OCT 2018 – President’s article by Scott Welsh

This election year will see a dramatic change in the way Redlands residents vote for city council members.  In 2001, The Voters Rights Act paved the way for cities to be at risk for lawsuits concerning the At-Large voting format.  The city of Redlands decided to adopt the District system in early 2017 to avoid unnecessary liabilities.

The citizens and council reviewed a number of maps to reflect a cross section of the city for each of five districts based on geographic and socio-economic demographics. An ordinance was adopted in April of last year.

What does this mean for your business?  Depending on the district your business is located in, it could have an effect on your representation.  Districts 1,3, and 5 are up for election, and one At-Large candidate will be chosen to fulfill the late councilmember Pat Gilbreath’s seat.  All council members will have an impact on all issues, but Districts 1 and 3 have the most business addresses represented on the November 6 ballot.  Districts 2 and 4 will be part of the 2020 election cycle.

The Chamber recently conducted an interview process inviting all 14 candidate invited to participate. All but two attended interviews.  Board Members and Government Review Committee members made up of panelist.

Here is what the inquiring minds at the Chamber wanted to know from every candidate:

  1. What is the greatest issue facing Redlands over the next four years?
  2. How would you support business development and expansion?
  3. What has been Redlands’ biggest success in the past four years?
  4. What has been Redlands biggest failure in the past four years?

The remainder of the interviews included questions from panelists to candidates providing an opportunity to learn more about them and their plans should they be elected. The interviews were thought provoking and revealing.  It has been said that running for elected office doesn’t as much build character as it reveals character.  This was true of all the interviews we conducted.

We also learned that Redlands has many citizens who are willing to work hard to make Redlands a great place to do business our hats are off to all the candidates.  In the end, our panelists vetted, our Chamber Board of Directors voted, and chose the best candidates from each District and At-Large. At the conclusion of the process the Chamber endorsed, Toni Momberger, At Large, Denise Davis, District 1, Paul Barich, District 3, and Paul Foster, District 5.

While we highly recommend you make up your own mind we invite you to “Meet the Candidates” an event presented by the Chamber, on Wednesday, October 17 at City Hall Council Chamber. The program will be televised live. Each candidate will have 5 minutes to share their platform and vision for the city, then a 2 minute closing statement.  Following the program, you can mingle and ask the candidates your own questions.

OCT 2018 – New Chamber Members – September 2018

Cerise Jennings-Skeen
214 E. Olive Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 307-0616

Donna Horn
1457 Ford Street, Suite 102/103
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 790-3366

CLOUD PAYROLL                 
Briana Dasaro
7231 Boulder Avenue, Suite #526
Highland, CA 92346
Phone: 657-6019 ext 700

Robert Austin
1980 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 882-3393

Josh Barraza
208 E. State Street
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 793-1788

Warren Anderson
1998 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 748-7110

Jason Riley
721 Nevada Street, Suite 206B
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 792-0510

Saul A. Mejia
1589 W. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 951-415-4710

Zach Thorp
110 E. State Street
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 674-0004

MJ Turner
Yucaipa, CA  92373
Phone:  894-6423

Edward Marrouquin
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 714-718-1678


OCT 2018 – Chamber members renewing September 2018

ANDERSON WEST LLC (Tri City Shopping Center)
Joe Meraj
Tri City Center
Industrial Park Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 310-909-2068

Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 792-6482

Rachael Wilson
700 E. Redlands Blvd, Suite M
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 307-1479

Pattie Rocha
430 E. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 307-0200

1998 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 748-7002

Cliff Utley
3165 June Street
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Phone: 887-1862

Shawn Patel
1230 W. Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 335-9988

Christine Noriega
411 E. State Street
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 963-5610

Craig Chamberlain
232 Cajon Street, Suite D
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 793-2791

Rachael Wilson
700 E. Redlands Blvd, Suite M
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 307-1479

Tami Moore
25222 Redlands Blvd
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Phone: 796-1000

Austin Turner
1785 Industrial Park Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 793-5094

Al Carter
912 New York Street, Unit D
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 793-2022

Christine Kuzdal
P. O. Box 8487
Redlands, CA 92375
Phone: 792-3402

Frances Carter
P. O. Box 7152
Redlands, CA 92375
Phone: 649-1474

Roger Stafford
1915 W. Redlands Blvd, Suite 106 B
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 888-9732

Stephen Travis
501 W. Redlands Blvd, Suite A
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: 747-7950

Victoria Valenzuela
1461 Ford Street, Suite 105
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 748-7777

OCT 2018 – Redlands Chamber hosts live televised Meet the Candidates event

The Redlands Chamber of Commerce will present a live televised “Meet the City Council Candidates” event, Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30 PM, at the Council Chambers, 35 Cajon Street.

All fourteen council candidates have been invited to address not only the live audience but home viewers, giving them an opportunity to explain their platforms.

The Chamber’s Government Review Committee chairman, Tim Murone, TBM fire and Security will be facilitating the event.

There will be no questions from the floor or the moderator. Candidates are encouraged to remain after the event to answer questions from those attending.

“This is a very important election for the city of Redlands.” Said Tim Murone, The Chamber’s Government Review Committee Chairman. “The Chamber wants voters to be well informed before making such an important decision. Presenting this kind of event reaches a large number of voters. Learning firsthand what each candidate has to offer is paramount in decision making.”


OCT 2018 – Time for the Redlands Dog Jog 2018 by Charley

Hey my furry friends it’s time for the Redlands Dog Jog 2018

By, Charley

 The Redlands Chamber is once again hosting a 5K Dog Jog and it’s about time we four legged fur friends got the attention we deserve. Last year the Dog Jog was a huge success hundreds of my friends came out to run, (walk, stroll, and some wagon riders) a 5K course in an event just for us! Bravo!

All shapes and sizes showed up and we had such a good time we are doing it again. Saturday, November 3rd, at 9:00 AM starting in Sylvan Park.

We start in the park then make our way through the University campus heading east then a couple of miles later we circle back to the park where we get our official 2018 Redlands Dog Jog Tag. We also get our own bandana with the logo on it… just like the T-shirts our human buddies will get.

This year my pals have added all kinds of fun to the Dog Jog. First there is going to be a costume contest…. Yep we can all get dressed up in our very finest and be judged in all our glory! Even the mayor will be there for this part of the day.

Then we have experts in Agility training showing us what we can do if we really put our minds to it… and obedience training, demonstrations from therapy dog organizations, canine first aide and even an canine massage booth. It’s going to be such a fun day for all of us.

The event is sponsored by Alta Vista Credit Union, Barich & Associates, SCE, Allstate Ins., Pacific Specialties Ins., Storage West, and Office Solutions. Tell your peeps to use these businesses for services, they are the best!

So here’s the deal!!! For Redlands Chamber members, you can sign up at the Chamber office and find out how to get your huge discount!! Call the Chamber office and tell them Charley sent you. 793-2546! If you raced last year let the girls at the Chamber know and they’ll give you a discount.

Just like last year a portion of the proceeds will go to the Redlands Animal Shelter so they can continue to help all my friends who are looking for a home.

You can call the Chamber office at 909 793-2546 if you need more information.

This week’s training tip…. Rest up!

Send me your picture and I’ll post it on my Facebook page…. Caption to read, “Athlete Extraordinaire” Keep watching for training tips and pics….see you on the 3rd.

OCT 2018 – The Importance of Tourism


The tourism industry is important to any community’s economic growth.

A vibrant business environment is supported by a vibrant tourism community. In Redlands, you’ll find new and exciting experiences around every corner, from the Kimberly Crest to the A.K. Smiley Public Library, The Redlands Bowl to the renowned Redlands Symphony, Pro Bike Races to spectacular fireworks events. All of these facilities, festivals and more are local favorites, but they thrive on the financial support of visitor spending.

Visitors who attend, museums, and festivals bring added vitality to our landscape. Without their presence (and their spending) in these facilities and events, our community wouldn’t be nearly as rich – visitor spending is helping build a community that we can all enjoy.

That’s right – visitors to Redlands generate significant revenue in local taxes each year. These taxes (paid by food and beverage, hotel, car rental and other purchases) are cycled into our local economy. Tourism spending breathes life into a community as business meetings, groups and associations and families in town for a youth sports tournaments all support our restaurants, hotels, attractions, shopping and facilities. Our quality of life is enriched as their spending supports our facilities – creating a better city for all of us to enjoy.

Concerts, sporting events, festivals and other special events all rely on visitors as well as residents to attend their events. Everyone receives an improved quality of life when visitor attendance helps bring additional revenue into the city.

In the 21st century, eight out of ten jobs will be in the service industry, which is why we should focus efforts on creating a vibrant economic machine that will help support this dynamic industry.

Our location and unique special “entertainment experiences” along with our high quality of life and amenities are reasons that visitors want to come to Redlands and return year after year!


OCT 2018 – Member Profile – Stor N Lock Self Storage

Stor-n-lock Self Storage, storage made easy

 Since developing its first storage facility in 1979, the mission of STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage has been to resolve your temporary storage needs through secure, convenient, clean, affordable storage space, always keeping the needs of the customer, as its first priority.

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where it developed its first location, STOR-N-LOCK has grown to 22 storage facilities in Utah, Idaho, California, and Colorado, providing close to 1,500,000 square feet of storage space, enclosing nearly 12,000 storage units.

Each storage facility is designed with the customers’ needs in mind, including friendly, helpful resident manager teams, masonry exteriors, wide drive aisles, automated security features, easy access from main thoroughfares, bright lights, and daily lock checks. The corporate home office lends extensive support to each of its stores to ensure quality customer service, professionally trained on-site management, accurate accounting, and strong management systems.

Redlands onsite resident managers, Del and Pam, are available to offer expert advice on any storage questions you may have. And with 7-day access, you’ll be able to get advice (and your stored items!) any day of the week that’s most convenient for you.

Door alarms and video camera recording ensure your items are stored as safely and securely as possible, giving you confidence and peace of mind.

Redlands Stor-n-lock Self Storage can accommodate almost any storage needs, whether looking for standard long-term storage, climate controlled storage units, outdoor RV or boat parking, or drive-up units, Stor-n-lock can meet those needs.

Storing your items is made as easy as possible with available free moving carts, moving truck rental rebates, and moving supplies all available for sale on-site.

Storing your items at Redlands STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage offers more than a place to keep your items. It offers security, so you’ll have peace of mind when storing your belongings. It offers friendly staff, so you’ll always find someone available to answer your questions. It offers clean, well-maintained storage units, so you can have peace of mind while storing your belongings. It offers a variety of storage unit sizes, so you can store any item, from RVs to household goods, furniture, or even ski equipment.

Redlands self-storage facility is conveniently located in the heart of the city, between Colton and Lugonia Avenue at 1006 Wabash Ave. Call Del or Pam at 909 435-4351, for more information about Redlands Stor-n-lock Self Storage.

OCT 2018 – Member Profile – Good Nite Inn

Welcome to Good Nite Inn

Wherever you travel in California, Good Nite Inn is where you want to be. The Good Nite Inn, is the number one economy hotel company in California. Stay and discover what the loyal customers have come to expect time and time again, comfortable, clean and modern accommodations at unbeatable prices.

At the Good Nite Inn Redlands, guests can choose from an extensive variety of rooms, all within an affordable price range. Whether it’s a romantic vacation away, a business conference, or a family reunion, the Good Nite Inn offers several different types of rooms and bed sizes to accommodate any group.

Choosing to stay with Good Nite Inn at Redlands allows you to get the most out of your vacation. Each hotel room carries a warm ambiance that suits the relaxing, laid-back feel of California. For instance, at the Redlands location, guests can really spread out in the oversized rooms which feature wide queen size beds, clean, modern bathroom facilities, and polished wood furniture. Additionally, the added perk of wireless internet (fees may apply) allows you to finish up any work from the comfort of your room. What make these rooms stand out are their exceptional comfort, cleanliness, and large, rooms, allowing rest and relaxation to come naturally.

The Good Nite Inn in Redlands offers rooms to meet accessibility needs, including accessible bathroom, roll-in-shower in room accessibility, call the hotel directly to check availability, and book your room.

The Good Nite Inn in Redlands at 1675 Industrial Park Ave. offers;

Free Parking                                                    Complimentary morning coffee and tea

Hair dryer                                                       Outdoor pool

Nonsmoking Rooms                                       Cable TV

Air Conditioning                                             Complimentary High Speed Internet

Fax machine                                                   Copy Services

Bilingual Staff                                                 Exterior Corridors

Call 793-3723 to make your reservations.



SEPT 2018 – Redlands Chamber YPN share coffee and information with the Mayor

On August 15th the YPN held its first “Coffee with Phil in the Blank meeting at the Ayres Hotel Redlands. The YPN had the privilege of hearing a presentations from Mayor Paul Foster. The event was so informational and educational; Mayor Foster entertained questions from the YPN about the challenges and issues that face their businesses directly. Mayor Foster was candid and honest with his answers and gave feedback on every issue presented to him.

The Mayor gave us an update on the plans for the Packinghouse District, he discussed the potential for a joint-venture parking structure to quell some of the parking issues facing the downtown area, he gave an update of the success of Hillside Cemetery, and discussed the importance of making financially responsible decisions (albeit sometimes not popular decisions) to protect the future of the City, it’s residents and its business partners.

“Coffee with Phil in the Blank” is set to be a bi-monthly meeting in which the YPN Committee members will invite various members of the community to present and provide discussion relevant to the YPN and our age-ranged business professionals.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our next meeting date and presenter. Space is limited and max occupancy for each meeting is 30 guests. The charge is $10 per person (for Chamber Members) and $25 per person (for Non-Chamber Members). The fee includes coffee and a light, continental breakfast. RSVPs are mandatory; please contact the Chamber of Commerce Office at 909-793-2546 quickly to RSVP!!

You won’t want to miss your opportunity for the next “Coffee with Phil in the Blank

SEPT 2018 – President Elect Marissa Kramer announces slate of Directors

President Elect, Marissa Kramer, Ayres Hotel Redlands announces slate of Directors for Chamber’s Board terms beginning January 2019.

Todd Underwood, Allstate Insurance, has been asked to serve another three year term. Todd has been an active member of the chamber and board for the past three years, serving on the Dog Jog Committee, acting as President and most recently Past President and taking an active role in launching the New Year’s Eve Orange Drop.

Justin Bouzane, The Results Group, Keller Williams, is new to the chamber but jumped in immediately. He serves on the Young Professionals Network Committee, has taken on organizing a family food court in conjunction with this year’s New Year’s Eve Orange Drop, serves as an Ambassador along with his wife Jessica and is a part of the welcoming committee at Rise ‘n Shine each month.

Bill Tooke, Mirau, Edwards, Cannon, Lewin, and Tooke, is a member of the chamber’s Government Review Committee. He recently served as chair of one of the many panels that interviewed the City Council Candidates running for office in November. He and his partner Mark Edwards, presented a seminar for chamber members explaining the implications of the recently enacted law regarding independent contractors vs. employees. He has been an active Optimist, serving on the board of directors.

“It is my honor and pleasure to be working with our current and upcoming Board of Directors. We have such a diverse group working toward responsible decision making for the betterment of all the businesses in Redlands. Many of our Board members work and serve on many different committees making them knowledgeable and invested in the future of the organization. I look forward to the working with the 2019 Board of Directors and hope to continue on the strong path that the preceding Board Members and Presidents have paved before me.” Said Marissa Kramer, President Elect.

The organizations’ bylaws provide for additional nominees by petition signed by 20 members in good standing. Petitions must be filed at the Chamber office fifteen days after public notification, a general election will follow.