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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 


 Orange County Still Outpacing State and Nation!


The 2013 Orange County Community Indicators Report was released last Thursday at Orange County Forum's annual State of the County luncheon, featuring OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn and OC United Way President and CEO Max Gardner as panelists, and moderated by Jim Leach, Santa Margarita Water District. Presented by the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, County of Orange, and OCBC, the Community Indicators Report serves as an ongoing and dynamic measurement tool that supports local and regional initiatives concerned with the well-being of the county.  


The county boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, and broke Forbes top 100 "Best Places to do Business" list for 2012. Key industries: such as tourism, high-tech and construction are seeing steady growth, adding to high-wage jobs and economic development throughout the county. While the county continues to show marked recovery over the past decade, there are some areas for improvements. This includes increasing transportation systems to adapt to the needs of a growing population, and continuing to provide adequate housing options for Orange County's entire workforce. CLICK HERE for the full report. Key Indicators Fast Facts: 

  • In terms of population, Orange County is the third largest county in California, and sixth largest in the nation.
  • Orange County has the second highest number of jobs in the state with 1.51 million jobs as of November 2012.
  • Orange County made it back on Forbes Magazine "2012 Best Places to do Business" regional rankings, placing 99th on the list of 200 metro areas ranked.
  • The tourism industry is growing, adding 5,050 jobs in 2011 and visitor spending totaling $8.66 billion in 2010.
  • Housing prices are increasing, with sale prices in December reaching a median of $589,930, a 20 percent increase over 2011.
  • The minimum annual income for a first-time buyer rose to $68,650 in 2012, while the minimum annual income to rent a one-bedroom apartment fell slightly to $51,760.
  • Congestion on Orange County freeways is increasing. In 2010, commuters experienced 12.3 million annual vehicle hours of delay, a 26 percent increase over the previous year.
  • Orange County inventors outpaced the state and national average for growth in patents granted, with 2,269 patents granted in 2011, up 48 percent from 2007.
  • More Orange County students are staying in school; the high school dropout rate decreased to 9.3 percent in 2011, down from 12.3 percent in 2010.
  • Weight-related health risks among adults and children are a growing problem with nearly 40 percent of children overweight and more than half of adults overweight.
  • Orange County nonprofits have grown 70 percent over the last decade, at twice the growth rate of the national average. However, most of those nonprofits had fewer financial resources in 2010 than in 2000, seeing a 14 percent decline in revenue. Orange County needs to step up its charitable giving significantly! 
For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.   

OCBC and ACC-OC partnered once again for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Sacramento, March 18-19, to meet with elected officials and policymakers and share Orange County's business priorities. The 50-person delegation met with State Controller John Chiang, Secretary of Business Transportation and Housing Brian Kelly, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency Matthew Rodriguez, Chair of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols, Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, State Senators Leland Yee, Mark Wyland, Bob Huff and Jim Beall, Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon, Jimmy Gomez, Jose Medina, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Travis Allen and Katcho Achadjian, and policymakers from various state agencies.  


OC's legislative delegation joined participants for a reception Monday evening, where Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte made a surprise visit to address the group and voice support for business. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn stood with Assembly Speaker John A. Perez at a press conference announcing bipartisan support for a bill to reduce the business filing backlog at the Secretary of State's office.  


The trip provided an opportunity to share OCBC and ACC-OC's legislative priorities in 2013, including reducing regulations that prohibit business growth, opposition of attempts to weaken Prop 13, CEQA modernization, greater local control in education, and continued investment in infrastructure. One of the most interesting takeaways from the trip was the group's impression of California's freshman legislators. The newly elected officials were open to new ideas and working across the aisle, and displayed patience for the legislative process not seen in past years. CLICK HERE to read more.  


CLICK HERE for photos from the trip. CLICK HERE to register for OCBC and ACC-OC's Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.


This month OCBC's Board of Directors formally updated its federal immigration policy. In May of 2006, the board adopted its original immigration policy. As was the case in 2006, the issue of immigration reform has once again risen to the top of the national debate. Given the change in political and economic realities, OCBC updated its policy to maintain relevance in the national debate. The original policy opposed illegal immigration and supported broad policy principles including strengthening border security and a carefully monitored guest worker program. The updated policy expands OCBC's support for use of guest worker visas along with a defined path to permanent residency or citizenship. The new policy focuses on the business community's need for skilled and lower-skilled employees. CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE for OCBC's federal immigration policy. For more information, contact  Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 


The California Green Chemistry Initiative is a six-part approach that seeks to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals and toxic waste through improved knowledge and regulations of chemicals used in manufactured products. Under the Green Chemistry Initiative, businesses must disclose what raw materials they are using for their products to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Even after they reveal their "secret sauce" to regulators, which is troubling on its own, the DTSC can then make the company change these inputs to more "environmentally friendly" material. Public health is a serious matter and a noble cause, however this regulation may do more harm than good given unintended consequences. OCBC encourages a comprehensive evaluation as a necessary safeguard to ensuring that the regulations do not result in unexpected and significant adverse impacts. The potential impacts from regulations may be significant and deserve to be given analytical scrutiny.


The regulations seek a fundamental restructuring in how consumer products are made, which has significant implications for manufacturing materials and waste, patterns of use and disposal, and other aspects that will affect the physical environment. The proposed regulations are without precedent in California and insert the government into the manufacturing business. OCBC understands the program may have the best of intentions, but to prevent a careful examination of what negative, as well as positive, effects the program may have is necessary. For this reason, OCBC has called upon DTSC to conduct a multimedia evaluation, as specified by law. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.  


The following was written by Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and Co-Chair of the R.E.A.L. Coalition.  


A phrase coined by my friend and colleague Lucy Dunn, who is my counterpart at the Orange County Business Council, could not be more appropriate in describing the leadership of Assembly Speaker John Perez and his Assembly colleagues who unanimously passed his Assembly Bill 113 on Monday to ensure the business filing processing time at the Secretary of State's office is streamlined from a currently unacceptable 63 days to no more than 5 business days by November.


It recently came to light that the Secretary of State's office has a backlog of at least 122,000 business filings, primarily by startups and small businesses that have taken as long as 85 days to process. In an ever-increasingly competitive world, large states like New York, manage their filings within 7 business days and Texas is down five business days. Adding insult to injury, in the Golden State where the heart of technology reigns, much of the business filings process cannot even be done online as it is in these other states.


This is sound policy, coupled with standards and accountability, and solid leadership by Speaker Perez. It's also why I was proud to be asked to serve as his primary witness before the Budget Committee and to speak first at his press conference upon passage of the bill off the Assembly Floor. I later met with State President pro tem Darrell Steinberg who proactively promised, similar quick action, in the upper House.


This is the type of bi-partisan action we need in Sacramento to keep California moving. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.


orange globe OCBC will host the 2nd annual Orange County Economic Development Forum, featuring keynote speaker Chris Harrington, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Toshiba America Information Systems, and OCBC Economic Development Committee Co-Chair. More Speakers to be Announced! Focusing on the theme of Global Connectivity, forum participants--including YOU--will engage in the major policy requirements needed to create a solid regional and state-wide economic development strategy, aimed at advancing Orange County and California's economic competitiveness on a global scale. A continental breakfast will be served.


DATE: Friday, May 10, 2013

TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Irvine  I  17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 


For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.


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. 

Ms. Sungaila, an appellate partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., has briefed and argued many expert testimony cases. This article was originally published in a slightly different form on the Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Pulse blog.

With the amount of litigation that takes place in California, businesses need to be prepared to defend themselves. A successful defense will often depend on expert witnesses to testify on your behalf, as well as challenges to the other side's expert testimony. The California Supreme Court has announced a new "gatekeeping" standard for the admission of expert testimony, which adds an important new tool to the defendant's arsenal.

In Sargon Enterprises, Inc. v. University of Southern California, the Court considered whether the trial court erred by excluding expert testimony to substantiate the lost profit damages allegedly stemming from USC's refusal to clinically test a new implant designed by the plaintiff dental implant company; but for USC's breach, the implant company claimed, the company would have become a worldwide leader in the implant industry and made millions of dollars in profit each year. The Supreme Court affirmed the expert's exclusion, concluding that "trial courts have a substantial 'gatekeeping' responsibility," including the duty "to exclude speculative expert testimony." CLICK HERE to read more.


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's new business attraction website, was recently included as part of Orange County Register business reporter Margo Roosevelt's article " Virginia, Utah governors to court O.C. businesses", which profiles the recent efforts by Utah Govenor Gary Herbert and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to recruit Orange County businesses to their respective states. As quoted in the OC Register's article, OCBC President and CEO Lucy's Dunn's message to Governor's Herbert and McDonnell was a welcoming one, "We welcome your visit. Please spend lots of money while you're here. And visit to compare your metrics with ours."


A one-stop relocation destination promoting the benefits of doing business in Orange County, 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 more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 


On March 12th OCBC's Infrastructure Committee welcomed OCBC member Iteris, which deals with electronics, communications, and information processing technology to improve all aspects of transportation. Iteris CEO Abbas Mohaddes spoke at the meeting about the company's latest technological developments that inform drivers of real time detours. The company is also looking to the future, developing technology to advise drivers of the best alternative routes. With huge amounts of data, cars will able to diagnose traffic issues and guide the driver to the best route, relieving congestion wherever it may be. Iteris is also looking to partner their products with other technology that helps cars communicate with one another, in order to prevent accidents from ever happening.


Adnan Maiah, acting deputy director of Caltrans' capital programs, also spoke at the committee meeting about the estimated 67 projects along all highways and interstates that run through Orange County. These projects are important for Orange County to maintain and expand its commonly used highways and interstates. However, Caltrans is anticipating a $300 billion deficit over the next ten years to fund maintenance and expansion projects. Measure M and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have gone a long way to fund many of these projects, but there is a shortage of funding that still needs to be addressed. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.


Did You Know? Time Warner Cable provides public services to educators and students nationwide through STEM education events.  STEM education events focus on science, technology, engineering, and math in schools across the country through sponsorships of science education programs and competitive science fairs for students ranging from middle school to high school. To further promote STEM , Time Warner Cable launched the Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) Initiative. CAMM is a five-year, $100 million project aimed at raising awareness in STEM education. The events promoted through CAMM help connect students to the world of science and introduce them to career options. Time Warner Cable's efforts to develop Orange County's future workforce in science will benefit not only the students and the work they do in the future, but also the country's global recognition as a nation of innovators. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy. 


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For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


As your local supermarket, Vons does more than supply your milk and eggs. The Safeway Company also gives back to the environment, by following a number of applied sustainable practices, which they encourage their shoppers to follow as well.


One of the primary ways the company does this is by encouraging its shoppers to use reusable bags. The Safeway Company says that both paper and plastic bags damage the planet, with approximately 14 million trees being cut down each year for U.S. paper bag production, and plastic bags taking anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to break down. That is why by 2015, Vons and Safeway hope to reduce the number of paper and plastic bags used by 1 billion. They encourage customers to bring in reusable bags, and even offer tips on their website as to how to most efficiently pack the bags.


Another sustainable initiative Vons has undertaken is right in our backyard. By recycling waste grease from the deli departments of their Northern California stores, Vons created 124,524 gallons of bio-diesel fuel, which was then used to power the Vons transportation fleet in Southern California.


It makes sense that a supermarket supplying its customers with the healthy necessities of life would also be concerned with making sure the planet is healthy too. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


World Affairs Council Dinner Program with Mark Lijek - Wednesday, April 3, 2013 

World Affairs Council of Orange County presents Mark Lijek, a retired Foreign Service officer and one of the six rescued during the Argo Mission. Mark Lijek will deliver a keynote speech pertaining to the true story of the Argo Mission and the 1979 Iranian hostage Crisis. Mark Lijek will discuss his experiences of being taken hostage by Iranian revolutionaries and include details of Canadian versus CIA roles in the rescue plan of the Argo mission. In addition, he will be signing copies of his new book The Houseguests: A Memoir of Canadian Courage and CIA Sorcery. The event takes place at The Center Club in Costa Mesa. For more information contact Karen Levesque at 949.253.5751. 


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.


Santa Ana River Watershed Conference - Thursday, April 11, 2013 

Learn about the importance of working together to achieve goals and develop effective solutions in the Santa Ana River Watershed at the 2013 annual Santa Ana River Watershed Conference. Speakers and panelists will discuss the potential that can be unlocked through effective partnerships. In a context of decreasing supplies and increasing demands, partnerships are not simply about making our jobs easier; they are key to achieving our collective watershed goals. This will be a working conference with audience feedback - Your input matters! For more information about The Santa Ana River Watershed 2013: The Power of Partnerships, visit the conference website or contact Jean Nordmann at the Water Education Foundation at (916) 444-6240. The conference is convened by SAWPA and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation.


VIP Luncheon: Linking Business with Education: STEM and the Arts Career Showcase - Friday, April 12, 2013

Join Vital Link at the VIP Luncheon featuring STEM and the Arts Career Showcase on Friday, April 12. The luncheon, sponsored by Irvine Valley College, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at OC Fair and Event Center, Building #10. For more information or to RSVP contact Ruth Harrell at 949.646.2520. CLICK HERE for the event flier.  


Education Summit on College and Workforce Readiness - Thursday, April 18

Senator Bob Huff is hosting an Education Summit at the Fullerton College Campus Theatre to discuss how schools can best prepare students for college and the workforce. The Summit will feature a keynote address by Dr. Vu Pham, President and Managing Partner, Spectrum Knowledge, and is open to the public. The panel discussion will involve questions from the audience. To RSVP or for more information, call 714.671.9474.   


Student Success Act of 2012 Symposium - Thursday, April 18

Hosted by the Career Technical Education Orange County the symposium aims its discussion on the Student Success Act of 2012 and its impact on students. Key discussion items include: student education plans, unit cap and enrollment management, curriculum alignment, and more! The event will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. held at Brandman University, 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA. For more information or to RSVP contact Vital Link at 949.646.2520 or  


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, April 4, 2013 I 9:30-11:00am


Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 I 7:30-9:00am


Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 11, 2013 I 9:00-10:30am


Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 I 7:30-9:00am


Health Care Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, April 23, 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

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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. 



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