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                          Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce
                              Murrieta Chamber of Commerce
                         Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce

                                        MEETING AGENDA

                               Monday, January 23, 2006
                Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Conference Room

                                Presiding: Joan Sparkman, Chair

Call to Order and Roll Call

Public Comment

New Business

   1. Approval of Minutes                                                             ACTION

   2. Temecula Southwest Healthcare System Hospital                                   ACTION

Old Business

   3. 2006 Legislative Report #1                                                      UPDATE

   4. 2006 Planning Retreat Update                                                    INFORMATION

           a. Subcommittee on Proactive Role in Legislation                           ACTION
           b. Subcommittee on Future Management Plan                                  ACTION

   5. 2006 Policy Platform                                                            ACTION

Local, State, Federal Legislative Staff Updates



      Next Meeting: Monday, February 27, 2006

                  The Southwest California Legislative Council thanks our following sponsors:

                                       Southwest Riverside County
                                         Association of Realtors
                         Economic Development Corporation of Southwest California
                                     The Murrieta Temecula Group
                                           The Gas Company
                                        Arrowhead Credit Union
                                    Eastern Municipal Water District
                                      Rancho Ford Lincoln Mercury
                                          Near-Cal Corporation
                                       Metropolitan Water District
                                 Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce
                                    Murrieta Chamber of Commerce
                               Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce

                                                                       AGENDA ITEM #1
                                                         Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                January 23, 2006


                           Southwest California Legislative Council
      A Joint Committee of Temecula, Murrieta, and Lake Elsinore Chambers of Commerce
                                      Meeting Minutes
                                Monday, November 21, 2005

                               Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce

Committee Chair:         Gene Wunderlich (Absent)

Chamber Advocacy:        Shaun Lumachi (Present)

Directors Present:       Dr. Billie Blair, Glen Daigle, Dennis Frank, Tom Kenney, Isaac
                         Lizarraga, Paul O‟Neal, Joan Sparkman, Amber Wiens, Roger Ziemer

Directors Absent:        Tim Kuzelka, Scott Crane, Carl Johnson, Greg Morrison, Craig
                         Schleuniger, Karen Wikert

Staff Absent:            Rex Oliver – Murrieta

Members Present:         Joseph Turner, Ashley Jones, Karie Strawn, Debra Reed

Staff:                   Kim Cousins – Lake Elsinore; Alice Sullivan and Laura Turnbow –
Guests:                  Anthony Miranda and Amy Minnear, Pechanga Development

I.        Meeting was called to order by Sparkman at 12:10pm

II.       Guest Presentation

      Miranda and Minnear offered an overview on Pechanga‟s community support in light of
      Pechanga‟s recent $1.5 million donation to the Boys & Girls Club. Miranda spoke on
      legislation that is pending, which will impact the gaming tribes. Under the 1999 Compact
      two funds were created. The Revenue Sharing Trust Fund provides $1.1 million to non-
      gaming tribes. The Special Distribution Fund was set up to mitigate local impacts of gaming
      facilities within that area. Miranda reported that Governor Schwarzenegger is renegotiating
      compacts where funds would be placed in the general fund rather then distributed to local
      government. As the Chairman of California Nations Indian Gaming Association, Miranda
      stated that over $100 million of the Special Distribution Fund is being held in reserve.
      Miranda, along with Senator Batten and Assemblywomen Garcia requested reducing the
      reserve by $50 million. SB288 would restore the $20 million appropriation that Gov.
      Schwarzenegger has proposed. Miranda provided directors with a packet that includes
      sample letters supporting SB288 to forward to legislators. Minnear stressed the importance
      of forwarding these letters to legislators. Adams stressed the importance of the SDF in
      benefiting Temecula through transportation and police personnel benefits. The motion was
      made to support SB288. The motion was seconded and carried. Lumachi stated this item
      would be added to the SWCLC website.

III.    Approval of 10/17/2005 Minutes
        A motion was made to approve the October 17, 2005 meeting minutes as written. The
        motion was seconded, and carried.

IV.     TUMF Fee Extension of Public Comment Period
        Ziemer stated that discussion regarding the TUMF fees have been extended until
        February, 2006. Committee reviewed the current and proposed TUMF fee schedules.
        The impact of the proposed fee schedules has a greater impact on undeveloped areas and
        could make it difficult for new businesses to locate in this area. Sparkman requested a
        comparison of TUMF fees in other counties. Adams stated that the TUMF is critical to
        the development of this area, as they relate to traffic improvements.

V.      SWCLC Strategic Planning Session
        A planning session has been scheduled for December 9th. Dave Kilby, Senior
        Vice President of the California Chamber of Commerce will facilitate the session.
        Lumachi reported that a survey would be sent to all directors, requesting input on
        priorities for next year as well as our strengths and weaknesses. Lumachi
        encouraged all present to review the Councils‟ accomplishments for 2005.
        Committee will be discussing plans for Shaun Lumachi as his contract is up for
        review in less then 30 days. The 2006 Chair for the SWCLC will be selected at
        the Planning session.

VI.     Legislative Reports
        Senator Dennis Hollingsworth - Strawn reported that the senate is currently out of session
        so now is a good time to make appointments to meet with Sen. Hollingsworth. A Sex
        Offender workshop was held on November 17th and over 200 residents attended.

        Assemblyman Ray Haynes – Turner reported that the levee system in the San Joaquin
        Delta has been deteriorating and is in need of improvements. In its current state, repairs
        would cost billions of dollars to repair.

VII.    Chamber Reports
        Temecula- Sullivan stated that many attended the planning commission meeting to offer
        support of the proposed hospital on Hwy 79S. Opponents are using environmental issues
        as a façade for unionizing the nursing staff. The Planning Commission will meet again
        on December 7th to discuss this issue before the December 13th City Council meeting.

        RCTC/OCTC – Analysis of transportation options continues.

VIII.   Adjourn – There being no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

                                                                   AGENDA ITEM #2
                                                      Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                             January 23, 2006




Background information will be made available at the meeting.

                                                                         AGENDA ITEM #3
                                                          Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                 January 23, 2006



Shaun Lumachi
Director of Government Affairs


At the November 2005 SWCLC meeting, Anthony Miranda and Amy Minniear of the Pechanga
Development Corporation requested SWCLC support of SB 288 (Battin). The SWCLC voted unanimously
to approve a position of support for SB 288. SB 288 has passed the Senate and is currently in the
Assembly. Details of SB 288 and other legislative bills tracked by the SWCLC can be found at:

On December 6, 2005 the SWCLC sent the following eALERT to its email list generating nearly 100
letters of support from the regional business community.

December 6, 2005

SB 288 would restore $20 million to local governments from the Indian Gaming Special
Distribution Fund (SDF). This $20 million appropriation from SB 288 would ensure the local
governments throughout California affected by tribal government gaming operations can
continue to fund vital local programs. The SDF is fully funded by the tribal government gaming
revenues and distributes money to communities throughout California.

Our neighboring tribe, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, has already paid $50 million into
the SDF. These funds have benefited the City of Temecula tremendously over the past two
years: Temecula has received in excess of $5 million dollars for various projects to assist in the
mitigation of tribal gaming on the south end of the City.

SB 288 would provide the City of Temecula and the Riverside County a considerable amount of
money to improve public safety and basic infrastructure projects needed due to the impacts of
Indian gaming in the area.


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                                                                        AGENDA ITEM #4
                                                          Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                 January 23, 2006



Joan Sparkman
2006 SWCLC Chair

Gene Wunderlich
2005 SWCLC Chair

Shaun Lumachi
Director of Government Affairs


On December 9, 2005 the SWCLC Board of Directors held its 2006 Planning Retreat. The top
three priorities for 2006 were developed. The SWCLC authorized the creation of subcommittees
for each of the three priorities: Getting the Message Out, Pro-Active Role in Legislation and a
Future Management Plan.

2006 Planning Retreat Summary

Introductory Comments

    1.    15 months ago, non-players/not on radar, would call Riverside Chamber for help
    2.    Now on top of call list
    3.    Big deal b/c went from a non-entity to first to call to get something done
    4.    Membership needs to become aware of efforts and accomplishments
    5.    Get the word out!
    6.    “Success of the 21st century will come to those who invent the future”
    7.    SWCLC in the perfect situation to be influential in area/region
    8.    Elephant story: “Don‟t limit yourself by past experiences”
    9.    Council has essential qualities of success for volunteer organizations in place:
    10.   Dedicated volunteer leadership
    11.   Best professional staff that you can afford
    12.   Program that is meeting needs of members
    13.   Most Chambers do not engage in the policy arena
    14.   38% say Chamber is relevant to business
    15.   45% Chambers are influential in late 2004
    16.   More than likely higher in SW CA region now
    17.   Need to understand chambers are trusted as a resource by public
    18.   Communicate value benefits to membership better
    19.   Be willing to take risks
    20.   Want to get results, gain respect, be feared, and become powerful
    21.   Are you audible ready?
    22.   Important that you have it in place
    23.   It is good to be able to take action quickly

Strengths & Weaknesses
Foundation for Discussion

        - Pick battles wisely
        - Will the local legislators know all of the council by first name?
        - Hallway test
        - Do you know who the local legislators‟ top contributors are?
        - Say thank you to local legislators as often as can
        - Do not take legislators for granted
        - Re-cap efforts at end of year

Top Issues/Problems from Survey Results

        - Traffic, transportation, infrastructure
        - Dealing w/growth
        - State regulations and legislation


        - The board
        - Speak with one voice
        - These are important and a big deal
        - Have the “ear” of our legislators
        - This is a good start and progress to first year
        - Web site
        - Management
        - Have both great staff and outside help/volunteers


        - Exposure/Recognition
        - Future management plan
        - Future funding
        - More debate/point-counterpoint needed

Must Do
      - Draft legislation
               - Pro-active approach
      - Continue to address transportation infrastructure problems
      - More recognition
               - Press conferences, talk up SWCLC‟s purpose and successes
               - Do members know who SWCLC are?
               - Recognize Council members to general membership
               - Make sure SWCLC is front and center
               - Chairs of boards need to capitalize on accomplishments, what will history going
               to look like?

Discussion of Ideas on Priorities

        Getting the message out

                -    Chamber Members

                         1. Increase general membership attendance to meetings and increase
                            number of letters from non-council members
                         2. Publicize 2005 year in review and add phone numbers for comments
                  3. Make members understand value and impact of SWCLC
                  4. Generate a list and meet with business leaders that express interest in
                      legislative action
                  5. Is SWCLC mentioned in marketing materials? Is legislative
                      involvement presented in materials? Create a coordinated branding
                  6. Need members/sponsors to know we need their help to get the
                      recognition of elected officials
                  7. There is a perception that things in Sacramento/Washington D.C.
                      will not change, we need to overcome that
                  8. There may be a money issue with advertising/marketing
                  9. Create a quarterly postcard to membership?
                  10. Be careful not to forget to address people that are not tech savvy
                  11. Will gradually increase awareness as tackle more avenues for
                  12. Always include what doing for members/accomplishments

        - Elected officials

                  1. Have the ear of city councils and county officials
                  2. To reach state level we need constituents‟ help with hallway test and
                     more involvement

        - Media

                  1.   Goal: one quote of a non-event in the local press at least once a week
                  2.   Make that goal a part of your culture
                  3.   Foster relationships and a press education process
                  4.   Deliver the message/policy platform ahead of time, set the stage for
                       the legislative year

        - Community

                  1. Need more noise to a broader array of people

        - Branding: the Chamber or Council?

                  1.   Chambers in partnership approach?
                  2.   Chambers in Partnership vs. The Council
                  3.   Consistent branding, advertising, marketing
                  4.   Consistency with timing

Pro-active role in legislation

                  1. Crafting, leadership role
                  2. Educate legislators that we want a part in process
                  3. Get involved in re-writing current bad legislation, correction, clean-
                  4. What‟s the issue?
                  5. Provide the nucleus for legislation on specific and pertinent issues
                  6. Personally present approved 2006 leg platform to local legislators
                  7. Promotes a partnership and awareness
                  8. Ask State government/Governor/local legislators to classify
                     transportation projects as a state of emergency
                  9. Provide solutions to membership‟s top issues/priorities

       Future management plan

                       1.     Funding options
                       2.     Mandatory fees (assessments?)
                       3.     Sponsorships & Chambers
                       4.     Need to address funding the rest of 2005, 2006, Shaun for one more
                              year, and a full time staff person to take over mid 2006
                       5.     $5000 short for 2005
                       6.     Need $50000 for 2006?, divide amount by 3 chambers
                       7.     Intern from local university?
                       8.     Let people know what we have accomplished and increase
                              membership fees to fund program needs
                       9.     Campaign?
                       10.    Chair?

Task Force Results (filled in from Post-Its and Committees Notes)

Getting the message out

       - Committee members: Gene, Alice Sullivan, Billie G. B., Greg M., Amber J. W.

       A. Chamber membership
              - Annual installation dinners
                      - Highlight SWCLC accomplishments, role, future platform
                      - Ask for participation: monetary, attend mtgs., contact legislators
              - Chamber newsletter
                      - Spotlight SWCLC member
                      - Recognition of SWCLC directors in newsletter
              - One page insert of SWCLC issues, accomplishments, highlights for coming
              year, participation info., etc.
                      - Distribution: chamber newsletters, mail to electeds/staff, campaign
                      contributors, personal contact lists, community orgs., rotary, HOA‟s,
                      realtor assoc., Kiwanis, lions, etc.
              - Chamber Web site/SWCLC
                      - SWCLC advertising on chamber Web sites
                                - Banner and links
              - All Chamber functions
                      - Self introductions include SWCLC as one of your activities
                      - Promote the SWCLC

       B. Elected Officials

               - Send copies of chamber newsletters and 2005 year in review

       C. Media (print and electronic)

             - Increase exposure w/local papers
             - Guest editorials/forums
             - Press conf./Press releases
                      - Materials: post cards, tv/cable, q & a, fact sheets
             - Add all media to SWCLC membership poster
             - Develop regional media relationship
             - Spokesperson/Training for SWCLC
             - Editorial Board meetings
                      - Provide year in review and current year platform (Jan. ‟06)
       D. Community
                - Create 2005 in Review for distribution to: electeds/staff, community orgs.,
                HOA‟s, BOD contact lists, elected official‟s campaign donors

        E. Ongoing

                - Press releases after each mtg. w/new actions, positions, special presentations
                - Write regular guest editorials/forums
                - Identify/Train spokesperson

Pro-active role in legislation

        - Committee members: Craig, Tom, Pamela Voit, Carl, Roger, KC, Dennis

        - How: Subcommittee identifies/defines task
                - Establish commonalities with other regions
                - Partner w/other CA Chambers
                - Establish relationships w/Democrats (on same issues)
                - Roundtable w/affected parties
                - Public support via media exposure
        - When:

                - Form committee 12/9/05 (vote to approve committee passed)
                - First meeting 1/9/06
                - Draft white paper @ 1/16/06
                - Feb. ‟06 buy-in legislators
                - Feb ‟06 media exposure

        - Post-It notes:

                1.    Personal meetings in legislators‟ offices a great idea
                2.    Come up w/a form for crafting legislation
                3.    Pick one major issue and promote and lobby the hell out of it
                4.    “State of emergency”
                5.    Emergency transportation legislation to eliminate regulations/departments
                      that delay freeway construction/expansion
                6.    State of emergency for transportation projects
                7.    Provide legislators w/ideas for bills
                8.    Set up a “tag team” to know each legislator
                9.    Get co-support from other state chambers for transportation state of
                      emergency (take it state-wide)
                10.   We need to schedule “automatic” follow-up actions on legislation that is
                      “stalled” in sacramento, like personal visits/photo ops, searches for other
                      chamber contacts w/similar interest in the legislation, we are voting to
                      support, but not enough
                11.   Select no more than two issues (or one) that we can support or help write
                12.   designate “what is needed” session in our agenda to scrutinizing “legislation
                      type” issues
                 i.        Members of council to commit to time and place to meet legislators
                      when they are in town, this assignment is done at monthly meetings
                13.   Influence legislation by giving state legislators ideas and means to get ideas
                      into legislation
                14.   Establish bi-monthly meetings w/legislators and re: current/future legislation
                      needs, meet w/legislators quarterly or as needed when in town
                15.   Use as a tool to build relationships w/legislators
              16. Planned visits to legislators not just at the time we present platform, but
                  regular meetings all year long.

Future Management and Funding

      - Committee: Joan, Scott, Rex, Isaac L., Glen, Karen C. W.

              - $25 assessment to membership dues
              - 2500 members @ $25 = $62,500 x 80% = $50,000
              - 1/1/06
              - Still need corporate funding
              - Funding in ‟05: corporate $14,500
              -Funding in ‟06: corporate $20,000

      B. Set up task force of Joan, Dennis, and Billie to find an intern at UCR, CSSB, or

              - Develop interview process and report back to board by end of Feb. „06

      - Post-It notes:

                   1. Break council members into task force to raise funds for future
                   2. Have each chamber work out a funding amount, fund by increase in fees
                       on a combo or fundraiser (pro rata basis)
                   3. Tax each chamber to pay for SWCLC manager
                   4. Chamber members must be educated on our accomplishments and
                       fundamentally on our existence
                   5. Use Dennis Frank, Billie Blair, and Joan Sparkman to find our intern
                   6. Presale to membership, but also have individual directors approach key
                       contacts in other areas
                   7. Develop business plan as a guide or model for future of SWCLC
                   8. It would be far better to go to the chambers for funding rather than
                       individuals with a funding campaign management plan
                   9. Get membership to allocate % of membership dues to SWCLC
                   10. Utilize internship to reduce expenses for staff replacement
                   11. Find an intern in political science or public admin.
                   12. Get three chambers to “bake” into their budgets funding for management
                       of council and increase dues to members accordingly
                   13. Funding issue and internship potential
                   14. $25 assessment on membership
                   15. Mandatory assessment of $25 per member for SWCLC, voluntary
                       assessment for additional contributions
                   16. Transition now; get an intern now (Jan. 1 ‟06); train for 6 mos.; hire full
                       time and fully replace shaun upon June graduation
                   17. Create one-three year job specificity plan; simultaneously create a 3 year
                       funding plan; recruit intern from a local university campus

                                                                      AGENDA ITEM #4A
                                                         Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                January 23, 2006



Kim Cousins
Subcommittee on Proactive Role in Legislation

Shaun Lumachi
Director of Government Affairs


On at the December 9, 2005 Planning Retreat the SWCLC authorized the creation of a
Subcommittee on Proactive Role in Legislation. The subcommittee members are:

       Kim Cousins
       Joan Sparkman
       Alice Sullivan
       Craig Schleuniger
       Tom Kinney
       Pamela Voit
       Carl Johnson
       Roger Ziemer
       Dennis Frank

The subcommittee met on January 9, 2006 at the Lake Elsinore Chamber to discuss its course of
action. The subcommittee unanimously approved a legislative bill proposal that:

“Grants the Governor the authority, under certain conditions, to declare a “transportation state
of emergency. This unique state of emergency would be specific to areas in California where
bureaucratic processes pose a significant threat to the future of the area’s particular
transportation projects.”

The following is proposal, developed by the subcommittee, was submitted to Assemblymember
John Benoit on January 17, 2006. Members of the subcommittee met with the Assemblymember
on January 20, 2006 to discuss the proposal and secure his approval to introduce the proposal as
legislation. The subcommittee chair, Kim Cousins, will update the SWCLC on the outcome of the
meeting with the Assemblymember.

Recommended Action

        To approve the following proposal from the Subcommittee on Proactive Role in
        Legislation as the official position of the Southwest California Legislative Council.

               A Regional Business Advocacy Coalition of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce,
                 Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, and Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce

                           26790 Ynez Court | Temecula, CA 92591 | (866) 676-5090

January 17, 2006

TO:              Assemblymember John Benoit
                 California State Assembly, District 64

FROM:            Joan Sparkman, Chair
                 Southwest California Legislative Council

SUBJECT:         Legislative Proposal

As you know, the Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) is the regional business
advocacy coalition of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, Murrieta Chamber of
Commerce, and Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Our mission is to provide a basis for the three chambers of commerce to act on local, state and
federal government issues to secure a favorable and profitable business climate for the region.

Specifically, the SWCLC is requesting you to introduce legislation that will grant the Governor
the authority, under certain conditions, to declare a “transportation state of emergency.” This
unique state of emergency would be specific to areas in California where bureaucratic processes
pose a significant threat to the future of the area‟s particular transportation projects.

The SWCLC has prepared the following proposal for your consideration.

Legislative Proposal

Grant the Governor the authority, under certain conditions, to declare a “transportation state of
emergency.” This unique state of emergency would be specific to areas in California where
bureaucratic processes pose a significant threat to the future of the area‟s particular transportation

What is the Deficiency or problem in current law we are trying to correct?

Current laws require extensive, time consuming and often duplicitous regulations regarding the
state freeway approval and construction process. The California Department of Transportation
(CalTrans) continues to be a source of bureaucratic road blocks arguably responsible for much of
our states inability to move forward with freeway projects desperately needed throughout the

Specifically, how would we change California statute?

The proposed legislation would eliminate protracted public hearings, environmental impact
reports, and suspend the usual procedural hurdles in order to streamline freeway expansion and
new construction. Circumstances in the past required that emergency powers are evoked to
alleviate economic and societal hardship related to freeway construction.

Information on which the proposal is based.

The SWCLC believes existing state regulations more often impede progress in Southwest
California than meet the needs of the public they are sworn to serve. In 1994, the devastating
Northridge earthquake reduced to rubble the overpass bridges of the Interstate 10 (I-10) freeway.
Local officials were advised that it would require a few years to repair the bridges and restore the
I-10 to use. This interruption would have had far reaching consequences.

The reality is that the repairs were completed in just 66 days. The state exercised extraordinary
powers through the Governor‟s office allowed by existing state government code. Protracted
public hearings and other procedural hurdles were suspended. The utilization of private-sector
inspired incentives for accelerating performance had a huge impact on the contractor‟s ability to
far exceed estimated timeframes for freeway repairs. The SWCLC believes that natural disasters
should not force the state to streamline transportation projects.

Currently, existing and proposed freeways up and down our state face a similar fate as was
experienced in 1994. Considering the lack of freeway infrastructure construction over the past
few decades, legislation aimed at expediting the planning process and actual construction of
freeways is urgently needed. Growth in our state has far exceeded the capacities of our state‟s
highways and freeways. At some point, gridlock on our freeways will result in a devastating
effect on our states economy, status and quality of life.

California desperately needs legislation that would establish a way to eliminate the bureaucratic
barriers and allow the private sectors involvement as a participant in the solution of our
transportation infrastructure needs.

Do we anticipate any opposition? From whom, and why?

The state‟s overall growth and inability to keep up with, much less stay ahead of, our
transportation needs impacts everyone on both sides of the isle in Sacramento. The elimination or
sharp curtailment of environmental impact reports coupled with suggesting outside agencies
augment unions representing state employees (CalTrans) in favor of expediency will most likely
result in discord with these organizations.

Do we anticipate any support? From whom and why? Will they testify at a hearing?

Members of the Southwest California Legislative Council have discussed this issue individually
with Senator Jim Battin and Assemblyman Russ Bogh and they are both in support of the need
for immediate action on this issue.

Is there a fiscal component to the proposal? In other words, how much will it cost the
taxpayers of California?

What the cost would be in dollars, jobs, the overall economy and the quality of life of
Californians if the status quo continues without our elected officials taking aggressive action
immediately implementing strategic plans to eliminate the bureaucracy? The potential savings to
the state and business is enormous compared to the potential losses from lost productivity and
status as a result of stalled commerce. Even in instances where the financial resources are
available; the existing state bureaucracy causes delays resulting in increased cost, time,
productivity and quality of life for the states taxpayers.

Would this create a burden on individuals, local governments, the business community or
other groups?

Everyone is impacted when our freeway systems are congested to the extent commutes that
should take minutes take hours. The ability of our public safety providers (fire, police, etc.) to get
to the scene of incidents is especially troubling. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster,
evacuation requirements on already congested freeways would be disastrous.

Further Questions
1. What are the costs and lost revenues in stalling state transportation projects under current
2. Extensive environmental impact review (EIR) requirements foster delay and at times stall
   vital transportation projects.
3. Can the state encourage the process of various aspects of transportation project (EIR,
   bidding, etc.) happening at once instead of one process stalling the other.
4. Past natural disasters, such as the 1994 Northridge earthquake, enabled the fast tracking
   of major transportation rebuilding projects. What was the financial savings impact to the
   state in such cases?

                                                                   AGENDA ITEM #4B
                                                       Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                              January 23, 2006



Shaun Lumachi
Director of Government Affairs


On December 9, 2005 the SWCLC Board of Directors held its 2006 Planning Retreat. The top
three priorities for 2006 were developed. The SWCLC authorized the creation of subcommittees
for each of the three priorities: Getting the Message Out, Pro-Active Role in Legislation and a
Future Management Plan.

Recommended Action

        To appoint members of the SWCLC to serve on the Subcommittee on Future Management

                                                                      AGENDA ITEM #5
                                                        Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                               January 23, 2006



Joan Sparkman
2006 SWCLC Chair


Each year, pursuant to the SWCLC Operating Procedures, the SWCLC shall develop its Policy
Platform. Each of the policy goals in the Policy Platform serves as the foundation for the SWCLC
continuing effort to improve the regional business climate. Upon approval, the policy platform
will be submitted to the three chamber‟s board of directors for approval.

Recommended Action

        To recommend approval of the SWCLC 2006 Policy Platform and submit the final draft
        to the Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley chambers of commerce board
        of directors for final approval.

SWCLC Draft 2006 Policy Platform

Infrastructure Improvements

1. Review and consider policies that ensure the Southwest California region maintains a
   reputation as an attractive prosperous location for business; to balance employment and
   housing needs with natural resource preservation; and to plan and construct the community
   infrastructure necessary to support current and future business needs.

2. Monitor land use, planning, housing and zoning issues that affect the Southwest California
   regional business community.

3. Support development projects within the Southwest California region.

4. Encourage an adequate supply of appropriate housing to meet the needs of the Southwest
   California region.

5. Review and consider reliable, stable, and competitively priced energy supplies for
   California‟s businesses and consumers.

6. Review and consider transportation improvement plans that relieve congestion on existing
   freeways, streets and roads, and ensure future mobility within the region.

7. Review and consider policies that improve water quality as the result of comprehensive
   approaches that will reduce contaminants from water sources in a cost effective manner.

8. Review and consider policies that promote safe, clean, high quality, adequate and reliable
   water supplies supporting the needs of economic growth and quality of life in Southern

Taxation and Government Finance

1. Review and consider reform measures that solve the state budget‟s continuing structural
   deficit that promotes real economic growth and job creation

2. Encourage cooperation among government agencies, and work to streamline and reduce
   unnecessary requirements of regulatory agencies.

3. Review and consider ways to privatize cost effective government services and public
   contracts while maintaining or improving standards.

4. Review and consider state and local tax increases and new tax categories affecting the
   regional business community

5. Support and promote when appropriate the preparation of cost/benefit analysis ensuring
   economic impacts are weighed before the imposition of regulatory statutes.

6. Ensure that regulations on business are kept to a minimum and do not put regional businesses
   at a competitive disadvantage.

7. Encourage the protection of private property rights.

8. Promote economic development opportunities in the Southwest California region for business
   retention and attraction.

9. Support state programs that secure tax credits for targeted work training programs.

10. Consider and review policies that promote the outsourcing of essential public services by
    government agencies.

11. Review and consider increases to business-generated taxes such as the Transient Occupancy
    Tax (“TOT”) that fund efforts to attract visitors to the region.

Pro-business Leadership

1. Review and consider local, statewide, and when appropriate, federal legislation as it pertains
   to the SWCLC‟s policy priorities and communicate the information to the three chamber‟s

2. Continue a working relationship with local, state and federal representatives.

3. Review and consider measures that examine the re-districting system that determines the
   representation of Californians in the State Legislature and the House of Representatives.

4. Consider and review legislation that promotes standards of corporate governance that guide
   boards of directors and corporate officers in managing their corporations in a competent,
   ethical manner.

Employee Relations

1. Review and consider measures that reform the extraordinary costs of the state‟s public
   pension system for the sake of the state‟s overall fiscal health.

2. Monitor and review alternatives to (1) any proposed state minimum wage increases and (2)
   any local or state living wage ordinances.

3. Monitor and provide recommendations to the new workers‟ compensation reform measures to
   reduce costs to businesses.

4. Consider and review responsible health care policy proposals that maximize free market
   forces, minimizes mandates upon insurers and providers, and results in increased availability
   of health care coverage affordable for employers, employees and individuals.

5. Monitor measures that reform our state‟s educational system and encourage workforce

6. Halt the unwarranted and frivolous lawsuits on our businesses, consumers, taxpayers, and


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