Minutes from March 28, 2017 Member Only Board Meeting-Washington, D.C. Trip Debrief

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

 Member Only Board of Directors Meeting

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

Minutes

 

Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Jennifer Cusack, Kevin Dyerly, Scott Hofferber, Pam Langford, Bill Lemann, John Mirau, Roman Nava, Vikki Ostermann, Cid Pinedo, Michael Rivera, Kristine Scott and Ray Wolfe.

Guests: Ben Benoit and Adam Eventov.

Announcements: 1) Please send the notes from the Washington, D.C. appointments to staff as soon as possible. 2) The tentative date for the Sacramento trip is Tuesday, May 16, 2017 with the option of coming in on Monday.  3) The Member Only meeting scheduled for April 4, 2017 will focus on Committee work in preparation of the Sacramento trip. 4) Members of the Executive Committee were asked to stay briefly after the regular meeting adjourned.

M/S/P: Minutes from March 14, 2017.

Chairperson Kristine Scott asked Committee Chairs to discuss the meetings in Washington, D.C.

Healthcare

The hot topic in D.C. was the upcoming vote regarding the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Inland Action members were pleased that the Republican House leaders withdrew the legislation to repeal the ACA.  Regulatory and legislative reform is now off the table but the HealthCare Committee will keep a watchful eye going forward.

 

Transportation

The EPA and the Clean Air Act regulations remain a concern as Southern California cannot obtain the set standards without regulations on mobile sources. Legislators assured the group that funding will not be withheld from California even though the regulation indicates penalties will apply. We have a “climate denier” in charge and there is currently no rule making at the EPA. The future is very unclear as there are lots of unknowns.

Economic Development

Overall support for HR 161 (Hastings),   Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act was expressed by legislators.  The Economic Committee will keep an eye open for potential legislation from Senator Feinstein.  Most expressed additional concerns to specifically address juvenile homelessness.

 

Congressman Ed Royce recognizes the issues with HUD loan limits in many areas and is suggesting the use of zip codes to help better reflect actual values. Additionally he is proposing to expand credit verification on applicants from other sources like cell phone and rent in hopes of attracting and qualifying more lower- and middle-income home buyers.

 

Education

Restoration of year round Pell Grants has some bi-partisan support including the Speaker and is now being considered by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

 

Environment

Senator Feinstein appreciates and would like continued support of HR 857 (Cook/Aguilar Co-Sponsor) California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act of 2017 and S. 32 (Feinstein) California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2017.

 

At this time HR 497 (Cook/Co-Sponsor Aguilar), Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act is getting some traction. Inland Action encouraged the Inland Empire delegation to add their names as co-sponsors the bill to help it progress.

 

Other environmental issues presented were met with legislators expressing their need to “wait for their time” and the necessity to address issues of more immediate concern.

 

Trip observations The group discussed the convenience of a meeting room where legislators came to speak to the delegation.  Also discussed was the request for timed slots for each of the legislators in order for the group to more fully express positions without duplication.  The “leave behind” folders for legislators although seemingly old school were again very well received.  One lobbyist suggested flash drives with photos and maps could also be distributed.  Further contact with the office of Senator Kamala Harris will be pursued to introduce her office to the group.  To that end Inland Action will contact local representatives at the L.A. office.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:12 a.m.