Minutes from October 9, 2018 Special Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 

Special Executive Committee Meeting

Norton Event Center
1601 E. Third St., Suite 138
San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:  Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Ken Coate, Kevin Dyerly, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Bill Lemann, Dan Murphy, Kristine Scott and Hassan Webb.

M/S/P: Minutes from July 31, 2018

Mark Kaenel, Immediate Past Chair presiding called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

Mark Kaenel, Treasurer plans to update the Executive Committee and the entire Board quarterly.  He presented the Profit & Loss Budget vs Actual and Balance Sheet for year to date ending September 30, 2018.  Items on the P & L were questioned and discussed.  Mark Kaenel will work with staff to clarify and will present the financials at the next Executive Committee meeting on October 30, 2018.

The timing of Advocacy trips was discussed.  It has been suggested by Letitia White, Innovative Federal Strategies and her staff, that scheduling the D.C. trip for the last two weeks in January would work in the group’s favor.  Letitia and her staff are willing to assist in scheduling on behalf of Inland Action.  The group discussed the concept of moving the trip to January/February. Discussion included:

  • effect on hotel and flight costs
  • potential weather complications
  • post-election changes-legislators, staff and committee assignments
  • Inland Action committee work schedule

Review of the Congressional calendar, when available, and further discussion with Letitia is planned.  As the trips will likely be closer together, committees will need to have duel preparation, working with broad issues like homelessness, Pell grants etc.  Requesting legislation to solve a specific problem in the region was suggested.  Committee Chairs were encouraged to reach out to Committee Chairs at the Monday Morning Group to coordinate on issues (both State & Federal).

A tentative meeting schedule was presented that includes two meeting dates for Committee work before year end (November 6 & December 4).

Ken Coate, Environment Committee Chair will represent Inland Action in Sacramento at the Delta Water Fix hearing on October 26, 2018.  Appreciation was expressed for his willingness to travel and to participate in this important hearing.  Inland Action will send a letter of support.

Kristine Scott and Ken Coate recused themselves.

The Inland Action Bylaw’s regarding membership of elected officials remains up for some interpretation.  Member Kristine Scott is running for City Council in Rancho Cucamonga and member Ken Coate is running for a seat on the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency.  Discussion ensued and included:

  • History of members in elected positions-pros and cons
  • Strict interpretation of this Bylaw is counterintuitive as Inland Action encourages civic engagement and participation
  • What, if any, Inland Action leadership roles might they be allowed

If elected, these positions are part time and these representatives still can represent their company.  A policy for this type of member/alternate was suggested.  Members were asked to e-mail feedback, guidelines and possible language for such a policy which will be revisited at the next Executive meeting scheduled for October 30, 2018.

Meeting adjourned 5:13 p.m.