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As the champion for business advocacy, the Chamber engaged the candidates running for the Ward 1 seat on the Riverside City Council to hear about their priorities to improve Riverside’s growth and economy. More than 80 attendees heard candidates Denise Booker, Erin Edwards, Philip Falcone, and Mike Gardner discuss their position on opportunities and challenges facing the city, such as pension liabilities, cannabis, and developments, among other priorities. The candidates agreed that the rising costs associated with pension liabilities are an issue that needs to be addressed in order to ensure financial stability in the future. While Falcone suggested that the City review and sell local assets that they own, such as land, to help generate new revenue, Gardner indicated shifting a greater share of pension costs to employees will reduce debt. Booker and Edwards commented on the need to review a platform of different options and look to different municipalities for how they have worked to address the issue. All four candidates support the regulation of cannabis in the City, arguing that it would serve as a new stream of revenue. The City currently has a moratorium on the sale and

The Chamber engaged with candidates vying for the Riverside City Council Ward 1 seat to hear about their vision for improving Riverside’s economy and to keep community members informed before voting.

cultivation of cannabis, which is supported by the Chamber out of concern for the safety of Riverside’s businesses and residents.

development fees. Lastly, Gardner indicated the need to change the perception and stereotype of Riverside.

When asked what the largest impediment to development in Riverside was, Booker indicated the issue is a lack of training and internship opportunities for students and young entrepreneurs. Falcone, however, argued for building on the success of the One-Stop-Shop and establishing a comprehensive approach in streamlining the development process. Edwards supported implementing loyalty programs, local currency, becoming a beta city, and lowering business

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March Air Reserve Base Honored with Prestigious Wings on Fliers’ Wall Partnerships key to longterm success The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, in partnership with the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council, recently honored March Air Reserve Base (MARB) for their 100 years of service with copper wings on the Famous March Air Reserve Base/ March Field was honored with copper wings Fliers’ Wall. Over on The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Famous Fliers’ Wall for their 100 years 100 members of of service to the nation and community. the business community convened to celebrate this wings are now the 160th pair to adorn the momentous occasion in support of MARB Famous Fliers’ Wall. just last month. The special guest speaker was General Maryanne Miller, Commander Kelly and Duane Roberts, Keepers of the of Air Mobility Command from Scott Air Inn, continue the tradition of wing pinning Force Base, Illinois. and are proud to honor March Field’s 100 years of service from 1918-2018 to the The pinning of the wings was done by nation and community. The Famous Fliers’ General Miller, Brigadier General Matthew Wall at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa stands Burger, Colonel Melissa Coburn, and Joseph Ortiz of Best Best and Krieger. The copper See March on page 3

Chamber Honors Local Leaders at Inaugural Celebration New leadership introduced for 2019-2020 Business and community leaders convened to celebrate a successful year full of achievements and the exceptional work of several individuals at the Chamber’s 119th Inaugural Celebration. The evening also marked the transition of leadership as the new Board of Directors was installed to lead the Chamber in 2019. The Chamber honored John F. Tavaglione as the Citizen of the Year and Altura Credit Union as Business of the Year for their continued impact and commitment to this region. Several businesses and individuals were honored at the celebration. Chair Joseph Ortiz presented his Chairman’s Award to Assemblymember Jose Medina and Ofelia Valdez-Yeager for their phenomenal work in helping secure funding for The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum. Cliff Ratkovich of Imperial Hardware Lofts was honored with this year’s President’s Award for his efforts in expanding the economic growth of Downtown. Pastor Tom Lance of the Grove Community Church, Mayor Rusty Bailey of the City of Riverside, and Brian Jaramillo of Tilden-Coil Constructors were awarded with the Civic See Celebration on page 3




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 – Wells Fargo Bank Vice Chair – Business Councils Robert Beatty - Notre Dame High School 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 Larry Burns – Inlandia Institute Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Roger Clarke – Ruhnau Clarke Architects Col. Melissa Coburn – 452d Air Mobility Wing Dave Crain – Dutton Cadillac – GMC/Buick Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Carl Dameron – African American Chamber of Commerce Prabha Dhalla – Dhalla Orthopedic Center, Inc. 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 Debbie Johnson – Grounded Living Cynthia Larive – University of California, Riverside 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 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 Company 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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Partnerships and Local Growth Highlight Goals for New Chair At the Chamber’s 119th Inaugural Celebration, the Chamber looked back on the past year of significant progress and growth in our local economy. Our outgoing Chair, Joseph Ortiz, has done a phenomenal job and we are poised to build on last year’s momentum. The Chamber is committed in its engagement on the City’s Economic Development Action Plan. This plan is a game-changer, one that will require updating the general plan and zoning codes to provide the consistency developers look for when deciding where to invest. While development elevates Riverside’s trajectory, the Chamber will continue to champion business advocacy to position ourselves for success. We must urge the California Public Utilities Commission to approve of the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project to power our businesses and homes into the future. It is crucial to have a second connection to the statewide power grid. We will again prioritize our key military assets, including March Air Reserve Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Corona

Division. In addition to furthering their mission of national defense, these institutions contribute over $1 billion to our local economy.

“We have a great story. It is incumbent upon all of us to tell that story and set the stage for a stronger, brighter future.” Continuous goals and objectives for the Chamber are to obtain more doctors and better healthcare resources through expanding the School of Medicine at University of California, Riverside (UCR), increase judgeships and better access to justice in our courthouses, and secure funding for roads, freeways, and infrastructure. One of the greatest opportunities we have is telling Riverside’s story. The Riverside and Inland Southern California region continue to place itself on the map and are ranked as: #3 destination of choice for millennials

nationwide by TIME Magazine, 7th most popular city where everyone wants to live by Business Insider, 8th best metro area in the United States for retaining college graduates by City Lab, and UCR was ranked the 32nd best university in the nation. Riverside is prospering and all signs show it is going to continue. We have a great story. It is incumbent upon all of us to tell that story and set the stage for a stronger, brighter future. I am deeply honored and humbled to serve as Chairman of the Board for this Chamber. I know you will join me as we work together to build a stronger local economy and better quality of life in Riverside. Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done. If we pull our resources together and maintain these connections, then we will certainly accomplish great things for our region.

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Ward 3 Candidates Lay Out Priorities at Forum with Business Leaders The Chamber continued its engagement of candidates running for elected office by holding a Riverside City Council Ward 3 candidate forum. Chamber business and community leaders heard from candidates Warren Avery, Jalani Bakari, Ronaldo Fierro, Ricardo Rubio, Wayne Skiles, and Stevie Taken on a variety of issues impacting the growth of Ward 3 and the city.

During the forum, candidates discussed opportunities to enhance and expand the Riverside Plaza, one of the city’s largest economic generators. While Bakari, Rubio, and Skiles agreed that bringing in additional high-quality businesses would bolster the shopping center, Taken argued that one of the biggest issues that should be resolved is parking. Fierro and Avery commented that maximizing incoming housing developments around the Riverside Plaza and promoting smart growth is the greatest opportunity surrounding the area. On the topic of combatting homelessness, Avery, Bakari, and Fierro commented on the success of the Housing First model and the need to support local non-profit and faith-based organizations to spur additional housing for the homeless. Moreover, Skiles suggested the City could work with landowners to purchase land affordably to build housing. Lastly, Rubio and Taken noted many homeless individuals do not seek services provided by the City, resulting in the need to take a different approach to tackling the issue. The candidates also highlighted their vision for the future of the Riverside Municipal Airport. Avery, Bakari, and Fierro discussed the strategic role of the airport and the economic opportunities it brings to the City. Avery further commented that developing a hotel on the north side of the airport is critical for its future growth. Rubio and Bakari argued that while growth is important,

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there is a need to find common ground with stakeholders to determine what assets can feasibly be brought to the airport. Lastly, Skiles argued for no future development and instead suggested making the airport private and utilizing for airshows.

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Joesph Ortiz, 2018-2019 Chamber Chair, passes the gavel to Robert Hicks at the Inaugural Celebration.

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Achievement Award. Their influential efforts led The Grove Village Project to help combat homelessness. Jerry Tessier with Arteco Partners was honored with the Innovator of the Year Award for bringing Riverside Food Lab to Downtown Riverside. Brian Hawley of Luminex Software, Inc. was honored as the Volunteer of the Year award for his dedication towards the water rate task force. The Chamber thanks the sponsors for their support and congratulates all Chamber members for their dedication to building a stronger local economy.

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as an “International Shrine of Aviators” with copper wings, each dedicated to an individual or group of fliers. “We wanted to honor March with for this amazing milestone,” said Owner, Vice Chairman, and COO Kelly Roberts. “We are thankful for their service, dedication and sacrifice to all who have served and are serving our nation through Team March.”





The wings on the Fliers’ Wall are a continual reminder of the history and legacy of March Field and the strong connection with March and the historic hotel that will continue for many years to come. The Chamber was honored to be part of this important occasion in partnership with local businesses.

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Legislation Confuses Employers, Exposes Them to Lawsuits The Chamber has opposed two pieces of legislation by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez that would have damaging effects on the business community by exposing employers to costly litigation. The bills, AB 170 and AB 171, would hold employers liable for violations they did not commit and provide duplicative harassment protections in the workplace. During the Riverside County State of Education Address, Dr. Judy White urged businesses to partner with local schools to help students succeed academically, build character, and gain soft skills to prepare for the workforce.

AB 170 Employment: sexual harassment: liability AB 170 would require a client employer to share with a labor contractor all civil liability and legal responsibility for alleged harassment, even if the client employer was not involved in the harassment. However, current law under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) already provides liability in the event that harassment occurs, therefore duplicating protections. As a result, if a plumber with ABC Company harasses another plumber from ABC Company while on a contracted job for XYZ Developers, both ABC and XYZ would be held liable, regardless of the fact that XYZ employees were not involved and potentially unaware of the harassment.

AB 171 Employment: sexual harassment AB 171 adds duplicative sexual harassment retaliation protections to the Labor Code, even though these protections are already enforced under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and regulated by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

AB 170 and AB 171 by Assemblymember Gonzalez confuse employers with duplicative protections that lead to expensive lawsuits.

The greatest concern with AB 171 lies in the 90-day retaliation protection for employees in the event that the employer takes a corrective action. For example, if an employee were to file a claim of sexual harassment and was caught afterwards stealing money from the business’ cash register, and thus terminated, the employee would be protected under AB 171’s rebuttal presumption. Employers would ultimately be required to prove that their actions were valid, leaving them susceptible to new, costly lawsuits. The Chamber will continue to track and oppose legislation that duplicate existing laws and protections while exposing employers to lawsuits that will impede on their growth and success. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

County Superintendent Urges Business Partnerships to Develop Internships Riverside County Superintendent, Dr. Judy White, highlighted student success and accomplishments in the classrooms, on the sport fields, and in our community. Approximately 550 education, civic, community, faith-based, and business leaders gathered to hear new goals and past accomplishments at the Riverside County State of Education Address & Luncheon. The Chamber, along with several local and regional partners, came together to support this event.

Student speakers and performers aided in delivering Dr. White’s message of “Intentional Action and Deliberate Service” emphasizing the importance of establishing opportunities for students to grow in the areas of art, technology, mathematics, and more. Riverside County is successfully preparing students to be college and career ready, helping school

districts establish early childhood education programs, increasing student graduation rates, creating strategic partnerships through the Adopt-a-School program, and innovating new teacher recruitment strategies. Dr. White encouraged attendees to foster partnerships with their local schools to provide internships, mentorships, and job shadowing opportunities to high school students, helping fund safe, modern, 21st century learning facilities, and investing in evidence-based teacher recruitment and retention strategies. She introduced Riverside County’s Million Deliberate Acts of Kindness initiative for students, staff, and the community throughout Riverside County. The program

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In the People vs. Rogelio Morales and Mireya Arias case, these predatory litigators were targeting local small businesses for gender discrimination and ADA compliance. The individuals would visit a business, then come back for another visit shortly after and threaten to sue the business if they were not paid. The Chamber has worked with the Riverside Police Department and the County of Riverside previously to defend businesses from predatory litigators. In addition, the


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Chamber Business Briefs Community Welcomes First Female Base Commander At a change of command ceremony, Colonel Melissa Coburn assumed leadership of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base (MARB), becoming the first female base commander in MARB’s 101-year history. Brigadier General Matthew Burger, who recently received a new rank and assignment, relinquished command to Colonel Coburn. “I am grateful that Colonel Coburn has been selected to be the next 452nd Air Mobility Wing commander,” said Burger. “Having worked with her during my time here, I know we are getting a talented leader who represents the best and brightest across the command. She has the experience and skill that will ensure both the mission of our wing, and that of our mission partners, will continue to be successful.” Colonel Coburn’s top priorities include ensuring mission readiness as well as engaging and learning from her fellow airmen. “I am always willing to listen, so nobody has a bad idea. I think that we have a lot to learn from every single person who participates in the wing, whether it is the youngest, least experienced…to older, experienced individuals,” she said. “I am really open to new ideas, new ways of learning, thinking and doing things. I am looking forward to learning from them,

and I expect them to be professional, do their best, support the mission and treat each other kindly.” The Chamber looks forward to working with Colonel Coburn to continue its strong support for MARB and the strategic role it plays in the national defense and economy. Caltrans Names New District 8 Director Mike Beauchamp has been named the new District 8 Director by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He spent 35 years with Caltrans, where he has served as the Deputy District Director of Construction in District 8 for the past five years. The Chamber looks forward to working with Beauchamp and Caltrans to advocate for the transportation needs of the region. Beauchamp began his career with Caltrans working for the Office of Structure Construction on projects located throughout Districts 8 and 9. Beauchamp spent time in District 8 as a Branch Chief for Design and held the position of Office Chief for the Southern California Structure Design Office in Diamond Bar. Beauchamp also completed temporary assignments as Acting District 9 Director in Bishop and Acting District 7 Chief Deputy Director in Los Angeles. Partnering with Caltrans and other transportation agencies, such as the Riverside County Transportation Commission, is crucial to the business community to ensure the region

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receives its fair share of funding for infrastructure and roads. The Chamber looks forward to continuing this partnership with the new District 8 Director of Caltrans. Chamber Honors James Needham as Ambassador of the Year During the 119th Inaugural Celebration, James Needham, CEO and Owner of Affordable Technology, Inc., was honored as the Ambassador of the Year for his exemplary commitment to the membership. Needham has been a tremendous asset to the Ambassador Committee and has showcased his skills especially when it comes to connecting with others. Since becoming an Ambassador, Needham has seen businesses and friendships grow through his participation in events, grand openings, and Ambassador meetings. His favorite part of being in the committee is helping members with their business and informing them about the assistance available around them.

is intended to measure progress and create partnerships to recognize and celebrate diverse expressions of kindness. The program concluded with a call to action, encouraging all attendees to help kids build civic engagement skills. Dr. White emphasized the importance of taking textbook knowledge into the real world through student internships. Her message was clear that local leaders need to become involved in schools to help students succeed academically, build character, and gain soft skills to prepare for the future. The Chamber will continue to prioritize local schools and partner with local businesses to champion a strong community for students and businesses. For more information, contact Aly Herrera at aherrera@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.

Needham is also part of the Business Education Partnership Council and the Business In Action Executive Committee. Ambassador of the Year is achieved by accumulating the highest number of points amongst the Ambassador Committee through volunteering at events, attending Chamber functions, and helping reach out to the Chamber’s 1,340 members.

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Community Leader Kathy Allavie Announced as ATHENA Award Recipient

Riverside Food Court on Central Avenue developed by Tate & Associates from Santa Ana brings additional amenities, fresh food options, and small eateries to the Magnolia Center area.

Southern California Developers and Businesses Invest in Riverside Riverside has become a hub for investment through the collaborative efforts of the City of Riverside, County of Riverside, and the Chamber at the forefront. Well-known developers and new businesses could build anywhere, but they select Riverside as the place to be and bring their offerings to boost the local economy.

New food amenities and housing options are coming to Magnolia Center. The Riverside Food Court located at De Anza and Central Avenue is in the works by developer Tate & Associates from Santa Ana. New restaurant space will have eateries and outdoor patio just walking distance from Riverside Plaza. Nearby, the Merrill Avenue Brownstones by Pelican Communities and Van Daele Homes from Newport Beach will bring 108 urban apartment units with 211 parking spaces, a pool, an outdoor lounge theater, and more.


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coming soon. Donut Bar and Slaters 50/50 will join the foodie scene in Downtown this summer.

Ratkovich Properties from Irvine, who successfully developed Imperial Hardware Lofts with over 60% occupancy, are also developing the Main + Ninth project that will bring 36 residential units, 8,200 square feet of commercial space, and 45 parking spaces this summer. La Sierra also has several developments in the project queue. Slated to open this winter, Northgate Gonzalez Market will be located on Magnolia and Tyler Streets. This store is bringing 180 jobs to Riverside and grocery store staples with fresh imported ingredients. Fairbrook Communities from Newport Beach is developing the proposed Stonebrook Apartments, a 38-unit multifamily, affordable housing, residential development located on the east side of Tyler Street.

As a longtime volunteer, The ATHENA committee Allavie has chaired the City of is honored to present Kathy Riverside’s Youth Action Plan Allavie with the 35th Annual and has served on more than ATHENA of Riverside Award 25 community nonprofit for her legacy of community boards. Allavie’s contribution service and leadership to to the community has been young women throughout through her involvement in Southern California. Allavie the Riverside Art Museum, was first elected to the Fox Riverside Theater FounRiverside Unified School dation, the Mission Inn District (RUSD) School Foundation, the Metropolitan Board in 2005, and is Museum, and more. currently beginning her fourth term. She was Kathy Allavie, community The ATHENA awards appointed by the Governor leader and Riverside Unified School District board ceremony will take place on to serve on the Commission member, will be honored with May 23 in the Grand Parisian for Teacher Credentialing, the ATHENA of Riverside Ballroom at The Mission Inn a commission that oversees Award on May 23. Hotel & Spa. During the all teacher training and event, scholarships are awarded to young credential programs in the state. female students who have supported women, excelled academically, and helped serve the Allavie is a big believer in the fine arts and community. Additionally, proceeds from supports music, art, and theater in Riverside the event help support the continuation schools. She developed the 2018 Art Float, of Riverside Unified School District’s Inspire the largest community art installation in Her Mind program for high school girls. Riverside’s history, as well as Ghostwalk Riverside, the Giant Orange Project, and Students apply and are selected from California many more. Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College, Norco College, She is also a big supporter of STEM education, Riverside City College, and the University and has helped develop a scholarship to of California, Riverside. assist new University of California, Riverside (UCR) teachers entering RUSD. She believes To get involved as a sponsor or to reserve a seat, that strengthening Riverside schools will contact Brooke Biddle at bbiddle@riversidebenefit not only local children, but the future or at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210. of Riverside as well.

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Member Anniversaries “As a nonprofit arts organization, we strive to be strong partners in the economic development of our region. Through the Chamber, we meet allies, learn about important projects, and discover ways our mission-driven work can come alongside business and city initiatives. Participating in the Chamber works for our business as a way to showcase the creativity of our artists in Riverside.”

6 to 10 Years

Drew Oberjuerge Executive Director Riverside Art Museum

76 Years Riverside Harley-Davidson/Buell

60 Years Bank of America – 3650 14th St.

51 to 59 Years McSpi Reid & Hellyer

46 to 49 Years Champion Lumber Co. Clark’s Nutritional Centers Irrometer Co., Inc. Riverside Medical Clinic –   3660 Arlington Ave. Seventh-Day Adventist Church

31 to 37 Years European Travel International Hospital Association   of Southern California

Pacific Premier Bank Riverside County   Transportation Commission Riverside Mayor William (Rusty) Bailey Sigma Stretch Film of California Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Visiting Angels

Kaiser Permanente   Medical Center Riverside Riverside Plaza

21 to 27 Years All Saints’ Episcopal Church Dogon Behavioral Medical Group, Inc. Fair Housing Council   of Riverside County, Inc. Farmer Boys - Corporate Office Michael Goldware March Field Air Museum Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center Gerald Middleton, DDS RI International Riverside Arts Council Riverside Mission Florist Riverside National Cemetery Sierra Pines Apartments John Tavaglione Voice Media Ventures Walmart – 6250 Valley Springs Pkwy.

16 to 19 Years A Graphic Advantage! Compass Consulting Janet Goeske Foundation Magnon Companies McDonald’s – 8605 Indiana Ave. Riverside Councilmember   Jim Perry -–Ward 6 The Riverside Sport Hall of Fame Woodcrest Christian   School System K-12 Xola a Trademark Collection Hotel   by Wyndham

11 to 15 Years Bank of America – 10297 Magnolia Ave. Bank of America – 4601 La Sierra Ave. Bank of America – 6370 Magnolia Ave. Canyon Crest Athletic Club Inland Empire Job Corps Marcia McQuern Notre Dame High School

A to Z Printing Co. Austin Real Estate Group Bank of America – 9204 Magnolia Ave. Carla Lidner Baum/Community Volunteer Coldwell Banker Blackstone Realty Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage –   John Shackelford Coverall Health Based Cleaning System Crown Connect Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke –   Law Offices Office Depot Business Solutions   3350 Vine St. OSI Industries LLC Pacifica Senior Living Riverside ProAbition Tri-City Self Storage UBS Financial Services, Inc. Windermere Tower Properties –   James Monks

1 to 5 Years 1st Rate Rentals Alzheimer’s Association Bella Vista Estates by Griffin Residential Canon Medical Group

ChildNet Youth & Family Services/   Foster Family Network IE Direct Technical Event Production, Inc. Dress for Success Riverside Garnett & Gold Financial Corporation Home Care Assistance Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House Law Office of J. Lewis & Associates APLC Learn 4 Life Tom Louden Made Shop, Inc. Make-A-Wish Orange County   and the Inland Empire MIG/Hogle-Ireland, Inc. Miguel’s Jr. Mexican Food Nordstrom Bookkeeping, LLC Parkfront Properties Plan-It Life, Inc. Pro Business Valuations PYA Insurance Brokerage Real Property Management Integrity Retirement Benefits Group Riverside Children’s Theatre Riverside Community   Sailing Program, Inc. Riverside Living Magazine Society of Extraordinary Women SS Commercial Properties, LLC Staybridge Suites Corona South Taber Company Tesselle TLC Staffing West Coast Dental & Orthodontics   in Riverside Workman’s Ace Hardware

Member Highlights

The Chamber is hosting City Council candidate forums so members can engage the candidates and be informed about issues before voting in June.

The Leadership Riverside Class of 2019 learned about local education and how their businesses can make a difference in the future workforce of Riverside.

Business In Action features valuable speakers each week who discuss important topics on how member businesses can improve their growth trajectory.

Welcome to the Chamber “The Chamber is the best way to give your business exposure in the Riverside community. Joining the Chamber and gaining access to their endless resources and networking opportunities will prove to be beneficial for us. I am looking forward to getting the word out about our store and getting to know more people in this community through the Chamber!” Jacki Espino Operations Manager UPS Store – 19069 Van Buren

Alebra Co. Alecksandar Nadazdin Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (951) 545-7639 Real Estate/Developers

Arbor One Escrow Lucy Encarnacion 3750 Santa Fe Ave. • Riverside, CA 92507 (714) 227-0159 • Title/Escrow Companies

California State University, San Bernardino Career Center Edgar Perez 5500 University Pkwy. • San Bernardino, CA 92407 (909) 537-3265 • Universities & Colleges

Combined Insurance Robert Sanchez 4175 E. La Palma Ave. • Anaheim, CA 92807 (951) 240-0660 • Insurance

The Fruit of Our Hands Ministries

Lisa DeGennaro 7000 Indiana Ave. #114 • Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 289-9808 • Community Organizations

Gateway College and Career Academy Miguel Contreras Jr. 4800 Magnolia Ave. Lovekin L5 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 222-8934 • Community Organizations

Griffin Structures

Steven Hume 2 Technology Dr. #150 • Irvine, CA 92618 (949) 497-9000 • Construction

Inland Empire Autism Assessment Center of Excellence

Zachary Ginder 1499 S. Tippecanoe Ave. #A San Bernardino, CA 92408 (909) 799-3777 • Community Organizations


Daniel Niemann 23555 Meyer Dr. • Riverside, CA 92518 (310) 505-0054 • Medical Groups/Clinics

Mezcal Cantina y Cocina

Miguel Baeza 3737 Main St. #100 • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 888-2240 • Restaurants

Northgate Market

Alicia Valadez 10391 Magnolia Ave. • Anaheim, CA 92804 Grocery Stores

Providence Heart Ranch

Evan Dorsey 23703 Piedras Rd. • Perris, CA 92570 (855) 684-4357 • Community Organizations

Rivco Mechanical Services, Inc.

Marvin Scott 11711 Sterling Ave. # I/J • Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 335-9888 • Air Conditioning/Sales & Installation

Riverside Center for Spiritual Living Jeffrey Ryan 3891 Ridge Rd. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 683-2343 • Community Organizations

Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel - District #2 Karen Spiegel 4080 Lemon St. 5th Fl. • Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 955-1020 Public Officials

Staffmark Professional Division Milissa Kaufman 3685 Main St. #220 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 544-6420 • Employment Agencies

Swinerton Builders Besim Fejzagic 17731 Mitchell N. #200 • Irvine, CA 92614 (949) 622-7000 • Construction

United Paving Co. Adrienne Wonzo 1880 N. Delilah St. • Corona, CA 92579 (951) 739-9200 Construction

Mike Vanderpool Upland, CA 91784 (714) 323-4548 Individual Member


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Member Businesses Can Reach Over 25,000 in New Publication The Chamber’s new 2019 Riverside Magazine and Business Directory and Riverside Visitor Guide are currently in production and will serve as a valuable resource to local businesses. Members looking to promote, grow, and gain exposure for their business can reach thousands of potential customers through distribution in high traffic locations throughout the City of Riverside.

Riverside’s students have the opportunity to coordinate with faculty to create projects that promote recycling, water conservation, and more through the Clean Campus Competition.

Students Expand Environmental Awareness with Clean Campus Competition At Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB), Spring is the signature season to ensure the community transforms public space into beautiful places. Public and private schools within the City of Riverside are invited to participate in the Clean Campus Competition (CCC) in honor of Earth Day. This month-long competition provides Riverside’s youth with the opportunity to organize “green” efforts within their campus designed to teach hands-on environmental stewardship. Students collaborate with faculty to coordinate projects that promote litter prevention, graffiti eradication, recycling efforts, campus beautification, and water conservation. The winners will be announced at the Great American Cleanup (GAC) outside of City Hall on May 11.

Over 1,000 KRCB volunteers will beautify parks and bike trails, clean up city waterways, reduce waste in critical neighborhoods, plant trees, and remove graffiti. Afterwards, volunteers will gather at City Hall under the breezeway for lunch, the Clean Campus Competition Awards Ceremony, and the announcement of the Waterwise Landscape Makeover winner for 2019. Volunteer to become a team leader and organize a community cleanup in a nearby neighborhood or place of business. A team leader lunch and training workshop will take place on Saturday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 8 at the Chamber. For more information about volunteering or entering to win the Waterwise Landscape Makeover, visit or call 951-683-7100 Ext. 212.

Ad sales are currently underway and space is limited. For information regarding advertising opportunities, visit riverside.html. Choose from a traditional display ad, or tell a story with an advertorial. The advertorial format will help Chamber businesses by engaging readers with a feature-style article. A calendar of events will also be included to indicate important things happening in Riverside throughout the year. In the business directory section, residents and tourists will find local member businesses conveniently listed alphabetically and by category. Another added bonus is the expanded distribution and ultra-targeted content design, making these publications the “go-to” guide to Riverside. 10,000 copies will be available to local businesses, area residents, and people interested in relocating to the area. 15,000 copies will be distributed throughout Riverside to convention center attendees and visitors.

Members can brand their businesses in the upcoming Riverside Magazine & Business Directory in order to partner with the Chamber in recruiting businesses and potential employees.

Additionally, online tablet-ready versions will also be available and offer increased visibility 24/7 through the Chamber and The Riverside Convention & Visitors Bureau websites. In the coming months, the Chamber will mail a verification form to every member to ensure each business’ listing information is correct and up to date. Visit http://bit. ly/17Directory to view the current Magazine. For more information or to feature your business, contact Bethany Wiekamp at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 227.

Ask for your FREE Chamber Office Depot Program store purchasing card today! Email Bethany Wiekamp at

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The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo service marks are registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. CalRE#01104973


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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 | APR 16

Business In Action

Ward 5 Candidate Forum - INSIDE Arlington

7:15 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM BIA connects members with weekly speakers on important topics to enhance their businesses. Here is what we have coming up: April 10 – Wendy McEwen, MSN, RN, CEN, How to Stop the Bleed; April 17 – Councilmember Chuck Conder, Ward 4 Update; April 24 – Kaitlin Bilhartz, Social Media Marketing.

TUE | APR 9 Business Education Partnership Council

THU | APR 11

TUE | APR 23

Good Morning Riverside

Economic Development Council (EDC)

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC) 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.


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AfterHours Business Mixer 5:30 PM • ALTURA CREDIT UNION 10725 MAGNOLIA AVE Form strategic partnerships, interact with new businesses, and promote your organization with local business leaders, community members, and elected officials. Special thanks to Altura Credit Union for hosting the mixer.

FRI | APR 12


WED | APR 17

7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM K-12, higher education, and business leaders discuss current education projects and updates in the region. Get the most recent news on Riverside’s changing educational landscape and how it impacts local businesses and the workforce.

7:15 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE The Chamber serves as a hub of information for business and community leaders about the latest news, projects, and events that impact the region. State Controller Betty Yee is the keynote speaker, offering the Chamber and members an opportunity for a discussion about the region’s needs.


7:15 AM • PARKVIEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL FOUNDERS CENTER • 3865 JACKSON ST Electing business-friendly candidates is a priority for local business leaders, who will meet and get to know the priorities of Ward 5 City Council candidates before voting in June.




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7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Hear an update from Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) Executive Director, Rick Bishop. Connect with City and County officials and make a difference in the community by advocating on behalf of businesses on local, state, and federal economic development opportunities and challenges.

FRI | APR 26 Business Seminar Series: ADA Compliance 7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Having a comprehensive understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a critical component to running a business. Attend this month’s seminar and hear from Chris Christopoulos, Interim Deputy Director & Building Official at the City of Riverside, as he discusses how to comply with current ADA requirements in order to avoid lawsuits.


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Help Us All

Use Less Stuff Accepting the challenge to USE LESS STUFF can be fun! Use the list below to learn more about how you can help our environment by going green. Choose to use reusable containers. From coffee cups to water bottles to take out boxes, reducing waste is easier when you use your own containers.

Take the waste from your plate and feed your garden. with composting. To learn how go to Pay it forward; donating your gently used items gives them a second life. Local charities appreciate your help.

Some items are too toxic to trash. Never place batteries, motor oil, paint or fluorescent light tubes in the trash. Take them to the waste collection site at 1780 Agua Mansa Road every non-holiday Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Eat and buy local! You can start at the Riverside Farmer’s Market in Downtown on Saturday mornings.

Learn about energy rebates and water efficiency measures at

To learn more about waste reduction, visit

BYOBag after you get one from RPU!

380 billion plastic bags end up in landfills each year.

Using your own reusable bags cuts down on single-use plastic and keeps our waterways clean and free of litter too. You can help by picking up your free GO GREEN reusable shopping bag at one of the following locations:

Orange Square Payment Center 3900 Orange St.

To learn more about waste reduction, visit

Customer Resource Center 3025 Madison St. Bags are available for the month of April. Limit one per customer, on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

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