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EDD’s time in Turlock comes to an end

Branch office closes to public

EDD’s time in Turlock comes to an end

The Turlock branch of the EDD office closed to the public Tuesday despite the city expecting a reprieve.

POSTED October 17, 2013 7:20 p.m.

The city’s announcement that a temporary reprieve on the closing of Turlock’s Employment Development Department branch turned out to be just wishful thinking.

A week ago the city believed the EDD office would not be able to close its doors on Tuesday as planned because they had not provided an official 30-day notice to the city or county. But, as of Tuesday all the staff had relocated to the Modesto branch and the office is closed to the public.

“We thought we were getting a reprieve based on the information from (State Sen. Anthony) Cannella’s staff,” said Maryn Pitt, the assistant to the city manager for housing and economic development. “But it wasn’t the case.”

The EDD announced it was closing the Turlock branch at Olive and Broadway to cut down on operation costs, as per the governor’s mandate to trim 15 percent in expenses.

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.

Pitt said the Turlock branch of the Alliance Worknet, which was housed at the EDD, was told on Friday that the office would definitely be shut down by Tuesday.

“They were left scrambling for a new place,” Pitt said. “We are working on finding them a new home in Turlock.”

Cannella’s office has been looking at the possibility of locating one of the EDD’s one-stop shops in Turlock, which would offer a broader spectrum of services.

The EDD has had a branch in Turlock for 60 years, 35 of which were at the Olive and Broadway location. There are no current prospects to take over the site, said property owner Bill Youngdale.

“I hope to find someone who can take over the total space, but I can’t picture who that would be right now,” Youngdale said. "It might be necessary to divide it.”

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