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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

IT'S ELECTION DAY! VOTE! DO IT!
Have you voted yet? Polls close tonight at 8:00 p.m., so make sure your voice is heard! CLICK HERE to find your polling place. CLICK HERE for OCBC's November 2012 Election Voter Guide, including OCBC's endorsed candidates and positions on local measures and statewide propositions.

PROP 31 - VOTE YES!
To succeed, businesses must be cost-effective and efficient. It's time for California's government to live up to those same standards. When it does, businesses and their employees across the state will reap the benefits. This is why the business community and OCBC supports Proposition 31. With these smart reforms--a multi-year budget cycle, performance-based budgeting, transparent budget writing and one-time budgeting for one-time expenses, California's government will be help more accountable and transparent. CLICK HERE to read more about Proposition 31. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
DRAFT AIR QUALITY PLAN DELAYED--BUT THAT'S GOOD BECAUSE IT STILL NEEDS WORK.

The 2012 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) process conducted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is delayed again. SCAQMD has yet to release relevant AQMP documents to the public in a timely manner so that informed input can be made to their draft plan. Originally scheduled to be heard by the SCAQMD Board in early November, the AQMP adoption hearing date has since been pushed back to December with the strong possibility that it will be delayed again until January.  

 

OCBC is leading a coalition of southern California business interests in advocating on behalf of the business community regarding changes needed to the plan and highlighting the economic impacts of the AQMP. No plan should be adopted if it harms job creation in this tough economy with so many still out of work. One key point of contention is whether or not new Ozone rules--not required by EPA--should be included. On October 22, OCBC, in conjunction with BizFed L.A., submitted a letter of comment signed by 26 business groups regarding the Draft Program EIR for the AQMP. OCBC is currently reviewing the socioeconomic analysis released by SCAQMD and will be submitting comments on behalf of the business coalition. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 

BIZ LEADERS TO HONOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT CUT RED TAPE

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   

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

CA TRANSPORTATION FUNDING RUNNING OUT, BUT SOME COMES TO OC.

On October 24, the California Transportation Commission, where OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn serves as a member, allocated $2.77 million to projects in Orange County. One project will provide a surface overlay and improved drainage on SR 55 near the SR 22 southbound connecting on-ramp. The other project will provide the same improvements, plus a new median, on the SR 91 in Anaheim from Harbor Boulevard to East Street. CTC also awarded $1 million to the City of Anaheim for a project to widen and improve Katella Avenue from State College Boulevard to Lewis Street to Smart Street Standards. Construction is anticipated to begin in May 2013. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

KAISER PERMANENTE, RUTAN & TUCKER, LSA ASSOCIATES: BEST PLACES TO WORK.

Congratulations to the nine OCBC investors that earned a spot on Orange County Business Journal's "Best Places to Work Report" for providing a great environment for their employees. Investor companies recognized include Kaiser Permamente, Jones Lange LaSalle, Allergan, Rutan & Tucker, Burns & McDonnell, The Paradies Shops, First American Title Company, Newmeyer & Dillion LLP, and LSA Associates. OCBJ's "Best Places to Work Report" showcases the top small, medium and large companies to work for in Orange County, with 75% of the total score derived from employee opinions. The list reaffirms the importance of the workplace culture and environment, and the impact it can have on employees' job satisfaction. While employee surveys were heavily considered, factors such as training, development, pay, and benefits were considered as well. For more information contact  Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations.  

HOW DID BUSINESS FARE IN THE 2012 LEGISLATURE? WE'VE GOT THE RESULTS...

Over 900 bills were signed into law by Governor Brown in 2012, out of thousands developed by a prolific Sacramento "bill machine." Of the 37 bills tracked through OCBC's Legislative Scorecard, 11 were sent to the Governor, 10 were signed and 1 was vetoed. OCBC earned an 81% "success" rate in advocacy.  

 

OCBC Supported Bills Signed into Law:

  • SB 1225 (Padilla). Authorizes the Department of Transportation to enter into an agreement with a Joint Powers Board for the purpose of assuming responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner Intercity Rail Corridor.
  • AB 890 (Olsen). Exempts projects or activities to repair, maintain, or make minor alterations to existing roadways from preparing an EIR or mitigation measure under CEQA.
  • SB 1070 (Steinberg). Reauthorizes and revises the Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative.
  • SB 1456 (Lowenthal). Provides student support services to students in order to enhance their prospects for success.
  • SB 1099 (Wright). Only allows regulations to be implemented quarterly, giving businesses certainty.

OCBC Opposed Bills Signed into Law: CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

NEW SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT AL MIJARES OUTLINES OC EDUCATIONAL GOALS.

On Wednesday, October 17, OCBC's Workforce Development Committee welcomed newly appointed Superintendent of the Orange County Department of Education, Dr. Al Mijares. The goals Dr. Mijares shared in the meeting include raising the standards for students in order to compete on a global level, gearing students towards a four year university, and ensuring that students have access to the technologies they need to be successful. Dr. Mijares commented on the challenges facing the student population in the court system, who are at a severe educational disadvantage compared to their traditional high school peers. Raising the standards for all students, and shrinking the Achievement Gap among Orange County's Latino students are also priorities. 

 

Dr. Mijares contends that education is a national issue, even a security issue, especially when it comes to students entering the military without proper technical skills, language skills, or general global knowledge. Promoting biliteracy throughout the county can give students knowledge about other cultures and languages just as students around the world are taught English and American culture. Dr. Mijares' ambitious plans will undoubtedly further the county's goal of preparing a skilled workforce for a 21st-century global economy. CLICK HERE to read OCBC's Workforce Indicators Report on the state of the county's education system. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT SERVING MORE PASSENGERS THAN IN 2011.

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased by 0.9% in the month of September when compared with the same month last year, serving 701,135 passengers in 2011 and 707,510 in 2012. Total aircraft operations also increased in the same comparison, with 20,724 total takeoffs and landings in 2012 and 19,581 in 2011, a 5.8% up tick. Commercial aircraft traffic decreased by 1.1%, while commuter aircraft traffic increased by 2%. General aviation activity, which accounted for 67% of the total aircraft operations during September 2012, increased 9.3% when compared to September 2011. This bodes well for the airport, as even more airline traffic is expected for the upcoming holiday season. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

SAVE THE DATE: 2012 WORKFORCE HOUSING FORUM.

Join OCBC at the 2012 Workforce Housing Forum on Friday, December 7, where OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will present the 2012/2013 Workforce Housing Scorecard. The forum will take place at the Hyatt Regency Irvine Conference Theatre, 17900 Jamboree Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. CLICK HERE for registration and sponsorship information. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.  

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN:
IBM EARNS #1 SPOT ON NEWSWEEK'S GREEN RANKINGS


Technology giant, IBM, has just been awarded the number one spot in Newsweek's Green Rankings, which grades the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the United States.

 

"Environmental sustainability benefits our clients, our company and the planet, and we are constantly striving for continual improvement," said Wayne Balta, IBM's vice president of corporate environmental affairs and product safety. "We are grateful for this recognition as it reflects the long-term commitment of IBM and its people to environmental leadership throughout the company's global business operations."  

 

This marks the second year in a row that IBM has received this honor for their industry-leading environmental policies. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: GOBBLE GOBBLE!

Here are some apps to get you through the busy Thanksgiving holiday season:

Evernote: Stay organized with notes, to-do lists, and voice reminders.
Chow: Thanksgiving Dinner Coach: Plans your meal, creates a shopping list, and provides step-by-step instructions.
Celebrate the Holidays: With this app from Better Homes and Gardens, you can plan recipes, party ideas, decor, iTunes playlists, and much more.
TGI Black Friday: Plan your holiday shopping weeks before Black Friday ads are available.
Timer+: Simple countdown timer.

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

OC Forum Luncheon Election 2012: The Ultimate Analysis with Dan Schnur - Thursday, November 8

Presented by Orange County Forum and co-sponsored by OCPAA, this luncheon program features Dan Schnur, Director, Jess M. Unruh Institute of Politics, University of Southern California. The luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for the event flier and registration information.  

 

Welcome Orange County's New Policy Makers--Reception Style Dinner - Thursday, November 15 

ACC-OC invites you to meet and greet Orange County's newly elected officials. This event only comes around once every two years, so don't miss this great opportunity! The event takes place at the Costa Mesa Hilton, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $55 for ACC-OC members, $65 for non-members. CLICK HERE to register.  

 

Trending in Land Use, Now! - Thursday, November 15 

Urban Land Institute invites you to attend Trending in Land Use, Now! a conference taking place on November 15 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, from 9am to 11:30am. ULI/PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2013 Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report will be provided to all attendees. This conference is intended to focus on the so-called "So What?" about what is trending now in land use in Southern California. Featured speakers include Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle and Associates, Craig Thomas, AvalonBay Communities, John Hagestad, SARES-REGIS Group, Steve Pontell, LaJolla Institute,  Dean Schwanke, ULI, Lucy Dunn, OCBC, and Jerome Fink, The Bascom Group. CLICK HERE to register or 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
Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 8, 2012 I 9:00-10:30am

 

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 13, 2012  I  11:00am-12:00pm

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 I 7:30-9:00am  

 

OCMoves Steering Committee Meeting

Friday, November 16, 2012  I  7:30-9:00am

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, November 16, 2012 I 9:30-11:00am

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 20, 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:   

 

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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