Minutes from May 23, 2017 Member Only Meeting Sacramento Debrief

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

 Member Only Board of Directors Meeting

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



Present: Patti Arlt, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Ken Coate, Jennifer Cusack, Kevin Dyerly, Ashley Gaines, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, P.T. McEwen, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Roman Nava, Cid Pinedo, Michael Rivera, Kristine Scott and Ray Wolfe.

Guests: Adam Eventov

Announcements: 1) On Monday, May 22, 2017 Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of two new judges to the San Bernardino County Superior Court.  There are two more vacant seats with two more anticipated due to retirements. 2) Speaker series by IEEP presenting the 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates continues with Gavin Newsom speaking on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Riverside City Hall.  John Chiang will speak on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 11:30a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Rancho Cucamonga at the Universal Technical Institute.  More information and registration can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-ie-speaker-series-ca-gubernatorial-candidates-tickets-32308808516 3) The 2017 General Assembly for the SBCTA will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-7th-annual-sbcta-general-assembly-tickets-34012144239

Chairperson Kristine Scott announced the law firm of Cota Cole & Huber, LLP has been proposed for membership. Dennis Cota will serve as the member and Karen Feld will serve as the Alternate.  Here is a link to their web site http://www.cotalawfirm.com/

Appreciation was expressed to the Inland Action staff for organization, logistics and scheduling during the recent Sacramento trip. Special thanks were expressed to Ken Coate who made luncheon arrangements for both days and scheduled former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, now a lobbyist, as our speaker on Tuesday.  Committees were well prepared and the group was able to secure all of the meetings that had been requested, in addition to a meeting with Assembly Speaker Rendon.  This year the reception/dinner at Lucca restaurant on Monday evening was memorable with 6 of our legislators attending.

The group discussed individual appointments and feedback from meetings.

Senator Roth has indicated he is working on a new bill that could address some CEQA concerns and would like to meet with Inland Action in the near future to explain and discuss.

Contact will be made with Senator Connie Leyva regarding her support and possible co-sponsorship of AB 1523 (Obernolte) which will authorize the use of design build process for construction of the Mount Vernon Viaduct in San Bernardino, California. The bill is expected to be in the Senate in July.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.