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D E C E M B E R 2017

‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 36, Number 12

Chamber Members Count!

What would you consider to be the top five priorities for the Chamber in 2018? 1. Advocating on behalf of business issues at the local, state, and federal levels 2. Encouraging businesses to locate and grow in Riverside 3. Promoting/enhancing the community of Riverside and its quality of life 4. Helping businesses build relationships with each other 5. Electing business-friendly candidates at the local, state, and federal levels

Each month, the Chamber helps build a stronger local economy through surveying its membership. GRB Inside Highlights Chair’s Column.......................... 2 Governmental Affairs............... 3 New Members............................ 9 Calendar..................................... 11


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Chamber Urges RPU to Minimize Rate Increase for 2018, Maintain Reliability City Council and Utility Board hold workshop to seek input from residents and businesses The Chamber is continuing to work with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) and the Riverside City Council to find a solution to a proposed electric and water utility rate package that ensures reliable service delivery while minimizing the costs as much as possible to businesses and residents. In October 2018, the Chamber’s Board of Directors opposed an initial proposal by RPU to increase electricity rates by 4.8% and water rates by 8.55% (on average annually over five years) and formed a task force of business leaders to work with RPU to find a solution. Over the course of several meetings with RPU, the Chamber’s task force advocated for the utility and the City Council to: 1) Reduce rate increases on businesses and residents for 2018 while maintaining reliable service delivery; 2) Revise all cost projections for the utility to ensure they reflect the most current and accurate information; 3) Re-prioritize projects to identify those that are more immediately necessary versus less urgent and longer term investments; and 4) Review the rates annually and determine

if adjustments are required. Importantly, the Chamber task force advocated that RPU should develop and present a 5-year rate package and year 6-10 rate projection every five years. As a result of these meetings, RPU presented a revised rate proposal before a recent workshop session of the City Council and Board of Public Utilities. At the workshop, the City Council provided direction to strengthen the utility’s assistance for fixed and low- The Chamber is working with Riverside Public Utilities to find income customers. They a rate proposal plan that ensures reliability while minimizing costs to local customers. also agreed to freeze utility rates for agricultural users for one year and create an Ad Hoc For more information, visit RPU’s website Agriculture Task Force to study agriculture at rates in more detail. default.asp. The City Council is putting forward additional questions for RPU at an additional meeting in January 2018. The Chamber will continue through this process to urge the City Council and RPU to find opportunities to minimize costs on ratepayers while maintaining reliability.

2017 Legislative Vote Record Holds Legislators Accountable In efforts to hold state legislators accountable for their votes on businessrelated legislation, the California Chamber of Commerce released a vote record for the first year of the 2017-18 legislative session. This report includes a detailed description of how legislators from across The California Chamber of Commerce released a legislative vote California, including that covers a variety of business-related topics to better hold Riverside, voted on elected officials accountable. legislation that affects the growth and trajectory of the local economy. It is important to note that a single vote does not tell the full story regarding Over the past year, the California Legislature a legislator’s attitude and position towards reviewed and took positions on thousands business issues and cannot be used to of bills, many of which had an impact on accurately depict how they will vote on business. The vote record is based on a number similar legislation in the future. At times, of key policy areas that are vital to the local a legislator may choose not to vote on a bill business community and economy, including because they are unwilling to vote against education, the environment, employee a colleague, but will support the business relations, healthcare, labor and employment, community’s opposition to the legislation. legal reform and protection, and infrastructure, The public is best served following and among others. With a comprehensive tracking a comprehensive vote record vote record readily available for the public, for a legislator, which more accurately members of the community are better portrays their stance on a given issue. prepared to hold their legislators accountable on critical legislation. See Record on page 6

New Business Laws Take Effect January 1 Updates to wage benefits, parental leave, hiring practices To prepare employers for the coming year, the Chamber is updating members on the new laws that will take effect starting January 1, 2018. Governor Jerry Brown signed over 850 bills in 2017, many of which directly impact the business community and cover a wide array of topics, including parental leave, hiring practices, and wage obligations. Beginning January 1, small businesses with 25 or fewer employees will see a minimum wage increase from $10.00 to $10.50 per hour, while large businesses with 26 or more employees will see an increase from $10.50 to $11.00 per hour. Another piece of legislation taking effect is SB 63 that requires businesses with more than 20 employees to provide eligible employees up to 12 weeks of protected parental leave. When combined with four months of parental leave already required by the state, employees can receive up to seven months of total protected leave, restricting an employers’ ability to effectively manage the workplace. Employers will also see significant changes to their hiring practices as a result of Governor Brown’s signature on two Chamber-opposed bills. AB 168 bans employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s prior salary information, See Laws 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 2017–2018 Chairman of the Board Andrew Walcker – PSOMAS Vice Chairman, Chairman-Elect Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Bob Hicks – Gresham Savage Vice Chair – Economic Development Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Vice Chair – Membership George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems Vice Chair – Community Development Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair – Divisions Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business Vice Chair – Divisions Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Divisions JD Franklin – OSI Industries Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Brian Hawley – Luminex Software Legal Counsel Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate Past Chairman of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network

Board of Directors 2017–2018 Al Arguello – Bank of America Girish Balachandran – Riverside Public Utilities Robert Beatty – Notre Dame High School Patrick Brilliant – Riverside Community Hospital Dr. Michael Burke – Riverside Community College District Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Vinay Gupta – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Dr. Ronald L. Ellis – California Baptist University Rich Erickson – Lee & Associates Julio Figueroa – AT&T Tracy Fitzsimmons – Olive Crest 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 Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce 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 Megna – Riverside Convention Center Scott Meinert – VALIC Financial Advisors Kevin Milligan – Riverside Public Utilities Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Colonel Matthew Burger – 452d Air Mobility Wing Tom Nightingale – Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office James Persinger – Pick Group of Young Professionals Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Steve Popkin – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Emilio Ramirez – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Mark Rubin – Regional Properties Bob Ryan – HDR Engineering, Inc. Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Rob Starr – The Toro Company Yundra Thomas – Atchley & Associates Insurance Services Ron Thompson – UTC Aerospace Systems Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Dr. Randal Wisbey – La Sierra University Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business

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Riverside Flourishes with New Economic and Business Growth on the Horizon As the year comes to a close, Riverside is set to head into 2018 with continued opportunities for prolonged growth and investment, which will serve to benefit the region’s economy for years to come. Chamber members recently met with University of California, Riverside (UCR) Chancellor Kim Wilcox to discuss upcoming projects within and around UCR, which will contribute more than $1 billion to the local economy. One such project is the California Air Resources Board’s new emissions testing facility that will bring 400 new jobs to the community thanks to strong collaboration between the Chamber, UCR, the City of Riverside, and the County of Riverside. Another project that will reap dividends for the community is UCR’s $700 million North District Student Housing Community. This project expands the University and serves as a tool in growing Riverside’s future workforce and business leaders. Capping off a successful year for local business, more than 75,000 attendees flocked to Downtown to behold the spectacle of Riverside’s signature event – the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Lights presented

by The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. The Chamber is honored to have taken part in the festivities, featuring five million lights illuminating the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, activities for the whole family, and outstanding entertainment by famed musician, Kenny

“This project expands the University and serves as a tool in growing Riverside’s future workforce and business leaders.” Loggins! Throughout the holiday season, the Festival of Lights will draw more than 250,000 attendees from around the globe, contributing more than $47 million for Riverside’s economy. Truly, this event embodies Riverside’s spirit, and the Chamber looks forward to supporting this event in the years to come.

In continuing its mission to advocate on behalf of business, the Chamber assembled a task force to meet with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) to discuss their proposed water and electricity increases. The task force has diligently worked with RPU to ensure a safe and reliable electric and water infrastructure for local customers while seeking opportunities to minimize the cost to businesses and residents. Visit www. for more information on the proposed rate increases. Lastly, I would like to extend my best wishes to you and your family during this holiday season and thank you for your continued support of the Chamber. Happy holidays!

Andrew Walcker Chair of the Board

Riverside Looks to the Future with Significant Capital Investments at UCR New projects by UCR and local partners contribute $1 billion to local economy Chamber business and community leaders met with University of California (UCR) Chancellor Kim Wilcox to discuss new development projects to the University’s campus and surrounding area. Over the next few years, UCR intends to invest well over $1 billion into revitalizing campus facilities and providing a significant benefit to students, staff, and the community. Chancellor Wilcox stated these new projects represent a significant opportunity for businesses to invest into what has become a major economic generator for the region, as well as a significant source of new jobs both during the construction process and once the new projects have been completed. One such agency is the California Air Resources Board, which broke ground on their new building just off the University’s main campus in October. The CARB facility, the culmination of a partnership between UCR, The Chamber, and City and County officials, will add well over 400 jobs, invest over $417 million in the local economy, and help Riverside establish itself as the epicenter of emissions research in both the state, and the world. Combined with a new student medical center and urgent care facility, the CARB project is part of a broader plan by UCR to invest in the University Avenue area as an important business corridor. Chancellor Wilcox stated UCR has taken the initiative and partnered with public and private sources to help support its expanding mission as the region’s premier research institute. In addition to public-private partnerships, which have resulted in the construction of several new research buildings on campus, the university has invested its

UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox highlights exciting new developments on campus for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

own funding into the construction of new facilities, including the planned North District housing development. Overall, Chancellor Wilcox shared that these projects represent new educational and

research opportunities that will expand Riverside’s workforce and future leaders. The Chamber supports the continued investment in UCR’s on and off campus infrastructure, as it represents a significant opportunity for a positive impact on the region.


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How Did Your Legislators Vote?

Major Initiatives Tracked by the California Chamber of Commerce in 2017

California Chamber of Commerce

In Accord with the California Chamber of Commerce:





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Imposes Obstacles to County Contracting

AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) establishes costly obstacles for county agencies to contract with businesses for personal services, increasing costs for the county and reducing opportunities for business.


No Senate Floor Vote

Voted for the Bill

Voted For the Bill

Held in Legislature

Jeopardizes State Workforce Goals

SB 574 (Lara) places unreasonable restrictions on the University of California (UC) for contracting services, limiting opportunities for business and impeding the UC from using funds more efficiently.


Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill



No Senate Floor Vote

Voted Against the Bill

Voted Against the Bill

Failed Passage in Assembly

AB 378 (Garcia) increases the cost for compliance and creates

Increases Regulatory and additional regulatory burdens for businesses by relying on direct Compliance Costs control measures to meet the State's climate goals SB 49 (De Leon) increases the potential for costly litigation by giving

Creates Uncertainty Over broad discretion to State agencies to adopt rules and regulations more Environmental Standards stringent than federal rules without public input. Increases Energy Costs and Requirements

SB 100 (De Leon) increases the cost of energy by creating an ambiguous planning goal and requirements for state regulatory agencies to achieve zero-carbon energy by 2045. AB 1179 (Kalra) unnecessarily imposes new costs and arbitrary

Increased Costs for requirements on hazardous waste permit operators that will likely Hazardous Waste Permits result in significant delays in permit processing.


Did Not Vote No Assembly No Assembly for the Bill Floor Vote Floor Vote

Held in Legislature


Did Not Vote No Assembly No Assembly for the Bill Floor Vote Floor Vote

Held in Legislature


Voted for the Bill Voted for the Bill

Increase Health Care Costs Without Benefit

SB 349 (Lara) increases health care costs and patient access issues by setting more stringent dialysis clinic staffing ratios and mandating transition times between patients with no clear benefit to patient care.


Establishes Costly Single-Payer Health Care

SB 562 (Lara) creates a new single-payer government-run, multibillion-dollar health care system financed by an undeveloped revenue plan that will ultimately cost California taxpayers.

Outlaws Certain Local Land Use Initiatives Allows Inappropriate Access to Records

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill


No Assembly No Assembly Floor Vote Floor Vote

Held in Legislature


Did Not Vote No Assembly No Assembly for the Bill Floor Vote Floor Vote

Held in Legislature

AB 890 (Medina) eliminates local initiative power in land use decisions by giving exclusive authority to city councils and county board of supervisors to change land use plans and zoning designations.


Did Not Vote Did Note Vote for the Bill for the Bill

Voted for the Bill


AB 978 (Limon) allows outside organizations to access an unlimited scope of the employer’s internal information and bypasses employee access to an employer’s injury prevention programs.


Did Not Vote for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill


Threatens Employers with into an applicant’s prior salary or failing to provide a pay scale upon Fines and Litigation demand, even though the employee has not suffered any wage loss.


Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Signed Into Law

Creates Inconsistencies with Current Law

AB 569 (Gonzalez Fletcher) creates inconsistencies with current law and confusion for employers by prohibiting employment decisions based on an employee’s reproductive health decisions.


Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill


Shames Employers Unnecessarily

AB 1209 (Gonzalez Fletcher) exposes employers to undue criticism by requiring them to publicly report potential gender wage disparities despite lawful justifications such as education, experience, and tenure.


Did Not Vote for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill



No Senate Floor Vote

Voted Against the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Held in Legislature

Mandates Costly Parental employees by requiring 12 weeks of protected leave for child bonding Leave on Employers and exposes them to the threat of costly litigation.


Did Not Vote For the Bill

Voted For the Bill

Voted For the Bill

Signed Into Law

Discriminates Against Arbitration Agreements

SB 33 (Dodd) unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements contained in consumer contracts for goods or services with a financial institution, which will lead to unnecessary litigation.


Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Signed Into Law

Licensee Private Information

AB 1513 (Kalra) inappropriately makes the contact information for all home healthcare licensees available to labor organizations for the stated purpose of unionizing.


Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill


Streamlines Rollout of New Cell Technology

SB 649 (Hueso) maintains California’s leading edge of new technology by providing more uniform permit cost and procedure for 5G small cell installations in public rights of way.


Not Voting or Absent

Voted for the Bill

Voted For the Bill



Did Not Vote for the Bill

Voted for the Bill

Voted for the Bill


AB 168 (Eggman) exposes employers to costly litigation for inquiring

AB 1565 (Thurmond) significantly increases costs on small business

Increases Wage Costs on employers by unnecessarily accelerating the minimum salary Small Businesses threshold for exempt employees.

SB 63 (Jackson) unduly burdens small employers with as few as 20

AB 570 (Gonzalez Fletcher) requires employers to compensate

Increases Non-Workplace injured workers for disability that has not, with medical certainty, Disability and Injury Costs resulted from a workplace injury.


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Mega Mixer Convenes Business Leaders and Local College Interns for New Opportunities

Riverside’s float, inspired by The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, in the 2018 Rose Parade will highlight the community’s heritage and history of making a difference in the lives of others.

Riverside Showcases Character of “Making a Difference” at 2018 Rose Parade The Greater Riverside Chamber Foundation is proud to partner with the City of Riverside and local community leaders to be part of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade with a float that showcases Riverside’s heritage and vision. Each year, the Rose Parade has more than 700,000 attendees and is watched by an estimated 73 million people worldwide. “The Rose Parade is an internationally known event, so it is thrilling to know that our city is going to be represented by such an amazing float,” stated Mayor Pro Tem Jim Perry. The theme of the 2018 Rose Parade is “Making a Difference” and it is only fitting that Riverside’s float pay tribute to Duane and Kelly Roberts, Keepers of the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. The float is inspired by

the Mission Inn in recognition of the Roberts’ work to revitalize the historic hotel as a symbol of Riverside’s heritage and an important facet to the community’s economic growth. The float also honors the Roberts’ efforts to help the Riverside community, specifically through their work with the Mary S. Roberts Foundation, Olive Crest, and the Fox Riverside Theater Foundation. Visitors to the Festival of Lights will be able to play a role in decorating the float by visiting a booth on the Main Street Mall. For a suggested donation, visitors can honor someone who has made a difference by dedicating a flower holder that will be part of the float as it cruises down Colorado Boulevard on January 1, See Parade on page 6

Local business leaders can start the new year with a boost at the Chamber’s 2018 Mega Mixer & College Internship Fair, hosted by the Galleria at Tyler. More than 1,000 attendees can connect with a wide variety of business exhibitors to find opportunities to work together. Additionally this year, the Mega Mixer is partnering with several colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions to connect college students with businesses that are seeking intern candidates.

“We are excited to add Altura Credit Union was one of more than 100 exhibitors that internships to our Mega Mixer made new connections with over 1,000 attendees at this and give our members the year’s Mega Mixer. opportunity to connect with not only each other but also the next stellar intern candidate that will shape your generation of leaders that can help our business. The event is complimentary for businesses today,” said Cindy Roth, the business and community members eager to Chamber’s President/CEO. make new business connections. The 2018 Mega Mixer & College Internship Fair will take place on January 31 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the Galleria at Tyler. This is the Chamber’s largest business connection event of the year, drawing over a 100 business exhibitors from a variety of industries to make connections and meet possible future clients. The upper floor of the Galleria at Tyler, located at 1299 Gallery at Tyler, is the perfect venue to meet the next client or

Exhibitor space is limited so early registration is recommended. Exhibitor participation levels range from $500 for a Premier Plus Space to $250 for a General Space, including a table, two chairs, table linen, and program recognition. To learn more or register for the 2018 Mega Mixer & College Internship Fair or donate a door prize, contact Serena Chapman at schapman@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.



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Chamber Offers Compliance Posters at Special Rates for Members As an added benefit to members, the Chamber is offering access to affordable compliance products to help businesses maintain an effective work environment. With a January 1, 2018 deadline, all posters are required to be replaced due to mandatory updates to the Cal/OSHA notice and Paid Family Leave. Offering a convenient and compact poster with all 17 California and Federal notices, the Chamber is striving to keep your business running effectively and within state and federal regulations. Posters must be posted at every business, and are offered in Spanish for Spanish-speaking employees that are present. The 26” x 39.75” posters are versatile, and should easily fit on any door, in a break room, or in a hallway. HR professionals are suggested to own a current copy of the Labor Law Digest. This comprehensive guide is filled with updates on new laws, meal and rest breaks, and background checks. Additionally, the Digest provides instructions on how to apply labor laws to your place of business and provides directions on how to develop new policies, perform job functions, and gives context to everyday human resources issues.


Support the Business Community’s Top Priorities by Serving on the Chamber’s Board

The Chamber is offering compliance posters at a discounted rate in order to keep members compliant with federal and state laws and to avoid being fined $17,000.

The state has required a new pamphlet that must be given to employees: Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking. The state requires that this new notice, along with the other required pamphlets, be handed out to all new hires and by request. There are mandatory updates to the Paid Family Leave and Unemployment Insurance pamphlet, along with recommended updates to the State Disability Leave pamphlet and Sexual Harassment pamphlet. The Chamber continues to pursue opportunities that help maintain a healthy, strong work environment for all businesses. To conveniently order your 2018 compliance materials, visit the Chamber’s Online Store at For more information, contact Lindsey German at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 208. *Please allow necessary time for shipping and processing of all orders.

Reserve the Chamber Boardroom for Your Next Meeting or Event: 951-683-7100

Members have the opportunity to serve on the Chamber’s various boards of directors for 2018-2019, providing valuable leadership experience and helping guide the Chamber’s efforts to build a stronger local economy. For this upcoming year, the boards of directors for the Chamber and the six area business councils will spearhead efforts to encourage business growth in Riverside, thus creating and retaining quality jobs. Nominations are now being accepted and members are encouraged to apply. Ballots for those serving a three year term on the Greater Riverside and Area Business Council Boards will be mailed out to the general membership in February 2018.

The Chamber’s bylaws state the following: Article V, Section 4 C, Ballots shall be mailed to all members in good standing at least 10 days prior to the election. The ballot will contain a list of all of the nominees certified and recommended by the Nominating Committees. Nominees shall be placed on the ballot alphabetically by the Nominating Committee. Members joining after ballots have been mailed out shall not be entitled to a vote.

Those who are interested and eligible are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact the Chamber’s President/ CEO, Cindy Roth, at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 219.

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While Riverside’s elected officials do not always vote in-line with the priorities and objectives put forth by the business community, this establishes opportunities for the Chamber to further engage and collaborate with legislators. The Chamber will continue to

meet with all of Riverside’s state delegation to ensure the business community continues to voice its priorities in efforts to build a robust economy. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

Parade… Continued from page 4

2018. The booth is located at City Hall, 10th and Main streets, through December 17. Volunteers from Riverside will spend about 7,000 hours decorating the float, which will be decorated with a mix of roses, carnations, Gerbera daisies, orchids, palm fiber, corn husks, and other materials.

The float was funded solely thanks to generous donations of residents and businesses throughout Riverside. This is truly a community initiative as no public dollars were used to fund the float’s construction. This is also Riverside’s first float in the Tournament of Roses parade in more than 50 years.

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Chamber Business Briefs UCR Announces New Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor University of California, Riverside (UCR) Chancellor Kim Wilcox recently announced the appointment of Cynthia Larive as the University’s new provost and executive vice chancellor. The move comes as UCR continues its mission to grow the campus and create new opportunities for students. Larive joined the UCR faculty in 2005 and has since taken on a number of leadership roles, including serving as vice provost for undergraduate education, interim dean of the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, divisional dean for physical and mathematical sciences, and chemistry department chair. With Larive now serving as provost and executive vice chancellor, a new door has been opened to increase the University’s research capacity and enhance the student’s learning experience, ultimately leading to a greater number of graduates and future leaders for Riverside. In her previous capacities, Larive has made a profound impact on UCR’s students, faculty, and staff. She worked to support women pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by serving as co-principal investigator on a highly competitive National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant.

Design Team Selected to Build New Job-Creating CARB Facility The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that Hensel Phelps Construction | ZGF Architects | Affiliated Engineers, Inc., has been selected to design and build the new $417 million emissions testing facility in Riverside. As a result, Riverside will benefit from significant economic investments and over 400 skilled and well-paying jobs. Construction is expected to begin in 2018. Years of collaboration between the Chamber, UCR, the City of Riverside, and the County of Riverside, helped lead to last year’s decision by CARB to relocate their emissions testing facility to Riverside. This move places Riverside on the map as the epicenter for air quality research and paves the way for future economic investment. On top of being one of the most advanced emissions testing facilities in the world, the structure will be the largest in the nation that produces as much energy as it consumes. Furthermore, the new headquarters and laboratory will feature an extended range of dedicated test cells, large research spaces, a separate chemistry laboratory, and a large administration and meeting space to accommodate more than 460 employees.

Chamber Recognizes Janice Wood as Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is honored to acknowledge Janice Wood as Ambassador of the Month. She is currently retired and continues to participate with Chamber membership to stay connected on the latest news and events in Riverside. Janice was also recognized as the 2017 Ambassador of the Year for her hard work and dedication to the Chamber community. She has been part of the Ambassador program for over two years, and continues to enjoy her role. Janice often helps mentor new Ambassadors and Chamber members to ensure they are able to get the most out of the Chamber’s many programs. She can often be found making connections at Good Morning Riverside and the AfterHours Business Mixers. The Chamber’s Ambassador Committee is a group of volunteers who serve as are vital liaisons between the Chamber and its members and also provide valuable support at Chamber events throughout the year. Serving as an Ambassador offers multiple opportunities to make new connections and meet potential clients. To learn more about becoming an Ambassador, contact Serena Chapman at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.

New employment laws, including updates to 401(k) contributions, wage information, hiring practices, and parental leave will go into effect January 1.


Continued from page 1 regardless of whether the employer has accurate wage information for how the applicant should be compensated. Furthermore, this law will require employers to provide applicants with a pay scale upon reasonable request. AB 1008 bans businesses with five or more employees from asking about and considering criminal history information on job applications any time before a employment offer is made. Employers are required to follow stringent timelines and processes when making a determination of whether or not to hire an individual with a conviction history. Certain employers may be exempt from this law, including those where a background check is required by federal, state, and local law. The Chamber will continue to keep members informed on critical new laws that shape the future of Riverside’s economic climate. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at asall or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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Teaman, Ramirez & Smith, Inc. 4201 Brockton Avenue Riverside, CA 92501 (corner of Brockton Ave. & 12th St.)

(951) 274-9500 • 951-827-6200 • 900 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92521

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Member Anniversaries

ACU Web, Inc. Bello Salon The Boeing Company Riverside City Councilmember   Mike Gardner - Ward 1 HDR Engineering, Inc. LSA Assoc, Inc.

Chick-fil-A Fox Riverside Theater Foundation FX Signs, Inc. - Electrical Signage GAR Labs, Inc. Girl Scouts   of San Gorgonio Council Green Com, Inc. Laborers’ Intl Union Local 1184 Louie’s Nursery MaidPro Meridian of Riverside Raincross at Riverside Riverside Aquatics Association RKM Heating and Air Conditioning Special Olympics   Southern California  Inland Empire Region Thunderbird Lodge Union Pacific Railroad

6 to 10 Years

1 to 5 Years

“Our business had many advantages and benefits from being a Chamber member. We moved to Riverside thirty years ago and never missed a step in business with the contacts and referrals gained from our Chamber membership.” Kirk Blanchard Blanchard Signs

Innovative Electric Services San Joaquin Valley College   Ontario Campus

23 to 27 Years

92 Years Fritts Ford

71 Years Dutton Cadillac - GMC/Buick

60 Years University of California, Riverside

32 to 38 Years Altura Credit Union – 14th St. Riverside Personnel Services The Sire Bar & Grill Dale E. Stringer, D.D.S. Walters Mercedes/Porsche/Audi  Smart/Sprinter

11 to 15 Years

Dalke & Sons Construction, Inc. Inland Empire Small Business   Development Center (SBDC) Riverside County Bar Association Roorda Piquet & Bessee, Inc. Walmart – Valley Springs Pkwy.

16 to 20 Years

Charles Brown Architect California Dept. of Rehabilitation First Congregational Church   of Riverside Greater Riverside   Hispanic Chamber of Commerce HUB International of California  Insurance

A-1 Grit Company Abbey Carpet & Floor Aerotek, Inc. Associated Specialist in   Hearing Disorders/Hearing Aids Cabinet Source California Pizza Kitchen

Citizens United for Resources   and the Environment, Inc. DCH Subaru of Riverside Dougans Racing Engine and Machine Enterprise Car Sales Gourmet Detective   Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Hillwood Investment Properties   A Perot Company IE Commerce Business 2 Business Intercoast College Keller Williams Realty   Riverside Central Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. New York Life Insurance Company Pacific Consolidated Industries, LLC Perfect Transportation Limousines, LLC River Springs Charter School Riverside Road Runners SEIU 721 Servpro of East Riverside City SWBC Mortgage, Inc. Total Education Activity Model   TEAM Corporation Victoria Avenue Forever Wilden Pump & Engineering Zaki & Assoc Allstate Agency, LLC

10 Acre Ranch Alin Party Supply Arrow Staffing California State University,   San Bernardino - College of   Business & Public Administration The CARE Project, Inc.

Member Highlights

Members connect with each other and find opportunities to work together at the AfterHours Business Mixer, recently hosted by SolarMax Tehnology, Inc.

The Chamber welcomed new businesses to Riverside by celebrating a number of grand openings, including the new Eastside Health Clinic.

Welcome to the Chamber

“The Chamber helps bring more visibility to our business, while at the same time developing and maintaining a pro-business community. As a new member, I look forward to working with the Chamber and the community that we serve.” Andrew Espinoza America’s Tire Company

24 Hour Fitness

Heather Brenes 3490 Madison St. Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 488-7342 • Health Clubs/Fitness

A Coming of Age Foster Family Agency Jocelyn McCoy 7891 Mission Grove Pkwy., Ste. B Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 776-9223 • Foster Care Agency

America’s Tire Company

Andrew Espinoza 3553 Merrill Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 683-0570 • Tires & Wheels

Arlington Cremation Services

George Gliaudys 7001 Indiana Ave. • Riverside, CA 92506 (866) 910-7808 Funeral Homes/Cemeteries

Brisas Recovery

Keerthy Sunder 5700 Division St., #200 A/B Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 205-5888 • Drug/Alcohol Treatment Center

California Riverside Ballet

Linda Jenkins 7197 Brockton Ave., #5 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 787-7850 • Attractions/Performing Arts

Chores Cleaning Service

Bruce Jordan 207 Gilley St. Riverside, CA 92518 (951) 616-8628 Janitorial Services & Supplies

Edible Arrangements

Sylvia Marquez 3540 Riverside Plaza Dr., #304 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 684-2184 Gift Basket Services

Philip Falcone

Riverside, CA 92504 Individual Member

International Vitamin Corporation Caroline Trillo 11010 Hopkins St. Mira Loma, CA 91752 (951) 361-1120 • Manufacturers

Riverside’s business, community, and military leaders came together at the 18th Annual Raincross Trophy Dinner to honor the best in 4th Air Force.

People’s Care Health Systems

Stater Bros Market #201

Marika Beroukas 10683 Magnolia Ave., Ste. B Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 785-0381 Health Care/Occupational Medicine &Therapy


Raymond James Financial Svcs Randall D. Hord 4049 Almond St., #202 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 328-1190 • Financial Services

Riverside Arts Academy Collette Lee 7197 Brockton Ave., #6 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 961-3667 Community Organizations

Riverside Coupon Magazine Paul Petrilli 2109 Canyon View Ln. Redlands, CA 92373 (951) 743-5203 Newspapers/Publishers & Periodicals

Shree Properties, Inc. Dilip Sheth 904 Silver Spur, #479 Rolling Hills, CA 90274 (310) 803-9567 Real Estate/Investments

James McKenzie 315 E Alessandro Blvd. Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 565-5426 • Grocery Stores Aaron Rockwell 18185 El Nido Rd. Perris, CA 92570 (909) 996-5697 Marketing

Universal Shipping

Devita Ralston 10395 Nobel Ct. Jurupa Valley, CA 91752 (909) 628-2226 • Transportation/Services

Vista Cove Care Center at Corona

Rachel Montgomery 2600 S Main St. Corona, CA 92882 (951) 694-7094 Health Care/Care Management & In HomeCare

Windermere Past 2 Present Homes

Jennifer Gamble 7197 Brockton Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 545-1630 • Real Estate/Residential

Winning Your Love Game

Dreena Naggar Riverside, CA 92501 (714) 391-2323 Consultants


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It takes a local business owner to protect one. As a small business owner in our community, I understand what it takes to protect your small business. Let me help you get insurance for your business at a great value. Stop in or give me a call.

Community volunteers gather at the Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony every year to remove litter and provide information to festival-goers.

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Hosts the Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony Over 250 volunteers organized by Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) celebrated the beginning of the holiday season at the Switch-On Ceremony for the 25th Anniversary Festival of Lights presented by The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Volunteers lent a helping hand to event staff, provided information to guests, handed out programs, and removed litter throughout the Downtown area. KRCB thanks all the volunteers who came out that evening as well as many of the local businesses that supported the event. If you missed the Switch-On Ceremony, residents can enjoy the Festival of Lights, which runs through January 6, 2018. As a past recipient of a KRCB Beautification Award, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa continues to show its beauty during every season of the year. KRCB looks forward to awarding other businesses throughout the city for their efforts in keeping Riverside beautiful. KRCB

recently held a judging tour of the nominees for the 2018 Beautification Awards, with winners being announced at the 2018 Mayor’s State of the City Address on January 25 at the Riverside Convention Center. Members of the public nominated buildings throughout the city under five different categories: New Construction with Landscaping, Exterior Reconstructing with Landscaping, Maintenance of Existing Facilities with Landscaping, Historical and Cultural Preservation, and Sustainable Design and Innovation. KRCB staff and board members judged the exterior of each nominated business based on the following criteria: Architectural Design, General Maintenance, Landscaping, Building Improvements, Historical Preservation, and Parking Lot Beautification. For more information, contact Alex Rendon at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 212.

Scott Fowler, Agent Insurance Lic#: 0H13852 7177 Brockton Avenue Riverside, CA 92506 Bus: 951-777-2446 Hablamos Español

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL State Farm Florida Insurance Company, Winter Haven, Florida State Farm Lloyds, Richardson, TX 1706444

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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

TUE | DEC 12

Business In Action

Business Education Partnership Council

7:15 AM • CHAMBER BOURNS BOARDROOM BIA is a great place to network with local businesses while having the opportunity to hear various speakers on important business topics. Here are some of the great topics coming up: December 6 - Scott Megna, Plans for 2018; December 13 Taj Ahmad Eldridge, Chatbots; December 20 - BIA Annual White Elephant Party.

WED | DEC 6 AfterHours Business Mixer 5:30 PM • VICTORIA CLUB • 2521 ARROYO DR Bring your holiday spirit as the elegant Victoria Club, located in the center of Riverside, will host this month’s AfterHours Business Mixer. Business and community leaders will kick off the holiday season with new connections and seasonal cheer! Exhibitor opportunities are also available!

THUR | DEC 7 INSIDE La Sierra 7:15-8:30 AM • HAMPTON INN & SUITES 4250 RIVERWALK PKWY Secure your next business connection, network with City Councilmembers and officials, and more at this month’s INSIDE La Sierra. Do not miss an opportunity to receive the most up-to-date information on new projects, developments, and happenings in the La Sierra Business Council.

FRI | DEC 08 Governmental Affairs Council (GAC) 12:00 PM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Join the Chamber at GAC this month as Assembly Member Jose Medina offers a legislative priorities update. GAC provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state and federal government issues.

Create Value. Make a Difference.

La Sierra MBA


7:30 AM • RCC COIL SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS 3890 UNIVERSITY AVE Join the Business Education Partnership Council for a tour of the RCC Coil School for the Arts and learn about one of Riverside’s premier arts and education venues.

THUR | DEC 14 Good Morning Riverside 7:00 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE Join the Chamber at Good Morning Riverside, sponsored this month by The Community Foundation, where Riverside’s business and community leaders learn about the latest news, projects, and events that impact the region.

FRI | DEC 15 Business Seminar Series 7:30-9:00 AM CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM At this month’s Business Seminar Series, the Chamber is offering employers the opportunity to learn the latest laws taking effect in 2018 that will impact their business. This seminar will focus on how to prevent workplace lawsuits and will cover topics such as minimum wage, overtime, discrimination, workers’ compensation, paid sick leave, and more.

TUE | DEC 19 INSIDE Magnolia Center 7:15 AM • REGAL RIVERSIDE PLAZA STADIUM 16 3535 RIVERSIDE PLAZA DR Hear about the latest developments taking place around the Riverside Plaza at INSIDE Magnolia Center, hosted by Regal Riverside Plaza Stadium 16. City officials and local business leaders will provide information on what is happening in the community.

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Greater Riverside Business - December 2017  
Greater Riverside Business - December 2017