A message from our CEO, Nancy Lindholm:
Things are looking pretty nice at the Oxnard Chamber office. After 13 years in our location on Esplanade Drive in the Topa Financial Plaza, we've updated our look with new paint and carpet. While it's been a bit hectic going through the process, the end result will be a welcoming place for members and guests.
Considering we are tucked up on the third floor of a low-rise building in the center, we get an amazing number of visitors every month. Between our committee meetings, the Board of Directors, SCORE counselors, members utilizing our conference rooms, and people inquiring about various services, we log close to 150 visits per month.
We are happy to greet all those visitors with new carpet and fresh paint!
We will also have a new face greeting our visitors. Michael Lee is the new Operations Manager for the Oxnard Chamber. Michael come to us with an extensive background database management, special events management, and excellent customer service skills. Michael is a native of North Dakota and is looking forward to his first California "winter." Please help us welcome Michael when you are in the Chamber office or at an event.
Tom Carrese joined the Chamber team on June 1 and has jumped in with both feet. Tom is our new Business Development Manager. The number of new members we had last month more than doubled from our average prior to his arrival. Not only does Tom recruit new members, but he works with all members on helping them increase their exposure in the community.
I would like to very much thank our veteran team members, Sharen Strong and Janet Pozos, for taking on extra work while we filled our staff openings. Not only did they cover a vacant position, they got to do most of the packing and unpacking for the paint and carpet project! They are the best!!
If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by to see our new look and meet our new team members!
California is home to nearly two million residents who choose to work for themselves. As pillars of the workforce, these independent contractors are part of virtually every industry in the state including child care, healthcare, insurance, financial services, construction, technology and transportation.
A recent California Supreme Court ruling, however, has called into question the ability of these independent contractors to continue to work for themselves in their chosen professions. The practical consideration is whether a business and its associated workers have an employee-to-employer relationship or not. In such a relationship, the state regulates working conditions; independent contractors determine for themselves when and how they perform their jobs.
OpinionBecause of the potential disruption, the business community is asking the Legislature to immediately limit the court’s ruling to the workers directly involved in the Dynamex case and not have the decision apply to other contractors for the next two years.
The Dynamex decision created a new test that assumes workers are employees. This occurred because the company changed its workers’ status from employees to independent contractors without a significant change in circumstances. The workers sued to regain their status as employees, and the court agreed. But what may have been an appropriate outcome for Dynamex employees has much broader implications for many different types of independent contractors and self-employed professionals, and jeopardizes the businesses that rely on their services. This includes on-demand services such as transportation, child care and health care, as well as music instructors, insurance agents and physicians.
Although the justices may have had all the necessary facts to make an appropriate decision in the Dynamex situation, they could not consider all the other workers, businesses and consumers who rely on the independent contractor business model. The appropriate role of the Legislature is to determine the broad-based rule beyond what was decided by the court.
It is important to note that the court based its ruling on a government regulation that was last reviewed before invention of the smart phone. The Industrial Welfare Commission, which was established in 1913 to regulate hours, wages and working conditions, created the rule. But it has not been funded since the Gray Davis administration and the commission could never have imagined an on-demand economy powered by mobile devices. It seems obvious that it is time for the state to fund and reconvene the commission to update this obsolete regulation.
With all that is at risk for workers and our economy, the Legislature should act quickly.
The California State Assembly and Senate return today from their month-long summer recess and will consider the remaining job killer bills over the next several weeks.
The next significant deadline for the job killer bills is August 17, the date by which fiscal committees must send the bills along for consideration by the entire Senate or Assembly.
In addition, seven tax-related job killer bills remain alive because they were not subject to the July 6 deadline for bills to pass policy committees and move to fiscal committees. Although they still are eligible for consideration, they are not set for hearings at this time.
Job Killer Bills
Two Senate job killer bills and one Assembly job killer bill remain active.
The California Chamber of Commerce has identified 28 job killer bills to date.
The following job killers are still moving:
CalChamber is asking businesses to contact their legislators and urge them to oppose these job killers.
Easy-to-edit sample letters are available at www.calchambervotes.com.
The Oxnard Chamber Board of Directors has taken positions on five of the propositions that will appear on the November 6 ballot. The Board limits its review of the ballot measures that affect businesses in the state of California. Here are the positions for this year:
Proposition 1 – Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 - SUPPORT
Provides $4 million in bond funding to help military veterans have a safe place to call home, and also provides stable housing for struggling families and the homeless.
Proposition 3 - Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative - SUPPORT
$8.8 billion general obligation bond for water supply, quality, fish, conveyance and sustainability. The measure would fund a number of projects. The large categories of funding are $3 billion for water supply and quality, $2.8 billion for watershed and fisheries restoration, $940 million for habitat protection, $855 million for water conveyance, and $695 million for groundwater sustainability and storage.
Proposition 6 – Repeal of the Gas Tax and Vehicle Fees – OPPOSE
Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those purposes. This measure repeals the increase in motor vehicle fuel taxes that were enacted in SB 1, and requires a vote of the people to increase gas taxes in the future. Would reduce transportation funding by $4.9 billion by 2020-21.
Proposition 8 – State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics – OPPOSE
This measure would limit the amount that outpatient dialysis clinics can charge to 115% of total patient care charges. Excess charges would have to be rebated to health plans. Imposes penalties on clinics that violate the cap. Outlines a process for legal challenges against the measure's rebate provision as an unconstitutional taking of private property without due process or just compensation.
Proposition 10 – Local Government Authority to impose Rent Control on Private Property - OPPOSE
Current state law known as Costa/Hawkins preempts local governments from enforcing rent control ordinances on single family housing, new units built after February 1, 1995, or limiting the rent on first time renters in unit. Proposition 10 would remove that restriction. Removing the limitations on locally enacted rent control laws could discourage new construction, decrease the supply of rental housing and reduce the quality of housing available in communities statewide.
Proposition 11 – Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees Work Breaks – SUPPORT
Provides limited exception to meal and rest period requirements for private ambulance and EMTs who have to remain on duty while on call. Prop 11 establishes into law the longstanding industry practice of paying EMTs and paramedics to remain reachable during their work breaks in case of an emergency – just like firefighters and police officers.
How $159 Million Benefits Oxnard at the Channel Islands Harbor
By: Stacy Miller, Chair of the Board
Would you be surprised to learn that the businesses and tenants of Channel Islands Harbor had a total economic impact of more than $159 million in 2016 (direct and indirect), according to a report recently published by the California Economic Forecast?
Our little gem on the coast is credited with $74 million of direct economic impact to the Ventura County economy in 2016. The Channel Islands Harbor, which is one of the few growing employment centers in the County, also facilitated 920 full-time-equivalent jobs.
The report anticipates that two proposed developments, including the Hyatt House and restaurant (formerly the Casa Sirena Hotel) and redevelopment of Fisherman’s Wharf (east side) could increase economic activity by over 60 percent.
The highest performing business category for the Harbor in 2016 was dining, which grossed an estimated $19 million in sales. Real estate was the next highest performing category at nearly $12 million in gross sales. The remaining categories, in rank order of gross sales were: boating services, hotels, sportfishing, commercial fishing, personal services, other recreation, boat sales, yacht clubs, other retail, healthcare, insurance, boating supplies, education and home services.
Back in the 1960’s and 70’s, the Channel Islands Harbor was built as a recreational harbor on 310 acres of land and water, with about 2,150 boat slips, as well as marina facilities, restaurants, sportfishing facilities and shops. In 2016, the marinas were 70 percent full.
The Channel Islands Harbor is divided into three areas (west, east and peninsula) served by separate public roads, with each area providing different services. The west side includes marinas, a linear park, restaurants, residential development and retail businesses. The peninsula is dominated by hotel development, marinas, apartments and condominiums.
The east side is primarily commercial and serves boaters by offering boat yards, a marine supply store, boat sales, law enforcement, administration and search and rescue facilities. It's that east side that really needs a makeover to generate more revenue and become the destination it was intended to be.
Owned and operated by the County of Ventura, the majority of the Harbor is operated by businesses that have been granted long-term ground leases by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors
Since 2012, Channel Islands Harbor business activity outperformed overall business growth throughout Ventura County, at 6.3 percent annually.
The Hyatt House is a 206-room hotel with a 5,400 square foot restaurant. This $25 million project is expected to begin construction later this year. Fisherman’s Wharf at the Channel Islands Harbor (www.fishermanswharfoxnard.com) is a proposed $100 million mixed use project that includes high-end apartments, restaurants, shops and commercial development to replace the dilapidated Fisherman’s Wharf at the Channel Islands Harbor.
Good things are happening in Oxnard and with the addition of a new hotel and proposed mixed-use project, our Channel Islands Harbor will be the shiniest gem on the California coast!
Here’s to a great future!
The economic impact study, which was released in 2018, can be found at: channelislandsharbor.org.