Minutes from November 1, 2016 Member Only Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Member Only Board of Directors Meeting

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



Present: Patty Arlt, Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Ann Bryan, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Jake Coin, Jennifer Cusack, Kevin Dyerly, Scott Hofferber, Mark Kaenel, Al Karnig, Lowell King, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Roman Nava, Cid Pinedo, John Prentice, Michael Rivera, Elizabeth Romero, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Phil Waller and Ray Wolfe.


Announcements: 1) A reception will be held on November 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Terminal 4 celebrating the transfer of Ontario Airport from LAX back to Ontario local control.  The invitation will be sent to the membership. 2) The Monday Morning Group has invited Inland Action to a joint meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2016, at the Mission Inn, Riverside.  Inland Action will not have a meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2016. 3) Boys and Girls Club represented by P.T. McEwen, CEO, has been proposed for membership.  This is the second of two announcements prior to voting next week. For more information, please use the link provided https://www.guidestar.org/profile/95-6187083

M/S/P: Minutes from October 25, 2016.


Southern California Edison will be represented by Jennifer Cusack
O’Reilly Public Relations will be represented by Roman Nava
University of California, Riverside alternate will be Elizabeth Romero

M/S/P: Membership changes as listed


Letter of Support
The Inland region currently has only one District Court Judge.  Due to the heavy case load in the area over 50% of the cases filed here are sent to Orange or Los Angeles counties, causing costly logistics challenges for litigants and counsel.  Senator Feinstein has asked for applicant recommendations.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym (guest speaker at Inland Action on 10/25/16) has been identified and is in the process for consideration for a U.S. District Court Judge position.  The Monday Morning Group and some of their members have already sent letters of support.  Individual businesses are encouraged to send letters of support.

M/S/P: A letter of support for Judge Pym will be sent from Inland Action.


The proposed changes for the Inland Action By-laws were e-mailed to the membership on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The membership present discussed the proposed changes at the November 1, 2016, meeting but no action was taken as a quorum was not present.  A majority of the proposed changes address updating terminology by adding e-mailing communications and removing faxing.  Additionally inclusive gender terminology has been added i.e. his/her.
Section 2.03 Qualifications for Membership was summarized by member John Mirau.  The proposed change would limit membership of public entities to no more than 15% of the total membership (currently these members make up 12%).  The essence of Inland Action is based in private business concerns.  In order to maintain the core as intended, the limit has been suggested.  Discussion ensued.  A majority expressed approval.

The By-law change(s) are in italics below:

BY-LAW SECTION 2.03 Qualifications for Membership.

Any reputable person, association, firm, corporation or partnership interested in and willing to participate toward the creation and development of more favorable facilities and environment to facilitate the economic, industrial and agricultural growth of San Bernardino County shall be eligible for membership in this corporation provided such person satisfies the following membership criteria:

First: Such person must hold a top-level, executive, decision-making position in a company or organization that conducts business within the Inland Empire or a public agency which serves citizens within the Inland Empire. 

Second: New members shall be added for the purpose of obtaining background, knowledge and technical skills that will bear upon issues and problems upon which Inland Action is focusing and better permit Inland Action to analyze and act as a catalyst for solving those problems.

Third: Such person shall not currently hold an elected city, county, state, or federal position, but rather shall be a representative of the member organization in his or her capacity as an executive officer of such organization or public agency.

The authorized number of members shall not be specifically limited in number; however, the number of public agency members shall not exceed 15% of total members.  It is the intent of Inland Action to have a carefully selected, intimate group of members to facilitate the frank, open and uninhibited discussion of community issues and strategies for devising solutions to those issues, with assurance that such discussions will be maintained in confidence by the members.

All members are expected to attend board meetings regularly and vote on matters brought before the members. There shall be no right to name an “alternate” member to act in the place of a member. However, alternate members will be permitted based on a facts and circumstances determination by the board of directors taking into account the need for an alternate member under the circumstances presented. Any alternate must hold a top-­level, executive, decision-making position of the company or entity, which employs the member for whom the alternate acts as substitute. Appointment of alternate members shall be approved in accordance with the procedure set forth in Section 2.04 hereof.



Section 3.23 Leadership Personnel as described has not been an active Committee for some time.  Members present reviewed and discussed the role of the Leadership/Personnel Committee.  Some language changes were discussed and the group agreed that the Committee should be retained.

The By-law change(s) are in italics below:

BY-LAW Section 3.23 Leadership Personnel The Leadership/Personnel Committee (herein “Leadership Committee”) shall be composed of those persons holding the following corporate offices: Immediate Past Chairman, Chairman, 1st Vice Chairman, one member appointed by the Chairman, the Chief Executive Officer and the President. Each year, the Leadership Committee shall develop three to five issues (Focus Issues) upon which Inland Action will focus its energy and resources. The Leadership Committee will present the Focus Issues to the Executive Committee for discussion and approval. The Executive Committee will then present the issues to the full Board of Directors for final approval. A role of the Leadership Committee is to keep Inland Action focused on advocating for desired outcomes related to the Focus Issues.

The Leadership Committee shall also act as the Personnel Committee, which gives an annual evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer and President and establishes written goals and objectives of the Chief Executive Officer and President for the upcoming year. The Chief Executive Officer and the President, although members of the Leadership Committee, shall abstain as to all matters relating to the personnel evaluation of the Chief Executive Officer and the President. The annual evaluation shall review the prior year goals and objectives of the Chief Executive Officer and President and determine the extent to which those goals and objectives have been satisfied.


Article 5 Section 5.02 has not been followed. Chairman Mark Kaenel agreed to serve as Chairman and preside at the Executive Committee meetings when his term is over.  The membership agreed, and no changes will be made to this section. 


Article 5 Sections 5.05 2nd Vice Chairman and 5.06A Chief Executive Officer and 5.06B President describes the role of the officers. Members agreed no changes were necessary.

M/S/P: The By-laws will be changed as amended.  Inland Action also received four votes via email in favor of adopting the amended by-laws.


West End Ad Hoc Committee
Kristine Scott reported that the West End Ad Hoc Committee has recommended that Inland Action hold periodic meetings in the west end.  There is a lack of voice in the West End for business advocacy although there are many that have expressed interest.  Unfortunately, Inland Action continues to be perceived as a “San Bernardino” group.  The Committee has also recommended that Inland Action hold a mixer possibly honoring a local businessman.  Discussion included identifying businesses that have expressed an interest in joining an advocacy group, the commitment needed from the Ad Hoc Committee, members and staff, a meeting place with capacity, date and time of meeting and easy accessibility to freeway.  Those present favored a morning meeting to be in the West End bi-monthly.  The Ad Hoc Committee will explore possible venues and list of interested West End companies and report back.  A commitment of the membership can expand Inland Action to include some of the highest growth areas in the Inland Empire.


  • West End meetings would enhance Inland Action’s knowledge of issues in that area of the county.
  • Broader representation from the West End would strengthen Inland Action’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the region.
  • A variety of large, important businesses are locating in the West End. Their participation in Inland Action would be advantageous to them and to Inland Action.
  • West End meetings would encourage participation of current members who find it difficult to make the meetings in San Bernardino.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 a.m.