JULY 2014 – Chamber is Bringing An Ice Rink to Redlands For The Holidays

1  ice skatesWhat’s more fun than ice skating in 70 degree weather? Imagine strapping on your skates and gliding over the ice creating lasting memories with family and friends through laughter, fun and yes even exercise. Add to that image, sparking holiday lights and music as you round the rink under the stars. Discover the holiday spirit a whole new way, ice skating in downtown Redlands. For the first time ever there will be ice skating at the Redlands Mall.
Sponsored by the City of Redlands, and the Rochford Foundation, and brought to you by the Redlands Chamber, the synthetic ice will be assembled on the north-west corner of the mall, in the
center of town. Both daytime and evening skating will be available from December 26th through January 1. 
Skates will be provided for those eager to show off their triple salchow jump, their ice dancing skills or just try to maintain balance for the first time.
“We are all very excited about this amazing opportunity and grateful to our sponsors for making this happen.” said Chamber President Geoff Bonney, Bonney Architecture. “We believe that visitors and residents alike will stop at the downtown businesses before and after their skating adventure, once again bringing focus to the charm of downtown Redlands. There are plans underway to offer a hockey clinic, have a skate time for toddlers and much much more.”
Redlands on ice is a new adventure in holiday celebration that will bring young and old, resident and visitor, to downtown Redlands. Reminiscent of a time gone by where good old fashion fun can be found in the center of town, where neighbors meet neighbors, and friends come together to create lasting memories for years to come.
Watch for more details, skate times and special events.



JULY 2014 – AB 2416 Nonsense Assembly Bill

Nonsense Assembly Bill threatens every business and resident in the State

Once again the legislators in Sacramento have demonstrated their lack of support for the businesses in the State. An Assembly Bill 2416, has careened through the Assembly (on party lines) has made its way to the Senate floor.

AB 2416 creates a new super-lien that would allow employees, governmental agencies or anyone authorized on behalf of the employee to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, and/or property where work was performed, based on their alleged-yet-unproven wage claims.

It holds non-employer  third parties liable for unpaid wages, precludes any financing options for real property Super-Priority Liens, forces a violation of the mortgage contract, freezes future financing options, places no limit on the number of liens recorded and forces property owners to court to deal with unproven claims.

Existing legal remedies are in place for wage disputes. Employees have a number of options at their disposal to address wage disputes without impacting mortgage financing, blurring property titles and clogging up the court system any further.

AB 2416 would cripple California businesses, severely disrupt commercial and personal real estate markets and would allow unproven wage dispute claims to take precedence over almost all other liens or judgments.

This “job killer” is not only bad for business but bad for the State of California.

The Redlands Chamber has been campaigning to oppose the bill and has asked Chamber members to send letters to not only our representative but also Senators that they believe will listen to reason.

It is imperative that we expose the nonsense legislation that is rampant in Sacramento, identify those that are responsible for it and make them accountable for the outcome.

Success in not determined by the number of ridiculous bills that get approved, but rather metered by the logical, sensible, constructive legislation passed that will keep California viable and identified as business friendly.


JULY 2014 – Chamber to Present State of the Community

3  state of communityTickets are still available for the Chamber’s Annual State of the Community luncheon, Thursday, July 17, at the Orton Center, University of Redlands.

Mayor Pete Aguilar and Council members will address the community, explain the budget and share plans for the future as well as take questions from the floor.

This year, the recently unveiled three year Strategic Plan will be discussed giving the audience a look into the future of Redlands. Safety, economic development, infrastructure repair and more are all a part of the vision plan for the future.

The cost of the luncheon is $35 per person, reservations are required.

For more information about the State of the Community Luncheon or to make reservations, call 793-2546.


JULY 2014 – MEMBER PROFILE – Cutler Church West Insurance

4  Cutler InsuranceCutler ChurchWest Insurance offers insurance services for religious organizations

ChurchWest is an independent agency that works exclusively with churches and religious organizations. The foundation of the company was built on three generations of insurance agents. Forty years later, the supportive staff averages 15+ years in insurance experience, covering over 2,000 churches in California, Arizona and Nevada.

ChurchWest has earned the trust of religious organizations throughout the west. They have led the industry and set the bar for coverage, services, and pricing. They offer a wide range of customized insurance plans designed to meet the needs of ministries of all sizes providing insurance for houses of worship, camps, synagogues, schools, daycare, conference centers, temples, and employee benefit needs.

Specializing in the needs of churches, the team at Cutler ChurchWest is committed and dedicated;  driven by the loyalty of the clients that have helped them to succeed. They provide clients with the best possible insurance coverage, while keeping the ministry’s budget in mind.

Protecting your ministry is their job, from property liability to Volunteer Screening employee benefits to family medical benefits. Cutler ChurchWest can customize the appropriate plan for your organization.

The professionals at Cutler ChurchWest feel that their company is an extension of your ministry in helping to give back to your employees and their families. They offer valuable plans with affordable pricing. They are fully committed to customer service and managing your insurance needs protecting your ministry, while you provide the gift of health and wellness to your staff.

For more information about the Cutler ChurchWest Insurance Group call, toll free, 800-843-6054 or visit them at 201 Cajon Street, Redlands.


JULY 2014 – MEMBER PROFILE – ISU Barich Insurance Services

Barich pictureISU Barich Insurance Services is a local, privately owned, independent insurance firm capable of handling all of your insurance needs and is one of the top private brokers in the nation. Their independent ownership allows them to provide you with a high level of personal service while accessing the strengths and resources of a national network to better serve you.

ISU Barich Insurance Services is dedicated to consistently delivering the best value to assure you receive the best combination of price, product and service. It is also committed to customer excellence since 1985 and provides its customers with diversified general and specialty property and casualty insurance, risk management, and personal automotive insurance.  Over the years, they have served the needs of thousands of customers and are grateful for their clients trust and confidence.

Offering expertise advice and service in all areas of the insurance industry, ISU Barich Insurance Services can take the mystery out of insurance shopping. From auto and home insurance to life, health and business insurance the team at ISU Barich Insurance can find the right fit for you and your budget.

Insurance agents and support staff are available to provide you with the highest level of customer service to ensure your needs are handled correctly and quickly. Their online support center and customer service representatives are ready to help you through any changes you may need in your policy.

Call Agents, Espinoza, Neimann, Ricard or owner Barich, to have your current policies reviewed or to get a quote on a new policy for your home, life, health or business, 793-9683.


JULY 2014 – Senator Morrell Honors Women of Distinction

State 6  Sara HectorSen. Mike Morrell, R-Redlands, hosted the 10th annual Women of Distinction event at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino. One of Redlands honorees this year is Sara Hector, owner of Visiting Angels and Redlands Fitness Training.

Visiting Angels is a senior home care business, located in downtown Redlands. Hector and her staff of “angels” go to the client’s home to provide care.  Redlands Fitness Training is a personal training facility focusing on individual results and intimate setting, with no membership requirement or monthly dues.

Her road to success has not always been an easy one. In 2011 Hector was in a serious car accident and was placed on life support with extensive injuries. Through physical therapy and diligent exercise, she was on the road to recovery. Out of her hard rehabilitation she ended up buying the gym that helped her recover.

Hector credits a loyal staff for getting her and keeping her where she is today, along with the support and devotion of her husband Brandon.

Hector is a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Bernadine Medical Foundation and Businesswomen’s Association of San Bernardino County, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Redlands and the Redlands Chamber of Commerce.

Hector is quick to praise those that she has encountered along her journey to success.

“Our region is incredibly blessed with remarkable women who continue to amaze me with their acts of service,” Morrell said in a news release. “It’s been a privilege to recognize them for their accomplishments. As we mark the 10th anniversary of this event, I’m grateful for the work of every woman we have honored over the years.”

Each year, the Women of Distinction Ceremony and Dinner showcases the service of women in the region who demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities. Awardees are nominated by members of the public, from business leaders to the volunteers in the community.

JULY 2014 – Chamber Members Renewing June 2014

Joan Benson
1998 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  437-7991
Tracy Clark
11235 Mt. View Avenue
Loma Linda, CA  92354
Phone:  478-7714
Randy Briggs
21 E. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  792-2511
Everett Thompson
200 E. Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  307-8100
Jim Nolin
384 Los Robles Crest
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  792-9595
Accounts Payable
703 Brookside Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-2316
Knea Hawley
1751 Plum Lane
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  748-7223
707 Brookside Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  335-7335
Chris Falcioni
25072Redlands Blvd
Loma Linda, CA  92354
Phone:  796-1600
Nick Chudasama
2025 W. Park Avenue #8
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  307-1300
Jim Walling
P. O. Box 495
Loma Linda, CA  92354
Phone:  437-3194
Dick Shalhuob
612 E. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-1516
Milt Minor
405 E. Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-8117
Kelley Bowden
3520 E. Washington Street
Colton, CA  92324
Phone:  825-3024
Maura Joyce
1890 Orange Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-6989
Eliane Van Horn
P. O. Box 1294
Yucaipa, CA  92399
Phone:  797-5338
David Page
Yucaipa, CA  92399
Phone:  556-3270
Jessie Powell
447 Missouri Court
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  885-7721
George Poli
2054 W. Redlands Blvd, Suite E-1
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone:  793-8393
Chief Mark Garcia
P. O. Box 1025
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  335-4744
George Morrison
10756 Nevada Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  798-2204
Beth Sanders
201 E. State Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-3355
Arturo Silva
110 W. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  792-3579
Todd Warden
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA  91765
Phone:  396-3370
Shawn Burch
15 So. 5th Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  798-7490
Harry Hylkema
520 E. Stuart
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  792-3681
Ellen Timothy
1205 E. Crescent Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-5251


JULY 2014 – New Chamber Members June 2014

Tabitha White
278 Tennessee Street #6
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  798-3222
Matt Leeds
19 E. Citrus Avenue #201
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  748-1525
Lalita Bakshi
31587 Alta Vista Drive
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  794-8530
JoAnn Sanchez
104 E. State Street, Suite G
Redlands, CA  92373
Angelina Bodine
P. O. Box 9731
Redlands, CA  92375
Phone:  951-216-1900

Sample Letter To Senator Mike Morrell RE: AB 2416

 Senator Mike Morrell
1801 Orange Tree Lane, Suite 240
Redlands CA 92374
Senator Mike Morrell,
            On behalf of ___________________________I want to share with you our strong opposition to AB 2416.
            AB 2416 creates a new super-lien that would allow employees, governmental agencies or anyone authorized on behalf of the employee to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, and/or property where work was performed, based on alleged-yet-unproven wage claims.
            This errant bill will cripple California businesses, severely disrupt commercial and personal real estate markets and would allow unproven wage dispute claims to take precedence over almost all other liens or judgments.
            There are already existing legal remedies in place for wage disputes. Employees have a number of options at their disposal to address wage disputes without impacting mortgage financing and blurring property titles.
            Please take our message to the Senate floor and sound the battle cry.
AB 2416 is a “job killer” and places yet another stranglehold on the business base in the State of California.
            We also need to send a clear message that we will no long tolerate nonsense legislation but call it out and those that support it.
            ______________________urges opposition to AB 2416.

JUNE 2014 – President’s Article by Geoff Bonney

President Geoff Bonney The Redlands Chamber of Commerce Government Review Committee is constantly on the lookout for legislation that will have a negative impact on the business community.  Once again another bill as come along that creates more problems than it solves – California Assembly Bill 2416.  Thank you Jan Hudson of Hudson Realty for bringing this one to our attention.

AB 2416, titled as the California Wage Theft Prevention Act, is intended to give employees an additional mechanism to recover unpaid wages.  It allows an employee to file a lien on property where they provided their services for the amount of the unpaid wages.  The problem is the legislation bypasses normal due process procedures, and can victimize parties having no control over wage dispute.

Here are some of the problems with the current version of the bill:

  • Proof of wrongdoing by the employer is not required to file the lien
  • The lien is filed against the property owner, even if the property owner is not the employer.
  • The lien can apply even if there is not a formal agreement between the employer and employee.

For example, should this legislation pass a building owner could have a lien placed on their property by an employee of a building tenant, or even by the employee of a subcontractor that was hired by the tenant to perform work on the tenant space.  And since there is not a requirement for a formal work agreement, there is potential for abuse.  Someone could come onto a property and perform maintenance service without being asked.  They could then claim that the services were requested by a building tenant, and file a lien against the building owner for lack of payment.  In another situation, a contractor remodeling a home could hire a day laborer for some hourly work and not pay them.  The homeowner would then find a lien placed on their property, possibly after the work was completed and they had paid the contractor in full.

Another side effect is the impact a lien can have on the owner’s operations.  I this tight credit market a lien, even an unjustified one, can have a dramatic negative impact for someone trying to refinance to obtain a line of credit.  While on the other side the penalty for filing an unjustified lien is up to $1,000 towards legal expenses.

California already has processes to resolve unpaid wage disputes.  The last thing we need right now is more legislation to drive business out of the state.  And the scary part is this bill is moving fast.  It has already passed the Assembly on a party line vote, and is on its way to the Senate.  The Redlands Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has taken a position opposing this bill, and written a letter to our State Senator Mike Morrell stating such.  But given the ease this moved out of committee and through the Assembly, it appears it is on path for approval.

Senator Mike Morrell already opposes the bill, but letters of opposition from you will give him ammunition to help plead his case.  In addition, any contacts you can rouse from other Senate districts will help.  The more voices the better.  Contact the Chamber if you would like a sample letter to send.