The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County Tuesday, October 6, 2015
OCWD: CLEAN UP GROUNDWATER OR RETURN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SETTLEMENT NOW!
On September 24, 2015, OC business Aerojet sent a letter to Orange County Water District (OCWD) demanding the $5.2 million that Aerojet paid to OCWD in a groundwater contamination lawsuit be spent on cleanup immediately. If OCWD does not comply, Aerojet will pursue arbitration to enforce the terms of the settlement. The move comes just after OCWD successfully lobbied US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) involvement, which will likely lead to a 5-mile area in the North Basin being designated as a Superfund site. Over the past 10 years, OCWD has collected upwards of $20 million from businesses in the North Basin, yet has spent almost nothing on cleanup efforts. With the looming possibility of the EPA Superfund designation, it is likely that other entities will follow Aerojet's lead. Instead of EPA investigating groundwater contamination, it might be better if they investigated OCWD.
OCBC will continue to engage all of the agencies to try and mitigate economic consequences associated with a federal Superfund designation on our local drinking water source. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE AGREEMENT REACHED
After several years of negotiations, an agreement has been reached on the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement between the United States, Canada, Mexico, and several nations along the Pacific Rim. As the largest regional trade accord in history, the countries involved in the TPP comprise 40 percent of the world's GDP, and 26 percent of total trade. TPP would serve to eliminate tariffs and other barriers on goods, services, and investment between member states. In addition, TPP poses significant economic and political benefits to the U.S. as 34 percent of overall U.S. trade comes from TPP countries
(approximately $1.8 trillion in goods and services), and TPP countries compose 23 percent of Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S. ($620.3 billion). TPP will now head to the respective legislative bodies of each nation involved in the agreement for final approval. CLICK HERE
for a summary of TPP. For more on the importance of international trade to the Orange County economy, visit LocationOC.com
. For more info, contact Matt Petteruto
, Vice President, Economic Development.
CARB REQUIREMENTS WILL HURT LOW, MIDDLE INCOME CONSUMERS
While it was successfully argued that the mandates under SB 350 to reduce petroleum in motor vehicles by 50 percent by 2030 were too expensive for consumers and those provisions were removed from the bill, Gov. Brown has vowed to move the fight from the legislature to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to implement new fuel rules. On September 25, CARB renewed the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which requires producers of gasoline and other transportation fuels to reduce the carbon intensity of their products by at least 10 percent by 2020, with a shifting focus on cleaner fuels. In addition, CARB released plans to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, including methane and black carbon. The state's own projections estimate that fuel costs could rise 13 cents per gallon by 2020 as a result of the low-carbon standard. OCBC contends that regulatory pressures on fuel will set back economic gains, particularly for low and middle income Californians, until new technology an innovation advances occur. OCBC will continue to engage in the debate on the regulatory level. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF OC'S WORKFORCE? WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW - OCT. 8 CONFERENCE
Join OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board for the 2015 Orange County Workforce Development Conference, presented by Union Bank. The conference will focus on the theme "Bridging the Workforce Skills Gap: What Does Business Need to Know?" The conference will unveil the 2015 Workforce Indicators Report, presented by OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod. There will also be a panel of experts, including Assemblymember Chris Holden, 41st District of California; Brian McMahon, CA Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Jason Tyszko, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Noel Massie; UPS. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
DATE: Thursday, October 8, 2015 REGISTRATION: 11 a.m. PROGRAM: 11:30
ADJOURN: 1:30 p.m. PLACE: The Island Hotel I 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
For more information about the event, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949.794.7241
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON COMMON CORE
The following article was written by Bill Habermehl, Superintendent Emeritus, OC Department of Education, and Tom Umberg, Fmr. California State Assemblymember representing Orange County.
Common Core has divided Orange County. More than in almost any other region in California, the updated education standards have caused heated public debate and fiery speeches on both sides, all playing out in our local press and politics. With the recent release of the Common Core-aligned test scores, the controversy will heat up again. Unfortunately, the divisive nature of the debate has obscured some crucial facts. The reality is that Common Core isn't about pundits, or left versus right, or states versus the federal government. Common Core is about learning the basic skills in mathematics language arts that all students nationally, and in Orange County, should know. If you just read the headlines, you might not realize that most of the controversy surrounding Common Core is coming from political insiders fighting with each other, not average citizens voicing concerns. That's how updating our education standards got misconstrued as federal government intrusion and so-called "brainwashing." CLICK HERE to read more.
OCBC WEIGHS IN ON TRANSPORTATION, SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY FOR SOCAL REGION
Every four years, all of California's Metropolitan Planning Areas (MPO's) are mandated by state and federal law to undertake a planning exercise known as the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) process. Orange County first went through the process, which maps out population, development, and transportation growth forecasts for the region, as sub-regional delegation in 2012. However, despite OCBC's objections, the Orange County Council of Governments decided to forgo sub-regional delegation and allowed the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to map out Orange County's future. Not surprisingly, the first draft included major planning errors that were inconsistent with local cities' general plans, presenting a series of serious problems for the business community, local developers, and local municipalities. In response, OCBC created a committee of private and public stakeholders to construct and advocate for a path forward that both fixes the issues, as well as strategizes on reasonable targets to achieve state mandated greenhouse gas emissions reductions. OCBC will continue its relationship with SCAG and work toward a positive outcome for the region. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
SENATOR BEALL MEETS WITH OC LABOR, BIZ, TRANSPORTATION LEADERS
On Tuesday September 29, 2015 Senator Jim Beall, Chairman of California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, met with Orange County leaders to discuss the Legislature's efforts to fund California's on-going transportation infrastructure needs. The meeting was hosted by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and Chairman Beall assured Orange County leaders of his commitment to regulatory reforms along with reasonable revenue enhancements. OCBC is one of a handful of business groups that have signaled support for revenue enhancements of measures like CEQA reform, Caltrans efficiencies, and a return of truck weight fees and Senator Beall told the OC group that he supports those reform measures.
OCBC will continue to advocate our revenue and reform principles outlined here
. CLICK HERE
to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr
, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
COUNTY CEO FRANK KIM ADDRESSES OCBC LEADERS
On October 2, 2015 Orange County CEO Frank Kim met with OCBC's Government Affairs Committee to discuss several important issues facing county government this year. After more than six months on the job, Mr. Kim has already outlined his priorities as he settles in to lead county's thousands of employees. His priorities include creating a civic center master plan, beginning development of the Dana Point Harbor, making strides in the county's goal to end homelessness, improving the community's awareness of the county function, and improving employee morale and efficiency.
OCBC supports Mr. Kim's goals and will work to support his team in their efforts to improve Orange County's quality of life. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE VOICES CONCERNS FOR OC PATIENTS, WORKFORCE
On September 29, OCBC's Health Care Task Force welcomed Melissa Stafford-Jones, Regional Director, Department of Health and Human Services. During the meeting, Task Force members reported on several health care issues facing the county, the biggest being that both employers and employees continue to face challenges with family members with substance abuse and mental health illness.
The Task Force asked Stafford-Jones to assist in eliminating the loop holes to allow patients to see a medical doctor and a mental health representative in one visit, instead of a statute that mandates that medical and mental health visits need to be spaced out by a day. Representatives from CalOptima, Kaiser Permanente
, St. Joseph's Hospital
, the Hospital Association of Orange County
and Orange County United Way
reported on implementing preventative health measures to reduce health care costs and discussed the challenges in the Latino and Asian communities on communicating the benefits available to patients who have insurance. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
MCCARTHY ANNOUNCES BID FOR SPEAKERSHIP, ADVANCE CA BUSINESS PRIORITIES
Majority Leader Congressman Keven McCarthy, 23rd District, announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House Monday after news that Congressman John Boehner will step down after six years of leadership. OCBC has enjoyed a positive working relationship with McCarthy, who represents Bakersfield and large sections of Kern and Tulare counties. While OCBC strongly disagrees with Leader McCarthy's priority to kill the US Export-Import Bank, OCBC is in agreement on several crucial policies, including a long-term transportation bill, and his proposal to streamline federal agencies by establishing a commission to eliminate duplication of efforts, including environmental controls as a means to CEQA reform. OCBC looks forward seizing this unique opportunity to advance California's business' policy objectives under a Speaker McCarthy House of Representatives. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS MORE WOMEN SERVING ON CA CITY COUNCILS, STILL WORK TO BE DONE
A recent report reveals that efforts to encourage more women into leadership roles in their communities are working. California Women Lead and the League of California Cities Women's Caucus released findings that 21 more women are serving on city councils than last year, bringing the total to 727; and 61 cities had a majority of women on the council. However, the report reveals that while progress is being made, there is still work to be done as 262 cities still have either one woman or no women on city councils.
Orange County is home to two of the 12 largest cities in California -- Anaheim and Santa Ana -- and female representation is still low in each, with 40 percent and 28 percent of the councils being comprised of women, respectively. CLICK HERE
for the full report. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow
, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
REGISTER FOR 2015 ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT. 29
How will your business advance in a world of economic and cyber uncertainty? Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 21st Annual Economic Forecast Conference on October 29 at Hotel Irvine as we address this issue and many others affecting the regional economy in 2015. The conference features keynote speaker Richard Davis, Chairman, President and CEO, US Bancorp, Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF, and Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF. Join hundreds of 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.
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 Registration: 11:00 a.m. Program: 11:30 a.m. (Please allow amble time for parking)
Adjourn: 1:30 p.m. Place: Hotel Irvine I 17900 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241
YOU WONT WANT TO MISS IT! SPECIAL CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH TOM PHELPS- NOV. 3
Join OCBC for the final Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of the 2015 series featuring Tom Phelps, Partner, Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips LLP
, sponsored by Chase
. This is a unique event in the series as Tom Phelps, who normally serves as the interviewer, will be on the other side of the program and instead be the one to share his secrets and tools for success.
Tom is a renowned banking attorney who has worked with scores of financial institutions throughout the country. As a founding partner of the firm, he boasts a long and distinguished career serving banking, thrift and non-bank financial institutions. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from a leading business executive in Orange County!
Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Registration: 7:15 a.m. Program: 8:00 a.m. Adjourn: 9:00 a.m.
Place: The Center Club I 650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter
, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241
OCBC HONORS PROGRAMS THAT CUT THROUGH RED TAP AT ANNUAL EVENT - NOV. 18
Join OCBC on Wednesday, November 18, for the fifth annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards Reception, sponsored by Chase
. OCBC will present awards in various categories to OC's public agencies for programs that cut through red tape and open the door for business growth and success.
Since its inception five years ago, the program has been replicated by other organizations throughout California, and has been recognized by the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, "Streamlining Superstars," and California Association for Local Economic Development's annual "Awards of Excellence," programs.
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Registration: 5:00 p.m. Program: 5:30 p.m. Adjourn: 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Center Club I 650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter
, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241
OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY
October 28, 2015 - President and CEO Lucy Dunn participated in a panel discussion at the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Beyond Traffic" Forum in Long Beach. The forum highlighted that much of our transportation system was built by our grandparents' generation and the lack of a comprehensive national approach to funding is making the aging system worse. The draft of the "Beyond Traffic" report states that the U.S. population is on pace to increase by 70 million by 2045; the volume of freight movement is expected to grow to 29 billion tons; and by 2040, 30,000 miles of heavily traveled U.S. highways will be clogged. "Do not fear population growth," she urged. "Good planning, increased housing, new technology, innovation and implementation will keep the US economy strong as transformational strategies are implemented at the state and federal level in transportation."
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, Communications Director.
Please note that events in Political Corner are for informational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.
Reception supporting Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, Orange County Treasurer- Wednesday, October 21
Reception supporting Shari L. Freidenrich, CPA, Orange County Treasurer - Please join Manual Ramirez, CPA, and Honorable Rosario Marin, Former US Treasurer at the office of RJI CPAs at 18012 Sky Park Circle, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92614 from 5 to 6:30 for a cocktail reception on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. CLICK HERE for invitation details and donation information.
Open House with Senator Patricia Bates - Wednesday, October 21
Join Senator Patricia Bates, CA 36th District, for an Open House from 5 to 6:30 p.m. insde Laguna Hills City Hall. Meet neighbors, community leaders, and local elected officials in meeting the senator and her District Office staff. RSVP at SenatorBates@senate.ca.gov. CLICK HERE
for more info.
Looking for Volunteers! U.S. Energy Solar Decathlon at the Great Park - Oct. 8-18, 2015
Currently accepting volunteers to support the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will be held Thursdays - Sundays, Oct. 8-18 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today. Volunteers work alongside Solar Decathlon organizers serving as a greeter, docent, visitor liaison, education days mentors and more.
CLICK HERE to register or find out more about volunteering.
Free Teen Driver Safety Fair - Saturday, October 10
Join Automobile Club of Southern California for the Free Teen Driver Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Oso Viejo Community Park. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for teens. Learn how many can be prevented. CLICK HERE
for more information.
Jamboree's 25th Anniversary Gala - Friday, October 9
Save the date and join Jamboree Housing for a celebration of the organization's legacy and a showcasing of what's in store for the future at 6 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim. CLICK HERE for more information.
PR Gives Back to Non-Profits - Wednesday, October 14
Join OCPRSA's annual "PR Gives Back" event on October 14 as they schedule local non-profits with PR professionals to help grow and enhance their initiatives. OCPRSA will be matching non-profits with PR professionals based on the needs submitted by the non-profit and skills of PR professionals within our county. CLICK HERE to learn more. Contact Marissa Lorenzo, Community Service Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Irvine Valley College Golf Classic - Wednesday, October 14
Save the date for the Irvine Valley College Golf Classic at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine. Golfers support Irvine Valley College's championship golf teams and student scholarships. Players will receive18 holes of play, a golf cart, lunch, dinner, and a gift bag. CLICK HERE
for more information.
Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series - October 29-30
OC Forum 25th Anniversary Celebration - Thursday, October 15, 2015
Join the OC Forum for a 25th Anniversary Celebration honoring those who have inspired the success of the forum's mission and the success of Orange County! Event is held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Hilton Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information.
Senior Scam Stopper - Friday, October 16, 2015
Join Senator Patricia Bates, Congresswoman Mimi Walters, and Councilwoman Wendy Bucknum for a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar. Learn how you can protect yourself and your family from predatory scams from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2015 at Norman P. Murray Senior Center. CLICK HERE
for more info.
CSUF STEM and Career Expo - Tuesday, October 27
Join Cal State Fullerton's for the STEM Internship and Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CSUF Titan Student Union Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Meet with and recruit CSUF students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Engineering and Computer Science for jobs and internships. The College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) is one of two ABET accredited schools in Orange County and has over 4,400 students and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) has over 2,900 students. CLICK HERE
for more information.
Become a sponsor today for the U.S. Commercial Service's Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series that takes place October 29 to 30, 2015 at Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa. Get valuable exposure among U.S. exporters of products and services at an international business forum. CLICK HERE for more information.
Innovation in Environmental Stewardship Awards - Sunday, November 8
Join the Orange County Conservation Corps for the Innovation in Environmental Stewardship Awards at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Since 1993, OCCC has provided educational and employment services to the county's most at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth. CLICK HERE for more information.
2015 California Economic Summit - November 12-13
The 2015 California Economic Summit will host a vibrant coalition of public, private and civic sector problem-solvers in Ontario who will meet to continue the effort to enhance California's triple bottom line: simultaneous growth in the economy, improvement in environmental quality, and increased opportunity for all.
In the fourth year of this year-round effort, the Summit has continued to make significant progress with more than 700 experts actively participating on Summit action teams, creating a platform for state and local leaders to work together-and advocating for smart investments in the workforce programs and infrastructure California needs to prosper. For more information on the 2015 California Economic Summit and how you can be involved, CLICK HERE
CalOptima 20 Year Anniversary Health and Wellness Event - Saturday, November 14
Save the date for CalOptima's anniversary event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CalOptima in Orange. The organization began serving Orange County in October 1995 and will host health and wellness information, community resource booths, entertainment, and much more! CLICK HERE
for more info.
Imagine a Better Tomorrow - Friday, November 20
Save the date for the 17-year anniversary of Collette's Children's Home, Imagining a Better Tomorrow. Collette's Children's Home changes the live and builds a better future for over 3,300 homeless women and children. The event is at 6 p.m. Friday, November 20 at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach. CLICK HERE
to learn more.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: OCTOBER
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Cybersecurity Task Force
Friday, October 16, 2015 I 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 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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