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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

RUTAN & TUCKER'S MIKE HORNAK ELECTED 2013 OCBC CHAIR

Congratulations to Michael Hornak of Rutan & Tucker, LLP who was unanimously elected as OCBC's 2013 Board of Directors Chair! Michael Hornak is a senior partner in the Trial Section of Rutan & Tucker where he litigates a broad range of business matters. He is actively engaged in the Orange County community and has received honorable mention as one of the Most Influential Businesspeople in Orange County in the Orange County Business Journal. Joining him as 2013 officers are Chair-elect Les Card, LSA Associates; Secretary, Lucy Dunn, OCBC; Treasurer Laura DeSoto, Experian; and Immediate Past Chair: Julie Miller-Phipps, Kaiser-Permanente Orange County. 

 

In addition to these distinguished officers,

2013 Officers, Executive Committee and Board of Directors will be sworn in during OCBC's Annual Dinner, themed "Breaking Free," held January 31, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. For sponsorship information, contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.  

ANOTHER BANNER YEAR OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS UNDER 2012 OCBC CHAIR JULIE MILLER-PHIPPS

julie miller-phipps OCBC's Board of Directors gathered on November 8 for its year-end review of activities and accomplishments, a few of which are highlighted below:   

  • Advocated over 50 bills key to core initiatives and defended business interests with an 81% success rate on OCBC-supported legislation, a 70% success on California Squirrel legislation, and 100% success rate on "Killer Squirrel" legislation.   
  • Secured pro-business board and advisory appointments to OCTA, AQMID, OC Council of Governments, State Board of Accountancy, Community Colleges, Orange County Homelessness Commission, OCWIB, ACC-OC.
  • Assisted John Wayne Airport in attracting second Mexico air carrier, Interjet.
  • Trained 1,477 parents in LEA's Ten Educational Commandments, expanding into four school districts: Tustin, Newport Mesa, Anaheim, and Santa Ana.
  • Successful "Red Team" efforts to attract and retain OC businesses and high paying jobs; particularly with Meggitt PLC, saving 285 jobs.
  • Advocated a permanent funding mechanism for affordable housing, SB 1220.
  • Obtained media coverage through editorials, blogs, press releases, event coverage, television, newspaper, and radio interviews. Publications include: OCMetro Magazine, OC Register, NBC-LA, Orange County Business Journal, Wall Street Journal, and more.
  • Maintained a strong business-supported PAC with 83% success rate for pro-business candidates' election.
  • SOLD OUT conferences and events including: 2012 Economic Forecast Conference, Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Series, Executive Invitational Golf Tournament and many more... 

OCBC truly is the leading voice of business in Orange County and this past year has been a great benchmark of success. Thanks to all our investors and outstanding Board of Directors, especially outgoing Chair Julie Miller-Phipps, Senior Vice President and Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente Orange County.  

 

We have a seat at the table reserved for YOU! Join us today by clicking here or contact  Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.  

SAVE THE DATE! PIMCO'S CEO MOHAMED EL-ERIAN TO KEYNOTE OCBC'S 2013 ANNUAL DINNER

Orange County Business Council is proud to announce that Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO, will serve as Keynote Speaker for the 2013 Annual Dinner. The Annual Dinner presented by Brandman University, will take place Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

 

The theme of the 2013 Annual Dinner is Breaking Free -- free from economic constraints, over-regulation and old ways of doing business -- setting your business apart in a tough economy. In keeping with the theme Dr. El-Erian will discuss leadership, strategic challenges and opportunities of navigating the new economy, while highlighting the PIMCO way to success.

 

Register Online      Sponsorship Info

During the Annual Dinner OCBC will recognize outgoing 2012 Chairman Julie Miller-Phipps of Kaiser Permanente, and install the 2013 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair Michael Hornak, Senior Partner of the Trial Section, Rutan & Tucker. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
THE RESULTS ARE IN -- OCBC SUPPORTED CANDIDATES SWEEP LOCAL OFFICES!

yesno Congratulations to all of the OCBC supported newly elected candidates! OCBC's Board of Directors endorsed 26 local candidates, approved positions on five state ballot measures, and three local ballot measures. Of those candidates elected to office, OCBC has an "endorsement success rate" of 83 percent,  one of the highest in the state among business coalitions. CLICK HERE for the full election results. For more information contact  Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.   

CORRECTED - HOW TO AVOID THE FISCAL CLIFF: CALL CONGRESS TODAY

OCBC urges President Obama and Congressional Leaders to avoid the Fiscal Cliff -- a series of expiring tax cuts that will result in immediate tax increases for the majority of citizens, combined with automatic federal program cuts that would impact the most vulnerable populations. OCBC has evaluated the potential impacts of the Fiscal Cliff on Southern California and has determined the consequences to our economy would be staggering.  In particular, OCBC recognizes that the drastic cuts in discretionary spending referred to as "Sequestration" would most likely send our fragile economy straight back into recession.  It is time for The President and Congressional leaders to set aside partisan differences and come together to do what is right for America.  The Fiscal Cliff must be avoided.  More specifically Sequestration and the draconian discretionary spending cuts associated with it must not be enacted.Contact your congressional representative to ask them to compromise now!  CLICK HERE for the U.S. House of Representatives. CLICK HERE for the U.S. Senate. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.  

OCBC'S LUCY DUNN HONORED AS PUBLIC SECTOR LEADER OF THE YEAR

dunn OCBC President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, has been recognized as the Public Sector Leader of the year by the Southern California Leadership Network. She will be honored at the Southern California Visionaries luncheon on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., located at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles. SCLN's leadership fellowships have equipped more than 1,500 civic-minded thinkers with the community and regional collaboration skills necessary to address the quality of life issues including traffic, water, clean air, education and public safety. The Southern California Visionaries awards luncheon celebrates dynamic leadership by recognizing outstanding achievements of our region's leaders. Dunn joins Chet Pipkin, Tim Leiweke, Kimberly Freeman and the Magic Johnson Foundation as 2012 Southern California Visionaries awards winners. Sponsorships are available. For more information email scln@lachamber.com or call 231.580.7526.

DOES YOUR CITY BALANCE JOBS CREATION AND HOUSING SUPPLY?

Join OCBC, returning and newly-elected city leaders, at the 2012 Workforce Housing Forum where OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will present the 2012/2013 Workforce Housing Scorecard. Using city data, Dr. Walrod compares and contrasts how OC cities are balancing jobs creation with an adequate supply of housing.  

 

WHEN: Friday, December 7, 2012 

TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Irvine Conference Theatre 

TICKETS: $60 (OCBC Member)  I  $90 (Non-Member) 

 

   Sponsorship Info  

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.  

OCTA GETS A FACE LIFT - 10 NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS

octa logo  Orange County Transportation Authority will welcome 10 new members to the board of directors in the next two months to succeed the current board members as their terms come to a close. The City Selection Committee of Orange County, a coalition of Orange County mayors, appointed the new members at its meeting last Tuesday. As representatives from cities in each of the five supervisorial districts, the new directors will provide local leadership in the development and implementation of Orange County transportation programs.

 

The appointed members are:

  • First District seats: Garden Grove Councilman Steve Jones and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido
  • Second District seats: Huntington Beach Councilman Matt Harper and Seal Beach Mayor Pro Tem Gary Miller
  • Third District seats: Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway and Tustin Mayor Pro Tem Al Murray
  • Fourth District seats: Anaheim Councilwoman Gail Eastman and La Habra Mayor Tim Shaw
  • Fifth District seats: San Clemente Councilwoman Lori Donchak and Mission Viejo Mayor Frank Ury

The new directors will be sworn into OCTA's 17-member board next month and in January, where they will join the five county supervisors and two public members appointed by the board. OCTA's board of directors also includes the Caltrans director from Orange County as a non-governing 18th member. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARDS RECEPTION

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    

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

SDG&E LAUNCHES STATE-OF-THE-ART SMART GRID TO ENHANCE POWER RELIABILITY

San Diego Gas & Electric announced on Wednesday the launch of an advanced Outage Management System (OMS) that will use new "smart grid" technology to speed up the detection of power outages and help utility personnel restore electricity to customers faster than ever before. The OMS technology reports outages to the control room within seconds of an outage occurring, allowing dispatch crews to make necessary and prompt repairs. New "smart switches" allow power to be moved wirelessly from a centralized control room, often times solving the problem, without having to dispatch crews to the field. SDG&E expects to further enhance its exemplary record on reliability and technological innovation with the new outage management system. For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.  

SCARECROWS THAT HAVE A HEART! $13,000 RAISED IN OC GREAT PARK COMPETITION

The Orange County Great Park announced the top winners of the third annual Scarecrows in the Park fundraising competition, which challenges local businesses and community organizations to build creative, themed scarecrows that are displayed for public voting at the Great Park's Farm + Food Lab and on the Great Park's website. More than 40 community organizations and businesses participated in this year's competition, making it the most successful ever, raising $13,000 to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and the Great Park Farm + Food Lab children's educational programs. The funds will provide meals for nearly 20,000 people and support Great Park educational programming that is expected to reach 6,000 children. CLICK HERE to view the winners. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.  

IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT SEEKING GOVERNMENT RELATIONS MANAGER

Irvine Ranch Water District is currently hiring a Government Relations Manager. Under general direction of the Executive Director of Water Policy, this position is responsible for the management of the District's government relations program and assists in the policy development and implementation for special projects. The government relations program is one of the key components of the District's overall water resources and policy strategy and is a primary element in the District's ongoing policy leadership at the local, state, and federal levels. Duties include maintaining active communication with federal, state, and local elected officials and staff to advocate for IRWD's interests in legislative, policy, and regulatory issues. Applications must be received by November 27. CLICK HERE for more information.  

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: KAISER PERMANENTE RANKED NO.1 FOR GREEN-IT INNOVATIONS

KaiserKaiser Permanente has become the only national health care provider to be recognized

for its efforts and implementation of green IT practices that reduce waste, carbon dioxide emissions, energy use and the use of toxic chemicals. Its innovative work to achieve a greener organization has resulted in Kaiser Permanente receiving an energy star rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its innovations in cooling efficiency and its electricity savings of $450,000. Success in its green efforts strives from the innovation of its health IT, which reduces paper waste for medical charts, replaces face-to-face patient visits to virtual visits, allows for prescriptions to be filled online, and reduces toxic chemicals associated with x-ray images and other scans. Kaisers Permanente Green IT practices show that it's able to maintain a strong health care standing while being the leader in protecting the environment. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: SHOP TILL YOU DROP!

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Gilt Groupe: Shop quickly and never miss a sale!

 

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

Small Business Saturday: Shop Fullerton - Saturday, November 25 - Saturday, December 29 

Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. Community members are invited to visit participating retailers beginning November 24 through December 29.  For every qualifying $25 spent on gift certificates and merchandise, patrons will receive a raffle ticket to win one of 200 American Express gift cards. Raffles will be held once per week from November 24 through December 29, and winners will be notified by phone. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

OC Fair New Year's Eve Block Party - Monday, December 31

Ring in the New Year at the OC Fair New Year's Eve Block Party, taking place from 7:30 pm - 1:30 am at the OC Fair and Events Center. Featuring 12 bands playing tribute to the music of the decades, gourmet food trucks, DJ and dancing, Vegas style games, demolition derby, and a midnight pyrotechnic celebration. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOVEMBER
Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 I 7:30-9:00am    

 

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Monday, December 3, 2012 I 4:00-5:30pm  

 

OCMoves Steering Committee Meeting

Friday, December 7, 2012 I 11:30am-1:30pm

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 I 7:30-9:00am

 

BIZFEDOC Committee Meeting
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 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 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:   

 

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. 

 

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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If you have questions on how to get connected with the Business Council online, please contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications, at 949.794.7221.
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