Minutes from February 6, 2018 Member Only Board Meeting-Sacramento prep

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Member Only Board Meeting

Norton Event Center
1601 E. Third St., Suite 138
San Bernardino, CA 92408



Present:   Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Jennifer Cusack, Kevin Dyerly, Sandra Espadas, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, P.T. McEwen, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Roman Nava, Kevin Porter, Brian Reider, Thomas Rice, Elizabeth Romero, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff and Hassan Webb.

Guests: Josh Candelaria, Karen Feld

Announcements:  Last week Greg Devereaux met with Inland Action members.  Discussions included Ontario Airport that will need a temporary international terminal.  He spoke of the need for pension reform and for adjustments to the Voter Rights Act.

Mark Kaenel, Past Chair summarized the Executive Committee meeting from January 30, 2018.

  • 4 Alternate Members were approved
  • Approved clarification of the Inland Action Adoption of Legislative and Policy Positions Policy
  • Discussed plans for a June reception in the West End including the IE Caucus
  • A one-day tour of the Delta will be planned in September

M/S/P: Minutes from January 23, 2018.

Josh Candelaria gave a legislative summary from the County’s perspective.  The county is changing the dialog with legislators to a position of addressing and correcting historical and current inequities.  The County believes that State legislators view local government as a hindrance and impediment, and they see themselves as the champions of the disadvantaged.  He suggested the following focuses:

  • Regional Needs – State formulas have created a lack of equality, and injustice, for our disadvantaged area, as we cannot compete or have access to various grants/funding.
  • Articulate our needs differently using preferred terms of disadvantaged, lack of equality, and injustice rather than “not getting our fair share.”

Sacramento is now further divided with many charges of sexual harassment.  This is the predominant focus with legislators.  Fear of being tied to others who are facing these charges has created a lack of partnerships and co-operation among elected officials.  CEQA reform is unlikely with the current Governor, but there is room for discussion regarding CEQA abuse and how it is negatively effecting veterans and our disadvantaged.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 a.m. as Committees broke into their respective committees.