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Volume 10 | Number 5 | June 2010 | $4
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CORONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Corona at Eagle Glen 2225 Eagle Glen Pkwy NW Corner of I-15 & Cajalco (951) 371- ENVY (3689)
Volume 10 | Number 5 | June 2010
Table of Contents
A Success Story: The Manufacturing Technology Council Destination: Corona Summer Entertainment in Corona 11 14 16 18 21
On the Cover
The Race to Monte Carlo is the signature event for the Chamber. Featuring incredible food and luscious desserts, lounges for dancing and relaxing – and of course gaming (craps, blackjack, roulette and Texas Hold ’Em) for raffle tickets and fabulous prizes! You won’t want to miss this wonderful evening of fun, with proceeds benefitting our members and community.
Cover Photos: Roulette Wheel: © istockphoto/Anton Balazh Monte Carlo Event: Jim Dorsey Photography
Membership Recognition Luncheon The Great Taste 2010
Message from the Chairman Message from the President Legislative Update Building Business Relationships Long-Time Chamber Member Anniversary Recognition Allan Borgen’s Restaurant Review Going Green 4 5 6 8 12 13 20 22 Legal Opinions New in Town New Chamber Members Technology Bytes In Our Community Calendar of Events Corona Business Archive Referrals 24 26 27 28 29 30 32 32
Publisher Advertising Sales BrandLand Marketing Casie Tryon
2010 Publications Committee
Phil Adishian Linda Carlberg Pam Cunningham
Jason Kimes, Chairman
Jim Dorsey Bobby Spiegel Phyllis Russell Casie Tryon Stephanie Shapiro
Corona Business Monthly is owned and published by the Corona Chamber of Commerce, which is solely responsible for its content. It is mailed monthly to all Corona Chamber of Commerce members and to all non-member Corona businesses. Total circulation: 8,100 copies. For information about advertising, call the Chamber at (951) 737-3350.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Let the Good Times Roll (Locally)
he Inland Empire boasts unparalleled recreation, beauty, history and culture. From open valleys to rolling hills and vast deserts and metropolitan areas, our region provides its residents with a wide array of choices. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys backpacking, skiing, mountain biking, camping and rock climbing – or an individual who prefers fine dining, shopping and indoor entertainment – you will be hard pressed to find an area that offers so much variety and diversity. The City of Corona has several amenities that provide a great quality of life for its residents and visitors. The hundreds of acres of parks, sports fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, tennis courts and skate parks offer great opportunities to lead an active and fun-filled life. Cultural hubs such as the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts provide artistic and educational programming. The main mission of the Corona Chamber of Commerce is to positively impact the quality of life in the region, while supporting the growth and prosperity of our chamber members. In this issue, you will find profiles of companies engaged in the entertainment and food businesses, and I hope it helps you appreciate the quality and variety of businesses that we have right here in Corona! I encourage you not only to become familiar with these places but to patronize them as well. Make it a point to shop, entertain and eat locally. Supporting local businesses is good business; and remember, each dollar spent in Corona will support public safety, libraries, parks, infrastructure improvements, and more, while at the same time helping to create more local jobs. At all of the wonderful retailers in our very special Corona neighborhoods, from the Promenade Shops at Dos Logos to The Village at Eagle Glen and the Hidden Valley Plaza, you're sure to find the entertainment and culinary adventures that suit your taste. So go ahead, enjoy life, and support our local economy. Speaking of having a great time while helping an important cause, the Chamber's signature event, The Race to Monte Carlo, will be held at Eagle Glen Golf Club on Friday, June 25. This is a perfect opportunity to mix, mingle, network and play in a festive environment with your family and friends. You definitely don't want to miss this! Be sure to mark your calendar and purchase your tickets early. On June 26, the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will kickoff at 9am at Santana Park and continue for 24 hours while participants raise money and awareness for this renowned organization. As of press time, 80 teams totaling 657 participants were already registered for the relay, and there's still time to sign up! Visit www.RelayForLife.org to learn more and find out how you can be a part of this amazing event. Next, continue your summer fun with the City of Corona's Fourth of July Weekend Celebration. The Main Street USA parade will begin at 10am on Saturday, July 3, followed by a family festival at Santana Park on Sunday, July 4 beginning at 4pm. This festival will be complete with food, fun and great live entertainment, capped off with a spectacular fireworks show after dark. As the spring months give way to the summer, you have plenty of reasons to leave the house and have a great time with your family, friends and colleagues, whether it be music, movies, outdoor fun, amusement parks, golf or food, you can rest assured that a lot of it can be found right here in our city and in your neighborhood. A more indepth listing of events can be found on page 16. So take it slow, have a great time and let the good times roll! - Kerry L. Pendergast, Chairman of the Board
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Racing for Resources
hat a great city Corona is for all ages, and opportunity exists for readers who own businesses to take advantage of – and promote – the city's amenities for everyone’s benefit. Sprinkled throughout our publication you will find a sampling of areas that make Corona a great place to live, work and play! An expanded list is always available online at www.CoronaChamber.org or www.DiscoverCorona.com. The Corona Chamber prides itself on providing resources for the business community, and in doing so we rely on various funding sources. One is membership investments. In order for us to keep our annual dues as low as possible and still lobby for business-friendly legislation, promote pro-business legislation and other benefits, we hold a signature event annually. This year our event is The Race to Monte Carlo and will be held Friday, June 25 at Eagle Glen Golf Club. Entertainment is our main theme this month, and appropriately enough, the Chamber will provide the finest entertainment for greater Corona area residents. Sponsorships opportunities are still available and we would welcome any support you can offer. Through our Legislative Action Committee, the Corona Chamber of Commerce continues to be the voice of business. With over 38 bills introduced to State Legislation last year, the Corona Chamber campaigned diligently to ensure business-friendly legislation and against any job-killer bills. Our purpose is to provide a basis for the Corona Chamber to act on local, state and federal government issues and have a good working relationship with its elected officials, thus creating a favorable and profitable business climate. The Legislative Action Committee (LAC) consists of up to 15 voting members and composition is representative of the general Corona Chamber membership. LAC membership is open to all Corona Chamber members in good standing and LAC meetings are open to all members of the Corona Chamber. Beginning in October of each year, the LAC develops a Policy Platform consistent with the LAC's mission statement that shall serve as the public policy priorities for the following year. For 2010 our three top priority issues are: Priority Issue #1: State and Local Government Reform • Monitor proposed ballot initiatives outlining the call for a Constitutional Convention and a part-time legislature • Seek ways to reform the Government structure dealing with fiscal reform and eliminate the confusion of a “fee” versus a “tax” when legislation is passed • Renew our commitment to working with local legislators to minimize anti-jobs legislation and communicate our efforts with the community • Oppose state mandated business regulations that put the greater Corona business community at an economic disadvantage Priority Issue #2: Workforce Issues • Protect the 2004 statewide workers' compensation reforms • Promote healthcare reform without placing Corona businesses and their employees at a disadvantage from securing healthcare • Seek opportunities to strengthen our state's education system to support the transition of young people into the workforce Priority Issue #3: Resources For Local Business • Support local programs and efforts to attract and retain businesses • Oppose efforts to increase business license fees in order to retain businesses • Support programs such as Shop Locally to ensure our local economy remains strong • Seek opportunities to secure local and state tax incentives to attract and retain businesses in the greater Corona area Most businesses would need to budget six figures to obtain the lobbyist assistance equal to our committee structure. We are pleased to continue our efforts again this year. Your assistance and partnership is vital to the Corona Chamber being able to offer these valuable services along with other member benefits. There are various sponsorship levels for the 2010 Magic of Monte Carlo. The success from our prior five years provides our enthusiastic outlook for this year. Again, we could use your assistance and if sponsorship is not possible, please consider purchasing tickets to the event for $125 per person or $200 per couple. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (951) 737-3350.
Corona Chamber Member Leads Legislative Proposal Effort in Sacramento
he Corona Chamber is supporting AB 2283, which would legalize alkaline hydrolysis (a process that speeds up the natural decomposition process) in California. The proposal was authored in the State Legislature by State Assemblymember Jeff Miller and sponsored by Chris Miller (no relation), owner of Thomas Miller Mortuary and a member of the Corona Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors and Legislative Action Committee. Chris Miller has become the statewide spokesperson in support of the proposal. Alkaline Hydrolysis is defined as a water-based chemical resolving process using strong alkali in water at temperatures of up to 180°C (350°F) to rapidly yet sympathetically reduce the body to ash. It is essentially a highly accelerated version of natural decomposition chemistry. Hydrolysis, as the name suggests, is the process of forcing water molecules between the chemical bonds holding large tissue molecules such as fats, DNA and proteins together. This process breaks the tissue down to its original small molecular building blocks. This is a natural process found in body decomposition after death. AB 2283 would require the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau to adopt regulations for the safe operation of alkaline hydrolysis chambers by July 1, 2011. Under current law, the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau licenses and regulates crematoria and various professions relating to the disposition of human remains. Violating these provisions is considered a misdemeanor. “The Corona Chamber is proud to support one of our Chamber leaders in his effort to bring positive changes to his industry,” stated Cynthia Schneider, Chair of the Corona Chamber's Legislative Action Committee. “In any industry, change that is accomplished through meaningful policy reform at the statewide level and led by someone at the local level is something we need to rally behind. Chris's ability to gain not only this Chamber's support but the support of many legislators throughout California is deserving of recognition. The Corona Chamber of Commerce is proud to have such an entrepreneurial individual as part of our business community and our Board,” Schneider continued. In a recent article in the Press-Enterprise, Assemblyman Jeff Miller was quoted as saying, “I'm excited! It just gives Californians an option on how they want to bury their loved ones.” Chris Miller was also quoted, saying, "I thought, 'Wow, this could be a nice alternative.' It doesn't seem as violent as people think cremation is. And … it doesn't create any sort of carbon footprint." AB 2283 has passed out of the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection and is now awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Log on to www.CoronaAdvocacy.biz for more information on this and other issues impacting the Corona business community.
Left: The talented pupils of the Christian Arts & Theatre group give a passionate performance for attendees.
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography
Below Right: Dwight Cromie of Altek Media Group receives a display from 2010 Chairman of the Board Kerry Pendergast (Premier Service Bank) for his company's sponsorship of our Quarterly Membership Meeting.
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography
Right: Keynote Speaker Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel gives the annual State of the City address.
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography
Left: Award of Excellence in Manufacturing winners Kobelco EDTI Compressors, Inc. are recognized by 2010 Chairman of the Board Kerry Pendergast (Premier Service Bank). They are, from left to right: Phil Olivier, Engineering Manager; Merzi Taraporewalla, Production Manager; Pendergast; and Tetsuya (Ted) Kakiuchi, President.
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography Photo by Jim Dorsey Photography
Right: 2010 Chairman of the Board Kerry Pendergast (Premier Service Bank) and Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel congratulate Linda and Chuck Keagle of BlackWood American Grill for winning the Award of Excellence in Retail.
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography
Left: Volunteer of the Quarter Mike Ryan of Prudential Financial Services is visited by 2010 Chairman of the Board Kerry Pendergast (Premier Service Bank) before he receives his award.
Right: Speaker Rob Field, Assistant County Executive Officer of the Economic Development Agency (EDA) gives Good Morning Corona attendees an overview of the economic climate of Riverside County.
Photo by Jim Dorsey Photography
Left: Good Morning Corona sponsor Judy Marburger of imortgage receives a plaque for her company's sponsorship from Chamber President/CEO Bobby Spiegel and 2010 Chairman of the Board Kerry Pendergast (Premier Service Bank).
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography
Left: Jim and Gail Mullenix of Inland Audio Visual are recognized by the Corona Chamber of Commerce, Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel and 2010 Chairman of the Board Kerry Pendergast (Premier Service Bank) for the Award of Excellence in Service.
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography Photo by Jim Dorsey Photography
Right: Don Kindred and Walt Straiton of Corona Symphony Orchestra are recognized by the Corona Chamber of Commerce, 2010 Chairman of the Board Kerry Pendergast (Premier Service Bank) as an Outstanding Non-profit.
Photo by Jim Dorsey Photography
Left: Front Porch owner Val Munson stands in her newly opened showroom. Front Porch offers Pottery, Wall Decor, Live Plants, Patio Furniture, Fountains, Bird Baths, and Garden Accessories to suit your every need. Stop by the shop at 1701 Hamner Ave. in Norco or give them a call at (951) 789-6466 today!
(more Building Business Relationships on page 10)
Right: King Buffet, located at 591 N. McKinley St., Ste. 100 in Corona, has been serving up diverse and delicious food for years, and they are growing! A ribbon cutting was held in honor of their expansion, which now includes breakfast on the weekends. Offering a large menu and fair prices, this is one place you will definitely want to try. (951) 898-8311.
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography
Right: The Board of The Corona-Norco Schools Education Foundation are enthusiastic about the future of the newly formed non-profit, which was established to meet some of the unfunded needs of the students in our community. The CNSEF funds Academic Intervention Programs, Technology Upgrades, Arts and Music Programs, and After School Enrichment. For more information on how you can get involved, call (951) 736-5000 or visit their website, www.cnsef.org. Above: (From left to right) Brittany Barton, Owners Eric and Donna Schauers, and Jeff Kincaid and Garrett Munyer smile as their frozen yogurt dream becomes a reality with the Grand Opening of Froyoland. Located at 540 Hidden Valley Pkwy, Ste.103 in Corona, their vast array of yogurt and topping choices are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Stop by or give them a call at (951) 739-9575 today!
Photo by Legacy Fine Portraiture & Videography
Above: Harold Wasson and Sharon Rotondo toast to the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Re/Max Partners. Whether you're buying or selling, these experienced realtors are ready to help you find the home of your dreams. Re/Max Partners is located at 390 N. Mc Kinley St., Ste. 106 in Corona and can be reached at (951) 278-8755 or online at www.remaxpartners.com.
Join us for our next Good Morning Corona on June 24th at Eagle Glen Golf Club
Sponsor: Altura Credit Union Call the Chamber at (951) 737-3350 or visit us online at www.CoronaChamber.org to register today!
Photo by Jim Dorsey Photography
A Success Story: The Manufacturing Technology Council
istorically, a long-standing key component of the business community in Corona has been manufacturing. One of the ways the Corona Chamber of Commerce is a resource for prosperity for local manufacturers is by offering a forum known as the Manufacturing Technology Council (MTC). The purpose of this resource is to focus on manufacturers working for and with other local manufacturers for the development of successful business strategies, management leadership, performance excellence techniques and networking. Jack Mobilia (Mobilia & Associates) heads up this effort as chair of the MTC and utilizes his extensive management experience as the former president of several manufacturing companies to provide a viable and active MTC. Significant progress has been made in the achievement of the MTC's goals and its members are seeing a strong return on the time they invest in the bimonthly meetings with featured guest speakers on timely topics. Executives of numerous local manufacturers who have joined the MTC have expressed their solid support for the continuation of the MTC and the benefits it provides them. An additional side benefit that has recently occurred has been the utilization of products and services among the MTC members themselves. The interface among local manufacturers in a customer/vendor relationship has not only provided advantages of reduced freight cost and improved on-time delivery performance, but also the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue on technical projects. It has also benefited the city of Corona by keeping “dollars” in the community and contributing to employment within local companies. The partnership between the MTC and the local manufacturers helps bring recognition to our businesses for excellence in advanced manufacturing capabilities, providing a vital resource to the city of Corona for continued growth, success and economic stability. If you are a manufacturer and wish to participate in the MTC, please contact the Corona Chamber at (951) 737-3350 or Jack Mobilia at (951) 667-5082.
LONG-TIME CHAMBER MEMBER
Susan Glenn & Associates, CPA’s, Inc.
by Ariana Kimes
There may be several Certified Public Accountants (CPA) in Corona, many tax preparation services, and other offices that can handle reviews and audits, but there is only one Susan Glenn. For nearly 25 years she has uniquely served the Corona community with her skills as a CPA and her commitment to make local businesses better. In the mid 1980s, Susan Glenn was a wife and mother raising her family in Corona when she decided to put her degree in mathematics to proper use in the field of accounting. “Working with numbers seemed interesting,” says Glenn, who soon went to work as a staff accountant for a company in Orange County. While working there, the inevitable thought occurred to her that if she was going to work that hard for someone else, it made better sense to own her own business and work that hard for herself. That thought led her to further her education by taking necessary accounting courses. A couple of years later, she passed the difficult CPA Exam and emerged a Certified Public Accountant. The next course change for Glenn came soon after and was “almost sheer luck” according to her. Local CPA John Board was retiring and contacted Glenn in the hopes that she would purchase his practice and take it over. While Glenn is sure they must have had friends or acquaintances in common, his phone call proposition was certainly a surprise for the fledgling CPA. They met and fleshed out the details, and before long there was a new CPA firm in town by the name of Susan Glenn & Associates, CPA’s, Inc.
Above: Susan Glenn
Photo by Jim Dorsey Photography
Since that time Glenn has worked hard to serve her clients and grow her business base. She joined the Corona Chamber of Commerce in 1986 and set about networking and building professional relationships with the community she served. Her involvement in the Chamber proved very profitable and exposed her to a number of new people. To this day, the majority of Glenn's business, which is made up of both individual clients as well as businesses, comes from referrals. “The Chamber is a great source of information for the business owner,” says Glenn, who recalls joining the Chamber because “it seemed a good way to find other business owners and get to know people.” Glenn's Chamber involvement has been lengthy, but she still attends quarterly Chamber meetings, the annual Installation and Awards Gala, and the occasional mixer. For Susan Glenn, accounting is a way that she can give back to fellow business owners. She provides a variety of services including tax preparation, accounting, review and audits
and financial statements; all services to improve business for her clients. “We operate on the principles of integrity and experience,” says Glenn. As a CPA that realizes the value of quality accounting, Glenn also says, “I would encourage business owners and individuals to see an accountant before they are in trouble, or close a big deal, and not afterwards.” She explains that often clients hesitate to spend the money to speak with a professional before it's too late. “We can help give you some financial information that is accurate and can help you manage your business to get through these tough times,” says Glenn. If you are looking for a CPA that has you and your company's best interests at heart, look no further than Susan Glenn and Associates. The numbers may not always be on your side, but she and her team certainly will be. Susan Glenn & Associates, CPA’s, Inc. is located at 2275 S. Main St., Ste. 202 in Corona and can be reached at (951) 737-1731 or online at www.segcpa.com.
95-YEAR MEMBER Southern California Edison Co. 42-YEAR MEMBER Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. 39-YEAR MEMBER Glen Eden Sun Club 33-YEAR MEMBER Citizens Business Bank 31-YEAR MEMBER Martin Associates Brokerage 26-YEAR MEMBER Hamner Towing, Inc. 25-YEAR MEMBER ZAP Printing & Graphics 23-YEAR MEMBER Corona Mortgage Financial 21-YEAR MEMBER American Electric Supply, Inc. 20-YEAR MEMBER Altura Credit Union - Campus Parkway 16-19 YEAR MEMBERS A S J Industrial Hose & Fittings Couts Heating & Cooling, Inc. Dr. Seth Bernstein & Dr. Lisa Benham Riverside Medical Clinic Spiegel Enterprises / Publications & Marketing 11-15 YEAR MEMBERS Arbor Gardens at Corona Corona Public Library Foundation Emerald Escrow, Inc. Honda Cars of Corona Hunnys Restaurant Law Offices of Brad Husen Lee & Associates - Schumaker Primerica Financial Services - Zeller Quality Toyota 6-10 YEAR MEMBERS American Cleaners Corona Elks Lodge #2045 D F I - DiGerolamo Family Insurance Duralum Products, Inc. Inland Color Graphics Lake Elsinore Outlets Michael D. Reaume Insurance Services, Inc. Mudge Fasteners, Inc. Nature's Specialties Mfg. 1-5 YEAR MEMBERS AKM Consulting Engineers Albertson & Davidson, LLP AVT, Inc. Best Wireless T-Mobile Exclusive Dealer BRC Networking and Education Brookwood Villas Apartments Corona Dermatology Corona Police Community Partnership (CPCP) Cosmedx Science D R Horton Image Magazine Labor Ready Marie Callender's #89 Plak Smacker Temescal Palm Lodge #314 Thermal Structures TMK Music & Entertainment Productions, Inc. Vantage Vehicle International US Bank - Ontario Ave. (inside Albertson's) Wal Mart Stores, Inc. - McKinley
by Hollie Davies
As residents know and tourists quickly discover, Corona is one of the best destinations in Southern California...
...not only for the extraordinary choice of amenities within the city itself, but for its ideal proximity to the added attractions of Orange County, San Diego, Palm Springs, Temecula's wine country, and winter sports at local mountains.
In the mix of Corona's restaurants there is hardly a country that isn't gastronomically represented. If you can't start your day without sushi or need a hot curry before bedtime, you don't have to go far to indulge your eclectic taste. After dinner, Corona's nightlife boasts an unusual variety of entertainment: nightclubs with dancing and live music; comedy venues; sports bars; local taverns with pub food and karaoke; movies; music; and theater.
Daytime activities and sightseeing are filled with family-friendly fun. Tennis, golf, skate parks, and fishing are part of a comprehensive array of things to do in or near Corona. In addition, there are dozens of museums that hold special appeal in art, history, music, classic cars, wildlife, and natural history. Unique venues such as Tom's Farms can entertain families all day with train rides, a carousel, amusement gallery, and gourmet gifts. Not far away, the Fender Center houses a recording studio for the
Photos courtesy of FilmCorona.com and City of Corona
public, guitar museum, rock n' roll events, and rooftop dining. Since the early 1900s the Inland Empire has also attracted passionate race fans from all over the U.S. with world-class autoand motorcycle races. And Corona's annual street parades have been a joyous celebration for many generations. After a good breakfast, shopping awaits! The choices are hard to beat: The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos or The Crossings create a delightful day in beautiful surroundings. In addition to major national stores, Corona has a plethora of unique retail shops. The sophisticated diversity includes American arts and crafts, Italian leather, British china, international wines, and rare books. For shopping on a budget, several outlet centers feature discounted designer clothing and goods for the entire family. The business end of Corona is a success story in itself. For decades the city has focused on creating a prosperous community with a livable environment and a solid economic base. Industrial firms have been relocating to Corona for years due to modern facilities, reasonable lease rates and competitive labor costs. Retail, commercial, and office development is booming. Businesses recognize the value of accessible transportation centers such as Ontario International Airport, freeways and rail lines. As an added incentive, Corona has proximity to the brightest graduates at over a dozen four-year colleges, and attracts top executives, professionals and technology workers. Closer to home, the CoronaNorco education system works diligently to prepare students for a hightechnology world. Corona's police and fire departments are respected by the community, which is reflected in the city's relatively low crime rate. Tourists and business travelers are extended a warm welcome at a wide choice of hotels throughout the city, from well-known national chains with every conceivable amenity to one-of-a-
kind rooms furnished with antiques to economy suites with kitchens and family facilities. Many are pet friendly. For a community as geographically advantageous as Corona, not only is
today prosperous, tomorrow portends even more remarkable developments clearly one of the most 'happening' cities of the future!
Photo courtesy of Denise Gentile of Century 21
What do outdoor movies, concerts, an antique fair, fireworks, dance lessons and a parade have in common?
Other than sounding like a lot of fun, these and a host of other events are on tap this summer - and all are in Corona! Sure, you can hop in the car and drive to Disneyland, Laguna Beach, Big Bear or Palm Springs. Corona is blessed with a location that puts all of those attractions within an hour or so on the freeway. But you don't have to fill the tank and battle traffic to have a great time this summer. In no particular order, here are some things to do to cool off in the summer heat.
Citris Splash Zone
in Corona is open May 1 through September 30th 10AM to 6PM
By Peter Fischetti
Photos provided by the City of Corona except as indicated
No doubt the biggest crowd will gather for the Fourth of July Weekend Celebration hosted by the City of Corona. On Saturday, July 3, the Main St. U.S.A. Parade will roll down Main Street from Ontario Avenue to Olive Street, beginning at 10 a.m. On July 4, Santana Park will be the site of the Family Festival at 4 p.m., with food booths, a children's fun zone and hourly live entertainment. The formal program will begin at 8:30, and end with a spectacular fireworks show. For more information on this event, call (951) 736-2241.
The ninth annual Corona Antiques & Collectibles Faire, with live entertainment by Cornbread Washtub Band, will be held on Saturday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Corona Heritage Park & Museum, 510 W. Foothill Pkwy. The faire features everything from vintage items to original pieces of art and plants for sale, and is a great opportunity to explore this hidden gem nestled within the city. For more information on this event, call (951) 898-0687.
While the south lawn of the Corona Civic Center isn't exactly the Greek Theatre, it is a neat place to listen to live music – and parking is a lot easier.
The city's Parks and Community Services Department has assembled a variety of musical acts for its Free Concerts on the Green. All shows begin at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Bring your own chair; food and beverages will be available for sale. The schedule is as follows: July 15: Abbey Road, a tribute to the Beatles July 22: Hotel California, with music by the Eagles July 29: Cold Duck, a mixture of rock 'n roll with Latin rhythms Aug. 5: Swing Cats, featuring big band favorites Aug. 12: Suave, more Latin and rock Aug. 19: The Answer, with classic rock tunes For more information on this event, call (951) 736-2241
Christian Arts & Theatre will perform “The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer,” Mark Twain's classic story of a teenage boy growing up in the heartland of America, on June 4-6 at the Corona Civic Center. Purchase tickets online at www.catcorona.org. For more information on this event, call (951) 279-2298.
Photo courtesy of Christian Arts & Theatre
Entertainment in Corona
Not enough live music? Through Sept. 24, the Dos Lagos Amphitheater will host a series of free concerts, called Friday Night Band Jam, beginning at 7 p.m. Bands will play an assortment of music: rock, jazz, blues, r&b, reggae and pop. Sit in the stadium or on the patio of four restaurants next to the amphitheater. Visit www.PromenadeShopsAtDosLagos.com for announcements on the band schedule. And there's more! The Promenade Concert Series will host smooth jazz shows each Saturday in July from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. In August, the tune is turned to classic rock, with performances every Saturday in August from 7 to 9 p.m. All shows are at the amphitheater. The Promenade Shops will also host Free Family Movies every Thursday night in June, beginning at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The schedule: June 3: “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory”; June 10: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”; June 17: “Where the Wild Things Are”; June 24: “The Wizard of Oz.” Like to dance? Salsa Lessons are on the menu on Saturdays in June at the Dos Lagos Plaza from 7 to 11 p.m. The lessons are free, and prizes will be awarded. Hungry? With your doctor's permission, you may want to fast until Saturday, June 5, when more than two dozen Corona restaurants combine to serve up The Great Taste, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1250 Corona Pointe Ct. Music will be provided by The Hypnotics. For tickets, visit www.GreatTasteCorona.com. For more information on this event, call (951) 739-4979. That's just the tip of the iceberg, as they say. Check the City calendar at www.DiscoverCorona.com and the Chamber calendar at www.CoronaChamber.org for updated information on upcoming summer events.
MEMBERSHIP RECOGNITION LUNCHEON
The supervisor has a soft spot for children and, working closely with the Corona City Council, the county/city partnership will open El Cerrito Park on June 5 this year. The El Cerrito Sports Park is the ideal recreation area with something for every family member to enjoy. The park will feature two full-size baseball/softball diamonds, two little league baseball/softball diamonds, one T-ball multi-use field, two full size soccer fields, two basketball courts and two tennis courts. Also included in the plans are facility parking, restrooms, tot lots, a concession stand and a space set aside for a future 5,000 sq. ft. community center building. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Tavaglione has been credited for his leadership in regional transportation issues, community and economic development and for his strong fiscal and organizational management. Supervisor Tavaglione is dedicated to improving the economic and social future for the residents of Riverside County and the Inland Empire Region. As an advocate for youth, Tavaglione is a strong supporter of collaborative programs that provide educational and growth opportunities for the County's youth population. Supervisor Tavaglione is a Board Member and past President of the Southern California Dollars for Scholars Governing Board. Tavaglione and his wife Jan have helped to send hundreds of students to college by hosting an annual fundraiser where all proceeds go towards scholarships for graduating seniors in his district. Tavaglione was elected to represent the Second Supervisorial District on November 7, 1994, and was sworn into office on January 3, 1995. The Second District includes the cities of Corona and Norco, the unincorporated communities of Coronita, El Cerrito, Home Gardens, Jurupa Valley and the western half of the City of Riverside, excluding the La Sierra Area. Supervisor Tavaglione is currently in his fifteenth year of office and has run unopposed in the last three elections. Tavaglione has presided as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors three times during his tenure, most recently in 2007. Throughout his service as our Supervisor, Tavaglione has served on numerous agencies and boards. He consistently watches out for his constituents, ensuring the best quality of life for all of Riverside County. A fourth generation resident of Riverside County, Tavaglione has spent much of his life dedicated to the Inland Empire Region. Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, he served on the Riverside City Council and was a member of the Riverside Public Utilities Commission. His professional career spanned nearly 25 years as a commercial real estate executive. Tavaglione received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California Baptist University. Mr. Tavaglione is proud to be a U.S. Army veteran. John and Jan have two children, Heidi and Chris, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer, granddaughter, Madelin Rose and grandson, William Christopher. John and Jan reside in Riverside with their cat Lucy. His hobbies are woodworking and singing/performing with his 60's classic rock group, The Legendary Mustangs. John specially enjoys babysitting and spending time with his grandchildren.
Guest Speaker Supervisor John Tavaglione
The Corona Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione as our guest speaker on July 22 for the Quarterly Membership Luncheon. Location is Crossroads Church - 2331 Kellogg Avenue, Corona, CA 92881. Tickets are now available and Chamber members receive a special discount - early bird pricing is $50 per person until July 2; Call the Chamber at (951) 737-3350. In addition to our Supervisor speaking, the Corona Chamber will honor the following businesses with the coveted Awards of Excellence: AVT, Inc. (Manufacturing); Pete's Road Service (Service); Lucas Enterprises, Vinyl Fencing (Retail). Additionally, the Fender Center (Outstanding Non-Profit) and Ty Fleming of TMK Music and Entertainment (Volunteer of the Quarter) will be recognized. Again, tickets are available now.
Guest Speaker Supervisor John Tavaglione
Supervisor John Tavaglione has been a huge supporter of the business community and specifically the Corona Chamber. Tavaglione and his representatives are trained professionally in customer service and respond quickly to calls and emails. Through Tavaglione's leadership, quick response and communication with various governmental agencies have prevented costly delays in construction and build-out projects.
A Special Thanks To:
We'd also like to thank Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden, APC, our sponsor for this luncheon. In business since 1910, Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden, APC has been a recognized leader for business, litigation, real estate, environmental and land use law in Inland Southern California for 100 years. They offer expertise in employment, environmental, health care, land use, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, natural resources, real estate, transactional, and trusts and estates, as well as many other areas. Their attorneys counsel clients from many industries and the public sector, including: mining, railways, transportation, real estate, retail and commercial development, redevelopment, health care, financial services, hospitality, food and beverages, energy, utilities, construction and banking. The firm's clients are diverse, from regional businesses, public entities and special districts, to international companies. Gresham Savage's philosophy of service also extends to the communities where its attorneys practice and live. The firm has a long tradition of providing community service, leadership and pro bono services to many local and national causes and organizations.
Corona Restaurant Review
Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine
Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine & Banquet 480 N. Main St. / Corona, 92880 (951) 739-9401 Hours: Open 7 days a week Lunch: 11am to 3pm Dinner 5pm to 10pm Price Range: Lunch Buffet $7.99 to $9.95 Dinner $8.95 to $15.95 Indian Cuisine
Above: Interior of Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine
Above: Chef Ajit Singh (left) and Owner Sumit Sharma (right)
Above: One of the delicious entree specialties Mantra is famous for
Indian cuisine, in my opinion, is one of the most complex and most flavorful cuisines in the world. Mantra Fine Indian Cuisine is located in a large, beautiful freestanding restaurant site that has only been open for a few months, but judging from the delicious food I sampled, they should be around for a long time. The dining room is tastefully decorated; helping to soothe the soul while your stomach is treated to some mighty fine food. If you are in need of a place to hold a large event, their banquet room located upstairs can accommodate up to 150 lucky people. The menu features all of the classic Indian dishes you would expect to find in an Indian restaurant, in addition to many original dishes. I started my culinary journey through India (via Corona) with the Meat Samosa ($4.95), Tandoori Mixed Grill ($15.95), and the Lasuni Chicken ($10.95). Samosas are wonderful fried pastries filled with potatoes and peas, however, these crisp and delicious Samosas were stuffed with a nice seasoned mixture of turkey and lamb with ginger and peas. This was one of the best renditions of Samosas that I have ever had and I know all of you will love this great appetizer too. The Tandoori Mixed Grill featured chicken legs and thighs, chunks of chicken, chunks of beef, Mahi Mahi and Lamb Boti (small pieces of lamb). All of the meats were marinated and cooked in the Tandoori oven which gives a unique flavor
to the meats. All of the meats were tender, juicy and absolutely delicious, and served on a sizzling hot plate with onions. The last dish of this flight of dishes was the Lasuni Chicken, oven roasted boneless breast of chicken marinated with garlic, mint, cilantro and other Indian spices. The chicken was served with tasty rice in a nice metal plate with handles. The chicken had a great, assertive tangy lime flavor and was extremely moist. I loved this dish! The next set of dishes included Garlic Mushrooms ($8.95), Chicken Tikka Masala ($10.95) and Shrimp Biryani ($10.95). The Garlic Mushrooms consisted of a large portion of sautéed button mushrooms cooked in a luscious garlic sauce with an assortment of Indian spices and herbs. This original dish was excellent, especially when eaten with rice. The Chicken Tikka Masala featured chunks of boneless chicken breast cooked in a rich tomato and butter gravy. The sauce was outstanding and complimented the chicken very well. If you enjoy basmati rice, you have to try the Shrimp Biryani. Imagine a huge portion of Basmati rice with raisins, cashews, saffron and shrimp. What an outstanding combination of flavors! My favorite dish of the evening was the Lamb Pasanda Nawabi ($11.95), which featured chunks of lamb cooked in the Tandoori clay oven and sautéed with a rich butter, cream and coconut milk sauce with pistachios. A culinary treat!!!!! In closing, I was extremely happy with my dining experience at Mantra and would easily rate them as being one of the best Indian restaurants in the Inland Empire. I also highly recommend the daily lunch buffet which features over 12 hot items and an assortment of condiments and desserts, all for only $7.99. You'd better try this buffet before the owner is hit in the head by a horse and realizes that he should charge a whole lot more. Corona, you are lucky to have such a first class Indian restaurant.
Photos by Jim Dorsey Photography
Allan is the host of the Let’s Dine Out Food, Travel & Entertainment radio show that airs on News Talk 590, KTIE every Saturday afternoon from 3 pm to 5 pm. You can contact Allan at email@example.com or by phone (909) 910-3463. You can also visit his website, www.letsdineoutshow.com.
The Great Taste 2010
The 11th annual Great Taste will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2010 between 5-8pm at the Rexco Center, located at 1250 Corona Pointe Ct. (behind Lowes). Live music will be provided by the band The Hypnotics. Each ticket entitles the holder to sample from any/all of the 26 participating restaurants. The restaurants participating this year are: As You Like It Catering, At My Place, Austin's Sports Grill, Backwoods BBQ Steakhouse, BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, BlackWood American Grill, Bobby A's American Eatery, Chick-Fil-A (on Hidden Valley Pkwy.), Crumbles Cookies, Dalia's Pizza, Dizzy Desserts, Golden China, Graziano's, Jersey Joe's Italian Ice, King's Fish House, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Miguel's California Mexican Cocina, Mi Tortilla, Philly's Best, RA Sushi, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Sizzler, Starbucks, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, TGI Friday's, and Twisted Gourmet. Water and sodas are included in the price of the ticket. Beer and wine can be purchased separately the day of the event. This year's Title Sponsor is Honda Cars of Corona, and the Jr. Title Sponsors are Anchor Blue, Best, Best and Krieger, and Rexco Development. All proceeds from this event are divided equally between the Corona Police Community Partnership (CPCP) and the Corona Fire Safety Foundation (CFSF). The CPCP works to enhance the
Above: The Great Taste 2009.
Photo by Jim Dorsey Photography
communication and cooperation between the police department and the citizens of Corona. Membership is open to any person age 18 or over who lives or works in the city of Corona. All proceeds from their fundraisers go back into the community to assist in crime prevention programs. The CFSF also works to provide a partnership between the community and the fire department to expand public safety for the citizens of Corona. The CFSF implemented the Vial of Life program, which aids in emergency preparedness. Presale tickets are available from any Corona Fire Safety Foundation or Corona Police Community Partnership Board member. Tickets can also be purchased at the new Police facility (730 Corporation Yard Way), Fire Headquarters (400 S. Vicentia Ave., 2nd floor, Ste. 215) or online at www.GreatTasteCorona.com. Presale prices are $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 3-9. Event day prices are $25.00 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 3-9. This is one event you won't want to miss!
by Becky Rhodes
Green is no longer just a color, it's a lifestyle. There are many things that you can do in order to lead a green life, and many of them can actually save you money. It may seem overwhelming with all of the changes that seem to be necessary to lead a green lifestyle, but even a few tweaks can lead to a better environment and more money in your pocket. Try one or two of the following tips and you should see results in next month's bills.
• Wash your laundry in cold water AND in the evening - The reasoning behind this is that during the evening, there are fewer users of electricity and the cost of electricity is less. Cold water doesn't require the use of the water heater and therefore uses less gas/electricity usage. Take it to the next step and air dry your clothes to eliminate the use of the dryer, which requires gas or electricity usage as well. • Unplug your electronics while they are not being used - Electricity runs through appliances like cell phone chargers, hair dryers, and laptops; eventhough they are not turned on.
And, by unplugging the appliances, you are also decreasing potential fire hazards.
• Adjust the thermostat - A little warmer in the summer and a little cooler in the winter (throw on a sweater and a pair of socks). • Install a low flow shower head - You won't sacrifice pressure or even notice the difference. The City of Corona has adopted a drought ordinance in response to drought conditions in the State of California, so this is a good idea anyway to help out with this situation.
When 'going green', you need to think of implementing these tips and others as a lifetime commitment and investment, not only financially speaking, but environmentally as well. Some things require initial upfront costs such as the water filter for your faucet and the reusable water bottles, but the cost is depreciated as time goes on and is well worth it.You don't have to go as far as converting your car's engine to run on
grease, but implementing even just a couple of these tips will contribute to reducing your carbon footprint and ensuring more money in your pocket at the end of the month.
Becky Rhodes is a recent graduate of California State University, Fullerton and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Ditch bottled water - Buy a water filter for your faucet and drink out of reusable aluminum water bottles. You are cutting back on your plastic usage which requires petroleum to make, therefore saving a non-renewable resource all at the same time. • Cut back on your printing - Ask yourself if you really need to print that email next time. • Have your printer's ink cartridges refilled - Many office supply stores offer this service and the cost is much less than buying a new cartridge every time. • No more paper towels - Use cloth dish towels and cloth napkins to cut down on waste and added costs over time.
What do you mean I have to give it back?
Preferences and Fraudulent Transfers in Bankruptcy
by Irena Leigh Norton
n these tough economic times, businesses are watching their Accounts Receivable with an eagle eye, determined to address collection problems before they get out of hand. No one wants their business to be the one that goes under. So it is a shock when a diligent collection policy results in having to defend an adversary proceeding brought by a Trustee in Bankruptcy, alleging a preference or even a fraudulent transfer, and demanding that your business “turn over” the funds or other consideration you received from the debtor company. If I was owed the money paid to me, why should I have to give it back? In Bankruptcy Code section 547(b), a trustee in bankruptcy is authorized to avoid a transfer if five conditions are met. “Avoid” essentially means to “undo” the transfer. These are the five elements of a preference action. First, the transfer must be to or for the benefit of a creditor. Second, the transfer must be for or on account of an antecedent or prior debt owed by the debtor before the transfer was made. Third, the transfer must have been made when the debtor was insolvent. Fourth, the transfer must have been made during the ninety days immediately preceding the commencement of the bankruptcy case. If the transfer was to an insider, the trustee may avoid the transfer if it was during the period that begins one year before the filing of the petition and ends ninety days before the filing, if the insider to whom the transfer was made had reasonable cause to believe the debtor was insolvent at the time the transfer was made. Fifth, and most significantly, the transfer must enable the creditor to or for whose benefit it was made to receive a greater percentage of his claim than he would receive under the distributive provisions of the Bankruptcy Code. In other words, the creditor must receive more than he would if the case were a liquidation case, if the transfer had not been made, and if the creditor received payment of the debt to the extent provided by the provisions of the Code. So, if by getting the payment, your business receives more than what would be its pro rata share out of the bankruptcy estate, the transfer, or its value, must be returned to the estate in bankruptcy. Subdivision (c) contains the exceptions to the Trustee's avoiding power. If a creditor can qualify under any one of the exceptions, he is protected to the extent of the exception. If he can qualify under several, he is protected by each to the extent he can qualify under each, to the extent they are not coextensive. The first exception is for a transfer that was intended by all parties to be a contemporaneous exchange for new value, and was in fact substantially contemporaneous.
The second exception protects ordinary course of business transfers. If the debt on the account of which the transfer was made was incurred in the ordinary course of both the debtor and the transferee, if the transfer itself was made in the ordinary course of both the debtor and the transferee, and if the transfer was made according to ordinary business terms, then the transfer is protected. The purpose of this exception is to leave undisturbed normal financial relations, because it does not detract from the general policy of the preference section to discourage unusual action by either the debtor or his creditors during the debtor's slide into bankruptcy. The third exception is for enabling loans in connection with which the debtor acquires the property that the loan enabled him to purchase after the loan is actually made, as it allows for and permits certain security interests.
The fourth exception codifies the “net result rule”. If the creditor and the debtor have more than one exchange during the 90-day period, the exchanges are netted out according to the formula in paragraph 4. Any new value that the creditor advances must be unsecured in order for it to qualify under this exception. Preferences do not present the Trustee's sole source of authority to avoid transfers, some of which may actually have occurred years before the bankruptcy filing. Under section 548 of the Bankruptcy Code, the trustee may avoid fraudulent transfers or obligations if made with actual intent to hinder, delay, or defraud a past or future creditor. Transfers made for less than a reasonably equivalent consideration are also vulnerable if the debtor was or thereby became insolvent, was engaged in business with an unreasonably small capital, or intended to incur debts that would be beyond his ability to repay. Section 548(c) protects good faith transferees taking for value. Under the definitions in that section, value includes the satisfaction of a present or antecedent debt. Bankruptcy Code section 547(f) provides that with respect to the recovery of preferential transfers, the Debtor is presumed to have been insolvent on and during the ninety days immediately preceding the date of the filingof the petition. As such, the debtor is presumed to have been insolvent at the time it made such transfers. Analysis of the timing and effect of transfers occurring between a creditor and debtor in the period leading up to a bankruptcy filing requires counsel to have a thorough understanding of your business, the business of the debtor, and standards for the payment of debts and obligations within your industry. In addition, should a resolution of a preference or fraudulent transfer action be negotiated, knowledgeable counsel will be able to preserve your interests in a distribution of proceeds from the bankruptcy estate, and possibly even better your overall position vis a vis other creditors. A bankruptcy filing does not necessarily require writing off the whole amount of an obligation as bad debt, to the ultimate detriment of your business. Investigate the alternatives.
Irena Leigh Norton is a partner in the Litigation Department at Shulman Hodges & Bastian LLP. Reach her at (951) 275-9300 or email@example.com.
It is always advisable to consult with legal counsel about your own situation, since matters can vary in degree and nature.
NEW IN TOWN
Alaina's Flowers and Gifts
by Hollie Davies
Shelli Alaina Caperelli always knew she would one day own her own flower shop, and in April 2009 her hard work and dues-paying reached fruition when she became the owner of Alaina's Flowers and Gifts. Shelli took over an existing flower shop in Corona and renamed it with her middle name – truly a dream come true. “I've been interested in flowers and gardening for many years and got into the business shortly after my mother passed away, in 1995. I started out designing and selling flowers for friends in the floral industry, gaining a lot of good hands-on experience,” said Shelli. She also feels lucky that her business is in Corona. “I think Corona is a beautiful city with many friendly and caring people who ive and work here. I'm glad to be a part of it and hope to make many new friends and customers over time.” Shelli's business plan is simple and effective: offering the freshest flowers at the best prices possible. She advertises as much as her budget will allow and has the business listed on Facebook and MySpace. She also offers free delivery to local churches, businesses, and funeral homes. And, out of the goodness of her heart, she often takes flowers to convalescent homes, at no charge. Shelli supports other local businesses and hopes they will do the same for her. “I do what I can to help my customers by allowing them to leave their business cards at my shop. We all need to help
Above: Shelli Caperelli, owner of Alaina’s Flowers and Gifts, displays her creations
each other. Eventually, I'd like to be known by everyone local and earn their business.” So far, she said, her plan is working. “I've received a lot of positive feedback from my return customers, many of whom buy flowers weekly. They say they love my shop, and that gives me the motivation and determination to succeed and try harder.” With wedding and graduation season in the offing, Shelli is busier than ever. In addition to flowers, Shelli's abiding love in life is for shelter animals, and she devotes what free time she has encouraging people to
adopt a cat or dog from local shelters. “People think the problem is too big, but if just one out of 50 people would adopt one animal, it's amazing what people could accomplish in saving these pets' lives.” Alaina's Flowers and Gifts is located at 606 W. Sixth St. in Corona. To order flowers, call (951) 898-7630 or email AlainasFlowersAndGifts@yahoo.com. You can find more information about Alaina's on Facebook and MySpace. Coming soon will be her website: www.AlainasFlowersAndGifts.com.
Photo provided by Jim Dorsey Photography
New Chamber Members
Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden, APC 3750 University Ave., Ste. 250 Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 684-2171 www.greshamsavage.com
Javelin Payroll 495 E. Rincon St., Ste. 101 Corona, CA 92879 John Zanelli www.javelinpayroll.com
Capgard Steel & Fabrication 134 N. Sherman Ave. Corona, CA 92882 William Grandy (951) 582-0437
1st Enterprise Bank 3281 E. Guasti Rd., Ste. 875 Ontario, CA 91761 Keith Cerwinski www.1stenterprisebank.com
(909) 544-5555 Foxy Fur Pet Salon 18691 Granite Ave. Riverside, CA 92508 Lora Sowder www.foxyfurpetsalon.com
Emco Truck & Trailer Repairs, Inc. 15777 Valley Bl Unit 6 Fontana, CA 92335 Kevin Mayhew (909) 822-4004 www.emcoequipmentsales.com
Mutual of Omaha Bank 3281 E. Guasti St., Ste. 400 Ontario, CA 91761 TJ McCree (951) 232-8543 www.mutualofomahabank.com
Real Estate - Residential
Windemere Real Estate 850 N. Palm Canyon Palm Springs, CA 92662 David Rees www.reesgroup.net Safety Si 4067 Hardwick St., Ste. 346 Lakewood, CA 90712 Javier Mendez
Skills for Success Reading Center 1217 Sixth St. Norco, CA 92860 Carleen Paul (951) 858-1643 www.skills-for-success.com
South Corona Chiropractic Center 2205 Vesper Cir., Ste.101 Corona, CA 92879 Dr. Brian Heller (951) 738-0660 www.southcorona.com
Safety Training - Consultant
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California 700 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 Patricia Arlt (909) 635-4809 www.NWDH20.com
Contractor - General
Buchanan Construction 127 “B” Business Center Dr. Corona, CA 92880 Bill Buchanan
(951) 898-8877 ITT Technical Institute 4160 Temescal Canyon Rd., Ste. 100 Corona, CA 92883 Gary Lopez (951) 277-5400 www.itt-tech.edu
Life Memories 1256 Old Hickory Rd. Corona, CA 92882 Cindy Holmes www.lifememoriesnow.com
R. T. Stevens Construction, Inc. 420 McKinley St., #111-313 Corona, CA 92879 Patty Stevens (951) 280-9361
Contractor - Paving
Regan Paving 230 Helicopter Cir. Corona, CA 92882 Luis Munoz www.reganpaving.com T-Rex Truck Products, Inc. 2365 Railroad St. Corona, CA 92880 Ben Mizban www.trexbillet.com
Manufacturers - Automotive Grille
Manufacturers - Gaskets
O. G. Supply, Inc. 150 Vander St. Corona, CA 92880 Mike Muir www.bluemaxgaskets.com
Non Profit/Community Service Organization
Prevent Child Abuse - Riverside County 1945 Chicago Ave., Ste. B - South Riverside, CA 92507 Tamra Alexander (951) 522-9653 www.pcariverside.org
Not Just Phones Any More
by Mario Zapata
Today's hottest gadget of choice is distributed through wireless
service providers - it's the Smartphone. Whether it is an iPhone or an Android™-supporting device, these little pocket companions are nothing short of portable computers with more power than many people give them credit for. Since enough has been said about the iPhone, I’ll talk a little about the Android-driven phones.
Android is the operating system supporting many phones such as the popular Droid by Motorola. While all iPhone applications come from or must be sanctioned by Apple™ (for instance, Adobe® Flash® does not work on the iPhone), Android is an open-source system, which means anyone can write software for it. This is obvious when you see the number of applications (apps) written specifically for the Android phones and the number of companies writing them. With many enthusiasts who love to write code, there are a multitude of free apps for this platform. In case you were wondering, Adobe is in the Beta testing phase of a Flash version for Android. It's all about Information: Want to know what the weather is going to be like? There are apps for that. Want to find a specific type of restaurant within a radius of where you are? There are apps for that too. You can find out information about a song playing in the loudspeakers while waiting for your food at a restaurant, you can check your stocks, read an e-book and use a dictionary, among other options. If you must be connected to your social network, there are apps for Facebook™, Twitter™, MySpace™, etc. Killer Apps: Decided not to invest in a navigation system when you purchased your last vehicle? Use Google Maps™ on your phone and get turn-by- turn directions delivered directly to your phone (in real time if using the 3G network). The phone uses GPS to determine your current location. You have a product in your hand and would like to know where to buy it? Load an app which turns your phone into a barcode scanner, scan the product and the phone tells you what it is, where to buy it online, and the best prices available. Need to hang a picture but don't have a level handy? Turn your phone into an accurate level by downloading a free app.
Not a perfect world: You must have a Gmail™ account in order to use these phones (after all, Google owns the operating system). Android's corporate email interfaces well with Exchange but has limitations: you cannot create a default signature or work with folders. For this to work you can either use Gmail (of course!) or pay $19.99 for an app which lets you work with folders and create your own signature, while using your corporate email account. Some of the apps might sound trivial, but once you use them it is amazing how you find practical uses for them. Bottom line, the limit to what you can do with these phones is really your own imagination. Gone are the days when we got excited that we could play Solitaire on our computer. So the next time a new gadget comes out and your kids can't seem to put it down, take a closer look before you criticize it; you might be using one at work soon.
Mario Zapata is the President of The PC Masters, and has been specializing in networking and technology support for small to midsize businesses since 1977. He can be reached at (877) 529-3035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Our Community
Airs on Time Warner Cable TV (Channel 29) at 7 p.m.
June 2010 TV Guide
Produced by Tina Hunt
June 1 & 8
Good Morning Corona Highlights
Host: Kerry Pendergast, 2010 Corona Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Special Guest: Dr. Gregory Gray, Chancellor of the Riverside Community College District “Riverside Community College District Update”
June 15 & 22
Host: Tina Hunt Special Guest: Universities, Colleges and Youth Organizations “Highlights of Inland Empire National College Fair”
Corona Chamber of Commerce
Host: Kerry Pendergast, 2010 Corona Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Special Guest: Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel “State of the City Update”
Coming in July:
Rob Field, Assistant County Executive Officer/Economic Development Agency (EDA) Riverside County
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, June 1 5PM VISALUS “BODY BY VI” GRAND OPENING/RIBBON CUTTING Cost: FREE Location: Eagle Glen Golf Club, 1800 Eagle Glen Pkwy. Contact: Blanca Cisneros (951) 454-3113 Wednesday, June 2 & 16 6:30PM CORONA CITY COUNCIL MEETING Cost: FREE, open to the public Location: Council Chambers, 400 S. Vicentia Ave. Contact: City of Corona Management Services (951) 736-2370 Thursday, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 9AM S.C.O.R.E Business counseling & advice Cost: FREE Location: Corona Chamber of Commerce 904 E. Sixth St. Contact: Chamber for appointment (951) 737-3350 Thursday, June 3 11:30AM GOVERNMENT & TRANSPORTATION LUNCHEON Cost: $30 Chamber members / $50 Non-members Location: The Sizzler, 1461 Rimpau Ave. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 Thursday, June 3 5PM CORONA MOTORHOME RENTALS GRAND OPENING/RIBBON CUTTING Cost: FREE Location: 2185 Hamner Ave., Norco Contact: Mike Bandfield (951) 906-2972 Friday, June 4 12:30PM PRIMECARE 1ST ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Sponsor: PrimeCare Medical Network, Inc. Cost: $150 per golfer/$500 per foursome Location: Eagle Glen Golf Club, 1800 Eagle Glen Pkwy. Contact: Jeanette Brody (760) 724-1033 Booths available. Friday, June 4 1PM THE FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT Sponsor: The Foundation for Community and Family Health Location: Hidden Valley Golf Course, 10 Clubhouse Dr., Norco Contact: Stephanie Goldowski (951) 270-0536 Friday, June 4 2PM UNIVERSITY OF RIVERSIDE GRAND OPENING/RIBBON CUTTING Cost: FREE Location: 11840 Pierce St., Ste. 200, Riverside Contact: Elizabeth Tracy (951) 637-0100 Saturday, June 5 8AM 2010 ARTHRITIS WALK Sponsor: The Arthritis Foundation Cost: FREE Location: Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside Contact: Catherine Grinnan (951) 320-1540 Booths available.
Events listed are open to the public. Call contact person before the event to verify time and place. Some events are free, while others are not. For a complete listing of community events, call the Chamber at (951) 737-3350, or go to www.CoronaChamber.org for the latest updates.
Saturday, June 5 8AM ANTIQUE FAIR Sponsor: Corona Heritage Park Cost: FREE Location: Heritage Park, 510 W. Foothill Pkwy. Contact: Ted Taylor (951) 898-0687 Booths available. Saturday, June 5 9AM JAZZERCISE WITH THE STARS Cost: $20 Location: Santiago High School gymnasium, 1395 Foothill Pkwy. Contact: Stephanie Goldowski (951) 270-0536 Saturday, June 5 5PM 11TH ANNUAL GREAT TASTE Sponsor: Honda Cars of Corona Cost: $20 adults/$5 kid's 3-9 presale $25 adults/$8 kids 3-9 day of event Location: Rexco Center, 1250 Corona Pointe Ct. (behind Lowe's) Contact: Becky Gunnoe (951) 316-4888 Monday, June 7 8TH ANNUAL ABILITY COUNTS GOLF TOURNAMENT Cost: $150 for individuals/$600 foursome Location: Country Club at Soboba, 1020 Soboba Rd., San Jacinto Contact: Alan Schwerdt (951) 734-6595 ext. 3002 Sponsorship opportunities available. Monday, June 7 12PM COMMUNITY SERVICES NETWORK MEETING (SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS) Cost: FREE Location: Corona Chamber of Commerce, 904 E. Sixth St. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 All are welcome to attend.
Thursday, June 10 & 17 11:30AM CORONA NETWORKING $OLUTIONS Cost: $20 ($15 with RSVP) Location: Mi Tortilla, 487 Magnolia Ave. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 Saturday, June 12 HOMELESS TASK FORCE OF CORONA 1ST ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER Location: Crossroads Church, 2331 Kellogg Ave. Contact: Victoria Fisher (951) 310-7204 Monday, June 14 12PM AMBASSADORS MEETING Cost: FREE Location: Corona Chamber of Commerce, 904 E. Sixth St. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 All are welcome to attend. Saturday, June 19 10AM COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE BACKYARD COMPOSTING PROGRAM WORKSHOP Cost: FREE Location: Glen Avon Library, 9244 Galena St. Contact: (951) 486-3200 Thursday, June 24 6:30AM GOOD MORNING CORONA Sponsor: Altura Credit Union Cost: $20 members ($15 if paid one week in advance)/$30 Non-members Location: Eagle Glen Golf Club, 1800 Eagle Glen Pkwy. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 Thursday, June 24 11AM CORONA VETERANS FUNDRAISER Sponsor: Corona Veterans Memorial Division Cost: regular price of entree 25% goes back to the organization Location: El Torito, 2240 Griffin Way Contact: Ruben Rasso (951) 232-7338
Friday, June 25 6PM RACE TO MONTE CARLO Cost: $125 per person or $200 per couple Location: Eagle Glen Golf Club, 1800 Eagle Glen Pkwy. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350
Saturday, June 26 9AM RELAY FOR LIFE Sponsor: American Cancer Society Cost: FREE Location: Santana Park, 598 Santana Way More information: www.RelayForLife.org Booths available.
Saturday, June 26 10AM COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE BACKYARD COMPOSTING PROGRAM WORKSHOP Cost: FREE Location: Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave. Contact: (951) 486-3200 Thursday, July 1, 8 & 15 11:30AM CORONA NETWORKING $OLUTIONS Cost: $20 ($15 with RSVP) Location: Marie Callender's, 160 E. Rincon Ave. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 Monday, July 5 12PM COMMUNITY SERVICES NETWORK MEETING (SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS) Cost: FREE Location: Corona Chamber of Commerce, 904 E. Sixth St. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 All are welcome to attend. Monday, July 12 12PM AMBASSADORS MEETING Cost: FREE Location: Corona Chamber of Commerce, 904 E. Sixth St. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 All are welcome to attend. Thursday, July 22 11:30AM QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON Sponsor: Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden, APC Speaker: Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione Cost: $50 or $450 Table of 10 Chamber members by July 2, $60 or $550 Table of 10 starting July 3, $75 or $750 Table of 10 Non-members Location: Crossroads Church, 2331 Kellogg Ave. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 Tuesday, July 27 4:30PM NEW MEMBER RECEPTION Cost: FREE to new members Location: Backwoods BBQ & Steakhouse, 370 N. McKinley St. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350 Thursday, July 29 6:30AM GOOD MORNING CORONA Sponsor: The Foundation for Community and Family Health Cost: $20 members ($15 if paid one week in advance)/$30 non-members Location: Eagle Glen Golf Club, 1800 Eagle Glen Pkwy. Contact: Corona Chamber (951) 737-3350
Coming in October
BUSINESS EXPO CAREER FAIR QUARTERLY LUNCHEON
Call the Corona Chamber for details at (951) 737-3350
Are you doing business with a non-Chamber business? Do you have a friend who could benefit from Chamber membership? Of course you do! The Chamber is providing some motivation for you to refer potential members: First, when your prospect joins the Chamber, your name, company and phone number will be listed in the Corona Business Monthly. Second, you’ll receive $25 credit towards up to half of any Chamber purchase, such as your own membership fees and attendance at Chamber events. Finally, when you refer five applicants who become Chamber members, you’ll receive a FREE one-eighth page color ad in Corona Business Monthly – a $480 value! For a referral form and more information about the program, call the Chamber at (951) 737-3350. Below is the newest list of members who have referred new members:
Tamara Schaefer Paychex, Inc. (951) 202-3567 David Anderson Lakeshore Plaza (909) 900-9428 Dwight Cromie Altek Media Group (951) 781-8624
Congratulations to Tamara Schaefer of Paychex, Inc. for referring five new members and earning a FREE ad in Corona Business Monthly.
904 East Sixth Street Corona, CA 92879
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