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Tuesday, January 29, 2013 

OCBC AND JAPAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP

OCBC has engaged the Orange County Japanese business community with a Memorandum of Cooperative Relationship with the Japan Business Association (JBA). Since its founding in 1960, JBA has represented the interests of the Japanese business community and worked to improve the business environment for nearly 500 Japanese business in Southern California. Japanese companies operating in the southland reflect the diversity of the economy and include manufacturing, wholesale/retail, trading and transportation operations. Orange County is home to more than 150 of these companies who employ over 25,000 locally. The cooperative relationship will advance the awareness of JBA and OCBC initiatives, provide opportunities to engage in topical discussions on issues of mutual concern, and promote and foster business relationships between Japanese and non-Japanese companies in Orange County. For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

TIME TO MODERNIZE: REPORT SHOWS HOW CEQA IS REALLY USED (AND ABUSED)

Opponents of CEQA challenges can expect to win more than half of the time, according to a recent study released by Holland & Knight. Prompted by the ongoing debate on the future of CEQA and the need to modernize, the study evaluated 95 CEQA case studies from 1997 to 2012 which were subject to the greatest level of environmental scrutiny: Environmental Impact Reports. Among its findings, the report demonstrates:

  • CEQA litigation is aimed more often at infill than greenfield projects. Of the cases which could be characterized as involving "greenfield" or "infill" projects, 59% involved infill projects.
  • CEQA litigation is mostly about non-polluting projects. Fewer than 11% of these cases involve industrial projects.
  • CEQA litigation is not just about "developers": More than one third of the challenged projects (39%) are public agency projects, and the most commonly challenged types of projects targeted public infrastructure (19%).
CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
LUCY DUNN TO SERVE FOUR MORE YEARS ON CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
The Senate Rules Committee approved last week and, on Tuesday, January 22, the California State Senate unanimously confirmed the appointment of OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn to a second term on the California Transportation Commission (CTC). Dunn was appointed to the Commission by Governor Jerry Brown on March 29, 2012, pending confirmation by the State Senate.

"A well-maintained and well-funded transportation system is central to the state's economic prosperity and high quality of life," Dunn said. "The ability to move people and goods efficiently and effectively remains a top priority for the business community. I am honored to serve the administration and look forward to working with the Governor, legislature and fellow Commissioners to implement innovative, sustainable solutions-planning for transportation, housing and jobs-that will move California's economy through the 21st century."

 

In her role as commissioner, Dunn has been an advocate for public education and increasing investment and efficiencies in construction, management, and maintenance of the state's infrastructure system. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

PETER BUFFA, ART LEAHY, CURT PRINGLE AND LOU CORREA TO ROAST OCTA CEO WILL KEMPTON
Just Announced! The 5th Annual Tribute and Roast of OCTA CEO Will Kempton will feature "spirited" stories from roasters Peter Buffa, former OCTA Chair, Art Leahy, LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle & Associates, and Senator Lou Correa, California State Senate. Join OCBC and the BIZPAC Trustees on Thursday, February 28 for the 5th Annual Tribute and Roast, hosted by Peter Buffa, and emceed by professional comedian and Hollywood entertainer Bob Zany. You do not want to miss this event!

   

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.

JOHN ERSKINE AND JENA JENSEN JOIN OCBC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Welcome to the OCBC Board of Directors and John Erskine, Partner, Nossaman LLP, and Jena Jenson, Chief Government Relations Officer, CHOC Children's. As a partner at Nossman, Erskine counsels landowners, commercial and residential developers, lenders, receiverships, and public agencies on planning and land use matters; including CEQA documentation, Coastal Development Permits, and Conditional Use permits. Erskine previously served on the OCBC Board of Directors, and has also served as Councilmember and Mayor of the City of Huntington Beach and the South Coast Regional Coastal Commission. Jensen has worked for CHOC Children's for the past 20 years, serving as the central resource for legislative advocacy as well as the development and maintenance of relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials, government, community and opinion leaders. For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

OCBC'S 2013 ANNUAL DINNER IS SOLD OUT!
OCBC's SOLD OUT 2013 Annual Dinner: Breaking Free, on Thursday, January 31 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, will feature the installation of OCBC's Board of Directors, led by Chair Michael Hornak, Rutan & Tucker, and keynote speaker Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO. The dinner, sponsored by Brandman University, will also recognize 2012 Board Chair Julie Miller-Phipps, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, and feature a special tribute to retiring Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell.
 
DATE:
Thursday, January 31, 2013
TIME: Reception: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:30 p.m., Adjourn: 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Irvine

Media interested in attending the dinner should contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications, at 949.794.7221. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.
OCBC COMMENDS GOVERNOR BROWN'S VISION FOR FISCAL RESTRAINT WITH BOLD LEADERSHIP

Last week Governor Jerry Brown delivered his State of the State address. OCBC congratulates Governor Brown for his leadership in laying out a vision for California that is bold, thoughtful and innovative. The solutions and reforms presented by the Governor align with the policy objectives of Orange County's business community.

 

"Governor Brown has already demonstrated his clear analysis of California's most challenging public policy issues," said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO. "OCBC pledges to work with the Governor to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act, break ground on high-speed rail, secure California's water supply reliability, and return local control of education to the community and its teachers."

 

OCBC commends Governor Brown for his commitment to fiscal restraint, expanding international trade with China, and reducing the record-breaking number of prescriptive and restrictive laws passed by the legislature each year. This Governor's vision, if implemented, will result in a more business-friendly California where companies can innovate, grow and create much-needed jobs for Californians long out of work, especially as the economy begins to recover. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE! REGISTER NOW TO JOIN OCBC AND ACC-OC IN SACRAMENTO 

Meet with lawmakers, members of the administration, and other decision makers on issues such as economic development, education, housing, transportation and water, at OCBC and ACC-OC's One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Sacramento, March 18-19. Join a delegation of business leaders and local elected officials to advocate for Orange County's priority issues. Participants include representatives from Orange County's leading companies. 

 

DATE: March 18 - 19, 2013

LOCATION: Sheraton Grand Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

COST: OCBC Member: $850  I  Non-Member: $1,000

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

 

Program Highlights:

  • Briefings with Administration leadership and Constitutional Officers.
  • Targeted legislative meetings to advocate for OC's legislative priorities.
  • Political landscape briefing with a political strategist.
  • Legislative dinner with OC's state legislative delegation and legislative leadership.
  • Sheraton Grand Sacramento, meals, materials and sessions covered in cost.
  • Unparalleled networking with business and elected leaders.

   

For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. For registration or sponsorship information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

OC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OUTLINES BIG, HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOALS FOR 2013 

On January 16 OCBC's Workforce Development Committee welcomed Alisa McCord, Coordinator, Business and Community Development, Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) as the featured guest. Ms. McCord highlighted the various initiatives and challenges that OCDE will be tackling in 2013. OCDE is breathing a sigh of relief with the passage of Prop. 30, relieving the pressure of painful education cutbacks in the midst of an already stressed education system. OCDE will also address Weighted Student Formula or Local Control Funding Formula, and Governor Brown's call for increased online education and streamlining the community college system to make it easier for students to transfer into four year universities with the goal of completing a degree. Locally, OCDE will be examining how to implement the Common Core Standards and increase access to preschool for three and four year olds, particularly those that are English Language Learners. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.

WHEN IT RAINS...CAPTURE IT!
water This blog was written by Richard Atwater, Executive Director, Southern California Water Committee. It originally appeared on the SCWC Water Blog.

Here in Southern California, we need to continue to explore all options when it comes to our water supply. Across the Southland, steps have been taken to increase one important local supply option - stormwater. We at Southern California Water Committee recognize the importance and potential of stormwater as a supplemental water supply source to what we currently import. That is why we just launched "Pump Up The Volume," a stormwater education and outreach program aimed at highlighting the need for investment in this local source of water.  

 

Water resource managers, conservation groups, local governments and leading engineers throughout parched Southern California know how to make the most of what we've got. During the past twenty years, Southern California's water use has remained essentially the same, despite adding approximately three million people to its population. Part of this achievement has included the important progress made investing in stormwater, but there is much more that can be done. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

LEGAL CORNER: ADA RULING ALLOWS BUSINESS OWNERS TO RECOVER FEES

OCBC member Rutan & Tucker offers the following analysis of a recent ADA ruling.

 

In Jankey v. Lee, the California Supreme Court established fee shifting rules for winning defendants in disability access lawsuits, where the plaintiff argues both a federal claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a California state law claim under Civil Code 55. The League of California Cities filed an amicus brief on behalf of the winning small business owner in this case, and the Supreme Court conceded the fee award in favor of the winning small business owner.  


The owner of a corner store in the Mission District of San Francisco successfully defended an ADA lawsuit by a customer who alleged that a step on the entrance of the store made the store inaccessible. The store owner proved that it was not feasible to remove the step and install a ramp, and that the owner had been serving disabled patrons through alternative means. The store owner spent $140,000 in attorney fees to defend the lawsuit. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Leading the Ethical Organization - Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership and the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce present a breakfast seminar featuring George Deukmejian, 35th Governor of California, February 28 from 7:15am - 9:45am at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Samantha Cardenas at 562.432.7830 or scardenas@lbchamber.com or Jane Roeder at jane.roeder@csulb.edu. 

 

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: FEBRUARY

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 2013 I 9:00-10:30am

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 I 7:30-9:00am

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 I 7:30-9:00am

 

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 http://savewithups.com/ocbc/ or call 714.502.2577.

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