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Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Join OCBC CEO Lucy Dunn, along with UPS's Eddie Northen, Edison's Mike Nuby, Irvine Chamber's Christopher Lynch and others in Santa Clara on May 11, as she presents OC's "best practices" to other regions in the state. LAST CHANCE to sign up as registration closes tomorrow! Governor Jerry Brown has been invited, and author Thomas Friedman will provide a global perspective at the California Economic Summit presented by the California Stewardship Network, an alliance promoting economic vitality and California Forward, a bipartisan good government reform effort to improve performance and democracy.


The Summit connects regional and state leaders to improve regional competitiveness. Californians know that the time to fix the state's economy is now. We need your voice.For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. CLICK HERE for the details and registration information. 


  • House leaders reached an agreement on legislation to extend the Export Import Bank's charter through September 2014 and raise its loan exposure cap to $140 billion--a 40% increase. OCBC actively supported reauthorization of the Export Import Bank to help with critical export and trade development. In addition to grassroots efforts, OCBC advocated for this legislation during its recent advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. 
  • SB 1220 just overcame its first two hurdles, passing out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. A strategic objective of OCBC's is to help secure a sustainable source of funding for low-income/affordable housing as part of our Workforce Housing initiative. SB 1220 would support the development, acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable homes for Californians living on fixed incomes. 
  • More than $42.8 million in transportation funding for OC was approved this month by the California Transportation Commission where OCBC's President and CEO Lucy Dunn serves as a member. 
  • We pleaded with Congress, "just approve something...anything!" to end the gridlock preventing the passage of a transportation funding bill, and pass something is exactly what they did. The House passed S.1813 by a vote of 293-127, which now moves on to negotiations in the Senate. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

Jobs yesnoand the state of the economy are of high concern to the public at large and most likely your employees. They may find it helpful to learn about the business perspective on the ballot measures. Sharing this information is not the same as telling employees how to vote. 


Remember to Vote
As you consider your choices on the June ballot, we want to share with you OCBC's positions on the statewide ballot measures. Please don't interpret this email as a message telling you how to vote. We are providing this information because the positions are based on the impact of the ballot measures on California's economy and jobs climate.  


Prop.    Position       Subject
28         Support       Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office
29         Oppose       Additional Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research


CLICK HERE for more information on these ballot measures. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. 


OCBC is sad to share that OCBC Board Member Bill Habermehl, Superintendent of the Orange County Department of Education, has announced his retirement on June 29. Bill has been a tireless advocate for the county's children for 45 years, and has been a creative genius in aligning business, education and the community to ensure OC is at the "head of the class" in education. OCBC extends our best wishes to Bill in his next adventures! We at OCBC are not going to let him escape that easily, however, and have promised to keep him engaged in education advocacy.

On to more pleasant news...

OCBC is pleased to congratulate OCBC Board Member Jeff Reeves of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's 2012 Jurisprudence Award! The award is bestowed on attorneys who make outstanding contributions to the legal profession, who are role models in the legal community and exemplify ADL's mission. Jeff will be recognized at an awards dinner on May 8 at the Island Hotel. Congrats Jeff! CLICK HERE for event info.

OCBC's VP of Economic Development, Matt Petteruto, has been selected by OCMetro Magazine as one of their Top 40 Under 40! CLICK HERE to read the article. Matt will be recognized at a reception on May 16 from 6pm - 8:30pm at Pelican Hill Resort and Spa. Congrats Matt!

OCBC's Director of Workforce and Community Development, Alicia Berhow, has been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's Women in Business awards. Honorees will be recognized at a luncheon on June 5 from 12pm - 2pm at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Congrats Alicia! CLICK HERE for event info.

OCBC and a broad coalition of more than 50 other business, labor and local government organizations recently sent a letter to CA Attorney General Kamala Harris expressing concern over her decision to join a CEQA lawsuit challenging the San Diego Association of Governments' (SANDAG) Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The AG is setting a dangerous precedent that puts all state transportation plans and local development at risk, threatening jobs and economic growth in communities throughout the state. So far, the AG has refused to respond to the coalition's request for a meeting to discuss concerns. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.


Led by OCBC Chair Julie Miller-Phipps of Kaiser Permanente, OCBC launched the annual One Voice, Two Capitols advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. on April 23-25, representing over 20 businesses and organizations in Orange County, joining forces with the Association of California Cities--OC. The delegation met with agency Secretaries, both California's Senators, and members of the House leadership advocating for Orange County's priority issues including transportation, water, education and trade issues, and raising the profile of the County.


In advance of the official start to the trip, a small group met with Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. The ability for business and labor to work together to support economic growth was underscored by Disney and Kaiser Permanente, and OCBC's innovative programs like LEA were recognized by the Secretary. CLICK HERE for trip photos. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.


Seven Years of Latino Educational Attainment Success Celebrated!
Thursday evening OCBC, parents and education advocates gathered at the Discovery Science Center for the 4th Annual Latino Educational Attainment (LEA) Reception, presented by The Boeing Company, to celebrate the program's 7th year of success in Orange County, reaching 23,000 OC parents. This year the event highlighted Korean, Vietnamese and Latino graduates of LEA who shared personal stories about how LEA has impacted their family, and set their children on a path to educational achievement.

Jose Ignacio, son of Felipa Morales, spoke of his mother's efforts to encourage his educational development, "Seeing her learn is making me also want to continue in my dream." CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE for event photos. CLICK HERE for the OC Register's coverage. CLICK HERE to watch a video about LEA. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development.

That's one reason why OC's mobility is one of the best in the nation. Transportation Corridor Agencies has begun an outreach program to meet with all stakeholders--supporters and opponents--and gain feedback on the best solution for providing an alternative to the I-5 through South Orange County. Their solution was the Tesoro Extension Project, which will provide additional northern access for communities located inland of I-5 and commuters traveling to Orange County business centers from the Inland Empire via Ortega Highway. It provides an important alternative route to I-5 and benefits 241 toll road commuters. Construction of this four mile extension will create more than 2,000 Orange County jobs and an additional 407 jobs statewide. Watch as five South Orange County residents share their stories in support of the Tesoro Extension. CLICK HERE for the Tesoro Extension Fact Sheet. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. 


Creativity business professionalsand innovation were center stage at Chapman University last week, where 19 universities competed in the "California Dreamin' Business Plan Competition," which brings together the nation's top entrepreneur programs. In addition to substantial cash prizes, teams had the opportunity to secure up to $1 million in start-up funding from professional investors. Brigham Young University was awarded first place for their "AutoBid" plan, a program that streamlines data entry from the insurance company to the autoshop, saving 30 to 120 minutes of processing time for each claim. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.  


For too long the arts and the sciences have been taught independently of each other. That reality was radically changed last week as more than 4,000 students, educators, community leaders, scientists, engineers, and artists--including OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn--came together at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Digital Media Arts Showcase, produced by Vital Link, and sponsored by OC-STEM, OC WIB, IEEE and Southern California Gas Company. Interactive exhibits--such as The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and PBS SoCal--allowed students and the public to see how intertwined arts and science have become in the age of digital media and high-tech arts. "Being technologically savvy is extremely important to artists," said Vital Link President and CEO Kathy Johnson. "Just as crucially, those students with a more technological bent can benefit from learning the importance of the creative process." For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development.


In other workforce development news--Congratulations to 11th grade students John Evan Lee, Patrick Garrido and Jeffrey Madsen from Brea-Olinda High School who were awarded an honorable mention in Time Warner Cable's StudentCam competition, an annual documentary competition that encourages students to create short films about political and public policy matters. The students received the award out of 1,203 entries for their video, "The Freedom to Peaceably Assemble." OCBC Events Chair Kristy Hennessey of Time Warner Cable and OCBC's Director of Workforce and Community Development Alicia Berhow attended the awards ceremony. CLICK HERE for photos. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development.  


The California Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications and nominations for the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA), California's highest environmental honor, to recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntarily reducing their environmental footprint in 12 different categories. Applications should be submitted by June 22, 2012 to be considered. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

Orange County's Registrar of Voters, a national leader in the elections industry, recently launched an exciting new election website, complete with all the bells and whistles a candidate could dream of. Data Central features find real-time election data, including registered voter counts by district and city, political party preference breakdowns, ballots issued and returned, election mapping, petition information, and more. Election Studio features behind-the-scenes videos that takes you inside the elections office and its processes. Just in time for the June election, the new  Election Results page provides new ways to sort data, graphical representations and up-to-the-minute results. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

Check out these great apps from OCBC member companies:


UPS Mobile - Specially designed with features that let you easily manage your shipments on the go.

myAT&T - Allows you to manage your AT&T Wireless, U-verse®, Home Phone and Internet accounts from your iPhone.

iFullerton - Look up course information, access the Learning Management System, and check the academic calendar,

Habitat for Humanity - Provides info about the organization and how you can help.

Toyota Shopping Tool - While shopping at your local dealership, you can get instant information on any new Toyota or Scion vehicle.


For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 


The EnvironmentUniversity of California, Irvine is consistently ranked among the top research universities in the nation. The campus' mission to discover and disseminate knowledge through research, teaching, and creative expression has led to a greater understanding of global environmental problems such as climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, and air pollution. This research has been revolutionary in developing greener business practices across the nation and at home through a number of newly developed policies and programs that improve sustainability on campus. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


S.O.A.R. Fundraiser - Thursday, May 24, 2012 

Please join S.O.A.R. PAC for a special fundraiser at Angel Stadium of Anaheim's Diamond Club, May 24 from 5:30 p.m - 7: p.m., 2000 East Gene Autry Way. Attendees will be taken on a stadium tour hosted by an Angels Alumnus. The tour will include a behind the scenes, exclusive look into the dugout and locker room. CLICK HERE to download and print your RSVP.   


These events are listed for informational purposes only. No OCBC endorsement is implied.


Join Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary

Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary, and have planned a year-long slate of activities that will make 2012 the 'Year of the Girl.' Mark your calendars for July 27 when Girl Scouts will Rock the OC Fair with hundreds of exciting activities, demonstrations and stage performances. See you at the fair! For more information contact Linda Hartney-Purdy at lhpurdy@girlscoutsoc.orgAre you one of the 50 million women who enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood?  We invite you to become a member of the Orange County Girl Scouts Alumnae program and be part of the "Celebration of the Century." Click here to register as an alumna today!


USA Volleyball Men's Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournament - May 7-12, 2012   

USA Volleyball will host the eight-team NORCECA Men's Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament on May 7-12 at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. The winner of this tournament with teams from the NORCECA (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) confederation will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It is the first time that the NORCECA Men's Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament is being held in the United States. CLICK HERE for tickets.


17th Annual Taste of Anaheim - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Save the date for the 17th Annual Taste of Anaheim, taking place Thursday, May 10, 2012. This year's Taste of Anaheim is expected to feature fifty of your favorite restaurants, three exciting bands, and more than 5,000 patrons, including the Mayor of Anaheim, Tom Tait, and his family. City council, police and fire will also be joining you in all the fun! CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.  


South Orange County Job Fair - Thursday, May 10, 2012 

Is your company looking for talent? Are you looking for a new and fulfilling job?

Join the South Orange County Job Fair on May 10 from 9am to 2pm at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. This is a public and FREE event for jobseekers and recruiters. Visit with a recruiter on-site from the Orange County Business Services Center to receive one-on-one resume critique service. This event is in partnership with the County of Orange, Supervisor Pat Bates, Orange County Workforce Investment Board, and the City of Mission Viejo. For more information please call (714) 670-0100 or visit or


4th Annual Tourism Conference - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Reach more than 300 local and regional executives as an exhibitor at the 4th annual Tourism Conference. Presented by the Orange County Tourism Council, this half day conference brings together numerous facets of the tourism industry. From hotels to attractions, 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, or register as an attendee please go to or e-mail


2012 OC Green Fair - Thursday, May 17, 2012  

The 2012 OC Green Fair is a free event that will showcase eco-friendly products and services, to be held Thursday, May 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Santa Ana Civic Center, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92701. This OC Green Fair raises awareness regarding environmental concerns and shows visitors how to reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, decreasing energy consumption, conserving water, and limiting dependence on fossil fuels. The event will feature vendor and educational exhibits, an art walk, food, giveaways, door prizes and networking opportunities. To learn more about the 2012 OC Green Fair, please visit  


Innovative Thinkers Forum - Thursday, May 17, 2012

Innovation UNLEASHED!  Enter Oakley World Headquarters for the inaugural Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum.

Join Oakley CEO, Vizio CEO, Blizzard Co-Founder, and Kaiser COO to discuss building iconic brands, thriving in a down economy, and support the Team Kids mission to empower our next generation of entrepreneurs and philanthropists. All proceeds go directly to support Team Kids' school program. For more info, visit 


Pacific Symphony's Gala - Saturday, May 19, 2012
Join your fellow bon-vivants at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine for this major fundraising event for Pacific Symphony. Help us to celebrate the role the Symphony has played in the cultural development of Orange County. What began as a small community orchestra is now the largest orchestra founded in the USA in the past 50 years. CLICK HERE for more information.

Join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County in Mongolia - July 1-7, 2012

Join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County this summer on the Global Village team's trip to Mongolia to build houses. The humanitarian trip will be from July 1 to 7, where as a volunteer, you may work on house construction, renovations or disaster relief. Trip itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. Depending on the length of the trip, most teams spend a few days discovering the area and participating in local cultural activities. Habitat's Global Village volunteer program welcomes all who want to make a difference by picking up a hammer and helping to change lives. Click here for more information.


Orange County United Way's Fourth Annual WALK UNITED - Saturday, June 9, 2012

WALK UNITED is an annual fundraising event which brings people of all ages together in a philanthropic 5K walk in partnership with the Angels Baseball Foundation. Proceeds will help provide hope, help, and access to a better tomorrow for thousands of Orange County residents who are struggling to meet their most basic human needs of food, shelter, and medical care. Walkers will enjoy a community resource fair, live entertainment, family-friendly activities including a Kid-At-Heart, gourmet OC food trucks, and a chance to walk on the baseball field and be featured on the Angels Jumbotron. For more info visit

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 10, 2012  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 


Government Affairs Committee Meeting 

Friday, May 11, 2012  I  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 


Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012  I  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


Workforce Development Committee Meeting 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012  I  7:30 a.m. - 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 2011 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or

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