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MAY 2018

‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 37, Number 5

Supervisor Candidates Convene to Highlight Business-Centered Priorities for Riverside County

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

Riverside’s business and community leaders engaged with candidates running for the Riverside County Supervisor – District 2 seat at the Chamber’s recent forum. This event served to keep members informed on the candidates running for a key county seat and how their policy priorities would impact the local economy. Candidates Mike Gardner, Eric Linder, Will Martinez, Penny Newman, and Karen Spiegel addressed questions about the significant challenges and opportunities facing Riverside County, including reducing employee pension liabilities and public safety costs in an era of tightening budgets, attracting new developments to the region, addressing the disparity of funding for services and programs, and supporting the growth and sustainability of the region’s critical military installations. Candidates Penny Newman and Mike Gardner highlighted their intentions to

Candidates for the Riverside County Supervisor District 2 seat meet with Chamber members to highlight their visions and objectives for the County.

address issues surrounding March Air Reserve Base, such as encroachment, in order to place the base in a strategic position to receive new resources and technology. Eric Linder and Karen Spiegel commented on the need to collaborate with regional leaders across all political spectrums in order to better advocate for additional funding for services and programs that match the County’s extraordinary growth. In his comments, Will Martinez noted his aim to address the affordable housing crisis by advocating for affordable and mixed-use housing.

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The candidates agreed that Riverside County should implement strict regulations in regards to the sale and cultivation of cannabis in the unincorporated areas of the county. While individual cities, such as Riverside, have effectively banned the sale and cultivation of marijuana within city limits,

GRCCPAC Champions Business Advocacy; Endorses Candidates for Countywide Seats Candidates prioritize education, public safety, and spurring development

Mike Gardner – Riverside County Supervisor District 2

During each election cycle, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) interviews and endorses candidates that will create a positive impact on the local community and economy. As a result, the GRCCPAC recently voted to endorse Mike Gardner for Riverside County Supervisor District 2, Mike Hestrin for Riverside County District Attorney, and Dr. Wendel Tucker for Riverside County Board of Education Trustee Area 2.

As the sitting Ward 1 councilmember for Riverside, Gardner holds relevant experience and has supported a number of projects that would improve the economy and bring jobs to the area, including the several housing projects coming to Downtown Riverside and Streamline Riverside. His top priorities for District 2 include preserving and growing the region’s military installations, establishing new economic development and innovation opportunities, and building coalitions to See Candidates on page 2

The Chamber’s Downtown Business Council convened with City of Riverside leaders and developers to support several housing and commercial space projects to enhance vitality and economic growth in the area. The projects will bring different attributes and qualities for a vibrant Downtown including affordable housing, preservation of historic façade, or commercial space. Al Zelinka, Assistant City Manager of the City of Riverside, presented each project to business leaders at Good Morning Riverside. A key takeaway from his presentation included the information about the plans that together make up 714 units in process, 174 future units, and 100 conceptual units for a total of 988 units and $700 million being invested into Downtown Riverside. Retaining graduates and creating jobs continues to be a priority for the business community and the Chamber. With California Baptist University, La Sierra University, Riverside City College, and the University of California, Riverside all located within the city limits, recent graduates looking to live and work in Riverside will have new housing options. Businesses in the area will See Housing on page 7




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 2018–2019

Chairman of the Board Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chairman, Chairman-Elect Bob Hicks – Stream Kim Hicks Wrage Alfaro Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Vice Chair – Economic Development Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Vice Chair – Membership Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Community Development Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business Vice Chair – Divisions Scott Megna - Riverside Convention Center Vice Chair – Divisions Robert Beatty - Notre Dame High School 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 Andrew Walcker – Overland Development Co.

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Al Arguello – Bank of America Mike Blakely - Individual Member Paul Bordwell - AltaPacific Bank Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Colonel Matthew Burger – 452d Air Mobility Wing Larry Burns - Inlandia Institute Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Tina Covington - Altura Credit Union Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Carl Dameron - African American Chamber of Commerce Dr. Ronald L. Ellis – California Baptist University Rich Erickson – Lee & Associates Julio Figueroa – AT&T Matt Friedlander – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Justin Gilbert – Bank of America Vinay Gupta – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Debbi Guthrie – Guthrie Companies Dr. David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District George Hoanzl - Jaguar Computer Systems Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Dr. Wolde-ab Isaac – Riverside Community College District Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Debbie Johnson - On Target Promotions Cynthia Larive – University of California, Riverside Jim Maurer – The Press-Enterprise Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Vincent McCoy – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Scott Meinert – VALIC Financial Advisors Bob Mendez - RLM Wealth Group Kevin Milligan - Individual Member Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank 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 Stephanie Ruiz - Banner Bank Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Rob Starr – The Toro Company Ron Thompson – UTC Aerospace Systems Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University

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Advocacy Trips, PAC Endorsements, and Candidate Forums are Important to Economic Development This is an exciting time for Riverside and we take 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 candidates running for the Riverside County Supervisor District 2 seat. Candidates Eric Linder, Mike Gardner, Karen Spiegel, Penny Newman, and Will Martinez met with community leaders to express their platforms, address local challenges, and discuss improvements to help the business climate thrive. The Chamber puts together a program called Leadership Riverside to help remedy other issues in the region. They are accepting applications now for the Leadership Riverside Class of 2019. The Chamber is looking for proven business and community leaders who want to be immersed in the region’s issues and opportunities. These leaders will then use their experience in

collaboration with what they have learned at Leadership Riverside to better the region and shape our community’s future.

action with our legislators puts Riverside on the map and ensures funding is allocated to meet the needs of our growing region.

Acting on local opportunities and challenges, the Chamber organizes an annual Capitol Connection trip to Sacramento happening

Finally, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) has interviewed 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 casting your ballots.

“The Chamber is hard at work to ensure that we continue building a stronger local economy and provide opportunities to members.” this month. The action-packed day is filled with meetings with over 15 of our local legislators and Administration Officials in order to vocalize the needs of Riverside. Taking

The Chamber is proud to promote Riverside across the state and is excited to see the local economy continue to thrive.

Joseph T. Ortiz Chair of the Board

Chamber Urges Businesses to Review Water and Electricity Rates The Chamber encourages Riverside businesses and residents to stay informed on the anticipated changes to their water and electricity rates at a public hearing hosted by Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) this month. The new proposed rate structure is coming back for public review after the Chamber advocated to the City Council and RPU to minimize the needed rate increases while ensuring service delivery for local ratepayers. The City of Riverside’s Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing to review the proposed increases to RPU’s water and electric rates on May 14 in the Art Pick Council Chambers at Riverside City Hall, located at 3900 University Avenue. RPU initially proposed electricity and water rate increases for residents and businesses in August 2017 in order to upgrade aging infrastructure in the Utility’s power grid, replace water pipes to avoid breaks and other issues, invest in new technologies to better serve local customers, and maintain the Utility’s fiscal stability in the future. The Chamber initially expressed concern over the proposed rate increases, citing the sudden impact on they would have ratepayers’ budgets and advocated for RPU and the City Council to minimize the rate increases while ensuring reliability of water and power to local customers. With the input of a Chamber taskforce comprised of local business leaders, RPU and the City Council developed a revised rate increase plan that was lower than the initial proposal. The plan also reprioritized infrastructure projects to address the Utility’s more immediate needs as well as set a process to periodically review the rate structure and avoid future sudden rate increases. After this collective work, the Chamber supported the revised rate plan to ensure RPU’s service delivery of water and power to local residents and businesses. This will also keep the Utility and the City in a better position to expand future service delivery

to encourage business growth.

For questions about the proposed rates, contact RPU at 951-782-0330. Written feedback may be delivered or mailed to 3900 University Avenue, or contact the City Clerk at city-clerk For more information, contact Jonathan Soto at jsoto @riverside-chamber. com or 951-6837100 Ext. 216.

Business are encouraged to attend a public hearing on May 14 to stay informed about the upcoming changes to water and electricity rates.

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better advocate for new funding for resources throughout the region.

Mike Hestrin – Riverside County District Attorney Seeking his second term as the Riverside County District Attorney, Hestrin has championed a number of issues to improve public safety for the County’s residents. He successfully established a Crime Prevention Unit, which has received national recognition for its ability to engage the community and prevent criminal activity among local youth. Additionally, he has continued to advocate for new judicial positions and resources to improve access to justice for residents and businesses.

Dr. Wendel Tucker – Riverside County Board of Education Trustee Area 2 Pursuing another term as the Trustee from Area 2, Dr. Tucker has served in a variety of roles in the educational field over his 46-year

career. Throughout this time, he has worked to advance educational opportunities for students at all levels. As Trustee, he continues to prioritize student safety, training for teachers and administrators, and adjustments to school curriculum to better prepare students for higher education and professional careers. The June 5 election will be conducted at polling places and via mail-in ballots, which must be postmarked on or by Election Day in order to be counted.

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee (GRCCPAC) 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. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.


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Chamber Alert: Support Needed for Critical Infrastructure in Riverside Chamber takes action to oppose SB 1284 and SB 1398 which would subject employers to litigation for for false violations and impose new taxes.

Local Business Leaders Spearhead Advocacy by Opposing Costly Legislation The Chamber has recently identified and opposed two pieces of legislation, one which would significantly raise taxes on businesses throughout the state, and another that would attempt to uncover wage disparities in cases where none exist. Ultimately, these bills would result in potential litigation, a net loss of jobs, and discourage statewide business investment.

SB 1284 (Jackson) Employers: annual report: pay data SB 1284 would require business owners with at least 100 employees to gather wage information for all employees in efforts to uncover wage disparities for employees in similar positions. However, the bill neglects to take into consideration legitimate reasons why some employees are paid differently than employees in the same position, such as: different levels of education, tenure with the business, relevant career experience, and compensation systems based on quantity or quality of work. Furthermore, this could lead to public shaming of employers, costly litigation, and privacy concerns for employees.

SB 1398 (Skinner) Corporation taxes: tax rates: publicly held corporations: credits

SB 1398 would more than double the corporate tax rate for some employers, therefore discouraging companies from locating or expanding in the state. This bill would change the flat tax of 8.84% on corporations in the state to a varying rate, upwards of 13% for publiclyheld corporations and 15% for financial institutions. This rate would be determined based on the compensation ratio between the highest paid employee and the median amount paid to all employees within the corporation. SB 1398 would also increase these taxes by an additional 50% for publicly-held corporations that decreased full-time employees by more than 10% while also increasing contracted and foreign full-time employees. Unfortunately, this will place publicly-traded companies in California at a significant disadvantage, many of whom will relocate to states with fewer tax burdens. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

The Chamber urges members and residents to send letters of support of the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project (RTRP) Hybrid Proposal to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). RTRP is a secondary connection to the grid, and an investment in the future of Riverside’s access to a reliable power source. This is one of the Chamber’s top goals this year and support letters can help secure the second connection for Riverside. Riverside’s sole current connection to the state grid places 330,000 residents at risk for blackouts and impact to hospitals, fire stations, traffic signals, schools, businesses, and more in case of natural disasters. This proposal seeks to meet a critical infrastructure need for the City and provide a secondary connection to the state grid. Currently, Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) energy comes through Southern California Edison’s Vista Substation in the City of Grand Terrace. The capacity for RPU at the Vista

Substation is limited to 557 megawatts. Since 2006, RPU’s electrical demand has far exceeded this capacity. With only one line of access power from the state grid, Riverside’s power source is exceedingly vulnerable. Riverside continues to experience economic and business increases as the largest growing region in the United States. RTRP will help meet Riverside’s need for adequate transmission capacity to serve existing and projected electrical demands, long-term system capacity for load growth, and system reliability. As the most highly populated City in California that lacks a secondary connection to the grid, Riverside has notable infrastructure needs that can be addressed by the RTRP. The RTRP proposal will provide Riverside with a secondary connection to the state grid, and alleviate problems such as blackouts and compromised economic and public safety. For more information and to obtain a sample support letter, contact Brooke Biddle at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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Chamber Supports Ballot Propositions

New Zoning Portal Brings Businesses 24/7 Access to Ease Expansion Plans

The Chamber continues The Chamber recently backed Propositions 68 and 70, the to maintain an active presence former of which would provide $4 billion for the state’s water, parks, and natural resources and the latter requiring two-thirds on top legislative priorities by voting to support Propositions support on cap-and-trade expenditures. 68 and 70. Passing these measures on the June 5 ballot, will result Proposition 70: Greenhouse Gas in the allocation of new funds to bolster Reduction Reserve Fund local parks as well as encourage accountability and bipartisan support regarding how capProposition 70 would require the Legislature and-trade dollars are spent. to deposit all proceeds from the cap-andtrade program into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund, starting in 2024. Proposition 68: California In order for the Legislature to appropriate Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, these funds, the Legislature must receive Coastal Protection, and Outdoor two-thirds support of any expenditure plan. Access for All Act of 2018 This requirement would only be utilized one time and aims ensure legislative expenditures This measure would authorize the state to receive broad bipartisan support. While the sell $4.1 in general obligation bonds for the proceeds would be spent on the same types purposes of funding programs such as parks, of programs currently funded by cap-andhabitat conservation, and water-related projects. trade, this measure would require greater Should voters approve this measure, it is dialogue and accountability for how the anticipated that many local resources would Legislature is spending revenues. receive expenditures, including: $5 million for the California Citrus State Historic Park, Improving quality of life for residents and $16 million for the Santa Ana River Conserpromoting fiscal accountability remain top vancy, $200 million for the Salton Sea, priorities for the Chamber. The Chamber $30 million for parks across Riverside County, encourages businesses to voice their support and $10 million for maintenance to improve for Propositions 68 and 70 when voting safety and encourage tourism. Furthermore, on Tuesday, June 5. For more information, the measure includes funding to restore and contact Andrew Sall at asall@riversideimprove reliability for key water resources or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220. that businesses depend on to operate and grow.

The City’s new Zoning Portal simplifies the site selection process for businesses and provides 24/7 access to view where projects are permitted within the City. The portal gives businesses zoning information to help make informed decisions on how to engage, plan, and operate in the City of Riverside. The Zoning Portal will help businesses save time and money during the site selection process, particularly for small businesses. As another effective element of Streamline Riverside, the new Zoning Portal allows users to identify a project type via a colorcoded map to determine if their project is in line with local zoning standards.

Prior to launching the Zoning Portal program, businesses had to visit City Hall, look at a static PDF document and speak with a City Planner to interpret the complex language of zoning codes and uses. The new Zoning Portal provides helpful information available at an individual’s fingertips both online and through mobile devices, providing an easy-to-understand and visual model.

The portal allows businesses to begin research on their own and come already informed when visiting City Hall for additional information. The portal also helps eliminate multiple interpretations of static documents and could spare businesses from signing a lease without knowledge of zoning specifications. The portal includes updates from GIS and the Planning Department, providing updated information much quicker than the previous in-person model.

Information provided in this tool is still subject to final approval by City staff and permit requirements, fees, and zoning information may be altered upon subsequent staff review. The Chamber and City staff asks businesses to utilize the Zoning Portal and voice opinions on the interface and usability. Individuals can visit the Zoning Portal at riverside.zoning For more information about the new Zoning Portal, contact Brooke Biddle at bbiddle@ or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.



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Riverside Business Week Celebrates Opportunity and Entrepreneurship The Chamber is excited to invite the business community and the public to attend Riverside Business Week filled with events specifically planned to help businesses grow and succeed by providing resources and advice from local experts in the industry. Riverside Business Week is slated for June 26-29 and anyone interested in gaining insider tips is urged to mark this event on their calendar.

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Chamber Business Briefs The Community Foundation Welcomes New CEO Michelle Decker The Chamber applauds The Community Foundation’s appointment of Michelle Decker as its next President and CEO. Decker was selected from a nationwide search conducted by the Foundation’s Board. “We are delighted that Michelle has accepted the position as the next CEO of The Community Foundation,” said Sean Varner, Board Chair of The Community Foundation. “She is a respected and proven leader who has the skills and the passion to promote the Foundation’s mission and address the needs of the communities we serve in Inland Southern California.” For the last 27 years Decker has held leadership positions in community economic development and has specialized in rebuilding or constructing nonprofit development organizations in both urban and rural communities. “I’m thrilled to join The Community Foundation to improve life in our region and beyond. It’s truly an honor,” Ms. Decker said. “I’m excited to get to know, and start working with the organizations and local leaders who want to see the people and communities of Inland Southern California thrive.”

The Chamber looks forward to working with Decker to promote the community in order to build a stronger local economy. Board Member Recognized as “Woman of Distinction” Chamber Board member Lea Petersen with Southern California Gas Co. has been named a “Woman of Distinction” by California State Assemblymember Jose Medina for her many charitable activities in Riverside. “I am proud to be honored as a Woman of Distinction by Assemblymember Jose Medina,” said Petersen. “I have met so many individuals and families living in Riverside and Inland Southern California whose personal challenges inspire me to be involved in the community, and I hope my passion to support those in need will encourage others to get involved in meaningful causes too.” Petersen was recognized for her work in helping homeless high school students receive scholarships and make strides towards achieving their higher education goals. Additionally, Petersen organized her company’s volunteers to serve more than 5,000 active military and their family members at March Air Reserve Base’s Military Appreciation Day Picnic, perform local environmental cleanup and beautifications projects, and raise money for families who lost their homes to fires.

The Chamber applauds Petersen’s efforts to make the community a better place and looks forward to collaborating with their volunteers in the future. Chamber Ambassador Recognized for Excellence The Chamber is excited to announce Christy Interrante, Relationship Manager at DiGerolamo Family Insurance (DFI Insurance), as the Ambassador of the Month. Interrante became an Ambassador after several months of attending Chamber events and was looking to further expand her network. One of Interrante’s favorite events is Business In Action, “You get to know more about each other’s businesses and make better relationships with the members.” DFI Insurance is a family-owned and operated insurance agency specializing in personal and commercial insurance. Interrante is part of the hardworking team that provides expert assistance in helping families and business owners find the best and most affordable insurance policies. The Ambassador Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers with focused efforts on membership retention that help make this Chamber successful. For more information about the Ambassador Committee, contact Serena Chapman at schapman@ or at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.


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the County of Riverside is currently establishing regulatory framework for these unincorporated areas, including those in District 2, such as Highgrove, El Cerrito, Home Gardens, and Coronita. In his comments on the forum, Chamber Chair Joseph Ortiz noted, “It is great to have such a diverse and qualified field of candidates vying for a key seat. Bringing them all together on one stage was a tremendous opportunity for business leaders to hear about each candidate’s plans for Riverside County.” The Chamber will continue to connect members with candidates for office to better voice the priorities and objectives of the local business community. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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benefit from the added customers moving to Downtown by using moving companies, grocery stores, appliance and furniture stores. The Riverside region is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, the development of projects such as Riverside Food Lab and the commercial space available in Imperial Hardware Lofts, Stalder Plaza, and others attract entrepreneurs and residents looking for an urban housing lifestyle. The Chamber has been instrumental in supporting several of these projects as they affect the vitality and economic growth in the area. For more information, contact Bethany Wiekamp at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 227.

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Merrill Avenue Brownstones Bring 108 Housing Units Near Riverside Plaza

Volunteers from the La Sierra Business Council showed their community pride by removing litter along La Sierra Avenue at the Great American Cleanup.

KRCB Prepares for Country’s Largest Community Beautification Event Over 800 Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) volunteers will participate in the Great American Cleanup (GAC) on May 12 by removing waste, eradicating graffiti, planting flowers, and cleaning waterways and bike trails in the City of Riverside. In 2017 alone, over 19,000 pounds of litter and debris were collected across 36 locations in the City. This helps improve quality of life in the city by beautifying the spaces and areas enjoyed most by residents. Afterwards, volunteers will gather at City Hall under the breezeway for lunch, the Clean Campus Competition Awards Ceremony, and the announcement of the 2018 Waterwise Landscape Makeover winner. This year, Keep America Beautiful’s GAC will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in an estimated 20,000 communities across the country. The GAC prompts individuals to take greater responsibility for their local environment by conducting grassroots community service projects that engage volunteers, local businesses, and civic leaders.

In the week leading up to the event, volunteer site leaders from participating organizations attend a workshop at the Chamber where they gain knowledge about the community’s needs and receive a tutorial on how to successfully execute their cleanup the day of the project. Special thanks to the GAC’s local sponsors: City of Riverside Public Works and Parks Recreation & Community Services Departments, the Chamber, Athens Services, Bank of America, Best Best & Krieger, Patty and Mike Blakely, Burrtec Waste Industries, California Baptist University, Castle Park, CR&R Environmental Services, Custom Service Systems, EarthWorks Soil Amendments, Brenda Flowers, Geyser Equipment, HDR Engineering, Historic Troop 2, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, La Sierra University, Local Boy, Louie’s Nursery, Lowe’s, OctoGreen, Riverside Convention Center, Riverside County Flood Control, Rivers and Lands Conservancy, Riverside Public Utilities, Angel Rodriguez, Southern California Gas Co., Stater Bros., Teen Challenge, The Toro Company, Western Municipal Water District, Kathy Wright and Dwight Tate, and Alyssa Young.

The Chamber recently supported the Merrill Avenue Brownstones project, a three-story mixeduse housing development for the Magnolia Center area. The project will have a positive economic impact to the city through its integration into Riverside Plaza and the innovative architectural design style. This project was unanimously supported by the City’s Planning Commission and is set to go before City Council within the next few months. Located on the north side of Merrill Avenue between Riverside and De Anza Avenues, the Merrill Avenue Brownstones by Pelican Properties will provide a 98,608 square-foot facility with over 108 townhome units and 1,200 square feet of commercial space catering to resident needs. The development will increase available housing and turn a vacant land parcel into a valuable contribution to the city. The Merrill Avenue Brownstones will feature parking garages at the back end of the property providing a buffer between residents and

train tracks. The development will also aid in creating a community-friendly area for Magnolia Center by adding street appeal with the brownstone architecture facing Merrill Avenue and a pedestrian-friendly environment with walkways and easy access to shopping at Riverside Plaza.

With the influx and growing population in the Inland Southern California, this urban mixed-use project will create a strong street presence and appeal to pedestrians, complementing the Riverside Plaza aesthetic. The Merrill Avenue Brownstones will generate a positive economic impact to the City by cultivating population growth and increased sales for adjacent businesses. The development seeks to remove barriers among the business and residential communities and facilitate a profitable environment for the future of Magnolia Center and Riverside. For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

The three-story Merrill Avenue Brownstones will bring over 108 townhome units to the Magnolia Center area adjacent to Riverside Plaza.

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Member Anniversaries “Since joining the Chamber in 1993, Riverside Physician Network has benefited from years of collaboration, community, and business growth. Being part of the Chamber is a worthy investment as they work on our behalf to improve the region and make it an even better place to do business.” Howard Saner CEO Riverside Physician Network

K & N Engineering McDonald’s - 8605 Indiana Ave. Ontario International Airport Riverside Councilmember   Chuck Conder - Ward 4 Riverside County District Attorney   Mike Hestrin Riverside County Treasurer/Tax Collector   Jon Christensen Riverside Rancheros Stanfill Painting Co. Structural Termite & Pest Control Tri-State Security & Patrol, Inc.

Magnolia Grand Senior Living Spectrum Business State Farm Insurance

109 Years AT&T

65 to 70 Years

21 to 25 Years

Olivewood Memorial Park Taylor’s Appliance

59 Years

Bank of America - 3650 14th St. California Baptist University Parkview Community Hospital   Medical Center

42 to 45 Years

Castle Park Champion Lumber Co. Riverside Community College District Riverside Medical Clinic

33 to 38 Years

Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. Jurupa Hills Country Club

Fair Housing Council   of Riverside County, Inc. Family Service Association First American Title Co. Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center Proficiency Capital, LLC Riverside Airport Riverside Physician Network

16 to 19 Years

11 to 15 Years

Adams Motorsports Park, Inc. Angelica’s Florist & Gifts Attic Self Storage Brake Masters Geoffrey H. Hopper & Associates, Inc. Germania Corp.

Advanced Imaging Strategies Allstate/Escamilla Family Insurance Agency Bank of America - 10297 Magnolia Ave. Bank of America - 4601 La Sierra Ave. Bank of America - 6370 Magnolia Ave. Blumenthal Law Offices BNSF Railway Co. Brightwood College Canyon Crest Dental

Farmer Boys Restaurant - 2901 Iowa Ave. La Bodega Wine & Spirits Pop A Lock of Riverside County Riverside Councilmember   Chris MacArthur - Ward 5 Sevilla of Riverside Shogren Services Sigma Stretch Film of California University of California, Riverside  AGSM

6 to 10 Years

A&H Rents, Inc. Bank of America - 9204 Magnolia Ave. Canyon Crest Country Club Chase Bank - 10355 Magnolia Ave. Chase Bank - 1299 University Ave. Chase Bank - 5060 Arlington Ave. Chase Bank - 5225 Canyon Crest Dr. Chase Bank - 6245 Riverside Ave. Chase Bank - 8705 Trautwein Rd. Crown Connect Crystal Pacific Window & Doors Jazzercise - 3415 Arlington Ave. Jurupa Unified School District Lucia & Co. CPA’s, Inc. Pacifica Senior Living Riverside The Sweet Stop Tri-City Self Storage UBS Financial Services, Inc. University of California, Riverside   Extension Center US Vets Riverside

1 to 5 Years

American Career College Arkside Marketing Associa PCM Bethany Christian Services Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys California Apartment Association   Greater Inland Empire James Dudley Esplanade at Riverwalk Apartment Homes Greens Group Ken Gutierrez Health Markets Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Karla Adams Club Lifesigns, Inc. Loma Linda University Health  Neurosurgery Loomis Insurance Services Tom Louden Mind & Body Treatment Institute New Power, Inc. Pacific Grove Hospital Parkfront Properties Perfect Transportation Limousines, LLC Pro Business Valuations Red Lobster Riverside County Registrar of Voters Tamale Factory Tarbell Realtors Team AMVETS Thrift Store Trammell Crow Company UCPATH Center

Member Highlights

Chamber Chair Joseph Ortiz (right) and Tom Hunt engaged with George Frahm, the new CEO of Stater Bros. (left) at Good Morning Riverside.

The Magnolia Center Business Council celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Chick-fil-A location near Riverside Plaza which will bring new jobs to the area.

Welcome to the Chamber “The Chamber was instrumental in bringing CARB to Riverside and Hensel Phelps looks forward to collaborating with all entities involved to see the project through. As a resident of Riverside, and currently working on a project with UCR, I also wanted to join in order to support the Chamber’s mission of promoting the community.” Travis Tyson Area Superintendent Hensel Phelps

1st Rate Rentals – Stephen Santoro

19340 Jesse Ln. #110 • Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 328-9090 • Real Estate/Property Management

Afrebay, Inc. – Lekan Salaam

231 E. Alessandro Blvd. #A-438 • Riverside, CA 92508 (310) 863-8976 • Export/Import Companies

Alvey Virtual Tax & Financial Corporation Maribel Echeverria 3610 Central Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 200-4129 • Accounting/Tax Service

The AfterHours Business Mixer is a great place to meet other members, industry leaders, and make new business connections each month.

Heide Rainey Design Studio – Heide Rainey

800 E. La Cadena Dr. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 686-4560 • Construction/Equipment/Sales/Rental

ISCA Technologies, Inc. – Agenor Mafra-Neto 1230 W. Spring St. • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 686-5008 • Pest Control Services

Roth Staffing Companies – Karen Siebert

Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee (LEAC) Employee Management Services LLC

Cheryl Gollnick 3507 W. Stetson Ave. #141 • Hemet, CA 92545 (951) 318-6420 Human Resources/Professional Employer Organization

Exclusive Cabinets and Countertops

Jonathan Burton 9999 Magnolia Ave. #A • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 525-3886 Cabinets

Quinn Company – Brian McDaniel

Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 398-9873 • Graphic Designers

Maura Kane McAuliffe PO Box 20092 • Riverside, CA 92516 (951) 351-9169 • Community Organizations

Learn 4 Life – Joseph Herrera

1695 Spruce St. #110 • Riverside, CA 92507 (909) 963-8404 • Community Organizations

Life Back Medical – Gregory Gutierrez

1902 Fullerton Ave. #101 • Corona, CA 92881 (844) 543-3222 • Medical Groups/Clinics

3633 Inland Empire Blvd. #650 • Ontario, CA 91764 (909) 466-6099 • Employment Agencies

Sears – Andrea Schwer 5261 Arlington Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 352-5200 • Shopping/Retail Smart Access IT, Inc. – Jeff Schaefer 301 9th St. • Redlands, CA 92374 (800) 604-1728 • Internet/Web Services Stance Commercial Real Estate – Joe Stance Riverside, CA 92507 (909) 772-1212 • Real Estate/ Industrial & Commercial

Stream Kim Hicks Wrage Alfaro – Robert J. Hicks

BNI – Susan Goodsell

Free & Accepted Masons of Calif. Riv Lodge #635 – Jose Lumbreras

3615 Main St. #103 • Riverside, CA 92501 (909) 263-5113 • Marketing

6785 Palm Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 384-1905 • Community Organizations

2600 Michelson Dr. #900 • Irvine, CA 92612 (714) 932-5483 • Technology/IT Solutions

Cakepops by Lidia – Lidia Rivera

Glo Mini Golf – Michael Mathews

Nordstrom Bookkeeping, LLC – Robin Nordstrom

Colton, CA 92324 (909) 835-5308 • Weddings/Special Events

1299 Galleria at Tyler • Riverside, CA 92503 (888) 896-8419 • Amusement Places

12130 Clavel Ct. • Riverside, CA 92503 (714) 931-7637 • Accounting

Taber Company – Greg Taber 1501 7th St. #E • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 683-8744 Real Estate/Property Management

Dutale, Inc. – Duane Miller

Heartland Payment Systems – James Joseph Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 638-4238 • Payroll Services

OneHope Wine – Jill Johnson 18185 El Nido Rd. • Perris, CA 92507 (951) 534-7457 • Beverages/Wine & Liquors

Tokyo Joe’s – Katy McIntyre

23890 Alessandro Blvd. #B1 • Moreno Valley, CA 92553 (951) 656-3939 • Communications

Napsen, Inc. – Brian Hong

3403 10th St. #700 • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 783-9470 • Attorneys

3747 Central Ave. #101 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 335-3084 • Restaurants


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Leadership Riverside Equips Local Leaders for Community Engagement and Advocacy The Chamber’s Leadership Riverside program will launch 20 graduates into the City equipped with the knowledge to promote Riverside and the region. Patricia Lock-Dawson will also be recognized with the 2018 Art Pick Distinguished Alumni Award at the Leadership Riverside Graduation on June 15. This award recognizes someone who placed service before self in order to make a lasting impact on the Riverside community. The Chamber is also seeking Members of the Leadership Riverside Class of 2018 prepare candidates to apply for a vision statement for the Underutilized Industrial Area the upcoming Leadership Subdistrict of the Innovation District. Riverside Class of 2019. Justin Scott-Coe, graduate of the Class of of the region and build lasting relationships 2017 stated, “Leadership Riverside broadened between the participants and organizations my mind and sharpened my focus on what they encounter. is important to Riverside and where I can play a positive role. I met amazing and Through facilitated sessions with policymakers inspiring community leaders, expanded and industry experts, students enhance their my personal and professional network, and understanding of issues impacting Riverside increased Riverside’s social capital through while advancing their personal, professional our class project. Taking this class should be and civic development. Participants will join the goal for every Riverside leader committed the ranks of more than 500 alumni who have to civic engagement and local activism.” gone on to serve in leadership positions, representing the voice of the greater Riverside Since 1986, Leadership Riverside has region. Applications for the Class of 2019 strengthened the community by developing are due Monday, June 25 by 5:00 PM. and empowering local leaders and decisionmakers. The program includes 10 monthly, To request an application or for more full-day sessions devoted to key community information about the program, contact Aly issues at locations throughout Riverside. Herrera at Participants get an in-depth knowledge or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.





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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 15

Business In Action

INSIDE Hunter Park

7:15 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM BIA is a great place to network with local businesses and hear various speakers on important business topics. Here are some of the great topics coming up: May 16 – Jack Easton, Conserving Open Space for our Community; May 23 – Tom Steele, Making the Most of Your Retirement; May 30 – Councilmember Mike Soubirous.

7:15 AM • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RIVERSIDE 2180 IOWA AVE Find out about the positive impact Habitat for Humanity Riverside has on the local community. Members can engage with City officials and business leaders while hearing the latest updates on development and projects specific to the Hunter Park area.


TUE | MAY 22

Business Education Partnership Council

Economic Development Council (EDC)

7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Members in the business and education communities convene to enhance partnerships and work to foster mentorships and internships. The ultimate goal of this council is to prepare, retain, and launch students into higher education and the local workforce.

7:30-8:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Engage in a council that gives a powerful voice to the business community. Members can help create a profitable business climate for the region. Hear updates on local, state, and federal economic development challenges and opportunities.

THU | MAY 24

THU | MAY 10

34th Annual ATHENA of Riverside Awards Luncheon

Good Morning Riverside (GMR) 7:00 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE Business and community leaders come to GMR to hear the latest news impacting businesses in the region. This fast-paced meeting joins members from different industries to connect with new contacts from month to month. Thank you to this month’s sponsor, Western Municipal Water District.

11:30 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE The Chamber is honoring Cathy Kienle of Walter’s Automotive Group as the 2018 ATHENA of Riverside award recipient for her commitment to the community and young women in Riverside. All the proceeds from ATHENA sponsorships go towards scholarships to support local women in higher education.

FRI | MAY 11


Governmental Affairs Council (GAC)

Military Affairs Council

12:00 PM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM The Chamber will host Congressman Mark Takano for an update on the latest policy developments in Washington, D.C. GAC provides a basis for the Chamber to act on government issues that impact the local business community.

7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Members convene with military leaders to discuss local area developments and how the business community can stand behind March Air Reserve Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Corona Division with upcoming projects.

News Release Linda L. Itzen becomes an Ameriprise Financial Hall of Fame Member! Riverside, CA - Linda L. Itzen, CFP® a Financial Advisor with Itzen Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., has earned a membership in the company’s exclusive Hall of Fame.

Introduced in 1986, the Hall of Fame is designed to recognize exceptional professionals who have achieved years of consistently high performance. The Ameriprise Financial Hall of Fame is considered a lifetime achievement award.

Less than two percent of Ameriprise financial advisors have earned the prestigious Hall of Fame distinction. Itzen provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and is delivered in one on one Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards relationships with her clients. Itzen Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM , and in the U.S. Wealth Management has served the The Compass is a trademark of Ameriprise city of Riverside since 1989. Financial, Inc. Itzen Wealth Management is located at 3390 University Ave., Ste 260, Riverside, CA 92501. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2018 Ameriprise Financial, Inc., All rights reserved.



FIND TALENTED AND RESOURCEFUL INTERNS TO HELP YOU GROW YOUR BUSINESS The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the UCR School of Business enrolls over 300 students and features 4 graduate degree programs. Each year our MBA students earn internship opportunities in order to gain real world experience, develop leadership skills, and create value for host organizations. Contact the Manager of Internship Programs AGSM Career Development Center

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WATER-WISE GARDEN 5257 Sierra St, Riverside, CA 92504

Featuring 45,000 square feet of water-wise gardens, the Janet Goeske Center Water-Wise Garden showcases a variety of landscapes and turf alternatives, all designed to save water. Signs are featured throughout the garden and include the names of the plants and how to water them. Learn more at

Greater Riverside Business - May 2018  
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