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					          It is the mission of the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce to build solid relationships, provide quality services
          that support chamber members and businesses in order to promote the economic vitality of our community.

Volume 26, Number 10                                                                                                   October 2006


          CORNERSTONES
          of Irwindale
                                                              Chamber Takes Positions on JobKiller
          Commerce                                              Legislation and Ballot Measures
                                                           The Irwindale Chamber’s Legislative Business Affairs Committee
                            Gold                           reviewed and took positions on the following ballot measures and
                                                           propositions that will appear on the 2006 November ballot:

                                                               Prop.1A-SUPPORT                         86 - OPPOSE
                           Silver                              Prop.1B-SUPPORT                         87 - OPPOSE
                                                               Prop.1C-SUPPORT                         89 - OPPOSE
                           Bronze                              Prop.1D-SUPPORT                         90 - OPPOSE
                                                               Prop.1E-SUPPORT
                                                           The committee also reached consensus to oppose “ALL” Job Killer
           ENVIRONMENTAL
              SERVICES
                           Corporate                       bills making their way through the state senate and assembly that
                                             AJL
                                       Insurance Brokers   have an impact on business interests: costly workplace mandates,
                                                                                                       (Legislation-continued on page 17)


                 $40,500 In Scholarships Awarded                                                                     NEW
                                                                                                         BUSINESS DIRECTORY
                                                                      The Irwindale Educational
                                                                      Foundation held its 7th Annual               INSIDE
                                                                      BBQ Fundraiser on the
                                                                      spacious grounds of Miller
                                                                      Brewing Company on July              Inside this issue:
                                                                      21, 2006.      Approximately     Educational Foundation          2
                                                                      200 people braved the high       Calendar                        3
                                                                      temperatures to attend this
                                                                                                       Member News                    4-8
                                                                      worthwhile fundraiser. There
                                                                                                       Labor Law Corner                7
                                                                      was plenty of ice-cold Miller
                                                                                                       Green Pages                 9-12
                                                                      beer, Pepsi Cola and Aquafina
                                                                                                       Irwindale Rocks!           14-16
                                                                      water to keep everyone cool.
                                                                                                       Seminars/Workshops             18
                                                         The crowd enjoyed good food, Chamber/City Information 19
Lisa Bailey, Treasurer of the Irwindale Educational good company and some
Foundation signs checks awarding $40,500 in scholarships “cool” jazz entertainment
                                                                                          Phone: (626) 960-6606

to 29 applicants.                                        by the Basoco Group. The Fax: (626) 960-3868
                                                         delicious meal of chicken and www.irwindalechamber.org
                                                                        (Story on page 2)
2
    (Scholarships-continued form cover page)

                                                                                       2006 Sponsors and Contributors
                                                                                                     1st Centennial Bank
                                                                                                           Al Ayala
                                                                                             Allstate Insurance/Rachel Leyba
                                                                                               American Medical Response
                                                                                             Applied Industrial Technologies
                                                                                                 Arrow Financial Services
                                                                                            Athens Services, Silver Sponsor
                                                                                             Auto Club of So Cal/Robin Ruiz
                                                                                                   Autry National Center
                                                                                                    Ayutla Meat Market
                                                                                         Bailey Construction, Patron Sponsor
                                                                                                    Calwax Corporation
                                                                                              Camille Diaz, Patron Sponsor
                                                                                                      Cathy Huicochea
     Front Row: Frank & Pricilla Zepeda , Back row (L-R) Mayor Julian Miranda,            Citrus College/Haugh Performing Arts
     Blanca Loera and Jose Loera                                                                         City of Hope
    tri-tip dinner was catered by Impression’s Catering. Miller Brewing, Pepsi            City of Irwindale, Platinum Sponsor
    Cola Company and Starbucks Coffee-Irwindale sponsored the beverages.                        Countrywide Home Loans
                                                                                             David Fuentes, Councilmember
    Past scholarship recipient, Andrea Huicochea, eloquently spoke about how the
                                                                                                 Embassy Suites-Arcadia
    Foundation has helped her realize her dream of a college education.
                                                                                                    First American Title
    Raffle, auction and cash prizes were drawn throughout the evening by emcee                        G.K. Hall Printing
    Gilbert Ruiz of Miller Brewing who is always a delight for the crowd. Admission            Goodyear Industrial Products
    to Club 33 – Disneyland for four, great Dodger tickets, and IPOD 60GB MP3              Hanson Aggregates, Gold Sponsor
    players were among the great prizes. The evening culminated with the drawing                 Irwindale Iron and Metal
    of the winning ticket for a $5,000 cash grand prize, which went to Miller           Irwindale Public Works Employee Assoc.
    Brewing Company. Miller then donated back the entire amount to the IEF!                         Irwindale Speedway
    All this fun supported a very worthy cause – helping deserving students fund       Jerry Selby-Dick Martin Sales and Leasing
    their continuing education. The net proceeds of the event along with other                    Julian Miranda, Mayor
    generous donations were used to award 29 students more than $40,500 in                                  LA Zoo
    scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year.                                             Manuel Ortiz, Mayor Pro-Tem
    This event could not have been possible without the generous support of our         Miller Brewing Co., Platinum Sponsor
    sponsors, contributors, attendees and volunteers. For the past seven years,                        Olson Company
    Miller Brewing Company has provided the beautiful site, contributed the beer                   Pepsi Cola Company
    and has been a platinum sponsor! Special thanks to the City of Irwindale               Picasso’s Café, Bakery and Catering
    who was also a platinum sponsor and special recognition goes to the Irwindale               Pomona Valley Mining Co.
    Lions Club and G.K. Hall Printing for their long-standing support.                                    Pro Printing
                                                                                                   Real Mex Restaurants
                                                                Many thanks go to
                                                                                              Rosenow Spevacek Group, Inc.
                                                                Explorer Post 496
                                                                                          San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Patron
                                                                from the Irwindale
                                                                                                           Sponsor
                                                                Police Department
                                                                                                Southern California Edison
                                                                who assisted by
                                                                                                      Starbucks Coffee
                                                                directing traffic and
                                                                                       Superior Communications, Gold Sponsor
                                                                helping with the
                                                                                         United Rock Products, Gold Sponsor
                                                                raffle. Thank you for
                                                                                                         Vicente Mas
                                                                your commitment
                                                                to education in                         Vineyard Bank
                                                                the        Irwindale        Vulcan Materials, Gold Sponsor
                                                                community!
    Pictured (L-R) Mike & Michelle Diaz, Irwindale Residents;                              We Couldn’t Have Done It
    Robert Sotella & Brenda Reuter, Athens Services                                             Without You
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            Calendar of Events
October 2006
October is a fine and dangerous season in
America, a wonderful time to begin anything at all.
-Thomas Merton-
3    Ambassador Meeting                     8:00 a.m.     Chamber Office
4    Business Development Committee         7:30 a.m.     Picasso’s Cafe
4    Environmental Committee                Noon          Chamber Office
5    Legislative AffairsForum        8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Community Center
10   Irwindale Education Foundation         7:30 a.m.     Chamber Office
12   Let’s Do Lunch                11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Community Center
      Presenting Sponsor: Vineyard Bank
16   National Boss Day
19   Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting           4:00 p.m.     Myriam L. Pardo DDS
23   Board of Directors Meeting             3:00 p.m.     Chamber Office
26   GMI Milestone Breakfast        7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Edison CTAC
      Presenting Sponsor: Picasso’s Cafe
26   SCE Federal Credit Union Mixer 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. SCE FCU
      Joint with Duarte Chamber                         Duarte Branch
31   HAPPY HALLOWEEN

November 2006
Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.
-William Shakespeare-
1    Environmental Committee                Noon          Chamber Office
2    Business Development Committee         7:30 a.m.     Picasso’s Cafe
7    Ambassador Meeting                     8:00 a.m.     Chamber Office
9    Let’s Do Lunch                11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Four Points
      Presenting Sponsor: 1st Centennial Bank
14   Irwindale Education Foundation         7:30 a.m.     Chamber Office
15   HR Roundtable                  11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Community Center
      Preventing Sexual Harrassment
16   GMI Breakfast-Mini Expo        7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Picasso’s Cafe
      Presenting Sponsor: Picasso’s Cafe
16   Board Retreat                   10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sierra La Verne
                                                          Country Club
23/24 HAPPY THANKSGIVING             Chamber Closed

December 2006
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a happy family all wrapped up
in each other. -Burton Hillis
5    Ambassador Meeting                     8:00 a.m.     Chamber Office
6    Business Development Committee         7:30 a.m.     Picasso’s Cafe
6    Environmental Committee                Noon          Chamber Office
7    GMI Breakfast-Mini Expo        7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Picasso’s Cafe
      Presenting Sponsor: Picasso’s Cafe
12   Irwindale Education Foundation         7:30 a.m.     Chamber Office
14   Holiday Lunch                 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Edison CTAC
      Presenting Sponsor: Vineyard Bank
18   Board of Directors Meeting             3:00 p.m.     Chamber Office
25-29 HAPPY HOLIDAYS                 Chamber Closed
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                                                                           New Members
                                                                                               The Classics Two
                                                                                       The San Gabriel Valley’s
                                                                                       newest party band! We offer an
                                                                                       entertaining musical experience
                                                                                       featuring live vocals, lead and
                                                                                       bass guitars with digital drums
                                                                                       and backgrounds.          We can
                                                                                       accommodate corporate events,
                                                                                       private parties, city festivals
                                                                                       and special occasions (i.e.,
                                                                                       anniversaries, birthdays, class
                                                                                       reunions). Our song list includes
                                                                                       memorable hits from the ‘60s and
                                                                                       ‘70s, providing a blend of easy
                                                                                       listening, classic and country rock
                                                       and dance tunes. Our format can be modified to meet each
                    Carolyn Anderson
                                                       client’s specific requests.
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                                                       cocktails and dinner, followed by the live show. Our state-
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                                                       appropriate volume to accommodate your venue.
                                                       Your “Karaoke stars” can even pre-arrange their favorite song
                                                       in advance for their performance. We make sure everyone has
                                                       a great time and gets a chance to dance to some memorable
                                                       favorites!
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                                                       us a call - let’s talk about your next event!
                                                                                The Classics Two
                                                                                    Tim Cullen
                                                                                 (626) 945-7746
                                                                           www.theclassicstwo.com




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                Chamber Events
At the August GMI our guest speaker was Dr. John Mc Haney
of Duarte Family Chiropractic. Dr. John is a graduate of
Cleveland Chiropractic College and is the owner of Duarte
Family Chiropractic along with Dr. Maggie Pezeshkian. Dr.
John gave a presentation on Ergonomics in the Workplace that
was informative and well received. Having been involved in
healthcare for fifteen years, Dr. John McHaney’s vision and
desire is to improve the quality of life by addressing the problem
and not just the symptom. For information on Chiropractic
medicine, contact him at (626) 359-3956.                                         FRESHPOINT
Thank you to the following companies for donating door                              Southern California
prizes:
  Aloette Cosmetics                Irwindale Speedway                               Verne Lusby
                                                                                     President
  Citrus College                   Jan’s Towing
  Duarte Family Chiropractic ProPrinting                                     The Fresh Produce Specialist
  Helping Heroes                   Rancho Duarte Florist
                                                                        5301 Rivergrade Rd. Irwindale, CA 91706
                                                                           800-252-9168 626-962-4435 (Fax)
                   HR ROUNDTABLE
The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce HR Roundtable seminar
sponsored by AJ Longo & Associates, Foothill Transit and the
San Gabriel Valley Tribune was held on Wednesday, August
16th at the Irwindale Community Center. Susan Duprey, Senior
Return to Work Consultant for State Farm Compensation
Insurance Fund spoke on the benefits of having a written
Return To Work (RTW) program. In creating your company’s
RTW program, you must develop a policy statement, develop
guidelines for implementing the program, and educate staff and       626.926.8432 Ph.       866.866.3444 Fax
employees about it. The benefits of returning an employee to
work after a job-related injury or illness are not only for the
employer, but for the employee as well. A RTW program
helps the employee to transition from injury to wellness and
can benefit the employee physically, Psycho-Socially and
Financially. For more information regarding Return To Work
programs or Workers’ Compensation, please visit the State
Compensation Insurance Fund website at www.scif.com.




Pictured: Carolyn Novotny, AJ Longo & Associates and Susan
Duprey, State Compensation Insurance Fund.
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                                                                               Picasso’s Cafe Grand Re-Opening




                                                                             Pictured: Marissa DeRosa Buckisch, Congressman David
                                                                             Dreier, and Maria & Vince DeRosa owners of Picasso’s Café.
                                                                             A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, August 24th
                                                                             to celebrate the grand re-opening of Picasso’s Café, Bakery &
                                                                             Catering. As many of you know, the Café was closed for seven
                                                                             weeks after a vehicle accidentally came through a plate-glass
                                                                             window.
                                                                             Over two hundred people gathered in celebration to hear
                                                                             featured guest speaker Congressman David Dreier and Irwindale
                                                                             Mayor Julian Miranda as they applauded Vince, Maria and
                                                                             Marissa DeRosa for their dedication to the community and for
                                                                             exemplifying the true American Spirit.
                                                                             The celebration continued with a gourmet lunch and tour of
                                                                             the newly restored facilities. The café officially reopened
                                                                             for business on Monday, August 28th. For dining or catering
                                                                             information contact Picasso’s Café at (626) 969-6100 or visit
                                                                             www.picassoscafe.com




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IS_Chamber_Ad_03-2006.indd 1                                   3/14/06 5:20:57 PM
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            Labor Law Corner
                     Figuring Pay by Wage Averaging
                     Not Good Practice in California
                     Is there any wage problem if an
                     employee receives total compensation
                     that averages at least the required
                     minimum wage for all hours worked
                     in the pay period?
Simply using a total compensation method may not be
correct in California when an employee is paid on a piece-
rate, commission or flat-rate basis, even though federal
interpretations would seem to indicate otherwise.
Federal Law
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must
be paid for all time spent in physical or mental exertion.
Therefore, under the FLSA, total compensation divided by
the hours worked that resulted in an hourly rate of not less
than the minimum wage would be valid.
Furthermore, federal courts consistently have followed
the interpretation that minimum wage requirements are
determined backwards from the date the payment is
due without considering any hour or part of an hour in
isolation.
State Law Differs
Under California law, however, employers are liable for
all the time the employee is subject to the control of the
employer, whether the employee is performing mental or
physical activity or not.
In addition, the position of the California Division of
Labor Standards Enforcement is that the obligation to pay
minimum wage attaches to each and every separate hour
worked during the pay period.
                              (Labor Law-continued on page 18)
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                                           Third Quarter Renewals
                                  Thank you to the following members who have invested in the
                                  Irwindale Chamber of Commerce once again. We value your
                                  membership and look forward to a continuing relationship.
                                                                        Global Spray Inc.
                                                                        Irwindale Iron-Metal
                                                                        LPD II Auto Wrecking
                                                                        Las Palmas Middle School
                                                                        LeRoy Haynes Center
                                                                        Lewis Engraving Inc.
                                  A.J. Longo & Associates               Mario Del Fante Florist
                                  AFLAC                                 Mariscos Uruapan
                                  Advantage Ford-Lincoln Mercury        Mt. Olive Storage
                                  Alpha Auto Wrecking                   Peterson System International
                                  American Express Financial Advisors   Photographer Al Contreras
                                  Applied Industrial Technologies       Pomona Valley Mining Co.
                                  Autronics Corporation                 Premiere Career College
                                  Azusa Land Reclamation                San Gabriel Economic Partnership
                                  BBL Partnership                       San Gabriel Valley Chapter of LeTip
                                  Bailey Construction                   San Gabriel Valley Training Center
                                  Biosense Webster                      Sanctuary Shack, The
                                  California Custom Fruits & Flavors,   Sierra Alloys Company Inc.
                                  CandyWarehouse.com                    Sierra La Verne Country Club
                                  Charles P. Crowley Company            Spragues’ Ready Mix
                                  Clarke Directory Publications         Spying Eye Surveillance, Inc.
                                  Colliers Seeley International         Starbucks Coffee Company
                                  Dave’s Auto Truck Dismantling         Steve’s Auto Sales
                                  Denny’s Restaurant                    Super 8 Motel-Azusa
                                  El Pollo Loco                         VIP X-Ray Solution Service Inc.
                                  Endodent, Inc.                        Western State Bank
                                  Ford Printing & Mailing               X-Engineers
                                  Gale Banks Engineering

                                                  New Members 3rd Quarter
                                                           A & J Wireless
                                                           A+ Tire Center
                                                           Carpet Experts
                                                              CruiseOne
                                                  Foasberg Uniform & Safety Sales
      Milestone Breakfast                            Geco Computer Consulting
     Thursday, October 26, 2006                             High Caliber
            Edison CTAC                                     LA Lube, Inc.
          6090 N Irwindale                             Myriam L. Pardo D.D.S.
        Irwindale, CA 91706                            RBC Southwest Products
                                                   Sttevenn’s Organizing Solutions
    Please RSVP at 626-960-6606
                                                           TCG Marketing
        Presenting Sponsor:
                                           Welcome New Members Sponsored By:
                                                                                                                                          9


                                The Green Pages
                        Safety & Fire Prevention October 2006

                  Pumpkin Carving Safety                                       October is Fire Prevention Month
             By Noreen Heinisch, Biosense Webster                             By Deborah Lindberg, Biosense Webster
Pumpkin carving has become a popular part of modern                  Fire hazards are a common cause of worker injuries and
Halloween tradition. Come October, pumpkins can be found                              fatalities in the workplace. According
everywhere in the country from doorsteps to tabletops. The                            to the National Safety Council figures,
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) urges                                 approximately 3 to 4 percent of all
pumpkin carvers to use caution this Halloween and take                                occupational fatalities are due to fires
steps to prevent hand injuries.                                                       and burns. Annual average losses due
While many people enjoy pumpkin carving, it can also be                               to workplace fires are approximately $2
dangerous,” explains Alexander Marcus, MD of Orthopedic                               to $3 billion. However, most injuries
Associates of Central Jersey, in Edison, New Jersey. “Each                            and deaths resulting from workplace
Halloween, hand surgeons treat lacerations of skin, tendons,                          environments with potential fire hazards
arteries and nerves because the wrong carving tools are used.”                        can be prevented by employing the OSHA
The use of safe practices, including inexpensive carving             Fire Protection and Prevention standards that deal with both
tools, may reduce the number and severity of injuries.               the workers and equipment related issues.
The ASSH suggests the following safety tips to prevent hand          How can you make sure your work location is fire safe?
injuries:                                                            Ensure fire safety equipment is free and clear of obstructions
Carve in a Clean, Dry, Well-lit area                                 and readily available. If your building has the following,
   All tools and surfaces need to be dry before any carving          check to confirm:
   begins. Any moisture on hands, tools and tabletops, can           • Fire extinguishers are easily accessible and not
   cause slipping, which can lead to injury. An area that is            obstructed.
   not well lit can lead to accidental injuries as well. No one      • Manual fire alarm pull boxes on the walls are
wants to mistake his or her hand for the pumpkin.                       accessible.
Children Should Always Have Adult Supervision                        • Emergency lights are positioned properly to illuminate
Leave the carving to an adult. The ASSH says that children              the path.
should draw a pattern on the pumpkin for the adult to carve          • Exit doors are clear and unobstructed.
out. The children can be in charge of cleaning out the inside        • Sprinkler heads are not obstructed by storage (18”min.
of the pumpkin. Adults should be aware of the knife blade               clearance).
and carve away from themselves using short, controlled               • Access to sprinkler system risers is clear and
strokes.                                                                unobstructed.
Larger is Not Better                                                 In your office area check to confirm:
A larger, sharper knife is not better for pumpkin carving.           • Extension cords are not used in place of permanent
The knife can get wedged in the thicker part of the pumpkin,
                                                                         wiring.
requiring force to pull it out. Injuries result if your hand is in
                                                                     • Surge suppressors are used for computer circuits.
the wrong place when the knife if freed. Injuries also occur
when the knife slips and comes out the other side, where             • Electrical lights are clear of combustible materials.
   your hand might be holding the pumpkin.                           • Heat producing appliances are clear of combustibles.
   Use a Pumpkin Carving Kit                                         • Combustibles are not stored in front of electrical
                                                                         panels.
   According to Dr. Marcus, pumpkin carving saws require
                                                                     • Portable heaters are UL listed.
less force to pierce pumpkins than kitchen knives. The saws
are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin tissue. If         Next, ensure the exterior of your building does not
they do become jammed and then wedged free, they are                 present a fire risk. Check to confirm:
less likely to cause serious injury because they are not sharp       • Access to and around the building is clear and
enough to cause a deep, penetrating cut.                                unobstructed.
For more information on hand safety, visit www.assh.org.                                         (Fire Prevention-continued on page 12)
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                                                                               Balmy Nights, Swarms and Bites
           By: Brian Reisinger, San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District
           West Nile virus (WNv) seems to have disappeared from the                                                          One theory as to why WNv has not been so active in the
           San Gabriel Valley lately. Looks can be deceiving, though.                                                        Valley is the sharp decline in bird populations due to massive
           This year, although WNv has had a late start in Southern                                                          die-offs from the disease in previous years. Crows play an
           California, the warm weather is likely to continue the WNv                                                        integral part in disease transmission in the San Gabriel Valley,
           cycle for at least several more months. While the San Gabriel                                                     and suffered great population declines in 2004 and 2005.
           Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District has not detected                                                        “We cannot say for sure how bad West Nile virus is going to
           the presence of the virus yet this year, it is prudent that all                                                   be in a given year,” says Kenn Fujioka, Assistant Manager of
           residents continue their fight against mosquitoes.                                                                 the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District,
           Recently, a man from eastern Los Angeles County was                                                               “however, we are seeing a rise in crow populations again,
           diagnosed with WNv, and all around us reports of infected                                                         which may lead to increased risks in years to come”.
           dead birds, mosquitoes, and sentinel chicken flocks remind                                                         The district urges residents to keep up the good work and
           us that this disease is unpredictable and here to stay. After                                                     continue to:
           our recent helicopter surveillance, District Manager Steve                                                        • Dump standing water
           West said, “We are very pleasantly surprised at the diligence                                                     • Keep pools clean
           of our residents. It was difficult to find unkempt swimming                                                         • Use mosquito repellents when outdoors at night
           pools. Keeping standing water off of your property is a key                                                       • Call the District for mosquito-eating fish to put in ponds
           element in the fight against mosquito-transmitted disease.”                                                            and water gardens
           The San Gabriel Valley has seen a continued decrease in the                                                       • Call the District when experiencing mosquito problems
           number of human cases of WNv since 2004.
                                                                                                                             If we can all pitch in a little, we can make a huge
                                                               Human Case Data
                                                                                                                             difference.
                   1000


                    900
                                                                       935
                                                                                                                             Record temperatures, late rainfall, and summertime. All this
                    800
                                            830
                                                                                                                             seems like a perfect chance for West Nile virus to take hold
                    700                                                                                                      and sweep through the San Gabriel Valley once again. Only
                    600                                                                                                      by concerted efforts of vector control districts and the help
                                                                                                        California
           Cases




                    500                                                                                 LA County
                                                                                                        San Gabriel Valley
                                                                                                                             of all our residents can we break the cycle of mosquitoes and
                    400
                                                  331                                                                        disease.
                    300


                    200
                                                                                                                             For more information, to report a problem, or to request
                    100
                                                         107

                                                                              47
                                                                                                                             mosquitofish, call the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector
                                                                                        33

                      0
                           3    1

                               2003
                                      0

                                                  2004                       2005
                                                                                    4         1

                                                                                             2006
                                                                                                    0
                                                                                                                             Control District at 626-814-9466. The District is located at
                                                                Year
                                                                                                                             1145 North Azusa Canyon Road in West Covina 91790.


                          The Irwindale Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee
                          E-mail your environmental questions to our committee and one of our committee members will respond to you.

              Chair: Celia Smith- Pegasus Building Services                                                                                        Mission Statement
              Ann Croissant- San Gabriel Mountain Conservancy                                                                         To prepare, inform and advocate, on behalf of
                                                                                                                                         the business and residential community,
              Craig Doerr- American Reclamation
                                                                                                                                         environmental concerns and emergency
              Jayne Foote- Veolia ES Technical Solutions
                                                                                                                                           preparation and response planning.
              April Kelcy- Earthquake SOLUTIONS
              Deborah Lindberg- Biosense Webster, Incorporated                                                                                      Join the Committee
                                                                                                                                       If you care about health and safety issues that
              Robert Barnes- Irwindale Police Department
                                                                                                                                      affect community business, or the environment,
              Thomas Rascop- Reichhold, Inc.                                                                                                you should consider this committee.
              Patricia Sullivan- City of Irwindale Public Library
              Racine Ward- Biosense Webster, Incorporated                                                                            Meeting: 1st Wednesday of each month
                                                                                                                                     Time:     12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
              Lisa Bailey- Irwindale Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                                                     Location: Irwindale Chamber of Commerce,
12)           Dominique Yates-Irwindale Chamber of Commerce                                                                                 16102 Arrow Highway, Irwindale
                                                                                                                                             (one block east of Irwindale avenue)
                                          E-mail: EnviroCommittee@irwindalechamber.org                                               Website: www.EnviroCommittee.com
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                                    Keep Pets Safe This Halloween
By: Noreen Heinisch, Biosense Webster
                     Each year, on the last night of October,                       unless your pet is extremely receptive to
                     millions of children across the U.S.                           this kind of thing, you could be causing
                     dress-up in costumes and take to the                           it discomfort and stress. Some animals
                     streets for a spooky dose of Trick-or-                         don’t mind at all but others do not want
                     Treat fun. While you are getting your                          to be bothered with this kind of thing.
                     family ready for Halloween, planning                           They’ll be under enough stress with the
                     your children’s costumes, buying the                           festivities going on outside and people at
                     candy and stringing the cobwebs, it’s a                        the door constantly so don’t cause them
good idea to take a few minutes to make sure your pets are        any more nervousness then you have to.
protected. Halloween can be a dangerous time for pets. Each       Having an adult party? Remember, dogs, cats, birds and other
Halloween, veterinarians nationwide see pet injuries that could   animals do not like being intoxicated. Some at the party may
have been avoided. The Human Society of the United States         think it’s funny to get an animal drunk but it can kill them.
(HSUS) lists a few ways that we can protect pets.                 It’s better to hurt someone’s feelings by telling them to leave
First and foremost, remember that chocolate is poisonous to       the party than to deal with a seriously ill pet.
animals! If you plan to give out chocolate treats this year,      The HSUS wants to remind people with companion animals
try to place them in a sealed container, and keep them out        that Halloween can be a really frightening holiday for
of the animals reach. Also, take the goodies gathered trick-      pets. While adults and children alike enjoy the costumes
or-treating and seal them up, keeping them away from pets.        and candy, these things can actually distress or endanger a
Make sure children know not to feed candy to the animals.         companion animal. For more ways to keep your pet safe this
Resist the urge to give him just one little taste. Depending on   Halloween, please visit the HSUS at www.hsus.org or the
your dog’s size, chocolate can kill. Also, watch out for choke-   American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
able sized candies, elastic strings on candy necklaces and        at www.aspca.org.
plastic wrappers that can choke your pet or cause intestinal
blockages.
Restrict your pet’s access to jack-o-lanterns and candles,
for their sake and yours. Decorations with live flames are             HALLOWEEN TIPS FOR FAMILY SAFETY
obvious hazards, but keep in mind that cats can also get
                                                                  •   Inspect all treats before your kids begin consuming.
tangled in streamers. And dogs -who have a proclivity to
chew just about anything--can become ill from eating holiday      •   Beware of unwrapped candies and homemade treats
decorations. Dogs can have lethal tails; wagging all over the         from strangers.
place and knocking things over, while cats typically enjoy        •   While tampering is rare, inspect candy wrappings
swatting items off of countertops and other elevated surfaces.        carefully. Look for holes or opened seals and throw out
Don’t leave any lighted candles or jack-o-lanterns where they         anything suspicious. (Many fire and police departments
could be knocked over by a swinging tail or by a curious              will inspect and/or even X-ray your children’s treats.)
cat. Not only could your pet start a fire but they also could      •   Make your kids some nonalcoholic Jack-O-Lantern
severely burn themselves in the process.                              Punch
Cats have it particularly hard this time of year, but even        •   Some SAFER, HEALTHIER alternatives to candy
dogs are not immune to the animal cruelty that happens                include nonfood treats such as colorful pencils, party
around Halloween. If you own an indoor/outdoor cat or a               favors, stickers, small coloring books, rub-on tattoos,
completely outdoor cat, you may seriously want to consider            and coins. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
keeping the cat inside, or locked in your garage or basement      •   Make sure that costumes do not impede vision or
for the weeks surrounding Halloween. The same holds true              movement.
for dogs that are allowed to wander unattended. If your cat
                                                                  •   Always have an adult or older child accompany trick-
or dog bolts for the door to get out, or demands pleadingly to
                                                                      or-treaters. (Older children should carry an emergency
go outside, consider crating your dog, or investing in a kitty
                                                                      contact number and change for a pay phone.)
cage to keep them safe inside for the night.
                                                                  •   Establish a specific route and estimated time to return
Just because you think a certain Halloween costume for pets
                                                                      home before the children begin their rounds.
is cute doesn’t mean that they will enjoy wearing them! If you
are going to dress your pet in a costume, keep in mind that       •   Don’t be afraid to change your plans.
12   (Fire Prevention-continued from page 9)
     •   Access to fire equipment is clear, such as fire hydrants,
         automatic sprinkler connections, and sprinkler control
         valves.                                                   Recycle Used
     •   Designated smoking areas have noncombustible
         receptacles for discarding the material.
                                                                   Motor Oil, Filters,
     •   Tumbleweeds, vegetation, and other combustible
         materials are not accumulating adjacent to the building
                                                                   and Household
         or equipment.                                             Hazardous Waste
     These items should be incorporated into a formal fire
     inspection checklist and the facility reviewed monthly for
     deficiencies.
     In keeping with the OSHA requirements, the following
     information should be included in an Emergency Action
     Plan:
     • Procedures for reporting a fire or other emergency;
     • Procedures for emergency evacuation, including type
         of evacuation and exit route assignments;
     • Procedures to be followed by employees who remain
         to operate critical plant operations before they
         evacuate; and
     • Procedures to account for all employees after
         evacuation.
     Time and again, the lesson driven home from devastating
     disaster is that there is no substitute for pre-disaster
     mitigation and planning. Observances like National Fire
     Prevention Month allow all of us to take a “time out” from
     our daily preoccupations to focus on those critical actions
     necessary to prevent injury and death.




                                                                   for More information call
                                                                        (888) - CLEANLA

                                                                      Or take your used motor oil
                                                                            and filters to:
                                                                                    LA Lube
                                                                     201 Live Oak Ave., Irwindale, CA
                                                                              (626) 294-1936

                                                                         Muro Tire Services
                                                                     213 Live Oak Ave., Irwindale, CA
                                                                              (626) 254-9345
                                                                   A reminder from the city of Irwindale. Funded by a
                                                                       grant from the California Integrated Waste
                                                                                  Management Board.
                                                                           Zero Waste - You Make It Happen!
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                            Air Force Reserves Civic Leader Tour
By: Lisa Bailey, Irwindale Chamber of Commerce
                                                  I was recently invited to take part in an Air Force Reserves Civic Tour. What an
                                                  extraordinary opportunity this two day tour was! We began bright and early
                                                  (it was actually still dark) by having breakfast at March Air Reserve Base.
                                                  We were welcomed by Major General (2 Star) Bob Duignan who gave us a
                                                  brief overview of the tour and accompanied us on the tour. By 8 am we were
                                                  aboard a C-17 Globemaster III transport plane for a flight to Peterson Air Base
                                                  in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During the flight we were allowed to sit in the
                                                  cockpit for a few minutes and talk with the pilots over headsets. The view was
                                                  incredible as I was up front while we were over the Grand Canyon. We also had
                                                  the unique opportunity to play golf while moving at 300 miles an hour! Okay it
                                                  was just a portable putting carpet but it was still fun and passed the time since
                                                  there is not an on board movie. Once at Peterson, we were told that one of their
                                                  missions is an airborne firefighting unit that assists with major wildfires when
                                                  the local agencies have taxed their resources. They were preparing to leave for
  Major General Duignam with Lisa Bailey a fire in Oregon that was beyond local capabilities. Then we headed for the
                                                  best piece of the entire tour… Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is buried
deep within the granite mountain. Best known as NORAD, it is the central collection and coordination center for a worldwide
system of satellites, radars, and sensors that provide early warning of any missile, air, or space threat to North America. Prior
to 9-11 the focus was outside our borders; today it monitors domestic and national air space. Both U.S. and Canadian Forces
man the base in a cooperative effort.
That evening featured a local businessman who spoke of his role in support of the
reserves. A small contractor with 20 employees, of which four are reservists, he
reminded us there is law known as USERRA that protects Reservists employment
rights when they return from duty. He related that he pays their full salary and
benefits when called to active duty as though they were still on the job. As he
put it, “ They do what they do, so I can do what I do.” His challenge was that
all employers do as much as they can above and beyond the USERRA rules to
support those who serve their country so that we can live, work and prosper
here at home. The next morning we boarded a KC-10 air refueling tanker. After
doing an in-flight refueling with another KC-10, we flew on to McChord Air Base
outside Seattle Washington. McChord AFB handles many missions; we were
given demonstrations of how to load striker vehicles into a C-17 plane, explosive
ordnance disposal teams showed us some of the equipment they use to disarm
various types of munitions including blowing up stuff for us! Finally on the way home to March ARB, Aeromedical personnel
who ensure appropriate care is given to patients during the movement of casualties traveled back with us to showcase how they
                                                                            transport wounded out of the field and eventually back
                                                                            to the United States. All this in just two FULL days!
                                                                            Special thanks to City Manager AKA Major Brad
                                                                            Baxter who offered me this amazing opportunity.
                                                                            Why do they do these tours? The message I received
                                                                            was that Reservists are more than weekend warriors.
                                                                            They have a VERY important function as part of the
                                                                            U.S. Military. We should be proud of the work they
                                                                            do, support them as much and possible and offer our
                                                                            thanks for sacrificing so much of their personal time to
                                                                            serve our country. As a final thought, reservists I spoke
                                                                            to were proud of their service. When asked about
                                                                            the “war on terror” each said the job is not finished.
                                                                            Though they would rather not be there (and who can
                                                                            blame them), they definitely saw the reasons and value
                                                                            in why they are. God bless each and everyone, may all
                                                                            our men and women come home safely.
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                                                 (Previously the City Corner)                As Provided by City Staff




                                           Council Roundup – August 9 & August 23, 2006
     •   The City Council approved the site plan for a proposed fast food restaurant with drive-through service; a convenience
         store; and gas station at the northeast corner of Rivergrade Road and Live Oak.
     •   The City Council approved a donation to the Northview High School Football Booster Club.



                                                                                         Los Angeles         County      Fire
                                                                                         Department
                                                                                         At the City Council meeting of August
                                                                                         23, 2006, a special presentation was
                                                                                         made to members of the Los Angeles
                                                                                         County Fire Department who were
                                                                                         injured while fighting the recent fire
                                                                                         on Azusa Canyon Road: We sincerely
                                                                                         appreciate their dedication and thank
                                                                                         them for their efforts to ensure that
                                                                                         our City stays safe. Pictured in back
                                                                                         are Councilman Fuentes, Mayor
                                                                                         Miranda and Councilman Breceda.
                                                                                         In front are Kent Gilmer and Erin
                                                                                         Mathews.




                                                                                         Small Business of the Year
                                                                                         Award
                                                                                         At the City Council meeting of August
                                                                                         23, 2006, Mr. Sam Kim of Ayutla
                                                                                         Market was honored by our Council
                                                                                         in recognition of receiving a Small
                                                                                         Business of the Year Award from
                                                                                         Senator Gloria Romero. Pictured
                                                                                         from left are Councilman Fuentes,
                                                                                         Mr. Kim, Councilman Breceda and
                                                                                         Mayor Miranda.
                                                                                                                               15

                                       IRWINDALE ROCKS
                                              (Previously the City Corner)                As Provided by City Staff




                                                                                 Welcome Sharmeen!
                                                               At the City Council meeting of August 23, 2006, Sharmeen
                    Proud Moment                               Bhojani was introduced as our new Human Resources
Yvonne Fino, who is our Administrative Secretary to the        Manager. She comes to us from the City of Arcadia where
Police Chief, was glowing with pride as her son, Marcus,       she worked for six years. She received her Bachelors Degree
was presented a certificate from Senator Gloria Romero,         from the University of Irvine and her Masters in Public
on August 26, 2006, for his participation in the 24th Senate   Administration with specialization in Human Resources
District Summer Reading Adventure. Marcus read several         Management from USC. She has been married for four
books during the summer and chose one to write about.          years to her husband Chehzad who is a middle school science
He submitted his essay through the Irwindale Summer            teacher with the Walnut Valley Unified School District. In
Reading Program. Congratulations to Marcus who was a           her spare time she likes to watch movies, go to the beach, do
fine representative of our Irwindale Library. Pictured from     yoga and cook. We welcome her to our Irwindale team and
left are Senator Romero, Marcus and his mom, Yvonne.           look forward to working with her.




                                                                     rwindale Education Foundation Fundraiser
               Helping Our Community                           Many Irwindale residents supported the Irwindale Education
At the City Council meeting of August 23, 2006, members of     Foundation by attending the annual fundraiser on July 21 at
the public and City employees who assisted with the recent     the Miller Brewing Company. Pictured in back standing are
fire on Azusa Canyon Road were recognized. We thank them        Angelica Cordero and Becky Orosco. Sitting from left are
for their dedication and commitment to our community.          Becky Orosco, Lenny Orosco and Natalie Orosco.
16

                                            IRWINDALE ROCKS
                                                  (Previously the City Corner)                  As Provided by City Staff




              Most Outstanding Booth Decorating                     Two more of our residents enjoying themselves at our
     As part of our Fourth of July festivities, awards were given   Fourth of July celebration are Elizabeth and Suzanne
     out for Most Outstanding Booth Decorating. Pictured are        Gomez.
     the winners. From left is Letticia Espinosa representing
     the El Buen Pastor, Concha Orozco of the VFW Women’s
     Auxiliary, Terry Chico from the Irwindale Senior Citizens
     Association and Mayor Pro Tem Manuel Ortiz.




                         4th of July Celebration                                           Strobehn Family
     The fourth of July is a very popular holiday in our City. We       Fourth of July is a great day for families to get together
     have great music, good food and lots of friends who get together   and really have some fun. The Strobehn family took it one
     at the City Park to have fun and watch the fire works show.         step further and had a family picture taken. Pictured in
     Pictured are just some of the many people who celebrated this      back standing is Gary Strobehn, in the middle are Robert
     special day here in Irwindale.                                     Morago and Linda Strobehn, and in front is Tony Aguilar
                                                                        and granddaughter Doniell Strobehn.
                                                                                                                                                                          17
(Legislation-continued from coverpage)
                          economic development barriers,
                          expensive/unnecessary regulatory
                          burdens, fuel price increases,
                          increases in frivolous lawsuits,
                          tax & fee increases, etc.
                      The      Chamber’s      Legislative
                      Business Affairs Committee
                      (LBA) meets quarterly in the
 Irwindale Chamber offices and has developed and
 scheduled quarterly breakfast forums with Gloria
 Molina, Hilda Solis and is currently planning the next
 legislative forum on October 6, 2006. Chairperson
 Bob Cruz, The Gas Company Public Affairs Manager,
 states that these smaller informal legislative Breakfast
 forums provide true benefit to local business owners
 by providing them the opportunity to interact with
 their area legislators and hear current legislative
 updates and to voice their business related concerns.
 If you’d like more information on the LBA Committee,
 please contact the Irwindale Chamber at (626) 960-
 6606.


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                                                                            These classes are jointly offered by California Energy Centers operated by
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18
     (Labor Law-continued from page 7)
     Section 4 of each of the Industrial Welfare Commission          The basis for this decision was that the employees did not
     (IWC) Orders says: “Every employer shall pay to each            have a chance to earn the agreed rate while riding the bus.
     employee, on the established payday for the period involved,
                                                                     When Decision Applies
     not less than the applicable minimum wage for all hours
     worked in the payroll period, whether the remuneration is       It is likely that similar conclusions would be reached in
     measured by time, piece, commission or otherwise.”              other industries where employees are paid on a commission,
                                                                     flat-rate or piece-rate basis, for time on the job when the
     The IWC Orders define hours worked as the time during
                                                                     employees are subject to their employer’s direction and
     which an employee is subject to the control of the
                                                                     control, but during which they have no opportunity to earn
     employer, and include all the time the employee is suffered
                                                                     the commission, piece rate or flat rate pay. For example:
     or permitted to work, whether required to do so or not.
                                                                     •      In agriculture, employees involved in harvesting crops
     State Supreme Court Precedent
                                                                            generally are paid on a piece-rate basis.
     In the 1998 case Morillion v. Royal Packing Co. (22
                                                                     •      In auto repair, mechanics frequently are paid on a flat-
     Cal. 4th 575), the California Supreme Court concluded
                                                                            rate basis.
     that employees must be paid no less than the applicable
     minimum wage for each hour worked.                              •      In the construction industry, it is not unusual for certain
                                                                            employees to be paid on a piece-rate basis.
     In Morillion, the employer had agricultural workers meet
     at a certain location from which they were bused up to half     •      In the trucking industry, employees may be paid a
     an hour or more to fields where they harvested crops on a               daily rate, a rate per mile or an hourly rate. Sometimes,
     piece-rate basis. Employees were not paid for the bus trip             regardless of their regular rate, employees may not be
     time.                                                                  paid for driving unloaded miles, for time spent waiting
                                                                            for a load or for certain breakdown or clean-up time.
     The court ruled that during the travel time, the employees
     were subject to the employer’s direction and control,           It also would appear to be a risky practice for an employer
     whether they performed any work or not, and that they had       to specify time the employee is subject to the employer’s
     to be paid no less than the applicable minimum wage for         direction and control that is unpaid because such time could
     each such hour.                                                 result in a minimum wage liability for each such hour.



                Some Things are Too Toxic To Trash!                                   Small Business Consulting
            Free Household Hazardous & E-Waste Roundup                   The SBDC is an economic development project of the
                            October 14, 2006                             U.S. Small Business Administration and the California
                          9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.                          Community Colleges, operating as a full service business
                The City of Hope Buena Vista Pavilion                    assistance center. The SBDC services include one-on-one
                    2144 Buena Vista Street, Duarte                      business counseling, loan application assistance, business
      Household Hazardous Waste includes paints, glues,                  development seminars, and onsite consulting.
      pesticides, oils, solvents, cleansers, old medicine, and car       Please call the SBDC at 800-450-7232 to schedule your
      and dry-cell batteries.                                            consultation, or to register for an upcoming workshop.
      E-Waste includes computer monitors, TV’s, VCRs,                                     Upcoming Workshops
      stereos, fax machines, computer keyboards and cellular
      telephones.                                                                     Running My Own Business
      Improper disposal of these materials can pollute the                               Saturday, October 7, 2006
      environment and endanger children and pets.                                          8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
                                                                                          @ American Red Cross
      • Limit of 15 gallons or 125 lbs. per vehicle
                                                                                            100 Red Cross Cir.
      • Do not mix materials, keep original labels on
                                                                                              Pomona, 91766
           containers
      • Put in a sturdy box in the trunk of your car                                  Running My Own Business
      • No waste from business will be accepted                                          Saturday, October 14, 2006
      • No explosives, ammunition or radioactive                                            8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
           materials will be accepted                                                     @ American Red Cross
      For more information, call the L.A. County Hotline at                                  100 Red Cross Cir.
                1 (888) CLEAN LA-(1-888-253-2652)                                              Pomona, 91766
                                                                                                                                                   19
IRWINDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Street Address:      16102 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale, CA 91706                              City of Irwindale
Mailing Address:     P.O. Box 2307, Irwindale, CA 91706-1168                                              City Hall
Phone:               (626)960-6606 • Fax:(626) 960-3868                                             5050 Irwindale Avenue
E-Mail:              info@irwindalechamber.org                                                    Irwindale, CA 91706-1168
Website:              www.irwindalechamber.org
                                                                                                  Phone: (626) 430-2200
             2006 BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                         Fax: (626) 962-4209 (City Hall)
Chair of the Board: Vee Clark         SCE Federal Credit Union                             Fax: (626) 962-2018 (Building Dept.)
1st Vice Chair:     Kevin McDonald Foothill Transit                                          Website: www.ci.irwindale.ca.us
2nd Vice Chair:     Marissa Buckisch Picasso’s Cafe*Bakery*Catering                        e-mail: postoffice@ci.irwindale.ca.us
Treasurer:          Dennis Chiappetta Athens Services
Secretary:          Jerry Selby      Dick Martin Sales & Leasing                                    City Council
Past Chair:         Gilbert Ruiz     Miller Brewing Company                                   Mayor: Julian A. Miranda
                                                                                           Mayor Pro Tem: H. Manuel Ortiz
Directors: Vance Baugham                      SGV Economic Partnership             Council Members: Mark A. Breceda, David Fuentes
           Bob Cruz                           The Gas Company                                   and Joseph F. Tapia
           John Gasparian                     American Reclamation
           Cathy Gonzalez                     Securitas Security Services                        City Council Meetings
           Sam Kim                            Ayutla Meat Market                      2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
           Atisthan Roach                     Vulcan Materials
           Jesus Rodriguez                    Decore-Ative Specialties                                 City Staff
           Mark Rodriguez                     Ready Pac Produce                 City Manager:                                        Brad Baxter
                                                                                Assistant City Manager:                             Camille Diaz
           Kim Travanty                       Vineyard Bank                     Dir. of Public Works/City Engineer:                   Kwok Tam
           Robert Weil                        Calwax                            Finance Director & City Treasurer:             Abraham De Dios
Directors: Brad Baxter                        City Manager                      Director of Planning:                          Raymond Hamada
Ex-officio: Lisa Bailey                        President/CEO                     Human Resource Manager:                        Sharmeen Bhojani
                                                                                Economic Development Manager:                      Elaine Cullen
Staff:          Dominique Yates               Membership Event Manager
                                                                                Deputy City Clerk:                                 Linda Kimbro
                Veronica Orosco               Administrative Assistant
                                                                                                   Planning Commission
                   CHAMBER MEETINGS                                                    Chair: Larry Burrola Vice Chair:Richard Chico
Ambassadors             1st Tuesday                                          Commissioners: Suzanne Gomez, Robert E. Hartman and Arthur R Tapia
                        8:00 a.m. at the Chamber                                              Parks & Recreation Commission
Board of Directors      4th Monday                                                       Chair: Dan Diaz Vice Chair: Belen Zepeda
                        3:00 p.m. at the Chamber                                        Commissioners: Erlinda Duran, Paula Fraijo,
                                                                                                    and Carol Hernandez
Environmental Committee 1st Wednesday
                                                                                                Senior Citizen Commission
                        12:00 noon at the Chamber                                    Chair: David Martinez Vice Chair: Maggie Guzman
Luncheons               2nd Thursday                                                           Commissioners: Stella Breceda,
                        Location Varies                                                        Nellie Tapia and Patricia Trippy
Business Development    1st Thursday at Picasso’s Cafe                            ********************************************
                        7:30 a.m.                                                        Library..................................(626) 430-2229
Networking Breakfast    4th Thursday at Picasso’s Cafe                                            City Librarian: Pat Sullivan
                        7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.                                            5050 Irwindale Avenue Fax: (626) 430-2266
Toastmasters            Every Wednesday at Irwindale Community                          Recreation...............................(626) 430-2224
                        7:15 a.m. (Visitors always welcome!)                              16053 Calle de Paseo Fax: (626) 962-3022
                                                                                              Recreation Manager: Dan Grijalva
IRWINDALE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS                                                              Recreation Supervisor: Carol Acosta
Am-Vets Post 113                                                                            Recreation Supervisor: Priscilla Zepeda
           16124 Calle de Paseo, Irwindale, CA 91806                                    Senior Center..........................(626) 430-2283
           Meets 1st Friday at Am-Vets Park (626) 338-4440 Ben Aguayo                    16116 Arrow Highway Fax: (626) 430-2275
Irwindale Educational Foundation                                                          Senior Citizen Coordinator: Jackie Delgado
           P.O. Box 2307, Irwindale, CA 91706-1168                                    Assistant To Senior Citizen Coordinator: Sara Ponce
           Board Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber                            Service Yard............................(626) 430-2280
Irwindale Lions Club                                                                                 16034 Calle del Norte
           P.O. Box 2093, Irwindale, CA 91706                                                 Public Works Manager: Mike Rados
           Meets Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. at Covina Bowl
Irwindale-Salvatierra, GTO, Mexico Sister City Corporation
                                                                                  ********************************************
           P.O. Box 2054, Irwindale, CA 91706                                                    Police Department
           Meets 2nd Tuesday, City Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m.                                  Chief Sol Benudiz
Knights of Columbus                                                                        Emergency......................... 9-1-1
           5223 N. Morada Street, Irwindale, CA 91706                                  Phone (non emergency)...(626) 430-2244
           Meets 1st Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., at the Hall behind stone church
           on Morada Street
                                                                                     5050 Irwindale Avenue Fax: (626) 856-0471
Sociedad Progresista Mexicana, Inc.                                                   Los Angeles County Fire- Irwindale Station
           (626) 337-1193 Antonio Salazar
                                                                                           Emergency......................... 9-1-1
           Meets once a month (usually Tuesday), City Council Chambers
V.F.W. Irwindale Post 9895                                                              Phone (non emergency)...(626) 337-8919
           P.O. Box 2054, Irwindale, CA 91706                                                15546 Arrow Hwy, Irwindale
           Meets 3rd Thursday at 4117 Alderson Street, Baldwin Park, CA
For Waste Collection & Recycling Services Contact   Craig Doerr or Joe Pimentel




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