The Oxnard Chamber is pleased to announce Oxnard Chamber’s Chairperson’s Awards of Excellence recipients at the Chamber's Annual Meeting and Installation of Directors on January 31, 2019. These dedicated individuals and organizations are leaders that greatly contribute to the success of our community.
2019 Chairperson's Awards of Excellence Recipients include:
Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin – Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin spearheaded an effort to secure approximately $80 million to fund the Rice Avenue overpass project at Fifth Street in Oxnard. The intersection has been labeled the third most dangerous rail crossing in California. Funding was granted by the California Transportation Commission. The project will be funded by California's increased gas tax. We sincerely thank Assemblymember Irwin for her diligence and persistence to secure funding for the project!
Steve Buenger – Steve stepped up to chair the Chamber's Political Action Committee when we had a vacancy in that position in 2018. Not only did he fill the chair, but he excelled in managing an extremely busy political year. In addition, he was the mastermind behind a very successful fundraiser for the PAC. Thank you, Steve!
Julie Mino – Julie's vocabulary doesn't seem to include the word "no." In fact, she uses the phrase, "How can I help?" quite often. Julie was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Chamber Board in May of 2018. She hasn't missed a meeting and actively participates in Chamber functions. Julie was also instrumental in the success of the PAC fundraiser when she amassed an array of items for prizes and auction items.
Haas Automation – Haas Automation has been a staunch supporter of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce for decades. In addition to their participation on the Board of Directors and overall financial support, in 2018 Haas stepped up and assumed sponsorship of the Oxnard Chamber in the Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties when the previous sponsor had to withdraw. Haas is an amazing company that has an incredible impact on our community through their workforce and charitable giving.
Oxnard Young Professionals (OXYP) – The OXYP began in 2017 with a small group of under-40 up-and-coming businesspeople. Their determination and hard work have resulted in a group of about 35 becoming very active in the Ventura County business community. One of the projects they took on in 2018 was to collect gift cards for the teen population at the Greater Oxnard / Port Hueneme Boys & Girls Clubs at Christmas. That sector is many times overlooked during the holidays.
The Chairman's Awards of Excellence will be given out at the Annual Meeting and Installation of Directors on January 31. The luncheon will be at the Residence Inn on Vineyard Avenue.
The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
The standard mileage rate for business use is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.
At its December 6 meeting, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors elected the 2019 Officers. Most of the faces will be quite familiar, as there wasn't much change from the later part of 2018.
Members may recall we had changes in officers mid-year in 2018 due to the relocation of the Board chair. Chair-Elect Stacy Miller stepped up to fill the vacancy at the end of April, and has agreed to stay in that position through 2019. Stacy is the principal of Stacy Miller Public Affairs.
Serving as Chair-Elect in 2019 is Celina Zacarias. Celina is the Senior Director of Community and Government Relations at California State University Channel Islands. Celina is very active with a number of other chambers of commerce, so we feel very lucky to have her as Chair-Elect.
Amy Fonzo has agreed to serve another year as the Chamber's Immediate Past Chair. Amy is the Manager of External Relations for California Resources Corporation, the largest producer of oil and gas in California.
Andrew Kiefer will remain in his position as Vice Chair / Treasurer, where he has served for the past two years. Andrew is the Managing Director for CBIZ MHM, LLC in Oxnard. His firm provides accounting and other services to help businesses grow.
New to the slate of Officers in 2019 is Craig Classen. Craig is Regional Vice President for Jani Tek Cleaning Solutions. Craig is active on the Chamber Ambassadors Committee and a graduate of the Oxnard Leadership program.
The Officers of the Oxnard Chamber make up its Executive Committee.
One of the Chamber’s signature publications is its annual Business and Community Guide. Advertising sales are now open for the 2019 edition.
As with past editions, the 2019 Guide will be distributed all over town. Most of the hotels in Oxnard make it available to their guests. With its eye-catching cover and beautiful photography, the Guide is something people hold onto and use as a buying reference.
The Business and Community Guide is completely compiled and produced by the Chamber, so in addition to promoting members’ goods and services, it’s a great way to support the organization as well.
Ad sales will be open until February 28. Prime advertising locations will go fast, so don’t delay. Contact the Chamber today to reserve your space. There are options to fit every budget.
The Oxnard Chamber Political Action Committee has endorsed three candidates for city council in the new district elections.
Of the four candidates seeking election to Oxnard city council in District 1, Ken Oplinger's qualifications and positions on issues certainly rose to the top of the list.
Ken has a long list of public service on planning commissions and served on the city council in Blaine, Washington. He currently chairs the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board and serves on the City of Santa Barbara Living Wage Advisory Board. He was recently appointed to the City of Santa Barbara Sales Tax Oversight Committee.
Ken Oplinger currently serves as the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region, where he has been since May 2013. He has been leading Chambers of Commerce in the Western US for over 25 years.
Ken and his family live near the beach in Oxnard. Voters in District 1 can learn more about Ken Oplinger from his website, www.ken4oxnard.com.
Gabriela Basua and Vianey Lopez are running in Districts 5 and 6, respectively. The Chamber PAC scrutinized their written questionnaire responses and interviewed both as well.
"We believe Basua and Lopez will be excellent additions to the Oxnard city council," noted Steve Buenger, Chair of the PAC. "They both understand how local government operates and how important it is to have a healthy business community."
Gabriela Basua lives in the College Estates neighborhood of Oxnard. She is the housing manager for the city of Port Hueneme. When asked what is the greatest challenge facing Oxnard, she replied that Oxnard's economic sustainability could affect public safety and infrastructure needs. She also noted that the city needs to maximize its revenue by partnering with businesses to ensure they are successful in order to maximize tax revenues. Ms. Basua is passionate about providing options for the homeless population in Oxnard.
Vianey Lopez currently serves on the Hueneme Elementary School District Board of Trustees and works for Assemblymember Monique Limon. She lives in the Redwood neighborhood of south Oxnard. Public safety is one of her priorities. She is also very concerned about the city's infrastructure needs – such as the wastewater treatment plant – and the city's bond rating. Vianey believes there are grant opportunities that should be explored to help with capital projects.