Redlands Chamber of Commerce Endorses Measure T

The Redlands Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted unanimously to endorse Measure T. The Measure would impose, commencing April 1, 2021, an additional 1-percent sales tax on each dollar of taxable sales of goods in the City of Redlands, and on the storage, use or consumption in the city of goods purchased from a retailer. Measure T will be on the November 3, 2020 statewide ballot and requires approval of a majority of the City’s voters (i.e., 51%). The sales tax would be deposited into the city’s general fund to be used for general municipal governmental purposes. Although Measure T does not obligate the city to use the proceeds of the sales tax for any particular services, facilities, or programs, the use of the funds would be overseen by an independent citizens’ advisory committee and subject to a financial audit. The city’s Finance Department estimates that the annual revenue to the city generated by the sales tax would be approximately $10.7 million.

The Board’s endorsement came after a month of various meetings with proponents both for and against the measure, as well as review of all documents and arguments relating to the Measure. The Chamber’s Government Review Committee also played an extensive role in researching and evaluating the Measure.

There are several reasons for the Board’s endorsement. First and foremost, the City finds itself facing a $5.6 million deficit after budget cuts of over $10 million. Although the City has a reserve to draw from, it is projected to be exhausted in two to three years without more budget cuts. Without the passage of Measure T, it is the Board’s conclusion that quality of life in Redlands will be negatively affected. Homelessness issues, police protection, and community safety needs would suffer. Further, the current sales tax rate of 7.75 % is relatively low compared to surrounding communities. The 1-percent increase would place the City approximately in the middle of sales tax rates compared to other communities.

This endorsement, however, does come with the expectation that our City leaders will undertake a concerted effort to rein in costs and look for opportunities to generate revenue. There is, in the Board’s opinion, a true need for this Measure. However, we do not want this sales tax increase to disincentivize our leaders from making politically difficult, but necessary choices, such as addressing the costly pensions that burden our City budget. Additionally, we would hope to see a compensation review based on today’s environment, comparative to other same-sized, southern California cities, which will affect tomorrow’s pension issues.
There is never a good time for a tax increase, but the austere measures required without the passage of Measure T would create a loss for all citizens and businesses in Redlands. We endorse Measure T but hope we can also begin to address growing concerns shared by businesses and residents alike.

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Thank You To Our April Renewing Members!

Thank you to our members who renewed in April 2020! Please see the April 2020 Renewal Listing

From 2 year members to 62 year members, it’s quite a list! Thank you for your continued partnership.

 

 

 

JULY 2016 – Redlands Entry Landscape Beautification Project

#3 landscape beautification

On May 17, 2016, City Council awarded the contract for construction of the Redlands Entry Landscape Beautification Project to Clean Cut Landscape, of Clovis, California, in the amount of $1,360,463.90.  Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2016 and is anticipated to be completed in October 2016, barring any unforeseen conditions. General fund dollars generated from the sale of Palmetto Grove will be used to fund the construction of the project.

The Project consists of aesthetic improvements within Caltrans right-of-way at the on ramps and off ramps to Interstate10 in downtown Redlands at Sixth Street, Orange Street and Eureka Street. Project improvements include the construction and installation of monuments, lighting, ornamental fencing, and replanting of existing landscape with drought tolerant varieties.

The Project was designed and will be managed by the City’s Quality of Life Department. The City will be making a concerted effort to minimize disruptions for citizens and businesses in the project area. “No Parking” signs will be posted on streets indicating the dates when work will be occurring and when parking will not be allowed Monday – Friday between 7am and 4pm.

Harkins Discounted Movie Tickets Available At Chamber Office

As the cost of just about everything continues to rise, one of the added values of Chamber membership is the ability to escape into the world of movie magic at discounted prices. In partnership with Harkins Theatres the Redlands Chamber offers discounted tickets to members providing substantial savings when it’s time to go to the movies.

Whether the tickets are used for personal enjoyment or as an incentive for customers or employees, they are a terrific reward for a job well done or a gift for customer loyalty.

Tickets are available at the Chamber office for members only during normal office hours, Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5 PM (closed 12 –1) and Friday 8 AM to Noon. Each ticket is $8.00 each (Cash or Check Only Please). For large orders call in advance to insure there are adequate tickets available. (909) 793-2546

Discounted movie tickets; another benefit of chamber membership!!

Did you know? Chamber continues to battle frivolous ADA lawsuits

Membership in the Chamber is an investment in your business and the business community of Redlands.  By striving to improve the economic climate in Redlands, the Chamber is dedicated to increasing business opportunities for its members.  Most recently our efforts to thwart unnecessary ADA non-compliant, frivolous lawsuits are helping our businesses avoid costly legal expenses.  Soon a brochure will be distributed to every business license holder in Redlands to help business and property owners become proactive and avoid legal action.

Sample Letter To Senator Mike Morrell RE: AB 2416

SAMPLE LETTER
 
 
DATE
 
 
 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.
 
 
 
YOUR SIGNATURE HERE

Redlands Chamber Night Light Run – December 14th

Runners are all a-glow, registrations are coming in and the word is out——Redlands Chamber Night Light Run, Saturday, December 14, 6:00 PM, is going to be THE HOLIDAY EVENT of the season!  Light technicians are working on the brilliant effects that will dazzle the runners and spectators alike. The DJ is lining up the “beats” that will get the crowd jazzed. The committee is hard at work readying the course, notifying the downtown businesses to be on the look-out for glow-in-the-dark bedazzled athletes who will be ready to “feed”  or shop after their exhausting 5K meander through the streets of Redlands.  And the buzz is this is one fun event that can’t be missed. So bundle up the baby, deck out the kids, light up grandma and grandpa and head down to the Redlands Mall where you will see more neon, glow, iridescent , shimmer and shine than you ever imagined,. Stroll with us on a crisp winter night and be a part of the first ever Night Light Run in Redlands.

Redlands Chamber Announces “Electrifying” novelty run coming to Redlands in December

ARE YOU TOO LAZY TO GET OUT OF BED AT THE CRACK OF DAWN

JUST TO RUN TIL YOUR FEET HURT AND YOU’RE LUNGS CRY OUT “NO MORE”!!

WE HAVE THE SOLUTION!!!

http://beta.active.com/redlands-ca/running/redlands-chamber-night-light-run-2013

STAY IN BED!!!!!       THAT’S RIGHT STAY IN BED!   ALL DAY!

THEN JOIN US FOR THE FIRST EVER

GLOW IN THE DARK  5K REDLANDS CHAMBER NIGHT LIGHT RUN

WEAR YOUR BRIGHTEST, SHINIEST NEON BATTERY OPERATED OUTFIT

AND MEET US DOWNTOWN

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 6:00 pm

WHERE WE’LL HIT THE STREETS OF REDLANDS

(So maybe won’t really be running… maybe we’ll be meandering, strolling, skipping, lollygagging…)

BUT HAVING ALL KINDS OF FUN

WE’LL END UP AT SMILEY PARK WHERE A FABULOUS LIGHT SHOW AND UBBER ENTERTAINMENT WILL ELECTRIFY YOU, CHARGE YOU AND DOWN RIGHT AMUSE YOU!

THEN IT’S OFF TO THE DOWNTOWN SHOPS, RESTAURANTS AND BARS FOR EVEN MORE FUN….STILL DECKED OUT, WHERE DISCOUNTS FOR THE “GLOWING ATHLETES” WILL BE WAITING!

EARLY REGISTRATION MEANS DISCOUNT SIGN-UP… http://beta.active.com/redlands-ca/running/redlands-chamber-night-light-run-2013

Don’t forget to like us on our Facebook Fan page Redlands Chamber Night Light Run, to be entered into the our “Get Glowing” Contest……

MAY 2012 – Redlands Chamber announces another Shop Redlands winner

 Congratulations to Diana Neuendorff , the lucky winner of the Shop Redlands, May, $100 Master Card provided by Dave Maupin, Maupin Financial Services. For the month of June the Shop Redlands prize will be a $100 Gift Certificate sponsored Paul Emerson of Emerson & Farrar.

 Bring in your shopping receipts from chamber members or local businesses and be eligible for the drawing that will be held the last day of June. By shopping at chamber members you will receive two tickets for the drawing, non member receipts qualify you for one ticket. The member directory can be found on the Chamber’s website at www.Redlandschamber.org. The receipts must be $25 or more.

 Once again congratulations to Diana Neuendorff, and thank you to Maupin Financial Services, Here we go again …… let’s get shopping inRedlands!