The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, April 19 , 2016
The OCBC Board of Directors took positions on the following 2016 Ballot Initiatives critical to business success across the state. 
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CLICK HERE to read more about OCBC's positions on these initiatives. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CA HIGH SPEED RAIL CHAIRMAN BRIEFS OCBC
On April 12, OCBC's Infrastructure and OCMoves committees held a joint meeting hosting guest speaker Dan Richard, Chair, California High Speed Rail (HSR) Authority, who gave an update on the new Draft 2016 Business Plan for the project. The plan was released February 18 and the 60-day public comment period is due to the Legislature by May 1. Richard discussed the HSR Authority's decision to change the ending location of Phase 1, initially going to Southern California by 2025, and now ending in the Bay Area. Richard highlighted that while the change may have disappointed many in Southern California, the Central Valley has historically been left behind from a socioeconomic standpoint and the build will bolster the economy in the areaAccording to Richard, the new plan will allow for quicker build times and cost savings, going from $67.6 billion in 2014 to $64.2 billion in 2016 projections, which is measured in inflated dollars. In return, the Southern California region will receive a $2 billion investment to update existing rails between Anaheim and San Bernardino, with projects able to start this year. Even amid controversy, recent research indicates two-thirds of Californians agree with the concept and need for HSR, and that number grows with cost reduction for the plan. CLICK HERE for highlights of the new plan. CLICK HERE for information on how to submit comments. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
MISSION VIEJO ADOPTS BIA/OC, OCBC AND OCAR HOUSING FUTURES INITIATIVE 
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Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist, testified at the Mission Viejo City Council Meeting Tuesday, resulting in the approval of a resolution supporting the BIA/OC Housing Futures Initiative. The initiative is aimed at finding ways to make available additional housing across a broad spectrum of price ranges as a means of encouraging both businesses and employees to locate and remain in Orange County and is a collaboration between BIA/OC, Orange County Association of REALTORS,  and OCBC. The county is losing seven percent of the workforce in the 25 to 34 age range to surrounding areas and it is crucial that local jurisdictions, such as Mission Viejo, reverse the trend by examining zoning codes and land use recommendations to incentivize housing that is affordable to a broader range of people. According to OCBC's 2015 Workforce Housing Scorecard, OC needs to build 62,000 housing units just to meet current demand. Mission Viejo is currently studying underutilized spaces for revitalization and considering recommendations detailed in the resolution. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
JANET NGUYEN: STATE SHOULD SHARE BURDEN OF BUILDING NEW SCHOOLS 
The following article appears as it was written by Senator Janet Nguyen, published in The Orange County Register on April 7, 2016.
Orange County is thriving, and its economy is among the strongest in the nation. While the future looks promising, there are some dark clouds on the horizon that threaten continued success. One issue that may threaten our success is how future school facility projects are funded. Currently, the state partners with local school districts to invest in modernizing existing schools and building new facilities where needed. Without the state's critical investment, in the form of matching dollars, there could be devastating consequences for homeowners, taxpayers and job-creation efforts. CLICK HERE to read more. 
FIRST-TIMERS LOOKING TO SKIP THE STARTER HOME, HOLDING OUT FOR LONG-TERM HOUSE
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Roughly 75 percent of first-time homebuyers would prefer to skip a starter home and hold out for more longtime options, even if it means waiting longer to save for the home, according to  Bank of America's Homebuyer Insights Report. This news contrasts with high rents, low vacancy and low interest rates -- which are typically motivators to purchase, rather than rent. A rent forecast released Tuesday predicts that Southern California tenants will face continued rent hikes of 9.4 percent by 2018, an average of an additional $149 per month. Even though multifamily construction permits are back to pre-recession levels and provide some relief, population and employment growth, as well as a backlog of building homes, continue to drive up demand. Bank of America's report indicates that these buyers are more emotionally incentivized, viewing homeownership as a place to put down roots rather than solely considering the financial aspect of buying a home. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
BOARD MEMBER BRIAN CALLE APPOINTED OPINION EDITOR AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEWS GROUP
The Southern California News Group appointed OCBC Board Member Brian Calle as Opinion Editor overseeing the editorial board and opinion content at its 11 daily newspapers and websites. In his role, Calle expands upon his current role managing opinion teams at The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise. He will also oversee opinion commentary staff at the Los Angeles Daily News, Daily Breeze in Torrance, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, The Sun in San Bernadino and Redlands Facts. Calle is responsible for facilitating collaboration on national and regional topics across all Southern California News Group properties, and will actively engage community leaders and publish editorials around local issues specific to each market. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
OCBC REMEMBERS ESMAEL ADIBI, RENOWNED CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY ECONOMIST
OCBC mourns the loss of Esmael Adibi, a renowned economist at Chapman University whose yearly forecasts were instrumental for business owners, home buyers, and consumers throughout California. He was one of the top forecasters in the state. OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, remembers him as both approachable and accessible. "Folks relied on him for accurate information as well as a free market economic principles," she said.  Adibi was beloved by his students because of his genius for explaining the thorniest of economic subjects with wit and wisdom, and will be truly missed by the business community. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
OCBC DEFENDS MICHAEL SMERCONISH, #NOTPRICKLY
Michael Smerconish and his co-host again gave a shout out to OCBC on his SiriusXM "Smerconish" Friday, April 8. We came to his defense on Twitter in response to remarks that he would not be an ideal speaker on a cruise ship where he would have to mingle with guests because of his demeanor. OCBC promptly responded "@TC34 In Michael @smerconish defense, he spoke at our annual dinner& was very social, mingling with our 800 guests & Taking Pics #NotPrickly." Would love to have you back some time, Mr. Smerconish! CLICK HERE to listen to a clip of the radio program. Follow OCBC's Government Affairs activities on Twitter @OCBC­_GA. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
REGISTER TODAY! OCBC CELEBRATES 12 YEARS OF LEA SUCCESS AT RECEPTION - 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 
 
DON'T MISS OCBC'S CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH DR. MILDRED GARCIA - MAY 17
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Join Orange County Business Council for a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of Cal State, Fullerton, the fourth largest university in the state. CSUF serves nearly 39,000 students with an operating budget of almost half a billion dollars. Since her  arrival in 2012, the University has seen a 20 percent improvement in six-year graduation rates and a significant drop in the achievement gap between underrepresented students and their campus peers. Dr. García previously served as president of CSU Dominguez Hills, where she was the first Latina President in the largest system of higher education in the country. She is a first-generation college student, earning a Doctor of Education degree and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, Teachers College; a M.A. in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University; and a B.S. in Business Education from Baruch College, City University of New York. 
WHEN: 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. I  Tuesday, May 17, 2016  I  LOCATION: The Center Club  
DICK ACKERMAN AND MEL LEVINE: UC NEEDS FUNDS, NOT LIMITS 
The following article appears as it was written by Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine and published in Fox & Hounds Daily April 8, 2016. 
We need to open doors wider at the University of California to allow more Californians in, but proposed legislation to limit out of state enrollment at UC campuses is misguided and counterproductive. AB 1711 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento would limit the enrollment of out of state and international students.  This proposal fails to get a passing grade in economics, arithmetic or logic.  On top of regular tuition-about $12,000 a year-non-residents pay an additional $25,000 annually, more than enough to cover the costs of an additional California student. That's not even talking about the benefits of bringing some of the nation's and the world's brightest young minds to our campuses and our state.  It is also true that a great number of non-residents who come to California for an education stay and contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of the state. The simple truth is that worthy California residents are not being displaced by out of state students. CLICK HERE to read more. 
REGISTER TODAY FOR OCPAA EVENT WITH STAN OFTELIE - TUESDAY, APRIL 26
You won't want to miss this! Join the Orange County Public Affairs Association's luncheon presenting, former OCBC President and CEO Stan Oftelie, and "Orange County's Rogues Gallery," for True Tales Behind the Headlines of OC's History! Oftelie is renowned as OC's unofficial historian and he will provide an enlightening and entertaining glimpse of OC's sordid past. From Little Sheriffs to ousted Supervisors, this is a lunch, with tell all photos, you won't want to miss.  The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26 at The Pacific Club. CLICK HERE for more information. 
ATTEND OCDE'S ONE BILLION ACTS OF KINDNESS EVENT - MAY 5
Beginning in May, Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) will embark on an ambitious new campaign encouraging students, educators and community members to help reach the goal of registering one billion acts of kindness. Aimed at promoting civility, character and positive school climates throughout Orange County and beyond, OCDE's "One Billion Acts of Kindness" initiative will formally launch Thursday, May 5 during a special presentation at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. The event, featuring author and neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty as the keynote speaker, is open to educators, business leaders and other guests who REGISTER HERE. Participants can register good deeds by either visiting the website, or posting to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kindness1billion. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
PARTICIPATE IN THE GLOBAL MONTH OF SERVICE WITH BOEING
This year marks an important year for The Boeing Company, which turns 100 years young! As part of the company's legacy of giving back and educating the next generation, Boeing engineers teamed up with several educational partners to co-create K-12 educational resources that celebrate the science behind the past 100 years of aerospace advancement.  These resources, including video profiles, interactive learning modules, teacher guides, and engineering design challenges, prepare students, families and teachers with skills for the next century. In addition to these free online resources, organizations and non-profits are invited to the annual Global Month of Service (GMS) where Boeing employees collectively share their time, talents and skills to make a positive difference with students - our next generation and support  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities with local nonprofits and schools with hands-on challenges that motivate and encourage students to continue learning about STEM. If your organization or school is able to participate in a STEM project during a Saturday in July, complete and submit THIS FORM to Maria by April 25, 2016. Contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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Political Corner events are for informational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.

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    
4th Step Beyond Annual Breakfast - Thursday, April 21
Join The Wooden Floor for the 4th Annual Step Beyond Breakfast at 8 a.m. at The Wooden Floor Campus Thursday, April 21. Help support and be inspired by under-served students who have beaten the odds and are bound for college. CLICK HERE for more info. 

STEM/CTE Educators from Norway - Thursday, April 21 & Friday, April 22
Join Irvine Valley College to learn about the Norwegian Educational System, How they teach STEM/CTE and more! Lunch is served at this afternoon event and it will feature formal presentations by the visiting team of educators from Norway. The event takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on both days and will feature topics in Industry and Education at the ATEP Conference Room, as well as Technology & Instruction at the IVC Life Sciences Conference room (LSB rm 103). Everyone is welcome. Email Merry Kim at Mkim209@ivc.edu to RSVP and more information. CLICK HERE for parking info. CLICK HERE for a map of the campus. 

CA Women Lead's Women's Empowerment Conference -  April 21-22 
Join California Women Lead for a two-day conference at the Disneyland Hotel & Resort in Anaheim, California on Thursday, April 21 to Friday April 22. The reception will feature Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of Gov. Brown; and Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice, California Supreme Court. CLICK HERE for more info.    

Build Your Own Story: Women in Home Building Conference - Friday, April 22
Join the Building Industry Association of OC from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Soka Performing Arts Center for the Women in Building Conference featuring a series of speakers and a panel discussion. CLICK HERE for more information. 

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.

Cutting Edge Medicine Today & Tomorrow - Monday, May 2
As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Academic Symposium: Cutting Edge Medicine Today & Tomorrow will showcase six world renowned scientists. Please join UCI and invited medical experts as we feature the most current knowledge in medicine from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 2 at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Great Customer Service: How to Dazzle Your Clients & Members - Tuesday, May 3
This must-attend workshop will discuss what makes customers tick. The event takes place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3 at Irvine Chamber Office and will feature Keith Woods, CEO, North Coast Builder's Exchange. 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 and CLICK HERE to register.

Leadercast: Architects of Tomorrow - Friday, May 6
Join UPS for an exclusive Leaderscast one-day leadership event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta to hundreds of locations around the world from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the OC UPS location. CLICK HERE for more info.

Voice for Girls Forum on Thriving in a Multi-Generational Workplace - Friday, May 6
Join the Girl Scouts of Orange County for a forum featuring acclaimed Psychologist Rita Murray, Ph.D. and a panel discussion from 8 to 11:30 a.m.  Friday, May 6 at Pacific Club. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Come Fly With Me: Meritage Air Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing - Friday, May 6
Grab your boarding pass, live large and come fly with Meritage Air Friday, May 6 at The Colony House in Anaheim. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing, a live band and a silent auction. The VIP reception will begin at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE for more info and CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets! 
 
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. 

OCTANe's Technology Investor Forum - May 17-18
Join OCTANe for the Technology Investor Forum Tuesday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 18 at Hotel Irvine. The event will feature a Hackathon on Saturday May 14 to kickoff the forum. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature a series of panels and keynotes. CLICK HERE for more information. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: APRIL 
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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If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, at 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.org.
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