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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! The 5th Annual Tribute and Roast of OCTA CEO Will Kempton will feature transportation puns a-plenty 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.

OCBC is proud to launch, your one-stop relocation destination promoting the benefits of doing business in Orange County, California. provides detailed information on the county's economic climate, business incentives and resources, transportation system, workforce, education system, economic data, quality of life, and much more. For companies considering relocating or expanding their operations, provides an overview of why OC is a great place to do business. Visit today and learn more about what makes Orange County one of the most business-friendly regions in the nation. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. Special thanks to OCBC member KCOMM for helping to develop the website.

At a public hearing last week dozens of residents weighed in on the fate of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), including OCBC's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Bryan Starr. "Orange County is leading California's recovery, but that recovery is fragile," said Starr. He added that loss of power would be "devastating to the economy." Starr continued, "If not SONGS, then what? What are the alternative source of energy that could power our businesses immediately? Broad statements about alternative power aren't going to cut it."


SONGS is Southern California's largest and most reliable source of electricity, with the ability to generate enough power to meet the needs of 1.4 million homes and businesses across the region at one time. SONGS provides "baseload" generation, allowing the plant to generate energy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Few other energy sources are able to provide that constant energy generation, making the plant critical to the reliability of the region's electrical grid. Also, nuclear energy is virtually free of carbon emissions, which is increasingly valuable for meeting the state's air quality standards and commitment to reducing greenhouse gases. While other energy sources are available to replace SONGS, such as traditional power plants or solar and wind, they are not as reliable in producing energy and come at a cost. For example, to replace the 2,200 megawatts of power generated daily by SONGS, 64,000 acres of new solar panels would need to be built; that is the distance from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. Any replacement option to SONGS requires generally 10 years of planning and construction of new transmission lines, a costly and timely "fix." CLICK HERE for a video on SONGS and its value to the Southern California region. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.


OCBC is working in partnership with Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) to achieve greater public transparency from Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)and other local regulatory agencies. As a matter of practice, many local government agencies have resisted public requests for recordation and publishing of individual member votes. For example, the Association of Bay Area Governments publishes only the number of ayes or noes in a given vote on their minutes. This practice is frustrating for organizations and members of the public that have an interest in how individual members of a given agency vote on specific issues.  SB 751 seeks to remedy this issue. If passed, SB 751 would require that all votes be individually recorded and published for public review. It is important that the public to be able to hold voting members of a legislative body accountable for their votes. SB 751 will increase transparency and make accountability possible. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.


healthcare On February 21 and 22, UCI's Paul Merage School of Business hosted the 22nd annual Healthcare Forecast Conference. The conclave of industry experts, elected representatives and business leaders discussed the state of the economy and how the Affordable Care Act would affect the individual states, including California. Representatives from the state health exchange expect that starting in 2014, the first year will be exceedingly challenging, 2015 will be somewhat easier, and 2016 will be through the obstacles. Twenty-three states have opted into the exchange to expand Medicaid with 100% of the funding to be covered by the federal government the first three years, lowering to 90% starting in 2017. Essentially, states have three years to work with the program and prepare to be responsible for 10% of the costs, which could severely affect county government budgets.


The coverage will protect families of four who make less than 138% of the poverty level in their respective states. California will have its own set of challenges as it relates to Medi-Cal as there will be no overlap with children remaining in the CHIP program while their parents are enrolled in the exchange. California is taking the opportunity to streamline programs such as transferring Medi-Cal's mental health program to the Department of Mental Health Services. Ultimately, states are taking advantage of the funding to care for the poor, mentally ill and disabled and are working to find a way to cover expenses in the years following the enactment. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy. 


At the February 12 California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) public hearing on Enterprise Zones, OCBC spoke in opposition to HCD's proposed revisions to the State Enterprise Zone Program. Specifically, OCBC strongly opposes HCD's proposal to eliminate retroactive vouchering; an incentive which currently provides businesses with the ability to receive $37,440 in state tax credits over a five-year period, for each eligible employee. HCD's proposal would only serve to weaken economic incentives for businesses to not only create new jobs, but to preserve existing ones as well. Orange County currently features two Enterprise Zones located in the cities of Santa Ana and Anaheim, respectfully. The benefits provided to employers under the existing Enterprise Zone program have served as a significant economic development tool in marketing Orange County as a desirable place to do business. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 


On February 20 Senator DeSaulnier (D-Concord) officially introduced SB 391, The California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013, to spur job creation, boost California's business competitiveness, and build affordable homes for Californians, all of which are initiatives of OCBC. Senator DeSaulnier said of the bill, "There is a shortage of affordable homes in our state, and we cannot turn our back on the millions of Californians without a stable living environment. When working families can attain stable housing, our local communities and our state's economy will be stronger for it." OCBC supports the bill, which will create 29,000 jobs annually and seek to help businesses attract and retain the talent that fuels California's economy. For a full list of the bill's supporters and for more information, visit For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.  

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! 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.


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.


The name Earth Friendly Products is nothing if not straightforward. And that straightforward attitude has driven the company since its inception. While other companies integrate environmentally sustainable policies into their otherwise unrelated operating strategies, Earth Friendly Products has based their entire business on environmental sustainability.


The household product company--which sells items ranging from shower cleaner to laundry detergent to pet shampoo--was founded on a few simple principles: None of their products would be tested on animals, all products would be plant-based, and they would only produce paper that was recycled.


This effort hasn't gone unrecognized, as Earth Friendly Products has earned a number of awards, including the Socially Responsible Business Award in 2003 and being named one of the "Best in the Green" products by Avalon Communications in 2007. Earth Friendly Products demonstrates that you can keep your house clean, while keeping the environment clean too. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


St. Patrick's Day Irish Quiz - Test your Irish knowledge with fun and informative St. Patrick's Day trivia.
TripAdvisor - Book flights and hotels, or find restaurants and other nearby businesses.
St. Patrick's Day Recipes - Cook authentic Irish meals. ($0.99)
Google Translate - Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages.
Taxi Magic - Free electronic taxi booking nationwide.

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

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.


Entrepreneur of the Year Dinner - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

This event, which is held annually by Chapman University, brings together corporate executives, business owners, and Chapman students for an evening of networking and celebrating one of OC's top business leaders. This year, the award goes to Kay Napier, CEO of Arbonne International, a privately held skin care, cosmetics, and nutritional company. The dinner will be held in the Sandhu Conference Center at Chapman from 5:30-9:00pm. For ticket information, contact Sarah Magaddino at (714) 744-7819 or


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 or Jane Roeder at  


Southern California Small Business Summit - Thursday, February 28, 2013

This forum, titled "How We Stay Competitive," will feature information and experts to help small business owners avoid frivolous lawsuits, protect themselves and their businesses, and remain competitive in a tough economic and regulatory environment. The keynote speaker is attorney David Warren Peters, who has been consulted in more than 1,200 ADA/accessibility lawsuits throughout the United States, making him well equipped to handle the unique challenges that California's "private enforcement" system creates. The forum is from 10am-noon this Thursday at the Holiday Inn Diamond Bar. Register HERE.  


Orange County Job Fair - Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Presented by the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, the Orange County Job Fair features free admission, free self-parking, free resume critique, and access to Orange County employers. The job fair will take place Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine. For more information call 714.670.0100 or visit


Kid2.0 - An Elementary School S.T.E.A.M. Showcase - Sunday, March 10, 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.

Ontario State of the City - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Over 1,000 representatives of the business, development, and real estate community in the region come together at this networking and education event. Presentations by Mayor Paul S. Leon and the Ontario City Council will be accompanied by talks from featured speakers Steve Strauss, Ann Rhoads, and Greg Lindsay. One of the main topics of discussion will be the Ontario Airport and the city's control of it, a process which OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn is involved in as a member of the Ontario International Airport Authority Board. The event will be held at the Ontario Convention Center starting at 5:00pm. Click HERE to register. 


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 Human Relations 42nd Anniversary Celebration - Thursday, May 2, 2013

Orange County Human Relations will be celebrating their 42nd anniversary at the City National Grove of Anaheim, and will be honoring outstanding people in Orange County schools, communities, and police departments for their exemplary contributions to human relations in the county. Sponsorships for this event are still available. For more information contact Barbara Hunt at 714-834-7181 or


Irvine Public Schools Foundation 3rd Annual "Tee It Up for Education" Golf Tournament - Monday, May 13, 2013 

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is hosting its 3rd Annual Tee It Up for Education Golf Tournament and Dinner at Strawberry Farms Golf Club on Monday, May 13th, 2013. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 29,000 students of the Irvine Unified School District. This year's tournament is being presented by Union Bank with generous contributions from Strawberry Farms, Oakley and Honeybaked. Additional sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are still available. To register and find out more about the tournament and IPSF, please visit


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.


Government Affairs Committee Meeting  

Thursday, March 7, 2013  I  9:30-11:00am 


Infrastructure Committee Meeting  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am


Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting   

Thursday, March 14, 2013  I  9:00-10:30am


Economic Development Committee Meeting  

Monday, March 18, 2013  I  4:00-5:30pm


Workforce Development Committee Meeting  

Wednesday, March 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

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:   



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 for complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Group discounts are available only through Group Sales at (714) 876-2384 or by email to



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. 



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.


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 or call 714.502.2577.

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