlighted a regional look at east west commute corridors that many in Stanislaus County use for school or business delivering goods to the bay area or working in the bay area.

Transportation Agency leaders are focusing on the Altamont Pass (El. 1009’) this fall in a meeting I initiated called the “580 Corridor Transportation Agencies Summit on the Summit (in Livermore)” with the purpose for Transportation Agency executive regional leaders of highway, rail, and transit to renew a focus on the multi-modal transportation challenges, issues, and opportunities for improvement along the Corridor from Oakland to Stockton (Routes 580, 205, and I-5) with emphasis on trips over the Altamont Pass. The Summit will include key transportation partners such as Caltrans, Alameda CTC, San Joaquin COG, MTC, BART, ACE, Valley Link, StanCOG and LAVTA and others that will allow us to collaborate on specific issues pertaining to traffic congestion relief, various goods movement issues and solutions, studies underway and that are needed, near-term and long-term opportunities to improve this multi-modal corridor (including rail, highways, and other modes), growth issues pertaining to jobs/housing imbalance, applications of new technology, and other important mobility items. There will be many expert presenters at the Summit to share information pertaining to the overall corridor, regional perspectives regarding transportation and housing, traffic operations, freight services and more. We will also utilize this venue to brainstorm solutions and partnership action items to improve the I-580 transportation corridor as we team together for mobility improvements on the 580 Corridor together for California and the regional benefits. In closing, please always drive safely through work zones and Be Work Zone Alert in support of highway workers and first responders. Thank you for this opportunity to update you, and please contact me at dan.mcelhinney@dot.ca.gov with any questions or additional information. Dan McElhinney is the District Director for Caltrans District 10, including the Stockton, Modesto, and Merced areas.


I was honored to recently present a Caltrans Stanislaus Countywide update about safety, projects, local measures and SB1 funding infrastructure investments at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee. The amazing transportation teamwork news this quarter is that in October 2019 Modesto business and community leaders will join transportation partners with Caltrans to celebrate the groundbreaking for construction of the long planned and now designed State Route 132 West project, led by the City of Modesto in strong alliance with Stanislaus County Public Works and the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG), to begin the work on the segment from 99 west to the Dakota Avenues. In August, the City opened competitive bids from six bidding teams and report they are on track to award the contract for under the $103 million engineers’ estimate for contract work items, and targets being open for traffic by fall 2021. This project when complete will be the first segment of the new State Route 132 which will improve safety and mobility for the community and travelers. The leadership on the City Council including Councilmembers Jenny Kenoyer and Bill Zoslocki along with County Supervisors Terry Withrow and Vito Chiesa have been helpful this year in coordinating our agency strengths to meet all the milestones this year. Executive Director Rosa De Leon Park at StanCOG and I were impressed by the City project leaders in delivering on time with a strong business outreach for the competitive bids, and I congratulate everyone on the challenges met to date and the cost effective investment in infrastructure to enhance the City of Modesto and the region.




Making A Difference

Who are we? We are Downtown Streets Team, an award-winning, best-practice model for addressing homelessness. Our model has been adopted by 15 Northern California cities including places like San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Cruz and, as of February 2019, Modesto. You may have seen our Team Members in their yellow shirts beautifying the streets, creeks, and parks of Modesto or you may have seen us on Facebook (@DSTModesto), but you might not have heard much about who we are, what we do, and how we got here, so please read on if you’d like to know more.


The Organization


Downtown Streets Team was established in 2005 in Palo Alto by members of the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) who were frustrated by urban blight, aggressive panhandling, and homelessness in general. They conceived a simple model to incentivize those experiencing homelessness to help clean up the streets. At the helm of this project was a former tech-CEO and venture capitalist named Eileen Richardson, who was on sabbatical and who had been moved by conversations she had had with homeless men and women while volunteering at the local food closet. She soon realized that a connection to the community and a sense of pride and dignity were key building blocks for people trying to get off the streets. She recognized the potential of this model to help people change their mindset from survival mode into goal setting mode, and she applied her start-up mentality and acumen to developing it.

We are very grateful for the early and continuing support we’ve received from this community. Elected officials, business owners, city and county staff, community members, and our homeless community have all rallied behind our model to make our launch a success.

In 2011, we began our expansion outside of Palo Alto with our launch in San Jose, championed by then councilmember, now Mayor Sam Liccardo. His particular concern – and our first project there – was to provide homeless outreach and trash cleanup in a large homeless encampment called “The Jungle,” which had gained international notoriety for its size and its proximity to Silicon Valley. Our successful partnership with the City of San Jose and the Environmental Protection Agency helped us solidify our model as an effective approach to homelessness that not only benefitted our Team Members who were working their way out of homelessness but also the community at large. Since the launch of our San Jose Team in 2011, we have expanded our model to serve 15 communities throughout Northern California, but we have never lost sight of the basic tenets of treating people with dignity and understanding that an holistic approach that includes input from and interaction with stakeholders across the spectrum – from those experiencing homelessness to elected officials and every business owner, resident, and visitor in between – is necessary to move the needle on homelessness.

As an incentive to volunteering to clean up the community, our Team Members gain access to the intensive support of our case managers who work with them on their self-sufficiency goals – whether they be employment, housing, income stability, medical coverage, vital documents, education, or anything else. Our Team Members also receive a non-cash stipend in the form of gift cards for food, gas, clothes, and more so that they can obtain their basic needs on their own rather than wait in a line for hand-outs. Overall, our model is designed to provide a platform for our Team Members to rebuild the soft skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, accountability and to remove the barriers they may be facing to move on to the next phase of their lives.

Downtown Streets Team - Modesto We launched our Modesto Team in February 2019 in partnership with the City of Modesto, Stanislaus County, the Workforce Development Department of Stanislaus County, the United Way of Stanislaus County, and the Stanislaus Community Foundation – a true powerhouse team of organizations committed to making a positive difference in the community.


Our 35 Team Members spend four hours a day, five days a week helping to keep Modesto clean. You will see them in downtown; along Briggsmore, Sisk and Pelandale; at the Modesto Outdoor Emergency Shelter; in the Tuolumne River Regional Park, among other areas. We are hoping to work with community partners to develop new projects not only to beautify additional areas but also to expand our capacity to serve more people.

Believe it or not, it’s not as simple as it might seem from the outside for someone who’s living on the streets to get a job. One of our Team Members, Ray, who is a veteran of the armed forces and had worked his whole adult life as a journeyman mechanic was motivated to find a job from the day we met him. It took him six months of working with our staff on removing all the barriers to employment (vital docs, access to technology, clean clothes, etc.) and an empathetic employer (our friends at the Downtown Modesto Partnership) before he was able to land a job. But after putting in the work and persevering, Ray is one of the newest Downtown Experience Engineers who are helping to keep Downtown Modesto beautiful.

One of our most visible impacts in the community is our beautification efforts. Between our launch in February through the end of August, our Team Members volunteered 12,844 hours and removed over 120,000 pounds of trash from the streets and parks of Modesto. But even in this our primary goal is not to see how much trash we can pick up; instead, it’s to provide our Team Members with the opportunities first to get back into the habit of a structured daily activity and second to help them rebuild a sense of pride in and connection to the city of Modesto – where many of them were born and raised. That is why we ask the community to “Just Say Hi” when you see them out in the community cleaning up. This simple interaction and the acknowledgment of their effort has a significant impact on them – some of our Team Members even count the number of “Hi’s” and “Thank You’s” they get each day.

Second, we could always use supplies (trash grabbers, bags, shirts, gas cards, etc.) that will be used directly in our beautification efforts. Third, we can always use monetary donations. We have increased our Team Size from 25 to 35 without any additional funding because the demand for our program has been so great (people are waiting 9 weeks to get onto the Team!). Your donation will stay right here in Modesto and will go directly to serve the Team Members that are cleaning up your streets. For more information about Modesto Downtown Streets Team, visit our website www.streetsteam.org/modesto or contact Greg Pensinger (Director) at greg@streetsteam.org.

How You Can Help In addition to saying hi and thanking our Team Members when you see them, there are a number of ways that you, as a community member, business owner, or visitor to Modesto can support our program.


First and foremost, our primary goal is to expand our Team to meet the intense demand for our program. We have already exceeded our capacity and have a long waitlist of people who are looking forward to getting onto the Team. To achieve this goal, we’re looking to develop partnerships. Put simply, we can work with community groups, business alliances, and public agencies to develop new projects where our Team Members help keep a neighborhood, park, or roadway clean.



NEW ALTAMONT CORRIDOR EXPRESS (ACE) SATURDAY SERVICE HAS BEGUN The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Saturday Service which began on September 7, 2019. The ACE train service is a growing commuter rail service that serves passengers Monday through Friday with service from Stockton to San Jose with stops in Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Vasco Road, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Great America, and Santa Clara. ACE Saturday Service is an exciting addition to transportation options for Saturday commuters and leisure travelers. “ACE Saturday Service is something that the communities we serve have long desired, and we’re excited to offer this new service,” said Christina Fugazi, chair of SJRRC. “Our hope is that commuters and families get out of their cars on Saturdays and spend quality time relaxing while riding the train.” For the current ACE rider, Saturday Service offers commuters the flexibility to work on Saturday without the need to drive. For leisure travelers, the new service provides a safe and scenic ride to their destination. ACE Saturday Service will carry the same fare structure as the current ACE service. For ACE Monthly Pass Holders, Saturday Service will be an included day of travel at no additional cost. The Wheels bus service will operate on Saturdays from the Pleasanton Station to connect passengers to the Dublin BART Station. ACE passengers can utilize their tickets for free transfers to VTA services at Santa Clara and San Jose’s Diridon Station.


Along its route, ACE stops at many great destinations including Downtown Livermore and Pleasanton, California’s Great America, Levi’s Stadium, and Downtown San Jose with attractions like the SAP Center, the Tech Interactive Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum, and so much more. For families traveling on Saturday’s, ACE offers discount fare for children including: children ages 0 – 5 ride free with a paying adult and children 6 – 12 receive 50 percent off.


“Launching ACE Saturday Service has been a goal of the Rail Commission. The opportunity to provide connectivity for our current passengers on Saturdays, as well as, providing transportation to a new set of leisure passengers is an important step for our service,” reported Stacey Mortensen, SJRRC executive director. MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

“I have no doubt that new passengers experiencing our service on Saturdays will become believers in what rail has to offer – a relaxing, stress-free ride over the Altamont Pass to their final destination.” ACE Saturday Service is a one-year pilot program funded by SB1 through its State Rail Assistance Program (SRA). If ACE Saturday Service is proven successful, SJRRC will be pursuing additional funds to maintain the service. For additional information about the NEW Saturday Service, visit www.acerail.com/saturday_service. The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) owns and operates and is the policy-making body for the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) service. SJRRC is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of six full-voting members from San Joaquin County and two special-voting members from Alameda County. Ex-officio members represent Caltrans District 10, the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD), SJCOG and StanCOG. Started in 1998 and serving over 1.5 million riders annually, the ACE train runs four daily round-trips starting at the Cabral Station in Downtown Stockton with stops in Lathrop/ Manteca, Tracy, Vasco Road, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Great America, Santa Clara, and San Jose’s Diridon station. For more information on ACE, please visit w w w. a c e r a i l . com.

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WELCOME TEAM MEMBER READY, WILLING AND EAGER TO SERVE Mary Kate Grimaldi, Corporate Support Account Executive for the Stockton, Modesto and Turlock communities. Tune in to KUOP at 91.3 FM Modesto, or stream anytime, anywhere at capradio.org. Although I focus on KUOP specifically I represent the entire group of Capital Public Radio family of stations. With over 28 years plus of print, digital and now public radio media experience, I always come back to the most important aspect of any media career – relationships. CapRadio wanted a person who lived in this part of the Central Valley so they could build on the unique content that noncommercial radio offers and represent this area’s interests as our listener base grows. Joining the chamber’s Welcome Team gives me an opportunity to meet other businesses, learn about their business objectives but also form relationships both personal and professional as our community becomes more diverse, connected and dynamic. The flexibility of the Welcome Team works with the schedule that I presently have and my goal of learning about our business community in a fun way. Capital Public Radio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public media organization serving nearly 500,000 listeners in Sacramento, Stockton/Modesto, Reno/Tahoe and Northern Nevada.

CapRadio has a digital reach, streaming at capradio.org, of more than 200,000 monthly users and a membership base of more than 37,000 people. CapRadio is part of the NPR (National Public Radio) family of stations. NPR is the Mary Kate Grimaldi backbone brand in non-commercial radio. NPR produces and distributes approximately 130 hours of original programming to more than 900-member stations. CapRadio also produces local programs on both our news stations and music stations. To contact Mary Kate please call 209-581-8188 or email at marykate.grimaldi@capradio.org

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CHAMBER AMBASSADOR HIGHLIGHT KarRen Davidson is an active Modesto Chamber of Commerce Ambassador with a passion to serve. KarRen strives to be a helping hand in the continuing development of our community by offering negotiated static rates that fit in the budget of companies as they are in need of hotel rooms as the Individual Business Travel Manager for the DoubleTree by Hilton Modesto.

This business will help fund her non-profit and is focused on developing a joyful and memorable experience for beauty needs for all special occasions.

KarRen is passionate to see our community thrive, she stated, “Being born and raised a Modestoan, I have been given the gift of philanthropy and I come alive when I get the opportunity to give!”

To get to know more about the DoubleTree special rates or Make-Up 4 Missions, KarRen invites you to a cup of coffee: KarRen.Davidson@ Gmail.com / 209-422-9189.

She is currently in the beginning stages of creating a non-profit that will help assist the growth of our communities’ sports programs and is starting her own mobile stylist business, Make-up 4 Missions.



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PAPAPOLLONI’S: THE PLACE FOR MEDITERRANEAN AND ITALIAN FOOD LOVERS By: Virginia Still Papapolloni Mediterranean Bistro has seen some changes this year and has settled into a spot at 2501 McHenry in Modesto. Owner and Manager, David Alonso decided that it was time to focus on one business and the newly opened restaurant, offering guests a Mediterranean and Italian menu that utilizes local ingredients and features dishes made from scratch.


Alonso has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years starting as a dishwasher and working his way up to manager and now owner. He even spent some time as a Chef for a fine dining establishment in the Bay area and then spent time managing restaurants like Olive Garden and Chipotle. He purchased Papapavlo’s in Modesto over 10 years ago; it remains in the family but Alonso is pouring his energy into Papapolloni. He has always had an interest in providing the community with flavors from the Mediterranean.


They serve lamb chops marinated, seasoned, and charbroiled served with seasoned vegetables and rice pilaf. The pistachio crusted salmon topped with lemon caper beurre blanc sauce, served with baby red mashed potatoes and seasoned vegetables is a customer favorites, as are their casseroles including Moussaka, Spanakopita, and Pastitsio. They have a full bar and a wine bar as well as two banquet rooms that are available for private parties including birthdays, receptions, and baby showers. They accept MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

orders online and reservations online and they also cater many events. “We don’t use anything premade or frozen,” explained Alonso. “We do everything from scratch, our salads, cakes, we do everything here. It is a lot more work to do that and can cost more but we want it to be quality food.” They also serve up Italian dishes like their homemade lasagna, spaghetti

Bolognese, Pasta Primavera, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Parmigiana, and pizzas. And if that is not enough variety they even have a Peppercorn Rib-Eye with a burgundy mushroom demiglaze sauce, and a Filet Mignon with a Portobello mushroom merlot demi-glaze sauce both served with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

“People support me here in the community,” expressed Alonso. “And we are here to work with the community and donate food for several events. We try to give to the community what we can.” Alonso invites everyone to come try a tasty bite of food or enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine. They are open Monday through Thursday for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and then for dinner at 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays they are open from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

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PRESIDENT’S CLUB CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE DIAMOND LEVEL Bank of the West (H Street) Bank of the West (McHenry) Bank of the West (Pelandale) Beard Land and Investment Co. Capax - Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc. Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC Doctors Medical Center-DMC Frito-Lay Co., Inc. Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. Physician Referral Service-DMC GOLD LEVEL Crystal Creamery Doubletree by Hilton Modesto EMOE, Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. Encompass Health Rehabilitation of Modesto Fiscalini Cheese Company IHeart Media Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Sutter Health Valley Area Sysco Central California Inc. PLATINUM LEVEL E & J Gallo Winery Kaiser Permanente Walmart SILVER LEVEL American Chevrolet American Medical Response Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP Audi Modesto Bank of Stockton - Dale Road Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main Branch

Bank of the West (Dale Road) BURGERIM Caliber Collision California State University, Stanislaus Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc. Central Sanitary Supply Co. Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Specialty Hospital Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Clark Pest Control COIT Services Inc. Collins Electrical Comcast Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Del Monte Plant #1 Delta Sierra Beverage English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F&M Bank (Carpenter Road) F&M Bank (Dale Road) F&M Bank (McHenry) Flooring Liquidators, Inc. Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC Food Maxx Galletto Ristorante Gianelli Nielsen Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc. Golden Valley Health Centers Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto International Paper Co. JS West & Companies Lewis Capital Advisors Maxx Value Foods

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mocse Credit Union Mocse Credit Union Modesto Toyota O'Brien's Market O'Brien's Market O'Brien's Market Oak Valley Community Bank Oak Valley Community Bank Oak Valley Community Bank Opportunity Stanislaus Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Panelized Structures Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group PMZ Real Estate Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto North Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rogers Jewelry Rogers Jewelry Co. Rose Bouquet Round Table Pizza #1033 Round Table Pizza #1034 Round Table Pizza #186 Round Table Pizza #701 Round Table Pizza, Corporate San Joaquin Valley College Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp Office Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/ Varni Brothers Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors

Solid Networks, Inc. Stanislaus Food Products Co. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stifel Investment Services Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation The Century The Farmacy The Modesto Bee TSM Insurance & Financial Services Turlock Irrigation District Union Bank US Bank US Bank US Bank (Modesto Main) US Bank Turlock Valley BMW Valley Children's Healthcare Valley Children's Healthcare Valley First Credit Union Valley First Credit Union (Dale Branch) Valley First Credit Union Administrative Offices Valley Lexus Vintage Faire Mall/Macerich Company W.H. Breshears, Inc. Warden's Office Furniture Outlet Warden's Office Products Center Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Bank Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Co., Inc.

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE BORGES JOINS BAC AS NEW COMMERCIAL BANKING OFFICER for the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, an active member of Lodi Sunrise Rotary, and a participant of Leadership Lodi 2019. Kevin can be reached at (209) 944-1813 or kevin.borges@bankbac.com.

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When: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Where: 1402 I Street. Time: 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM


Join the Historical, McHenry Museum with a history going back to 1912! Learn about the history and enjoy photos of where it all began. We look forward to having you visit the Museum.


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SPEAKER SERIES EMPHASIZES POWER OF POSITIVITY Gabriela Rios, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) executive director, is the next presenter for MJC’s Positive People Speaker Series. The free, public presentation is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto. Campus parking is available for $2.

Kevin Michael Borges

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Ms. Rios will share the major impact she has been able to make in the lives of many local families wanting to make the dream of an education a reality. Additionally, she will share her personal experiences from being born in Mexico and immigrating to the Unites States to being the first in her family to graduate high school and college. The speaker series, offered by the MJC Office of Campus Life and Student Learning, features local community members who have overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve their goals. MJC staff, students and members of the community are invited to come hear these stories of inspiration and motivation at no cost.

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Future speakers include Liz Harrelson on Nov. 7, LaKeisha McDonald on Feb. 6, and Victoria Popoff on March 5. For more information about the Positive People Speaker Series contact the Office of Campus Life and Student Learning at (209) 575-6700.

The McHenry Mansion Foundation announces a one of a kind tour of Victorian Funeral Customs just in time for Halloween. Open to the public, the event is scheduled at the McHenry Mansion at 906 15th St., Modesto on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 28 through 30. Tickets are $7 online, at the Visitors Center or at the door. Self-guided walk-through tours of the beautiful historic Victorian McHenry Mansion will start at 5:30 p.m. with last entrance at 7:30 p.m. The Mansion, at 906 15th St., Modesto, will be draped in black crepe ribbon rosettes and display historic curiosities from the Victorian period and their fascination with death. Ticketed members of the public are welcome to visit the house and experience 19th Century embalming practices, death masks, séances, spiritualism and phrenology. The McHenry Visitor Center and Gift Store at 924 15th St., in downtown Modesto, will be open during the tours and is hosting a 25 percent discount on any single item of merchandise for ticketed visitors. Tour attendees are welcome to browse the shop and watch a brief historic video depicting highlights of the McHenry family, early Modesto and the Mansion.

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HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN ENHANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES Technology in and out of the classroom can be a polarizing subject. Proponents of tech in schools contend that students must be skilled in the ways of the world, which is increasingly being governed by technology. Detractors to tablets and smartbooks in the classroom may say it contributes to excessive time in front of a screen and can prove distracting over other means of learning. It is hard to deny the ways that technology has helped shape and improve education. Students who may not excel with the traditional tools of learning might benefit from applications geared toward offering assistance for their particular needs.

Connect More Teachers can embrace technology, such as YouTube-powered guides to show students how to complete assignments or to go over information in the classroom. Students who missed class or need a little reinforcement can benefit from a second look at lessons in online videos available at all times on the internet. Some teachers employ QR codes on assignments that students (and parents) can scan to access further information or support materials. This can help kids further explore topics after school hours.

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Furthermore, technology, through its globalization, can put educators and students in touch with a wealth of resources – all at their fingertips. The following are the myriad ways that technology can enhance lessons in the classroom.

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Technology can provide various online resources that go beyond the study guides and other materials offered by textbooks. These resources can be very low-cost or even free, helping educators save money. For parents who need to reinforce lessons at home, the internet can help them collaborate with other parents and teachers and find fun ways to help their children learn.

Students can go beyond their school districts or communities to discover how others learn. High school or college students can rely on internet communities to provide a second set of eyes on papers to proofread for grammar or spelling mistakes or even to assist in brainstorming sessions.

Quaintifiable Results Technology can process data more quickly and efficiently than humans. Algorithms can be developed to help students learn faster. Tech can be customized in unique ways to help students learn. Not every student learns the same way. Technology provides for a multimedia approach that can combine visual and auditory tools to better teach students.

Reinforce STEM Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment in occupations related to STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – is projected to grow to more than nine million by 2022. Technology plays a strong role in STEM careers. Honing these skills in the classroom can prepare students for professional arenas in which technology figures to play a sizable role.

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Community Hospice 40 Year Anniversary Celebration

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CAN “AI” HELP YOU BECOME A BETTER INVESTOR? For the past several years, artificial intelligence – or AI – has increasingly found a place in many walks of life. Almost certainly, you use some form of AI, whether it’s your time on social media, your use of mobile banking, the navigation system you rely on for directions, or any of the many other AI-driven applications relevant to your daily life. But AI has also become a significant part of the financial services industry. So, you might wonder if AI can help you become a better investor. To begin with, what is AI? Essentially, it’s the ability of a computer program or machine to think or learn. Using complex algorithms (a set of rules, or steps), computers and machines can mimic many of the thought processes of human beings. But how can you use AI to invest? And should you? In the financial services world, many companies use AI to select investments for specific funds. On an individual level, you can work with an AI-powered “robo- advisor” to build an investment portfolio. These robo-advisors are typically quite affordable, and they generally follow proven investment principles, such as diversification, in making recommendations. Yet, you are more than just the sum of your answers to a roboadvisor’s online questionnaire. Investing is a highly personal matter, which means that, in the following areas, you may well benefit from some human intelligence – and empathy: • Understanding of your risk tolerance – A robo-advisor will ask you to identify your tolerance for risk – low, medium, high – and will plug in your answers when constructing a portfolio. But only a human financial advisor – someone who truly knows you, your personality, your family situation and your hopes for the future – can know how your sensitivity to risk might cause you to react to events such as sudden market declines. Armed with this knowledge, a financial advisor can talk through your options to help keep you on the road toward your goals.

• Answers to qualitative questions – A robo-advisor can provide you with many key data points – rates of return, projections of future accumulations, etc. But so can a personal financial advisor, who can also go beyond the numbers to help you answer qualitative, subjective questions: How can I save for college for my children and my own retirement at the same time? If I change jobs, should I leave my 401(k) in my former employer’s plan, move it to my new employer’s plan or roll it over to an IRA? What’s the best way to guard my financial independence if I ever need some type of long-term care, such as an extended stay in a nursing home? • Guidance for the “big picture” – Your investments are important, but they’re also connected to other areas of your life, including your taxes and your estate plans. And while a financial advisor might not provide you with tax or legal advice, he or she may be able to connect you to other, appropriate professionals, and work with them to help you put together your “big picture.” That’s not something a typical roboadvisor is equipped to do. Artificial intelligence will support many of your activities throughout your life. But when it comes to investing, a personal touch may never become obsolete. This article was written by Edward Jones.



It’s not often in life that the word “sesquicentennial” can be used when referring to the longevity of a business, but that is indeed the case with the Bank of Stockton. Since 1867, the Bank of Stockton has been a pillar of tradition and strength in the communities it serves. The bank’s rich history was built upon strong values that remain the guiding principles for the organization today.


When the Bank of Stockton opened its doors over 152 years ago, banking was a little different than it is today. Transactions were recorded in ledger books by hand and a visit to the bank was often made on horseback by way of dirt roads. Today, our customers enjoy the latest in banking innovations like mobile banking and mobile deposit through our mobile app as well as a suite of cash management products for business clients that’s second to none. Bank of Stockton is a modern bank when it comes to its product offerings, with a touch of old world service and relationships that makes it truly unique. MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

Bank of Stockton is also known for reinvesting back into the communities it serves. The best in customer service has always been a part of the bank’s mission, but so has an unwavering belief in philanthropy to better the communities of their customers. As such, the Bank of Stockton is known for being a local lender with local decision-making, as well as involved in the communities in which their branches reside. Bank of Stockton’s footprint currently spans over nine contiguous counties and is comprised of nineteen branches, including locations in Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, Modesto, Turlock, Elk Grove, the Mother Lode, Napa, Brentwood and Fairfield. Wherever you find a Bank of Stockton branch, you will be sure to find great people, the best products, a great banking experience, and an organization committed to your community for over 152 years. Come in to one of our Modesto branches located at 1302 J Street and 4204 Dale Road and let us add you to our list of happy customers!

COMMUNITY HOSPICE PLANS SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENTS Look for some special events focused on the holidays over the next couple of months, offered through Community Hospice. First up is a workshop, set for Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Community Hospice Patient Services Center, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto. The free community workshop – ‘Coping with the Holidays: Self Care during the Holidays’ is open to all those interested. The featured speaker, Sandy Gunnarson, is a highly experienced grief support professional who will share information about the impact grief has on our lives and the importance of self-care during the holiday season. Participants will explore ways to find meaning even in the midst of grief and loss and share ideas for self-care to cope with grief while also celebrating with family and friends. This workshop is designed for the whole family. Children’s Grief Specialists will be available to care for children ages 4-14. Older children are invited to attend the event. For registration and general information, call 209-578-6300 or visit heal. hospiceheart.org. Also, the 34th Annual Light Up a Life Holiday Tree Lighting at Memorial Medical Center will take place on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. Memorial Medical Center is at 1700 Coffee Road, Modesto. The big evergreen tree, at the corner of Coffee Road and Briggsmore Avenue in Modesto, is lit to honor, celebrate and remember loved ones. Symbolic lights and ornaments are available for a nominal donation. Immediately following the ceremony, refreshments will be available at a free community reception. If you are interested in purchasing a symbolic light or ornament, call the Community Hospice Foundation at 209-578-6370 or visit give.hospiceheart.org. The event is free to attend and open to the community.

Join the Friends of Community Hospice for the annual Fantasy of Trees event at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Fantasy of Trees is a designer decorated tree and wreath auction, holiday luncheon and boutique. Beautifully decorated trees and wreathes created by local designers are part of a silent auction. Finally, rediscover the wonder this holiday season at the Friends of Community Hospice Santa Shares Breakfast. Enjoy the beautifully decorated Gallo Center for the Arts, filled with designer-decorated trees, a delicious pancake breakfast and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Gallo, 1000 I St., Modesto. For reservations and additional information for the upcoming holiday events, call the Community Hospice Foundation at 209-578-6370 or visit give.hospiceheart.org. Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community.

TRANSIT AGENCIES HOST FREE RIDE PROMOTION The four transit providers in Stanislaus County, including Ceres Area Transit (CAT), Modesto Area Express (MAX), Stanislaus County Regional Transit (StaRT), and Turlock Transit announced on Monday that all rides on all fixed route buses will be free for passengers during Rideshare Week 2019 in October.

vehicles in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and countless hours wasted on freeways. In addition to this free ride promotion, regional transit operators plan to coordinate additional free ride promotional opportunities through June 2020 under the same LCTOP grant program.

The week will be observed from Sunday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 12 as part of a joint, free ride promotion. This includes MAX to BART Commuter Express, MAX to ACE Commuter Express, and StaRT’s BART Commuter bus services, but excludes ADA Paratransit, Medivan, and Dial-a-Ride services.

These promotional periods will include Go Green Week (March 2020), Bike to Work Week (May 2020), and Dump the Pump Day (June 2020).

“Groups across California promote Rideshare Week as a way to encourage commuters to consider efficient, sustainable, and enjoyable mobility options,” said Adam Barth, MAX’s Transit Manager. “MAX is free for the week to make the choice easy for residents.” Ridesharing can be done via a carpool, the bus, biking, walking, or any combination thereof. The goal is to reduce single occupant

Residents are encouraged to make the most of this free ride promotion by planning their trips in advance. Trip planning tools are available on the websites of the transit operators, as well as through smartphone apps such as Google Maps or the Transit app. These tools make it easy to determine the closest bus stop, the correct route, and in some cases real-time bus arrival information. OCTOBER 2019


Funding for the joint, free ride promotion is made possible through a grant from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) under the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP).

“We think this is a great opportunity working in tandem with all the systems in our region to offer these free rides for Rideshare Week,” said Annette Borrelli, StaRT’s Transit Manager. “This will give community residents the opportunity to see how easy and convenient it is to get around Stanislaus County. No worries! No stress! Just sit back, relax, and leaving the driving to us.”


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