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Tuesday, November 8, 2011   

PERFECT STORM BREWING IN EUROPEAN ECONOMY: COLLAPSE WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC  


OCBC former Chair Emeritus, Wayne Wedin, organized a private briefing with European Parliament Member VilleItšlš who sits on the European Union Transportation and Tourism committees. Mr. Itšlš met with business and academic leaders at Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo School of Business on Friday, November 4 and discussed the current European Union financial crisis. OCBC's Co-Chair of Economic Development, Chris Harrington, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Toshiba America Information Systems attended the meeting. Click here to read more. For more information Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

OCBC APPLAUDS GOVERNOR'S PENSION REFORM PLAN SLATED FOR 2012 BALLOT

caflagLast week, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a 12-point public pension reform plan, which he hopes to be included on the ovember 2012 ballot. The plan would ask voters to increase the age at which future state and local government employees could retire with full benefits, provide less-generous benefits, and make a 401(k)-style benefit part of state pension plans, among other proposed changes. The reform has received praise from the business community. Along with Orange County Business Council, which applauds Governor Brown's effort to produce a workable and logical pension reform plan that is respectful of both public employees and the taxpayers. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.   

HIGH SPEED RAIL WITH HIGH COSTS: STILL ON TRACK?

OC FREEWAYThe California High-Speed Rail Authority released a revised business plan last week, which projects that the total cost of the proposed bullet train could be $98.5 million over 20 years, exceeding previous estimates for the project. The new business plan describes a phased approach to construction that will allow the Authority to adapt to changing financial conditions as it moves forward, segment by segment. The plan also updates cost estimates, ridership figures and funding expectations to reflect current economic conditions. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

SAVE THE DATE - 2011 HOLIDAY RECEPTION SET FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8  


Join Orange County Business Council; the Association of California Cities, Orange County; holiday recep 2011 logo

the Building Industry Association, Orange County Chapter; and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for the 2011OC Leadership Symposium Holiday Reception  

   

Four of Orange County's leading organizations come together for the most talked about holiday party of the season.  

 

Good Food. Good Spirits. Good Company.

   

Date:  December 8, 2010
Time:  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Place: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 6ix Park Grill
CLICK HERE to RSVP. CLICK HERE for the event flier.


For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

20,000 OC THIRD GRADERS LEARN THAT 'NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE'

gift of historyAngel Stadium filled with about 20,000 Orange County third-graders today, shattering the Guinness Book World Record for "Largest History Lesson." During the "Gift of History" event children learned about the history of Orange County and what makes each city unique, based off the children's book "Nothing Rhymes with Orange," written by Stan Oftelie, past OCBC president and CEO. The event began with cheers from the thousands of children as the host, Disney Channel star from "Shake it up," Caroline Sunshine, took the stage and led the group with a chant of "OC," which continued throughout the event.  CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communitcations.

CAL CHAMBER RELEASES LIST OF "BEST BUSINESS VOTES"

In the last Indicator e-newsletter OCBC shared how Orange County's legislative delegation voted on key business interests. Cal Chamber has released their own list of "Best Business Votes," shown below.

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Sadly, Assemblymembers Mendoza and Solorio didn't make the list. CLICK HERE for the full report. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

DUNN TO MODERATE EXPERT PANEL ON ECONOMIC TRENDS AND REAL ESTATE

dunnHas there ever been a more uncertain time in the economy and the real estate markets? The get some questionsanswered, The Real Estate Breakfast Series, hosted by UC Irvine, will engage a panel of economic and market experts in a proactive dialogue on November 16. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn will moderate this engaging conversation on the future of the economy over the next 12-18 months. The panelists include, John Burns, CEO John Burns Real Estate Consulting; Rex Hime, President and CEO, California Business Properties Association; Shawn Miller, President and CEO, Arch Bay Capital LLC; and Kerry D. Vandell, Deans Professor of Finance, Director, Center for Real Estate UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. The panel will share perspectives regarding current macro-economic, political and other trends and issues likely to shape the real estate markets in the near future. Nothing is off limits - you can expect to hear a lively debate on such issues as the anticipated impacts of Federal and State budgeting issues, the regulatory environment, the upcoming elections, proposed tax reforms, global economic conditions, etc. Click here to register. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communitcations.

OCBC CHAIRMAN EMERITUS TOM PHELPS TO RECEIVE JURISPRUDENCE AWARD


TOM PHELPSThe Anti-Defamation League of Orange County/Long Beach will present Thomas Phelps, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Past OCBC Chairman, 2006 with the 2011 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award Wednesday during the Jurisprudence Awards Dinner, at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Phelps is one of three receipts for the award, including Crystal C. Sims, Legal Aid Society of Orange County; and Major A. Langer, Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin & Mendoza. The ADL presents the award to outstanding legal professionals for their exemplary leadership in the legal community and their long-term-commitment to the ADL's mission. As the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

UCI PROFESSOR HONORED BY WHITE HOUSE FOR GREEN ENERGY RESEARCH AND WORK   


UC Irvine Professor G. Scott Samuelson received the "Champion of Change" award from the

White House during yesterday's "Made it in America" roundtable. Professor Samuelson is being honored for his groundbreaking research and development in the field of hydrogen power and clean energy.

 

Areas of research include new and alternative means of energy generation, utilization and distribution, as well as electricity production, motive power and propulsive power. Professor Samuelson also directs the Advanced Power and Energy Program oversaw the creation of the campus's hydrogen fueling station and is credited with providing international leadership in the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure. In his primary role at UCI, Samuelson directs the national Fuel Cell Research Center, which recently created the world's first sewage-to-hydrogen fuel cell, capable of the equivalent of 70 mpg in fuel cell vehicles.

 

The event was meant to bring leaders of various industries together to create high-quality jobs in the U.S., as well as address a range of other challenges and issues facing the nation. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications..  

NEW CAL STATE FULLERTON PROGRAM AIMS TO REDUCE 500,000 NURSE SHORTAGE   


CSUF's School of Nursing is ready to accept its first students in the doctor of nursing 

practice (D.N.P.) program next fall, pending final approvals by the California State University Board of Trustees and the accrediting organization, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, and 36 students are expected to be accepted and admitted. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

COUNTY OF ORANGE BALANCES BUDGET WITH "INWARD" CUTS

Orange County Budget Director, Frank Kim. Mr. Kim provided an overview of the County's budget situation andrealignment at OCBC's Government Affairs Committee Meeting last week.  Committee members were concerned about the loss of almost $50 million and its affect on delivery of services for county residents. Overall, the County has been able to handle the loss of revenue during the bad economy with "inward facing" cuts, meaning the public should experience little impact. By focusing efforts on hiring freezes and keeping a reasonable level of reserves during good economic times, Orange County has been able to "right size" with very few layoffs. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

DON'T FORGET THE ARTS IN S.T.E.A.M. AND GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! 


As OCBC members know, one of this organization's core initiatives is support for education,music

particularly Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math-or STEAM! These skills are needed most for an innovative, global economy.  Our own President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, believes in life-long learning, with a personal emphasis in ARTS, particularly music. You can catch her practicing her craft and singing at the following concerts coming up this holiday season.  Come get into the holiday spirit!

  • Meritage: Solstice: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Ernest Borgnine Theatre, 855 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA. Tickets are $20. (CLICK HERE for the details)
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church: Christmas Concert, Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m., 9 Hillgate, Irvine, CA. Free admission.
  • Meistersingers: Echoes of Christmas: December 10 at 7:30 p.m., December 11 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., December 17 at 3:00 p.m., various locations. (More details below)

Meistersingers Concert tickets are $15. Children and students (with a student ID card) will be free of charge.
Tickets can be purchased at the concert venues on the evening of the performance, too. Tickets will also be available at the concert venues prior to the performance. You can also purchase them from any member of the ensemble. Finally, you can reserve your tickets or get more information  via email or online at www.meistersingers.org.

JOIN OCBC IN HONORING LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOBS CREATORS - NOVEMBER 17

Registration is still open! Join Orange County Business Council for the inaugural Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards & Reception, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, November 17 at Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa. OCBC will recognize ten outstanding public agencies for eliminating barriers to economic growth and jobs creation. To learn more about the 35 nominated organizations, click here

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011

TIME: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Mastro's Steakhouse, 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa 

COST: Members - $45, Non-Members - $75, Nominees - Complimentary 

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: DISNEY KEEPS IT GREEN

Disney has a reputation Disneylandof going above and beyond in every aspect of its business and the effort that the Disneyland Resort has put forth to preserve the environment is no different. In 2006 they announced a set of ambitious long-term goals to reduce environmental impact and inspire employees, business associates and consumers to take action for the environment. These goals included the reduction of green house gas emissions, energy and electricity use, landfill waste, water use, and their product footprint. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: ECONOMIC APPS

Take your work with you on your holiday vacations with these helpful apps:

 

Zoho Crm - offers a complete customer relationship life-cycle management software for managing Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, and Inventory activities in a single system. 

 Insight - users can quickly get a status of their projects, assign, delegate, and complete tasks, post messages and comments, and add time logs from their smartphone.

Quickoffice Pro - create, edit, access & share Microsoft Office files with the most connected office suite on the iPhone.

Evernote - Evernote turns the iPhone, into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life.

Analytics App - with more reports and data than any other analytics app this app is the premier app for Google Analytics.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC UPCOMING EVENTS

Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception - Thursday, November 17 - Mastro's Steakhouse

Click here to register. Click here for event information. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.  

 

2011 Holiday Reception - Thursday, December 8 - Hyatt Regency Irvine, 6ix Park Grill

Click here to register. Click here for event information.  

 

Annual Dinner - "Nothing Rhymes with Orange" - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Irvine

Save the Date! Contact Leslie Dods for more information. 

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOVEMBER
Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting  

Thursday, November 10, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  

 

Economic Development Committee Meeting  

Monday, November 14, 2011  I  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

  

Workforce Development Committee Meeting 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

 

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  

   

Community College Working Group Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 17, 2011 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 

 

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 2011 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or ldods@ocbc.org
POLITICAL EVENTS
Jordan Brandman for Anaheim City Council, Campaign Kick-Off - Thursday, November 10, 2011
Jordan Brandman, President of the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees invites you to attend his campaign kick-off for Anaheim City Council on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA. RSVP via email to melahat.us@gmail.com or telephone to 949.350.7733. CLICK HERE for the event flier and contribution form.

Three Mayors of Anaheim: Past and Present - Thursday, November 17, 2011
Join SOAR PAC for a luncheon with Anaheim's current and former mayors, Tom Daly, Curt Pringle, and Tom Tait, on Thursday, November 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim, 777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, CA. These Orange County leaders will discuss the past, present, and future of the Anaheim Resort District. CLICK HERE to download and print an RSVP form. For more information contact Jill Kanzler.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
What's Ahead for Orange County's Business Community? - November 21, 2011

Dr. Wallace Walrod, VP Economic Development and Research for Orange County Business Council, will discuss what lies ahead for the Orange County business community heading into 2010. What are the big issues? What are the solutions? What's on the mind of business executives? Will 2012 be a transitional year or more of the same? These questions will be answered at the special luncheon presentation hosted by Lambda Alpha International, Orange County Chapter. Click here for more information.

 

2011 Orange County Annual Report - Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Concordia Center for Public Policy, ACC-OC and OCBC invite you to the 2011 Orange County Annual Report, presented by The Honorable Bill Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. The event will take place at the Irvine Marriott Hotel at 18000 Von Karman in Irvine. The reception will begin at 11:30am, lunch at 12:00pm, and tickets are $75 per person. Click here to purchase a ticket. 

 

Startup Weekend Orange County - November 18-20, 2011

Startup weekend is a nonprofit that provides educational events providing a "crash course in entrepreneurship" throughout the county and world. SWOC is brings together developers, designers, tech-folks, and entrepreneurs together to build, design, and pitch a business. In 2010, over 850 ventures were launched and over 10% received funding after one year. For more information visit orangecounty.startupweekend.org.   

  

Global Trade Summit - December 1, 2011 

What is the outlook for international trade in the global economy?  Mihaylo College of Business and Economics economists Mira Farka, Ph.D. and Adrian Fleissig, Ph.D will present the Southland's only International Trade Economic Forecast at the Global Trade Summit on December 1, 2011 at the Sheraton Park Anaheim Hotel.  Meet one-on-one with Chinese foreign buyers. Click here for more information. 


Annual Science of Gingerbread event - December 7, 2011
Heat up your ovens and join the Discovery Science Center for So Cal's largest gingerbread competition.
Entries will be accepted from Nov 19- Nov 28 (daily from 10a - 5p) at the center. No sign up necessary, just plan to participate! Those who participate will be invited to a special VIP Awards Reception December 7, 2011. This special event includes; a visit with Santa,cookie decorating, holiday entertainment, and more! Click here for more information.                                    
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:   

 

CHEVRON WORLD CHALLENGE

WatchTiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker and some of your favorite PGA TOUR golfers compete at Sherwood Country Club this December for the 2011 Chevron World Challenge, December 1-4.  VIP hospitality packages are available to entertain top clients in the Executive Club which overlooks the 18th green and features a deluxe menu and full beverage service.  Multiple group tickets packages are also a great way to entertain contacts and employees with access to the Clubhouse, Champions Club and tournament grounds.  Call 949-725-3003 and ask for Dan Scali or visit www.chevronworldchallenge.com and enter promo code OCBC for a 10% discount on your total order!    

 

USC OFFERS DISCOUNTED EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

In just two to four days, you can update your knowledge, improve your skills, advance your career, and impact your entire organization through USC Marshall Executive Education programs.OCBC members will receive a special 20% discount on this course. Use code "OCBCmem20" when registering. For a complete list of in-person and on-line course offerings, visit www.marshall.usc.edu/execed, or call (213) 740-8990.

 

SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Enjoy an exclusive discount offer for being a Segerstrom Center for the Arts preferred corporate partner!

Just click here to receive a special discount for the Friday, October 14 performance of Shrek, at 7:30pm. Enter promo code 13862 to purchase discount tickets online! 

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATESUPS
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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