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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, November 18, 2014
OCBC BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVE INCOMING 2015 CHAIRS

OCBC is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors unanimously approved Laura DeSoto, Experian, to lead in 2015 as Chair. The Board also unanimously approved Richard Porras, AT&T, as incoming Treasurer, who has served as Chair for the Workforce Development Committee for four years. RJ Mayer, Jr., The Robert Mayer Corporation, will serve as the Chair Elect. OCBC thanks Les Card,  LSA Associates Inc., for his continued guidance and leadership as 2014 Chair. The Board of Directors and chairs will be installed at OCBC's 2015 Annual Dinner Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Hotel Irvine. Stay tuned for more information about OCBC's Annual Dinner. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.  


International Trade Forum:

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 Adviser Dr. Wallace Walrod will also present the latest export data and international trade workforce trends.

 

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  

   

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

This portion of the conference 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.

 

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. 

BACKUP AT PORTS IMPACTS LOCAL GOODS MOVEMENT

An improving economy, labor disputes, truck surcharges, equipment issues, slower cargo rotations and increased cargo for holiday retailers are some of the reasons for the influx of idling ships off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The wait for ships to dock and get products moving has increased from hours to days. Since May, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents port workers, have been working without a contract while negotiating a new one with the Pacific Maritime Association. Additionally, while many retailers have already received holiday shipments, it is advised that people do their holiday shopping early as retailers may have a hard time replenishing items. While congestion is expected to decrease after the holiday shopping season, officials say that improvements to the ports will take time. CLICK HERE for updates from the Port of Long Beach.  For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

BRIAN CALLE & LUCY DUNN: WISH LIST FOR JERRY BROWN'S LAST TERM
The following article appears as it was published in the Orange County Register on 
November 7, 2014: 

Jerry Brown glided into his re-election for governor of the Golden State without ever running a campaign, winning an unprecedented fourth term, with nearly 59 percent of the vote. Now, for the next four years, there are no constraints, no favors that need be repaid and no future elections to think about. The sky, as they say, is the limit on what he can accomplish - and what legacy he leaves behind. Brown has a storied history as a political figure in California. From Los Angeles Community College district trustee to California's youngest governor to state attorney general to mayor of Oakland to governor again, Brown's political resume is unparalleled. But all of his past accomplishments aside - both good and bad - Brown will likely be judged by what he achieves in this final stint as governor. And the table is set for him to buck political ideology and do the hard work to make California even greater. Not only has he built up political capital with the electorate, he has a strong caucus of moderate Democrats in the state Assembly with whom to work, as well as an unspent war chest of $20 million-plus left in his campaign account. The question is: What should Gov. Brown do to further California's progress? CLICK HERE to read more. 

OCTA REACHES 2014 MILESTONES TO IMPROVE OC RESIDENTS' MOBILITY

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) released performance metrics that outlined progress on multiple key transportation projects around the county. Overall, about 27 of the 39 of the planned milestones OCTA forecasted were achieved in fiscal year 2013-2014 and all seven construction contract awards were achieved. A few of these milestones include completing construction on the State Route 57 (SR-57) northbound widening from Yorba Linda Boulevard to Lambert Road in May 2014; and obtaining early project funding approval for a portion of the I-5 widening project  that includes adding carpool lanes from Avenida Picco to Avenida Vista Hermosa and the reconstruction of the Avenida Pico interchange. Congratulations to OCTA! For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  

REPORT: PERCENTAGE OF 'FAILING' ROADS TO INCREASE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FUNDS

The recently released 2014 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment Report suggests that the condition of California roads are worsening. On a scale of zero (failed) to 100 (excellent), the statewide average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) has deteriorated from 68 to 66, which is considered "at risk." The report indicates that the funding shortfall is growing from $6.9 billion since 2008 to a total of $78.3 billion over the next 10 years. Without additional revenue, the percentage of roads in "failed" condition will increase from just over 6 percent to 25 percent in the next decade. The biennial report is a comprehensive systematic assessment of the state's local street and road network and is an analysis of current funding available to cities and counties to maintain the local network with the public's $188 billion transportation infrastructure investment. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

FOREIGN BUYERS SEE CALIFORNIA AS A SOUND REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT MARKET

Overseas buyers spent just over $92 billion on home purchases in the United States through the second quarter of 2014 and 25 percent of this money was from Chinese buyers who purchased homes in California, Washington and New York, according to the National Association of Realtors. The $92 billion is a 35 percent increase from 2013 numbers. Los Angeles was the top location for real estate searches, with San Francisco and Irvine following closely. A recent  realtor.org study reports that Chinese buyers see the California market as a sound real estate investment and that nearly 50 percent of the purchases are purely for investment purposes as they don't plan on actually living in the homes. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

OCBC WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE'S GLENN ROQUEMORE

OCBC is pleased to welcome its newest Board of Directors member Glenn Roquemore, President, Irvine Valley College (IVC). Roquemore has been president of IVC since 2002. He has also served as Interim President, Vice President of Instruction, Interim Vice President of Instruction, Dean of Advanced Technology, Interim Vice President of Student Services, and Chair of the School of Physical Sciences and Technologies, and professor of Geology. Roquemore holds a Philosophy in Geology and Geophysics doctorate degree from the University of Nevada. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

RISING TRENDS IN OC: ADULTS DOUBLING UP TO DEAL WITH HOUSING SHORTAGE

As a foreshadow to OCBC's upcoming 2015 OC Housing Scorecard, note that almost one out of every two adults living in Los Angeles and Orange counties live with a roommate or a relative who isn't a spouse or partner, according to a recent report from Zillow.com. That is the highest rate among the nation's 35 biggest metro areas - ahead of Miami, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Boston. The rate picked up from 2000's report of 41 percent of doubled-up adults. Orange County grew by 8,800 households a year from 1991 through 2008, but that average fell to 2,700 households a year from 2009 to 20013. The housing shortage in all price ranges contribute to the doubling-up trend as homebuilding has failed to keep up with job and population growth trends. CLICK HERE to read the Orange County Register article on this issue. Stay tuned for the latest workforce housing research from Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC, to be released in Spring 2015. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

SUCCESSFUL WALMART INITIATIVE GUARANTEES JOB OFFERS TO HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETS

On November 11, 2014, Walmart announced that the company has hired 2,189 veterans in California and 67,000 vets nation-wide. The successful push to hire veterans is part of Walmart's Welcome Home Commitment, which began in 2013. As part of the commitment, Walmart guarantees a job offer to any honorably discharged veteran within the first 12 months of separation from service. CLICK HERE for more information about the initiative.

STARLIGHT CAROLERS PROVIDE THAT SPECIAL SOMETHING TO YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY

OCBC's own Lucy Dunn has been singing with the vocal arts ensemble Meritage for many years. Some of the singers are making holidays brighter with music! Now celebrating their 21st Anniversary season, the Starlight Carolers may well be the most established caroling ensemble in the region. The carolers are carefully auditioned and thoroughly prepared to present repertoire of over 45 holiday selections. Outfitted in colorful Victorian costumes, the Starlight Carolers can provide the joyous sounds of Christmas to your holiday celebration, either as strolling musicians or in a formal holiday concert setting. There is NOTHING like live music! CLICK HERE for more information. 

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: SEMPRA INCREASING ACCESSIBILITY OF NATURAL GAS

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Southern California Gas Company and its sister company, San Diego Gas & Electric, both subsidiaries of Sempra Energy, currently operate a total of 26 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations, or more than 8 percent of all the CNG fueling station in Southern California. Although the stations were originally built to support the two utilities growing fleets of more than 1,000 natural gas vehicles, 19 of the locations also are open to the general public. Since Southern California is such a key hub for the global transportation of goods, there is the likelihood for interest in CNG for medium- and heavy- duty trucking to grow substantially. Many consumers appreciate the potential savings in switching to abundant, low-cost natural gas, as well as the environmental benefits of lower emissions. CLICK HERE to read a recent article in American Gas. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications manager. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

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 and encourage better understanding and collaboration across generational divides -- particularly applicable in our current work environment.  CLICK HERE for more information.

 

OC Forum's "When Generations Connect" - Wednesday, November 19

Join OC Forum for a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 19  at Hilton Irvine. The forum will feature Scott Zimmer, a Generational Expert, Bridge Works, who will discuss "When Generations Connect - Millennials are changing the face of business today. Are you prepared?" CLICK HERE for more information.  

 

Microsoft Store Grand Opening - Saturday, November 22

Microsoft is excited to be a part of the Los Cerritos Center community and is holding a grand opening celebration all day Saturday, November 22, 2014. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony takes place at 10:30 a.m., which is then followed by an exclusive Kelly Clarkson performance at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP.

 

Explore ARTIC Grand Opening Celebration - Saturday, December 13

All are invited to Explore ARTIC Grand Opening Celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Attendees will enjoy food, music, activities, tours and giveaways at this fun and family-friendly event. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: DECEMBER

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

 

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Friday, December 5, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, December 5, 2014  I  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 9, 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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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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