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Modesto Chamber Progress Magazine

Transcript of December Progress magazine

  • December 2011

    Vol. 32 Issue 12

    modchamber.org

    Ribbon CuttingsWork In ProgressNew Members

    Our Future Starts Here

    council member Stephanie BurnSide

    council member dave Cogdill Jr.

    sylvan school district board member

    Jennifer miyakawa

    sylvan school district board member

    david CollinS

    council member dave lopez

    modesto city schools board member

    kathy floreS hallinan

    modesto city schools board member

    Steven grenBeaux

    mid board member larry Byrd

    modesto city schools board member

    amy newman

    stanislaus county board of education

    kim Spina

    mid board member niCk Blom

    mayor candidategarrad marSh

    mayor candidateBrad hawn

    not piCtured council member

    John gunderSon

  • An entire networkCommitted entirely

    to your unique needs

    suttercentralvalley.org

    Choosing the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals

    means youre choosing a network that is committed to you.

    We give you access to some of the most respected hospitals

    and doctors in the Central Valley region, like Sutter Gould

    Medical Foundation, Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Tracy

    Community Hospital, and Memorial Hospital Los Banos, with

    easy access to a large array of specialists. Selecting a Sutter

    Health network doctor gives you everything you need.

    Make sure you choose a health plan that gives

    you access to Sutter Health doctors.

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    Being a part of the Welcome Team has been a wonderful experience. Welcoming a new or a relocating business to the community is always an exciting event. Not only have I been able to meet and greet newcomers, I have made some great friends on and off of the Welcome Team. Attending Ribbon Cuttings allows me to learn about the new businesses in town as well as promote Prime Shine. So come on out and support our local businesses by joining our team! For more information contact Ronna Porges at (209) 549-9274 or visit www.primeshine.com. P

    An entire networkCommitted entirely

    to your unique needs

    suttercentralvalley.org

    Choosing the Sutter Health network of doctors and hospitals

    means youre choosing a network that is committed to you.

    We give you access to some of the most respected hospitals

    and doctors in the Central Valley region, like Sutter Gould

    Medical Foundation, Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Tracy

    Community Hospital, and Memorial Hospital Los Banos, with

    easy access to a large array of specialists. Selecting a Sutter

    Health network doctor gives you everything you need.

    Make sure you choose a health plan that gives

    you access to Sutter Health doctors.

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    Welcome Team Corner

    PROGRESS MAGAZINE1114 J Street Modesto, CA 95354(209) 577-5757 (209) 571-6480 Fax (209) 577-2673www.modchamber.org [email protected]

    Mission StatementTo promote the regions economic strengths and vitality; identify and promote services that are valuable to our members; advocate for public policy that is advantageous to the business community; and fully participate and partner in activities to improve quality of life.

    BOARD OF DIRECTORSchairmanRalph Curtis, Curtis Legal Group

    chairman electDavid Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates

    Vice chairman of Internal OperationsEric Benson, JS West & Company

    Vice chairman of external OperationsKathy Halsey, Individual Member

    Vice chairman of Member RelationsDavid Halvorson, American Chevrolet

    Vice chairman of events & Special ProjectsDoug Johnson, Reach Business Systems, Inc.

    directorsLynn Dickerson, Gallo Center for the Arts Dan Garcia, Tri Counties BankPat Gillum, Pat Gillum, CPANeal Khatri, Best Western Khatri PropertiesCraig Lewis, Prudential California RealtySharon Likely, Kaiser PermanenteMike Moradian, Peace of Mind Home InspectionsBill Moreno, Fire 2 WireRon Owen, Bank of the WestSuzy Powell, Individual MemberChris Ricci, Chris Ricci PresentsLaura Ward, Ward Promotional Marketing SolutionsJeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah

    ex-OfficioBill Bassitt, The AllianceGeorge Boodrookas, Modesto Junior CollegeKeith Boggs, Leadership ModestoDavid Boring, Never Boring Design AssociatesGreg Nyhoff, City of Modesto

    Cecil Russell, President/[email protected]

    Publisher: Modesto Chamber of Commerce(209) 577-5757 [email protected]

    Graphic design: Never Boring Design Associates(209) 526-9136 www.neverboring.com

    Printer: Parks Printing(209) 576-2568 [email protected]

    distribution: Parks Printing(209) 576-2568

    Advertising Sales: Kristin BowkerNever Boring Design Associates(209) 526-9136 [email protected]

    ronna porgeS

    401 10th Street (Corner of 10th & D St) Modesto, CA

    P: (209) 527-0902 | F: (209) 527-4045 | www.loveladys.com

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    Family Owned and Operated since 1974 | Four Generation

    SAVE THE DATE

    MODeStO CHaMberS 100 Year Gala

    Date: marCh 10, 2012

    lOCatION: the gallo Center

    for the artS

    CONTENTS deceMbeR 2011

    PublIC aDVOCaCY

    4 Your Chamber at Work

    COVer StOrY

    6 Election Results

    COMMuNItY DeVelOPMeNt

    8 Guest Column

    9 Expect More Stanislaus

    12 Announcements

    10 eDuCatION

    11 GOVerNMeNt relatIONS

    eCONOMIC DeVelOPMeNt

    13 New Member Profiles

    23 Land of Opportunity

    NetwOrkING & reFerralS

    16 Business Before and After Hours

    17 New Chamber Members

    18 Ribbon Cuttings

    26 Calendar

  • 4 Modesto chamber of commerce I Progress

    In 2011 more than 2,500 bills were introduced in the California legislature. In the end, 870 bills were presented to the Governor; of those, 745 bills were signed into law, 125 vetoed, and one bill went into law without the Governors signature. Bills signed by the Governor become law on January 1, 2012.

    Each year, the California Chamber of Commerce releases a list of job killer bills to identify legislation that will decimate economic and job growth in California. This year, 30 bills were considered job killer bills. Of those, only seven made it to the Governors desk; six of these were vetoed, and only one signed into law.

    Senators Berryhill and Cannella and Assemblymembers Berryhill and Olsen are recognized as voting in accord with nearly 100% of CalChambers Best Business positions. This recognition clearly identifies that our elected officials are acting in the best interest of our business community.

    As issues are brought forward, our Chambers Government Relations Council (GRC) reviews and takes positions on key business bills that affect our community. This year the GRC acted upon 15 bills, 11 of these were considered job killer bills.

    For example, the Chamber opposed, and the Governor vetoed, AB 325 and AB 1155. AB 325, the right to bereavement leave, would have added legal costs and responsibilities to California businesses. AB 1155 would have increased costs and lawsuits in the workers

    compensation system by eroding the apportionment position that protects an employer from paying for disability that didnt arise at work.

    The Chamber also supported passage of AB 878, which was signed into law by the Governor. AB 878 strengthens workers compensation laws.

    As we go into 2012, the Chamber will continue to review legislation and act on our members behalf to strengthen business and support our community. P

    puBlIC ADvOCACy

    your ChamBer at work

    (209) 523-8365

    Keeping Modesto Cool Since 1957

    AIR CONDITIONING HEATING SHEET METAL

    AIR DUCT CLEANING PLANNED SERVICE MAINTENANCE

    W W W . N O R Q U I S T A I R . C O M

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    Our elected officials are acting in the best interest

    of our business community.

    City of Modesto Utility Users Tax

    The city of Modestos Utility Users Tax is collected on telephone, water, gas and electric services at a rate of 6% and cable television services at 3%.

    The maximum tax utility users have to pay for each service is $1500. With a tax rate of 6%, this means a user will reach the maximum tax when they have paid $25,000 in any given calendar year for a utility service.

    If you have paid tax on charges in excess of $25,000 for a utility service during a calendar year, you may be entitled to a refund from the city.

    A utility service refers to each individual utility location with a separate meter and separate billing.

    For telephone customers, the tax is calculated on each basic telephone number, including extensions to the basic number.

    The Modesto Municipal Code currently provides for refunds of overpayments made within 12 months from the receipt of the refund request.

    To request a refund, please provide the city with a written request and copies of your utility bills which verify you overpaid.

    Request for refunds should be mailed to: City of Modesto Finance Department P. O. Box 642; Modesto, CA 95353 Attn: Utility Tax Desk

    You may elect to prepay the utility users tax maximum if you believe you will exceed the cap. The city would then notify each utility that payment has been made and they will cease collection of the tax for the calendar year.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Utility Tax personnel at (209)577-5206.

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    What does turning 100 years old look like? We invite you to join the Modest