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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 

THE FEDERAL SEQUESTER IS IN EFFECT...NOW WHAT?

The long anticipated federal sequester--automatic spending cuts built into the Budget Control Act of 2011 that were triggered by Congress' inability to pass a budget--went into effect March 1. It is widely assumed that the cuts will take a few weeks to be fully implemented, so it may not be until April 1 before there are longer lines at the airport, flights delayed, doctor's payments cut, and defense furloughs.

 

Fortunately for Orange County infrastructure funding, the Highway Trust Fund (a transportation fund which receives money from a federal fuel tax of 18.3 cents per gallon on gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel fuel and related excise taxes) and Airport Improvement Program (federal grant program that provides funds to airports to help improve safety and efficiency) are not included in the sequestration process. However, general fund transfers into the Highway Trust Fund resulting from the recently enacted MAP-21 would be cut by $471 million. Transit program new start capital grants will be cut $136 million and TIGER grants would be reduced by $41 million.

 

Congress passed a Continuing Resolution on March 6. The legislation essentially keeps the lights on in the Federal Government until September 30, 2013. Additionally, on May 19 the debt limit deal Congress reached with the President to borrow to meet current obligations expires. If Congress is not able to develop a solution before April 15, their paychecks will be withheld. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 

OC WOMEN LEADING THE PACK! OC METRO CELEBRATES 20 "WOMEN TO WATCH" IN 2013

Congratulations to the 20 Orange County "Women to Watch" honored by OC Metro at the annual awards luncheon March 8 and highlighted in the March issue of the magazine. The women were honored for their enterprising and inspiring paths to success, including a remarkable list of accomplishments: from 26-year-old reporter and activist Gihan "Gigi" Ibrahim covering the Egyptian revolution, to Cypress Police Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley becoming the first female police chief in Orange County, to Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva leading the charge for OC issues in Sacramento. And a special congratulations to OCBC members making the list: Carrie Nocella of Disneyland Resort, Marnie O'Brien Primmer of Mobility 21, Marcy Torres of Jamboree Housing, and Donna Wares of the OC Register. CLICK HERE and HERE for pictures of the event. CLICK HERE for the OC Register article. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.  

ADVOCATE FOR BUSINESS! JOIN OCBC AND ACC-OC IN WASHINGTON MAY 20-22

 

Join a delegation of business leaders and local elected officials to advocate for Orange County's priority issues at OCBC and ACC-OC's One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Washington D.C. on May 20-22, 2013. 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. 

 

DATE: May 20-22, 2013

LOCATION: The St. Regis Washington Hotel

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

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

 

Program Highlights:

  • Accommodations included at 4-star hotel
  • High level meetings with the Obama Administration and Congressional Leadership
  • Dinner with Orange County's Congressional Delegation
  • Two Orange County issue breakfasts
  • Unparalleled business networking

   

 

For sponsorship or advocacy information, please contact Bryan Starr at 949.794.7210. For registration information, please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.

KIMBERLY CRIPE, CEO OF CHOC CHILDREN'S, FEATURED AT APRIL 30TH BREAKFAST

OCBC's second Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2013 takes place Tuesday, April 30 and features Kimberly Cripe, President and CEO of CHOC Children's, one of the top pediatric healthcare systems in the country. Cripe was recently honored by the Forum for Corporate Directors in Orange County with the 2012 Champion of Children award and received recognition as Orange County's 'Most Trusted Leader.' Ms. Cripe will share her leadership expertise and discuss top healthcare issues. 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 & Phillips. Thanks to CLB sponsors Wells Fargo and AT&T.

 

WHAT: Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Kimberly Cripe, CHOC Children's 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TIME: 7:30am - Registration, 8:00am - Program, 9:00am - Adjourn 

WHERE: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa 

TICKETS: OCBC Members: $60, Non-Members: $125  

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events. 

SENATOR RUBIO RESIGNS...WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE CEQA REFORM?

OCBC has been a strong supporter of the CEQA Working Group, which seeks to reform current CEQA policies while continuing to protect the environment, and also allowing for economic growth. OCBC has taken a leadership role supporting SB 731 (Steinberg), the CEQA Modernization Bill, in an attempt at meaningful CEQA modernization. The bill promotes the integration of environmental and planning laws, the elimination of CEQA duplication, a focus on CEQA litigation on compliance with environmental and planning laws, and the enhancement of public disclosure and accountability.  

 

Up to this point, SB 731 has been guided by Senator Michael Rubio (Central Valley), but after Senator Rubio unexpectedly resigned his post in the Senate, his position as Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee has been filled by Senator Jerry Hill (San Mateo). The CEQA Working Group said that they are "confident that Senator Hill will also make CEQA reform a priority to focus on preserving the law's original intent of environmental protection, while encouraging the type of jobs and economic growth that are needed in California. The CEQA Working Group will continue to push forward to ensure we accomplish this important priority this session." For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

OCTA RECRUITING FOR MEASURE M OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

When Measure M was passed in 1990 to alleviate traffic congestion in Orange County, the independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee (TOC) was also formed to ensure that all funds collected from Measure M are spent on voter-approved transportation projects. And with terms of various members expiring, OCTA is recruiting new members from March-April for openings in the First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth supervisorial districts.

 

Any Orange County citizen 18 years or older may apply for a (TOC) position, which is volunteer based with no monetary compensation. Applicants will be reviewed on their commitment and ability to participate in TOC meetings for a three-year term, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016. Currently the committee meets bi-monthly. In addition, potential candidates will be reviewed based on their interest and history in community activities, with an emphasis on transportation-related activities. Potential candidates must also have a lack of conflict of interest with respect to the expenditure of the sales tax revenue generated by Measure M, and cannot be currently elected or appointed district, city, county, state, or federal officials.

 

Taxpayers Oversight Committee candidates are chosen by the Grand Jurors Association of Orange County (GJAOC), which is made up of former grand jurors who have a continuing concern for good government and whose purpose is to promote public understanding of the functions and purpose of the grand jury. The panel screens all applications, conducts interviews and recommends potential candidates for membership on the Taxpayers Oversight Committee once a year as terms expire. CLICK HERE to apply for a position on the Taxpayers Oversight Committee. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.  

OCBC MEMBER KIMBERLY-CLARK HONORED AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST ETHICAL COMPANIES

The Ethisphere Institute announced that OCBC investor Kimberly-Clark Corporation again ranks among the "World's Most Ethical Companies" in 2013, according to the results released by the leading business ethics think-tank. Those companies that excel beyond their industry peers are named to the exclusive list of "World's Most Ethical Companies."

 

Kimberly-Clark received multiple honors and awards for its governance, citizenship and sustainability practices over the past year, which further supported Ethisphere ranking:

  • No. 4 among the "World's Best Multinational Workplaces" in 2012, as ranked by the Great Place to Work Institute.
  • No. 1 consumer goods company in Newsweek's "2012 Green Rankings" and No. 56 overall among the 500 biggest U.S. companies.
  • No. 18 among the "100 Best Corporate Citizens 2012," Kimberly-Clark's fourth straight year in the top 20 on the survey compiled by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust K-C's brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, HUGGIES, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

WILL KEMPTON DRIVES OFF INTO THE SUNSET

On February 28, BIZPAC Trustees, OCBC, elected officials, and OC's business and transportation leaders wished OCTA CEO Will Kempton farewell in his retirement at the 5th Annual BIZPAC Tribute and Roast, held at the City National Grove of Anaheim. The night was filled with fond memories of Kempton's many career accomplishments, scores of humiliating childhood photos, and a tribute video featuring Kempton's "unique" dance abilities. CLICK HERE to watch the video (sorry Will).CLICK HERE for photos of the event. Thanks to Roast sponsors Disneyland Resort, C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, Cofiroute USA, Parsons, First Carbon Solutions and Michael Brandman Associates, LSA Associates, Southern California Gas Company, AT&T, Curt Pringle and Associates, HNTB, The Irvine Company, and URS Corporation. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

INAUGURAL OC GLOBAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE DRAWS NEARLY 600!   

Nearly 600 Orange County women attended the inaugural Orange County Global Women's Conference March 1, hosted by the Coastline Foundation under the theme "How Women Change the World; a Conference for Every Woman." OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn joined 35 of California's pioneering women as a panelist at the event, sharing leadership experience, qualities, and path to success. The conference provided a platform for women at any age, education level, or career path to engage with other women, learn from their experiences, while being empowered and inspired for the future. CLICK HERE for LOCALE Magazine's story on the event. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: SPRING AHEAD! 

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For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.

OC Forum Presents the State of the County: Orange County Community Indicators Report - Thursday, March 21, 2013
OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn and United Way President and CEO Max Gardner will present the State of the County, based on the findings of the Orange County Community Indicators Report, at an OC Forum Luncheon on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa. The annual Orange County Community Indicators Report will serve as a catalyst for discussion and assessment of Orange County's future economic growth as well as its ability to maintain its quality of life. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m., and the program and lunch begins at noon. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

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 Barbara@ochumanrelations.org.

 

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 www.ipsf.net

  

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.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MARCH
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 ldods@ocbc.org
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:   

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

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 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.

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!   Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs. Let our friendly staff and beautiful interior bring you and your guests a wine-country experience customized to your liking at a surprisingly affordable cost. Our retail shoppe is perfect for last-minute gifts including over 350 wines, charcuterie and artisan cheeses, wine accessories, food frills, and gift baskets tailored to your specifications. Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
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