July 26, 2022 -Executive Committee Minutes -In-Person Meeting

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Executive Committee Meeting In-Person


Present:  Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Bill Lemann, Vikki Ostermann, Bansree Parikh, Michael Rivera, and Kristine Scott.

Announcements:  1) Carole Beswick summarized the e-mail sent to the Executive Committee on July 23, 2022 regarding the Charter Reform initiative proposed by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors which will be on the November 2022 ballot.  Included in the e-mail were suggested talking points, a draft ordinance for Charter Reform, and a summary of the proposed ordinance. Important components are:

  • A limit of three 4-year terms.
  • Salaries would be set at 80% of that of a Superior Court Judge (a bit less than current compensation).
  • Supervisors would not be able to vote to increase salaries while in office. Any increase would take effect for the following Board of Supervisors.
  • Any tax increase passed by the Board of Supervisors would need approval by a 4/5’s vote of the Board of Supervisors and be placed on the ballot at the next available statewide general election, following the timelines in the Elections Code, for approval by qualified voters. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors, when acting as the governing body of a Board-governed Special District, the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, or the San Bernardino County Flood Control District must approve any tax increase by a 4/5’s vote and place the tax increase on the ballot at the next available statewide general election, under the timelines in the Elections Code, for approval by qualified voters.

The Board will be considering the initiative at the meetings on Tuesday, July 26 and Tuesday, August 9th. Members were asked to participate and show support for these common sense charter changes.

Louis Goodwin, Past Chair presiding.

Motion by M. Burrows/Second/Passed: Minutes from November 30, 2021, and May 31, 2022.

Mark Kaenel, Treasurer summarized the second quarter financials which were posted on the website for the committee members to review.  We have surplus cash at this time, after not doing advocacy travel for two years during the pandemic.

The committee discussed using surplus funds over the next year or more for the proposed projects that had been sent via e-mail.  Projects included hosting an Inland Empire Caucus meeting, hosting State Commission meetings or tours, new federal judicial advocacy, including a new federal courthouse, a Delta Conveyance tour, addressing realignment and updating of State funding formulas (last updated in 1991) all of which would be of value for the betterment of the community and the organization.
Motion by L. King/Second/Passed as amended: the 2022 budget will be increased.  Special Events line item will increase from $10,000 to $50,000.00 and the Special Projects line item will increase from 0 to $25,000.00.

Staff updated the group on the Inland Action 60th Anniversary event noting that an event planner has been hired and are using a 60’s theme of “60 year’s fly by!  Party like it’s 1962!”.  We will have food trucks catering.  Live music will be provided, and the location will be a hanger at SBIA.  The invitation list currently includes 300+ individuals.  A “Save the Date” mailing will be going out by the end of July.  The invitations will be sent out both electronically and by snail mail.  The 60th Anniversary celebration will highlight some of the things the group has achieved and/or influenced and will also honor John Mirau who is our longest serving member (since 1984).

An Inland Action retreat has been planned for November 5, 2022, at Redlands Country Club from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Steve Lambert and Greg Deveraux were suggested as possible facilitators as both understand the region and Inland Action.

The nominating committee, which includes the current and past chair, will soon schedule a meeting to discuss potential candidates for IA officers.

Building better relationships with State commissions was discussed.  Possibly James Ramos and Eloise Reyes could assist.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.