The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                      Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 

YES - Prop. 1: California is in one of the worst droughts in recorded history and investing in water infrastructure is crucial. Vote yes on this $7.2 billion water bond to invest in California's water reliability.
YES - Prop. 2California's financial future must be stable. Vote yes on this act to increase the amount of potential savings in the state's "rainy day" fund from 5 to 10 percent of the general fund.
NO -  Prop. 45: If passed, Prop. 45 would grant a single politician the ability to arbitrarily increase individual insurance plans. CLICK HERE for additional information on voting no for Prop. 45.
NO -  Prop. 46If passed, Prop. 46 will dramatically increase the cost of health care. CLICK HERE for additional information on voting no for Prop. 46.
YES - Measure YIf passed, Measure Y will update Newport Beach's General Plan Land Use Element Update, reducing traffic and future development, while funding community improvements. 
YES - Measure ZIf passed, Measure Z will allow for diversification in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita by encouraging economic development on an abandoned car dealership site. 

 

CLICK HERE for a complete list of OCBC endorsed candidates. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
DUNN & DONE: FOR OC'S WATER FUTURE: PROP. 1, DAIGLE, DEWANE

The following article appears as it was originally published in the Orange County Register on October 15, 2014.

 

Everyone is talking about the drought. Our lawns are a little browner, we're turning off the water as we brush our teeth, fixing those faucet drips and leaks, trying to do the little things to conserve and get through the worst times for water in the history of California. But, on the Nov. 4 ballot, the Orange County Business Council urges you to do a big thing to help us get through these tough times - vote Yes on Proposition 1. This region is fortunate to have a significant groundwater basin, within which 19 local water agencies and cities draw 70 percent of their water. This basin is managed by Orange County Water District, a recognized leader in water recycling and advanced water treatment technology. Our basin water is clean, safe and reliable, and it meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. In a drought, of course, the basin is tapped more than usual, making every drop of water that goes into it important. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

A FOND FAREWELL TO KAISER'S JULIE MILLER-PHIPPS! WE WILL MISS HER!
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Congratulations to OCBC Chair Emeritus and Board Member Julie Miller-Phipps of Kaiser Permanente as she was recently named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia! Miller-Phipps is a 30-year veteran of Kaiser Permanente and succeeds Kerry Kohnen, who is retiring. Miller-Phipps was Chair of OCBC's Board of Directors in 2012 under the theme "Nothing Rhymes with Orange," celebrating the businesses and incredible attributes that make the Orange County region truly unique.  She has served as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Orange County since 2002, overseeing the care of over 380,000 members supported by 4,100 staff and physicians. Miller-Phipps serves on numerous boards of directors, including the American Heart Association of Orange County and Chairs the Girl Scouts of Orange County. Farewell, Julie! You will be missed! For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

IMPROPER BILLING CAUSES CA TO BE THIRD MOST EXPENSIVE STATE FOR HEALTH CARE
A recent study conducted by NerdWallet, a research company focusing on financial issues, found that California residents incurred the third-highest amount of medical debt in the United State last year, following New York and Texas. Apparently, inaccurate billing of patients is to blame, according to the study. Audits found that among 490 claims at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, 83.5 percent contained billing errors and the hospital overcharged Medicare because of the errors by 40.2 percent; among 301 claims at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, 76.4 percent contained errors and the hospital overcharged Medicare by 32.8 percent; and among 224 claims at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, 71.9 percent contained errors and the hospital overcharged Medicare by 39.1 percent. To reduce medical debt, researchers recommended that consumers take advantage of no-cost state support for contesting medical bills; hire medical bill advocates; and self-audit their medical bills for errors. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT.23
Today is the last day to register as limited seats are available! Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 20th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, presented by US Bank, on October 23, 2014 at Hotel Irvine. The conference features a forecast of Orange County's economic climate by Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF; and Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF. The conference will also feature keynote speaker Emile Haddad, President and CEO, FivePoint Communities. Join Orange County business leaders for the county's premier economic conference and learn the latest opportunities for business growth and how to plan for the future.
 

WHEN: Thursday, October, 23, 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Irvine I 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA

COST: Individual: $160  

*Program will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.

 

To register or for more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

EMPLOYERS TAKE NOTE: NEW LAWS FOR 2015

It's been a busy legislative session with Gov. Jerry Brown signing in 930 of the 1,074 bills presented to him in 2014. Beginning in 2015, new regulations around leaves of absence; discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections; wage and hour laws; background checks; workplace safety; workers' compensation; unemployment insurance; and health care will now affect California employers' day-to-day operations and policies. One of the most game-changing pieces of employment-related legislation is AB 1897,which will impose liability on employers who contract for labor. The purpose of the law is to hold companies accountable for wage-and-hour violations when they use staffing agencies or other labor contractors to supply workers. If a labor contractor fails to pay its workers properly or fails to provide workers' compensation coverage for those employees, the "client employer" can now be held legally responsible and liable. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

HIT THE POLLS THEN JOIN OCBC AT YOUR 2014 GENERAL ELECTION DAY LUNCH - NOV. 4

The fun doesn't stop after casting your ballot on November 4! Join OCBC for some laughs at the California General Election Day Lunch. The event will feature side-splitting entertainment and political banter from Linda Sanchez, U.S. House of Representatives, 38th District; Peter Buffa, Fmr. Chair, OCTA; Don Hansen; Fmr. Mayor, Huntington Beach; Kate Klimow, Fmr. Vice President, Government Affairs, OCBC; Jim Leach, Santa Margarita Water District; Curt Pringle, Fmr. Mayor of Anaheim; and OCBC's Lucy Dunn. 

 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 4, 2014  I  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

COST: Member: $75  I  Non-Member: $85

 

   

For information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

HEAR FROM THE WORLD'S LEADING SATELLITE MANUFACTURER - NOV. 4

Join OCBC on Thursday, November 4 for the last Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2014 with Darrell T. Huntley, Vice President, Satellite Development Center, Network & Space Systems, The Boeing Company.  Huntley leads the Satellite Development Center (SDC) for Boeing's Network & Space Systems, a world leader in the design, development and manufacturing of satellites for government, civil and commercial customers. Join OCBC for this candid discussion with one of OC's top CEO's, hosted by Tom Phelps of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Chair, CEO Leadership Caucus, and presented by AT&T and Wells Fargo.

  

WHEN: Tuesday, November 4, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Center Club I 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

COST: Member: $85  I  Non-Member: $145

 

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

OCBC'S MATT PETTERUTO DISCUSSES IMPORTANCE OF RECOGNIZING GOOD GOV'T WITH ACC-OC

Cox Civic Connection - OCBCMatt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development, appeared on Cox Civic Connection October 8 to discuss OCBC's renowned Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards program, sponsored by Chase. Interviewed by Lacy Kelly, Executive Director, Association of California Cities Orange County, Petteruto discussed the importance of partnerships between government and the business community. Now in its fourth year, the Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet program honors the good work local government is doing to implement innovative policies and programs that eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector job creation. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

OCBC'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE FORUM AND TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET - NOV. 20

Join OCBC for the 2014 OCBC Economic Development Conference, featuring two signature events:

 

International Trade Forum:

The first segment of the conference features the International Trade Forum, featuring global companies representing Orange County's international trade opportunities and challenges. Hear from keynote speaker Francisco Sanchez, former Undersecretary for International Trade with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Also gain insight from Western Digital, UPS, and international leaders. OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will also present the latest export data and international trade workforce trends.

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014

WHERE: Irvine Marriott  I  18000 Von Karman Ave.  I  Irvine, CA

TIME: 2:30 p.m. Registration  I  3:00 p.m. Program  I  5:00 p.m. Adjourn

TICKETS (single event): Member $85  I  Non-member $110  I  Sponsorships available

   

 

4th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception:

OCBC's groundbreaking awards program honors outstanding public agencies for implementing policies and programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector jobs creation. Winners and nominees will be recognized at the 4th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception.

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014

WHERE: Irvine Marriott  I  18000 Von Karman Ave.  I  Irvine, CA

TIME: 5:00 Registration  I  5:30 p.m. Reception  I  7:30 p.m. Adjourn

TICKETS (single event): Member $85  I  Non-member $110  I  Award Nominees Complimentary  I  Sponsorships available

 

For information on attending both events, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

CHEVRON FUELS YOUR SCHOOL, PROMOTES S.T.E.M. LEARNING

Between October 1 and October 31, Chevron will contribute $1 to help fund eligible classroom projects when consumers purchase 8 or more gallons of fuel from participating Chevron and Texaco stations, up to a total contribution of $1 million in Orange County alone. The effort is part of the Fuel Your School Program, which is now in its third year in Orange County and funded 309 local public school projects in 2013. Chevron presented College View Elementary with a grant from its Fuel Your School Program on Tuesday at a celebration attended by OCBC's Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development, and Senator Lou Correa.  The Fuel Your School Program highlights Chevron's continued commitment to education, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, to prepare college and workforce ready students.  Consumers can visit www.FuelYourSchool.com to learn about how to get involved and monitor the classroom projects in need of funding and see how much money is being earned by the public schools. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

REPORT SUGGESTS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT IN TRANSITIONING CA GIRLS INTO ADULTHOOD

Girls in California rank 29th out of 50 states on an overall index of well-being, education, emotional health, and extracurricular activities, according to the recently released  The State of Girls: Thriving or Surviving report. While progress has been made for girls in some areas, many girls are still being left behind and face significant challenges in educational attainment, such as Latinos and African Americans, according the 2013  The State of Girls: Unfinished Business research report. The State of Girls is a series of reports by the Girl Scout Research Institute that examine girls' health and well-being in the United States, focusing on key issues such as health, safety, educational achievement, and demographic trends. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

CONGRATS TO POSEIDON! DESALINATION PLANT RECOGNIZED FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

OCBC investor Poseidon Water was acknowledged by American City and County for its innovative Public Private Partnership award-winning financing of the Carlsbad Desalination Project. The project is the largest of its type in the western hemisphere and by the time it is completed in 2016, the facility will purify 50 million gallons of seawater per day and supply seven to 10 percent of San Diego County's fresh water.  Poseidon financed and constructed the desalination plant in exchange for a 30-year water purchasing agreement with the county. The water is purchased for approximately $2,000 per acre-foot, and the county will be required to purchase 56,000 acre-feet per year. Also included in the project is a 10-mile pipeline that will deliver the fresh water from the plant to the county. Currently, San Diego gets most of its water from external sources. Congratulations to Poseidon Water! For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

National University's RN Information Session - Wednesday, October 22

Learn about the RN to BSN Program from the National University at an information session at the Costa Mesa campus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and Thursday, January 15, 2014 at 3390 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa.  CLICK HERE for the event flier. 

 

OC's Downtown Renaissance - October 28

Join the Building Industry Association of Orange County for Urban Innovation: A Downtown Renaissance, sponsored by OCBC, featuring a panel discussing what two Orange County Cities are doing to create opportunities to revitalize their downtown areas. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

OC Forum with Chancellor Howard Gillman - Friday, October 31

Join Orange County Forum's Luncheon featuring Chancellor Howard Gillman, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine at 11:30 a.m. Friday, October 31, 2014 at Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa. With the university's 50th anniversary celebration underway, newly appointed Chancellor Gillman will share his vision for leading UCI to a brighter future. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Fifth Annual Celebrate Leadership - Friday, November 7

Celebrate Leadership with Girl Scouts of Orange County 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Island Hotel. The event will host over 400 guests and raise critical resources to support Girl Scouts of Orange County and its leadership development programs for more than 22,000 Orange County Girl Scouts and nearly 15, 000 dedicated volunteers and adult members who lead them. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Generational Divides in the Workforce - Wednesday, November 19

The Orange County Forum presents Scott Zimmer of Bridgeworks, a generational expert and Gen Xer who clearly illustrates the stress points between generations and provides clear solutions to help relieve tension andencourage better understanding and collaboration across generational divides -- particularly applicable in our current work environment.  CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOVEMBER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 13 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. - 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 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

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has joined the OCBC as a Community Partner - and is offering a 20% discount on subscriptions to its 2014-2015 concert season.  The season starts November 2nd; the final concert is May 17.  For the best seats, visit the OCBC exclusive Community Partner subscription page:  Or call, 714/662-2345. CLICK HERE for more pricing information. 

 

 

WHAT IS A CLOUD, AND HOW DOES IT HELP YOUR BUSINESS?
This event is an educational seminar that will help explain the "Cloud" and its key business applications. Many businesses today are confused as to what the term Cloud means. Each technology company seems to have a different spin on term We will cover and discuss the 4 basic forms of the Cloud, why they work for your business and what to look for when choosing Cloud products. Join Microsoft from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2014 at the Microsoft Technology Center Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information. 

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.

OPEN A CD WITH F&M BANK TODAY!

F&M Bank is offering an exclusive 13 month CD special at 0.70% APY. Funds must come from a financial institution other than F&M Bank, requires a minimum opening deposit of $5,000 and maximum of $250,000. Take advantage of this offer by October 31, 2014. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

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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