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									                                      Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce

                                     GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

                                     Garden Grove Community Meeting Center
                                                Founders Room
                                              11300 Stanford Ave.
                                            Garden Grove, CA 92840

                                              Friday, November 13, 2009
                                                       7:30am

                                                     AGENDA

                                                     Presiding:
                                            Dr. Les Malo, 2009 GAC Chair

Welcome and Introductions

Call to Order and Roll Call

Chair’s Report

Recent Action

Agenda Items

    1.   Approval of October 2009 Minutes                                    ACTION

    2.   West County Connectors Project                                      PRESENTATION

    3.   Water and Delta Legislation Update                                  DISCUSSION

    4.   2009 Vote Records (Draft)                                           INFORMATION

Legislators Report

        Congressional Members Rohrabacher, Royce, and Sanchez
        State Senators Harmon and Correa
        Assembly Members Silva, Van Tran and Solorio
        OC Supervisor Nguyen
        City of Garden Grove

Announcements

Adjourn




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                                                                                                          RECENT ACTION
                                                                                                  Government Affairs Committee
                                                                                                           November 13, 2009

November 2009
Chamber Helps to Defeat Unfriendly-Business Proposal

The Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce opposed a legislative proposal that would have negatively impacted the business
use of consumer credit reports during an employee hiring process. The Governor vetoed this harmful proposal in October.

AB 943 would have severely diminished an employer’s ability to protect their business from employee theft. Employee theft
is a growing problem and the United States Chamber of Commerce rates the annual cost at $40 billion. According to the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, this is the fastest growing crime in the United States and many experts estimate that it
increases at a rate of 15 percent annually.

“We are pleased the Governor vetoed this legislative proposal as it would have put employers at risk when trying to hire a
new employee,” stated Dr. Les Malo, Chair of the Garden Grove Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee. “Credit reports
can act as a good indicator of how a potential employee will handle cash and other expensive items within the place of
business. And we stress that this isn’t the only indicator used by employers. It is just another tool at their disposal,” continued
Malo.

On average, businesses lose as much as two percent of sales to employee theft. AB 943 would have prohibited employers
from using consumer credit reports for employment purposes unless the information is “substantially job related.” However,
the Chamber believes this will still hinder the employee screening process and will not allow the employer to choose the best
possible candidate for the position. Lastly, language in AB 943 strongly mirrors language from AB 2918 (2008) that was
vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

AB 943 defines “substantially job related” to mean a consumer credit report may be used for a position that has access to
money, other assets or confidential information and the following conditions:

        A managerial position;
        A position in a city, county, or city and county;
        A sworn peace officer or other law enforcement position; or,
        A position for which the information contained in the report is required to be disclosed by law or to be obtained by
         the employer.




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                                                                                                                    ACTION
                                                                                                         AGENDA ITEM 1
                                                                                                Government Affairs Committee
                                                                                                         November 13, 2009
Approval of October 2009 Minutes

                                           Garden Grove Chamber Of Commerce
                                              Government Affairs Committee

                                                       Meeting Minutes
                                                       October 9, 2009

Committee Members Present:           Larry Dick, Joe Hammer, Harry Krebs, Dr. Les Malo, Scott Smith, Sharon Sunda, Sandy
                                     Thomas and Mallory Vega
Staff:                               Connie Margolin, Jeremy Harris
Absent:                              Dominic Acolino, Errol Giuliano, Richard Fissel, Tam Nguyen, Larry Valenti and
                                     Maggie Wells
Special Guest:                       Assemblyman Jim Silva

Call to Order and Roll Call

Dr. Les Malo called the meeting to order at 7:33 a.m. Pledge of Allegiance, and self-introductions followed.

Agenda Items

Harry Krebs moved to accept the minutes of the September 9th meeting, Sharon Sunda seconded the motion, motion
carried.

Dr. Malo introduced Assemblyman Silva and described the Assemblyman’s many accomplishments to the Committee.

Assemblyman Silva reported on the Legislative session. He stated that elected officials first duties are to protect the citizens
by concentrating on public safety, health, water, education and transportation. Second, would be to protect the environment.
He then discussed the economy and he believes that the recession is fading. Mr. Krebs asked the costs of illegal immigrants
to the State, the question was not answered.

The Chamber has joined with the Calchamber over concerns regarding the Governor’s Commission on the 21 st Century
Economy. The 14 member Commission has suggested changes to state and local revenues that will result in a revenue stream
that is more stable and reflective of the California economy. The Chamber has concerns over the establishment of a business
net receipts tax (BNRT) – a new tax, not to exceed 4 percent, applied to the net receipts of businesses. Small businesses with
less than $500,000 in gross annual receipts would be exempt from this tax. The Chamber signed onto a letter with the
Calchamber stating such concerns. Harry Krebs moved that Chamber join with the Calchamber’s concerns by way of a
letter, Sandy Thomas seconded the motion, motion carried.

The Committee then discussed the State’s water issues. Larry Dick presented a comprehensive overview of the emergency
due to California’s three consecutive years of drought. The legislative session has ended without a water and delta legislative
package. Legislators have narrowed their focus to two proposals AB39 (Huffman) Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plan and
SB12 (Siimitian) Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Stewardship Council. The Committee feels that the officials need to find a
solution. Joe Hammer moved that GAC send a letter to local officials to call for a special session on the water issue,
Mallory Vega seconded the motion, motion carried.

Reports from our elected officials representatives:

Young Kim representing Congressman Ed Royce submitted an extensive executive summary of the current health care
legislation HR3200. Senator Reid has found a creative way to get healthcare issues tacked on to bonus package legislation an
unrelated bill that has revenue in it. She passed out information on the Appropriations bill that will fund the government
through the end of October or until all 12 appropriation bills become law. She also discussed HR3221 the Student Aid and
Fiscal Responsibility Act that Congressman Royce opposed. This bill amounts to a government takeover of the student loan
industry.

Dr. Malo adjourned the meeting at 9:17a.m. The next scheduled meeting is November 13 th.
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                                                                                                       PRESENTATION
                                                                                                      AGENDA ITEM 2
                                                                                             Government Affairs Committee
                                                                                                      November 13, 2009
West County Connectors Project

Presentation by

Jeremy Madison Harris
Director of Government Affairs

Christina Byrne
Community Outreach Manager
CALTROP Corporation

Evelyn French
Outreach Specialist
CALTROP Corporation

Recommended Action

    The GAC will hear a presentation on the West County Connectors Project (WCC). The presentation is designed to
    update the Chamber on the project, start of construction, and possible closures impacting businesses on the west side of
    the city.

    A brief question and answer session will be followed by the presentation.

Background

    1.   The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in partnership with the California Department of
         Transportation (Caltrans), initiated final design on the West County Connectors project.

    2.   The West County Connectors (WCC) Project was initiated to link high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes/carpool
         lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel River
         Freeway (I-605) to create a seamless HOV connection among the three freeways.

    3.   The WCC project will:

             a.   Construct two direct HOV connectors

             b.   Add a second HOV lane in each direction on I-405 between the SR-22 and the I-605

             c.   Eliminate the need for HOV users to weave across general purpose lanes to switch to and from HOV lanes

             d.   Reconstruct on- and off-ramps

             e.   Construct soundwalls and retaining walls at various locations

             f.   Add landscaping and enhance aesthetic elements

    4.   The WCC project funding includes $400 million (in 2006 dollars).

    5.   $200 million from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and $200 million from the Corridor
         Mobility Improvement Act (CMIA).




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                                                                                                            DISCUSSION
                                                                                                       AGENDA ITEM 3
                                                                                              Government Affairs Committee
                                                                                                       November 13, 2009
Water and Delta Legislation Update

Presentation by

Jeremy Madison Harris
Director of Government Affairs

Summary

    1.   The State Legislature and Governor passed an $11.1 billion comprehensive water package includes increased water
         storage, improved conveyance, delta restoration, better ecosystem protection, first-time groundwater monitoring and
         ambitious conservation targets.

Background

    2.   Several bills that were passed included the following:

    3.   Increased Storage will make our water supply more reliable year-to-year.

                        i. More groundwater and surface storage will allow California to capture excess water in wet years
                           to use in dry years.
                       ii. California did not have the infrastructure to capture much of the storm water from the 2006 floods
                           so it simply washed out to the ocean.
                      iii. With this package California can capture those millions of acre-feet of water and be able to draw
                           upon that supply to help ease future water supply problem.

    4.   Improved local water conveyance will reduce water shortages.

                        i. By investing in local conveyance projects throughout the state that improve water management
                           and regional interconnectivity, this plan will help water districts work together to prevent
                           shortages to California’s communities and take pressure off of the Delta.

    5.   A restored Delta ecosystem will allow California to take control of its own water systems.

                       i. The federal court restrictions on Delta pumping are hurting California.
                      ii. A restored ecosystem will see those restrictions lifted, providing California a cleaner and more
                          reliable water supply.

    6.   Groundwater:

                       i. Data collection on groundwater levels will be conducted to help better manage our water supply.
                      ii. This package also invests in groundwater clean-up – ridding it of chemicals and other
                          contaminants to help protect the public’s health and restore local supplies.

    7.   Conservation included in the bill package.

                        i. This water plan includes a strong focus on conservation – establishing a statewide target to reduce
                           urban per capita water use by 10% by 2015 and 20% by 2020.

    8.   The $11.1 billion bond passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor will go to the voters for approval on the
         November 2010 ballot.




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                       Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010: A Breakdown

$455 million                                                Drought Relief
                                                            For drought relief projects, drought relief for disadvantaged
                                                            communities, small community wastewater treatment
                                                            improvements and safe drinking water revolving fund.
$1.4 billion                                                Regional Water Supply
                                                            For integrated regional water management projects up and
                                                            down the state and for local and regional conveyance
                                                            projects.
$2.25 billion                                               Delta Sustainability
                                                            For projects that support delta sustainability options –
                                                            levees, water quality, infrastructure and to help restore the
                                                            ecosystem of the Delta.
$3 billion                                                  Water Storage
                                                            For public benefits associated with water storage projects
                                                            that improve state water system operations, are cost
                                                            effective, and provide net improvement in ecosystem and
                                                            water quality conditions.
$1.7 billion                                                Watershed Conservation
                                                            For ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration
                                                            projects in 21 watersheds including coastal protection,
                                                            wildlife refuge enhancement, fuel treatment and forest
                                                            restoration, fish passage improvement and dam removal.
$1 billion                                                  Groundwater Clean-up and Protection
                                                            For groundwater protection and clean-up.
$1.25 billion                                               Water Recycling and Water Conservation
                                                            For water recycling and advanced treatment technology
                                                            projects as well as water conservation and water use
                                                            efficiency projects.
Total: $11.1 billion




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                                                                                                       INFORMATION
                                                                                                     AGENDA ITEM 4
                                                                                            Government Affairs Committee
                                                                                                     November 13, 2009
2009 Vote Records (Draft)

Presentation by

Jeremy Madison Harris
Director of Government Affairs

Recommended Position

        Review the draft 2009 Vote Records. Vote Records are currently being reviewed by each legislator’s office for
        accuracy and for any discretion on a particular vote.

        A final Vote Record will be published in the next Garden Grove Chamber Communicator Newsletter for full viewing
        by the membership.

Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce 2009 Vote Records ***DRAFT***

AB 89 Torlakson (D) Taxation: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
Garden Grove Chamber Position Oppose
State Senator Lou Correa       N/A
State Senator Tom Harman       N/A
Assembly Member Jose Solorio   N/A
Assembly Member Van Tran       N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 109 Feuer (D) Outdoor Advertising
Garden Grove Chamber Position Oppose
State Senator Lou Correa       N/A
State Senator Tom Harman       N/A
Assembly Member Jose Solorio   N/A
Assembly Member Van Tran       Oppose
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 141 Tran (R) Employment: Working Hours
Garden Grove Chamber Position Support
State Senator Lou Correa       N/A
State Senator Tom Harman       N/A
Assembly Member Jose Solorio   N/A
Assembly Member Van Tran       N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 474 Blumenfield (D) Water Efficiency Improvements
Garden Grove Chamber Position Support
State Senator Lou Correa       Support
State Senator Tom Harman       Oppose
Assembly Member Jose Solorio   Support
Assembly Member Van Tran       Support
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger SIGNED

AB 793 Jones (D) Employment: Discrimination
Garden Grove Chamber Position Oppose
State Senator Lou Correa       Oppose
State Senator Tom Harman       Oppose
Assembly Member Jose Solorio   Support
Assembly Member Van Tran       Oppose
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger VETOED
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AB 943 Mendoza (D) Employment: Credit Reports
Garden Grove Chamber Position Oppose
State Senator Lou Correa       Oppose
State Senator Tom Harman       Note Voting
Assembly Member Jose Solorio   Support
Assembly Member Van Tran       Oppose
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger VETOED

AB 1019 Beall (D) Alcohol-Related Services Program
Garden Grove Chamber Position Oppose
State Senator Lou Correa        N/A
State Senator Tom Harman        N/A
Assembly Member Jose Solorio    N/A
Assembly Member Van Tran        N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 1366 Feuer (D) Residential Self-Regenerating Water Softeners
Garden Grove Chamber Position Oppose
State Senator Lou Correa        Oppose
State Senator Tom Harman        Not Voting
Assembly Member Jose Solorio    Support
Assembly Member Van Tran        Oppose
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger SIGNED

ACA 8 Jeffries (R) Meetings of the Legislature
Garden Grove Chamber Position Support
State Senator Lou Correa         N/A
State Senator Tom Harman         N/A
Assembly Member Jose Solorio     N/A
Assembly Member Van Tran         N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 187 Benoit (R) Employment: Working Hours
Garden Grove Chamber Position Support
State Senator Lou Correa       N/A
State Senator Tom Harman       N/A
Assembly Member Jose Solorio   N/A
Assembly Member Van Tran       N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 558 DeSaulnier (D) Alcohol Abuse Treatment Program Fund
Garden Grove Chamber Position Oppose
State Senator Lou Correa       N/A
State Senator Tom Harman       N/A
Assembly Member Jose Solorio   N/A
Assembly Member Van Tran       N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 600 Padilla (D) Cigarette and Tobacco Products Taxes
Garden Grove Chamber Position Oppose
State Senator Lou Correa        N/A
State Senator Tom Harman        N/A
Assembly Member Jose Solorio    N/A
Assembly Member Van Tran        N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A




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