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									                               SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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                                        Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce
                                            Murrieta Chamber of Commerce
                                       Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce

                                      2008 PLANNING SESSION AGENDA
                                           Murrieta Chamber Conference Room
                                             41870 Kalmia Street, Suite 155
                                                   Murrieta, CA 92562

                                              Wednesday, November 14, 2007
                                                   8:00am – 11:30pm

                                              Presiding: Dennis Frank, Chair

    1.   Call to Order/Welcome/Introductions                                                       INFORMATION

    2.   Approval of October 2007 Minutes                                                          ACTION

    3.   2007 SWCLC Attendance Audit                                                               DISCUSSION
         Greg Morrison, Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce

    4.   SWCLC Financial Report                                                                    DISCUSSION
         Rex Oliver, President/CEO, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce

    5.   Operating Procedures: Voting Membership Expansion                                         ACTION
         Rex Oliver, President/CEO, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce

    6.   Review 2007 Accomplishments                                                               INFORMATION

    7.   2008 Strategic Initiatives Planning                                                       DISCUSSION
         Greg Morrison, Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce

    8.   Priority Issues for 2008                                                                  ACTION
         Greg Morrison, Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce

    9.   Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries                                                            PRSENTATION
         Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Representing the 66th District

    10. Election of Chair                                                                          ACTION

    11. Adjourn - Next Meeting: Monday, December 17, 2007 12:00pm

                              The Southwest California Legislative Council Thanks Our Partners:

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




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                                                                                                                   ACTION
                                                                                                        AGENDA ITEM 2
                                                                                    Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                                         November 14, 2007

Approval of November 2007 Minutes

                               SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
                                     www.southwestcaliforniaadvocacy.biz

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

                                           October 2007 SWCLC Meeting Minutes

                                          Southwest California Legislative Council
                     A Joint Committee of Temecula, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta Chambers of Commerce
                                                     Meeting Minutes
                                                Monday, October 15, 2007

2006 Chair:                Joan Sparkman

2007 Chair:                Dennis Frank

Chamber Advocacy:          Jeremy Harris

Directors Present:         Karen Wikert, Glen Daigle, Dr. Billie Blair, Isaac Lizarraga, Gene Wunderlich, Amy Minniear,
                           Carl Johnson

Directors Absent:          Roger Ziemer, Amber Wiens-Starbuck, Greg Morrison, Scott Crane.

Members Present:           Jeff Greene-Office of Kevin Jeffries, Kari Reuther-Granite Construction
                           Mindy Zink, Tamara Middlecamp-City of Temecula,
                           Norma Arias-Lee-MWD, Tom Casey-Fallbrook Chamber,
                           Tom Rogers-Office of Dennis Hollingsworth, Vickie Carpenter-Menifee Chamber,
                           Sandy Windbigler-PUC, Dave Willmon-League of California Cities

Staff:                     Alice Sullivan, Laura Turnbow, Rex Oliver, Rosalie Roberts

Meeting called to order at 12:06pm

Chair’s Report

        Recent Press Releases:

         Southwest Business Protecting California’s Economic Vitality-All three Chambers,
         Temecula, Murrieta, and Lake Elsinore joining forces with the Coalition to Protect California’s
         Budget & Economy. Dennis Frank Chairman of SWCLC wants the Business Community to know
         when it comes to a balanced budget and job creation, we are serious.

         Southwest California Legislative Council Supporting More Water for Businesses and Region-SWCLC
         supports the legislation to increase more access to water for the region at its
         August meeting. This is important to neighboring areas, and for Businesses. Water demand
         for the region has been growing, due to new development and the population growth.

         Chambers Prepare for 2008 Initiatives-The three Chambers, Temecula, Murrieta, and Lake
         Elsinore are considering their positions on three propositions that qualified for February and November General
         2008 ballots. The Chambers will highlight each proposition that will impact
         Businesses in the Southwest region.
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Agenda

        Approval of September 2007 Minutes-Motion made, seconded and carried.

        California’s Water Crisis
         There was a presentation from Randall Newdeck-Bay-Delta Imported Water Supply Program Manager, he passed
         out a brochure on Decisions for the Delta. This has been the worst drought in years. Mr. Newdeck would like to
         come back to discuss this matter more in November.

        Legislative Update-Special Legislative Session
         The Governor called a special session of legislature 2 weeks ago to work on issues on healthcare and water.

        2008 Statewide Propositions UPDATE
         Recommended Position-None at this time, only information items. Proposition 91, 92, 93, are qualified for the
         February 5, 2008 Primary Election. High-Speed Passenger Train Bond (No Number yet) has qualified for
         November 4, 2008. General Election Ballot.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:12pm

Next meeting will be the annual SWCLC retreat on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 from 8:00am to 12:00noon




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                                                                                                                                  DISCUSSION
                                                                                                                             AGENDA ITEM 3
                                                                                                         Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                                                              November 14, 2007

2007 SWCLC Attendance Audit

Presentation

Jeremy M. Harris
Director of Government Affairs

Greg Morrison
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District
Southwest California Legislative Council

Southwest California Legislative Council Board Attendance Audit Janurary - October 2007
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Board Member
Amber Starbuck                   P         A         P     P     P     P  P     P              P         A                          8        2        80%
Amy Minnear                      P         A         A     P     A     P  A     A              P         P                          5        5        50%
Billie Blair                     P         P         P     P     A     A  A     P              P         P                          7        3        70%
Carl Johnson                     P         P         P     A     A     P  A     A              P         P                          6        4        60%
Craig Schleuniger                A         A        Resigned from board
Dennis Frank                     P         P         P     P     P     P  P     P             A          P                          9        1         90%
Gene Wunderlich                  P         P         P     A     A     A  A     A             P          P                          5        5         50%
Glen Diagle                      P         P         P     A     P     P  P     A             P          P                          8        2         80%
Greg Morrison                    P         P         P     A     P     A  P     P             P          A                          7        3         70%
Isaac Lizarraga                  A         P         P     A     P     P  P     A             P          P                          7        3         70%
Joan Sparkman                    P         P         A     P     P     P  P     P             A          P                          8        2         80%
Karen Wikert                     P         P         P     P     P     P  P     P             P          P                         10        0        100%
Roger Zeimer                     P         P         P     P     P     P  P     P             P          A                          9        1         90%
Scott Crane                      P         P         P     P     A     P  P     P             P          A                          8        2         80%
Tom Kenney                       P         P         P     P Resigned from board




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                                                        DISCUSSION
                                                   AGENDA ITEM 4
                               Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                    November 14, 2007

SWCLC Financial Report

Presentation

Rex Oliver
President/CEO
Murrieta Chamber of Commerce

Background

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                                                                                                                         ACTION
                                                                                                              AGENDA ITEM 5
                                                                                          Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                                               November 14, 2007

Operating Procedures: Voting Membership Expansion

Presentation

Jeremy M. Harris
Director of Government Affairs

Rex Oliver
President/CEO
Murrieta Chamber of Commerce

Background

The Wildomar and Menifee Chambers of Commerce have expressed interest in joining SWCLC. This would give SWCLC a
boarder scope (geographically) and would add more business members to the cause of the SWCLC.

Recommended Operating Procedure Changes

                            SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (SWCLC)
                                        OPERATING PROCEDURES

    I.         Mission Statement

               The mission of the Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) is to provide a basis for the Lake Elsinore
               Valley Chamber of Commerce, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, and the Temecula Valley Chamber of
               Commerce to act on local, state and federal government issues to secure a favorable and profitable business
               climate for the region.

    II.        Composition

               The SWCLC board shall consist of 17 voting members, five representatives appointed by the board of directors
               from each of the three original founding chambers of commerce of the SWCLC, one seat appointed by the
               Wildomar Chamber of Commerce and one seat appointed by the Menifee Chamber of Commerce. The SWCLC
               voting membership shall be a general representative makeup of the total five chambers and a balance of industry
               representation throughout the region.

               The Chair position shall be assigned to one chamber for a one year term rotating thereafter each year among the
               three original chambers.

               SWCLC board members shall serve a one (1) year term beginning January 1 and ending December 31, with no
               term limits.

               The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the chamber responsible for the Chair position shall appoint the
               SWCLC Chair for that year.

               The SWCLC board membership is open to all Chamber members in good standing. SWCLC meetings are open to
               all members of the five chambers. All elected officials, or their designees, representing the region or individual
               cities are ex officio, nonvoting members of the SWCLC.

    III.       Policy Platform

               Beginning in September of each year, SWCLC shall develop a policy platform consistent with SWCLC’s mission
               statement of local, state, and federal legislative issues for the following year. The Policy Platform shall be used to
               track local, state and federal legislation that might have an impact on the Southwest California region. The Policy
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            Platform shall be recommended to the Board of Directors of each chamber no later than their January meeting for
            discussion and approval.

    IV.     Legislation Position Authority

                Board of Directors

                      The Board of Directors of each chamber shall be updated each month of any legislative positions
                      approved by SWCLC. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to excuse their chamber from
                      any position of the SWCLC.

                SWCLC Board

                      SWCLC board members shall have the authority on behalf of the Board of Directors of the three
                      chambers, to approve any legislative positions of ―support,‖ ―oppose‖ or ―no position‖ that align with
                      the approved policy platform consistent with SWCLC’s mission statement. Decisions shall be made by
                      a simple majority vote of the SWCLC Board of Directors.

                Executive Committee of SWCLC

                      The SWCLC Chairman and the President/CEO of each of the original three chambers, in consultation
                      with the Chairman of the Board of each of the original three chambers and the Director for
                      Government Affairs shall have the authority, by a majority vote, to act on behalf of the SWCLC to
                      approve any legislative positions of ―support‖, ―oppose‖ or ―no position‖ that align with the policy
                      platform consistent with SWCLC’s mission statement.

                      The SWCLC shall be notified of this action within 48 hours. SWCLC shall have the authority to
                      modify any decision of the SWCLC Chairman or President/CEO at its next scheduled meeting.


    V.      Voting Membership Vacancies

                      Prospective SWCLC board members may apply for openings by notifying the Chair of the Board of
                      their respective chamber. The SWCLC Chair, in consultation with the representatives of each of the
                      three chambers, will appoint voting SWCLC board members to fill in vacancies during the year.

    VI.     Attendance

                      SWCLC shall meet the third Monday of each month at noon. If a SWCLC member accumulates more
                      than 3 unexcused absences in a row or 4 unexcused absences a year, the member loses their voting
                      privileges.

                      An unexcused absence will be charged to members if notification to the SWCLC Chair is not made
                      prior to the start of the SWCLC meeting.

    VII.    Minutes

                      Minutes will be kept of all SWCLC meetings.
    VIII.   Quorum

                      A quorum shall consist of 9 voting members in attendance at any regularly scheduled meeting.

    IX.     Amendments

                      The authority to modify and approve the SWCLC Operating Procedures shall be vested in the Board
                      of Directors of each of the three chambers.

Draft Approved by the SWCLC Board, February 2005
Draft Approved by the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, February 2005
Draft Approved by the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, February 2005
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Draft Approved by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, February 2005
Final Draft Approved by the SWCLC Board of Directors, March 9, 2005




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                                                                                                                     INFORMATION
                                                                                                                   AGENDA ITEM 6
                                                                                               Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                                                    November 14, 2007

Review 2007 Accomplishments

Presentation

Jeremy M. Harris
Director of Government Affairs

October 2007

Southwest California Legislative Summit: The Future of California

Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Featuring the Following Keynote Speakers:

- Assemblyman, Kevin Jeffries, Assembly District 66
- David Crane, Special Advisor to the Governor on Job & Economic Growth
- Richard Harmon, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for Cal Trans
- Randy Record, Board of Director, Eastern Municipal Water District
- Amy Minniear, Pechanga Development Corporation

Hot Issues Discussed:

- Transportation: State Growth Plan, Freeway and Road Improvements, Equitable Funding.

- Energy: Cost of Electricity & Natural Gas Sources, Reliability of Electricity & Natural Gas Sources, Future Availability of Resources,
Electrical Distribution & Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure.

- Water: Availability of Future Supply, Supply/Quality & Infrastructure, Conservation methods & programs, Environmental Impacts on
Supply & Infrastructure, Drought.

- Economic Development: Health Care, Taxes, Educated Workforce, Workers Compensation, Goods & Services Movement.

- Tribal Contributions: Contribute to Infrastructure, Public Safety, Tribal-State Compact.

Southwest Businesses Protecting California’s Economic Vitality

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce are joining forces with the Coalition to
Protect California’s Budget & Economy. This new coalition is protecting the new Indian Gaming Compacts negotiated by
Governor Schwarzenegger and the four Indian tribes with casino facilities on remote reservation lands in Riverside and San
Diego counties.

―We want our business community to know we are serious when it comes to a balanced budget and job creation, especially in
the Southwest California region,‖ stated Dennis Frank, Chairman of the Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC).
―Businesses and jobs will be negatively impacted if the Compacts are repealed,‖ Frank continued.

The Compacts will provide hundreds of millions of dollars each year that will help ensure a balanced budget and provide other
needed funding for schools, public safety, roads, and other programs and services throughout California. This will total over $9
billion over the next two decades without raising taxes. The tribes benefit by being allowed to add 3,000 to 5,000 slot machines
in their casinos. This will also create thousands of new jobs.

The SWCLC is a regional business advocacy coalition of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, Murrieta Chamber of
Commerce, and Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce. Its 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.

For more information and to join the coalition, please visit: www.YESforCalifornia.com

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Southwest California Legislative Council Supporting More Water for Businesses and Region

The Southwest California Legislative Council supported legislation to increase more access to water for the region at its
August legislative meeting. H.R. 31 (Issa) will allow the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD), working in
conjunction with the Secretary of the Interior’s office, to participate in the design, planning, and construction of permanent
facilities that are needed to establish recycled water distribution and waste water treatment for EVMWD’s jurisdiction.

EVMWD is responsible for the areas of Lake Elsinore, the City of Canyon Lake, a portion of the City of Murrieta,
unincorporated areas of the County of Riverside, and a portion of the Cleveland National Forest. EVMWD provides potable
water service, wastewater treatment and disposal, and recycled water to customers within its jurisdiction

―This piece of federal legislation is not only important for our neighboring areas, but for our businesses as well so they may
succeed and growth can continue,‖ stated Dennis Frank, Chair of the Southwest California Legislative Council. ―If businesses
throughout our region are not able to receive enough water, it will stunt growth to the entire region,‖ continued Frank.

Currently water demand throughout the region has been growing rapidly due to new development and population growth. For
example, the City of Lake Elsinore is the third fastest growing city in Riverside County and the county is the second fastest
growing county in the Nation. EVMWD expects water demand to more than double by 2020.

September 2007

The Chamber Prepares For 2008 Initiatives

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce is considering their positions on three
propositions that have qualified for the February Primary and November General 2008 ballots. These will be the first of what
could be over 20 propositions on the ballot between February and November of next year. The Chamber will continue to
highlight each proposition that impacts businesses throughout the Southwest region.

―We are getting a head start on 2008 so we may proactively track legislation that may impact our business community,‖ stated
Dennis Frank, Chair of the Southwest California Legislative Council.

February 5, 2008 Primary Election Ballot Propositions:

Transportation Funding
This ballot measure would prohibit the use of funds that are earmarked for transportation to be used for anything else other
than transportation related issues after July 2008. This measure eliminates General Fund borrowing of specified transportation
funds, except for cash-flow purposes (repayment required within 30 days of adoption of budget) which the current law allows
borrowing for three years where Governor declares transfer would cause significant negative fiscal impact on governmental
functions and Legislature enacts authorizing statute.

Community Colleges Funding and Governance
This measure establishes in the California State Constitution a system of independent community college districts and a
statewide Board of Governors which will oversee the community college system. This measure also sets community college
fees at $15 per unit per semester and would limit fee increases.

November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot Proposition:

High-Speed Passenger Train Bond
This new measure would create the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century. The bond
would provide the issuance of $9.95 billion of bonds, which $9 billion of it would be used in conjunction with available federal
funds for the planning and construction of the high-speed train system.

The initial high-speed train line would link San Francisco and the Bay Area to Los Angeles with additional lines linking all of
the state’s major population centers to include Sacramento, the Central Valley, the Inland Empire, Orange County, and San
Diego. The entire 700-mile system would be constructed and in revenue service by 2020 with the initial line in limited service
by 2008.

Southwest California Businesses Call On Region For Support

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The Temecula Valley, Murrieta, and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce through its regional coalition, the
Southwest California Legislative Council, is asking for organizations and businesses throughout Southwest California to
support signing onto a letter addressed to the Inland Empire Legislative Caucus.

The Inland Empire Caucus is made up of various legislators from both sides of the aisle throughout the Southwest California
region.

The Inland Empire Legislative Caucus has met in recent months, but has had troubled meeting in the past. Orange and San
Diego Counties have similar groups with regular meetings and a strong working relationship. SWCLC believes our community
will benefit from elected officials throughout our geographic region working together and meeting on a regular basis.

We are asking for the Inland Empire Legislative Caucus to continue to meet and send meeting agendas to those Chambers and
businesses who sign onto our letter. Together, we can strengthen our efforts to make sure our region has a fair representation.

Board of Equalization Member Bill Leonard
Senator George Runner
Senator Bob Margett
Senator Bob Dutton
Senator Gloria Negrete-Mcleod
Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
Senator Jim Battin
Senator Denise Ducheny
Assembly Member Sharon Runner
Assembly Member Anthony Adams
Assembly Member Bob Huff
Assembly Member Nell Soto
Assembly Member Wilmer Carter
Assembly Member Bill Emmerson
Assembly Member John Benoit
Assembly Member Paul Cook
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries
Assembly Member Todd Spitzer
Assembly Member Bonnie Garcia

SUBJECT: Meeting Schedule and Notice of Agenda for the Inland Empire Legislative Caucus

Honorable Elected Officials:

The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) along with other organizations within the Southwest California region
would like to thank you for your dedicated work and for meeting. Your work has not gone unrecognized and we commend you
on representing the region on important legislative issues.

Attached to this letter you will find similar organizations throughout the Southwest California region that believe it is in the
best interest that the Inland Empire Legislative Caucus continues to meet, as the San Diego and Orange County delegations
have been. We are also requesting at this time that we and the attached organizations be added to your agenda list so we may
help facilitate the Inland Empire Legislative Caucus’ decisions regarding issues for our region.

We and the attached organizations believe in the importance of the Inland Empire Legislative Caucus and we are here to assist
in any manner you may see fit. We believe, together, we can make an impact at the capitol with a coordinated effort on
important legislative issues when you vote in Sacramento.

Thank you for coming to a resolution since our original letter and look forward to a productive legislative session.

Sincerely,

Dennis Frank
Chair
Southwest California Legislative Council

August 2007
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Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce Say “No” To Major Tax Payroll Tax
Increase

Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce opposes the Legislature’s proposal to fix our
broken healthcare system. The proposed fix, AB 8, creates a government-run healthcare system for employees who do not
receive healthcare from their employers. The bill attempts to fix our broken healthcare system almost exclusively by a payroll
tax on all employers who do not spend a certain level of funding on employee healthcare.

―Temecula Valley businesses provide healthcare coverage to thousands of workers and their dependents,‖ stated Alice
Sullivan, President and CEO of the Temecula Valley Chamber. ―We support the goal of increasing healthcare coverage to more
people by increasing insurance affordability - without undermining our economy. Unfortunately, AB 8 does not meet this
goal,‖ continued Sullivan.

Early calculations indicate the new tax might not raise the required revenues needed to provide the benefits as indicated in the
proposed new law. AB 8 imposes a new payroll tax of 7.5 percent on employers who do not currently spend that much on
healthcare. Furthermore, an appointed volunteer board of bureaucrats would be given the right to increase the healthcare
payroll tax, as needed, in order to cover any underestimated costs.

A 7.5 percent tax on the payrolls of low-wage employers will not provide enough revenue to purchase the average HMO plans
envisioned in the legislation; much more revenue will be needed. And since health care cost inflation grows more rapidly than
payroll, even more taxes will be needed in the future as the gap between the costs of the new program and collected revenues
only widens.

Furthermore, rather than seek to contain costs and address access through increased affordability, AB 8 simply imposes an
illegal tax on employers who can’t afford to purchase health insurance. Labeling this new health care tax a ―fee‖ that can be
approved by a simple legislative majority violates the will of the people, who amended our state constitution to require a two-
thirds vote for tax increases when they passed Proposition 13.

Regional Business Community Fight Against Workers Compensation Increases

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta, and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce continue to fight proposed legislation that
would allow for workers’ compensation increases. A pending job killer in the Legislature, SB 942, would create new
requirements for employers when an injured employee returns to work. This would add to the costs of workers compensation,
which California saw spiral out of control three years ago.

―By allowing this piece of legislation to pass, it will set California’s businesses backwards when it comes to workers comp,‖
stated Kim Cousins, President and CEO of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber. ―California and our businesses have come too
far to allow this,‖ continued Cousins.

Current law protects employees from discrimination based on their workers’ compensation claims. SB 942 would create an
assumption that an employer has discriminated against the employee if the employee was not returned to work with full pay
and benefits within one day of the employee being released to full duty.

SB 942 also changes the timeframe of which supplemental job displacement vouchers are distributed. SB 942 will revert the
workers’ compensation system back to the days of high premiums and will ultimately have businesses pay for the out of
control costs it mandates. This is the wrong direction for Temecula Valley businesses and employees.

July 2007

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce Oppose Government Energy
Regulation

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce opposes SB 412 (Simitian) which would not
allow for a diversity of gas supply sources leading to higher cost of natural gas. The Chamber opposition to the potential law
sends a message to the legislature that businesses throughout the Southwest California region will not stand for such regulation.

―Many of us in our region rely on natural gas. Southern California, in fact, leads the nation in the percentage of homes,
businesses and electric power plants fueled by natural gas,‖ stated Kim Cousins, President and CEO of the Chamber.

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―We believe natural gas is important to Southern California and believe more supply sources are needed and would benefit the
region as a whole,‖ continued Cousins.

New supply sources will increase a gas on gas competition and would allow for lower prices for all customers. This will also
enhance new supply resources and reduce the risk of a supply shortfall if something were to happen to an existing pipeline or
supply basin. SB 412 would set up an unnecessarily long and laborious process during which the state’s residents and
businesses would be deprived of access to the much needed natural gas supplies.

Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce Increase Its Role in Health Care Reform
Discussions

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce are reviewing the escalating costs of the
health care system in California. In mid-June 2007 the three chambers joined with the California Small Business Health
Coalition to address the issue of affordability in our health care system.

―The affordability of health care is eroding the ability of California families and small businesses to afford health insurance.
Premiums continue to increase dramatically, causing an unsustainable burden for California small businesses and consumers,‖
stated Kim Cousins, President and CEO of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber.

―Today, the average cost of family coverage is over $10,000 annually, with the average business paying for 72% of those
costs. With costs out of control, more and more families are losing their health insurance coverage,‖ stated Rex Oliver,
President and CEO of the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce.

While some people point to uninsured families as proof of a health care crisis, the uninsured is merely a symptom of the true
problem – out of control health care costs. Unless our broken health care system is fixed, costs will continue to rise and erode
the ability for small businesses to provide access to health care for their employees and for individuals to attain coverage.

Here are the top three principles of the coalition:

First Step – Address Out-of-Control Costs in the Health Care System

Significant annual percentage increases for the cost of health care premiums in California only serve to highlight that our
system is broken. California cannot afford to forget the lessons learned from the once out-of-control worker's compensation
system that was responsible for damaging the state’s business economy.

No Employer Mandate

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, an employer mandate will only result in lower wages, layoffs, and the
continued erosion of the state’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. An employer mandate will not provide universal
health care coverage to almost 2/3rds of the 6 million uninsured individuals in California. While several proposals are already
being discussed individual accountability and respect for free market decisions that would help contain costs should be a part
of any solution.

A Uniform and Broad-Based Funding Mechanism/Do Not Segment Employers Based on Size

Any funding mechanism for a reformed health system should be uniform and broad-based. Small businesses and labor-
intensive companies are disproportionally impacted when funding is based on a business’ size or employment levels.
Segmenting the industry creates harmful market distortions that will cause employers to artificially control employment levels
to stay under limits and reclassify positions from full-time to part-time. This will surely stifle small business growth in
California.

Regional Businesses Support Inland Empire Caucus In Order To Maintain Competitiveness

The Inland Empire Caucus is made up of various legislators from both sides of the aisle throughout the Southwest California
region. Orange and San Diego Counties have similar groups with regular meetings and a strong working relationship. The
Southwest California Legislative Council believes our community will benefit from elected officials throughout our geographic
region working together.

―We are committed to ensuring that the Lake Elsinore Valley business community has fair representation through its legislators
by meeting and discussing possible business related issues with the hopes of bipartisanship support of those issues,‖ stated
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Dennis Frank, Chair of the SWCLC.

The SWCLC urges the Caucus to keep meeting in order to stay competitive with other area Caucus’ and legislators at the
capitol. The Chamber will also work with other area chambers and similar organizations to help influence the Inland Empire
Caucus to take on business related issues.

The Inland Empire Caucus should be a strong advocate for the business community to pass pro-business legislation at the
capitol. ―The only way this can happen is with the Inland Empire Caucus continuing to meet on a regular basis,‖ concluded
Frank.

June 2007

Minimize Regional Air Quality Plan Impact to Southwest California Businesses

The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) opposed the 2007 Air Quality Management Plan earlier this year. The
Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is holding a town hall meeting and we are urging all those who are interested to
attend. Your presence makes an impact.

Town Hall Meeting Details

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 6:30pm
Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Road
Temecula, CA 92592

Why We Oppose the Plan

The SWCLC opposes the Air Quality Plan for several reasons. First, it calls for more regulations on gas, electricity, and water
agencies in Southern California only forcing more regulations on most businesses that already meet or exceed SCAQMD’s
regulations.

Second, much of Southern California’s natural gas is imported from out-of-state producers. The SWCLC believes that the Plan
impedes our gas companies’ ability to use out-of-state natural gas impacting availability and reliability of natural gas supply.

Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers Fight Tax Increase

The regional business community opposes SB 974 (Lowenthal) which imposes a $30 tax on each container processed through
ports in Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland. Ultimately, it is the equivalent of at least a $500 million per year tax on the
business community.

―The regional business community opposes this bill because it places our business at a competitive disadvantage in the global
economy,‖ stated Kim Cousins, President and CEO of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce. More than 394,000
manufacturing jobs have left the state since 2000 because of the high cost of doing business here. The tax imposed by SB 974
would further inhibit the ability of manufacturers to compete on a global scale. Energy prices, labor and space costs in
California are more than 100 percent of national averages.

SB 974 also requires that the money generated by the new tax be spent on congestion relief and environmental mitigation. The
regional business community believes the one-size-fits-all approach to financing infrastructure improvements and
environmental mitigation will hurt California’s economy.

The main concerns with SB 974 are as follows:

California’s major ports serve as the gateway for the state’s global economy. The Port of Long Beach alone supports nearly
319,000 jobs and $16.3 billion in wages — economic success that would be put at risk by imposing a one-of-a-kind tax on
cargo containers that enter and exit the ports.

By creating additional costs for imports and exports through these ports, SB 974 is likely to lead to shippers moving their
goods through competing ports instead. California’s ports already are more expensive than the competitors. SB 974 would cost
the average ship an additional $480,000 to transport a full load in and out of these ports.

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SB 974 also would hamper agricultural exports and have a negative impact on the ability of California’s farmers to compete on
an international level. The California agricultural industry already is at a competitive disadvantage because of the high costs
associated with doing business in the state. Farmers cannot simply increase the costs of their goods when their costs rise
because prices are set largely in an international market.

California exports include a significant amount of waste paper and other waste to be recycled overseas. The value of this
commodity is quite low, and the tax imposed by SB 974 would create a significant barrier to this mutually beneficial situation.

SB 974 creates an illegal tax on containerized cargo moving in and out of the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland.
The tax revenues generated are to be used to pay for infrastructure used by people other than those financing it. This makes the
cargo ―fee‖ in fact a tax, which must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.

April 2007

Regional Business Community Working to Reduce Health Care Costs

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley chambers of commerce are working with Corona-area
Assemblymember Todd Spitzer and the Corona Chamber of Commerce to offer solutions to our state’s health care crisis.

The rising costs of health care in California are making it difficult for businesses, especially small business, to afford to offer
health care benefits to employees and their dependents. It is estimated that one out of every five Californians are without health
insurance.

―We are committed to offering reasonable solutions to the health care crisis,‖ stated Dennis Frank, Chair of the Southwest
California Legislative Council (SWCLC). ―Mandating new taxes on business is not the best solution. There are other ways we
can cut health care costs,‖ Frank continued.

The SWCLC is seeking the support of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to review their
guidelines and practices concerning plans and construction applications for health care facilities in California. When a hospital
construction project is submitted to OSHPD for approval, the plans and construction application is reviewed by OSHPD staff
to ensure that both are complete. If it is determined that the plans and the construction application is complete, both enter into a
queue for a subsequent array of reviews. After the reviews are complete, OSHPD will usually return the plans to the hospital
architect, often requesting corrections.

The corrected plans are then sent back into OSHPD for a ―back-check.‖ If the plans are then deemed acceptable by OSHPD,
the process is complete. If there are still problems with the plans, they are again sent back to the hospital’s architect for further
corrections until OSHPD agrees that the plans meet the building code requirements.

The SWCLC is concerned that the fees associated with the review process are enormous and review times are protracted and
prolonged. Both the fees and the inordinately excessive review times drive up project costs, ultimately impacting a rise in
health care costs for employees and employers, and ultimately the patient. Furthermore, consumers are impacted by delays in
hospital services caused by the excessive review times.

―We are committed to working with OSHPD to streamline project timelines and costs,‖ stated Frank. ―We look forward to
working with OSHPD in the coming months on this important issue.‖

Regional Business Community Sets Strategic Public Policy Goals for 2007

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley chambers of commerce set their advocacy priorities and highlights
three major strategic initiatives each year.

The strategic initiatives for 2007, Proactive on Regional Issues, Coalition Building, and Partnering with Legislators will guide
their regional effort in representing the interests of business community with government.

―Our focused effort locally, regionally and statewide provides a tangible return on our member’s investment,‖ stated Dennis
Frank, Chair of the Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC). ―Our pragmatic approach to working with other
organizations within the region to strength our partnership with elected officials on issues impacting our business community
will ensure our businesses will thrive,‖ Frank continued.

The SWCLC's effort to be proactive on regional issues ensures that the business community is represented on important
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legislation and other issues that have an impact on businesses within the region. The SWCLC has also created numerous
partnerships with other regional organizations in an effort to maximize the grassroots effort on important legislation. Finally, a
commitment to partnering with local legislators secures the needed support to stop anti-business and support pro-business
legislation in the state capitol.

―The support of our local legislators is key to protecting the interests of our businesses and securing a strong local economy
where our citizens live and work,‖ stated Frank. ―Our number one priority is to make sure our businesses have the stability to
protect our unique quality of life here in Southwest California,‖ continued Frank.

March 2007

Regional Business Community Takes a Stand on Health Care Reform

The Governor and other leaders have proposed several reforms to the state’s health care crisis. These proposals will be debated
in the state capitol in the coming months. The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) will establish its position on
a specific health care reform plan in the coming months.

The following defines the SWCLC current position is to support reforms that:

- Preserves the current voluntary employer-provided health coverage system;
- Contains the costs of premiums;
- Conforms to federal law on health savings accounts;
- Allows employers to offer more affordable benefit plans that allow choices in coverage;
- Prevents cost shifting from government-provided programs to the private sector;
- Curbs the expansion of litigation in the health care system, and;
- Supports the wellness and disease management education programs.

―We want our business community to know the Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley chambers of commerce
are actively tracking all health care reform proposals in the state legislature,‖ stated Dennis Frank, Chair of the SWCLC. ―We
are also dedicated to protecting businesses impacted by any health care reform plan,‖ continued Frank.

Southwest California Business Community Works to Secure $195 Million in Transportation Funding

The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC), partnering with the Riverside County Transportation Commission
(RCTC) and other regional business organizations called upon the Southwest California businesses community this week to
urge state officials to help secure transportation funding for the region.

―The Temecula Valley, Murrieta, and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce, working together, are serious about
securing our fair share of funds to improve our regional transportation nightmare,‖ stated Dennis Frank, Chair of the Southwest
California Legislative Council.

The California Transportation Commission (CTC), awarded $195 million dollars of Proposition 1B funding to Riverside
County. Specifically, Riverside County was awarded $157 million to cover the cost of five miles of carpool lanes on Highway
91 and $38 million to widen Interstate 215 between I-15 and Scott Road. The CTC is responsible for the allocation of funds
from Proposition 1B.

Southwest California businesses wrote letters to the CTC urging them to follow their staff recommendations that included
funding for a portion of State Route 91 and to consider the possibility of allocating additional funding for more projects within
Riverside County.

The SWCLC collected letters via this website over a 24 hour period and hand delivered the letters to the California
Transportation Commission board members.

―This successful letter writing campaign proves our three chambers of commerce are serious about results when representing
the interests of business with government,‖ stated Frank.

Regional Business Community Supports Redistricting Efforts

The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) supports efforts to make California elections more competitive by
reforming the highly politicized process of drawing legislative and congressional districts.
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced a reform plan earlier this year:

1. Create a Citizens Redistricting Commission composed of 11 independent members -- four from each of the state's two major
political parties, with the three others being decline-to-state voters or voters with other political affiliations.

2. Any redistricting plan must have at least one vote from each of the two major political parties and one from an independent
or minor party.

3. The commission would be selected by random drawing by the Fair Political Practices Commission from a pool of 55
candidates, nominated by a panel of 10 current or retired county registrars of voters or city election clerks.

4. Anyone who has served as an elected official within the past five years, lobbyists or those with family ties to elected officials
are not eligible to serve on the panel.

5. If the constitutional amendment to create the redistricting commission is approved by a two-thirds majority of the
Legislature, it would go before voters.

The SWCLC will work with the Governor’s office and the state legislature to ensure that the Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, and
Temecula business communities are engaged in policy discussions in the coming months regarding redistricting reform
proposals.

―By working together we can ensure pro-business candidates will have a chance to seek office if they so desire,‖ explained
Dennis Frank, Chair of the SWCLC. ―Competition is always a good thing, especially when businesses can prosper,‖ Frank
continued.

Business Community Protects Interests in Regional Air Quality Plan

The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) opposes the 2007 Air Quality Management Plan (the Plan) as drafted
by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

The Plan calls for regulations placed on gas, electricity, and water agencies in Southern California only forcing more
regulations on most businesses that already meet or exceed SCAQMD’s regulations. Furthermore, much of Southern
California’s natural gas is imported from out-of-state producers. The SWCLC believes that the Plan impedes our gas
companies’ ability to use out-of-state natural gas impacting availability and reliability of natural gas supply.

―The Plan must be economically viable for businesses,‖ stated Dennis Frank, SWCLC Chair. ―The current draft Plan places our
businesses at a competitive disadvantage,‖ Frank continued.

February 2007

Let's Get Moving! Temecula Valley, Murrieta, and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce Launch Effort to
Improve Transportation

Campaign will ensure the construction of needed transportation improvements throughout Riverside County and Southwest
California. Temecula Valley, Murrieta, and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce working with their regional
business advocacy coalition the Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) partners with the Riverside County
Transportation Commission (RCTC) to launch a new Let’s Get Moving campaign.

The purpose of the Let’s Get Moving campaign is to support and promote the RCTC planned transportation projects that
impact infrastructure improvements throughout Riverside County including Southwest California. This campaign will ensure
the construction of needed transportation improvements throughout Riverside County and Southwest California. The SWCLC
met with RCTC in September and October 2006.

Let's Get Moving Campaign Action Plan

The top transportation infrastructure improvement projects of Southwest California's business community are:

        Proposition 1B: Riverside County’s Fair Share
        Goods Movement and Grade Separation Funding
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        Perris Valley Line Metrolink Extension
        Mid County Parkway
        State Route 79 Realignment

Proposition 1B: Riverside County’s Fair Share

Action

The SWCLC will assist RCTC by promoting these corridors to Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission (CTC)
as high priorities for state investment.

Issue

Riverside County must embrace an opportunity to secure significant state investment in infrastructure if Proposition 1B is
approved by voters on November 7. While some categories in Prop 1B are formula funding allocated to counties and cities,
many categories are competitive statewide, meaning that Riverside County’s projects will be in the running for a limited pot of
money against dozens of other projects across California.

RCTC’s priority in the $4.5 billion Corridor Mobility account of Proposition 1B is to secure funding for expansions of I-15, I-
215 and SR-91.

Goods Movement and Grade Separation Funding

Action

The SWCLC recognizes that goods movement is a priority and work with the RCTC in their effort to develop a fund strategy to
accommodate goods movement and funding grade separations.

Issue

At the RCTC’s annual retreat in September, the full board adopted a strategy to fund the highest priority grade separations in
Riverside County. This plan calls for significant investment of local, state, and federal dollars to separate local traffic from the
nearly 100 freight trains that move through the county every day. The result of implementing this strategy will be cleaner air,
reduced delay, and increased safety.

Goods movement is a growing priority for the Commission, as increased freight moving through the Ports of Los Angeles and
Long Beach congest major commuter arteries such as I-15, SR-60, I-10, and I-215.

Goods Movement

Currently, commuter rail services in Riverside County operate on railroad tracks owned by the private freight operators, Union
Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. As a result, passenger trains share the tracks with freight trains. As freight trains are
projected to increase at a faster rate than passenger trains, negative impacts may occur such as poor on-time performance
without increased track capacity.

An additional impact to the Riverside County community of increased freight traffic is longer delays at railroad crossings while
waiting for longer and slower trains to cross. There are 59 railroad grade crossings along the three main lines in Riverside
County. In March 2001, RCTC adopted a prioritized list of crossings recommended for grade separation (revised April 2006).

Perris Valley Line Metrolink Extension

Action

The SWCLC supports the Perris Valley Line and work with the RCTC to promote the traffic relief it will bring to Riverside
County.

Issue

The Perris Valley Line is a 22.7 mile extension of Metrolink commuter rail service that will relieve congestion on I-215, spark
economic growth in the Inland Empire, and provide an effective transportation solution at minimum taxpayer cost. The Perris
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Valley Line will remove thousands of cars off I-215 during peak driving periods, improving commute times, improving air
quality, and providing convenience to Riverside County commuters. For the first time, a Metrolink line will be moving
passengers solely within Riverside County, rather than exporting people to Orange and Los Angeles Counties; job centers at
March Global Port and Downtown Riverside will continue to grow with this new service. The Perris Valley Line builds on a
proven system that is efficient, cost-effective, and vital to the Southern California economy. RCTC is working to deliver the
Perris Valley Line by 2009-2010.

Project Details

The San Jacinto Branch Line Commuter Rail (Perris Valley Line) Project is a 19-mile extension of the Metrolink 91 Line,
currently providing service from Riverside to downtown Los Angeles. The extension would begin at the existing Riverside-
Downtown Station in the City of Riverside and proceed north on the Union Pacific Riverside Industrial Lead tracks for
approximately two miles before turning southeast along the San Jacinto Branch Line. The terminus of the Line is in the City of
Perris at Route 74 and I-215.
The New Start extension will travel on the San Jacinto Branch Line, purchased by RCTC in 1993, which runs parallel to I-215,
one of the most heavily traveled and congested freeways in the region.

Upon start up in 2009, the Perris Valley Line Project will include up to five new stations, operate through three cities
(Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris), as well as directly serve University of California, Riverside and March Air Reserve
Base. The project will also provide additional communities such as Hemet, San Jacinto, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore and Temecula
closer access to the Southern California commuter rail network.

Project Benefits

Commuters will enjoy multiple benefits of the new Perris Valley Line Metrolink Extension when the project is completed:

- Viable, safer transportation alternative to driving alone;
- Projected elimination of 4,000 auto trips per day; and,
- Improved landscape transportation corridor.

Project Station Locations

Six station facilities have been proposed for this Project. General locations for stations have been identified, but precise parcels
to be acquired are subject to further refinement.

Target parcels will be identified for the environmental document that are suitable for development of station facilities. These
target parcels are identified based on proximity to the rail line and current status of occupation (i.e., only vacant lands or lands
owned by a public agency are under consideration). Most of the properties that could be potentially acquired for stations are
private properties. Potential sites for the Alessandro station and for the proposed Van Buren site are owned by the March Joint
Powers Authority. The proposed commuter rail station sites at Perris and UCR are on RCTC-owned property.

It should be noted that some of the proposed station facilities might not be developed in the start-up phase; they have been
included so that a reasonable picture of total impacts can be presented.

Mid County Parkway

Action

The SWCLC supports the Mid County Parkway and work with the RCTC to promote the traffic relief it will bring to Riverside
County.

Issue

The Mid County Parkway is a new east-west transportation corridor that will relieve pressure on the heavily congested State
Routes 91 and 60 in Riverside County, and will be built using a federal-state-local partnership known as the Community
Environmental & Acceptability Process (CETAP). The Mid County Parkway is one of seven high priority projects initially
identified by President Bush’s Executive Order 13274 for environmental streamlining. The Mid County Parkway will begin at
I-15 in Corona at the Cajalco Road exit and cross the Lake Matthews area, crossing I-215 and Perris and terminating in San
Jacinto. The environmental approval process has been fully funded, and will be completed next year. Funding will be needed
in the future for the final engineering, design and construction efforts.
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Route Alternatives

The Mid County Parkway has completed preliminary studies, held public meetings, and identified alternatives. During 2005
and 2006, ongoing environmental and engineering studies as well as public input have created several changes to the
alternatives. Technical reviews led to a new route to the south of the original routes being added in the middle section of the
project. Public input and engineering considerations led to the removal of a route North of Lake Mathews. Most recently, dam
safety issues led to the removal of a route near the Lake Perris Dam.

Environmental Studies

Since late 2004, RCTC’s consultants have been conducting field studies and analyzing the effects of the MCP alternatives on
the human and natural environment. During that time, the consultants have surveyed approximately 17,000 acres, on 3,000
parcels that are in the area of the different MCP alternatives. These surveys have identified the locations of sensitive wetland
areas, populations of sensitive animal and plant species, and important archeological sites. Project engineers have been using
these environmental surveys to fine tune the alignments to best avoid and minimize impacts to people, homes, businesses and
animal and plant species. In addition, RCTC has been working closely with Caltrans and FHWA on each of the alternatives to
meet highway standards.

State Route 79 Realignment

Action

The SWCLC supports a re-aligned of SR-79 and will promote its economic development impact to San Jacinto and Hemet.
The SWCLC will assist the RCTC in advocating for additional federal funds for SR-79 re-alignment.

Issue

The current SR-79 is already struggling to meet traffic demands. With the projected growth in the San Jacinto Valley, it is
clear that major improvements must be made to SR-79. RCTC is in the environmental approval phase of re-aligning SR-79 to
the west up to SR-74, essentially building a new highway that is less circuitous and separated from local traffic. A re-aligned
SR-79 will promote economic development in San Jacinto and Hemet, and will make for an easier drive into Southwest
County.

RCTC is advocating for additional federal funds for SR-79 re-alignment although much of the project is funded through
Measure A.

The State Route 79 (SR 79) Realignment (Project) is a proposed realignment of SR 79 between Domenigoni Parkway and
Gilman Springs Road in the San Jacinto-Hemet area. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the agency
responsible for transportation in Riverside County and the administrator of Measure A (Riverside County’s 1/2 cent sales tax
for transportation), is conducting environmental studies on a variety of alternatives for the Project.

January 2007

Temecula Valley, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce Continue to Hold Elected Officials
Accountable to Business Community

The 2006 Vote Record: The 32 Potential Laws Tracked by the Southwest California Business Community and How Senator
Jim Battin, Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, Assembly member John J. Benoit, Assembly member Ray Haynes, and
Assembly member Russ Bogh Voted

The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC), a business advocacy coalition of the Temecula Valley, Murrieta and
Lake Elsinore Valley Chambers of Commerce, voted in early 2006 to track 32 potential laws (bills) that might impact Murrieta
businesses. Each month, businesses reviewed and discussed the status of all 32 bills. Southwest California local legislators
received letters communicating the business community's positions on all 32 bills. The SWCLC lobbied during the 2006
legislative session for our legislators to OPPOSE 22 bills and SUPPORT 9 bills.

―We continued our effort to effectively represent the interests of Murrieta businesses with government,‖ stated Joan Sparkman,
Chair of the SWCLC. ―Our annual vote record highlights the work of the regional business community to protect the economic
vitality of our valley and to hold our local legislators accountable to our business community,‖ Sparkman continued.
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The SWCLC's official positions on each of the 32 bills have been available online at www.SouthwestCaliforniaAdvocacy.biz
including summaries and explanations of why the coalition opposed and supported each of the 32 bills.

To reach the ―Percentage FOR pro-jobs legislation‖, the SWCLC tallied the number of times our legislators voted for the
SWCLC’s position and divided that total by the total number of bills in which each legislators voted.. A bill is not figured into
the vote record percentage if a legislator, for whatever reason, did not vote on a bill or if the bill died before the legislator had
an opportunity to vote.




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                                                                                                                DISCUSSION
                                                                                                           AGENDA ITEM 7
                                                                                       Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                                            November 14, 2007

2008: Strategic Initiative Planning

Presentation

Jeremy M. Harris
Director of Government Affairs

Greg Morrison
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District
Southwest California Legislative Council

Background

At the SWCLC Retreat in November 2006, the SWCLC established three strategic initiatives for 2007:

    1.   Proactive on Regional Issues
    2.   Coalition Building
    3.   Partnering with Legislators

Recommended Action

         Reaffirm the SWCLC commitment to the current strategic initiatives: Proactive on Regional Issues, Coalition
         Building, and Partnering with Legislators

         and/or

         Revise the current strategic initiatives to include: media relations to increase exposure of the three chamber’s
         government affairs work

         and/or

         Specific strategic initiatives deemed important by the SWCLC.




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                                                                                                                    ACTION
                                                                                                         AGENDA ITEM 8
                                                                                     Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                                          November 14, 2007

Priority Issues for 2008

Presentation

Greg Morrison
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District
Southwest California Legislative Council

Background

Each year, the SWCLC develops its policy platform which serves as the foundation for the SWCLC’s continuing effort to
improve the regional business climate. The SWCLC will review its policy platform at next month’s meeting.

In preparation for a policy platform review next month, the SWCLC will discuss priority issues in 2008.

Recommended Action

        Appoint a subcommittee to develop by late December, an action plan to introduce a transportation legislation
        working with a local legislator to serve as a sponsor.

        Focus staff’s legislative tracking to align with priority issues such as:

                Transportation,
                Development, and;
                Healthcare.




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                                                                                                          AGENDA ITEM 9
                                                                                      Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                                           November 14, 2007

Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries

Presentation

Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries
66th Assembly District

Kevin Jeffries is currently President and partner of his privately held family investment firm, and recently stepped down from
is job with the Riverside County Fire Department. Kevin is a native Californian and moved to Riverside County in 1971. Kevin
and his wife Christina have been married for 24 years. They reside in Lake Elsinore and have two adult children. Kevin, age
46, comes from an entrepreneurial family with a history of successful business ventures in manufacturing, investments, retail
and custom car designs. Kevin is a graduate of Elsinore High School and has been successfully pursuing certification in various
Emergency Incident Management related courses.

Kevin Jeffries is a lifelong Republican with a proven history of working for fiscally conservative, pro-taxpayer, pro-business
and jobs values. Kevin served an unprecedented seven (7) years a Chairman of the Republican Party of Riverside County and
served as a delegate to the California Republican Party and its Executive Committee, Platform Committee and County
Chairmen’s Association.

With 29 years and over 4000 emergency responses, Kevin has a long and trusted history of public safety service. Kevin started
as a Volunteer Firefighter in 1977 and worked up to the rank of Engineer. In 1992 Kevin was promoted to head up the
Riverside County Fire Department Mobile Emergency Operations Center Team, where he held the rank of Volunteer Captain.
Kevin received five meritorious Service Awards, and was awarded honors from Brigadier General James D. Selk for his
service during the Los Angeles riots. Kevin has been an advocate of increased public safety staffing and served for many years
as a Fire Department Emergency Services Coordinator, Volunteer Firefighter Program Manager and Grant Writer, successfully
obtaining several million dollars in grant funds for critically needed fire and rescue equipment. Kevin and his wife Chris (who
for many years with a Law Enforcement agency), are truly dedicated to making our communities safe.

Kevin Jeffries has an impressive history as a dedicated community servant. With his strong business and fiscally conservative
credentials, Kevin recently retired as President of the Western Municipal Water District and has over 19 years of local
government experience as a Water District Director, and as a Parks and Recreation District Director. Kevin previously served
as a commissioner and Chairman of the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission, Riverside County Parks and
Recreation Advisory Commissioner, Economic Development Committee Chairman, Chamber of Commerce Board member
and Board member with the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival Association.

Kevin and his family practice their faith with Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar.

Kevin Jeffries comes from a family of custom car building and Sprint and INDY car racing. Kevin and his wife enjoy attending
Sprint Car races, as well as jet skiing.




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                                                                                                                  ACTION
                                                                                                      AGENDA ITEM 10
                                                                                   Southwest California Legislative Council
                                                                                                        November 14, 2007

Election of Chair

Presentation

Dennis Frank
2007 Chair
Southwest California Legislative Council

Background

In August 2005, the SWCLC executive committee met, under the leadership of 2005 Chair Gene Wunderlich, to determine a
secession plan for future leaders of the SWCLC.

The executive committee determined, and the SWCLC approved in September 2005, the following succession plan through
2009 which represents the rotation of appointment of each chamber:

       Joan Sparkman will serve as chair from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006.
       Dennis Frank will serve as chair from January 1, 2007 until December 31, 2007.
       Greg Morrison will serve as chair from January 1, 2008 until December 31, 2008.
       Roger Ziemer will serve as chair from January 1, 2009 until December 31, 2009.

Pursuant to the SWCLC operating procedures, ―The Chair position shall be assigned to one chamber for a one year term
rotating thereafter each year among the three chambers.‖

Recommendation

        To elect Greg Morrison as the 2008 Chair of the Southwest California Legislative Council.




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