In order to more effectively represent the Oceanside business community, the Chamber's Emerging Issues Committee and Board of Directors recently adopted to following public policy guidelines to govern the Chamber's positions on a wide variety of important issues.
CIVIL LITIGATION REFORM
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote the elimination of lawsuit abuse and unwarranted or excessive litigation.
•Support efforts to promote efficient and cost-effective dispute resolution and consistent, fair and reasonable application of laws and regulations.
•Support placing reasonable limits on attorney contingency fees and allowing a prevailing party to recoup some or all of its litigation expenses if the action is found to have questionable merit or a reasonable settlement amount was refused.
•Support the use of arbitration, mediation and other alternatives to litigation.
•Support construction defect litigation reform to encourage residential construction.
•Support the reform of class-action and shareholder-derivative litigation procedures.
•Support efforts to improve California’s jury system.
•Support uniform standards for product liability cases.
•Support caps on non-economic damages, as in the medical malpractice area, and reasonable relationships between actual damages and punitive damages.
•Support continued reforms to the California Unfair Business Practices.
•Support maintaining the cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases (MICRA), and efforts to reduce unwarranted damage awards.
•Oppose attempts to publicize confidential business information obtained through the litigation discovery process.
•Oppose attempts to (1) undermine the ability of parties to enter into confidential settlement agreements or (2) to allow publicizing those agreements.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote, preserve and enhance a positive business climate and maintain competitiveness.
•Support programs that would reinstate funding of the California Trade and Commerce Agency.
•Support the California Employment Training Panel program.
•Support the State of California Manufacturers Investment Tax credit and the Research and Development Tax credit and other strategies that will support manufacturing and growth industry clusters that produce high multiplier effects and strengthen global competitiveness.
•Support the existence of the governor's foreign offices for international trade.
•Support programs and legislation that will promote Oceanside and North County as a location for business.
•Support programs and organizations that promote capital formation for new businesses in Oceanside and North County.
•Support city business incentive programs that take into account the current workforce trends, including the need to emphasize bio-and high technology training.
•Support programs and legislation that will enhance the quality of life in Oceanside and North County.
•Support a more balanced regulatory climate that enables businesses to overcome barriers to economic growth and comply with reasonable regulatory requirements.
•Support stable funding through identifiable source(s) and a public policy environment conducive to meeting the region's transportation, housing and workforce education needs.
•Support effective and timely communication between business, labor and the education community to assure that education and training programs are targeted to the needs of business.
•Support measures that encourage businesses to incorporate in California.
•Support measures that allow California businesses greater flexibility in choosing the type of entity under which to organize.
•Support legislation, regulations and government agency actions that protect, preserve, and give full consideration to the rights of private property owners.
•Oppose expansion of Federal empowerment zones and California enterprise zones.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote a strong education system that meets the needs of business for an educated and highly skilled workforce.
•Support playing an active and supportive role to maintain the importance of our schools to our communities.
•Support current requirement of a 55% vote necessary to pass local school bonds if conducted on the general election cycle, along with protections in bond measures to ensure objective fiscal and administrative oversight and accountability. Remain in support of the 67% vote requirement if a school bond election is not coordinated with the general election cycle.
•Support legislation allowing local districts to pass their own parcel taxes under the current regulations for local school bonds for facility improvements (i.e., 55% if conducted during the general election cycle and 67% for all other special elections). However, parcel tax measures must include language for (a) sunset provisions (b) a renewal by the voters on the general election cycle every four (4) years and (c) if education funding is augmented to a level approaching that collected from the parcel tax during flush times, then the parcel tax immediately sunsets at the conclusion of said fiscal year.
•Support appropriate funding for education facilities, technology, programs and teacher preparation with more local control over both revenues and expenditures.
•Support rigorous academic, technical and vocational coursework designed to provide the skills required for employment.
•Support a strong, accessible education system at all levels with statewide, globally competitive academic and performance-based standards emphasizing language, communication and math skills, rigorous academic coursework and practical workplace skills.
•Support locally determined priorities and implementation strategies for attaining statewide academic standards; cooperative action among educators, the business community, parents and community organizations to meet and exceed those standards. This includes discretion over higher, local standards, with local control over curriculum and textbooks and graduation requirements.
•Support business partnerships with universities strong in applied research capabilities to solve problems and provide students with opportunities for practical experience.
•Support the elimination of social promotion, performance-based evaluation of students’ work, statewide academic standards leading to higher expectations in learning and portability in certification.
•Support a safe and drug-free school environment.
•Support collaboration between educational entities involved in job training, such as community colleges, occupational training programs, universities, business organizations and non-profits to develop training programs closely linked to employer and labor market needs.
•Support adult retraining through incentive-based public and private sector programs.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote the protection of our environment without sacrificing economic prosperity or global competitiveness.
•Support legislation that recognizes that environmental quality and economic development are not mutually exclusive goals and that creates a balance to ensure businesses have the ability to grow and remain competitive.
•Support the involvement of regulated business in developing environmental protection, pollution prevention and emission reduction strategies.
•Support measures that utilize market-based incentives and not command-and-control approaches in the pursuit of environmental quality.
•Support environmental regulations that are based upon sound science (e.g., realistic risk assessments, accurate pollutant inventories and credible environmental and economic models) and produce achievable, cost effective and measurable benefits to public health and the environment.
•Support legislation that requires conducting thorough, independently reviewed cost-benefit analyses for all existing and proposed local, state and federal environmental laws, regulations and mandates.
•Support for statutory and regulatory flexibility for meeting environmental quality standards.
•Support environmental laws and regulations that provide general direction and overall policy and performance goals, rather than codify prescriptive requirements that restrict creativity to accomplish the desired result.
•Support streamlining the regulatory and permitting process in the environmental arena and eliminating overlapping, duplicative, and unnecessary regulations.
•Support fair compensation for property owners whose property has been adversely affected by the imposition of new or substantially changed environmental laws, regulations and mandates.
•Support improved methods and techniques for measuring, modeling and assessing environmental impacts and the effectiveness of control measures, including those related to air pollution control, energy usage, and urban runoff.
•Support Air Quality Management Plan revisions with control measures that are cost-effective, feasible, and achievable within the specified timeframes.
•Support consistency and coordination in the California Environmental Quality Act and other environmental review processes among governmental agencies to streamline environmental reviews, curb abuses such as excessive litigation, expand participation by project proponents and ensure fairness in environmental review fees.
• Support economically viable laws to protect the coastline and ocean resources from inadequately treated water and sanitary sewer overflows.
• Support practical science-based programs and projects to manage urban runoff and storm water in a cost effective and sustainable manner.
•Oppose environmental laws and regulations that create criminal liability without requiring traditional criminal intent.
•Oppose laws, regulations and agency actions that create conflicts or uncertainties in environmental compliance.
•Oppose measures that unfairly impose the costs and burdens of environmental quality on business, or that unfairly target specific businesses or industries.
•Oppose legislation that gives too much discretion to government agencies and officials or too little oversight or opportunity to appeal an agency’s or official’s decision.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote a continuous, ongoing review of the role of government in providing essential public services for the purposes of making government more understandable, more efficient, and more accountable to voters and taxpayers.
•Supports government which is streamlined in size and scope of authority so as to be more understandable to the public.
•Support existing mandates for accountability and oversight of government agencies to reduce waste and abuse of power.
•Support cost-effective municipal services to their communities.
•Support State-level restructuring efforts that clarify the roles of state and local governments and should identify long-term, stable funding sources for essential public services.
•Support the elimination of State and federal mandates if not adequately funded; local control must be restored to agencies that deliver local services.
•Support enactment of effective research/market-based pension reforms.
•Support decentralization and more local control where appropriate.
•Support reasonable, objective limits on government growth and expenditures, including caps based on inflation and populations growth.
•Support a more equitable method of distribution of funding of local governments.
•Support legislative review of existing statutes with an eye toward more equitably balancing the rights of employers, employees and organized labor.
•Oppose the imposition of inflexible, one-size-fits-all policies by the federal and state governments through the means of top-down, centralized command and control.
•Oppose future state raids on local government funding.
• Oppose efforts to make union organizing easier.
•Oppose unnecessary duplication among and within government departments and agencies.
HEALTH CARE REFORM
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote health care policies that provide the best solution in long-term control of both quality and cost of health care.
•Support measures that return the health care consumer to a position of control of their own health care decisions, including financial responsibilities
•Support federal and state income tax deductions for expenses incurred by citizens who choose to self-procure health care coverage in any form.
•Support plans that promote and encourage Consumer Directed Health Care (CDHC).
•Support plans that encourage more Americans to save for medical expenses tax-free by expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) and allowing those with Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA’s) to roll over unused balances to pay for future health care related expenses.
•Support measures that promote personal responsibility and accountability in Health Care.
•Support legislation and public policy that furthers the adoption and meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (HER) in hospitals, clinics and physician offices.
•Support expanded tax deductions for businesses offering health care coverage.
•Support Medicare reforms with appropriate levels of reimbursements.
•Support initiatives that allow companies to band together and form Small Business Health Plans that can negotiate lower prices and better choices than small businesses can find independently.
•Support tort reform that limits recoveries and attorney fee awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.
•Support legislation that would allow consumers to choose medical insurance from providers that are across state lines in addition to those that are within California.
•Support legislation that would require all healthcare users to pay a co-pay for services.
•Support elimination of cost shifting to the private sector by requiring reasonable cost-based reimbursements to health care providers contracting with government entities, including increased incentives for technologies or services that demonstrate long-term cost savings (e.g., preventative care services).
•Support consumerism and market-driven and consumer-driven health plans.
•Support reasonable flexibilities in the California nurse/patient ratio regulations.
•Support seismic mandate relief for hospitals in the form of funding and compliance deadline extensions.
•Support innovative health care programs based on quality, outcome data, and preventative care.
•Support workforce development initiatives that will increase the number of nurses and other health professionals needed in the community.
•Support fair competition between physicians, hospitals, and health plans in the health care market as the best means to achieve a more efficient and quality-driven health care system.
•Oppose any mandates upon employer-provided or forced employee health care coverage.
•Oppose new and/or expanded federal health benefit entitlement programs.
•Oppose any type of price controls.
•Oppose increases in existing governmental bureaucracy.
•Oppose mandatory staffing rations.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Support policies that facilitate and assist the creation of a full range of housing options necessary to accommodate California’s population and economic growth.
• Support legislation and policies that promote healthy jobs-housing balances in cities and counties.
•Support removal of legislative and regulatory barriers to the construction of homes sufficient to meet California’s basic needs for shelter.
•Support public/private policy and community project partnerships to provide transitional living, homeless and emergency shelters, as well as housing for individuals and families that cannot afford market-rate housing.
•Support regional planning and shared local government responsibility for meeting regional housing needs.
• Support fair, economically sensible land use and zoning, including a reasonable balance between residential and commercial uses, with proper consideration for jobs/housing mix.
•Support growth that takes advantage of existing mass transit corridors and stations and provides incentives for transit oriented development.
•Support growth in urban centers that allows a mix of land uses and densities.
•Oppose urban limit lines, moratoriums or other measures that stifle housing creation.
•Oppose legislation that would make housing in a Common Interest Development or Homeowners Association less desirable than housing outside of HOAs.
•Oppose the imposition of disproportionate tax, fee and assessment burdens on new homes to pay for community-wide infrastructure needs (roads, water, sewer, schools) that are not directly part of the new development.
•Oppose unfair application of zoning laws, including where businesses are unreasonably or unfairly treated.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote independent contractor tax status and a clear and concise definition of an independent contractor.
•Support a simple, clear definition of an independent contractor and align state with federal requirements.
•Support simplified rules that clarify the independent contractor/client relationship and reduce associated litigation.
•Support fair and consistent regulatory oversight.
•Oppose financial penalties, as well as back-tax and benefits responsibilities, for businesses that act in good faith but transgress in the classification of their workers as independent contractors.
•Oppose any legislation that imposes new requirements and liabilities on businesses who utilize the services of independent contractors.
•Oppose legislation that restricts or prohibits the use of independent contractors.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote multilateral trade throughout the world while adhering to the policies of the United States and international investment in Oceanside and trade with Oceanside businesses.
•Support legislation that allows open and fair competition and enhances the local business environment at the local, regional, and international levels of trade.
•Support legislation and programs that promote business investment in California and/or Oceanside.
•Support expansion of international trade as well as fast track free trade agreements with foreign nations where national security and safety is not compromised.
•Support bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements that further open markets for United States and California products.
•Support environmental policies that create a level playing field between the United States and foreign trade partners.
•Support efforts by other Oceanside agencies to expand international trade.
•Support adherence to United State’s intellectual property laws, including regulations on patents, copyrights, etc.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote measures enhancing the public safety of the businesses and residents of the city of Oceanside.
•Support a strong state, county and local public safety emergency response system including police, fire and medical treatment components that enhance the safety of residents and workers and the preservation of life and property.
•Support public safety programs that enhance the training equipping and education of public safety personnel to better serve their communities.
•Support technology and equipment issue that better facilitate the delivery of public safety services to the community.
•Support awareness programs from all levels of public and private organizations that educate people about business, home and personal safety and protection.
•Support legislation and funding for the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of white-collar, investment-fraud, and other business-related crimes.
REGULATORY REFORM/PERMIT STREAMLINING
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote the creation of reasonable, fair, cost-effective, fiscally and technically sound, streamlined and simplified regulatory environment that is business-friendly and does not put Oceanside, San Diego County or California businesses at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace.
•Support measures that reduce administrative burdens on businesses created by regulations and permit requirements.
•Support measures that require agencies to include substantial input from the regulated community before promulgating regulations.
•Support measures that increase agency accountability, including adequate and meaningful opportunities to appeal agency regulatory decisions.
•Support placing the burden on government agencies to justify any new regulations, including requiring agencies to evaluate alternatives to determine if there is a more cost-effective means of achieving the desired result.
•Support a requirement that the benefits to the public of any new regulation be shown to outweigh the full economic and compliance costs, as evidenced by a thorough analysis that is based on sound science and economics and includes independent peer review.
•Support mandatory, periodic reviews of existing regulations to ensure their continued usefulness, either by including sunset provisions or requiring the agencies justify existing regulations through independent cost-benefit analyses.
•Support measures that harmonize California and federal regulations, including a requirement that state and local agencies justify adopting any regulation that differs from federal regulations by making a finding that the cost of the state or local regulations is outweighed by a health, safety, welfare, or environmental benefit.
•Support expansion of the “one-stop” permit assistance centers across the state and other measures that streamline the permitting process, including consolidation of permitting processes and concurrent reviews whenever possible.
•Support programs to educate businesses on regulatory and permitting requirements and assist businesses in complying with those requirements.
•Support measures that ensure that regulatory and permitting requirements do not disadvantage small and medium-sized businesses.
•Support a full review of County of San Diego permitting processes and fees.
•Support efforts to make regulations clear, consistent and non-duplicative.
•Support programs and measures that promote fairness and even-handedness in the regulatory, permitting and inspection processes.
•Support efforts to reduce the amount of time and expense to process permit applications through State and Federal agencies.
•Oppose measures that undermine, or are contrary to, the stated policy objectives and supported positions.
SOLID WASTE/RECYCLING GOALS
POLICY OBJECTIVES: The City of Oceanside is quickly becoming a leader in protecting and maintaining its own and its surrounding environment. Solid waste and recycling issues will remain of great importance, as Oceanside must continue to comply with state mandates around recycling.
• Supports the City’s efforts to maintain its compliance with the state mandated 75% waste diversion goal by 2020.
• Oppose any regulatory effort that attempts to mandate a one size fits all approach to commercial recycling.
• Supports a balanced approach to solid waste management that does not unfairly burden the business community with high solid waste handling fees.
• Supports a possible Chamber role to provide for an enhanced role for promoting and disseminating public education materials that encourage recycling, reusing and reducing, if the Chamber is so inclined to participate.
• Supports legislation that provides tax code advantages to industries that voluntarily participate in producer responsibility/take-back programs in an effort to close the loop and to design more sustainable products in the future.
• Supports private enterprise market and enterprise development opportunities to expand and increase recycling within cities to meet current and future state mandates.
• Supports the partnership of the solid waste providers, the cities and the Chamber that recognize business’ efforts to recycle through its own version of the WRAP awards.
• Opposes mandated, tax-funded recycling measures.
• Supports voluntary, market-based solutions for recycling wastes.
• Supports legislation that restores a public component to the California Integrated Waste Management Board that was eliminated as part of the state’s FY 2010 budget cycle.
TAXES AND FEES
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote a tax structure that encourages economic growth and, whenever possible, linked to government services.
•Support balanced local, state and federal budgets that reduce spending without shifting costs to or imposing mandates upon other levels of government.
•Support the use of private sector investment, rather than governmental taxes and spending, where possible, to accomplish public benefits.
•Support clear distinctions between taxes and user fees.
•Support lower capital gains taxes.
•Support simplification of the tax code and reduction of marginal tax rates.
•Support current constitutional protections requiring 2/3 vote to raise taxes and approve state budget.
•Support requiring government to provide clear proof as to the need for new fees and taxes.
•Oppose taxes on services.
•Oppose actions by the state to appropriate local tax dollars for state use.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote the expansion of productivity and competitiveness with the incorporation of new technologies into business management and operations and the attraction of high-technology workers and profitable high-tech businesses to Oceanside retain them.
•Support a business-friendly environment for the City of Oceanside.
•Support laws that strengthen the incentives and protections for intellectual property including scientific, engineering and artistic innovations, inventions and trade secrets.
•Support cooperative and joint ventures between high-tech private businesses and public and private centers of higher education.
•Support the current federal moratorium on taxes that discriminate against Internet sales and web based businesses.
•Support increased use of technology in the classroom.
•Support measures that encourage businesses to allow their technology experts to help teach in schools and colleges.
•Support government and private incentives for workers to obtain continuing education.
•Support measures that encourage the continued excellence of area institutions of higher learning.
•Support the development of additional colleges and world-class research universities in Oceanside and Southern California.
•Support measures that allow foreign workers with high-tech skills and education to enter the country's workforce in numbers sufficient to meet the needs of businesses and consistent with national security needs.
•Support efforts to educate businesses, in particular small businesses, about new technologies that can affect their business.
•Support laws that provide safeguards and protections for consumers’ privacy, both in areas of new technology such as the Internet and in traditional commercial settings, balanced against the reasonable needs of businesses to collect information for their own internal purposes as well as to serve their customers better.
•Support the continued development of technologies that ensure the privacy and security of information transmitted by emerging means such as wireline and wireless networks, hi-speed broadband, fiber optics and satellites.
•Oppose taxes on transmission of data over the Internet ("bit" taxes).
•Oppose use of telecommunications companies bills as a taxing vehicle.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote the efficient movement of information through well-maintained telecommunications infrastructure and broadband networks.
•Support free market competition that creates a “level playing field’ among all competitors where no one company is advantaged, disadvantaged or artificially subsidized due to government regulations.
•Support availability of wireless and wireline technologies to all residents of Oceanside.
•Support the creation of an environment that will allow for telecommunications companies to increase their investments in the overall infrastructure especially if they lower costs and improve quality.
•Support legislative efforts that will eliminate unnecessary and unfair taxes and fees applied to telecommunications companies, therefore allowing all providers to compete on a level playing field, and in turn allow all consumers to reap the rewards of true and open competition.
•Support private sector investments to develop state-of-the-art voice, data and broadcast television capabilities for business and citizens in Oceanside.
•Support a state-of-the-art telecommunications broadband network in Oceanside, meeting the needs of residents and businesses, while opposing municipal “third tier” regulations and fees (e.g., imposition of local franchise requirements), that slow the implementation of network infrastructure and increases consumers’ cost for telecommunications services.
•Support open auction of wireless spectrum available to all companies without regulations and restrictions.
•Support wireless infrastructure projects that improve coverage and increase wireless broadband speeds.
•Oppose taxes, fees, or burdensome regulations that would have the effect of stifling broadband deployment, competition and commerce.
•Oppose government owned utilities from offering telecommunications services since their powers of taxation and regulation provide an inherent competitive advantage relative to other telecommunications providers.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote a well-maintained community infrastructure supporting economic expansion, and the efficient movement of people, goods and services.
•Support for an integrated, comprehensive, efficient, and cost effective transportation network in San Diego County.
•Support for long-term, earmarked and stable state, federal, and local funding sources for road and highway improvements, to include improvements in maintenance, safety and capacity.
•Support adequate funding for the state infrastructure bank and dedicated revenues for infrastructure projects.
•Support for the restoration of diverted funds back to highway accounts at state and federal levels, and restoration of state-diverted property taxes to local transportation agencies.
•Support for a more even allocation of State funding for transportation projects.
•Support reforming the IST Act (Intermodal Services Transportation Act) so that California receives its fair share of transportation funds.
•Support for private sector participation in the planning and implementation of transportation networks and private sector investment opportunities in transportation infrastructure.
•Support for the legal framework for Caltrans and other public agencies to contract with the private sector for professional services relating to transportation, utilizing unrestricted alternative project delivery systems, including design-build.
•Support for public-private partnerships when appropriate, sustainable and cost-effective.
•Support the completion of the incomplete portions of existing road or transit projects, including SR-241.
•Support private investment in public projects.
UTILITY AND ENERGY ISSUES
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote the achievement of a reliable, safe, stable, and competitively priced energy system for California’s businesses and consumers.
•Support a fair and balanced rate structure that eliminates cross subsidies including tariffs that result in unintended consequences disproportionately adding costs to a customer segment.
•Support comprehensive, coordinated national, state and local energy policies that promote adequate supplies and reasonable pricing in order to facilitate economic growth and quality of life.
•Support a market structure that will promote realistic pricing policies, accurate price signals, market stability, and access to competitively priced supplies.
•Support improvements in generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure required to support future statewide growth and reserve needs.
•Support removal of unnecessary regulatory impediments that could negatively impact these future improvements.
•Support close coordination between state and local regulatory agencies to ensure responsible protections for the environment while supporting reasonable growth needs.
•Support continued research, development and use of cleaner, alternate power sources, with primary goal to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
•Support a more participatory role for business in regulatory processes so as to promote a better understanding of rate structures on business operations.
•Support federal and state regulatory and legislative efforts to remedy the generation supply shortfalls, such as expedited permitting procedures.
•Support efforts to ensure new transmission capacity in order to provide reliability, relieve congestion, and increase competitive generation access.
•Support cost effective demand-side management programs, including energy efficiency and energy conservation programs, to enable customers and businesses to manage energy use and costs.
•Support federal and state regulatory and legislative efforts to find long-term market reform solutions that will result in just and reasonable rates for customers, continued electric system reliability and consumer protections, and the viability of California’s regulated, investor-owned utilities.
•Oppose governmental attempts to enter into public service enterprises to compete in the private sector in which the private sector is currently engaged unless a compelling and necessary public interest can be demonstrated and is currently unmet.
•Oppose local government efforts to generate revenues through the use of utility-related costs, such as street cut fees, utility user taxes, or unjustified or un-proven operational regulations which result in increased costs to residents and businesses for services provided by the utilities.
•Oppose local government's attempts to regulate above ground cabinets that are necessary to utility infrastructure.
WAGE COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYMENT
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote a robust economic environment with a strong diverse labor pool.
•Support California’s conformity with federal overtime laws.
•Support realistic compliance to ergonomics issues.
•Support alternative schedule flexibility.
•Support efforts to keep California from exceeding federal laws for:
o Minimum Wage
o Exempt and non-exempt classifications
o Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
o Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) discrimination (age discrimination, sexual harassment, etc.) .
•Support the right of employees and employers to enter into agreements for Alternate Dispute Resolution.
•Support measures that encourage efficient, fair resolution of wage and employment disputes, and oppose measures that encourage needless, wasteful litigation.
•Support measures that establish and maintain a sound, efficiently operated unemployment insurance fund with fair and reasonable payouts.
•Oppose any attempt by the State of California to impose a cost of living and/or Consumer Price Index (CPI) annual increase on the State’s minimum wage that does not involve legislative and executive action.
•Oppose wage policies that place California businesses at an economic disadvantage as related to other states.
WATER AND WATERWASTE
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote clean, adequate and reliable water supplies to meet the many needs of economic growth and vitality in Southern California.
•Support legislation, projects, public policy and appropriate funding for a reasonable solution to Bay-Delta initiatives.
•Support legislation, policies and local projects leading to greater cost effective water reliability and independence, including water marketing, voluntary water transfers, the development of local groundwater resources, water conservation, water reclamation and water banking.
•Support development and funding, via identifiable sources, of local and regional efforts that increase water reliability through transfers, desalination water use efficiency, storage and water recycling.
•Support cooperation among water -agencies leading to water management efficiencies and ultimately savings to ratepayers.-
•Support environmental regulations that allow for the proper maintenance and management of water resources and water facilities.
•Support increased use and storage of emergency potable and reclaimed water, both locally and statewide.
•Support ongoing maintenance of water and sewer pipelines and facilities and other local infrastructure, encouraging sound financial management by local agencies.
•Support for legislation, policies and local projects leading to greater water independence.
•Support educational efforts that encourage water conservation.
•Support scientifically sound, practical and affordable onsite reuse of “gray water” for irrigation.
•Support educational efforts in sound practices that reduce storm water pollution.
•Support programs and solutions at a reasonable cost for non-point source urban water runoff.
•Support reasonable environmental regulations that allow for the proper maintenance and management of water resources and water facilities.
•Support and/or partner with interested stakeholders on positions in line with the Chamber advocacy guidelines when deemed appropriate.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote a fair, fact-based workers’ compensation system the keeps employer costs to a minimum while offering proportionate benefits to legitimately injured workers.
•Support competitive workers’ compensation premiums with protections for employers from carrier insolvency, including collection of appropriate premiums from all employers.
•Support controlled claims costs through continued reforms, including: a) the elimination of fraud b) reduced or eliminated “frictional” costs for litigation on work-related injuries/illness, medical/legal exams, etc. c) realistic permanent disability ratings through a clear, concise and objective measuring tool.
•Support for employer protections against double jeopardy: a) the closure of loopholes which allow employees to litigate worker’s compensation claims issues in other venues b) allow employers to make and apply equally to their workforce, bona fide employment decisions, without fear of litigation due to the disability status of workers.
POLICY OBJECTIVE: Promote increased awareness among the technical and professional employees in the labor market of employment opportunities within partner/sponsor companies.
•Support increasing the communications on labor market needs between the private sector and educational institutions.
•Support innovative strategies and programs that promote partner/sponsor companies to attract technical and professional employees.
•Support innovative strategies and programs that allow the business community to communicate labor needs and trends to stakeholders in the educational process.
•Support strategies and programs that communicate the opportunities in technical employment to non-college bound youth.
•Support strategies and programs that encourage technical curriculum development in high schools and community colleges.
•Support a strong education system at all levels with statewide, globally competitive academic and performance-based standards.
•Support collaboration between community colleges, occupation training programs, and others involved in job training to develop training programs closely linked to employer and labor market needs.