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EDD may be forced to stay in town a little longer

POSTED October 8, 2013 11:39 p.m.

City and county officials are calling foul on a planned move by the Turlock branch of the Employment Development Department to Modesto.

Speaking at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting Maryn Pitt, the assistant to the city manager for housing and economic development, said there is a brief reprieve in the EDD’s planned move because the EDD had not given a 30-day notice to the city or county.

“I don’t think we are going to get them to change their mind, but we do have a reprieve,” Pitt told the City Council.

The EDD had planned to relocate to the Modesto branch by Oct. 15.

Pitt said city, county and state officials have all been in contact with the governor’s office to try and halt the exodus of the EDD. The city has not had any direct contact from anyone with the EDD.

The EDD announced it was closing the Turlock branch at Olive and Broadway to cut down on operation costs. The Alliance Worknet works out of the EDD office and city officials are looking for a new location to keep them in Turlock, Pitt said.

“This move came as a surprise to them and now they're left trying to find a new place and the funds to relocate,” Pitt said.

The lease for the Turlock EDD office was set to expire in December 2014, however a clause in the lease says that the state may leave anytime with a 30-day notice. Bill Youngdale, who owns the property, had not received an official notice from the EDD regarding its decision to relocate in the time frame that would allow them to move by Oct. 15.

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