January 2016

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I joined the law firm of Buxbaum & Chakmak located in the Village in 1990. Two years later Jess Swick suggested – sort of demanded - that I join the Chamber. I took his advice and have been active with the Chamber ever since. I was on the Board for 12 years, worked on many committees and was President in 2002-2003. I was in charge of the Village Venture street marshals for nearly 20 years, was an ambassador and currently chair the Government Relations Committee. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with Maureen and so many talented Chamber members, as well as Claremont’s mayors and City Councils. As an attorney I have provided estate planning and probate advice to many Chamber members, and I continue to get member referrals. If I have any advice to members, it is get involved in as many activities as possible and enjoy supporting the Chamber and its programs. John Howland, Buxbaum & Chakmak

Volume 33, Issue 1


January, 2016

2016 LABOR LAW SEMINAR This seminar will discuss the New 2016 Employment Regulations. We encourage all Business Owners, HR Managers and Key Executives to attend. Some of the topics will include: • An Update to the Paid Sick Leave law. • Minimum Wage and the effects on CA employers. • Recent OSHA decisions that could affect CA employers. • Gender Wage Equality regulations • New Recordkeeping Requirements Seminar Presented by: Jaenene Maldonado of JR Consulting Sponsored by: Claremont Chamber, SDP Payroll and JR Consulting When: Wednesday February 10 from 11:30 am- 1:00 pm Where: Southland Data Processing, 555 N. Benson, Upland, CA. Meeting will be in the Training Room Cost: $15 (includes lunch) Seating is Limited. Please RSVP by Monday, February 1st to Marlene at [email protected] or (909) 624-1681.

Chairman’s Circle Members DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont

Service Organization Level Rotary Club of Claremont Claremont Sunrise Rotary Kiwanis Club of Claremont

Networking Luncheon Tuesday, February 23 11:30am-1pm Page 3.

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A Note from the Chair . . . Sal Medina

Executive Committee Chair Sal Medina, Packing House Wines Chair-Elect Nikki Coulas, J. N. Coulas & Associates Treasurer Susan Pearson, The Bath Workshop Past Chair Linda Sarancha, Fukagawa Stark & Associates NPC Member at Large Kim Peeples, Vom Fass Board of Directors Sam Acuna, Claremont Print Corey Calaycay, Mayor James Elsasser, Ed.D., Claremont Unified School District Larry Grable, Service Center for Independent Life Tim Harrison, Broadview Mortgage Katherine Hauser Rubel, Claremont University Consortium Randy Lopez, Ophelia’s Jump Productions Joey Medeiros, Nuno’s Bistro & Bar Maia Thomas, Valda Partners Edgar W. Reece, ISN Global Enterprises, Inc. Michael Reis, Southland Data Processing Mike Rodriguez, Tintura Salon Eugene Washington, Academy Pest Control Ryan Zimmerman, Wheeler Steffen | Sotheby’s International Realty Maureen Aldridge IOM, ACE, CEO Chamber Committee Chairs Claremont Young Professionals- Ryan Zimmerman and Joey Medeiros Government Relations/Economic Development- John Howland Membership/Ambassadors- Maia Thomas Marketing/PR- Nikki Coulas and Randy Lopez Village Marketing Group- Mike Manning

With so much going on and this year officially coming to an end, it’s incredibly challenging to know where to begin this month’s newsletter. First, it is always wonderful each year to see how many people are shopping local this holiday season. This was evident in the LARGE number of receipts that got submitted in our chamber annual “More the Merrier” campaign that was concluded on the 20th of December. I’d like to say thank you to all those that shopped local this holiday season and congratulations to this years winners. For me, December has always a month of celebration and reflection. With all that has occurred this year and all the hustle and bustle in our lives, I can’t help but feel incredibly fortunate to work with and for such a great group of people, both in business and in volunteerism. I have never been a “glass is half empty or full” kind of guy. But lately my glass has been closer to full than empty. I hope that you too are in the festive spirit this time of year and throughout. As this year comes to an end, we should keep in our mind and hearts those that have less than us and are not as fortunate to live and work in such a great community and remember that every day brings with it a new opportunity to make it a great one. I look forward to all of the new and exciting things happening in the upcoming year. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for all of the wonderful networking events, ribbon cuttings, and lunch and learns. I am excited to say that I believe 2016 will be nothing short of a great year (but isn’t every year a great one?). I am definitely looking forward to it. From all of us at the Chamber and its Board, I would like to wish you good times with friends and family. Your success is our success! Sal Medina

Chamber Staff CEO Maureen Aldridge Executive Assistant Marlene Fulfer Information Specialist Veronica Sepulveda Membership Coordinator Robin Wright

Claremont Chamber of Commerce 205 Yale Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711 Phone: (909) 624-1681 Fax: (909) 624-6629 Hours: Mon.-Fri. • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.claremontchamber.org


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NETWORKING LUNCHEON Join us for a great opportunity to enjoy lunch and develop business relationships with other Chamber members. Participants will have the opportunity to provide a brief introduction of your business at the Chamber’s first Networking Luncheon. When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Time: 11:30am-1pm Where: Packing House Wines 540 W. First St. Claremont Cost: $20 per person Seating is limited to 30 people. No walk-ins available, reservations must be made in advance.


DEDICATION PARTY Entertainment • Refreshments

Saturday January 9 2016 • 1:00-3:30pm Free Admission

Shelton Park (N/E corner of Bonita & Harvard Avenues, Claremont) Please RSVP to Nancy Krahn at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 909-399-5336; [email protected]

RSVP by Friday, February 19th to (909) 6241681 or email [email protected]

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Get to Know Your Board Member....Susan Pearson My full name is...Susan Pearson My Business is...The Bath Workshop I am a...Partner My business has been a Chamber Member for...9 years I grew up....in Claremont, attended Chaparral Elementary, El Roble Junior High and Claremont High School Along with being on the Chamber Board, I am also involved with... the Service Center for Independent Life. My hobbies include...making soap. ;) Most people don’t know...that I am in business with my sister, Cynthia. My mentor is...my Mother, she has taught me more than anyone. My ideal vacation would be...to the beach or mountains. My favorite place to eat in Claremont is...Euro Cafe for their bread pudding and Petisco’s for their gringo taco. My favorite holidays is...Christmas--I love the whole atmosphere. I became a Board Member because...I like to be involved and help out where I am able. Being a Chamber Member...I have gained business advice, networking, exposure to people, and the best of all, really solid friends. My advice to young entrepreneurs is...Learn as much as you can from everyone you meet, and never think you are finished.

We Love Our Volunteers! The Chamber hosted a Village Venture Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the end of November. We couldn’t have put on such a wonderful event without these amazing volunteers. Thank you again.

Special Thank you to Walter’s Restaurant, 42nd Street Bagel, Some Crust Bakery, Espiaus and La Parolaccia for donating the food for the luncheon.


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Foothill Gold Line January 2016 Update A Message from Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority CEO, Habib F. Balian: 2015 was a milestone year for the Construction Authority, the San Gabriel Valley corridor cities and stakeholders who have been outspoken supporters of the Foothill Gold Line for more than a decade. The year culminated with more than 4,000 residents and elected officials helping to celebrate the on-time, on-budget completion of the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa. The celebrations followed a year filled with activity, including thousands of safe work hours by our contractors, successful testing of the line, and installation of one-of-a-kind artwork at the six new stations. The project’s success was the result of an unprecedented partnership between the Construction Authority, Los Angeles County Metro, three design build teams, five corridor cities, elected officials at all levels, and othersall of whom now eagerly anticipate revenue operations beginning on March 5, 2016. As Los Angeles County Metro prepares to begin passenger service to Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa, the Construction Authority is focused on making the 12.3 mile Glendora to Montclair segment ready to break ground. Memorandums of Understanding with the six corridor cities have been put in place over this past year, allowing design and engineering work to begin in earnest; and the Construction Authority is on schedule to issue a request for qualifications for the first design-build contract in late 2016 and to break ground in 2017.This schedule assumes the nearly $1.2 billion in construction funding

needed is secured from a sales tax measure for transit and highway improvements being contemplated by Los Angeles County Metro for the November 2016 ballot. The Glendora to Montclair project has been identified as one of the top priorities for funding through the tax measure, and I am encouraged by those who over the past several months have recognized the crucial role this next segment will play in improving mobility and the quality of life for our region. The segment from Glendora to Montclair will offer much-needed relief to the increasingly congested I-210 Corridor (expected to take on the majority of population and job growth in the San Gabriel Valley in the coming decades) and provide direct connections to more than a dozen universities, the Los Angeles County Fairplex, and all of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties via the Montclair TransCenter. Over the coming months, the Los Angeles County Metro board will make crucial decisions about the sales tax measure, including finalizing the program of transit and highway improvements to be funded through the measure and the timeline for funding each project. With all current indications good that the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair will be included in those plans, the Construction Authority is working to prepare the project for the likelihood that the measure will be approved by voters in less than a year. So with the completion of one phase, the next begins. The journey continues. Stay updated on the Foothill Gold Line: Sign-up at www.foothillgoldline.org

2016 Employment Notice Posters Now Available Effective January 1, 2016, it is mandatory that all businesses display an employment poster visable to all employees. Posters are now available at the Chamber office. Cost: $32- non-laminated or $48- laminated (ordered upon request.) Call (909) 624-1681 or email [email protected] to reserve your poster.

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Cal Chamber Explains New Laws for 2016 The California Chamber of Commerce is presenting handy summaries of new legislation taking effect in 2016 that will affect the day-to-day operations of California employers. The summaries appear in a CalChamber white paper, available to download at www.calchamber.com/ newlaws2016. Some of these new laws make important changes to existing state law. Other mandates make small changes to different parts of existing law or may affect only certain types of employers, such as employers with piece-rate workers. The CalChamber also reminds employers that the minimum wage increases on January 1, 2016, to $10 an hour. The increase is not a new law, but is the last mandatory increase from the legislation signed into law in 2013. Paid Sick Leave Already in place are the July 13, 2015 amendments to the mandatory paid sick leave law. Those changes included clarifying who is a covered worker; providing alternative methods of accruing paid sick leave other than one hour for every 30 hours worked; clarifying protections for employers that already provided paid sick leave or paid time off before January 1, 2015; and providing alternative methods for paying employees who use paid sick leave. More details appear in a CalChamber white paper, available at www.calchamber.com/paidsickleave. The Labor Commissioner’s Office also has released revised FAQs to reflect its position on the paid sick leave amendments. Leaves and Benefits Other changes to leave and benefit laws include changes to kin care requirements; school and child care activities leave; National Guard leave and protections; unemployment insurance and electronic reporting (taking effect January 1, 2017); state disability insurance eligibility waiting periods (taking effect July 1, 2016); and unemployment insurance training benefits.

Discrimination/Retaliation The Fair Pay Act prohibits an employer from paying any of its employees less than employees of the opposite sex for “substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort and responsibility.” The act places specific requirements on employers to affirmatively show that a wage differential is not unlawful but is instead based entirely and reasonably upon one or more acceptable listed factors, including seniority and merit systems or other bona fide factors coupled with a showing of “business necessity.” It also creates a private right of action for retaliation and discrimination. Other new laws expanding employee protections in 2016 include: whistleblower and anti-retaliation protections; protection against retaliation for requesting reasonable accommodation; immigration-related protections; and expansion of anti-discrimination protections in state contracts. Wage and Hour Many of the new wage-and-hour laws deal with how the laws will be enforced, instead of imposing significant new obligations on employers. Urgency legislation that went into effect when the Governor signed it on October 2, 2015 gives employers the right to correct two types of violations relating to itemized wage statements before an employee may bring a civil action under the Private Attorneys General Act, subject to specified limitations. Other wage-and-hour laws set new rules for employers with piece-rate employees; deal with the meal periods in the health care industry (urgency legislation that went into effect on October 5, 2015); expand the Labor Commissioner’s ability to enforce state and certain local laws; reduce the prohibited amount of weekly disposable earnings that may be garnished (effective July 1, 2016); provide an amnesty program for port drayage companies that misclassify commercial drivers; and make various changes relating to public works and prevailing wages. Continued on page 8.



Friday, March 4, 2016 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont 555. W. Foothill Blvd.

Cost: $109 early-bird pricing

(Price will increase to $129 after January 15th)

Join us for a day of motivation, inspiration and fun! KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Lori Giovannoni

As a nationally recognized speaker and author, Lori Giovannoni has shared the platform with authors, entrepreneurs and leaders throughout the nation. Before becoming a full-time author and speaker, Lori was Legislative Director for the California Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the California Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.


Mimi Donaldson

Mimi Donaldson has captivated audiences for over 20 years. She has won acclaim for her rousing keynote speeches, compelling workshops, and in-house training programs. Mimi’s mission is to assist people to realize and achieve their full potential. She is a past human resources person and to-date, she has written three books.


Jodi Walker

Jodi Walker is the founder and Chief Creative Catalyst for Success Alliances. As an award winning speaker and consultant, she is known for her high energy presentations. She was once described by an LA Times reporter as having “seemingly endless energy.” Her unique ability to help leaders and their teams find innovative ways to move “beyond business as usual” has helped audiences worldwide.

Register online at www.claremontchamber.org or call (909) 624-1681 SPONSORED BY:

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Other new laws deal with franchisor/franchisee agreements; and require ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, to participate in the state Department of Motor Vehicles “pull-notice” system to regularly check the driving records of participating drivers.

New laws affecting hiring practices in 2016 deal with the use of the federal E-Verify system; job protections for grocery store workers when the store changes ownership; and classifying cheerleaders for professional sports teams as employees, not independent contractors. Workers’ Compensation Workers’ compensation-related bills signed into law in 2015 will require creation of a formulary for prescription medications in the workers’ compensation system by July 1, 2017; clarify that workers cannot be denied benefits based on citizenship or immigration status; require certain forms, notices and fact sheets to be made available in additional languages by January 1, 2018; clarify medical provider network laws; allow investigation and enforcement of the obligation to secure valid workers’ compensation insurance.

Compliance Help CalChamber employment law experts will cover new state laws in more detail on HRCalifornia and in the 2016 California Labor Law Digest and will make the necessary updates to all CalChamber products. In addition, live 2016 Employment Law Updates seminars are scheduled in January throughout the state. Seminar attendees will receive a handout on important cases and new laws. A live webinar also is scheduled. More information about the Digest, the seminars and webinar are available at www.calchamberstore.com.

The Division of Workers’ Compensation also recently finalized regulations revising certain benefit notices for January 1, 2016.

MORE THE MERRIER CAMPAIGN DRAWS IN OVER $100,000 Between November 9 and December 20 shoppers were asked to save their receipts for purchases made at any Claremont Businesses. Those who brought receipts to the Chamber office, The Bath Workshop and Vom Fass where given a raffle ticket and entered into the drawing. The prizes included massage packages, portrait sessions, dinner and a show, wine, teeth whitening, a variety of gift cards and the grand prize was an Apple iPad. A total of 2,020 tickets were counted at the end of the campaign which represent $101,000 spent in Claremont. Thank you to our raffle prize donors: Claremont Chamber Village Marketing Group Claremont Chamber of Commerce Candlelight Pavillion Dinner Theater Art & Sol Fine Art Classes The Whisper House Casa Moreno Mexican Grill Kelsey Dragus Reiki & Massage Massage Envy Ferrari Photography Packing House Wines Claremont Modern Dentistry

Mayor Corey Calaycay and Maureen Aldridge choosing the winners

Grand Prize Winner Karla Maez

Thank you to everyone who continues to support our small businesses by shopping local. #ShopClaremont


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www.claremontchamber.org November Renewing Members

November New Members

Left to Right: Scott Perard, BoulderHaus Athletics; John Tarrant, Toyotech Automotive; Karm Sandhu, Retro Fitness; Sal Medina, Chair

Back Row: Tom Traffas, Golden State Water Company; Sam Acuna, Claremont Print; Martin S. McLeod, D.C.; Jim Elsasser, Claremont Unified School District Front Row: Katherine Hauser Rubel, Claremont University Consortium; Fernando Ayala, Real Estate Hound; Cyndie O’Brien, Inter Valley Health Plan; Sonja Stump, Sonja Stump Photography; Barbara Jefferson; Marylou Ferry, Pomona College; Sal Medina, Packing House Wines

Ribbon Cuttings

Solid Rock Church

Retro Fitness

206 W. Bonita Ave. N2 Claremont, CA 91711

675 E. Foothill Blvd. Pomona, CA 91767

Ferrari Photography www.elisaferrari.com (619) 319-0134

Membership Recognition


Renewing Members 85 Years Scripps College 66 Years Golden State Water Company Pomona College The Webb Schools 40+ Years Harvey Mudd College Claremont McKenna College Claremont University Consortium Mt. San Antonio Gardens Pitzer College 35+ Years The Claremont Club Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley, LLP 30+ Years Claremont Unified School District Corey Nursery Co., Inc. League of Women Voters Barbara Cheatley Antiques 25+ Years Yoss & Allen, CPA Claremont Print Sonja Stump Photography Martin S. McLeod, D.C. 16 Years ISN Global Enterprises, Inc. Project Sister Family Services

5+ Years Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction McDonald’s Packing House Wines The Press Restaurant The Body Center Physical Therapy Inter Valley Health Plan Real Estate Hound Padua Hills/Chantrelles Catering Route 66 Self Storage 1+ Years Union on Yale Rocky’s Dry Cleaners Rounds Premium Burgers Barbara L Jefferson, Ph.D. Re/Max Resources

New Members ISC Tech Solutions Telecommunications www.isctechsolutions.com (909) 625-9634 Sharon Fagundes, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor 500 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont (909) 447-7701

page 11 Knights of Columbus Non-Profit 455 Berkeley, Claremont (909) 626-3596 BoulderHaus Athletics Health and Fitness 532 W. First St. #213, Claremont (909) 374-3168 Ortiz & Associates Health Insurance 322 S. Garey Ave. Claremont (909) 623-5050 Hudson Construction General Contractor 310 N. Indian Hill Blvd. #259, Claremont (909) 575-7603 Toyotech Automotive Automotive Repair & Service 1174 W. 9th St. Upland (909) 982-5536

Member Spotlight-- Faya Corporation Do you imagine a world where your logo is noticed by all; where the site of your logo sparks joy and reminds people to visit your business, or give you a call? Then Faya is your answer! We love logos and even more so, we love to put logos on marketable products. We take branding seriously! At Faya we can decorate everything from Hats and Polo Shirts, to Jackets and Backpacks. Almost anything you wear, carry, or use, we can brand with your unique logo. Faya Advertising offers top-notch quality, thousands of items to choose from, and competitive pricing. Best of all, we make your job easy by simply taking care of you and your project, ensuring the best branded merchandise. (888) 868-8598 • [email protected] • www.fayausa.com Thank you to the following Chamber members for their donations this month.Your generous donations make our events more of a success and give you the opportunity to mention your name EVERY time you give. The Chama Mijac Alarm Wisteria Grove Claremont Modern Dentistry Claremont Chorale Right at Home In-Home Care

Pedal Spin Studio A Kline Chocolatier Senior Solution Professionals Claremont Heights Postal Service Priceless Pet Rescue Rio de Ojas

The Diamond Center Inter Valley Health Plan Village Marketing Group Candlelight Pavillion Dinner Theater Art & Sol Fine Art Classes The Whisper House

Casa Moreno Mexican Grill Kut Haus Salon Kelsey Dragus Reiki & Massage Massage Envy Ferrari Photography Packing House Wines

Committee Meetings January 2016 6

8:00 a.m. V.M.G (Espiaus)

13 8:00 a.m. Executive 14 Noon Marketing/PR 19 7:30 a.m. Government Relations Committee (Citrus Room- City Hall)

Return Service Requested

25 Noon Membership/Ambassadors 26 7:30 a.m Board Dates and times subject to change. Unless noted, meetings are held at the Chamber office.

Chamber Office Closed: Friday, January 1st Tuesday, January 12 Networking Breakfast 7:30- 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by: Shamrock Resoration & Cleaning

Thursday, January 28 Ladies Luncheon

Tuesday, February 23 Networking Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Buca Di Beppo

Packing House Wines

505 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont Members: $20 Non-Members: $30 RSVP by Friday, Friday, January 22

Chamber Members: $15 (pre-registration)

$17 at the door Potential Members: $20 (by reservation only) RSVP by Friday, January 8

Chamber Office Closed: Monday, January 18th

Members: $20 Seating is limited to 30 people. No walk-ins available, reservations only! RSVP by Friday, February 19th

Networking type: Self Introductions DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont 555 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont

540 W. First St. Claremont

SAVE THE DATE Wednesday, February 10 Labor Law Seminar 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Southland Data Processing 555 N. Benson Ave. Upland, 91786

Cost: $15 (Includes Lunch) Pre-payment is required

Friday, March 4, 2016 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont 555 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont Cost: $109 (before January 15)

RSVP by February 1st

RSVP to all events by calling (909) 624-1681 or emailing [email protected]

A reservation made is a reservation paid for ALL events. Payment must be made by cash, check, Visa or Mastercard prior to or on the day of the event. Please check in at registration even if you have pre-paid.

Come celebrate Mardi Gras in the Hillcrest Meeting House turned New Orleans Jazz Club. Corey Gemme and his Wabash Wailers will make you think you’ve arrived on Basin Street in the land of dreams for sure!


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