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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 36, Number 5

CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Discusses Successes and Plans to Support Businesses

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The Chamber hosted Lunch and Legislation at the Riverside Convention Center, where California Secretary of State Alex Padilla spoke on issues such as improving the filing process for businesses, creating a faster, more reliable online business search database, and growing voter registration across the state. Although he discussed the significant role each of these play for businesses and the community, Secretary Padilla emphasized and highlighted a number of ways to expand voter registration and improve the voting process during elections.

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Each month, the Chamber helps build a stronger local economy through surveying its membership.

During his discussion, Secretary Padilla noted that efforts have been made to improve inquiries and filings for businesses, thus making it easier and quicker for individuals to open and run their business. In efforts to curb the slow process of submitting inquiries by mail, Secretary Padilla has utilized the California Business Search domain, where businesses are able to list themselves online, which serves as a better marketing tool

City leaders, Chamber members, and leaders of the community met with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla at the Chamber’s Lunch & Legislation event to discuss ways to improve California’s business environment.

for businesses across the state. This process has already resulted in more than one million online downloads of businesses’ information and led to the reduction of 35,000 inquiry letters by mail. See Padilla on page 2

Bill Seeks to Protect Businesses from High Frequency Litigants The Chamber supports AB 913, introduced by Assembly Member Adam Gray, to curb the abuse of lawsuits related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by requiring an “extremely high frequency litigant” to obtain approval by the court before pursuing additional lawsuits. The successful passage of this bill will likely lead to a reduction in litigation cases against businesses, thus fostering a positive work environment for employers across the state.

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The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) recently endorsed Councilmembers Andy Melendrez, Paul Davis, and Jim Perry to represent Riverside City Council Wards 2, 4, and 6, respectively. These candidates would represent the business community when voting on issues in City Council.

Andy Melendrez – Ward 2 Seeking his fourth term as the City Council representative from Ward 2, Councilmember

Melendrez brings a strong understanding of the key economic and community issues surrounding his ward. With Ward 2 encompassing University Avenue, he has overseen the revitalization and development of the area, including: small businesses, a private college, public services and parks, and expanded student housing. Furthermore, Councilmember Melendrez has the distinct opportunity of utilizing the forthcoming California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions testing facility as well as the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside to attract new businesses and students to the region. See Candidates on page 7

Specifically, AB 913 labels individuals who file more than 15 civil complaints alleging construction-related accessibility violations within a 12-month period as “extremely high frequency litigants”. AB 913 targets this small group of trial attorneys, who seek monetary settlements without improving accessibility for disabled citizens, by allowing the court to issue a pre-filing order against the litigant. This pre-filing order prevents the litigant from pursuing additional claims without the approval of the court. A study by the California Commission of Disability Access shows that in 2014, 14 individuals brought 46% of all ADArelated lawsuits in California. While AB 913 does not preclude a high-frequency litigant from pursuing a claim that has merit, the bill would still require the court to review the merits of the complaint before determining if the litigation should be dismissed. See ADA on page 4




We are committed to building a stronger local economy by actively promoting and supporting our community, by fostering the growth and strength of our member organizations, and by engaging federal, state and local officials on behalf of business interests.

Executive Committee for 2017–2018 Chairman of the Board Andrew Walcker – PSOMAS Vice Chairman, Chairman-Elect Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Bob Hicks – Gresham Savage Vice Chair – Economic Development Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Vice Chair – Membership George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems Vice Chair – Community Development Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair – Divisions Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business Vice Chair – Divisions Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Divisions JD Franklin – OSI Industries Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Brian Hawley – Luminex Software Legal Counsel Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate Past Chairman of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network

Board of Directors 2017–2018 Al Arguello – Bank of America Girish Balachandran – Riverside Public Utilities Robert Beatty – Notre Dame High School Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Dr. Michael Burke – Riverside Community College District Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Dr. Suvesh Chandiok – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Carl Dameron – African American Chamber of Commerce-Inland Empire Dr. Ronald L. Ellis – California Baptist University Rich Erickson – Lee & Associates Julio Figueroa – AT&T David Fisher – Arrowhead Credit Union Tracy Fitzsimmons – Olive Crest Matt Friedlander – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Justin Gilbert – Pacific Premier Bank Debbi Guthrie – Guthrie Companies Dr. David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Jim Maurer – The Press-Enterprise Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Vincent McCoy – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Scott Megna – Riverside Convention Center Scott Meinert – VALIC Financial Advisors Kevin Milligan – Riverside Public Utilities Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Brigadier General Russell Muncy – 452d Air Mobility Wing Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office James Persinger – Pick Group of Young Professionals Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Steve Popkin – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Emilio Ramirez – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Mark Rubin – Regional Properties Bob Ryan – HDR Engineering, Inc. Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Rob Starr – The Toro Company Yundra Thomas – Atchley & Associates Insurance Services Ron Thompson – UTC Aerospace Systems Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University

Chamber Staff Cindy Roth, President/CEO Bethany Wiekamp, Communications Manager Nicholas Adcock, Vice President La Wanda Roy, Accounting/Human Resources Manager Katrina Lumague, Accounting Clerk Carole Slagle, Membership & Advertising Senior Sales Patricia Fierro, Membership & Advertising Sales Leslie Nafus, Membership & Advertising Sales Kara Coronado, Business Project Coordinator Richard Prince, Community Development Coordinator Andrew Sall, Governmental Affairs Manager

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PAC Endorsements, and CA Secretary of State are Important to Economic Development of the Region This is an exciting time for Riverside; we have made tremendous strides to create a favorable business environment for our members. The Chamber is hard at work to ensure that we continue building a stronger local economy and provide opportunities to members. The Chamber acted as a convener for Riverside’s business leaders and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Padilla met with community leaders to address local challenges and discuss improvements in his Business Programs Division to help California’s business community thrive. These efforts have been made to improve inquiries and filings for businesses, thus making it easier and quicker for individuals to open and run their business. He also urged our business leaders in our school districts to embrace the importance of getting our young people registered to vote. Secretary Padilla also discussed the newly-improved Cal-Access website, a search engine that tracks campaign finance funding and expenditure reports dating back to 2000.

Amongst employee growth, the University has reached significant milestones. The Class of 2017 will be the first graduating class from the Chamber-advocated School of Medicine and the School of Public Policy, the Philosophy department is ranked #1 in the world, UCR was recognized by the Los Angeles Times for being among the nation’s best in promoting African American student success, and the Entomology department ranks #2 in the world.

The Chamber is proud of the growth the City has seen recently and is excited to see the local economy continue to thrive.

Andrew Walcker Chair of the Board

Members and business leaders have the opportunity to meet and interact with each other to keep building a stronger local economy at the Chamber’s signature event, Good Morning Riverside.

Those achievements are also flanked by a world-class faculty containing six members of the National Academies, 48 Fulbright Fellows, 20 Guggenheim Fellows, and 49 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows.

back in the mid-1900s. In the United States, the nation’s basic research is performed by universities, more so than non-profits, specific industries, or federal entities. He gave credit to Vannevar Bush who advocated for the concept that science should

Wilcox accredited many of the University’s achievements to the history of research itself

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To help remedy other issues in the region, the Chamber puts together a program called Leadership Riverside. They are accepting applications now for the Leadership Riverside Class of 2018. The Chamber is looking for proven business and community leaders who want to be immersed in the region’s issues

Finally, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) has interviewed City Council candidates for the upcoming election. The GRCCPAC has made their selections based on which candidates best represent the business community. Please take the time to review these recommendations before mailing in your ballots.

Chancellor Kim Wilcox of the University of California, Riverside (UCR) boasts an increase of 1,400 jobs in the last four years. With a significant boom in student enrollment, which is currently at 23,000, and up from 11,000 in 1999, the need for professors, staff, and researchers has been at the forefront of most growth goals at the University.

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Before more than 100 attendees, Secretary Padilla highlighted that during last year’s election, 19.4 million Californians were registered to vote, and of those, 14.6 million casted votes on Election Day, both of which are state records. In order to maintain and grow voter registration and turnout, Secretary Padilla offered a number of solutions, including: automatically registering individuals upon turning 18 years old, sending voter ballots out four weeks prior to the election, which can be dropped off at any county drop box, and modernizing polling stations by implementing an electronic voter check-in station,

be shared in order for it to move ahead in its discoveries. The Chamber will continue to partner with UCR to advocate for Riverside and the region to build a stronger local economy.

thus allowing voters to cast their ballot at any station within their respective county. Furthermore, Secretary Padilla discussed the newly-improved Cal-Access website, a search engine that tracks campaign finance funding and expenditure reports dating back to 2000. This website promotes greater transparency by accurately and quickly tracking campaign funding reports, all at no expense to taxpayers. The Chamber applauds the steps taken by Secretary Padilla to create a more businessfriendly environment and will continue to engage elected officials to build a stronger local economy in Riverside. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or


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CA Transportation Bill to Generate $5.2 Billion Annually to Fix Roads and Highways

Candidate Jon Harris discusses the need for transparent governance in regards to spending on Measure Z issues, with the other candidates in agreement to allocating spending for public safety and infrastructure updates.

Ward 2 and 4 City Council Candidates Discuss Priorities for Wards and City of Riverside in Engaging Forums Attendees of the Candidate Forums for Ward 2 and 4 learned about the policy positions of candidate Kevin Dawson, candidate Jon Harris, and Councilmember Andy Melendrez vying for the Ward 2 City Council seat. Additionally, candidate Charles Conder and Councilmember Paul Davis were on the lineup for the Ward 4 City Council seat. All candidates shared their views on the local business environment and on issues such as homelessness, city budget issues, and proposition 64 marijuana regulations. The top items of discussion, including the distribution of marijuana dispensaries, varied from candidate to candidate but were all recognized as a top concern. Ward 2 candidates heavily accentuated the need to ensure safety and regulations in addition to education on the use of marijuana. In comparison, Conder and Councilmember Davis both recognized the potential conflict with public safety due to integrating dispensaries throughout

neighborhoods and vocalized their objections to moving them to Ward 4. Candidates for Ward 2 all agreed that the future of March Air Reserve Base is a top priority for the City of Riverside as one of the major economic drivers in the region. Conder and Councilmember Davis both agreed that the Riverside Auto Center serves as another major economic driver for the city and will benefit from the 91/Adams Interchange project. This project will assist with alleviating traffic congestion, which candidate Conder states is a vital step for the center. The Chamber would also like to thank Western Municipal Water District and Parkview Community Hospital for hosting the Ward 2 and 4 Candidate Forums, respectively. For more information, contact Kara Coronado at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210 or

Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017, recently passed both the California Senate and Assembly, and is currently awaiting Governor Brown’s signature. The bill, whose measures will be in effect for 10 years, will generate an estimated $52 billion by way of raising the gas tax, the diesel excise tax, the vehicle license fee, and implementing a new vehicle registration fee applicable to zero-emissions vehicles. The impetus for SB 1 is a looming $59 billion shortfall in funding for highways as well as a $78 billion shortfall for street and road repairs over the next 10 years. While the Inland Southern California region’s population and transportation industry continues to grow, placing greater wear-and-tear on the roads, increased funds for adequate road repair and construction has faltered. Specifically, SB 1 will increase the gas tax 12 cents per year and diesel taxes 20 cents per year, which will take effect on November 1. Furthermore, the bill creates a new vehicle licensing fee, based on a progressive scale,

and will be implemented on January 1, 2018. Lastly, the bill creates a yearly $100 fee on zeroemissions vehicles model year 2020 and later. In negotiations with Governor Brown, Riverside’s Senator Richard Roth and Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes were able to secure an additional $420 million for a number of key infrastructure projects in the region, including the SR-91/I-15 North Connector, I-15/Limonite Interchange, and the McKinley Grade Separation. In a joint statement, Roth and Cervantes stated, “For too long, Sacramento has failed to provide Inland Southern California with the resources we deserve. Though this was a difficult vote, the cost of our region not getting its fair share is too high. That is why we went to the table to ensure Inland Southern California’s needs are represented with the vigor and dedication they deserve.” For more information on SB 1, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

SB 1 will raise $5.2 billion annually to fund transportation projects across the state via new gas taxes and vehicle registration fee increases.

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Funding for Career Technical Education Plays Vital Role for Local Community The Chamber’s Board has voted to support AB 445, the California Career Technical Education Grant Program, which continues to provide long-term funding for high-quality K-12 Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, better preparing Riverside’s future workforce. The bill, which received unanimous support from the Assembly Committee on Education, would push back the sunset date on the CTE Incentive Chamber-supported AB 445 will provide funding for Grant (CTEIG) for three years, thus high-quality CTE programs in local Riverside schools. continuing to fund California school as well as health, administrative, and districts and their technical education programs professional services. to the tune of $300 million annually. Specifically, these programs promote critical thinking, research, creative problem solving, and teamwork, all of which are traits desired by employers when looking to fill employment vacancies. Students who pursue careers that require technical training are found in a wide variety of industries including information technology and advanced manufacturing

The Chamber will continue to support legislation as well as work with elected officials and local education and community stakeholders to ensure the local education system best prepares students for the workplace. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or


Continued from page 1 However, this is not the first piece of legislation aimed at combatting litigation and costly fines on businesses. Last year, the legislature passed ADA related legislation that was authored by State Senator Richard Roth, of Riverside. The bill, SB 269, sought to provide additional time for businesses, which were typically smaller and locallyowned, to fix any ADA violations without being fined. Moreover, in the event that

a business is sued for an ADA violation, they are allowed 15 days to fix any violations claimed in the lawsuit. The Chamber applauds efforts to represent the valid concerns of both the business and disabled communities, and will continue to promote a positive business environment for all of Riverside. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

Hundreds of members in the community congratulated and supported the Leadership Riverside Class of 2016 during their Graduation Ceremony.

Leadership Riverside Equips Local Leaders for Community Engagement and Advocacy The Leadership Riverside Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony will commemorate each student for the completion of their journey in the program and will honor past Leadership Riverside alumnus, Brian Hawley from the Class of 2007, with the 2017 Art Pick Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes someone who placed service before self in order to make a lasting impact on the Riverside community. The Chamber invites past alumni to celebrate with the Class of 2017 by registering for the Commencement Ceremony & Luncheon at the Riverside Convention Center on June 16. The Chamber is also seeking candidates to apply for the upcoming Leadership Riverside Class of 2018. Jennifer Humphreys, graduate of the Leadership Riverside Class of 2016, stated “My participation in the Leadership Riverside program has been the most fulfilling experience of my professional career to date. The opportunities, experiences and new relationships that it has afforded me have not only helped me grow professionally

but personally as well. The behind the scenes access to local educators, public policy and decision makers as well community members making a real difference in our community has not only inspired me but has driven me to take a more active role in the community that I live, work and play in. The confidence, knowledge and amazing relationships that I cultivated in the program will last a lifetime.” Through facilitated sessions with policymakers and industry experts, students enhance their understanding of issues impacting Riverside while advancing their personal, professional and civic development. Participants will join the ranks of more than 500 alumni who have gone on to serve on boards and commissions, representing the voice of the greater Riverside region. Applications for the Class of 2018 are due by Monday, June 26 at 5 PM. To receive an application or for more information regarding the program, contact Richard Prince at 951-683-7100 Ext. 218 or


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Business Leaders Invited to Use Resources and Advice from Local Experts at Riverside Business Week The Chamber is excited to invite the business community and the public to attend Riverside Business Week from June 27 to the 30. The week will be filled with events specifically planned to help businesses grow and succeed by providing resources and advice from local experts in the industry. Here is how businesses can participate:

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INSIDE Riverside, June 27 from 7:15 8:30 AM: The public will have the opportunity to hear about specific challenges and opportunities for businesses including ways to connect with interns, membership discounts from Office Depot, business safety with the Homeless Outreach Team from the City of Riverside, and more. INSIDE Riverside will be held at the Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center, located at 3400 Market Street. Business In Action, June 28 from 7:15 8:30 AM: Make connections and grow your business at Business In Action in the Chamber’s Bourns Boardroom at 3985 University Ave. This year, we will have a panel of speakers

ready to answer your questions about business licenses, permits, and more! Riverside Business Expo & Mixer, June 29 from 4:30 - 7:30 PM: Take advantage of over 50 exhibitors offering resources and making hundreds of new connections at the Riverside Business Expo and Mixer hosted by the Riverside Convention Center at 3637 Fifth St. The Chamber will be holding workshops discussing various topics including online marketing, impacts from the legalization of marijuana, and cyber security. For exhibitor opportunities, contact Kara Coronado at kcoronado@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

Business Seminar Series, June 30 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM: To wrap up the week of events, the Chamber will be holding its monthly Business Seminar Series to allow the public to learn more about social media marketing from experts in the industry. To register, contact Richard Prince at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.

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Chamber Business Briefs UCR Ranked in Top 100 Business Schools in the Nation The Chamber congratulates the University of California, Riverside School of Business for ranking in the Top 100 Best Business Schools in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report 2018. The MBA program climbed several levels, placing at number 93 for “Best MBA Programs in America”. The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management is a leading school for employment in Southern California, with 90% of its MBA graduates employed within three months of graduation. Its alumni have climbed to the highest leadership positions throughout the world at companies such as Visa, T-Mobile, Disney, PwC, Walmart, Morgan Stanley, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Experian, and Coca-Cola. The School of Business is nationallyranked and internationally-recognized, with top ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located in one of the fastest growing regions in California, it is a center of excellence in business education and cutting-edge research, with students from across the nation and around the world who are as diverse as the challenges they face, the workforces they lead, and the enterprises they grow.

Regional Leader Reappointed The Chamber applauds Governor Jerry Brown for reappointing Riverside’s own Joseph Tavaglione to the California Transportation Commission, where he has served since 2002. Tavaglione has been President at Tavaglione Construction Development, Inc. since 1962. Joe is very active in the community personally and professionally. He is a Founding Member of the Board of Directors for the Security Bank of California, now Pacific Premier Bank. He is the past President of The Valley Group in the Inland Empire. He is a member of the University of California, Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees. Tavaglione holds positions as a member of the City of Riverside Planning Commission, the Riverside County Regional Medical Center Foundation, the Children’s Spine Foundation, and is a member of the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees and the La Sierra University Foundation Board. He has also been recognized by the Chamber as a Citizen of the Year. In October 2002 Tavaglione was appointed as a member of the California Transportation Commission by Governor Davis, he was reappointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2005 and 2009 and most recently reappointed by Governor Brown in March 2013. With a local resident advocating for Riverside at the state level, businesses and residents across the region will be represented.

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Citarella Named Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is delighted to announce Henry Citarella, Staff Manager and Registered Representative, Western & Southern Life, as Ambassador of the Month. Western & Southern Life is a financial services company whose primary goal is to provide financial services that are made simple for the middle market. Citarella has been an Ambassador for eight years. He became an Ambassador to be a more active member of the business community. Citarella states, “The most fulfilling aspect of being an Ambassador is meeting the wonderful business community at the various events, and now being able to call these same people my friends.” Citarella stated that his business has grown in many ways since joining the Ambassadors. The best growth for his business has been in branding. He attends most events and is increasingly recognized by fellow business leaders and really attributes that to being active in the community, being visible, and being a good resource to others. He can be found at numerous events, and said his favorite Chamber event is greeting attendees at Good Morning Riverside. For more information on the Ambassador Committee, contact Nicholas Adcock at 951-683-7100 Ext. 217 or nadcock@

Councilmember Davis has worked to create a vibrant community and economy for Riverside over the previous eight years. He has been an advocate for implementing Streamline Riverside, which will foster a business-friendly environment for businesses across the City. Furthermore, his support for Measure Z is supplemented by his desire to increase local safety services and improve Riverside’s infrastructure. Councilmember Davis also recognizes the need for additional state funding to support public safety and mental health services.

Jim Perry – Ward 6 Pursuing a second term, Councilmember Perry has a distinct record in working with the Chamber and the business community to improve the quality of life and business for all of Riverside. He is committed to partner with the business community to improve neighborhoods across the City. Councilmember Perry aims to lessen traffic congestion near the 91 Freeway and the Galleria at Tyler as well as pursue public-private partnerships to encourage business development across Ward 6. As a retired law enforcement lieutenant, Councilmember Perry has emphasized the need to bolster police and fire safety services across the City. The GRCCPAC is a separate, non-partisan organization that identifies and supports candidates for public office that will advocate for business-friendly public policies. No Chamber membership dues or revenue are used to fund GRCCPAC-endorsed candidates.



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High-Quality Directory to Reach Visitors, Residents, and New Clients for Business The Chamber’s new 2017 This is Riverside: Annual Magazine and Business Directory and Riverside Visitor Guide are currently in production and will serve as a valuable resource to members looking to promote, grow, and gain exposure for their business. This magazine-like publication will reach thousands of potential customers through distribution in high-traffic locations throughout the City of Riverside.

The Magnolia Center Business Council displayed their spirit of volunteerism by cleaning up litter on Nixon Dr. and Diana Ave. at last year’s Great American Cleanup.

KRCB Prepares for Citywide Cleanup as Part of Nationwide Event Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off each spring and engages more than four million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities. On May 13, approximately 1,000 Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) volunteers will join the nationwide efforts in a variety of projects: waste reduction, graffiti removal, city waterway cleaning, and an Arbor Day Tree Planting event. The Tree Planting event will add several new trees at the Casa Blanca House of Neighborly Service. Members of the community may adopt a tree at this event with a $150 donation to honor their loved ones for years to come. Contact KRCB if you belong to a service group, an organization, or local business and want to show your spirit of volunteerism at this annual event. Volunteers are also encouraged to sign up to be GAC Team

Leaders. Training and supply distribution will be held at the Chamber on May 6 and May 9. For more information, contact KRCB at 951-683-7100 Ext. 212. Special thanks to our local sponsors: City of Riverside, Public Works and Parks Recreation & Community Services, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Athens Services, Bank of America, Best Best & Krieger, Patty & Mike Blakely, Burrtec Waste Industries, California Baptist University, CR&R Environmental Services, Custom Service Systems, EarthWorks Soil Amendments, Brenda Flowers, HDR Engineering, Historic Troop 2, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Rachel Johnson, La Sierra University, Local Boy, Louie’s Nursery, Lowe’s, OctoGreen, Priamos Orchards, Provident Bank, Rivers and Lands Conservancy, Riverside Public Utilities, SoCal Gas, University of California, Riverside, UTC Aerospace Systems, Teen Challenge, The Toro Company, and Western Municipal Water District.

Ad sales are currently underway and space is limited. For information regarding advertising opportunities, visit www. Choose from a traditional display ad, or tell a story with an advertorial. The advertorial format will help Chamber businesses tell their story by engaging readers with a featurestyle article. A calendar of events will also be included by indicating important things happening in Riverside throughout the year. In the business directory portion, viewers will find local member businesses conveniently listed alphabetically and by category for residents and tourists alike. The directory serves in the community as a useful tool to residents, visitors, local businesses, and university students. With a print run of over 25,000 copies, the directory is poised to cast a large net to Chamber members, hotel guests, convention center attendees, and visitors. There is a wide array of advertising possibilities available exclusively to members.

Additionally, online, tablet-ready versions will also be available and offer increased visibility 24/7 through the Chamber and The Riverside Convention & Visitors Bureau websites. In the coming months, the Chamber will be mailing every member a verification form to ensure each business’ listing information is correct and up to date. For more information or to feature your business, contact Bethany Wiekamp at 951-683-7100 Ext. 227 or bwiekamp@




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M E M B E R S H I P Gr e a t e r R i v e r s i d e B u s i n e s s

M AY 2017

Member Anniversaries

Southern California Edison Co. Structural Termite & Pest Control Visiting Angels

“Riverside Municipal Airport has enjoyed a very positive relationship with the Chamber over the last 32 years. This relationship has shown itself to be proven method to share the benefits of the Airport with the business community and the Riverside community as a whole.” Kim Ellis Airport Manager Riverside Municipal Airport

108 Years

21 to 30 Years


32 to 49 Years

Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation Fair Housing Council   of Riverside County, Inc. The Grove Community Church Daniel Hantman – Attorney at Law Hospital Association   of Southern California Riverside Airport Riverside Physician Network Voice Media Ventures Whipple Construction Services, Inc.

American Cancer Society Jurupa Hills Country Club Magnolia Grand Senior Living McDonalds – 2242 University Ave.

All Saint’s Episcopal Church Community Bank First American Title Co.

71 Years Thompson & Colegate

64 to 69 Years Olivewood Memorial Park Taylor’s Appliance

55 to 58 Years California Baptist University Trophy Award Co.

6 to 10 Years

Riverside County District Attorney   – Mike Hestrin Riverside Co. Supervisor   Kevin Jeffries – District #1 Riverside Rancheros Stanfill Painting Co. Tri-State Security & Patrol, Inc.

11 to 15 Years

A Graphic Advantage! Big 5 Distribution Center Blumenthal Law Offices Brake Masters Farmer Boys Restaurant International House of Pancakes Itzen & Associates-An Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisory Practice William M. Kuntz PLC Shogren Careers Sigma Stretch Film of California

16 to 20 Years

Boise Cascade Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University The Hanigan Co. HRBC Insurance Inland Empire SCORE 503 Insurance Incorporated Jazzercise – 3415 Arlington Ave. Jenson USA Jurupa Unified School District Las Brisas Escrow Riverside African American   Historical Society, Inc. Riverside City Firefighters’ Association TKE Engineering, Inc. Tri-City Self Storage UEI College

1 to 5 Years

A&H Rents, Inc. American Red Cross Arrow Child and Family Ministries California Apartment Association   Greater Inland Empire Dress for Success James Dudley Edge Plastics, Inc.

Esplanade at   Riverwalk Apartment Homes Freedom Mortgage Ken Gutierrez Health Markets Valerie Hill Ice Energy Insperity Kids World Children’s Dentistry Lifesigns, Inc. Lift Coffee Roasters - 3590 Central Ave. Loma Linda University Health  Neurosurgery Tom Louden Mega Western Sales Mezcal Cantina y Cocina Mind & Body Treatment Institute ProAbition Professional Carpet Cleaners of CA RAFE Federal Credit Union Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Riverside Central Business Center - ESDI Riverside Children’s Theatre Riverside County Registrar of Voters Riverside Recovery Resources Smart Energy Strategic 360 Sysco Riverside Food Services, Inc. SystemGo IT West Dermatology

Member Highlights

Good Morning Riverside convenes members and key leaders in the community and offers the latest information happening in the region.

Caliber Collision celebrated a ribbon-cutting for one of their locations by inviting local businesses, city officials, and Chamber members to join.

Welcome to the Chamber “It is very important for us to be part of the Chamber, not only as members, but as active members. Our involvement and participation has brought excellent business relationships and opportunities that no other network offers. It is also important to stay in touch with what is going on in our city and community and the Chamber is our best resource for that.” Gigi Mindreau-Banks Creative Solutions Marketing & Printing

1-800-Biz-Broker Business Brokers

Eden Lutheran Church

Pablo Fonseca 1945 Chicago Ave. #B Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 444-8237 • Business Broker

Donald Eissfeldt 4725 Brockton Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 684-3336 • Churches

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corp. Cecilia Jennings 3158 Red Hill Ave. #200 Coast Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 689-9334 • Advertising/Outdoor

Excalibur Attorney Service & Small Claims Assistance Julie Anne Sorensen 231 E. Alessandro Blvd. #A368 Riverside, CA 92508 (877) 378-3843 • Legal Services


Garnett & Gold Financial Corp.

Sherill Franklin Moreno Valley, CA 92555 (951) 323-0484 • Cosmetics

Monica Hodgson-Daniels 3900 Market St. #250 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 782-9177 • Accounting/Tax Service

Breckenfit Josh Breckenridge 5963 Arlington Ave. Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 299-7637 • Health Clubs/Fitness

K&G Collision Center Ross Kulkin 12697 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 893-1232 • Automobile/Repairs, Paint & Services

The Chamber hosted California Secretary of State Alex Padilla which allowed business leaders to connect with him and voice local opportunities and challenges.

Lake Gregory Recreation

Senior Care Authority

Diane Williams 24171 Lake Dr. • Crestline, CA 92325 (978) 855-2128 • Recreation

Clair Meske 5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #71-714 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 703-2999 • Health Care/Care Management & In HomeCare

Les Schwab Gabe Groves 4875 Van Buren Blvd. • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 354-0010 • Tires & Wheels

Magnified Web April Mann Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 790-6054 • Web Development

On The Wall Theatre Advertising LaVada Heath 15060 Ventura Blvd. #350 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (818) 464-4954 • Advertising/Agencies

Pelican Properties Richard Hamm 1300 Quail St. #100 • Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 263-9210 • Real Estate/Developers

Realty Masters & Assoc. Vicente Kyan 3750 Santa Fe Ave. #100 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 348-6600 • Real Estate/Residential

Riverside Community Sailing Program, Inc. Linda Lawyer Riverside, CA 92516 (951) 742-5559 • Community Organizations

Solid Ground Wellness in Recovery Jessica Clark 6860 Brockton Ave. #9 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 312-5904 • Drug/Alcohol Treatment Center

Trammell Crow Company Tunde Ogunwole 3501 Jamboree Rd. #230 Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 477-4787 • Real Estate/Developers

Unity Path Insurance Bahara Cortez 3743 Arlington Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 206-8789 Insurance/Commercial

Wilson Creek Winery Sean Faustina-Smolak 35960 Rancho California Rd. Temecula, CA 92591 (951) 699-9463 • Beverages/Wine & Liquors

YMCA of Riverside County Cara Owens 39573 Los Alamos Rd. Murrieta, CA 92563 (866) 242-9622 • Commmunity Organizations/Youth Programs


M AY 2017


Gr e a t e r R i v e r s i d e B u s i n e s s


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Meet Your Next Client and Interact with Chamber Leadership The Golf Classic provides members of the community the opportunity to enjoy a day of fun on the course with business friends, clients, or prospects, while networking with Chamber leadership, and board members. Golf Committee members are set to partner with fellow enthusiasts of the sport for the Chambers 32nd Annual Golf Classic presented by AT&T. The event will take place on September 18 and those interested in making connections on the course are encouraged to reserve their sponsorships and player entries early, as the 2016 event sold out months in advance. Each year over 200 members and even some near-pros do their best to win the coveted Classic. The event will return to Jurupa Hills Country Club, featuring a course that shares the same designer as the scenic Torrey Pines Golf Course. Golf Committee members are anticipating another sold out event under the phenomenal leadership of Committee Chair Larry Burns of Inlandia Institute. “This tournament attracts a wide range of Riverside


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businesses looking to build on new and existing relationships, but also raises money to support local business interests,” said Burns. The Golf Classic provides more than 200 players, sponsor representatives, and volunteers a unique and fun networking opportunity, while raising funds for the Chamber and six Area Business Councils. Funds are raised by sponsorships ranging from $250 to $5,000 with most including player entries and signage opportunities. Proceeds make many member services and programs available throughout the year. Chamber member businesses can also participate by organizing player groups. To learn more about the 32nd Annual Golf Classic or are interested in serving on the Golf Committee, contact Kara Coronado at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or kcoronado@ Committee responsibilities may include sponsor and player outreach, collection of door prizes and promotional items, and activity coordination at the tournament.

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C A L E N D A R Gr e a t e r R i v e r s i d e B u s i n e s s

M AY 2017


Stay connected with the Chamber and create your next business opportunity at one of our signature events. Visit or call 951-683-7100 for more information on any of the Chamber’s events. EVERY WED

TUE | MAY 16

Business In Action

INSIDE Hunter Park

7:15 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM BIA is a place to make connections with an opportunity to hear various speakers on business- related subjects. Here is what we have coming up: May 3 - Izzy Gregorio, The Press-Enterprise Co.; May 10 - Craig Korotko, Focal Point Coaching.

THU | MAY 11

7:15 AM • SOLUTIONS GROUP INTERNATIONAL 1401 RESEARCH PARK DR. #100 Make your next business contact with other business leaders in your community. This month, Solutions Group International will be hosting the event to update you on all the great happenings. You will also get to hear great updates from local businesses and community leaders on all the latest news.

Good Morning Riverside

TUE | MAY 23

7:00 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE. Sponsored by Western Municipal Water District in May, the Chamber will host signature business and community leaders as they update members on the latest news, projects, and events that impact the region.

Economic Development Council (EDC) 7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM EDC provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal economic development issues, thus creating a favorable and profitable business climate for the region. Catch up on what is developing in Riverside!

FRI | MAY 12

THU | MAY 25

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC)

ATHENA Award Luncheon

12:00 PM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM GAC provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal government issues. Members review and take positions on a range of business related legislation and issues and vote to approve any legislative positions that align with the Board-approved policy platform.

11:30 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE. S. Sue Johnson will be honored as the 2017 ATHENA Award AT H E N A of Riverside Recipient on May 25th. ATHENA of Riverside is an affiliate of ATHENA International and is supported by the Chamber. Reservations can be made on the Chamber’s website.

TUE | MAY 16

FRI | MAY 26

Business Education Partnership Council

Business Seminar Series

7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Dr. Andrea Scott, New Dean at California Baptist University – School of Business will share her vision and priorities for the coming months. Scott will brief the Council on ways the Chamber can support the School of Business, keep curriculum relevant, increase student opportunity, and advance the region’s younger workforce.

7:30 AM • TO BE DETERMINED Join the Chamber for Active Shooter Prevention Training workshop. Experts from Solutions Group International will instruct attendees how to respond in active shooter scenarios in the workplace, schools, public settings, etc. Be prepared for an emergency and equip your employees with the skills to stay safe.


M AY 2017

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