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Contents Page 7

Cover Story – Best Western Orchard Inn – The Future Looks Bright

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Toscana’s Ristorante – Fine Dining In The Heart Of The Central Valley

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Turlock Businesses Participate in StanTogether Campaign – Alliance

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Creative Alternatives, Inc.

Page 11 City of Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Division Page 12 Lancaster Painting – A Commitment To Excellence Page 13 2012 The City’s One Big Issue - So Far

TURLOCK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Business News 115 S. Golden State Blvd. Turlock, CA 95380 209-632-2221 Fax 209-632-5289 Hours: Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm

Page 14 Recognized as Most Active SBA 504 Lending Partner in 2011 Page 14 League of Cities Page 14 How Did Our State Legislators Vote on Key Business Legislation? Page 15 Reducing Electronic Waste… and Giving Back to the Community Page 16 Ambassadors Page 16 Welcome New Members Page 16 Alliance SBDC Moves Its Turlock Office Page 17 Mixer’s – Networking Events

Sharon Silva President/CEO

Page 18 Chris Irish – Event Extravagant Group, Inc. Page 19 So What Does The Greek Bailout/Default MeanTo Me??? Page 21 Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau Promotes Community Events

Patricia Baron Operations Ext. 103

Page 22 “Restore Hetch Hetchy”

Sharon Berry Administrative Assistant Ext. 100 Tasha Van Santen Director Communications/Development Ext. 104 Kassi Fortado Membership/CVB Assistant Ext. 101

TURLOCK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU Desa Cammack Director 115 S. Golden State Blvd. 209-632-2221 Ext. 106 PAGE 4




he Turlock Chamber of Commerce has had an outstanding year, and has received wonderful recognition for the efforts of its Board, staff, volunteers and partners. It is interesting to realize that all of these people and groups effortlessly do what they do for this organization. Organizations and people alike tend to go about their business and forget that things do not just happen, ‘it takes a village.” When the Chamber accomplishes excellence in its effort to support our members, the economic engines of the community, there is a tendency to take the effort for granted.

While the economy forecasts remain tepid at best in the Central Valley, we can look at many bright spots in Turlock to see that we are moving in the right direction:

From the President/CEO

Success is the fruit of shared commitment


It is important for the members, volunteers, partners, board and staff of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce to know how important that each and every one of you are to this agency. It is not without your support and dedication that the Chamber would be able to provide the highest level of service to our members. The Board of Directors provides a vision for the agency to meet the needs of its members and to assist in developing their business for success - because their success is our success. The staff is the back bone of the Chamber. It is the team that is responsible for bringing the vision to fruition. Our success comes from programs such as the Ambassadors, the public relations arm of the Chamber. Our Ambassadors work to ensure that each member receives a personal visit to answer any questions and to receive feedback on how the Chamber is serving the needs of members. The Chamber has many partners who work together for the benefit of the community as a whole. The City of Turlock, the Alliance, California State University Stanislaus and Turlock Unified School District, are just a sampling of the Chamber’s partners who are committed to strengthening our Business Community and to enhancing economic development. Success is the fruit of shared commitment - when everyone works together for the betterment of the community. The Turlock Chamber of Commerce sincerely thanks our partners, members, staff and community leaders for making 2011 a success and we are looking forward to many more years of these important partnerships that provide the foundation for the economic growth of our great community.

Of The Board - Paul Porter

We are moving in the right direction

Old Navy, ULTA Beauty, and Olive Garden as well as another possible major anchor tenant are going to be coming to Monte Vista Crossings in the near future.

Downtown Turlock continues to add new tenants and will continue to flourish with the recent completion and opening of the Carnegie Arts Center, as well, as construction on the new Public Safety Center.

Geer Road will soon add Fallas Discount Family Clothing Store to the former Long’s building and a discount grocery store in the former Mervyn’s building.

Construction has also begun on the Regional Transit Center at Golden State and Dels Lane.

While at the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) annual conference in February, the Turlock Chamber of Commerce received two very prestigious accolades. The W.A.C.E. membership is made up of over 800 chambers of commerce in the 14 western states. Our Business News magazine received First Place in the Newsletter/Magazine category and Turlock Chamber CEO Sharon Silva received Chamber Executive of the Year.

Whether it is legislative representation, networking, education, or creating strategic partnerships, the Turlock Chamber of Commerce will continue to provide the highest quality programs and services to the business community. If there is anything we can do to help your business, please let us know.

Paul Porter Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green


Sharon Silva President/CEO BUSINESS NEWS « MARCH 2012


2012 Chamber Board of Directors

Sharon Silva President / CEO

Paul Porter (Chair) Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green

Julio Hallack Marty Jakosa (Past Chair) DBA Concrete by Hallack Foster Farms

Susan Quigley Rabobank


Mike Lynch (Chair) Mike Lynch Consulting

Dean Doerksen Central Ag Products

Andrew Wigglesworth MedicAlert Foundation

Mike Romeo Romeo Medical Clinic

Sharon Silva CEO/President IOM, Institute for Organization Management, University of Arizona Bachelor Arts Organizational Communication

Patricia Baron Operations Bachelor Science Business/Accounting MPA In Progress CSU Stanislaus

Chris Kiriakou Cornerstone Consulting

Bill Bassitt (Ex-officio Member) Alliance

Tasha Van Santen Director Communications/ Development Bachelor Science Business

Chamber Champions Allen Mortuary • Emanuel Medical Center F&M Bank • Gemperle Enterprises JKB Energy • Lancaster Painting MedicAlert Foundation Oak Valley Community Bank Rabobank • Smith Chevrolet Cadillac, Inc. Turlock Journal Turlock Scavenger/Turlock Recycling Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency PAGE 6

Mike Allen Allen Mortuary

Steve Gemperle Gemperle Enterprises

Larry Smith (Treasurer) Smith Chevrolet Cadillac

Steve Talkington Lancaster Painting

Sharon Berry Administrative Assistant Bachelor Science Education Lancaster Painting

Ashour Badal CSU Stanislaus

Yubert Envia Foster Farms

Lazar Piro Piro Trading International

Dianna Bettencourt Oak Valley Community Bank

Kassi Fortado Membership / CVB Assistant Merced College

Steven Padilla Kozy Shack

Desa Cammack Director Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy Graduate

Upcoming Events: Golf Tournament ~ March 23rd Jessica’s House ~ April 17th Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green May 15th Mixer Wahl, Willemse and Wilson, LLP June 19th Mixer Holiday Inn Mixer ~ July 17th Mixer BUSINESS NEWS « MARCH 2012

The Future Looks Bright

Fine Dining In The Heart Of The Central Valley

By Roxana Samano

By Roxana Samano

uring a recession the idea of staying in business is typically the focal point of most local business owners, but simply surviving does not meet the standard of local business owner Neyen Khatri.


The Best Western Orchard Inn, located in Turlock, along with sister hotels Best Western Executive Inn & Suites, Manteca; Best Western Inn, Hayward; and Best Western Town House Lodge, Modesto, are family-owned and operated hotels by Khatri Properties. With the help of second generation cousins Pranil and Trushil Khatri, the properties are seeing success this year. In 1976, the Khatri’s acquired their first hotel property in Modesto with uncles Johnny and Neil Khatri. After the success of their first location, the Hayward location was built in 1983, followed by the Turlock location and Manteca location and in 2006 Khatri Properties purchased an additional hotel located in Pleasanton. Many of the accomplishments of their hotels are attributed to the support of the community and in exchange the Khatri’s return the same support by keeping their dollars local. “We love to support our community and keep our dollars here,” General Manager, Neyen Khatri, said. In addition to keeping dollars local, Khatri Properties believes in the importance of community involvement. A combination of first and second generation cousins, from Khatri Properties, sit on the board for the Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitor’s Bureau in their respective communities. In addition, Neyen is also a board member for the Hotel Council in Turlock, aimed to promote fair business opportunities for every hotel and motel in the surrounding communities. “We work with the local university to promote tournaments and keep business local,” said Neyen. Although the Best Western Orchard Inn has endured some challenges due to the recession the future looks bright. “In 2007, when the economy went down we had some rough years, people just weren’t spending money anymore,” said Neyen. “Our business has picked-up since last year and things are wonderful.” For more information about the Best Western Orchard Inn please visit or call (209) 667-2827. BUSINESS NEWS « MARCH 2012

or over six years, Toscana’s Ristoranté has been dishing out premier California Italian Cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere in the heart of the Central Valley.


Located inside the Tower Health & Wellness Center on Colorado Avenue near Emanuel Hospital and the MedicAlert Foundation, Toscana’s Ristoranté offers gourmet chef-prepared meals, baked pastries, daily specials, fresh salads and homemade soups to accommodate any appetite. The Tower Health and Wellness Center along with the Romeo family first opened its doors in May 9, 2006. Toscana’s Ristoranté Executive Chef, Stan Dimond, came in April 15, 2009. Dimond spent his life working in the food and service industry providing him with an acute knowledge of culinary arts as well as a background in entertaining. Dimond’s impressive resume features work experience in the food industry including Mallard’s and Tyson Foods, Inc. Today he works closely with Costco, Gallo, SaveMart and Food Maxx. With an emphasis on community and sustainability Dimond sources choice ingredients from local growers and vendors, but provides catering on any scale imaginable. “Be it an intimate dinner party for a few friends, a Costco opening, private baby shower or even the SaveMart 350 NASCAR event, we have the skill and the vision,” Events & Marketing Director Kimberly Gaynor, said. “We enable our clients by personalizing our services while delivering the unexpected.” Whatever the special occasion may be, Toscana’s Ristoranté is available to accommodate and help plan any event. “We pride ourselves on high quality, great style, excellent service and reasonable prices. We work to create a menu that is specific to your needs and desires, including your budget,” Gaynor said. “We stay busy because of our reputation. We take care of everything and the quality of the food is fantastic.” Toscana’s Ristoranté offers gourmet chef prepared meals, full service bar, intimate dining atmosphere, private event catering services and outside catering. For more information about Toscana’s Ristoranté visit They are located at 1801 Colorado Avenue, Suite 180 in Turlock or call (209) 216-3555. If you would like more information on booking your next event call Events & Marketing Director, Kimberly Gaynor, at (209) 996-5136. PAGE 7

Turlock Businesses Participate In


n February 1st, The Alliance kicked off StanTogether, a campaign focused on changing the direction of our economy and putting 1,000 local residents back to work over the next six months. With unemployment in Stanislaus County hovering above 15%, the community can’t simply wait for the local economy to improve. The Alliance StanTogether campaign is about working together to build a stronger Stanislaus.


According to Bill Bassitt, CEO of the Alliance, “If every local business would make the effort to hire just one new employee, Stanislaus County can begin to pull itself out of the economic doldrums. StanTogether is a great opportunity for the community to make real change.” John Lazar, Turlock Mayor and StanTogether campaign supporter said, “This innovative program is exactly what we need to begin alleviating the economic challenges facing our area. As Mayor of Turlock, I am supporting StanTogether and encourage each and every Turlock business to do the same. If we StanTogether, then real change begins to happen.” By committing to support those businesses that hire a new employee,


Stanislaus County residents have the chance to help create positive change. Just imagine 1,000 more residents spending their paychecks each week in the community at grocery stores, restaurants, car dealerships, and more! “I first heard of this program on the news during the first week of February,” said Ian Norris, owner of Norris Construction in Turlock. “I thought it was brilliant to think local government was finally starting to operate more like a business and start a program like this. I couldn’t wait to sign up for this program. Bring ‘em on Stan!” Other Turlock businesses that have committed to adding at least one new job during the campaign include: Concrete by Hallack; Garton Tractor; Central Valley Cheese; Alpha Inc.; CareOne Home Health & Hospice; ArtWorx; North American Diesel Industries; Teresa Johnson & Associates; Lock-N-Stitch; CalRecycling; and Ritzy Ragz. Local businesses interested in hiring can post their job listings on In addition, people looking for work are able to view the new posts, upload their resume and sign up for job search assistance. Participating employers who hire may be eligible to receive a variety of incentives through the Alliance and Alliance Worknet programs. In some situations, partial wage reimbursement is Continued on page 16


reative Alternatives was founded in 1976. We are a nonprofit corporation in Turlock and Merced providing an alternative home and family for boys and girls placed by the Departments of Social Services, Mental Health and Probation from various counties throughout California. With over 30 years of experience working with neglected children, we have developed a program designed to improve the quality of life for our youth. In our program the child is the focus. Our success is based on the success of our children.


Among the services we offer are: • 118 beds in residential care • Certified foster homes • Individual, group and family therapy in our on-site counseling center • Nonpublic schools • Independent living skills and emancipation assistance • Workability and employment readiness assistance Our youth need your help too. Foster families are greatly needed for all ages. Our teenagers not only want a family to accept and love them, but also need an opportunity to build job skills to prepare them for adulthood. If you are interested in helping out any of our youth by becoming a foster parent or have a business in need of a young person’s help, please contact Creative Alternatives at (209) 668-9361. BUSINESS NEWS « MARCH 2012





You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers! Where do I go to register my child for the afterschool program? Who can give me information for the Annual Christmas Parade? Where do I go to rent a park space? Who do I call to report a pot hole? Where do I go to reserve the War Memorial? How can I obtain a tree permit? Visit the City of Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Division and you will find all of these answers and so much more! We are a diverse Division which offers a variety of services to the community. Our staff plays a significant role in enhancing public safety and elevating the overall quality of life in Turlock. Through quality recreational programming, well maintained public facilities and beautiful park spaces, residents and visitors can experience what makes Turlock such a special place to live, work and play! Despite the impact of shrinking budgets and reduced staffing levels, the quality of work and high level of customer service staff provides has not wavered. The hard working men and women in the Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Division are very proud to serve our community and take tremendous pride in the work they do.

are always seeking new program sponsors. Businesses can be recognized as a supporter of activities that contribute to an improved quality of life, healthy lifestyles and positive alternatives for youth.

We’ve Moved! Last fall, the Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Division relocated our administrative offices to 144 S. Broadway in the downtown district, next to City Hall. On April 16th, the Summer Recreation Activity Guide will be available. Stop by to pick up your copy or log on to our website and plan your summer. Also remember to “like” us on Facebook at “City Of Turlock Recreation” to receive general updates and program information. We hope you will take advantage of the many recreational opportunities we provide and we look forward to serving you!

Support Youth Recreation! A key focus of our organization is creating opportunities for youth to participate in positive recreational activities. Our Youth Scholarship Program makes it possible for low income children in our community to participate. You can help support this valuable program by doing one simple thing, shopping! Throughout the year the Division raises funds for youth scholarships through the S.H.A.R.E.S. card and the Raley’s Quality of Life card. A percentage of every grocery dollar will support youth in Turlock and help them to sign up for recreation activities and sports. Stop by and pick up your card today and start shopping! Staff also works with local businesses and service clubs to leverage program costs in order to keep participant fees affordable and we BUSINESS NEWS « MARCH 2012





ancaster Painting, operating out of Turlock, specializes in exemplary customer service and has been in business since 1986. They provide service throughout the Central Valley with the majority of their projects in the greater Turlock and Modesto areas. Steve Talkington, owner/president of Lancaster Painting along with Stephanie Talkington and Toby Kitchens ensure that each job is done the right way from start to finish. Although they are equipped to tackle projects of any size, Lancaster specializes in residential painting, putting beautiful craftsmanship into homes. The warmth and trust of family is all over Lancaster Painting from their friendly staff to their excellent work. They stand behind their mission statement “providing outstanding personalized service in a prompt and friendly manner.” Customers experience the professionalism and friendliness that has made this company shine for the past twenty-six years. Those who have hired Lancaster continue to praise their attentiveness to details, courtesy, professionalism, integrity and consistently excellent work. These are only a few of the details that make Lancaster the most broadly referred company in the Turlock vicinity. Another feature that sets Lancaster Painting apart is their consideration of others. Actively caring about their customers, their employees and their community, their clean brushstroke of color can be seen all over town. They have volunteered their time and skills at the Westside Ministries and the Turlock Little League. “Paint it Forward” also shows their benevolence. For the past several years Lancaster Painting has welcomed


nominations of a family or individual in need. They then select and serve with their paintbrush and design expertise. Lancaster Painting affirms their commitment to outstanding business practices by taking active membership in the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, Summit Services, Inc. and Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. Lancaster Painting’s commitment to excellence is supported by their long-standing employees. Lancaster’s lead estimator, Toby, has been working as a Crew Leader in the field for over a decade. Steve’s daughter, Stephanie is in charge of operations, scheduling and customer services. Steve values his employees, and employs trustworthy people. With their old-fashioned work ethic and brand new design expertise, Lancaster Painting knows how to make every home look its best. Stop by their downtown storefront when you’re in Turlock to discuss your next home project. As the newest Turlock Chamber Ambassador, Don Mundello, Jr. is looking forward to interacting with the community. Mundello has been blessed with two awesome children, Breanna (14) and Trey (9). He is a coach and board member of Denair Football and attends New Life Christian Center. With 16 years of experience in sales and customer service he has recently found a career comfortable enough that he can retire from. Mundello is very proud and happy to be an insurance agent representing Aflac.



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COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM Housing Element Customer Service Report Redevelopment Successor Agency Building Code Standards – Board of Appeals Approval of City of Turlock as Successor Agency Award a Contract for the Rehabilitation of Golden State Blvd. and W. Main St. Appointment of Rob Jackson as Police Chief Towing Fee Schedule

John Lazar

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approved. Congratulations to Rob Jackson for working up through the ranks to make Police Chief. Thank goodness for the Golden State and West Main Rehab, it’s sorely needed. Major Coucil items and votes are as follows; Amy Bublak

uring the first two months of 2012 the City Council covered a vast span of business issues ranging from housing to towing. Of interest during this period are the efforts addressing the changes in California Redevelopment Agencies. Approximately 51% of land within the City is in the Turlock Redevelopment Agency. Since the California Supreme ruled that the State can dissolve the agencies the challenge is on how to do that and not disrupt those RDA projects already

By Chris Kiriakou











Following is a brief summary of each of the 2012 business related items. 1. Housing Element – Modification of the General Plan Housing Element to provide for affordable and decent housing within a community. The modified Housing Element provides for Extremely Low, Very Low and Low income households by requiring that Affordable Housing projects of 10 units or greater, have 10% for Extremely Low income households, by identifying potential farm worker housing sites suitable for development, assisting non-profits in the development of those sites, and to meet the requirements for an SB2 Emergency Shelter zoning. 2. Customer Service Report – As part of the City’s Strategic Plan to improve customer service the City hired a firm to interview customers of the Development Services Department. Although generally a good finding the report still provided some opportunities for improvement. 3. Redevelopment Successor Agency – As part of the ongoing battle over dwindling property tax revenues the Governor and the legislature approved legislation to dissolve Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs). A RDA is a vehicle to fund improvements to blighted areas in a community and is funded through the increase in property taxes resulting from the redevelopment (the tax increment). Because RDA revenues are not handled through the normal state property tax allocation methods, other agencies that rely on property taxes were not getting their share of the revenues. The State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State. By implementing a Successor Agency the City can continue the existing redevelopment projects within the City but no more. 4. Building Codes – Board of Appeals – Approve an update to the Building Codes including an Appeals Board in Chapter 8-1, Article 3. 5. Successor Agency – A continuation of the transition from Turlock RDA to a Successor Redevelopment Agency. (see #3 above) Also establish rules and regulation for the Successor Agency. The Agency will administer the existing RDA projects. 6. Rehab of Golden State and W. Main – Awarded a $985,484 contract to rehab the two major streets with more than half coming from the Federal Regional Surface Transportation Program. 7. Towing Fee Schedule – Increase Towing Fee to reflect higher costs of towing. Fees had not been adjusted since February 2009. Upcoming issues for the City include the June 30 end of the City’s labor contracts, another round at the budget, two Council seats up for vote and continuing negotiations on the RDA wind down, although, there appears to be a movement in Sacrament to start RDA reconsideration discussions, again.

Overall 2012 appears to be an improving year for business and the City. BUSINESS NEWS « MARCH 2012


RECOGNIZED AS MOST ACTIVE SBA 504 LENDING PARTNER IN 2011 stablished in 1991, Oak Valley Community Bank was founded on the concept of relationship banking and they have strived to be the best at providing it from day one. The bank believes relationships are built over time and the more they learn about their clients and their respective families and businesses, the better they will be at providing clients with financial guidance. They also believe the trust and history built with a client is invaluable and they are committed to rewarding clients for their total relationship with the bank.


recently recognized by Success Capital Expansion & Development Corporation (SCEDCO) as their Most Active SBA 504 Lending Partner in 2011. They currently operate through 14 convenient locations: Oakdale, Sonora, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra Division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

Oak Valley’s Turlock Branch is located at 2001 Geer Road, at the corner of Geer and Pedras. For more information call Branch Oak Valley offers a variety of loan and deposit products dedicated Manager, Dianna Bettencourt at (209) 633-2867 or visit them to serving the needs of individuals and small businesses. They were online at

LEAGUE OF CITIES By Stephen Qualls ith the California State Legislature approval rating hovering around 10%, it’s understandable why people feel that their State Senators and Assembly Members have become disconnected from the constituents they are elected to represent.


But believe or not, sometimes they do care and sometimes they do listen when their constituents contact them to express their concerns. Most legislators have their staff record when a phone call or email is received on a specific bill or issue.

Now I’m not going to paint a pretty picture and say that their votes aren’t sometimes swayed by the special interests that roam the halls of the Capital or finance their campaigns. But if enough of their constituents contact their capital and district offices, they may take notice and it can provide the cover they need to vote with their constituents. So remember, you can make a difference. But you have to speak up.

How Did Our State Legislators Vote on Key Business Legislation? By Chris Kiriakou enator Anthony Cannella, 12th Senate District and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, 26th Assembly District are Turlock’s representatives in Sacramento. Business issues have been plentiful in both the Senate and the Assembly. How our representatives vote on certain business related issues can directly impact our local businesses. Below is a the voting record from the last legislative session for our representatives. Following the voting record is a listing of the key business issues rated as “Job Killers” by Cal Chamber.


• AB 52 (Feuer; D-Los Angeles) Rate Regulation. Creates uncertainty and delays for employers by creating an unworkable complex rate approval and regulation process for employer sponsored health coverage and adds implementation fees on health insurers to support a complex and regulated plan approval process. • AB 350 (Solorio; D-Anaheim) Costly Employee Retention Mandate. Inappropriately alters the employment relationship by requiring any successor contractor for “property services,” defined as licensed security, building maintenance, window cleaning or food cafeteria services, to retain employees of the former contractor for a minimum of 60 days and thereafter offer

continued employment unless the employees’ performance during that period was unsatisfactory. • AB 1155 (Alejo; D-Watsonville) Erodes Workers’ Comp Reforms. Increases costs and lawsuits in the workers’ compensation system by eroding the apportionment provision that protects an employer from paying for disability that did not arise from work. • AB 559 (Swanson; D-Alameda) Undermines Judicial Discretion. Unreasonably increases business litigation costs by limiting judicial discretion to reduce or deny exorbitant attorneys fees in fair employment and housing claims that should have been raised in a limited civil proceeding. • AB 1062 (Dickinson; D-Sacramento) Undermines Efficient Dispute Resolution. Significantly increases litigation costs for employers by eliminating the right to appeal a court order denying or dismissing a petition to compel arbitration if the plaintiff is over the age of 65 or a dependent adult, thereby driving more cases into the courts. • SB 535 (De León; D-Los Angeles) Climate Change Tax Increase. Increases costs and discourages job growth by implementing unlimited fees and taxes under a cap-and-trade system. • SBX1 23 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) Multiple Tax Increases. Mischaracterized “budget trailer bill” that is not necessary to implement the state budget. Rather, this bill creates uncertainty for taxpayers by providing 58 counties, over 70 community college districts, and over 1,000 school districts, subject to voter approval, the authority to impose and/or increase a local tax on all products and services. Source: October 28, 2011 CalChamber Report



Reducing Electronic Waste... and Giving Back to the Community By Roxana Samano ith a background in operating a federal E-waste recycling factory and over six years experience in the E-waste Recycling Industry, Henry “Hank” Jackson is the mastermind behind Cal-Green Recycling.


While Jackson was receiving his medical retirement from the Federal Government, Hank had the idea to operate a family business and provide his family with a comfortable living. In 2010 Hank and his wife, Vickie, found a warehouse to run the business that would help reduce electronic waste, service and give back to the community. Cal-Green Recycling dismantles electronics down to the lowest commodity (i.e. metal, plastic, wire) and sold to smelters who melt down the commodities to be made into new products. Two years ago, Cal-Green Recycling started with only one employee and one partner. Since then, they lost the partner but have expanded to Tuolumne County. They have also opened a second “Full tear down” facility in Chino and currently employ four full-time employees and one part-time employee. For more information about Cal-Green Recycling please call (209) 668-1738 or visit



Ambassadors Jerry Powell, Chair Fidelis Development

Liz Allen Bliss

Joy Biddle Creative Alternatives

Deborah L. Curtis Farmers Insurance Group

Cheryl Gerhardt Paramount Court

Judy Greaves Springleaf Financial Services

Eric Jergenson Jaureguy’s Paint & Decorating

Mary Matthews Gold Star Referral Clubs

Marissa Mellow Farmers Insurance Group

Vanessa Mora Allen Flower Shop

Don Mundello, Jr. Aflac

Roxana Samano Western Valley Insurance

Rachel Sarkis Allen Flower Shop

Stephanie Talkington Lancaster Painting

New Members Affordable Joe

Avos Mechanical & Fabrication, Inc.

Aflac Agent - Don Mundello Jr. Caloy Company

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Disabled American Veterans

Monte Vista Dental

Kindle and Associates LLC

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available for on-the-job training of new employees and/or the hiring of a veteran. In addition, depending on a business’ location, they may be eligible to receive key state tax incentives through Enterprise Zone 40.

The Alliance Small Business Development Center recently moved its Turlock office and operations to the Turlock Chamber of Commerce at 115 S. Golden State Boulevard.

Call the Alliance today! Contact Alisha Cruz about StanTogether at 209-567-4644 or visit Let’s make real change happen.

According to Al Seaton, Consultant for the Turlock SBDC office, “We feel this is a wonderful strategic partnership that will benefit business in Turlock, creating an even more positive business environment and promoting the development and growth of small businesses in the area. This is truly a blue print for success.”

About The Alliance: The Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance is one of the only organizations nationally overseeing both economic development and workforce training activities. The Alliance is a private not for profit corporation with a mission and responsibility of implementing economic development and workforce training activities for the Stanislaus County community. The Alliance is committed to creating a blueprint for success, which can make Stanislaus the strategic business choice for existing and expanding businesses by focusing on job creation, business assistance and workforce preparation activities. PAGE 16

Consulting with the SBDC is open to all small businesses, both start-ups and existing operations, and is provided as a service of the UC Merced Network SBDC. To arrange for a free consultation call the Alliance SBDC at 567-4910, or register online at

“Turlock Means Business.” BUSINESS NEWS « MARCH 2012









y producing a one-stop shop for events, corporate parties and weddings the Event Extravagant Group in Turlock has learned what it takes to excel in the special event industry. “Since I was in high school I was doing theme parties for friends,” Chris Irish, Owner and Creative Director of Event Extravagant Group, said. “Then I started creating festivals and large party events.” Event Extravagant Group currently provides 10 subsidiary companies that provide 27 services in the special event industry each featuring their own product line. The Group works under one corporate blanket that allows for a seamless transition between vendors and customers. The customer works with one sales representative for all the services provided, whether one or all vendors are needed for the event. “When the customer deals with one sales representative, one shipping fee and one invoice, it creates less stress and is more economical,” Irish says. With Irish’s extensive resume in the special event industry paired with his enthusiasm, attention to detail and professionalism he has landed deals with Pixar, Yahoo, Disney, AT&T and Cirque de Soleil. Event Extravagant Group tailors to any occasion and can produce the entire event from start ot finish, but also provides services for specific subjects including linens and decór. Along with most businesses in California, Event Extravagant Group has endured a set of challenges due to the recession.


“We recently downsized in 2007 from 25 to 6 full-time employees,” Irish said. “We still hire seasonal employees for the holidays as needed. To survive in the industry, Irish has frequently ventured to Northern and Southern California, as well as, all over the East Coast to continue building relationships and to network. Event Extravagant Group strives for perfection and provides services not mentioned on their web site in order to stay consistent with a one-stop shop. “We have services that you don’t see that are in our group. We have numerous Alliance partners that we contact that offer the same exact pricing as we will.” Another contributor to the success of Event Extravagant Group is the enrollment of an event etiquette program provided to every staff member and sub vendor. The program teaches employees to deal with every personality type. “They are trained to jump in and help other vendors if needed in order to prevent a delay.” For more information about Event Extravagant Group please call (209) 634-7766 or visit


SO WHAT DOES THE GREEK BAILOUT/DEFAULT MEAN TO ME??? By Chris Kiriakou t looks like the Greek government will not go into default on nearly $1.3 trillion Euros. Oh, by the way 1 Euro = $1.3256 today so that’s really $1.72 trillion give or take a few bucks. Come on, what does a default in a country the size of Connecticut mean to me here in Turlock on the other side of the world?? Well it really could mean a lot because guess who holds some of that debt??


A Greek Tragedy The Greek government has issued about $1.72 trillion in bailout bonds to keep the country alive, more or less. A payment on the debt is coming due March 20 and the Greeks don’t have the cash. (No wonder, in December unemployment was 21%.) The Greek government has asked the private bond holders to take a 53.5% cut in the current value or a near 70% loss in the full value of the bonds, as well as, seeking a $172 billion loan. Well here’s the connection between Turlock and Greece, guess who holds Greek bonds and related derivatives, several large US banks!! Remember those pesky derivatives from four years ago, Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) that we’re still trying to recover from. Local Banks In June last year CNN reported that JP Morgan Chase, CitiGroup, and Bank of America held around $185 billion in Greek related derivatives. These are some of our local banks that we rely on for credit and services. But you say that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $878 billion the US government bailout that the banks received under the Toxic Asset Relief Program (TARP). Guess what, Greece is just the leading edge of the storm with Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland not far behind. If


Greece gets the relief from their debt payment that they are asking for, who’s to say that those countries will not pursue the same approach and then what’s the total?? But wait that’s not all! The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 187 countries that attempts to provide financial stability among the countries. The IMF makes loans to countries that need some type of financial assistance, e.g. Greece. The largest member of the IMF is . . . who else but the US (aka us) with a 17.7% share. France and the United Kingdom are in for less than 5% each. The March 5 Wall Street Journal reported that the IMF is “. . . considering putting up between €18 ($23.9) billion and €21 ($27.8) billion of the roughly €130 ($172) billion loan.” In addition,” The United States committed to double its contribution from $65 billion to $130 billion”. So where does the US get the $130 billion to contribute to the IMF? Could it be more debt? Bottom Line There is certainly no shortage of zeros behind these very large numbers. It would not be a “good thing” for Greece to default but that is exactly what is happening when you ask bond holders to take less. Maybe 30% is better than zero but still a significant loss, or as some put it, it’s an “orderly default.” The moral to this story is that getting into a position of having debt beyond one’s means is a tragedy. Some of us have already come to understand this. For the future, we should be aware of what the impact of too much debt on our economy is and the potential threat to life as we know it.


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CVB Promotes Turlock Community Events Spirit Blessings Academy - Information Day, 3/3/2012 - 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Join us on Sat. Mar. 3, from 12-3 for our information day! There will be a list of services we offer. (Refreshments will be served:) The Spiritual Church of Turlock, 533 Crane Ave, Turlock, CA 95380 California Waterfowl Association - Dinner & Dance, 3/3/2012 - 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM 209-613-9053 . The California Waterfowl Association is a statewide nonprofit organization. Building E-2 w/ kitchen - Phone: 209-613-9053 Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway,Turlock,CA 95380 Crab Feed, 3/3/2012 - 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM - 209-484-9698 - Social Hour @ 6pm / Dinner @ 7pm - Raffle @ 8pm Dancing @ 9pm - $45 Per Person/$360 Per Table of 8 Email: or call 209-484-9698 for tickets The Larsa Center, 2107 E Monte Vista Ave, Denair, CA 95316 Turlock Flea Market, 3/6/2012 - 5/29/2012 - 7:00 AM- 1:00 PM - (209) 667-4441 For further information please click on other links. They will provide more details. Parking costs $2 and there is no admission fee. For vending space prices click on reservation info. Turlock Sales Yard, 2000 East Avenue,Turlock, CA 95380 Vines: Premiere Wine & Food Experience, 3/8/2012 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Main Campus Dining Hall. Sponsors Preview Begins at 6:00 From wine novices to advanced wine enthusiasts, Vines is a casual and fun evening for all CSU Stanislaus alums and friends! Must be 21 or over. California State University Stanislaus, One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382 In The Mood, 3/8/2012 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - 209-668-1169. Much more than a concert, IN THE MOOD is a 1940's musical revue that takes a retro look at the life and time of America's greatest generation. Turlock Community Theatre,1574 E. Canal Drive,Turlock, CA 95380 National Swine Registery- NJSA Western Regional Show, 3/9/2012 -3/11/2012, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM - (765) 463-3594 ext. 108 -, Livestock Barns B5& B6, Building E-5 - Email: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380 Mother Lode Mineral Society-Gem & Mineral Show, 3/10/2012 - 3/11/2012, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM - 209-524-3494 - Contact: Bud & Terry McMillin Email: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock,CA 95380,,98252 Turlock Chamber Ag Luncheon, 3/12/2012,11:30 AM - 1:00 PM.209-632-2221 Join the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee as they award high school seniors and CSU Stanislaus students with college scholarships. Individual Tickets are $35 - Email: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway,Turlock, CA 95380 San Joaquin Labrador Retriever Dog Show, 3/16/2012 - 3/17/2012, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (209)402-4488, Grounds G2, & Building E-7 Email: Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway,Turlock, CA 95380 Create Your Own Prosperity Magic Wand with Dale Walker, 3/17/2012 - 3/18/2012, 10:00 AM 0 5:30 PM. Cost $250. Short Version: Prosperity Wand Workshop Join us in a funfilled workshop which will use your artistic, mental, and psychic talents to create a mind tool you will appreciate again and again. The Spiritual Church of Turlock, 533 Crane Ave, Turlock, CA 95380 or Turlock Chamber Mixer, 3/20/2012 - 3/20/2012, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM For more information on this month's Mixer call us at 632-2221 or email - Paul's Glass Company, 240 S. 1st St, Turlock, CA 95380 Turlock Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament, 3/23/2012 - 3/23/2012, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM. 209-632-2221, Individual Players are $150. Turlock Golf & Country Club,10532 Golf Link Road, Turlock, CA 95380


Michael Cavanaugh The Songs of Billy Joel, Elton John & More, 3/23/2012 3/23/2012, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM. 209-668-1169. Michael Cavanaugh is the New Voice of the American Rock & Roll Songbook. Turlock Community Theatre, 1574 E. Canal Drive, Turlock, CA 95380 Delta Australian Shepherd Fanciers Dog Show, 3/31/2012 - 4/1/2012, 8:00 AM 4:00 PM - (209)204-7914. We conduct Conformation Shows, Obedience Trials, Stockdog Trials and other events under the rules and regulations of ASCA. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway,Turlock, CA 95380 Central California Bluegrass Assn. - RV Rally & Campout, 4/10/2012 4/16/2012, Midnight - 11:59 PM - (916) 591-0719 or (916) 989-0993 Central California Bluegrass Assn. - RV Rally & Campout Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380 Turlock Chamber Mixer, 4/17/2012 - 4/17/2012, , 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 209-632-2221 - You must be a Chamber Member or prospective Chamber Member to attend Mixers. For more information on this month's Mixer call us at 632-2221 or email Emanuel Medical Center, 825 Delbon Avenue, Turlock, CA 95382 An Evening with Turlock City Council Candidate Steven Nascimento, 5/4/2012, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Save the date! This May 4, Turlock City Councilman Steven Nascimento will be hosting his first large campaign fundraiser at the beautiful East Lake Ranch in Turlock. Reception starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. $50 per Person | $100 per Couple Event Sponsor (Includes 4 tables of 8) - $2,000 Host Committee (Includes 2 tables of 8) - $1,000 Table Sponsor (Includes 1 table of 8) - $500 If you're interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Donna Dami at 209.613.4141 or East Lake Ranch, 14011 East Ave., Turlock, CA 95380 Rich Roberts - Spring Auto Swap Meet, 5/6/2012 - 5/6/2012, , 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM (209) 358-3334 - - Spring Turlock 2012! Collector Car / Parts Swap Meet Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA, 95380 Turlock Lake Road Race, 5/6/2012 - 5/6/2012 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM We’re also planning a spectator- and supporter-friendly event. The main parking and registration area is at the state park with picnic tables, barbeque pits, public restrooms and sandy beaches. Plus, the finish line is adjacent to the parking area and the feed zone is a short distance by car. Bring the entire family for a fun day at the races! Turlock Lake, 22600 Lake Road, La Grange, CA, 95329,,!/cdvcyclingteam?v=wall Turlock Chamber Mixer, 5/15/2012, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - 209-632-2221 You must be a Chamber Member or prospective Chamber Member to attend Mixers. For more information on this month's Mixer call us at 632-2221 or email Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green, 627 E. Canal Dr.,Turlock, CA 95380,,98252 Alchemist Shrine Clowns, 5/19/2012, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Craig Clark, 209-6687400 - Join us for our 2nd Annual Alchemist Shrine Clown Car Show. Come see lots of unique custom cars, classic cars, motorcycles, clown cars and more. Contact: Craig Clark Phone: 209-668-7400 Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380


“Restore Hetch Hetchy” By Michael Frantz, President of the TID Board of Directors hanging your own lifestyle to improve the environment is commendable. But promoting a personal agenda that requires others to live with less without any sacrifice of your own is something altogether different.


Environmentalists began calling for the restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley practically before the O’Shaughnessy Dam was built. John Muir himself carried the torch in the early 1900’s, and still today a loyal and passionate group lobby for a return to the natural beauty of the Hetch Hetchy Valley. More recently, the group “Restore Hetch Hetchy” has attempted to link the separate water systems of the City and County of San Francisco, (CCSF) and Don Pedro reservoir, the source of both Modesto and Turlock Irrigation districts’ water. They promote the idea of storing water currently held in Hetch Hetchy in Lake Don Pedro to facilitate their dream of removing the O’Shaughnessy Dam by claiming CCSF owns storage in Don Pedro. This linking of two water systems is not only untenable for a host of reasons, it is factually false. The facts are this: Prior to CCSF building the Hetch Hetchy water system, the U. S. Congress passed the Raker Act which formally recognized the senior rights of both TID and MID to the Tuolumne river. The city was only allowed to divert flood flows,


with all normal levels of runoff flowing to the irrigation districts. CCSF, needing additional operational flexibility, paid for half of the cost of the New Don Pedro Reservoir. In trade for their dollars we assumed the flood control responsibilities of CCSF’s three upper reservoirs, and allowed CCSF to prerelease water into our reservoir. This gives CCSF the right to divert water in the future when flows are below the amount promised by the Raker Act to the districts. All water and storage space in Lake Don Pedro belongs to the irrigation districts, and the entire facility is wholly owned by the ratepayers of Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts. Those in the farming community know that this is a critically dry year. Our farmer ratepayers are being asked to make do with half of their normal allocation, which for some means significant financial sacrifice. With this as a backdrop, the idea of us allowing CCSF to take storage space away from our municipal and agricultural users is entirely unacceptable. In fact, it would be laughable were the topic not so serious. We all know someone who has made personal sacrifices for a cause they believe in. We admire them for their commitment. But those in the Bay Area who would tear down their dam at our expense should be ashamed of themselves. And they should look somewhere else to store their water.




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