Virginia R. Gurrola
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City of Porterville
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Porterville, CA 93257
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Outstanding Business Honoree
The City of Porterville is pleased to announce S.T.O.P. Alarm as an Outstanding Business Honoree.
S.T.O.P. Alarm opened in 1978. Ron Irish had the know-how, experience, opportunity and a vision. After thirty plus years in business, it shows that all four were needed to succeed. With Ron doing the sales, installation and service, Teri Irish took care of the books and record keeping. Their partnership worked well as Ron was a big-picture person and Teri was detail-oriented.
Ron did the sales, installations and service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They would use Teri's paycheck from her day job to finance the projects Ron scheduled and then hope and pray that they would get paid before their personal bills were due.
He recalls that often, he would be in the attic running wires when a call would come in for a possible new project. He would then go home to get cleaned up, go to the sales call, then return to the job site to continue pulling wires. Teri often wore many hats as well, working as an office manager for another firm during the day and in the evenings she would work on S.T.O.P. Alarm books and answer customer's questions.
Once their business started growing, they moved into a 1,200 square foot office at Prospect and Henderson. After 20 years, they expanded to 2,200 square feet at the same location. In 2015, they bought and renovated their current 5,000 square foot facility at 65 S. Hockett Street in Downtown Porterville. They now have room enough for their monitoring, shop and all their employees.
Ron and Teri attribute many factors to their growth; being local, keeping their promises, and being fair are some of the obvious reasons, as well as having dedicated employees. They are real team members.
S.T.O.P. Alarm distinguished themselves from other security services because they are a local monitored solution and are there when when their customers need them. This is evidenced through their long term customers, some that are third and fourth generation customers.
S.T.O.P. Alarm ownership and employees not only live in Porterville, but are active inthe community. Ron has been director of Porterville Adult Services, member of the Porterville Masonic Lodge, Porterville Eagles Lodge, past member of Porterville Exchange Club and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Porterville. Ron was elected to the Porterville City Council 1997-2001, then again 2003-2007 and was the Mayor from 2010-2012. Teri was Co-Chair for the Chamber of Commerce Blood Drives from 1983-1996, member of the Soroptimist, while also serving as the President, Treasurer, and Corresponding Secretary. She is also involved in the Rotary Club of Porterville and both Ron and Teri are graduates of Leadership Porterville.
Their favorite part of the business is being challenged every day to help others by providing protection for families and businesses...but in reality, they want to install alarm systems to catch the bad guys.
Congratulations to S.T.O.P. Alarm for being recognized as a Porterville Outstanding Business Honoree.
Outstanding Business Honoree
The City of Porterville is pleased to announce OACYS Technology as an Outstanding Business Honoree.
OACYS Technology was founded by Ted and Asih Olson in 1982 and in on October 1, 2016, the company was acquired by Vice President and General Manager Ryan Walker and his wife Joslyn. OACYS Technology began with Founder, Ted Olson, purchasing an Osborne "portable" computer. Ted's passion for computers led them to become Osborne Computer dealers, working part-time out of their home and registered as Olson Computer Services (OCS) for the 1982 Porterville Fair.
In 1995, Ted realized that no one was offering a local dial in number for internet services in the Porterville area. When OCS first announced local internet services witha true local number, people lined up outside of their Porter Road office to sign-up. They had a rack of 20 modems, which were soon overwhelmed.
Within a couple of years, OCS was no longer in the business of computer sales, they had become one of the country's first Internet Service Providers and the new primary business became the internet. Around this time is when they changed the name to OACYS.
As technology advanced and DSL emerged, people were asking for faster service. At the time, Porterville was somewhat isolated, the larger corporate companies did not consider Porterville a large enough market to be worthwhile. During this time OACYS started researching wireless technology and building towers. This allowed them to better serve the local community and expand into the rural areas and foothills, reaching people where neither DSL nor cable providers could or were willing to deliver service. OACYS continues to expand their services and build new towers in and around the Porterville area.
OACYS attributes the success they have had in Porterville to relentless work and perserverance. When asked of their community involvement the reply was easy, "First and foremost, our primary involvement has been to ensure that our community had a quality local go-to resource as we emerged into the age of technology. OACYS also provided the first free, local Wi-Fi hotspots in several public venues, continued to do so.
Finally, last but certainly not least, OACYS has provided a local employment and training opportunities for many young people hoping to find careers in technology. A great example of growing local talent is Ryan Walker, who has been with OCS/OACYS when he had was a senior at Monache High School.
After 18 years of employment with OACYS, Ryan Walker and wife Joslyn recently assumed ownership and control of the company, which marks the official retirement of Ted and Asih and the passing of the reins to the next generations. As the company moves forward with new owners, they plan to continue in their long running heritage of excellent customer service.
Congratulations to OACYS Technology for being recognized as a Porterville Outstanding Business Honoree.
City Council Approves Adoption of California Building and Fire Codes
The various building codes in use by most jurisdictions in California are updated periodically to reflect the latest materials and construction techniques available to the construction industry.
The last published building and fire codes, specifically the California Building and Fire Codes, were updated in 2007. The State of California has since adopted the 2009 International Codes as the State Codes for Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy, and Fire.
In addition to these Codes, the State of California has mandated the adoption of the newly published 2010 Green Building Standards Code, the 2010 Residential Code, and the 2010 Referenced Standards Code. These codes become State mandated as of January 1, 2011.
The 2010 California Green Building Standards Code encourages sustainable construction practices. Appendices A4 and A5 are currently listed as voluntary measures for both residential and non-residential construction. The measures contained in Appendices A4 & A5 are not mandatory unless adopted by the City.
To review Appendix A4 click here.
To review Appendix A5 click here.
City Council has approved the adoption of the 2010 Editions of the California Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire, Green Building Standards, Residential, Administrative, Reference Standards, and Energy Codes.
In addition the City Council adopted the voluntary measures contained in Appendices A4 and A5 as voluntary requirements of the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code. These codes become effective 30 days after the second reading of the adopted ordinance on December 7, 2010.
The City of Porterville and the Valley Innovative Energy Watch (VIEW) have joined with other agencies in Tulare County to form a partnership with Southern California Edison. The partnership is offering a no-cost program to help qualified businesses save money through lower energy costs. The program targets businesses that can save energy by replacing their existing lights with modern, more efficient lights.
The main qualifying requirement is that the business must use 100 kilowatts or less per month. Each project is limited to a maximum of $10,000 for materials and labor. The program will enable qualified businesses to realize substantial savings over the course of the new lights useful life.
There’s a new building code coming to your city. The 2010 California Green Building Standards Code referred to as CALGreen goes into effect in January 2011. CALGreen is the first-in-the-nation statewide mandatory green building code. The new mandatory measures set sensible minimum standards that all new structures can realize to significantly minimize the state's overall carbon output. It is important to underscore that each local jurisdiction retains the administrative authority to exceed the CALGreen standards..................................... Continue Reading »
Local Firm Awarded Construction Management and Inspection Services Contract
At the May 4th City Council meeting, Porterville based Dee Jaspar & Associates, Inc. was awarded the construction management and inspection services contract for the Martin Hill and Rocky Hill water reservoir projects. The purpose of the Martin Hill and Rocky Hill water reservoir projects is to provide additional water pressure and operating capacity for Porterville's hillside and airport sections of the City's water system to allow for development to occur as described in the City's 2030 General Plan.................. Continue Reading »
The City's Business Assistance Program provides funding of $35,000 per every NEW job created by the project that is funded by the City. These funds may be provided to the Business by a low-interest loan. Determination of the loan is made by a project basis, utilizing a variety of criteria to determine the level of assistance that may be provided to the business.
At least 51% of the full-time equivalent permanent jobs created must be made available to moderate-income individuals. A Non-Financial Employment Plan will be made a part of the Assistance packet. New jobs must be listed with the California Employment Development Department and/or Tulare County Workforce Investment Department.
The City's Revolving Loan Fund Program is funded by Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funds. CDBG funds are federal dollars; therefore, construction projects using CDBG funds are subject to prevailing wage.
Limited funding is available and priority will be given to projects creating employment opportunities and/or benefits to the community. Approval for the use of these funds is subject to the Community Development Financial Review Committee.