The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                      Tuesday, February 25, 2014
LSA ASSOCIATES' LES CARD TO PILOT OCBC'S SOARING SUCCESS AS 2014 CHAIRMAN

 

 

More than 700 of Orange County's business leaders gathered Thursday evening at Hotel Irvine for OCBC'S 2014 Annual Dinner, "The Sky's the Limit," sponsored by FivePoint Communities. The event featured the installation of the OCBC Board of Directors and 2014 Chair, Les Card of LSA Associates Inc., who succeeded outgoing Chair Michael Hornak of Rutan & Tucker LLP. The evening was a celebration of Orange County's economy bounding toward not only recovery, but soaring progress and success. The theme "The Sky's the Limit" encourages business leaders to take advantage of the unlimited growth, unlimited opportunity, and unlimited potential in Orange County and continuing its position as a global economic leader. The night concluded with keynote speaker George F. Will, Columnist, Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner, who spoke about many controversial issues making today's news headlines, such as social security, health care, and wealth inequality. Will shared insights regarding the opportunities and challenges facing today's economy and focused on the importance of every citizen becoming aware and involved in congressional decisions. Will, a well-known baseball aficionado, often lightened the mood of the room with comments on his beloved team, the Chicago Cubs - joking at one point that they were merely in a "106-year recovery" since their last World Series Win. He also applauded dinner attendee and Angels Baseball owner, Arte Moreno, for his leadership and team management. Angels Baseball sponsored the VIP Reception after Will's keynote address, where other dinner sponsors and OCBC Board Members met Will and toasted to a promising 2014 in Orange County. CLICK HERE for photos. For more information, contact Sabra Benes, events manager. 

 

 

OCBC, ACC-OC LEAD DELEGATION TO SACRAMENTO TO ADVOCATE FOR BUSINESS 

 

OCBC and ACC-OC partnered once again to lead a delegation of more than 40 stakeholders on its annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Sacramento Monday and today.  With record participation, attendees gained access to many important decision makers in the legislature to discuss ways Southern California and Orange County may continue to lead the state in enhancing infrastructure, combating a devastating drought, and assisting other regions with economic recovery for a stronger California. The delegation met with several lawmakers including Assembly Speaker John Perez, 53rd District; California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriguez; and Steven Bradford, the Chair of the Utilities and Commerce Committee. OCBC also met with Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, who reflected on the new freshman class, her tenure as Assembly Republican Leader and what she sees for the future of California. Monday concluded with the annual legislative dinner, which celebrated Assemblyman Don Wagner, 68th District, and his outstanding support of the business community with a 95 percent voting record on OCBC's Legislative Scorecard. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

STATE, REGIONAL OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE ALL TO PREPARE FOR 'MOST SEVERE DROUGHT ON RECORD'

The Board of Directors of the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) passed a resolution  Wednesday encouraging all water users to take necessary actions to extend water supplies and prepare for a prolonged drought. MWDOC's call for action comes on the heels of extremely low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where snow levels measured just 12 percent of average water content during the January snow survey. This led the California Department of Water Resources to take the unprecedented step of reducing anticipated water supply deliveries through the State Water Project (SWP) to zero percent - meaning SWP Contractors are expecting to receive no water from the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta this year. Orange County receives approximately 30 percent of its annual water supply from this source. Therefore, water reduction use is essential.

 

While there is no immediate danger of water supply interruptions in Orange County, there is no indication of how long the drought will last. State environmental officials say the current drought is one of the most severe on record. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency last month and directed state agencies to reduce water usage and asked residents to voluntarily cut usage by 20 percent. CLICK HERE for easy ways to reduce water usage by 20 percent. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.

CUTTING RED TAPE ACROSS THE STATE; OCBC HONORED FOR RED TAPE, RED CARPET PROGRAM

OCBC's Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards program received an Award of Merit in the category of Economic Development Programs from the California Association for Local Economic Development's statewide Taking Care of Business Awards of Excellence competition. The competition acknowledges developers, cities and programs that effectively deliver quality resources to their community businesses and support the local economy. OCBC's program, currently in its third year, recognizes Orange County's outstanding public agencies that are proactively cutting through bureaucratic red tape and opening the door for business growth and success.  The success of OCBC's Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Awards has led to its adoption by several other business organizations, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. CLICK HERE to view the other award winners. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

ECONOMISTS, HEALTHCARE EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON ACA AT UC IRVINE SYMPOSIUM

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Medical personnel, non-profit organizations, the business community, and additional stakeholders gathered at UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business's 23rd Annual Health Care Forecast Conference to discuss the state of health care in California, focusing on the implementation and economic effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Health care experts said that in the 16 states with their own exchanges, such as California with CoveredCA, enrollment and implementation of ACA is doing better than expected. California was highlighted as a positive example of cutting and combining obsolete or outdated programs to increase effectiveness of ACA. However, just as the state is working to update the health care infrastructure, it must also prepare for the new enrollees that have signed up for a health care plan who are expected to eventually stop paying the new cost and default on their monthly premiums. While ACA costs have currently stabilized and the state deficit is expected to go down over the next six years, economists and the Congressional Budget Office expect deductibles, cost sharing, and co-pays to rise as the baby boomers begin to retire en masse during the next 10 years. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

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: Thursday, March 27 I 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. 

JOIN OCBC TO MEET WITH FEDERAL LEGISLATORS ON DC ADVOCACY TRIP - MAY 19 TO 21

Join OCBC and ACC-OC on the One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Washington D.C. on May 19 to 21. Meet with lawmakers, members of the administration, and other decision makers on business issues including economic development, education, housing, transportation and water. Participants include representatives from Orange County's leading companies.  

 

WHEN: May 19 to 21, 2014

WHERE: The St. Regis Washington Hotel

COST: OCBC Member: $1,650  I  Non-Member: $1,850

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

 

 

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

ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR WITH A PLAN TO SOLVE SOCIAL ISSUES IN OC? 

Saddleback College is hosting the inaugural "Orange County Social Entrepreneurship" awards program, the nation's first county-wide competition for individuals, groups, non-profit, and for-profit entities. The program works to catalyze a movement of social entrepreneurs who will develop and implement solutions to address social problems in the community, and seeks business plans with an emerging or replicable model from an individual or organization designed to solve challenges in a wide range of areas including but not limited to poverty, homelessness, environment, urban revitalization, health, and education.  Applicants are encouraged to attend the program kickoff luncheon 11:30 a.m. February 26 at Saddleback College. The deadline to submit applications is April 18. Competition finalists will present their ventures to the public at a presentation showcase on May 10. Following the competition, finalists will benefit from consultation services in preparation for an investor pitch in September. CLICK HERE for more information. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.

JAMBOREE, AMCAL BRIDGING WORKFORCE HOUSING GAP
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AMCAL Multi-housing and Jamboree Housing Corporation are both providing essential housing developments for the future of Orange County as the region is currently facing a 50,000 unit housing shortfall.  Jamboree Housing Corporation hosted the Doria Apartment Homes phase II ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday in Stonegate Village, which encompasses 74 housing units designed for families earning 30 to 60 percent of the area's median income. Jamboree Housing recently completed two other projects as well, including the Park Landing Apartment Homes in Buena Park and Birch Hills Apartment Homes in Brea, adding a total of 259 apartment units to Orange County's inventory for housing affordable to the workforce within the last six months. OCBC awarded the City of Brea with the Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Award in November for a Public-Private Partnership, recognizing the excellent collaboration between the city and Jamboree Housing. AMCAL Multi-Housing, along with A Community of Friends and Foundation for Affordable Housing, also announced the successful full occupancy of the groundbreaking 41-unit special needs Vista Del Rio community in Santa Ana. The development serves as a collaboration to further expand housing affordable to communities that are under served. This is AMCAL Multi-housing's fifth development in Orange County.  For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.  

AT&T DONATES $1.5 MILLION TO YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
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Ken McNeely, President of AT&T California, will present a $1.5 million dollar donation to Orange County based RoadTrip Nation in support of their youth empowerment program.  This contribution enables Roadtrip Nation to engage more than 15,000 students nationally over the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Roadtrip Nation helps students at risk of dropping out of high school to connect school work and their interests to real-world opportunities. Support for Roadtrip Nation is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T's $350 million commitment to education. With more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in 2008, Aspire is one of the nation's largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. The donation will be presented on Tuesday, February 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., at Lorin Griset Academy. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business 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. 

TOSHIBA AMERICA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS RECYCLES NEARLY 200 TONS OF TONER WASTE IN 2013

In pursuit of its goal to eliminate e-waste, Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. recycled almost 200 tons of used toner products in 2013 through the company's "Zero Waste to Landfill" program. In partnership with internationally-recognized recycler, Close the Loop, Toshiba nearly doubled the amount of spent imaging consumables it recycled in 2012. Since the start of its Zero Waste to Landfill program in late 2008, Toshiba has collected nearly 450 tons of e-waste thereby eliminating this significant amount of the environmentally harmful material from filling open land. Toshiba's toner recycling efforts is one of the key elements for many of its award-winning e-STUDIO™ multifunction products becoming part of the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool registry, which is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

'Frozen' characters draw unprecedented lines at Disneyland

BofA to hire 200 small-business bankers 

Register owner to start new desert weekly
Sharp boost seen in credit card limits
Allergan plans hundreds of OC jobs $5 Billion Honolulu Rail Transit Project Gets Green Light 
For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: PODCASTS

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Podcasts: Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts in the Featured tab, or browse Top Charts to see what's hot right now. Add your favourite podcasts to personal stations that stay up to date when new episodes. 

Instacast 4: Interact with episodes by reading show notes in an easy-to-read format, and share episodes with third-party services. This app allows you to make lists, smart lists, and bookmarks of your favorite podcasts and songs. 
DowncasT:  Download and listen to your favorite podcasts directly from your iOS device without the need to sync with iTunes. Search, subscribe to and download audio and video podcasts of any size. 

Castro: Castro is a revolutionary podcast client that's smart, graceful, and designed exclusively for iOS 7. This app allows you to play episodes without subscribing to the podcast. 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

POLITICAL CORNER  

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

 

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    

UCI Azerbaijan Lecture and Q&A Session - Thursday, February 27

Join UCI's Council on International Affairs as they present Azerbaijan, The United States and the World, a lecture and Q & A session featuring the Honorable Nasimi Aghayev, the Counsul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The lecture will be on Thursday, February 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Moss Cove AB in UC Irvine Student Center. CLICK HERE for more information.

   

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. 

 

OC Forum Luncheon Program with Guest Speaker Andrew Puzder, CEO, CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc. - Thursday, March 6

Join Orange County Forum at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Hilton O.C. for the next luncheon program featuring guest speaker Andrew Puzder, CEO, CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. Puzder is credited with turning around both the Hardee's and CDKE brands, allowing the company to survive, become financially secure and return to growth. CLICK HERE for more 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.

 

AAOC's 43rd Annual Trade Show & Conference - Thursday, March 13

Join the Apartment Associations of Orange County for their 43rd Annual Trade Show on Thursday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. The trade show & conference will feature a variety of seminars and networking opportunities for the rental housing industry. The event is open to the public. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Coffee with Go-Biz - Friday, March 14

Do you own a business or are thinking about starting one? Join Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva for a small business workshop with the California economic development office Go-Biz from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 14 at CSU Fullerton - Fullerton Arboretum. Learn about best practices for small businesses, business plan development, start-up basics, and more. 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.

 

2014 Voice of Girls - Friday, May 9

Join the Girl Scouts of Orange County at the 2014 Voice for Girls forum to address the challenges facing girls and rally the community's support in encouraging the female leaders of tomorrow. The forum will take place on Friday, May 9th from 8-11 a.m. at the Pacific Club located at 4110 Mac Arthur Blvd, Newport Beach. CLICK HERE to register.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MARCH
Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

Economic Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
 
LEA Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 13, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
 
Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 I 7:30 am. 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 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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