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A publication of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce

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Allen Mortuary Tradition of Caring

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Contents W.A.C.E. Award Winning Publication

of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce

115 S. Golden State Blvd. Turlock, CA 95380 209-632-2221 Fax 209- 632-5289 Hours: Mon. - Fri. • 10am - 4pm President / CEO

Sharon Silva

8  Development


Cover Allen Mortuary: Tradition of caring

Monte Vista Crossings expansion Hilmar Cheese expands in Turlock

director communications/ development

Tasha Van Santen Ext. 104

9  Chamber

State of the Chamber

10 Scorecards

Administrative Assistant

Sharon Berry Ext. 100

Legislative Scorecards

12 Election

membership / cvb assistant

June elections preview

Kassi Fortado Ext. 101

14 Events

State of the City Ag Scholarships

Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau

15 Best of Turlock 16 Real Estate

director Desa Cammack 115 S. Golden State Blvd. 209-632-2221 Ext. 104

New laws impacting real estate

17 City

Proposed water rate increases

18 Chamber Mixers 19 Ribbon Cuttings 20 Partners

Importance of Downtowns

21 New members 22 Calendar

cover photo by Candy padilla

Published by The Turlock Journal 138 S. Center St., Turlock, CA 95380 209-634-9141

CVB calendar of events

23 Members for 15-25 years business news


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Chamber president & ceo

Chamber board chair

The year 2014 started off with honoring

Turlock’s finest at the Best of Turlock Recognition Dinner in January. As I was preparing for this event, it brought such joy to my heart to see what so many in Turlock give to their community. How fortunate are we to live in a place that people truly care about. Every year we have outstanding leaders who are our unknown soldiers, who give so much of themselves to make Turlock the best place to live, this year was no exception. We gave recognition to a young man who has put Turlock on the map. Colin Kaepernick was SHaron Silva honored with the prestigious Enoch Christofpresident & CEO fersen Award, which goes to someone who has made outstanding accomplishments in their life. It was a great privilege to honor a couple who has developed a top corporation and who has given so much back to their community, through their philanthropic giving, Mike and Betty Ireland are one of the leading examples of building your empire and taking care of the community it thrives in. The Business Leader of the Year is Fred Brenda, another leader who walks our streets quietly and still continues to give back. Corporation of the Year is Las Consuela’s Restaurant. The Ramirez family is building another restaurant downtown and will add to the development of the downtown community. Then there was Rose Elliott, who does work for our American heroes who go off to war and fight for our country. The Educators of the Year are Bret Sutterley and Ann Cordell. Cordell gives her time not only in the class, but after the bell rings to go home she is still there working with the kids in other areas of growth in the arts. Chris Kiriakou is our Volunteer of the Year, he has been working with homeless issues here in Turlock. Susan Quigley is the Ambassador of the Year with her hard work and dedication to promote and support the Chamber and to help make the Chamber a success. It has been such a privilege to work with Home Depot, one of Turlock’s top corporations in their Framing Hope Program where we were able to give about $60,000 of merchandise to non-profits, churches, businesses and people of need this past year. It was amazing to look at the youth applications for the Youth Citizens of the Year. Mackenzie Shamgochian and Tim Truax are two of the outstanding future citizens and leaders of our community for what they have already done and have given back. These young people are pillars of the youth and we are lucky to have them! Then there is our Small Business of the Year, which is not small and has also put Turlock on the map! The Dust Bowl Brewing Company has been a huge success with owners Brett Tate and Brett Honore. Our Ag Leader Mike Brem is another outstanding individual who 10 years ago was Business Leader of the Year. Last but not least, our Special Recognition goes to our City Manager Roy Wasden who has taken Turlock to a different level with his leadership and the strength of Mayor John Lazar and Council behind him. The Chamber is proud to work with these outstanding leaders and what a privilege to have the opportunity to say thank you for making Turlock the best place to live, work and raise our families. The Chamber is continuing our efforts in economic development, education and training efforts, membership benefit development and political action in having a voice for business. We are looking forward to having educational forums on issues that have an effect on business. On behalf of the board, we thank our members for their efforts in working to make the Chamber better and our partnership with the city, university and the Alliance Workforce. We are looking forward to a very successful 2014 for our members. Sharon Silva President and CEO, Turlock Chamber of Commerce business news


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2014 looks to be an exciting year for our Chamber and I'm honored to be working with each of you to further our presence and impact throughout the community. Not only do we have a great Chamber staff working on our behalf; our board of direcAndrew B. wigglesworth tors is also a stellar Chairman, Turlock Chamber of group of leaders who Commerce Board are committed to helping our local business community thrive. I hope each of you have had the opportunity to take advantage of our membership events, including those that have already taken place and those upcoming events which have been planned for you. Events are a great way for us to connect on a personal level, which further strengthens our community bonds. Plus, what's not to love about great food and great company? We had a successful Annual Membership Breakfast, and I know that I am personally looking forward to the Annual Golf Tournament. While the fun is needed, 2014 will require hard work and focus. We are continuing with our goals to strengthen the finances of the Chamber, further develop our membership, and develop health and wellness benefits for local businesses. We also have a series of major issues pending that will impact all businesses in our community…management of our region’s water supply, key transportation infrastructure and financing plans, and of course federal, state and local elections. As CEO of MedicAlert Foundation, these goals and issues hit close to home as they would for any organization in Turlock. I am confident that we will make great progress throughout 2014 to execute on our goals as a Chamber and as a community. Turlock is a wonderful community with a wealth of resources. Working together we truly can make an impact that will improve our local economy, and the lives of our family and friends. Turlock is the best community within the Central Valley to live, work and do business in – may we continue to live out this vision throughout 2014. I look forward to serving you all throughout this coming year. Thank you for the opportunity to help lead our efforts. Andrew B. Wigglesworth Chairman, Turlock Chamber of Commerce Board President/CEO, MedicAlert Foundation

2014 chamber board of directors

Jeff Segars chair elect Foster Farms

Andrew wigglesworth Chair MedicAlert Foundation

Fred brenda Valley Tool & Manufacturing

diana bettencourt Oak Valley Community Bank

Steven padilla Sunopta

Mike romeo past chair Romeo Medical Clinic

James Brenda JKB Energy

Steve GEmperle Treasurer Gamperle Enteprises

Dean Doerksen Central Ag Products

Lazar Piro Piro Trading International

susan quigley Rabobank

Mike Allen Allen Mortuary

Kyle kirkes Kirkes Electric

mike rose B&B Fluid Power

Ashour badal CSU Stanislaus

Mike Lynch Mike Lynch Consulting

Marty Jakosa Ex-Officio Member Foster Farms

linda nowak CSU Stanislaus

paul porter Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green

2014 turlock chamber of commerce staff

tasha van santen

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

director communications/ development Bachelor Science - Business CSU Stanislaus

Sharon berry administrative assistant Bachelor Science Education Science Pacific University

2014 chamber champions 2014 Chamber Champions

Lancaster Painting

Allen Mortuary

MedicAlert Foundation

California State University, Stanislaus

Oak Valley Community Bank

Emanuel Medical Center Garton Tractor, Inc. Gemperle Enterprises JKB Energy / Living Kirkes Electric

Desa cammack

membership/ cvb assistant Merced College

director turlock convention and visitors bureau Wester Association of Chamber Executives Graduate

upcoming events Mixer Paramount Court Senior Living April 15

Tower Health & Wellness Center

Mixer Jaureguy’s Paint & Decorating May 20

Turlock Journal Turlock Scavenger Company / Turlock Recycling

Mixer Dental Spa / The Agency June 17

Winton Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency business news

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Allen Mortuary continues tradition of caring service

Photos by Candy Padilla

Allen Mortuary has been serving the Turlock community for over 60 years. Pictured above (left to right) are: Veronica Munoz, Jacob Ward, Alison Allen, Michael Allen, Ken Freeby and Ernesto Alarcon.

“We dedicate what we do and credit everything to our employees.”



or over 60 years, family-owned funeral home Allen Mortuary has been serving the Turlock community, offering multiple services to help families celebrate the life of their loved ones. Offering support and care in everything they do, current owners Michael Allen and his wife, Alison, are committed to continuing the tradition of compassion that his grandfather, William “Bill” Allen, demonstrated when he founded the funeral home in 1952. This tradition of compassion and desire to serve the community has long been a characteristic of the Allen family, as Bill Allen’s father, Rev. William E. Allen, was raised with a Quaker background and was the founding pastor of the Denair Nazarene Church. Now, in 2014, Allen Mortuary continues to serve its community with dignity and respect, while also ensuring affordability, excellence and integrity. “We love this community,” said Michael Allen. “Our commitment has always been to help support families in their time of need with care and empathy. We also make sure that we do whatever we can to accommodate their needs, so that they get the type of service that they want.” In addition to arranging a beautiful funeral service for all faiths, Allen Mortuary’s extensive list of services include cremation, transportation and limousine services free of charge to

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local cemeteries, a live private online broadcast where family and friends who could not attend in person can view the service over the internet, a life tribute DVD, urns, keepsakes, caskets and several other services to help make planning simple. With three chapels, families can choose the size that best meets their needs. The Founders Hall, which is ideal for larger services with a capacity of 250, features grand wooden planks across the crest-like ceiling and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. For more intimate remembrances, the Heritage Chapel seats 75, while the smaller Legacy Chapel seats 25. Although Allen Mortuary remains in the original building founded by Michael Allen’s grandfather, the chapel has undergone remodeling over the years, including the addition of an event center in 2008. With the event center, families and funeral attendees no longer have to drive across town for a reception following the service, but instead can walk right next door. The center accommodates up to 100 people, being complete with a large industrial kitchen, audiovisual equipment, and elegant decorations. Being located across the street from the redeveloped Carnegie Arts Center and the new Public Safety Facility, Michael and Alison both said that the new developments have been great additions to the area. “Both buildings are beautiful to look at, and people that come to Allen Mortuary always comment on how nice everything looks,” said Michael. “We hope to see continued growth in Turlock, in addition to more family-owned businesses. One of the great things about the Chamber is that they’re dedicated to helping economic growth, while also helping local businesses thrive. The network of people couldn’t be better, and one of the things we love about Turlock most is that even though it’s growing, it’s still a town where everyone knows each other.” Allen Mortuary is located at 247 N. Broadway Ave., and can be reached at (209) 634-5829.


Hilmar Cheese to open new facility in Turlock

Monte Vista Crossings will be gaining some new tenants this year as the Hall Equities Group plans to start work on Phase II of the shopping center. The 19-acre parcel is just south of the existing Kohl’s and Olive Garden, off of Countryside Drive.

Monte Vista Crossings prepares for expansion BY CARA HALLAM


urlock residents can soon expect several new businesses, as Monte Vista Crossings has begun construction on the second phase of development. Businesses slated for Monte Vista Crossings South so far include: Dick’s Sporting Goods, a national sports retailer offering gear, equipment, apparel and footwear; Justice and Brothers , a ‘tween’ girls and boys clothing store, also selling backpacks and school supplies; Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores , one of the nation’s largest craft stores offering fabric, sewing, quilting, and other hobby supplies; Kirkland’s, a home décor chain retailer specializing in furnishings and gifts; Tilly’s, a popular surf and skate retailer offering apparel, equipment and sports-branded products; Sprint, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the nation, offering wireless services and cell phones; and Maurice’s, a retail

chain focusing on women’s clothing, accessories and apparel. “We’re very excited about the expansion at Monte Vista Crossings,” said Rebecca Hall of Hall Equities Group. The 19-acre parcel set for Phase II of the Monte Vista Crossings project owned by Hall Equities Group is just south of the existing Kohl’s and Olive Garden, off of Countryside Drive. There is a 7-acre north expansion area between Golden State Boulevard and Countryside that remains vacant and no plans have been announced for that area. The Olive Garden, which opened in September 2012, was the most recent development project at Monte Vista Crossings. Monte Vista Crossings is now leasing shop space for interested businesses. More information can be found by visiting business news


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urlock’s economic development efforts just got a big boost, as Hilmar Cheese announced it will be building a milk processing facility in the Turlock Regional Industrial Park. “We are expanding our ingredients business to meet strong global demand for milk powders,” explained John Jeter, Hilmar Cheese Company CEO and president. “The U.S. dairy industry, and specifically California, is well positioned to be a consistent supplier to the world.” The new facility, which is expected to open in about 18 months, according to Hilmar Cheese spokesperson Denise Skidmore, will add 40 full time jobs to the local economy when completed. The construction will also add economic stimulus to the area with builders, contractors and others benefiting from the project. GO-Biz, Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development, assisted with site-selection. “GO-Biz is excited that Hilmar Cheese Company is expanding their presence in California, further strengthening the state’s food processing industry,” said Kish Rajan, director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “Our team worked closely with Hilmar Cheese Company to help them find a location for their new facility and we look forward to helping them continue to grow and provide new job opportunities.” Hilmar Cheese cited Turlock’s constructionready land, proximity to export opportunities through the Port of Oakland, and cooperative city staff as reasons for choosing the Turlock location. “The City of Turlock’s staff was excellent to work with,” Jeter commented. “This is a great example of how effective business and government can be when we work closely together.” “Hilmar Cheese Company is a solid business and major employer for our area with great career opportunities, a strong commitment to the environment, and a proven track record of supporting our community with many significant donations,” said Turlock Mayor John Lazar. “We are glad they chose to grow here.” The manufacturing process at the Turlock facility will use the most technologically-advanced equipment to capture the water in milk for reuse to conserve precious ground water, according to Hilmar Cheese. Water will be recycled, reused and passed through a preliminary treatment before going to the Turlock Regional Water Quality Control facility.



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Economic development, political action focus for 2014 BY KRISTINA HACKER


very year , the members of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce gather to get an update on what the organization has been doing to support and promote business in the community. At this year's Membership Breakfast, Chamber CEO and President Sharon Silva was able to share a long list of Chamber accomplishments and initiatives from 2013, as well as share the organization's goals for 2014. "2013 was a very exciting year for the Turlock Chamber of Commerce," said Silva. "The Turlock Chamber has been fortunate to have outstanding leadership with the board and chairs over the past years, and this year was no exception. 2013 Chairman Dr. Mike Romeo was always there providing support and guidance to the Chamber’s staff. It is an honor to work with a Board of Directors who have vision and commitment for Economic Development and to the Businesses of Turlock. "I look forward to working with the 2014 Board of Directors and Board Chair Andrew Wigglesworth, CEO of MedicAlert. It is a privilege to work with a team who wants to insure that the Chamber of Commerce becomes better at providing services to assist Turlock businesses and to work with our partners."

Chamber highlights of 2013: • Once again, the Turlock Chamber was recognized as one of the top 10 Chambers in the state and received, for the 5th year in a row, the Cal Chamber’s Presidents Award. • The Alliance Worknet moved the Small Business Development Center into the Chamber giving Turlock services locally. • The Turlock Film Commission, which is under the Chamber Foundation, landed its first major film project. • Partnerships with the City of Turlock and California State University, Stanislaus have given the Chamber the opportunity to be an active participant in the Mayor’s Economic Development Task Force; the Development Collaborative Committee, which works with City staff on streamline the process of doing business in Turlock; President Dr. Joseph Sheley’s Advisory Committee for California State University, Stanislaus; and the Business Advisory Board for the School of Business. • The Chamber's Prosperity 2 program known as P2, to support the political action efforts of the Chamber, made strides. • The Turlock Chamber website was redesigned and updated to assist in keeping members informed and making it easier to do business with the Chamber. The Chamber has set four major goals for 2014: 1. Economic development; 2. Political action, having a voice in political matters that effect business, from elected officials to measures and ballots; 3. Continuing education; and 4. Membership development.

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Turlock City Council Voting Record Explanation 1. The new citywide ban on aggressive panhandling was adopted by the City Council in response to public safety concerns regarding an increase in panhandling throughout Turlock. Individuals cited for aggressive panhandling will now receive a misdemeanor or

infraction, chargeable at the City Attorney’s discretion. 2. An agreement with engineering group Alta Planning and Design will see the development of a Bicycle Master Plan that will not only add more bicycle lanes throughout Tur-

lock, but also include a Safe Route to School diagram to increase student safety on their way to and from school. 3. Councilmember Steven Nascimento developed a new city ordinance that would continued on PAGE 13 

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Federal Voting Record Explanation 1. Amends the Central Valley Project Improvement Act to include provisions to let more water be sent southward from federal pumps in the Delta to San Joaquin farmers by eliminating existing limitations, including federal environmental protections. With the ongoing drought, the bill was created to give more water to farming communities. However,

due to the proposed rollbacks in environmental regulations, and a halt in the restoration of the San Joaquin River’s flow and salmon habitat, the bill has received strong opposition from environmental/endangered species protection groups. Although the bill passed in the House, it is expected to be “dead on arrival” in the Senate.

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2. Extended the statutory limit on debt incurred by the federal government until March 15, 2015, while also increasing the statutory limit on federal public debt beginning in March 2016 to the amount of outstanding principal and interest of obligations that are guaranteed by the US Government. After passcontinued on PAGE 13 

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sis Stabilization Unit, and will help reduce the negative impacts resulting from an increase in hospitalized psychiatric patients at local hospitals throughout Stanislaus.

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State Legislature Voting Record 1. Gradually raises California’s minimum wage by 25 percent, with the first increase to no less than $9 per hour taking effect on July 1. The bill states that the minimum wage in Cali-

fornia must increase to no less than $10 per hour by 2016. After passing both houses of the state legislature, the bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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2. As one of the many firearm bills recently introduced in California, SB 127 will prohibit various mentally ill Californian’s from ever buycontinued on PAGE 13 

Election Preview



tanislaus voters can expect a full ballot before them as they line up at the polls for the June primary election. As 2014 marks the end of Gov. Jerry Brown’s current term, the second-time governor will be running against multiple opponents during California’s gubernatorial race. Using a top-two system, the top candidates from both parties will go on to the general election ballot in November. Republican challengers running against Gov. Brown include Neel Kashkari, former U.S. Treasury official; Andrew Blount, Laguna Hills Mayor; and Tim Donnelly, an Assemblyman from Southern California who has the support of grass root Tea Party activists. Donnelly made a stop in Turlock during his campaign, meeting with local residents at Latif ’s Restaurant. Other state positions up for elections in 2014 are Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, and a State Board of Equalization member.

Turlock Unified Also on the June 3 balSchool District lot are two state measures, Trustee Dr. Harinder Grewal seeks to Prop 41 and Prop 42. Also replace incumbent known as the Veterans Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) in the Housing and Homeless California State Prevention Act, Prop 41 Assembly. would authorize $600 million in general obligation Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Letras of Ceres bonds to fund transitional pays for filing fees housing for low-income to run for sheriff at the Stanislaus and homeless veterans County Registrar of and their families. The Voters office. fiscal impact would see increased state bond costs California State averaging about $50 milAssembly’s 33rd lion annually over 15 District Representative Tim Donnelly (R) visits years. Latif’s Restaurant in Turlock in September Prop 42, a legislative as he kicked off his constitutional amendcampaign to run for governor. ment geared towards local agencies, would require local governments to comply with state laws providing for public access to local government body meetings and records of government officials. The measure would also eliminate the reimbursement costs of compliance with state law, reducing state payments to local governments in the tens of

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For more election info visit millions of dollars annually. If the measure does not pass, the state would still be required to pay local governments for certain costs associated with providing public information and records. With the House of Representatives facing midterm elections, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will be facing challenger Michael Eggman (D-Modesto) for his seat in Congress. As a bee farmer and small businessman, Eggman has held several local campaign events, gathering support from many within the 10th Congressional District. Former candidate Mike Barkley is also expected to run against Denham. In the State Senate, District 8 representative Sen. Tom Berryhill is running uncontested, while Sen. Anthony Cannella of District 12 will face off with challenger Tom Hallinan. Assembly member Kristin Olsen will also face a challenger this election, as Turlock Unified School District’s own trustee Dr. Harinder Grewal runs for Assembly District 12. As a County agricultural inspector with years of experience sitting on multiple agricultural commissions, Grewal hopes to bring a wealth of knowledge to help Central Valley residents. In District 21, Assembly member Adam Gray is currently running uncontested. In Stanislaus County, voters will see nine superior court judges on the June ballot, in addition to candidates for Supervisor Districts 3 and 4. In District 3, Supervisor Terry Withrow is currently uncontested while Supervisor Dick Monteith faces challenger Dave Lopez, a Modesto City Councilman, for District 4. The race for County Sheriff-Coroner has come down to Sheriff Adam Christianson and Deputy Sheriff Tom Letras. Additionally, District Attorney Birgit Fladager will go up against local criminal defense attorney Frank Carson. Other county offices up for election include auditor-controller, clerk-recorder, superintendent of schools, and treasurer-tax collector. Continued fROM PAGE 10

put limits on campaign finances that would require council members who have received $2,000 or more from a campaign contributor to recuse him/her self from making decisions relating to the direct benefit of that donor. Although the City Council opted to postpone adopting the ordinance, due to public opposition, the Council approved a second ordinance put forward by Nascimento that adds a new section on ex parte communications to the City Council Code of Conduct regulations. 4. Councilmembers unanimously supported an expenditure plan developed by the Stanislaus Council of Governments, the regional transportation-planning agency, which would dictate the allocation of funds resulting from a new countywide transportation sales tax. Although the transportation tax would have to be approved by voters in November, the Council decided to offer their support for the plan with the caveat that the transportation projects affecting the City of Turlock receive adequate funding.

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ing both the House and Senate, the bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama. 3. HR 2642 – Also known as the Farm Bill, the Agricultural Act of 2014 included the development of new crop insurance policies while also repealing certain crop subsidies. Including significant reforms to farm policy, the new Farm Bill will see roughly $100 billion in annual spending over the next 10 years, in addition to making drastic changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which took a $8 billion cut for food stamp recipients.

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City Council and county representatives seeking to address a variety of issues affecting both agencies such as infrastructure improvements, roadways, water, and transportation. 3. After approving the formation of the Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee, the Board of Supervisors appointed members who will continue to find new strategies addressing water issues and conservation measures. The Board of Supervisors appointed the following individuals: Donald Peterson, Louis Brichetto, Neil Hudson, Forrest White, Robert Santos, Francisco Canela, Larry Byrd, Thomas Smith, Richard Gemperle, Jim Mortensen, Sean Roddy, Bill Zoslocki, Ranyold Kablanow, Michael Lynch and Chris Vieira. 4. Pending on agreement negotiations, the Stanislaus County Environmental Services Department may terminate the Waste Reduction and Recycling Program services agreement with the City of Turlock should the two agencies not finish negotiations by August. If terminated, several key programs and services related to solid waste would not be provided to the City of Turlock through Stanislaus County, including the Household Hazardous Waste Management program. In 2013, the Turlock City Council voted to send the city’s waste to the Merced Regional Waste Authority as part of a 120-day trial in an effort to reduce costs. 5. The Board of Supervisors showed unanimous support for an expenditure plan developed by Stanislaus Council of Governments, the regional transportation-planning agency, which would dictate the allocation of funds resulting from a new countywide transportation sales tax. The measure is expected to be on the November ballot, when voters will decide whether or not the new half-cent sales tax will be implemented to provide funding for transportation and roadway improvements throughout Stanislaus.

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ing a firearm. The bill passed the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk to be signed. 3. With California facing one of the worst droughts on record, the legislation was created to provide $687 million in funding for drought relief and assistance. The funding will help state water conservation efforts, expand the use of recycled water, and provide groundwater storage. Additionally, the legislative packet includes funding for food and housing assistance programs for communities impacted by the drought. The bill passed both houses unanimously, and was signed by Gov. Brown. 4. Aiming to expand Medi-Cal eligibility, AB 50 would have provided “full scope” health care coverage for pregnant women with an income that is between 60 and 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Additionally, state-mandated local programs would be created to help provide said coverage, with the state reimbursing local agencies for associated costs. After multiple amendments, the bill passed both houses of legislature, only to be vetoed by Gov. Brown. According to Brown, he could not support the bill as further discussion should take place on the entire category of pregnancy-only coverage, not just for women between 60 and 100 percent of federal poverty level.

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New chapter for Turlock economics

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Turlock Mayor John Lazar delivers his 8th annual State of the City address on Feb. 26, joining together with business leaders and city officials during the 2014 Turlock Chamber of Commerce breakfast.


urlock has a new way of doing business, making the local economy stronger each day, says Mayor John Lazar. During the 2014 State of the City address given at the annual Turlock Chamber of Commerce breakfast held on Feb. 26, Mayor Lazar highlighted several successes the City has made over the past year as Turlock continues to make strides in economic recovery. “This is a new chapter in our commu-

nity,” said Lazar, as he took the podium for his 8th State of the City address. “Turlock is becoming one of the most business friendly cities in California.” Alongside a changing culture at City Hall, Lazar credited the tremendous efforts made by city staff as the backbone for the City’s recent accomplishments, including a streamlined permitting process that has helped secure a multitude of new businesses. Noting the recent announcement of Hil-

mar Cheese Company’s new multi-million dollar milk powder processing plant coming to Turlock, the Mayor emphasized the continual progress witnessed in Turlock’s Regional Industrial Park as the City steadily draws in large industrial facilities. Partnerships with organizations such as the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance and the Turlock Chamber of Commerce have also helped strengthen Turlock’s economic recovery, says Lazar.

Ag scholarships

help educate next generation of leaders BY ELIZABETH ARAKELIAN


total of $20,000 was presented to the high school seniors by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee at the 14th Annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on March 10, where local industry members gathered to support the passing of the figurative baton onto the next generation. “Agriculture is our number one industry in Turlock and we wanted to continue to build that growth. It’s very important for the Chamber to continue to maintain that relationship with the agriculture community because it is such as part of life here,” said Sharon Silva, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. This year's recipients were Trey Smith, Jelena Bravo, Matthew Oliveira, Kayli Perry from Turlock High School; Sheyenne Sousa and Tim Truax from Pitman High School; Fabian Garcia, Stephanie Gonzalez and Stephanie Land from Livingston High School; Sean Anderson, Katelynn Lawson and Holly McDiffett from Denair High School; Helen Barnes and Kaleb Woody from Hughson High School; Quinn Fonseca and Trey Johnston from Hilmar High School; and Kevin Bonner and Stephany Celio from Waterford High School.

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Community’s ‘Best’

honored at annual event Turlock is a town marked by the enduring traits of its community members: commitment, care and selflessness. The 46th Annual Best of Turlock awards program, held on Jan. 24, was a testament to its residents that possess these traits.

Youth Involvement Award Ann Cordell

Enoch Christoffersen Award Colin Kaepernick

Community Volunteer Chris Kiriakou

Educator of the Year Bret Sutterley

Small Business of the Year Dust Bowl

Business Leader of the Year Fred Brenda

Citizens of the Year Betty and Mike Ireland

Corporation of the Year Las Casuelas Restaurant

Higher Educator of the Year Dean Linda Nowak, PhD

Agricultural Leader of the Year Michael Brem

Youth Citizens of the Year Mackenzie Shamgochian

Youth Citizens of the Year Tim Truax

Special Recognition Roy Wasden

Humanitarian of the Year Rose M. Elliott

Ambassador of the Year Susan Quigley business news


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New 2014 California Laws Impacting Real Estate

he California State Legislature continued to draft and pass rules and regulations and 2013 was no exception. Here are several that may not have made the headlines as the legislative session ended last year: Smoke Detectors: Starting July 1, 2014, the State Fire Marshall will not approve a battery-operated smoke alarm unless it contains a non-replaceable, non-removable battery with a 10-year operating life. Adjoining Owners: Commencing Jan. 1, 2014, adjoining property owners are equally responsible for maintaining boundaries and monuments between them. For fences dividing their properties, adjoining owners are presumed to be equally responsible for the reasonable costs of construction, maintenance, or replacement of the fence. This law provides specific procedures for a homeowner to notify

a neighbor of an intention to incur costs for a division fence, including a 30-day notice setting forth what needs to be done and the estimated cost for each owner. The affected neighbor receiving the notice may attempt to overcome the presumption of equal responsibility by showing that imposing equal responsibility would be unjust. Examples include showing that the fence is unnecessary, that it disproportionately benefits the other owner, that it provides a poor return on investment, or that it inflicts an undue financial hardship. Source: Assembly Bill 1404. 1031-Exchange Tax Law: This new tax law might give 1031-exchange clients a good reason to buy up-leg property in California rather than out of state. For a 1031-exchange occurring on or after Jan. 1, 2014, a taxpayer who acquires a “like kind” property in an exchange that


is located outside of California must file an information return with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for that taxable year and every year thereafter until the capital gain or loss from the 1031-exchange is recognized. If a taxpayer fails to file the required information return and tax returns, the FTB may propose to assess the amount of tax, interest, and penalties due by estimating net income, including gain, from any available information. The FTB will draft and make available the required information return, which will first come due in the 2015 filing season. Source: Assembly Bill 92. For more information on the specifics of the legislation go to the Official California Legislative Information website at www. — Jim Theis, PMZ Real Estate, CA Broker License 01290827

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will be the first to admit, I am really big on Downtowns. I remember as a young boy going with my sisters to the Downtown Cinema in Idaho Falls, Idaho to watch the latest Disney movie at the Saturday matinee. My mother would drop us off, go do some shopping, and then pick us up when the movie was over. That was certainly another time! It was quite the experience, and I remember how excited I used to be to go Downtown. I remember going to the old Montgomery Wards to shop for clothes. And I remember taking strolls as a family along the Snake River next to the Falls. Downtown is what gives any community its identity. It's the living room of your community. We are blessed in Stanislaus County to have some incredible Downtowns. I have made a point to visit them all. Some are further along than others. But what each city has in common is a great core and many opportunities for improvement. If you think about making good impressions to potential investors, think about your Downtown. That's what people see first. When I visited Stanislaus County to interview for this job, I stayed in Downtown Modesto. What I saw was a fabulous hotel, a Downtown Cinema, several great restaurants, a wonderful library, a very interesting mansion/museum, an exceptional performing arts venue, and a very interesting and eclectic theater. I certainly saw some challenges, but I tend to focus more on the opportunities than the challenges. What I saw, as many of you have seen, is a Downtown that has all the core elements to become something great. I have spent time in Downtown Turlock. I had a burger at the Dust Bowl Brewery. Turlock deserves a lot of credit for their charming Downtown. I have been in Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Hughson, Ceres, Waterford and Newman. All have interesting and developing Downtowns. If we could all do something to help improve our communities it would be to support our Downtowns. And that's what I intend to do. The first rule of economic development is to build from within. — David White is the CEO of the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance. He can be reached at



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Friday nights, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hamburger Nights Weekly event features hamburgers, cheeseburgers and fries for a $2 to $6.50 donation. Located at the VFW Hall, 1405 E. Linwood Ave., Turlock. For more information, call 209-668-9710.

April 12 and May 10 12 1:30 p.m. Warm Meals (Comida Caliente) As part of its Warm Meals program, members of Templo Jordan will be providing free food to anyone and everyone at 655 Jordan Ave., Turlock.

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The Turlock Garden Club presents its annual garden tour “Live, Love & Laugh in Our Gardens.” Tickets are $20 each, with children under 12 free. Tickets are on sale at The Greenery, Westurf Nursery and Morris Nursery.

Admission is free to this event that features over 60 vendors, holistic healers, intuitive readers, mediums, numerology, astrology and more. Laurie Walker and DaEl Walker will be offering meditation sessions with two of the ancient crystal skulls, Rainbow and Madre. Don Schulz will be leading a drumming circle with his Grandmother Drum. Rebecca Chavez will hold a Spring Celebration Circle that is open to everyone. Gaylene Cornell will hold Mediumship Gallery Reading Sessions with a question and answer time. Holistic Expo will be held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. For more information, visit www.turlockexpo. com. Vendor booth space still available, call Gaylene Cornell at 209-604-5413.

April 6, May 4 and June 1 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Toy Trains Operating Society The San Joaquin Valley Toy Trains Operators, Inc. will hold its monthly meeting in building E3 of the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. The organization is based on the collection and operation of model trains.

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An evening of duets, solos and group performances will be featured by California State University, Stanislaus dance students, as well as visiting dance troupes, at the university’s Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $3 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit theatretickets.html or call 209-667-3016.

Artist Open Studio This community event is designed to expose the talents of the Stanislaus County resident visual artists, and expose them to the public, in the artists’ work spaces, where visitors can interact. Art is available for purchase as well as display, demonstrations, and general contact with the artists in the area. Tour maps can be purchased at the Carnegie Arts Center, 350 N. Broadway, Turlock; 1st Street Gallery, 226 N. 1st Street, Turlock; and Turlock Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit http:// or call 209-222TOUR.

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April 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The California State University, Stanislaus Theater Department will present Steinbeck in Vietnam: The Last Published Works of John Steinbeck at the university’s Mainstage Theatre. The performance features John Mayer, Tony Carreiro, Dan Gately, Bo Henry, and Laura Dickinson-Turner. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students.

May 16 and 17, 8 p.m.

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May 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Templo Jordan will host a community car show at 655 Jordan Ave., Turlock. For more information, contact Karla Mancia at 209-8181172.

June 1, All Day Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms The farm and river festival features three stages of live music, you-pick organic blueberries and cherries, farm and local craft market, storytelling, homestead skills demos, kids’ activities, tractor hay rides, and a Native American Pow Wow . Entry to the festival on Saturday is $10 for adults and $5 for kids, students (3 to 20) and seniors (65+). Entry on Sunday is $5 for adults and $2 for kids, students and seniors. Saturday night campsites are available for $15.. Proceeds of festival will go to Save Our River Parks. Riverdance Farms is located at 12230 Livingston Cressey Rd., in Livingston. For more information, visit or call 761-0081.

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