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  • Fri, March 15, 2019 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership backs two local SGV water bills in Sacramento

    IRWINDALE - This week, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership supported two key water bills that address major water-related concerns here in the San Gabriel Valley. Water is a vital issue for all of southern California and the San Gabriel Valley has long been an innovative industry leader on water policy in the state.

    The first bill is AB 1093 carried by Asm. Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), which will help city and county governments who are struggling to comply with rigorous and expensive state and federal stormwater regulations. AB 1093 requires the State Water Resources Control Board to develop Financial Capability Assessment guidelines for local governments striving to comply with the federal Clean Water Act. The bill also requires the Los Angeles Regional Water Board to adjust the guidelines in light of the financial capability assessments.

    "AB 1093 is an extremely important bill that will help local cities that are struggling to obey very expensive stormwater regulations," said Bill Manis, Partnership President and CEO. "The State of California's water regulatory agencies need to provide some financial flexibility to cities to meet these regulations. You can't expect to capture more rainwater if a town goes bankrupt."

    The Partnership also supported SB 413 by Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) and sponsored by the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority, a Partnership member. With many cities moving their elections from odd-years to even years in order to coincide with midterm and presidential elections, the result is that seats on local water agencies may have to be filled by special elections because they now conflict with elections to the Water Quality Authority. SB 413 addresses this significant problem by moving the Water Quality Authority elections to odd-numbered years.

  • Thu, March 07, 2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership supports federal Sites Reservoir bill, opposes business free speech restrictions of HR 1

    IRWINDALE, CA - This week, the Partnership joined a nationwide coalition of 317 business groups that opposed H.R. 1, which has the misleading title of the "For the People Act of 2019." Although its supporters focus on aspects of the bill that purport to bring more people into the political process, other parts of the legislation are clearly designed to have precisely the opposite effect – pushing certain voices, representing large segments of the electorate and our economy, out of the political process altogether.

    "HR 1 is being touted as a measure to chase dark money out of politics but in fact it is a blatant unconstitutional attempt to regulate our free speech," said Partnership President & CEO Bill Manis. "It unfairly targets business groups and would sharply restrict their political voice and activities."

    The bill would create an uneven playing field for business associations due to stringent reporting requirements. Organizations that have members that join for less than $10,000 will be exempted from the legislation’s proposed reporting requirements. This exclusion is designed to carve out labor organizations from disclosure requirements, leaving associations that represent the business community squarely in the cross-hairs.

    Many business groups believe the bill would dissuade a host of associations from trying to advocate on issues, essentially taking the business community and trade associations out of the political advocacy process. There is specific language in the bill that calls for using the so-called PASO standard when determining political activity. That could cover any communications from lobbying groups that “promote,” “attack,” “support” or “oppose” a candidate or elected official.

    Click here to read the full letter sent by the coalition opposing HR 1.

    The Partnership also supported H.R. 1453, the Sites Reservoir Project Act this week, a bill by Rep. John Garamendi (D-Davis). The bill would provide federal support for the construction of Sites Reservoir and related water infrastructure in Colusa and Glenn Counties. The construction of the Sites Reservoir would provide critically needed water supply reliability for the environment, farms and cities. The importance of expanding the capacity of water storage for the future of California cannot be estimated.

  • Fri, March 01, 2019 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership joins USMCA Coalition, backing new North American trade deal

    IRWINDALE, CA - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership has joined the USMCA Coalition, a group of over 250 companies and business groups across the country who strongly support the newly negotiated North American trade deal.

    "Trade is vital to the livelihoods of millions of Americans and millions more beyond our borders," said Partnership President & CEO Bill Manis. "39 American states list Mexico or Canada as their top foreign trading partner. This new trade deal is vital for the long-term economic strength of the continent."

    The new trade deal known as USMCA is particularly important for small and mid-size companies who's first foray into foreign markets is usually with Canada or Mexico. The USMCA maintains tariff-free access to Mexico for American exporters. For Canada, it maintains the current tariff-free access for 99% of U.S. products and eliminates some remaining barriers facing U.S. dairy and poultry exports. The agreement preserves and strengthens America’s strong trade ties to Canada and Mexico. Importantly, it includes groundbreaking provisions on digital trade, intellectual property, and other issues that will bring North American trade into the 21st century.

    For more information about North American trade, click here for a fact sheet.

  • Fri, March 01, 2019 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Senator Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) joins other key lawmakers who support his bill expanding the renter's tax credit (AP).

    Partnership backs expanded renters credit, water conservation exemption; Opposes oil severance tax

    Irwindale, CA - This week, the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership voted to support an expansion of the renter's tax credit as well as an income and corporate tax exemption for participating in water conservation programs. The Partnership also voted to oppose an new proposal to levy an oil and gas severance tax on extraction industries here in California.

    "Increasing the tax credit for renters is crucial for California's workforce," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis. "The tax credit eases the burden of high rents for individuals and families across the state. It's an important step forward to making housing in California a bit more affordable for the millions of renters in the state."

    SB 248 by Senator Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) expands the renter's tax credit for the first time since 1979. Those eligible for the expanded credit would be single filers making $41,641 or less and joint filers making $83,282 or less. Eligible households with children would receive a $434 refundable credit; households without children would receive $220. Under the current credit, eligible renters have their tax liabilities offset by $60 for single filers or $120 for join filers.

    The Partnership is also pleased to support AB 533 by our local Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). The bill exempts any rebates, vouchers, or other financial incentives issued by a local water agency or supplier for expenses incurred to participate in a water efficiency or storm water improvement program from state or corporate income tax. The bill is designed to encourage more Californians to conserve water.  

    The Partnership voted to oppose a newly proposed oil and gax severance tax. SB 246 (Wieckowski) would place a tax of 10 percent of the average price of a barrel of oil produced in California on that product as well as a 10 percent tax per average price of a unit of natural gas. The bill would require a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the State Legislature in order to pass. 

    California has a projected budget surplus of $15 billion this year. A 10 percent tax on gas and oil produced in the state would harm the thousands of Californians who work in those two vital industries and lead to higher prices, harming the industry and providing a competitive advantage to oil and gas produced and imported into the state from places that do not have California's tough environmental laws and regulations. For these reasons, the Partnership opposes SB 246.

    These decisions were made at the monthly meeting of the Partnership's Legislative Action Committee. For more information, contact Brad Jensen at or (626) 856-3400.

  • Fri, February 22, 2019 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership goes to Sacramento with the REAL Coalition, advocates with lawmakers

    IRWINDALE, CA - The Partnership visited Sacramento this week and joined the REAL Coalition in meetings with key lawmakers working on housing, transportation and economic development legislation. The REAL Coalition is a group of the 25 largest regional business groups in the state, including the Los Angeles Area Chamber, Orange County Business Council, Greater San Diego Chamber, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and many others. 

    "We had a great opportunity to meet with key lawmakers this week," said Partnership President & CEO Bill Manis. "We gave critical feedback to our legislators on housing, transportation and the major issues facing the San Gabriel Valley."

    The Coalition met with Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), chair of the Senate Housing Committee, to discuss his bill, SB 50, which up-zones areas around transit hubs and stations, encouraging greater density in new housing development. Next was Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose), chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, who discussed his economic development bill, SB 5, which hopes to bring back tax increment financing to help build more affordable housing in the state. The final meeting was with Larry Mendonca, the director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development and new chair of the State High Speed Rail Authority. He emphasized that the Newsom Administration is approaching economic development with a focus on equity across the state, helping those areas that need jobs and new growth the most. California has the 5th-largest economy in the world, he said. Clearly, something is working in the state's business community but major challenges remain - and the Governor and his staff want to address the things that are holding back greater growth in California.

    Following the REAL Coalition meetings, Partnership staff met with Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge), who represents the foothill cities of the San Gabriel Valley in the Senate as well as chairing the Appropriations Committee. He discussed the various redevelopment proposals introduced in the legislature and expressed dissatisfaction with some of their provisions. The Partnership also met with the staff of Senator Susan Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) and Asm. Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park).

  • Fri, February 15, 2019 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership Support's LA County Metro's INFRA Grant Application to Fix the 57/60 Confluence

    IRWINDALE, CA - This week, the Partnership sent a letter of support on behalf of LA County Metro's federal INFRA grant application to fix the terrible 57/60 confluence - the 5th-worst truck bottleneck in the entire nation and the worst in California.

    "The 57/60 confluence is a traffic nightmare," said Bill Manis, Partnership President and CEO. "Cars and trucks pile up at this junction, causing massive delays, releasing more carbon monoxide from idling cars and leading some drivers to get off the freeway and clog up the streets in Diamond Bar, Walnut, Pomona, and Rowland Heights. The residents of the San Gabriel Valley need this bottleneck fixed and fixed now."

    The Partnership has worked with the Cities of Industry and Diamond Bar for many years to lobby the U.S. Department of Transportation for funding to fix the freeway project. Progress has been made, notably with the recent opening of the new Lemon Avenue off-ramp off the SR60, but the bulk of the freeway realignment remains incomplete. Additional federal funding would be a major boost to the project, which has local funds through Measure M to be completed.

    Those who are interested in sending in an additional support letter may contact Lillian De Loza-Gutierrez from Metro at                 

  • Thu, February 07, 2019 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership supports Industry, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills purchase of Tres Hermanos Ranch property

    IRWINDALE, CA - This week the Cities of Industry, Diamond Bar and Chino Hills announced an agreement to jointly purchase and manage the Tres Hermanos Ranch property in the far eastern corner of the San Gabriel Valley. The Partnership strongly supports this agreement, as it will lead to better community management of the property and will avoid expensive, antagonistic legal action between the cities. The Partnership sent support letters for the ranch purchase and management authority to City of Industry and the City of Diamond Bar, which are both key Partnership members.

    "There's a long history of the Tres Hermanos property being a divisive issue between Diamond Bar and Chino Hills and the City of Industry," said Bill Manis, Partnership President and CEO. "This agreement to jointly purchase and manage the property will allow the cities to avoid the courts while enabling the public to provide input on future uses of the land. It's a huge win for the San Gabriel Valley."

    The Tres Hermanos Ranch is comprised of 2,500 acres of rolling hills stretching across the border of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. It was purchased by City of Industry in 1978 from the heirs of the ranch founders and owned by Industry's Redevelopment Agency. However, ownership has become a thorny issue since the dissolution of redevelopment in 2012. The agreement announced today had Diamond Bar and Chino Hills paying $4 million each while City of Industry would pay $37.5 million for the land. The newly announced Tres Hermanos Conservation Authority will have a seven-member board, with two seats to Diamond Bar and Chino Hills each and the remaining three for Industry. The cities will work together to manage the land as open space and will oversee on public uses in the future.


  • Thu, February 07, 2019 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    City of La Verne's development proposal backed by Economic Partnership

    IRWINDALE - The City of La Verne is leading the way with a proposal to create an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) near the LA County Fairplex to bring new business and housing development around a future Foothill Gold Line station. The Partnership this week publicly supported this proposal with a letter to the County Board of Supervisors.

    "The La Verne proposal is a unique financing mechanism that will allow the city to reinvest property tax increment funds," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis. "The development along Arrow Highway is full of new retail and housing projects that will become a new economic engine for La Verne in the years ahead."

    The Partnership strongly urges the County Board of Supervisors to agree to participate in La Verne's EIFD. The proposal, if approved, will become a major new center of investment in the San Gabriel Valley, bringing new homes and jobs to La Verne and its neighboring communities - Pomona, San Dimas and Claremont.

    Click here to learn more about the investment opportunities of the La Verne EIFD.


  • Thu, January 31, 2019 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership joins fellow California business organizations in advocating for more housing, improved education in 2019

    Irwindale, CA - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership joined business organizations throughout the state in prioritizing housing, education, transportation and water as key objectives in the coming year, both locally and at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    "Housing is by far the single most important economic issue in California at the moment," said Bill Manis, Partnership President and CEO. "Governor Newsom has announced some bold housing and homelessness initiatives in his 2019 budget and there appears to be support for them in the State Legislature. We will work diligently this year to improve the housing supply and support new construction here in the San Gabriel Valley."

    With a new governor, several new statewide officers, and a revamped super-majority in both chambers of the State Legislature, the table is set for several major new policy initiatives at the state level. Governor Newsom has announced his intention to prioritize debt reduction by paying down outstanding obligations while also contributing substantial funding to the state retirement systems of CalPERS and CalSTRS, easing the financial burdens on cities and school districts. Major new funding has also been announced to jump start housing in the state, especially affordable housing for low-income families as well as workforce housing for middle income earners.

    Education will continue to be a major issue throughout the state in the wake of the LA Unified School District teachers strike, which led many advocates to call for a moratorium on the approval of new charter schools, which some say is diverting vital funding for public schools. Governor Newsom also intends to launch a major reform of the state student financial aid system - an endeavor with many stakeholders that could take at least a year to complete, if not more.

    Transportation funding at the state and local level is much improved due to the voters' rejection of a 2018 ballot measure to repeal the gas tax increases passed by the State Legislature in 2017. That funding should provide some $600 million a year to the state for highway maintenance and repairs as well as funding to local governments to do their own important maintenance on streets and roads. Water remains a critical issue moving forward for the state as many agree that the current system of moving large quantities of water through the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta is simply not sustainable given the precarious state of conveyance infrastructure in that part of the state.

    The Partnership discussed these items with our partners in the REAL Coalition in early January, which includes the LA Area Chamber, Orange County Business Council, San Francisco Chamber, Oakland Chamber, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, San Diego Chamber, Sacramento Chamber, Fresno Chamber, and many others. We plan to continue to work with our strategic allies on major legislation and regulatory initiatives in the coming year.


  • Thu, January 31, 2019 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership backs Gold Line extension to Pomona

    Irwindale, CA - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership was pleased to support the build out of the Gold Line to Pomona as part of the first phase of construction of the new extension from Azusa to Montclair.

    "The Foothill Gold Line is the most important transportation project in the San Gabriel Valley," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis. "Getting the line out to Pomona in the first phase of construction is critical because of the immense development opportunities and incentives that line provides to the east side of the region. It's a game-changer."

    Funding to complete the full extension of the Gold Line became a major issue when the Construction Authority received bids back last fall that put construction estimates hundreds of millions of dollars higher than anticipated. The cost increases are due to extremely high demand in the broader economy for steel, material, and labor plus uncertainty due to the new tariffs on foreign goods that went into effect January 1st.

    The Partnership joined several of our members, including representatives from the City of Pomona, the LA County Fairplex, Cal Poly Pomona, Citrus Valley Association of Realtors, and many more, to speak at the Metro Board hearing on January 24th in favor of finding additional funding to get the Gold Line to Pomona. The Metro Board voted in favor of that funding and of including the Pomona section in the first phase of construction.

    "The additional funding is a vital step forward for finishing the Gold Line," said Bill Manis. "We will continue to advocate for the full completion of this light rail extension out to Montclair and will work with our partners in the region to see the project through to the end."


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