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DID YOU FORGET SOMETHING? CAST YOUR VOTE TODAY!

It's not too late! Get your vote in before 8 p.m.

You can still make it to the polls in time to cast your votes in the California Direct Primary Election today! CLICK HERE to view OCBC endorsed candidates and make your voice heard and your vote count! For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

Here are a few election day resources:

OCBC SPONSORED AB 2712 (DALY) PASSES THROUGH ASSEMBLY WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

Thursday marked the final day that California legislators passed bills through their house of origin 
and OCBC sponsored AB 2712 (Daly) is now moving on to the senate for consideration after having passed through the assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Known as the Orange County Water District Act, the bill would continue the water district's authority to expend resources to cleanup any groundwater pollution or contamination, but implements procedures to bring the district and the party responsible for any pollution together to address the issue. If made into law, the bill would avert the district's practice of immediately resorting to costly litigation, which in most cases, hinders the cleanup process. However, legislators did unfortunately pass three bills through their house of origin that have been labeled "job killers" by the California Chamber of Commerce. Assembly bills will now move onto consideration in the senate, and the senate bill will move to the assembly. 
  • AB 2416 (Stone) creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage and hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer's real or personal property, or property where work was performed, based upon alleged-yet-unproven wage claims.
  • AB 2617 (Weber) unfairly prohibits the enforcement of arbitration agreements or pre-litigation settlement agreements that require the individual to waive their right to pursue a civil action for the alleged violation of civil rights.
  • SB1188 (Jackson) significantly increases product defect litigation and associated claims by allowing consumers to pursue claims after the warranty has expired for "material" omissions regarding the product that are unrelated to any health and safety concerns.

CLICK HERE to learn more about CalChambers Job Killer list or contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

OCBC ADVOCATES FOR JWA PORT OF ENTRY DESIGNATION
During OCBC's 2014 Washington D.C. "One Voice, Two Capitols" trip in late May, OCBC Treasurer RJ Mayer, The Robert Mayer Corporation, led a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security to discuss John Wayne Airport's (JWA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to designate JWA as a "Port of Entry." JWA meets all the requirements needed for the designation. Changing the designation for JWA from a "User Fee" to a "Port of Entry" airport means the federal government would be responsible for all costs associated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection services at JWA instead of the airlines. Of the eight airports in California that have the port of entry designation, only LAX, San Francisco and San Diego have substantial international air service. OCBC supports of this designation and reiterated this with the Homeland Security staff.  After meeting with OCBC in Washington D.C., Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, 46th District, stated that this has been one of her top priorities and, given her seniority on the House Homeland Security Committee, she remains engaged with this issue. Representatives Issa, Lowenthal, Rohrabacher, and Royce have also expressed support for the designation. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
ORANGE COUNTY RECEIVES FEDERAL MANUFACTURING DESIGNATION 

U.S. Department of Commerce announced that Orange County received the federal Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership (IMCP) designation along with Los Angeles and San Diego counties.  As part of a successful three-county effort, the IMCP designation will bring elevated consideration for up to $1.3 billion in federal grants and special technical assistance from 10 federal departments and agencies for projects designed to help grow Southern California's aerospace and defense industries.  Due to the innovative and advanced makeup of Southern California's aerospace and defense industries, the IMCP designation will have a positive impact on numerous industries, helping to drive economic growth across the region's diverse and complex economy. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

APPOINTMENTS TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN - JUNE 6
Join California Women Lead, OCBC, and ChevronSouthern California Gas Company for a training to learn the process one should take to be appointed to a board, commission, or committee at the local and state level 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Anaheim Community Center. Speakers include Mona Pasquil, Secretary of Appointments, Office of Governor Edmund Brown, Jr., OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, and The Honorable Tom Daly, 69th Assembly District, among many other distinguished presenters. Admittance is free for OCBC and California Women Lead members. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

WHEN: Thursday, June 6  I  7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

WHERE: Anaheim Community Center

COST: Free for OCBC and California Women Lead members. $20 for non-members  I  $25 at the door.  

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

OC AWARDED $15 MILLION GRANT TO PREPARE 21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE

California Department of Education has awarded the Orange County Career Pathways Partnership (OCCPP) a $15 million California Career Pathways Trust grant to create a countywide, self-sustaining infrastructure that builds, supports, and expands rigorous and innovative career pathways for students from kindergarten through college. This grant initiative would support industry cluster pathways in the high-need, high-skill, and high-wage jobs that are related to the S.T.E.A.M. educational disciplines, which include: Healthcare/Biotechnology; Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering; and Information Communication Technology/Digital Media. OCBC, and its members and investors such as the Sunpower Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, and The Fluor Corporation wrote letters of support in obtaining the grant. This one-time grant award is a recognition of the quality of collaboration that has been forged among schools, districts, colleges, universities, businesses, and community partners in Orange County.  For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
OPINION: THE MYSTERIES OF CEQA

The following is a column from Loren Kaye, President, California Foundation for Commerce and Education, as it was originally published by the Fox and Hounds on Friday, May 30, 2014.

 

Last week Governor Brown told assembled business leaders, I'm sure when (Governor) Ronald Reagan in 1969 signed the Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), he didn't know about all the mysteries of CEQA that people were going to have to  deal with for the next 45 years. I thought the Governor might have been exaggerating, but it didn't take long to stumble upon that chamber of mysteries: Just last week came word of a CEQA lawsuit against the just-approved Sacramento sports arena. Opponents claim, among other things, that "the Project EIR fails entirely to account for how these crowds will be controlled, particularly when riot conditions may arise ... bonfires, teargas if necessary to disperse crowds, destruction of surrounding property and consequent blight ..."  

 

Activists in San Francisco are cranky about increased commuter bus traffic in California's most urbanized city. Turns out it's not even about the buses. Apparently "gentrification" is now an environmental impact that must be addressed, according to a new CEQA lawsuitMoving down the Peninsula, a litigious San Jose gas station owner filed a CEQA lawsuit to prevent a competing station across the street from adding three gas dispensers on his site. Moe's Gas Stop had to prepare a full environmental impact report to demonstrate that his project would have no unmitigated environmental impacts. Not far from Moe's, local labor unions are upset that some construction jobs may be filled by non-union workers from out-of-town. The solution? A CEQA lawsuit complaining about the "developer generating more profits at the expense of local workers and the environment." You don't have to build a building or buy (or fuel) a bus to experience the mysteries of CEQA. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC'S LUCY DUNN INDUCTED IN THE 2014 CALIFORNIA HOUSING CONSORTIUM HALL OF FAME
workforce housing

Housing that is affordable and available to the workforce is one of four key initiatives OCBC focuses on to ensure Orange County prospers and thrives economically.  In recognition of these efforts, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn was inducted into the 2014 California Housing Consortium (CHC) Hall of Fame and honored as the recipient of the Private Sector Award. In her acceptance speech, Dunn challenged fellow business thought leaders to develop a common language that breaks barriers across all business sectors and creates new ways for the building industry to work together most effectively. The CHC Hall of Fame honors people and organizations from the private and public sector demonstrating a profound impact on adequate housing in California. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY'S LEADERS OPEN UP ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF ARTS EDUCATION

Music and arts education is crucial to cultivating a well-rounded workforce for a global 21st century economy and was one of the main themes of OCBC's Thursday morning Chairman's Leadership Breakfast, which featured Pacific Symphony's Carl St. Clair, Music Director, and John Forsyte, President. The Pacific Symphony's leaders also opened up about the importance of their early experiences with music and the strong calling they both felt to lead Orange County's internationally acclaimed symphony. Forsyte and St. Clair also spoke of their innovative approaches to growing the symphony's already diverse and prestigious repertoire of musical experiences, and their plans to continue to tastefully incorporate multimedia and other program enhancers to attract a new generation of music lovers. CLICK HERE for Pacific Symphony's latest news. OCBC's Chairman's Leadership Breakfast are held quarterly and showcase OC's top leaders. Join us for the next breakfast featuring Parker Kennedy, Chairman of First American Financial Corporation, on Thursday, August 5. CLICK HERE for event details. For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY
Lucy Dunn Honored by Orange County Catholic Foundation - Wednesday, May 21

OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn was recognized with the prestigious Bishop's Award for Exemplary Business Integrity at the Twelfth Annual Orange County Catholic Foundation Conference on Business & Ethics: A Forum for Responsible Leaders. The breakfast program included a video with touching interviews from her brother John, as well as long-time friend Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle & Associates, that highlight Dunn's many distinguished accomplishments, such as her work as founder of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy. Dunn was honored alongside Timothy LeVecke, Former President and Current Chairman of the Board for the LeVecke Corporation.   The program also included keynotes speeches from author Matthew Kelly and Pastor Rick Warren. CLICK HERE for photos. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

 

Girl Scouts of Orange County's "Voice for Girls" Forum - Friday, May 10

OCBC's President and CEO Lucy Dunn attended the Girls Scouts of Orange County's "Voice for Girls" Forum as a guest of OCBC Board Member Julie Miller-Phipps, Kaiser Permanente, who also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Orange County. The third annual forum featured a keynote address by acclaimed author and leadership expert Sally Helgesen, an interactive panel with Orange County girls, and voices of other local leaders. CLICK HERE for photos of the event. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

TOYOTA LEADS HIKE IN APRIL'S AUTO SALES

Orange County auto dealers sold 13,771 new vehicles in April, a 10.5 percent increase from a year earlier, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. OCBC member Toyota Motor Corp. led all automakers locally, with 2,560 vehicles sold, a 12.1 percent increase from April 2013. Toyota and other Japan-based brands accounted for nearly half of all of the April auto sales in Orange County at 6,906 - which are up 10.8 percent from the same time last year. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

THE CAMPAIGN FOR COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY: A BOLD NEW PLAN - JUNE 16

California needs a bold and visionary plan for higher education that provides clear direction and goals to increase college going and completion. The plan should also reflect the diverse needs of today's students and respond to workforce needs, close persistent opportunity gaps between different groups of students, and ensure that our investment in higher education works for both students and the state. As a thought leader, we need your input on the framework for a new plan. Your ideas will be added to leading voices across California to strengthen the plan before we present it to the Governor, Legislative leadership and college leaders as part of our campaign to ensure action on key recommendations. Join The Campaign for College opportunity and OCBC to voice your ideas to develop a Bold New Plan, sponsored by The Safeway Foundation, Southern California Edison, The Kresge Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, The California Education Policy Fund, The Lumina Foundation and Working Poor Families Project. 

 

WHEN: Monday, June 16, 2014  I  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. 

WHERE: Orange County Business Council Conference Center, 2 Park Plaza, Ste 125. Irvine, Ca. 92614

COST: Free

 

For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - JULY 24
OCBC's Executive Invitational 2014 Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is coming up soon! The all-day event will take place Thursday, July 24 at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. Join OC's top executives for the county's premier networking event! The tournament will feature a hole-in-one contest, putting contest, opportunity drawings, horse race classic, and a driving range! Sponsorship opportunities are available.  

 

WHEN: Thursday, July 24, 2014  I  12 p.m. Shotgun Scramble

WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links

COST: Corporate Foursome: $2,000  I  Individual OCBC Member: $500  I  Individual Non-member: $600  

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: IRVINE CHAMBER ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO GO GREEN

To boost eco-friendly attitudes in the city, the Irvine Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to dozens of local businesses to participate in the Green Irvine Program, which seeks to rid businesses of wasteful habits and encourage environmentally friendly practices. The Green Business Certification Program is designed to make it easy for a business to start and stay green and save money. To qualify, businesses must take important actions in areas, such as green purchasing, energy efficiency and conservation, alternative transportations, water conservation, pollution prevention, and staff training and awareness. Since the program's inception, 11 Irvine businesses have become certified. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: TRANSLATOR APPS

Google Translate: Break through language barriers with Google Translate! This app allows you to translate 80 languages and listen to your translations spoken aloud.

iTranslate Voice: Instantly speak another language, voice-to-voice.  Just speak into your phone and it immediately replies in one of our 42 languages.

Pixter Scanner OCR by Quanticapps: Snap a photo or choose an existing one from your library and the app will instantly extract your text from the picture.

iVoice Translator Pro: Instantly communicate with this free speech translator and dictionary . Just speak into your device and it will speak to you in another language immediately.

iTranslate: iTranslate is an award winning translation tool that helps you break down language barriers. With its state of the art technology you can speak any language in a second.

 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

A Billion+ Change - Tuesday, June 3

OneOC invites you to hear inspiring skills-based service stories from the area's top business leaders and to explore how skills-based and pro bono volunteering can foster talent development, drive innovation, and create lasting change in your company. Join A Billion + Change on Tuesday, June 3 at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce for "What's Changed Because of Pro Bono?" for a conversation and lunch with local business and community leaders. Registration is free, but seats are limited. CLICK HERE for more information. 


Pacific Symphony Plazacast & Community Celebration - Saturday, June 7

Join Pacific Symphony for a live simulcast of the Pacific Symphony's Camina Burana concert on the Center's Arts Plaza on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m., with food trucks and performances by community ensembles starting at 5 p.m. OCBC President and CEO will be singing in the concert. This event is free and open to the public with no ticket required. Bring your own chair and blanket and picnic on the Plaza! CLICK HERE to learn more.

 

Orange County Forum Housing Outlook Luncheon - Wednesday, June 11

Join the Orange County Forum for their Housing Outlook. This is a great opportunity to hear from highly-regarded housing experts to learn what the trends are for the next twelve months in the housing market. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa located at 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa. For more information,CLICK HERE. 

 

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Panel Discussion - Thursday, June 12

Join the World Affairs Council for a dynamic panel discussion with two distinguished Consuls General, Chris O'Connor and Dr. Bernard Fischer, who will address the challenges of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This event will take place on Thursday, June 12 at the Hotel Irvine located at 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine. CLICK HERE to register. 

 

Twentieth Annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon & Program - Tuesday, June 17

Join the Orange County Business Journal for the Twentieth Annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon & Program honors five exceptional business and professional OC women. This event will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17 at Hotel Irvine located at 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine. For more information,  CLICK HERE.

 

IMPACT14: Internet Marketing Reimagined - September 24 through 26

Registration is now open for IMPACT14, which is the IMA Conference and Awards focusing on the internet marketing industry from, September 24 through 26, 2014 at Aria Resort, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nev. This extraordinary event focusing on innovation, education and recognition, and hosts distinguished keynote speakers on vital internet marketing topics, a series of breakout sessions presented by the industry's leading experts, and the 2014 IMPACT Awards recognition and celebration.  CLICK HERE for a video about the event. CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JUNE  

Workforce Housing Meeting

Friday, June 6, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

 

Advocacy and Government Affairs Meeting

Friday, June 6, 2014, I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Note new time)

 

Infrastructure Meeting

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

 

Latino Educational Attainment Meeting

Thursday, June 12, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

 

Board of Directors Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 12, 2014 I 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

 

Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET!

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR OCBC MEMBERS. One of the many benefits of being a part of the Orange County Business Council is the ability to leverage our member relationships to improve your business. Take advantage of our new offers:    

NEW! SUPPORT PACIFIC CHORALE AND ENJOY SHOWS AND SOIREES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or liana@pacificchorale.org

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this summer. From the music of Neil Diamond to Beethoven to the soundtrack of your favorite Pixar Movies; there's something for everyone this summer. These concerts are perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations, groups of friends, and family. Groups of 10 or more save 20% or special seating in 3rd tier Upper Terrace at just $20 for groups only. Visit PacificSymphony.org for complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Group discounts are available only through Group Sales at (714) 876-2384 or by email to Groups@PacificSymphony.org.

 

SAVE MONEY AND ELECTRICITY BY GOING SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER 

Have you considered solar for your home?  The world's leading solar manufacturer, SunPower Corporation, has joined OCBC and is offering OCBC investors (and their employees) a special discount on solar for your home.  Beyond a generous discount for us all, SunPower is also making a donation to STEM Education in Orange County for each residential system purchased through this program.  This is a great way to save costs on electricity and to support the local community at the same time. CLICK HERE to sign up for a free solar home evaluation and for more information on this special offer. 

 

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FROM TOSHIBA  

OCBC members receive special discounts on Toshiba LCD televisions, laptop computers and accessories. CLICK HERE for the discount website or call 1-800-405-3704 and reference PROGRAM ID: PAOB.

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATES
Through the UPS Discount Program, OCBC members can save up to 28% on international, air and ground shipping. Whether you need a shipment to arrive the same day, the next day or in a few days, UPS will get your package there on time - guaranteed. Visit http://savewithups.com/ocbc/ or call 714.502.2577.
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