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Chamber of Commerce Chamber Events and Legislative Updates By Mark Turner, President/CEO, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Rock-the-Mock The Gilroy Chamber’s Business and Education Committee held its 2nd Annual Rock-the-Mock event on March 24 and 25. Participating students went through a series of workshops, including: “How to Prepare for an Interview,” “Dress for Success,” “Digital ID – What Social Media Says About You,” and “What’s in a Handshake.” Afterward, students took part in a “mock” interview where they answered a series of questions presented to them by volunteers throughout the community. Approximately 50 volunteers were involved each day working with nearly 100 students from Gilroy, Christopher and Mt. Madonna High Schools along with students from Gilroy Early College Academy. Legislative Summit The Chamber hosted its 3rd Annual Legislative Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 22. This annual luncheon draws federal, state, county and local elected officials to share information on issues facing South County. Distinguished guests included: Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, State Senator Bill Monning, State Assemblyman Luis Alejo, County Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Gilroy Mayor Perry Woodward, Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate and Director John Varela from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. State Legislation The Chamber tracks legislation coming from Sacramento and has provided a letter of support for AB 1928 – Irrigation Standards to Save our Drinking Water. This bill would establish deadlines for the development of water use efficiency standards and labeling requirements for landscape irrigation equipment. Specifically, AB 1928 would require the California Energy Commission to establish these standards by January 1, 2018. The Chamber has opposed SB 878 – Work Hours: Scheduling. This bill would require employers to provide “modification pay” for changes made to an employee’s schedule with less than seven days’ notice. The bill applies to any restaurant, grocery store, or retail store establishment, regardless of size. SB 878 will eliminate flexibility in the workplace for both employers and employees, deny employees the opportunity to work additional hours if desired, limit employer’s ability to accommodate customer demands, and subject employers to layers of penalties, investigative actions and costly litigation. The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is, and will continue to be, a strong voice for the business community and the community at large. 68 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2016 Michele Campbell Insurance Services T he team at Michele Campbell Insurance Services is committed to providing clients with the highest quality insurance plans available combined with the lowest rates available in all of California. Whether you’re shopping for health insurance, life or long term care insurance, they can help you get the best coverage available with the lowest rate possible. Their specialty is helping clients navigate the Medicare world. Let them simplify the process for you and get you placed in the coverage to suit your needs and budget.   Michele Campbell Insurance Services’ ultimate goal is to create lasting relationships with each of their clients so they may continue providing excellent service for many years to come. They are located at 60 4th Street in Gilroy. 408-848-2271. Frank’s Garden Florist F rank’s Garden Florist is owned and operated by Sheila Alvarez. With over 40 years of floral experience between Sheila and the creative team, they understand the importance of quality, beauty, and keeping up with current trends. With a variety of fresh flowers picked up daily from local Gilroy, Watsonville and San Martin flower growers, they are committed to making custom floral arangements extraordinary and providing creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. Order flowers from Frank’s Garden Florist online on their secured 24-hour website:, place orders directly at 408.847.5888 or they can assist you at their street location: 401 First Street. They welcome local as well as worldwide deliveries and offer daily delivery to local funeral homes and hospitals in Gilroy.