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San Francisco business owner blames indefinite stay-at-home order for spike in burglaries

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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Many San Francisco business owners are hoping city officials will intervene after an increase of burglaries city-wide are causing small businesses to pay for damages during an already tough time.

A popular set of restaurants on the Embarcadero are facing $10,000 in damages after a recent burglary.

"A whole bunch of outdoor heaters that were attached to umbrellas that were vandalized and some of them stolen. At Epic we actually had a break-in," said Pete Sittnick, Managing Partner of Waterbar and Epic Steak.

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Turlock florist ‘poinsettia-grams’ for the elderly sold-out after Kacey Musgraves shares on Instagram

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — A celebrity shoutout on social media helped shine a light on a Turlock florist and her mission to bring joy to elderly residents in care facilities.

Heidi Cisco is the owner of Heidi Hearts Flowers and she told FOX40 she wanted to do something special for the holidays in 2020, specifically for those who are confined to a room during the pandemic.

“I was just asking myself what are my resources and what am I able to provide? And poinsettias felt like what I was able to do,” Cisco explained.

After country music star Kacey Musgraves shared news of Cisco’s “poinsettia-grams” on Instagram, Cisco said she began getting 10 orders a minute until they sold out.

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Solar Energy Partners Joins with The Salvation Army in Support of Local Communities in an Effort to Give Back During the Holidays

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Using digital QR codes and a link provided to them, SEP customer donations can make a real impact on families affected by COVID-19 all around the country. SEP services areas in and around Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Fresno.

TURLOCK, Calif., Dec. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Solar Energy Partners (SEP), one of California's highest rated and fastest growing solar energy brokerages, today announced that they have officially partnered with The Salvation Army, the nation's largest social-services organization, through their "Red Kettle" & "Angel Tree" programs to aid those in need. With a need to help 155% more people than usual this season, The Salvation Army supports homeless shelters, grocery assistance, and Bill-pay assistance - helping struggling households pay their utility bills.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar companies are in a prime position to help rebuild the American economy quickly and more robustly than ever. Solar Energy Partners (SEP) offer homeowners the ability to switch their main power provider to solar energy at rates generally cheaper than what most electrical utilities can provide. With so many impacted by the Coronavirus COVID 19 Pandemic, there has never been a greater necessity for economic relief. The Salvation Army's Red Kettle program could see up to a 50% decrease in funds this year due to more online shopping, unemployment rates and store closures. SEP is stepping up to offer options so their clients can donate cash through Red Kettle. Customers will also have the option to donate a toy via Amazon or Walmart which benefits the Angel Tree Program.

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To comply or not comply? How Modesto restaurants vary in handling of COVID shutdown

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Owner and sushi chef Nicholas Vang make a California roll at Modesto Sukiyaki restaurant in Modesto, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.

When Cheng Her and his business partner, Nicholas Vang, bought Modesto Sukiyaki almost a year ago, they expected challenges because they were new to the restaurant industry. But they did not expect a pandemic that has been a public health and economic disaster.

Her said business at their restaurant in the Frontier Town Shopping Center is down 60%. He and Vang have laid off their five employees and are relying on family members to help them run the restaurant.

The two business partners have followed all the pandemic restrictions since the initial stay-at-home order in March, and that includes the latest from early December that limits San Joaquin Valley restaurants to takeout service.

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New Domino’s Pizza indicative of Turlocker’s success

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Turlock resident Greg DeGrandis recently opened his second Turlock Domino’s Pizza location, further fulfilling a dream that began at age 18 when he first took a job making pizza and answering delivery calls. 

DeGrandis started his journey with Domino’s Pizza as a part-time employee, but it wasn’t until he realized he could one day own and operate a restaurant of his own that he began to look at his job as a potential career choice. When he moved his family to Turlock years later in 2009 to manage the city’s only Domino’s location on Geer Road, he took the first step toward achieving that goal.

In 2011, DeGrandis became the franchisee of Turlock’s first Domino’s restaurant and today owns 12 locations with more on the way. One of his most recent developments is a Domino’s Pizza location on Monte Vista Avenue which opened next to Stanislaus State and Dutch Bros Coffee last month.

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Free money is back. Get COVID relief funds to shop at Stanislaus restaurants, stores

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The RAD Card is a mobile gift card app that automatically doubles people's money up to $100 as part of COVID-relief funding in Stanislaus County.

Dec. 13—Everyone could use a little free money this time of year. And now the RAD Card is going to give Stanislaus County residents even more just in time for the holidays.

The mobile app, which stands for Relief Across Downtown, is getting another $1 million boost from Stanislaus County's allocation of CARES Act federal funding for COVID-19 relief. That money will then be used to double users money, up to $100, for purchases made at local restaurants, retail shops and more.

The RAD Card has been available since August, when the Downtown Modesto Partnership launched the gift card app as an easy and contactless way to help local restaurants survive during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The app is free to download for anyone with a smartphone from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The first release this summer was funded by private donor dollars, and also allowed users to receive up to a $100 match.

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Here we go again – another shutdown for county region

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Stanislaus County fell under a Regional Stay Home Order this week because of a surge of COVID-19 cases nearly overwhelming area hospitals dealing with patients.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday new stay-at-home orders for regions with ICU capacity that falls below 15 percent. Stanislaus County hit that this week.

The regional stay-at-home order follows a statewide curfew implemented Nov. 21 that asked residents to remain at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The stay-at-home order closes bars, wineries, personal services, hair salons and barbershops. Retail stores, malls and shopping centers will be allowed to remain open, but with occupancy set at 20 percent. Restaurants will only be allowed to do take-out or delivery. 

Critical industries, like grocery stores, will be allowed to remain open.

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Where to cut your own Christmas tree or buy one in Northern California

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So you’ve had your fill of Thanksgiving leftovers and are ready to venture out to cut your own Christmas tree this year or pick one up from a local farm? Below is a guide for where to go in Northern California, if you're looking for a fresh-cut tree.

Up to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold across the country each year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. The association maintains this Google map of how to find a real tree near you.

For those hoping to score a permit to chop down a tree within designated areas of the Eldorado National Forest or Tahoe Basin, you’re out of luck. Permits for the 2020 season are already sold out.

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Hickory Farms pops up in Turlock

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Turlockers are in for a savory treat this holiday season as Hickory Farms has forgone its annual Modesto mall location for a seasonal storefront in Monte Vista Crossings. 

Hickory Farms, famous for its handcrafted cheese and summer sausage, is a longtime gift choice for many food lovers and will operate its seasonal location in Turlock until the end of December. According to Brooke Cardoza of Hickory Farms, who manages an additional location in Riverbank, the shop offers customers a taste of nostalgia. 

“When people buy our products, it brings them the love and comfort from when they were a child,” she said. “It brings back memories of sitting around with their families on Christmas and eating the traditional items that we’re all used to.”

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Turlock businesses try to stay afloat under restrictive tier

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Just as local businesses got used to the idea of having customers inside of their establishments once more, Stanislaus County was pushed back into the purple, more restrictive tier of reopening on Monday — and patrons were pushed back outside.

After moving back into the red tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Oct. 13, restaurants, gyms, retail shops and countless other businesses rejoiced as patrons could eat, work out and shop in a less restrictive setting once more — albeit at lower capacity levels.

For a few weeks, the Turlock economy showed signs of resurgence and normalcy as Stanislaus County remained in the red tier, with diners enjoying meals indoors and gym goers returning to the treadmills at gyms as the temperature outdoors steadily dropped. As COVID-19 cases surge both locally and statewide, however, Monday saw Newsom place 41 counties back into the purple tier, Stanislaus County included.

The announcement wasn’t a complete shock, as Stanislaus County was placed in the purple tier by the state last week but had appealed the decision. Monday saw those hopes come to an end.

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