The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County Tuesday, February 10, 2015
OCWD'S SECRET MEETINGS: THIS IS WHY PEOPLE DON'T TRUST GOVERNMENT
For more than 10 years, Orange County Water District (OCWD) has waged a litigation war against the business community for cleanup of alleged water contamination in Fullerton, Anaheim, Irvine, Santa Ana and Tustin. OCWD ransomed over $50 million in settlements without cleaning up one drop of water! But OC Superior Court saw through the deception and OCWD lost major court battles on the issues. Nevertheless, OCBC and OCWD negotiated a deal to collaborate on the process and cleanup strategies among public agencies and private companies. A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was approved by the OCWD board together with a clear direction not to pursue litigation further but to work together. However, instead of following the Board's directives, OCWD staff held secret meetings with state and federal regulators and hired a former Superfund administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency to lobby for an inappropriate Superfund designation of these discreet sites, many of them already in various stages of cleanup by the property owners themselves.
As a result of OCWD's efforts, the California Department of Toxic Control Substances is now seeking Superfund status of these sites. Crazy. OCBC has formally requested that OCWD keep its promises, reject its staff's tactics and notify state and federal regulators that Superfund designation is not appropriate at this time. Begin the transparent, collaborative process now for cleanup of OC's groundwater! For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
OCTA AGREES TO LOCAL CONTROL OF MANAGED LANES ON I-405
Yesterday, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board voted 12-1 to negotiate with Caltrans to include managed lanes -- allowing solo drivers into carpool lanes for a fee--for the I-405 traffic improvements including new "free" general purpose lanes in each direction. The I-405 corridor between the CA-73 and I-605 is one of the most congested stretches of highway in the county. OCBC has long advocated that local control of the project be preserved, including excess revenues from tolls must be used for local improvements; carpool lanes should remain free for 2+ occupants, while allowing single drivers the option of paying tolls for access; continuous access of toll lanes for easier ingress and egress; and OCTA and Caltrans must ensure maximum construction efficiency in order to protect taxpayer dollars. OCBC applauds the recent OCTA actions. Time is of the essence! For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
SHUTDOWN AT WEST COAST PORTS POSE MAJOR ECONOMIC RAMIFICATIONS
Despite the involvement of a federal mediator in working to reach a resolution in the ongoing labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), a potential lockout or strike could occur at West Coast Ports as soon as this week. Negotiations have been ongoing since May 2014 and port employees have been working without a contract since the latest contract expired in July 2014. Congestion at the ports severely constrains goods movement as cargo ships' wait time to dock and unload has extended from hours to days. OCBC joined with over 175 business groups in signing on to a letter to the PMA and ILWU highlighting the negative economic effects that the slowdown causes. Should a complete shutdown occur, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Retail Federation estimate a negative economic impact of $2 billion a day for a five-day interruption. The potential for shutdown has also prompted elected officials, such as Rep. Ed Royce to issue to letters on December 19, 2014 and on January 30, 2015 to PMA and ILWU calling for a swift agreement. In addition to the labor disputes, congestion at the ports has also been impacted by an improving economy, truck surcharges, equipment issues, and slower cargo rotations. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.
ON THE TABLE: FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO REAUTHORIZE EX-IM BANK!
With congressional authorization for the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) set to expire on June 30, 2015, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation providing for a multi-year extension with a set of reforms. Reforms include reducing the bank's lending cap from $140 billion to $130 billion, increasing reporting requirements, and requiring an independent audit of the bank's activities. In addition, 57 members of Congress showed support by signing on as co-authors. Since its creation in 1934, Ex-Im Bank has served as the official U.S. export credit agency, assisting in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Ex-Im helps U.S. companies of all sizes turn export opportunities into real sales -- maintaining and creating U.S. jobs and strengthening the nation's economy. In addition, Ex-Im bank is a government entity that actually makes money, returning over $1.675 billion to the general fund over the last two years. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF A HOUSING SHORTAGE ON OC'S WORKFORCE? - MARCH 31 FORUM
Join OCBC for the 2015 Workforce Housing Forum, where Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will present the 2015/2016 Orange County Workforce Housing Scorecard. Using city data, Dr. Walrod compares how Orange County cities are balancing jobs creation and adequate supply of housing.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 TIME: Reception 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: 16200 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA
TICKETS: OCBC Member $75 I Non-Member $120 I Sponsorships available
For more event and sponsorship opportunities information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.
OCBC URGES OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO ALLOW RIDE-SHARING COMPANIES AT JWA
Currently, many business travelers and tourists are denied the added convenience and freedom offered by Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft, when it comes to accessing John Wayne Airport (JWA). County staff and Orange County Airport Commission recognize this deficiency and have embraced ridesharing by approving a TNC Ground Transportation Operating Permit that would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to operate at JWA. OCBC commends commission's progress on advancing this issue and urges the Orange County Board of Supervisors to adopt the staff and commission's recommendation to implement the permit. CLICK HERE for a recent letter OCBC sent to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
CONGRATS TO JWA'S ALAN MURPHY ON HIS RETIREMENT!
Alan Murphy, Director, John Wayne Airport (JWA), announced his retirement late last month after a successful 32 years working for Orange County. OCBC commends Murphy on his 15 years of extraordinary leadership as the longest Airport Director in the history of JWA. Under his management, the airport grew from serving 4 million passengers to now seeing about 10 million passengers annually. Other development under his leadership includes the design and construction of the original Thomas F. Riley Terminal (Terminals A and B in 1990 and Terminal C in 2011), as well as the Bob Hope USO Center, and many others. The Orange County Board of Supervisors have named Lawrence Serafini as interim director. Congratulations Alan, OCBC wishes you the best of luck for all your future endeavors! For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development
JWA: MORE PASSENGERS PASS THROUGH GATES ON FEWER, FULLER FLIGHTS IN DECEMBER
John Wayne Airport (JWA) served about 803,500 passengers this past December, which is about a 2 percent increase compared with the 789,000 passenger count in the same month in 2013. JWA reported more passengers flying on fewer commercial flights in December, the fourth straight month of airlines flying fuller planes. Commercial aircraft operations decreased about 2 percent year-over-year from 6,533 takeoffs and landings last year to 6,422 in December 2014. The three most-active airlines in December were Southwest with about 347,000 passengers, American with about 115,000 and United with about 111,000. Airlines have learned to become more profitable. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.
$120 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH HCD PROGRAM
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has announced the availability of approximately $120 million in funding for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program. The program invests in projects that reduce GHG emissions by supporting more compact infill development patterns and encourages active transportation and transit usage, as well as protecting agricultural land from sprawl development. A complete original concept proposal must be submitted to HCD no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015. CLICK HERE for more information. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: HOW EDISON IS LEADING THE FUTURE OF ENERGY RESEARCH
OCBC investor Southern California Edison (SCE) is a world-wide renewable energy innovation leader. There are roughly 60 projects in the works at the globally renowned Edison's Advanced Technology division, including testing projects from charging electronic vehicles via cell phones to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar panels. The division's lab is getting a lot of attention, and for good reason - it's producing results and they share the work with utility officials and researchers as far away as China. The lab is the result of California's landmark law to lower its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels - and source one third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The law was a tall order, and SCE is rising to the challenge with its lab emerging as a model for others. CLICK HERE for a recent article on the lab from Rueters. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
Bid Invite for Caltrans 07-2W7704
Myers and Sons Construction LP is requesting bids from all qualified subcontractors, trucking firms and suppliers to work on an upcoming heavy highway project. The project involves treating bridge decks with methacrylate and replacing joint seals and is estimated at about $490,000 including all scopes of work. CLICK HERE for more information.
Pacific Symphony Presents Bizet's Carmen - February 19 to February 24
Be seduced by Bizet's irresistible rhythms as his riveting tale of love and lust comes alive at 8 p.m. from February 19 to February 24 in Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This semi-stage production includes acting, staging, video elements, costumes and props. CLICK HERE for more information.
AACCLA's "Outlook on the Americas" Luncheon & Conference - Wednesday, February 11
The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America's Luncheon and Conference is the first major hemispheric business event of 2015 and will provide an opportunity for dialogue on the economic and political issues that will impact hemispheric trade and investment. Join AACCLA on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. CLICK HERE for more information.
Chancellor Doffoney Retirement - Thursday, February 12
Save the date for Dr. Ned Doffoney, Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District, has announced his retirement and his celebration will take place Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel. For more information, contact Julie Schoepf.
Working Wardrobes VetNet and Hero 2 Hired Hiring Event - Thursday, March 5
Join Working Wardrobes VetNet and H2H for a hiring event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Career Center in Costa Mesa. In 2015, Working Wardrobes will celebrate 25 years of serving the Orange County community with valuable employment services that help clients realize the power of a paycheck. The organization is seeking employers throughout the local Los Angeles and Orange County areas that have multiple job openings for ready-to-work veterans. CLICK HERE for the event flier. CLICK HERE to reserve your table.
Pacific Chorale Let's Dance - Saturday, March 7
Join Pacific Chorale for the concert of "Let's Dance," featuring jazz Pianist Bill Cunliffe. The concert will feature dance music through the ages, including a Navajo war Dance, songs from Copland, Norwegian dances, and Brahms' Liebeslieder waltzes. OCBC member will receive a 20 percent discount for the concert when they use a code. There is an after party following the show at the Wyndham Hotel called "Swing Bash," which is a fundraiser for Pacific Chorale and will feature dancing, heavy appetizers and 2 cocktails per person for just $100 a ticket. More information at 714-662-2345 or email email@example.com.
Pacific Symphony's Pacific Coast Wine Festival - Saturday, March 7
Join Pacific Symphony for the Pacific Coast Wine Festival 2015 at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Island Hotel. The festival is a sensational wine auction and dinner. CLICK HERE for more information and tickets.
Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age - Thursday, March 19
The Center for Digital Transformation is hosting its first signature conference "Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age" at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for National Academies of Science and Engineering adjacent to the UC Irvine campus. The conference is designed to help you reflect on your journey in an evolving digital world. Registrants may receive a $100 discount when using the registration code '4OCBC.' CLICK HERE for more information.
All About That Aim - Bowl with Project Access - Thursday, April 2
Save the date for a bowling event to raise money for Project Access, which is a program to support education for Orange County youths from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015. Just $100 will allow a child to benefit from the Education for Youth Program for one year. The Bowling for a Cause goal is $30,000 which will support efforts to help low-income youth reach graduation. This is a great team building opportunity for companies!CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to register.
15th Annual a Gathering of Friends - Saturday, May 2
The Alzheimer's Family Services Center invites you to join the 15 Annual Gathering of Friends at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Attendees will hear a heartwarming story of one of the center's participants and honor the Archstone Foundation. Sponsorship, underwriting and auction opportunities are available. For more information, contact Lucy Takahashi, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FEBRUARY
Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 I 7:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m.
We will welcome guest speakers Glenn Spencer, Vice President of the Workforce Freedom Initiative for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and former Deputy Chief to former Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, who will brief the committee on the National Labor Relations Board and employment policy. The presentation will include updates on cybersecurity card check and the Department of Labor.
Community College Working Group
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Economic Development Committee - Special Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 I 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We will welcome guest speaker Kenneth Petrilla, Executive Director, California-China Office of Trade and Investment, who will brief the committee on the services available to California and Chinese companies interested in trans-pacific trade and investment opportunities.
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 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
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