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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Every few years, Southern California is mandated by the feds to develop a 20-year master transportation plan in order to plan for, and receive, funding for infrastructure. A Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) is also a newly required element of the plan, envisioned to combine transportation and land use elements in order to reduce emissions. The draft plan--the RTP/SCS--has been developed and is now up for approval. On March 21, Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) Policy Committees overwhelmingly recommended moving the 2012-2035 RTP/SCS forward to the Regional Council for approval on April 4. OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrod led a team of economists analyzing the economic benefits. CLICK HERE for the economic benefits of the 2012-2035 RTP/SCS. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

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Road congestion wastes 1.9 billion gallons of gas, says US Treasury Department.


With federal transportation funding set to expire March 31, House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica has introduced a three-month extension of the highway and transit program. If adopted by Congress, this would be the ninth extension of SAFETEA-LU, which first expired in September of 2009. Hearing that House Republicans are not prepared to take up a bipartisan transportation bill (approved overwhelmingly by the Senate with a vote of 74 to 22) reminds us of that old elementary school report card category, "Works and Plays Well with Others." If Sister Mary Ignatius were grading, Congress would definitely get an "F" and would be in detention cleaning chalkboard erasers for a month. CLICK HERE to send a note to Congress telling them to pass the transportation bill! 


Today's epic congressional gridlock has potentially disastrous impacts on the well-being of our entire country.  With the Highway Trust Fund, the main source of transportation funding, projected to run out of money possibly before year's end, Congress is under pressure to find new sources of funding both for the extension and for long-range funding.  Without any stability or certainty in funding, critical transportation projects can't begin and projects already underway face shutdowns.  In an industry with over 40% unemployment and the literal underpinnings of the economy crumbling through lack of infrastructure investment, it is unconscionable that Congress can't manage substance over stubbornness. CLICK HERE to keep reading.


On March 16, the Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L.) Coalition, of which OCBC is a founding member, commended Governor Jerry Brown and Senior Jobs Advisor Mike Rossi for cutting red tape to commence construction on billions of dollars in stalled hospital projects throughout the state. The Governor took three major steps to ease regulatory burden on the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, which will allow the office to commit more staff and resources towards directly addressing the backlog of hospital construction approvals. The construction of these projects will create over 230,000 jobs statewide, paying over $15 billion in wages. These actions are:

  • Lifting the hiring freeze at OSHPD's Facility Development Division,
  • Lifting most of the travel restrictions at FDD, and
  • Lifting the mandatory monthly Personal Leave Program day beginning on April 1, 2012.

These actions, combined with the actions taken by the Governor last spring to reduce the number for furlough days from three to one and to allow the agency to fill 26 vacant positions, represent a huge victory for the state's $60 billion hospital sector, employing over 380,000 workers directly. CLICK HERE for the press release. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.   


Home prices have been rising for the last 3 months, with an average increase of 1.1 percent, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Since January prices have been trending up nationally, with home prices up in 90 of the 97 markets analyzed by the firm. While recovery is slow, the new data shows that recovery in the housing market is underway. CLICK HERE for more information on the data from John Burns Real Estate Consulting. For more information contact  Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. 


The following op-ed was submitted to the OC Register, and co-authored by Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC, and John Schatz, General Manager, Santa Margarita Water District.

With the twist of a faucet handle, a little stream from the Sacramento area completes a journey of hundreds of miles, from lakes and rivers through tunnels and pipes, to Orange County where affordable and high-quality water sustains our businesses, economy and communities. This is our most valuable "import." Did you know that Orange County gets its water from a Northern California area known as the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and from the Colorado River?  


Imported water is "liquid gold" and helped make Orange County the nation's sixth most populous county, headquarters for several Fortune 500 companies and a popular destination spot for tourists from around the world. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


Join OCBC, Mobility 21, OCMoves and WTS - Orange County, in partnership with OCTA, for a complimentary reception honoring the California Transportation Commission on Wednesday, April 25 at Irvine City Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Space is limited, so RSVP today. The reception is sponsored by AECOM, Automobile Club of Southern California, CALTROP, Earth Mechanics Inc., HDR, InfraConsult, Jacobs, Overland, Pacific & Cutler, Inc., and Sensys Networks. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Marnie Primmer at For event information contact Marissa Espino at 714.560.5607. 


On March 20, OCBC hosted 120 business and community leaders for the inaugural Orange County Economic Development Forum, presented by Bank of America. The action items resulting from the forum and panel discussions included eliminating the skills gap between education and business, addressing the state's burdensome regulatory environment, fostering public-private partnerships, and creating a more business friendly environment. The forum was one of 15 taking place across the state, leading up to the first-ever California Economic Summit on May 11, 2012 in San Jose, where the ideas of each regional forum will be presented for a state-wide economic development plan.   


"The community's message rang loud and clear: Local control. Regional collaboration," said Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. "California desperately needs greater economic development efforts at all levels of government. Orange County recognizes the importance of business success to our economic recovery. Now it's the state's turn to say, 'We're open for business!'" CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.


On March 15, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) hosted OCBC board members and investors on a tour of the new hospital tower set to open in April of 2013.  The new state of the art hospital will be seven stories high and 426,000 square feet, costing $560 million. The hospital is expected to create 400 new jobs in Orange County. Currently up to 500 construction workers are finishing construction of the hospital, which is scheduled to open two months ahead of schedule.


CHOC will continue to partner with St. Joseph Hospital, directly adjacent to this innovative new facility. In keeping with the family friendly vision for the hospital, the new tower will offer pre-teen and teen common rooms, a patient outdoor play area, a resource library, café and outdoor garden, music therapy room and a meditation and prayer center. If you are interested in touring the new CHOC hospital tower or for more information, contact Jena Jensen at 714.516.4206. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development.


TMeasure M1 Logohe Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee (TOC). The eleven-member committee monitors OCTA's use of Measure M funds and ensures that all revenue collected from both Measure M1 (M1) and the Renewed Measure M2 (M2) is spent on voter-approved transportation projects. The independent committee was formed after the passage in 1990 of Measure M, a half-cent sales tax to fund transportation improvements in Orange County. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

Congratulations to past OCBC Chair, Linda Martin of Porter Novelli, for her recent appointment as a partner to the Porter Novelli Management Team. Martin is executive vice president, managing director of the agency's Irvine and San Diego offices, and agency lead on the Almond Board of California business. Martin's appointment was in recognition of her commitment to developing and implementing strategic programs to drive the growth and success of the agency, and creating workplaces that foster teamwork and enable top talent to thrive and drive meaningful business change for clients.  Martin is a senior leader who has made a significant contribution to Porter Novelli's global Food & Nutrition practice, which has been a linchpin of the agency's business since its founding in 1972. For more information contact Vicki Blaser, Director of Accounting and Investor Relations. 


ChalkboardOn Wednesday, March 21, OCBC was pleased to help sponsor the 26th annual Huntington Beach Economic Development Conference. The theme for this year's event was "Development, Destination and Jobs." Featured on a panel was OCBC's Chair of Workforce Development, Richard Porras of AT&T, who discussed the challenge of finding qualified new employees to fill the jobs open at AT&T. In order for Orange County to continue its economic growth, said Porras, the county needs less regulation and school districts need greater local control. If the state is going to continue to cut education funding, then schools should be allowed to dictate how to use the funds they do have. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development.


OCBC hosted a delegation from the Guangdon Council for the Development and Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises, located in China's Guangdon province. OCBC Vice President of Economic Development Matt Petteruto provided the delegation with an overview on the benefits of doing business in Orange County highlighted by the county's continued growth in international trade. OC's geographic location provides it with very distinct advantages for international trade, including its proximity to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, a well-connected freeway and road system for trucking, rail lines providing national trade linkages, proximity to LAX, Santa Ana's John Wayne Airport, and a large and growing ethnically diverse population providing key contacts for international linkages. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.


On March 19, The Boeing Company hosted the Arts Orange County's 2012 Creative Edge Lecture, featuring Randy Nelson, Director of Apple University. Orange County Superintendent Bill Habermehl opened the program discussing the lack of arts education in schools and the consequences of cutting such programs, particularly in California, a state known for its history of creativity and innovation. Orange County-based companies like Blizzard and Disneyland Resort exemplify the innovative spirit that is unique to OC, and the importance of developing well-rounded students to fill jobs in the growing creativity sector. For the last 25 years Nelson has used techniques from the arts to help businesses such as Apple, Pixar, and DreamWorks become the global successes they are today. No matter what the business, said Nelson, the core skills needed for success are only discovered through the arts. Creativity is the key to effective collaboration and problem solving, critical abilities in today's economic environment. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development.


HELP YOUR BUSINESS. Join the annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.  

Deadline for participation in the hosted hotel portion of the trip is April 2.


Meet with lawmakers, members of the administration, and other decision makers on business issues such as economic development, education, housing, transportation and water. 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. 


Washington, D.C.- April 23-25  I  The Phoenix Park Hotel 

Program Highlights:

- Accommodations included at an ideally located, luxurious, historic hotel.

- Opening reception at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health.

- High level meetings with the Obama Administration and Congressional Leadership.

- Reception at The Walt Disney Company offices.

- Dinner with Orange County Congressional Delegation.

- Two Orange County Issues breakfasts.

- Unparalleled networking with business and elected leaders.


Register Online         Sponsorship Info           


Thank you to DC trip sponsors Disneyland Resort, Kaiser Permanente, Michael Brandman Associates, and Parsons. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

Tribute and Roast Honoring Sheriff Sandra Hutchens - April 19 

One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. - April 23-25 

Latino Educational Attainment Reception - May 3 

One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Sacramento, CA, in partnership with ACC-OC -  May 14-15 


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Chase Mobile - Bank on-the-go with the Chase Mobile app. 

Bank of America - With this app, see all your Bank of America accounts on one concise overview screen. 

UPS Mobile - Track and nickname shipments, create shipping labels, find UPS service locations via GPS, and estimate shipping costs and delivery times. 

OC Metro - Get OC business news headlines on your iPhone, covering business, people and life in OC. 

OC Register - With this app you'll always have easy access to OC's top news stories. 

Kaiser Permanente - Locate any Kaiser Permanente medical facility easily. 

Time Warner Cable - Watch shows and control your TV from any room in the house. 


For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 


As one of the leading petroleum and natural gas companies, ExxonMobil takes their environmental responsibilities very seriously by actively managing environmental risks and relentlessly focusing on operational excellence. Through sustainable approaches, spill prevention, reduction of air emissions, and waste management ExxonMobil is carefully perusing every avenue of environmental protection.


ExxonMobil recognizes that spill prevention is of the utmost importance to protect human health and the environment and they have taken every precaution as a result. Through strengthening procedures, building in layers of protection, inspecting and maintaining equipment, training operators, and conducting tests and drills, ExxonMobil has transported all cargoes without any spills greater than 1 barrel for more than 4 years. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 


Reception Supporting Gary DeLong for Congress - Wednesday, March 28, 2012

You are cordially invited to a reception supporting Gary DeLong for Congress on March 28 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Big Canyon Country Club, 1 Big Canyon Drive, Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for the event details and contribution form. RSVP to Stacy Davis at 949.474.6930 or


Ed Royce's 4th Annual Women's Conference - March 31, 2012 

Featuring keynote speaker Nancy Pfotenhauer, economist and successful businesswoman, the annual event will include a variety of breakout sessions, including A Celebrity Chef's Guide to Healthy Cooking, Conquering the Work-Life Balance, Financially Fit and Savvy, the 3 C's of Home Buying, and much more. For more information and to RSVP, visit   


S.O.A.R. Community Fundraiser - Thursday, April 5, 2012

Join S.O.A.R. P.A.C. on April 5 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for a special community fundraiser at the Anaheim Brewery, and be one of the first to experience the new patio. Also, enjoy a live performance by Battle of the Dance cast. The cost is $40 per person, with dinner and an Anaheim brew included. Anaheim Brewery is located at 336 South Anaheim Blvd, in Anaheim. RSVP to Jill Kanzler at


These events are listed for informational purposes only. No OCBC endorsement is implied.


Join Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary

Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary, and have planned a year-long slate of activities that will make 2012 the 'Year of the Girl.' Mark your calendars for July 27 when Girl Scouts will Rock the OC Fair with hundreds of exciting activities, demonstrations and stage performances. See you at the fair! For more information contact Linda Hartney-Purdy at lhpurdy@girlscoutsoc.orgAre you one of the 50 million women who enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood?  We invite you to become a member of the Orange County Girl Scouts Alumnae program and be part of the "Celebration of the Century." Click here to register as an alumna today!


Hyatt Regency Irvine Presents: Burger Wars! - March 9 - April 9, 2012

Each burger purchased between March 9 and April 9 at 6ix Park Grill qualifies you for one entry into a drawing to win 2 nights in the Hyatt Regency Irvine's Presidential Suite, or 20,000 Gold Passport Points. The drawing will be held April 10 at noon. Visit for more information. 


OC Forum Reception and Premier Screening of Death by China - Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Join OC Forum for a reception and premier screening of Death by China, featuring Peter Navarro, author, economist, and business professor at UC Irvine. The event will take place at The Island Cinema at Fashion Island in Newport Beach at 4:00 p.m. Pre-paid reservations are required. For reservations email


Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership to Feature USC's Pat Haden at Ethics Seminar - Thursday, March 29, 2012

Got ethics?  The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership and Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer Leading the Ethical Organization, a half-day ethics seminar for business leaders.  The event will be held from 7:30-11:00 a.m. on March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.  The breakfast seminar will feature a keynote address from Pat Haden, USC Director of Athletics, a panel of business leaders discussing ethics in the workplace, and presentation of the Ukleja Center's 2012 John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award to Pat Haden.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register.


Humanities Perspectives on Business Lecture Series - April 4-5, 2012 

California State University, Fullerton welcomes the public to the "Humanities Perspectives on Business" lecture series April 4-5, which will examine negligence law and the doing business in Russia. On Wednesday, April 4, Associate Professor of Philosophy John K. Davis will present "What Justifies Negligence Law," and will discuss several attempts to provide a theoretical justification for tort law. On Thurdsday, April 5, Associate Professor of History Lynn M. Sargeant will present "Doing Business in the Wild, Wild East," and will focus on the benefits and the costs of Russia's economic transition for Russian citizens, as well as the opportunities and perils Russia presents to Americans attempting to "break in" to its markets.CLICK HERE for more information.  


SCAG Regional Conference and General Assembly - April 5, 2012

Southern California Association of Governments is hosting its 47th Annual Regional Conference & General Assembly on April 5, 2012 at the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The theme of this year's conference is Towards a Sustainable Future in Southern California. The event will feature leaders, including OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrord, speaking on job growth, the economy and how to move forward together to build a sustainable region. The conference promises to be one of the largest, most prominent regional events of 2012. For more information visit  


Orange County Community Indicators Report Annual Luncheon - Thursday, April 12, 2012

Join OC Forum for the 2012 Outlook, featuring panelists Steve PonTell, President of La Jolla Institute, and Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of Orange County Business Council, on Thursday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Irvine, 18800 MacArthur Blvd. Pre-paid reservations are required by noon on April 9. For reservations email CLICK HERE for the event flier. 


2012 NFIB/California Day at the Capitol - April 18, 2012

Come to Sacramento to ensure that the Voice of Small Business is heard! You are invited to participate in NFIB/California's 4th Annual Day at the Capitol event, affording members the opportunity to meet and discuss important small business issues with state legislative and administration leaders. CLICK HERE for the event flier. For more information contact Lauren Zahedani at 916.448.9904.


Mihaylo College of Business and Economics 2012 Midyear Economic Forecast - Thursday, April 19, 2012

Join Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics for the 2012 Midyear Economic Forecast, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Tickets are $75 per person, or $700 for a corporate table of 10. For sponsorship opportunities, call Ola Carr at 657.278.2566. 


CSUF Community Literacy Festival - Saturday, April 21, 2012

Join CSUF at the Community Literacy Festival on April 21, featuring activities for all ages. Adults: Learn how to use social media the grow your business, or learn how to boost your caeer through better workplace writing. Enjoy free books, gourmet food trucks, and literacy-related vendors. The festival will take place at the CSU Fullerton - Irvine Campus, 3 Banting, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information visit or call 714.730.6300. 


Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer - Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer, hosted by Orange County United Way, brings together hundreds of CEOs, real estate, building industry, and banking leaders to raise funds for Orange County United Way's Community Impact Fund, which invests in the Building Blocks for a self-sufficient life: Education, Income, and Health. The event will take place May 3rd at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. To register, visit

2012 OC Green Fair - Thursday, May 17, 2012  

Promote and build your brand as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2012 OC Green Fair, taking place May 17 in Santa Ana. More than 3,000 attendees are expected to take part in this free event, which is open to the public and will feature green products and services, doors prizes, delicious food and networking opportunities. To register as an exhibitor at the event or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please complete the registration form at by Monday, April 2.


Join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County in Mongolia - July 1-7, 2012

Join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County this summer on the Global Village team's trip to Mongolia to build houses. The humanitarian trip will be from July 1 to 7, where as a volunteer, you may work on house construction, renovations or disaster relief. Trip itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. Depending on the length of the trip, most teams spend a few days discovering the area and participating in local cultural activities. Habitat's Global Village volunteer program welcomes all who want to make a difference by picking up a hammer and helping to change lives. Click here for more information.

Workforce Housing Committee
Wednesday, March 28, 2012  I  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Community College Working Group

Thursday, March 29, 2012  I  3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Joint OC Moves and Infrastructure Committees
Wednesday, April 4, 2012  I  12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Infrastructure Committee
Tuesday, April 10, 2012  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Latino Educational Attainment Committee
Thursday, April 12, 2012  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Economic Development Committee
Monday, April 16, 2012  I  4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Economic Forecast Conference Committee
Tuesday, April 17, 2012  I  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, April 18, 2012  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Community College Working Group
Thursday, April 26, 2012  I  3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.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 2011 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or

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