The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                      Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The recently released 2014 Orange County Community Indicators Report is presented by the Children and Families Commission, County of Orange, and OCBC. The report serves as an ongoing and dynamic measurement tool that supports local and regional initiatives concerned with the wellbeing and quality of life of the county. The report indicates that Orange County's high-tech job concentration continues to lead above the national average, remaining the second most diverse job market compared to other notable national high-tech centers, such as Texas and North Carolina. However, the report also indicates that if we want to keep the more than 1.55 million existing jobs in Orange County, along with the skilled workforce, adding housing to the market must be a priority. Orange County's total housing stock is projected to grow 12 percent between 2010 and 2035, but this growth is well below the county's housing needs as the county is rapidly growing. Orange County ranked eighth in the nation in terms of the number of people added. For more information, contact Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Chief Economic Advisor. 


Parents, students, and community leaders from business and academia joined OCBC Thursday at the Sixth Annual Latino Educational Attainment (LEA) Reception to celebrate the initiative's tenth year of success. LEA is a grassroots, community-based program that trains parents on how to guide their children through the education system and become college and career ready - preparing Orange County's workforce for a global, 21st century economy. Parents shared testimonials on the program and the efficacy of its 10 Educational Commandments for parents. With the training, parents learned how to calculate a GPA, how to monitor their children's grades and to generally support their children's education. Students shared their stories on how parents' support has encouraged them to go onto college and ultimately become members of the skilled workforce in Orange County. Thank you to sponsors AT&T, The Boeing Company, Chevron, Southern California Edison, and Wells Fargo. CLICK HERE for more facts and frequently asked questions about LEA. CLICK HERE for more photos. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.  


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently proposed the first update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan (SPU), which has the potential to harm California's recovering economy. The plan was developed following the enactment of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, and describes the approach California will take to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) to achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The proposed update has nine key focus areas, including energy, transportation, agriculture, water, waste management, and natural and working lands short-lived climate pollutants, green buildings, and the cap-and-trade program. The R.E.A.L. Coalition, of which OCBC is a member, agrees that the update has the potential to drastically impose GHG emission reduction targets on business well beyond the goals set for 2020 and have drastic repercussions for California's recovering economy. At this time no other business groups have yet been on record reacting to CARB's proposed update. R.E.A.L Coalition and OCBC agree that the plan must:

  • Be in compliance with AB 32 standards to minimize costs, maximize additional environmental and economic co-benefits, and maximize cost-effective GHG emission reductions; and
  • Ensure that CARB's administrative rulemaking authority under AB 32 does not usurp the California Legislature's lawmaking process to develop post-2020 GHG emission reduction measures.

OCBC and the R.E.A.L. Coalition will advocate for reasonable outcomes for the business community and the California economy. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 


With California's driest months ahead, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order to strengthen the state's ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water. The order directs the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board to expedite approvals of voluntary water transfers to assist farmers. He also directs the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to accelerate monitoring of drought impacts on winter-run Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento River and its tributaries, and to execute habitat restoration projects that will help fish weather the on-going drought. Gov. Brown calls on California residents and businesses to consciously save water, including limiting lawn watering and car washing; recommends that schools, parks and golf courses limit the use of potable water for irrigation; and asks that hotels and restaurants give customers options to conserve water by only serving water upon request, among other measures. Since Gov. Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January, state water officials say that reservoirs, rainfall totals and the snowpack remain critically low. CLICK HERE for a fact sheet on the CA Drought. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.


Orange County's economy saw definite signs of growth over the last month, adding 3,500 jobs in March and a dip in the unemployment rate to 5.8 percent, down from last month's 5.9 percent. This is well below the national average of 6.8 percent. The professional and business services sector added 1,600 jobs, growing nearly 4 percent over the past year - accounting for 18 percent of Orange County's total workforce. However, the largest jump among local business sectors was made by construction companies with 1,400 new hires, or a 14 percent increase year-over-year. "With the labor force ticking up by nearly a percentage point over the year, some job seekers who had simply stopped looking for work during the recession are now back to actively participating in the labor market," Wallace Walrod, OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor said in a recent OC Register article. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 


WTS OC Honored Lucy Dunn as one of the most influential members Monday, April 21

Women Transportation Seminar (WTS) Orange County presented OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn with the honor of being one of the most influential members of the chapter April 21. Dunn is the California Transportation Commission Vice Chair, and the WTS chapter recognized her as a representative of the face of WTS for her leadership and commitment to advancing women in transportation. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 


GITA Academy Tech Summit - Saturday, April 26

Chris Harrington with Center for a New California and OCBC's Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, spoke at the GITA Academy Tech Summit April 26, 2014 at Brea Olinda High School. Harrington spoke about the need for passion of learning, 21st century skills, soft skills, being a team player, and the importance of students preparing to enter the workforce. Berhow spoke about social media, what businesses are looking for in future employees including communication and soft skills and respect in the workplace. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.

OCBC is pleased to welcome new investors AECOMITT CorporationBanc of CaliforniaNRG Energy, and BSH Home Appliances CorporationAECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. ITT is a diversified leading manufacturer of highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets. Founded in 1920, ITT is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with employees in more than 35 countries and sales in a total of approximately 125 countries. Since 1941, Banc of California has provided full-service banking and home lending to individuals and their businesses, families and employees throughout California and across the West; and made a recent expansion acquiring some of  the California branch of Popular Community Bank. A Fortune 500 company, NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy through a diversity of channels including solar, electric vehicles, greenhouse gas reduction, and more. BSH is the world's third largest leading manufacturer of high-end appliances and sells under the Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau brands in the U.S. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.  

In conjunction with OCBC's IT Cluster Competitiveness Program, Saddleback College established a streamlined system that connects Orange County Businesses with veterans in order to fill IT jobs. The Veterans IT Pipeline Initiative is designed to increase the pipeline of qualified IT veteran applicants: enhance career, academic, and supportive services for veterans seeking IT related careers; and create a centralized resource for businesses seeking to hire veterans for IT positions. Orange County businesses interested in utilizing these services can contact Kolin Williams with Saddleback College at CLICK HEREto learn more about the initiative. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.  

A recent screening in Brea for the new film "Gasland 2" prompted a discussion among business leaders on the importance of dispelling myths and dispensing facts regarding hydraulic fracturing. The movie incorrectly portrays hydraulic fracking in a purely negative light, suggesting that the environmental impact of the oil extraction process outweighs the economic benefits. Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is the process of fracturing rock by a pressurized liquid during oil retrieval. The Gasland 2 focuses on campaigning for the complete abolishment of the oil extraction practice.  In response to the screening, business leaders, including OCBC and Allan Zaremberg of the California Chamber of Commerce, discussed how curbing domestic oil production within California will hurt the state through lost jobs and greater reliance on expensive foreign oil sources. In 2012, the petroleum industry contributed to 212,220 total jobs in Southern California and generated almost $17 billion in labor. Furthermore, hydraulic fracturing has been used safely in California, which has the most stringent regulations of any other state in the nation, for more than 60 years. Scientists have found nothing to suggest that the practice poses risks that are unknown or cannot be managed and mitigated with available technologies, best practices and smart regulation. CLICK HERE  to learn more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.


Orange County's housing market continues to see a steady recovery as the number of distressed homes sees a marked decline. In 2011, distressed homes, those in short sale or foreclosure, made up 41 percent of the market; now they only make up 6 percent. This is due to lenders taking a longer than usual time processing homes in short sale or foreclosure over the last few years. During this time the housing market saw a strong recovery, with home prices up 16 percent last year alone. With the delay in processing times and a strong recovery, many of those underwater on mortgages no longer owe on their homes. California is also seeing a recovery in distressed homes, with underwater mortgages below the national average, 12.6 percent for the state and 13.3 percent for the nation. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.


Come learn the "business" of music! OCBC is pleased to announce the second Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2014 will feature Pacific Symphony's Carl St. Clair, Music Director, and John Forsyte, President and CEO. St. Clair celebrates his 25th year with the symphony, the longest any U.S. conductor has been with the same orchestra, and is widely recognized for his innovative programming. Forsyte is credited with innovative business and fiscal management during his tenure. Both leaders have successfully elevated the symphony's international prominence, as well as led to the opening of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from two of Orange County's leaders, interviewed by CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman, Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Thanks to CLB sponsors AT&T and Wells Fargo


WHEN: May 29, 2014

WHERE: The Center Club

COST: OCBC Member: $85  I  Non-Member: $145  I CLB Series: $225



For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.


Please join us as Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, is honored with The Bishop's Award for Exemplary Business Integrity at the Twelfth Annual Orange Catholic Foundation's Conference on Business and Ethics: A Forum for Responsible Leaders. The conference program will feature keynote presentations by Matthew Kelly, an internationally acclaimed speaker, bestselling author, and business consultant; and pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and bestselling author. Timothy LeVecke, former President and current Chairman of the Board for the LeVecke Corporation, will also be honored. The conference will take place from 7:30 am. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Irvine Marriott. CLICK HERE for event details  and sponsorship opportunities information. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 


For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 


Weber's On the GrillWeber's On the Grill™ features 280 classic Weber recipes plus 40 recipes for rubs, marinades, and sauces that are sure to get you fired up to get out and grill.

iBooksiBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBooks Store, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics - day or night.

EWG Sunscreen Buyer's GuideThe 7th annual Sunscreen Guide rates the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeups that advertise sun protection.

Pocket CocktailsThis cocktail app includes hundreds of recipes, with full-screen photo, which makes it easy to see what you'll be making, and the sommelier section for food-wine pairings is an added bonus.

PandoraGreat music discovery is effortless and free with Pandora. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers and Pandora will do the rest.


For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  


Political events are for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.


A Taste of OC - A Hometown Experience - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Join California State Senator Mimi Walters, republican candidate for the 45th Congressional District, and friends for a reception and dinner Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at South Coast Plaza. The reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Gourmet Bistro and the dinner will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale's. CLICK HERE for more information.  


Cox Conserves Heroes - April 22 May 21

Who's your conservation hero? Cox Enterprises is now accepting nominations for volunteers who help create, preserve or enhance shared outdoor spaces in Orange County-Palos Verdes, San Diego, and Santa Barbara. Cox will donate a total of $45,000 to California environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winners and finalists. CLICK HERE for more information.


Go Global: Achieving Your Growth Goals- Wednesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 21

Join the Port of Long Beach and UPS to learn about the benefits of going global and how your business can increase sales and profits, reduce dependence on traditional markets, and grow your company's international reach. Whether you are new to exporting or want to reach new markets abroad, this is the platform to help your business grow.  CLICK HERE to register for the May 7 event in Los Angeles and CLICK HERE to register for the May 21 event in Ontario.


8th Annual OC Housing Summit 2014 - Thursday, May 8

Join the Orange County Housing Trust and NeighborWorks OC for their 8th annual OC Housing Summit. This year, the special Summit will focus on the connections between health and community planning/development. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the UCI Student Center. For more information, CLICK HERE.


UC Cooperative Extension celebrates centennial with citizen science - Thursday, May 8

On May 8, 2014, California residents will collaborate on a dataset that further connects public higher education with community. Everyone in California is invited to take part and answer question such as: How many pollinators do you see? How do you conserve water? Where is food grown in your community?  CLICK HERE to learn more about how to participate.


B'nai B'rith International Distinguished Achievement Award Gala - Thursday, May 8

Join Western Digital at the B'nai B'rith International Distinguished Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Milligan, President and CEO, Western Digital Corporation, on at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the SLS Hotel located at 465 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. CLICK HERE for more information.


2014 Voice of Girls - Friday, May 9

Join the Girl Scouts of Orange County at the 2014 Voice for Girls forum to address the challenges facing girls and rally the community's support in encouraging the female leaders of tomorrow. The forum will take place on Friday, May 9th from 8-11 a.m. at the Pacific Club located at 4110 Mac Arthur Blvd, Newport Beach. CLICK HERE to register.


14th Annual "A Gathering of Friends:" A Night on Broadway - Saturday, May 10

Join the Alzheimer's Family Services Center for 14th Annual "A Gathering of Friends:" A Night on Broadway,  from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. The center will honor Gerald D. Weinstein, M.D., the 2014 Participant Honoree and beneficiary of the center's day services, William R. Shankle, M.D. and Junko Hara, Ph.D., the Distinguished Friends and longtime supporters of the agency. CLICK HERE to download the Gathering of Friends Information & Sponsorship Packet. CLICK HERE for more event details. 


CJCA/CALA Issue Briefings - Wednesday, May 14

The Civil Justice Associations of California and the Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse will be hosting two luncheon issue briefings during the month of May. The first briefing takes place on Wednesday, May 14 at noon at the Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa. Speakers include Mike Maddigan, Partner, Hogan Lovells and Antonio F. Dias, Partner, Jones Day. CLICK HERE for more information. 


Summer Food & Wine Event - Thursday, May 15 

Join Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County for South Coast Plaza's Summer Food and Wine Event at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's at South Coast Plaza.  This exciting evening showcases award-winning wines and gourmet cuisine, a silent auction and more, all in the name of hunger relief. Charlie Palmer will offer a 10 percent discount on selected wines by the case to guests, and donate 10 percent of total retail sales to Second Harvest Food Bank. CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.  


Building Dreams Fundraising Breakfast - Thursday, May 15

Join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County's Building Dreams Fundraising Breakfast on Thursday, May 15. This annual event is designed to increase community support for the organization. For more information, CLICK HERE.


The Radio Hour: A Chorale Opera - Sunday, May 18

Pacific Chorale presents the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's The Radio Hour: a choral opera 5:3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall located at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa. For ticket information, CLICK HERE.


Saints Golf Classic - Monday, May 19

Join Crean Lutheran High School for the Saints Golf Classic at 10 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club. Proceeds from the event go directly toward Crean Lutheran High School's Tuition Assistance Program and the Campus Master Plan. The goal is to raise $35,000. CLICK HERE for the event flier.


Hydrogen Fueling Station Workshop - Monday, May 19

To help facilitate a smooth permitting process, and reduce the amount of time local officials need to spend coming up to speed with a new technology, the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development is partnering with the California Fuel Cell Partnership and National Renewable Energy Laboratory in offering a permit training workshop for city permit officials. The goal of the workshop is to ensure that local communities have everything needed to approve hydrogen fueling stations and encourage FCEV adoption.  This in-depth workshop will give local officials hands-on experience with actual hydrogen station projects.   The workshop will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 at Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street in Huntington Beach. CLICK HERE for more information.


Inaugural CAA South Coast Charity Gala - Wednesday, May 21

The California Apartment Association's South Coast Advisory Board invites you to the Inaugural CAA South Coast Charity Gala, benefiting the Rapid Rehousing Initiative. The event will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Disneyland Hotel located at 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Business Seminar to Help Latinos Build their American Dream - Wednesday, May 21

Join Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, Senator Mimi Walters, and Michelle Steel, Vice Chair, Board of Equalization at the Anaheim Small Business Seminar from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at The Rock, West Auditorium in Anaheim for a seminar aimed at helping Latinos Build their American Dream. A legislative update will also be provided. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Foreign Trade Zone Workshop - Tuesday, May 22

Learn about the advantages and opportunities of doing business in a foreign trade zone (FTZ).  To learn more about how your company can benefit from a Foreign Trade Zone designation, join the Port of Long Beach and the City of Lake Forest for a special Foreign Trade Zone Workshop 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Holiday Inn Irvine Spectrum located at 23131 Lake Center Drive in Lake Forest. For more information, CLICK HERE


CHC Housing Hall of Fame Awards - Thursday, May 22

Join the California Housing Consortium from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for the CHC 2014 Policy Forum & Housing Hall of Fame Awards "Breaking Barriers - How Can We Create Opportunities for More Housing in California?" The event is sponsored by AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc. and will feature Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, as one of the honorees.  CLICK HERE for more information. 


Appointments Training Workshop for Women - Friday, June 6

Join California Women Lead for a training to learn the process one should take to be appointed to a board, commission, or committee at the local and state level 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Anaheim Community Center. Speakers include OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn and Kris Murray, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Anaheim, among many other distinguished presenters. Admittance is free for OCBC and California Women Lead members. The cost is $20 for non-members and $25 at the door. CLICK HERE for more information. 


IMPACT14: Internet Marketing Reimagined - September 24 through 26

Registration is now open for IMPACT14, which is the IMA Conference and Awards focusing on the internet marketing industry from, September 24 through 26, 2014 at Aria Resort, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nev. This extraordinary event focusing on innovation, education and recognition, and hosts distinguished keynote speakers on vital internet marketing topics, a series of breakout sessions presented by the industry's leading experts, and the 2014 IMPACT Awards recognition and celebration.  CLICK HERE for a video about the event. CLICK HERE for more information.

Latino Educational Attainment Meeting
Thursday, May 8, 2014 I 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, May 8, 2014 I 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Infrastructure Meeting
Thursday, May 13, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. to 9 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 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

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Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or



Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this summer. From the music of Neil Diamond to Beethoven to the soundtrack of your favorite Pixar Movies; there's something for everyone this summer. These concerts are perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations, groups of friends, and family. Groups of 10 or more save 20% or special seating in 3rd tier Upper Terrace at just $20 for groups only. Visit for complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Group discounts are available only through Group Sales at (714) 876-2384 or by email to



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. 



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.


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 or call 714.502.2577.
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