Minutes from March 22, 2016 Member Only Washington, D.C. De-brief

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Members Only Board of Directors Meeting

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



Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Rigo Bejarano, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Matthew Buck, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, John Mirau, Brian Reider, Jan Remm, Kristine Scott and Hassan Webb.


Announcements:  1) Inland Empire resident Maria Anguiano, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget, UC Riverside has been elected to the James Irvine Foundation Board. 2) A program with both San Bernardino Mayor Davis and Mark Scott, San Bernardino City Manager was suggested.

M/S/P: Minutes of the March 8, 2016 meeting.

Chairman Mark Kaenel expressed his appreciation for the committee work and the groups’ participation during Inland Action’s visit to Washington, D.C. Gratitude was expressed to Tom Brickley and the Environment Committee for supplying wine for a gathering of trip participants on Monday evening.


The group discussed individual appointments and the feedback from meetings on Inland Actions top four priorities.


CyberSecurity- All discussions seemed positive and receptive. CSUSB leadership is impressive.  Congressman Cook asked for further information.  Outreach to High School students will be included in the growth of the program.  Congressman Ruiz was extremely interested.  Follow up was requested of Pam Langford.


Homeless Veterans- All meetings expressed support and were happy to hear of the recent success in the Inland Empire.


Drought Relief- Partisanship will play a major role and the bill will not likely move as it was sponsored by Senator Feinstein, a Democrat. The California drought is a federal issue, as agriculture, on which the nation relies, is California’s number one industry.


Aviation Fuel Tax- Many Congressional representatives are coming together to discuss this issue with California transportation officials. FAA is standing firm on its ability to redirect locally approved taxes. Both side clearly have very different opinions.


Santa Ana River Wash-All comments were positive for the Plan. Senator Feinstein’s office is currently vetting the issue.


Asset Seizure-Congressman Calvert expressed that this is his number one topic and is confident the decision will be reversed, as the DOJ has overstepped its authority.


Items for follow up communications were discussed.
The group commented that the legislative reception was very successful with five of our local congressmen in attendance. The event was held again this year at the offices of Potomac Partners DC, which has an intimate atmosphere and is in a location convenient to the Capitol.


Suggestions for future trips included name tags for the reception.


Meeting adjourned at 8:35a.m.