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Tuesday, December 6, 2011   

THE 2012 BALLOT IS LOOKING LIKE TAXES, TAXES, TAXES 


Governor Jerry Brown has announced that he will file a ballot initiative to hike taxes on sales and wealthy earners, which brings to 5 the number of potential tax-related measures competing for the November ballot. Brown's initiative would raise income taxes on wealthy Californians and increase the sales tax by half a cent for four years. The income tax hike would be retroactive to January 2012, while the sales tax would increase January 2013. The proposal would raise an estimated $7 billion annually over five years, which still is not enough to fully cover the projected budget shortfall next year, which the Legislative Analyst's Office has estimated will be $13 billion. CLICK HERE to read Governor Brown's letter. 

 

The governor says in his letter that the new revenues will "be spent only on education," seemingly a nod to polling data showing that voters may be willing to support taxes for public schools. Of course, the initiative frees up general fund money that can go toward a variety of other state programs, such as corrections, universities or social services. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

OCBC SAYS "STAY THE COURSE" ON HIGH SPEED RAIL

With recent news stories indicating that the high speed railOCTA Board was considering taking a "no confidence" vote regarding the entire High Speed Rail program, OCBC joined forces with labor to underscore that an adequate transportation system that can efficiently move goods and people through the LOSSAN corridor is critical to meeting the needs of Orange County's residents and businesses.

 

California is faced with the prospect of increased infrastructure demands due to projected population increases that will occur over the next forty years. The existing highway and airport infrastructure is inadequate to meet these demands and the ability to expand them is impractical, too costly or not feasible. However, every project, especially those funded by taxpayer dollars, must withstand the rigor of external review and meet solid economic feasibility. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

SAVE THE DATE! OCBC'S ANNUAL DINNER FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Orange County Business Council has secured its keynote speaker for the 2012 Annual Dinner, but we can't say who it is...yet! This person leads a global company that started right here in the OC, and is arguably Orange County's greatest success story. In keeping with the theme of the Annual Dinner, "Nothing Rhymes with Orange," our keynote speaker will share their unique perspective as the leader of an industry titan, and how Orange County's rich history, diversity, and penchant for innovation have contributed to the company's success. 

     

OCBC's Annual Dinner, presented by Bentley Prince Street and Kaiser Permanente, brings together more than 700 business and community leaders and elected officials for one of Orange County's most anticipated events. 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.

OUT AND ABOUT AROUND THE COUNTY: IT'S ABOUT JOBS!

Your hard-working orange globeOCBC team participated in a number of events around the County of Orange, promoting jobs creation and economic development:

 

On November 30, OCBC Chairman Eddie Northen of UPS convened a roundtable discussion with Governor Jerry Brown's economic advisor, Mike Rossi, who is called the "Jobs Czar," to discuss completion of the 241 Toll Road, return of high-paying manufacturing jobs, tax credit extensions for television production to keep them from leaving the state, enterprise zone, regulatory reform-especially CEQA-and a "time out" on any new environmental legislation to let businesses learn to grapple with the weight of AB 32, SB 375, new energy and greenhouse gas rules. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

 

OCBC CEO Lucy Dunn helped kick off Phase 2 of the 57 Freeway improvements by OCTA and Caltrans on November 30. This $45 million project will improve mobility from Katella to Lincoln Avenue. Infrastructure investment is a proven method to get folks back to work in a tough economy. See  http://www.octa.net/weeklyupdate/weekly_update_120511.html for the ceremony with top county dignitaries including Mayor Tom Tait of Anaheim, OCTA's Chair Pat Bates of the OC Board of Supervisors, and Mayor Carolyn Cavecche of Orange.

 

OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor for the Southern California Association of Governments, presented on December 1 a compelling case on the demographics and economics of this region in support for a proposed $560 billion investment in roads, bridges, transit, freeways, rail, bike paths, and numerous other strategies to meet the mobility needs of a population that will grow another 4 million people in the next 25 years.  SCAG's Regional Council voted unanimously to open their proposed Regional Transportation Plan to public comment over the next few months, with a goal of formal board approval in April 2012.  For details-must reading for those who want to predict/plan for the future-check out www.scag.ca.gov.  For more information, contact Kate Klimow or Dr. Wallace Walrod.

LARRY RILEY NAMED PUBLISHER OF APPEAL-DEMOCRAT AND TRI-COUNTY NEWSPAPERS 


OCBC bids farewell and best wishes to OCBC Board Member and Co-Chair of Communications, Larry Riley, vice president of circulation for Freedom Communications' flagship Orange County Register and publisher of the Register's weekly Spanish language newspaper Excelsior, who has been named publisher of the Freedom-owned Appeal-Democrat and Tri-County Newspapers.

A 28-year newspaper veteran, Riley began his career at the Union-Tribune in his native San Diego and later held circulation management positions at the Los Angeles Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida and the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota) before coming to the Register as vice president of circulation in 2004. He added publishing responsibilities for Excelsior in 2009 and also oversees the Newspapers in Education program. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

IT'S THE MOST TALKED ABOUT HOLIDAY PARTY OF THE SEASON!   


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 2011 OC 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.

CALIFORNIA SQUIRREL GOES TO WASHINGTON! 


California is the 8th largest economy in the world. We consider ourselves the leader in innovation and technology.  Unfortunately, one area where we wish others wouldn't follow is how our legislature manages its time.  The SQUIRRELS have gone east, young man, and taken up residence in the hallowed halls of Congress.  Now our elected officials can be bi-coastally distracted! Orange County is represented by strong, principled members of Congress.  But, we'll be sure to let you know if they waste their time on SQUIRREL-based silliness, rather than the real work for which we sent them to Congress. CLICK HERE to view the latest Congressional Squirrels, and one Golden Acorn. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

BIZFED OC SUPPORTS WATER BOND AND 241 TOLL ROAD COMPLETION 


On December 2, BizFed OC - the premier alliance of Orange County business organizations - was honored to welcome Thomas Margro, Chief Executive Officer Transportation Corridor Agency to discuss the 241 completion, and Rich Atwater, Executive Director, Southern California Water Committee (SCWC), California Future Water Infrastructure. SCWC is working with California's policy makers and business leaders to advocate for the November 2012 Water Bond and inform the public on the value of fixing the state's depleted and aging water system. Currently, a significant portion of the state's water, located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, could be wiped out for a year or longer if a major earthquake strikes Northern California. If such a quake occurs, Southern California's water supply would be cut off within 36 hours and take up to three years to repair. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development. 

JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT TRAFFIC SLOWS IN OCTOBER

Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport decreased in October 2011 as compared to October 2010. In October 2011, the Airport served 726,513 passengers, a decrease of 0.8% when compared to the 732,106 passenger traffic count of October 2010. Commercial aircraft operations decreased 2.8%, while Commuter aircraft operations decreased 10.5% when compared to the levels recorded in October 2010. Total aircraft operations decreased in October 2011 as compared to the same month in October 2010. In October 2011, there were 19,394 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a decrease of 6.4% when compared to 20,725 total aircraft operations in October 2010. General aviation activity, which accounted for 64% of the total aircraft operations during October 2011, decreased 8.3% when compared to October 2010. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.

MORE PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE OC THAN MOVE HERE 


A new home-search survey shows that moving vanalmost twice as many people may want to leave Orange County than move here. The real estate search site Trulia.com recently released its first "Metro Movers Index," which compared the number of outsiders searching for Orange County housing to the number of locals searching for homes elsewhere. The data is based on housing searches conducted on the online housing site over the summer. Orange County's rating is 0.53, which means that for every 100 outsiders conducting searches of Orange County homes for sale or rent, 189 locals are looking at properties elsewhere. Out of 90 U.S. metro areas with 250,000 or more households, Orange County had the 16th lowest index number. The lower the number, the higher the ratio of people wanting to move out than in. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.

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, 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!

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church: Christmas Concert, Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m., 9 Hillgate, Irvine, CA. Free admission.
  • Christmas Concertato:  Cypress Masterworks Chorale and Meritage, Saturday December 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 18, 2011, 4:00 p.m., Cypress college Campus Theater, 9200 Valley View St., Cypress, CA. $15 General Admission. (714) 484-7140 for info.
  • 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. $15 General Admission. Reserve your tickets. Info:  www.meistersingers.org.
OC WATERSHEDS WORKING TO PROTECT OC'S WATER SOURCE AND RELIABILITY 

Water pollution prevention is important to County of Orange LogoOrange County's quality of life, its businesses and tourism industry as well as to its environmental and ecological sustainability. The OC Watersheds program is dedicated to protecting Orange County's waterways and educating the community about ways to prevent water pollution. Brochures featuring tips for businesses are available on-line at  http://www.ocwatersheds.com/PublicEd/resources/business-brochures.html.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: ALLERGAN DEDICATED TO HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

For nearly 60 years, Allergan has been Green Earthcommitted to the health, well-being and safety of the people who put their trust in the company's products. This dedication extends to not only the people who benefit from their products, but also to employees and to the global community. They have been tracking sustainability performance for several years and made significant progress towards improving their performance and going green. Allergan has developed and implemented strict environmental health and safety sustainability goals to ensure a healthy and safe environment for employees and communities alike. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

NEWS YOU CAN USE: COMMUNICATION APPS

Connect with fellow employees and investors by taking your business communications to the next level with these mobile communication apps:

 

Skype - Call, video call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype for your iPhone

WhatsApp - The application utilizes push notifications to instantly get messages from friends, colleagues and family.

Heytell - is a voice based instant messaging application. Users can send voice messages to one another without the need to dial a number or text a message.

Yammer - This application offers on-the-go access to real-time conversations happening inside your organization.

Facebook Messenger - you can send and receive messages with any of your friends around the world or anyone in your mobile contacts list.  

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC UPCOMING EVENTS

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! Click here to register. Contact Leslie Dods for more information. 

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS

OCMoves Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 8, 2011  I  11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 13, 2011  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM  

    

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011  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
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Annual Science of Gingerbread Event - Wednesday, 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.

Senator Lou Correa's Annual Holiday Open House - Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Join Senator Lou Correa for his annual Holiday Party on December 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program will include a special holiday performance, networking opportunities, refreshments, and a legislative update. The open house will take place at 2323 North Broadway in Santa Ana. Please RSVP by email to  Erika.Diaz@sen.ca.gov or call the district office at 714.558.4400.

Mutli-Cultural Holiday Biz Mixer - Thursday, December 8, 2011

Join the Greater Asian Biz Federation & Diversity Biz Expo, a program of SABAN and other Business and Professional Chambers and Associations at the Mulit-Cultural Holiday mixer December 8, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Citadel Outlets. There will be raffle drawings, free gifts, buffet style dinner, drinks and more.Click here to register.

State Assemblyman Jose Solorio's Annual Holiday Party - Saturday, December 10, 2011
Join State Assemblyman Jose Solorio for his Annual Holiday Party on December 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in celebrating the fifth successful year in the Legislature and discuss ideas for 2012. Also, scholarship winners of the Solorio Scholars Program will be recognized and awarded. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. Please RSVP by email to Jessica.Gutierrez@asm.ca.gov or call (714) 939-8469.


Holiday Networking Party - Thursday, December 15, 2011
Last year ASLA Southern California, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire and USGBC Orange County joined together for an extraordinary holiday event that raised $3,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank. Join ASLA Southern California, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire and USGBC Orange County at the Holiday Networking Party December 15 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine to do it again. Click here to register.

World Affairs Council's Annual Holiday Gala - Thursday, December 15, 2011

World Affairs Council's Annual Holiday Gala event will take place at the Disneyland Hotel on December 15, 2011. The reception begins at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. It will be a very special occasion as a "Salute to the Military" with guest speaker Asst. Secretary of State/Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt. Sir Eldon Griffiths along with OC's congressional delegation will also speak. They are also honoring Tom Fuentes with the Golden Orange Award. Also featuring the California Master Chorale and Foothill High School's Dicken's Carolers perform. To Register, please call 949-253-5751, email  orangecounty@worldaffairscouncil.org or visit  www.worldaffairscouncil.org.   

 

Senator Bob Huff's Holiday Open House - Thursday, December 15, 2011

Join Senator Bob Huff for entertainment and refreshments following a state update. The open house will take place from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 20888 Amar Road, Suite 205, Walnut, CA. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Leia Hernandez at (909) 598-3981 or email leia.hernandez@sen.ca.gov

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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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 or kreedy@ocbc.org.
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