Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Closed 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, Matthew Buck, Mike Burrows, Ken Coate, Scott Davis, Louis Goodwin, Matthew Isaac, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Temetry Lindsey, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Brian Reider, Paul Shimoff, Steve von Rajcs, Phil Waller, Jan Weder and Ray Wolfe.
Announcements: 1) Deborah Barmack circulated a current listing of Inland Action Committee membership and a sign-up sheet for any members who would like to serve on a committee.
M/S/P: Minutes from October 20, 2015.
An Inland Action holiday reception will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the home of Carole Beswick.
The previously discussed reception highlighting a “Business That Make A Difference” will be readdressed after the first of the year.
A Strategic Planning Session will be held on January 23, 2016 at the Redlands Country Club from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The dates for the trip to Washington, D.C. will be discussed when the Majority Leader decides on the legislative calendar. Inland Action is tracking and aware of the timing of other groups traveling to D.C.
Mark Kaenel gave an update on the Steering Committee for the Visioning for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. A list of the committee members and partners was distributed to the membership. On November 12, 2015 Committee members will meet with representatives from the Brookings Institute and confirm project objectives. The project report is expected to take 18 months and then the implementation process can begin. They hope to identify a vision that is balanced where the two counties work together on economics, social issues, environment, sharing aspirations and growth. A large share of the $125K cost will be paid by Riverside & San Bernardino Counties and Aspiration Growth (an Investment Company focused on strengthening the middle class). The balance will be sought through donations.
San Bernardino Mayor Carey has requested funding for the Mt. Vernon Bridge replacement project. The 81 year old bridge is classified as deficient by CalTrans Inspectors and crosses over both Metrolink and BNSF tracks. The bridge is considered a critical transportation corridor connecting the north and south sides of the city. The project is estimated at $90M. The City has a $40M from a 2004 grant and needs the remaining 50M. A City in bankruptcy with a diminished staff may not be in a position to manage such a project. Discussion ensued. A clarification of existing funding and the replacement cost estimate will be reviewed. A better understanding from the stakeholders is needed. A great deal of work was done in 2004 and the information gathered including the Environmental Assessment report from that time may be helpful. Funding options were discussed. The request will be sent to Inland Action committees.
The SANBAG Board will meet tomorrow to vote on reaffirming that Express Lanes are the Preferred Alternative for I-10 improvements. Opposition to Express Lanes is expected. Inland Action members Deborah Barmack, Mark Kaenel and John Mirau will attend and brief statements in favor of the Express Lanes will be made on behalf of the Business Coalition for Express Lanes.
Committees were asked to discuss federal issues for 2016.
Transportation: 6 Year Transportation Bill, FAA Meeting, clean air attainability, stream line Environmental requirements.
Economic Development: Export-Import Bank
Education: Continuation Pell Grants
Pam Langford reported that currently there is a nationwide demand for Cyber Security personnel. There is an estimated 230,000 open positions in the private sector and 1million in government. China, Russia and other countries have established programs to train in this field but the U.S. has fallen short. Cal State San Bernardino is a national leader in cyber security and reversing this shortage is important for all.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.