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'IT'S BETTER TO BE LUCKY THAN SMART' - GREAT CLB WITH JEFF ROOS, LENNAR
OCBC hosted its first Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of the 2016 series this morning with guest Jeff Roos, Regional President, Lennar Homes of California Inc., sponsored by AT&T and Wells Fargo. Interviewed by Chairman of OCBC's CEO Leadership Caucus Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips LLP, Roos discussed his upbringing in Pittsburgh, PA, his first attempt at owning a real estate company in college, and moving out West. "In my experience, it's better to be lucky than smart," he joked while recounting the many twists and turns that lead him to overseeing Lennar's California, Arizona and Nevada territories - comprised of over 1,300 employees innovating solutions for today's modern family. Roos discussed Lennar's various initiatives, including multi-generational housing, which is a concept his region pioneered to accommodate a secondary fully functional living space within a home - ideal for multiple generations living under one roof. Additionally, he spearheads Lennar's a revolutionary Homes for Home initiative, which is successfully viraling across the world to throughout Australia. When buyers purchase a new home, they can opt in by agreeing to a transactional fee of less than 1 percent of the cost of the home to be donated to ending homelessness. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
DIGITAL FIRST TO BUY ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, PRESS-ENTERPRISE
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mark Wallace approved a request yesterday from Freedom Communications' bankruptcy attorneys to sell the papers to Digital First - the second highest bidder in last week's newspaper auction. Chicago-based Tribune Publishing had originally come out on top of Wednesday's auction with a bid of roughly $56 million, $4 million more than Digital First's bid. However, Freedom's attorneys filed a motion requesting the company be sold to Digital First as Tribune ran into antitrust issues when U.S. District Court Judge Andre Birotte Jr. agreed to a temporary injunction, making it nearly impossible for Tribune to close the deal by the March 31 deadline. Birotte also made mention of the value and importance of locally generated content, advocating for their unique function in the marketplace. OCBC congratulates Digital First on its winning bid and stands ready to assist in their transition and introduction to the Orange County business community. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
DON'T MISS THE BIZPAC ELECTION YEAR RECEPTION AND FUNDRAISER - APRIL 7
Join Orange County Business Council and the BIZPAC Trustees for the 2016 BIZPAC Election Year Reception and Fundraiser. This event is an unmatched opportunity to meet business and political leaders as we honor OC's delegation and discuss the upcoming presidential election. The event will feature keynote speaker Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President and National Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He leads one of the largest business PACs in the U.S. and will share his insights on the national political climate. You won't want to miss it! Thank you to event host Disneyland Resort.
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7    
LOCATION: Disneyland Hotel, 1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim
 
STUDY REVEALS EFFICACY OF LATINO EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT PROGRAM, ATTEND EVENT MAY 5
A recently completed longitudinal study tracked parents who have taken the Ten Educational Commandments training program and their children shows measurable academic success! The study tracked 68 parents of 164 students over two years attending Diamond Elementary and Carr Intermediate Schools and compared them to a control group of 1,628 participants who did not take the training. LEA parents demonstrated statistically significant improvement in the following areas: understanding and knowledge to navigate the educational system; engagement in their children's education, including role recognition when helping their children stud, and more. Intermediate school students, whose parents participated in the training, increased from Basic to Proficient levels in Math, Language Arts and Science, whereas Intermediate school students in the control group remained at a Basic level in all subjects. OCBC and LEA partners are celebrating this and 12 years of accomplishments the 8th Annual Latino Educational Attainment Reception. For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Events Director. 
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016 I  LOCATION: Discovery Cube I  COST: Free 
 
HB CITY COUNCIL VOTES DOWN MUCH NEEDED HOUSING
The Huntington Beach City Council has again yielded to the NIMBY voices in the room, voting down a housing plan that would have added much needed housing, including units affordable to low-wage earners. This decision came despite the state Department of Housing and Community Development's June 23 letter to the city saying that it was out of compliance with the law and needs to provide a plan for 400 more units of state mandated low-income housing by September. The council unanimously voted down a housing plan that would provide more housing options for lower-income earners by streamlining building permitting processes, providing a higher density product, and reducing parking requirements for developers.  Since the city is unlikely to meet the September deadline to meet the state's low-income housing goal, the council asked the city attorney to draw up a legal challenge against the Southern California Association of Governments - which is the group responsible for allocating the number of affordable housing units throughout the region. The city could face a moratorium on issuing building permits if it is still out of compliance in meeting the September deadline. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
CA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION MEETS IN OC - ALLOCATES $9.1 MILLION FOR SIX OC PROJECTS
On March 16 and 17, the California Transportation Commission held its regular meeting at the TCA headquarters in Irvine, highlighting efforts of both TCA and OCTA in mobility for Orange County.  OCBC's CEO Lucy Dunn serves as immediate past chair of the commission.  During the meeting, CTC approved guidelines for future toll facilities-particularly helpful for implementation of OC's I-405 improvements-and approved funding for repairs and maintenance for projects in Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, La Palma, Orange and Tustin.  CTC also considered the reduction of $750 million in "new capacity" State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) projects statewide due to funding shortfalls, primarily the result of a recent drop in the excise tax portion of the gas tax.  Had the STIP grown at the same rate as population or consumer price index, $420 to $480 million respectively over five years would have been available for OC projects, instead of $128 million now projected. CTC also recognized the retirement of its current Executive Director, Will Kempton, and unanimously approved Susan Bransen to serve as his successor commencing April 1. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
DAVID MANSDOERFER: NO-GROWTH POLICIES IN O.C. HURT MILLENIALS 

It's easy to argue that there is no place better to live and raise a family than Orange County, California. Within an hour drive, depending on traffic, you have access to beaches, Disneyland, fine dining and some of the nation's most prestigious shopping venues. Even in an El NiƱo year, the weather is still incredible and can't be beat. For millennials, what more could we hope for? Yet, with all this family-friendly landscape, it is ironic that Orange County has become one of the least millennial/young family-friendly housing environments in the state. California's environmental policies have created a housing shortage unlike any other, and it's impacting Orange County families to the extreme - driving out future generations. CLICK HERE to read more. 
CONGRATULATIONS TO REP. MIMI WALTERS (CA-45) ON SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE AWARD
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored 206 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 45 members of the U.S. Senate with its prestigious annual Spirit of Enterprise Award - 13 of those recipients are from California. The award is given in recognition of their support for pro-jobs, pro-growth policies in the first session of the 114th Congress and voted in alignment with the Chamber's positions at least 70 percent of the time. The Chamber scored members on 14 Senate votes and 20 House votes, including votes reestablishing Trade Promotion Authority, reauthorizing Export-Import Bank, and lifting the crude oil export ban. Congratulations to OC delegate Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45); as well as the rest of the California delegates Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-1), Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8), Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10), Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), Rep. David Valadao (CA-21), Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25), Rep. Edward R. Royce (CA-39), Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42), Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45), Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49), Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (CA-50). For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
USC STUDENTS CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON CEQA LITIGATION, CALL FOR INTERVIEWEES
In an effort to bolster qualitative research on the effects of litigation spurred by California Environmental Quality Act, a team of University of Southern California graduate students is conducting an analysis that includes interviews with stakeholders. The study will include interviews with either individuals who are familiar with CEQA ad how the litigation affects California businesses or communities. If you wish to share your perspective or have questions about the research project, people are invited to contact Wyatt Lundy or Jessica Medina by March 31. 
LSA ASSOCIATES INC REACHES 40TH ANNIVERSARY; HELP CELEBRATE FOR CHANCE TO WIN A TABLET!
In honor of reaching a significant milestone of 40 years in business, LSA Associates Inc. is presenting a new website domain name of www.lsa.net, as well as incorporating a raffle for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. The answers to 10 questions about the company can be found on the new website and should be submitted to Erica Congelliere by Friday, April 1. Since its founding in 1976, LSA has become one of the leading environmental consulting firms in California. CLICK HERE for the questions. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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Trivia Challenge at Bottle Logic - Thursday, April 21
Join Lou Correa, Fmr. Senator and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 46th District, and Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle and Associates, at Bottle Logic Tasting Room for an evening of Trivia from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bottle Logic owner Steve Napolitano will join in to share the latest on Anaheim's thriving craft beer scene. Tickets include beer, food, trivia and a night of fun! Cost is $100 per person. RSVP to Jill Kanzler at jill@SOARanaheim.org. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Wilderness Preserve Hiking and Riding Tours - February 27 to November 19
Orange County Transportation Authority is offering free excursions on various open space preserves that are permanently protected. This is a great opportunity for special access to some of Orange County's pristine open space and enjoys the natural landscape. CLICK HERE for more information, as well as dates and times.

Regional Leadership Forum 2016 - March 30- April 1
Register today for the 2016 Regional Transportation's 2016 Forum asking "What's Transportation's Future?" March 30 to April 1 at Monterey Marriott. The forum is a chance to meet, network, and share ideas with the leading regional leaders and thinkers from around the state. CLICK HERE for more information. 

2016 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Awards Dinner - Tuesday, April 5
The Anti-Defamation League of Orange County and Long Beach invites you to an awards dinner starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Island Hotel to honor Tom Campbell, Chapman University; Judge Francisco F. Firmat; and Michele Johnson, Latham & Watkins. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Gravitational Waves: Examining the Universe in a Whole New Way - Thursday, April 7
CSU Fullerton Invites you to its upcoming event at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at The Center Club that is a special celebration and discussion detailing the discovery, technology and what it means for our ongoing exploration of our universe. CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 

Deadline to apply for CalOptima Board of Directors - Friday, April 15
CalOptima has begun recruitment for its Board of Directors. It is a county-organized health system serving more than 770,000 low-income children, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities. To apply for a seat on the board, please complete an application by April 15, 2016. Applications can be found HERE, or you can CLICK HERE for more info.  

OCBC Members receive 20 percent off at Pacific Chorale - Saturday, April 16 to Sunday April 17
Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will be presenting a small ensemble of its talented and versatile singers in two special performances in Segerstrom Center's Samueli Theater (cabaret-style seating) on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17. OCBC Members receive 20 percent off! CLICK HERE to learn how.


Winter Blues or Turning Point? Prospects for Growth Among Local and Global Risks - Thursday, April 28
Bring your clients and associates to the 2016 Midyear Economic Forecast, "Winter Blues or Turning Point? Prospects for Growth among Local and Global Risks" on April 28th at the Irvine Marriott to stay on top of factors that influence our economic landscape. Presented by California Bank & Trust, featuring CSUF Mihaylo College's Dean Anil Puri and Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting. Sponsorships are available and include admission to a VIP Reception. CLICK HERE for more info.

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow - Friday, May 6
Please join the Children & Families Commission for a conference that will discuss how investing in young children strengthens businesses and communities in Orange County on May 6 at Hotel Irvine. Experts from government, business and academia with join together for the unveiling of the firs-ever countywide assessment of children's school readiness. CLICK HERE for more info.

Je taime Tahiti: Some Enchanted Evening - Saturday, May 7
Save the date for Pacific Symphony's gala event Saturday, May 7 at Hotel Irvine. More information about the event is coming soon. To purchase a table or sponsor the event, CLICK HERE. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: APRIL 
Advocacy and Government Affairs 
Friday, April 1, 2016  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Latino Educational Attainment 
Friday, April 8, 2016  I  9:00 am. to 10:30 a.m. 

NOTICE NEW DATE AND LOCATION: Infrastructure & OCMoves
Tuesday, April 12, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 
(The meeting will be held in the conference room at ARTIC in Anaheim, 2626 E. Katella Ave.)  

Workforce Development
Wednesday, April 20, 216  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, April 20, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Economic Development 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

NOTICE NEW DATE: Workforce Housing
Thursday, April 28, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. 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 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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