The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, December 15, 2015
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OCBC!

All of us at OCBC wish you and your loved ones many beautiful moments and happy memories this holiday season. Special thanks to everyone who joined OCBCACC-OCBIA-OC, and the OCHCC for the most talked about holiday party of the season! Check back for photos of the fun this week at www.ocbc.org and Facebook. Thanks to event sponsors Southern California Gas Company and US Bank. OCBC's Indicator Newsletter will be on holiday, too. Expect your next edition on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. 
OCTA ALLOWS PLANNING OF ANAHEIM STREETCAR TO MOVE FORWARD
OCBC's Bryan Starr testified at yesterday's Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors meeting, where the board considered a recommendation from an ad hoc committee to derail planning efforts on the Anaheim Rapid Connector (ARC) project, which would connect the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) to the Anaheim Resort area. While OCBC does not have a position on the actual project, Starr advocated for the board to allow for full implementation of a process to properly vet the project. Prejudging the merits or faults of the project would constitute a betrayal of a process promised to cities under Measure M2. It is crucial OCTA affords the City of Anaheim the opportunity to develop plans and submit an Environmental Impact Report before immediately moving to dismiss it. OCBC commends the board on allowing the planning process on the project to move forward in order to determine a way forward that will truly meet Orange County's mobility goals while fulfilling Measure M's promise to voters.  For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
NATION'S LARGEST SEAWATER DESALINATION PLANT OPENS IN SAN DIEGO YESTERDAY
OCBC congratulates member Poseidon Water on yesterday's opening of its landmark Carlsbad Desalination Plant. Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, joined 600 prominent regional community and business leaders at the dedication of the Claud "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant to celebrate the beginning of operations. The project is the nation's largest and most technologically advanced seawater desalination plant and has already produced more than 1.5 billion gallons of locally controlled water for San Diego, helping to minimize vulnerability to the statewide drought and improve local reliability of water supply. The plant is slated to produce up to 56,000 acre-feet of water per year, enough to meet the needs of approximately 400,000 people. The $1 billion project includes the desalination plant, a 10-mile pipeline that connects to the San Diego County Water Authority regional distribution system, and upgrades to Water Authority facilities for distributing desalinated seawater through the region.  For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
FAST ACT: INTERNATIONAL TRADE, TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
America's aging infrastructure saw President Obama sign into law on December 4 a  five-year, $281 billion transportation bill that increases spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems. That's the good news. The bad news is that the funding source is the banking industry -- not transportation system users -- putting the system again at risk in a mere five years. But at least the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act also reauthorized the Export Import Bank of the United States, extending the life of the bank to 2019 - a major victory for OCBC and the international trade community. The Act increases highway funding by 15 percent and transit funding by 18 percent over the life of the bill. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC BOARD MEMBER JUAN BASOMBRIO WINS CASE IN U.S. SUPREME COURT
OCBC Board Member, Juan Basombrio of Dorsey & Whitney, argued and won a major case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The unanimous decision, written by Chief Justice Roberts, is significant in confirming there are limits to the reach of the American courts. Representing the government of Austria in a case filed against its railway system for personal injury, Basombrio's case established that in the commercial context, in order for a U.S. court or agency  to exercise jurisdiction over a foreign state, the claims must be "based upon" commercial activity that occurred within the territorial limits of the United States. The Supreme Court rejected to notion that a foreign state-owned railway could be sued in the U.S., simply based upon the purchase of a Eurail pass on the Internet from a U.S. travel agency. In this case, the injured passenger could have sued in Austria instead, which afforded adequate legal remedies. Congrats Juan! For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
LUCY DUNN ON INSIDE OC WITH RICK REIFF
OCBC's Lucy Dunn joined Chapman University Professor Esmael Adibi on the December 8 episode of Inside OC with Rick Reiff. The roughly 30 minute interview focused on Orange County's economic standing and a discussion on coming issues, from the recent Allergan/Pfizer merger, to OC's education system. During the interview, Dunn discussed that Orange County is likely to remain an economic powerhouse in the coming years. This is largely due to its diversity of cross-cutting industry clusters, which are industries that intertwine and support others clusters, such as IT and International Trade. However, a limited supply of housing affordable to the workforce is still an an issue in OC and is likely to persistently critically impact the region's prosperity if there are not policies implemented to increase the stock. OC needs to build 60,000 housing units today in order to keep pace with demand. CLICK HERE for OCBC's 2015 Orange County Workforce Housing Scorecard. CLICK HERE to watch! For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Director of Communications. 
AUSTRALIANS ADOPT OC'S LENNAR CORPORATION'S PROGRAM TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS
Homes for Homes featuring Jeff Roos.

Australia is aggressively tackling the issue of homelessness using a program created by Orange County developer Lennar Corporation called the Homes for Homes initiative. There are currently 170,000 homeless living in Australia today and the program raises funds for housing by allowing homeowners to voluntarily donate 0.1 percent of the sale of a home. Therefore, a single $500,000 home sale generates $500 for the program. CLICK HERE to watch a video on the program. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
REPORT REVEALS STATUS OF CHILDREN'S WELL BEING IN OC
The Orange County Children's Partnership, comprised of the Orange County Children and Families Commisison and its report partners, released the 21st Annual Report on the Conditions of Children in Orange County. As with past reports, the indicators span four sections - Good Health, Economic Well-Being, Educational Achievement, and Safe Homes and Communities. Results from the published research indicate while some areas see marketed improvement, other problems deepened and enormous need remains. For example, despite all measure of Educational Achievement improving across all ethnicities and races, a closer look reveals that disparities among the different groups persists. While Hispanic students comprise the largest portion of graduates, the group measures as the least likely to be college-ready. Additionally, Orange County's housing shortage is further highlighted by the reports finding that the number of students insecurely housed increased eightfold since 2004 to 6.5 percent of students. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
SAVE THE DATE! OCBC'S 2016 ANNUAL DINNER - FEB. 18
Don't miss OCBC's 2016 Annual Dinner on February 18 at Hotel Irvine under the theme "The Nation of California: Pursuit of the Ideal Climate." During the gala event, OCBC will recognize outgoing 2015 Chair Laura DeSoto, Experian, and install the 2016 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair RJ Mayer, The Mayer Corporation. More details coming soon! 

Date: February 18, 2016  Time: 5:30 Registration I 9:00 p.m Adjourn  Place: Hotel Irvine
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events. 
OCBC WELCOMES PAUL O'MARA, DIANA KOT AND BRIAN CALLE TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS!
OCBC welcomes Paul O'Mara, Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Commercial Banking, Wells FargoDiana Kot, Vice President of Membership and Advocacy, SchoolsFirstFederal Credit Union; and Brian Calle, Opinion Editor, The Orange County Register and VP of Freedom Newsgroup to the Board of Directors. O'Mara will replace Roby Myers on the board. He currently oversees a team of 28 professionals who provide the bank's wide array of products and services to both middle market clients and prospective client in the Southern California region. Kot will replace Francisco Nebot on the board. She manages the area of Membership Development, Legislative Advocacy, Financial Education, and School and Community Relations. Calle will replace Steve Churm as OC Register's representative. He is also editor-in-chief of CalWatchdog.com and a Presidential Fellow and professor at Chapman University. Welcome! For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
CALIFORNIANS SURPASS GOVERNOR BROWN'S WATER REDUCTION MANDATES!
OCBC commends Californians on the successful collective effort to reduce water use during one of the most severe droughts on record. On April 1, 2015, Gov. Brown mandated a 25 percent reduction and recent reports indicate Californians surpassed that challenge with a 27.1 percent reduction. Average statewide water use declined from 97 gallons per person per day in September to 87 in October. Despite the last five months being  the hottest one record, Californians have already saved 76 percent of the targeted goal that was set for June 2015 to February 2016. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development.  
DISNEYLAND'S JILL BOLTON APPOINTED TO CALIFORNIA VOLUNTEERS COMMISSION
Congrats to Jill Bolton, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Disneyland Resort, on her appointment by Governor Brown to the California Volunteers Commission. The commission is a 25-member board that oversees the programs and initiatives of CaliforniaVolunteers to engage more Californians in service and volunteers. Bolton joined Disneyland Resort in 2000 after having been a school psychologist for the Huntington Beach School District. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.  
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
POLITICAL CORNER
Please note that events in Political Corner are for informational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC. 

Christmas Open House with Senator John Moorlach - Thursday, December 17 
Join Senator John Moorlach for a Christmas Open House at his new Costa Mesa office from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 17. Learn about the ways the Senator and staff can be of assistance to the community. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Aly.John@sen.ca.gov. 

District Office Christmas Open House with Assemblywoman Young Kim - Tuesday, December 18
Join Assemblymember Youn Kim, 65th District, for a Christmas Open House and Toy Drive fro 5 to 7 p.m. at the district office on Beach Boulevard. There will not be a formal program or presentation, but toys donations will be collected to be distributed to local Boys and Girls Clubs. For more information, contact the office at 714.521.6505.

20th Anniversary Celebration for California Assembly Republican Majority - Monday, January 4
Join Speaker Curt Pringle and the 1996 Republican Assembly members in commemorating, celebrating and toasting the Republican Majority of the Assembly from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday January 4, 2015 at the Cal Chamber. RSVP to Katie at katie@curtpringle.com.
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
A Cirque Christmas - Friday, December 18 to Saturday, December 19
Pacific Symphony offers a delightful Christmas concert for the whole family featuring sparkling holiday tunes and a special sparkle to this jaw-dropping fusion of acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists, dancers and more at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Pacific Chorale offers OCBC members 20 % discount on holiday concerts at Segerstrom Concert Hall - December 20-21
The internationally acclaimed Pacific Chorale will present its fabulous "Tis the Season!" concerts with member of Pacific Symphony on Sunday, December 20 and Monday December 21 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Threat of Marijuana - Thursday, January 7
Join the Orange County Sheriff's Department from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy for a presentation on the Threat of Marijuana on your business, schools and community. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Dealing with China - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Don't miss a luncheon and talk with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Richard Nixon Foundation in Yorba Linda, which will focus on Dealing with China: An insider unmasks the new economic superpower. CLICK HERE for event and sponsorship information. 

Nominations Open for Cal State Fullerton 2016 Annual Leadership Awards - present to Friday, February 5, 2015
Nominations are now open for the 2016 Annual Leadership Awards with individual and company honorees recognized in two categories: "Excellence in Executive Leadership," and "Excellence in Leadership Development." CLICK HERE for more information. 

Employment Opportunities at Coast Colleges! -  CLICK HERE for more information. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY
Advocacy and Government Affairs
Friday, January 8, 2015  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m 

Infrastructure
Tuesday, January 12, 2015 I  7:30 a.m to 9:00 a.m. 

Latino Educational Attainment 
Thursday, January 14, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.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 2015 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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