Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Open Board of Directors Meeting
San Bernardino Community College District
114 S. Del Rosa Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Matt Buck, Ken Coate, Scott Davis, Louis Goodwin, Scott Hofferber, Matthew Isaac, Jay Jimenez, Eric Johnson, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, Ed Lasak, Sue McKee, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Bev Powell, Jan Remm, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Wendy Strack, Steve von Rajcs, Phil Waller, Hassan Webb, Jan Weder, Kim Wilcox and Ray Wolfe.
Guests: Robbie Broedow, Josh Candelaria, Sheriff John McMahon and Vicky Ostermann
Announcements: 1) Members of the Executive Committee are reminded that a meeting with Mayor Davis will be held Friday, September 25, 2016.
M/S/P: Minutes from September 15, 2015
Kristine Scott introduced Assemblyman Marc Steinorth.
Marc Steinorth was elected to the California State Legislature in 2014 to represent the 40th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Highland, Loma Linda, and Redlands. He is Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and serves on the Health Committee and the Governmental Organization Committee.
Raised in a military family they moved around the globe while he was growing up. His European experiences exposed him to diverse perspectives and a “bigger picture”. His roots however are here in the Inland Empire and he has a very strong sense of community.
A business man at heart he is “customer service centric” and uses this approach in the Assembly. He stated that it can be challenging to bring practical business answers to many in government that do not have a business background.
The Assemblyman wants to be our regional representative and continues to tour the region, ask questions and build relationships that help him make an impact in the community. He participates in all forms of social media and appreciates communication from constituents, city leaders, public safety, and business which enables him to be nimble on evolving issues.
Funding for education is critical but should not be solely focused on higher education. Recognizing that college work is not for everybody, resources should be directed to where we can be successful and benefit broadly.
State transportation funding is a serious issue and changes must occur. He explained that the transportation budget has been reviewed and a Republican proposal found $3.6 billion in efficiency issues that need to be resolved.
Assemblyman Steinorth discussed the following current legislation: AB 976 establishes a tax deduction for the adoption of animals from animal shelters. This measure aims to save lives and reduce the cost pressure placed upon counties to support local animal shelters. AB 976 is supported by the Humane Society of California. This bill is in Committee AB 1136 exempts students and seniors from the minimum ten-cent paper bag fee which is required as a result of the plastic bag ban. These populations typically live on a fixed income, with a high rate of persons living in poverty. Many seniors and students rely on financial assistance by way of Social Security payments or student loans for their daily living expenses, and should not be financially penalized for electing to use an environmentally-conscious paper bag. This bill is in Committee.
His plans for future legislation will include priority status for California businesses called “Made in California”. Given the regulations and costs that can make other states look desirable, the Companies that stay should get something in return. The goal is to reward businesses that remain in the state by looking to them first for timber, mining, steel and more. He will also solicit many in the Assembly to co-author “Right to Rescue” legislation to help children, the elderly and pets in emergency situations.
A Q & A period followed.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.