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Business gives back through quarantine craft

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When 22-year-old Sammie Wilkinson was sent home from school at the University of California, Irvine, due to the coronavirus pandemic, she took up a hobby that has now become a small business with a purpose.

The Turlock native is now the founder and owner of Resin with Reason — an internet shop offering handmade coasters, jewelry boxes, keychains and more, all made with resin. Resin has become a popular craft option during the pandemic, allowing users to pour the resin into molds which then form a hardened, final product. 

With two parents who are graphic designers and a school career which started out with the visual and performing arts magnet at Walnut Elementary School years ago, it’s no wonder the psychology major eventually found a way to let her artistic side show.

“I was just bored in quarantine and decided to try it out. It’s really fun and something relaxing to distract myself from all the craziness going on,” Wilkinson said. “When family members started asking me if they could buy stuff from me, I thought maybe this could be something and it’s been growing ever since.”

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California could re-open by June 15

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Tuesday that the entire state would be able to re-open without many of the COVID-19 restrictions by mid-June, as long as the vaccine supply is sufficient and the hospital rate remains low.

A statewide mask mandate would likely remain, but other restrictions detailed in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy would likely come to an end by June 15.

“We can confidently say by June 15 that we can start to open up as business as usual, subject to ongoing mask-wearing and ongoing vigilance,” Newsom said. “So, this is a big day."

The announcement came as the California Department of Public Health announced that a total of 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Californians in some of the state's hardest-hit communities, increasing immunity where the state's transmission rates and disease burden have been the highest during the pandemic.

"California is making great progress in administering COVID-19 vaccine doses," said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of California's Health and Human Services Agency. "We must continue to do our best to vaccinate Californians as safely and quickly as possible. Our vaccine equity focus remains the right thing to do and ensures we are having the greatest impact in reducing transmission, protecting our health care delivery system and saving lives."

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Portable picnic company offers luxurious lunches

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Influencers and entertainers in search of an Instagram worthy get-together need look no further than a Turlock business that’s putting a luxurious spin on the age-old picnic. 

Perez Picnics & Platters can turn any setting from drab to fab, whether it's a park in town or your own backyard. Turlock resident and Pitman High School graduate Viviana Padilla recently launched her new business endeavor at the beginning of March, offering sophisticated ground-level parties for up to 20 people.

“I had been wanting to start this for a little over a year after I threw my first girls night picnic for friends in December of 2019 and had such a blast,” Padilla said. “Then, I noticed picnics were starting to become popular in big cities, so I thought it would be nice to have something similar in the Central Valley.”

Themed picnics are available for any occasion, from birthday parties and baby showers to anniversaries and bridal celebrations. Padilla has even seen customers throw a picnic just for fun. Picnic participants are always welcome to bring any additional food or drink they’d like to add to the already-provided options, and Perez Picnics & Platters prides itself on affordable prices.

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Newsom asked for a fracking ban. He may get more than he bargained for with ambitious plan

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SACRAMENTO —  When Gov. Gavin Newsom voiced his support last year for a ban on hydraulic fracturing by oil and gas companies, an effort long fought by the industry and trade unions alike, he gave Democrats a green light to send him legislation to achieve that goal as they saw fit.

But the crackdown on oil and gas production under consideration by the California Legislature is much wider in scope than the plan requested by the governor, who may get more than he bargained for as he shoulders the pressures of carrying out the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response while battling a looming recall election.

The ambitious proposal would outlaw hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a series of other oil extraction methods reviled by environmental activists. It would also prohibit wells from operating within 2,500 feet of homes, schools, healthcare facilities and other populated areas. Newsom’s proposal was limited to a ban only on fracking and the consideration of a buffer zone.

Proponents of the bill have said from the outset that Newsom must take an active role in pushing the legislation through and have expressed concern that the governor’s attention will be focused on his own political survival with a recall election in the fall all but certain.

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New downtown shop makes edible art accessible

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When Turlock resident Amy Navarra hosted a backyard charcuterie party in 2018, it was to simply gauge the community’s interest in the artistically-arranged appetizer. She couldn’t have imagined that just three years later, her business endeavor would grow from the confines of a small, commercial kitchen to a one-stop grazing shop in the heart of her home’s downtown. 

Navarra celebrated the soft opening of Savor’s brand-new brick-and-mortar storefront on Tuesday, and with its doors opened a world of opportunity for Turlockers to either assemble their own grazing boards or order one from the experts behind the counter.

“I had set the intention early on in life to have something that was mine...but I didn’t know what that would manifest into,” Navarra said. “We’ve had plenty of highs and lows, so seeing it today finally come to fruition is unreal for me.”

Navarra quit her corporate job in 2019 to operate Savor full time, catering weddings, parties and business events, curating custom, individual boards and even teaching workshops on how to create gorgeous arrangements which taste as good as they look.

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Turlock declares homelessness emergency

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Interim Turlock City Manager Gary Hampton issued a proclamation of a local emergency in response to the increase of individuals experiencing homelessness in Turlock and the Turlock City Council ratified it Tuesday night, and in doing so approved funding for mitigation efforts.

The proclamation was passed 5-0 and the funding was passed 4-1 with Councilman Andrew Nosrati casting the lone no vote.

The City Council approved spending $498,417 to assist shelter providers with additional costs of operations and to accommodate the increase in people served. The funding also will pay for site clean-up, supplies, service agreements, materials, staffing costs, maintenance and upkeep, and miscellaneous expenses.

By declaring a local emergency, the City can obtain additional resources, establish an immediate plan and respond quickly to urgent situations.

The local emergency proclamation will last for four months and has an end goal of reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness and setting up encampments around Turlock.

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Legislation to reduce financial impact of climate change gains support

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Legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL) earlier this month that seeks to mitigate risks from climate change within the financial system has gained support from a coalition of financial organizations.

The Addressing Climate Financial Risk Act, S. 588/H.R. 1549, would establish an advisory committee on climate financial risk within the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). The committee would consist of experts in climate science, climate economics and climate financial risk.

The committee would advise FSOC on how to improve the ability of the U.S. financial regulatory system to identify and mitigate climate risk. In addition, it would require federal bank and credit union regulatory agencies to update their supervisory guidance to include climate risk and develop a strategy to identify and mitigate climate financial risk.

“Our bill draws broad support because it’s becoming increasingly clear that climate change poses a serious threat to our financial system,” Feinstein said. “Reducing our carbon emissions is the best way to reduce that threat, but as 

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How Stanislaus’ $832 million in COVID relief helped the county’s smallest businesses

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Leave it to a global pandemic to test the limits of the saying “Every little bit helps.”

Last spring, as the Central Valley and the entire nation reeled from the COVID-19 pandemic, relief money began to flood into the area from the federal government. The much lauded, and also maligned, Paycheck Protection Program began doling out forgivable loans of up to $10 million dollars to businesses small and not-so-small across the region.

But the data on the smaller businesses — those receiving less than $150,000 from the Treasury Department-supported program — was not released until late last year. The more complete release of PPP information paints a clearer picture of who got what in Modesto and across the valley.

With loans ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few million, the program has given out a total of more than $832 million to Stanislaus County businesses, according to data from the Small Business Administration that has been reviewed by The Bee.

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Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Signs with Coast Beverage in San Diego, CA

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Turlock, Calif. — Dust Bowl Brewing Co. expands its Southern California distribution with the addition of Coast Beverage to its wholesaler network. Based in San Diego, Coast Beverage will service San Diego and Imperial Counties, and parts of Riverside County. The distributor specializes in craft beers, FMBs, non-alcoholic beverages and snack foods.

Coast Beverage will focus on Dust Bowl’s year-round leaders, including Therapist Imperial IPA, Confused Therapist Hazy Imperial IPA, Peace, Love & Haze Hazy IPA, Hops of Wrath IPA, Tomorrow’s Clear West Coast IPA, Taco Truck Lager and some occasional limited releases. Consumers can expect to see Dust Bowl on shelves in the new territory in April.

“We’re excited to expand our footprint of distribution in Southern California, especially in a region known for its huge craft beer fan base,” comments Marc Jalbert, Director of Sales and Marketing, Dust Bowl Brewing Co. “The addition of Coast Beverage essentially fills out California for us, which has been a goal for Dust Bowl. As the state opens back up, the timing could not be more ideal. We’re eager to work with Coast Beverage who has a proven track record of building independent craft brands in new markets.”

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Pitman alum serves up fresh burgers

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Pitman High School alum Mishael Moran was working as part of Sacramento’s food scene when COVID-19 changed life as we know it. When the pandemic caused his hours to be cut, he decided to move back to Turlock and become his own boss.

Moran opened his own catering company and portable food kitchen, Flip N Fry, last week, utilizing his knowledge of the restaurant industry to create a business which values quality over convenience. At Flip N Fry, Moran and his family-turned-coworkers grind their own beef for burgers and breads their own chicken for sandwiches — something Moran believes sets them apart from other lunch spots in town.

“Nothing is ever frozen. We make sure it’s fresh,” Moran said. “We’re trying to offer something you would find at a barbecue, taking things you would find at a burger joint and trying to upscale them. It’s nothing like other things you see around here.”

One of those unique items is Moran’s loaded fries, which can be topped with buffalo chicken, carne asada or even a fried egg, depending on the customer’s preference.

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