May 17th, 2017
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May 18th 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Rorie Johnston
Today, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee considered SB 567 (Lara: D-Bell Gardens), proposing multiple tax hikes on California businesses, who already have one of the highest tax burdens in the country, subsequently making California even less competitive. 

The California Chamber of Commerce is opposing this bill. Here is a snippet how this bill will affect both family-owned businesses and corporations:

Family-Owned Businesses Hurt
Specifically, SB 567 targets family-owned businesses that transfer the business upon death to other family members. Under SB 567, the family members who inherit the business/property, would be forced to pay capital gains on the property that has appreciated in value, if the family member(s) have an adjusted gross income of $1 million or more. 

Harms Corporations
SB 567 also seeks to eliminate the current deduction allowed for compensation paid to executive officers for achieving performance-based goals. This proposal would harm all corporations, but more specifically, those companies incorporated in California.

Finally, California already has the highest personal income tax and sales tax rates in the country, and one of the highest corporate tax rates as well. Californians just approved various tax increases and extensions on the November 2016 ballot. Additionally, state appropriations may exceed the Proposition 4 (Gann) limit, which over the next two years may trigger significant tax reductions.

I encourage you to read the full article, SB 567 Multi Tax Hikes on California Employers. As the Senate committee met today, there will be more to report on this bill, soon. 
Rorie Johnston
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Members meeting with Council
Mike Morasco

Coffee with the Council

Tuesday, May 23
7:30 - 9:00 am 
Escondido Chamber of Commerce 

John Masson

Workshops for Revenue

Your time is valuable! That is why we are bringing you two workshops designed to give you the knowledge and tools to elevate your business with digital marketing tools that save time and bring dollars. 

SCORE's Digital Business Automation for Sales & Marketing
Designed to help any size business to understand the key elements and fundamentals needed to automate many aspects of the marketing and sales processes. 

Getting Started with Constant Contact
A live, guided demonstration of the tools and features inside Constant Contact's email marketing system. Suitable for anyone new to Constant Contact or those who want to learn how to use this online marketing tool. You are welcome to bring your laptop for hands on assistance.

SCORE's Digital Business Automation for Sales & Marketing
Location: Escondido Chamber of Commerce
Date/Time: Thursday, May 18th 9:30 am - 11:30 am
RSVP (drop ins welcome)

Location: Escondido Chamber of Commerce
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 24th 8:00 am - 10:00 am
RSVP by May 22nd
San Diego Union Tribune
J. Harry Jones 

Negotiations have fallen apart between Palomar Health District and a developer who was chosen over five others to purchase the old Palomar Hospital property in downtown  EscondidoIn April, health district officials said they were confident details of the sale would be worked out by this month and that an announcement would be forthcoming soon.  But Monday night Bob Hemker, president and CEO of the district, read a statement during the board of director's monthly meeting that indicated the buyer had backed out.  He said that after Palomar Health narrowed the bids last year and selected a developer, the district began its due diligence. He said the district has been in constant discussion with the developer since that time.

Old Palomar Hospital sale falls through
News Desk

Jeffrey Epp, who has been the interim City Manager of Escondido for several weeks, and Michael McGuiness, who has been interim City Attorney for the same period, have both been confirmed in those jobs permanently.  During a closed session of the Escondido City Council last week it unanimously voted to appoint Jeffrey Epp as the Escondido City Manager and Michael McGuiness as the City Attorney.  Epp and McGuiness were serving as the Interim City Manager and Interim City Attorney respectively.

Escondido city council appoints city manager and city attorney
San Diego County Water Authority
James Palen & Mike Lee

The San Diego County Water Authority has received a $1 million incentive from the California Public Utilities Commission to build and deploy intelligent energy storage that will save ratepayers money and stretch the energy output potential of solar panels already installed at the Water Authority's Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant. The energy storage project, through an agreement with Santa Clara-based Green Charge, is expected to save the Water Authority nearly $100,000 per year in energy costs by using industrial-sized batteries to maximize the value of energy generated at the treatment plant.

Annual Dinner 

Special thanks to our Sponsors
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The 107th Annual Installation and Awards dinner 
is right around the corner! 
Enjoy an evening of entertainment and fine dining 
as we celebrate excellence in Escondido.

Reservation & Sponsorship requested by May 29
For reservations and sponsorship click here
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