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B u s i n e s s Vo i c e December 2016 The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to: 

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Creating a strong local economy Promoting the community Providing networking opportunities Representing the interest of business to the government Political action

Inside this issue: Chamber News Chair’s Message

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Renewing

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Member News Chamber Happenings

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HR NEWS

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Community News Community Calendar

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Page 2 Officers and Directors

Another Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect in January

2016-2017 Janis Bottorff S.A.S.S.

Board Chairwoman

Dan Spurgeon Treasurer SpringHill Suites/Hampton Inn Debbie Benson Maturango Museum Derrick Diamond Walmart Natalie Dorrell Cerro Coso Community College Debbie Eck-Stonebarger H&R Block Darrell Eddins Continental Labor/DESL David Eriksen Coldwell Banker/Partners Bernie Mondragon Bernie’s Landscaping Solomon Rajaratnam Mission Bank Daryl Silberberg Jr. IWV Insurance Tamara Tilley Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation Tina Warren Warren’s Automotive

STAFF Heather Spurlock

Office Manager

Rachal Ryan

Member Services

Business Voice is a monthly publication of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, 128 E. California Ave. Ste. B, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 (760) 375-8331 FAX (760)375-0365 www.ridgecrestchamber.com chamber@ridgecrestchamber.com Issue 106 December 2016

Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 3 by State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). The bill is now Chapter 4 and it amends Sections 245.5, 246 and 1182.12 of the Labor Code. As a result of the enactment of this bill, California’s minimum wage is going up on January 1, 2017 as it eventually makes its way to $15 per hour. Under existing state law, the minimum wage for all industries increased to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. Under SB 3, the minimum wage for all industries will be increased to $15 per hour from January 1, 2017 to January 1, 2022 for businesses employing 26 or more employees and from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2023 for businesses employing 25 or fewer employees. The law does provide that the scheduled increases may be temporarily suspended by the Governor based upon him making certain determinations. Additionally, the law requires the Director of Finance, after the last scheduled minimum wage increase, to

annually adjust the minimum wage under a specified formula. In the meantime, the wage will go up incrementally each year. The following are the scheduled increases for any business that employs 26 or more employees: * On January 1, 2017 to $10.50 per hour * On January 1, 2018 to $11 per hour * On January 1, 2019 to $12 per hour * On January 1, 2020 to $13 per hour * On January 1, 2021 to $14 per hour * On January 1, 2022 and until adjusted by the formula, to $15 per hour The following are the scheduled increases for any business that employs 25 or fewer employees: * On January 1, 2018 to $10.50 per hour * On January 1, 2019 to $11 per hour * On January 1, 2020 to $12 per hour * On January 1, 2021 to $13 per hour * On January 1, 2022 to $14 per hour * On January 1, 2023 and

until adjusted by the formula, to $15 per hour SB 3 was passed over the strenuous objections of the state’s business community. The bill was labeled a “Job Killer” by the California Chamber of Commerce “Job Killer” and the bill was enacted shortly after California’s minimum wage was increased by another dollar to $10. An earlier version of SB 3 had proposed to increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017 and, thereafter, increase the wage according to the rate of inflation. It was amended to eventually raise the state minimum wage to $15 with likely annually increases thereafter. Unfortunately, SB 3’s mandate will simply overwhelm many businesses that are already struggling with the current minimum wage increases and the myriad of other, cumulative costs imposed upon them for doing business in California. Employers in this state continue to face significant costs including increased personal income and sales


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Minimum Wage cont. taxes under Proposition 30 (and potentially another 12 years if the voters adopt Prop. 55 in November), higher workers’ compensation premiums, continued reduction in the federal unemployment insurance credit, higher energy costs, and increased costs due to the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act. And those are the costs we know of today. In February 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report regarding the impact of the proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The conclusion was that, although some low-wage workers would receive a higher income through the increased minimum wage hike, “some jobs for low-wage workers would probably be eliminated, the income of most workers who became jobless would fall substantially, and the share of low-wage workers who were employed, would probably fall slightly.” To make matters worse, these scheduled increases in the state’s minimum wage not only increase hourly employees’ wages, but also salaried employees’ compensation. In order for employees to qualify as “exempt” under any of the six exemptions in California, they must meet the salary-basis test, which is two times the monthly minimum

wage. With the enactment of SB 3, there will be an increase of over $15,000 per exempt employee in just a few years. And businesses will also see their workers’ compensation premiums go up, as well as increased costs for uniform/tool reimbursements and overtime. Finally, the business community had argued that SB 3 should contain a regional minimum wage, but this proposal was rejected. While some can appreciate that certain cities and counties in California may be able to afford an increased minimum wage, other cities and counties are still struggling with an unemployment rate in excess of 10%. Employers in these areas will find it much more difficult to sustain such a dramatic increase in their labor costs. Chris Micheli is a legislative advocate with the Sacramento governmental relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.


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Pot Is Legal, But You Can Keep Your Workplace Drug Free On November 8, California joined several other states in legalizing recreational use of marijuana by adults. Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years old and over, imposes a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales and establishes a regulatory framework for the sale of marijuana. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use is a significant change to current law. However, despite the passage of Proposition 64, several things will not change. For example, smoking or ingesting marijuana in public will remain unlawful, as will smoking or inge sting marijuana in places where smoking tobacco is also prohibited. Similarly, driving under the influence of marijuana will remain illegal. But what about smoking weed at work? When it

comes to the workplace, California employers can take a deep breath of fresh air, because Proposition 64 maintains the status quo for employers seeking to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. In other words, employer policies related to drug possession, use and impairment as well as testing are not compromised with the legalization of marijuana use under Proposition 64. Proposition 64’s Workplace Protections Proposition 64 legalizes adult recreational use of marijuana. However, such use stops short at the workplace. Proposition 64 explicitly states that it is intended to “allow public and private employers to enact and enforce workplace policies pertaining to marijuana.” The initiative also provides that it will not be construed or interpreted to

amend, repeal, affect, restrict or pre -empt: “The rights and obligations of public and private employers to maintain a drug and alcohol free workplace or require an employer to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, sale or growth of marijuana in the workplace, or affect the ability of employers to have policies prohibiting the use of marijuana by employees and prospective employees, or prevent employers from complying with state or federal law (Section 11362.45 (f)).” These provisions separate Proposition 64 from the failed 2010 initiative, which did not protect employer policies concerning the use of marijuana in the workplace. Moreover, with the inclusion of these provisions, Proposition 64 does not disrupt the current status quo concerning workplace safety and drug prevention. Taken in part from HRCalifornia Extra


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Chamber Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cutting for Butterfly Boutique located at 253 Balsam St.

Ribbon Cutting for the new Walmart Super Center.

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Business Card Winner

Connect with member businesses at the monthly Chamber luncheons Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month


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SUPPO RTI N G MEMB ERS Thank you to these businesses for their continued support of the Chamber. Platinum Members RRH Development Foundation Searles Valley Minerals Gold Members

Cerro Coso Community College

Sierra Sands Unified School District

Coldwell Banker Best Realty

Southern California Edison

High Desert Air Ductor

Toyota of Ridgecrest

IWV Water District

Walmart

Liberty Ambulance

Warren’s Automotive

PG&E

CHAIRMAN CIRCLE MEMBERS 2015-2016


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Renewing Members for October 2016 A & L Tire

Jewelry With Attitude

Advanced Imaging Center

Mission Linen Supply

AllCare Therapy Services

MWR (Morale Welfare & Rec, NAWS)

American Dream Auto Sales & United Rent-A-Car

Mystique

Benz Sanitation, Inc. Cardinal Plumbing Cherokee Community of Central California

Pinnacles School of Law Ridgecrest Branch Library Rotary Club of China Lake Rotary Club Of IWV

Coldwell Banker Best Realty

Saint Ann School

Country Feed Barn, Inc.

Santiago Ridgecrest Estates

Financial Business Management

SCORE - Golden Empire Chapter 563

Focus Optometry Center

Susan Neves Fine Art Photography

Friends of the Fair, Inc.

The Salvation Army Ridgecrest Corps Center for Worship & Service

Guild Mortgage Hair Pros High Desert Haven

Tutus Whispering Winds Mobile Home Park


CHAMBER HAPPENINGS Recipients at our Giving Thanks Luncheon

Clockwise: Maturango Museum Docent League, Exchange Club, Ridgecrest Military Banner Program and P.A.C.T.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Dec 02 Make and Take craft Come to the Ridgecrest branch library to make a craft suitable for gift giving this holiday season. Dec 02 Barks & Books enjoy reading to our four legged friends from Eden rescue at Ridgecrest Branch Library Dec 02 Open Mic Nigh rocks every nonflex Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building, 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. Enjoy the hottest music in town in the coolest venue in town. Ridgecrest’s favorite indoor “block party” off the best entertain value in the valley. Admission is still only $2 per person, whether you are playing on the big stage or just hanging out in the audience. Kids get in free (when accompanied by a paid adult.) Be sure to visit our famous thrifty Snack Bar, serving the ¼ pound, all-beef Jumbo “Crumville” Hot Dog plate, frosty sodas, assorted candies, hot popcorn, and beer and wine (proper I.D.’s required.) Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show blasts off at 7 p.m. for more details, call 760-375-8456. Party Hardy! Dec 02 Preschool Story Time Story time at the Ridgecrest Branch Library 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM Dec 02 Spanish Story Time at the Ridgecrest branch library 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Dec 02 Winter Wonderland presented by USAA and Community Tree lighting ceremony takes place in the MWR parking lot, where there is a skating rink, vendors, food and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs Claus! Don't miss out on this fun family community event! 5:00 PM - 08:00 PM Blandy Rd. MWR parking Lot . Free for anyone with base access Dec 03 Make and Take craft Come to the Ridgecrest branch library to make a craft suitable for gift giving this holiday season.

Dec 03 - Dec 04 Santa's Art Shop Art & Craft fair at Desert Empire Fairgrounds Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 9 am - 4 pm. 125 plus artists and crafts people. Needlework, jewelry, wood working, stained glass, water fountains, live plants, toys, original art work, pottery, wooden toys, iron yard art and much more... Dec 03 FREE CHESS TOURNAMENT FOR KIDS The tournament is FREE for all students. Students play in sections by grade level (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12). We play 4-6 games. Games last about 30 minutes or less. Everyone gets to compete in every round, and everyone gets an award at the end of the tournament. 08:20 AM - 01:30 PM Gateway Elementary School, 501 S. Gateway Blvd., Ridgecrest, Registration 8:20 - 9:00 a.m. Games start 9:00 a.m. Awards 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Fees/Admission: Dec 03 The 10th Annual Great Strides Walk to Cure Cystic Fibrosis Tens of thousands of Americans come together each year as one community for one cause... to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis For more information, contact Eric Frisbee: 760 608-2943 or eircfrisbee@gmail.com 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Dec 03 Christmas Art Sale Join Lois Hinman and 5 other exciting artists for sn art show and sale, at Lois' studio 2131 west Las Flores Ave. Admission is free! 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM Dec 04 High Desert 50k Ultra and 30K Hello there! Come out and join us for this amazingly fast trail race. It is very runable and the aid stations are super well provided with all things junk food hahaha not, seriously! they even have beer if I bad not remember! Contact me if you want to know more details! 7026843422 For more info and to sign up go to :https:// ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=39002

Dec 04 Knights of Columbus Bingo Every Sunday Night, Knights of Columbus present Bingo at 5:00 p.m. Located at 725 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. For more information call 760-375-8901. Dec 04 RCMS - Neave Piano Trio Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society presents chamber music concert eith Neave Piano Trio performing piano trios by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 W. Las Flores Avenue $25 general $20 senior $5 student and active duty military Dec 07 Classic Movie Night brought to you by the Historical Society of the upper Mojave Desert .Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the films screen at 7 p.m. Admission is still FREE, but a suggested $2 donation is greatly appreciated. For film titles, call 760-3758456 or stop in for a current film schedule. “See you at the movies!” Dec 09 Christmas in Downtown Free community event for everyone! Mr. & Mrs. Claus in front of TJ Frisbee Bicylces. Bring your camera to take a picture. Free hot cocoa. Christmas Carolers Victory Baptist & Crossroads Church. Toys for Tots please bring a toy valued at $10 or more. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM Dec 10 Eastern Sierra Chapter Harley Owners Group meeting Regular meeting on the second Saturday of every month at Grape Leaf, 901 N. Heritage Dr. at 9 am. New members welcome visit ESCHOG website www.ridgecresthog.com Dec 10 Christmas Thrift Sale St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 200 W. Drummond Ave., Ridgecrest. All proceeds will go to our food pantry. We have Christmas decorations, toys, books, children's clothing, furniture, collectable. Please bring a non-perishable item to the thrift sale for our food pantry. 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM Dec 10


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Children's Christmas Parade Ridgecrest Elks invite you and your organization to join us for the 47th year when the parade steps off at 9 am. This year's theme is Dancing In A Winter Wonderland! We encourage as many entries as possible and would love to see FLOATS, music and dancing. This is not a competitive parade so entries will not be judged; however, everyone will receive a participation ribbon as a memento. There is a $10 entry fee to help us offset the cost of putting on the parade. Equestrian entries must provide written evidence of liability insurance, naming the Elks as additionally insured. Entry form available at Elks Lodge, Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, City Hall or electronically by email elks@mediacombb.net 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM Dec 10 Desert Valleys - Member Appreciation Day w/Santa SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! Join Desert Valleys FCU in celebrating the holidays with a special guest appearance of Santa Claus at the Community Resource Center. Bring your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren out for a photo and cookies with Santa Claus. Event is FREE and open to the entire community. Every member of Desert Valleys will receive a FREE 5x7 Photo of their child with Santa. Additional photos will be available with a donation to "Toys-R-Tots" who will be collecting toys for less fortunate children that day as well. We will also have the PACT Child ID program at the event to help the safety of children in our community. 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM Community Resource Center @ Desert Valleys FCU 100 E Ward Ave Free 5x7 Photo to all Desert Valleys FCU Members. Additional photos available with donation to "Toys-4-Tots" Dec 10 DCOA Concert "A Christmas in Ridgecrest" The Desert Community Orchestra Association will present its annual holiday concert, A Christmas in Ridgecrest, at 7 p.m. at the Parker Performing Arts Center at Bur-

roughs High School. The community is invited to come and enjoy popular holiday classics and traditional Christmas carols as well as new numbers celebrating the season. It will be a concert that the whole family can enjoy. Tickets are available at Red Rock Books and at the door for $11 general admission and reduced price for senior, military, and students. 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM Burroughs High School - Parker Performing Arts Center Contact: Tickets are available at Red Rock Books and at the door. $11 general admission $9 seniors and military $5 students

Dec 19 WV Optimist Club Meeting every third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Casey's Restaurant, 1337 N. China Lake Blvd. Come join us as we support local children and youth programs and opportunities. Your first visit to our club includes a free meal! Call 760-608-1115 for more information."

Dec 20 2017 POW WOW Fundraiser Navy Arms/Rossi/Taurus Riffle for raffel! Tickets are $5.00 at: Frey's gun shop,Casey's, Baxendale's, and Dec 11 Jake Hamilton And The Sound Romancing the west. the Drawing will Ridgecrest Intercessory House of Prayer be held on December 20,2016 at Presents Jake Hamilton and The Sound at the noon. The winner need not be present Desert Empire Fairgrounds. Proceeds will be to receive their prize. put towards residential faith based recovery home. Tickets $20 each or $30 for two kids Dec 21 Classic Movie Night brought ten and under free. Vendors contact Tara 760- to you by the Historical Society of the 382-3858. For more info visit RiHop Facebook upper Mojave Desert at the Historic page. USO Building, 230 W. Ridgecrest Dec 13 Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Join the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce for our monthly luncheon at the Historic USO Bldg. from 12-1pm. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Contact 760-375-8331 to make a reservation. Dec 14 Friends of the Fair Meeting Regular monthly meeting held monthly at 7 pm at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds Board Room. We are always looking for new members and ideas. For more information contact Larry Hauser, President 760-375-4175 or Kathy Armstrong, Treasurer, 760-375-2643 Date:

Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the films screen at 7 p.m. Admission is still FREE, but a suggested $2 donation is greatly appreciated. For film titles, call 760-375-8456 or stop in for a current film schedule. “See you at the movies!” Dec 21 Blood Drive, Houchin Community Blood Bank 12 noon to 6 pm Kerr McGee Center 100 W. California Ave. To schedule an appointment, contact (661) 323.4222 Date:

Dec 30 Open Mic Night “Open Mic Night” rocks every nonflex Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Dec 16 Open Mic Night rocks every nonUSO Building, 230 W. Admission is flex Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Build- still only $2 per person, whether you ing, 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. Admission is are playing on the big stage or just still only $2 per person, whether you are play- hanging out in the audience. Kids get ing on the big stage or just hanging out in the in free (when accompanied by a paid audience. Kids get in free (when accompanied adult.) Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and by a paid adult.,Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show blasts off at 7 p.m. for more the show blasts off at 7 p.m. for more details, details, call 760-375-8456. Party call 760-375-8456. Party Hardy! Hardy!


Participants from our #RCSHOPSMALL Kick-off Event. Jessica David of Conveying Awareness, Debbie Corlett of Mary Kay, Cheryl McDonald Artist, Kristen Rye of Perfectly Posh, Lindsey Kinsfather of LuLa Roe and Tristan Merriman of Rodan & Fields

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