Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Closed Board of Directors Meeting
San Bernardino Community College District
114 S. Del Rosa Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Present: Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Rachelle Bussell, Ken Coate, Bill Easley, Jill Eaton, Ron Griffin, Scott Hofferber, Matthew Isaac, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Temetry Lindsey, Sue McKee, John Mirau, Bev Powell, John Prentice, Susan Rice, Kristine Scott, Patty Senecal, Larry Sharp, Steve von Rajcs, Phil Waller, Janet Weder, Kim Wilcox and Ray Wolfe.
Announcements: 1) On July 2, 2014SANBAG’s Board of Directors voted 20-5 in favor of proceeding with the planning of Express Lanes in San Bernardino County. 2) Loma Linda University Health will roll out their “Vision 2020 Revealed” on Tuesday, July, 15, at 10:00 a.m. 3) Orientation lunches hosted by John Mirau will be held today, Tuesday, July 8 & Thursday, July 10 at noon at the Redlands Country Club. Anyone interested who has not been invited should contact Carole or Deborah.
M/S/P: Minutes from July 1, 2014.
Mark Kaenel, Chairman presiding.
Ray Wolfe reported that the testimony at the SANBAG Board meeting on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 was very effective. The speakers were well received and their message concise. An organized business coalition is unusual at their meetings and the Board recognized the importance of the Express Lanes to the group. The following Inland Action members and others testified: Jill Eaton-LifeStream, Bill Easley-G/M Business Interiors, John Greaves-UPS, Pam Langford-Cal State University, John Mirau-Mirau, Edwards, Cannon & Tooke, Rod Neal-Loma Linda University, Bev Powell-Sothern California Edison, Matt Webb-Riverside’s Monday Morning Group. Appreciation was expressed to Deborah Barmack for her planning, organization, scripting assistance and support for those that testified in favor of Express Lanes at the SANBAG Board meeting.
The Rail to Redlands project is scheduled to be in the design phase this fall. There is continued push from the west end that this funding should be moved to finance the continuation of the Gold Line. The Redlands Rail however is a key project under the County’s self-help sales tax Measure I that was heavily supported by voters. This true public/private partnership has stakeholders such as Esri that has committed to design, build and maintain a train station close to their location.
The group discussed the San Bernardino City Charter Review committee. They have a long range view but now are focusing on Section 186 as this has the biggest fiscal impact on the city. Critical changes are needed and reducing expenditures are a priority. The committee is expected to make presentations to the public regarding the proposed changes. Support from the public and business will be crucial to move the revisions forward.
Interest was expressed that Inland Action could create a list of global issues to vet and discuss. Items mentioned include minimum wage, immigration reform, public pension reform, and campaign financing reform. Topics of discussion may be brought to Carole, Deborah or Mark.
Patty Senecal, Western States Petroleum reviewed the current AQMD RECLAIM program. The program is designed and implemented by the AQMD to help the air basin comply with Federal air quality standards through the reduction of SOx & NOx. They have a working cap & trade system since 1994 that has been successful in reducing the targeted emissions. Businesses have been compliant and need the time this cap & trade program has made available to continue to work towards further reductions that usually require investments in new equipment. She expressed the hope that the AQMD continues a program that is a viable option in our region.
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 a.m.