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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I-405 TRAFFIC RELIEF IS NOW UP TO CALTRANS AFTER YESTERDAY'S OCTA VOTE.

On October 22, Orange County Transportation Authority selected Alternative 1 as its Locally Preferred Alternative for the 1-405 Improvement Project, proposing to add one general purpose lane in each direction of the San Diego Freeway from Euclid Street to the I-605 Interchange.  

 

Alternative 1 would fulfill Measure M's promise to Orange County voters, but does not go far enough to adequately relieve congestion on the nation's busiest freeway, or plan for future population growth. Alternative 3, preferred by OCBC and recommended by OCTA staff, would have added express toll lanes in addition to the general purpose lanes. OCTA's preference for Alternative 1 is a missed opportunity; Alternative 3 provided better traffic relief for more drivers AND a new revenue source that could fund even more traffic relief projects in Orange County for years to come. 

 

"It's now up to Caltrans, which operates and maintains the I-405 freeway, to review OCTA's position and determine whether it best relieves regional traffic congestion," said Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and member of the California Transportation Commission. "Express lanes give motorists a choice--to pay a fee or not--depending on their travel needs. They are the funding future of mobility and overwhelmingly supported by business, labor and regional government leaders." For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 

OC'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS TO 7.1%
Orange County's unemployment rate hit a 4-year low in September, reaching 7.1%, and employers added 9,500 new jobs. OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod attributed the low unemployment rate and concurrent job growth to a combination of factors. The return of teachers from summer break accounted for approximately 6,700 jobs. Surprisingly, leisure and hospitality businesses added 1,300 jobs--unexpected growth for this time of year, but a good sign for one of the OC's top industries. Health care jobs grew by 2,800, in no small part due to the opening of Kaiser Permanente's Anaheim Medical Center. Self-employment was also up in September. The state's unemployment rate in September remained in the double digits at 10.2%, an improvement over the previous month's 10.6%, but still third highest in the nation. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.
DIANE HARKEY AND JIM SILVA HAVE BEST BUSINESS VOTES

OCBC took positions and advocated on behalf of dozens of state bills throughout the legislative session. Posted below is a summary of how Orange County's delegation ranks in order of support for OCBC positions on the 29 bills identified as related to business interests during the "One Voice, Two Capitols" advocacy trips to Sacramento and Washington D.C. in the Spring of 2012. The adjusted calculation is based upon the number of times a legislator voted with OCBC, divided by the total number of times a legislator was present for a vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

ONLY 14 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY! HERE'S HOW TO VOTE...
OCBC's Board of Directors has taken positions on local measures and state propositions, and endorsed candidates, and encourages your vote as follows in the November 6th election:

NEWLY ENDORSED CANDIDATES: 
Dwight Robinson, Lake Forest City Council
Tony Petros, Newport Beach City Council

VOTING RESOURCES:
   

 For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
REGGIE GILYARD AND GREGORY LEET JOIN OCBC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Welcome to the OCBC Board of Directors Reggie Gilyard, Dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University, and Gregory Leet, Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, University of California, Irvine. Dean Gilyard was formerly a Partner and Managing Director in Boston Consulting Group's Los Angeles office, Senior Advisor to BCG's Education practice in the US and led many local and national recruiting programs for BCG. Leet recently served as a vice president at Grenzebach Glier & Associates in Chicago, and has 20 years of direct fundraising and advancement management experience. He has many accomplishments in helping private foundations elevate their advancement and development functions. For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

BRYAN STARR JOINS OCBC AS SENIOR VP OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Bryan Starr joined OCBC as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs on October 15, 2012. Starr joins OCBC following nearly eight years of service at Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC), where he served most recently as Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Chapter of BIA-the largest in California-focused on issue advocacy in commercial and residential development, as well as economic and construction industry workforce development. In 2001, Starr was appointed as a junior staff member to the powerful Committee on Ways and Means, United States House of Representatives.

 

"Bryan's track record of success in the building industry will give strength to all of Orange County's diverse industry segments. His experience in infrastructure, housing, education and politics is value-added to OCBC's investors and members," said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Business Council. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY TAKES HISTORIC FIRST STEPS

Ontario International Airport Authority met Monday for the first time to elect officers and begin planning for the initial operation and management of the Ontario International Airport. The meeting was a historic moment and first step towards negotiations with Los Angeles World Airports for greater local control of the Ontario airport.

 

OIAA Commissioners elected Ontario City Council Member Alan D. Wapner as President, San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt as Vice President and Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge as Secretary. Other members of the Authority are Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman and Orange County Business Council President and CEO Lucy Dunn.

 

OIAA's first meeting came following the release of a report by Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana recommending Los Angeles negotiate for the transfer of ONT to the OIAA. That report and its recommendations were approved by the Los Angeles City Council on October 10, 2012. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR SR 241 EXTENSION

Since the initial planning stages, SR 241 Tesoro Extension has had large support from South Orange County voters and residents. This five-mile extension will connect the southern end of Oso Parkway to nearby Ortega Highway near San Juan Capistrano and provide relief to locals from heavy traffic congestion on I-5 and surrounding roads. A public opinion survey conducted in June 2012 shows that 61% of voters support the Tesoro Extension and the residents of San Juan Capistrano have even greater support at 67%.

 

The TCA has spent the last year developing engineering plans, completing environmental assessments and developing the financial strategy to complete the project. As a result of work with stakeholders and regulatory agencies, the progress made with the Tesoro Extension Project includes updated traffic analyses, environmental studies and mitigation plans, and environmental approval from the California Department of Fish and Game. The Federal Environmental Assessment is near completion and will be available for public review in the coming months. In addition, project updates have been given to numerous local organizations and have gained overwhelming support from the public.

 

The improvements in infrastructure and transportation will only benefit Orange County's commuters and workforce. An economic study projects that the construction of this extension will create more than 2,000 Orange County jobs and an additional 407 jobs statewide. All efforts are being made to push this project forward. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor. 

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE THIS THURSDAY!

Join OCBC and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton for the 18th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, where economic experts Dr. Mira Farka and Dr. Anil Puri will share the latest opportunities for business growth; whether through expansion, hiring, or increasing revenues, the information provided will help all businesses plan for their future. Andrew Cecere, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for US Bank, will keynote the event, sharing his insights as a global financial leader.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012  I  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine
Cost: Individual: $150  I  Table of Ten: $1,250
 
New this year! Be a part of the conference and use #EFC2012 on Twitter to have your questions answered.

Thank you to conference sponsor US Bank. For more information contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.
BIZ LEADERS TO HONOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT CUT RED TAPE

Join OCBC at the 2nd Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards Reception, sponsored by Chase, honoring OC's local governments for eliminating barriers to private sector jobs creation and growth. Whether by reducing regulations, eliminating fees, or streamlining processes, these agencies and cities are doing their part to grow OC's economy. Awards will be presented to the winners in each category, and ALL nominees will be recognized for their outstanding programs and policies. 

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2012

TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: $60 (OCBC Member)  I  $85 (Non-Member)

Award nominees receive complimentary admission. 

Register Online Sponsorship Info   

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

SAVE THE DATE: 2012 WORKFORCE HOUSING FORUM

Join OCBC at the 2012 Workforce Housing Forum on Friday, December 7, where OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will present the 2012/2013 Workforce Housing Scorecard. The forum will take place at the Hyatt Regency Irvine Conference Theatre, 17900 Jamboree Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. CLICK HERE for registration and sponsorship information. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.  

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: UPS' GREEN FLEET LOGS MILLIONS OF MILES

United Parcel Service, founded in 1907, is the world's largest package delivery company, and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. UPS recognizes that transportation and logistics add immeasurable value to the global economy, but at the same time generate a large amount of greenhouse gasses. That has led the company to take a leadership role in developing sustainable transport options. By retrofitting aircraft with advanced technology and fuel efficient engines, developing a powerful computer network that efficiently dispatches vehicles, and using alternative fuels to run them, UPS is clearly embracing environmental responsibility.  

 

The company has more than 2,500 vehicles in their "green fleet," which utilizes a variety of alternative technologies and fuels. Since UPS started tracking mileage in 2000, the "green fleet" has logged over 246 million miles, with a goal of over reaching 400 million miles by 2017.  

 

UPS's environmental awareness makes them one of the most forward-thinking companies in the world without sacrificing efficiency as they continue to address their obligation to help their clients operate in a more environmentally-sustainable way. To read more about UPS's environmental goals, click here. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
NEWS YOU CAN USE: LET'S GET POLITICAL!

Here are some apps to help you stay informed as Election Day approaches:

Poll Tracker: The latest national and local polls all in one app.
Ad Hawk: Listen to campaign ads and find out who sponsored them.
Stitcher Radio Election Center: Listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows ON DEMAND from your mobile device.
Politifact Mobile: This app puts Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking on your smart phone or tablet.
2012 Map: Create, save, and share 2012 presidential election scenarios in a simple and easy way. Updated daily with the latest polling information.

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

Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership Gala - Friday, October 26 

Save the Date for the Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership Gala, taking place October 26 at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The 3rd annual celebration will commemorate Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary. CLICK HERE for more information.   

 

3rd Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala - Saturday, October 27

With five weeks to go, the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to announce that its 3rd Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala is nearly sold out!  Only a few table sponsorships remain, so don't wait to be a part of this exciting and inspirational event. This year's Gala is on Saturday, October 27 at the Kia Motors Headquarters in Irvine. Distinguished Irvine alumni honorees include Annie Mumolo, producer/writer of Bridesmaids, Tim Wallach, 3rd base coach for the LA Dodgers, Barry Perkins, lead trumpeter for the Pacific Symphony and Ross Vnook, Stanford Phd and renowned expert on MRI safety. Please contact IPSF as soon as possible at  cvancamp@ipsf.net or 949-265-6409 for more information, or visit  www.ipsf.net to find out more about the Gala and how to get involved.   

 

OC Forum Luncheon Featuring U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein - Wednesday, October 31

Join Orange County Forum for a luncheon program featuring Senator Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday, October 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Irvine, 18800 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine. CLICK HERE for the event flier and registration information.

 

OC Forum Luncheon Election 2012: The Ultimate Analysis with Dan Schnur - Thursday, November 8

Presented by Orange County Forum and co-sponsored by OCPAA, this luncheon program features Dan Schnur, Director, Jess M. Unruh Institute of Politics, University of Southern California. The luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for the event flier and registration information.  

 

Welcome Orange County's New Policy Makers--Reception Style Dinner - Thursday, November 15, 2012

ACC-OC invites you to meet and greet Orange County's newly elected officials. This event only comes around once every two years, so don't miss this great opportunity! The event takes place at the Costa Mesa Hilton, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $55 for ACC-OC members, $65 for non-members. CLICK HERE to register. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOVEMBER
Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 8, 2012 I 9:00-10:30am

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 I 7:30-9:00am 

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 I 7:30-9:00am  

 

OCMoves Steering Committee meeting

Friday, November 16, 2012  I  7:30-9:00am

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, November 16, 2012 I 9:30-11:00am

 

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 2012 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:   

 

NEW! PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP RATES

Pacific Symphony is offering special rates for most concert programs to OCBC members. Gather a group and attend a special concert event this season! Seating may be limited and based on availability. Visit PacificSymphony.org for a complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Suggested programs include: CLICK HERE.  

 

TIGER WOODS FOUNDATION 2012 WORLD CHALLENGE

The 2012 World Challenge, Southern California's most prestigious golf event, is just a few months away! This year's event is sure to provide fans with exciting golf competition from 18 of the PGA TOUR's best players, including defending champion Tiger Woods. The World Challenge would like to host OCBC and its members with an Exclusive OCBC member package which includes access to the Sherwood Clubhouse, a private hospitality suite, a networking luncheon, and access to the tournament grounds and Champions Club to watch the world's best golfers. Package price is $135 per person for Friday, November 30, 2012.  The World Challenge is generously donating 15%of each package purchased to OCBC. CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE for the offer details.  

 

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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