OCT 2013 – Affordable Care Act – Enrollment Has Begun

Covered California has official launched providing health coverage for millions in the State under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment began October 1 and healthcare coverage will begin January 1, 2014.  To help employers and employees understand the exchange and the subsidies from the federal government the Redlands Chamber of Commerce will offer a seminar on October, 11, 7:30 AM at the Chamber office.

The seminar, presented by John Heaton, JMH Insurance Solutions Inc. will provide an update on enrollment, plans, process, application procedures and more.

John will answer questions, and help find solutions for you, your business and your employees.

The seminar is free to Chamber members. Space is limited so reservations are necessary. Please call the Chamber office at 793-2546 to make your reservations.

OCT 2013 – Chamber Night Light Run – Time to Get Glowing

Get your costumes ready….it’s going to be a wild and crazy glow in the dark experience in downtown Redlands, Saturday, December 14th, 6:00 PM. It’s part fashion pizazz complete with glow-wear, electrified accessories and smelly sneakers and part evening stroll under the stars at the Redlands Chamber Night Light Run!

Where else can you have a whacky night out dressed like you did when before your mother said “YOU’RE NOT WEAR THAT OUT OF THIS HOUSE YOUNG________________ (LADY/MAN- Fill in the blank)”

So maybe it’s not really a running race but more a sauntering race, a meandering by the mile race, a jaunty stroll over hill and dale race, actually there’s no racing involved, just a whole lot of fun for the entire family.

Dress up the kids, the grandparents, the aunts the uncles, the nerdy guy in front of the computer and bring them down to the Redlands Mall where they will “Ooooooo and Ahhhhhhh” over the amazing light show. Their feet will begin to move spontaneously to the beat of the music and suddenly without them even knowing it they will break into unconstrained dance moves they didn’t even know they could do.

After the race visit the businesses in downtown Redlands that will be offering special deals for the goofy people dressed in bright neon glowy stuff a sure sign that you were a “racer” and deserve special treatment.

Register for the race early and get a huge “save a ton of money discount”. Runners get an official Night Light Run T-shirt (will quite easily become a collector’s item in the not so near future) glow embellishments to adorns your racing attire and bragging rights. Go on line for more information www.redlandschambernightlightrun.com or call the Chamber office at 793-2546 for all the brilliant details.

OCT 2013 – Chamber Welcomes Intern Sarah Snedaker

Sarah Snedaker has joined the Chamber team as an intern.  She is currently a student at California State University, Fullerton, where she is earning her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.

So far she is enjoying her responsibilities as Chamber Intern assisting people in finding answers to their Redlands questions, helping to plan the upcoming Redlands Chamber Night Light Run, and most of all, meeting all the various chamber members and learning about their businesses.  She looks forward to meeting more chamber members and hopefully being able to help grow their businesses.

When asked what her hobbies were she replied “Chasing around Charlie ( the office poodle) when he steals my things, and being a foodie at all the delicious restaurants in Redlands”.

“Sarah has been a gift to the organization and staff.” said Kathie Thurston, Chamber Executive Director. “It’s great to have and extra set of hands on deck when we are planning a new event and Sarah has been a delight. She’s eager to learn, willing to do anything and jumps in no matter what the project. We are thrilled she’s joined the team.”

OCT 2013 – Redlands Police Department Spearheading a New Approach to Combating Crime

As crime rates increase and the challenge to prevent, and solve crimes intensifies, Lt. Travis Martinez and the Redlands Police Department are engaging in high tech solutions for both business and residential robberies and burglaries. GPS technology is proving to be a significant tool in combating and quickly solving thefts in real time.

The Redlands Police Department has developed a program that engages the use of electronic tracking to assist in the apprehension of criminals as they commit criminal acts.

The tracking device uses a small thin flex board that can be embedded in cash packs or secured to property, such as safes, TVs, projectors, cash registers, etc. When moved, it activates and links up with three components; radio frequency, a cell tower and most importantly GPS. It immediately alerts the dispatch center as well as officer’s cell phones through an instant messaging system. Officers can then observe a location map of the device and suspect moving in real time all through a secure internet based system.  GPS tracking systems offer an affordable and immediate tool to apprehending those committing criminal acts.  The technology can also be used in electronic stakeouts baiting the criminals and capturing the criminal in the act with tangible evidence. Catching the criminal in the act with goods in hand aids in the prosecution of cases.

The cost of each tracking device is $450 per unit with a $30 per month service fee.

Lt. Travis Martinez states “The devices have been responsible for the arrests of 67 career criminals since January 2011 for crimes such as armed robbery, commercial burglary, vehicle burglary, bike theft, laptop theft, metal theft, and wire theft.  The Redlands Police Department has seen the value of deploying the devices at a cost of only $2 a day per device the first year and $1 a day every year after.  With the increase in residential burglary, the Community Policing Bureau created a program where Redlands Residents can pick up a device from RPD and deploy it at their household while they are away on vacation.  The program is designed to add another layer of security as well as give the homeowner peace of mind while they are enjoying a vacation.   If business owners would also like to participate in the program, they can fund a device that can be deployed at their business 24/7.”

Currently, the Redlands Police Department is conducting an electronic home surveillance program. Launched in September, before leaving for an extended period, Redlands Residents can check out a small tracking device from the PD. It can be hidden in valuable items that might be attractive to burglars. Once the resident leaves,  the device is activated. Any movement will trigger the device sending a signal to the Police Department. Using the GPS tracking software, officers can track the device and quickly locate the stolen property and the thief. The devices used were purchased by the department using asset forfeiture funds. There is no cost to participate in the program. However, the PD is asking for voluntary donations to help offset the monthly service fees.  To learn more about this innovative program, visit www.redlandspolice.org.

Businesses interested in purchasing tracking devices that can be deployed at their business 24/7 should contact Lt. Martinez.  If you have any questions, Lt. Martinez can be reached at (909) 557-6583 or tmartinez@redlandspolice.org.

OCT 2013 – City News by Mayor Pro Tem Foster

The City of Redlands will bring to a close its celebration of the City’s founding with several community-wide events, the first of which will be held Saturday, November 2nd.  The 125th Anniversary “Extravaganza” will have various events throughout the day, including a community dinner served at noon and 4 p.m. in Smiley Park.  Tickets for the barbecue dinner are $7 and can be purchased at various locations in the City, including the City Clerk’s Office and our own Chamber Office.

The day will start off with the Farmer’s Market held at the City parking lot located at 5th Street and Redlands Boulevard.  Historic bus tours led by Tom Atchley, Larry Burgess and Nathan Gonzales will depart at the north parking lot of the Redlands Mall.  Bus tour tickets are $25 and the proceeds will go to the Heritage Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.  Seats are limited so reservations for the bus tours are suggested. For reservations, call (909) 307-6060.  Entertainment from community groups and local Redlands schools will be provided throughout the day at Ed Hales Park and the Redlands Bowl.

During the day a variety of exhibits, events and walking tours are planned.  A Kids Zone featuring historic games and crafts led by the Boy and Girl Scouts of Redlands will be located in Smiley Park behind the library.  The Kids Zone will also have a small performance area with musical performing groups.  Also in this area of the park will be various booths featuring the many historical related groups in Redlands.

The park area next to the Redlands Bowl will be devoted to historic re-enactors who will display costumes, handicrafts and trades typical of the late 19th Century when the City was founded.

The Mission Gables house located on Eureka Street will host art works created by the young people of the City which followed the theme of the City’s founding.  In the patio area to the rear of the building art works created especially for this event by local Redlands Artists will be on display.

The Red Dirt Art Festival will be held during the day in the park next to the Old City Hall, displaying additional artwork created by local artisans.

The Contemporary Club building on Eureka Street will host several displays from the Redlands Historical Museum and the San Bernardino County Museum collections.  Also on display will be photos produced by members of the Redlands Camera Club.

Complimentary historical walking tours of the Smiley Park neighborhood and downtown Redlands will be led by volunteers from the Historical Society and the Heritage Auxiliary of the Contemporary Club.  Tours will begin on the hour and half hour from both Smiley Park behind the library and Ed Hales Park at the corner of 5th and East State streets.

The Redlands Bowl itself will be the site of the conclusion of the day’s events.  The ceremonies will include a welcome by our Mayor Pete Aguilar, and brief talks by our local historians, Larry Burgess and Tom Atchley.  Former Mayor Carol Beswick will also speak.  The Redlands Fourth of July Band, led by Curtiss Allen, Sr., will present several musical numbers.  A brief sketch from the “Redlands, My Redlands” original musical production will also be performed.  The finale of the evening will be a spectacular fireworks display in the sky above the Redlands Bowl.

On Monday, November 11th the City will host its first Veteran’s Day Parade in many decades.  The parade committee, led by City Clerk Sam Irwin, has a wonderful event planned to honor our Veterans.  The parade will end at Jennie Davis Park where the festivities will continue.  This event is free to the public.

On November 15th and 16th, the newly composed production of “Redlands, My Redlands” will be performed at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel.  This lively, heartwarming look at Redlands’ history composed by local music artist James Skousen with a cast of Redlands residents including community notables such as Mayor Pete Aguilar, Martha Green, Council Members Jon Harrison and Bob Gardner, City Clerk Sam Irwin and School Board Member Neal Waner will be a highlight of this anniversary year.

Tickets are $5 and available at the City Clerk’s Office, Chamber of Commerce and at the 125th Anniversary booth at Market Night during October.  The finale of the anniversary year is the debut showing of our documentary film highlighting how philanthropy has been an integral part of developing our community into the special place it is today.

The documentary has been a work of love for Al and Susan Stevens of Redlands own, “Work and Play Productions.”  They have been working with groups and filming all over town.  Of course our host and narrator is our exceptional local historian, Dr. Larry Burgess.

The film will be debuted as part of the Esri Forum Series on the early evenings of November 26, (the actual date of our City’s incorporation) and November 27.

A celebration anniversary cake will follow the viewing.  Seating for this free event will be limited, so make sure you contact the Esri Forum to make reservations early.

This has been an exciting year to celebrate our community.  Be sure to be part of these special concluding events!

OCT 2013 – Member Profile – American Payroll Service

Since 1995, American Payroll Company has been providing clients with a comprehensive payroll solution. Their commitment to excellence has enabled them to become a valued partner and provide for a seamless payroll process. The key to their success has been the personalized payroll service each and every client receives. They understand that every business has different needs and not all businesses are the same.

Their services today are more diverse than ever. Advancements in technology have allowed American Payroll Company to expand their menu of services and meet the needs of clients in all 50 States. From gathering your payroll to filing your tax returns, they take care of payroll from beginning to end.

  • American Payroll Company we specialize in Personalized Service

You may remember a time when you could walk into your local bank and the teller would greet you by name and ask about your family.  The staff at American Payroll Company is able to provide their clients that same level of customer service with all of the accuracy, reliability, and convenience expected in the 21st century.

  • Flexibility

They are flexible in the services they provide.  Many of the larger payroll companies insist the client meets their requirements.  At American Payroll Company they work to meet your needs.

  • American Payroll Company makes the transition from another payroll provider EASY.

Setup typically takes only 5 minutes of your time.  The only thing needed is access to your current payroll information and a couple of signatures and you will be ready to go.  After your first Payroll they will go over each report in detail and answer any questions you may have.

American Payroll Company has been providing accurate and reliable payroll services for over 15 years.  Clients enjoy the convenience of submitting pay amounts and forgetting the rest.

At American Payroll Company strives to offer excellent payroll service at an affordable price.  They offer many options to help you meet your payroll needs and can put together a custom payroll service package including everything you want, and nothing you don’t.

For more information or to get a quote on your payroll services needs call 335-5457 or log on to www.americanpayrollcompany.com.


OCT 2013 – Member Profile – Craig & Sons Terminte & Pest Control

If you have a bug or rodent problem Craig & Sons will be right there

Craig & Sons Termite & Pest Control, Inc. in Redlands, California, has been preforming quality termite and pest control since 1991. Our service is licensed by the State of California and all of our technicians participate in continued education in order to renew their licenses and deliver you state of the art pest control.

Termite and pest control business is a family-run company. Craig Swanston, The founder of Craig & Sons, has worked in the industry for more than 40 years. Today, Craig & Sons continues to serve Southern California with exceptional pest control services including escrow inspections. You can depend on their knowledgeable professionals to locate, target, and remove the pests that plague your life effectively and safely.

Don’t’ live your life pestered by bugs or rats! Craig & Sons Termite & Pest Control, Inc. is proud to offer complete termite control services, as well as rodent control and removal services. They are a 1-stop pest control shop. If they find the pest, they eliminate it and fix the damage.

Their termite and pest control services come with prompt inspections and structural fumigations when needed. They can perform localized treatments for specific areas of your house or buildings always use environmentally friendly pesticides and can handle repairs for termite, dry rot and fungus damage.

Their professionals regularly control; bees, wasps, ants, spiders, roaches, fleas, ticks, flies and bed bugs. In addition to controlling insects they also provide complete rodent control services including, gophers, mice, rats, skinks, and ground squirrels.

Request a service from Craig & Sons Termite and Pest Control and live pest free.

To learn more about the services provided by Craig & Sons Termite and Pest Control call the 909-335-1486 or email them at info@craigandsons.com. You can also log on to their website at www.craigandsons.net.


OCT 2013 – Chamber Members Renewing – September 2013

Renie De Hoog
1094 No. Wabash, Bldg.1
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  389-9988
Nabil Razzouk
1901 W. Lugonia Avenue, Suite 230
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  557-1600
Geoff Bonney
300 E. State Street, Suite 360
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-6489
Don Goeres
1705 W. Lugonia Avenue, Suite 101
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  792-0351
Joan Benson
1998 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  437-7991
Shirley Harry
1998 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  748-7002
Vaughn Bryan
1998 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  748-7000
Jill Riley
1540 Lassen Street
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  792-5461
Cliff Utley
3165 June Street
San Bernardino, CA  92407
Phone:  887-1862
Craig Chamberlain
232 Cajon, Suite D
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-2791
Marsha Gebara
501 W. Redlands Blvd, Suite A
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  748-5105
Everett Thompson
200 E. Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  307-8100
Kenny Makan
1650 Industrial Park Avenue
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  792-7913
Jesia Calva
1041 E. Harriman Place
San Bernardino, CA  92408
Phone:  382-4580
Bob Ramos
131 San Mateo Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-2861
Pamela Vengarick
1675 Industrial Park Avenue
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  793-3723
Phil Ridenour
1785 Industrial Park
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  793-5094
Lorraine Gidcumb
1782 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  307-8220
L. Ray Ashworth
1101 Orange Street
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  307-0880
Harvey Katzman
1 E. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  307-2637
Associate Member
35 Cajon Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Daney Bachiu
922 B New York Street
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  792-3478
Shirley Byma
1145 N. Church Street
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  793-5172
Lori Rhodes
20 W. Lugonia Avenue
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  307-5300
Stephanie Tickemyer
226 Nordina Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-3563
Lucia Powell
2068 Orange Tree Lane, Suite 100
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  798-2222
Jenny Vannatter-Wright
305 W. State Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  362-2161
Chanyudh Hutchavinyu
1824 W. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  798-3143


OCT 2013 – New Chamber Members – September 2013

Jose Ramirez
700 E. Redlands Blvd, Suite E
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  792-1029
Web Site: www.chase.com
Cheryl Busha
501 W. Redlands Blvd, Suite A
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  951-323-4399
Web Site:  www.cbtcsocal.com
Mariana Lacubanita
700 E. Redlands Blvd, Suite J
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  798-1900
Web Site:  www.dentalgalleryredlands.com
Silvia Gonzalez
1154 Brookside Avenue, Suite CC
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  798-7180
Web Site:  www.juniorsrental.com
Emile Maamari
233 E. State Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  792-9911
Web Site:  www.muffintopbakery.com
RCS-ACA   J, K – 12
Willie Guida
105 Tennessee Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-0601
Web Site:  www.redlandschristian.org
Brian Ahlers
1 North Fifth Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  792-4016
Web Site:  www.redlandsjewelers.com
Mike McCamman
1720 W. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  792-1528
Web Site:  www.smartandfinal.com
Sean and Jill Rooks
304 E. Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  798-1800
Web Site:  www.energylabfitness.com
Jim Burbach
466 No. Orange Street
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  798-7788
Web Site:  www.thejoint.com




SEPT 2013 – President’s Article by Daney Bachiu

September; if the temperature and humidity would FALL, I might be able to get into the autumn season. When I look at how fast the year has gone by I feel like someone watching a fantastic magic show, with mouth open, wondering how did THAT happen?

Here is a scenario for you…

You read in the paper (probably the Daily Facts) about a new restaurant opening. As their Grand Opening special, they offer Prime Rib and Lobster with two sides and dessert for a very low price if you prepay online.. wow you think, this is a great deal and you get a group of friends together to try it out. When you go, they are out of prime rib and lobster and serve you baloney sandwiches.

Scenario #2

You decide to spend some of an inheritance on a really nice piece of jewelry. You consult with a jeweler and choose a high quality diamond to be made into a ring. You take the ring to a different jeweler to have the ring sized and find out the diamond is only a CZ.

Scenario #3

Your elected officials put together something very neutral to pass into law, like all future parking spaces will increase in width by 6” or that Wednesday will be officially designated Hump-day. The bill is named SB Bland and is indeed so mild it hardly causes a ripple as it passes through the myriad of committees to get to the floor for final vote. Somewhere along this route of approval, the bill is stripped of its blandness and replaced with teeth that are going to bite a group of people or businesses. This is a common practice called Gut and Amend. It also works in reverse, where a bill with teeth to help a group of people or businesses is gutted and amended to do absolutely nothing. A recent case study is SB 594 (Hill) a bill that attempted to silence the voice of non-profit organizations that took positions on state and local ballot measures and endorsements.

In the first two scenarios, you would immediately take action against this wrongdoing. In scenario #3, absolutely nothing will happen for a number of reasons. It is not illegal as our elected officials exempt themselves from the laws the rest of us have to abide by. Most likely we won’t even know anything about it unless we have someone close to the situation on the inside that lets us know. And we have turned into a nation of “Go-alongs” – whatever our government does we just go along with it. We do not demand honor, honesty or morality of our elected officials nor do we demand that a corrupt system of government be changed. We have become the United States of Go-Along. Fortunately the chamber caught the gut and amend bill in SB 594 and quickly moved to take a position of opposition to the egregious threat to free speech. The chamber not only joined the coalition in opposition to the bill but sent letters urging Appropriation Committee Members to oppose the bill. Before approving SB 594 the bill was amended that allowed non-profits organizations the ability to continue to be actively engaged in the political arena, to participate in both measure and endorsement campaigns without the fear of punitive action by the State or without being forever silenced.

On the LIGHT-er side, Rise N Shine returns Sept 6 after it’s summer hiatus and the chamber will be shedding some LIGHT on our NIGHT LIGHT RUN. The staff and I have been checking out a number of different runs, Mud, Color, and Light, gathering information on what we like and don’t like about each. Armed with this knowledge (I know, I know, scary thought) we are going to have a FANTASTIC RUN December 14!