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Message from the CEO – December 2016 

What an exciting and positive end to 2016! We are profoundly happy for the great news, that the self-help tax measure to help fund our transportation infrastructure passed. Some of us have planned and worked on this for over 20 years. We give a tremendous amount of credit to Craig Lewis, Paul Von Konyenburg, Vito Chiesa and the hard working people at StanCog. Paul put together the largest collation to support any initiative or measure in the history of Stanislaus County. We THANK all of the labor organizations, Police and Fire, The Farm Bureau, The Stanislaus Taxpayers Association, all of our elected officials of each and every city, especially our Mayor and City Council, our County Supervisors, our Assembly and State Senators, the entire StanCog board, and all of the Chambers of Commerce that supported this important measure. With the passage of this measure we will see great strides for our county roads and all city streets along with major projects like Route 132, North Corridor Briggsmore and some major overpasses throughout our county. We have been told that our measure passed by the largest percent of all counties, for a first time passage. Again THANK YOU to all that contributed to the successful passing of Measure L.

Based on information from the California Department of Water Resources, there are 24 economically disadvantaged communities within the service areas of the Turlock, Modesto, Oakdale, South San Joaquin and Merced irrigation districts. These are the same public water agencies that stand to be affected by Phase 1 of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Bay-Delta Plan.

As the SWRCB talks in their Substitute Environmental Document (SED) about reducing available water for agriculture to the tune of 100 billion gallons on average annually, they are by association also talking about limiting drinking water and threatening water quality for these disadvantaged communities – communities that are economically strained and already vulnerable. The groundwater that these communities rely upon doesn’t replenish itself; it’s recharged in large part by surface water applied via irrigation (predominantly flood irrigation) by the generational farmers of the region who receive water from local irrigation districts.

As we have said before, the SWRCB’s Bay-Delta Plan stands to harm more than agriculture and the economy in our region. Without water for regional agriculture, our disadvantaged communities may be on the fast track to being disenfranchised by the state.

Want To Do More?

Submit a letter to The Modesto Bee, The Sacramento Bee or another local newspaper Contact your elected officials in Sacramento and/or Washington DC. Contact Governor Brown and share your thoughts with him Tell State Water Resources Control Board members your thoughts on this proposal by E-mailing them directly at: 

  • Felicia.Marcus@waterboards.ca.gov
  • Dorene.DAdamo@waterboards.ca.gov
  • Tam.Doduc@waterboards.ca.gov
  • Steven.Moore@waterboards.ca.gov
  • Frances.Spivy-Weber@waterboards.ca.gov


Evan Porges, President of Prime Shine Car Wash, has been working on developing a designation for the Central Valley that would identify and celebrate top employers in our area. We are partnering with Prime Shine and Opportunity Stanislaus to launch the Best Places to Work. This is the subject of our cover story this month, please read the article and join Evan and other companies to discover more about your company’s employees and how you may improve to better serve your customers.

Modesto on Ice starts its second year in downtown Modesto. They had a very successful first year and are looking forward to bringing more people to our downtown businesses. This business helps to project a more festive atmosphere for the holiday season.

We are in the process of planning for our annual Gala at the Gallo Center for the Arts in January. Please be sure to get in your nominations form for our annual awards by visiting the Chamber website: www.modchamber.org or by calling the Chamber 209.577.5757. You can also find information on sponsorship opportunities as well as purchasing tickets. Nominations are due by Dec. 15th!

As Christmas approaches, it is important to shop local and support all of our local businesses. This is a very important time of the year for our local businesses and can determine their profitability for the year. I am mindful that the holidays can be a time of joy and fulfillment for you and your families and your employees. As someone passed on to me, I pass on to you, I encourage you to take time for yourself and indulge in at least one activity that feeds your soul.

Merry Christmas and may your business prosper in the New Year!

*Worth Your Fight information provided by Modesto Irrigation District and Turlock Irrigation District.

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