As a former law enforcement professional, I know the benefit of training and educating the workforce for a situation or event. In my role of president of the Duarte Chamber of Commerce it occurred to me that we should be educating our membership on active shooter. The thought came into my mind about a month ago and I brought it up to the executive board members who agreed we should pursue it. Unfortunately, the events in Florida make it even more timely. The reality is it can hit at any time, in any place, including our work places.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department produced a 10-minute video. Note: the video is graphic and may be disturbing for some viewers. However, it does what it was designed to – it makes you think – which could save you or your co-workers life. The video offers some common-sense actions that you and your staff can take. I highly recommend all our Chamber members view this video and consider using this a tool to share with your employees.
If you would like to have a more in-depth seminar in the future call or email me and we'll develop something to be shared in a face-to-face venue.
As you probably know by now Chamber Charlie, our holiday mascot, was a huge success. He visited 20 locations in 21 days to rave reviews. We were asked by both businesses and the community to have a friend for Charlie during the year, not just holidays. So let me introduce you to - - - well, that's where you come in - - - our new mascot needs a name and we need your help.
Come up with something fun and catchy.. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (put "A Horse with No Name" in the subject line), with your suggestion and contact information and be entered to win $15 in Chamber Cash! You have until Friday, March 9th to submit so make sure you get your ideas in before then.
Until then, the little one is already been out and about and can't wait to meet you all. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
It occurs to us (Diana, Leonard, and Sheryl) how fortunate we are to be able to experience such a diverse work week in what appears to outsiders as a small little community. We thought it would be great to share with you what we did this week. Mind you, our offices are open four days a week, but we often work weekends and evenings to be able to serve our members and participate in the community. This week was no different. Our week was one that had a special focus on our future work force, Duarte’s youth.
It was the first full week with our two new volunteers, Jessica Flores from Citrus College, and Casey Carrillo from Duarte High School. These ladies jumped in and are super eager to learn everything from basic office operations, marketing, sales, and all-important customer service. We are thrilled to have them join our team and look forward to seeing the contributions they will make at the Chamber.
Sheryl attended a meeting with fellow chamber executives within the San Gabriel Valley to share our successes over the last month and to learn, grow, and share resources.
Diana and Sheryl split events on Tuesday while Leonard held down the fort at the office. Diana met members for our monthly “Lunch Meet.” This month it was held at Morralitos where the attendees enjoyed 99 cent tacos (Taco Tuesday!) and the casual networking that occurs at this event.
Sheryl went to the Kiwanis meeting and heard from Bernadette Lopez one of the AmeriCorps fellows serving at DUSD District office. She provided information to Kiwanians on the literacy program IHeartBooks she is involved in. Member visits and support occurred thought the day.
Business advocacy is something that is a key function of a chamber. Whether it is taking a stand for or against a proposed statewide change or a local issue, the chamber is there on your behalf. Tuesday evening Sheryl attended the Traffic Safety Commission on behalf of businesses to voice their view of requested parking restrictions along Third between Oak and Highland.
In connection with Duarte Unified School District, we held our annual Principal for a Day event. This year we decided to shake things up changing the format for this five-hour event. And we did so in a grand way. Relaunching as PRINCIPAL FOR A NEW DAY, we went with (?) a group of principals to four of our rebranded schools to experience the dynamic changes that have occurred throughout DUSD this year. Sixteen Chamber members participated in the event and based on the initial feedback, it was worth every minute of their day.
One goal of the day was to have businesses see how the local students are being educated so they are ready to join the changing global workforce or college upon graduation. The ideas on how businesses can assist (and vice versa) are formed here and will be introduced through the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership’s pathways program.
And in case you’re wondering, we had a blast as well riding on the bus from school to school and even busted out in a spontaneous dance off with our chamber principals and the kids. Make sure to look on our website and Facebook page for some great pictures and videos from the day.
Our theme of students continued into Thursday with the Chamber participating in the City of Duarte’s Ground Hog job shadow day. We had three students from Duarte High School who visited us for the morning. When they learned about the diverse ways we service our members and the community, they all said they wanted to volunteer! That’s exactly what the program was designed to do, expose the students to different types of work so that they can experience it and see where their passions lie. They even are going to introduce something new and exciting coming up. Make sure and look on our website and social media to see more next week.
We ended our day with a Taste of Duarte planning meeting. We are gearing up to make it even better than last year! Make sure and look on www.tasteofduarte.com, our website, and social media for more information, sponsors, participants and a fun teasers of what is to come.
So, as you might gather, we don’t stop. We continue to serve our members, sell Route 66 merchandise, serve as a resource for visitors and those relocating, coordinate and lead in various events. Best part of it? We get to do it with all of you. That’s what makes our jobs so incredibly rewarding!
Bipartisan coalition call for a "NO" vote for the proposed moratorium on natural gas - let them hear Your voice!
On January 4th, the Duarte Chamber took a stand and signed a petition to have the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) stop a proposed moratorium on new natural gas connections for businesses. Los Angeles County businesses are being faced with an unprecedented action by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) affecting over 700 commercial and industrial businesses. Resolution G-3536, would implement a moratorium on new natural gas connections. The initiative does not allow businesses currently in development to utilize natural gas. This would negatively impact commerce in Duarte, as well as anywhere in the county.
The original hearing date was January 11th, however, this was postponed. Our position has not changed. It does not make sense to deny businesses 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 L.A. County and put people out of business. Additionally, it could lay the foundation to prohibit other restrictions (potentially against other utilities as well) at the whim of the CPUC without due process, time, or options for affected businesses.
I encourage you to review the facts for yourself, however time is of the essence. The CPUC will be hearing this matter on February 8th. They need to hear from you immediately! You can find the resolution online on the CPUC’s website.
Last month, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D - Los Angeles) introduced Assembly Bill 1879, co-authored by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio (D – Baldwin Park), that would prevent the CPUC from issuing this moratorium. There is a bipartisan coalition of legislators formed that support bill as well. The next vote by the CPUC is expected to vote on the proposed moratorium this Thursday, February 8th.
The Duarte Chamber of Commerce has already signed a BizFed petition, and I encourage you to consider doing so. The link for the petition is https://bizfedlacounty.org/la-county-needs-natural-gas/.
Duarte Chamber President/CEO
sOCALGAS SMART THERMOSTAT PROGRAM OFFERS CUSTOMERS UP TO $75 IN INCENTIVES TO CONSERVE NATURAL GAS THIS WINTER
Customers with ecobee or Nest smart thermostats are eligible to participate in this
new natural gas conservation program
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is offering customers up to $75 in incentives to participate in its Smart Thermostat Program. The program is designed to help households that have purchased, installed and registered an ecobee or Nest smart thermostat conserve natural gas for home heating this winter.
“Smart thermostats can help customers save money and energy, and the incentives that SoCalGas is offering as part of the Smart Thermostat Program makes purchasing a device an even more worthwhile investment,” said Dan Rendler, director of customer programs and assistance at SoCalGas. “Participating in the program is an easy way for customers to conserve natural gas during critical periods while still being comfortable in their homes.”
Residential owners of ecobee or Nest-registered devices with gas heating in SoCalGas’ service territory, except those who are currently enrolled in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Save Power Days electric demand response program, are eligible to participate in the Smart Thermostat Program. SoCalGas and SCE are working on a process that will allow dual-enrollment across both programs by next winter.
By participating in the Smart Thermostat Program, customers agree to allow minor adjustments to be made to their smart thermostat temperature settings for a few hours on days when SoCalGas calls a Natural Gas Conservation event. These events will help lower the risk of possible natural gas shortages when demand is at its highest. Participants are notified two hours before any adjustments are made via their smart thermostat, web portal, mobile app and/or email.
SoCalGas customers who enroll in the program will receive a $50 check for signing up by Mar. 1st and another $25 for staying enrolled through the duration of the program, which concludes on Apr. 1st. Customers who participated in the SoCalGas Advisory Thermostat Program with ecobee devices last year will receive $25 for their full participation in the Smart Thermostat Program this year.
SoCalGas is a leader in energy conservation, helping to keep natural gas bills affordable for customers and protecting the environment. Since 1990, the company’s energy efficiency and rebate programs have helped families and businesses save approximately $672 million on their natural gas bills and reduced emissions equal to taking almost 700,000 cars off the road.
For more information about the Smart Thermostat Program, visit https://www.socalgas.com/smarttherm