Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
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June 11

Executive Committee 

Meeting @ 12pm

Chamber Boardroom


June 11

Ambassador Committee 

Meeting @ 4pm

Chamber Boardroom


June 18

Government Committee 

Meeting @ 3:30pm

Chamber Boardroom


 June 19

Marketing Committee
 Meeting @ 11am

Chamber Boardroom 


June 20

After Hours Mixer @ 5pm

Spa Resort Casino

401 W Amada Rd


 Lead$ Lunches

Tuesdays @ Noon

El Mirasol Restaurant        

140 E. Palm Canyon Drive     

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 PresidentPalm Springs Convention Center


 David Gandolfo, Vice President

Palm Springs Airport Self Storage


Jerry Noonan, Vice President

Fisherman's Market & Grill

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Palm Springs Chamber 

Board of Directors


Ryan Brown, Classic Party Rentals


Aftab Dada, Hilton Palm Springs


Jeff Grubbe, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians


Mary Jardin, The Palm Springs Follies


Mike Keane, Milauskas Eye Institute


Martin Massiello, Eisenhower Medical Center


Keith McCormick, Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions  


Joel Ontiveros, Airport Quick Car Wash


Tammy Perezchica, Canyon Commercial Services, Inc.


David Portener, TravelHost Magazine 


Patrick Service, Las Casuelas Terraza 

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Miro's Mediterranean Continental Cusine  for hosting a fabulous mixer.

Ribbon Cutting photo at the Coachella Valley iHub.Mayor Steve Pougnet cut the ribbon to welcome Coachella Valley iHub to Palm Springs.

The SoCal Coyotes
Ribbon Cutting photo at The SoCal Coyotes celebrating their new offices in Palm Springs and launching of the HOWL (Head of Household Work Leadership) Program!

Palm Springs Regional Assoc. of Realtors
Ribbon Cutting photo at the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS, celebrating 84 years! Thanks to Councilmember Rick Hutcheson and CEO Randy Wiemer for a great Event!

Ribbon Cutting photo from the Grand Opening of Blossom Clothing Store at 333 S Indian Canyon Ste. E in Palm Springs.



Wayne Ennis

American Medical Response Corp.

1111 Montalvo Way

Palm Springs CA 92262

Phone: (760)883-5010


Marty Webster

Aspen Mills Bread Company

555 S. Sunrise Way   #101

Palm Springs CA 92264

Phone: (760)323-3123


Kami French

Blue Coyote Grill

445 N. Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs CA 92262-5602

Phone: (760)327-1196


Andrea Madrigal

Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs

450 S. Sunrise Way

Palm Springs CA 92262

Phone: (760)327-1304


Laura Harris

Chase Bank at the Smoketree Commons

2465 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 1205

Palm Springs CA 92264

Phone: (760)325-1096   Fax: (760)322-3185


Clifford Bowen

Chipotle Mexican Grill

2465 East Palm Canyon, Bldg. 11, Ste 1110

Palm Springs CA 92264

Phone: (760)325-0346


James Meier

Desert Sun Media Group

750 N. Gene Autry Trail

Palm Springs CA 92262-5463

Phone: (760)322-8889


Dr Dennis E Spurgin

555 Tachevah Drive, 3W Suite 101

Palm Springs CA 92262

Phone: (760)327-9402


Golriz  "Reese" Fozouni 

Falls Prime Steakhouse

155 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite #A-21-27



Daniel Jessup    

Jessup Auto Plaza

68-111 Highway 111

Cathedral City CA 92234

Phone: (760)328-9999


Paulette Monarrez

Korakia Pensione

257 S. Patencio Road

Palm Springs CA 92262

Phone: (760)864-6411




Johannes Bacher


196 S. Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262

Phone: (760)778-0017


John Mich

Kaiser Permanente

73-733 Fred Waring Drive, Ste. 110

Palm Desert CA 92260

Phone: (760)341-1425


Jack Lacy

Lasr-Ink / CPR (Central Printer Resources)

4599 E. Ramon Road

Palm Springs CA 92264

Phone: (760)778-4444


Todd Flood

Maracas Mexican Restaurant

155 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite B1

Palm Springs CA 92262

Phone: (760)322-9654


Lena Zimmerschied

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

1 Tram Way

Palm Springs CA 92262-1827

Phone: (760)325-1391


Thomas Salinas

Palm Springs Rental Agency

225 S. Civic Dr. #7

Palm Springs CA 92262

Phone: (760)320-7451


Scott M Aaronson

Scott M Aaronson  MD

1221 N. Indian Canyon Dr

Palm Springs CA 92262-4875

Phone: (760)325-5255


Jim D'Amico

Super Media LLC

3401 Centrelake Drive, Suite 500

Ontario CA 91761

Phone: (909)390-5000


For the generous contributions of 

Raffle Prizes for   May's mixer!

Advertising Special Continues!

50% off Newsletter Advertising and       E-Blast's.  

Click on the brochure above for a direct link to view online.

Reserve the Chamber Board Room!
Need a location for your next business meeting?
One of the many perks of your Chamber Membership includes: 
50% OFF BoardRoom Rental!
Pricing (Member/Non-Member):
2 hours - $40 / $80
4 hours - $50 / $100
8 hours - $100 / $200
Subject to availability.  
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June 2013 
Business Matters Newsletter
President's Circle Sponsors
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New Members
Annual Installation & Awards Luncheon, June 25
Flashback Photo - Police & Fire Luncheon
Stater Brothers Charities Present Check to American Heart & Stroke Association
After Hours Mixer June 20
Travel to France with the Palm Springs Chamber!
Five Things Employees Think They Are Entitled to at Work
Lead$ Lunch at El Mirasol Restaurant, Tuesdays at Noon
Five General Safety Training Standards



Payroll Service
1880 Century Park East 
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 788-9401


Asian Bistro ~ Jane Zou  
362 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
(760) 322-9998
Blossom ~ Melissa Carillo / Cynthia Castro
333 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite E
Palm Springs, CA
(760) 851-2631  E-Mail:

Desert Moving Co. & Storage ~ Lindsey Rhein  
Moving & Storage
82-585 Showcase Parking, A-101
Indio, CA 92203
(760) 200-9494

Friends of Roy's Foundation ~ Tor Buck  
Non-Profit Organization
PO Box 10065 
Palm Desert, CA 92255
(760) 459-4762 

Got Pain? ~ Don Sampias / Marie Arteaga  
Health & Wellness
13641 Bryant Street
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Oscar's ~ Chris McElroy  
125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 108
Palm Springs, CA

TACS, Inc.~ Joanne Plummer    
Accounting / Bookkeeping / Tax Services
3832 E. Sunny Dunes Road 
Palm Springs, CA 92264       
(760) 416-3036

The NestEggg Group, LLC.~ Robert Jeffrey Wolter  
Accounting / Bookkeeping / Tax Services
258 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
(760) 322-4622

Winston Griffin ~ Shirley Griffin
Real Estate - Investment Properties
1114 Sweetbriar Drive 
Glendale, CA 91206
(818) 243-5563  E-Mail:


Zugates, Valerie ~ Valerie Zugates
Associate / Individual
PO Box 439 Palm Springs, CA 92263
(760) 861-1189  E-Mail:


business of the year  



Join us for our Annual Installation & Awards Luncheon 


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

11am Check-in ~ 11:30am Luncheon

Renaissance Palm Springs

$55 per person

Reservations are required ~ Sponsorships available.

Register online at


Congratulations to This Year's Amazing Award Winners!




 The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce has named Barbara and Jerry Keller, owners of the restaurants LuLu in Palm Springs and Acqua Pazza at the River in Rancho Mirage as the 2013 Business Persons of the Year.  Mayor Steve Pougnet will present the award during the Annual Installation and Awards Luncheon slated for June 25, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.  


 Mayor Steve Pougnet will also present awards to CareFusion, Large Business of the Year, Socialize Palm Springs, Medium Business of the Year, and BuzzFactory, Small Business of the Year.


  Jody Weikal,  Palm Springs Errands and More, was unanimously selected as the Chamber's Ambassador of the Year. 



Andrew Starke, Palm Springs POWER Baseball, will be turning 

the gavel over to Ulrich McNulty, Schlecht, Shevlin and Shoenberger

as President 2013/2014. 



New board members this year include Erin Scott, Integrated Wealth Management, Carolyn Caldwell, Desert Regional Medical Center, and Scot Koehler, Time Warner Cable


Retiring Board members Tim Ellis, Palm Mountain Resort & Spa and Mary Jardin, The Palm Springs Follies, will be honored for their years of service on the Board of Directors.


Tickets for the luncheon are $55 per person and may be purchased online at or by calling the Chamber office 760/325-1577.



3rd Annual Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon

Police and Fire 2013


May 2nd, 2013 

The third annual Palm Springs Police and Fire Appreciation Luncheon was held at the Palm Springs Convention Center and honored businessman and philanthropist Harold Matzner with the second Richard M. Milanovich Community Leadership Award. 




Eisenhower Medical Center sponsored a free seminar explaining the Affordable Care Act and how California Insurance Exchanges will affect your business.

Martin Massiello (COO of Eisenhower Medical Center), Nona Watson (CEO Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Starke (President of Palm Springs POWER Baseball)


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WHAT:               Check presentation to the American Heart & Stroke Association

WHERE:              #120 East Yucca Valley Stater Bros. Supermarket

                             58060 29 Palms Highway Yucca Valley, 92284

WHEN:                Wednesday, June 5th  12:00 pm

 WHY:                  Stater Bros. Charities partnered with the American Heart & Stroke Association during the month of February, which is National Heart Month, to help fight heart disease and stroke.  Stater Bros. Charities will be presenting a check to the American Heart & Stroke Association in the amount of $364,901. 


COST:                     FREE and open to General Public.



Save the Date!
After Hours Mixer
Thursday June 20th, 2013



Click on FLYER below for full details!

Five Things Employees Think They Are Entitled to 
at Work... But Aren't 




My Employees often tell me they are legally entitled to certain things at work, but I can't find any laws that prove them right or wrong. How can I handle these demands?



It's not uncommon for employees to insist there are laws giving them certain workplace rights, when in fact no such laws exist. Here are some common examples:


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Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children-in-need, education for both youth and adults, services for the elderly and care for our Nation's Veterans.  Funds are raised throughout the year from generous customers, supplier friends, and caring members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information log onto


About Stater Bros. Markets

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2012 of $3.9 billion.  The Company currently operates 166 Supermarkets, and there are over 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  Throughout the year 2013, Stater Bros. will be celebrating 77 years of proudly serving Southern California Families.


About the American Heart & Stroke Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart & Stroke Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.  To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases - two of America's leading killers - the American Heart & Stroke Association funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health.  To learn more or join the American Heart Association in helping all Americans live longer, healthier lives call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit 


Five Things Employees Think They Are Entitled to at Work... But Aren't



My Employees often tell me they are legally entitled to certain things at work, but I can't find any laws that prove them right or wrong. How can I handle these demands?


It's not uncommon for employees to insist there are laws giving them certain workplace rights, when in fact no such laws exist. Here are some common examples:

Cell Phones:

            Have you noticed employees are suddenly spending a great deal of work time texting or using social media on their cell phones?

            Employees have NO legal right to possess or use personal cell phones in the workplace. Employers may prohibit employees from bringing cell phones to work entirely, or may require that they be turned off and/or put away during the work day. Of course during meal breaks, when employees do have the right to leave the premises, they may use their cell phones.

Smoke Breaks:

            Smokers may insist they have the right to more (or longer) breaks in order to satisfy their nicotine habit.

            Employees are, of course, entitled to a certain number of 10-minute paid breaks based on the number of hours they work, but during those breaks they may be required to remain on the employer's premises.

            Since smoking indoors in the work-place is generally prohibited, and an employer may ban smoking anywhere on its property, employees may be limited to smoking only during their meal breaks and only off the property.

Bereavement Leave:

            What do you do when your receptionist tells you her husband's Great Uncle Joe has passed away, and she will be taking three days of bereavement leave to go to the out of town funeral?

            There is NO Federal or State law giving employees a right to any bereavement leave in any situation, no matter how close a relative has passed away. Most employers do choose to give bereavement leave, but each employer may determine what degree of relation is required to use such leave.

            (NOTE: In California, if an employer offers bereavement leave for the death of a spouse, it must also offer the same for the death of a registered domestic partner.)

Choice of Vacation Days:

            Your busiest month of the year is coming up. And an employee tells you he'll be taking a two-week vacation to Tahiti right in the middle of it.

            Although your employee may have plenty of vacation time in his vacation bank, he has NO legal right to demand to take vacation at any particular time. As an employer, you may always approve or deny vacation requests based on legitimate business needs.

            Be careful not to deny vacation requests that may be seen as illegal retaliation, such as telling a woman who has recently returned from pregnancy disability leave that she can't take a vacation because she has already taken too much time away from work.

Paid Family Leave:

            You have 20 employees and one announces he'll be taking his six weeks of Paid Family Leave when his baby is born next month.

            The Paid Family Leave program is simply an Insurance Policy that the State of California requires employees to buy through a mandatory payroll deduction (which provides wage replacement when an employee takes a leave for baby bonding or to care for an ill family member), but it does NOT give any employee a right to take a protected leave for baby bonding.

            Unless an employee has a legal right to baby bonding leave under the California Family Rights Act or the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, an employer is NOT required to give an employee time off simply because wage replacement insurance exists through the Paid Family Leave Insurance program.

FiveAugust 1st, 2013


Five General Safety Training Standards 

Apply to Most Companies




We are a small human resources consulting firm and are developing our Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). Could you give some examples of the necessary training items that should be included for our particular industry IIPP?




Typically, when companies begin to deal with California's/Cal/OSHA Safety Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, there are five general requirements that apply to all California Industries and Training for Company personnel.  Other requirements may apply depending on the size of the company and whether it is rated as a high or low-hazard industry.


Five Basic Standards:


There are five basic General Industry Safety Order (GISO) standards that apply to almost every company. These are:


          * The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (GISO Section 3203);

          * Emergency Action Plan (GISO Section 3220);

          * Fire Prevention Plan (GISO Section3221);

          * Hazard Communication Program (HAZCOM, GISO Section                      5194);

          * Repetitive Motion Injuries (Ergonomics, GISO Section 5110).


The HAZCOM Standard may appear to be out of place in the Office Environment, but if there are cleaning or duplicating materials or other chemicals that are used and have Manufacturer's Warnings in the form of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), employees are to have access to the data sheets.


Because of the number of processes, machines, and industries addressed in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, the IIPP was written in performance language. It would be humanly impossible to address every circumstance in which an employee is to be trained for every industry and task in California.


Therefore it is incumbent on the employer to inform and train the employee to recognize in his/her specific workplace. Means and/or methods to mitigate these hazards shall be incorporated into the IIPP.


Additional Information about Safety Compliance also is available in the California Labor Law Digest and on