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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 

HERE ARE A FEW REASONS NOT TO MISS THE 2013 ANNUAL DINNER...
 
ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT APPROVES ITS BUSINESS PLAN FOR LOCAL CONTROL

Preparing to transfer Ontario International Airport to local control, the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), on which OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn serves, recently adopted a Strategic Business Plan Executive Summary, in 5-0 vote by the OIAA Commissioners, to define the primary goals that will guide decision makers, leaders, and managers in creating success for the airport. The Business Plan focuses on the potential to "operate and grow Ontario International Airport as one of the most competitive, efficient, innovative, and customer-friendly passenger, cargo, and business airports in the United States as a key economic asset for the Inland Empire and the entire Southern California Region." OIAA President and Ontario City Council Member Alan D. Wapner said that "presenting publicly an outline for a business plan lends credibility to what our turnaround strategy is and the direction we are going with it."  

 

The Business Plan, which was developed by a subcommittee of OIAA Commissioners consisting of Ontario Mayor pro-tem Jim W. Bowman and Lucy Dunn, identified four goals for the airport: Reduce airline costs, develop airport-related businesses, expand air service, and provide customer friendly facilities and services. Dunn supported having "an overarching aspirational plan that helps guide our thinking as we move forward in preparation for ultimate local control of the airport." For more information visit www.setontariofree.com.

WILL KEMPTON "ON BOARD" FOR BIZPAC'S 5TH ANNUAL TRIBUTE AND ROAST--FEBRUARY 28
Join OCBC and the BIZPAC Trustees on Thursday, February 28 for the 5th Annual Roast and Tribute honoring recently retired CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority, Will Kempton. Hosted by former OCTA Chair, Peter Buffa, and emceed by professional comedian and Hollywood entertainer Bob Zany, the annual event will feature spirited stories from Kempton's friends and associates. 

 

DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2013 

TIME: Reception - 5:30 p.m.  I  Dinner - 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim 

COST: Individual Ticket: $250 | Supporter Package: $1,250 (4 tickets)

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

NEW REPORT EXPOSES STARK CONTRAST IN QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OC RESIDENTS

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) recently launched the ConnectOC Community Report, a first-of-its-kind resource providing eye-opening facts and insight into the areas of greatest need in Orange County. Key findings include:

 

  • 45% of Orange County students live in families making the equivalent of $40,000 or less per year for a family of four;
  • A worker earning minimum wage must work 133 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom apartment;
  • One in three Orange County residents lacks access to essential health care services; and 
  • Only 55% of Orange County third-graders read at a proficient level.

 

Moving from knowledge to action, ConnectOC provides strategies for driving real change in these areas of need. The report showcases organizations that are already moving the needle when it comes to safety net, health care and education.

 

In the coming months, OCCF will launch ConnectOC Nonprofit Central, making a connection to nonprofits and organizations even easier. This database is the first of its kind in Orange County and will provide a one-stop-shop where potential donors can find out more about nonprofits in Orange County and the areas of need they address. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT'S NEW SECURITY SCREENING GETS YOU IN THE AIR FASTER

Orange County frequent flyers who are tired of taking their shoes off and taking their laptops out should be happy to know that John Wayne Airport (JWA) has just announced the launch of the "Pre Check" program.On December 19, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole visited Orange County to launch the new program, which is part of a larger effort by TSA to implement risk-based security concepts that enhance security by focusing efforts on travelers considered high-risk and about whom the agency knows less.  

 

Under TSA "Pre Check," U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select Alaska, American, Delta, United, and US Airways frequent travelers, or who are members of Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program, including Global Entry, SENTRY, and NEXUS, are eligible to participate. Benefits to members of the program include being able to leave shoes, light outerwear, and belts on, keeping laptops in cases, and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in a carry-on bag. JWA passengers enrolled in the program can now access the TSA "Pre Check" screening lane in Terminal A.

 

"JWA is fortunate to have a number of partners who share our commitment to providing great customer service, and we consider TSA one of those partners," said Airport Director Alan Murphy. "Together, we work hard to make sure JWA passengers have a positive experience. TSA Pre Check will make that experience even more smooth and efficient." Travelers interested in the program can begin the application process today at www.ocair.com or www.tsa.gov. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

SAVE THE DATE! OCBC'S ADVOCACY TRIPS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER...
Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining OCBC and the Association of California Cities--Orange County, for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Sacramento, CA - March 18-19, 2013
Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Washington, D.C. - May 20-22, 2013
St. Regis Washington, D.C.

For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. For registration or sponsorship information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.
COLGLAZIER TAKES THE HELM AT DISNEYLAND RESORT; KALOGRIDIS BIDS FAREWELL TO OC

Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs has announced that effective February 1, 2013 Michael Colglazier will take on the role of president of the Disneyland Resort, and current resort president George Kalogridis will become president of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.   

 

Said OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn of Kalogridis, "He was personable, thoughtful and a phenomenal steward in investing $1 billion dollars ... to the Disney resort, which ultimately made Disney the largest employer. That is an astounding track record of success in a very short period of time." CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

AAA: LOWER SPEED LIMITS AREN'T ALWAYS THE ANSWER

When residents want to address traffic problems in their neighborhood, the first thing they request is a lower speed limit. However, a lower speed limit isn't always the solution. Recently AAA updated their Effective Speed Zoning booklet, which they have published for almost 50 years, to help educate elected and appointed officials, as well as the public, about the issue of speed zoning. Effective speed zoning is an engineering tool that if used properly can improve traffic safety. But it is often misused, and seen as a cure-all, resulting in a culture of disregard for speed limits or the creation of speed traps, where drivers are subjected to undue traffic citations. The Auto Club supports appropriate speed zoning to address traffic safety issues, and has updated the publication as a part of their continuing efforts to promote traffic safety and mobility. A hard copy of the booklet has been shared with all cities and counties in California, and all law enforcement agencies in Southern California. A PDF copy can be downloaded at www.aaa.com/roadahead, and hard copies may be requested, at no cost, by sending an email to bloom.teri@aaa-calif.com  

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: OH CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE...

In OCBC's regular Orange is the New Green feature, Waste Management of Orange County has been previously highlighted for their sustainability efforts. But as the holiday season ends, another aspect of Waste Management OC's commitment to environmental sustainability deserves to be shared. 

 

Most families don't think twice about putting their old Christmas trees out on the curb, but Waste Management has thought long and hard about what to do with these trees. As reported by the OC Register's Bill Johnson, between December 26 and January 18, Waste Management in Irvine collects about 500 trees each day, which is about 10,000 Christmas trees total. The trees are taken to the Irvine dump site, where other trash and recyclables are sorted out, and within 48 hours, pine-y remains are taken to Irvine's Tierra Verde Industries recycling grounds, where they are turned into mulch. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: KEEP THOSE RESOLUTIONS!

After only two weeks of 2013, those New Year's resolutions are becoming harder and harder to keep. Here are some apps to keep you on track:  

 

43 Things - Set three goals, update your progress, and 3 million other people who use the app can cheer you on.

21 Habit - Create a 21 day goal using money. Deposit $21 of your own, and for every day you're successful you earn a dollar back. On unsuccessful days your dollar goes to charity.

Charity Miles - Select a charity and begin your workout. Every mile logged biking earns 10 cents, and every mile logged running or walking earns 25 cents.
Beeminder - Set a goal for free, but if you abandon it and want to try again, you have to pay $5.
Gym Pact - Set your workout goals, and then decide how much cash you'll pay if you don't meet those goals. At the end of each week, the lazy user's money is put into a pool, which is split by the dedicated users.

 

For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Long Institute Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series, Featuring Dr. Nicholas Howson - Wednesday, January 16, 2013 

The John S. and Marilyn Long US-China Institute for Business and Law is pleased to welcome Professor Nicholas Howson, faculty of law at the University of Michigan Law School. In this presentation, "Corporate Law and Shareholders' Rights Before the Chinese Judiciary -- Substantive Innovation, Institutional Autonomy and the Political-Legal Divide", Professor Howson will discuss how the developing Chinese judiciary is construing and implementing substantive and procedural corporate law and securities regulation. The lecture will take place at UC Irvine School of Law from 1:15pm - 2:45pm. CLICK HERE for more information.  

 

OC Department of Education Presents: Transformational Change in Education - January 17, 2013

Dr. Al Mijares, OC Superintendent of Schools, invites you to attend Transformational Change in Education, with David Coleman, President of the College Board. Learn how common core state standards will affect teaching and learning, how students will prepare for global impact, and what this means for our future. Also featuring Demaree Michelau, Director of Policy Analysis for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. This event will take place January 17, 2013 from 2:30-5:30pm at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660. CLICK HERE to register. For more information contact Darla Nunez at 714.966.4003 or dnunez@ocde.us.  

 

The Looming Sequestration: The Real Mayan Apocalypse? - Thursday, January 24, 2013

Join the World Affairs Council Orange County, Young Professional International Network for an exciting post-Inauguration Day event at 6:00pm at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. Featuring guest lecturer Taymor Kamrany, past Advisor to the Minister of Finance in Afghanistan, who will give a brief, informative lecture on the impact of sequestration. CLICK HERE for more information.   

 

UC Irvine Paul Merage School Business Outlook 2013 - Friday, January 25, 2013

Is the economy building momentum? What signs of recovery will 2013 bring? How does this impact your business? Former Chief Economist for CNBC Marci Rossell, PhD and UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Dean Andrew J. Policano will explore these questions on Friday, January 25 in front of 800 business executives and professionals at the annual Irvine Business Outlook breakfast, presented by Wells Fargo. A limited number of sponsorships and individual seats are available for this annually sold-out event, which is the largest gathering of business leaders in Orange County. For more information, or to register, visit www.irvinebusinessoutlook.com.  

 

Kid2.0 - An Elementary School S.T.E.A.M. Showcase - Sunday, March 20, 2013 

Join Vital Link OC, Science OC and the Black Business Network OC as they unite the professional, educational and business communities to increase the number of S.T.E.A.M. professionals in our country. The event will be held at UC Irvine in the Student Center from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free event is for the entire family, and specially designed to improve children and parents' attitudes toward S.T.E.A.M. The event will feature S.T.E.A.M. professionals giving demonstrations, and guiding hands on exhibits in a fun-filled atmosphere. Parents will take away resources to help encourage a strong math and science education for their family at home and in the community. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. Click here for more information.

 

OC Great Park to Host 2013 Solar Decathalon - October 3-13, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO will take place October 3, 2013 to October 13, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park. This will be the first time the decathlon is held outside of the National Mall in Washington D.C. Teams representing the world's leading colleges and universities will compete in the 2013 decathlon to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The homes will be on display in the Solar Village, forming the center-piece of the XPO, a world's fair of clean, renewable and efficient energy. CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY
Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 17, 2013  I  9:30-11:00am

Economic Development Committee Meeting
Monday, January 28, 2013  I  4:00-5:30pm

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 2013 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or ldods@ocbc.org
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:   

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony. Stars from pops and and classical music join the orchestra in concerts perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations and groups of friends. Groups receive special discounts for most concerts. 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 www.savewithups.com or call Kendra at 714.999.6351.

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!   Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs. Let our friendly staff and beautiful interior bring you and your guests a wine-country experience customized to your liking at a surprisingly affordable cost. Our retail shoppe is perfect for last-minute gifts including over 350 wines, charcuterie and artisan cheeses, wine accessories, food frills, and gift baskets tailored to your specifications. Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
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