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CLEAN WATER, NOT LAWSUITS: OCBC LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY ASSEMBLYMAN DALY

In response to costly litigation affecting numerous Orange County businesses, Assemblyman Tom Daly introduced AB 2712, co-authored by Senator Lou Correa, which is intended to clean-up groundwater, ensure consistency in the law and curb unnecessary litigation. For more than a decade, Orange County Water District (OCWD), an agency charged with groundwater management, has been side-stepping existing laws regarding contaminated water investigation and cleanup by suing dozens of businesses in order to avoid coordination or interaction with state agencies that have actual jurisdiction. Despite property owners having invested millions of dollars in cleanup costs, OCWD hired a contingency law firm -- which is a law firm that only gets paid if they win the case -- to proceed with costly legal action against those responsible for the groundwater contamination on the grounds of new legal theories, diverting funds and private resources away from cleanup efforts to instead pay attorney's fees.  This bill provides those responsible for groundwater contamination with a clear set of guidelines for corrective action. In a time of critical drought emergency, AB 2712 is needed to ensure that resources are spent on cleaning precious water resources, not lawsuits. CLICK HERE to read a recent story published in The OC Register. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

STATE ASSEMBLYMEMBERS BRING INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING NEEDS BACK INTO FOCUS

California Assembly Republicans recently introduced a transportation infrastructure plan aimed at addressing the nearly $3 billion shortfall in transportation funding. The plan dedicates $11 billion in one-time funds and $2.4 billion annually for statewide transportation infrastructure projects. GOP leaders claim the plan would create up to 108,000 jobs statewide and grow the economy by $140 billion. In a 2011 report, the California Transportation Commission highlighted $295 billion in unmet transportation infrastructure needs throughout the state, including $5.9 billion in Orange County. Assembly Democrats have also raised the issue of infrastructure funding with a letter authored by Assemblyman Henry Perea and signed by 11 of his "Mod-Dem" Caucus colleagues. The Democrats' letter calls for legislative leaders to increase infrastructure spending in the Governor's budget from $337 million to $837 million. OCBC applauds legislative leaders for putting California's infrastructure needs back in focus this legislative session. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD BENNETT ANTHONY STARR!

Bryan Starr, OCBC's Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, and his wife Katie welcomed their first family addition early Sunday morning. Bennett was born March 10, 2014 at 3:28 a.m., weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces. Mother and son are both doing well and Dad is beaming! Congratulations!

CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH CHAPMAN LAW DEAN TOM CAMPBELL - MARCH 27

OCBC is pleased to announce that the first Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2014 will feature Thomas Campbell, Dean of the Fowler School of Law, Chapman University. He has been in academia for more than three decades and served in the United States Congress and the California State Senate, among many other distinguished accomplishments. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of Orange County's leaders, 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 - $85 I Non-member: $145 I Series Package: $300

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

ORANGE COUNTY VISITOR SPENDING RETURNS TO PRERECESSION PEAKS

Orange County attracted 44.4 million visitors in 2013, reflecting an overall increase of about 600,000 or 1.4 percent in visitors, according to the Anaheim, Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau and additional CIC Research. In addition to an influx of people visiting Orange County, visitor spending during 2013 jumped nearly 10.1 percent to $9.6 billion, compared to $8.7 billion in 2012, representing a $900 million year-over-year increase primarily driven by a surge in visitors staying in Orange County hotels. This marks a full recovery in visitor spending above the prerecession peak, even after adjustment for inflation and CIC Research indicates that the Orange County tourism outlook for 2014 will continue to increase, but at a more moderate growth. CLICK HERE for an overview of Orange County's tourism industry. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

MISSION VIEJO RANKED IN TOP 20 LIST OF LEAST EXPENSIVE PLACES TO DO BUSINESS

Congratulations Mayor Frank Ury and Councilmembers! Mission Viejo is one of only two California cities ranked on a list of the least expensive western cities to do business, according to the  Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey.Claremont McKenna College's Rose Institute of State & Local Government has been conducting the Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey for nearly two decades.  The survey collects information about business fees and different tax rates from 305 California cities.  The 2013 edition offers comparisons to possible alternatives to California like Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.  The rankings for each city are divided into one of five "Cost Ratings" groups:  Very Low Cost, Low Cost, Average Cost, High Cost and Very High Cost. Mission Viejo, which has long been known for its business-friendly practices -- such as not having a business license fee -- and Moorpark, are the only California cities ranked on the list of Twenty Least Expensive Cities in the West in 2013. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

STUDY: JWA IS AN ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

A recent study reports that John Wayne Airport (JWA) provides a total of 43,000 full and part time jobs and $6 billion in total economic output, including $2.8 billion directly for the four Southern California counties -- generating important employment and economic contributions to the Southern California economy. This report summarizes the economic contribution of the airport, its airlines, their partner businesses, and in-bound visitors to the Orange County region. The study measures the direct, indirect and induced economic impacts created by JWA in Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino. The report also estimated that 2.4 million visitors who spent $1.9 billion in the region flew through JWA in 2012. CLICK HERE to read the full study. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

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 Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

SAVE THE DATE! 2014 BIZPAC ELECTION YEAR RECEPTION & FUNDRAISER - APRIL 24

Join OCBC and the BIZPAC Trustees on Thursday, April 24, 2014 for the 2014 BIZPAC Election Year Reception & Fundraiser. The event is an unmatched opportunity to meet political and business leaders during this critical election season. The 2014 Bizpac Election Year Reception & Fundraiser benefits BIZPAC, OCBC's political action committee. 

 

WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014

WHERE: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

COST: Individual: $250 I Supporter (4 Tickets): $1,250  

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

 

 

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

OCBC WELCOMES NEW INVESTOR IRVINE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION

OCBC is pleased to welcome new investors Irvine Technology Corporation (ITC), an award-winning Information Technology Solutions and Staffing provider with roots in Southern California, and Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, the only not-for-profit hospital in Fountain Valley. ITC is an award-winning Information Technology Solutions and Staffing provider with roots in Southern California. For the past twelve years, ITC has served exceptional client organizations as both a local and national resource, and were recognized as one of the Orange County Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. Orange Coast Memorial Center was voted "Best Place to Work" and one of the "Best Companies to Work for" by the readers of the Orange County Register and OC Metro Magazine. The center fulfills its community's health care needs with innovation and a commitment to excellence, all delivered in a beautiful setting. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

GOV. BROWN CONVENES ADVISORY COUNCIL TO EXPAND STATE'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE, INVESTMENT

Gov. Brown established the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and appointed former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis as chair on February 26 in an effort to bolster the state's international business opportunities. The California economy benefits significantly from international trade and investment, registering a record number of exports in 2013 with businesses exporting more than $168 billion in goods, 4 percent higher than in 2012. Foreign-controlled companies employ 590,100 California workers and foreign investment in the state is responsible for 4.9 percent of the state's total private industry employment. The council will advise the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) on strategies to expand international trade and investment for California businesses. Specifically assisting GO-Biz in identifying foreign markets with the greatest potential for export expansion and in developing export strategies for those markets - including the state's top trading partners, Canada, Mexico and China, and emerging markets such as Brazil and India.CLICK HERE for information Orange County's thriving International Trade industry. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

SOCAL GAS PRESIDENT ASSUMES ROLE OF COMPANY'S CEO

Dennis Arriola, president of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has assumed the role as the company's CEO, effective March 1. Arriola succeeds Anne Shen Smith who has retired after 36 years with the company. Arriola's planned appointment to CEO and Smith's retirement were announced Sept. 25, 2013. Arriola has spent most of the past 20 years in a broad range of leadership roles for the Sempra Energy companies. He has served as president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas since 2012. In 2008, Arriola left the Sempra Energy companies to become executive vice president and chief financial officer for SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley-based solar panel manufacturer. He rejoined SoCalGas in 2012. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

REGISTER TODAY! GO-BIZ TO HOST OC WORKSHOP ON 'CA COMPETES' TAX CREDIT - MARCH 26

Join the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for a workshop on the new California Competes Tax Credit from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the City of Anaheim West Tower. Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instruction on how to apply for this new tax credit program available from the state. The California Competes Program provides upwards of $180 million in tax credits over the next two years for businesses of all sizes that want to expand or relocate to California. Come and learn how your business can apply for new tax credits from the state. CLICK HERE to register. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

LUCY DUNN TO RECEIVE THE BISHOP'S AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY BUSINESS INTEGRITY - MAY 21

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. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

Oakley hints at eyewear with lenses that adapt quickly

Grant gives high-octane fuel to UCI's startup Launchpad 

Disneyland-area hotel wants to expand - but city might grab land

Union Bank survey sees optimism for 2014 

Report: John Wayne Airport a $2.8 billion economic engine 

Port of Long Beach to hire new director by June

El Monte breaks ground on long-awaited housing, retail development

OC Lacks Affordable Special-Needs Communities 

Movers and shakers

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: MARCH MADNESS

NCAA┬« Sports: This app has been completely redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up to provide you with an unmatched college sports experience for your iPhone or iPod Touch. Pick your favorite schools to follow for quick access to school content and custom scoring alerts.  

Yahoo Spectacular Pro: Fast and clean scores, news, stats and more. Transform your favorite moments from the game into an animated Loop, only on Yahoo Sports.  

ESPN Bracket Bond 2013: The ESPN Bracket Bound App is the ultimate college basketball companion. Follow the nation's top teams with the latest scores, news, "bracketology" and highlights. Personalize your experience for unprecedented coverage of your favorite teams.  

Bracket Picker Madness: The Bracket Picker Madness App will automatically generate a bracket based on the stats and criteria that matters most to you.  

College Basketball by StatSheet: This app gives you previews, recaps, unique statistical nuggets, scoring and analysis based on real-time stats and historical trends. 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

POLITICAL CORNER  

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

 

Re-Election Kick-Off for Assemblyman Tom Daly - Thursday, March 13

Join friends and supporters of Assemblymember Tom Daly for his Re-election Campaign Kick-Off from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2013 at Diego's located at 224 E 3rd St., Santa Ana, CA. To RSVP or for more information, please call (714)-673-0005 or email denise@peraltaconsulting.net. CLICK HERE for the event flier.  

 

Reception for Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray for Anaheim City Council - Wednesday, April 2

Join Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray to support her campaign for Anaheim City Council 2014. The reception will take place

Reception. The reception will take place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort located at 1855 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim. To RSVP, contact Emily at 714-402-5759 or events@quimbygroup.com

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

South County's Got Talent - Wednesday, March 12

Join fellow South Orange County Leaders at their inaugural South County's Got Talent Show! OCBC's Lucy Dunn will be a celebrity judge. Dinner and show will begin at 7:00 p.m. at The Coach House located at 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. To RSVP, please email scgt@socchamber.com. For more information, CLICK HERE. 

 

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. 

  

Small Business Kickoff Rally to Support AB 1839 - Saturday, March 15th 

The California Film and Television Production Alliance presents a campaign to keep film and TV production jobs in California. Join political leaders and small film industry businesses that collectively employ thousands Saturday, March 15, 2014 to support AB 1839, the Expanded Film and Television Job Creation Act that will keep movie and TV production in California. The rally will be at Independent Studio Services located at 9545 Wentworth Street, Sunland.  To RSVP, email ematthews@nmwest.com. For more information, CLICK HERE.

 

Orange County Forum Congressional Update "She Says/He Says" Luncheon - Thursday, March 20

Join Orange County Forum for a congressional update with The Honorable Loretta Sanchez and The Honorable Dana Rohrabacher, both members of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Hilton Irvine. Hear congressional perspectives from both sides of the aisle on critical issues facing the U.S. Congress. CLICK HERE for event and registration details. 

 

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. 

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting
Monday, March 31, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. to 9 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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