Minutes from May 8, 2017 Member Only Meeting-Sacramento Priorities

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

 Member Only Board of Directors Meeting

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



Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Mike Burrows, Jennifer Cusack, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Dick Hart, Scott Hofferber, Jay Jimenez, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Bill Lemann, P.T. McEwen, John Mirau, Tomas Morales, Roman Nava, Vikki Ostermann, Michael Rivera, Elizabeth Romero, Kristine Scott, Steve von Rajcs and Ray Wolfe.

Guests: Adam Eventov

Announcements: 1) A viewing will be held at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel on May 10, 2017 for Dr. Al Karnig who passed away on May 4, 2017.  The public memorial/ceremony will be held at Coussoulis Arena, Cal State University at 2:00 p.m. on May 10th.


The region remains in a deficit for judgeships. Additionally at least 2 of our judges have discussed retirement.  Senator Roth has presented another bill to address the problem.  SB 229 will fund 10 of the 50 Superior Court judgeships previously authorized by AB 159 (Jones, 2007), and establish one  additional Appellate Court Justiceship.

The city of Ontario has been cited to possibly be designated the third Transformative Climate Communities by the California Strategic Growth Council, potentially receiving as much as $35M.

Chairperson Kristine Scott called on Inland Action Committees to present their state issues to the members present.


  • Inland Action supports SB-600 (Galgiani), which will create tax incentives for manufacturing and research and development in order to create more high-wage jobs.
  • Inland Action supports AB-1111 (Garcia), Removing Barriers to Employment Act, which assists individuals with multiple barriers to employment.
  • Inland Action supports SB 3 (Beall) Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 to fund existing affordable housing programs in California.
  • Inland Action supports AB 912 (Obernolte), the California Small Business Regulatory Fairness Act, which would require a State agency to assist small business in complying with all statues and regulations administered by the State agency.



  • Inland Action supports full funding of the California State University Board of Trustees’ 2017-18 budget request to ensure eligible California and Inland Empire students have a place at the CSU.
  • Inland Action supports full funding of the University of California’s 2017-18 budget request to expand access for California students.
  • Inland Action urges the repeal of the 11.3% cut to the maximum CAL Grant award and to maintain the $9,084 award amount in the 2017-2018 State budget for students at non-profit institutions.



  • Inland Action supports the California WaterFix to upgrade California’s aging water infrastructure.
  • Inland Action encourages active participation and support from State and federal agencies in the development and implementation of the Upper Santa Ana River Habitat Conservation Plan.
  • Inland Action urges the State to implement recommendations outlined in the Long Term Water Use Efficiency Standards report for long-term water use efficiency.



  • Inland Action supports SB 17 (Hernandez) Prescription Drug Pricing because it provides advance notice and information on price increases.
  • Inland Action supports AB 182 (Waldron) and AB 715 (Wood) which are legislative vehicles that seek to address the Opioid Epidemic.
  • Inland Action supports continuation of the Cal MediConnect Program through 2019, as included in the Governor’s Budget Proposal.
  • Inland Action supports future legislation that encourages primary care provider expansion.



  • Inland Action supports AB 1523 (Obernolte) which will authorize the use of design build process for construction of the Mount Vernon Viaduct in San Bernardino, California.

The group discussed the issues presented.

The 2017 priorities for state advocacy will be: 

  • Inland Action supports expanding college access and increasing degree attainment in our region.
  • Inland Action supports legislation to increase affordable housing and reduce barriers to employment through State issuance of bonds and a grant program. (AB 1111 (Garcia) and SB 3 (Beall).
  • Inland Action supports AB 1523 (Obernolte) which will authorize the use of design build process for construction of the Mount Vernon Viaduct in San Bernardino, California.
  • Inland Action supports California Strategic Growth Council designation of the City of Ontario as the third location for the Transformative Climate Communities Program.

A Q & A period followed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 a.m.

Brookings Institute representatives (Marek Gootmen, Chad Shearer, Carolyn Gratz) and Inland Area Visioning Project Mgr, Lou Monville discussed the Visioning Project 8:40 a.m.-9:15 a.m.