Beall’s Bill SB626 Batters Business

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The Santa Clara and California Chambers of Commerce have identified the first “job killer” bill of the year. SB 626 (Beall; D-San Jose) severely undercuts the recent balanced workers’ compensation reform deal agreed to by labor unions and employers.

The bill proposes dramatic cost increases for California employers and would leave them worse off than before the reforms of last year were enacted.

In 2012, labor unions and the business community came together to reform the California workers’ compensation system, passing Santa Clara Chamber-supported SB 863 (De León; D-Los Angeles).

The goal of this reform package was to provide injured workers with needed benefit increases, but offset these increased costs by closing certain loopholes and making the workers’ compensation system operate more efficiently with fewer disputes and litigation.

The reforms achieved this balance—injured workers are guaranteed nearly $1 billion in benefit increases, while employer costs are projected to be reduced after regulatory implementation of system reforms.

The proposals contained in this reform were forged and vetted by representatives of both labor and employers through a multi-year process of research, discussion and extensive negotiations.

SB 626 eliminates the entire balance of the deal and would erase hundreds of millions of dollars in projected savings. Specifically, SB 626 would roll back reforms dealing with timely, high-quality medical treatment and a more predictable—and less litigious—permanent disability system.

Not only will employers face pre-reform escalating costs if this bill is enacted, but they also will be burdened by an additional $1 billion in benefit increases with no expectation that this cost will be offset by system savings.

SB 626 is a giant step backwards for California employers during the current fragile economic recovery. Additionally, SB 626 reverses a bipartisan labor-employer compromise. These types of agreements between key stakeholders that enjoy overwhelming bipartisan approval should be encouraged and protected, not attacked and diluted.

I urge you to write or call Senator Beall’s office and urge him to withdraw SB 626 from consideration.  He may be reached at his Campbell District office at 408-558-1295 and by mail at 2105 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 154, Campbell, CA 95008.

Steve Van Dorn – steve.vandorn@santaclara.org

Member Referrals – Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce

The following new members were referred by an existing member. We would like to recognize and thank them for their support.

Satish Ullal with Ullal Insurance Services referred Satish Suda, owner of Paradise Biryani Pointe.  This restaurant offers Indian cuisine and is located at 2961 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.   To make reservations for lunch or dinner call (408) 800-1542.  If you need some help with insurance for your business or personal needs, contact Satish Ullal at (408) 554-9190.

Doran Noyman, with Keypoint Credit Union and Chair of the Board, referred  Xin-Ning Song with Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association.  If you want to find out more about this non-profit, call Xin-Ning at (408) 800-1542. If you need a great credit union to save or borrow money, contact Doran at (408) 731-4247 to find out more.

Lynn Hudson with SERVPRO of Santa Clara referred Souny Sinwongsa with County of Santa Clara CalWORKs Employment Services.  If you know of anyone looking for employment and assistance with job search, contact Souny at (408) 758-3751 to find out more.  If you have a water leak or fire in your house or business, contact Lynn at (408) 422-1018 to restore things back to normal.

Mindy Dickens with Morgan Multimedia referred Charles Tu with Bowers Office Center.  Are you looking for office space for your business?  Bowers Office Center rents office space and conference rooms by the month or by the hour at very reasonable rates, so call Charles at (408) 747-3303 to find out more.  Mindy Dickens also referred Madan Ahluwalia with Ahluwalia Law Professional Corporation.  Are you in searching for an attorney for your business or personal needs?  You can contact Madan at (408) 416-3149. For website design and other services, contact Mindy (408) 984-4600.  By the way all three businesses are at the same location, 3333 Bowers Avenue, Suite 130, Santa Clara.

Lidia Blair with Pizza Party referred Jill Lee, Independent Beauty Consultant Mary Kay.  Call Jill at (408) 857-0653 to find out how you can have healthier and more beautiful skin.  For delicious pizzas including gluten free, call in your order at (408) 248-5680 or stop by 3581 Homestead Road, Santa Clara.

Melanie Holthaus of Intero Commercial referred Stephanie Xu, East West Bank. If you need financing for a commercial property, contact Stephanie at (408) 891-8877. To find the right location for your business, contact Melanie at (408) 645-1594.

Alison Coetsee, with AJ Roses Express Delivery Service, referred Katherine Kerber, with Persensa, LLC. Are you having problems getting up from your chair, walking or have painful joints?  Give Katherine a call at (408) 858-2960 to find out how to alleviate your pain and start feeling great!  Do you need someone to run errands, grocery shop, or pick up dry cleaning?  AJ Roses Express Delivery Service does all this and more, so call Alison at (888) 982-5590.

Every month we will publish any new members who have joined and were referred by an existing member.   When a member has referred a total of three new members, they will receive a $100.00 advertising credit (good for newsletter inserts, newsletter advertising or eblast advertising) Want to see your name in the next newsletter?   Be sure to refer any potential new members to one of our Chamber staff and we will do the rest!

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Member of the Month – Galaxy SignWorks

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At Galaxy SignWorks, we make your sign buying experience an easy one.  We’re a full service professional sign company based right here in Santa Clara.  Specializing in large format digital printing, Galaxy SignWorks is a leading provider of signage to businesses of all kinds.  We offer a wide variety of signs including wall, window and floor graphics, vehicle wraps and graphics, trade show displays, banner stands, wayfinding, lobby signs and dynamic digital signage.  In addition to manufacturing signs, Galaxy also provides services such as graphic design, site surveys, sign installation and removal.

Our staff are experts in their fields.  Locally owned and operated by Ty and Laurie Bemis, Galaxy SignWorks is committed to providing high quality signs with outstanding customer service at a fair price.  We are passionate about our business and that passion translates into a positive experience for our customers.

As a Santa Clara business, we are focused on making a positive impact to the local business community.  As our company grows, we will look to hire local talent to support the business.  Galaxy SignWorks has been a member of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce since March, 2012 and looks forward to a long and prosperous partnership.

NFL Owners Will Vote in May on Santa Clara Stadium’s Super Bowl Bid

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Next month at the NFL owners meeting on May 21, a decision will be made on whether or not Santa Clara’s new stadium will host historic Super Bowl L (50) or LI (51). The SF Super Bowl Committee and Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau staff have been busy meeting the requirements listed in the NFL’s lengthy bid specification packet.

The Santa Clara City Council also recently agreed to a list of financial demands by the NFL that should help pave the way to bring the nation’s biggest sporting event to Santa Clara. NFL owners will decide between Miami, FL and Santa Clara for Super Bowl L (50). Whoever is not picked will then immediately be considered for Super Bowl LI (51) along with Houston, TX.

According to Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Steve Van Dorn, “we expect to see a huge economic impact from the NFL sanctioned events and also from the many private events that will be held close to the stadium.” Among the South Bay venues expected to be in use are Santa Clara and South Bay hotels, California’s Great America, and Santa Clara Convention Center as well as San Jose State University, Stanford Stadium and the new San Jose Earthquakes Stadium.