November 12, 2019 Member Only Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Member Only 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, Mike Burrows, Rachelle Bussell, Ken Coate, Ashley Gaines, Louis Goodwin, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, Pam Langford, P.T. McEwen, John Mirau, Tomas Morales, Vikki Ostermann, Catherine Pritchett, Michael Rivera, Dan Roberts, Paul Shimoff, Ray Wolfe and Frank Zabaleta.

Announcements: 1) Carole Beswick and Deborah Barmack reported on the California Economic Summit held in Fresno, November 7-8, 2019.  The Summit had a diverse network of business, environmental, and civic organizations that addressed strategies for many challenges including housing, education, workforce development, water quality and sustainability and forest resiliency.  The Central Valley presented as very much organized and focused.  The Inland Empire would benefit from similar strategies.  More effort is needed to give the Inland Empire to a united front.  Inland Action will reach out to others to begin facilitating increased group coordination.

M/S/P: Minutes from November 5, 2019.

Mike Burrows reported that the IVDA Board has expressed interest in the viability of outsourcing the fixed-base operator (FBO) portion of the airport to the private sector.  All aspects of the FBO will be reviewed fairly and impartially and submitted to the Board. In the past outsourcing was found to be costly and was rejected by the Board.

Members discussed support for John Holcomb, nominee for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

M/S/P:  Inland Action will support the nomination of John Holcomb for a seat on the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.


The following was reviewed and discussed:

  • Review draft schedule.
    • The dates for trips are hypothetical until we get legislative calendars (D.C. March 8-11, Sac. April 20-21).
    • Washington, D.C. platform must be final a month prior to trip.
    • Congressional staff will be assisting with review of items and scheduling meetings.
  • Need to work on Federal and State issues simultaneously. Less than two months between trips.  Last year’s Sacramento trip was too late in session for us to have a meaningful impact.
  • Members should tell staff if they have resources that can help IA on our trips; i.e., employees or advocates in Washington, D.C./Sacramento who could help with understanding issues, assist with appointments, provide a briefing on what to expect in our meetings.
  • Issues should be well thought out, concisely described, and contain supportive details.
  • Committees need to tell staff what meetings would be beneficial beyond our legislative delegation; i.e., committee Chairs, committee staff, agency staff, etc.  (Establish a course for pursuing our issues.)
  • Staff will contact the same facility for reception as last year as soon as a date is established.

Trip dates will be established when the legislative calendars are available.  On November 26 (two weeks) the meeting will be dedicated to committee work on the legislative platforms, both State and federal.

Committees broke into their respective groups.

Meeting adjourned 8:15 a.m.