See the attached SoCalGas Community e-Newsletter. It is a quick read about what is going on at the Gas Company. Some great tips on safety too!
There are many things that employers have to keep up to date on. Two of the important (and timely) ones are sexual harassment and the I-9/E-Verify. The San Gabriel Valley Employer Advisory Council has a training to address those very issues. Please see the file for more information on upcoming this training.
The Chamber has been very busy with different legislation that has been introduced in the last few months that is targeting the ban of natural gas for all development by the year 2030 - for both new AND existing construction - for both commercial AND non-commercial (residential). In a nutshell, NO MORE NATURAL GAS FOR ANYONE IN CALIFORNIA.
We, and many other chambers, have taken a very strong position against these measures and several have been pulled, but this one still is going forward, even while they continue to change its language.
The original hearing date was April 18th, however, this has been postponed to April 25th. Our position has not changed. (Our letter of opposition is attached to this post.) It does not make sense to deny businesses AND residents the ability to use a natural resource that the rest of the country has access to. This will effectively stop the growth of commerce in California and put people out of business.
We encourage you to review the facts for yourself, however time is of the essence (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB3232). They need to hear from you immediately!
Renowned Food Critic Peter Dills to Join the Taste of Duarte
The Duarte Chamber of Commerce is excited to once again have renowned food critic Peter Dills at our Taste of Duarte and Business Expo on May 23, 2018 at Westminster Gardens in Duarte. A strong supporter of local restaurants, Peter has been drawn to the variety of food and beverages at Taste of Duarte for the last three years.
Participant Dean Lyon, owner of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Duarte, was happy to hear that Mr. Dills was returning. “It’s awesome to have Peter Dills at the Taste of Duarte again. Having him here motivates our team to showcase our awesome smoked meats and home style sides. We know Dickey’s in Duarte is the best around, and to be able to share it with Peter is a highlight of our year,” said Dean.
Chamber President Sheryl Lefmann related that, “Having Peter join us again means the world to us. His interaction with the participants and attendees is a highlight of the night. We are proud of our event and his participation is an affirmation of what a great affair it is.”
Peter, also known as the King of Cuisine, readily admits to being born into a world of food. The son of noted restaurant critic Elmer Dills, he and his family moved to Pasadena in 1970 from the “Crab Capitol of the World,” Baltimore.
As far back as he can remember Peter was following his father from restaurant to restaurant, always tasting, always learning about food and always discovering new and exciting foods.
As his food adventure comes full circle, he now stars on TV with the popular Food and Travel show, "Dining with Dills", named after his father. He also is on The Answer AM 870 radio and KLAA Angels Radio AM 830.
To get your tickets, apply as a participant, or inquire about the event, and for detailed pricing packages contact the Duarte Chamber of Commerce at 626-357-3333, or www.tasteofduarte.com.
As you may be aware, in late February, the Chamber posted a blog article (A 10-minute Video That Could Save Your Life) regarding the subject of active shooter. About a month prior to the Florida school shooting, our executive board had discussed having an active shooter seminar. That seminar will be held on April 19 from 11:30am - 1:00pm.
Unfortunately, yesterday's event in at the YouTube campus in San Bruno means our scheduled seminar is becoming more and more relevant. I know it is not a comfortable topic to discuss, but it is necessary. L.A. County Sheriff's Sergeant Mike Harding, a subject matter expert, will provide information that will make a difference in an emergency. Additionally, our local Public Safety Director Brian Villalobos and Sheriff's Captain Dave Flores will be on hand to assist in the discussion. We know that there will be a lot of questions and we have built in a longer Q&A time to accommodate them.
Given the interest level of this subject, we are requesting that you REGISTER NOW to ensure a seat at this FREE SEMINAR. You do not need to be a member or a business to attend. It is open to everyone, but reservations are necessary. A light lunch will be provided. The link to register is below.
Business Owners – what are your biggest concerns in our current times? I suspect that finding qualified candidates for job openings ranks high in those concerns.
Did you know that there is a concerted effort between the State of California, Economic Partnerships, Community Colleges, Universities and local School Districts to begin to help prepare students for work?
The Foothill Consortium Advisory Board is one of those that is active in helping groom students to be the perfect candidate. The purpose is to advance the region’s workforce by:
· Growing high school students within career academies to address the high-wage, high-skill, high-need workforce gaps
· Creating a forum for employers, educators, workforce and economic professionals to support the development of our future workforce
· Making it easy for employers to directly start shaping their future workforce
There are four school districts participating in this consortium by creating Learning Academies
· Charter Oak
There are four Regional Growth Industries the Academies are focused on
· Biotech and Life Sciences
· Tourism and Hospitality
The Academies offer the opportunity to connect all the core classes a student is required to take within the framework of their selected focus. So, when they get an English or Math assignment, it is grounded in the focus area of the Academy.
I’m sure you’re thinking – how what is required of me? Time. Our Chairwoman of the Board Tina Carey is a member of the Foothill Consortium Advisory Board and relayed that:
· "At this point in time, I’ve been to two sessions totaling a total of three hours of my time.
· I have been able to observe students in two academies in Monrovia High School – one focused on IT and one on Visual Arts
· I have been able to provide input as to how my company has used an intern in the Visual Arts Field
· I will have the opportunity to help define what are the key core competencies employees need to enter my workforce"
So, if this sounds like an opportunity for your business to use your time to help define and create our future workforce, this is a great match.
Feel free to contact the Duarte Chamber and we’ll get you connected J
Please help us in welcoming our newest addition – Chamber Charley Horse. As you may recall, the Chamber introduced Chamber Charlie, a plush moose, during the holiday season. He encouraged people to visit him at 20 member locations in 21 days. His presence was so embraced by businesses and the community alike, we were asked to expand the campaign.
Trying to find a mascot, we wanted looked at several options. We chose a horse as it not only was the horse an important part of Rancho Azusa de Duarte’s ability to grow in its farming capabilities and establish itself as a city, it symbolizes the strength of businesses that support the community in the growth of employment, commerce and residential life. The Chamber held a naming competition. With nearly 30 entries received the overwhelming favorite was submitted by Victor Benavides from the City of Hope. Stop by and say hi to Charley sometime!
The Duarte Chamber provided the opportunity for local businesses, residents and officials to have lunch with Assembly Member Blanca Rubio and hear how she is representing our area. Assembly Member Rubio was elected in 2016 and is considered a “moderate democrat” as she does have a commitment to represent business issues along with those of the community.
Blanca has worked tirelessly to give her constituents a voice in the Capitol, placing advocacy for children, women, families, students, and immigrants at the forefront of her work. Since her election in 2016, Blanca has authored bills that support victims of domestic violence, create opportunities for children within the foster care system, ensure our youngest students are given proper support to succeed in school, and support for immigrant communities. Through her work as Chairwoman of the Human Service Committee, Blanca has raised awareness of women’s rights by authoring resolutions that declare August Breast Feeding Awareness Month and October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Blanca made it clear to everyone in attendance that she is an advocate for issues in her district, and her staff is always available to assist constituents, including cities, businesses and organizations with state related concerns. In one case, during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee where discussion of an audit of the state and regional water boards was being considered, she recalled the multiple concerns relayed from the foothill cities in her district regarding the burdensome cost the MS4 Storm Water Permit. The impact to Duarte would be multiple times their annual budget. During this committee discussion, Blanca asked that the audit include the cities in our district be included to help shed light on the process and outcome. The audit was released earlier this month, and the CA Auditor’s report validated the many concerns by cities such as ours. Had it not been for the advocacy of cities such as ours, she would never have had the opportunity to speak on their behalf when the opportunity was presented.
After her update, the Assembly Member responded to several questions from the attendees including what she sees as the biggest issue for businesses over the next two years. Her biggest concern is workforce development and the need for businesses, public entities and schools to partner and ensure young people are getting the skills and training needed for the workplace. One example addressed the anticipated number of employees retiring in the next few years from the Gas Company – leading to a shortage of trained welders. Bob Cruz, past Chair of the Duarte Chamber, was able to share information regarding a partnership between Delafield (a Duarte Chamber business member), the Duarte Chamber, Duarte United School District and Mount San Antonio College. Collectively, a “welding boot camp” was created for juniors and seniors in High School for training through Mt. SAC. Mr. Cruz continued, “The first camp was held last summer and was so successful that the group wants to expand it in the future.” Assemblywoman Rubio eagerly responded, “Let us know how we can help you grow that. I will use that as an example of how they [chamber, education and businesses] are working to develop their workforce.”
Attendees at the luncheon included members of the Duarte Chamber Board, the Duarte Unified School District Board Members Doug Edwards and Reyna Diaz; DUSD Superintendent, Allan Mucerino; Duarte Mayor, John Fasana; Duarte Mayor Pro-Tem Liz Reilly; Duarte City Council Member, Tzeitel Paras-Caracci as well as representatives from the offices of State Senator Anthony Portantino, and County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger.