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Thursday, May 23, 2013 

OC WATER DISTRICT: FOULING THE WATERS

 

The following op-ed was written by Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, and was originally published in the OC Register on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.   

 

Orange County Water District was formed 100 years ago to manage a vast groundwater basin under northern and central Orange County. OCWD has done some good things over the years, even receiving international acclaim for innovative wastewater treatment and recycling. The district even helped Disneyland recycle water from its lagoon in the renovation of California Adventure.

 

But for all the past good, OCWD now is not so good. Almost 10 years ago, OCWD decided on a new, risky strategy. It began to hire out-of-town lawyers to investigate potential pollution and sue businesses for the cleanup, even if other experienced state and federal agencies - including the Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Toxic Control Substances, Regional Water Quality Control Board and county Department of Health - were already guiding pollution cleanup.

 

The Orange County Water District underground water supply serves 2.4 million residents and is an important source of local water, together with imported water from Northern California's Bay Delta and the Colorado River.

 

OCWD thought it could pile on, set its own cleanup standards, investigate at whim, demand reimbursement of their exorbitant costs, and ignore well-established state and federal rules for cleanup that businesses and government have followed for decades. And, it never once asked to meet or confer with the businesses it targeted. CLICK HERE to read more and comment on Lucy's blog. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

OCBC MEETS WITH CALPERS: HOW TO GROW THE ECONOMY AND MAINTAIN PENSION PROMISES

On May 21, 2013, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn joined business leaders from around the state to meet with CalPERS top executive team in Sacramento in a roundtable discussion. CalPERS, with 1.6 million government employee members and assets of $255 billion is arguably the largest investor in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate and more in every major business in both the US and globally.  Candid discussions were held, including CalPERS inability to find an infrastructure project in California to invest in that would produce a return sufficient to meet goals. All participants agreed to maintain the dialogue and develop opportunities to work together to grow the economy while recognizing the promise of pension benefits adequately funded for public employees. Sadly, only 8.7% of CalPERS' portfolio is invested in California--an indication that California businesses have long recognized--this is a tough place to grow. They could be a big force in regulatory reform like modernizing CEQA that would help them succeed in their investment opportunities, as well as their investments in business. And pension funds grow when all ships rise. CLICK HERE to visit the CALPERS website. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 

OC'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE PLUNGES TO 5.7%

Recovery continues steadily as the unemployment rates for both Orange County and California dropped to their lowest rates in five years. The county's rate dipped to 5.7 percent last month, from 6.3 percent in March; while California's rate dropped to 9 percent from 9.4 percent. Within Orange County, the leisure and hospitality industry drove the recent growth, adding 3,100 new jobs as tourism flourished over the last few months. The manufacturing, financial activities and construction industries were also leaders in growth, adding 900 jobs each. Overall, growth in payroll jobs slowed down a bit, but can be attributed to a steady growth in self-employment and new businesses. While the region is still far from its pre-recession unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, Orange County continues to see improvement month-over-month and still boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state and nation. For more information, contact Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor. 

MEET DISNEYLAND'S NEW PRESIDENT AT CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST - AUG. 15
NOTE NEW DATE! On August 15, OCBC will welcome Michael Colglazier, President of Disneyland Resort, to the third Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2013, presented by AT&T and  Wells Fargo. Colglazier has been working for more than twenty years in various areas of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and previously served as head of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. His accomplishments include the creation and expansion of Disney's PhotoPass program, as well as the re-growth of Innoventions at Disneyland and Epcot. With experience working in Operations, Global Development, Disney Photo Imaging, Operations Strategy and Technology, and Strategic Planning, Colglazier will share his business expertise in a candid discussion. Join OCBC for the speaker series hosted by Tom Phelps, Chairman, CEO Leadership Caucus. 
 

WHEN: Thursday, August 15 (Note New Date) 

WHERE: Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

TICKETS: OCBC Member - Series Package (3 events): $150 | Individual Event: $60Non-members: $125

 

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

GOVERNOR'S BUDGET REVISE INCLUDES COMMON CORE STANDARDS

Last week Governor Brown revised his state budget that is set to take effect in July. The Governor's general-fund expenditures of $96.4 billion for the budget year is $1.3 billion less than he outlined in his initial plan in January. Some expenditure highlights from the budget include a $1.1 billion reserve, and increased funding to overhaul California's educational finance system by $240 million. Brown also proposed funding of $1 billion to implement Common Core Standards, a set of standards that would help prepare California's students with the critical thinking, problem solving, and technological skills needed to succeed in education and careers after high school. Brown wants lawmakers to approve his new funding formula, which directs more money to K-12 districts with large numbers of impoverished students and non-native English speakers.

 

On Medi-Cal, Brown proposed a statewide approach--not a county-by-county effort--to implement California's expansion of Medi-Cal under the federal health care overhaul. The budget includes $500 million in additional Medi-Cal spending. It also includes more funding for California's prison realignment and a $48 million increase to help poor Californians find jobs. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 

TCA SELECTS NEIL PETERSON AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Transportation Corridors Agencies (TCA) has selected Neil Peterson as the agency's new chief executive officer. TCA operates the San Joaquin Hills and Foothill and Eastern tollroads in Orange County. Mr. Peterson comes from CH2MHill where he was a transportation strategy consultant, and before that he worked as a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton. He was founding CEO of the car sharing firm Flexcar, known now as Zipcar, which is now part of Avis. Mr. Peterson was formerly the executive director of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, chief executive of public transportation systems in Seattle and Oakland, and a city administrator in New Brunswick, NJ. Mr. Peterson succeeds Tom Margro who retired in August of last year. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

WANT TO PASS THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY QUICKER? HERE'S HOW...

On May 7, John Wayne Airport and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a Global Entry kiosk, which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved international travelers arriving to the United States. The Global Entry program offers expedited CBP processing, reduced wait times, and eligibility to participate in the TSA Pre Check expedited screening program. Passengers flying in from international destinations to Orange County can take advantage of this program to make their experience as quick and efficient as possible.

 

Released in 2008 and now operating in 34 U.S. airports, Global Entry is a permanent voluntary program for trusted travelers. The program speeds entry into the U.S. to benefit the traveling public and business community. All applications must be submitted online through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, and citizens of certain countries including Mexico, Canada, Netherlands, and the Republic of Korea are welcome to apply. For further details on how to apply for the Global Entry program, click here. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

OCBC FOSTERS INTERNATIONAL TIES WITH HONG KONG

OCBC's Economic Development Committee, led by Co-Chairs Chris Harrington, Toshiba America Information Systems, and Juan Basombrio, Dorsey & Whitney, received a special briefing from two leading experts on U.S.-China business and trade relations. Stella Poon, Los Angeles Director for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council provided an overview of Hong Kong's current economic climate as well as the numerous international trade opportunities in Hong Kong for U.S. businesses. In addition, Jack Hsu, Executive Director of the Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law at UC Irvine briefed the Committee on some of the most recent developments in U.S.-China trade relations. The John & Marilyn Long U.S.- China Institute for Business and Law at UC Irvine has been established as a premier research entity to facilitate and further develop important relationships between the U.S. and China as related to commerce and law. The Long U.S.- China Institute will foster understanding and respect leading to an atmosphere of equality and mutual benefit between the two nations. As Orange County's third largest trading partner, China plays a critical role in the growth of the county's international trade industry cluster. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL AND OCBC PRESENT: AN EVENING WITH THE HONORABLE JAMES SMITH

On Tuesday, June 11 the World Affairs Council of Orange County, in partnership with OCBC, presents an evening with the Honorable James B. Smith, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on "The Expanding Dynamic of Saudi Arabia - U.S. Relations." 

 

Ambassador James Smith held a 28-year career in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot, Air Force Chair, Professor of Military Strategy, and Brigadier General. A distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, the Naval War College, the Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College, Ambassador Smith was sworn in on September 2009. He also previously served in various executive positions in corporate planning, aircraft manufacturing, and international business.

 

The event will also feature a special introduction by former U.S. Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez. The event will take place at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and the program includes reception, dinner, and live entertainment. Members of OCBC qualify for the member rate of $65, non-members tickets may be purchased for $80. For further details and registration, please click here. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 

SAVE ON ELECTRICITY WITH THESE TIPS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

With temperatures rising in the summer, Southern California Edison offers a variety of solutions to avoid high electricity bills for businesses and homeowners. SCE advises businesses to reduce unnecessary lighting, charge batteries during off-peak hours, pre-cool work areas, and upgrade temperature programs to power down after closing. Additional incentives, including Demand Response Program options, reward business customers for reducing energy use during high-demand months.

 

For homeowners, recycle inefficient refrigerators, pool pumps, or freezers to save energy and help the environment. Replace A/C use with portable fans, upgrade to energy efficient light bulbs, and purchase evaporative coolers to create long-term savings. SCE also offers Save Power Day Incentives to encourage usage reduction between peak hours of 2pm and 6pm. To learn more, Southern California Edison has tips and options available online at www.sce.com/summer. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 

TEE OFF FORE SUCCESS AT OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - AUGUST 1
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! OCBC's annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will take place Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Monarch Beach Golf Links. Join OC's top executives for the county's premier networking event! The tournament will feature a hole-in-one contest, putting contest, opportunity drawings, horse race classic, and, NEW THIS YEAR, a driving range! Sponsorship opportunities are available.      

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.
DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER WINS NATIONAL SERVICE AWARD

On May 8, Joe Adams, President of Discovery Science Center (DSC), an OCBC member, received the National Medal of Service from First Lady Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House. The National Medal, which celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities, is the highest honor conferred upon museums and libraries in the nation. Accompanying Joe was Kate Upton, a longtime visitor at DSC, who is finishing her PhD at Cal Tech with research on the chemistry of Titan, one of Saturn's moons. Chairman of the DSC Board, Dan Bolar and Joe's wife, Mechelle Lawrence-Adams, who runs Mission San Juan Capistrano, were in the audience watching and attended a private White House reception afterwards. Discovery Science Center is the first science center from California ever to be recognized, and one of six nationally since the award's inception in 1994. For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: GET IN THE GAME 

Stay up-to-date with the latest on the NHL and NBA playoffs:

NHL News Feed - the latest on the NHL games.
Hockey Nations 2010 - full 3D arcade simulation featuring 14 national teams from around the globe.
Basketball Rule Book - combines rule books from various basketball authorities, and the referee signals to accompany them.
NBA Game Time 2012-13 - brings you free, unlimited live coverage of every NBA game.
NBA King of the Court 2 - a basketball game that lets you travel the US as a rising basketball star.

 

For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS  

POLITICAL CORNER

Fundraiser for Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson - Thursday, May 23 

You are invited to a breakfast in support of Shawn Nelson's re-election to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Thursday, May 23, 8:00 a.m., The Jagerhaus Restaurant, 2525 E. Ball Road, Anaheim. Please RSVP to Brion May at 949.640.2292. CLICK HERE for the contribution form.

 

Fundraiser for Anaheim Councilmember Lucille Kring - Wednesday, May 29

You are invited to a lunch in support of Anaheim City Councilmember Lucille Kring, Wednesday, May 29, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., The Catch Restaurant, 2100 E. Katella, Anaheim. Please RSVP to Andrew Eisenberger at 714.939.9070 or Andrew@curtpringle.com. CLICK HERE for the event flier.  

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of OC Presents Idol Winner Taylor Hicks - Wednesday, May 29

Join the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County for an evening of business leadership, networking, food and drinks and a performance by American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks! The event is Wednesday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m. held at the CCCSOC at 1920 Old Tustin Ave., Santa Ana, CA. CCCS is the nation's oldest and largest credit counseling organization as a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. The Orange County chapter has helped thousands of people regain control over their finances offering numerous services and workshops to educate on financial literacy. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

 

Playworks: Recess, Play and Lunch - Friday, May 31

You are invited to join Playworks for recess and lunch on the playground of John F. Kennedy Elementary. Come see how Playworks is preventing bullying, getting kids physically active and creating schools where children can learn and achieve. The event takes place from 11:30am - 1:00pm, 1300 E. Mcfadden Ave., Santa Ana. RSVP to Darlene Kiyan, dkiyan@playworks.org or 310.526.8797. CLICK HERE for the event flier.  

 

Developing Leaders in Today's Economy: Lessons Learned - Tuesday, June 4

Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Leadership Summit, "Developing Leaders in Today's Economy: Lessons Learned," will take place Tuesday, June 4 from 7:30am-9:30am at the Doubletree by Hilton, and feature OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn as Moderator. Panelists includes Karen Tejcka, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, Peter Bowen, Servite High School, Parker Kennedy, First American Financial Corp., and Raul Rodriguez, Rancho Santiago Community College District. Register online at santaanachamber.com

 

Education Reform Expert and Best-Selling Author Coming to OC - Wednesday, June 5

On Wednesday, June 5, education reform expert and best-selling author of "How Children Succeed," Paul Tough, will speak at the OC Forum Luncheon at the Hilton OC. Sponsored by the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, THINK Together, and Orange County United Way, the event will focus on Tough's character-building approach to raising successful children. The afternoon is designed to begin a countywide dialogue about what strategies need to be developed to improve educational outcomes for at-risk OC children. Visit www.ocforum.org or call 949.588.9884 for more information.

 

5th Annual Walk United - Saturday, June 8 

Orange County United Way invites you to step up to the plate and participate in their 5th Annual WALK UNITED, Saturday, June 8 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The event is a family friendly 5K fun run/walk featuring local bands, a Kid-At-Heart Zone, and an Educational Resource Fair. Most importantly walkers will support United Way's mission to create a stronger Orange County by focusing on advancing the Building Blocks for a good quality life: Education, Income, and Health. For more information visit WalkUnited.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Robyn Brown, Manager, Development, Orange County United Way at 949.263.6106.

 

Anaheim/OC Jobs Fair- Wednesday, June 19

The Anaheim/OC Job Fair & Expo provides a great opportunity for employers to connect with talented and interested job seekers.  Last year's event, included more than 190 employers and 7,000 job seekers in attendance. For more information, click here.

 

OC Great Park to Host 2013 Solar Decathalon - October 3-13
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. 
For those interested in serving as exhibitors, click here.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JUNE

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 11, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 13, 2013 I 9:00-10:30am

 

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.

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