Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Meeting In-person and via ZOOM
Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Greg Bradbard, Mark Cloud, Ken Coate, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Otis Greer, Milford Harrison, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Bill Lemann, Temetry Lindsey, Darcy McNaboe, Jacquelyn Mercado, John Mirau, Scott Morse, Dan Murphy, Bansree Parikh, Catherine Pritchett, Thomas Rice, Dan Roberts, Dan Schenkel, Kristine Scott, Eric Ustation, Reggie Webb, Ray Wolfe, Marisa Yeager.
Lowell King, Chair, presiding.
Announcements: 1) Staff reminded all member of Inland Action of the party on Aril 13th to celebrate the success of our 2022 advocacy and to recall our DC trips.
M/S/P approval of March 29, 2022, minutes.
MSP approval of Josh Cox, Vice President Development, as alternate member to Scott Morse, Hillwood Investments.
General discussion centered around the previous week’s Sacramento advocacy virtual meetings with legislators and staff. Several bills were raised during the meeting with requests for Inland Action support. These included:
- SB 1298 – Ochoa Bogh – Mental Health Bed Capacity – April 20 hearing in Health Committee. Healthcare Committee to follow and make recommendations.
- SB 1427 – Ochoa Bogh – County Grant Programs for Collaborative Courts and Re-entry. As the hearing for this bill will be before Inland Action’s next meeting, action was taken to support with the request for IA staff to discuss with the Senator’s staff. Areas of concern were: the source of funding for the grants (State general fund); the need for the program to be available throughout the State (with every County eligible); and whether county sheriffs are the appropriate lead on the program. (It was the Senator’s discussions with SB County Sheriff Discus that led to the bill).
- AB 2840 – Reyes – “Good Neighbor” bill re logistics projects. – Economic Development Committee will have a joint meeting with Environment Committee to discuss. All members are welcome to attend.
- SB 1143 Roth – Acute Psychiatric Hospital Infrastructure Fund – Zero-interest loans for acute care psych hospitals. Health Care committee to follow and recommend.
- SB 1199 Roth – UCR School of Medicine Teaching Hospital – Requests funds expenditure from UC Regents to secure an acute care teaching hospital in Riverside for UCR School of Medicine. Education Committee will follow and recommend.
- AB 1721 Rodriguez – Resiliency and Mutual Aid Grant Programs for seismic focused projects. The Legislative Committee and Environment Committee will follow and recommend.
Members discussed execution of the 2022 State advocacy efforts. Otis Greer shared observations about the focus of our current advocacy. He suggested that Inland Action use member contacts and lobbyists to obtain meaningful appointments with committee and agency leaders, in addition to our legislative delegation.
Meeting adjourned at 7:29 am.