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CHAMBER STAFF Mark Creffield, President/CEO Ruby Clark, Director of Member Relations Jenny Flores, Special Events & Graphics Coordinator Luis Urgilés, Director of Business Services Workforce Development

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Chairman’s Message

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Board of Directors/Business Councils

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Thank You Accolade Sponsors

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Business Strategies for 2022

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New Chamber Investors

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Ribbon Cuttings

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CalChamber Vote Record

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Member Vehicles

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Chamber Calendar

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Chairman’s Circle

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MANUSCRIPTS: The editor welcomes articles for possible publication. The Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce assumes no responsibility for the care or return of any manuscripts. Articles are subject to editing and are included on an “as space permits” basis. ADVERTISING: Advertising will be accepted from outside sources at the current member/non-member rates. The Chamber reserves the right to refuse any advertisement and/or sponsorship. The printing of an advertisement and/or content does not constitute or confer an endorsement of a product, business or service. DISCLAIMER: All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in Insight Magazine. The Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce accepts no responsibility for damages arising directly or as a consequence of the use or publication of inaccurate information. The opinions expressed by contributors are their own, and are not necessarily shared by Insight Magazine, its staff, the Greater High Desert Chamber or advertisers. Editorial content is intended as general information, and not as specific legal or financial advice; for such, readers are advised to consult professionals in the appropriate field. The Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce assumes no liability resulting from advertising contained in this publication.

In my last message in this space, I reveled in our seemingly sudden arrival at the holiday season. Yet, now it’s 2022. Where did that time go? I hope you all found some peace, made lasting memories and maybe even got in some relaxation time over the holidays now behind us. We have the prospect of a new year and the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce wants it to be one of your best yet. We have a full calendar of opportunities for you to promote your brands and share the message of your company’s, agency’s or organization’s endeavors in this new year. We have events planned to help you engage your fellow chamber members, learn ways to protect and improve your bottom line while supporting your workforce (for those of you with employees), and increase your brand’s visibility. Valley Morning Insight, Coffee Break (and Coffee Break Update), Evening Affaire, Ignite High Desert, Summer Hops Brewfest, Kemper Campbell Ranch Mixer, High Desert Regional Open and ribbon-cuttings and grand openings – there will be plenty of opportunities for you and your business to utilize your chamber membership to the fullest extent. Make sure you’re following GHDCC on social media so you can be up-to-date on all events, and keep an eye on your weekly chamber eblast (arriving on Fridays) so you’re not out of the loop. We have a ton of bright possibilities in 2022 – let’s make the most of them, Chamber! Martial Haprov Mojave Desert AQMD 2021-2022 Chair of the Board

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BUSINESS COUNCILS ADELANTO Executive Committee Matthew Carlos – Chair of the Board – Desert Community Bank James Janecka – Secretary/Treasurer – GEO Group, Inc.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2021 - 2022 Martial Haprov – Chair of the Board – Mojave Desert AQMD Mike Thrapp – Chair Elect - ICR Staffing Services, Inc. Lisa Lamb - Vice Chair - Finance - Lewis Center for Educational Research Sharon Page – Immediate Past Chair – Sharon R. Page Consulting

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021 - 2022

Director Manny Serrano – Jet Room, Inc.

APPLE VALLEY Executive Committee Keith Shannon – Chair of the Board – Mitsubishi Cement Corporation Jessica Borzilleri – Secretary – Kindred Hospice Lisa Kiplinger Kennedy – Treasurer – Boisset Collection Director Carol Thomas Keefer – Liberty Utilities Sabrina Schneider – Off the Grid Brewery

Clinton Alford – Farmers Insurance-Clinton Alford Agency

HESPERIA

Casey Armstrong – Armstrong Fairway Insurance Agency, Inc.

Executive Committee James Needham – Chair of the Board – Affordable Technology, Inc. Niru Vangala – Secretary/Treasurer – Foremost Retirement Resort

Jan Gonzalez – Victor Elementary School District Eddie Hernandez – Desert Valley Hospital/Medical Group

Director Jessica Carrillo – A Magic Moment Custom Cakes

Randi Hunt – Inland SoCal United Way Aaron Korn – Pacific Refrigerator Company

VICTORVILLE

Arsalee Morales - Apple Valley Communications

Executive Committee Stacy DeVoll – Chair of the Board – DeVoll Rubber Mfg Group, Inc. Chris Lamoreaux – Secretary – Coldwell Banker Home Source Gwen Bedics – Treasurer – Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Sarina Muhammad - Goodwill Career Resource Center Pat Orr – Individual Member Shannon Shannon – SaddleRock Reverse Mortgage Sam Thatte - State of the City Presentations

Director Laura Andre – The Mall of Victor Valley Randy Castillo – Providence St. Mary Medical Center Karen Engelsen – Victor Valley College Yvonne Cox – Mojave Water Agency

Bob Tinsley – B.R. Tinsley Inc.

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7 WAYS YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY NEEDS TO EVOLVE IN 2022 The market is becoming choppier, travel is slowing down, and businesses like Lyft, Google, and Apple are postponing their return-to-office plans. How, in the midst of so much chaos, can companies expect to be able to form and cohere to a single business strategy? The short, unsatisfying answer is that they can’t. A business strategy composed in January was probably in need of serious revision by the time July came around. This is poised to be just as true for next year as it has been for this one: COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and uncertainties continue to abound. It’s time to call an audible on your business strategy in order to respond to current trends. Here’s how you can do just that by evolving your business strategy: 1. Keep up with COVID. This is the big, no-exceptions mantra that should ring out whenever it’s time to make a decision regarding business strategy. While major economies are unlikely to return to the harsh lockdowns of early 2020, the future trajectory of COVID-19 is something a lot of consumers are watching vigilantly. According to an ongoing survey conducted by Deloitte, some 51% of customers are concerned about their physical wellbeing when it comes to their activities, up from 47% a month prior. Far too many businesses have been on the back foot when it comes to COVID-19, waiting for trends to appear before responding to them. Significant portions of your consumer base are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to COVID safety; if cases start to spike, they may be more hesitant to travel or perform business in person. Instead of working to accommodate those preferences as they arise, closely monitor your local and national situation and adjust your practices accordingly. If you’re not willing to take the steps necessary to make your customers feel safe and protected, they will find another business that is. 2. Complete your digital transformation. Plenty of companies were transitioning to the cloud before 2020, but the events of that year just added more fuel to the fire. For most of the past year, developments like the rise of remote or hybrid working and virtual communication have been front and center of most companies’ business strategies. The reopening of the economy in 2021, however, has seen some businesses put a pause on their digital transformation for the time being — that’s a big mistake. While the world may seem to be “returning to normal” for now, the future is all but certain to be one that happens online. Businesses need to transition to the cloud if they want to be ready for the next stage of digital commerce. For example, smart home and small business solutions provider Plume estimates that there will be 8.4 billion digital voice assistants in the world by 2024 — if your business is still married to brick-and-mortar operations, how effectively are you going to be able to respond to a consumer base whose primary method of purchase and research is digital voice assistants? The transitions that occurred in 2020 need to be accelerated, not halted, as 2022 approaches.

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3. Don’t bet on rosy markets. When the stock market plummeted in March and April of 2020, it seemed like the global economy was going to be in the dregs for some time. Little could anyone anticipate just how untrue that would end up being: the recession of 2020 ultimately lasted just 2 months, the shortest in US history. Growth since then has been on a sharply upward trend, and plenty of business leaders are getting ahead of themselves in expecting this growth to continue unabated for years to come. Predicting the trajectory of the economy and the markets that comprise it is almost impossible, and there’s reason to be skeptical of those who forecast halcyon years ahead. Legendary Boston-based money management firm GMO recently predicted that the S&P 500 will have lost half of its inflation-adjusted value by 2028, for example. Don’t build a business strategy on a foundation of optimism alone. Create workflows and operating principles that can work in both good and bad times, and your business will be able to ride both the crests and troughs of whatever waves may come your way. 4. Meet your customers where they are. In 2020, businesses had to be able to reach their customers at home if they wanted their attention. In 2021, customers were more eager than ever to get out of the house and head to businesses directly. Which of these routes is more likely for 2022? What about the 2020s in general? How can businesses expect to cope with the uncertainty of consumer behavior? Sticking to your storefront may ultimately cause more trouble than it’s worth. Indeed, Bloomberg reports that the e-commerce industry could be worth over $16 billion by the year 2027, with few signs of slowing down in growth thereafter. There’s nothing wrong with returning to normal for a while in the next few quarters. However, don’t bet too much on brick-and-mortar making a long-term comeback. Make your way to the cloud; your customers will be waiting for you there. Consider offering a hybrid option. You would be accommodating both customers who want a traditional in-person experience, and those who prefer to do things virtually. Be sure not to neglect the latter in favor of the former, though. Doing so is equivalent to adopting a business strategy far too near-sighted for long-term success. 5. Adjust to new social media practices. Social media usage is booming across all platforms. However, that doesn’t mean you can just post-traditional content and expect higher levels of engagement than before. As users grow, social media trends and practices evolve. The posts that accrued big engagement in 2018 will probably not make the same kind of splash in 2021. This is perhaps most true in the ever-growing world of social media influencers. Just a few years ago, they were objects of fascination or derision in most marketing departments. But, businesses dismiss them at their own peril. A Google-commissioned survey from Ipsos found that 40% of millennial YouTube subscribers say that their favorite creator understands them better than their friends — that level of trust and engagement is way more likely to get a customer’s attention than promoted tweets ever will. Don’t let a dynamic business strategy become sclerotic when it comes to social media. insight magazine | 7


6. Respond to changing employee priorities. It’s not just consumers and markets who have had their trajectories changed by the past year. Your employees have likely undergone a few changes themselves. Quality of life is increasingly privileged over big salaries and flexible work over traditional office setups. In fact, attempting to quickly re-transition to the way things were before may cause quite a bit of consternation among your team. A recent survey from The Morning Consult found that 39% of workers would consider quitting if their bosses forced them to give up remote work and return to the office. This isn’t just true for your current employees either. Prospective hires will also be expecting accommodations when it comes to remote and flexible working options. Businesses too set in their ways when it comes to cubicles and the 40-hour, 5-day workweek risk creating business strategies already out of date. 7. Think global, stay local. It’s an oft-employed maxim that the world is constantly getting flattered, and not in the literal sense. It’s becoming easier all the time to communicate and do business across borders. At least, it was before COVID-19 struck. Disruptions to travel and international shipping meant that businesses once again needed to refocus their efforts on local and domestic markets. What about 2022? Should companies bank on the reopening of borders and flourishing of international business or play it safe with nearer markets? Unsurprisingly, the answer is a bit of both. Don’t abandon your local operations in the hopes that your business’s horizons will broaden in the near future. Instead, continue to nurture any and all existing customer relationships. And, do so while waiting for a good time to begin expansion further afield. Make sure your business strategy reflects this by emphasizing operations you know can be sustained into the future while probing for potential opportunities down the line. Anyone who tells you that they know what 2022 will look like is lying. The uncertainty that plagued 2020 and 2021 isn’t going anywhere, and your business strategy needs to be composed accordingly. Prepare your company against whatever may come, and expect solid growth in return. Article Courtesey of Calendar | Productivity Center https://www.calendar.com/blog/7-ways-your-business-strategy-needs-to-evolve-in-2022/

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NOVEMBER 5, 2021 • PAGE 5

CalChamber Vote Record: Major Bills 2021 VOTE RECORD VOTE This report for RECORD VOTE RECORD the first year of the 2021–2022 VOTE RECORD VOTE legislative RECORD VOTE RECORD session focuses VOTE RECORD VOTE on California RECORD VOTE RECORD legislators’ floor VOTE RECORD VOTE votes on California Chamber RECORD VOTE RECORD of Commerce VOTE RECORD VOTE priority bills. This is the 47th vote record the RECORD VOTE RECORD CalChamber hasVOTE compiled in response to VOTE RECORD numerous requests by member firms and RECORD VOTE RECORD local chambers of commerce that would

like a gauge by which to measure the performance of their legislators. To help readers assess legislators’ records, the charts group bills into eight subject areas: climate change, health care, housing and land use, labor and employment, privacy and cybersecurity, recycling, transportation and infrastructure, and workplace safety.

Partial Picture No vote record can tell the entire story of a legislator’s attitude and actions on issues of importance to business. To fully evaluate your legislative representative, consult the legislative journals and examine your legislator’s votes in committee and on floor issues. You can view these via links at www. calchambervotes.com. Many anti-business bills were rejected by legislators in policy or fiscal committees, thus stopping proposals before they reached the floor for a vote. The vote record does not capture these votes. Most bills in this report cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies. The CalChamber recognizes that there are many bills supported or opposed by business that are not included in this vote record and analysis.

Factors Considered The CalChamber considers the following factors in selecting vote record bills: • The bills and votes reflect legislators’ attitudes toward private enterprise, fiscal responsibility and the business climate. insight magazine | 14

• Each bill was a CalChamber priority in a particular field. Priority bills generally have appeared in the “Status Report” sections of Alert. • The bills were voted upon by either the full Senate or Assembly. This year, the vote record covers 10 votes in the Senate and 12 votes in the Assembly. • Unless otherwise noted, final floor votes are shown. Concurrence votes are considered final votes.

When ‘Not Voting’ Helps Sometimes a legislator is unwilling to vote against a colleague, but is willing to support the CalChamber’s opposition to a bill. In such cases, a legislator may abstain from voting, which will hinder passage of a bill, just as a “no” vote does. To recognize that not voting can aid the CalChamber’s opposition to a bill, the vote record includes the number of times legislators did not vote “aye” on a CalChamber-opposed bill in the total for the column listing actions “in accord with” the CalChamber’s position, if the legislator was not absent for the day.

Priority Bills Climate Change • AB 1395 (Muratsuchi; D-Torrance) Limits Technological Development. Proposes to limit the technology necessary to reach our carbon neutrality goals by more than doubling our state goal while also imposing limits on technology-assisted carbon reductions, sending market signal to not develop carbon removal or storage technology. Passed Assembly, June 3, 42-21. Failed passage in Senate, September 10, 14-12. CalChamber Opposed. Health Care • SB 524 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) Increases Health Care Costs. Increases prescription drug costs for consumers by preventing certain network designs between health plans, insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, and pharmacies. Passed Assembly, September 2, 57-7. Senate concurred in Assembly amendments, September 3, 35-0. Vetoed. CalChamber Opposed. Housing and Land Use • SB 9 (Atkins; D-San Diego) Pro-Housing Production. Streamlines more infill housing while providing

substantial local control to land use development by allowing property owners to convert single-family homes into multiple units or divide the properties and build up to two residential units on each lot, all without triggering the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), so long as all units are consistent with all local land use laws. Passed Assembly August 26, 45-19. Senate concurred in Assembly amendments, August 30, 28-7. Signed — Chapter 162. CalChamber Supported. • SB 10 (Wiener; D-San Francisco) Pro-Housing Production. Provides local cities and counties with full authority to streamline upzoning in their jurisdiction for up to 10 additional middle income density housing units per parcel, without triggering CEQA, if they choose. Passed Assembly, August 23, 44-12. Senate concurred in Assembly amendments, August 30, 28-6. Signed — Chapter 163. CalChamber Supported. • SB 12 (McGuire; D-Healdsburg) Wildfire Housing Bill. Establishes legally treacherous land use hurdles that would provide NIMBY opponents with additional tools to block the development of housing in very high fire severity zones even though housing projects will be required to develop to the highest building code and fire resiliency standards in the world. Passed Senate, June 1, 31-8. Failed passage in Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, July 12, 4-2. Granted reconsideration. CalChamber Opposed. Labor and Employment • AB 257 (Lorena Gonzalez; D-San Diego) Fast Food Industry: Franchises; Wage and Hour. Undermines the existence of the franchise model by holding franchisors responsible for all conduct by individual franchisees. Establishes Fast Food Sector Council that would have unprecedented authority to write its own labor and employment laws for fast food restaurant employees, circumventing the California Legislature and other regulatory agencies’ position in establishing such laws. Failed passage in Assembly, June 3, 38-27. CalChamber Opposed. • AB 616 (Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Forced Unionization Process for Agricultural Employees. Limits an

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CalChamber Vote Record: Major Bills 2021 From Previous Page

employee’s ability to independently and privately vote for unionization in the workplace, by essentially eliminating a secret ballot election and replacing it with the submission of representation cards signed by over 50% of the employees, which leaves employees susceptible to coercion and manipulation by labor organizations. Also, unfairly limits an employer’s ability to challenge any order by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) by forcing employers to post an unreasonable bond, and then limits an employee’s ability to decertify a union, by forcing them to go through the ballot election process instead of submission of representation cards. Also includes an unnecessary presumption of retaliation that is effectively unlimited in scope because it would apply for the duration of an election campaign, which could last for a year or more. Passed Senate, August 26, 24-11. Assembly concurred in Senate amendments, September 1, 52-19. Vetoed. CalChamber Opposed/Job Killer 2021. • AB 1074 (Lorena Gonzalez; DSan Diego) Onerous Return to Work Mandate. Prior to amendments, would have imposed an onerous and stringent process that is unlimited in time for specific employers to return employees to the workforce for specified industries, including hotels and restaurants that have been disproportionally impacted by this pandemic, which would have delayed rehiring and employers’ ability to re-open after being forced to close or reduce operations due to COVID-19. Job killer tag removed due to April 19, 2021 amendments eliminating COVID19 related recall provisions from the bill. The remaining provisions had the potential to cause further harm to the hospitality industry by forcing a new service provider for a hotel to hire the previous contracted provider’s employees and navigate statutory barriers erected around operational positions, staffing redundancies, technical abilities, and staffs’ general ability to meet the hotel’s needs. The mandate would have increased operating costs, threatened small businesses, and represented a significant shift in how the law approaches contracting. Passed Senate, September 10, 23-12.

Assembly concurred in Senate amendments, September 10, 51-19. Vetoed. CalChamber Opposed/Former Job Killer 2021. • SB 62 (Durazo; D-Los Angeles) Increased Costs and Liability on Employers. Significantly increases the burden on nonunionized employers in the garment manufacturing industry in California, by eliminating piece rate as a method of payment even though it can benefit the employee, expanding joint and several liability for any wage violations to the entire supply chain, and shifting the evidentiary standards in a Labor Commissioner hearing to limit the ability for an employer to defend against an alleged wage violation. These additional requirements will encourage companies to contract with manufacturers outside of California, thereby limiting the demand and workforce of garment manufacturers in California. Passed Assembly, September 8, 50-19. Senate concurred in Assembly amendments, September 10, 26-10. Signed — Chapter 329. CalChamber Opposed/Job Killer 2021. Privacy and Cybersecurity • AB 13 (Chau; D-Monterey Park) Automated Decision Systems for Procurement. Allows local agencies to require businesses to submit impact assessments to audit automated decision systems as a requirement for successfully submitting bids to cities, but does not clearly define the framework for doing so, and does not account for intellectual property or the effect on businesses that will be excluded from bidding on such contracts because they do not have the resources to conduct such reports. Passed Assembly, June 1, 52-16. Placed on Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File, August 16. CalChamber Opposed. • AB 814 (Levine; D-San Rafael) Limits on Contact Tracing. Prohibits the use of all data that is used to assist with contact tracing and imposes a mandatory deletion requirement, discouraging businesses from using any helpful information or data that can be useful to assist in contact tracing efforts. Passed Assembly, June 1, 60-13. Placed on Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File, August 16. CalChamber Opposed Unless Amended.

Key to This Section

Y means voted for bill. N means voted against bill. ● means not voting. — means absent. Boldface type indicates votes in accord with CalChamber position. Red columns are Job Killers.

Recycling • AB 1371 (Friedman; D-Glendale) Packaging Ban. Bans critical packaging materials from being able to be sold or distributed in California without regard for whether any adequate substitutes are available nor how such a policy would lead to more waste created by spoilage and breakage and additional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from much heavier packaging. Failed passage in Assembly, June 3, 36-28. CalChamber Opposed. Transportation and Infrastructure • SB 339 (Wiener; D-San Francisco) Ensure Transportation Funding. Extends the Road User Charge Advisory Committee and allow the Transportation Agency to conduct pilot studies to evaluate potential replacements for gas tax funding for roads and infrastructure. Passed Assembly, September 1, 51-19. Senate concurred in Assembly amendments, September 2, 27-10. Signed — Chapter 308. CalChamber Supported. Workplace Safety • SB 410 (Leyva; D-Chino) Selective Exception from Thorough Financial Analysis for Cal/OSHA Regulations. Specifically exempts Cal/OSHA regulations from the Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment (SRIA) process, which provides thorough economic analysis and Department of Finance oversight for proposed regulations and is presently applicable to all regulations with a financial impact of more than $50 million. Passed Senate, May 17, 22-9. Placed on Assembly Inactive File, September 8. CalChamber Opposed.

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NOVEMBER 5, 2021 • PAGE 10

CalChamber Best Business Votes 2021 Legislators are listed in descending order according to how often they voted in accord with the California Chamber of Commerce position (first number) versus how often their votes were not in accord with the CalChamber position (second number) in 2021. Total votes may not match the vote record because the tally for absences is not included in this list. Votes when a legislator was absent are not included in calculating percentages. 80% or more with CalChamber

60%-79% with CalChamber

Senate

40%-59% with CalChamber

Assembly

Dahle, Brian (R)

8-1

Grove, Shannon (R) Nielsen, Jim (R)

8-2 8-2

Bates, Patricia (R) Borgeas, Andreas (R) Caballero, Anna (D) Glazer, Steve (D) Hurtado, Melissa (D) Jones, Brian W. (R) Melendez, Melissa (R) Ochoa Bogh, Rosilicie (R)

7-3 7-3 7-3 7-3 7-3 7-3 7-3 7-3

Dodd, Bill (D)

Dahle, Megan (R) Flora, Heath (R)

11-1 11-1

Fong, Vince (R) Grayson, Tim (D) Lackey, Tom (R) Mathis, Devon (R) Mayes, Chad (NPP) Patterson, Jim (R)

10-2 10-2 10-2 10-2 10-2 10-2

6-3

Chen, Phillip (R) Davies, Laurie (R) Gray, Adam (D) Kiley, Kevin (R) Valladares, Suzette (R)

9-2 9-2 9-2 9-2 9-2

Wilk, Scott (R)

6-4

Nguyen, Janet (R)

8-0

Hueso, Ben (D) Pan, Richard (D)

5-5 5-5

Archuleta, Bob (D) Bradford, Steven (D) Cortese, Dave (D) Durazo, María Elena (D) Gonzalez, Lena (D) Min, Dave (D) Roth, Richard (D) Rubio, Susan (D) Umberg, Tom (D)

4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6

Bigelow, Frank (R) Choi, Steven (R) Cooper, Jim (D) Cunningham, Jordan (R) Gallagher, James (R) Seyarto, Kelly (R) Smith, Thurston “Smitty” (R) Voepel, Randy (R)

9-3 9-3 9-3 9-3 9-3 9-3 9-3 9-3

Daly, Tom (D)

8-4

Waldron, Marie (R)

6-3

Eggman, Susan Talamantes (D)

3-4

Hertzberg, Bob (D) Wieckowski, Bob (D)

3-6 3-6

Atkins, Toni (D) Leyva, Connie (D) McGuire, Mike (D) Skinner, Nancy (D) Wiener, Scott (D)

3-7 3-7 3-7 3-7 3-7

Aguiar-Curry, Cecilia (D) Cooley, Ken (D) Frazier, Jim (D) Ramos, James C. (D) Rubio, Blanca (D) Villapudua, Carlos (D)

7-5 7-5 7-5 7-5 7-5 7-5

Limón, Monique (D) Newman, Josh (D)

2-7 2-7

Gipson, Mike (D) Low, Evan (D) Quirk-Silva, Sharon (D) Rodriguez, Freddie (D)

6-6 6-6 6-6 6-6

Becker, Josh (D) Laird, John (D) Portantino, Anthony (D)

2-8 2-8 2-8

Calderon, Lisa (D) Medina, Jose (D) Salas, Rudy (D)

5-7 5-7 5-7

Allen, Ben (D) Kamlager, Sydney (D)

1-9 1-9

Stern, Henry (D)

0-2

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Arambula, Joaquin (D) Burke, Autumn (D) Garcia, Cristina (D) Garcia, Eduardo (D) Mullin, Kevin (D) Petrie-Norris, Cottie (D) Quirk, Bill (D) Wood, Jim (D)

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