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LUCY DUNN ELECTED VICE CHAIR OF CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn was elected vice chair of the California Transportation Commission (CTC), serving with new Chairman Carl Guardino of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Fran Inman of Majestic Realty, an OCBC investor, and Bobby Alvarado of the Carpenters Union were reappointed by Gov. Brown Friday to serve another four years on the CTC, which is subject to Senate confirmation.  CLICK HERE for the full press release. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

YOUR BUSINESS MAY QUALIFY FOR OBAMACARE EMPLOYER MANDATE DELAY

The Obama administration announced Monday that it is delaying part of the ObamaCare Employer Mandate for a second year, exempting mid-size businesses until 2016 and giving big businesses more time to ramp up to full coverage for full-time employees. The mandate was originally slated to begin in 2014. This is the latest move to counter a torrent of criticism from the business community about the health law's impact on employers. The Treasury Department said employers with fewer than 100 workers won't have to provide health care to their workers or face fines in 2015. CLICK HERE for more information. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

DESPERATELY NEEDED DROUGHT RELIEF BILL PASSES HOUSE

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, HR 3964, passed Thursday on a mostly party-line vote, with 229 Republican votes and 191 Democrat votes. The bill was co-sponsored by all 15 California Republicans. The legislation, similar to a measure passed by House Republicans in 2011, would require pumping levels from the Bay Delta to return to what they were in 1994. Pumping since 1994 has been curtailed in response to a 2007 court decision that ruled that the Delta smelt is a protected species. The House bill would declare that pumping may continue at the 1994 levels as long as there is compliance with the more recent Endangered Species Act, which would significantly increase the release of water to central and southern parts of California.  HR 3964 now heads to the Senate where it will likely face some challenges from California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, as they have already stated that they are opposed.  OCBC urges the Senate to push HR 3964 forward immediately in order to provide relief to the two-thirds of the state that live south of the California Delta. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PANEL TO ENCOURAGE DIALOGUE ON SONGS DECOMMISSIONING

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that David Victor, a University of California, San Diego professor and expert on energy markets, will serve as chairman of a new Community Engagement Panel (CEP) to foster public education and involvement during the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).  The CEP will serve as a conduit of information between SCE owners and the public. SCE recently announced the safety, stewardship and engagement guiding principles for decommissioning the plant, which included the creation of CEP. The newly formed panel will hold public meetings at least quarterly to offer input on key decommissioning issues, such as the timing of transferring used nuclear fuel from pools to dry cask storage and SCE's blueprint for decommissioning. Updates about the CEP will be available on the SONGS Community website, along with information about CEP members and the decommissioning process, including Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversight. CLICK HERE for the full press release. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY

Baker Water Treatment Plant Construction KickoffBryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, presented a proclamation from OCBC honoring the Baker Water Treatment Plant at the facility's construction kickoff January 30. The new plant is an excellent example of multiple water districts coming together to address the need for a stable supply of drinking water for the Southern California region. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

 

2014 Southern California Economic Development Training Symposium - Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development, joined more than 100 economic development professionals at the Anaheim Convention Center Wednesday for the 2014 Southern California Economic Development Training Symposium. Petteruto introduced speaker Jim Simon, Principal, RSG at the event, which was hosted by the Orange County Economic Development Working Group in partnership with California Association for Local Economic Development. The working group is a partnership between OCBC, Southern California Edison, and the cities of Anaheim and Lake Forest. The event was a great success and nearly every city in Orange County was represented at the training. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.  

 

Fullerton City Council Meeting - Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development, attended the Fullerton City Council Meeting Tuesday to congratulate the city and present the Award for Responding to Globalization for Fullerton's Memorandum of Understanding with the Korean Trade Investment Promotional Agency of LA. The city won the award at OCBC's Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception November 20, 2013. CLICK HERE to read more about Fullerton's program and awards program. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.


OCAR Distinguished Speaker Series - Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, joined the Orange County California Association of Realtors (OCAR) Thursday to give a keynote speech on "Helping You Make a Difference in Orange County," as part of OCAR's 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series. Dunn provided an outlook for Orange County's growing economy and outlined key issues that will critically affect business and real estate opportunity and growth in 2014. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

  

ECS Biomedical Engineering Industry - Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, met with biomedical industry executives and educators Thursday to discuss programs and curriculum to effectively prepare the future biomedical and medical device workforce. The biomedical industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the county, and will require a strong workforce to fill the high-skill jobs. OCBC, in partnership with the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) at  Cal State Fullerton, hosted this first of a series of roundtables. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development. 

NEW RESEARCH INDICATES WALMART SUPERCENTERS BENEFIT COMMUNITIES

Walmart Supercenters in California benefit communities by supporting additional job creation, small business growth and more robust sales tax revenues, according to a recent economic opportunity study by Lon Hatamiya of the Hatamiya Group.  According to the Hatamiya Group report, California communities with Walmart Supercenters fared far better on taxable retail sales than those communities without Walmart Supercenters. Total taxable retail sales in California communities with Walmart Supercenters increased by an average of 20.3 percent after the opening of those stores; and on average, California communities with Walmart Supercenters experienced stronger gains in the number of retail business permits issued than those communities without Supercenters. CLICK HERE to read Hatamiya's research. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

OCTA CHAIRMAN NELSON UNVEILS 2014 INITIATIVES TO KEEP OC MOVING
octa logo Newly selected Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Chairman Shawn Nelson unveiled his strategic initiatives for the year, placing the focus on delivering freeway projects, advancing active transportation programs and maximizing funding and regional planning opportunities. Each of Nelson's eight initiatives targets specific projects for completion by the end of the year. The strategic initiatives include delivering freeway improvements; providing efficient, customer-friendly bus service; optimize the street system; enhancing rail transportation; advancing active transportation programs; maximizing funding and regional opportunities; developing sustainable transportation plans; and cultivating organizational excellence. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CHAIR EMERITUS JULIE MILLER-PHIPPS RECEIVES TOP CSU FULLERTON ALUMNI AWARD
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OCBC congratulates Chair Emeritus Julie Miller-Phipps of Kaiser Permanente on her recognition as a Distinguished and Honorary Alumni of California State University, Fullerton. Miller-Phipps, along with three other top leaders in their fields will be honored Thursday, February 13 during Cal State Fullerton's Vision & Visionaries dinner and celebration. The Vision & Visionaries Award is the highest honor that Cal State Fullerton bestows on alumni. She is a member of the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors. Way to go Julie! For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.

OCBC WELCOMES NEW INVESTORS ALZHEIMER'S FAMILY SERVICES CENTER, PORT OF LONG BEACH

OCBC is pleased to welcome new investor Port of Long Beach, which is one of America's premier seaports and is a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. Trade valued annually at more than $155 billion moves through Long Beach, making it the second-busiest seaport in the United States. The Port is a major economic force both regionally and nationally, supporting more than 30,000 jobs in Long Beach, 316,000 jobs throughout Southern California and 1.4 million jobs throughout the United States. It generates about $16 billion in annual trade-related wages statewide. The Alzheimer's Family Services Center improves the quality of life for families challenged by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia through services tailored to meet individual needs. It strives to be the premier provider of innovative programs and services dedicated to compassionate, individualized care that improves the lives of individuals and families living with dementia. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.

HABITAT OC GLOBAL VILLAGE TEAM GIVES GIFT OF BRIGHTER FUTURE TO NICARAGUAN FAMILY

OCBC commends member Habitat for Humanity of Orange County Global Village Team, which recently completed the first home on its inaugural trip to Nicaragua. The team was comprised of Orange County residents who committed to a week of hard work to build a home for a family of four, who will now have a safe, strong house with a concrete floor. The inclusion of a concrete floor is critical to the family's well being as a parasite dwells in the dirt and makes it very dangerous for babies and small children to crawl. Research has proven that there is as strong link between crawling and future learning, therefore, the house is much more than just a structure. It is a gateway to a much brighter future. The second team, which is comprised of all women, arrived in San Cayetano outside of Managua, near the Pacific coast February 1. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMISSION OF ORANGE COUNTY BOARD ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The  Children and Families Commission of Orange County Board of Supervisors is recruiting candidates for three seats on the Commission, one in the Education category and two in the Health category, which will all be available as soon as April 1, 2014. The recruitment is open to new applicants and current members who must submit completed applications to the Children and Families Commission office by 3:00 p.m. February 21. Eligible applicants will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for nominations and appointments. CLICK HERE to download and application. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development. 

LUCY DUNN TO RECEIVE THE BISHOP'S AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY BUSINESS INTEGRITY

Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, will be awarded The Bishop's Award for Exemplary Business Integrity at the Twelfth Annual Orange Catholic Foundation's Conference on Business and Ethics: A Forum for Responsible Leaders. The conference program will feature keynote presentations by Matthew Kelly, an internationally acclaimed speaker, bestselling author, and business consultant; and pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and bestselling author. Timothy LeVecke, former President and current Chairman of the Board for the LeVecke Corporation, will also be honored. The conference will take place from 7:30 am. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Irvine Marriott. CLICK HERE for event details  and sponsorship opportunities information. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH NEIL PETERSON - MARCH 27

OCBC is pleased to announce that the first Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2014 will feature Neil Peterson, Founder of Flexcar, now Zipcar; CEO of Transportation Corridor Agencies; and Founder and Chairman of the not-for-profit Edge Foundation. Peterson has been a leader in innovation throughout his career. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of Orange County's top executives, interviewed by CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman, Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Thanks to CLB sponsors Wells Fargo and AT&T.

 

When: 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast I 8 a.m - Program I 9 a.m - Adjourn

Where: Center Club, Costa Mesa

Tickets: OCBC Members - $60 I Non-member: $125

 

For more information contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager, at 949-794-7241. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: IRVINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HELPS BUSINESSES GO GREEN

The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is launching its Irvine Green Business Certification Program. This no-cost program will improve members' bottom line by reducing energy and waste costs, providing access to tax credits, rebates and incentives. This certification will also allow the Chamber to encourage Irvine businesses to take steps to "green" their business as a means to protect the environment, save money and use energy more efficiently. Irvine will be the first city in Orange County to implement this program and offer the certification. This program, sponsored by seven founding companies dedicated to green initiatives, helps  Irvine business members easily adopt simple, smart practices that can save money immediately, improve company bottom line over time and contribute to preserving and enhancing the quality of Irvine's business environment now and into the future. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

2014 Affordable Housing Forecast on a National Level  

Port of Long Beach says Berth 55 eatery and sport-fishing operation can stay 

Gas prices move up in many areas as production drops 

Anaheim's chief administrator poised to head L.A.'s utilities
Chapman University Announces Dr. Andrew Lyon as New Dean for Schmid College of Science and Technology   Deborah Doyle McWhinney elected to Fluor's Board of Directors

 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: STAY CONNECTED! CALL, TEXT AND SMS

Venmo: Make and share payments with friends for rent, utilities, dinner, drinks, movies, concert tickets, birthdays, laughs, and anything else.  

WeChat: Free texting, voice messages, and video calls in your pocket. This app works over your phone's existing data plan or any WiFi connection.

Google+ Hangouts: Google+ Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, phones and tablets. 

Nimbuzz Messenger: Nimbuzz Messenger combines the power of internet and smart phone messenger into one, and lets you make free video calls, voice calls, send chat messages and share files, on any mobile device across popular messengers. 
UppTalk: This app allows you to make unlimited free calls and texts to any US phone number. Your contacts don't even need to have the app or an internet connection! 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

POLITICAL CORNER  

Political events are for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.  

 

Assemblymember Tom Daly Re-election Campaign Kick-Off Reception - Thursday, February 13

Join friends and supporters for the Assemblymember Tom Daly for his Re-election Campaign Kick-Off Reception February 13, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at La Casa Garcia located at 531 W. Chapman Ave., Tustin, CA. To RSVP or for more information, please call (714)-495-4075.

 

Steven S. Choi, Ph.D. 2014 Re-election Campaign Kickoff Reception - Thursday, February 13

Join Irvine Mayor pro-Tem Jeffrey Lalloway and Councilwoman Christina Shea at a reception honoring Steven S. Choi, Ph.D., Mayor of Irvine, to kickoff and celebrate his 2014 re-election campaign from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Eureka Building in Irvine. Cost is $99 per person or $150 for a couple. For more information, contact Anthony Kuo at anthony@tavpro.com or 949-378-4580. 

 

Frank Ury Fundraiser, 50th Birthday - Wednesday, February 26

Join Frank Ury from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Mission Viejo Country Club for a campaign fundraiser and 50th birthday celebration. Ury is running for OC Board of Supervisors. For more information, contact Julie Paule at 951-325-8040.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Doria Apartment Homes Phase II Grand Opening - February 20     

Join The Irvine Community Land Trust and Jamboree Housing Corporation in celebrating the grand opening of Doria Apartment Homes Phase II from 10 to 11:30 a.m Thursday, February 20 1000 Crested Bird, Irvine. Guests must RSVP by February 17. For more information, email cmurphy@jamboreehousingcom or call 949-214-2308.

   

Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Living Ethics Every Day Seminar - Thursday, February 27

Join the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Living Ethics Every Day seminar on February 27, 2014 from 7:15 to 9:45 a.m.  for a breakfast seminar featuring Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and Co-CIO of PIMCO, as the keynote speaker.CLICK HERE to register. 

 

Chapman University's Entrepreneur of the Year Dinner - Thursday, February 27

Join Chapman University's Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics to honor Jeff Kearl, a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year from 7 to 10 p.m. in Orange. CLICK HERE for ticket and event information. 

 

Pacific Research Institute's 2014 Baroness Thatcher Dinner - Friday, March 7

Join the Pacific Research Institute for the 2014 Baroness Thatcher Orange County Dinner featuring Dr. Charles Krauthammer at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach. The institute will honor William E. Simon, Jr. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Pacific Symphony Announces 2014-15 Concert Series - September 25, 2014 to March 14, 2015

Pacific Symphony Announces 2014-15 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series -- Celebrating Music Director Carl St. Clair's 25th Anniversary. CLICK HERE for more information and a concert calendar. 

 

Redesigning Leadership - March 26

Join the Arts Orange County, Fourth District PTA, Orange County Department of Education and Segerstrom  Center for the Arts for an evening with John Maeda, Chairman of  eBay Design Advisory Board, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, and author of the best-selling book Redesigning Leadership. Maeda will be speaking from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall March 26, 2014. Tickets are $25 for a limited time. CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FEBRUARY
LEA Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
 
Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
 
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. 
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:    

NEW! SUPPORT PACIFIC CHORALE AND ENJOY SHOWS AND SOIREES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or liana@pacificchorale.org

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this summer. From the music of Neil Diamond to Beethoven to the soundtrack of your favorite Pixar Movies; there's something for everyone this summer. These concerts are perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations, groups of friends, and family. Groups of 10 or more save 20% or special seating in 3rd tier Upper Terrace at just $20 for groups only. Visit PacificSymphony.org for complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Group discounts are available only through Group Sales at (714) 876-2384 or by email to Groups@PacificSymphony.org.

 

SAVE MONEY AND ELECTRICITY BY GOING SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER 

Have you considered solar for your home?  The world's leading solar manufacturer, SunPower Corporation, has joined OCBC and is offering OCBC investors (and their employees) a special discount on solar for your home.  Beyond a generous discount for us all, SunPower is also making a donation to STEM Education in Orange County for each residential system purchased through this program.  This is a great way to save costs on electricity and to support the local community at the same time. CLICK HERE to sign up for a free solar home evaluation and for more information on this special offer. 

 

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 http://savewithups.com/ocbc/ or call 714.502.2577.
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