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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, November 17, 2015
OCBC ANNOUNCES 2016 LEADERSHIP: RJ MAYER, THE MAYER CORPORATION, AS CHAIRMAN
OCBC is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors unanimously approved RJ Mayer, The Mayer Corporation, to lead in 2016 as chair. The Board also unanimously approved Steve Churm, FivePoint Communities, as incoming Treasurer, who has served as Chair of OCBC's Communications and Research Department. Richard Porras, AT&T will serve as the Chair Elect. OCBC thanks Laura DeSoto, Experian, for her continued guidance and leadership as 2015 Chair. The Board of Directors and chairs will be installed at OCBC's 2016 Annual Dinner Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Hotel Irvine -- stay tuned for more details! For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

OC'S HOUSING CRISIS - A PREMIERE TO SHARE WITH FRIENDS
Watch, discuss, and share OCBC's latest video on one of the most critical issues facing Orange County's workforce: a range of housing affordable at for residents every economic level. Homes are where jobs go to sleep at night. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

MILLENNIALS: WANT A NEW HOME SOMEDAY? TAKE A SURVEY, ENTER TO WIN $500 GIFT CARD
Rancho Mission Viejo and its neighborhood homebuilders want to ensure they understand what the next generation of home buyers is seeking in a new home within the context of the larger Southern California marketplace. To that end, they are conducting a survey to provide valuable insights on new home preferences. If you are between the ages of 24 and 35 -- or if you know a family member, friend or business colleague in this age group -- please participate! Simply CLICK HERE and answer a few questions to see if you qualify, and forward to othersIf you qualify and complete the entire survey, you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three $500 Amazon gift cards. You will be asked for you name and email address at the end of the survey in order to enter the survey sweepstakes. Winners will be notified in the coming weeks! For more info, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
OCBC URGES FULLERTON CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE "YES" ON WEST COYOTE HILLS
After a decades-long debate, the Fullerton City Council will take up the "Path Forward" plan today to decide if a deal can be reached to allow West Coyote Hills property owner Pacific Coast Homes to build on the 510 acre site, as well as sell off parcels for open space. Even if no additional space is purchased, Pacific Coast Homes will still preserve 301 acres of the 510 site as open space while adding 760 homes to Orange County'S severely over-stressed housing market. The Planning Commission approved the "Path Forward" proposal-- which respects property rights and affords open-space proponents a fair opportunity to purchase additional land -- but the decision was appealed to the Fullerton City Council. OCBC supports the compromise plan and urges a YES vote. CLICK HERE to read an OC Register editorial supporting the "Path Forward." For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC'S LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR: CA STATE SENATOR BOB HUFF 
On November 6, the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee hosted OCBC's 2015 Legislator of the Year The Honorable Bob Huff, Senate Majority Leader Emeritus, 29th District of California. During the course of the meeting, Senator Huff and committee members discussed several key issues for the business community, including the victory of amending several onerous regulations out of SB 350, also known as the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015.  He expressed the need for California to address the issue of global climate change as a global community with California focusing on finding partners in possible solutions, rather than placing the burden of economically restrictive regulations solely on the shoulders of just Californians, which makes it tough for the state to compete. The committee also took the opportunity to thank him for being a strong proponent of business issues in the legislature, thanking him for his support of crucial bill such as the AB 194 regarding managed lanes. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Government Affairs. 
CONGRATS TO STEVE CHURM ON HIS NEW ROLE AT FIVEPOINT COMMUNITIES!
Steve Churm, OCBC Board of Directors Member and incoming 2016 Treasurer, has stepped down from his position as Chief Revenue Officer of Freedom Communications, Inc. -- the parent company of The Orange County Register -- and is now Chief Communications Officer of FivePoint Communities Management Inc. FivePoint is the developer of Great Park Neighborhoods and other master-planned communities. OCBC commends Steve Churm for his commitment to local journalism and prestigious legacy of  strengthening Freedom's position as the leading source of local news and information in Orange County. Congratulations and best of luck, Steve! For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
LAST CHANCE! OCBC HONORS PROGRAMS THAT CUT THROUGH RED TAPE 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 jobs growth and success. Since its inception five years ago, the program has been replicated throughout California, and 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. Come see what all the fuss is about!
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 info, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241
SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY VETERANS REPORT PROVIDES SNAPSHOT ON VETERAN EMPLOYMENT
On November 6, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, 5th Disctrict, partnered with OC Community Services to host the inaugural South County Veterans Summit at Saddleback College. The summit featured the unveiling and a presentation of the key findings from the South Orange County Veterans Report, researched and authored for the County of Orange and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board by Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC. The report provides a snapshot of the current economic and employment well-being of veterans residing in South Orange County, where there is a unique labor market and mix of industry clusters requiring varied types of education and workforce training to ensure veterans successfully find employment. The summit also featured a panel of speakers who discussed their ongoing efforts to assist veterans. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
CA HIGH SPEED RAIL IN THE NEWS
Despite much of the California High Speed Rail (HSR) project moving along under budget, a recent LA Times article claimed that a "confidential 2013 report" reflects budget and timeline busts for the project. The piece created quite a stir, even garnering a subpoena from the Republican Caucus sent to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins for the "confidential report." In a recent radio interview with reporter Ben Bradford (starts at 1:07), HSR Chairman Dan Richard discusses the inaccuracies of the article, even highlighting that the document in question was in fact simply draft Power Point presentation -- one of many documents used by the authority to analyze and determine costs and timelines. As Richards opined that there are many challenges, factors, and various reports that must be analyzed throughout the process. For a detailed breakdown of the factual state of the HSR project that further dispels the LA Times article myths, CLICK HERE. OCBC applauds the HSR Authority's commitment to transparency during this process. CLICK HERE to read Atkins' response to the subpoena. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
2016 BALLOT MEASURE WOULD DELAY NEEDED PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, HARM COMMUNITIES 
A measure that would mandate that the state seek voters' permission before funding public works projects totaling over $2 billion or more with revenue bonds -- also known as the "Cortopassi Measure" -- has officially made its way onto the 2016 ballot. It is the brain child of Stockton millionaire Dean Cortopassi who is a staunch opponent to the Bay Delta Water supply project known as the California Water Fix and has created the measure in order to kill it. OCBC strongly supports the California Water Fix as it is critical to the long term supply and reliability of water for Southern California. If approved, the measure would have critically negative consequences by delaying crucial infrastructure projects, hindering the state's ability to react to emergency situations, and hurt local control. With this measure, voter approval  could be mandated on local projects through a statewide election (held only every two years)-- even if those projects are not funded through the General Fund. This measure would cause years of added delays and substantial new costs in the building of college campus classrooms, roads, bridges, and much more. CLICK HERE for more information on the harm the Cortopassi measure could cause. CLICK HERE for an LA Times article in which Gov. Brown voices his opposition. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
DISNEYLAND RESORT LAYS OUT EXPANSION PLANS, CONTINUES MILLION DOLLAR DAZZLE INITIATIVE 
On November 12, Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier provided a special briefing for members of the Orange County business community on a variety of initiatives including $1 billion in new investments planned for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Included in that plan is the future opening of a 14-acre Star Wars Land, which is expected to break ground in 2016. Colglazier was joined by Jay Burress, President and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, who touched on some of the major tourism industry developments occurring in Orange County, including the 200,000 square foot expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center. Colglazier also discussed some of Disney's local philanthropic initiatives with Shelley Hoss, President of the Orange County Community Foundation. At the briefing, Orange County Habitat for Humanity was surprised with a $60,000 donation as part of the company's Million Dollar Dazzle initiative. Each month during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Disney will award one or more local nonprofits with a $60,000 gift, totaling more than $1 million. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 
OCBC WELCOMES NEW INVESTORS!
OCBC is pleased to welcome four new investors: OHL USA, Related Companies, Renovate America, and Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP. OHLA is a large international concessions and construction group with more than 100 years of experience and expertise, ranking 44th in the Top Green Contractors by Engineering News-Record. Related Companies is a fully integrated, highly diversified industry leader with expertise in virtually every aspect of real estate development, acquisitions, management, finance, marketing and sales. Renovate America is leading the way in making homes and communities more energy and water efficient, partnering with cities and counties to provide innovative new financing solutions that deliver multiple benefits including savings in energy, utility bills, emissions, and increased jobs and property values. Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith is a sophisticated, multi-faceted national law firm offering practice in over 35 specialties. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR OC REGISTER'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN OC
The Register newsroom is now accepting nominations through Nov. 22 for the 2nd annual "100 Most Influential People in Orange County," a series of profiles that runs for 10 consecutive days between Dec. 18 and 27. In addition, the Register and Coast magazine will honor the 100 individuals selected for this list at an awards event on January 27; a compilation featuring all 100 influencers running in the Register print and online editions; and  a "Person of the Year" feature and capsules of all 100 in the February 2016 issue of Coast and coastmagazine.com. CLICK HERE for nomination information. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
OC COMPANIES AWARDED $6.7 MILLION IN CA COMPETES TAX CREDITS
As part of the most recent round of applications, the state of California announced the award of a combined $6.7 million in California Competes Tax Credits for 10 Orange County companies. In return, these companies will combine for over $82 million in new investments while creating 1,181 new jobs. Awarded on a competitive basis, the California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that  want to come to California or stay and grow in the state. Companies interested in applying for California Competes tax credits can apply during the next application round scheduled for January 2016. For more information, CLICK HERE.
GOV. BROWN ANNOUNCES GO-BIZ APPOINTMENTS
Earlier this month Gov. Brown announced two appointments for the director and chief deputy director at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Panorea Avdi was appointed director following her role serving as chief deputy director since 2012. Will Koch will assume the position of chief deputy director, having previously served as chief deputy director of the California Competes Tax Credit Program. OCBC works closely with GO-Biz on promoting regional and statewide economic development. Congratulations to both appointees! For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
POLITICAL CORNER
Please note that events in Political Corner are for informational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC. 

Backyard BBQ with Assemblyman Eric Linder - Wednesday, November 18
Joing Assemblyman Eric Linder for a backyard BBQ at 5:30 Wednesday, November 18 at his home in Corona. The address will be availabe upon RSVP. CLICK HERE for more information. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Climate Investments Workshop - Wednesday, November 18
Save the date for a complimentary Climate Investments Workshop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SoCalGas Energy Resource Center. There will be a panel presentation discussing how to access cap and trade dollars. CLICK HERE for more information. 

2015 OC Public Forum - Wednesday, November 18
Don't miss the 2015 OC Public Forum from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  Wednesday, November 18 at Westim South Coast Plaza. This year's program is titled "M&A: Buy, Sell or Stay the Course?" and features David E.I. Pyott, Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Allergan, as the keynote speaker, as well as a panel discussion with an impressive group of M&A experts. CLICK HERE for more info. 

US-Iran Diplomacy: The Change in the Balance of Power in the Middle East - Wednesday, November 18
Join the World Affairs Council of Orange County at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 for a panel discussion. CLICK HERE for more information. 
    
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. 

OC Pathways Showcase - Wednesday, December 2 
Don't miss OC Pathways' "Equipping Students for the Global Innovation Economy" from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 2 at Hangar 244 in Orange County Great Park. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Health and Wellness Expo - Saturday, December 5
Join Union Bank and the American Heart Association for the health and wellness expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 5 at the Union Bank on Brookhurst St. in Westminster. Free health services will be available, as well as a chance to win a Schwinn Mountain Bike and Adult Bike helmet. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Threat of Marijuana - Thursday, January 7
Join the Orange County Sheriff's Department from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy for a presentation on the Threat of Marijuana on your business, schools and community. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Dealing with China - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Don't miss a luncheon and talk with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Richard Nixon Foundation in Yorba Linda, which will focus on Dealing with China: An insider unmasks the new economic superpower. CLICK HERE for event and sponsorship information. 

Employment Opportunities at Coast Colleges! -  CLICK HERE for more information. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Workforce Development
Wednesday, November 18, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Infrastructure
Friday, December 8, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 am. 

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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If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, at 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.org.
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