Minutes from December 3, 2013 Closed Meeting

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

 Closed Board of Directors Meeting 

 San Bernardino Community College District

114 S. Del Rosa Drive

 San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:  Don Averill, Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Erin Brinker, Rachelle Bussell, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Ray Gonzales, Scott Hofferber, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King,  Ed Lasak, Bill Lemann, Sue McKee, John Mirau, Tom Nightingale, John Prentice, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Shelli Stockton, Steve von Rajcs, Phil Waller, A.J. Wilson, and Ray Wolfe.

Announcements:   1) Ray Wolfe has extended an invitation to the membership for a boat tour of the Port of Long Beach.  The tour will be held in conjunction with the SANBAG Board members meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Email has been sent to members with this invitation. 2) Friday the 6th is the deadline for responding to attend the CTC reception, being held on Dec. 11 at the Mission Inn. 3) There will not be an Inland Action meeting on January 7th as the board retreat will be held on the 11th.   

M/S/P: IA provide quote to the Southern California Water Committee regarding the Bay Delta project and its importance to the economy of Southern California.   

M/S/P: Minutes from November 26, 2013. 

Discussion:  Carole Beswick reported on coordination with The Monday Morning Group related to State and Federal priority issues.  The Monday Morning Group will be in Sacramento in January and in Washington, D.C., in Spring 2014.  

The group discussed a variety of issues for consideration as part of the Inland Action Legislative Platform:

  • ·         Education – On-line learning curriculum for high school and higher education (State and Federal)
  • ·         Environment
    • o    CEQA reform initiatives and status of the sucker fish (State/Federal)
    • o    Bay Delta environmental approval (State)
    • o    Completion of the Santa Ana River Trail (State and Federal)
    • o    Passage of a new Federal water bill, as this is final year of current act and flood control grants (Federal)
  • ·         Health
    • o    Inland Empire needs related to designation of “medically underserved” (Federal/State)
    • o    Repeal or adjustment of limitation on Federal funding for hospital residency slots (Federal)
  • ·         Economic Development
    • o    Judicial funding and meeting with Judicial Council attorneys (State)
    • o    Authorization of new Federal job training bill, maintaining local Work Force Investment Board (Federal)
    • o    Minimum wage legislation and prevailing wage impacts (State and Federal)
  • ·         Transportation
    • o    TIFIA Funding (Federal)
    • o    Federal transportation funding mechanisms (Federal)
    • o    Goods Movement (Federal)
    • o    SBIA Customs service and other issues (Federal) 

Contacts will be made to meet with the California staff for Senators Boxer and Feinstein in advance of the trip.   

The group decided that the advocacy trip to Washington, D. C. would tentatively be set for March 17, 18, and 19.  Carole Beswick provided current travel costs for airline travel on both Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16.  

Deborah Barmack reported on organizations joining the Coalition, with approximately 40 on board.  Membership is approximately half Inland Action Members and half outside organizations.   John Mirau will be testifying at the public meeting on December 4 on behalf of Inland Action and the Coalition.  Phil Waller thanked all IA members for their efforts.  

The adjourned at 8:35 a.m.