Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Open Board of Directors Meeting
Norton Regional Event Center
1601 E. Third St., Suite 138
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Present: Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Rachelle Bussell, Ken Coate, Ashley Gaines, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Bill Lemann, P.T. McEwen, John Mirau, Brian Reider, Paul Shimoff, Phil Southard, Pete Van Helden, Steve von Rajcs and Ray Wolfe
Guests: Alberto Jasso
Announcements: 1) Please note that the next Inland Action meeting is on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. There will not be a meeting on Tuesday.
M/S/P: Minutes from December 3, 2019.
Bill Lemann introduced Mike Roos, President, Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC).
Mike Roos has dedicated his career to public service and leadership. Before his election to the California State Assembly, he served as Executive Director of the Coro Foundation, a leadership training program for future leaders in government and public affairs. Elected in 1977 he served 14 years in the California State Assembly. During that time his Mello-Roos Facilities Act of 1982 provided local government an alternate method of financing basic public facilities.
The SCLC was established in 2005 as a non-partisan, non-profit, business-led public policy partnership of business and community leaders. Founded with the help of four former California Governors (Gov. Jerry Brown, Gov. Gray Davis, Gov. George Deukmejian, and Gov. Pete Wilson) the SCLC exerts strong leadership on issues of regional significance, providing a common voice on major public policies critical to economic vitality, job growth and quality of life in Southern California. They bring together business and community leaders from throughout the seven-county region into one effective leadership organization to provide a common voice on major public policies. Mike Roos indicated that there are many parallels between SCLC and Inland Action.
The SCLC group is currently focused on housing and healthcare. Governor Newsom has asked for 1.3 million new housing units by 2026. Zoning and CEQA prohibit a good deal of building and government is reluctant to provide incentives for housing. New auto malls and football stadiums often enjoy exemptions and a fast track to completion where housing does not. Housing faces additional controversy from local community and civic groups. A good deal of small “ready to go” projects are rejected by local planning commissions and City Councils.
All electeds must be held accountable with reasonable and strong challenges. The SCLC will continue to be outspoken for the interest of the community.
A Q & A period followed.
Meeting adjourned 8:28 a.m.