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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 40, Number 10

Chamber Members Count!

Over the next 12 months, does your business plan to hire additional employees, maintain current employee levels, or reduce the number of employees? Hire additional employees.....53% Maintain current employee levels......................45% Reduce the number of employees............................2%

If hiring employees, how many are you planning to hire? 1-15 employees.....................70% 15 or more employees...........30%

If hiring employees, what methods are you using to find potential candidates? Job boards.............................65% Social media..........................62% Word-of-mouth.....................56% Colleges/universities..............47% Personnel agencies.................29% Other....................................21%

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

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Chamber Endorses Measure C to Maintain Critical City Services Urges the City to find cost savings, reduce deficit

The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to support Measure C, the Riverside Services Protection Measure, in order to maintain approximately $40 million funding annually for services across the City. While supportive of this measure, the Chamber also calls on City Hall for greater fiscal accountability, transparency, and responsibility with spending to ensure the long-term economic health of Riverside. Appearing on the November 2 ballot, Measure C allows the City to continue to receive roughly $40 million in annual funding from Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) through what is known as a general fund transfer. If approved by voters, 11.5% of revenue collected from customers by RPU for electric services will continue to be directed to the City’s General Fund for the purposes of funding police, fire, economic development, homeless outreach, park maintenance, street repairs, among other services. The City’s 2021-2022 budget already projects a $10 million deficit, leaving the business community concerned about the City’s economic standing. While a defeat of Measure C would undoubtedly exacerbate this deficit, the Chamber encourages the City to take action to rein in spending. Currently,

The Chamber supports Measure C to preserve funding for public safety and other City services while encouraging City Hall to look at cost-saving initiatives to promote budget resiliency.

an estimated 77% of the General Fund is allocated towards employee salaries, benefits, and pensions. Reducing these costs and taking other sensible measures where possible will better position Riverside as a premier destination for economic growth. The Chamber affirms that a growing city such as Riverside depends on reliable levels of funding for planning services, infrastructure improvements, and public safety and See Measure C on page 7

City Takes Next Step to Allow Sidewalk Vendors to Operate in Riverside Chamber offered input based on health, safety, and welfare priorities The Riverside City Council moved to update an ordinance regarding local sidewalk vendors, which are allowed by law to operate in the state. The Chamber appreciates City Hall for taking the opportunity to consider the business community’s feedback as it relates to health, safety, and welfare priorities. City staff are now developing a final ordinance for City Council’s consideration and approval at an upcoming meeting. The Chamber researched other cities to identify best practices about how they implemented sidewalk vendor ordinances and shared these findings with City Council for consideration. Subsequently, the Chamber advocated for several items to be included within the final ordinance, including: limit daily operating hours; expand and provide flexibility for Code Enforcement to ensure compliance; restrict sidewalk vending within and immediately around special events; require vendors to pay an additional fee if operating within a Business Improvement District; and review the ordinance in the future to assess needed policy changes.

The Chamber gave feedback to City Council on how to best establish a sidewalk vendor ordinance while following health, safety, and welfare guidelines.

Legislative Summit Features California Attorney General Inland CA region in need of judicial resources to serve growing community The Chamber is slated to host California Attorney General Rob Bonta as the keynote speaker at the Legislative Summit, October 15, sponsored by Eadie + Payne, LLP. Taking place at the Riverside Convention Center, the Legislative Summit will offer attendees the opportunity to hear Attorney General Bonta highlight top items impacting the judicial system and the state’s business community. Attorney General Bonta was sworn into office earlier this year as the first person of Filipino descent and second Asian-American individual to occupy the position. He most recently served in the State Assembly, where he enacted reforms to provide economic, racial, and environmental justice for all in California. Prior to serving in the State Assembly, Attorney General Bonta worked as a Deputy Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.

After much discussion, the City Council agreed to restrict vending in and around special and temporary events, such as farmers markets and the Festival of Lights. This will promote a fair playing field for vendors who must obtain a special permit to operate within these events. The restriction also protects organizers from certain liabilities and provides better control of events.

Attendees will hear from Bonta on several topics, such as improving access to justice in the Inland Southern California region. The Chamber has long championed efforts to increase the number of judicial fillings to better serve the region’s growing population. However, there remains a need for additional resources that will allow more residents to have their court cases heard locally, reducing time spent traveling to other metropolitan areas and improving access to justice.

Additionally, the amended ordinance would allow vendors to operate until 12:00 AM,

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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 2021–2022 Chair of the Board Tom Nightingale - Fifth Third Bank Vice Chair - Chair-Elect Julio Figueroa - AT&T Vice Chair - Governmental Affairs Bob Mendez - RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair - Economic Development Rich Erickson - Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services Vice Chair - Membership Kathy Michalak - Habitat for Humanity, Riverside Vice Chair - Community Development Jennifer Binkley-Heiting - Altura Credit Union Vice Chair - Business Councils Scott Ditfurth - Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair - Business Councils Michael Lewin - Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Law Offices Vice Chair - Business Councils Ana Miramontes - Bank of America Vice Chair - Finance/Treasurer Ernie Hwang - Pacific Premier Bank Legal Counsel/Past Chair of the Board/Chair - GRCCPAC Gary Montgomery - Thompson & Colegate, LLP

Board of Directors 2021–2022 David Batista - Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Brent Bechtel - Keller Williams Realty David Bristow - The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Dr. Victoria Brodie - California Baptist University Judy Carpenter - Riverside Medical Clinic

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Local Advocacy and Funding Critical to Riverside’s Economic Success The Chamber is heading into a busy October and fall season as we look to finish the year on a high note. Advocacy remains top of mind, and we are proud to report that we have had a highly successful year defending our local businesses in the halls of the Capitol. Our efforts led to the defeat of more than 25 bills on a broad array of issues, including tax increases, expanded paid leave for employees, expanded litigation, healthcare, employee relations, among many others. Look out next month for the release of our full chart of how Riverside’s elected officials voted in Sacramento. In addition to taking positions on legislation, convening with leaders in Sacramento is another key tool to elevating the voice of Riverside’s businesses. This is why the Chamber is excited to host California Attorney General Rob Bonta as the keynote speaker at the Legislative Summit on October 15 at 12:00 PM. Attendees will take part in the

conversation about improving access to justice and other state priorities for the region. You can secure your seat by calling the Chamber at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

“We look forward to continuing our role as a champion in Riverside to make this great City an even better place to live, work, and play.” We are also encouraging Riverside’s voters to support Measure C, the Riverside Services Protection Measure, which will appear on the November 2 ballot. If approved, the measure

will re-confirm the necessary funding for public safety, job creation, parks, roads, homeless services, among many other vital services. We support this measure with the commitment that we will work with City Hall to find cost-saving measures to improve the City’s financial position for the future. Standing up for our businesses and the community is at the heart of the Chamber’s mission. We look forward to continuing our role as a champion in Riverside to make this great City an even better place to live, work, and play.

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Dave Crain - Dutton Cadillac – GMC/Buick Jamil Dada - Provident Bank Carl Dameron - Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Jackie DeSouza Van Blaricum Riverside Community Hospital Dr. Prabha Dhalla - Dhalla Orthopedic Center, Inc. Dr. Ronald Ellis - California Baptist University Dr. Joy Fehr - La Sierra University Jim Fuson - Galleria at Tyler Brian Hawley - Luminex Software, Inc. Colonel Gregory Haynes - 452nd Air Mobility Wing Renee Hill - Riverside Unified School District Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac - Riverside Community College District Pepi Jackson - Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Brian Johsz - Athens Services Carmen Lainez - Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gary Leach - Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful Craig Marshall - Thompson & Colegate, LLP Rose Mayes - Fair Housing Council of Riverside Scott Megna - Riverside Convention Center

Transportation Leaders Highlights Programs to Bolster Infrastructure Mitch Weiss, Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission (CTC), recently engaged business leaders at Good Morning Riverside about opportunities to improve local roads and highways. The Chamber remains a steadfast supporter of increasing the region’s share of funding for local transportation projects to enhance the mobility for more than four million local residents.

Patty Moorman - Bourns, Inc. Eric Oliver - Beyond Elva Padilla - Lexus of Riverside Tom Paradis - The Press-Enterprise Company Cathy Paredes - Bank of America Norm Pelzer - RLM Company Lea Petersen - Southern California Gas Company Michelle Rubin - Regional Properties Howard Saner - Riverside Physician Network Zareh Sarrafian - Riverside University Health System Robert Schwandt - Alvord Unified School District Philip Small - Energport, Inc. Rob Starr - The Toro Company Ron Thompson - Collins Aerospace Andrew Walcker - Overland Development Company Dr. Elizabeth Watkins University of California, Riverside Matt Webb - Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett - Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Andrew Woodard - Woodard Group Joseph Zichichi - Spectrum Business

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During the event, he explained that the CTC is made up of 13 appointed members, including recently-reappointed Commissioner Joe Tavaglione of Riverside, whose main responsibilities are planning, funding, monitoring, advising, and right-of-way matters. The Commission also assists the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency and the Legislature in creating policies and plans for California’s transportation programs. Additionally, Weiss highlighted discussions for a possible second Road Charge Pilot Program in which drivers support road and highway maintenance based on a “user pay” model. Through this model, drivers would pay based on how many miles they drive, instead of how many gallons of gas they use. The Chamber is tracking this issue over concern that Riverside drivers often travel longer commutes to work and, therefore, would disproportionately pay a larger portion into this program.

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Weiss discussed the importance of working with local transportation agencies, the business community, public health advocates, and other private, public, and nonprofit organizations to better improve local roads. He noted transportation affects the community on a personal level, but also has a larger scale impact on issues such as housing and climate change. He encouraged attendees to get involved locally by providing input at meetings and workshops, sending letters and emails, and attending listening sessions.

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California Transportation Commission Executive Director Mitch Weiss encouraged collaboration and community engagement as to how state dollars are spent on transportation.

One program administered by the CTC is the State Transportation Improvement Program, which allocates funds for state highway improvements, intercity rail, and regional highway and transit improvements. Current proposals are due December 15.

Weiss also discussed the Active Transportation Program, which promotes increased walking and biking, public health, safety and mobility of pedestrians, reducing greenhouse gas, and a broad spectrum of projects to benefit disadvantaged communities.


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Chamber Opposes Bills to Increase Business Costs, Liability Ahead of Deadline The Chamber is urging Governor Gavin Newsom to veto several measures that increase costs for businesses, expose them to lawsuits, and will likely lead to job losses.

President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing requirement for large employers will take effect once an emergency standard is developed by OSHA.

Vaccine Mandates Asserted to Slow the Spread of COVID President Joe Biden announced plans to require vaccinations or weekly testing for unvaccinated workers of employers with at least 100 employees to further slow the spread of COVID-19. Proposals related to vaccine mandates in California will not move forward this year. It is important to note that the ruling has not yet taken effect (as of this writing), as the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is developing an emergency standard to implement the requirement. All federal workers and those who contract with the federal government will be required to get vaccinated. In California, AB 455 (Wicks) would have implemented a vaccine verification requirement to enter businesses such as restaurants, gyms, bars, retail, theaters, and others. The proposal will not move forward, as it came on the eve of the Legislature’s recess and did

not offer the opportunity for legislators to address many of the business community’s concerns, such as liability and enforcement. However, the Chamber and a coalition of business organizations across the state supported AB 1102 (Low), which provided legal protection for employers that choose to require their employees to get vaccinated. State and federal agencies have already issued guidance allowing businesses to implement this requirement, but many employers have been reluctant to do so out of fear of retaliation and lawsuits. Ultimately, the bill did not come up for a vote and can be considered when the Legislature reconvenes in January. The Chamber will continue to keep members informed of the latest COVID-19 updates. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951683-7100 Ext. 220.


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SB 62 (Durazo) significantly broadens joint liability for wage violations on any company that contracts with another entity for garment manufacturing. Retailers and any business that produces or alters clothing in any way may be subject to wage violation lawsuits brought forward by workers over which The Chamber is urging Governor Gavin Newsom to veto two these businesses may have no bills that expose employers to new lawsuits and adds barriers control. The bill also eliminates to the recovery of hotels.” piece rate as a method of payment, encouraging companies to contract Governor Gavin Newsom did sign with manufacturers outside of California. a Chamber-opposed bill that imposes duplicative warehouse industry standards The Chamber also opposes AB 1074 (Gonzalez), and further constrains the nation’s alreadyas it further stunts the recovery of the hotel struggling supply chains. The bill, AB 701 industry, which has been among the hardest (Gonzalez), changes how workplace safety hit due to COVID-19. Under the bill, any violations are enforced so as to discourage time a hotel changes its contract service, the the use of employee work speed data in new contractor is required to hire all of the performance evaluations. former contractor’s employees for a minimum of 60 days, and can be sued if they do not For more information, contact Andrew Sall do so. The new contractor must offer those at or 951-683workers employment even if it does not need 7100 Ext. 220. additional staff or cannot afford the costs.

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City Continues Dialogue to Expand Mobile Food Trucks in Riverside The Chamber continues conversations with City officials to ensure that a draft mobile food truck ordinance includes language that balances community needs and assists entrepreneurs starting their business on wheels.

The City of Riverside is updating its Housing Element to serve as a guide to ensure future housing developments meet state targets and the needs of the community.

While mobile food trucks that serve pre-packaged food Riverside’s business community continues to engage City Hall are allowed in the on a proposal to allow mobile food trucks to operate in Riverside. City of Riverside, those that prepare food for consumption The roundtable discussions also acknowledged are currently prohibited. In May, the City’s the benefits for allowing mobile food truck Land Use, Sustainability, and Resilience vending, such as providing service in areas Committee directed staff to draft an where there is limited access to restaurants ordinance to allow mobile food trucks and increasing activity in struggling business to operate in compliance with state and districts. Should mobile food trucks be county guidelines. authorized and regulated in the City, they must obtain a County health permit, pass The Chamber has been active in health inspection, display certification community roundtable meetings, hosted by stickers prominently on the truck, and follow the City, about how to best regulate mobile other operating guidelines. food trucks so as to create new employment opportunities while also supporting public The Chamber will continue to engage City health and safety. Health and safety concerns officials and staff as the draft ordinance goes involve items such as pedestrians congregating before City Council for consideration later in streets, increased traffic congestion, this month. For more information, contact security, trash collection, and respect Janet Doan at for nearby communities. or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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City of Riverside Assesses Locations to Comply with State-Mandated Housing Goals The Riverside business community is engaging City Hall about how to best meet Riverside’s housing goals while promoting continued economic growth. The City’s Planning Commission recently hosted a special meeting to consider the Phase 1 General Plan Update which included the Housing Element, Public Safety Element, Environmental Justice Policies, Housing Opportunity Sites Rezoning Program, and the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The discussion centered on locating new housing in areas readily accessible to services, parks, and other amenities or in vacant or underdeveloped sites with development potential. Per state law, the specific purposes of the Housing Element are to assess both current and future housing needs and establish housing goals, policies, and programs that provide a strategy to match the community’s growing population. The Housing Element must be

adopted by October 15. The guiding principle is to provide a diverse, abundant, and equitably distributed mix of rental and ownership housing that is safe and affordable for people of all income levels and backgrounds. This is to also ensure that planned housing meets the needs of Riverside’s residents. During the meeting, City staff noted some proposed amendments to specific plans that were already created. The Downtown Specific Plan Amendments within the Justice Center District will have residential as an allowed use and have a maximum of 140 dwellings per acre. This removes some restrictions to allow for mixed-use development and creates integrated, balanced living that will encourage community revitalization. The Chamber will inform business leaders future changes. For more information, contact Janet Doan at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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Students Go Virtual with Connections to Higher Education and Local Businesses Representatives from colleges, universities, and local businesses convened with students from across the region to discuss exciting pathways for future career opportunities at this year’s Riverside College & Career Fair (RCCF), presented by Bank of America. Pivoting this year to a virtual format due to COVID-19, RCCF gave high school students and their families the option to engage leaders while safely at home. This year’s fair also re-introduced workshops to help students gain valuable information about financial aid, positioning themselves well for entering college, and discovering career fields in healthcare, cyber security, and manufacturing. Over 100 exhibitors connected with students via video chat to share what types of education and trainings are available from colleges, universities, career technical education programs, and trade associations that will prepare these students to be the leaders in tomorrow’s workforce. Bansree Parikh, Bank of America’s Inland Empire Market President stated, “Bank of America has been the presenting sponsor of the Riverside College & Career Fair for 17 years. We recognize that thousands of Riverside students are looking for opportunities to pursue their post-high school careers and I want to congratulate all of the students that participated in this virtual format.” The Chamber thanks partners Bank of America, Galleria at Tyler, Riverside County Workforce Development Board, Riverside County Office of Education, and the Alvord,

The Chamber connected students with businesses and colleges at the Riverside College & Career Fair to learn what it takes to pursue post-high school careers and higher education opportunities.

Jurupa, and Riverside Unified School Districts for their continued investment in the next generation of leaders. Additional appreciation goes to Altura Credit Union, California Baptist University College of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design, FedEx Ground, Springs Charter Schools, and Western Municipal Water District for sponsoring this year’s program. The Chamber will continue to create opportunities and support initiatives that provide access to workforce opportunities for today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. For more information, contact Jesse Jimenez at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.

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Chamber Business Briefs Western Municipal Water District Welcomes New Director Laura Roughton was recently appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to serve as Western Municipal Water District’s (WMWD) Division 4 Director. The Chamber applauds this appointment and looks forward to continuing its partnership with WMWD. Previously, she served on the Jurupa Valley City Council and was a representative to the Western Riverside Council of Governments. She was part of the One Water One Watershed (OWOW) Steering Committee under the Santa Ana River Watershed Project Authority. While on the OWOW Steering Committee, Director Roughton collaborated with regional leaders in the Santa Ana Watershed to protect and carefully utilize the area shared by residents and visitors to the region. As the Director for WMWD, she will oversee the communities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and Norco. Her successful background in public service, knowledge of the water industry, and policy experience and municipal oversight will play a critical role in supporting WMWD’s retail and wholesale customers. Director Roughton’s appointment will allow WMWD to continue focusing on safe, reliable delivery of water and wastewater services throughout the region.

New Youth Facility Introduces State of the Art Technology-Based Programming The City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department officially opened the Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center on September 25. As the mission statement says, “The Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center is where technology enhances creativity so our community can invent, explore, discover and play to create tomorrow’s solutions today.” The center will offer an array of programming for all ages and skill levels focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math with a goal of increasing the life-long success for individuals. The programs will range from music production, computer coding, film making, 3D printing, digital photography, and more. The center aims to provide a safe environment for Riverside’s youth while fostering collaboration, learning, and creativity. The facilities include a multipurpose room, computer lab, formal classroom, lounge, film and sound recording studios, conference room, café, and state-of-the-art equipment. Visit the Bourns Family Youth Innovation Center to see how Riverside’s youth and future workforce is being propelled into an innovative tomorrow.

Christina Bauch Named Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is excited to announce Christina Bauch, Marketing Representative for Home Instead, as the Ambassador of the Month. Home Instead has been one of Riverside’s trusted sources of in-home, non-medical caregiving for seniors for over 20 years. Since becoming an Ambassador, Bauch has connected with businesses, attended ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and met with new members to help ensure they understand the value of their Chamber membership. She has helped to cultivate valuable connections and partnerships with other businesses to better serve the community. Christina is also an Executive Committee member of Business In Action, the Chamber’s weekly networking meeting. She plays a key role in both committees by explaining the tremendous benefit and enrichment that comes from being informed about, involved in, and invested in the local community. The Ambassadors are a vital liaison between the Chamber and its membership. They strive to encourage members to use the benefits available to them and to make a difference. For more information about the Ambassador Committee, contact Quirina Arana at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 216.

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enforcement to drive continued investment. Exploring every cost-savings option; such as reducing pension costs, freezing new hires, outsourcing services, and selling assets; will strengthen Riverside’s budget resilience. Measure C will appear on the ballot following the settlement of the Parada vs. City of Riverside lawsuit. In 2018, the City’s electric general fund transfer was challenged, and plaintiffs sought a refund of monies to RPU customers and the prevention of the transfer going forward. In May of this year, a settlement was reached requiring voters to determine whether or not to continue this electric transfer, as they had done previously in 1968 and 1977. Voters previously approved the 11.5% general fund transfer from water revenues in 2013. Voters are encouraged to support Measure C this November to preserve local quality of life and vital services. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.


Continued from page 1 sponsorship opportunities. The Legislative Summit will take place at the Riverside Convention Center on October 15, with check-in at 11:30 AM and the luncheon and program commencing at 12:00 PM. The Chamber will follow CDPH, CDC, and Cal/OSHA requirements as it relates to masking and other COVID-19 guidelines.For more information and to secure your reservation, contact Andrew Sall at asall@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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Vendors… Businesses Get Membership Investment Back, Home Office Benefits Continued from page 1

The Chamber partners with Office Depot to provide low prices and a great selection on everyday office essentials to local businesses. Many members often find savings exceed the cost of their Chamber membership, resulting in net savings for the business. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, members can take advantage of this savings program and have their office supplies shipped to their home.

“We had a quick print job needed for some bound books and posters and the Chamber’s Office Depot Discount Program saved us almost $600. For a small business like ours, that was huge! It covered the cost of our membership in one transaction. This program is extremely valuable for our business and every member should take advantage of it,” said Kathy Michalak, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Riverside. The member exclusive program includes free next day delivery on orders over $50, special pricing on copy and print, 15-55% off core

office supplies, cleaning and breakroom items, and much more. Members can sign up for free at to take advantage of these discounts and online shopping. The local Office Depot store is located at 3350 Vine Street in Downtown Riverside. The retail stores provide a one-stop shopping experience offering not only office supplies but also furniture and technology. The trained staff is ready to assist any business with their hardware and software needs.

with enforcement by Code Enforcement personnel. City Council will review the ordinance six months after implementation to assess Code Enforcement’s ability to ensure compliance. Sidewalk vendors will be required to obtain a business license, liability insurance, and health permit (if selling items for consumption). State law also requires vendors to obtain a seller’s permit, which is free. Furthermore, the City Council discussed

requiring sidewalk vendors to pay Business Improvement District (BID) fees if they are registered at an address within the BID. The Chamber understands the importance of creating new employment opportunities for local residents and commends the City for engaging the business community on how to do so while promoting local health, safety, and welfare. For more information, contact Janet Doan at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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PROVIDING TELEMEDICINE To help curtail the spread of the COVID19 Coronavirus, and to ensure our patients can continue to receive the health care they need, we offer Telemedicine for our Patients. How Does It Work? • Patients who currently have an appointment may be contacted. If you agree to Telemedicine, a link to Telemedicine will be sent to you. Just follow the instructions. • For future appointments, when the appointment is made, depending on purpose of visit, you may be offered Telemedicine. If you accept, our staff will guide you on the process. • These are options. If you prefer, you may still visit our clinics and see your provider.

What You Need • Email access • Good internet access • Computer with camera, speaker and a microphone OR • Smart phone with camera/video and a microphone What If You Are Not A Riverside Medical Clinic Patient? Great News! We are accepting new patients. Just reach out by contacting our patient relations team at 951-782-3602.


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

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Welcome to the Chamber

O’Connor Telezinski A Professional Law Corp.

Joseph Telezinski 7133 Magnolia Ave., #101 Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 222-2034 • Fax: (951) 222-2039 Attorneys/Labor & Employment

“We joined the Chamber because we know they are the go-to source to grow our business in the community. They are the premier networking organization that will help us meet new clients and expand our mission. We look forward to growing our business in partnership with the Chamber!”

Prestigious Hospice

Rey Santa Ana-Dent 750 Terrado Plaza #122 Covina, CA 91723 (626) 331-7300 • Health Care/Care Management & In HomeCare

Vanessa Hayflich Account Executive Mercy Air/AirMethods 1 Love IE

Justin Hudson 1299 Arrow Rte., Ste. M Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (951) 907-6292 • Shopping/Retail

African American Chamber of Commerce - Inland Empire

Family Promise of Riverside

First Community Capital, Inc.

Int’l Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1932

Jay Diallo 26111 Ynez Rd., #B30 Temecula, CA 92591 (951) 249-5767 • Consultants/Financial

Dameron Communications

Follow Our Courts

DocSology Legal Document Assistance LLC Ellen Eberhart 11801 Pierce St., #200 Riverside, CA 92505 (951) 363-3378 • Legal Services

Skanska USA Civil West California District, Inc.

Darrell Butler 3241 Alta Laguna Blvd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 632-9892 Real Estate/Developers

Carl Dameron San Bernardino, CA 92410 (909) 534-9500 Business Organizations

Carl Dameron 2130 Arrowhead Ave., #108 San Bernardino, CA 92405 (909) 534-9500 • Public Relations/Government Affairs

Inland Investments

Vicci Botich 7200 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 446-4430 • Community Organizations

Toni Momberger 3281 E Guasti Rd., #100 Ontario, CA 91761 (909) 213-2169 • Fax: (909) 557-1275 Newspapers/Publishers & Periodicals

Free Birthday Zone James Chung Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 875-9104 • Consultants/Sales-Staffing & Training

Anabel Palazuelos P.O. Box 432 San Bernardino, CA 92402 (909) 889-8377 • Trade Association

Less Legal Stress

Toya Roberts 4267 Main St., Ste. A Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 394-8083 • Document Services

Mutual Realty Solutions

Michelle Stanford 4605 Circle Lazy J Rd. Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 662-2649 • Real Estate/Brokers

Brett Bockmann 1995 Agua Mansa Rd. Riverside, CA 92509 (951) 368-6434 • Fax: (951) 684-1649 Construction

Soaring Towers

Nickolas Costa Riverside, CA 92506 (323) 895-6164 • Technology/IT Solutions

Strayer University

Kristy Kegley 67490 Rio Vista Dr. Cathedral City, CA 92234 (442) 400-0310 • Universities & Colleges

Windermere Tower Properties Heidi Carter Heidi Carter 7197 Brockton Ave #6 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 398-9184 Real Estate/Residential

Member Highlights

Business In Action featured fast-paced networking while teaching attendees about how to save on their Riverside Public Utilities bill.

Community leaders celebrated business growth by welcoming Crumbl Cookies to the Riverside Plaza at their recent grand opening celebration.

Members of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council convened to discuss the importance of protecting the land space around March Air Reserve Base.

Member Anniversaries “We’ve had a long and satisfying partnership with the Chamber. Its steady leadership and strong advocacy for family-owned businesses like Brenner-Fiedler have helped the Riverside business community continue to grow and thrive against tough competition from around the globe.” Deborah Kloman-Lichter Co-Owner/CEO Brenner-Fiedler & Associates 85 Years Ruhnau Clarke Architects

61 to 70 Years Riverside Community Hospital University of California, Riverside

41 to 50 Years Inland Southern California 211+ Krieger & Stewart, Inc. The Toro Company #173959

31 to 40 Years Adkan Engineers Blanchard Signs & Graphics

OPR Communications Riverside County Sheriff   Chad Bianco

21 to 30 Years Budget Inn of Riverside Custom Service Systems HUB Intl Insurance Svcs Inc   Michael Watts Jaguar Computer Systems, Inc. MFI Recovery Center Paychex, Inc. Riverside County District Attorney   Michael Hestrin

11 to 20 Years A Storage Place - Riverside Diocese of San Bernardino Feeding America   Riverside San Bernardino Counties Gold’n West Surplus, Inc. March Joint Powers Authority Smith Law Offices, LLP

6 to 10 Years AB Personnel Services AIG Retirement Services DLR Group Architects Fuller Truck Accessories

Hyatt Place Riverside/Downtown OctoGreen Paramount Manufactured Sales, Inc. Pick Group of Young Professionals West Coast Arborists

1 to 5 Years 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire Abraham Lincoln High School Cash 4 Cans Colonnade Mike Conway DFI - DiGerolamo Family Insurance Educational Options Center FedEx Ground Fifth Third Bank Friends of California Citrus Park Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars Greenhouse Family Services HomeStreet Bank Metro ARCO AMPM Planet GW RC Hobbs Companies Riverside Plaza Dentistry The Skeleton Whisperer Skin Clinic Med Spa Total Education Activity Model   TEAM Corp. Worthington’s Tavern


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Hundreds Participate in the Largest River Cleanup of the Year Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) has been actively engaged with the community in preparation for a busy fall season. Last month, over 200 KRCB volunteers united to take part in one of the most popular cleanup events of the year along the Santa Ana River watershed and trail. KRCB volunteers mobilized into the area to collect thousands of pounds of litter, debris, and green waste.

The event would not be Hundreds of community volunteers participated in cleanups possible without the support along the Santa Ana River watershed and trail to help beautify of the community and project the City of Riverside. partners, including Southern California Gas Company, Riverside County abatement, and community greening. Flood Control and Water Conservation To take part in the project, contact Stephanie District, Riverside Police Department, Rivers Silva at or and Lands Conservancy, and El Pollo Loco. 951-683-7100 Ext. 204. KRCB ended the summer season strong with the 9/11 Day of Service. KRCB partnered with the City of Riverside to have volunteers engage in neighborhood cleanups in honor of 9/11 first responders and those who took part in cleanups at Ground Zero. These volunteers picked up litter, cleaned storm drains, and removed tape and graffiti from street signs in their neighborhoods all throughout Riverside. Currently, KRCB is preparing for the upcoming Ward 4 Beautification Project that will take place on Saturday, November 6. KRCB is expecting hundreds of volunteers to participate in litter cleanups, graffiti

With the year coming to a close, KRCB will hold its annual Beautification Awards to recognize local business properties in the City of Riverside with outstanding curb appeal. Nominations are now open and the awards will be presented at the Mayor’s State of the City Address on January 27, 2022. Awards will highlight local businesses that excel in the following categories: Small Business Beautification, New Construction with Landscaping, Exterior Reconstruction with Landscaping, Maintenance of Existing Facilities, Historic and Cultural Preservation, and Sustainable Design and Innovation. Visit to submit a nomination.

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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. The Chamber will follow current CDC/CDPH guidelines at the time of the event. WED | OCT 6

FRI | OCT 15

Business In Action

Legislative Summit

7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM This meeting will be a special Connection Session where attendees will have the opportunity to hear from several speakers on the topic of “How to Promote your Business”.

THU | OCT 7 INSIDE Downtown 7:30 AM • MARRIOTT RIVERSIDE AT THE CONVENTION CENTER • 3400 MARKET ST Stay up-to-date with the top priorities facing the Downtown area and connect with City officials and fellow business leaders at the next in-person INSIDE Downtown program.

TUE | OCT 12 Business Education Partnership Council 7:30 AM • ZOOM BEP connects the region’s business and education leaders to help provide the best education opportunities and career pathways for students in our region. During the meeting, representatives from the City of Riverside Mayor’s Office will highlight a new initiative called “Campus Riverside”.

THU | OCT 14 Good Morning Riverside 7:15 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE Good Morning Riverside will feature the Dean Deborah Deas from the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, who will brief on updates and upcoming plans for the school year. Thank you to our sponsor, University of California, Riverside.

11:30 AM CHECK-IN RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER • 3637 5TH ST CA Attorney General Rob Bonta will convene with Riverside’s business leaders to discuss judicial and state priorities impacting the Riverside region. Check-in begins at 11:30 AM and the luncheon and program will commence at 12:00 PM.

TUE | OCT 19 INSIDE Arlington 7:30 AM • RIVERSIDE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 6951 FLIGHT RD Connect with Councilmembers, City officials, and fellow business leaders while staying informed on the top projects and issues relevant to the Arlington area during the next in-person INSIDE Arlington program.

WED | OCT 20 Business In Action 7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Learn about tools to help your business grow at the Chamber’s in-person Business In Action meeting. This meeting will feature Eric Oliver with Get Beyond who will provide insight on how to streamline your business.

TUE | OCT 26 Economic Development Council 7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Engage in economic development issues throughout the Inland Southern California region on a local, state, and federal level. Stay informed and be a voice on behalf of the business community regarding development opportunities.


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