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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 40, Number 9

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Notably, the Chamber helped stop AB 995 (Gonzalez), which required all businesses to increase the paid sick leave for employees from three days to five days annually. Additionally, the bill increased the number of sick days that employees can accumulate year-over-year. The bill would have a disproportionate impact on small businesses, which have a limited workforce and already must provide a host of leaves to employees. AB 1119 (Wicks) would have required small businesses with at least five employees to provide uncapped time off for a vague and broad range of family-related reasons. This leave also could have been stacked with months of existing leave already provided, creating significant challenges with maintaining adequate staffing. While businesses struggled to make ends meet during closures due to COVID-19, AB 1179 (Carrillo) would have required larger employers to provide 60 hours of employees’ childcare costs annually. While

The Chamber prevented several bills that increased costs, expanded employee leave, and disproportionately hurt businesses from moving forward in the Legislature.

access to childcare services remains a key priority, relying on employers to serve as a safety net would result in administrative burdens and surging costs for businesses that would have been passed on to consumers. Additionally, the Chamber defeated SB 213 (Cortese), which assumes that several injuries impacting hospital workers, such as cancer, musculoskeletal injuries, respiratory disease, and blood-borne infectious diseases are work-related. Injuries occurring within the See Business on page 2

Chamber Ramps Up Support for New Aircraft Deployment at MARB MARB is one of six candidate bases for KC-46A Pegasus Tanker

The Chamber is continuing its role as an advocate for a stronger local economy through its support for the deployment Deploying the KC-46A Pegasus Tanker to March Air Reserve Base will enhance the base’s mission readiness and the nation’s defense. of KC-46A Pegasus aircraft to March Air Reserve Base (MARB). Deploying these For more than 100 years, MARB has played aircraft to the base will enhance MARB’s a critical role in the nation’s military efforts, strategic importance and bolster the nation’s particularly due to its proximity to the Pacific defense capabilities. region. Today, it is the largest amongst the Air Force’s reserve bases and sets itself apart In a meeting with Colonel Gregory Haynes, by maintaining a current Active Duty Associthe new Commander of the 452nd Air ation. The Chamber, local community orgaMobility Wing and MARB, the Chamber nizations, and elected leaders have long advohighlighted the many ways the business comcated to safeguard MARB and it more than munity has rallied behind MARB due to the $600 million economic impact. base’s significant economic impact. MARB is currently one of six candidate bases under A total of 12 KC-46As will replace Air Force consideration for the deployment of the Reserve Command KC-135 Stratotankers at KC-46A. If selected, MARB will increase its one of the six candidate locations and 24 standing within the Department of Defense and will be primed for future growth. See Aircraft on page 7

New Testing and Vaccine Requirements Aim to Slow Spread of COVID-19 Increased testing and vaccinations needed to keep economy thriving Officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. have recently taken action to further mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, through new orders such as vaccine and testing mandates requirements. Beginning September 20, California has required that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours is required to attend indoor gatherings and events with at least 1,000 participants. The State required workers in healthcare and high-risk congregate settings to be fully vaccinated by September 30. School staff and State workers must either show proof of full vaccination or get tested weekly. This new policy arose from the need to ensure the safety of all students, teachers, and school staff as they return to in-person instruction. Additionally, the Biden Administration rolled out their plan for all Americans who were previously vaccinated against COVID-19 to receive booster shots. This plan is slated to begin as early as September 20 pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorization. Booster shots will only be given to individuals eight months after their second dose, with a focus first on healthcare providers, nursing home residents, and other seniors. Vaccinations and testing against COVID-19 is the most effective means of preventing infection with the COVID-19 virus, and subsequent transmission and outbreaks. See Vaccine 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 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 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 Ron Hasse - The Press-Enterprise Company 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 Patty Moorman - Bourns, Inc. Eric Oliver - Beyond Elva Padilla - Lexus of Riverside 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

Chamber Staff Cindy Roth, President/CEO Nicholas Adcock, Vice President Bethany Wiekamp, Communications Manager La Wanda Roy, Accounting/Human Resources Manager Christina McDonald, Special Events Coordinator Andrew Sall, Governmental Affairs Manager Janet Doan, Business Project Coordinator Jesse Jimenez, Community Development Coordinator Quirina Arana, Office Operations Coordinator Carole Slagle, Membership & Advertising Sales Veronica Garibay, Front Desk Receptionist/Clerk Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful Connie Librenjak, Executive Director

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Chamber Advocacy in the Forefront to Spur Regional Business Growth Riverside’s businesses community has been vocal in advocating for our region, and we are seeing the fruits of that work come forward as we continue our recovery. As summer comes to a close, we also approach the end of the legislative year – and it has been a busy one. The Chamber has worked hard to successfully oppose dozens of bills in the California Legislature that would be damaging for Riverside’s businesses. Businesses can rest easy knowing that bills to impose new layers of costs, drastically increase a host of employee leaves, and leave employers exposed to lawsuits and cost increases for non-work related injuries have been defeated. We will continue to keep up the work to ensure the voices of our businesses are represented in Sacramento. Equally important, the Chamber is supporting bipartisan legislation in Congress to repair our many crumbling infrastructure networks. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,

we are urging Congress to approve funding that will help rebuild our roads, bridges, broadband, and water infrastructure systems. Doing so will create thousands of jobs and place our nation on a stronger path to recovery than ever before.

Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Those on the waitlist or who have not already submitted an application have a final chance to apply for up to $25,000 in grants from September 9-30. I encourage all of you to fill out your application before the deadline by visiting

“We have much to be optimistic about as we head into the busy fall season.…Riverside’s economy will continue its upward trajectory.”

We have much to be optimistic about as we head into the busy fall season. I know that together through our collaborative partnerships and advocacy, Riverside’s economy will continue its upward trajectory.

We also encourage businesses to jumpstart their own recovery by applying for the next round of funding through the California

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Chamber Convenes Small Business Advocate with Local Leaders $25,000 have been distributed to eligible applicants. Businesses that have not already applied for a grant can do so starting September 9 by visiting

The Chamber knows part of Riverside’s recovery from the pandemic will come from supporting local businesses and offering opportunities for members to stay informed and have access to resources. To do this, the Chamber convened Director Tara Lynn Gray from the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at Good Morning Riverside to outline how the State is working to support small businesses through COVID-19. CalOSBA works to provide resources, advocate, elevate disaster preparedness and response, and increase economic mobility. Small businesses have certainly faced hardships and setbacks during the pandemic and the State has responded by prioritizing resources for small businesses in its most recent budget.


Another new grant program is also soon to come online, specifically for venues, which have been shuttered throughout most of the pandemic. The California Venues Grant will administer $150 million in grants to eligible independent live venues, with applications being accepted in the coming months.

Director Tara Lynn Gray shared how CalOSBA is working to ensure small business can thrive during the pandemic with resources such as grants and online initiatives.

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workplace are already covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Under SB 213, employees will not need to demonstrate that many injuries actually occurred in the workplace, and in many cases will have years following employment to file a claim. The Chamber will continue to oppose bills that jeopardize business growth and add layers of costs on to employers. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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This budget includes resources such as the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, which has allotted a total of $4 billion in grants to help small businesses recover. To date, more than 180,000 grants ranging from $5,000 to

Director Gray also highlighted some of the various programs and initiatives offered by the CalOSBA to help businesses thrive. The Innovation Hub (iHub) Program provides businesses with access to funding opportunities, technology transfers, research relationships, incubator space, and the local workforce. In addition, the Get Digital CA! initiative helps business owners build the skills necessary to compete in an online marketplace and stay resilient during and after COVID-19. For more information, contact Jesse Jimenez at jjimenez@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.

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The Chamber opposes legislation that increases the cost of homebuilding and supports bipartisan infrastructure funding to create jobs and refuel the economy.

Infrastructure and Housing Remain Key Priorities for Business Community As a champion for the business community, the Chamber continues to monitor and take positions on legislation that impact the local economy and quality of life.

The California Legislature is currently reviewing a bill that would worsen California’s existing housing crisis. SB 727 (Leyva) holds homebuilders jointly liable for liquidated damages and penalties in the event that a subcontractor fails to provide wages or benefits to employees. However, these types of penalties are only deemed appropriate when the violation is committed with intention. Homebuilders have no control over the subcontractor’s employees and their wages, but would be exposed to these penalties, adding new layers of costs onto housing developments. Additionally, all eyes remain on Congress as they continue to negotiate a bipartisan infrastructure package. The Chamber, as part of a coalition of hundreds of business organizations across the nation, remains committed to encouraging Congress to pass

bipartisan legislation to improve crumbling infrastructure networks. Meaningful investments in infrastructure will spur job growth, sustain the economy long-term, and improve quality of life for all residents.

Last month, the Senate approved their version of the infrastructure bill which is now under consideration by the House of Representatives (as of this writing). The bill includes several key investments, including $110 billion for roads and bridges, $39 billion for public transit, $66 billion for passenger and freight rail, $17 billion for ports, and $25 billion for airports. The package also makes a sizable $65 billion investment in upgrading the nation’s broadband infrastructure to promote affordable internet access to all. $55 billion has also been dedicated for water and wastewater infrastructure to replace aging pipes and promote clean drinking water supplies for millions of Americans. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

Following engagement from the Chamber and local business community, City Council passed the Riverside PACT Complete Streets Ordinance to provide safer pathways for commuters, bicyclists, and pedestrians that connect to existing lanes and infrastructure. The comprehensive plan includes Pedestrian Target Safeguarding, Active Transportation Plan, Complete Streets The Riverside City Council approved the Riverside PACT Complete Ordinance, and Trails Streets Ordinance, which will provide safe multi-modal transportation options will encouraging continued growth and development. Master Plan. In addition to providing safe multi-modal transport options, the ordinance will also balance roadway needs, encourage health, and create a connected network with existing lanes. Key components include the consideration of traffic reduction along new and impacted roadways, assessment of nearby transit amenities, street trees, pedestrian connections during construction activity, and more. The ordinance will also provide clear guidelines to give valuable certainty for builders when developing plans. As new development and City projects are brought forward, the ordinance will clarify the extent to which private developers would be responsible for improvements within the public right-of-way. Importantly, having

this ordinance in place allows the City to apply for grants in transportation mobility and relevant projects. The Chamber’s Economic Development Council met with City staff on two separate occasions to provide comments and to hear updates on the draft ordinance. The Chamber’s Board of Directors ultimately voted in support for the ordinance with the incorporated changes. The Chamber appreciates the City’s efforts to work with business leaders to provide the flexibility and structure needed to encourage ongoing growth and development. For more information, contact Janet Doan at or 951683-7100 Ext. 210.

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The newly-approved Orangecrest Community Church will revitalize the old Riverside Swim and Tennis Center on Glenhaven Avenue to beautify, enhance, and unify the area.

Orangecrest Community Church Plans to Restore Former Swim & Tennis Club The Riverside City Council recently approved the proposed Orangecrest Community Church renovation and development on 5695 Glenhaven Avenue. The Chamber supported the project, which will re-invigorate the two Riverside Swim and Tennis Center buildings and add on multiple new buildings. The full development will include a nursery/ preschool, administrative office and café, worship center, youth and children’s building, event lawn, and courtyard. The renovation and addition of the facilities will beautify, enhance, and unify the landscaping to the surrounding area. The re-development and additions will be split into four different phases. Phase 1 will include the improvements to the two existing structures, landscaping, and resurfacing and restriping the existing parking lot. Phase 2 will consist of building a worship hall and adding parking lots and outdoor event spaces.

Phase 3 will feature add-ons to the refinished buildings while also adding a nursery. Phase 4 will include a youth ministry and finish overall construction. Orangecrest Community Church will be able to comfortably park all of their attendees during peak use hours with the addition of over 240 parking spaces. An additional entrance and exit onto Glenhaven Avenue will alleviate traffic flow and prevent any blockage or spillage into the neighboring residential community. The Chamber commends Orangecrest Community Church for their extensive outreach to the neighboring communities. Based on these conversations, the Chamber believes the church will be a welcome member of the neighborhood. For more information, contact Janet Doan at jdoan or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.

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Chamber Promotes College and Career Opportunities at Virtual Fair The 2021 Riverside College & Career Fair, presented by Bank of America and hosted by the Chamber, will continue to reach thousands of high school and college students online! This year’s event will span three days from September 28 to September 30, 2021 with a live session from 4:30 to 7:30 PM on September 30 where representatives from education and industry entities will connect with local students from Riverside, Take part in the virtual Riverside College & Career Fair from Alvord, and Jurupa Unified September 28-30 to engage students on businesses and Schools Districts. educational pathways. Workshops and information sessions on college applications, financial aid, and various career pathways will take place on September 28 and 29. On September 30, the live event will allow students to engage and video chat with college representatives to ask about admissions, student life, fields of study, and more. Parents and guardians are encouraged to join and gain information on saving for college and how to help with the college transition. The Chamber also encourages local businesses to participate as exhibitors at the live session

to highlight future career paths in their industry and the types of training and education required to succeed. This is also a great opportunity to start building relationships for future internship, recruitment, and business opportunities to help students envision what a future could be like with local businesses. More details about the virtual platform will be released prior to the event. For exhibitor information, contact Jesse Jimenez at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 218.

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Businesses can avoid up to $1,224 in Entertainment Permit fees by applying for relief through October 15.

Apply for the City’s Entertainment Permit Before the Grace Period Ends Businesses that offer entertainment can receive their two-year Entertainment Permit without cost so long as they begin the application process before October 15. The Chamber has worked closely with City staff to advocate in favor of an application grace period and a complimentary two-year permit. Interested businesses should first go to the One Stop Shop on the third floor of City Hall prior to submitting their application with the Riverside Police Department.

Riverside’s Municipal Code states that businesses must have a valid Entertainment Permit to operate a business designated as police regulated. On June 15, the Riverside City Council moved forward with adopting a resolution to establish a 120-day Entertainment Permit grace period following the termination of the local COVID-19

emergency health declaration. Businesses that do not complete their application before October 15 will need to pay the regular two-year fee of up to $1,224.

Small businesses including restaurants, retail, gyms, and countless others across Riverside continue to face financial setbacks due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Those that only began re-opening their doors in recent months are now facing additional issues such as rebuilding their workforce. Businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this permit relief opportunity to help reduce their overall costs and get back to business. The Chamber applauds the City’s efforts in supporting local businesses during these challenging times. For more information, contact Janet Doan at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210.




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Chamber Business Briefs Harada House, the subject of this court case, was deeded to the City of Riverside in 2003 by Harada family heirs so that it could become a site for education and dialog relating to civil rights. A historic preservation architect will be selected this year, followed by approximately four years of rehabilitation work. Riverside’s Harada House Receives Preservation Funding The State of California has allocated $7 million in its budget for the structural rehabilitation of the Harada House. This funding, secured by Assemblymember Jose Medina, is key to opening the National Historic Landmark to the public and sharing the story of how a Japanese American family in downtown Riverside successfully fought against discrimination. Harada House earned its National Historic Landmark status in 1990 because it had been the subject of a civil rights court case in 1916-1918 in which the Superior Court of California upheld the 14th Amendment rights of the American-born children of Japanese immigrants Jukichi and Ken Harada against California’s Alien Land Law targeting Asians.


The Harada case was the first test in the United States of the constitutionality of these exclusionary property and immigration laws. Decades passed before alien land laws were repealed in California, but in 1918 the racially motivated criminal prosecution of Jukichi Harada ended in triumph for the Harada family.

Riverside Community Hospital Deploys Advanced Technology Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) is the first hospital in the region to offer innovative robotic technology that allows surgeons to personalize total knee, partial knee, and total hip replacement procedures to each patient. This less invasive robot-assisted surgery transforms the way these joint replacements are performed by helping surgeons know more and cut less. “We are proud to be the first hospital in the Inland Empire to offer this highly advanced technology,” said Jackie D. Van Blaricum, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This addition to our orthopedic service line furthers our Vision to become the premier healthcare destination for all we serve and deliver worldclass healthcare to Riverside and the area.” In clinical studies, robot-assisted total knee surgery demonstrated the potential for patients to experience less pain, reduced need for pain-relieving drugs and inpatient physical therapy, reduction in length of hospital stay, improved knee flexion, and greater soft tissue protection in comparison to manual techniques.

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Randy Deatherage Named Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is excited to announce Randy Deatherage, Account Manager for Printer Copier Guys, as the Ambassador of the Month. Printer Copier Guys is a trusted office solutions provider in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, giving full-service maintenance agreements including parts, labor, preventive maintenance, and supplies. Deatherage has been an Ambassador since September of 2019. You can often find him excited to make new connections at a grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony, or any other networking event. With a life motto of “it’s better to give than receive,” Randy finds great fulfillment serving as an Ambassador and supporting his fellow business representatives. He hopes to continue connecting to local businesses and serving his community by being their liaison to the Chamber. From promoting the goals of the community, to helping businesses with their copier needs, he is always here to serve Riverside. The Ambassador Committee is a vital group of dedicated volunteers that focus on membership retention and help make the Chamber successful. For more information on getting involved contact Christina McDonald at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or

KC-46As will replace active-duty KC-135s at one of the two candidate locations. The KC-46A Pegasus tanker is a widebody aircraft that is capable of refueling all U.S. and allied military aircraft as well as transporting passengers, cargo, and patients around theworld. Each candidate base is undergoing site surveys and assessed against operational requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure, and manpower. The preferred locations are expected to be selected in the fall. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at or 951683-7100 Ext. 220.

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The Chamber is encouraging members to follow the public health orders in place to help keep Riverside’s businesses doors open and push the region toward recovery. Free testing is also available across many local sites, with results received within 2-3 days. Individuals can schedule their appointment by visiting either home or

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Make connections and give back to the community at the Chamber’s Golf Classic on October 25.

36th Annual Golf Classic Funds Scholarships and Community Programs The Chamber’s 36th Annual Golf Classic, sponsored by AT&T, will bring together the Riverside business community to support local programs, invest in the future workforce, and provide brand exposure opportunities. The tournament is likely to sell out, as this signature event is known by the community to be a fun-filled day that supports a great cause. The 2021 event will feature new course exhibitors, delicious food and beverages provided by local Riverside eateries, and course competitions with prizes. Proceeds raised from the event go towards programs such as the Military Appreciation Picnic, Riverside Dollars for Scholars, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, and more. The Emerging Entrepreneur Award cash prize is also funded by the Golf Classic, allowing past recipients to open store fronts and purchase needed supplies and materials to boost their business here in Riverside.

Businesses can partner with the Chamber by securing a sponsorship, which includes player entries. Logo tee signs are available for purchase, offering a branding opportunity for members as their logo will be displayed throughout the golf course. Lastly, donate a door prize for enhanced brand recognition while telling the community that you support the local businesses.

The Chamber’s Golf Classic will take place at Jurupa Hills Country Club on October 25. Registration begins at 8:00 AM with complimentary beverages, a putting contest, and an open driving range before the 10:00 AM shotgun start. For more information on tee signs, contact Janet Doan at or 951-683-7100 Ext. 210. To learn more about sponsorship or playing in the tournament, contact Christina McDonald at 951683-7100 Ext. 211.








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Reanna Rubalcaba 3630 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 682-4427 Night Clubs

Mike James 3064 Elgin Dr., Ste. B Riverside, CA 92507 (909) 835-2828 • Credit/Debit Card Processing

Dexterous Media Group, Inc. Robert Beatty 19521 John F Kennedy Dr. Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 990-8417 Marketing

Eleanormae Brownson 23888 Parkland Ave. Moreno Valley, CA 92557 (909) 929-4708 Health Care/Occupational Medicine &Therapy

Christian F. Thierbach IV 231 Alessandro Blvd. #660 Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 961-3093 Attorneys

Sheryll Sampson 3131 Arlington Ave., #20 Riverside, CA 92506 (323) 736-0757 • Party Rentals & Costumes

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

Mission Tobacco Lounge

Sprinkles Media—Jess Eisenhart 6274 Goldenrod Ln. Riverside, CA 92504 (443) 472-8802 • Marketing Wilson’s Frame Up—Mike Prillwitz 1860 Chicago Ave., #G17 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 682-3200 Picture Framing

New Life BBQ—Noe Farias

11539 Gold Hill Ave. Fontana, CA 92337 (951) 903-4269 Food Vendors & Concessions

Member Highlights

The AfterHours Business Mixer and grand opening of Neighborhood Healthcare celebrated business growth and the delivery of needed regional healthcare services.

The Chamber engaged the 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s new Commander Colonel Gregory Haynes about the business community’s support for March Air Reserve Base.

New members made connections with hundreds of business leaders and heard the latest news impacting the community at Good Morning Riverside.

Member Anniversaries “Since our founding in 1968, we have been a partner in the Riverside business community and a Chamber member. The Chamber’s commitment to growing the local economy and advocacy for Riverside businesses has continued to serve and strengthen this community. We value our partnership with the Chamber and look forward to our continued investment in the community.” Sam Tracy President of Operations PIP Printing 60 Years Ark Insurance

52 to 56 Years Van Buren Drive-In Theatre Western Municipal Water District

31 to 39 Years Ability Counts, Inc. Riverside University Health System Victor Electric

21 to 27 Years Assistance League of Riverside Auto Expert California State University San Bernardino - IECE Community Access Center Gresham Savage Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services Market Broiler Rest/Preferred Hospitality, Inc.

Quality Printing Riverside March Field Chapter MOAA RJN Investigations, Inc. San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

11 to 20 Years California Technical Academy Enterprise Funding Corp. Farm House Collective IMEG Corp. Jurupa Unified School District Louie’s Nursery McDonalds - Shalhoub Family Melaleuca - Independent Marketing Executive Outlets at Lake Elsinore PlasCor, Inc. Proforma On Target Promotions Dana Reupert Riverside County Dept of Veterans Services

RKM Heating and Air Conditioning Tower Property Mgmt. University of California, Riverside - AGSM Western & Southern Life

6 to 10 Years

A1 Computer - Service & Parts California Apartment Association   Greater Inland Empire Imperial Hardware Lofts, LLC/   Ratkovich Properties Magnolia Heating & Cooling The Part-Time CFO, Inc. Printing Connection, Inc. Riverside City Firefighters Association Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce The Salted Pig - Fierro Foods, Inc. Stilwell Construction, Inc. Vision Solved Wealth Mgmt Group

1 to 5 Years

Animal House Fitness Azteca Horticultural Services Bail Hotline

Bourns Employees Federal Credit Union Chevron Canyon Crest Car Wash   MYJ Group, Inc. Christ Redemption Church The CORE at Sycamore Highlands Devine Body Design DHD Global, Inc. Diversified Pacific Development Group, LLC Encompass Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. EXCEED Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP Getaways Made Easy - Dream Vacations Hamel Contracting Healthy Heritage Movement HROD Consultants Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee The Lobby Martin Luther King High School McDonald’s #37102 Sean Mill Neighborhood Healthcare NIR Plumbing Orangecrest Community Church Overland Development Co. RC Earthworks Resolv Consulting, Inc. Roger Rupp Sahagun Law Trammell Crow Co. Walden Family Services Web Video Ad Space Westbound Communications Woodard Group


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Hundreds Set to Honor Ground Zero Volunteers at 9/11 Day of Service Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) welcomes individuals, families, and businesses to organize a community day of service now until September 11 to honor 9/11 first responders and Ground Zero cleanup volunteers. Americans from all over the country dedicated their time and displayed selfless acts of patriotism for the good of the nation 20 years ago.


To honor these volunteers, community members and business owners in the City of Riverside have an opportunity Dedicated volunteers showcased their patriotism by removing to organize an independent litter from their neighborhood in honor of the Ground Zero one-hour cleanup any day and cleanup volunteers during the 9/11 Day of Service. time from September 1 through September 11. The objective is simple: take their community. Hundreds of volunteers a walk around your neighborhood, pick up come together to participate in these beautilitter, clean debris from storm drains, eradicate fication projects and have consistently shown graffiti, and remove unwanted paper and tape their dedication to maintaining the wellfrom street poles. being of their community year after year. Volunteers can schedule a cleanup and pick up necessary supplies, including gloves, masks, trash pickers, trash bags, event t-shirts, and hand sanitizer by contacting Alex Rendon at arendon@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100. With summer coming to an end, KRCB will now begin to shift its focus to the fall season. Beautification projects including the Santa Ana River & City Waterways Cleanup on September 25 and the Ward 4 Beautification Project on November 6 provide local residents with the opportunity to give back to

Additionally, nominations are now open to submit business properties in the City of Riverside with outstanding curb appeal for the annual Beautification Awards. The awards will be presented at the Mayor’s State of the City Address on January 20, 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.

Brad Alewine uses his unparalleled marketing expertise to showcase your home across all media. His comprehensive marketing plan utilizing professional photography, print advertising, and on-line presence, is specially designed to get your home noticed and sold. Let Brad Alewine show you why he consistently ranks as one of the top listing agents in Riverside.

BR AD ALEWINE GROUP 951.347.8832 BradAlewineGroup | Brad Alewine Group DRE 01104973 Compass is a licensed real estate broker (01991628) in the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdraw without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. Exact dimensions can be obtained by retaining the services of an architect or engineer. This is not intended to solicit properties already listed.

Your health care, your way.


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.


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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 | SEP 1

TUE | SEP 14

Business In Action

Business Education Partnership Council

7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Convene with local businesses and make connections at the Chamber’s in-person Business In Action meeting. This session will feature Ryan Gleason and Ryan McManus with Riverside Public Utilities who will highlight “How to Save on Your Utility Bill”.

7:30 AM • ZOOM Join business leaders and local educational institutions at the Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Council to hear an update from University of California, Riverside’s new Provost and Executive Vice chancellor, Dr. Elizabeth Watkins.

THU | SEP 2 INSIDE La Sierra 7:30 AM • LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY’S ZAPARA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 4500 RIVERWALK PKWY Stay up to date with the top priorities facing the La Sierra area and connect with City officials and fellow business leaders at the first in-person INSIDE La Sierra program.

THU | SEP 9 Good Morning Riverside 7:15 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE This month’s signature event will feature keynote speaker California Transportation Commission Executive Director, Mitch Weiss. Thank you to our sponsor, Primecare of Riverside.

FRI | SEP 10 Governmental Affairs Council 12:00 PM • ZOOM 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.




WED | SEP 15 Business In Action 7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Network with local businesses and learn about tools to help your business grow at the Chamber’s in-person Business In Action meeting. This meeting will feature Anamaria Bearden with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside to highlight the benefits of employer partnerships.

TUE | SEP 21 INSIDE Magnolia Center 7:30 AM • CREST SOTHEBY’S 6780 MAGNOLIA AVE Connect with Councilmembers, City officials, and fellow business leaders while staying informed on the top projects and issues relevant to the area during the first in-person INSIDE Magnolia Center program.

TUE | SEP 28 Economic Development Council 7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Be a catalyst for business growth by engaging 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.

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Our efficiency programs are the most cost-effective way to lower your business’ energy and water usage.

Economic Development Rates Save 40% per month in the first year, and 20% per month the second year

Eligible businesses •

Relocating or expanding businesses that meet the minimum electric demand

New Research, Development, or Technology business in qualified NAICS codes

BUSINESS INCENTIVE PROGRAMS Energy Saving Rebates are available when you purchase these qualifying items*: • Energy Efficient Air Conditioning Units/Chillers • Energy Efficient Lighting • Energy Efficient Pool and Spa Pumps • Energy Efficient Premium Motors • Energy Star® Rated Products • Energy & Water Technical Assistance Services • New Commercial Construction exceeding Title 24 standards • Shade Trees • Custom Energy Efficient Technology Grants


Water Saving Rebates are available when you purchase these qualifying items*: • Connectionless Food Steamers • Cooling Tower Conductivity & pH Controllers • Dry Vacuum Pumps • High Efficiency Clothes Washer • High Efficiency Large Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles • High Efficiency Toilets and Urinals • Low Volume/High Velocity Pre-Rinse Kitchen Sprayer • Pressurized Waterbroom • Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles • “Smart” Irrigation Controllers • Steam Sterilizer Retrofit

(951) 826-5485

*Restrictions Apply. All programs are subject to fund availability and can be changed or discontinued without prior notice.

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