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February 12

Executive Committee 

Meeting at 12pm

Chamber Boardroom


February 12

Ambassador Committee Meeting at 4pm

Chamber Boardroom


February 19

Government Committee Meeting at 3:30pm

Chamber Boardroom


February 20

Marketing Committee 

Meeting at 11am

Chamber Boardroom


February 21

Board Meeting at 8am

Chamber Boardroom

February 27

After Hours Mixer at 5pm

Colony 29 / CVB

147 S Tahquitz Drive 


 Lead$ Lunches

Tuesdays at Noon

Nicolino's Restaurant

440 S El Cielo Road 

Palm Springs Chamber 

Executive Board


Andrew Starke, President

Palm Springs Power Baseball Club


Tim Ellis, Past President

Palm Mountain Resort and Spa


Ulrich McNulty, President Elect

Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger


John Dahlin, Treasurer

Maryanov, Madsen, Gordon & Campbell


James Canfield, Vice President

Palm Springs Convention Center


David Gandolfo, Vice President

Palm Springs Airport Self Storage


Jerry Noonan, Vice President

Fisherman's Market & Grill


Ken Wheat, Vice President

Desert Regional Medical Center

 Matchbox for hosting a great
Chamber Mixer!
Oranj Palm Vacation Homes

February 27 @ 1:00pm

1775 E Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Medical Imaging
February 14 @ 11:30am
333 N Palm Canyon Drive
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Palm Springs Chamber 

Board of Directors


Ryan Brown, Classic Party Rentals


Mary Jardin, The Palm Springs Follies


Mike Keane, Groove Marketing


Martin Massiello, Eisenhower Medical Center


Joel Ontiveros, Airport Quick Car Wash


Aftab Dada, Hilton Palm Springs


Jeff Grubbe, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians


Keith McCormick, Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions


Tammy Perezchica, Canyon Commercial Services, Inc.


David Portener, TravelHost Magazine 

Palm Springs Library
Design Pure + Simple
Golf with Freedom
The Accounting Office

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Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Jason Dibler

701 E. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92264




Acqua Pazza California Bistro

Willie Rhine

71800 Hwy 111,  Suite A-167

The River, Rancho Mirage CA 92270




Al Dente Trattoria

Edgar Rodriguez

491 N. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262





Steve Kirk

2552 San Mateo Circle

Palm Springs CA 92264

(760)322-3235 www.atmone.com


The Classic Club

Greg Rubino

75-200 Classic Club Blvd

Palm Desert CA 92211

(760)601-3600 www.classicclubgolf.com


Desert Cow Computers

Dominique & Mark Fruchtman

68269 Pasada Road

Cathedral City CA 92234




Desert Radio Group

Jay White

1321 N. Gene Autry Trail

Palm Springs CA 92262

(760)322-7890 www.knewzradio.com


Johnny Costa's Ristorante

Kathleen Bennett

440 S. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262




Lennar Homes

Tara Conklin

391 N. Main Street, Ste. 300

Corona CA 92880

(951)817-3500 www.lennar.com


Mercedes Benz of Palm Springs

Jim Harmon

4095 E. Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs CA 92264-5233




Nancy Whitlock

P. O. Box 1418

Palm Springs CA 92263-1418




Pacific Western Bank

Ginger Cowan

601 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs CA 92262




Palm Springs Presbyterian Church

Christine Dickerson

815 S. Camino Real 

Palm Springs CA 92264

(760)320-2769 www.pspresby.org


Pomme Frite

JC Constant

256 S. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262



Sands RV & Golf Resort

Erlinda Iverson

16400 Bubbling Wells Road

Desert Hot Springs CA 92240



Trilussa Italian Ristorante

Sam Pace

68-718 Hwy 111, Suite 401

Cathedral City CA 92234




United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Amanda Burr

1555 E Alejo Rd

Palm Springs CA 92262




Villa Royale Inn & 

Europa Restaurant

David Shahriari

1620 S. Indian Trail

Palm Springs CA 92264

(760)327-2314 www.villaroyale.com

Wang's in the Desert

Pieter Van Winkle

424 S. Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262



February Newsletter 
Business Matters
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President's Circle Sponsors
TOPPresident's Circle Sponsors

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New Members
Say Goodbye to the Mall!
The Pinnacle Fund Presents $14,242 to Arts & Technology Projects
Annual Golf Tournament
What to do When Non-English Conversations Spark Complaint
How Alternative Workweeks Apply to Temporary Workers
Fast Forward Breakfast Meetings - Important City Updates!
Nestlé Waters North America Installs Two Wind Turbines at Cabazon Plant
ChristmasTime on the Seine in France
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Aleman Electric ~ Carmelo Aleman
3778 Calle de Carlos, Apt A, Palm Springs CA 92264
ColorGlo of Palm Springs ~
460 N. Hermosa Drive, 
Palm Springs CA 92262 

Leisure Wheels Quadracycles, LLC 

Lifecare Solutions ~ 
Candido Barreto
72216 Northshore Street, Palm Springs CA 92276 (760)343-7921 
Marion Ashley, County Supervisor
1330 Rimrock Drive, Perris, CA 92570 (951)657-7331

Mary Kay Cosmetics ~ Eileen Fricke
46W 605 Kelley Road, Hampshire, IL 60140 (708)269-8510 www.marykay.com/efricke 

Mission Springs Water District ~ 
66575 2nd Street, 
Desert Hot Springs CA 92240 

Nicolino's Italian Restaurant ~ 
Linda or Elaine
440 S. El Cielo Road, Palm Springs CA 92262 (760)322-5579
PIA Realty Group ~ 
Lisa Molinar
27 La Plaza, Palm Springs CA 92262 (760)325-2223
Safelite Auto Glass ~ Laura Dugger

ScreenMobile of Palm Springs ~ Mark Russo
19278 Cottonwood Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241 
(760)322-0500 www.screenmobile.com 


THE Accounting Office ~ 
Michael Patterson

68-733 Perez Drive, Cathedral City CA 92234 (760)534-9541

Tom Napoli, CPA / Tax Preparation & Accounting Services

Tomalak Tile and Stone Eric Tomalak

77530 Enfield Lane, Bldg. B, Palm Desert CA 92211 

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The Pinnacle Fund, The Foundation for Palm Springs Unified School District, presented $14,242 to teachers and administrators whose sixteen grant proposals had been accepted for the Fund's 2012-2013 Dr. Lorri S. McCune Grant Program at the Tuesday, January 22nd meeting of the District Board.


The largest grants of approximately $2,500 each in the Collaborative Grant Category regarding the Fund's focus for "Putting Arts and Technology Back in the Classroom," were presented to Desert Hot Springs High School for development of a literary magazine; to Katherine Finchy Elementary School for a robotics program that will allow students to build and program real-life robotics solutions; and to Palm Springs High School for a replacement scrim that will benefit the school's large productions, concerts and seminars.  Continue Reading Here. 

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          We have many nationalities of employees at work. While we try to ensure that employees respect diversity, recently a new employee complained that she thought she was being talked about and/or excluded from conversations because employees were speaking in a language that she did not understand. To eliminate this problem, can we require that all employees speak English?



          In California, there is a law that prevents most employers from requiring only English be spoken at work unless it is a business necessity. Government Code Section 12951 applies to employers with five or more employees with the exception of a non-profit religious association or corporation not organized for profit.

          An English-only rule is permitted only when it is absolutely necessary for the safe and efficient operation of the business and there is no other alternative, such as where dangerous equipment is being used and clear communication about that equipment is essential to employee safety.  Continue Reading Here. 

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How Alternative Workweeks Apply 

to Temporary Workers


            Is an employee, placed temporarily with an employer by a placement agency, subject to the provisions of an alternative workweek in place at the job where the employee is placed? Who is responsible for resolving a labor dispute with a temporary employee - the placement agency or the employer where the worker was placed? 




The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has consistently taken the position that temporary workers may be hired into an alternative workweek setting with no overtime obligation after eight hours in a day so long as they are employed for the entire regularly scheduled alternative workweek.


Temporary workers employed for less than the entire workweek must be paid the applicable overtime after eight hours in any one day.


Placement Scenarios:


Temporary employees may be placed in a location in one of two ways:

      * If the placement agency places employees with an employer for a normal flat fee or commission, the workers actually are employed by the employer where the workers are placed.

       * If the placement agency is paid on an hourly or other basis for the placement, there is a joint employment relationship between the two entities. The Placement Agency in this case is simply renting its employees out on much the same basis as a company might rent its equipment.


Labor Disputes:


When the employment agency simply places workers for a flat fee or commission, the Labor Commissioner would look to the employer where the worker is placed to resolve any labor dispute.


In a joint employment scenario, however, the obligation for ensuring that any overtime is paid rests with both entities. In this instance, the Labor Commissioner may look to either the placement agency or the employer where the worker was placed to resolve a dispute.

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Nestl� Waters North America Installs 

Two Wind Turbines at Cabazon Plant


Nestl� Waters North America (NWNA) is celebrating its inaugural renewable energy project with the installation of two wind turbines at its Cabazon plant, where the company produces its Arrowhead� and Nestl� Pure

 Life� brand bottled waters.


The turbines - two 1.6 MW GE Wind Turbines - will produce an average of 12,900,000 kilowatt hours annually, powering the equivalent of 1,100 U.S. homes and providing up to one third of the energy needed to power the factory. The project will also help save 7,320 tons of CO2 emissions, offsetting the equivalent emissions from 20,687 oil barrels and saving the equivalent of 1,897 acres of trees. This project will not only create green jobs, but help move renewable energy forward in the state of California. 


NWNA partnered with Foundation Wind Power to procure the wind turbines. Under a Power Purchase Agreement, Foundation Windpower installs, owns and operates the wind turbines, and NWNA purchases the power produced under a long-term agreement.


To read more about NWNA's commitment to sustainability, please visit www.nestle-watersna.com.  

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Discrimination Possibility

          The situation you describe is generally not one of business necessity to require English only. It may be that the employees are more comfortable speaking in their native language, a language other than English. There may also be a more subtle form of discrimination on the basis of race or nationality, which may be the reason the employee feels excluded from conversations.

          All employers are required to have a policy against harassment/discrimination which informs employees that they have the right to be free of harassment/discrimination at work. That policy should be clearly communicated to employees and enforced to ensure that all employees feel like they are not being discriminated against or harassed because of their nationality or race.

          Often when employees do not understand what is being said, they assume that other employees are talking badly about them and do not want them to know what is being said. They also may feel like they are being treated differently because they are excluded.


Investigate Complaint

          In this situation, the employer needs to investigate the complaint to determine if harassment or discrimination has occurred and then take corrective action. In an investigation, the employer should talk to all parties involved and any witnesses. Although it may not have been the intent of the employees to harass or discriminate against the new employee, it is important to let those employees know that the new employee feels excluded.

          Often, employees are not aware that other employees may feel that they are being left out. If the conversation was personal and had nothing to do with the new employee, the employees should be told that breaks and meal periods, NOT work time, should be used for personal talk.


Diversity Training

          If an employer finds that there has been discrimination, the employer must take measures to ensure that the discriminatory conduct stops. Employees must be told that they may not exclude other employees or treat them with disrespect. Providing diversity training for employees will heighten the awareness of all employees to these issues.

          Employers should also ensure that all new employees are introduced to other employees and made to feel welcome. Developing a buddy system or mentor for a new employee will help him/her not to feel isolated, provide someone to talk to and help with the adjustment to a new work environment.

          Although each situation may vary, it is important that employees are not only aware of the communications that are occurring at work, but are mindful of potential discrimination issues.

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The Pinnacle Fund Presents $14,242 

to Arts and Technology Projects (continued)


Three grants of around $1,000 each in the School-Site Category were given to Desert Hot Springs High School for a calculated success project designed to assist students receiving Special Education; to Palm Springs High School in connection with assisting Special Education students in developing a documentary on The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles; and to Vista Del Monte Elementary School for a "Clicker Crazy" project that will enhance students use of CPS responders in the classroom.


In the Teacher/Classroom Mini-Grant Category, ten grants of approximately $500 each were awarded for projects ranging from digital camera integration with studio art to a symphony band artist in-residence program at Cathedral City High School; from an after school competitive math game to technology for special education students at Palm Springs High School. Rio Vista Elementary School was granted two Nook tablets in order to instill a passion for reading in the first grade.


In addition to these current grants, The Pinnacle Fund has raised and distributed over $200,000 for our local schools focusing on Putting Arts and Technology Back in the Classroom.


To learn more about The Pinnacle Fund, call 760.416.8455 or visit www.PinnacleFund.org.