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  • Fri, September 10, 2021 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Legislative Updates

    Here are a few of the headline stories this week from the federal and state legislatures:

    California Eviction Protection is On Course to Expire September 30th

    • The California Legislature is signaling it will let the current eviction protections expire at the end of this month. Barring the Governor calling for a special legislative session to address this (or the issuance of an executive order), these protective measures will effectively sunset later this month.

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    Unemployment Benefits are Expiring

    • The Federal Government is ending unemployment benefits under the CARES Act as of September 4th. This affects the four programs enacted in response to COVID-19: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC), and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). This is set to affect approximately 2.2 million to 3 million Californians. Despite “leading the nation in job creation,” California is also leading the nation with the “second-highest unemployment rate.”

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    Governor Newsom Seeks to Refurbish Old Buildings to House Homeless

    • The Governor is declaring his intention to rehabilitate older and vacant building with the purpose of housing homeless Californians with a price tag of $2.75 billion dollars. Previous efforts sought to purchase or rent hotels and motels rather than working with existing building owners to refurbish them. Funding for this initiative stems from the state’s $12 billion dollar effort directed towards addressing homelessness. This latest effort would also provide support services to tenants, like access to mental health professionals, access to counseling, and access to workforce development.

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  • Mon, August 16, 2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Before starting their virtual internships at City of Hope this summer, none of the San Gabriel Valley teenagers who had signed up were quite sure what bioscience research really was. “Now 80% of the interns plan to continue towards the biotech/healthcare trajectory,” says Amy Foell, Consultant for Workforce Development at the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership. Foell coordinates a project which connects City of Hope to local high schools to bolster local students’ professional skills, while giving them a glimpse of the world of scientific research.

    City of Hope – a world-class treatment and research center for cancer and diabetes headquartered in Duarte – joined forces with the K12 Foothill Consortium, which arranges training experiences for students in northeastern Los Angeles County, and the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (SGVEP), an economic development group aimed at improving the business culture and quality of life across the San Gabriel Valley.

    The program included mentoring in professional skills and explaining bioscience research. It culminated in intern teams producing Public Service Announcements about a variety of crucial topics: Gestational Diabetes, COVID-19 Facts, and Stem Cell Research. This tested not only their knowledge and soft skills, but their organizational and technological abilities as well.

    Students were mentored by Ph.D. students from the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope through its graduate student outreach committee. The graduate students were eager to pay forward what they had received from their own mentors.

    “Participating in these events is very important to me as a first-generation Mexicana-Americana in STEM,” said Diana Esparza, a City of Hope Ph.D. candidate studying early diagnostic tools for type 2 diabetes. “Programs like this one helps grow confidence and awareness in the next generation of scientists, letting them know that they CAN make it. Therefore, it was a tremendous pleasure to share my cultural experiences and the plethora of resources that were provided to me by my own compassionate mentors.”

    Her fellow mentor Alicia Davis, a City of Hope Ph.D. candidate studying novel therapeutics for COVID-19 and lung cancer, agrees. “Having enthusiastic and supportive role models during such a pivotal time such as high school is essential,” she said. Particularly in a year when high school students were bereft of regular interactions, the support received from enthusiastic mentors made quite a difference.

    Megan Orellana (Charter Oak High School, Class of 2022) for example, was thrilled to connect personally with her mentor, Heather Zook, at a personal level. “I have had several meetings with Heather outside of the internship,” Orellana says, “and we have discussed more about college and different careers. Her background is very similar to mine in a way that makes it very comforting to chat with her. I’d say my perspective on not only the medical field but also the people in the medical field has definitely grown and changed in a positive way.”

    Locally-trained bioscience researchers are keenly needed for the continued health of the San Gabriel Valley economy. The region is home to a growing technology corridor hosting numerous companies working in photonics, biotechnology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing. The significant growth potential for these industries is limited only by the lack of a suitably qualified workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

    “Supporting and encouraging our San Gabriel Valley high school interns is a true passion of mine,” attests Robin Clayton, Director of Talent Acquisition at City of Hope. “We must start encouraging and exposing students at a young age about the diverse careers in health care. Our hope is that once the interns complete their education, they consider returning to City of Hope to begin their professional journey and continue remembering the importance of our mission and values.”

    The hard work of the mentors, interns, and supporting institutions appears to be taking root. “I have always assumed research was boring, but in reality it’s so fascinating,” enthuses Sonia Pena, Gladstone High School (Class of 2022). “The things you discover are amazing. You really never know about something until you dive deep into it.”

    Hopefully in the near future, these high schoolers will all dive deep into their chosen fields and pay forward the knowledge gained from City of Hope to the generation after them.

  • Tue, January 19, 2021 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Long Road Forward: The Partnership Looks Ahead on Key Political Issues in 2021

    On March 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated to serve a second term as President of the United States. Lincoln's election as president in 1860 started a devastating civil war. Lincoln's commitment to stop the expansion of slavery into federal territories alarmed Southern slave-holding states to risk civil war rather than tolerate an anti-slavery Republican administration. After four bloody years of war,  Union troops now held much of the South and the remaining Confederate Armies were soon to be defeated. Lincoln was re-elected in a landslide in 1864, and now, in the early spring of 1865, he delivered his Second Inaugural Address, looking ahead to the difficult process of reconciliation between a victorious North and a vanquished South. Lincoln said:

    "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan ~ to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."  

    With the Biden Administration to be inaugurated today, in a ritual of transferring power peacefully dating back to George Washington, Americans stand at a crossroads. A global pandemic that has halted significant portions of our economy and largely curtailed personal meetings and travel has only exacerbated simmering tensions between the two major political parties, following a difficult summer of racial discord and a contested presidential election in November. A protest by some of President Trump's supporters turned into a riot which stormed the U.S. Capitol building, shocking the country and resulting in five deaths.

    For 30 years, the Partnership has worked with elected officials serving on city councils, school boards, and water boards, as community college trustees and as members of the County Board of Supervisors. It has had strong working relationships with lawmakers in the State Legislature and in Congress from both parties. These officials were elected by the people of their districts, and despite any disagreements on particular legislation or policy, we share a love for our country, our state, our communities and homes here in the San Gabriel Valley, and the principles of the Constitution. 

    The Partnership strongly condemns any and all political acts of violence and expresses our extreme concern for the rising hatred, suspicion, and disharmony among Americans of opposing political views. The rights guaranteed in the Constitution allow for peaceful assembly, petitioning of the government and freedom of the press. Protest is a time-honored tradition for Americans, to physically gather and peacefully voice their dissatisfaction. Violence, destruction of property, and the endangerment of our neighbors and fellow citizens are unacceptable and should not be tolerated, condoned, dismissed, diminished or justified.

    It is our hope that extreme partisanship and this era of bad feelings between Republicans and Democrats, and among all Americans, will begin to recede, that the country will redirect its political energies to focus on what unites us as Americans rather than on what divides us as individuals, and that statesmanship from officials in both parties, at all levels of government, will throttle back the extremist rhetoric and strive to uplift, elevate and direct us toward, in Lincoln's words, "the better angels of our nature."

    There is much common ground that Congress and the Biden Administration can work on over the next four years, such as:

    • Ensuring a safe rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines and making sure that all residents have access to it
    • Leading a revival of our small businesses, hotels, and restaurants once the pandemic abates
    • Providing financial aid to our schools so they can safely reopen and provide in-person instruction to students
    • Exploring financing options for a national transportation bill that focuses on freight and goods movement
    • Reviving American-based manufacturing, to allow those who are not college-educated to be properly trained to become effective employees in this important sector
    • Addressing over-regulation or outdated regulation by federal agencies that act as a drag on the economy and American companies
    • Continuing to explore advantageous trade arrangements with friendly nations around the world
    • Leading the American people to see the good in one another, that their political adversaries are not their mortal enemies

    The Partnership looks forward to working with a new Congress and Biden Administration in the years ahead and expresses our heartfelt wishes for a renewal of our civic harmony and brotherhood.

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  • Wed, November 04, 2020 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Trump, Biden wait on close counts in key battleground states; No on Prop 15 leading by 400,000 votes in California

    IRWINDALE, CA - It was a long election night across America as the contest for president stretched into the early morning as the country awaited results from a handful of extremely close battleground states in the Mid West, South and Southwest. While the press has called Wisconsin and Michigan for Vice President Biden and Maine's 2nd District for President Trump, vote tabulations are ongoing with the presidency in the balance and the possibility of recounts or legal action possible.

    In the House of Representatives, Republicans did surprisingly well, avoiding the defeat of any incumbent so far with a projected pick up of 5 seats, although many races remain undecided as yet. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats defeated GOP incumbents in Arizona and Colorado while Republicans picked up a Democratic seat in Alabama. Republican incumbents held off their challengers in close races in Montana, Maine and North Carolina. The Michigan Senate race between Democratic incumbent Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James remains extremely close, with Peters ahead by roughly 5,000 votes. Two Senate seats in Georgia will head to run-off elections in January.

    Here in California, several controversial state ballot measures remain close although several others appear to be settled. Proposition 15, which asked voters if they wished to remove property tax protections on commercial and industrial properties worth over $3 million and dramatically increase taxes on those properties, is now behind with nearly 6 million votes opposing the measure - some 400,000 more than those in favor. Proposition 21, which would have expanded cities' ability to enact rent control, was soundly defeated with 59.8% of the current vote opposing the measure.

    CLICK HERE FOR PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES.

    In the San Gabriel Valley races for Congress and the State Legislature, most incumbents were re-elected by healthy margins, although we had several close, interesting races. In the 39th House District, covering Diamond Bar, Industry, Walnut and Rowland Heights, as well as portions of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, Republican Young Kim is leading the Democratic incumbent Gil Cisneros by 1,293 votes. More votes are forthcoming but expect this race to remain close. In the 29th Senate race, which overlaps with the 39th House District, Republican incumbent Ling Ling Chang is trailing former Democratic State Senator Josh Newman by roughly 10,000 votes. In the 55th Assembly seat, Republican incumbent Philip Chen leads his Democratic challenger Andrew Rodriguez by nearly 16,000 votes. And in the open 57th Assembly seat, Democrat Lisa Calderon has 60.5% of the current vote and appears likely headed to Sacramento.

    CLICK HERE FOR PRELIMINARY SAN GABRIEL VALLEY CONGRESSIONAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTION RESULTS.

    Several city council races in the San Gabriel Valley yielded surprising results, with key incumbents trailing their challengers. In Pasadena, Councilman Victor Gordo leads Mayor Terry Tornek by 4,400 votes. In El Monte, Councilwoman Jessica Ancona leads Mayor Andre Quintero by nearly 1,500 votes. In Baldwin Park, Mayor Manuel Lozano trails his opponent Emmanuel Estrada by 659 votes. In Pomona, Mayor Tim Sandoval won 63.3% of the vote and appears headed towards re-election. Incumbent Councilmembers Robert Torres and Elizabeth Oliveros-Cole are both ahead by solid margins while in the 1st District, former Councilman John Nolte leads his challenger by only 75 votes.

    CLICK HERE FOR PRELIMINARY SAN GABRIEL VALLEY CITY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS

    There are many other races to report on - look for more results for San Gabriel Valley school districts, community college trustees, and water districts tomorrow. More votes will be coming in for several days, so watch the close races to see how the vote totals change.

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  • Fri, September 18, 2020 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The San Gabriel Valley’s vibrant shopping and dining culture sets it apart as a multi-national region that is not just unique within Los Angeles County, but worldwide. Residents can easily find the best food from Asia and Central and South America. Specialized products that shoppers might have once had to drive 30 miles to purchase in stores in Chinatown, for example, are now available from Diamond Bar to Pasadena.

    With the many economic challenges of 2020 and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cities in the San Gabriel Valley have stepped up to promote local businesses, expanding outdoor dining and shopping in many areas, waiving permit fees, and transforming parking lots and sometimes entire streets (see La Verne and Pomona below) to allow for expanded seating and shopping areas.

    Here is a short glimpse at how several cities here in the San Gabriel Valley have made special arrangements to support their local businesses. The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership is proud of all 31 cities that make up our region. This short list celebrates just a few of the local cities and Chambers of Commerce that have been working to help businesses prosper.

    Alhambra

    Soon after the state and LA County allowed outdoor dining and limited business outdoor re-openings, Alhambra created an expedited, free permitting process. Permits now allow for both dining and shopping on the sidewalk or in public space and parking lots. Nighttime in Alhambra has become a festive, cafe-culture atmosphere with string lights and outdoor bistro dining.


    Arcadia

    Since Arcadia’s dining is more dispersed and less concentrated in a traditional downtown than other SGV cities, outdoor dining has been permitted on sidewalks and parking lots for specific businesses. Restaurants are not alone – fitness, hair, and nail locations have gone outdoors too! 

    The Westfield Santa Anita Mall, of course, offers excellent Asian food options that have made use of their upstairs open air space for outdoor dining.

    Almost 50 small businesses have received $5,000 grants to help with COVID-19-related reopening expenses from the City of Arcadia.

    Azusa

    Like many cities, Azusa is finding ways to allow payment deferrals on utilities for businesses under economic stress. The city is currently reviewing applications for $10,000 grants to small businesses affected by COVID-19.  

    Expanded business space into sidewalks and other public space has also been offered. Aldolino Italian Restaurant, pictured below, is one of many that took advantage of this opportunity to create a charming new dining experience.


    Claremont

    Like the cities mentioned above, Claremont has expanded dining into public spaces and parking areas – but with a typical Claremont flair! Two downtown restaurants have expanded with beautiful wooden patio spaces, and more are on the way.



    Covina

    The popular 1950s-style downtown in Covina has expanded several dining sites with outdoor patios and greenery – a welcome cool relief during our current heat and fire season!



    Diamond Bar

    This is the third year Diamond Bar has hosted "Restaurant Week", a diverse and exciting October festival offering prix fixe meals and special discounts by the city's many eating establishments. The city also recently awarded almost $500k in grants to over 90 businesses to help them through this tough year.


    Duarte

    Duarte and the Duarte Chamber of Commerce have been providing “Open for Business” banners since the early days of the pandemic to help support businesses that are threatened by the pandemic. As the “City of Health,” Duarte’s medical facilities have of course been working hard towards improving the health of SGV residents.


    El Monte

    El Monte restaurants have expanded into private walkways, parking spaces, and sidewalks. The city still offers some of the best cuisine of Mexico and beyond, and is a cultural hotbed in the southern half of the San Gabriel Valley.


    Industry/Baldwin Park

    The City of Industry is known for its robust businesses – 69,643 employees and only 200 residents! – and these businesses are doing their part during the pandemic. For example, Griffols Biologicals, an international pharmaceutical company with a major plant in Baldwin Park, recently expanded into an Industry facility where they are storing plasma, which could potentially be used to assist with finding a cure for COVID-19.

    Beyond this, Industry has offered expedited, no-fee outdoor seating approvals, offered $5k grants for outdoor seating expenses. The Industry Business Council has also launched their own Industry-specific dining guide (soon to be in print) and is working with their 164 dining establishments to weather the crisis. They are also hosting an upcoming (private) restaurant appreciation event.


    La Verne

    La Verne has closed D Street in Old Town (immediately north of the University) for restaurants and service businesses to operate outdoors. It also encourages outdoor dining in other parts of the city, but the charm of walking D Street has inspired online petitions to keep the block pedestrian, even after the pandemic has passed.


    Monrovia

    Monrovia has been permitting outdoor expansion where possible, especially using street parking in Old Town. Their fabled breweries are currently limited to take-out orders due to county restrictions. The City of Monrovia and the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce have been outspoken advocates for collaboration between eateries and breweries that would allow for onsite dining options. However, approval of such options has not yet been a priority for LA County.


    Montebello

    Montebello has established its own temporary sidewalk/parking dining space permits, and has loaned city-owned equipment to help restaurants set these new facilities up. Their chamber of commerce set up a roundtable for restauranteurs and the California Restaurant Association to prepare for the challenges ahead and share solutions. They have created a revised local dining guide to help patrons know who is open, who is doing takeout, and where seating is currently available. Chamber member eateries have also been actively promoted via their social media.

    Pasadena

    Both Old Town Pasadena and Colorado Boulevard have shut down sections of parking in order to expand dining options for restaurants. Like Alhambra, Pasadena was one of the first cities in the San Gabriel Valley to shut down public parking or even lanes of busy Colorado Boulevard in order to support their restaurants.




    Pomona

    "Activate Pomona" is a program that has transformed the entirety of Second Street on either side of Garey Avenue – the historic Antiques and Arts Districts – into outdoor shopping and dining areas. This has brought new life to the historic area first designed by artist Millard Sheets, whose mosaics still adorn the fountains and banks along Second Street. This program will continue at least until December 31.


    San Dimas

    When indoor dining was banned, the City of San Dimas immediately created no-cost Temporary Outdoor Dining applications. Over two days, planners visited every single restaurant within the City’s boundaries to encourage and promote the use of outdoor dining. Many businesses in San Dimas' beautiful downtown had preexisting outdoor seating, but the city and chamber proactively promoted other outdoor uses, and used social media to encourage residents to take advantage of them. Rail Side Café and Roady’s are great examples of businesses that have expanded their outdoor dining in order to accommodate more guests.


    Temple City

    Temple City is offering free 8-foot banners to businesses, free of charge or permit, to declare they are open for business. "[Our] business community has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic," says Temple City Mayor Tom Chavez. "It is the city council's hope that communicating the presence and resilience of our local businesses through our new 'Open' banners will serve the dual purpose of helping those businesses promote themselves and reinforcing the message that #WeGotThisTC."


    We know that many San Gabriel Valley business owners have made impressive efforts to keep the local economy and our unique culture alive, most of which could not be captured in a short blog entry like this one.

    Please feel free to share your accomplishments with us at pthomas@sgvpartnership.org. We can learn from each other and survive the current economic challenges as a community, together.

  • Fri, September 04, 2020 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    State Legislative Session Ends, Major Paid Family Leave Bill Passes

    Irwindale, CA - On Monday, the California State Legislature concluded its regular 2020 session with a sprint to the finish at midnight. Although some major bills did not pass, partially due to time mismanagement by the leadership in Senate, several important pieces of legislation were passed and now head to Governor Newsom's desk to be signed or vetoed.

    One of the most prominent bills at the end of session was the critically important deal on tenant evictions, AB 3088. Unlike other competing alternative proposals, AB 3088 allows landlords to evict tenants who cause problems at the property, such as by causing nuisances or threatening their neighbors. It also would allow owners to terminate the tenancies of renters who have the wherewithal to pay rent but refuse to do so. The bill offers eviction protections to tenants with legitimate financial hardships due to COVID-19. Starting with September’s rent, however, those tenants with COVID hardships would have to pay at least a portion of their rent to maintain eviction protections. Failure to do so by Jan. 31, 2021 would result in the landlord being permitted to proceed with an eviction case on or after Feb. 1, 2021.

    A very significant new paid family leave bill, SB 1383, passed both chambers and is on its way to Governor Newsom, who strongly backed the proposal. SB 1383 will harm over 150,000 small businesses in the state by requiring any employer with only as few as 5 employees to provide 12-weeks of protected leave each year and opening them to litigation for unintentional mistakes in tracking that leave. The new paid family leave bill comes at a time when businesses across the state are struggling financially, with widespread declines in consumer spending and confidence, reducing revenues and jeopardizing the survival of these enterprises.

    Another dangerous bill heading to the Governor's desk is SB 972, a bill that would require the Franchise Tax Board to breach a taxpayer's right to confidentiality by producing annual reports on corporate taxpayers with gross receipts of $5 billion or more. The reports would include not only public companies but privates employers as well. The mandated reports, which would be shared with the State Legislature's two tax policy committees, would include the taxpayer's name, tax liability, and the amount and types of tax credits claimed for the taxable year. Moreover, such information would now be accessible to the public. Such a breach of confidentiality is extraordinary treatment for important corporate contributors to the state is unprecedented.

    The Partnership has sent veto requests to Governor Newsom for both SB 1383 and SB 972. AB 3088 has already been signed into law to take immediate effect.

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  • Fri, August 28, 2020 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership Meets Rep. Judy Chu Virtually

    IRWINDALE - This week, members of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership met with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) to get an update on federal policy and a variety of important issues here in the 27th district. Congresswoman Chu represents the western San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena, Glendora, Claremont, and Upland. She serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee as well as the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives. She was elected to Congress in 2009.

    "We are grateful to Congresswoman Chu for her tireless service in representing the San Gabriel Valley in Congress," said Partnership President & CEO Bill Manis. "It is a great opportunity for our members to spend quality time with our lawmakers and get a clear picture of what's going on in Washington."

    Congresswoman Chu touched on a number of important subjects, including ongoing efforts to conduct the decennial census here in the San Gabriel Valley as there are concerns that this area could lose a seat due to the slow growth in the region and more rapid growth in other states. She also spoke about a newly introduced transportation bill in the House, which has bipartisan support, and the ongoing nationwide protests for Black Lives Matter. She responded to questions from Partnership members about the Foothill Gold Line and addressed federal relief issues for the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Fri, August 07, 2020 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership Hosts Video Conference with Rep. Adam Schiff

    IRWINDALE - This week the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, with our friends and colleagues at the San Gabriel Valley Public Affairs Network, hosted a special video conference with Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Glendale), who represents La Canada Flintridge and Pasadena here in the San Gabriel Valley. Congressman Schiff chairs the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives.

    "We are delighted to host Congressman Schiff and to provide the opportunity for our members to virtually meet with him during this pandemic," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis. "Many years ago when he represented us in the State Legislature, Mr. Schiff carried the legislation that created the Gold Line Construction Authority. We are pleased that we could meet with him and get an update from Washington, D.C."

    Congressman Schiff gave an update on efforts to pass a new stimulus bill that will continue to provide direct assistance and relief to individuals suffering unemployment as well as aid to struggling businesses. Liability remains a huge issue for local governments and businesses alike as they try to resume their operations safely and avoid litigation.

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  • Thu, July 30, 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership Hosts Policy Briefing for 57th Assembly District Candidate

    IRWINDALE - This week the Partnership hosted a special policy briefing for Lisa Calderon, a candidate to fill the open 57th State Assembly Seat. The 57th District covers the southern portion of the San Gabriel Valley, including Hacienda Heights, City of Industry, South El Monte and La Puente. The Partnership traditionally meets with candidates for open legislative seats in the San Gabriel Valley in order to introduce them to the organization and its activities.

    "The Partnership routinely meets with candidates for higher office here in the San Gabriel Valley," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis. "This is an opportunity for us to connect, to plainly present our political priorities and top issues for the region, and look for opportunities to build a working relationship with them should they be elected."

    The policy briefing included an overview of the Partnership and its long history in the San Gabriel Valley, with an in-depth presentation of our program areas: marketing the region, education and workforce development, businesses assistance, and political advocacy. The briefing included a special focus on transportation and freight movement issues in the region, a discussion of the future of mass transit, and an important conversation about the rapidly changing landscape of labor and employment law in California.

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  • Thu, July 23, 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership Supports Federal Pandemic Insurance Program, Skills Renewal Act

    IRWINDALE - This week the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership's Legislative Action Committee met and voted to support two significant pieces of federal legislation, the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (PRIA) and the Skills Renewal Act. Both are important parts of encouraging economic recovery in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    "Health and safety precautions are obviously a top priority during this pandemic," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis. "But so, too, is economic recovery. We want people back in jobs, able to earn good salaries, and that means our lawmakers need to proactively support job creators and employers right now."

    The Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020 (H.R. 7011) creates a voluntary program with insurance companies to offer business interruption policies that cover pandemics, with the federal government acting as a backstop on losses. A similar program was created following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, to aid businesses whose operations had been halted or seriously hampered by acts of terrorism. By acting as a backstop on insurance losses, it would share the burden with the private insurance industry and maintain market stability.

    The Skills Renewal Act (H.R. 7032 / S. 3779) creates a flexible, refundable tax credit of up to $4,000 per taxable year for expenses paid as part of a skills training or education program such as apprenticeships, stackable credentials, certificate programs, and traditional two- and four-year degree programs. This bill has strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress and may help millions of Americans to retrain themselves to be more competitive as workers.

    For more information about these bills, contact Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy at the Partnership. bjensen@sgvpartnership.org

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