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Welcome to 2023! I am eager for the new year and all that it holds - successes, challenges, changes, and new opportunities. But where did 2022 go, or for that matter 2021, or 2020...? Maybe some of you can relate, as a child, that the most dreaded day of the year was the day after Christmas. The build-up and anticipation for Christmas has come and gone, the gifts have all been opened and now we wait...for a whole year. Next Christmas couldn’t have seemed further away.

If only we could recapture the perception of time we had as children. For an interesting read, search for a short blog post by Harvard University titled, No, It’s Not Just You: Why time “speeds up” as we get older, March 27, 2019. In the case of time, I believe perception truly is reality – we have less of it as we get older. To the younger group of up-andcoming business and community leaders, don’t take it for granted. Make the most of your youth, your energy, and your agility. For those of us with a few more years under our belts, we know that time is the single most valuable commodity we have; we can’t buy, borrow, or make more.

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Whatever you plan to spend your time on in 2023, make the most of it. Whether it’s more time with family, or time traveling the globe. Maybe it’s time to launch a new business or lead your established business through a time of change. If it’s family, you are to be commended. If it’s travel, we’re jealous and look forward to some amazing pictures and stories. If it’s business and community, look no further than to your Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce. Let the Chamber give some of your time back. We’re here to help market your new business, to connect you with customers and community. We’re here to connect you with resources to lead your business through a time of change. As a member of the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce we are solely focused on supporting your success. Contact the Chamber today, to share your goals and learn how we can help you achieve them.

All the best for health, happiness, and continued success in 2023.

Mike Thrapp ICR Staffing Services, Inc. 2022-2023 Chair of the Board

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5 2022 Year In Review 7 Employee Rest Breaks by HRWatchdog 8-9 Ribbon Cuttings/Groundbreaking 10 Accolade Award Recipients/Sponsors 12-13 Get Into Gear for the New Year 14-15 Mayors’ Messages 17 Business Card Spotlight/Referral Thank Yous 18 New Chamber Investors 20 ShopHD Campaign 22 Chamber Calendar 23 Chairman’s Circle
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ADELANTO

Executive Committee

Matthew Carlos – Chair – Desert Community Bank

James Janecka – Secretary/Treasurer – GEO Group, Inc.

Director

Manny Serrano – Jet Room, Inc.

Kristi Montes, Journey Foursquare Church Philip Montague, Amegatek Solutions, Inc.

Mike Thrapp – Chair of the Board - ICR Staffing Services, Inc.

Lisa Lamb - Chair Elect - Lewis Center for Educational Research

Shannon Shannon – Vice Chair/Finance – SaddleRock Reverse Mortgage

Martial Haprov – Immediate Past Chair – Mojave Desert AQMD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022 - 2023

Clinton Alford – Farmers Insurance-Clinton Alford Agency

Casey Armstrong – Armstrong Fairway Insurance Agency, Inc.

William Brady – PRMG, Inc.

Stacy DeVoll – DeVoll Rubber Mfg Group, Inc.

Eddie Hernandez – Desert Valley Hospital/Medical Group

Randi Hunt – Inland SoCal United Way

Aaron Korn – Pacific Refrigerator Company

Arsalee Morales - Apple Valley Communications

Sarina Muhammad - Goodwill Career Resource Center

Pat Orr – Individual Member

Sharon Page – Sharon R. Page, Copywriter

Dr. Kenisha L. Williams - TransFormNation Training & Development, LLC

APPLE VALLEY

Executive Committee

Lisa Kiplinger Kennedy – Chair/Treasurer – Boisset Collection Jessica Borzilleri – Secretary – Bellview Hospice Care, Inc.

Director

Sabrina Schneider – Off the Grid Brewery

Dr. Kristi Mendoza, Optimum Audiology

Israel Regus, Solstice Senior Living at Apple Valley Tom Hoegerman, Grey Sage Custom Leather

HESPERIA

Executive Committee

James Needham – Chair – Affordable Technology, Inc.

Director

Jessica Carrillo – A Magic Moment Custom Cakes Zack Flaherty, PRMG, Inc.

Joan Rudder-Ward, Image Maker Visual Communications

VICTORVILLE

Executive Committee

Gwen Bedics – Chair/Treasurer – Alaska USA Business & Commercial Services

Chris Lamoreaux – Secretary – Coldwell Banker Home Source

Directors

Laura Andre – The Mall of Victor Valley Yvonne Cox – Mojave Water Agency Brian Hennebry, Providence St. Mary Medical Center

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REST BREAKS: WAYS TO PROVE EMPLOYEES RECEIVE DUTY-FREE TIME

Article courtesy of HR Watchdog presented by CalChamber https://hrwatchdog.calchamber.com/2022/12/rest-breaks-ways-to-prove-employees-receive-duty-free-time/

Recently, an employee complained to management that they were not receiving rest breaks. Because the breaks are paid, the employees do not clock out for them; how can we prove that employees are being provided their rest breaks?

California law requires employers to provide paid net 10-minute rest breaks for every four hours (or major fraction thereof) that a nonexempt employee works.

Unlike meal breaks, which employers may provide as unpaid breaks, keeping track of rest breaks can be challenging because the employee must be paid for the time. Fortunately, there are several tools available to employers to help prevent rest break violations.

‘Policing’ Rest Breaks

The California Supreme Court has consistently reinforced its holding in Brinker Restaurant Corp v. Superior Court ((2012) 53 Cal. 4th 1004) that employers are not required to “police” meal and rest breaks, but instead simply must provide the breaks.

Unfortunately, that holding has created confusion for employers who still lose claims brought by employees for rest and meal break violations.

The reason employers continue to lose is because the burden of proof that the employer provided breaks falls on the employer. So, without proof that the employer provided the employee the reasonable opportunity to take an uninterrupted 10-minute rest break where the employer relinquished all control over the employee and relieved that employee of all duty, the employer is at risk for rest break violations

In practice, this means that employers should still “police” rest breaks in such a way as to be able to demonstrate to the government that the employer complied with the law.

Scheduling/Timekeeping

The first step an employer should take is ensuring that there is some timekeeping record of the rest breaks taken. Although rest breaks are paid, employers still can require employees to note or affirm on their timekeeping records that they were provided the opportunity to take compliant rest breaks.

Recordkeeping can come in many forms, from a separate paper log to an electronic check box in a timekeeping system where the employee affirms their rest breaks were provided. So long as the record accurately reflects the provision of rest breaks, it will put the employer in a better position to demonstrate compliance.

The next step employers should take is scheduling the rest breaks. Employers are allowed to dictate when the employees must take their breaks and a break schedule that is published, and adhered to, helps demonstrate that the employer has made the rest breaks available to the employee.

Oftentimes employees like to choose when they take their breaks and resist such scheduling and timekeeping requirements. This is where a well-drafted and enforced rest break policy comes in handy.

Rest Break Policy

The California courts have found that an employer who demonstrates they enforce well-drafted break policies is compliant under California law.

An employer’s rest break policy should include instructions that the employee is entitled to an uninterrupted net 10-minute break, that the break is paid, and that the employee is free from control and all duties imposed by the employer.

Further, the policy should set forth any timekeeping or scheduling requirements and instruct the employee to inform their supervisor if denied a reasonable opportunity to take the break.

Lastly, the responsibility of enforcing a rest break policy does not fall on just one supervisor or manager, but the entire management team. As a result, all supervisors, managers and any other employees tasked with ensuring compliance with the rest break policy should be trained to both implement and enforce the policy with discipline if the employee fails to follow the policy.

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“GEAR UP

FOR GOAL SETTING TO SMASH YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS”

As we move forward in the new year, we are hopeful for the things we want moving forward – whether they’re our dreams or daily moments of joy. The new year brings a sense of empowerment that we can do what we set our mind to - in work and in our personal lives. Take some time today to set the course for the year ahead.  “People are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope with all of their might.” - Dr. Stephen R. Covey

CHOOSE PRIORITIES

What is it that you value most for your life – family, career, achievement, legacy, service, friendships, experiences, fitness, great books, connections to people and places? What are your top three to five things that you value most? Identifying your priorities will help you stay focused on what matters most this year.

DEFINE THE END RESULT

Is there something you’ve really wanted to accomplish, but it keeps getting set aside? Do you have a personal improvement that you’ve been wanting to make? Write a list of the goals you have planned for your life in those areas and a few ideas on how to improve them. If it’s a project for home or work, write down what it will take to accomplish those goals. As Stephen Covey puts it, by starting with the end in mind, you have a place to focus your efforts. Time restrictions sometimes won’t allow you to get to everything completed, instead focus on your major priorities or biggest opportunities.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

WRITE IT DOWN

The simple act of writing down your goals is already one step ahead of most people. Post your major goal where you can see it every day – like the bathroom mirror or somewhere on your desk. Keeping your goals at the top of your mind will help you work towards them in small ways every day.

BREAK IT DOWN

Take your goals and break them into the steps needed to complete them. List the action items and dates associated with each step. Make sure that you keep each step small enough so that you can accomplish them. This may mean breaking bigger tasks into smaller pieces so each action item doesn’t feel overwhelming.

GET STARTED

Today is the day to start. Tomorrow will always be tomorrow. What is one thing you can do today that will move you forward towards your goals?

DO DAILY ACTION

In his book, The Slight Edge, author Jeff Olson writes about the long-term impacts of small steps taken daily. We often overestimate what we can accomplish in the short-term and drastically underestimate what we can accomplish in the long-term. Ideas of daily action include:

• Reading your goals and tasks daily

• Creating fun ways to track your progress

• Setting aside time each day to work on a task toward your goal

• Talking to someone else about your goals and your progress to help clarify and hold yourself accountable to your prog ress

• Getting others involved (if necessary)

REVIEW YOUR PROGRESS

Check your progress at a milestone or maybe once each month. Consider how things are going and what adjustments need to be made to continue towards your goal. Edward W. Deming’s process for continuous

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improvement is referred to as the PDSA cycle, which stands for Plan, Do, Study, Act. It’s an excellent tool for refining and adjusting your outcomes along the journey to accomplishment.  Plan, Do, Study, Act cycle for continuous improvement

Source: Plan, Do, Study, Act model

FOCUS

It’s so easy to get distracted, especially when we are up against an obstacle or a hard task. We can fall into the “squirrel” syndrome and jump on the next easy-to-accomplish thing even if it’s not related to our goal or find other ways to escape from the task at hand. Remind yourself why the goal is important to you, what the end-reward is, and consider if there is another way to get to the end goal. I’m reminded of a story that Terri Brady, author of Letters to Lindsey, once told about her son’s raising money for a band field trip. The plan was to have the kids raise all the money for the trip and while they did a great job, they fell short of the final number. The kids did the work and learned the lessons of working towards a goal, but hadn’t reached the goal. The parents paid the difference and the kids went on the trip. The goal was the trip, not the fundraising. Sometimes we have to take a broad view perspective at the real goal and change the plan to make sure we still arrive at that goal. There are some things that are out of your control. Stephen Covey describes the idea of the “circle of influence” and the “circle of concern”. Any effort on items you can’t control or impact will only lead to frustration, stress, and worry. You will want to acknowledge them, but try not to spend time on them. Choose to put your time and attention on the things within the circle of influence – the things you can do something about.

CELEBRATE SUCCESS

It’s important to give your brain small moments of victory along the journey, and certainly at the end. These acknowledgments of success will inspire you to keep working towards your goal or to set a new goal. Reward ideas include:

• Shouting a good old “yahoo!”

• Dancing or jumping up and down

• Telling your best friend or spouse

• Buying yourself a new item – a paint set, a great book, etc. This will serve as a reminder of your success

• Giving yourself an experience – a trip to a museum or a great restaurant, etc.

• Posting a note to yourself about how proud you are of you.

MAKE A RECORD

No, not a real record from the days of vinyl, but a record of the goal, the accomplishment, and the learning moments along the way. This is especially important in a work setting, but can also be great mental practice for your personal life.

Often the pace of life is so quick that we are regularly accomplishing things and moving right on to the next thing. It’s important to take note of the accomplishments along the way so that when you get frustrated with your progress or look back and think, “What have I done this year?” you’ll have a list of achievements to be proud of yourself for accomplishing.

It may also be helpful to keep a list of future ideas. Once you get into the cycle of focused achievement you will be excited for all the things you can accomplish when you set your plans to it.

BE INCREDIBLE

This year be you – the best and most incredible version of you. Take on the big things, set your sights high and go for what you want. You’ll be so amazed at what you can accomplish when you set your goals in front of you and take small actions each day towards them.

Article by Erica Venton | Courtesy of MSU WorkLife Office

https://worklife.msu.edu/news/gear-goal-setting-smash-your-new-year-resolutions

Sources:

Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge, Edward W. Deming, Plan, Do, Study, Act model image, Terri Brady, Letters to Lindsey

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MAYORS’ MESSAGES

MAYOR GABRIEL REYES - ADELANTO

The City of Adelanto has seen tremendous growth over the last four years, fueled by a business friendly government, strong developer success, ongoing community engagement, and lots of available land. I want to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the more notable achievements.

To start, the city was able to bring fiscal responsibility to our city. For the first time since 2010, city staff and council balanced the annual budget. Much credit for this achievement goes to the finance department and to the cannabis audit and compliance team.

Second, the city has embraced the renewable energy space, installing solar at our wastewater and water facilities, the sheriff station, public works locations, City Hall, the Senior Center, the stadium, and other locations . These improvements were made at no cost to our taxpayers and will save the city more than $15 million in utility expenses over the next 20 years. In the same vein, AES Solar broke ground on a large solar field that will provide power to Amazon distribution facilities. We are proud to play a role in reducing emissions for generations to come.

Additionally, I’m happy to announce that we have permitted over 750 homes that are either in development or completed. In the last 2 years alone, we have had the highest annual increase in building permits issued compared to all other cities in the High Desert. It is my goal as mayor to be able to build another 5,000 homes over the next four to six years. The intentionality behind this number is to increase our population by approximately 17,000 residents and position the city to pass the 50,000 resident marker, hence get qualified as urban city. Such an achievement would significantly increase attraction opportunities and open direct access to funding from state and federal sources.

As it relates to the main artery through our city, in 2019 we discovered an ordinance from 1985 that blocked development on Hwy 395 given the then planned additional Hwy 220 around the city, which never came to fruition. The city worked tirelessly to submit the required documentation to Caltrans, and we expect multiple new signalized intersections that will result in commercial and retail to be developed throughout the city, but most importantly, in North Adelanto.

Lastly, the Lewis Group broke ground at the corner of Mojave and Hwy 395, named Adelanto Towne Centre. The project includes sit-down restaurants, a gas station, convenience stores, a car wash and other retail for our city. We hope they will be able to attract a great gym as well.

In closing, I want to extend my gratitude to the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce for highlighting Adelanto’s success and tremendous potential. We are committed to being a great neighbor and look forward to the new year

MAYOR SCOTT NASSIF - APPLE VALLEY

Apple Valley continues to build one of the most desirable communities in Southern California.

This year, Apple Valley was voted “Best Place to Live” for the 11th straight year by readers of the Daily Press Best of the Desert Awards.

We continue to fine tune our Housing Element, General Plan, Development Code, our processes and service to be more development friendly. We’ve created a full Economic and Community Development Department, comprised of all the entitling divisions including Planning, Building and Safety, Engineering, and Economic Development, to keep improving our entitlement process and enhance our customer service to ensure we are helping homeowners, businesses, builders and developers bring jobs and investment into our community. The Town is processing an unprecedented demand for industrial space and we want to be responsive to the growing demand.

The Town Council recently approved the Village Specific Plan in partnership with the Village Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) to implement the shared vision of a vibrant downtown that serves as a destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment and balances the needs of residents, workers, business owners, and visitors, alike.

The Town has funded more than $542,000 in small business assistance grants to help more than a dozen local businesses get back on their feet with an injection of capital to cash flow improvements, pay delinquent rents and payroll, and generally help move these businesses into a new and brighter chapter.

Apple Valley’s quality of life and low crime rate remains an endearing trait. In 2021, Apple Valley had the lowest crime rates in the region, with the lowest Part 1 and Part 2 crimes of the tri-cities.

Victorville anticipates completion of the Green Tree Extension project in summer 2023, which will open a third direct access to Interstate-15 for Apple Valley commuters and open the Village Business District for more consumer demand.

Learn more at applevalley.org.

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MAYOR BRIGET BENNINGTON - HESPERIA

Serving as Hesperia’s Mayor over the past year has been a rewarding experience. I’d like to share some of the City’s accomplishments in 2022. In January, the City celebrated the groundbreaking of the Ranchero Widening Project. This significant investment in the Ranchero Corridor will enhance freeway access and reduce traffic for motorists on this major roadway.

The first phase of Silverwood, a master-planned community in southern Hesperia, is under construction, bringing approximately 2,000 of the total 15,663 homes that are planned. Future residents of Silverwood will be charmed by the natural beauty of the Silverwood community, which boasts a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail running through it and a proximity to both lake and mountain destinations.

Hesperia welcomed Raising Cane’s, Ace Hardware, Big Lots and Dollar General. In addition, the City continued to attract industrial interest with desirable freeway corridor opportunities, including the development of Hesperia Commerce Center One, with its first building complete and open for operation. Building One is home to Modway Furniture.

It’s been my pleasure to serve as Hesperia’s Mayor. On behalf of the City of Hesperia, I would like to say thank you for your support and contributions in making Hesperia the great community that it is.

Learn more at cityofhesperia.us

MAYOR DEBRA JONES VICTORVILLE

We are looking forward to a great 2023 in the City of Victorville as we have several strategic initiatives in the works. Probably our most anticipated projects are the Green Tree Extension and Wellness Center Campus.

We expect to be driving the Green Tree Extension before summer 2023. The bridge over the BNSF Railway is complete, and so is the earthwork to the east of the train tracks. We made improvements to the intersection at Green Tree Boulevard and Hesperia Road including a new traffic signal. The next large effort will be the paving of the new roadway. This massive infrastructure project will provide another much-needed East/West corridor in the Victor Valley.

Our Wellness Center Campus should also be complete before the summer. This facility, located on City-owned land at 16902 First Street, is the cornerstone of our strategy to reduce homelessness in Victorville. It will increase access to shelter, health care, and supportive services to help homeless individuals find stability. It will offer 110 separate units with a minimum 170-bed capacity. We’ve completed the utility and foundation work and will install the modular units soon.

We are filled with great excitement for the positive impact these initiatives will have on Victorville and the entire region.

Learn more at victorvilleca.gov

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"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." -
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HUSTLER Hollywood (760) 254-9469 15208 Bear Valley Rd. Victorville, CA 92395 https://hustlerhollywood.com Retail Store

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Loan Depot - Joseph Schaffer (760) 617-1386 Apple Valley, CA 92307 https://www.loanDepot.com/jschaffer Mortgages

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