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‘The Chamber…building a stronger local economy’

Volume 39, Number 9

Chamber Members Count! What is your business’ current status? We are open and operating at normal or increased capacity – 38% We are open and operating at reduced capacity – 34% Location open with minimal employees – 11%

Three November Ballot Measures to Improve Quality of Life Healthcare, housing, and public safety key priorities for community

We are closed – 6%

The Chamber supports three measures appearing on the November 2020 General Election ballot, as they improve healthcare outcomes, free up housing, and keep local communities safe.

Location open with maximum staff according to physical distancing rules – 4%

Proposition 14

Location closed, some staff working remotely – 7%

Which Chamber resources/ programs have you taken advantage of to help your business operate through the pandemic? “Chamber Impact” email – 34% Free mask pickup from the Chamber – 18% Business Webinar Series complimentary webinars and portal – 16% COVID-19 Business Resource Portal on the Chamber’s website – 14% Facebook Group - “Riverside’s Take-Out/Delivery/Shopping Options During COVID-19” – 13% Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge – 5%

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

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Proposition 14 authorizes $5.5 billion in state bonds for the purpose of funding stem cell research. California’s voters passed a similar bond measure in 2004, which funded therapy development for 75 diseases and led to several billion dollars of increased economic activity. Proposition 14 will build on these efforts by funding research that will advance life-saving treatments, lower costs for healthcare services, and create tens of thousands of jobs. Additionally, the University of California, Riverside and California State University, San Bernardino will benefit from this measure through investments in research programs for students, helping train the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Three measures on the November General Election ballot will bolster healthcare research, improve access to housing, and promote public safety in communities.

Proposition 19 Under Proposition 19, individuals who are over the age of 55, severely disabled, or victim of a wildfire or natural disaster are able to transfer their property tax assessment to a replacement home anywhere in the state. Many individuals choose not to move from See Measures on page 2

Voters Urged to Vote No on Prop. 15 This November Tax increases could lead to 396,345 lost jobs over the first five years The Chamber is urging voters to oppose Proposition 15 on the November 2020 ballot, which would increase taxes for many commercial property owners and ultimately lead to heightened costs for many employers and small businesses.

The Chamber urges voters to oppose Proposition 15 on the November ballot due to its proposed tax increases for many commercial property owners, leading to increased costs passed down to customers.

The proposition seeks to raise up to $12 billion a year through a split roll property tax on commercial and industrial properties. However, such a measure would ultimately constitute a 25% increase in property tax for California businesses and would set the record as the largest tax increase in the state’s history.

If approved by voters, Proposition 15 would require that, beginning with the 2022–23 lien date, all commercial and industrial properties, with some limited exceptions, be reassessed to full market value, and then reassessed every three years. Exempted from this measure would be any residential property, including rental housing, property used for production agriculture, and commercial

business properties worth less than $3 million. The measure also would exempt from taxation tangible personal property up to $500,000 per taxpayer, and all tangible personal property for certain small businesses. In 1978, California voters passed Proposition 13, which created a limit on the amount of tax that could be assessed on residential and commercial property values. Since that time, California property taxes have been stable, relatively moderate, and an enormous benefit to California taxpayers. Changing this system would make the property tax a volatile See Prop. 15 on page 7

$31.2 Million Grant to Fund Sustainable Projects in Eastside City of Riverside received its largest grant to date The City of Riverside and community partners were awarded the largest grant in city history, totaling $31,221,206 for projects that reduce emissions in underserved communities. The Chamber applauds the collaborative efforts between the City and partners to secure the dollars to invest in the Eastside area of Riverside. Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) and Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) programs are offered through the State Department of Conservation to fund affordable housing, smart transit and walkable communities, urban greening, and solar and water/power efficiency projects, among a wide range of activities. Everything funded under the TCC and AHSC grants must lead to greenhouse gas reductions and healthier communities over time. The specific goals to revive the Eastside area include bike paths, housing, composting, community gardens, solar panels, tree planting, and more. The funds from the TCC can be used to fund development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, and economic benefits. The AHSC funds work towards projects that make it easier for Californians to drive less by making sure housing, jobs, and key destinations are accessible by walking, biking, and transit. See Grant 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 2020–2021 Chair of the Board Gary Montgomery – Thompson & Colegate, LLP Vice Chair – Chair Elect Tom Nightingale – Fifth Third Bank Vice Chair – Governmental Affairs Julio Figueroa – AT&T Vice Chair – Economic Development Rich Erickson – Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Vice Chair – Membership/Marketing Kathy Michalak – Habitat for Humanity Riverside Vice Chair – Community Development Bob Mendez – RLM Wealth Group Vice Chair – Business Councils Michael Lewin – Mirau Edwards Cannon Lewin & Tooke Vice Chair – Business Councils Scott Ditfurth – Best Best & Krieger Vice Chair – Business Councils Ana Miramontes – Bank of America Vice Chair – Finance/Treasurer Jennifer Heiting – Altura Credit Union Legal Counsel/Past Chair of the Board/Chair–GRCCPAC Robert Hicks – Stream Kim Hicks Wrage & Alfaro

Board of Directors 2020–2021 Joseph Araiza – UCPATH Center David Austin – The Austin Realty Group David Batista – Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center – AHMC Healthcare David Bristow – The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Judy Carpenter – Riverside Medical Clinic Brigadier General Melissa Coburn – 452nd Air Mobility Wing David Crain – Dutton Cadillac–GMC/Buick Jamil Dada – Provident Bank Carl Dameron – Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce Prabha Dhalla – Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce Ronald Ellis – California Baptist University Rakel Engles – La Sierra University Joy Fehr – La Sierra University Jim Fuson – Galleria at Tyler David Hansen – Riverside Unified School District Brian Hawley – Luminex Software, Inc. George Hoanzl – Jaguar Computer Systems Peter Hubbard – American Medical Response Wolde-Ab Isaac – Riverside Community College District Derek Itzen – Itzen Wealth Management Pepi Jackson – Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce Jeff Kraus – University of California, Riverside Carmen Lainez – Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Jeff Marshall - MFI Recovery Center Rose Mayes – Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, Inc.

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Riverside’s Business Leaders Seek Solutions to Regional Challenges As businesses look to a busy fall season, the Chamber is staying focused on the priorities that stimulate business growth and job creation.

A main priority coming up is the election on November 3. The Board of Directors has voted to support or oppose certain initiatives that would impact the local business community. The Chamber urges members to support Propositions 14, 19, 20 and 22 and oppose 23. The Chamber has been monitoring hundreds of bills in this legislative session on behalf of your business. You can read more about them in articles throughout this newspaper and other Chamber communications. By equal measure, it is important to ensure our community and its many schools and local government have leaders at the helm to bring Riverside through the COVID-19 pandemic is also a top priority. The Chamber will host candidate forums in the coming weeks for Riverside and Alvord Unified School District’s Board Member positions. In addition, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Political Action Committee has endorsed Patricia Lock Dawson for Mayor of Riverside. Her fresh perspective

Patty Moorman – Bourns, Inc. Cathy Paredes – Bank of America Norm Pelzer – Riverside Living Magazine Lea Petersen – Southern California Gas Company Howard Saner – Riverside Physician Network Zareh Sarrafian – Riverside University Health System Tom Smith – University of California, Riverside Rob Starr – The Toro Company Mike Stong – Commercial Surety Bond Agency Ron Thompson – Collins Aerospace Jackie Van Blaricum – Riverside Community Hospital Andrew Walcker – Overland Development Company Matt Webb – Albert A. Webb Associates Vita Willett – Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside Joseph Zichichi – Spectrum Business

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Discussing issues without purpose is not enough. To that end, the Chamber is urging members to stay informed and vote this November. The future of Riverside and the success of local businesses is a critical factor relying on citizens exercising their right to vote. So as we begin the fall season, I assure you the Chamber will continue to address the challenges we face and champion our community’s strengths towards building a stronger local economy.

Our region’s business and job growth are paramount and we must communicate our value to policymakers in Sacramento and Washington, DC. That is why the Chamber is proud to host Eleni Kounalakis, California Lieutenant Governor, at the Virtual Legislative Summit on Friday, October 9. I welcome all Chamber members to attend the Legislative Summit for a productive

At a recent edition of Good Morning Riverside, Superintendent David Hansen of Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) addressed business leaders regarding plans for the upcoming school year and local students. The District adapted quickly to state regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust the 2020-2021 school year.

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In July, RUSD presented all 42,000 students and families with the opportunity to choose one of three instructional programs to participate in this school year. First, a home-based option with the parent teaching RUSD curriculum and the ability for students to check in weekly with teachers; second, a 100% virtual program for students to be online each day for approximately 3.5 hours with “live instruction” from an RUSD teacher to guide them; third, an in-person learning program was offered where students can return to school and experience the normal instructional day, with the necessary safety precautions in place at each site. However, per Governor Gavin Newsom, the third option will begin with students working virtually with their teacher in a way that mirrors their typical school day until the restrictions are lifted by state and county health officials.

honor the rich diversity of the district. Recently, the school board adopted a series of policies and regulations to support all students and combat hate behaviors on campuses.

RUSD believes education is a powerful tool to shatter inequities and eliminate unfair processes and procedures that have been systemic for centuries. All RUSD staff will have access to equityrelated professional learning throughout the year. In addition, students will participate in restorative interactions to enhance interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity.

Members of the Chamber received an update from RUSD’s Superintendent, Dr. David Hansen, regarding the 2020-2021 school year and how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact learning in the future.

Superintendent Hansen is enthusiastic to see their decisions will long outlive the current pandemic and provide families with more choices each year. The Chamber looks

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briefing on the state’s vision for economic growth in Riverside and California as a whole. Contact the Chamber to register for the event.

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and experience as a business owner, community leader, and school board trustee will help the City of Riverside address a number of critical challenges that impact local businesses and residents.

Serving students and families is a constant priority. To ensure every student has a learning device and internet access, RUSD has distributed over 30,000 laptops and 2,000 hotspots. In addition, RUSD’s Nutrition Services have served over two million meals since March and will continue to serve twice a week. RUSD is doing more than changing the way local students learn. RUSD has developed an Equity Plan to make a difference for the students in the district. A district-wide program in Restorative Justice was put in place to keep children safe from hate-motivated behaviors on every campus. As a district, RUSD is committed to implementing inclusive practices and policies that

their current home because their property tax assessment would likely increase if they were to move elsewhere. This measure provides a tax incentive to specific groups, allowing them to move to a house that better fits their needs while freeing up available housing for new homebuyers. Proposition 19 also generates hundreds of millions in long term revenue for schools, local governments, and wildfire protection.

Proposition 20 Proposition 20 makes changes to the state’s criminal justice system in efforts to promote the safety of local communities and reduce crime. Specifically, the measure reclassifies

forward to move forward its partnership with RUSD to continually innovate and create ways for business and education to work together for the future workforce of Riverside.

certain “non-violent” crimes, such as sex trafficking of a minor and domestic violence, as “violent” in efforts to prevent early release of inmates convicted of these crimes. The measure also allows an individual to be charged with a felony for serial theft upon the third instance of stealing property worth more than $250. The cost and instances of theft have increased by approximately 25% since 2014, the year in which laws were enacted that made it more difficult for individuals to be charged with felonies for certain theft crimes. Proposition 20 restores several crimes that will ultimately shield businesses from theft and keep neighborhoods safe. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at asall@riverside-chamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.


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CA Lieutenant Governor to Share Vision at Virtual Legislative Summit

$28 Million in CARES Act Funding to Help Small Business, Community Needs The Riverside City Council recently approved a plan to utilize nearly $28 million of federal funding designated for COVID-19 response to help local residents and businesses with rental assistance, services for homeless individuals, help for small businesses, and aid against food insecurity. The funds originate from allocations from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the State of California. The funds were specifically made available to Riverside following an intensive outreach effort by members of the Big City Mayors group, of which Mayor Rusty Bailey is a member. The group, which is made up of mayors of the 13 largest cities in the state, reached out to Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders to advocate for funding for seven cities, including Riverside, that did not receive a direct allocation from the $150 billion federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to state, local, and tribal governments.

This outreach effort resulted in the inclusion of $225 million in funding for the seven cities as part of the recently approved State budget, with Riverside receiving $27,991,888. Once received, the Riverside City Council approved a plan to spend these funds to address key issues in the community. The plan includes $2.6 million to provide shelter beds, $3.6 million for rental assistance, $3.6 million for business assistance, and $3 million to assist people who are struggling with reliable access to food. Another $2.5 million is earmarked for support to children and families, including help with childcare costs, while more than $2.1 million will help support distance learning by Riverside students. To ensure continuity of government while employees work remotely, the City will spend more than $1.1 million on laptops, field devices, and other technology needs to serve the community.

Kounalakis was sworn in as the state’s first female Lieutenant Governor in 2019, bringing a wealth of business and international affairs experience to the office. From 2010 to 2013, she served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary, and later went on to write a memoir about the onset of Hungary’s democratic backsliding. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kounalakis to chair the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment in 2014. Kounalakis was a Virtual Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research between 2014 and 2017, specializing in international trade and immigration. She is currently a director of the Association of American Ambassadors and a National Democratic Institute “Ambassadors Circle” advisor. Prior to her public service, Kounalakis was president of one of California’s most respected housing development firms, AKT Development, where she worked for 18 years. She built master-planned communities and delivered quality housing to the Sacramento region’s working families – recognizing her as one

California Lieutenant Governor will speak at the Chamber’s Virtual Legislative Summit to discuss efforts to support businesses during COVID-19 and bolster California’s standing in the global economy.

of the capital region’s most prominent businesswomen. Passionate about early childhood development, Kounalakis served as a member of California’s First 5 Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism. The Legislative Summit will take place virtually from 12:00 to 1:00 PM on October 9. With more than 250 individuals expected to attend, member businesses seeking to enhance their brand can take advantage of sponsorship opportunities. To register as a sponsor or to purchase individual tickets, contact Andrew Sall at asall@riversidechamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220.

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The Big City Mayors Group, of which Mayor Rusty Bailey is a member, advocated for funding in order to help local residents and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chamber is continuing its role as a convener of leaders by hosting California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis at the Virtual Legislative Summit on October 9. During the event, members will hear from Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis about the state’s priorities to support businesses and the economy.

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Businesses, Colleges Convene Leaders to Showcase Opportunities for Local Students

The 2020 Riverside College & Career Fair, The Chamber also encourages local presented by Bank of America and hosted businesses to participate as exhibitors at the by the Chamber, will continue to reach live session to highlight future career paths thousands of high school students through in their industry and the types of training a new virtual and education platform. required to succeed COVID-19 will in their field. not stop this This is also a year’s edition great opportunity from inspiring to start building students to seek relationships for future opportufuture internship, nities to gain a recruitment, and higher education business opportuor seek advanced nities to help s training in tudents envision The Virtual Riverside College & Career Fair builds highly-skilled and a strong future workforce by providing students and what a future sought-after fields. parents the opportunity to speak to representatives could be like with from businesses, community colleges, vocational local businesses. programs, state colleges and universities, private This year’s event Register soon as schools, and Ivy League universities. will span three exhibitor space days from September 29 to October 1, 2020 is limited. For exhibitor information, contact with a special live session from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Nicholas Adcock at nadcock@riversideon October 1 where representatives from chamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 217. nearly 200 higher education and industry entities will connect with thousands of local Bank of America and the Chamber look students from Riverside, Alvord, and Jurupa forward to bringing the Riverside College Unified Schools Districts. & Career Fair back in-person at the Galleria at Tyler in the future. The current Workshops and information sessions on precautions against COVID-19 create college applications, financial aid, and career a unique opportunity to explore new ways guidance are returning to the Riverside College to connect students to universities, colleges, & Career Fair this year on September 29 and local businesses. and 30. On October 1, the live event on the platform Hopin will allow students to engage This program is proudly supported by Bank and video chat with college representatives of America, the Chamber’s Business Education to ask about admissions, student life, fields Partnership Council, Riverside County of study, and more. Student participation Workforce Development Board, Southern is free and easy to RSVP by visiting bit.ly/ California Edison, and Alvord, Jurupa, VirtualRCCF2020. and Riverside Unified School Districts.

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Apply Now: Tuition-free Executive Leadership Training Boosts Longevity The Chamber is proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside on their new Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program. ICCC is a tuition-free program designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help small businesses in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth and survive the economic impact of the COVID19 crisis. Resources include business recovery strategies, capital relief solutions, community building, and on-on-one coaching. ICCC’s goal is to recruit and support small and medium-sized businesses of all diverse backgrounds. Businesses meeting the qualifications are encouraged to apply for the ICCC program. To qualify, businesses must be an independent for-profit or non-profit corporation, partnership, or proprietorship; have its headquarters of more than 51% of its physical operations

located in an economically distressed area or have more than 40% of employees residing in an economically-distressed area; be past the proof-of-concept or survival stage; and have been in operation for two years or more. ICIC also created the Small Business Resource Center which hosts a wide range of national and local resources to support small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center will be hosting the ICCC Inland Southern California Opening Seminar as an interactive virtual two-day seminar series taking place the mornings of Monday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 4. The Chamber encourages members to apply or nominate a business before the September 23 application deadline. To nominate a business or apply, visit nominate.iccapitalconnections. org or apply.iccapitalconnections.org, respectively. For more information, contact Anna Marie Cruz at amcruz@icic.org or 562-631-7937.


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GRCC Recognized Among Best in CA for Excellence in Business Advocacy

A final component of the award is publishing In recognition of its efforts to continually and distributing a vote record chart for defend businesses and help keep members how Riverside’s state representatives voted on compliant with state employment laws, the critical issues. Chamber was awarded the One of the key 2020 President’s requirements Circle Award by to qualify for the California the award Chamber of is exemplary Commerce participation in (CalChamber). CalChamber’s The Chamber is compliance one of only six product resale chambers program. The of commerce Chamber strives statewide that has received For the 12th year, the Chamber earned the CalChamber’s to keep members up-to-date on the award each President’s Circle Award for maintaining an active presence in governmental affairs on behalf of members. all state and of the 12 years federal labor it has been laws by offering compliance posters and presented. products at discounted rates. Not only does this provide employers with the information The award is presented to chambers of they need to run their business effectively, commerce who maintain an active presence but it also helps them avoid up to $17,000 in governmental affairs. To accomplish this, in fines for alleged violations. the Chamber attends weekly conference calls with CalChamber to highlight the status of The Chamber is honored to receive the 2020 critical legislation impacting businesses. President’s Circle Award and will continue to provide members with critical labor law Furthermore, the Chamber continually information and serve as the advocate for generates advocacy letters to state elected business. For more information, contact leaders encouraging them to keep the interests Andrew Sall at asall@riverside-chamber.com of business, which represent the backbone of or 951-683-7100 Ext. 220. the economy, in mind when voting on a bill.

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Businesses can access a handbook to assist with managing and communicating a workplace outbreak, reporting and providing sick leave, and educating employees about COVID-19.

Open for Business – State of California Publishes Best Practices and Guidelines The State of California recently published a new COVID-19 Employer Playbook, which includes guidelines on how businesses can safely re-open, provide clean work environments, and reduce the risk for both employees and customers. The guidance and links provided are intended to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19, not to revoke workers or business’ rights.

Some of the topics in the Playbook include how to manage and communicate a workplace outbreak, reporting and providing sick leave, educating employees about COVID-19, and more. Masks or face coverings are required statewide in all public or common spaces, and the business must provide these to employees or offer compensation. The Playbook also includes real-life examples of what steps and protocols a packagedfood company took to keep employees and management safe, healthy, and comfortable.

Along with guidelines, the Playbook includes enforcement and compliance contacts for the Alcohol Beverage Control Office, Labor Commissioner’s Office, and Cal/OSHA Manager Contacts for the entire state. Riverside is specifically located in Region 3, along with San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Ana, and Long Beach.

The Chamber is encouraging all businesses to read the COVID-19 Employer Playbook and take the Safer Together, Greater Together Pledge by visiting bit.ly/GreaterPledge. The Chamber is working together with neighboring chambers of commerce and the County of Riverside to promote this program as a way for businesses to institute the core COVID-19 safety practices put forth by the State of California. Visit covid19ca.gov for more information about the COVID-19 Employer Handbook.




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Chamber Business Briefs The Chamber is proud to support MARB in their missions. MARB is a critical facet to the local community as the personnel who work on the Base inject dollars into the economy by shopping in local stores, using small businesses, and buying homes.

452nd Air Mobility Wing Named Air Force Outstanding Unit The 452nd Air Mobility Wing (AMW), Air Force Reserve Command’s largest wing with over 4,000 personnel, was awarded an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award winner for 2017. From humanitarian aid to combat support operations, the men and women of the 452 AMW supported thousands of Department of Defense tasks during this period. “These operations took place in 2017 when I was the Operations Group commander, so I know first-hand how hard the team worked to ensure each mission was successful,” Brigadier General Melissa Coburn said. “Three years later, their missions continue in spite of the challenges we face in these times of a global pandemic.” Together, they supported Operation NOBLE EAGLE with 24/7 alert operations, becoming the model for Total Force Integration by incorporating 300 active and Reserve Airmen, 13 aircraft, and 23 nuclear-certified crews to fly 1,000 hours and over 1,400 deployments worldwide.

Riverside Community Hospital Appoints New COO Riverside Community Hospital (RCH), part of HCA Healthcare, is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Hemstead as the new Chief Operating Officer. The Chamber looks forward to a continued partnership with RCH and Hemstead in order to build a strong local economy and work to expand healthcare offerings for residents. Hemstead brings extensive health administration background to his new role at RCH. Prior to joining RCH, Hemstead was the Chief Operating Officer at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Florida. “Riverside Community Hospital has been expanding their services to serve the needs of the growing Inland Empire for the past several years. In addition to new cutting edge cardiac and electrophysiology procedures, cancer technology, and robotic programs, RCH has expanded their capacity to provide a higher level of care to our community,” says Hemstead.

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Chamber Recognizes James Joseph as Ambassador of the Month The Chamber congratulates James Joseph, Western Region Sales for COCARD, on being Ambassador of the Month. COCARD offers a menu of proven solutions, payment gateways, and point-ofsales systems to meet a business’ unique needs. Joseph has been part of the Ambassador Committee since 2018 and is always finding ways to increase his involvement in the community. Joseph joined the Ambassador Committee for the opportunity to become more involved in the Chamber and the Riverside community. Since becoming an Ambassador, Joseph has increased his knowledge about the impact the Chamber has in the community as well as insider information about what is going on within the City of Riverside. Joseph’s favorite ways to hear about the latest news in the community is through Business In Action and Good Morning Riverside. The Ambassadors are a vital liaison between the Chamber and its membership. They encourage members to use their benefits and make a difference in their Chamber and community. For more information about the Ambassador Committee, contact Christina McDonald at cmcdonald@riverside-chamber. com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 211.

revenue source for local government, triggering larger cuts in government services during recessions, when people need these services most. According to a 2012 study by the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University, a split roll could cost the California economy $71.8 billion of lost output and 396,345 lost jobs over the first five years. While the Legislative Analyst estimates that up to $1 billion of new tax revenue each year will be directed to state and local governments, such funds will only be utilized for the administrative and operational costs of existing programs. This means that up to $1 billion a year will be absorbed by existing spending before the funds can be used to hire any new school teachers, police officers, or firefighters. Some fear the “divide and conquer” approach of targeting commercial and industrial property this election could ultimately lead to a fuller repeal of Proposition 13 that would increase property taxes on homeowners. That is why the Chamber is joining business organizations across California and urging voters to oppose Proposition 15 this November.

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The grant project area centers around the City’s 7th and Chicago (Entrada) housing project and will contain most of the Eastside from the Downtown Metrolink station to the University of California, Riverside. Congratulations to City staff and partners for working together to achieve this milestone.

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Jumpstart Your Online Business Using Recommended E-Commerce Platforms Attendees learned why more businesses have moved from traditional invoicing to digital payment processing in a recent edition of the Business Webinar Series. Three local experts shared their experience using various e-commerce and payment platforms and why switching could save businesses time.

Local Chamber member experts shared their experience using

Ahryn Scott, e-commerce platforms, applications, and payment systems and how they can save businesses time and money. Owner of Web Video Ad Space, compared e-commerce platforms, web forms Finally, Carrie Miller, Manager and ProAdvisor and their corresponding functions and prices. of QuickBooks at Roorda, Piquet & Bessee, Scott compared self-contained solutions, such Inc. provided insight on the advantages of as Shopify and Wix, where the applications using QuickBooks with e-commerce. The will do the majority of management for the decision-making point for businesses is the business to open source solutions such as ability to invoice with no postage and mail WooCommerce where the business will time delay. This lack of delay can also be tied be given more freedom in customizing the to the payments, where, if a business needed platform. Scott also examined website forms to expend money for an immediate cost, the where businesses can work out a plan to cash flow from the payments would be accept payments with additional flexibility. immediately available to use. Eric Oliver, Team Lead at Beyond, shared successful and affordable payment processing systems that could be used in conjunction with various e-commerce platforms. Oliver recommended PayTrace above others because it automatically qualifies specific payment cards as a lower cost to businesses through interchange.

The complimentary Chamber Webinar Series is hosted by the Chamber to help businesses navigate COVID-19 successfully. This e-commerce webinar and past webinars can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/BWSportal. To register for the next webinar, contact Janet Doan at jdoan@riverside-chamber.com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 216. Courtyard by Marriott 10% off when you book a room. (951)276-1200 The Collective Movements $30 off for online parkour classes. Complete with available help and corrections online. (760)554-0496

A-Check Global New clients: Complimentary account setup (a $150 value). (877)345-2021 A1 Computer - Windows Mobile/Remote Repairs/Parts 20% off Chamber member's first mobile or remote service, not including parts, shipping, or sales tax. (951)684-8724 Active IT Solutions First 2 hours free for all Chamber Members. 20% discount off our standard hourly rate (951)742-8020 Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corp. 10% off Adopt-A-Highway monthly rates plus 50% off sign and free installation. (714)689-9334 Angelica's Florist & Gifts 10% discount on any purchase or any local delivery for Chamber members. (951)653-4200 Ben Clymer's The Body Shop, Inc. Free towing for pick up and delivery for customers during the COVID-19 shutdown and sterilization of all vehicle touch points. (951)734-4373 Blue Social 30% discount for Chamber Members. Coupon Code: GRCCMember. Contact us for custom bulk orders. (951)662-3312 California Highway Adoption Company 10% off monthly Adopt-A-Highway rates. (800)761-1880 California Smog & Automotive Institute, LLC Auto Service $10 off smog inspection. Free alignment check & 40-point inspection with all oil change services. (951)781-0412

Creative Solutions Marketing and Printing 10 FREE disposable masks with your first order of $250.00. (951)736-2999 Farmers Insurance - Meyling Barillas 25% workers’ compensation decrease and pay WC only for current employees through our RealTime Billing. (909)505-2500 Friar Tux 25% off all suit, tuxedo purchases, & rentals (cannot be combined with any other offers). (951)734-2380 Habitat for Humanity Riverside 10% off your purchase at the Riverside ReStore. (951)787-6754 The Hanigan Company Printing and Promotional Products 1,000 business cards - light design included $20.00 + tax. For new customers only. (951)688-9114

Law Office of Ronald Newton 30% off fees (business law) and 35% off fees (estate) cases referred by Chamber members. (909)702-4089 Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis APC 20% off fee for first $2,000 collected for each account. (951)588-2080 Law Offices of Julie M. Hill 25% off attorney hourly fees (family law) and 25% off flat fee (estate planning) cases referred by Chamber members. (951)682-2228

Strategic 360 15% discount on payroll for 2020. (866)800-5800 SystemGo IT 10% off any services rendered. Free, no obligation audit and CIO consultation, reviewing backups, security, infrastructure, and opportunities. (951)266-6381 Turtle Creek Apartments Refer a friend to Turtle Creek Apartments and receive $500 gift card. (833)282-3815

Minuteman Press 15% discount on your first order. (951)351-1754

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Arlington Ave. 15% off the entire invoice. Discount code: ABRCH15. (951)689-7805

OnTarget Digital Services LLC 15% off the monthly service fee for any digital marketing service. (951)394-1952

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Central Ave. 15% off the entire invoice. Discount code: ABRCH15. (951)367-0411

Packing House Self Storage 50% off for 6 months on any self storage unit rental. (951)405-2680

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Iowa Ave. 15% off the entire invoice. Discount code: ABRCH15. (951)367-0147

Printer Copier Guys Deals on home office printers and copiers $50.00 off plus $50.00 referral. (877)635-8799

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Mission Grove 15% off the entire invoice. Discount code: ABRCH15. (951)780-2500

Heiting & Irwin 10% off fees on contingency fee (injury/death) cases referred by Chamber members and free consultations. (951)682-6400

Real Property Management Integrity 21 free months of management fees for any new rental property put into our management. (951)530-1600

Hyatt Place Riverside/Downtown Book a catered meeting and receive 10% off food and beverage pricing, minimum 10 guests or more. (951)321-3500

Riverside Central Business Center - ESDI $45 off per month (originally $95/month) virtual office-mail service. (951)335-5330

Integrity HR, Inc. 10% off an HR assessment and/or 20% off an employee handbook customized for your business. (951)833-8372

Riverside Flower Club 15% off on flower orders. Does not apply to specials or delivery fee. (951)784-0960

Web Video Ad Space 20% OFF new website development and first year’s hosting. (951)288-8882

Riverside Living Magazine 10% off new ads placed for 6 months. 20% off new ads placed for 12 months. Cannot be combined with other offers. (951)536-2753

Wilson’s Frame Up Chamber members receive 15% off on all framework. (951)682-3200

Jackson's Kare Former inmates - 25% off all intake process in business and legal services. Veterans - 50% off all intake process in business and legal services. Payment arrangements are available. (951)394-6152

SMS Fabrications, Inc. 10% discount on any laser, waterjet, or sheet metal fabrication project. (951)351-6828

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Van Buren (Orangecrest) 15% off the entire invoice. Discount code: ABRCH15. (951)789-2882 Via Avalon Executive Suites 10% off up to five daily rentals or 1st month’s rent. (951)231-1500

For more information or to sign up, contact Janet Doan at jdoan@riverside-chamber.com or (951)683-7100 Ext. 216.


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Welcome to the Chamber “The Chamber offers resources for businesses and advocates for our needs. Being a member will help us grow a credible reputation in the community. We value our membership and look forward to knowing other members!” Anthony Hernandez President/CEO Captain IT A-C Electric

Kyle Sanders 315 30th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 (661) 410-0000 a-celectric.com Engineers

Bail Hotline

Pablo Fonseca 3230 Vine St., #200 • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 683-9685 • www.mybailhotline.com Bail Bonds

Captain IT

Anthony Hernandez 1465 Spruce St. #B • Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 335-4650 • www.captainit.com Information Technology

Amber Berkley 4371 Latham St. Riverside, CA 92501 (760) 690-5942 www.nhcare.org Community Organizations

Jaqueline Vrba 3349 Chicago Ave. • Riverside, CA 92507 (626) 646-6864 • www.fridars.com Schools/Vocational

Adam Wright 3987 Merrill Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 218-7537 Health Clubs/Fitness

Vincent McCoy PO Box 661 Ontario, CA 91762 (760)449-6850 www.luvicentinc.com Consultants

Neighborhood Healthcare


Animal House Fitness

Luvicent, Inc.

Staples #1342

Loza Beck & Associates

Thomas Loza 19330 Jesse Lane #220 • Riverside, CA 92508 (951) 800-8083 • www.lozabeck.com Financial Services

Glen Peltzman 6280 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92506 (951) 782-2140 • www.staples.com Office Supplies/Equipment & Furniture

Member Highlights

In its effort to keep the community safe, the Chamber has given away thousands of free masks to members such as Hattie De Leon of HUB Int’l. Insurance Services.

The first Virtual INSIDE Arlington gave over 40 members in each business council the opportunity to continue interacting with members in their neighborhood.

Cathy Paredes of Bank of America watched Good Morning Riverside from the comfort of her home office to hear critical information relevant to the businesses.

Member Anniversaries

1 to 5 Years

“Since joining the Chamber in 1951, Collins Aerospace (formerly Rohr Aircraft) has benefited from years of collaboration. The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging to the business community, however, our partnership with the Chamber has helped Collins navigate through these unprecedented times. We are committed to working with the Chamber for continued growth of the Riverside community.” Larry Strand Plant Manager Collins Aerospace 69 Years Collins Aerospace

50 to 61 Years Galleria at Tyler Parkview Community Hospital   Medical Center - AHMC Tavaglione Construction and Development, Inc. Western Municipal Water District

40 to 48 Years Roy O. Huffman Roof Co. Woodcrest Chiropractic

26 to 37 Years Citizens Business Bank Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Service Riverside County Superintendent of Schools   Judy White Walmart - 5200 Van Buren Blvd.

21 to 25 Years Albertsons - 8938 Trautwein Rd. Ramon Alvarez Assistance League of Riverside California State University San Bernardino - IECE Community Access Center Gresham Savage HUB Int’l Insurance Services, Inc.   Michael Watts

Innovative Electric Services Junior League of Riverside, Inc. Market Broiler Rest/Preferred Hospitality, Inc. Riverside March Field Chapter MOAA

16 to 20 Years Beltone of Riverside BrandSavants California Technical Academy Canyon Crest Athletic Club Mario’s Place Riverside Councilmember   Andy Melendrez - Ward 2 Provident Bank - 5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #86 Provident Bank - 19348 Van Buren Blvd. #119 State Farm Insurance - Adolfo Saldana

11 to 15 Years Ambergate Escrow, Inc. Central Ave Self Storage Hamblin’s Body Paint & Frame Hush Air Heating & Air Conditioning Lamb Energy On Target Promotions Salute to Veterans Parade Committee Salvation Army W. Douglas Millsap CPA Wells Fargo Commercial Banking   4141 Inland Empire Blvd #350

6 to 10 Years

A&H Party Rentals, Inc. Ben Clymer’s The Body Shop Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Champions Box Properties Chase Bank - 5060 Arlington Ave. Chase Bank - 5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #85 Chase Bank - 10355 Magnolia Ave. Chase Bank - 6245 Riverside Ave. Chase Bank - 8705 Trautwein Rd. Chase Bank - 1299 University Ave. #105 Financial Partners Credit Union Fuller Truck Accessories GRAE La Sierra, LLC Jenson USA Keller Williams Realty - Alice & Brent Bechtel Law Office of J. Lewis & Associates, APLC Main Electric Supply Co. OctoGreen Office Depot Business Solutions   3350 Vine St. Optimum Group, LLC Pacific Grove Hospital Premier Party & Tent Rental Printing Connection, Inc. Raincross Window Cleaning Saint Andrew Orthodox Church Society of Extraordinary Women Vision Solved Wealth Management Group

Acorn Technology Services Amazon - LGB6 Azteca Horticultural Services Blend Cut & Shave Studio Bourns Employees Federal Credit Union Braille Institute Crave Coffee & Tea D Mac Building Emerging Leaders, LLC Del Taco - 4407 Brockton Ave. DFI - DiGerolamo Family Insurance   & Financial Services DHD Global, Inc. Euryale Brewing Co. Fifth Third Bank Greenhouse Family Services Healthy Heritage Movement HRM Facilities Services, Inc. HROD Consultants IEHP - Inland Empire Health Plan Made Shop, Inc. Metro ARCO AMPM Mexicare Pharmacy Miguel’s Jr. Mexican Food   17815 Van Buren Blvd. NIR Plumbing Orangecrest Community Church Pacific View Charter School Packing House Self Storage The Part-Time CFO, Inc. Pedals Bicycle Shop Penguin Home Solutions, Inc. Riverside Arts Academy Riverside Community Sailing Program, Inc. Sam’s Club So Cal Tri-Counties Branch   International Dyslexia Association Staples - 2550 Canyon Springs Pkwy., Ste. I Van Buren Land & Investments Voices for Children Walden Family Services Woodard Group WPC Executive Services



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Volunteers Beautify City Through Love Your Neighborhood Campaign Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) has a new volunteer program underway for families to beautify their neighborhoods. The new idea is aimed at providing opportunities for local residents to give back to their community.

The 60 Swarm project is working to rehabilitate deteriorated pavement on State Route 60 between Riverside and Ontario. Businesses should expect delays and coordinate deliveries accordingly.

60 Swarm Construction Impacts Manufacturing, Commuters Transportation is a critical component of commerce as Riverside serves as a hub to travelers and local manufacturing and logistics businesses. The Chamber is reminding businesses about a long-term lane reduction on the westbound State Route 60 (SR-60) from Country Village Road to Wineville Road began recently. As part of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Pavement Rehabilitation Project, named the 60 Swarm, this project will bring needed infrastructure improvements to the region at an accelerated pace. Caltrans continues work on the 60 Swarm to repair deteriorated pavement slabs. Lanes will be reduced from five to three lanes. Re-striping will take place, followed by k-rail placement. Changeable message signs will be used along the I-10 and the I-215 to alert motorists of the lane reductions on SR-60. The right lane

on eastbound SR-60 from Archibald Avenue to Mission Boulevard will remain closed during construction to allow for accelerated pavement work. The closure will be monitored for traffic impacts and based on traffic volumes. A traffic reconfiguration will be in place on SR-60 from Archibald Avenue to Euclid Avenue during the project allowing daytime work to take place behind k-rail. Lanes will be available in each direction on SR-60 during the day. The speed limit will be lowered to 55 miles per hour within the project limits. Motorists are advised to use State Route 91 and I-10 around the 60 Swarm as alternate routes to avoid delays. The project is expected to take place through fall of 2021. Local businesses are open during the project. For up to date information, visit www.60swarm.com or call the 60 Swarm hotline at 1-833-607-9276.

Over 50 families and 180 people have signed up so far for the “Love Your Neighborhood” campaign. The objective is simple: take a walk around your neighborhood, pick up litter, clean debris from storm drains, eradicate graffiti, and remove unwanted paper and tape from street poles. All supplies are provided by KRCB for these cleanups and families pick up Families living in the same household did their part to by appointment at the Chamber. volunteer and pick up trash in their community through This includes gloves, masks, KRCB’s Love Your Neighborhood campaign. trash pickers, trash bags, event t-shirts, and hand sanitizer. will be limited to 10 people per group and will be required to wear gloves and masks during Safety is a top priority while scheduling their cleanups. Small scale beautification these cleanups with participating families. projects at critical sites throughout the All participants must wear gloves and masks City of Riverside will also follow the same and follow KRCB’s safety procedures while guidelines with supply pickups taking conducting their neighborhood cleanup. place on designated distribution days at Families living in the same household can the Chamber. KRCB is dedicated to the participate in the Love Your Neighborhood beautification of the City of Riverside and is campaign. KRCB looks forward to expanding eager to engage residents to make a positive volunteer opportunities throughout the impact on the community. City of Riverside when safe to do so in the coming months. For more information or to be part of the Love Your Neighborhood campaign, contact KRCB is moving ahead with the Adopt-AAlex Rendon at arendon@riverside-chamber. Street program this fall. Volunteer groups com or 951-683-7100 Ext. 212.

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Stay connected with the Chamber and create your next business opportunity at one of our signature events. Visit www.riverside-chamber.com or call 951-683-7100 for more information on any of the Chamber’s events. WED | SEPT 2, 16, & 30


Business Webinar Series

Governmental Affairs Council (GAC)

10:00 AM • ZOOM

12:00 PM • ZOOM

Business Webinar Series is a compilation of complimentary webinars covering updated best practices during COVID-19 for businesses and employers on topics including health, human resources, Yelp tactics, and more. Email Janet Doan at jdoan@riverside-chamber.com to register.

This council reviews and takes positions on business-related issues that align with the Boardapproved policy platform. Email Andrew Sall at asall@riverside-chamber.com to join the meeting.


TUE | SEPT 8 Business Education Partnership Council (BEP)

INSIDE Magnolia Center 7:30 AM • ZOOM

Listen in on a forum of the candidates running for the Riverside Unified School District Board.

Connect with City officials and business leaders about top priorities facing the Magnolia Center area. Email Janet Doan at jdoan@riverside-chamber.com to join the meeting.

WED | SEPT 9 & 23


Business In Action

Economic Development Council

7:15 AM • ZOOM

7:30 AM • ZOOM

Anderson, CEO of BizTek Solutions. September 23 will highlight Mary Kopaskie-Brown, City Planner at the City of Riverside. Email Christina McDonald at cmcdonald@riversidechamber.com to join the meeting.

Be a catalyst for business growth by engaging on economic development issues throughout the region. Email Janet Doan at jdoan@riversidechamber.com to join the meeting.

7:30 AM • ZOOM



Virtual Riverside College & Career Fair

Good Morning Riverside


7:15 AM • ZOOM

Stay engaged and up to date by attending this month’s virtual Good Morning Riverside. Email Christina McDonald at cmcdonald@riversidechamber.com to register.

Businesses and colleges can engage with thousands of high school students to discuss future career and educational opportunities both locally and nationally. For exhibitor opportunities, email Nicholas Adcock at nadcock@riverside-chamber.com.

Your health care, your way.


To help curtail the spread of the COVID19 Coronavirus, and to ensure our patients can continue to receive the health care they need, we now 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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FLEX ALERTS The temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to prepare for Flex Alerts.



Flex Alerts are a call for voluntary electricity conservation to help lower the overall current demand for energy.

4 FREE WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY Adjust your thermostat to 78° or higher, during peak hours

Close windows and doors to prevent the loss of cooled air

Adjust window coverings to reduce direct sunlight

Adjust temperature with ceiling fans

WANT TO SAVE OR LEARN MORE? Check out available energy and water rebates from RPU at RiversidePublicUtilities.com/Businesses

Learn more about Flex Alerts at FlexAlert.org

Profile for Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

Greater Riverside Business - September 2020  

Greater Riverside Business - September 2020