Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Inter Vally Health Plan Art Gallery Reception "Simply Red"

Inter Vally Health Plan Art Gallery Reception "Simply Red"

Whimsical, thought provoking and passionate aspects of the color red

Thursday, February 27, 6pm
dA Center for the Arts
252D S. Main St. Pomona
Please RSVP! 800-251-8191 ext 316 or 800-505-7150

Assistance League Pomona Valley Presents Smile with a Child

Assistance League Pomona Valley Presents Smile with a Child

15th Annual Golf Tournament

Benefiting the needs of children
Monday, May 12, 2014
Red Hill Country Club
Rancho Cucamonga CA

African Children's Choir

African Children's Choir

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Shield of Faith Christian Center 
1750 W. Holt Ave. 
Pomona CA 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Water Technology Conference

2014 Legislative Breakfast Series

The Partnership is pleased to announce our 5th Legislative Breakfast Series. Partnership members and their guests are welcome to attend these small breakfast events with our local county, state, and federal representatives. It's a rare opportunity to sit down one-on-one and speak directly with our elected officials. All events begin at 8am.

Click Here to Register!

Sen. Norma Torres
February 7, 2014
McKinley's Grille
Sen. Carol Liu
March 14, 2014
Location TBA
Asm. Mike Gatto
April 4, 2014
La Cañada Flintridge
Country Club
Asm. Ian Calderon
D-Hacienda Heights
April 25, 2014
Location TBA
Sup. Mike Antonovich
L.A County 5th District
May 16, 2014
Location TBA
Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod
August 22, 2014
McKinley's Grille

Asm. Roger Hernández
February 28, 2014
Picasso's Café
Asm. Curt Hagman
R-Chino Hills
March 21, 2014
Location TBA
Asm. Chris Holden
April 11, 2014
Location TBA
Sen. Bob Huff
R-Diamond Bar
May 2, 2014
Location TBA
Rep. Judy Chu
August 1, 2014
Location TBA

Foothill Extension Update: Ontario Airport Extension Study

Last week, the Construction Authority board approved issuing a Request for Proposals to conduct an Alternative Analysis for the Ontario Airport Extension. This next required step in the planning process for the proposed eight mile extension from the Montclair TransCenter to the airport, will take approximately two years to complete and provide more detail on the route options and mode choices available to make this connection. 
During their discussion, the board raised concerns about a recent recommendation by a committee of the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) board to list the Gold Line as the lowest priority rail project for the agency. The recommendation included both the 1.5-mile extension from Claremont to Montclair, as well as the Ontario Airport Extension. 
Over the coming weeks, the board plans to work cooperatively with SANBAG to understand their issues and concerns. The board reaffirmed at the recent meeting that they believe connecting the Gold Line to San Bernardino County is an important priority, especially the airport connection.

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Welcome Gift for California Job Creators: California’s Security Deposit Shakedown is Over

A Welcome Gift for California Job Creators:
California’s Security Deposit Shakedown is Over

It’s no secret that starting a new business in California is tough. With our high tax rates and hostile regulations, we are consistently ranked one of the worst states in which to do business and create jobs.

For years the California State Board of Equalization has been making this problem worse by demanding security deposits from all new California corporations and LLCs. The required security typically equals half a year’s worth of taxes and ranges from $2,000 to $50,000 per company. This shake-down effectively penalizes new business owners before they can get their business up and running, make their first sale or owe any tax.

Most states do not impose automatic security requirements. In fact, California’s requirements have been among the most sweeping in the nation, catching many new business owners by surprise.

It’s challenging enough starting a new business in California. Forcing new business owners to turn over up to $50,000 of their money does nothing to help them succeed, nor has it proven cost-effective for the state.

Since being elected to Board of Equalization three years ago, ending this onerous practice has been my top priority. That’s why I am pleased to announce that on December 17, my colleagues and I voted to eliminate these burdensome security requirements for nearly all new businesses.

The Board’s action immediately suspends automatic security requirements for corporations and LLCs registering with BOE. Going forward, the Board will require security only when a business has a history of non-payment or poses a high compliance risk.

In addition the Board will review and release much of the security currently held in the form of cash and liquid deposits, surety bonds and personal guarantees. BOE staff expects to begin releasing deposits to business owners in February 2014.

This is welcome holiday news for thousands of California small businesses. The state currently holds security belonging to more than 15,000 taxpayers and valued at nearly $300 million. We expect more than half of this amount will be released to taxpayers, boosting California’s economy and jobs.

Or as National Federation of Independent Business/California Executive Director John Kabateck puts it: “This money is capital that is desperately needed to help new businesses stay solvent and grow, but California was choosing to penalize businesses before taxes were even owed. Now those small businesses can focus on what is critically needed in this state—creating jobs for the nearly two million unemployed."

Of the nearly $300 million in security on deposit with the state, more than $67 million is held in the form of cash and other liquid deposits, like certificates of deposit. The remaining $228 million consist of surety bonds and personal guarantees.

These released funds will provide hardworking taxpayers with much needed additional capital to spend on their businesses and reinvest in the economy.

This new policy is a step in the right direction for California’s business climate, and is a fitting gift for thousands of hardworking California small business owners and entrepreneurs this holiday season.

George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a taxpayer advocate and elected member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit