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County CEO Sets Goals for a Thriving Riverside

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N O V E M B E R 2017

‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 36, Number 11

Chamber Members Count! Riverside Public Utilities is proposing a water and electric rate increase for the first time in seven years to account for increases in cost of services and to replace aging infrastructure. The current proposal seeks an annual average rate increase of 4.8% for electricity and 8.6% for water over five years, compounding each year. At the end of the next five years, ratepayers will pay over 26% more for electricity and nearly 51% more for water over what they currently pay. As a business in Riverside, what is your position on the proposed water and electric rate increases put forth by Riverside Public Utilities in order to replace aging infrastructure? 19% - Support as proposed 81% - Oppose as proposed, work to find solution at a lower rate increase that could slow infrastructure replacement schedules

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Chamber Champions Growth with California Air Resources Board Groundbreaking Research facility represents new investment and 400 jobs In a historic moment for Riverside, members of the community celebrated the groundbreaking of the new California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions testing facility, which will bring hundreds of new jobs to the region. The Chamber established a partnership with the City of Riverside, County of Riverside, and the University of California, Riverside (UCR) to successfully advocate for the relocation of CARB’s facility to Riverside, therefore placing the city in a strategic position to be considered one of the global leaders in air quality research. The ceremony offered more than 350 attendees, CARB team members, and business leaders the chance to hear from CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols, State Senator Richard Roth, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, and UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox, among others, about the growth opportunities this facility presents for the community. During his speech, Mayor Bailey commended CARB’s decision and stated, “We are honored to partner with you and continue the momentum toward a more sustainable future.” CARB strategically relocated to Riverside after concluding that land on UCR property would provide the best growth and research opportunities in the coming decades, due to the world-class research already taking place

Business and community leaders break ground on California Air Resources Board’s emissions testing facility in Riverside, paving the way for local job growth and economic expansion.

at the University. The facility will be another boost for Riverside’s economy, securing $414 million in investments and more than 400 highly-skilled local jobs. In addition, the facility will be instrumental in generating new outside interest and investment in a number of industries throughout the region.

The Chamber will continue to work with local partners to ensure CARB’s facility remains a key priority for the business community in efforts to enhance Riverside’s growth and trajectory. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

Leading up to the groundbreaking, the Chamber, collaboration with the City, County, and UCR to hold several tours and luncheons for CARB employees. These tours were a chance to welcome CARB staff as Riversiders and offered them a comprehensive look at the many benefits of the beautiful City of Arts and Innovation. Luncheons allowed City staff and CARB team members to address the specific questions regarding relocating and integrating into the Riverside community.

Members Collaborate to Find a Solution to Proposed Rate Increases

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Talks Growth Opportunities with Riverside’s Leaders Washington, D.C. Report featured discussion on the current state politics To keep members informed on the latest policy developments at a national level, the Chamber hosted a Washington D.C. Report with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. The event was a unique opportunity for local leaders to ask questions directly to Senator Feinstein about the issues pertinent to the business community, including business growth, local developments, healthcare, the environment, and current diplomatic relations with foreign nations.

The Chamber has been actively working with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) to advise the business community of the Electric and Water Utility Rate Proposal through extensive community outreach efforts. The Chamber released a survey to members collecting opinions on Riverside Public Utilities’ proposed rate increase of 4.8% on electricity and 8.55% on water over five years, compounding each year. The survey revealed 81% of local businesses oppose the current rate proposal and want to find a solution that is not overly burdensome for business.

In addition to Ontario Airport’s revitalization, Senator Feinstein touched upon the efforts to sustain the growing missions at March

To create awareness and provide constructive advice to RPU, the Chamber’s task force of business leaders encouraged RPU to address the following five elements including: Providing more detail on RPU’s specific projects with costs associated; seeking to implement the lowest possible minimum rate increase in 2018 for businesses that have already set their fiscal year budgets; re-prioritize projects from critical importance to least important; refresh assumptions and assess each line item of expenditures to

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The Chamber convened U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and over 400 business leaders in order to champion the region’s opportunities and challenges.

Senator Feinstein elaborated on the new economic opportunities presented by the recent transfer of Ontario International Airport to local authorities. She noted this development would create a new trajectory for expansion and a chance for the Inland

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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 2017–2018 Chairman of the Board Andrew Walcker – PSOMAS Vice Chairman, Chairman-Elect Joseph Ortiz – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Bob Hicks – Gresham Savage Vice Chair – Economic Development Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Vice Chair – Membership George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems Vice Chair – Community Development Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair – Divisions Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business Vice Chair – Divisions Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Divisions JD Franklin – OSI Industries Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Brian Hawley – Luminex Software Legal Counsel Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate Past Chairman of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network

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

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Business and Community Advocacy is Key to Thriving Local Economy Towards the end of the calendar year marks the beginning of a busy time for many local businesses. That is true for the Chamber as well with many key programs, developments, and issues coming forward. The Chamber had the pleasure of hosting U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein for a Washington, D.C. Report. Over 400 business leaders from the region had the opportunity to engage in a discussion with Senator Feinstein about local, state, and federal challenges and opportunities. She addressed challenges, such as the future of the Affordable Care Act, tax reform, the environment, and the need for bipartisan action by members of Congress. Senator Feinstein also discussed the continued action and follow-up necessary to ensure the significance and longevity of March Air Reserve Base and Ontario International Airport. She will continue to collaborate with the region’s leaders to advocate for these priorities. More local priorities include transportation as Riverside a significant industrial corridor in the region. The Chamber also hosted Secretary Brian Kelly from the California State Transportation Agency as he discussed the key priorities to bolster the state’s transportation and infrastructure services

with the upcoming influx of new dollars from the passage of SB 1. Furthermore, thanks to local legislators advocating on our behalf in Sacramento, the Riverside region will receive additional funds on top of what is included in SB 1.

“Business leaders have been and continue to be among the best advocates to bring significant positive change in California.” In his discussions with Chamber members, Secretary Kelly briefed attendees on the plans to follow a “fix-it-first” approach, which focuses on the rehabilitation and maintenance of California’s existing infrastructure. Secretary Kelly also mentioned that while plans are being finalized on the specific allocation of SB 1 dollars, budgets for local transportation projects are expected to surge overall,

thus improving the quality of life for Riverside’s commuters and business owners. Local businesses and residents have another opportunity to stay active and voice their opinions in regards to the proposed water and electricity rate increases put forth by Riverside Public Utilities (RPU). The Chamber is encouraging residents and businesses to participate in community meetings planned by RPU in each Ward. Visit www.riversideca. gov/utilities/rateplan/default.asp for more information about the proposed rate increases and the community meetings in your area. Business leaders have been and continue to be among the best advocates to bring significant positive change in California and locally in Riverside. Thank you for your continued support and engagement in the Chamber and the Riverside community to make our economy thrive.

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County of Riverside Takes Deliberate Steps to Change and Thrive Riverside County CEO George Johnson addressed over 200 Chamber business and community leaders about the County’s priorities and goals for the region. Johnson mentioned many priorities including promoting a thriving economy, partnership and development initiatives, military, education, funding restoration, and more. A booming economy comes with its own opportunities and challenges. Johnson said the County is ready to face those head-on by partnering with cities, businesses, and community leaders in order to make Riverside County thrive. As the fourth most populous county in the state, prioritizing residents and businesses is of the utmost importance in order to take deliberate steps to change. Johnson stated, “We have to start thinking differently; the world is changing fast. We have to imagine our future and put in the effort and commitment to achieve a thriving Riverside County.” He addressed some challenges the County is facing, from recession recovery to education to homelessness. These unique challenges also provide a clear vision for the future. This region has been slower to recover from the recession; however, a boost in the economy from the new California Air Resources Board will follow 400 knowledge-based jobs and an estimated $414 million into the region. In addition, the County of Riverside is actively pursuing the Amazon Headquarters 2 project. Both of these projects will promote a thriving economy and future for the County. To strengthen their talent pool, and retain top employees, the County has helped 1,044 employees earn their degrees. The County has also employed 670 professional student interns since 2014. Education matters to the County and creating local opportunities for

residents reduces brain drain and secures the local workforce. The Chamber and the County mirror additional priorities such as healthcare, securing more judgeships for the region, and supporting the local military bases such as March Air Reserve Base and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Divi- County of Riverside CEO, George Johnson convenes with business sion. Collaborating leaders at Good Morning Riverside where he highlighted the County’s with entities such as priorities for both local businesses and residents. the City of Riverside The Chamber looks forward to continue and the Chamber brings a significant team working with the County of Riverside impact that is felt in Sacramento and Washingto ensure their goals and priorities are ton, D.C. Some of the region’s accomplishmet for the benefit of local businesses ments would not have been possible without and residents. the collaboration between these entities.

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Air Reserve Base, one of the area’s largest economic centers, to ensure its longevity for future generations. The Senator was instrumental in bringing MQ-9 Reaper’s and C-17’s to the Base and she expressed further support in searching for new opportunities for continued expansion.

healthcare and tax reform reform and what that means for consumers and business owners. In closing remarks, she emphasized the need for bipartisan action and called on her fellow members of Congress to listen to one another in order to help find solutions to national issues.

Amongst the myriad of topics covered by Senator Feinstein were the challenges and opportunities the nation faces at an international level. She reiterated the need for strong diplomacy to ease current and future tensions with international aggressors.

The Chamber was honored to host Senator Feinstein with nearly 400 business and community leaders in attendance and will continue to engage local, state, and federal officials to advocate for sustained business growth in the Inland Southern California region. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

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Governor Vetoes Legislation that Significantly Harms Employers, University of California The Chamber successfully advocated for Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of two pieces of legislation that would have been detrimental to the local economy by imposing new costs on both employers and the University of California (UC) system. SB 574 likely would have raised tuition costs for students and limited the UC’s ability to contract for competitive bids and AB 1209 would have exposed employers to litigation and public shaming.

The Metropolitan Water District issued key support for the California WaterFix Project to ensure California’s residents have access to dependable water resources.

Crucial Water Project for Businesses and Residents Makes Headway The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) recently voted in favor supporting the California WaterFix Project in efforts to ensure that local residents and businesses continue to have access to quality, reliable water for decades. The Chamber has actively supported the project, as it is estimated to create more than 100,000 jobs, providing lasting economic benefits across California. Thousands of businesses require stable water supplies in order to effectively operate their business on a daily basis. The completed project will serve to benefit existing businesses and serve as a tool in encouraging the opening and growth of new businesses. Support for the California WaterFix Project will ultimately place Riverside in a strategic position for the investment of new enterprises, further expanding the local economy.

Currently, nearly one-third of Southern California’s crucial water supplies are channeled from the north. However, the aging infrastructure by which this water is channeled poses a threat to the Inland Southern California region’s ability to receive these steady water supplies. Modernizing and restoring critical water infrastructure will ensure that businesses and households continue to benefit from a steady stream of affordable water. In their support vote, MWD’s Board of Directors agreed to allocate $4 billion towards the project. The Chamber will continue to work with MWD and local water agencies to secure reliable water resources for decades to come. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

SB 574 (Lara) University of California: contracts: bidding SB 574 sought to create new rules and obstacles for UC’s service vendors when attempting to secure a bid. As a result, the UC would have faced increased operational costs to the tune of $88 million per year, which had not been allocated in the UC’s or State’s budget. This would disproportionately hurt smaller vendors, who often do not have the resources to navigate all the new rules and procedures. As a result of these unforeseen costs, the UC may have had to resort to raising the cost of tuition for students. Unfortunately, this would have been a costly barrier for students, many of whom would no longer be able to afford the rising cost of tuition.

AB 1209 (Gonzalez Fletcher) Employers: gender pay differentials AB 1209 attempted to unearth an alleged wage disparity by requiring employers to collect and report data on the differences in wages paid to men and women with the same job title or classification. This information would have been posted on a public website by the Secretary of State in attempt to shame the employer.

In a win for the local community, Governor Brown vetoed legislation that would have increased costs for the UC system and exposed employers to litigation and shaming.

However, AB 1209 did not take into account the legitimate reasons why a wage disparity may exist, such as career experience, level of education, seniority with the company, as well as quality and quantity of production. Failure to comply with these mandates would have left employers subject to scrutiny and costly litigation. The Chamber commends Governor Brown’s veto of SB 574 and AB 1209, which would have jeopardized the region’s ability to produce enough educated workers to meet workforce demand while also punishing employers with public shaming and extensive litigation. Business leaders will continue to support legislation in efforts to build a stronger local economy. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or


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Legislation to Support Housing, New Employment Opportunities Signed into Law Governor Brown signed into law two pieces of legislation critical to the advancement of employment opportunities and housing developments. The Chamber commends efforts by the Legislature and Governor to increase local housing production and establish new training and employment opportunities for members of the community.

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In attempts to combat California’s growing housing shortage, SB 167 adds key language to the Housing Governor Jerry Brown signs into law legislation that Accountability Act (HAA), such as expands housing production and creates new opportunities for employment. requiring local agencies to provide a written explanation for the disapproval of a project within a finite timeframe, work readiness skills to individuals with and failure to do so will result in the project barriers to employment to prepare them for being deemed consistent with the law. Under employment and educational opportunities. current HAA law, local governments are As the 21st century economy continues to required to follow certain legal procedures evolve, there is a developing shortfall of before denying a housing development appliworkers with some postsecondary education cation that complies with general plan and experience. AB 1111 works to overcome zoning rules. Among other provisions, this this shortfall by giving individuals in need mandate adds transparency to the developof assistance the opportunity to acquire mental process and aims to bolster the s the skills necessary to become competitive uccess rate of much-needed housing projects. members of the labor force.

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Mayor Bailey to Highlight Plans to Create Value for Future Generations Members of the community are invited to join local businesses and elected officials to look into the future with Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey at the Mayor’s State of the City Address. Mayor Bailey will be discussing the plans to create value for the future generations of Riverside and how this will be accomplished through educational partnerships, strengthening infrastructure, Riverside’s Mayor William and utilizing Riverside’s “Rusty” Bailey to talk many resources. about future growth and

Award, the Dr. Carlos E. Cortes Multi-Cultural Award, and the announcement of Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful’s Beautification Award recipients.

Bailey was sworn in as Riverside’s 17th Mayor in December of 2012, during his second term as the Councilmember for Ward 3. Since graduating from West Point with a Degree in Political Science in 1994, he has worked in a variety of public service investing in Riverside’s positions and has earned a The Chamber is honored to have future generations. Master’s Degree in Public Policy partnered with the City to present from the University of California, Los Angeles. the program over the last 41 years. Business and community members along with students The Mayor’s State of the City Address will from local universities will benefit from take place on January 25, 2018 at the Riverside hearing first-hand about the upcoming plans Convention Center with the main program and developments that will grow Riverside’s beginning at 5:30 PM followed by the Mayor’s economy and create new opportunities Reception. To take part in the event as for future generations of leaders. a sponsor, contact Serena Chapman at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or schapman@ Other highlights of the evening will include the presentation of the Riverside Hero

The economic impact of the Festival of Lights brings approximately $49 million to the local economy while offering the complete holiday experience to local families in Riverside and the region.

Festival of Lights Expected to Draw 250,000 People to Riverside The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, the City of Riverside, and the Chamber have partnered together to organize The Mission Inn’s 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony. This event has a multi-million dollar impact and draws thousands of visitors from Southern California and around the world to Riverside’s Downtown. Over recent years, the Festival of Lights has won top honors from USA Today as America’s Best Holiday Festival and America’s Best Public Lights Display. An anticipated 75,000 visitors will kick-off the celebration at the Switch-On Ceremony, with more than 250,000 visitors expected to gather throughout the season to behold the grandeur of this shining spectacle and enjoy the host of entertainment and recreational activities available. The Festival, which will be held from November 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018, has been a growing economic generator for Riverside, with a total estimated impact of $49 million for the upcoming holiday season. On November 24, more than five million lights will illuminate Riverside’s historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, representing their

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Chamber Business Briefs Raymond Named City Chief Financial Officer The City of Riverside has named Adam Raymond as its Chief Financial Officer/ Treasurer, tasking him with the responsibility of developing and managing a $2 billion biennial budget and leading a staff of 60. Raymond was instrumental in developing a five-year spending plan for Measure Z, in close collaboration with the City’s 18-member Budget Engagement Commission. Most recently, Adam assisted with the development of a Business Tax action plan, in partnership with the Chamber, to make it easier for businesses to comply with the City’s regulations. He is leading innovative efforts to streamline the City’s purchasing system and bring administration of the claim process in-house. “Adam Raymond has been a rising star in our organization for many years now and has provided exceptional customer service. I am pleased to see him be named to such an important post,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “I look forward to seeing Adam bring an even higher level of professionalism and accomplishment to our Finance Department.” Raymond, who previously served as the Acting CFO/Treasurer and, before that, as Assistant CFO/Treasurer, is a seasoned municipal government professional. His previous duties have included auditing

cities/counties, working in the City Manager’s Office of multiple cities in Southern California, and providing leadership in the Innovation and Technology and Finance departments at the City of Riverside. Chamber Announces Ambassador of the Month The Chamber is excited to announce Carole Slagle, Business Development Manager at AB Personnel Services, as the Ambassador of the Month. She is part of the team at AB Personnel Services that specialize in payroll, human resource, and compliance services. They understand the challenges small companies face while attempting to keep up-to-date with ever-changing labor laws. Slagle says the most fulfilling aspect of being an Ambassador is “knowing I can continue to help Chamber members and make a difference for both businesses and the community.” Slagle’s favorite Chamber programs are Good Morning Riverside and the AfterHours Business Mixers. She said “The vital updates and great opportunity to network with clients and business colleagues is essential to my business.” Slagle feels blessed to be representing AB Personnel through the Chamber and says that “with the abundance of opportunities there are to make and keep connections, being an Ambassador to the Chamber and its mission was a no-brainer.”



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Continued from page 1 streamline internally; and address the oversight and review process of the rate increase moving forward. In light of the current the proposal, after five years, ratepayers will pay approximately 26% more for electricity and nearly 51% more for water over what they currently pay. As stated in the Chamber survey results, a majority of Chamber members acknowledge the need for infrastructure, but desire to maintain a business friendly environment and competitive edge for the City of Riverside. Safeguarding quality of life is a top priority for the Chamber, who continues to support the water, energy, transportation, and infrastructure needs for the Riverside community. While the utility rate increase proposes to replace aging water and electricity infrastructure the Chamber is also mindful of the financial impact these rate increases will have on local commercial and residential ratepayers. Upcoming community meetings offer an opportunity for both residential and business community members to share their views on the proposed rate increases. Community Meetings for residents and businesses in all Wards will take place at 6:00 PM on the following dates and locations: November 8 at Riverside City Hall in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room, and November 9 at La Sierra High School Library. For more information, visit www.riversideca. gov/utilities/rateplan/default.asp and contact RPU Deputy General Manager Kevin Milligan at 951-826-5780 or Brooke Biddle at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210 or bbiddle@


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Riverside College & Career Fair Promotes Educational Attainment to 5,000 Local Students The 13th annual Riverside College & Career Fair (RCCF) gave thousands of high school students and families one-stop access to different career and educational opportunities. This event demonstrates the commitment of the Chamber and the local business community to Riverside’s future workforce by helping guide local students on to their next steps. Over 190 educational institutions, Thank you to all the sponsors and event partners that career pathways, and over 30 local contributed to the success of the College & Career Fair school guidance resource booths and made it possible to share local career and college gave students a one-stop access options with Riverside’s students. to higher education opportunities. Local businesses highlighted possible career colleges and universities from across the paths, internship opportunities, and entrycountry. Additionally, local business and level positions available to Riverside’s youth. industry leaders were available to discuss various career pathway options with students. In partnership with the Chamber, Bank Resource and counselor stations provided of America has supported this event since information about college admissions, its inception. Al Arguello, Bank of America’s financial aid, interview tips, and Inland Empire Market President stated communication skills. “by doing this we are helping students succeed, we are encouraging them to pursue The Chamber would like to thank Bank of a higher education and allowing them to America, the City of Riverside, the Riverside be better prepared and qualified to compete County Workforce Development Board, for stable well-paying jobs in the region.” the Galleria at Tyler, and Alvord, Jurupa, and Riverside Unified School Districts for Dana Reupert, RCCF Planning Committee their continued investment in tomorrow’s Chair, exclaimed, “this is one of the premier leaders through this year’s Riverside College events the Chamber holds. This fair gives the & Career Fair. The Chamber’s Business community and businesses an opportunity to Education Partnership Council will continue come together and helps students engage in to create opportunities and support various opportunities and be better prepared initiatives that provide access to college for when they graduate high school”. and career pathways for this region’s youth. For more information, contact Aly Herrera Representatives connected with local at 951-683-7100 Ext. 218 or aherrera@ students from numerous public and private

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Member Anniversaries “Joining the Chamber 10 years ago was a great decision for The Norris Group. Although we serve the entire state, we have found and connected with other local businesses that support our company. We also appreciate the work our local Chamber does to support business-friendly regulation and legislation. It gives small businesses and our region a voice in Sacramento.” Aaron Norris Vice President The Norris Group

74 Years

City of Riverside Inland Counties Legal Services Leukemia & Lymphoma Society –   California Southland Chapter New York Life Insurance Co. Phillips Wellness Enterprises Riverside Convention Center Riverside County   Building Industry Association Sports Facilities Group, Inc. Stong Surety

23 to 29 Years

The Toro Co. #173959

Blanchard Signs Jaguar Computer Systems, Inc. Mission Grove Shopping Center –   Regional Properties Paychex, Inc. Riverside County Economic   Development Agency Riverside Metropolitan Museum

33 Years

11 to 18 Years

SingerLewak LLP

51 to 56 Years

Ark Insurance Space Center Mira Loma, Inc.

43 Years

Arlington Animal Hospital Raceway Ford

A-Check Global Adams Motorsports Park, Inc.

6 to 10 Years

Adecco Staffing Arlington Business Partnership Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors Gary M. Christmas Dart Container Corporation DLR Group Architects Gibson-Hadley Insurance Agency Lamb Energy Norris Group Riverside Adult School Sterling Highlander

1 to 5 Years ACS Factors AmPac TriState CDC Brenner-Fiedler & Associates Buffalo Wild Wings California Schools Risk Management Joint Powers Authority Marcia L. Campbell - CPA

CHC Consulting Concorde Career College DLS Events Friends of California Citrus Park Home Show Consultants Home Street Bank Kona-Ice of Moreno Valley Lester & Cantrell, LLP Library Systems and Services Maxi Foods Supermarket #2 McLane Company, Inc. New Millennium Painting Norms Restaurants PanoramaVision, Inc. Paramount Manufactured Sales, Inc. Riverside Eye Specialist Riverside Plaza Dentistry Roll-A-Shade Robert Schwandt Tamale Factory Transportation Corridor Agencies

Member Highlights

Business In Action convenes business leaders from different industries to connect and learn about relevant business topics.

Chamber members take the opportunity to network and meet new customers at the AfterHours Business Mixer hosted by BMW of Riverside.

Welcome to the Chamber “The Chamber has enabled my business to grow with velocity and get connected effectively with everyone in my community. They provide significant and solid connections that I treasure as a business owner in Riverside County. I am excited to see how the future of Winning Your Love Game develops alongside my relationship with the Chamber.” Dreena Naggar Owner Winning Your Love Game

Academy Mortgage

EDFIN Cash for College

The Chamber’s seminar of Doing Business with Local Medical Centers allowed members to meet and collaborate for business growth opportunities.

HomeBridge Financial Services

Noemi Heagstedt 3400 Central Ave. #330 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 990-7989 Mortgages

Hoss Appraisals, Inc.

Tanner Hoss P.O. Box 21184 Riverside, CA 92516 (951) 536-5821 • Real Estate/Appraisers

Viwanda Murdock 3400 Central Ave. #220 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 462-7742 Mortgages

Shelly Rufin 27420 Jefferson Ave. #104E Temecula, CA 92590 (951) 261-9799 • Loans/Cash Advance

Artwork Upholstery/Carpet Cleaning

Peter Han 5701 Santa Ana Canyon Rd. #T Anaheim, CA 92807 (714) 974-0484 • Schools

NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars

On Pointe Dance

Art Newman 24242 Cates Wy. Perris, CA 92570 (909) 260-2091 Cleaning Services

Disabled American Veterans Andres Soto 4351 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 367-6440 Community Organizations

Discover Student Loans Calvenia Woods 2500 Lake Cook Rd. Riverwoods, IL 60015 (951) 637-1121 Loans/Cash Advance

Elite Educational Institute

Norm Pelzer P.O. Box 1178 Riverside, CA 92502 (951) 394-3974 Community Organizations


Pat Steet 255 E. Mission Rd. Corona, CA 92879 (909) 767-8890 • Human Resources Consulting

Happy Tax - Riverside

Janet Tejeda Riverside, CA 92507 (909) 441-0292 • Accounting/Tax Service

MegaStar Financial Corporation

Brad Sneckner 3600 Lime St. #216 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 525-1785 • Mortgages Raul Moreno 1249 F St. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 204-8383 • Schools/Vocational Cristina O’Connell 3591 Hamner Ave. #A Norco, CA 92860 (951) 738-9095 • Dancing Instruction

On Pointe Productions

Cristina O’Connell 3591 Hamner Ave. #A Norco, CA 92860 (951) 738-9095 • Weddings/Special Events

Pane Free Window Cleaning

Amanda Newman 24242 Cates Wy. Perris, CA 92570 (951) 963-5705 • Cleaning Services

Riverside Lyric Opera

Peggy Gomez 4035 Market St. Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 781-9561 • Community Organizations

Riverside Magnolia Center Lions Club David A. Radtke Grand Terrace, CA 92313 (951) 965-8354 Community Organizations

Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating Missy Sanborn 415 E. High Ave. Redlands, CA 92374 (909) 793-1234 • Air Conditioning/Sales & Installation

See Water, Inc.

Michael Johnson 22220 Opportunity Wy. #101 Riverside, CA 92518 (951) 487-8073 • Manufacturers

The Skeleton Whisperer

Sara Cochran Riverside, CA 92551 (951) 269-5460 Genealogist

Strategic Financial Solutions

Christopher Racadio 4160 Temescal Canyon Rd. #302 Corona, CA 92883 (909) 904-9192 Financial Services

Western & Southern Life–Roberta Pyle Roberta Pyle 1650 Iowa Ave. #110 Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 241-8509 Financial Services


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Chamber Offers Solution for Members to Maintain Compliance

The annual Santa Ana River and City Waterways Cleanup is a favorite among KRCB volunteers.

Promote the Community by Volunteering and Nominating Beautiful Businesses The fall season has kicked off with a strong start for Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) in their efforts to improve the quality of life for local residents. After recently conducting a successful clean-up of the Santa Ana River with a number of local partners, KRCB is now seeking nominations for their Annual Beautification Awards and mobilizing the volunteer efforts for the 25th Anniversary Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony. Over 500 KRCB volunteers poured into the Santa Ana River eager to do their part and beautify their community. On the day of the cleanup, volunteers mobilized to 16 different cleanup sites near waterways throughout the City and collected 16,680 pounds of litter and bulky items and eradicated over 2,200 graffiti tags. To recognize business properties in Riverside that capture outstanding landscape, cleanliness, and curb appeal, KRCB is seeking nominations for the 32nd Annual Beautification Awards. Awards are presented for: New Construction

with Landscaping, Exterior Reconstruction with Landscaping, Maintenance of Existing Facilities & Landscaping, Historical & Cultural Preservation, and Sustainable Design and Innovation. The award-winning buildings will be featured at the Mayor’s State of the City Address on January 25, 2018 at the Riverside Convention Center. Judging will be done on the exterior of buildings and all buildings must be completed by the nominating deadline of November 17. The nomination form can be found at The community can participate in more beautification events by participating in The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s 25th Anniversary Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony. KRCB is presently recruiting volunteers to remove litter and hand out programs at the ceremony. Volunteers receive a free Santa hat and a great view of the festivities. To volunteer, contact Alex Rendon at 951-683-7100 Ext. 212 or

To help businesses avoid costly fines, the Chamber is offering discounted rates on compliance posters and materials. Due to mandatory updates to the Cal/OSHA notice and Paid Family Leave, all businesses must post their compliance poster by the January 1, 2018 deadline.

are mandatory updates to the Paid Family Leave and Unemployment Insurance pamphlet, along with recommended updates to the State Disability Leave pamphlet and Sexual Harassment pamphlet.

For new and seasoned businesses wishing to update themselves on current workplace Offering a converegulations, the nient and comChamber is also pact poster with offering the 2018 all 17 California HR Quick Guide and Federal for California notices, the Employers. This Chamber is compact book The Chamber is providing members and opportunity to striving to stay up-to-date on current laws to avoid potential fines provides essential keep businesses information on by offering discounted rates on compliance posters. running effectively hiring, leaves of and within state and federal regulations. absence, and wage-and-hour requirements. Posters, which must be posted at every business, are also offered in Spanish for any The Chamber works to save businesses Spanish-speaking employees. The 26" x 39.75" money and serves as the premier source posters are versatile and should easily fit on of information for local businesses. any door, in a break room, or hallway. To conveniently order 2018 compliance materials, visit the Chamber’s Online Store Additionally, the state has required a new at For more pamphlet that must be given to employees: information, contact Lindsey German at Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, 951-683-7100 Ext. 208 or lgerman@ Sexual Assault and Stalking. The state requires that this new notice, along with the other required pamphlets, be handed *Please allow necessary time for shipping and out to all new hires and by request. There processing of all orders.

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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


Business In Action

18th Annual Raincross Trophy Dinner

7:15 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM BIA is a great place to network with local business leaders while having the opportunity to hear various speakers on important business topics. Some of the topics coming up: November 8 – Richard Gabriel, RCC Culinary Academy Chef; November 15 – Alan Brown, The Rule of Seven; November 29 – Connection Session.

6:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION • 7:00 PM DINNER RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER • 3637 5TH ST The 25 wings of 4th Air Force from all over the nation will convene to honor the best in the Air Force. Major General Richard W. Scobee, Vice Commander, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, will be the keynote speaker.


FRI | NOV 17

Good Morning Riverside

Business Seminar Series

7:00 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox will convene with business and community leaders to highlight the $1 billion in slated projects at the University. Special thanks to this month’s sponsor, Pacific Premier Bank.

7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM The Chamber hosts a monthly seminar series to provide Riverside business leaders with the opportunity to receive expert advice, knowledge, tips, and resources to help improve their business while allowing attendees to connect with other business leaders.

FRI | NOV 10

TUE | NOV 21

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC)

INSIDE Hunter Park

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.

7:15 AM • NEW POWER INC 887 MARLBOROUGH AVE Network with Councilmembers and City officials while staying informed on the latest issues and developments happening in the Hunter Park Business Council. Bring your tennis shoes and shoot some hoops or play a round of golf in New Power Inc.’s lounge area after the meeting!

TUE | NOV 14 Business Education Partnership (BEP) Council


7:30 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM Jeff Kraus, Director of Local Government and Community Relations at the University of California, Riverside will share an update on the University’s economic impact report and the current and upcoming developments of the North District Development Project.

5:30–7:30 PM • VICTORIA CLUB • 2521 ARROYO DR Victoria Club a premiere private club, located in the center of Riverside will host business and community leaders as they kick off the holiday season by celebrating with new and existing connections. Bring your holiday spirit!

AfterHours Business Mixer

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