February 2, 2021-Member Only-Committee Work on Federal Platform -Meeting via Zoom

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Virtual Meeting via ZOOM


Present:  Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Mike Burrows, Mark Cloud, Ken Coate, Sandra Cuellar, Michelle Decker, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Otis Greer, Milford Harrison, Fran Inman, Mark Kaenel, Lena Kent, Carol Kim, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Mike Layne, Bill Lemann, P.T. McEwen, Darcy McNaboe, Dan Murphy, Bansree Parikh, Catherine Pritchett, Thomas Rice, Michael Rivera, Dan Roberts, Elizabeth Romero, Dan Schenkel, Phil Southard, Sol Teh, Eric Ustation, Pete Van Helden, Ray Wolfe, Marisa Yeager and Frank Zabaleta.

Guests:  Megan Barajas.

Announcements: 1) Members were reminded that Federal Legislative papers are due to staff on February 16 and on February 23rd the Committee Chairs will present their issues and the group will decide on the top three priorities.  2) Congratulations were expressed to Ray Wolfe and the SBCTA as they have secured funding and have begun disassembling the deteriorating and unsafe Mt. Vernon Bridge, the first step in order to improve and completely rebuild.  3) Ken Coate, Chair of the Appointments Committee reported on their meeting held on January 29, 2021.  The group discussed the importance of Inland Empire representation on State Boards and Commissions and expanded their focus to include regional commissions and boards.  Of the more than 150 openings at least 20 of them are very important to our region.  Committee members will each select their top five to bring back to the group and discuss possible candidates.  Inland Action can influence, serve as a facilitator, and provide resources to applicants during the arduous process.  The Committee will also lend support to re-appointments so as to retain those already serving.  Ken will co-ordinate with Lou Monville from the Monday Morning Group who serves as their Appointment Committee Chair.  4)  Eric Ustation reported that San Manuel’s Small Business Relief Fund was distributed to 50 diverse small businesses across the County.  Each business received $20,000.  The Tribe is very pleased they could give back to the community in this way.  A video of the virtual announcement and the list of recipients can be found at  https://www.sanmanuelcares.org/small-business-relief-fund/ .

Lowell King, Chair, presiding. 

Motion by T. Rice/ Second by R. Wolfe/Passed: Minutes from January 26, 2021.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 a.m. when members broke into their respective virtual committee rooms.