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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 3 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 4 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. 626-960-7551 Fax: 626-969-4971 This unique entertainment package offers many advantages to www.wm.com the party planner. We can provide background music during cocktails and dinner, followed by the live show. Our state- of-the-art equipment features digital-quality sound, and the 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! The holiday season is booking fast! Visit our website and give us a call - let’s talk about your next event! The Classics Two Tim Cullen (626) 945-7746 www.theclassicstwo.com Your One Stop Shop For All Of Your Laundry & Dry Cleaning Needs! Services Foasberg Provides: Laundry Dry Cleaning Textile Restoration Healthcare Uniforms Car Dealership Uniforms Safety Uniforms First Aid Supplies CRDN of Southern LA County 621 N. Azusa Ave. 106 S. Grand Ave. (800) 705-0575 (626) 339-7337 (626) 967-6450 www.foasberg.com 5 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. 6 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 GET YOUR EVENT ON THE FAST TRACK! ■ Luxury Sky Box Suites for Parties of up to 30 Guests! ■ Party on the Roof with up to 100 Guests! ■ Tented Chalet Village for up to 750 Guests Plus Public Display Areas! Call Julie Owen, ext. 212: Irwindale Mayor Julian Miranda presented Maria and Vince www.irwindalespeedway.com (626) 358-1100 DeRosa with a city plaque. IS_Chamber_Ad_03-2006.indd 1 3/14/06 5:20:57 PM 7 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) 8 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) 10 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 11 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! 13 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. 14 IRWINDALE ROCKS (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. DON”T FORGET TO VOTE Offering FREE Informative Seminars in Lighting, HVAC, and Electrical Training! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2006 How to Partner with SCE for your Building Projects Tuesday, October 3, 2006 #15550 9:00 am – 5:00pm with lunch HVAC System Testing * Thursday, October 5, 2006 #14243 8:30am – 4:00pm with lunch Basic Lighting for Commercial & Industrial Facilities * Wednesday, October 18, 2006 #15900 8:30am – Noon Industrial Refrigeration * Thursday, October 19, 2006 #14244 8:30am – 4:00pm with lunch Basic HVAC* Wednesday, October 25, 2006 #15390 8:30am - Noon Call 1-800-336-CTAC or visit our web site at: www.sce.com/energycenters 6090 N. Irwindale Ave., Irwindale, CA 91702 *These programs are funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. These classes are jointly offered by California Energy Centers operated by CTAC (Southern California Edison Company), the Energy Resource Center (Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy Utility), the Pacific Energy Center (Pacific Gas and Electric Company) and San Diego Gas & Electric, a Sempra Energy Utility. 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 288 COVINA, CA P.O. BOX 2307 • IRWINDALE, CALIFORNIA 91706 “Jardin de Roca” Garden of Rocks Is this newsletter properly addressed? Please verify the information on the mailing label. If any changes are needed please call (626) 960-6606 or fax them to (626) 960-3868. 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.
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