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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                        Tuesday, November 19, 2013
OCBC WELCOMES LSA ASSOCIATES' LES CARD AS 2014 CHAIR; CELEBRATES 2013 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Congratulations to Les Card of LSA Associates, who was elected Chair of the 2014 Board of Directors after having served as the 2013 Chair-elect and Chair of the Infrastructure Committee. Card is currently Principal and Chief Executive Officer at LSA Associates, an employee-owned environmental planning consulting company of 250 employees. He has participated on transportation planning and environmental permitting, focused on traffic related projects throughout Orange County. Joining him as 2014 OCBC Officers are Chair-elect Laura DeSotoExperian; Secretary Lucy DunnOCBC; Treasurer RJ MayerThe Robert Mayer Corporation; and Immediate Past Chair Michael HornakRutan & Tucker.

 

In addition, to these distinguished officers,

2014 Officers, Executive Committee and Board of Directors will be sworn in during OCBC's Annual Dinner, held February 20, 2014, at the Hotel Irvine. Under the leadership of 2013 Chair Michael Hornak, Rutan & Tucker, and the theme "Breaking Free," OCBC celebrates many accomplishments this year, including a first ever sponsored bill passing into law and numerous sold out events. CLICK HERE to view OCBC's 2013 highlights. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
HOUSING, ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TOP PRIORITIES AT CA ECONOMIC SUMMIT

OCBC led two action teams as part of the California Economic Summit in Los Angeles November 7-8 with the goal of identifying policy initiatives to advance the state's economic development. OCBC Board member Chris Harrington, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Toshiba, served as co-chair of the Advancing Manufacturing Action Team, which was one of seven Action Teams at the summit. The team discussed policies that ensure manufacturing remains a viable, long-term component of California's economy through creating jobs and opportunities for residents, as well as focusing on improving business competitiveness and job creation through greater connectivity to global markets, thereby increasing exports and attracting investment. This is especially critical to Orange County's economic competitiveness as nearly 26,000 people are employed in the manufacturing industry, according to the recently release Workforce Indicators Report.  OCBC's Lucy Dunn, Dan Miller of Irvine Company, David Smith of DMB Pacific Ventures, Sharon Ellis of  Habitat for Humanity, OC, and Laura Archuleta of Jamboree Housing Corp participated in the Housing Action Team, which focused on policy solutions to address the critical issue of housing affordable to the workforce in Orange County.  CLICK HERE for a video recap of the summit. CLICK HERE to read the Playbook.  For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

PROPOSED CAR TAX MAY BE HEADED TO A BALLOT NEAR YOU

The Sacramento-based non-profits, Transportation California, and California Alliance for Jobs, have submitted to the California Attorney General a proposed ballot measure to raise funding for roadway and transit preservation and maintenance.  The new "California Road Repair Fund" would assess an annual fee on all vehicles, except heavy duty trucks, equal to 1 percent of each vehicle's value in .25 percentage increments phased over four years.  This would raise revenue of approximately $3 billion per year, or $25 billion over 10 years.  The money raised would be used for road, bridge and transit maintenance, rehab and transit vehicle replacement only.  No new roads, no capacity increases. The groups' leaders warn that they are exploring this option and that no decision has been made to actually put the matter before voters, but state research has found a $300 billion shortfall in funding for infrastructure projected over the next 10 years and this is designed to help alleviate some of that shortfall. CLICK HERE for more information, or contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA WATER IS AS NEAR AS YOUR KITCHEN SINK

Recently published by  Metropolitan Water District, Orange County 

 

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta east of San Francisco Bay is so far from Orange County that most of our residents probably don't know where it is or why it matters.  Simply put, the Delta provides drinking water for as many as 25 million California residents, including those in Orange County. This vast and vitally important ecosystem is home to hundreds of aquatic and terrestrial species, as well as more than 500,000 people, and is a thriving agricultural economy and a distinctive recreational resource. Equally important, in addition to water supplies for millions, it supplies an agricultural industry that, in turn, feeds millions of us, producing much of the nation's produce. Why should Orange County residents care? CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

WHO IS CUTTING RED TAPE IN OC? FIND OUT TOMORROW! - NOV. 20

Join OCBC at the 3rd 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. CLICK HERE to see a list the 2013 award nominees. 

 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
WHERE: The Center Club  I  650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
COST: OCBC Members: $60  I  Non-Members: $85  I  Award Nominees receive complimentary admission
Sponsorships are available

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.   

OCBC RECEIVES GRANT TO GROW ALTERNATIVE FUEL AND VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES

As part of its ongoing effort to identify and promote the growth of key and emerging industry clusters, OCBC will begin work on the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Regional Cluster Grant Project. As part of the grant, OCBC will work with its regional partners to advance the competitive position of companies within the alternative fuel and vehicle regional clusters. Potential regional demand for alternative fuel and vehicle technology, as well as the identification of strategies deployed in other regions to grow this cluster of opportunity will be assessed. Awarded by the California Workforce Investment Board to the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB), the grant project is the result of a successful joint effort among several regional workforce, economic development, and educational organizations. Along with OCBC, regional partners in this effort include the OCWIB, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Pacific Gateway WIB (City of Long Beach), Long Beach City College and North Orange County Community College District. Companies interested in becoming involved in the Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Regional Cluster Project, or for more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

OCBC WELCOMES VERIZON WIRELESS'S JOE RUGGIERO TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OCBC is proud to welcome Joe Ruggiero, Vice President and General Counsel, West Area, Verizon Wireless, to the Board of Directors. Ruggiero is responsible for providing legal advice and support in all phases of operations throughout the 14 western states. He previously served as Assistant General Counsel for Verizon, responsible for significant federal and state regulatory issues, enforcement matters, investigations, and litigation across the nation. Prior to joining Verizon, he served as a litigator and intellectual property attorney for Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. Ruggiero has been active in community service and the intersection of business and public policy throughout his career on such varied issues as open spaces, community-oriented policing, legal aid, economic development, communication issues, and transportation, among others. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and a Juris Doctorate with honors from Cornell University Law School. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.

TOSHIBA'S GENEROUS GIFT CONTINUES TO HELP ANAHEIM STUDENTS AND ADULTS
Two years ago, Toshiba America donated more than 40 state-of-the-art laptops and software to the Ponderosa School and Library computer lab. OCBC's Lucy Dunn and board member Chris Harrington, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Toshiba recently toured the Ponderosa Library, noting the success of the computer lab and programs the library offers. Students are gaining access to the newest technologies during school hours, while adult students may attend computer classes available during the evening. The Ponderosa Library is open full-time to the entire community during after-school hours and weekends. Anaheim residents have access to more than 10,000 sessions annually, with individual users receiving up two hours of education per session. The computer training courses held on Saturdays are at capacity and are expanding for the local community. Toshiba is a world leader in the principles of corporate social responsibility and shared values that benefit both the company and the community. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
TIME WARNER CABLE CONNECTS CUSTOMERS WITH LOVED ONES IN THE PHILLIPINES FOR FREE

Time Warner Cable announced Tuesday, November 12, that all calls placed by its Home Phone and Business Services customers to landline and mobile numbers in the Philippines will be free through November 30. The program is also retroactive for all calls placed since November 8.  Since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines more than a week ago, Time Warner Cable has been committed to helping the Filipino-American community keep in touch with family and friends. Customers who make calls during the eligible time period do not need to make any changes to their accounts and customers who were charged on or after November 8 will automatically be credited. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations.   

REPORT SHOWS ORANGE COUNTY PARENTS MORE LIKELY TO SUPPORT ADULT CHILDREN

bank of america logo It's been five years since the Great Recession and Orange County's mass affluent (those with $50,000-$250,000 in investable assets per household) are showing some interesting financial trends, according to the recently released Bank of America's Merill Edge Report. In preparing for retirement, the report found that Orange County respondents are less aggressive than the national average with their retirement plan as they tend to save $679,200 on average while nationally, mass affluent anticipate saving $736,200. Also, 40 percent of Orange County parents are supporting adult children, versus the national average of 27 percent. The report found that 38 percent of Orange County mass affluent have saved nothing or are planning to save nothing for their child's education and respondents are also less likely than the national average to think parents should take on extra debt to send their kids to college. CLICK HERE to read report. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

CSUF AND WESTERN UNIVERSITY TEAM UP TO CREATE EARLY ADMISSION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS

Orange County has long been known as the biotech capital of the world and recently California State University, Fullerton and Western University of Health Sciences' colleges of Pharmacy and Optometry partnered to create an early admission program for CSUF students pursuing health professions degrees. This new program provides Western University colleges with a diverse group of students and saves students time and money in applying for professional schools. Linkage programs not only accelerate the application process, but they also eliminate the need to apply to multiple schools -- significantly reducing the cost of the application process and travel expenses for interviews. Another advantage is that post baccalaureate students can skip taking a year off, known as the "glide year" to prepare applications, before entering professional school. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OBAMA NOMINATES BOA'S STEFAN M. SELIG TO BE UNDER SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

President Obama nominated Stefan M. Selig, Executive Vice Chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, to be the next Under Secretary for International Trade. Selig will go through the confirmation process, which includes hearings before the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Banking Committee. Selig is a business strategist and has successfully overseen a wide range of business deals and initial public offerings for more than 20 years. From 1999 to 2009, Selig held various leadership roles at Bank of America Securities, including Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Global head of Mergers and Acquisitions.  Additionally, he held various senior leadership positions at UBS Securities and at Wasserstein Perella & Co, and The First Boston Corporation. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

COLETTE'S CHILDREN'S HOME TO HONOR LUCY DUNN AT 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - NOV. 22

Colette's Children's Home is hosting its 15 year anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 22 to celebrate providing housing and supportive services to more than 3,000 homeless women and children. The program will honor Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, as well as other community leaders who have contributed to the success of the organization's mission. Colette's Children's Home exists to heal homelessness for women and children with nowhere to turn. Since 1998, it has provided more than 2,500 women and children with a safe home and nurturing environment where they obtain compassionate support and services needed to achieve self-sufficiency. The goal for the evening is to raise $1,000,000. There is a matching source for every dollar raised that can leverage an additional $3 in support. Attending the event, or becoming a sponsor, gives hope and brings change to the life of a homeless mother and child. CLICK HERE for registration and sponsorship information. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2014!

OCBC is pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2014. Mark your calendars for this exciting gala event featuring a prominent keynote speaker and the installation of OCBC's 2014 Chair and Board of Directors. 

 

Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining OCBC for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips to Sacramento on Monday, February 24, 2014, and Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (note: revised dates), and to Washington D.C. on Monday, May 19 to Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

 

Join OCBC and OC's top executives for the county's premier networking event, the annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 24, 2014. 

 

OCBC and California State University, Fullerton are pleased to announce the 20th Annual Economic Forecast Conference will take place on Thursday, October 23, 2014. 

 

More information coming soon on next year's events! For more information about upcoming events, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: UCI IS LEED-ER IN STUDENT HOUSING

An on-campus student housing complex recently garnered University California, Irvine five additional Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council. The new awards bring UC Irvine's grand total of LEED-certified projects up to 19. The five-building community, Verano Place, houses approximately 1,200 graduate students, undergraduate students over the age of 25, and students with families. To earn Platinum certifications, the community was equipped with filtration systems to reduce pollution in water runoff, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and energy-efficient lighting systems. In addition, 89 percent of building construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.   

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

Vista Del Rio In Santa Ana to provide first new special needs housing in Orange County

Luke Fox Joins Union Bank Consumer Lending Group In Huntington Beach

New platforms make whole new game for Blizzard

Washington vote gives Long Beach shot at Boeing 777X work

CSUF unveils branding research center

Chapman to host weekend for startups

A digital makeover for John Wayne Airport

Disney parks see record attendance 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: BUSINESS NETWORKING

Talk.coThis app allows employees to send messages and set up group chats with other coworkers across iOS, Android and desktop. Users can also share videos and links within the app and even snap pictures with filters.  

Business Card Reader Pro: Get instant recognition of business cards right on your iPhone. This app allows you to import contact information from a business card directly to your iOS Contacts.  

CardMunchThe app allows you to take a picture of a business card and store it as a clean, mobile contact. It also keeps a photo of the original business card as a backup.  

Bump - this app allows users to physically bump their phones together to transfer contact information, photos, and other files to each other over the Internet. Bump also allows users to bump photos from a phone to a computer.  

Bump: this app allows users to physically bump their phones together to transfer contact information, photos, and other files to each other over the Internet. Bump also allows users to bump photos from a phone to a computer.  

Meetup: Finding the perfect Meetup for you to learn something, do something, or share something. This app allows you to organize Meetups everywhere about almost everything, which is great for networking

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

POLITICAL CORNER     

Political events are for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.

 

Frank Ury for Board of Supervisors Reception - Thursday, December 5

Join Event Chairs John Saunders and Michael Caspino for a reception supporting The Honorable Frank Ury, candidate for the fifth District Board of Supervisors and re-elected to the OCTA Board of Directors on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ten Asian Bistro in Newport Beach. For more information about cost and to RSVP, contact Julie at julie@pauleconsulting.com. CLICK HERE for the event flier. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Irvine Chamber Joins IEDC in Hosting 2014 Leadership Summit- February 2 - 4, 2014

Join the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and International Economic Development Council for the 2014 Leadership Summit, February 2 - 4, 2014. The 2014 Leadership Summit will focus on the economic development industry's transition into the global economy. The conference will identify the skills that leaders in the profession must have to excel within international business models. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOVEMBER
Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 20, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Friday, November 22, 2013  I  9:30-11:00am

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting
Tuesday, December 3, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, December 10, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

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 2013 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 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.

 

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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Do you tweet? Have a Facebook page or surf YouTube? Then follow the latest news and information from OCBCsocial media online. Follow us on Twitter. Like our Facebook page. Tune into our YouTube channel. Check out OCBC's blogs: Dunn and Done and CaliforniaSquirrel. Or visit our newest website, LocationOC.com.

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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