Claremont chamber invites young professional to networking event

The Claremont Chamber of Commerce’s next young professionals networking event is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Attendees must be no older than 40 years of age and an active member of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce.

The networking event is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pizza ‘n’ Such, 202 Yale Ave., Claremont.


University of Redlands to host digital ethics lecture

The Banta Center for Business Ethics and Society plans to host lecturer Chris MacDonald for a discussion on the ethics of digital media.

MacDonald is a Duke University fellow and lecturer ar Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. His scheduled talk is titled “Responsibilities in the Blogosphere.”

The event is scheduled to begin with a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Casa Loma Room at University of Redlands.

Admission will cost $10 for university students and employees or $15 for the public.
Reservations are requested by Feb. 15. Reservations may be made online at

J.C. Penney to expand in Victorville

The J.C. Penney department store at the Mall of Victor Valley is expanding, mall managers announced.

The J.C. Penney store will occupy roughly 100,000 square feet at the completion of its expansion. Completion is expected late this year.

J.C. Penney is one of three anchor tenants at the Victorville mall. Cinemark Theatre and Sears are the other two anchors, and a Macy’s store is scheduled to open in 2013.

La Verne restaurant gets “Kitchen Nightmares” air date

Charlie’s Italian Cafe in La Verne is scheduled to be featured on the Fox Network television program “Kitchen Nightmares” at 8 p.m. on Feb. 17, the restaurant announced.

A television crew with irascible English chef Gordon Ramsay visited the restaurant in October. The show’s interaction with Charlie’s Italian Cafe resulted in the eatery adopting a new menu and remodeling its dining area.

Marketing consultant to lead San Bernardino workshop

Weklar Consulting Group president Diane Weklar is scheduled to lead workshop focused on accelerating business growth.

The workshop is scheduled to take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Office of Business Development, 201-B N. E Street, Suite 200, San Bernardino.

Information: 909-963-5026 or

California chamber endorses Feinstein desert bill

The California Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the California Desert Protection Bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The bill would establish two national monuments in the Mojave Desert, to be called the Sand to Snow National Monument and the Mojave Trails National Monument.

The Sad to Snow National Monument would include lands east of Mount San Gorgonia and west of Joshua Tree National Park. The Movaje Trails National Monument would encompass an area of the desert north of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and south of Mojave National Preserve. The historic Route 66 would pass through the latter proposed national monument.

The bill would also give federal recognition to five existing off-highway vehicle areas.
Feinstein’s bill is numbered S. 138. The bill has no co-sponsors in the Senate and was referred to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in January 2011.

ODW Logistics gets operating authority

ODW Logistics has obtained operating authority in California for its trucking subsidiary. the Dist-Trans Co., the company announced.

The development means that Dist-Trans drivers will be able to haul freight for West Coast customers, the company announced.

ODW Logistics has facilities in San Bernardino and Chino. The firm’s corporate headquarters is in Columbus, Ohio.

Gasoline consumption fell in October

Californians continued to consume less fuel in October, as gasoline consumption dropped 1.8 percent when compared to the same month in October 2010.

The California Board of Equalization reported that drivers consumed 1.23 billion gallons of gasoline in October.

Consumption fell as pump prices increased. One gallon of regular gasoline cost an average of $3.89 in October. That price signifies a 74 cent year-over-year increase.

Diesel consumption, however, rose in October. Diesel users purchased 226 million gallons of fuel in October. The amount signifies a year-over-year consumption increase of 4.8 percent.
A gallon of diesel fuel cost an average of $4.06 per gallon in October. That amount is 85 cents higher than the average price one year prior.

The Board of Equalization tracks consumption by analyzing gasoline tax receipts.

New meeting location for construction group’s meeting

The Inland Empire chapter of National Association of Women in Construction has a new location for its February meeting.

The meeting’s featured speaker Christopher M. Myers of C.W. Driver Builders, is scheduled to discuss the U.S. Small Business Administration’s mentorship program. The mentorship program allows minority-owned small businesses and other firms meeting certain criteria to partner with larger companies when bidding for federal contracts.

The meeting is now scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Hilton Garden Inn, 11481 Mission Vista Drive, Rancho Cucamonga.

Admission will cost $25.

Information and reservations: 909-982-7911 or call Deloris Whelchel at 909-987-5575. E-mail reservations may be sent to

Community Bank reports $25.2 million profit

Community Bank, a business bank with 15 branches in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties, reported a $25.2 million profit for the year ending Dec. 31.

The bank’s profit compares with a $20.7 million profit earned in 2010.

The bank also reported a decrease in its reserve for loan losses. At the end of last year, the bank reported a $37.5 million, or 2.12 percent, of its total loans as being reserved for potential losses. That number is down from $39.7 million, or 2.25 percent of outstanding loans, at the end of 2010.

Community Bank has $2.6 billion in reported assets. The bank’s branches include locations in Ontario, Fontana and Redlands. Community Bank’s main office is in Pasadena.