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The event also featured a candid discussion with keynote speaker Michael Smeronish, Host of Smerconish on CNN and SiriusXM, ranging from the insights on the 2016 presidential election, the rise of talk radio as an influencer, and the long-term implication of polarizations in politics. The balanced dialogue highlighted the real impact of the "DC Divide" where those elected to Congress are in fact less representative of a statistically more moderate America, where 42% of Americans identify as independent. The causes include social media, election campaigns, the lack of comradery among congressional members, and a lack of "passion for involvement" from the "silent majority." Smerconish called for immediate action needed to fix the polarization of politics, including improvement in voter efficiencies to encourage turnout, more transparent campaign financing, and a debate format that includes a third independent party. CLICK HERE for photos of the event. Smerconish gave a shoutout to OCBC and Board Member Steve Churm, FivePoint Communities, on his radio show yesterday! CLICK HERE to listen! For more information contact Delaine Moore, Director of Communications. 
STATE, FEDS ALLOCATE OC LESS THAN ITS FAIR SHARE FOR HOUSING, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Despite accounting for roughly 8.5 percent of the state of California's population, Orange County received just 6.2 percent of federal grant money allocated to California for community development and affordable housing. The grants included in this analysis were the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, and Emergency Solutions Grant. With all four grants combined, California received nearly $555 million for Fiscal Year 2016 to distribute to different cities, of which OC cities received just a little over $34 million. Housing remains a critical issue for Orange County as residents currently face a 62,000 unit housing shortage and home ownership continues to slip out of reach for many of the workforce. Of course government subsidies are the not the ultimate solution, yet they are an important part of the equation. The real answer to OC's housing crisis is more supply.  Local governments must find opportunities to clear the way for more community development and new housing construction. CLICK HERE for video discussing the importance of housing affordable to the workforce in Orange County. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
CA RANKS AS THE COUNTRY'S TOP 'JUDICIAL HELLHOLE'
More than 1 million lawsuits are filed every year in California, ranking the state at the top of the "2015-2016 Judicial Hellholes" list compiled by the American Tort Reform Foundation. California earned to top place on the list for the third time in four years and the report specifically highlighted California legislators' practice to produce more than 800 new laws each year, inviting evermore litigation as residents and businesses can't hope to keep up with what's legal and what isn't. It also called California the "epicenter" for lawyers trolling to bring disability access lawsuits against small businesses, ridiculous class action suits against food and beverage companies, as well as calling certain areas of the state "hotbeds" for asbestos litigation. New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia also ranked among the nation's "most unfair" in their handling of civil litigation. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
#SHAREYOUREARS WITH DISNEY AND HELP MAKE-A-WISH
Share the power of a wish by sharing your Mickey Ears, and every time you do Disney Parks will donate $5 (up to $1,000,000 until March 3, 2016) to Make-A-Wish to help enrich the lives of children dealing with life-threatening medical conditions. Simply take a photo of yourself, your office, family or friends wearing Mickey Ears and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShareYourEars. Don't have Mickey Ears? Create your own out of just about anything. Then put them on and join your favorite elected officials and friends in raising awareness and funds to help grant wishes. Make-A-Wish granted its very first wish at the Disneyland Resort nearly 35 years ago, since then Disney has helped the organization make more than 100,000 wishes come true -- wishes that not only brighten lives for a day or two, but provide life-changing experiences for recipients and their families long after they have been granted. CLICK HERE for more info or contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
JOIN THE PILOT PROJECT AND BE PART OF CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE - SIGN UP TODAY!
Gov. Brown and the legislature are debating how to resolve a $5.7 billion annual mismatch between revenues and spending for road and highway upkeep. A short-term fix reliant on the gas tax will only be a stop-gap measure and the gas tax is increasingly inadequate as cars become more fuel efficient. State leaders are calling on private citizens to test a user-charge system based on choice and personal privacy protection. Supported by the CalChamber, the user charge envisions a broad application of the mileage fee, with no exemptions and no rate differentials, and has it set at a rate that would replace the gas tax rather than be an additional fee. The state is recruiting volunteers to help gather data over a nine-month field trail to determine challenges and opportunities at no charge to volunteers. The data will then be analyzed and reviewed by the state transportation experts and officials who will then make recommendation to the legislature at the end of 2017. Join President and CEO Lucy Dunn, as well as thousands of other volunteers to help determined California's transportation future by signing up today! For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
STATE EXTENDS WATER RESTRICTIONS
The State Water Resources Control Board is extending the California's May 2015 Emergency Regulation restrictions on urban usage through October 2016. Despite recent rains and a growing snowpack, many of California's reservoirs and groundwater basins remain depleted, fueling the need for continued water conservation. Under the revised regulations, however, there is greater consideration of certain factors that influence water use in different parts of the state, including hotter-than-average climate, population growth, and significant investments in new local, drought resilient water sources, such as wastewater reuse and desalination. The regulation will be considered again for more flexibility once more complete water survey information is known in April. The good news is that the Sierra Nevada snowpack measured 114 percent of normal for early February, but most of the state's reservoirs are holding much less than historical averages. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development. 
AMCAL MULTI-HOUSING OPENS 40-UNIT AFFORDABLE FAMILY APARTMENTS IN PERRIS, CA
OCBC investor AMCAL Multi-Housing, a statewide leader in the development of affordable housing, announced the opening of Verano, a mixed-use development featuring affordable family apartments, onsite childcare and retail space in downtown Perris. Verano is LEED Gold certified, which is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. The community features Energy Star rated appliances, further reducing energy costs for residents and exceeding California's Energy Efficient Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings by 17.5 percent, which is enhanced by solar thermal water heating. Located with the City of Perris' Downtown Specific Plan, Verano will help leverage additional public investments and contributing to the ongoing revitalization of the area. In addition, Verano's convenient location provides residents with access to Metrolink commuter rail stations, RCTC bus routes, the new 3.1 acre Mercado Park, a market, schools and downtown shopping district, which are located within a half mile of the development. Verano was financed with equity and a construction loan from Union Bank, permanent local from California Community Reinvestment Corp., and funding from the Perris Housing Authority. Total project value is $13,642,000. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE HOSTS CA CHIEF JUSTICE TANI GORRE CANTIL-SAKAUYE
Join California Women Lead April 21-22, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim where over 300 of California's leading elected, appointed and business leaders will gather for an inspiring conference dedicated to promoting women leaders throughout the state. OCBC's Lucy Dunn is also featured as a panelist to help women seek state appointments. OCBC is proud to sponsor this event, which offers two days of educational programming and networking, including a conference reception with California Chief Justic Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, as well as a keynote address from California State Controller Betty Yee. CLICK HERE for more info and to register today! 
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Trivia Challenge at Bottle Logic - Thursday, April 21
Join Lou Correa, Fmr. Senator and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 46th District, and Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle and Associates, at Bottle Logic Tasting Room for an evening of Trivia from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bottle Logic owner Steve Napolitano will join in to share the latest on Anaheim's thriving craft beer scene. Tickets include beer, food, trivia and a night of fun! Cost is $100 per person. RSVP to Jill Kanzler at jill@SOARanaheim.org. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
County of Orange Vendor Information Day - First Thursday of each month
The County of Orange hosts a Vendor Information Day each month to provide prospective vendors an opportunity to learn how to do business with the County and to provide a forum to answer questions regarding the County's procurement process on the first Thursday of each month (excluding holidays) from 9 to 11 a.m. at the County Procurement Office in Santa Ana. CLICK HERE for more information.

Reimagining Local Government: Strengthening Democracy in Our Communities - Thursday, February 25
The Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences presents the second annual conference on local government from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. February 25, 2016 at the Argyros Forum 209ABC at Chapman University. The conference will discuss the importance of local government to people's lives. CLICK HERE to RSVP.
 
Living and Working in the US: Perspectives on Immigration, Taxes, and Liability Risks - Thursday, February 25
Join the California German American Business Association to learn about solutions from a panel of experts on immigration law, taxes and liability risks for those staying in the U.S. as part of the GABA Southern California Expat Series from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, February 25 at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. CLICK HERE for more information.
 
Wilderness Preserve Hiking and Riding Tours - February 27 to November 19
Orange County Transportation Authority is offering free excursions on various open space preserves that are permanently protected. This is a great opportunity for special access to some of Orange County's pristine open space and enjoys the natural landscape. CLICK HERE for more information, as well as dates and times.

Reception Honoring California Transportation Commission with Special Guest Will Kempton - Wednesday, March 16
Join the CTC for a reception with special guest Will Kempton, retiring Executive Director from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine. Sponsorships are available. CLICK HERE for more information.  
 
Regional Leadership Forum 2016 - March 30- April 1
Register today for the 2016 Regional Transportation's 2016 Forum asking "What's Transportation's Future?" March 30 to April 1 at Monterey Marriott. The forum is a chance to meet, network, and share ideas with the leading regional leaders and thinkers from around the state. CLICK HERE for more information. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MARCH
Economic Development
Wednesday, February 24, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Infrastructure
Tuesday, March 8, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, March 11, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Workforce Development
Wednesday, March 16, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 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 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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