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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 36, Number 10

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Convenes with Chamber, Local Business Leaders

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Senator Feinstein has been an advocate for making investments to ensure California’s workforce is prepared for the 21st century economy, such as investing in infrastructure, increasing access to education, offering incentives to businesses to hire new workers, and providing funding for job-training programs.

In efforts to provide members with greater access to federal officials and stakeholders, the Chamber will be hosting a Washington Report with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on October 11. The luncheon will provide members with the opportunity to hear firsthand about the latest policy developments regarding a broad range of topics including job growth and economic development, healthcare, the environment, and infrastructure. With more than 400 of the region’s business and community leaders expected to attend, the Washington Report offers individuals the opportunity to engage Senator Feinstein on key areas impacting Riverside in the coming years, such as the state of the economy, job growth, and infrastructure investments. As Inland Southern California’s population and economy continues to expand, it is vital that business owners are able meet with federal officials to voice their suggestions and concerns

Previously, Feinstein served as a San Francisco County Supervisor for nine years followed by eight years as Mayor of San Francisco. As Mayor, she successfully balanced nine See Feinstein on page 3

Business leaders will connect and discuss the region’s priorities with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on October 11.

when it comes to improving the quality of life for residents and continuing business growth. First elected to the Senate in 1992, Senator Feinstein has worked to create new jobs, support programs to bolster economic development, and reduce the nation’s budget deficit.

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Chamber applauds City’s new Housing Element Plan The Chamber recently supported the City’s New Housing Element Rezoning Plan to rezone several properties to provide more opportunities for affordable housing for Riverside residents and improve the land value for many local property owners. This rezoning effort will also help the City comply with the State’s affordable housing goals.

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The Chamber is working with Riverside Public Utilities to address the community’s aging water and electricity infrastructure while minimizing costs for businesses and residents.

Chamber Urges Utility to Seek Solution for Water and Power Rate Increase Leaders Form Task Force to Voice Recommendations

additional five years will be based on the Consumer Price Index.

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is considering a proposal to increase water and electricity rates for commercial and residential ratepayers to replace aging infrastructure in the City of Riverside. The Chamber has convened a task force of business leaders to study the rate increases and develop recommendations towards a solution that will maintain the community’s economic competitiveness and minimize the impact to ratepayers.

The proposal seeks to direct the increased revenue towards repairing and replacing an aging water and electricity infrastructure in the city. This safeguards against deterioration, impacting the delivery of water and electricity to Riverside residents and businesses. Portions of the current infrastructure, including water mains and pipelines, utility poles, and substation transformers, are more than 60 years old.

RPU has not raised its rates for seven years. The current proposal seeks an annual average rate increase of 4.8% on electricity and 8.55% on water over five years. Past the initial five years, future rate increases for an

The Chamber has long supported investing in water, energy, and transportation infrastructure to ensure that Riverside businesses benefit from a quality delivery of services. Economic See Rates on page 3

Riverside and the rest of Inland Southern California is one of the fastest growing regions by population in the United States and California’s shortage of affordable housing has lasting and far-reaching effects on the state and the region’s economic competitiveness. The City of Riverside’s new Housing Element Plan identified 69 properties within the city with potential for future development and expanded their zoning requirements to include affordable residential development as a possible option. The plan does not use eminent domain to acquire property, seek to demolish existing buildings, or mandate that affordable units be constructed on the rezoned properties. Rather, many property owners are finding their parcel value will increase with the expanded opportunities to construct affordable housing units. This effort will also ensure that Riverside achieves compliance with the State of California’s goals to provide affordable housing to local residents. Potential lawsuits, fines, and regulations from non-compliance would have severely hindered future development for commercial and residential See Housing 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 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 – Pacific Premier Bank 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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Connecting with Local, State, Federal Officials Gives Riverside Businesses Competitive Edge The Chamber has an action-packed month which allows members to get involved and informed. We have been very active in governmental affairs and the Chamber was able to secure U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. This is a great opportunity for members to engage with Senator Feinstein and ensure the voice of the Riverside business community is heard in Washington D.C. about a range of policy areas including job growth, healthcare, transportation and infrastructure, and more. To assist our members in understanding the issues and opportunities in our state, the Chamber is hosting the Legislative Summit with keynote speaker California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly to address local infrastructure. Specifically, the region will receive approximately $500 million in transportation and infrastructure dollars, thus creating new jobs, reinforcing local highways and roads, and creating a better quality of life for residents. Members can engage in discussions with Secretary Kelly about how these funds will

benefit local businesses and spur a new era of growth and development. To ensure the voice of the business community is supported locally, the Chamber applauds Steve Adam’s City Council appointment

“Engaging our region’s lawmakers gives you the opportunity to be a voice in the business community.” to Ward 7. His prior experience as a threeterm councilman and business-friendly track record made Adams a clear choice. By supporting this appointment and continuing to champion efforts to nominate and elect business-friendly officials for public

office, the Chamber takes strides to promote the business community and the Riverside community at large. In closing, I urge the business community to stay engaged to make their voices heard. Engaging our region’s lawmakers gives you the opportunity to be a voice in the business community. The Chamber, in conjunction with businesses and other local organizations collaborating together strengthens the voice of our region and allows any challenges and opportunities to be heard to promote a better quality of life and business environment for all. The Chamber will continue keeping you informed and advocating on your behalf for business-friendly policies.

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School of Medicine Dean Discusses Accomplishments Thanks to Community’s Culture of Collaboration The University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine Dean Deborah Deas highlighted a couple major accomplishments associated with the school in front of over 200 business leaders at the Chamber’s Good Morning Riverside. Dean Deas was pleased to announce the School of Medicine received full accreditation for a maximum possible of five years and all graduates of this year’s class were matched to residencies. The School of Medicine’s top goal to expand medical access to local residents is wellreceived by the community and business leaders alike. Dean Deas specifically thanked the business leaders in the audience and stated that, “Without the community, there would be no School of Medicine”. The collaboration between the Chamber, UCR, and other community organizations made this possible as a response to the medical needs of the region, and to elevate UCR by offering more programs for local students. Receiving accreditation for the program solidifies the curriculum and will attract more medical students in the future as a result. Some strengths that were noted throughout the accreditation process sets the School of Medicine apart from others in the country and includes highly competent and cohesive leadership, diversity, entire school embraces mission, distinctive curriculum, and ranks 45th of 84 public medical schools in scholarships and grants. Dean Deas has been part of medical schools throughout the country for the past couple decades and has never seen a school get 100% match. She was more than pleased to announce that 100% of the graduates of the UCR School of Medicine were matched to residency programs, 33 located in California, and 10 in Inland Southern

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California. Not to mention that all the graduates passed Step 2 of the Board Exam, in which they were the top in California. The newest class of medical students, the class of 2021, comprises of students adding up to 74% with a tie to Inland Southern California.

Dr. Deborah Deas of the UCR School of Medicine and Chamber Chair Andrew Walcker connect after Good Morning Riverside to highlight the accomplishments of the School of Medicine.

According to their mission of expanding medical access to the community, it is Dean Deas’ belief that training and matching to local residencies will result in these students and doctors staying in the region. The result of this will be the increase of healthcare access in Inland Southern California, which will overall attract more residents and businesses to the region.

Convening business leaders and members of the community, such as Dean Deas, allows members access to the news impacting them and their businesses. The Chamber looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the UCR School of Medicine for the future success of students and attracting more businesses to the region.


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10 Ways the Chamber Created Connections

The Chamber is committed to building a stronger local economy by being an advocate for our members and voice for business. Here are 10 ways your investment in the Chamber helped us to improve the Riverside business community.

At this Business Seminar Series, members discussed business growth by doing business with local educational institutions.

AfterHours Business Mixers combine members from many different industries to meet and collaborate with their next client.

The Chamber’s INSIDE meetings connect members from a business council to address business opportunities and challenges.

How is the Chamber Providing Opportunities to Connect with New Businesses? Business In Action Promotes Strong Connections More than 50 people join the Chamber each week for Business In Action to introduce their business and learn about key topics, such as marketing, financing, and making new connections in the community. Monthly Mixers Convene Business Professionals and Decision-makers The Chamber’s AfterHours Business Mixers brings together over 250 professionals, elected officials, and potential clients for an evening of new connections. Members from all industries in Riverside connect and collaborate to meet their next client or customer. Largest Local Mixer Features Chamber Members to 1,000 Potential Customers The Mega Mixer & Trade Show allows members to promote their business, connect with local leaders, and grow their customer base in this exclusive opportunity at the Galleria at Tyler.

How is the Chamber Working to Connect Members with Information to Enhance their Business? Latest News Impacting Business Available at Member’s Fingertips Good Morning Riverside (GMR) is the Chamber’s signature event that shares the latest breaking news in the community to more than 200 business leaders. Business, education, and non-profit sectors come together at GMR to showcase the latest developments, introduce new leaders, and highlight key opportunities for business leaders to stay engaged in the community. Chamber’s Riverside Business Week Serves as Hub of Information to Businesses Riverside Business Week is a week-long celebration that showcases all the resources available to businesses through the Chamber and City of Riverside. The week consists of special editions of Business In Action, the Business Seminar Series, an INSIDE meeting, and culminates with the Riverside Business Expo & Mixer that features business experts, marketing tips, and more to help businesses in Riverside. New Member Reception Educates Members on Chamber Benefits and Perks The Chamber’s newest members join veteran members looking for a refresher to connect and learn how to maximize their membership and utilize the most benefits to help their business grow. Members learn about the many benefits of Chamber membership such as savings and discount programs, marketing through Chamber publications, and more.

How is the Chamber Working to Connect Members with Resources and Experts in Business Growth? Chamber Invests in Next Generation of Job Creators through Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Emerging business owners in Riverside are invited to apply for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, which includes a $3,000 cash prize, QuickBooks training, business growth analysis, and other tools to stimulate business expansion. Business Councils Address Local Opportunities and Challenges for Businesses Frequent INSIDE meetings give members the opportunity to meet with major employers, community leaders, and City Councilmembers to get the latest information and address the specific needs and opportunities of each Business Council. Business Seminar Series Fosters Beneficial Relationships Between Members The Chamber’s monthly Business Seminar Series convenes business leaders with subject-matter experts to provide information on a wide-variety topics from marketing, access to capital, procurement, and more. Businesses gain access to the key information to boost their bottom line. Counselors Provide Personalized Business Coaching for Small Business The Chamber partners with SCORE, supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, to offer weekly appointments for local businesses to meet one-on-one with business counselors and provide personalized counseling on topics ranging from business planning, finance, marketing, and more. This is a great benefit for the entrepreneur looking to start a business or the small business owner seeking growth opportunities.

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budgets in a row, leading to her earning the title as the nation’s “Most Effective Mayor” in 1987 by City and State Magazine. The Chamber’s Washington Report, at the Riverside Convention Center, October 11, is an exclusive opportunity that gives members access to California’s senior Senator, who guides policy discussions and efforts to spur job growth and bolster the local economy. The program and luncheon will begin at 12:00 PM with check-in at 11:30 AM. Tickets are available for $50 a seat or $500 for a table of 10. To register or for more information, contact Nicholas Adcock at 951-683-7100 Ext. 217 or

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growth and job creation is often impacted by a community’s ability to ensure that businesses have access to water, power, technology, and a transportation network to service their operations. However, it is also mindful of the financial cost to local commercial and residential ratepayers. The Chamber’s task force is working with RPU to find opportunities towards a solution that will sustain the community’s infrastructure while minimizing the financial impact to local ratepayers. Upcoming meetings will allow residents to share their views on the proposed rate increases. For more information, contact RPU Deputy General Manager Kevin Milligan at 951-8265780 and Brooke Biddle at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210 or

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structures as well as hamper the community’s plans for future business growth and job creation across the entire city. The City of Riverside, through its Community and Economic Development Department, has partnered with the Chamber to outreach to many local property owners as well as business and community leaders to increase awareness of the rezoning and the potential impacts to local property development. For more information, contact the City of Riverside’s Community and Economic Development Department at 951-826-5371 or Brooke Biddle with the Chamber at 951-683-7100 Ext. 210 or bbiddle@



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Chamber Brings the 25 Wings of the 4th Air Force to Riverside from Across the Nation

Legislature halts bill that imposes new costs and regulations on contractors, leaving counties with smaller pool of contractors to deliver on crucial services citizens and business enjoy.

Business Leader Opposition Halts Legislation in the Senate As the California Legislature winded down its 2017 session last month, employers and counties can rest easier knowing AB 1250 failed to pass. This Chamber was adamantly opposed to this bill, as it would have created new and expensive obstacles for contractors to go through in order to contract with a county. As a result, many contractors would be discouraged from attempting to bid on a contract, leaving counties with a diluted pool of contractors and causing a slow-down in job growth and economic development. Specifically, AB 1250 would have imposed new burdensome mandates and costs on contractors in attempt to secure a bid with a county. If these new regulations were not enough of a deterrent for contractors, then the new compliance costs would surely have discouraged them from even attempting to bid. Contractors would struggle to maintain and grow their business and counties would have a much smaller pool of qualified

contractors to deliver the key services that counties depend upon.

This bill also contained serious privacy implications by requiring contractors to furnish the names and hourly rates of all contractor and subcontractor employees to any individual or party that makes the request. While the bill lacked clarification as to how this would benefit the public, the release of this information would have been damaging to the privacy and safety of employees. The Chamber supports efforts to establish public and private partnerships that result in the creation of new jobs and the delivery of key services agencies rely upon to grow and thrive. However, AB 1250 would have effectively eliminated contracting as an option to meet the needs of counties by implementing onerous regulations in the contracting process, stunting job growth for employers. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

The Raincross Trophy Dinner hosted by the Chamber will celebrate the excellence of the 4th Air Force and recognize the service men and women who have so faithfully served the country. The Raincross Trophy dinner brings together all 25 wings of the 4th Air Force from all over the nation and local community leaders at the Riverside Convention Center on November 16.

During the Raincross Trophy Dinner, attendees will celebrate those who have diligently supported the Air Force Reserve Command mission to defend the United States through control and exploitation of air, space, and cyberspace by supporting global engagement. One unit in the 4th Air Force will have the honor of being awarded the Raincross Trophy for their outstanding service. Along with the Raincross Trophy, service members will be recognized with the prestigious awards of Maintenance Excellence, the Aircrew Award Excellence, Technical Sergeant Anthony C. Campbell, Jr. Award for Mission Support, and the Medical Excellence Award. Special recognition will also be given to a hero that has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Major General Richard W. Scobee will be the keynote speaker. General Scobee is the Vice Commander, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. General

Major General Richard W. Scobee will be the keynote speaker at the Raincross Trophy Dinner which recognizes service men and women who have faithfully served the country.

Scobee has served as an F-16 pilot, instructor, flight examiner, and has served overseas in Germany, Iraq, South Korea, and Egypt. He currently is responsible for over 70,000 Citizen Airmen and over 300 aircraft among three numbered forces. For more information or to register, contact Serena Chapman at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or

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Chamber Brings Community Together to Honor Military at Annual Picnic To commemorate March Field for its upcoming 100-year anniversary, the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council hosted the 45th Annual Military Appreciation Picnic, which honored March Air Reserve Base’s (MARB) current and past servicemen for a century of service. As one of the largest economic drivers in the region, MARB continues to be a top priority for the business community in ensuring it remains a key component and contributor to the local economy.

At the picnic, more than 300 volunteers had the opportunity to express gratitude to the local military heroes in uniform, who enjoyed a barbecue lunch, refreshments, and family entertainment. Furthermore, the event featured remarks by the new Base Commander Colonel Matthew Burger, Congressman Mark Takano from the 41st Congressional District, and the Chair of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council, Jamil Dada.

Over the past 100 years, MARB has served in an array of key national security functions, including: as training grounds for bombardment groups during World War II, as a crucial supply and equipment center during the Vietnam War, and as a carrier of KC-10 aircraft, which played important operational roles in operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. The Picnic would not have been possible without the support and generous contributions from Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions and the many sponsors, businesses, and community leaders who gave back to Riverside’s military heroes. The Chamber looks forward to continuing its efforts to support MARB and the significant impact it has on the local economy and national security. For more information on the Picnic, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or asall@


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Hobby Lobby Creates Jobs in EastHills The new Hobby Lobby is creating 35-50 jobs for Riverside and is expanding economic opportunities in the EastHills business council due to their growing popularity. The Chamber and local elected officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Hobby Lobby, along with a large crowd of community members eager to see the doors open. The new jobs created through the opening of this 55,000 square-foot store will have a ripple effect on surrounding businesses and members. These new employees will then shop local businesses and become integrated in the community. Riverside resident and new store manager Rudy Armendariz looks forward to bettering the community and getting involved in both the Chamber and local events. Hobby Lobby is located at 2663 Canyon Springs Road. For more information about this grand opening or to schedule one for a member business, contact Serena Chapman at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or schapman

Water District Leader Announces Retirement General Manager John Rossi announced his retirement to take place in December following 13 years of service at Western Municipal Water District (Western). The Chamber has enjoyed working with Rossi in his distinguished career improving water reliability, quality, and availability for local residents and businesses in Riverside. Rossi oversees the planning, direction, and management of the water, wastewater, nonpotable, and recycled water activities and operations of the district consisting of one million customers and 527 square miles. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve Western’s customers with the support of the Board of Directors and the incredible team at Western,” shared Rossi. “Together we have accomplished greatness and it is with great enthusiasm that I move forward into retirement to spend more time with my family.” In his time at Western, Rossi was instrumental in bringing key local water supply projects to fruition and has built a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable water experts in the state. A couple examples include the La Sierra Pipeline Expansion Project, the Riverside Water Purchase, Water Efficiency Programs, along with many more.

At Western, Rossi will leave a legacy and work culture of true public service with a commitment to excellence, including raising the Districts to new heights as an Inland Empire “Top Workplace” in 2016. Ambassador of the Month Recognized by Chamber The Chamber is excited to announce Christy Interrante, Relationship Manager at DiGerolamo Family Insurance (DFI Insurance) as the Ambassador of the Month. DFI Insurance is a family-owned and operated insurance agency for 35 years. DFI Insurance has been kept in the family and is now run by the second and third generations of the family specializing in personal and commercial insurance. Interrante is part of the hardworking team that provides expert assistance in helping families and business owners find the best and most affordable insurance policies. Interrante became an Ambassador after several months of attending Chamber events and was looking to further expand her network. She formed valuable connections with many individuals during her time as an Ambassador. One of Interrante’s favorite events is Business In Action. She says, “You get to know more about each other’s businesses, and make better relationships with the members.”

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Chamber urges Governor Brown to veto legislation that lead to job loss, economic slow-down, and litigation against employers.

Chamber Pushes for Veto of Legislation Detrimental to Business Community The Chamber is actively pushing for Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of two pieces of legislation that subject employers to litigation, likely leading to a net loss of jobs and restricting businesses’ ability to grow and succeed.

AB 168 (Eggman) Employers: salary information AB 168 exposes employers to litigation for inquiring about an applicant’s prior salary history. Often times, when an employer opens up a new position they lack accurate information on how an employee should be fairly compensated for that position. However, employers would be exposed to litigation and penalties for asking an applicant about prior salary in efforts to gain a better understanding of the market for that position. Just last year, legislation was enacted that precludes employers from basing an applicant’s pay solely on prior salary. Under AB 168, if an employer asks an applicant or employee about prior salary, yet pays them more than this rate, the employer could still be subjected to litigation.

AB 1701 (Thurmond) Labor-related liabilities: original contractor Another bill that is detrimental to the business community by subjecting original contractors to litigation is AB 1701. Under AB 1701, if a subcontractor does not pay wages to third party workers, an original contractor would be liable to pay those wages again or be subject to lengthy and costly litigation. However, original contractors do not hire third party workers to subcontractors and would likely not be aware of their presence on the job. The Chamber supports efforts to ensure employees are paid promptly and fairly. While AB 168 leads to a reduction of jobs and delays the completion of contracted services, AB 1701 unfairly penalizes employers when no harm has occurred to an applicant or employee. Both bills have pathways to litigation against employers, stalling economic and business growth. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or

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Member Anniversaries “Tech Pros Pest Control, Inc. joined the Chamber at the same time we opened our doors for the business. This was one of the best things we have done to help grow our business. The support we get from its members, staff, city officials, and business leaders is amazing. If you want to build your business, then this is the place to start.” John Lee Owner Tech Pros Pest Control, Inc.

Marriott Riverside   at the Convention Center Riverside Unified School District

104 Years

The Press-Enterprise Co.

81 Years

Ruhnau Clarke Architects

21 to 27 Years

50 to 52 Years

Krieger & Stewart, Inc. Van Buren Drive-In Theatre

Ability Counts, Inc. Assistance League of Riverside Canyon Crest Towne Centre Center on Deafness Inland Empire MFI Recovery Center OPR Communications

32 to 35 Years

16 to 20 Years

Alvord Unified School District Western Municipal Water District

42 to 48 Years

Adkan Engineers County of Riverside   Community Action Partnership Inland Empire   Architectural Specialties, Inc. Mardon Jewelers

11 to 15 Years

Advanced Security Technologies California Technical Academy Gold’n West Surplus, Inc. Metropolitan Water District PlasCor, Inc. Smith Law Offices LLP Tonkin Plumbing, Inc. TR Design Group Architecture Village Enterprises

6 to 10 Years

Budget Inn of Riverside Community Access Center McDonald’s - 5010 Van Buren Blvd. Melendez Insurance Agency Quality Printing

BELFOR Property Restoration Brandman University College Central Ave. Self Storage Cyclery USA, Inc. DimeSoft Business Solutions Diocese of San Bernardino Dudek

Feeding America   Riverside San Bernardino Counties Fox Performing Arts Center   Live Nation Hyatt Place Riverside/Downtown Investment Concepts, Inc. March Joint Powers Authority On Target Promotions PLD Consulting REACH Leadership STEAM Academy Riverside University   Health System Foundation Sharp Business Systems

1 to 5 Years

100 Black Men of the Inland Empire AB Personnel Services Allegra Marketing Print Mail/   Image 360 Alta Vista South Ameca Packaging & Supply Arrowhead Credit Union Azteca Horticultural Services Azteca Landscape Boys & Girls Clubs California Highway   Adoption Company Central Pro Insurance Services Chevron Canyon Crest Car Wash   MYJ Group, Inc. The Conservatorie, LLC

FocalPoint Business Coaching Grand Canyon University Imtasik Family Counseling Services, Inc. Robin Lang LR Tax & Accounting Services, Inc. Miguel’s Jr. Mexican Food M’Sole Condo Rentals My College Bound Consulting Norman Krieger, Inc. Pick Group of Young Professionals Riverside County   Black Chamber of Commerce Riverwalk Pet Resort The Rodriguez Law Group Salon Success Academy The Salted Pig - Fierro Foods, Inc. Sonic Drive-In Spanish Town Heritage Foundation Sylvan Learning Center Taco Station 1 - Downtown Congressman Mark Takano Welbrook Senior Living Arlington Wells Fargo Bank West Coast Arborists Janice Wood Wood Smith Henning & Berman, LLP   Law Firm Woodcrest Smog Test Only World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California

Member Highlights

Special thanks to AT&T for being the title sponsor at the Chamber’s sold out golf tournament where business leaders convened to make connections on the golf course.

Hundreds of volunteers came to March Air Reserve Base to serve a picnic lunch provided by Albertsons/ Vons/Pavilions to thousands of military personnel and their families.

Welcome to the Chamber “Joining the Chamber was an integral part of opening a Raising Cane’s in Riverside. What an amazing way to connect with forwardthinking business owners, community members, and dignitaries. We have been able to make some connections with the City and we look forward to continuing to build our relationships.” Mica Brandt Marketing Advisor Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Beaumont Juice

Miriam Lopez 550 B St. Beaumont, CA 92223 (951) 769-7171 Food Products

Bourns Employees Federal Credit Union Dulce Pliego 1200 Columbia Ave. Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 781-5600 • Credit Unions

Century 21 Lois Lauer Realty

Todd Ridgway 7121 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 329-9909 • Real Estate/Residential

Cisneros Brothers Plumbing

Isaac Cisneros 12072 I Ave. #7 Hesperia, CA 92345 (760) 947-2625 • Contractors/Plumbing & Supplies

Dana Innovations

Lacy Mason 11016 Mulberry Ave. Fontana, CA 92337 (949) 226-5143 • Manufacturers

Healing Hearts Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc.

Teresa Alvarado 3610 Central Ave. 4th Fl. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 285-0510 • Counseling

Healthy Hertitage Movement

Phyllis Clark 3637 9th St. Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 682-1717 • Community Organizations


Stephanie Bradley Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 206-2691 Nail Wraps/Stickers

The Parlour by Dollhouse in Downtown Riverside celebrated the Grand Opening of their location with Chamber members, elected officials, and family.

Laborers Pacific Southwest Regional Organizing Coalition Thomas Ruiz 4399 Santa Anita Ave. #204 El Monte, CA 91731 (626) 350-9403 Trade Association

McDonald’s #37102 Randell Baremor 2246 Iowa Ave. Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 809-8469 • Restaurants/Fast Food

Med Hub Center John McFadden Moreno Valley, CA 92557 (951) 500-5438 • Advertising/Agencies

Metro ARCO AMPM Ashkan Etemadian 10995 Indiana Ave. Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 772-3200 • Gas Station/Car Wash

NIR Plumbing Nick Lopez 4063 Brockton Ave. Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 300-6681 • Contractors/Plumbing & Supplies

Provident Bank Mortgage Derek Steele 6529 Riverside Ave. #160 Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 675-1982 • Mortgages

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Mica Brandt 10966 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505 Restaurants/Fast Food

The Soup Shoppe Anja Walker 6712 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (714) 906-2625 Restaurants

TFC Title Loans Daniel Joelson 570 E. La Cadena Dr. Riverside, CA 92507 (213) 985-2258 riverside-title-loans/ Financial Services

Web Video Ad Space Ahryn Scott Riverside, CA 92506 (800) 974-2969 • Advertising/Agencies


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This local student is one of over 500 community volunteers who participated to clean the Santa Ana River – the largest river restoration project in the City of Riverside each year.

Hundreds Participate in Biggest River Cleanup of the Year Over 500 Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) volunteers attended the Santa Ana River and City Waterways Cleanup to clean Riverside’s local waterways. This marks the ninth year KRCB volunteers mobilized into the Santa Ana River watershed and the waterways of Fairmount Park, Tequesquite Canal, and Martha McLeanAnza Narrows Park to collect thousands of pounds of litter, debris, and green waste. KRCB would like to thank the project partners for their support: City of Riverside Public Utilities, SoCal Gas, Custom Service Systems, Western Municipal Water District, Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Riverside Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Rivers and Lands Conservancy, Farmer Boys, and Local Boy. This annual water restoration event remains one of the most popular cleanup events of the year


for KRCB in the City of Riverside. In an effort to recognize community leaders, KRCB will hold its annual Community Recognition Luncheon on October 19 at Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center to honor community members for their spirit of volunteerism, environmental stewardship, and community involvement. The award winners are: Iron Eyes Cody – Councilman Mike Soubirous, Junior Iron Eyes Cody – Notre Dame High School, Lady Bird Johnson – Gina Perez, Junior Lady Bird Johnson – Riverside Girl Scouts – Laurie Nelson, Spirit of Volunteerism – LDS CA Riverside Mission, Environmental Steward – Garden Highway Foods, Outstanding Waste Management – California Baptist University, Outstanding Litter Prevention – Temple Beth El, Good Steward for Graffiti – Diana Medina, Bob Stewart Award – Robin Lang, and Sponsor of the Year – Milestone Media.

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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

SAT | OCT 14

Business In Action

Inland Empire Navy Birthday Ball

7:15 AM • CHAMBER’S BOURNS BOARDROOM BIA is a great place to network with local businesses while having the opportunity to hear various speakers on important business topics. October 11 – Paul Hammond, March Field Air Museum Update; October 18 – Connection Session; October 25 – Daniela Bumann, The Power of Self Esteem and Confidence.

6:00 PM • RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER 3637 5TH ST Chambers from the region have come together to host this ball honoring the Navy’s 242nd birthday in addition to celebrating the positive impact the Naval Surface Warfare Center has brought to Inland Southern California for the past 75 years.

WED | OCT 11

TUE | OCT 17

Washington, D.C. Report with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

INSIDE Arlington

11:30 AM CHECK-IN • 12:00 PM LUNCHEON RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER - 3637 5TH ST Join U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein as she updates the business community on the latest updates and policy issues from Washington, D.C. ranging from job growth, healthcare, transportation and infrastructure, the environment, and more.

7:15 AM • RIVERSIDE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 6951 FLIGHT RD Get the latest update on the Riverside Municipal Airport’s growth and economic impact from this month’s host. Hear a Ward update, network with city officials, and gain valuable updates from local businesses and community leaders on the latest news happening in the Arlington Business Council.

THU | OCT 12

THU | OCT 19

Good Morning Riverside

AfterHours Business Mixer

7:00 AM • THE MISSION INN HOTEL & SPA 3649 MISSION INN AVE George Johnson, County Executive Officer of the County of Riverside headlines Good Morning Riverside with the University of California, Riverside as this month’s sponsor.

5:30 PM • BMW OF RIVERSIDE • 3060 ADAMS ST Make plans to come and enjoy an opportunity to connect with other members along with business and community leaders over drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the newly-renovated BMW of Riverside.

FRI | OCT 13

FRI | OCT 27

Legislative Summit 2017

Business Seminar Series

11:30 AM CHECK-IN • 12:00 PM LUNCHEON RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER - 3637 5TH ST Legislative Summit will feature a discussion with California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly about how the influx of new transportation and infrastructure dollars will spur development and create new jobs in Riverside.

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 them improve their business while at the same time allowing attendees to network with other business leaders.



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DO YOU KNOW? In 2008, Riverside became water independent with the completion of the John W. North Water Treatment Plant, a state-of-the-art facility that can treat 10 million gallons of local water every day. This means no more relying on the Colorado River or the State Water Project to meet our water needs – just local, reliable water to keep us thriving. For more on the John W. North Water Treatment Plant go to

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