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Congressman Baca Disagrees with Ontario
Chamber on Free Trade Agreement
needed “yes” vote and the Congress- in our country. Over 5,000 compa-
man wanted to hear from the Ontario nies in the United States export their
Chamber before he voted. Despite the products to Peru. Many of those
Ontario Chamber’s effort to secure the companies are small and medium-
Congressman’s support, he eventually sized companies similar many com-
opposed the free trade agreement. panies located in Ontario.
In September, the Ontario Chamber Currently, trade with Peru is
and several business leaders invested already beneﬁting the United States
in a trip to Washington DC to meet and the PTPA will now only enhance
face-to-face with the Ontario congres- our trade relations within the region
sional delegation. “We invested time and support our businesses bottom
and resources to build a lasting rela- lines enabling more jobs to be cre-
tionship with key policymakers that ated in Ontario and throughout our
impact issues such as trade and job country. The agreement will also
creation,” stated Smiley. foster democracy and development
“We are disappointed that Congress- in the Andean region, allowing the
man Baca voted against the free trade United States to unilaterally open its
agreement. After meeting in Septem- markets to most imports from Peru
Ontario Chamber Supports ties. “Our regional manufacturing in- ber in his ofﬁce in Washington DC and its neighbors.
Free Trade Agreement Despite dustry plays an important role in On- about supporting laws that improve It is already believed that most
Congressman Joe Baca’s tario,” stated Mark Smiley, President job creation and then less than two of Peru’s imports already enter the
Opposition and CEO of the Ontario Chamber. months later we wrote a letter to him U.S. marketplace duty-free, and the
“Our trade policy priorities call for the and called his ofﬁce asking for him average U.S. duty on imports from
The Ontario Chamber of Com- Chamber to support opportunities for to support this free trade agreement,” Peru is just one-tenth of one percent.
merce voted to support more jobs our area business that may impact job stated Bob Cruz, Chair of the Chamber The U.S. International Trade Com-
for Ontario businesses who seek to growth in our business community,” Government Affairs Committee. “We mission reports that “most of Peru’s
gain more trade opportunities with Smiley continued. will continue to educate our legislators average tariff rates range from 12%
Peru. The United States / Peru Trade The Chamber sent letters of support on key business related issues,” Cruz to 25% allowing Peru to enjoy
Promotion Agreement (PTPA) passed to Congressman Joe Baca’s, urging continued. nearly free access to our marketplace
the US House of Representatives his support of the PTPA. Accord- The free trade agreement will not while our access to their marketplace
seeking an increased effort to boost ing to the United States Chamber of only help sustain many jobs throughout remains limited. PTPA ﬁxes this
manufacturing and trade opportuni- Commerce, Congressman Baca was a the Ontario area, but thousands of jobs imbalance.
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Chairwoman Message, pg. 2 NEW SERVICE IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON
Calendar of Events, pg. 8 ONTARIO, CALIF. -- Express- nia has offered to ExpressJet Airlines customers that they appreciate being
Jet Airlines takes off from L.A./ since the airline started service earlier able to save time and enjoy a
New Members, pg. 10 Ontario International Airport this year. more comfortable ride in our quiet
Renewing Members, pg. 10 “This market has responded posi- and fuel-efﬁcient, young ﬂeet of jets.”
(ONT) to Reno-Tahoe today, tively, and we’re excited to bring you Now, travelers can ﬂy nonstop with
New Member Spotlight, pg. 4 a new nonstop connection to Reno,” ExpressJet Airlines from Ontario to
expanding its nonstop service for busi-
Ontario Loses Sunkist Arena pg. 6
New IE Arena, ness and winter holiday travelers. Ream said. Ream said he is pleased Albuquerque, Austin, Boise,
“We are pleased to celebrate the with the progress ExpressJet Air- Colorado Springs, El Paso, Fresno,
Blue Ribbon Task Force, pg. 11
inauguration of additional ExpressJet lines has made since introducing its Kansas City, Mo., Louisville, Mon-
ADVOCACY | 5 Airlines service at our airport,” said network earlier this year, and that terey, Calif., Oklahoma City, Omaha,
Ontario Business Agenda, pg. 5 Jess Romo, airport manager. “Express- customers are commenting favorably Reno-Tahoe, Sacramento, San Anto-
Jet is connecting the Inland Empire to on the new service. nio, Spokane, Tucson and Tulsa.
Employer’s Stand Alone, pg. 5 “ExpressJet will continue to look Tickets are available for purchase
a popular destination where we did not
AVIATION CORNER |9 have non-stop service before, and that for new ways we can bring customers online at www.xjet.com, by calling
convenience will be especially wel- a better experience when they ﬂy,” 888.958.XJET (9538) as well as
Southwest Business Plan, pg. 9
come during the busy Ream said. “We are hearing from our
United, Delta Mull..., pg. 9 - Continued on Page 11
holiday travel and ski season.”
Air Traffic Congestion, pg. 9 Jim Ream, ExpressJet President
and CEO, said he was pleased with Presorted
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Ontario Chamber Board of Directors OUR MISSION AS YOUR CHAMBER
“TO HELP DEVELOP, ENHANCE AND PROMOTE COMMERCE IN THE CITY OF ONTARIO AND ITS TRADE AREA”
CHAIRWOMAN OF THE BOARD
2008. Similar to our Washington DC this huge fundraiser.
Fly In of September, the Sacramento Fly
Jennifer Resch-Silvestri Finances
In will provide an opportunity for our
Chairwoman of the Board members to get face-to-face and discuss And while we mentioned it last month,
Kaiser Permanente issues with our state elected oﬃcials. it’s worth repeating! Bill, along with Er-
Mark Smiley To make the Sacramento Fly In more nie Riﬀenburg, also deserves our kudos
CEO/President meaningful for more of our members, for excellent ﬁnancial management. As
Ernie Riﬀenburgh we will be working with our small of November, 2007, we are oﬃcially
Immediate Past Chair business owners to obtain feedback on debt-free and on our way to building
Gresham, Savage, Nolan, and Tilden costs and agenda items for the Fly In. reserves, due to the eﬀorts and planning
Bill Thurin Hopefully, many of them will consider of Bill and Ernie.
Vice Chair of Finance Jennifer Resch-Silvestri joining us on the Fly In.
Beneﬁts Resource and Gateway Executive Strategy
Chairwoman of the Board
Fundraising Ernie has also been hard at work with
By the time this edition of the OBJ is our past Chair-elect Kim Ellis develop-
Ciriaco (Cid) Pinedo
Gaining Ground published, Christmas on Euclid will ing strategies to support our 2007-08
Vice Chair of Government Aﬀairs There are many bright spots on our have come and gone. We have a fantas- goals for the remainder of the year. The
Chaﬀey College Foundation chamber’s horizon, and I am pleased to eﬀorts of these two gentlemen will be
tic committee, headed by Kitty War-
Jill Coulter work with a board that is so engaged, dy- rington, that has worked well with our invaluable as we head into our mid-year
Vice Chair of Fundraising namic and enthusiastic about our chamber event planner. For the ﬁrst time since retreat in January to ﬁnalize our strate-
West End Special Projects and its work. Here are a few examples of I joined the chamber board four years gies for the remainder of the board year
that work: ago, our staﬀ is approaching COE in a and set a framework for our goals and
DIRECTORS relaxed fashion, assured that our event strategies for 2008-09.
Amanda Gonzalez Government Affairs planner and hard working committee
San Gabriel Children’s Center Through the US Chamber of Com- have taken care of the myriad COE de- As we close out 2007 and look forward
Bassam Shahin merce, Congressman Joe Baca of the 43rd tails. We’ll provide an update on COE’s to 2008, I realize that we are truly gain-
Doubletree Hotel Congressional District sought out the success in the January issue of OBJ. ing ground. This momentum can only
chamber’s stance on a recent trade bill. We be created by smart, savvy, dedicated
were honored to be consulted and to pro- Other fundraising news includes great board members, committee chairs and
vide our feedback. We were also extremely income on our golf tournament, care- consultants. To all of you – thanks!
pleased at the way our Government Aﬀairs fully planned and successfully executed
Retired, Ontario Police Dept. Policy Platform worked for us during this by our Golf Tournament Committee, And to all of our members, subscribers
Chaﬀey College Foundation inquiry. We were able to respond quickly and readers – best wishes for a wonder-
chaired by Jill Coulter, with the profes-
Ramiro Cordova and accurately, due to the very eﬀective sional touch of Tom Borba. ful holiday season and a healthy, happy
MBS Consultants, LLC rapid response mechanism established by and prosperous New Year.
Sue Oxarart our Government Aﬀairs Council, which is Our China contingent has returned,
Ontario Mills Mall chaired by Cid Pinedo and Bob Cruz. safe and satisﬁed after once-in-a-lifetime
Peter Synn trip. Hats oﬀ to our ﬁnance Chair Bill
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Our Government Aﬀairs Council is also Thurin, who has become very proﬁcient
Steve Harrington planning a Fly In to Sacramento in May of at making the arrangements needed for
County of San Bernardino Economic
Director of Government Aﬀairs
Check Out The
A Novel Solution Calendar, pg. 6
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New Member Spotlight
University of Redlands
School of Business Opens
New Rancho Cucamonga/
Mayor Dr. Donald Kurth and Univer- The regional campus which has been ing adults including Bachelor’s and
sity of Redlands President Dr. Stuart serving the local community for 13 Master’s degrees in Business Admin-
Dorsey were among the ofﬁcials and years recently moved into the new istration and Management.
nearly 100 people who marked the Haven Park complex located at the
opening of the University of Redlands corner of Fourth Street and Haven Av- Jennifer Resch-Silvestri, Chairwoman
School of Business at the Rancho Cu- enue. The school, occupying 11,000 of the Board was present to welcome
camonga/Ontario Campus on Novem- sq. ft. of the new complex, offer the new campus into the Ontario
ber 8. evening degree programs for work- Chamber with a membership plaque.
ProLogis Pays $96M for Sares-Regis Land
ONTARIO, CA-Sares-Regis Group projects has all but disappeared. The new space that ProLogis will
of Irvine has sold 99 acres of indus- Sares-Regis bought the land from develop on the land will expand the
trial property about two blocks from the County of San Bernardino at REIT’s already huge portfolio in the
Ontario International Airport to Den- auction in May 2006. ProLogis, a Inland Empire, where its holdings
ver-based ProLogis for $96 million. publicly traded REIT and one of the have grown to more than 27 million
The property is one of the last master- nation’s largest owners and operators sf. ProLogis execs, in interviews with
planned distribution sites in the city, of industrial facilities, plans to de- GlobeSt.com, have said that they con-
where tens of millions of square feet velop approximately two million sf of sider the Inland Empire distribution
of distribution space have been built in warehouse and distribution buildings market to be unrivaled by any other
the past dozen years and land for new on the site. in the country.
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1. Monitor development projects within the Government Finance
Ontario region. 1. Ensure that regulations on businesses
2. Monitor land use, planning, housing and are kept to a minimum and do not put
zoning proposals that impact the regional Ontario businesses at a competitive
Ontario business community. disadvantage.
Ontario Chamber Sets Aggressive Business 3. Review and consider policies that pro- 2. Review and consider reform measures
Agenda for 2008
tect Ontario’s reputation as an attractive that solve the state budget’s continu-
prosperous location for business, balancing ing structural deﬁcit that promotes real
The Ontario Chamber approved it’s 2008 continued Cruz. The top issues for 2008 employment and housing needs with natu- economic growth and job creation and
legislative priorities setting a course for a are: Economic Development and Hous- ral resource preservation and community its impact on the Ontario business com-
very active year. The Chamber board of ing, Aviation, Education, Infrastructure infrastructure necessary to support current munity.
directors approved the priorities at their Improvements, Transportation, Govern- and future business needs. 3. Encourage cooperation among local
October meeting. Each year, the Chamber ment Finance, Pro-Business Leadership, 4. Monitor and consider polices that protectand state government agencies, and work
develops its pro-business legislative priori- Employee Relations, Trade Expansion and private sector property rights as it relates to
to streamline and reduce unnecessary
ties. The priorities serve as guiding prin- Investment, and Healthcare. eminent domain and the overall impact to requirements by regulatory agencies.
ciples when tracking local, state and federal the Ontario business community. 4. Review and consider ways to privatize
legislation and issues that might impact the “The economic vitality of the Ontario 5. Review and consider policies that ensure government services and public contracts
Ontario business community. business climate is the chamber’s number local housing and associated ﬁnancing is while maintaining or improving stan-
one priority,” stated Mark Smiley, Presi- attainable for employees and consumers in dards.
“We are focused on a productive 2008 dent and CEO of the Ontario Chamber Ontario. 5. Review and consider state and local
representing the interests of Ontario busi- of Commerce. “Our priorities are set for 6. Review and consider polices that tax changes and new tax categories af-
nesses with government,” stated Bob Cruz, 2008 and we look forward to making a upgrade blighted or abandoned properties fecting the Ontario business community.
Chair of the Ontario Chamber Government difference on behalf of our business com- making way for workforce housing and 6. Support and promote, when appro-
Affairs Committee. “Our policy platform munity,” Smiley continued. The following business opportunities. priate, the preparation of cost/beneﬁt
clearly deﬁnes our top issues and focus ar- is the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s 7. Monitor polices that impact the expan- analysis ensuring economic impacts are
eas and we will ensure our elected ofﬁcials 2008 Policy Platform: sion and retention of businesses in Ontario.weighed before the imposition of regula-
know that we will hold them accountable to tory statutes.
supporting those business related issues,” Economic Development and Aviation 7. Support local and state programs,
Housing 1.Monitor and review policy that preserves, when appropriate, that secure tax credits
promotes and progresses the economic for targeted programs.
vitality of Ontario’s regional aviation
EMPLOYER’S industry. Pro-Business Leadership
2. Monitor and promote, when appropri- 1. Continue and maintain a working
STAND ALONE ate, aviation industry expansion including relationship with local, state and federal
The focus of the Inland Valley Cham- the preparation of cost/beneﬁt analysis representatives.
ber Legislative Alliance (IVCLA) is to to ensure economic impacts are weighed 2. Review and consider legislative
continue with efforts to keep businesses in- before the imposition of legislative and/or proposals that promote standards of
formed of developments regarding health regulatory statutes. corporate governance that guide boards
care. As we have told you in the past, the of directors and corporate ofﬁcers in
Governor has an ambitious plan to provide Education managing their corporations in a compe-
health insurance to all of California. This 1. Monitor and consider policies that im- tent, ethical manner.
is a big task considering there are 6.5 pacts education systems in our region that 3. Review and consider measures that
million uninsured people in the state. prepares people for 21st century jobs and reform the state’s redistricting process.
While many applaud his efforts, we are The members conducting the special ses- careers.
concerned that the root of the problem has sion are also exploring a $2.00 per pack 2. Support the development of on-going Employee Relations
not been addressed. The cost of insurance tobacco tax as a means of trying to fund programs within the business community 1. Review and consider measures that re-
has made it prohibitive for businesses to healthcare. We still don’t think there will that integrates with the local educational form the extraordinary costs of the state’s
provide it to its employees. In the vari- be enough funds to address the fundamen- sectors in our area that offer vocational public pension system.
ous versions of the Governor’s legislation, tal problem of affordable health care. and technical career education and training 2. Seek and monitor alternatives to any
the subject of cost containment and equal The special session is coming to a close paths. proposed state minimum wage increases
access by insurance companies has never with the idea that businesses should either and any local or state living wage ordi-
been addressed. The Governor’s plan is provide health insurance to their employ- Infrastructure Improvements nances.
hailed as “shared responsibility” but it ees or pay a “fee”, estimated to be any- 1.Review and consider reliable, stable, and 3. Monitor and provide recommenda-
is becoming clear that some will “share” where from 4% to 7.5% of their payroll. competitively priced energy sources for the tions to any workers’ compensation re-
more than others. We keep repeating that this is a “fee” not a Ontario region and California’s businesses form proposals that might place Ontario
tax. This “fee” can be raised, as necessary, and consumers. businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
Insurance companies have never been in without a vote of the legislature. You can 2. Encourage an adequate supply of ap- 4. Review and consider responsible
the discussion regarding shared respon- be sure that the fee will increase as the propriate housing to meet the needs of the healthcare reform proposals that protect
sibility. Neither have pharmaceutical cost will be billions of dollars to insure Ontario region and monitor its impact on Ontario businesses and result in in-
companies. If the Governor feels that everyone that indicates that are a resident the Ontario business community. creased availability of affordable health-
shared responsibility should include all of California. 3. Review and consider polices that main- care coverage for employers, employees
involved, why wouldn’t there be a fee on tain water supply and water quality. and their dependants.
their revenues? We, as business leaders, need to keep the 4. Review and consider policies that 5. Review legislative proposals that
pressure on Sacramento to include busi- impacts air quality standards which might might cause unwarranted and frivolous
Recently, the Governor revised his plan ness groups in the discussion of health place Ontario’s regional business commu- lawsuits on Ontario businesses, consum-
that had doctors contributing into the sys- care. Let your local legislators know that nity at a competitive disadvantage. ers and taxpayers.
tem at a rate of 2% of their gross revenue. you want them to keep you informed on
That part of the bill has been dropped. health care and let them know that you Transportation Trade Expansion and Invest-
That leaves the hospitals and the employ- want to be part of a reasonable solution. 1. Review and consider transportation ment
ers. The state will impose a 4% tax on Employers should not be asked to carry the improvement plans that relieve congestion 1. Review and consider the application
hospitals to help pay for the plan; as you burden of insuring the entire state. on freeways, streets and roads, and ensure of innovative technologies to improve
might have noticed the hospitals have be- The Inland Valley Chamber Legislative mobility within the Ontario region. the movement of goods and people
gun airing ads backing the proposal. Now Alliance (IVCLA.com) represents the fol- 2. Review and consider legislative propos- in Ontario and throughout the Inland
we understand that the hospitals will have lowing Chambers of Commerce: als that place mandates upon the automo- Empire.
their “share of the responsibility” money bile industry. 2. Review and consider environmental
returned to them through federal matching Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce 3. Review and consider tax proposals that policies that impact the trade industry
funds. Claremont Chamber of Commerce impact the automobile, trucking and rail and the overall Ontario business com-
Fontana Chamber of Commerce industries. munity.
So there you have it, businesses will have Montclair Chamber of Commerce 4. Review and consider legislation impact- 3. Review and consider policy proposals
to insure their workforce or pay a sliding Ontario Chamber of Commerce ing the ﬂow and storage of materials from that promote trade and commerce op-
scale fee to the state. There are no tax in- Rialto Chamber of Commerce the point of origin to the point of consump- portunities for Ontario with international
centives to return premiums to employers, Upland Chamber of Commerce tion that might place Ontario’s inbound and countries.
just a never ending fee that will increase outbound logistics industry at a competitive
at the direction of a medical review board. disadvantage Continued on Page 11
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Big Plans For New IE Arena
ries if we lived in a market that cared the Colorado Rockies and Arizona
about hockey. Talking about two of the Diamondbacks, who just ﬁnished
best three players off the Stanley Cup ahead of the Dodgers?
championship team ... still undecided
on whether they will play this season. Twins outﬁelder Torii Hunter ought
to be the Dodgers’ prime target if
they enter the free-agent market.
their holes on defense. In one recent Hunter would let them move rag-
three-game stretch they gave up 18 armed Juan Pierre out of center ﬁeld.
goals. Which wouldn’t be bad if they A Colorado-Cleveland World Series
played, oh, water polo. would be profoundly exotic, and
Maurice Edu, the midﬁelder out of potentially bitterly cold. But it would
Etiwanda High School, made his na- be fun. The ﬁrst-timers from Denver
tional team debut to glowing reviews vs. the ancient Ohio team that hasn’t
in a 1-0 victory over Switzerland on won a championship since 1948.
Wednesday. Anyone else sick of Boston Red
Paul Oberjuerge, 30 full-time employees, and “making Sox fans? They went from cuddly
San Bernardino Sun sure everyone in the world of sports May not be too long before three na- and long-suffering to obnoxious and
and entertainment is aware of the tional team starters hail from the local entitled in a matter of minutes.
Ontario’s arena, “home of world- facility. Most already are.” The Lak- high schools - defender Carlos Bo- If Hasdrubal Cabrera’s name seems
class events” ... Lakers, Clippers and ers played in Bakersﬁeld on Thursday canegra (Alta Loma), forward Landon familiar, it’s because the Indians’
Kings exhibition games, minor-league night, so certainly they can play in Donovan (Redlands East Valley) and second baseman was a standout
hockey, arena football, maybe the Ontario. The IE is a far bigger mar- Edu. shortstop for the Inland Empire 66ers
NBA D-League, right here in the In- ket than Bakersﬁeld and is closer to during the second half of the 2005
land Empire. Perhaps the $150 million Staples Center. Carlos Bocanegra’s brother, Cal State season.
arena rising just north of I-10 can live San Bernardino women’s ﬁrst-year
up to its slogan. Eckerson hasn’t talked to the Lakers coach Diego, has sparked a renais- Kudos: To Ontario for stepping up
yet. “They seem to have some other sance in the Coyotes soccer team. A and building the arena the IE de-
Steve Eckerson, 56, ﬁrst general man- issues right now,” he said, tongue in program that only recently broke its serves.Condolences: To all the IE
ager of Citizens Business Bank Arena, cheek. The Clippers indicated their 27-match conference winless streak cities who missed out on the opportu-
is thinking big. How big? A Los Ange- 2008 preseason schedule already is is 4-6-1 in the CCAA, 8-6-2 overall. nity for such a sure-ﬁre success.
les Kings exhibition hockey game as ﬁlled. Ah, yes. The Lakers. Kobe The Coyotes play host to Cal State San Lookalikes: The IE, Phoenix 20
the ﬁrst sports event in arena history, Bryant can stay. He can go. Whatever Marcos at 1:30 p.m. today. Mexican- years ago, as a big, attractive nearly
next October. Lakers and Clippers Jerry Buss wants to do. We recom- American baseball history in Southern unclaimed sports market.
exhibitions by October of 2009. mend, however, that Buss settle on a California is rich but largely unknown.
course of action sooner than later. Go- You can ﬁx that by attending the Where are they now? The only previ-
“We’re conﬁdent the Lakers and Clip- ing into the season in the current state Mexican-American Baseball Forum at ous IE arena of any signiﬁcance,
pers will play here,” Eckerson said of uncertainty (“Kobe cleaned out his Ralph Welch Park in Pomona from 1-3 Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino,
Thursday. “There’s four million people locker! Oh, no, he didn’t.”) is a recipe p.m. Saturday. Semipro and amateur was torn down after a plane crashed
in the Inland Empire. (The Lakers and for competitive chaos. standouts from the post-World War into it in Sept. 11, 1981.
Clippers) certainly realize this is a II era will be in attendance, includ-
great market, that it’s good exposure A vaguely acceptable return on a Kobe ing stars of the Carmelita Chorizeros, They said it: “We have to walk before
for their brands.” Eckerson is em- trade? A franchise-type player, another sometimes called “the New York we run, but it’s not crazy to think in
ployed by entertainment giant AEG, starter and a top reserve. Maybe Steve Yankees of barrio baseball.” 10 years or so we will be building a
operator of Staples Center, owner of Nash, Shawn Marion and Raja Bell? 20,000-seat arena.” - Steve Eckerson,
the Kings, minority shareholder in the But the Suns would never make that The event is the brainchild of historian CBB Arena general manager.
Lakers. trade. Terry Cannon, who runs the Pasadena- And ﬁnally: Ontario’s arena gives
based Baseball Reliquary. the IE a chance to prove its mettle
AEG will operate the IE’s ﬁrst big The NBA is waiting to see how an- Joe Torre made the right call in turning as a pro sports market. We’re off to
(10,000-capacity) arena, booking noyed Buss gets. A trade can happen down the one-year deal the Yankees a good start, a year away from the
its dates and lining up tenants at the if he is willing to give up Kobe for offered. George Steinbrenner really opening. Eckerson said 26 of the
Ontario venue. Erickson, a New York players such as Lamar Odom, Caron doesn’t want him back, yielding only building’s 36 luxury suites already
native with a long background in Butler, Brian Grant and a couple of to public pressure. Torre understood have been leased.
facilities management, said an ECHL draft picks, which is what the Lakers that.
minor-league hockey team will be the got for Shaquille O’Neal. Have you For more musings from columnist
main tenant, and he hopes to attract an noticed the Lakers’ tonsorial make- Dodgers fans like to think the club’s Paul Oberjuerge, check out his blog
arenaleague2 indoor football franchise, overs? Kwame Brown’s cornrows are young players assure a great future, at www.sbsun.com/sports.
as well. Anything that allows us to see gone, Vladimir Radmanovic cut way but what of all the young standouts on
professional indoor sports without a back on the crazed-loner/Ted Kaczyn-
monster commute ... is a good thing. A ski ‘do and Jordan Farmar shaved his
grand thing. head. Meanwhile, Sasha Vujacic and
Luke Walton have way more hair than
CBB Arena will be about far more they did last spring.
than sports, of course. Eckerson said
“family events” (circuses, ice shows, Usually you don’t want too many ex-
the Globetrotters) will be on the sched- Clippers on your team, but the Lakers
ule, as will music events. The target probably know Elton Brand and Corey
is “125 events a year,” Eckerson said. Maggette each are free agents after
“We’re more interested in quality than this season. If they aren’t paying Kobe,
quantity.” they probably could pay those two.
Maggette is a great athlete; Brand is a
Eckerson has been on the job 10 great player and a great guy.
weeks, and his ﬁrst two goals are hir-
ing a staff, which eventually will reach The futures of Teemu Selanne and
Scott Niedermayer would be huge sto-
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DECEMBER CHAMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
DECEMBER 13 Executive Meeting @ Chamber Headquarter 7:30 am - 9:00 am
DECEMBER 13 Government Aﬀairs Council Meeting 9:30 am - 11:00 am
DECEMBER 18 City Council Meeting @ City Hall 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
DECEMBER 20 Board Of Directors Meeting @ ONT Airport 7:30 am - 9:00 am
DECEMBER 22 - JAN. 1st. Chamber Oﬃce will be closed
DECEMBER 26 Ambassadors Meeting @ Chamber Headquarter 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Visit the calendar online at www.ontario.org
(Con’t on pg. 10)
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Southwest Airlines Unveils a Bush To Address
Effort To Ease
Special Business Class Air Trafﬁc Con-
Travelers will be offered the In the late 1990s, about 40% of South- ers. Business travelers are generally gestion
chance to board sooner and get west passengers paid full fare, but less sensitive to price, so they often
frequent-ﬂier bonuses. But it that’s down to 25 percent now, chief pay more than leisure travelers. Attract-
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--A
will come at a price. executive Gary Kelly said. He hopes to ing business travelers is important to
week before the Thanksgiving rush
From the Associated Press, stop that slide and sell some seats at the Southwest, which is looking for ways to
new, higher “business-select” prices. offset rising fuel costs. clogs U.S. airports and highways,
Southwest Airlines Co. said Business-select passengers will pay President George W. Bush will
it would offer elite business $10 to $30 more per ﬂight than South- Southwest has long resisted corporate unveil steps to try to ease holiday
travelers the chance to pay west’s current top fares, Kelly said. The discounts, which many other airlines travel congestion.
higher fares to board sooner airline plans to set aside about 10% of negotiate one at a time with their big-
and get frequent-ﬂier bonuses its seats for the new category. gest customers.
Bush will receive an update on the
and a cocktail. Kelly said Southwest didn’t test the
government’s effort to alleviate air
The airline hopes the new concept of charging more for early The strategy for chasing business
boarding, but he said the trade-off “is travelers was announced one day before
congestion and reduce ﬂight delays
“business select” fares will
raise more than $100 million something we think customers will Southwest rolls out its new boarding from Transportation Secretary Mary
next year. highly value.” process nationwide. Travelers will be Peters and acting FAA Adminis-
assigned spots in line instead of being trator Bobby Sturgell Thursday.
Airlines have been increasing Customers will have the option of pay- herded into three large boarding groups. They’ve been tasked with bring-
fares in recent years, but ram- ing current walk-up fares, a category The airline is also updating its gates at ing relief to frustrated air travelers
pant discounts have resulted in called simply “business,” and cheaper more than 60 airports, a project that will
before next summer, an effort that
fewer passengers paying full but more restricted fares called “Wanna cost more than $40 million.
focuses on easing congestion.
price. Get Away” and aimed at leisure travel-
United, Delta Mull Combination
Street Journal’s online edition, citing the chief of the combined airline, the of- “Consolidation is needed to de-risk the
unidentiﬁed people, reported Wednesday ﬁcial said. Delta also has had talks with industry and time is of the essence as now
that Anderson has informally talked about other airlines, the ofﬁcial said, without is the right regulatory environment,” said
consolidation possibilities with counter- specifying which airline or the status of Karim Samii, president of Pardus, and
parts at other airlines, including senior ex- any such talks. Shane Larson, a principal.
ecutives at United and Northwest Airlines.
Then-Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein said Shares of Delta rose 77 cents, or 4.1 The hedge fund executives said they had
during a stop in New York on Oct. 12, percent, to $19.52 Wednesday while determined since making a similar recom-
By HARRY R. WEBER 2006, that he had previously received UAL shares gained 67 cents, or 1.5 mendation in a Sept. 7 letter that “the
AP Business Writer “feelers” from United about a percent, to $44.17. When Anderson most attractive and practical combination
possible merger. was named in August as Delta CEO to would be a Delta and United Airlines
ATLANTA — United Airlines and Delta Air
replace Grinstein, combination.”
Lines have been discussing a combination There is a sense there was immediate
between the nation’s second- and third-larg- It cited ﬁgures from a consulting ﬁrm
tion is needed
of urgency in the most speculation in the
est carriers that would keep the United name recent talks, which investment com- estimating that the beneﬁts of such a pair-
and the corporate headquarters in Chicago, ing would be about $585 million and said
to de-risk the
have been going on munity that Delta
according to an ofﬁcial with knowledge of the for some time and and Northwest might a combined Delta-United would boast a
talks. continued as recently eventually merge. broader network than any other combina-
The reported talks come as all airline execu-
as a week or so ago,
the ofﬁcial with
industry and Anderson is a former
CEO of Northwest
tion. Pardus also owned 5.6 million shares
of Chicago-based UAL as of Sept. 30.
tives are wrestling with the implication of
oil prices hovering close to $100 a barrel.
knowledge of the
talks said Wednesday.
time is of the Airlines Corp. An-
Pardus executives said a Delta combina-
tion with Northwest would produce even
That has sharply boosted jet fuel expenses The ofﬁcial spoke on tried to dispel such bigger beneﬁts of about $1.5 billion,
— and accelerated a search for ways to cut condition of anonymity speculation, telling primarily from combining the smallest
costs, which typically are the result of airline hubs — Detroit/Cincinnati and Memphis/
because the person was not authorized to Delta employees he wasn’t coming to
speak publicly. The ofﬁcial stood by the Delta to facilitate a deal with Eagan,
assertions about the talks after learning of Minn.-based Northwest.
Earlier Wednesday, Delta said its board “However, Northwest may not enable
the statements by Delta Air Lines Inc. and
established a special committee to work with Delta to complete the breadth of network
United, a unit of UAL Corp. Delta’s initial statement Wednesday
management to review and analyze strategic that business travelers require, resulting in
about the establishment of a board com-
options for the airline. Top executives have the need for a potential follow-on transac-
“They want to get something done before mittee followed the release of a letter
said recently they are trying to determine tion at a later date in order to achieve the
a new administration gets in and so they by a hedge fund that owns 7 million
whether consolidation makes sense for Delta. same breadth of network that UAL would
get the clock ticking on” federal regulatory Delta shares that called on the airline to
consider combining with UAL. provide out of the box.”
approval, the ofﬁcial said.
Delta issued a statement denying “published
reports that it had engaged in merger talk with Pardus, citing information provided by the
Financial details were not clear. But the Pardus Capital Management LP said
United.” CEO Richard Anderson was quoted air transport consultancy Simat, Helliesen
talks involve United being the name of in the letter to Delta’s top management
as saying, “There have been no talks with & Eichner Inc., said a third potential com-
the combined airlines, the headquarters that it is “imperative” that the com-
United regarding any type of consolidation bination, with Continental Airlines Inc.,
staying in Chicago and Delta’s Atlanta pany undertake a merger transaction
transaction and there are no such ongoing would produce no synergies and would
hub being an operational center for the with another airline in view of soaring
discussions.” United called the report of raise other challenges.
two carriers, the ofﬁcial said. One possible fuel prices and what it described as the
recent talks “wholly inaccurate.” The Wall
scenario involves Delta’s Anderson being increased risks of going it alone.
DECEMBER 2007 | WWW.ONTARIO.ORG ONTARIO BUSINESS JOURNAL | 10
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Governor Calls on Blue Ribbon Task Force To Review
State Fire Response, Recommend Next Steps
Commission issued 48 recommenda- Interface areas, and improving ﬁre-
tions for improving emergency pre- resistant building standards—require
paredness to prevent and respond to more focused resources.
California wildﬁres. The recommen-
dations included eight federal recom- • Over the past three years, Governor
mendations, twenty state recommen- Schwarzenegger increased funding to
dations, one local recommendation state ﬁre protection by 21 percent. This
and nineteen recommendations that amounts to $150 million for equipment,
involved multiple jurisdictions. ﬁreﬁghters, planning and fuels manage-
The Task Force includes representa- - 2003-04: $702,929,000
tives from county and city ﬁreﬁght- - 2004-05 $712,755,000
With the devastating Southern Cali- • Evaluating the response to Califor- ing ofﬁcials, the Department of - 2005-06: $745,697,000
fornia ﬁres under control, Governor nia’s most recent ﬁres and identify Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL - 2006-07: $851,201,000
Schwarzenegger is calling upon the what next-steps should be taken at the FIRE), the Governor’s Ofﬁce of - Since 2003, 109 new engines have
Blue Ribbon Task Force to review the state, county and municipal levels— Emergency Services (OES), the state been purchased to replace old CAL
State’s response to the most recent including coordination of Federal, ﬁre chiefs, and labor unions including FIRE engines at a cost of $26.5 million.
wildﬁres and recommend the best, next State and local training and resources, the California Professional Fireﬁght-
steps California can take to prevent and local planning, defensible space, ers Association and the California In July 2005 Governor Schwarzenegger
ﬁght ﬁres. The Task Force will review building standards, Fire Safe Coun- State Fireﬁghters’ Association. signed Executive Order S-6-05, allocat-
progress on recommendations made by cils, reverse 911 systems, and public ing signiﬁcant resources to fulﬁll the
the Blue Ribbon Fire Commission fol- education—to prevent and ﬁght ﬁres. Progress made and lessons learned Commission’s recommendations. This
lowing the 2003 ﬁres, update those rec- will help California chart a path for included:
ommendations based upon the lessons • Assessing the Commission’s 2003 the future. • $10.8 million to replace aging ﬁre
learned over the last four years, and recommendations in light of lessons State and local ﬁre ofﬁcials have ad- engines and helicopters, increasing the
make new recommendations on ways to learned since then and the Southern dressed many of the Commission’s OES ﬂeet by 19 engines to 129 by the
better prepare the state and local com- California wildﬁres. recommendations, and have made end of the year.
munities to prevent and ﬁght wildﬁres The Task Force was established after signiﬁcant progress bringing new • $9 million for year-round stafﬁng at
going forward. the Commission completed its re- resources and funding to ﬁreﬁghting ﬁre-season levels in San Diego, River-
view of the State’s response to the overall. The Task Force’s assessment side and San Bernardino.
Today, Governor Schwarzenegger 2003 wildﬁres. The Commission was will help identify what areas—such • $2.9 million for state-of-the-art radio
calls on the Blue Ribbon Task Force to established in November 2003 by as adding new ﬁre engines to the equipment to increase interoperability
strengthen California’s ﬁre preparation both Governor Davis and Governor state’s ﬂeet, building defensible space between CAL FIRE, federal and local
and response. Schwarzenegger. In April 2004 the around homes in Wildland/Urban ofﬁcials.
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