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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

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Chamber Hails CARB, K-14, and Higher Education Joining Forces Students given internship and research opportunities

In the spirit of ongoing collaboration, the Chamber joined many local stakeholders at a recent signing of a new partnership between the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Riverside Community College District (RCCD), and Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) to advance research and inspire students at all levels to learn more about air quality, the impacts of climate change, and CARB’s efforts to clean the air. The memorandums of understanding (MOUs) signed by each entity set forth plans to establish pilot programs that connect CARB’s mission and expertise in air quality and climate change with UCR, RCCD, and RUSD’s skilled faculty, eager students, and top-rate facilities. This also marks another collaborative step between these institutions and additional partners including the Chamber, the City of Riverside, and the County of Riverside to expand CARB’s presence in the community and stimulate economic growth and workforce development in Riverside. The MOUs were developed as CARB prepares to move its Southern California headquarters to Riverside in early 2021. When completed,

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the state-of-the-art 380,000-square-foot building will be home to one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world, offering multiple opportunities for local students to engage in internships and research. CARB Chairman Mary Nichols shared, “From our new Southern California headquarters, we have an opportunity to reach a new generation of people who will be part of this effort, whether as activists, professionals or students.”

As part of the agreement, UCR will leverage their facilities, faculty, and staff to conduct air quality and climate change research. UCR is already partnering with local school districts and community colleges to offer training programs for local residents to become scientists and technicians in the environmental arena. See CARB on page 2

GO-Biz Director Reinforces Opportunities for Local Growth Statewide economic strategy must be vibrant, inclusive

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As more than 200 business and community leaders convened at the Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Summit, Director Lenny Mendonca of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) stressed the state must stay ahead of the curve and ensure that all Californians can thrive in the modern economy. He highlighted the work of initiatives like Regions Rise Together to foster more conversations and work on regional business growth and job creation. Director Mendonca stated California’s inherent economic strengths and current low unemployment underscore the state’s position as the fifth strongest economy in the world. However, despite more wealth generated in California than any other state, he recognized not all geographic regions and demographic groups are equally participating in the state’s economic growth. Director Mendonca noted recent studies indicate that an individual under 30 today was only 50% likely to earn more than their parents at the same point in time, as opposed to similar groups raised in the 1970’s who See Go-Biz 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 2019–2020 Chair of the Board Robert Hicks – Stream Kim Hicks Wrage & Alfaro Vice Chair – Chair Elect Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate, LLP Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs JD Franklin – OSI Industries, LLC Vice Chair – Economic Development Rich Erickson – Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Vice Chair – Membership/Marketing Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Community Development Tom Nightingale – Fifth Third Bank Vice Chair – Business Councils Vincent McCoy – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Vice Chair – Business Councils Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Jennifer Binkley – Altura Credit Union Legal Counsel Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Past Chairman of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger

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Joseph Araiza – UCPATH Center Al Arguello – Bank of America David Batista – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Larry Burns – Inlandia Institute Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Col. Melissa Coburn – 452d Air Mobility Wing Dave Crain – Dutton Cadillac – GMC/Buick Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Carl Dameron – African American Chamber of Commerce Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum Riverside Community Hospital Prabha Dhalla – Dhalla Orthopedic Center, Inc. Scott Ditfurth – Best Best & Krieger Dr. Ronald Ellis – California Baptist University Julio Figueroa – AT&T Matt Friedlander – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler Justin Gilbert – Bank of America Debbi Guthrie – Guthrie Companies Dr. David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District Brian Hawley – Luminex Software, Inc. George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems, Inc. Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac – Riverside Community College District Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Lauren Lee – Windermere Tower Properties Donna Little – Custom Service Systems Jeff Marshall – MFI Recovery Center Jim Maurer – The Press-Enterprise Company Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Scott Megna – Riverside Convention Center Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Cathy Paredes – Bank of America Norm Pelzer – Riverside Living Magazine Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Dr. Thomas Smith - University of California, Riverside Rob Starr – The Toro Company Robert Stockton – Rick Engineering Ron Thompson – Collins Aerospace Micah Tokuda – Edward Jones–Micah Tokuda Maria Ureña – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce George Velasco – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Andrew Walcker - Overland Development Co. Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business

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Business and Community Advocacy, Votes is Key to Thriving Local Economy Towards the end of the calendar year marks the beginning of a busy time for many local businesses. That is true for the Chamber as well with many key programs, developments, and issues coming forward that will assist members and engage the community.

The Chamber had the pleasure of engaging Director Lenny Mendonca with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for a report regarding economic development opportunities in the region. Over 200 business leaders from the region had the opportunity to ask questions regarding critical opportunities and challenges specific to Riverside’s businesses. While there is still work to be done in key areas, Riverside’s regional economy continues to demonstrate a steady pace of job growth and business expansion. Business leaders have been and continue to be the best advocates to bring significant positive change in California. This will prove to be true at the polls this year as local community leaders have the opportunity to bring additional business-friendly leaders to Riverside. Local businesses and residents have an opportunity to be catalysts for positive

change by referencing the Chamber’s Voter Guide on Election Day, coming up on November 5. The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee has endorsed business-friendly candidates for City Council and urges voters to follow

“Business leaders have been and continue to be the best advocates to bring significant positive change in California.” the guide on Page 1 of this publication on Election Day. Until then, the Chamber will continue to engage local voters and encourage them to support candidates for public office who will advocate for business-friendly policies. In a win for the business community, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) partnered with the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Riverside Community College District (RCCD), and Riverside

Unified School District (RUSD) to create a pilot program preparing local students for a career in technology at CARB. The Chamber served as a convener bringing these entities together in the same room for the initial discussion. The partnering educational institutions are creating new degrees and obtaining new certificate accreditation to create a workforce pipeline to ensure the future workforce is properly trained for the jobs coming to the area. The Chamber applauds these entities for their strategic approach to education and workforce development. There is much to celebrate with many good things happening in the region for businesses. Thank you for your continued support and engagement in the Chamber and the Riverside community to make our economy thrive.

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Captain Hembree-Bey Highlights Business Partnerships and Future Use of Technology Captain Khary Hembree-Bey, the new Commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Corona), Corona Division met with the business community at Good Morning Riverside and provided updates on the base’s upcoming initiatives and goals. The Chamber and NSWC Corona will continue working together to provide business development opportunities with the military to build a strong local economy. NSWC Corona has over 3,700 personnel and is expected grow 10% per year. As the base grows, NSWC Corona needs more personnel and space to continue its mission of providing technical assessment to Navy warfighting systems and units around the world. Captain Hembree-Bey discussed the need for engineers and scientists to fill STEM research jobs that are available. As a recruiting method, NSWC Corona is looking to many local schools to hire students immediately after graduation. To help fulfill this goal, the Chamber introduced Captain Hembree-Bey to key contacts from the local colleges and universities at Good Morning Riverside, thus creating the opportunity for collaboration between the entities. Creating these connections at Good Morning Riverside is just one way businesses have the opportunity to grow and thrive. There is also the opportunity for NSWC Corona to partner with local businesses. In recent years, the base held two-thirds of its engineering and service contracts, with small businesses in the region accounting for $85 million. In total, NSWC Corona currently

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Captain Khary Hembree-Bey, Commander of NSWC Corona emphasized the need to work with local businesses and educational institutions to meet their long-term goals.

has a $330 million economic impact on the region, making it one of the community’s greatest economic drivers. NSWC Corona is the Navy’s premier independent analysis and assessment agent using measurement, analysis, and assessment to enable the nation’s warfighters to train, fight, and win. The center analyzes warfare and missile defense systems, provides systems

engineering for Live Virtual Constructive training ranges, and advises and administratively manages measurement and calibration standards for the Navy and Marine Corps. The Chamber commends Captain HembreeBey’s emphasis on creating partnership opportunities with local businesses and students and looks forward to the base’s impact in the future.

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The partnership will develop academic courses and career technical education programs at RCCD in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, especially related to CARB’s efforts in air quality and climate change. Additional collaborations will include continuing education opportunities for CARB employees and conducting a greenhouse gas footprint audit of RCCD as a model to promote reduction in energy use for other community colleges.

The agreement also engaged RUSD to promote air quality and science career pathways through programs to expand critical thinking and understanding for K-12 students on public policy related to air quality and climate change. Specific opportunities could include participation by CARB employees in school events, including guest speaking, science fairs, serving on committees for development of training programs, curricula, and more.


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Chamber Advocacy in Sacramento Defends Local Businesses With the fate of state legislation for 2019 now decided, the Chamber successfully advocated to defeat two dozen bills that impeded business growth in Riverside. Several bills that were stopped sought to increase taxes on local business and The Chamber helped defeat several bills aimed at imposing higher taxes, residents. One raising costs for higher education, and opening the door to business fraud. example was AB 217 (Garcia), a bill that would impose a regressive water Strong opposition from the Chamber, busitax on all of California’s businesses and nesses, and education leaders resulted in the consumers. However, the majority of defeat of ACA 14 (Gonzalez). The bill would residents and businesses subject to the tax eliminate most contracting opportunities for would not see a direct and equitable return businesses with the University of California on their investment. Another success for (UC). The UC would have been required to business was the defeat of SB 37 (Skinner), hire mainly contracted workers, raising costs which would have increased California’s flat by as much as $170 million annually. income tax for medium and large businesses by as much as 150% annually, discouraging AB 161 (Ting) opened the door to fraud and businesses from choosing the state as a desticreated concerns with how businesses track nation to locate and grow. purchases and manage returns. Intended to reduce paper consumption, AB 161 ultiA piece of legislation that raised a significant mately would have increased paper usage by tax concern for the Chamber was ACA 1 requiring coupons and receipts to be printed (Aguiar-Curry), a bill that lowered the voter separately upon the completion of a transaction. approval threshold from 67% to 55% for The Chamber will continue to advocate local sales, use, and property tax increases. on behalf of businesses in efforts to build a ACA 1 also allowed all local agencies to stronger local economy. For more information, pursue overlapping tax increases, strapping contact Andrew Sall at asall@riversidebusinesses with overwhelming costs. or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

City Council approves Riverside Municipal Code Changes for greater uniformity in addressing challenges related to entertainment, loud and unruly gatherings, and street performers.

Approved Municipal Code Changes Contribute to Enhanced Quality of Life The Chamber’s Board of Directors unanimously supported the proposed changes to the Riverside Municipal Code presented by City leaders. The goal of these changes is to increase the standardization of code enforcement across the business community and ultimately improve quality of life for businesses and residents citywide. The code changes address challenges related to entertainment, loud and unruly gatherings, and street performers. With the support of the business community, the Riverside City Council approved the City’s proposed code changes.

Riverside Municipal Code Changes adjust Title 5 regulation of entertainment through a new separate permit that operates on a tiered system for any violations. Businesses that currently have entertainment included in their Conditional Use Permit will be “grandfathered in” for free with the initial application fee voided the first year and will be given a 120-day grace period to secure an Entertainment

Permit. After the 120-day grace period, the City recommends an initial application fee of $1,224.50 with renewal required every two years at a cost of $649.00, approximately $324 per year. Changes to Title 7 will improve Riverside Police Department’s (RPD) ability to enforce regulations and use a reasonability standard to mitigate noise in residential areas. Updates to Title 9 address loud or unruly gatherings and seek to reduce public nuisance from loud parties and social gatherings by identifying a responsible party, prohibiting admission charges, and enabling officers to disperse guests. Title 13 changes help maintain compliance of street performers including keeping clearances, respecting City property, and keeping the public safe while giving officers the ability to disperse crowds. For more information, contact Brooke Biddle at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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MARB to Benefit from $36 Million Grant to Improve Groundwater Quality Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was awarded $36.3 million in grant funding from the State Water Resources Control Board, the largest grant in EMWD’s history. This is significant for not only residents in the area, but also March Air Reserve Base (MARB) to improve groundwater quality and access. Collaboration and advocacy by State Senator Richard Roth, Congressmen Ken Calvert and Mark Takano, Eastern Municipal Water District secured funds to improve the Chamber, and several groundwater quality for the residents the organization serves which includes March Air Reserve Base. other entities helped secure this grant funding. The Chamber thanks EMWD’s EMWD is continuing to work with Western objective to pursue outside funding in Municipal Water District and the Departorder to reduce costs on both business and ment of Defense (DOD) on interagency residential ratepayers. agreements and other potential opportunities, such as the ability to partner with WestThe grant is a significant step toward the ern Municipal Water District for a local, advancement of EMWD’s proposed Perris more sustainable water supply for MARB. North Groundwater Program, which is a EMWD will continue to collaborate closely long term solution to improve groundwater with the DOD to secure assurances that the quality. The program would also make beneproposed Perris North Groundwater Program ficial use of available local groundwater supwill not interfere with ongoing water quality plies, reducing reliance on imported water mitigation programs at MARB. supplies, thus decreasing costs. The program is currently in the preliminary Groundwater in Perris North Basin includes design phase and, pending funding approval the area of MARB, which is served potable and cooperative agreements, would then water by Western Municipal Water District. move into the design and construction phase. Improving local groundwater quality and The Chamber congratulates EMWD on this availability in the region would benefit all success for the region and will continue to agencies involved. collaborate for more wins for the region.

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Chamber Calls on CA Transportation Secretary to Discuss Infrastructure As the convener of statewide leaders, the Chamber is hosting a Transportation Report with David Kim, the new Secretary for the California State Transportation Agency. The luncheon on December 5 will provide an opportunity for members to hear about the top objectives to improve the region’s vital roads and infrastructure.

departments, boards, and commissions whose mission is to advance a safe, environmentally sustainable transportation system that maximizes mobility for all Californians. A long-time transportation leader with experience in the private sector as well as all levels of government, Secretary Kim served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Hyundai Motor Company from 2017-2019. Prior to this assignment, Secretary Kim spent nearly eight years in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Chamber is bringing The Chamber continues together business leaders with to support legislation that California Transportation delivers additional funding Secretary David Kim on at the local level for the December 5 to discuss ways enhancement of roads, to improve the region’s critical roads, highways, and bridges. highways, and bridges. The call for greater investment in local infrastructure continues to take precedence since the region is experiencing The Transportation Report will take place a population influx and serves as a major at the Riverside Convention Center on corridor in the movement of goods. The Thursday, December 5, with registration Transportation Report will serve as a forum at 11:30 AM and the main program and for businesses to hear from Secretary Kim luncheon commencing at 12:00 PM. about efforts at the state level to spur greater Member businesses seeking to enhance investment that will lead to job growth, their brand can take advantage of exclusive easier travel, and a higher quality of living. sponsorship opportunities. To register as a sponsor or to purchase individual tickets, In his role, Secretary Kim is responsible for contact Brooke Biddle at bbiddle@riversideoverseeing 40,000 employees across eight or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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More than 250,000 visitors are expected to gather in Downtown Riverside from November 29 to December 31 to visit The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Festival of Lights.

Festival of Lights Attracts Thousands, Generates $130 Million Impact The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, the City of Riverside, and the Chamber have partnered together to organize the 27th annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony. This event has a multi-million dollar impact and draws thousands of visitors from Southern California and around the country to Downtown Riverside. Over recent years, the Festival of Lights has won top honors from USAToday as America’s Best Holiday Festival and Best Public Lights Display. An anticipated 75,000 visitors will kick off the celebration at the Switch-On Ceremony, with more than 250,000 visitors expected to gather throughout the season to enjoy the host of entertainment and recreational activities available. The Festival of Lights, which takes place from November 29 to December 31, is

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Each year, the Festival pulls myriads of people together to enjoy great entertainment. Festival-goers can partake in a variety of activities including a ferris wheel, horse-drawn carriage rides, live holiday entertainment and music, various dining options, and unique shopping choices throughout the Main Street Mall. For years, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Festival of Lights has provided community members with a range of opportunities to celebrate the upcoming holidays. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at or 951-6837100 Ext. 218.

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Chamber Business Briefs City of Riverside Top in Nation for Providing Good Experience for Public The Chamber applauds the City of Riverside for finishing first in the nation in the recent Government Experience Awards. The awards were announced by the Center for Digital Government (CDG). They recognize the achievements and best practices of states, cities, and counties that are radically improving the experience of government and pushing the boundaries of how citizen services are delivered. “Riverside always seeks to be the most responsive local government in California, and these results back that up,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “Whether it is at the planning counter or online, our city makes service a priority, so this award is a real validation of those efforts.” Riverside’s website – – provides a huge amount of data, a large number of online services, collaborative tools, real-time open datasets, and mobile apps, while also showcasing Riverside to potential businesses. The city is pursuing a “virtual city hall” vision, providing a large number of online services and apps for legislative agendas, documents, video, and minutes, in addition to bulky item pick-up, online service requests, online library services, permit inspection scheduling, vendor bidding, citation payments, and utility bill payments.

Governor Appoints New Caltrans Director Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin to be the new Director of the California Department of Transportation. He replaces Acting Director Bob Franzoia, who has held the position since former director Laurie Berman retired after a 36-year career with the agency. The Chamber congratulates Omishakin on this new position and looks forward to working with him on the region’s transportation opportunities and needs. For the last eight years, Omishakin, who holds a Master of Arts Degree in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University, served as the deputy commissioner for environment and planning at the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Prior to his time at the Tennessee DOT, he served as the director of healthy living initiatives for the Nashville Mayor’s Office for three years. During his career, Omishakin strongly supported efforts to develop more and safer biking, walking, and “non-motorized” mobility options; a vision that informs his ongoing tenure as the vice chair of the Council on Active Transportation for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation. California, Inland Southern California in particular, has unique and ever-changing transportation needs. Omishakin’s leadership and vision is crucial as Inland Southern California’s population grows, creating a larger demand for a well-planned infrastructure.

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Chamber Recognizes James Joseph as Ambassador of the Month James Joseph, Business Advocate for CoCard West, has been named Ambassador of the Month. Joseph is at the forefront of the company connecting with local businesses in efforts to streamline their daily responsibilities. CoCard West provides products and services such as credit and debit card processing as well as managed network security.

were 90% likely to earn more than their parents. Moreover, he stressed that geographic location in California should not be a determinant on economic success.

Since March 2018, Joseph has been a valuable member of the Ambassador Committee. Joseph initially joined the committee in order to expand his outreach, gain valuable connections, and network with other likeminded individuals. Since 2018, he has not only been able to make valuable connections with others, but he has also contributed to the local business community by reaching out to them and really getting to know them as individuals.

Director Mendonca noted how specific communities like Riverside and Fresno are strong starting points for the Regions Rise Together initiative to develop an action plan to strengthen economic security, opportunity, and mobility as well as to better connect inland California with the rest of the state.

He stated that a statewide economic strategy must be vibrant, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient in order for more diverse regions with varying economies in California to thrive. Regions like Inland Southern California and the Central Valley are strong in potential and Governor Newsom’s administration is working on opportunities to collaborate with these communities to stimulate more growth.

“James has embodied the ideal Ambassador. He genuinely cares for the community and local businesses. James continuously volunteers and takes on opportunities to reach out to new Chamber members and help guide them along the way.” said Justin Gilbert, Chair of the Ambassador Committee.

As innovation and technology move faster to reshape economies, Director Mendonca also stressed how education and workforce development need to stay ahead of the curve to ensure that workers are ready for the jobs of the future. He noted that post-secondary education in colleges and universities as well as career technical education efforts specifically have the tools and resources to equip California workers with the skills needed in the current economy.

For more information about the Ambassador Committee, contact Jacquie Rodriguez at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.

The Chamber looks forward to working local and state leaders to stimulate more economic growth in Riverside and the rest of the Inland Southern California region.


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Chamber Builds the Workforce Pipeline; Inspires 6,000 Local Students The 15th Annual Riverside College & Career Fair (RCCF), presented by Bank of America, gave thousands of high school students and families one-stop access to different career and educational opportunities. This event demonstrates the commitment of the Chamber and the local business community in guiding Riverside’s future workforce to pursue pathways beyond high school. In partnership with the Chamber, Bank of America has supported this event since its inception. Al Arguello, Bank of America’s Inland Empire Market President stated, “It is a pleasure to be the presenting sponsor of the Riverside College & Career Fair. This event gives students the opportunity to explore different colleges, universities, and future career opportunities available to them. With over 6,000 students in attendance we hope to be able to contribute to the educational attainment opportunities in the region.”

The Riverside College & Career Fair served as a resource for students to check out 190 educational institutions and career pathways to assist them in deciding what to do after high school.

Riverside Unified School Districts for their continued investment in tomorrow’s leaders.

Over 190 representatives from educational institutions, career pathways, and local school guidance resource booths connected with local students from numerous public and private colleges and universities from across the country. Additionally, local business and industry leaders were available to discuss various career pathway options with students. Resource and counselor stations provided information about college admissions, financial aid, interview tips, and communication skills.

Thank you to all the sponsors and event partners that contributed to the success of the 15th Annual Riverside College & Career Fair: Altura Credit Union, California Baptist University College of Engineering, Central Sterilization Solutions, Northgate Market, Panini Kabob Grill, and Salon Success Academy. The Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Council will continue to create opportunities and support initiatives that provide access to college and career pathways for this region’s youth. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.

The Chamber would like to thank Bank of America, the Galleria at Tyler, the City of Riverside, the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, and Alvord, Jurupa, and

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Member Anniversaries “The Chamber has been a great partner to Riverside Personnel Services and it is definitely worth the investment of our membership. We appreciate the hard work and the commitment the Chamber has to make Riverside a better place to live, work, and play for all.” Kathleen Hartman President/CEO Riverside Personnel Services 50 Years

Van Buren Drive-In Theatre

40 to 45 Years

Krieger & Stewart, Inc. Riverside Personnel Services The Toro Co. #173959

Museum of Riverside Riverside County Bar Association South Coast Air Quality   Management District

16 to 20 Years

Altura Credit Union - 14th St. Blanchard Signs Mardon Jewelers Riverside County Superintendent of Schools

Building Industry Association   Riverside County Chapter LSA Associates, Inc. New York Life Insurance Co. - Ash Sheth Riverside Convention Center San Joaquin Valley College - Ontario Campus Stong Surety

21 to 30 Years

11 to 15 Years

31 to 39 Years

Calif State University San Bernardino - IECE California Department of Rehabilitation Inland Empire Small Business   Development Center Jaguar Computer Systems, Inc.

ACU Web, Inc. Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors Brandman University Five Star Catering & Event Production Inland Counties Legal Services

Integrity HR, Inc. Norris Group

6 to 10 Years Allegra Marketing Print Mail/Image 360 Arlington Business Partnership Cabinet Source California State University San Bernardino–   College of Business & Public Administration Marcia L. Campbell - CPA Diocese of San Bernardino Fruth Group Gibson-Hadley Insurance Agency Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council GRID Alternatives Home Show Consultants Melaleuca - Independent Marketing Executive Riverside County   Parks & Open Space District

Riverside University   Health System Foundation Union Pacific Railroad Welbrook Senior Living Arlington

1 to 5 Years

AIG Retirement Services Arbonne CarePatrol of the Inland Empire Colonnade Connect Realty Group Euryale Brewing Co. Farmers Insurance - Meyling Barillas Agency Fedak & Brown LLP Integrity Housing International Vitamin Corp. Parties Outta Sight   Professional Photos & Booths Pedals Bicycle Shop Raymond James Financial Services Re/Max Patriots River Springs Charter School - Magnolia Student Center Riverside Road Runners Robert Schwandt Stilwell Construction, Inc. Strategic 360 Target - 3520 Tyler Ave. Total Education Activity Model TEAM Corp. UpDog Media LLC

Member Highlights

The Chamber was honored to collaborate with Eadie + Payne to celebrate their continued legacy and impact in Riverside at their 100th Anniversary Celebration.

Jamil Dada and Captain Hembree-Bey, new Commander of NSWC Corona Division, had a chance to connect at the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council meeting.

Welcome to the Chamber “The countless opportunities to make a difference in the Riverside community and for my business is why I look forward to being a part of this Chamber!” Eric LaNier Financial Advisor Edward Jones Bank of Southern California

Robby Piper 12265 El Camino Real, #100 San Diego, CA 92103 (714) 944-0829 • Banks

Creative Solutions for Kids & Families

Noel Motus 3683 Arlington Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 788-8812 • Foster Care Agency

Edward Jones - Eric LaNier

Eric LaNier 3610 14th St., #101 Riverside, CA 92507 (858) 472-6529 • Financial Services

FedEx Ground

Ryan Fredin 330 Resource Dr. Bloomington, CA 92316 (909) 879-7100 Shipping/Freight Consulting

Fifth Third Bank

Tom Nightingale Ontario, CA 91701 Banks

Grand Canyon University Patrick Ring 3300 W. Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85017 (951) 323-7642 Schools

New members attend Good Morning Riverside as a way to introduce their business and learn about what is happening in Riverside.

IMR Building Materials

Art Torres 10333 Arlington Ave. • Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 588-6669 • Building Materials & Supplies

Public Safety Services

Will Hayes 455 W. La Cadena Dr., #18 Riverside, CA 92501 (877) 464-2518 • Security/Guards & Patrol Services

RC Earthworks

Melissa Clark 3380 La Sierra Ave. #104-530 Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 406-1111 • Construction

Ramona High School Riverside Unified School District

Victor Cisneros 7576 Magnolia Ave. • Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 352-8429 Schools

Riverside Poly High School Riverside Unified School District

Darel Hansen 5450 Victoria Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 788-7203 Schools

SDH & Associates, Inc.

Steve Sommers 14060 Meridian Pkwy. #102 Riverside, CA 92518 (951) 683-3691 Engineers/Consultants

St. Carries Center for Human Development Darleana McHenry P.O. Box 231 Hemet, CA 92543 (951) 468-8287 Community Organizations

Subtle Insight Solutions

Henry Jones III 231 E. Alessandro Blvd. #A286 Riverside, CA 92508 (866) 582-5551 Business Services

Sweets It Is

Mike Khatib 2692 Canyon Springs Pkwy. #E Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 656-4700 Bakers


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Volunteers from the California Baptist University baseball team collected over 400 pounds of litter and green waste during the Santa Ana River and City Waterways Cleanup.


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Waterway Cleanup Volunteers Collect Over 15,000 Pounds of Litter The fall season has kicked off with a strong start for Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) in their efforts to improve the quality of life in the community. A total of 480 dedicated community members removed over 15,000 pounds of litter and bulky items and eradicated over 2,400 graffiti tags in Ward 1 for the Santa Ana River and City Waterways Cleanup. They mobilized to 17 different cleanup sites throughout Downtown Riverside, the Santa Ana River watershed, and the waterways of Fairmount Park and Martha McLean-Anza Narrows Park.

Since 2002, KRCB has collaborated with Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. This team has expanded to include organizations such as the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services department, Farmer Boys, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Rivers and Lands Conservancy, and Western Municipal Water District. To recognize organizations for their property’s cleanliness, KRCB is seeking nominations for the 34th Annual Beautification Awards.


Awards are presented in six categories: Small Business Beautification, New Construction with Landscaping, Exterior Reconstruction with Landscaping, Maintenance of Existing Facilities, Historical & Cultural Preservation, and Sustainable Design and Innovation. The award-winning buildings are featured at the Mayor’s State of the City Address on January 30, 2020 at the Riverside Convention Center. Judging is conducted on the exterior of buildings; construction must be complete by the nomination deadline of November 15 by 5:00 PM. The nomination form can be found at The community can participate in more beautification events by volunteering at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony. KRCB is recruiting volunteers to remove litter and hand out programs at the ceremony. Volunteers receive a free Santa hat, Farmer Boys burgers, and a great view of the festivities. To volunteer, contact Alex Rendon at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 212.


Contact Sarah Spencer 951-785-2335 This program is designed specifically to help students meet the newest and most rigorous education requirements for the CPA exam and California CPA licensure requirement.


MEDICINE SERVICES Employers who currently use our Occupational Medicine Services tell us: • Availability - “Greatly appreciate the accessibility and equally important, the communication we receive from you." • Service – “The responsiveness of your coordinators and their synchronization with me, adjustors and case managers is remarkable, and appreciated.” • Specialty Care – “You make things so simple for us since you have all of the sub specialties under one roof.” • Back to Work – “Your focus on getting employees healthy and back to work is appreciated by us, and by our employees.” • Reputation – “Riverside Medical Clinic is a leader in the community and does so much for it. It’s easy to rely on you.” We enjoy helping employers take care of their employees and invite you to talk with us about caring for your employees. Please contact: Irma Vasquez 951-782-3018

Get well. Be well. Stay well.


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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 WEDNESDAY

THU | NOV 14

Business In Action

Good Morning Riverside

7:15 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM BIA is a great place to network with local businesses while featuring various speakers on important business topics. Here are some of the great topics we have coming up: November 13 – Elaine Norland, How to Handle Company Growth; November 20 – Dr. Gregory Anderson, Riverside City College.

7:15 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE Good Morning Riverside is a fast-paced meeting and the place for businesses to meet new members and form strategic partnerships with local leaders. Join the Chamber for the latest updates from across Riverside. Special thanks to this month’s sponsor, Pacific Premier Bank.


TUE | NOV 19

INSIDE EastHills

Raincross Trophy Dinner

7:15 AM • UCR MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH BUILDING • 169 ABERDEEN DR Attendees will get an exclusive tour of UCR’s Wet Lab Incubator, the first of its kind in Inland Southern California. Hear from Dr. Gillian Wilson, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development and stay informed on the status of the California Air Resources Board Southern California Headquarters.

6:00 PM • RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER 3637 5TH ST The Raincross Trophy Dinner celebrates service men and women who have faithfully served the country by bringing together all 25 wings of the Fourth Air Force from all over the nation with local community leaders. Major General Hubert C. Hegtvedt, Deputy to Chief of Air Force Reserve, headquarters U.S. Air Force Washington, D.C. is the keynote speaker.


THU | NOV 21

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC)

AfterHours Business Mixer

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

5:30 PM • SOLARMAX 3080 12TH ST Form strategic partnerships, meet new members, and promote your business with potential clients, local business leaders, community members, and elected officials.

TUE | NOV 12 Business Education Partnership Council 7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM The council will hear from Riverside County Workforce Development Board (WDB) Chair, Jamil Dada and WDB Deputy Director Carrie Harmon, who will give a legislative update on their workforce programs and funding priorities.

BR A D A LEW I N E R EPR E SEN TS ... Representing buyers and sellers across all price ranges for over 28 years “Brad Alewine uses his unparalleled marketing expertise to showcase your home across all media. His comprehensive marketing plan utilizing professional photography, print advertising, and on-line presence, is specially designed to get your home noticed and sold. Let Brad Alewine show you why he consistently ranks as one of the top listing agents in Riverside.” BRAD ALEWINE 951.347.8832 BradAlewine | Brad Alewine Represents DRE 01104973 Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. Exact dimensions can be obtained by retaining the services of an architect or engineer. This is not intended to solicit properties already listed.

FRI | NOV 29 The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony 5:00 PM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE Kick off the holiday season with The Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony where the community gathers in Downtown Riverside to watch the fireworks, enjoy the decorations, and get into the holiday spirit.


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Greater Riverside Business - November 2019  

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