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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 

COME FOR THE LAUGHS! FAREWELL TO WILL KEMPTON FEB. 28
The 5th Annual Tribute and Roast of OCTA CEO Will Kempton will feature "spirited" stories from roasters Peter Buffa, former OCTA Chair, Kate Klimow, UCI, Art Leahy, LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle & Associates, and Senator Lou Correa, California State Senate. Join OCBC and the BIZPAC Trustees on Thursday, February 28 for the 5th Annual Tribute and Roast, hosted by Peter Buffa, and emceed by professional comedian and Hollywood entertainer Bob Zany. You do not want to miss this event!

DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2013 

TIME: Reception - 5:30 p.m.  I  Dinner - 6:30 p.m.

LOCATION: City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim 

COST: (Note two different rates)

BIZPAC Ticket: $250 (supporting BIZPAC, OCBC's political action committee)

OCBC Ticket: $150 (supporting OCBC; not for political activity)

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

DUNN & DONE: ORANGE COUNTY HIT WITH HIGHER OBAMACARE COSTS

Demographics are our destiny, so they say. In Orange County, there's some good news: OC enjoys the lowest unemployment rate of any major metropolitan area in California, at 6.8%, signaling the slow recovery to a new economic prosperity is underway. Orange County is the medical device capital of the world--from heart valves to stints to tubing to hip replacement parts to nanotechnology--the county is a medical innovation hub of distinction. Orange County is home to state-of-the-art research development firms like Allergan and AMO, preparing for the next generation of health technology. OC residents' sense of well-being is strong and, excluding obesity, there is a general decline in the leading causes of death.

 

There is some bad news, however. By 2050, about one-third of the county will be 55 years or older-the graying of Orange County-and this demographic cohort will be living longer, demanding the best in health care. Three billion dollars in new taxes this year alone just hit the medical device industry! Medical devices and supplies will cost more at a time when health care reform and a "growing-graying" population needs them most. 

 

Under ObamaCare, Congress and the President imposed a new Medical Device Tax that hits entrepreneurial firms making medical equipment such as heart valves and hip replacement parts. These firms now face a tax based upon 2.3% profit on gross sales-a tax they must pay even if they have no profit at all! Many firms report that this tax-projected to be $29 billion over 10 years-will soak up virtually all of their research budgets.

 

The medical device industry employs more than 400,000 people in 12,000 factories across the country, often small, entrepreneurial firms with a small product line. To survive, they will have no choice but to relocate abroad to avoid this tax and continue their work in research and development of new products-taking much-needed, high-tech jobs with them. The result? Lost jobs, medical device costs increase, higher health care costs, and an economy not as strong as it should be.

 

With so much at stake, thoughtful ObamaCare reforms today will save jobs-and lives-in the future. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.

LEGAL CORNER: IS THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY DISSOLUTION "DISSOLVING" YOUR PENDING DEALS?

OCBC member Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP explains what you need to know about the ongoing process of sorting out debts and properties that delay payment and action on real estate matters, explained by experienced attorneys who have been on the front lines of the dissolution solution. 

 

You may have read about California cities suing the State Department of Finance, in some cases joined by developers. But what do you need to know about this process and what does it mean to you? It may mean that you will not be paid for services provided or that the deal you thought you had (and for which you expended a lot of effort and money) is dead or on hold. It may mean that you cannot correct real property title issues. It may mean you're frustrated by the process and can't do anything about it. It definitely means there are more roadblocks and even fewer incentives for economic development in a slow economy. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SAN ONOFRE? EDISON'S CEO FEATURED AT NEXT CLB
OCBC's first Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2013 features Theodore Craver, Jr., the chairman, president, and CEO, of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison. Mr. Craver will share his leadership expertise, top energy issues, and SONGS future at another OCBC high-level investor event. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of Orange County's top CEO's, hosted by CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman, Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps & Philips. Thanks to CLB sponsors Wells Fargo and AT&T

 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WHERE: Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

TIME: 7:30am - Breakfast, 8:00am - Program, 9:00am - Adjourn

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events, at 949.794.7241.
MICHAEL HORNAK TAKES THE REINS AS OCBC'S 2013 CHAIRMAN
On January 31, 800 Orange County business leaders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Irvine for OCBC's Annual Dinner:

Breaking Free, sponsored by Brandman University, featuring the installation of the OCBC Board of Directors and 2013 Chairman Michael Hornak, Rutan & Tucker, who takes over the reins from outgoing Chair Julie Miller-Phipps, Kaiser Permanente. Throughout the evening OCBC celebrated its accomplishments of last year, paid tribute to outgoing Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell (watch the tribute video HERE), and shared the goals set for 2013 under the theme, Breaking Free. CLICK HERE to read OCBC's 2013 Annual Report, Getting Results: A Progress Report for 2013.

 

Topping off the evening was keynote speaker Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO, who shared leadership, strategic challenges and opportunities for navigating the new economy, while emphasizing the PIMCO way to succeed. CLICK HERE to view photos of the event. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events. 

LATEST CEQA REFORM INFO NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Working Group has recently launched their new website, www.CEQAWorkingGroup.com, containing the most up-to-date coalition documents, case studies, and coalition news. The CEQA Working Group seeks reforms that will protect the environment while allowing for economic growth, which is hampered by current CEQA policies.  

 

The CEQA Working Group launched the first release of their periodic CEQA Misuse Case Studies, which highlight CEQA abuses throughout the state (click HERE). The first release details the construction of a middle school in El Cerrito which met all the required environmental laws, but was still protested under CEQA because local residents didn't want students in their neighborhood. What resulted was a four-year delay and increased costs of $10 million to the school district (and taxpayers). To read more about this case study and others in the future, as well as news and information about the CEQA Working Group, visit www.CEQAWorkingGroup.com or follow them on Twitter @FixCEQA. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE! REGISTER NOW TO JOIN OCBC AND ACC-OC IN SACRAMENTO 

Meet with lawmakers, members of the administration, and other decision makers on issues such as economic development, education, housing, transportation and water, at OCBC and ACC-OC's One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Sacramento, March 18-19. Join a delegation of business leaders and local elected officials to advocate for Orange County's priority issues. Participants include representatives from Orange County's leading companies. 

 

DATE: March 18 - 19, 2013

LOCATION: Sheraton Grand Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

COST: OCBC Member: $850  I  Non-Member: $1,000

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

 

Program Highlights:

  • Briefings with Administration leadership and Constitutional Officers.
  • Targeted legislative meetings to advocate for OC's legislative priorities.
  • Political landscape briefing with a political strategist.
  • Legislative dinner with OC's state legislative delegation and legislative leadership.
  • Sheraton Grand Sacramento, meals, materials and sessions covered in cost.
  • Unparalleled networking with business and elected leaders.

   

For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. For registration or sponsorship information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.
A TALE OF TWO AIRPORTS

It was not a Merry Christmas for Ontario International Airport (ONT), which saw 7.3 percent fewer travelers using the airport in December from the same period in 2011. The airport saw a slight drop in passenger traffic for most of 2012, and finished the year with an overall decline of 5.4 percent in passenger traffic compared to 2011.

 

By contrast, Orange County's John Wayne Airport (JWA) saw its passenger travel increase by 2.9 percent from 2011 to 2012, serving more than 8.85 million passengers in 2012.

 

On Monday, January 28, representatives from ONT met with members of OCBC's Economic Development Committee to discuss the City of Ontario's negotiation with the City of Los Angeles to transfer control of the airport from the City of Los Angeles to the City of Ontario. With local control, ONT looks to model their airport after JWA; reducing operating costs, and thereby making their airport more desirable for airlines and passengers. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, who sits on the Ontario International Airport Authority board, hopes to see control of the airport return to the City of Ontario soon, a move that would spur economic growth in the Southern California region.

 

The Committee also received a briefing from John Wayne Airport on its role as an economic engine to Orange County

As the only facility in Orange County that provides commercial passenger and air-cargo service, John Wayne Airport plays a unique and crucial role in supporting the Orange County business community. For a copy of the Airport's presentation, CLICK HERE. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.
IRVINE NAMED THIRD BEST-RUN CITY IN THE U.S.
Recently named by 24/7 Wall St., Irvine is the third best-run city among the 100 largest cities in the U.S. In deciding the rankings, the financial news group considered local economies, fiscal management and quality-of-life measures; and included each city's credit rating, poverty, education, crime, unemployment and regional gross domestic product. Among the other cities, Plano, Texas, placed first on the list while San Bernardino ranked the worst.

What makes Irvine a list topper?
  • Among the 100 cities, Irvine had the 11th lowest unemployment rate, 6.5 percent, and the lowest violent crime rate, 0.56 percent violent crimes per 1,000 people, in 2011.
  • Irvine has the most educated population of all of the 100 most populous cities, with almost 97 percent of residents 25 and older with at least a high school diploma, and nearly 63 percent earning at least a bachelor's degree.
  • The city's high educational attainment has translated to a highly compensated population, 18.8 percent of households earned more than $200,000 in the last year.
  • Irvine is the leader on OCBC's 2012 Workforce Housing Scorecard, with a favorable jobs-to-housing ratio, supplying adequate housing for its growing workforce. The city is expected to add over 35,000 homes between 2010 and 2035.
  • Irvine Unified School District leads Orange County in average API and SAT scores, according to the 2012/2013 Orange County Workforce Indicators Report.
EXPLOROCEAN HOSTS KNX AND LUCY DUNN FOR "ON YOUR CORNER" LIVE BROADCAST

OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn recently sat down with KNX 1070's Frank Mottek to discuss the latest on Orange County's economy and how 2013 is shaping up in terms of housing, job growth, infrastructure, and education. The broadcast took place at Newport Beach's ExplorOcean, home of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, dedicated to sharing the adventure, history and natural wonders of the sea through fun and entertaining multi-sensory exhibitions, science-based educational programs, and enriching cultural events. CLICK HERE to learn more about ExplorOcean and their plans for the future of the center. CLICK HERE for photos from the broadcast. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: WATER STATIONS SAVE 13 TONS OF PLASTIC AT UCI

With staff and student support, hydration stations have been strategically placed around UC Irvine's campus, in residence halls and student centers, for a quick fill up of filtered water. In the first year of usage, the hydration stations saved 475,000 bottles, or 13 tons of plastic. The teamwork by staff and The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student run entity that supports sustainability on campus, have shown their commitment to embracing positive changes for their school.  

 

Established in 2009, TGIF awards approximately $120,000 a year for projects that fight global climate change and shrink UCI's carbon footprint. Students willing to participate in TGIF pay $3.50 per quarter, and are given the chance to apply for grants up to $50,000. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: ARE YOU IN THE KNOW? 

Cobook - Pull contact information from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn on demand.

Business Radio - Listen to the top names in business radio including Dave Ramsey, First Word, BBC Business Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Clark Howard, Marketplace Money, Bloomberg, The Daily Wrap, and more, on your own schedule.  

Mint Personal Finance - See all your balances and transactions together, on the web or your phone.  

News Whip - The best news stories right now, as decided by everyone.  

Vine - Currently only for iOS, this app records six seconds of video and posts it on an endless loop to your Twitter account.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS

World Affairs Council of Orange County presents U.S. Economy 2013 - Monday, February 25, 2013

World Affairs Council of Orange County presents U.S. Economy 2013 - Challenges and Opportunities with Robert Stein, Senior Economist at First Trust Advisors L.P. and former Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department. OCBC members are invited to attend this event at the $45 discounted rate ($60 for non-members). The dinner will take place at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, beginning at 6:00 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

OC Forum: Helping Orange County Grow and Thrive - Wednesday, February 27, 2013  

Orange County Forum presents a luncheon with Aaron Kushner, CEO, and Eric Spitz, President, Freedom Communications. Last year, Kushner and Spitz bought the OC Register and have revitalized the local newspaper at a time when many other newspapers around the country are shuttering their doors. The luncheon will be held at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach on February 27 at 11:30 a.m. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Leading the Ethical Organization - Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership and the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce present a breakfast seminar featuring George Deukmejian, 35th Governor of California, February 28 from 7:15am - 9:45am at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Samantha Cardenas at 562.432.7830 or scardenas@lbchamber.com or Jane Roeder at jane.roeder@csulb.edu. 

 

Kid2.0 - An Elementary School S.T.E.A.M. Showcase - Sunday, March 20, 2013 

Join Vital Link OC, Science OC and the Black Business Network OC as they unite the professional, educational and business communities to increase the number of S.T.E.A.M. professionals in our country. The event will be held at UC Irvine in the Student Center from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free event is for the entire family, and specially designed to improve children and parents' attitudes toward S.T.E.A.M. The event will feature S.T.E.A.M. professionals giving demonstrations, and guiding hands on exhibits in a fun-filled atmosphere. Parents will take away resources to help encourage a strong math and science education for their family at home and in the community. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. Click here for more information.

 

State of California Employment Development Department Women Veteran Seminar - Friday, March 22, 2013

The event, in its 8th year, will feature prominent speakers from the Employment Development Department, Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment Services, United States Department of Labor, County Veteran Service Office, Orange County Mental Health, Consumer Credit Counseling, Veterans Administration, Women's Clinic, VA Hospital sharing information on personal-family health, housing, career development, education, credit, financial-legal assistance and so much more.  The seminar will take place from 8:30am to 4:00 p.m. at the Rancho Community College District Conference Center. CLICK HERE for sponsorship opportunities. CLICK HERE for the event flier.

Employment Law & Workers' Compensation Seminar - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith represents clients in all phases and types of employment litigation, counseling, training and collective bargaining. The firm is proud to present a seminar in Costa Mesa on the latest issues in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation, and invites you to register. Seating is limited. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

OC Great Park to Host 2013 Solar Decathalon - October 3-13, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO will take place October 3, 2013 to October 13, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park. This will be the first time the decathlon is held outside of the National Mall in Washington D.C. Teams representing the world's leading colleges and universities will compete in the 2013 decathlon to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The homes will be on display in the Solar Village, forming the center-piece of the XPO, a world's fair of clean, renewable and efficient energy. CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FEBRUARY
Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 20, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

 

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 2013 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:   

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony. Stars from pops and and classical music join the orchestra in concerts perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations and groups of friends. Groups receive special discounts for most concerts. 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.

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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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.
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