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Tuesday, December 20, 2011   

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT OCBC!


All of us at OCBC wish you and your loved ones many beautiful moments and happy memories this holiday season. We'll see you in 2012! 

OCBC's Indicator
Newsletter will be on holiday too. Expect your next edition on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

Happy New Year! 

BUSINESS NEEDS A STABLE COURT SYSTEM-FUNDING AND TORT REFORM WILL HELP 


On December 7 OCBC Legal Affairs Committee Chair, Jeff Reeves, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, testified at a public hearing at UC Irvine's School of Law on the proposed cuts to funding the state's court system due to the budget crisis. Reeves testified on the importance of a fully-funded and fully-functioning civil court system to California's businesses. He also called on the legal community to work with OCBC to dialogue on making litigation the exception, not the rule, in California, and reduce an over-crowded court calendar. In order to thrive, businesses need the predictability and stability of the courts so they can settle disputes intelligently, peacefully and quickly. Corporate decision-makers can make better decisions if they can forecast with reasonable precision the likely range of outcomes in a given business dispute, and know that the dispute can be resolved by the courts by a date in the not-too-distant future. CLICK HERE to read Mr. Reeves' testimony.

The existing budget reduction, and potential future cuts, are threatening to undermine the efficacy of the judicial branch. California's chronically under-funded courts have resorted to delaying filling judicial vacancies and judicial support positions, introducing furloughs, cutting hours and eliminating court days altogether. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
WALT DISNEY CHAIRMAN THOMAS STAGGS TO KEYNOTE 2012 ANNUAL DINNER

Orange County Business Council is proud to announce that Thomas O. Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will serve as Keynote Speaker for the 2012 Annual Dinner. The Annual Dinner, presented by Bentley Prince Street and Kaiser Permanente, will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

 

The theme of the 2012 Annual Dinner is Nothing Rhymes with Orange. In keeping with this theme, Staggs will share his perspective on a unique Orange County success story that gave rise to a new concept in family entertainment that has been embraced around the world. The Walt Disney Company, like many global companies, has roots in Orange County and reflects the innovation and creativity that flourish in the region.  

     

During the Annual Dinner OCBC will recognize outgoing 2011 Chairman Eddie Northen of UPS, and install the 2012 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair Julie Miller-Phipps, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Orange County. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

ACTION ALERT: CUT THE RED TAPE, COMPLETE THE 241 TOLL ROAD  


Businesses know that time is money. 241The typical commuter feels the impact of congestion in the form of stress and wasted time. But for manufacturers and shippers, that wasted time has a direct bottom line impact. Efficiency suffers, prices go up, and employment weakens. In South Orange County the Toll Road system offers alternate routes to the I-5 freeway and allows traffic to flow freely, providing economic growth for the area.  However, in the southernmost portion of Orange County, there is no alternate route to the I-5.  Traffic congestion in this area is bad and gets worse every day. Interstate 5 is the only highway connecting Orange and San Diego counties. Twenty-four million people live in Southern California today. That number will be more than 30 million by the middle of the century, resulting in a 60 percent increase in traffic on I-5 in southern Orange County and making I-5 in this area just like the clogged 91 freeway. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

LYNN JOCHIM, FIVEPOINT COMMUNITIES & AARON RIOS, WALMART JOIN OCBC BOARD 


OCBC welcomes Lynn Jochim, Executive Vice President, FivePoint Communities, and Aaron Rios, Senior Manager - Public Affairs and Government Relations, Wal-Mart, to the 2012 Board of Directors. Ms. Jochim is responsible for the overall management of the multi billion-dollar, 3,700-acre Great Park Neighborhoods located in Irvine. Her broad knowledge of entitlements, finance, and real estate will be an asset to the Board.

Mr. Rios joined Walmart's Public Affairs and Government Relations team in 2007. In his current role as Senior Manager, Mr. Rios works with elected officials and is responsible for coordinating Walmart's community outreach and education efforts on topics of healthcare, sustainability, and the economic benefits Walmart brings to communities.

OCBC is also pleased to announce the Executive Committee and Task Force Chairs for 2012:
Workforce Housing: Shari Battle, Bank of America, Chair  I  Tricia Esser, KTGY, Vice-Chair
Workforce Development: Richard Porras, AT&T, Chair
Latino Education: Tamika Lang, The Boeing Company
Community College Working Group: Christine Peter, IOS, Inc.
CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.
U.S. METRO BUSINESS COALITION: A NATIONAL VOICE FOR BUSINESS

December 9, 2011 marked the founding of Capitol - DCthe U.S. Metro Business Coalition, a network of major regional business associations that will identify economic vitality issues of common concern across U.S. metro areas and jointly advocate shared positions before relevant federal government authorities. The U.S. Metro Business Coalition is composed of a selection of the most influential business associations and chambers of commerce in the country, encompassing organizations from Los Angeles and Seattle to Philadelphia and Atlanta, and from Austin up to Kansas City, Chicago and the Twin Cities. Together, the metropolitan areas represented by this coalition account for more than 39 percent of the nation's GDP.  

 

In October, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, and Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs, participated in the exploratory meeting of the national coalition. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

TRAFFIC RELIEF COMING SOON TO 91 FREEWAY

On December 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Transportation selected the 91 Freeway Corridor Project for a $20 million grant in the third stage of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants (TIGER III), thanks to advocacy efforts of Representatives Ken Calvert and Jerry Lewis, and Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. The bipartisan federal grant will create as many as 16,000 jobs over the project's five years of construction. With 2011 state unemployment rates at 11.3 %, these new jobs are vital to economic development.

 

As noted by OCBC Board Member and OCTA CEO Will Kempton, "Southern California's construction industry has suffered tremendous unemployment over the past few years" and transportation projects provide relief to the hardest-hit construction industry by creating good paying jobs.  Gary Toebben, Vice Chair of Mobility 21 and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, acknowledged "relieving chokepoints at the ports will help get goods to market faster... and boost our economy." CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.  

DISNEY TAKES TOP SPOT ON LIST OF OC'S LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Orange County has added about Disneyland20,000 jobs overall in the past year, and many OCBC members are among the Top 50 of the county's largest employers. These jobs creators, including the companies The Boeing Company, Bank of America and UC Irvine, surpassed the local economy in jobs creation, adding 5,500 workers to the county this year. That is a 2.6% increase over last year, and the first gain since 2008.

 

Topping Orange County Business Journal's Top 50 Largest Employers list is The Walt Disney Company, with 22,000 employees countywide. Disney added 2,000 employees this year, mainly due to the $1.1 billion expansion to California Adventure theme park in Anaheim. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.

IRVINE COMPANY, EDWARDS, JP MORGAN NAMED "2011 PICKS TO WATCH"

Congratulations to the OCBC Members who were selected for Orange County Business Journal's "2011 Picks to Watch" list. The Irvine Company was recognized as "Real Estate's Company to Watch" for its success in development, acquisitions and lease transactions over the past year. One of the company's most notable highlights of the year is the building of a new office tower in Newport Center as the headquarters for investment manager Pacific Investment Management Co. The Irvine Company is also planning to build new offices, and possibly apartments, in Silicon Valley. The $24 million renovation of Pacific Arts Plaza in Costa Mesa, and the lease signing of CoreLogic Inc. in the Irvine Spectrum are also noteworthy highlights of the year for the company.  

 

Michael Mussallem, CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, was recognized as "Healthcare's Person to Watch" for the company's milestone success this year with the FDA approval of Edwards Sapien replacement heart valve for domestic use. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact  Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

$52.6 MILLION GRANT GIVES CALIFORNIA STUDENTS A HEAD START

On December 16 the ChalkboardWhite House announced that California will receive a $52.6 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant to increase access to high-quality programs for children from low-income families, providing a strong foundation for success in school and beyond. OCBC has been an advocate for Race to the Top since its beginnings. Said President Obama, "Education must be our national mission [...] we're acting to strengthen early childhood education to better prepare our youngest children for success." Governor Brown said the $52.6 million award will primarily fund the local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). This will improve availability of high quality, linguistically and culturally appropriate services to children at no additional cost to parents or taxpayers.

 

Such educational investments impact all early learning programs and reform the process of aligning and raising early learning standards. As part of the Obama Administration's Early Learning Agenda, this program aims to guide all children down a path of success in kindergarten and beyond. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS FOR THE SAVVY BUSINESS TRAVELER

John Wayne Airport anticipates a busier-than-normal travel period this holiday season. Last year, more than 350,000 passengers traveled through the Airport during the holidays. To ensure a smooth visit to the Airport, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive at the Airport 1-1/2 to 2 hours prior to their flight departure time. The Airport has released the following tips to make your travel season bright: 

 

Plan Ahead: Before coming to the Airport, passengers can review the latest travel tips and security requirements by visiting the Airport's website at  www.ocair.com.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: AT&T MAKES THE RIGHT CALL

AT&T's Code of Business Conduct puts their values into action Environmentnot only here at home, but across the entire globe. This code is more than a set of rules it's the standard by which they work and a guide to help them make the right decisions that affect the company and the community. The health and safety of the environment is of the upmost importance to AT&T and their efforts to go green and reduce their carbon footprint have been extensive. With effective recycling, waste, energy, and fleet management AT&T has become a green company that is committed to preserving the environment. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

NEWS YOU CAN USE: WHEN THE FLU HAS GOT YOU DOWN

With winter comes flu season. If you can't make it to the office, stay in the game with these apps that let you work from home: 

 

Numbers - Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it lets you make compelling spreadsheets in minutes.
QuickOffice Pro-
Create, edit, access & share Microsoft Office files from the office at home or on the go.

KeyNote- Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch world-class presentation from home.

Dropbox - With the Dropbox app, you can take and share photos, docs, and videos with any computer anywhere you on the go.

LogMeIn Ignition - From your couch, on the train or in the air - get anytime, anywhere access to your PC or Mac

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
POLITICAL EVENTS
Steve Lodge for Anaheim City Council Kick-Off Event - Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Mayor Tom Tait and Host Committee invite you to a campaign kick-off event honoring candidate for Anaheim City Council Steve Lodge. The event will take place at the Diamond Club at Angel Stadium on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP to www.stevelodgeforanaheim.com.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

ULI'S "Best of the Best" Awards - January 31, 2012

ULI Orange County/Inland Empire is accepting applications for the 2nd annual "Best of the Best" Awards, which honors organizations for their sustainable community projects and practices in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Companies, governmental entities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations may submit a project, program or policy for award consideration. Award categories include organizational leadership, achievement in community development and vision. The deadline for submitting an application is January 31, 2012.  Those interested in applying can find the application online at http://orangecounty.uli.org/. 

OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY 
Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 10, 2012  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 11, 2012  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 12, 2012  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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
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:   

 

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.

 

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.

SAVE AT MICROSOFT 
Don't miss this incredible deal to save up to 25% at Microsoft stores through December! Spend $100, get 15% off; Spend $500, get 20% off; Spend $1000, get 25% off. Offer is limited to 2 PCs, unless purchased with a valid Tax ID. Valid in-store on select products thru 1/2/2012. Offer not valid online availability and offer terms may vary. May not be combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases. Cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. Excludes gift cards, pre-ordered products, carrier agreements, Office 365, and volume licenses. Limited to stock on hand. Discount applies before taxes, shipping and other applicable fees. Not valid for resellers. Quantity limits may apply. Please contact Steph Ramsey (stramsey@microsoft.com) for more information.
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