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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 




The Orange County Water District recently lost five substantive court decisions in two Orange County Superior Court cases after suing dozens of businesses over cleanup of alleged pollution in North and South water basins. In addition, the courts specifically denied OCWD its investigation costs. Now, OCWD has  introduced Senate Bill 658 to overturn the courts' decisions, seek retroactive cost recovery, and further broaden its powers. However, in nine years of litigation and $21 million in seemingly shakedown settlements from business, not one drop of water has been cleaned up by OCWD. And, because of the complexity of the lawsuits, business owners have been stopped from cleaning up their sites themselves. 


OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn testified on Wednesday before the Senate Environmental Quality Committee in opposition to the bill. OCWD must comply with existing law and abide by the courts' decisions. Unlike other water districts or agencies, OCWD has a cost-recovery provision act, which allows the district to seek reimbursement incurred on remediation of contamination, without specifying any standards be met for cleanup. Since 2004, OCWD has sued property owners and businesses alike, but failed to take reasonable precautionary steps before filing their lawsuits. If SB 658 were passed, the new OCWD cleanup standards would be applied to previous decisions made in court, although existing federal and state laws already effectively do so. Essentially, this legislation is designed to support future ligation appeals with no standards or timelines, while also collecting costs of lost court decisions, and is not meant to rectify contamination remediation. The bill is also opposed by the Orange County Taxpayers Association and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Send in your letter opposing SB 658 HERE. 

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! OCBC invites you to make your voice heard at the 2nd Annual Orange County Economic Development Forum. 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.

Featured Speakers: Chris Harrington, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Toshiba America Information Systems (Keynote speaker); Kish Rajan, Director, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development; Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor, OCBC; Julie Meier Wright, Strategic Advisor, Collaborative Economics; Andrew Munoz, Executive Director, OC Workforce Investment Board

Panelists: Noel Massie, President, UPS, South California District; Dr. Michael Snow, President, Snow Pure LLC; and Frank Ury, Solutions Architect, Hitachi Data Systems


EVENT DETAILS: Fri., May 10, 7:30-10:30am, Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine; Member: $60, Non-member: $90. 


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


OCBC is sad to share the news that Ed Brower, OCBC's 2nd Chairman of the Board, passed away on May 1st at the age of 83. He became OCBC Chairman in 1996, taking the reigns of the new organization in the midst of the county's bankruptcy. Mr. Brower helped OCBC navigate through this challenging period, a testament to his strong leadership and business acumen. Mr. Brower held many prominent positions throughout his career. He was CEO of Recognition Terminals, Assistant Postmaster General under the Nixon and Ford Administrations, the Chairman and CEO of eTrak Corporation and Pacific Scientific, and a member of the board for Omega Environmental Inc. While serving as CEO for Pacific Scientific, Mr. Brower transformed the company into a world-class manufacturer and an industry-leading product innovator. As Assistant Postmaster General he oversaw the design and implementation of the nation's $1 billion automated mail handling system. The system was completed on schedule and within budget and was instrumental in allowing the Postal Service to process increased volumes of mail with 80,000 fewer employees. In his earlier years Mr. Brower served in the United States Army, rising to the rank of first lieutenant, and then went on to graduate with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from USC. Mr. Brower is survived by his four daughters and six grandchildren. Memorial services are pending. 


John Wayne Airport's airline passenger traffic increased in March 2013 as compared to March 2012, serving 771,554 passengers, an increase of 6% when compared to the 727,841 passenger traffic count of March 2012. More than 30,000 international travelers flew through John Wayne Airport in March, more than quadruple the 6,800 in March of last year, with most of the increase due to the addition of international air service to Mexico. Commercial aircraft operations also increased 3.4%, while Commuter aircraft operations increased 3.5% when compared to the levels recorded in March 2012. Air Cargo Tons increased 1% as well.  


On the other side of the spectrum is Ontario International Airport. Domestic passenger traffic has decreased 5.49% since last year, and International passenger traffic is down 1.8% over that same time span. Ontario's airport has also seen traffic drop from 7.2 million passengers in 2007 to an estimated 4 million this year. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, who sits on the Ontario International Airport Authority board, hopes to see control of the airport return to the City of Ontario soon, a move that would spur economic growth in the Southern California region. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.


The Center for Leadership at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Cal State Fullerton, held its 4th Annual Spring Conference on Friday May 3, where Lucy Dunn, an alumna of CSUF, was honored with the "Excellence in Executive Leadership" award. With over 150 members of the business community present, Lucy was recognized for her outstanding demonstration of leadership in building OCBC into a sustainable organization that has grown stronger year after year.  As President and CEO, Lucy has provided a vision for the organization, guiding it to countless successes in economic development, education, advocacy, housing, and transportation. Congratulations Lucy! For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


On April 25, Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy, participated on a panel with State Superintendent Tom Torlakson discussing the Business Council's support of the Seal of Biliteracy. This initiative devised by the Anaheim Union High School District certifies dual language acquisition for high school students upon graduation. Students must be able to read, write, and speak a dual language with full accuracy to obtain a high school diploma with the seal.  


The benefits of knowing more than one language in a growing global economy provides students with a competitive edge in the employment market as well as increased opportunities of higher education. OCBC was pleased to take part on the panel to promote global business and to encourage our home grown students to pursue their ambitions both locally and abroad. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.

Last Thursday, the Discovery Science Center filled with more than 100 Orange County leaders, educators and community members to celebrate the 5th Annual Latino Educational Attainment Reception. The reception provided an opportunity to learn about the program, how it's helping the Orange County community, and hear first-hand from families who have participated in the program. Two families were honored for completing LEA's training, and shared their stories of how the program has positively impacted their children's education. Santa Ana's Diamond Elementary and Carr Intermediate were also honored for opening their doors to LEA this year by implementing the program and participating in a new study highlighting the success of LEA.  


As part of the ongoing effort to further LEA's mission and outreach to the Orange County community, LEA is currently conducting a study to be released this year. The study will demonstrate how LEA has positively affected student scores and developed parent knowledge of the California Education System, as well as provide a full history of the LEA initiative. Dr. Heather Huntley and Dr. Cathy Wietstock, of the LEA Executive Committee, shared preliminary findings at the reception; while Dr. Juan Carlos Araque, the first chair of the LEA Initiative, shared a brief history of the program. CLICK HERE for facts on the LEA program. CLICK HERE for photos of the event. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.


OCBC welcomes six new college interns this summer: Tiffany Lin (University of California, Davis), Daisy Nguyen (Irvine Valley College), Sunjay Giridhar (University of California, Santa Barbara), Glenn Lam (Whittier College), Carolyn Hudson (Southern Methodist University), and Fiona Zhao (Emory University). OCBC interns assist staff with event coordination, research and communications, committee meetings, investor relations, and advocacy and legislative affairs. These students will join the five interns currently interning at OCBC. While the summer internship program is at capacity, OCBC is always accepting applications. Those interested in gaining business experience in a professional office environment should contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications, at 949.794.7221 or

SAVE THE DATE! 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, at 949.794.7241 or


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For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


Cocktail Reception Supporting Shari Freidenrich - Wednesday, May 15
Lucy Dunn & Curt Pringle cordially invite you to attend a cocktail reception to support Shari Freidenrich, Orange County Treasurer, Wednesday, May 15 from 5:30-7:30pm at Curt Pringle & Associates, 2400 E. Katella Avenue, Suite 350, Anaheim. For more information or to RSVP, contact Julie Ackerman at 949.474.6930 or CLICK HERE for the event flier and contribution form.

Dinner Reception Supporting Tim Jemel - Saturday, May 18
You are cordially invited to support and help retire debt from the 2012 campaign for Tim Jemel, Trustee, South Orange County Community College District. The event will take place Saturday, May 18 from 4-8pm at the Jemel Residence, 28802 Appletree, Mission Viejo. Dinner will be served, and musical entertainment will be provided by Mission Viejo High School students. CLICK HERE for the event flier and contribution form. RSVP by Tuesday, May 14 to Gassia Apkarian at 949.433.2072 or 

5th Annual Tourism Conference - Wednesday, May 8 

Don't miss your opportunity to be one of a handful of exhibitors at this year's conference. Reach more than 300 local and regional executives as an exhibitor at the 5th annual Tourism Conference. This half day conference brings together numerous facets of the tourism industry. From hotels and attractions to destination marketing organizations and retail, promote your brand and services to decision makers at this very popular annual event. The cost to exhibitors is only $350 and includes one complimentary registration, a $95 value. To learn more about exhibitor opportunities, e-mail or call (916) 717-7959.


World Affairs Council of Orange County Dinner and Speaker Event - Thursday, May 9

The World Affairs Council of Orange County is hosting a dinner and speaker event at The Irvine Marriott Hotel on Thursday, May 9, at 6pm. Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens will deliver a keynote speech pertaining to her journey to Korea and her reflections on the experience. Ambassador Stephens will provide a greater understanding of the U.S role in Korea's extraordinary modern journey, the state of the relations today, and the challenges we face. CLICK HERE for more information.


14th Annual Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer - Thursday, May 9 

Mix, Mingle, and celebrate the collective impact of the real estate community's efforts in partnership with Orange County United Way to be a force for change in advancing the Building Blocks for a good quality life: Education, Income, and Health at the 14th Annual Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. Tickets: $225. For more information visit Co-Chairs: Kevin Baldridge, The Irvine Company and Bob Osbrink, Osbrink Group. Sponsorship Opportunities are available by contacting Kelley McGregor, Director, Major Gifts, Orange County United Way at 949.263.6161.


Pacific Symphony Gala - Saturday, May 11 

Join the Pacific Symphony for "An Evening in China," at its 2013 gala on Saturday, May 11, held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. The event is black tie or traditional Chinese attire. For more information call 714-876-2364. CLICK HERE for the event flier.


Irvine Public Schools Foundation 3rd Annual "Tee It Up for Education" Golf Tournament - Monday, May 13 

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 


"Ignite Your Passion" Golden Link Gala - Friday, May 17

Vital Link OC invites you to attend the Golden Link Gala honoring Max Gardner and Gregg Martin, Orange County United Way, Friday May 17 from 6:00pm-10:00pm at Wilcox Manor. Tickets are $125 per person, and sponsorship are available. CLICK HERE for the event flier. 


4th Annual Irvine Korean Festival - Saturday, May 18 

The Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival is an event designed to commemorate Korean immigration to the United States, which began in 1903. The festival also represents an opportunity to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County. The Festival is a culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music, and entertainment. The Festival takes place on May 18th from 10am-6pm at the Irvine Civic Center. Admission is complimentary, and everyone is welcome! CLICK HERE for more information.  


OCForum Luncheon: Housing Update 2013 - Wednesday, May 22

This OCForum luncheon features Emile Haddad, Founder, FivePoint Communities, and Don Vodra, Chief Operating Officer, Rancho Mission Viejo, who will share the current housing trends and what we can expect to see over the next 12 months. The luncheon will take place at the Hilton Irvine, 18800 MacArthur Boulevard, in Irvine. The reception begins at 11:30am, and the lunch program takes place starting at noon. CLICK HERE for more information.   


Annual Gift of History Kick-Off Event - Thursday, May 23

Join community leaders and elected officials for the annual Gift of History Kick-Off Event, Thursday, May 23 from 12-2pm at Hanger 244 at the Irvine Great Park. When children take an interest in history, they take an interest in themselves and their communities, which helps to create civic-minded leaders who want to give back. This event hopes to instill a sense of pride in OC's youth about where they came from, where they are going, and how they can learn from the past to make a better future. For more information visit


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, or 310.526.8797. CLICK HERE for the event flier. 


OCForum Luncheon: Education Reform / Paul Tough - Wednesday, June 5  

This OCForum luncheon features Paul Tough, best-selling author of How Children Succeed. Paul Tough challenges our culture's belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole indicator of value in our education system. In How Children Succeed, he ushers in a tidal change in thinking and argues that non-cognitive skills--or, character--are better indicators of
success: curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, and grit. Join OCForum for this luncheon, taking place at the Hilton OC/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, starting at 11:30am. CLICK HERE 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 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.

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 9, 2013 I 9:00-10:30am


Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am


Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 15, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am 


Economic Development Committee Meeting

Monday, May 20, 2013  I  4:00-5:30pm 


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


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:   



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 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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