Minutes from January 31, 2017 Member Only Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Member Only Board of Directors Meeting-Executive Committee

San Bernardino Community College District
114 S. Del Rosa Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Tom Brickley, Ken Coate, Ashley Gains, Louis Goodwin, Dick Hart, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, John Prentice, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Hassan Webb and Ray Wolfe.

Announcements:  1) The San Bernardino County Transportation Agency, formerly SANBAG has an opening on their Taxpayer Oversight Committee. Ray Wolfe listed some key requirements for a successful applicant. 2) The application to the Brookings Institute by the Visioning Group has been granted provisional approval.  The Brookings Institute is seeking reassurance of funding.  The Riverside participants are “onboard” but interest seems to be waning from the San Bernardino participants/funders.  Mark Kaenel will contact Ron Loveridge, UCR, to obtain a status on funding issues.

M/S/P: Minutes from November 29, 2016.

Mark Kaenel, Immediate Past Chairman presiding.

Kristine Scott, Inland Action Chair, welcomed and thanked the members of the Executive Committee for their commitment and participation with Inland Action.

Kristine Scott, Chair of the West End Committee reported that the first of four West End meetings will be held on February 21st.  The meeting will take place in Ontario and will feature guest speaker Kelly Fredricks, CEO, Ontario International Airport Authority.  All members are encouraged to attend and to bring guests.  A reception for key businesses may be considered after advocacy trips. Potential speakers/programs for the West End Meetings include:

  • Mayor’s Roundtable
  • Steel Industry Panel on Regulatory Challenges
  • Supervisor Rutherford
  • Little Hoover Commission

In anticipation of west end activity, Kristine stated that Inland Action must continue to be strategic when considering new members.

The newly established Mentor policy and assignment sheet was discussed. Currently nine mentors have been assigned to new representatives in the group.

A data sheet for creating an Inland Action diversity/skills/political matrix was presented and discussed. Rewording of the charitable giving section was suggested. Individuals completing the form will need to know if they are answering on behalf of the Board Member or personally.
M/S/P: The ethnicity question will be removed from the form. Obstaining-2 Against-1

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has requested membership with Inland Action. In the past, members of Inland Action have opposed their membership.  Recently the SCAQMD has changed management and is reaching out to the community and focusing on business.  Discussion ensued.  Staff will contact SCAQMD to assess their interest/motivation for joining IA.

The California Apartment Association has appointed Ben Benoit, V.P. of Public Affairs, Inland Empire to replace Matt Buck who is now in Orange County. Ben Benoit is currently an elected City Councilman for the City of Wildomar and an SCAQMD Board member.  Executive Committee members reviewed the by-laws.  Discussion ensued.  The Executive Committee agreed that an elected City Councilman position precludes Ben Benoit from membership per the by-laws.  A member of a school board however would not violate the by-laws.

Kevin Porter, the new representative for the Hospital Association of Southern California, will begin his position effective February 1, 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 a.m.