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
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
The committee also reached consensus to oppose “ALL” Job Killer
Corporate bills making their way through the state senate and assembly that
Insurance Brokers have an impact on business interests: costly workplace mandates,
(Legislation-continued on page 17)
$40,500 In Scholarships Awarded NEW
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.
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)
(Scholarships-continued form cover page)
2006 Sponsors and Contributors
1st Centennial Bank
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
Camille Diaz, Patron Sponsor
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
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
Southern California Edison
who assisted by
directing trafﬁc and
Superior Communications, Gold Sponsor
helping with the
United Rock Products, Gold Sponsor
rafﬂe. Thank you for
to education in Vineyard Bank
the Irwindale Vulcan Materials, Gold Sponsor
Pictured (L-R) Mike & Michelle Diaz, Irwindale Residents; We Couldn’t Have Done It
Robert Sotella & Brenda Reuter, Athens Services Without You
Calendar of Events
October is a ﬁne and dangerous season in
America, a wonderful time to begin anything at all.
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
Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.
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
23/24 HAPPY THANKSGIVING Chamber Closed
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
The Classics Two
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and backgrounds. We can
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and special occasions (i.e.,
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memorable hits from the ‘60s and
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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
Aloette Cosmetics Irwindale Speedway Verne Lusby
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)
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.
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
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
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Irwindale Mayor Julian Miranda presented Maria and Vince
www.irwindalespeedway.com (626) 358-1100 DeRosa with a city plaque.
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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.
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
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)
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.
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
Foasberg Uniform & Safety Sales
Milestone Breakfast Geco Computer Consulting
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Irwindale, CA 91706 RBC Southwest Products
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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
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,
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
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)
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
Record temperatures, late rainfall, and summertime. All this
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
500 LA County
San Gabriel Valley
of all our residents can we break the cycle of mosquitoes and
For more information, to report a problem, or to request
mosquitoﬁsh, call the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector
Control District at 626-814-9466. The District is located at
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
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
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
or equipment. Hazardous Waste
These items should be incorporated into a formal ﬁre
inspection checklist and the facility reviewed monthly for
In keeping with the OSHA requirements, the following
information should be included in an Emergency Action
• 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
• Procedures to account for all employees after
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:
201 Live Oak Ave., Irwindale, CA
Muro Tire Services
213 Live Oak Ave., Irwindale, CA
A reminder from the city of Irwindale. Funded by a
grant from the California Integrated Waste
Zero Waste - You Make It Happen!
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.
(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
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
Small Business of the Year
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
(Previously the City Corner) As Provided by City Staff
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.
(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.
(Legislation-continued from coverpage)
economic development barriers,
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-
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These classes are jointly offered by California Energy Centers operated by
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(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
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.
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October 14, 2006 U.S. Small Business Administration and the California
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The City of Hope Buena Vista Pavilion assistance center. The SBDC services include one-on-one
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Household Hazardous Waste includes paints, glues, development seminars, and onsite consulting.
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Improper disposal of these materials can pollute the Saturday, October 7, 2006
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• No explosives, ammunition or radioactive 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org Irwindale, CA 91706-1168
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
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
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
PERMIT NO. 288
P.O. BOX 2307 • IRWINDALE, CALIFORNIA 91706
“Jardin de Roca” Garden of Rocks
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