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Volume 33, Issue 5

May, 2016

BUSINESS NEWS Bringing Together Your Commerce and Communit y

Contents • California Passes Minimum Wage Hike................................1 • A Letter from the Chairman of the Board............................2 • Get to know your Board - . Kim Peeples............................4 • CalChamber Releases 2016 Job Killer List..........................6

Chairman’s Circle Members DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont

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

Get to Know Your Board

Kim Peeples See page 4.

California Passes Minimum Wage Hike Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that will incrementally raise the California minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next seven years. Below is the schedule of increases by size of employer. Employers with 26 or more employees: 1. $10.50 – January 1, 2017 2. $11.00 – January 1, 2018 3. $12.00 – January 1, 2019 4. $13.00 – January 1, 2020 5. $14.00 – January 1, 2021 6. $15.00 – January 1, 2022

Employers with 25 or fewer employees: 1. $10.50 – January 1, 2018 2. $11.00 – January 1, 2019 3. $12.00 – January 1, 2020 4. $13.00 – January 1, 2021 5. $14.00 – January 1, 2022 6. $15.00 – January 1, 2023 The bill allows the governor to delay a particular increase for one year in the event of a budget crisis or an economic downturn. With these increases, California joins New York in becoming the first states to pass legislation that will result in a statewide minimum wage of $15 per hour.

Participating as a member of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, I have been able to develop both my personal and professional relationships. Being that my business thrives with referrals, networking through the many Chamber opportunities has resulted in growing my business. If you are ready now or even thinking of buying or selling either residential or commercial Real Estate, I hope to meet you at an upcoming Chamber event as I welcome the opportunity to network with other members. So while you’re sipping coffee at the next Chamber Networking Breakfast, think of me Sonja Coffee as your Realtor of Choice. Thank you Chamber! Sonja Coffee, Re/Max Champions | Claremont Chamber of Commerce


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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 Sam Pedroza, 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

A Letter from the Chairman of the Board This month I would like share some of the wonderful things our committees are and have been working on in recent months. Our Marketing Committee says, that it’s time to “Spring into Action.” What does this mean? Similar to our “More the Merrier” campaign, here is an opportunity to Shop Local and Shop Claremont. Shop any business in Claremont and bring your receipts to any of our four drop off locations to receive a raffle ticket; many prizes will be available including a GoPro. This is just another great opportunity to support our local businesses. It’s time to show your bowling S.C.I.L. The CYPs are hosting their annual bowling tournament Thursday, May 19 at Chaparral Lanes. This year proceeds will benefit the Service Center for Independent Life (SCIL). And after watching “The Big Lebowski” I am now ready to release my inner Dude. Hope to see you there. Our Ambassadors Committee worked hard to put together

Chamber Committee Chairs yan Zimmerman and Joey Medeiros John Howland Ambassadors Maia Thomas Marketing/PR Nikki Coulas and Randy Lopez

Chamber Staff CEO Maureen Aldridge Executive Assistant Marlene Fulfer Business Communications Liaison Jose Vera Membership Coordinator Robin Wright


Remember, every month brings with it great opportunities to shine, both within our businesses as well as within our community. Spring is here, the sun is out, its time to shine. Your success is our success! Sal Medina

Contact Us

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last months New Member reception and after attending the reception, I left with a great feeling of enthusiasm. What a great group of new members that have recently joined our Chamber. There was lots of networking and fun that was had. And let us not forget about our Government Relations and Economic Development Committees, continuously working hand in hand with local and state representatives to ensure that our opinions and concerns are heard. There is always a lot of spirited debate and great information with this fun group.

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Get to Know Your Board My full name is.. Kimberly D. Peeples I am a... Small business owner in Claremont. I own the vomFASS store in the West Village. My business has been a Chamber Member... We joined in June 2013 and opened our store in October that same year. If I could change professions, I would... Not! I love being a small business owner, especially in a great town like Claremont. As my hobbies... I like to pretend to be a photographer. 4


When it comes to sports... Count me out, unless drinking a beer at a baseball game counts, then I’m in. Most people don’t know... That I am from the east coast originally and miss the leaves changing a lot. The person I consider my mentor... My grandmother has always been my mentor. She is not still with the earth, but she is still with me. My ideal vacation would be... Anywhere I can explore and take pictures. My favorite place to eat in Claremont is... I can’t play favorites! :0)

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My favorite holidays... Christmas! I became a Board Member... In June of 2014. I am very grateful to be a part of such a great group of board members. Being a Chamber Member I have... Met so many interesting and fun people. I have learned a lot too. I love the classes that the Chamber offers, especially the HR ones. My advice to young entrepreneurs is... Never stop believing in yourself. The gifts you have are uniquely yours so keep giving them! | Claremont Chamber of Commerce


CalChamber Releases 2016 Job Killer List The California Chamber of Commerce released a preliminary list of job killer bills to call attention to the negative impact that these measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery if they were to become law. The preliminary list of 2016 job killer bills follows: Arbitration Discrimination AB 2667 (Thurmond; D-Richmond) Arbitration Agreements Discrimination — Unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements and therefore is likely preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, which will lead to confusion and litigation, by prohibiting arbitration of Unruh Civil Rights violations made as a condition of a contract for goods or services. AB 2879 (M. Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Employment Arbitration Agreements Discrimination — Unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements and is likely preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, which will lead to confusion and litigation, by prohibiting an employer from requiring an individual who is a member of the military to sign a mandatory arbitration agreement as a condition of employment. Increased Labor Costs AB 1727 (Gonzalez; D–San Diego) Price-Setting by Independent Contractors — Harms consumers and the California economy by essentially allowing independent contractors in almost every industry to collaborate and set prices for their services as well as other terms and conditions of their contracts, which will raise prices for consumers as well as subject them to costly litigation with the threat of triple damages if consumers terminate those contracts. SB 878 (Leyva; D-Chino) Mandated Scheduling Requirement — Eliminates worker flexibility and exposes employers to costly penalties, litigation, and government enforcement, by mandating employers in the retail,


grocery, or restaurant workplace, including employers who have hybrid operations that include a retail or restaurant section, to provide a 21-day work schedule and then face penalties and litigation if the employer changes the schedule with less than 7 days notice, even when the change is at the request of the employee. SB 1166 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) Imposes New Maternity and Paternity Leave Mandate — Unduly burdens and increases costs of small employers, with as few as 5 employees, as well as large employers with 50 or more employees, by requiring 12 weeks of protected employee leave for maternity or paternity leave, in addition to up to four months of existing pregnancy disability leave, for employees who have worked for the employer one day, as well as exposing employers with 50 or more employees to potentially provide 24 weeks of protected leave in a 12-month period, and all employers of 5 or more to the threat of costly litigation. Meritless Litigation SB 899 (Hueso; D-San Diego) Increased Meritless Litigation Costs — Drives up consumer costs and increases frivolous litigation similar to the disability access lawsuits in California, by prohibiting a retailer or grocery store from discriminating against a person on the basis of gender with the price of goods and subjecting them to a minimum $4,000 of damages for each violation. California Oil Production Barriers AB 1759 (Bonta; D-Alameda) Gas Price Increase — Jeopardizes the production of California based fuel by banning the use of hydrogen fluoride and hydrofluoric acid at facilities that use more than 250 gallons and are located within two miles of a residence,

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notwithstanding the fact that there are significant safety regulations in place at the local, state and federal levels. AB 1882 (Williams; D-Santa Barbara) Gas Price Increase — Jeopardizes the production of California based fuel by substantially complicating the existing permitting process for the Underground Injection Control program by imposing duplicative requirements and requiring the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to cede aspects of its permitting authority to the regional water quality control board. AB 2729 (Williams; D-Santa Barbara/ Thurmond; D-Richmond) Gas Price Increase — Jeopardizes the production of California based fuel supply and increases costs to the industry by revising the definition of an idle well and requiring permanent closure of 25% of California’s long-term idle wells each year. Tax Increase ACA 8 (Bloom; D-Santa Monica) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners by giving local governments new authority to enact special taxes for storm and wastewater infrastructure, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to fiftyfive percent.

You’re invited to join

Assemblymember Chris Holden Interactive Town Hall on The State Budget Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Alexander Hughes Community Center Padua Room, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont R.S.V.P. to (626) 351-1917

In collaboration with “NEXT 10,” Assemblymember Holden is hosting this free event where you have a say in putting together a budget while learning how our California state budget works! Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


DISTRICT OFFICE: 600 North Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117, Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 351-1917 • Fax: (626) 351-6176 CAPITOL OFFICE: • State Capitol • P.O. Box 942849 • Sacramento, CA 94249-0041 (916) 319-2041 • Fax: (916) 319-2141 E-MAIL: [email protected] WEBSITE: | Claremont Chamber of Commerce


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Tel: (877) 398-4072 • (909) 398-4072 Fax: (909) 398-4076 E-mail: [email protected] | Claremont Chamber of Commerce


Member Benefits

Drawing will be held at Noon Monday, June 20!

• Have you attended at least 3 Chamber networking events in the last 6 months? • Have you updated your Chamber online profile? • Have you uploaded your events to the Chamber’s online calendar? • Have you posted hot deals or job openings on the Chamber website? • Have you brought business cards or promotional items to display in the Chamber office? • Have you taken advantage of all sponsorship opportunities? If you answered “No” to more than three of these questions, you are not using your Chamber member benefits to the fullest. To find out more information on how you can take advantage of these benefits, contact us at (909) 624-1681 or by email at contact@

Don't Forget Mom, Dads & Grads! The Claremont Gift Card program is a FREE

program available for ACTIVE Chamber members. This program has been successful since 2002 and currently has 140 Chamber members utilizing this as one of the many benefits to their membership. The intention of this program is to encourage more business for our Chamber members and to keep the money in Claremont. Throughout the year, many residents and visitors come to the city to purchase the Claremont Chamber cards, for family, friends, coaches, teachers, etc. Each card distributed from our office includes a list of merchants participating in this wonderful program, giving each recipient


a huge array of choices as to where they can spend their gift. All participating members are given a window cling to show they accept the gift cards. Claremont Gift Cards are sold exclusively at the Chamber Office in denominations of $10 and $25. When a customer uses the gift card, the merchant must treat it as cash and must give cash as change, if necessary. Then the merchants bring the card(s) into the Chamber office, where we will write a check for the full amount. To participate in this program contact (909) 624-1681 or contact@

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Celebrating Our Chamber Members! Renewing Members 25+ Years

Tintura Salon Cheese Cave J.N. Coulas & Associates Pacific Western Bank Arbonne Cal American Homes Dale Bros. Brewery Mason Prophet, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty

House of Ruth Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra Claremont Manor Claremont Veterinary Hospital 15+ Years Wisteria Grove Aromatique Skin and Body Care David Seccombe, DDS Laura Dandoy, Re/Max Resources Wohl Investment Co. Inc. Bert & Rocky’s Cream Company

1+ Years American Medical Response California Pest Management Bardot Buca di Beppo Mijac Alarm A Shop Called Quest Von Lutz Commercial Cleaning

10+ Years GeoLogic Associates PayPro Services Arteco Partners Nichols & Associates, CPA’s 5+ Years College Park Apartments Cole-Schaefer Ambulance Service New Bedford Panoramex

New Members

Organizations PO Box 2022 Bakersfield, Ca 93303 (661) 371-2022 Smart Dental Choice Dentists 1220 N. Park Ave. Pomona, CA 91792 (909) 460-8100 Thin Blue Line Reporting Software 1711 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. #159 (888) 844-6258 Claremont School of Theology Colleges 1325 N. College Ave. (909) 447-2252

Buttercup Catering Catering Service 353 N. Cambridge (323) 577-3081 Bakersfield Business Conference

New Members

Renewing Members

Left to Right: Oscar Marin & Eunice Ballina| Smart Dental Care; Kah-Jin Jeffery Kuan, Ph. D. | Claremont School of Theology; Josh Bowen | Upside Fit; Sal Medina | Chair

Left to Right: Albert Cisneros & Gregg Guthrie | Cole-Schaefer; Lori Marino | Wisteria Grove; Adrian Aguilar & Tarin Weedall | Buca Di Beppo; Doris Rodriguez | Tintura Salon; Marnie & Donna Clarke | Cheese Cave; Brandon Greene & Andy Trujillo | American Medical Response; David Seccombe, DDS; Sal Medina | Chair

THANKS YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS! 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.

Suzanne Christian, CFP Uncommon Good Wisteria Grove Right at Home, In Home Care

J. N. Coulas & Associates Ophelia's Jump Productions Smart Dental Choice Rotary Club of Claremont Sunrise

Fairplex Foothill Aids Project Outhouse Apparel, Print & Promotional Products | Claremont Chamber of Commerce


Committee Meetings May 2016

4 8:00 a.m. 11 8:00 a.m. 12 Noon 16 Noon 17 7:30 a.m. 24 7:30 a.m

V.M.G (City Hall) Executive Marketing/PR Ambassadors Government Relations Committee Board

Return Service Requested

Dates and times subject to change. Unless noted, meetings are held at the Chamber office.

Tuesday, May 10th Networking Breakfast

7:30- 9:00 a.m. Presented by: The State Board of Equalization DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont 555 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont Chamber Members: $15* Potential Members: $20*

Thursday, May 19th CYP Bowling Tournament

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Chaparral Lanes 400 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas Cost: $25 per Bowler* (Includes shoe rental, pizza and soft drinks) *Four bowlers required per team.

(by reservation only)

*Payment is due upon registration. Register by Friday, May 6

Wednesday, May 18th Maximize Results Lunch & Learn

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Topic: Take Charge of Your Life Chamber Office 205 Yale Ave. Claremont Cost: $20* (Includes Lunch) *Payment is due upon registration. Register by Wednesday, May 11

Thursday, May 26th Ladies Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Whisper House 502 W First St, Claremont Chamber Members: $20* Potential Members: $30* (by reservation only)

*Payment is due upon registration. Register by Friday, May 20th

Monday, May 30th CLOSED

SAVE THE DATE Wednesday, June 15th Maximize Results Lunch & Learn

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Topic: The Master Skill of Success Chamber Office 205 Yale Ave. Claremont Cost: $20* (Includes Lunch) *Payment is due upon registration. Register by Wednesday, June 8th

Wednesday, June 22nd Installation Dinner

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont 555 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont Chamber Members: $40 Non-Chamber Members: $50 *Payment is due upon registration. Register by Wednesday, June 15th

Register online by credit card at or register with the Chamber office prior to event.