It’s a crazy world we live in! Most of our lives leave digital footprints everywhere we go. With massive data breaches (Equifax) being more common than not, how can we protect our identity and the identities of our customers?
We’re going to find out at the December 14 Knowledge & Networking lunch where Identity Theft expert, Maureen Rodriguez, will address this important topic.
Maureen E. Rodriguez is a Deputy City Attorney assigned to the criminal branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 1998. She has specialized in prosecuting Identity Theft and Fraud cases since 2005. In addition to trial work, she has provided training for law enforcement and prosecutors throughout California and in Nevada, Florida, Arizona, and Washington. She has developed training programs that have been presented for prosecutors in the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA), and for law enforcement through Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), LAPD and CHP training sessions.
Maureen presents Identity Theft Awareness programs to community groups throughout the San Fernando Valley. DCA Rodriguez has contributed to television research documentaries on fraud issues. Additionally, she has authored articles that have been published in CDAA’s quarterly journal, “Prosecutor’s Brief”, and in the “REOMAC National Training Magazine” (Real Estate Owned Managers Association).
Prior to employment with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Rodriguez obtained law enforcement experience with El Dorado Sheriff’s Department where she was assigned as a Patrol Sergeant. She gained financial fraud investigation experience while serving as a Vice President at BankAmerica Corporate Security.
The December 14 Knowledge & Networking Lunch will be held at the Residence Inn at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Avenue. The event begins and noon and will conclude by 1:30. Advance reservations are required and can be made via the Chamber’s website (www.oxnardchamber.org) or by calling the office at 805-983-6118. Members’ reservations are discounted if made by Monday, December 11.
On November 9 the Oxnard Chamber convened policy experts to have a frank discussion about the healthcare system in our state and our country. Featured at the Oxnard Business Outlook were Loren Kaye, President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education; Darren Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Hospitals; Kelly Bruno, President and CEO of than National Health Foundation; Dale Villani, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Coast Health Plan; and Dr. Adam Cavallero of UCLA Health.
While there was a lot of discussion about different healthcare delivery systems and preventative care programs, there is no magic answer to how we tear up the existing model nor what to replace it with.
As you may recall there is a piece of legislation (SB 562 The Healthy California Act) active in Sacramento that would provide healthcare for all. The price for this model is estimated to be more than $400 billion (Yes, with a “B”). For perspective, the State budget for all expenditures—not just health care, but also K-12 and higher education, social services, transportation, corrections and every other expense category—totals less than half of that amount. The bill was held in committee in 2017 because it did not contain a funding mechanism.
I like to look at what other states and countries are doing that provide a better return on the healthcare dollars invested. I recently ran across an article in Fox&Hounds Daily with some very interesting data I wanted to share:
The Collection at RiverPark invites families to start their holiday season at the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, Nov. 18
Ventura County’s favorite holiday event to kick off the season returns with The Collection at RiverPark’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in Collection Park.
Community members will enjoy The Collection as it transforms into a holiday wonderland, embellished with stunning seasonal décor, and a grand celebration to commence a bustling line-up of memorable events to keep the magic of the holidays alive throughout the season. A beautifully lit tree is the hallmark of the holiday season and guests are invited to gather for the ceremonious lighting of The Collection’s 40-foot-tall holiday tree, which will be adorned in thousands of twinkling lights and ornaments.
New to this year’s event will be the addition of the Eat Drink and Be Merry VIP Garden, where guests may indulge in a selection of holiday-inspired refreshments donated by Casa Agria, Strey Cellars and 8th Devil Distributing. Sponsored by neighboring residential communities Mosaic and Tempo at RiverPark, guests are required to purchase tickets to enter; all proceeds from the Eat Drink and Be Merry VIP Garden will benefit Ventura County regional food bank, FOOD Share. Tickets to the Eat Drink and Be Merry VIP Garden may be purchased at www.TheCollectionRP.com.
The evening will continue with live performances from local favorites including Julian Martinez, who famously performed on NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice;” Ventura County Ballet Company; Rubicon Theatre and more. Santa Claus will also arrive to the celebration to greet guests and head to Santa’s Beach House on Town Center Drive where he will be available for photos with visitors through Dec. 24. A spectacular fireworks and light show will cap off the evening of festivities. The Collection’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration has been generously sponsored by Kirby Subaru of Ventura.
“The Collection is proud to share this special evening with the thousands of citizens who seek a magical celebration to commemorate the start of the holiday season,” said Stefanie Muegel, Marketing Director for The Collection. “As a shopping center that loves our home community of Ventura County, we are excited to be able to host this beloved event year after year.”
About the Collection (TheCollectionRP.com)
The Collection at RiverPark is a 750,000 square foot, open-air specialty retail center located in the heart of West Ventura County. Inspired by the beauty of the California coast, The Collection reflects the unique atmosphere of the surrounding seaside communities. The Collection is built around a town grid of retail streets, each of which has its own personality-a carefully crafted assortment of established and contemporary designer shops, distinctive dining, and signature entertainment venues. Anchors include Target, Century RiverPark 16, REI, Whole Foods Market, H&M, 24-Hour SuperSport and The Container Store. Restaurants include Yard House, Larsen’s Grill, Gen Korean BBQ, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Maria’s Italian Kitchen and more. Follow us on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram at TheCollectionRP.
BMI-PacWest, Inc. provides preventative heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance and project solutions for commercial and industrial customers throughout the Central Coast, as well as Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura, and the surrounding areas. With the support of sister-company BMI Mechanical, Inc., that territory expands to include Central California and North Los Angeles County.
BMI-PacWest’s solutions deliver measureable results in improved energy efficiency and system reliability, while reducing operating costs and financial risk for customers.
The company provides its customers with consistency in comfort cooling and heating, equipment reliability for business processes, and custom design-build solutions for their facilities.
Its programs keep properties safe, clean and comfortable.
BMI-PacWest is headquartered in Santa Maria; and BMI Mechanical is headquartered in Tulare, with an additional office in Bakersfield. BMI is family-owned and operated, and is celebrating more than 107 years in business.
For more information about BMI, please visit www.bmimechanical.com.
Last week in this space we summarized the findings of the Third Annual CalChamber Poll, which found California voters generally anxious about the future. Voters are very concerned about the cost of living – especially as it might affect the ability of their children to live in California. They cite the cost of housing, taxes and crime as concerns that are not being adequately addressed by the Legislature.
So how will voter attitudes translate to politics? This is speculative, of course, since the poll measured a point-in-time about a year ahead of the general election. But gauging voter priorities is important to understand how candidates can and should present their ambitions to voters in the coming year.
The most striking finding is that a theoretical Republican gubernatorial candidate may be down, but not out.
For example, a week after Donald Trump was elected in 2016, a Democratic candidate had a 12-point advantage over a Republican, 42% to 30%.
This year, surveying the same likely 2018 general election voter, the Democrat led by only three points, 41% to 38%. Since President Trump’s approval ratings have not improved in the past year, the most likely explanation of this movement is dissatisfaction among California voters with the performance of elected Democrats.
This is supported by a finding that majority of voters are concerned that the Legislature (82%) and Governor (63%) “are out of touch with the issues that are most important to people like me.”
To be sure, you can’t beat somebody with nobody. Democratic candidates with long résumés are motivating their voters by hammering on President Trump, and Republican candidates are widely unknown. Nonetheless, voters want the next Governor to try to work with the President to solve California’s problems.
An overwhelming (and bipartisan) majority of voters (71%) agree that “the state Legislature is spending too much time and attention resisting President Trump instead of trying to solve the real-life problems Californians face.” And by a 57% to 16% margin, voters would vote for a gubernatorial candidate “who does not support President Trump, but who would work with the President to get California’s fair share of federal funding.”
In fact, even California voters value an anti-establishment bent.
A majority (54%) of voters agree that, “regardless of your feelings toward Donald Trump, his opposition towards the traditional political establishment is necessary.” While Democrats and Republicans are split on the question, voters who do not affiliate with a party agree with this sentiment by a 58% – 37% margin.
Looking at a hypothetical candidate for the Legislature, statewide voters tagged tougher anti-crime positions, fixing water infrastructure and changing teacher seniority rules as the most important issues. Voters were least impressed with candidates who supported the recent gas tax hike or who support changing the private health care system to create either a “Medicare for All” or single-payer system.
Finally, voters still firmly support (73%) the all-party primary system, where the top two candidates in a primary election, regardless of party, advance to the general election. Regardless of political affiliation, Democrat (82%), Republican (59%) and no affiliation (73%) voters supported the current election system.
The CalChamber poll was conducted online by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) from October 4 to October 6, 2017 among n=1,000 definite California voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.1% at the 95% confidence level.