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DUNN AND DONE: FACT NOT FICTION ON THE I-405 NEW FREE AND TOLL LANES

 

I was troubled with the misinformation in Supervisor John Moorlach's Oct. 25 column in the Orange County Register, "Problem with carpool lanes on toll roads," and it is time to set the record straight.

 

Moorlach opposes Orange County Transportation Authority's (OCTA) recent decision to reconsider the addition of one free lane and one express lane (also known as "managed lane" or "toll lane") to the I-405 between the I-73 and the I-605. The business community strongly supports OCTA's "alternative 3."

 

There are several fallacies in the article. First, the claim that, "If you can't afford to pay $1.40 per mile for the 50 mile stretch on the San Diego Freeway from Camp Pendleton to Seal Beach Boulevard, then it's time to speak up," is completely false. The stretch of freeway under consideration for express lanes extends 14 miles from  SR-73 to SR-22 East. No toll pricing has been suggested. Moorlach's $1.40 per mile figure is irrelevant, drawn from LA's I-110 Harbor Freeway toll, which operates under its unique budget constraints. The good news from LA, however, is that recent data from their "Express Lanes Performance Update" shows that commute times have been dramatically cut, and more drivers than ever are using the I-110 since employing express lanes.  By the way, I use this toll lane frequently to make LA meetings on time from Irvine. CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE for to learn more about transportation funding in California. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

WANT FREE-FLOWING TRAFFIC ON I-405? SUPPORT EXPRESS LANES

Orange County Business Council's Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee welcomed Shawn Nelson, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors (D-4), on Friday, October 25. Nelson briefed committee members on updates about the I-405 Improvement Project, as well as the recent activity of South Coast Air Quality Management District. Chairman Nelson applauded Orange County Transportation Authority's decision to reconsider adding dual express lanes to further relieve traffic congestion on the nation's busiest corridor.  Chairman Nelson pointed out that if OCTA did not seize the opportunity to integrate managed lanes into the I-405 expansion plan, in all likelihood, Caltrans would. This could result in local toll revenues being redistributed outside of Orange County. He also briefed the committee on AQMD, as he is one of 13 members on the Board of Directors, touching on some of the challenges AQMD faces in regulating the majority of air polluters, such as combustible engines and construction, but reiterated AQMD's commitment to working toward more meaningful pollution mitigation solutions. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  

2013 ECONOMIC FORECAST - A WHOLE LOT OF "TWERKING" YET TO COME SAYS CSUF 

More than 950 business and community leaders attended the 2013 Economic Forecast Conference on October 24 at Hyatt Regency Irvine, hosted by OCBC and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton, and presented by U.S. Bank. The featured speakers included Anil Puri, Ph.D., Dean of Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF; Mira Farka, Ph.D., Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF; and Richard Davis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, US Bancorp, as the keynote. While progress was steady over the last four years, real GDP is still not meeting potential growth rates and, like the infamous Miley Cyrus dance, this economy will have ups and downs, fits and starts, and not be pretty. However, the labor market is showing signs of healing as 85 percent of jobs lost during the Great Recession were regained. A recent spike of part-time jobs may be attributed to new Affordable Care Act regulations and full-time employment opportunities may dwindle in the coming year as businesses learn more about how the law will affect budgets. Davis touched on the important role of banks in the nation's economic recovery and asserted that business and consumer confidence will be a critical asset to that recovery. CSU Fullerton released the 2014 Economic Forecast Report, a valued resource for business leaders to plan for future growth in the coming year. CLICK HERE for the full report. CLICK HERE for photos of the event. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.   

HEALTHCARE.GOV: IT'LL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER
The United States is six weeks into the Affordable Care Act and it's been as chaotic as predicted. While the greatest computer science minds from Silicon Valley try and fix the plagued  Healthcare.gov website, bigger problems exist for hundreds of thousands of Californians uniformly booted from their insurance coverage -- despite guarantees from the Obama administration that, "If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you." As it turns out, insurance companies can. Insurers dropped 279,000 Californians thus far, with  Kaiser Permanente terminating policies for 160,000 customers and Blue Shield of California terminating 119,000 policies. Two million consumers nationwide received policy cancellation notices, with New Jersey residents taking the biggest hit at 800,000 residents' policies terminated. Why is this happening? CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development.
SUPPORT NEW WATER! HB DESALINATION PLANT TO CA COASTAL COMMISSION REVIEW - NOV. 13
Plan on attending the California Coastal Commission at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 13 at Newport Beach City Council Chambers to support approval for the final permit required for construction of the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Facility. Capping off a 10-year regulatory and permitting process, the project is anticipated to bring more than $2 million annually in tax revenue to the City of Huntington Beach and result in more than 2,000 jobs during construction, as well as 18 full-time jobs and 322 indirect jobs once the facility is in operation. Plus more water! OCBC actively supports this project and will testify on behalf of Poseidon Resources, the project proponent. CLICK HERE for more information about the hearing. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
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.

DON'T GIVE AWAY THE CHEESEBURGER FOR FREE; KUSHNER GIVES INSIDE SCOOP AT TODAY'S CLB 

Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications and Publisher of the Orange County Register, gave community and business leaders insight on recent activities at Orange County's most prominent media outlet today at OCBC's last Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2013. OCBC Chair Michael Hornak, Rutan & Tucker, interviewed Kushner who acquired The Register in July 2012 aiming to grow Orange County's only media outlet. In a time when media resort to giving away content for free online, Kushner stresses the value of quality journalism and talked about the recent pay wall addition to the paper's online platform. McDonald's doesn't give away free cheeseburgers or they'd go bankrupt, nor should media give away its signature product, excellent news content, he said. Kushner admits that his challenge over the next 10 years will be earning support from local advertisers and growing readership, but adds that finding creative ways to share community stories will connect and engage more readers. He touted the latest addition: a new monthly publication for the Diocese of Orange and its one million Orange County Catholics. CLICK HERE for photos of the event. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OCBC, SO CAL LEADERS DISCUSS HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION AT MOBILITY 21 SUMMIT

housing More than 1,000 business, transportation and elected leaders converged on the JW Marriott at L.A. Live on October 29 for the 12th annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit. The conference, which is the largest one-day transportation event in the state, focused on bringing leaders from a broad spectrum of backgrounds together to address the challenges and opportunities facing Southern California's infrastructure. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn moderated the panel, "The Long Road Home: Connecting Housing and Transportation Planning." During the session, panelists discussed the importance of linking housing and transportation planning and the hurdles still needed to overcome. The difficulty in connecting housing and transportation planning is that there are different cultures with varying outcome goals, such as affordability, market and preservation. The passage of SB 375, Sustainable and Climate Protection Act of 2008, is a step in the right direction. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? OCBC WELCOMES NEW INVESTORS VERIZON, CPV AND SKANSKA

OCBC welcomes new investor Verizon, which operates America's largest 4G LTE network and most reliable 3G network. It is a Dow 30 company, employing a diverse workforce of more than 180,000 employees around the globe delivering innovative communications and technology solutions that improve the way customers live, work and play. Verizon recently won the Best Quality 2013: J.D. Power and Associates award and was ranked number one in the telecommunications sector for the 2013 list of the World's Most Admired Companies by  Fortune Magazine. OCBC also welcomes new investors, Competitive Power Ventures, a leading U.S. electric power generation development company dedicated to clean energy; and Skanska, a world leader in project development and construction. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

TAKE IT TO THE SKIES. SEPTEMBER PASSENGER TRAFFIC INCREASES AT JWA

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport rose to 728,971 passengers in September 2013, a 3 percent increase compared to September 2012. Commercial aircraft operations also saw an increase as numbers rose by 3.4 percent since the same time last year. However, total aircraft operations decreased 0.7 percent, with commuter aircraft operations decreasing 34.9 percent when compared to the September 2012 levels. In September 2013, there were 20,589 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a 0.7 percent decrease when compared to 20,724 total aircraft operations in September 2012. General aviation activity, which accounted for 66.5 percent of the total aircraft operations during September 2013, decreased 2.0 percent when compared to September 2012. However, airline traffic is expected to pick up for the holiday travel season. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

JOIN GOODWILL OF OC AND OCBC AT ENDURING INDEPENDENCE DINNER - NOV. 14

Goodwill of Orange County, in partnership with the Orange County Business Council, will host the Enduring Independence reception and dinner to encourage business leaders to hire and invest in Orange County veterans on Thursday, November 14 at the Island Hotel. Featuring keynote speaker Tom Tierney, CEO of Vitatech Nutritional Sciences Inc., who served in the Air Force from 1960-1971--including a tour of duty in Vietnam during the TET offensive. The program will also recognize Major General Peter J. Gravett, California Secretary of Veteran Affairs, as well as honor The Samueli Institute for its focus on military medical research, and a performance from the Woodbridge High School Marching band.

 

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner and program conclude at 9 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact: 714-547-6308 ext. 352 or communitydevelopment@ocgoodwill.org. CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE to for the event flier. For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

FIND OUT THE WINNERS WHO ARE TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET - 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.   

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 19, 2014, and Tuesday, February 20, 2104, 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, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: JAMBOREE HOUSING HONORED FOR BIRCH HILLS APARTMENT HOMES

The Jamboree Housing Corporation's Birch Hills Apartment Homes, located in Brea, was named the Outstanding Planning Project of the Year by the Orange County Section of the American Planning Association at its annual planning awards ceremony. In keeping with Jamboree's commitment to sustainability and the city's comprehensive energy conservation program, "Green Life, Green Brea," the homes were designed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes Platinum certified. The Spanish-influenced neighborhood designed by KTGY Group, Inc., encompasses 22 one-bedroom, 47 two-bedroom, and 46 three-bedroom apartments that will feature larger-than-standard balconies to promote indoor-outdoor living. There are several APA criteria for selecting Birch Hills Apartment Homes for the Outstanding Planning Project of the Year award including originality, quality, comprehensiveness - which is to what extent the planning principles were observed, especially in consideration of the project's effects on other public objectives -- and public participation. CLICK HERE for information about the Birch Hills Apartment Homes. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.   

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

Disney area set to get another family hotel 

Blizzard fans to gather in Anaheim

Allergan makes deal to sell Lap-Band unit

USC, Hoag Hospital team up to take on cancer in Orange County

PBS to Air Hollywood Reporter Roundtables as Holiday Event Series

 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: GETTING AROUND   

Google Maps:Explore new places, discover local favorites, and navigate your world with Google Maps. Voice guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation and more. 

Waze Social GPS, Maps, & Traffic:Waze is a fun, community based mapping, traffic & navigation app, 50 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time and gas money, while improving everyone's daily commute.  

Commander Compass Lite: Travel like a pro with this practical and fun compass navigation. This app allows you to find, track, save and share your position, multiple waypoints, bearings, sun, moon and stars.  

Speedometer Speed Box: Speed Box is a Speedometer and GPS app for both your iPhone and iPad. It displays your current speed, distance, direction and altitude. 

Geocaching: Unlock the exclusive coordinates and detailed information for two million hidden geocache containers across the globe. Join the search for geocaches and the growing Geocaching.com community of families, urban explorers, and spontaneous outdoor adventurers.

 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

POLITICAL CORNER     

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


Dr. Al Mijares for Superintendent Kick-Off Reception - Wednesday, November 6

Join friends and supporters for the Dr. Al Mijares for Orange County Superintendent Kick-Off Reception on November 6, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. located at 17440 E. 17th Street, Tustin, CA. To RSVP contact Al at 951.325.8040 or DrM4students@earthlink.net.

 
Fifth Annual Taste of Asia to Support Supervisor Janet Nguyen - Wednesday, November 6

Join special guest Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens at the Fifth Annual Taste of Asia, featuring oriental cuisines at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Blue Restaurant in Westminster to support Supervisor Janet Nguyen for State Senate, 34th District. To RSVP, e-mail Julie@paulteconsulting.com or call (951) 704-2427.

 

Cocktail Reception for Assembly members Ian Calderon & Anthony Rendon - Wednesday, November 13

Join Assembly Members Ian Calderon and Anthony Rendon for a cocktail reception at Blue Sky Suite located at the Disneyland Hotel and exclusive private dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant inside Disneyland California Adventure at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12. CLICK HERE for the event flier. To RSVP, contact David Pruitt at 916-400-4044 or david@davidpruittconsulting.com

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Orange County's Gift of History - Thursday, November 7

Join the Children's Education Foundation of Orange County for the seventh annual Gift of History event. Come and support Orange County history! The Gift of History VIP Reception is at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2013 and is located at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim. CLICK HERE for more information.

Bimla Rhinehart Scholarship Fund & Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship Reception - Monday, November 18

Join statewide transportation leaders at the industry's largest fundraising reception in support of the California Transportation Bimla Rhinehart Scholarship Fund and Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship on Monday, November 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. located at Stingaree, 454 6th Avenue, San Diego. Celebrate the lives of those who made a difference with the special participation of Secretary Brian Kelly and Caltrans District 11 Director, Laurie Berman. CLICK HERE for more information, contact Caroline Alain-Rodman.

 

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
Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 12, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 14, 2013  I  9:00-10:30am

Economic Development Committee Meeting
Monday, November 18, 2013  I  4:00-5:30pm

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 19, 2013  I  11:00-12:00pm

Healthcare Task Force Meeting
Tuesday, November 19, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

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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