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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS! 3RD ANNUAL TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARDS
Which public agencies in Orange County are cutting through red tape? We want to know!
OCBC is now accepting nominations for the 3rd Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards, recognizing Orange County's outstanding public agencies who proactively cut bureaucratic red tape and open the door for jobs creation and sustainable economic recovery. On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, OCBC will host the 3rd Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, honoring all award nominees and winners, securing media attention for their good work, and providing recognition from a grateful business community. 

Program Awards will be presented in the categories of Business Retention and Expansion, Responding to Globalization, Sustainable and Green Development and Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse. Awards will also be presented for Public-Private Partnership and Leadership in Public Service. Applications are being accepted now through September 13, 2013. Apply online at www.ocbc.org/redcarpet. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

OCBC'S LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD KEEPS TABS ON JOB-KILLER LEGISLATION MADE IN SACRAMENTO

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OCBC has taken positions on major bills that effect business development throughout the state, and will be tracking and advocating these positions during the 2013 Legislative Session as part of the annual legislative scorecard. The 2013 Legislative Scorecard will be released at the end of the current session and will score the success of the major bills tracked, along with the voting record of each member of the Orange County Legislative Delegation.

Listed below are the key bills OCBC will track and score as part of the 2013 Legislative Scorecard:

 

GOVERNANCE:

AB 5 (Ammiano) Homelessness - OPPOSE

AB 53 (Perez) Labor Code, Relating To Economic Development - SUPPORT
AB 713 (Wagner) Corporations Code, Relating To Securities - SUPPORT
SB 751 (Yee) Transparency in Local Government - SUPPORT

 

WORKFORCE HOUSING:

AB 116 (Bocanegra) Subdivision Map Extensions - SUPPORT

SB 391 (DeSaulnier) Permanent Source of Affordable Housing - SUPPORT

To view the complete list of OCBC Legislative Scorecard bills, CLICK HERE.  


For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
ON A RICHTER SCALE OF 10, THIS IS AN 11.5 SAY TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES

UPDATE: Since this opinion piece was published in the OC Register last week, OCBC continues to engage in bringing leaders from utilities, transportation agencies and the US Department of Transportation together for a resolution of the issues. Contact your Congressional representation HERE to add your voice before job losses and project delays affect a fragile economic recovery. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 

 

DUNN & DONE: "BUY AMERICA" NEEDS RETHINKING

"Three strikes and you're out"-baseball terminology used to determine the standard for sending someone to prison, and prison overcrowding that is one of its by-products. "No child left behind"-a federal program on education that failed to deliver. "Affordable Care Act"-not looking too affordable these days as family health costs escalate double and triple digits just preparing for the new system.   

 

All of these are sound bites used by elected officials and administrators to advance a public policy idea that sounds good, but ultimately backfired, or produced unintended consequences in some way. And now we have "Buy America." This provision can be found in MAP-21, the federal highway reauthorization bill that provides federal funding for infrastructure projects in every state of the union. "Buy America" has been recently interpreted by the Federal Highway Administration to mean that components used to build or repair roads, bridges, transit and rail should be manufactured in America.

 

Sounds good, right? A little motherhood and apple pie. CLICK HERE to read more and comment. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

SAVE THE DATE! 2013 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE - OCTOBER 3

Business, government, nonprofit and academia--we've got the information you need on today's workforce. Join Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board at the 2013 Workforce Development Conference, sponsored by Union Bank. The conference will unveil the 2013/2014 Workforce Indicators Report, with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and labor force trends. Get your copy by attending! 

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2013  I  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine 

COST: OCBC Member: $95  I  Non-Member: $125

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

 

Thank you to conference sponsors Union Bank, AT&T, Chevron, Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison, and Wal-Mart. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.

OCBC MEMBERS HONORED AT WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS

On Tuesday, June 4, the Orange County Business Journal hosted the 19th annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Irvine to honor five exceptional businesswomen from a pool of 234 nominees, including OCBC's own nominee, Kris Murray, Senior Vice President of Willdan. This year's Women in Business Award winners included Orange County Business Council members Lynn Salo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Allergan Inc. and Laura Archuleta, President of Jamboree Housing Corp. Drawing a crowd of over 900, the Women in Business Awards recognizes professional OC women from a diverse range of industries for their outstanding accomplishments that have made a lasting impact on the local community. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL NOMINEES AND WINNERS! CLICK HERE for photos from the event. 

 

As Vice President of the Irvine-based global specialty pharmaceutical company, Lynn Salos was recognized for her role in domestic and international markets of Allergan Inc. President Laura Archuleta of Jamboree Housing Corp. was honored for the nonprofit's exceptional growth into one of the largest housing developers in the United States. Keynote speaker Kay Napier, chief executive of Arbonne International LLC, an Irvine-based cosmetics brand and an honoree at last year's event, discussed the powerful influence of mentorship and provided advice for fellow business leaders. The Business Journal will feature the five winners in their June 17 issue. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
SO CAL GAS JOINS AIR QUALITY AGENCIES TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL GAS ENGINES
OCBC member Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has collaborated with regional air quality agencies South Coast Air Quality Management District, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the California Energy Commission to fund a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of near-zero emission natural gas engines for heavy-duty vehicles for the South Coast Air Basin and San Joaquin Valley Air Basin region.

The $9 million RFP, funded by regional air quality agencies and $500,000 from SoCalGas, supports the development of natural gas as the key component to advance California's goals for a sustainable future. In partnership with participating agencies, SoCalGas aims to aid research and development of low-cost, abundant, fuel-efficient solutions in order to meet clean air and near-zero emissions standards in Southern California. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

UCI LAW SCHOOL DEAN ERWIN CHEMERINSKY PRESENTS SUPREME COURT REVIEW FOR BIZ - JULY 11

OCBC invites you to attend a US Supreme Court Review for Business with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on July 11 at the Pacific Club, co-hosted by Lathan & Watkins LLP. Dean Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the UCI School of Law. He frequently argues cases before the nation's highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. The Dean will specifically address business issues decided at the end of the 2013 term, and following his remarks, engage with a panel of OC's top lawyers on what it means to the business community.

 

DATE: Thursday, July 11, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach 

TICKETS: OCBC Member: $60; Non-Member: $90

Sponsorships are available ($500-$1,000)

MCLE: Latham & Watkins certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.00 hour of general credit.  

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events, or Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 

OCBC AND OC FORUM PRESENT: OUTLOOK FOR ENERGY LUNCHEON - JULY 17

In 2040, what types of energy will the world use, and how much? How will new technologies, efficiencies and policies impact the market?

 

Join OCBC and OC Forum on Wednesday, July 17 for the Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040 luncheon, sponsored by Exxon Mobil Corporation. Providing reliable and affordable energy--safely and with minimum impact on the environment--is an on-going challenge around the world. To address this challenge the outlook will reveal key findings about how we use energy, how much we will need in the future, and what types of fuels will meet this demand. Featuring keynote speaker Rob Gardner, Manager, Economics and Energy Division, Corporate Strategic Planning Department, Exxon Mobil Corporation; Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President, Western States Petroleum Association; and, Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor, Orange County Business Council. 

 

DATE: Wednesday, July 17, 11:30 am. - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine

TICKETS: OCBC/OC Forum Member: $60; Non-Member: $90   

Sponsorships are available. 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, OCBC, at 949.794.7241 or Nancy Dooley, OC Forum, at 949.588.9884.
ACEC HONORS KRIS MURRAY AS 2013 ELECTED OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

At the recent American Council of Engineering Companies California (ACEC) Awards Banquet, emceed by OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, ACEC honored Anaheim council member--and former OCBC Vice President--Kris Murray with the Elected Official of the Year award. Kris Murray has played a key role in transportation and infrastructure programs including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Association of Governments Executive Committee and Regional Council, Orange County Council of Governments, and the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency. Murray has also made significant contributions to economic development initiatives as co-chair of the Anaheim Economic Consortium, as well as spearheading the development of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center and the Anaheim Rapid Connection.

  

ACEC California, an over 50-year old nonprofit organization of engineering and land surveying firms, honors distinguished individuals, firms, and elected officials in Orange County for their long-lasting impact to the engineering industry and contributions to the local community. The Elected Official of the Year award distinguishes officials who have made a significant impact on the engineering and surveying industry. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 

TEE OFF FORE SUCCESS AT OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - AUGUST 1
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! THIS ALWAYS SELLS OUT! 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.
STAYING A STEP AHEAD--SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS & MATH--JULY 17 FORUM

What skills do today's students need for success in a highly competitive, global economy? Join OCBC's Workforce Development Committee at Hoag Hospital in Irvine on Wednesday, July 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for a S.T.E.A.M. Forum. The forum will feature a panel discussion on the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) to student success. Guests are invited to join the committee for breakfast and discuss how to build a workforce fit for a 21st century, global economy. This event is open to OCBC members, who can RSVP HERE . Non-members interested in attending should contact Alicia Berhow at 949.794.7215 or aberhow@ocbc.org. Space is limited. Hoag Hospital is located at the Irvine Medical and Science Complex, 16200 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.
LEARN ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY'S ELECTIONS FROM THE EXPERTS

In 2010 the Orange County Registrar of Voters launched the Orange County Election Academy, an 8-session long academic program designed to teach participants about elections in Orange County, California. This award winning, one-of-a-kind elections education program, is open to the public at no cost. The comprehensive curriculum is particularly beneficial to those individuals interested in voting, running for office, and the elections process in general.

 

The Registrar of Voters is currently accepting applications for the 2013 session, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The program will be conducted at the Registrar of Voters' office in Santa Ana. The curriculum will encompass all election management functions including candidate filing, campaign finance, ballot creation, communications and more. To learn more about the Orange County Election Academy, including dates and times, and to complete an application for the program please visit ocvote.com/academy. Applications are due by September 6, 2013. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS  

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.

 

16th Annual Ride the Coast Motorcycle Ride - Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ride the Coast Motorcycle Ride will kick into gear for another year of fast-paced fun and excitement on Saturday, June 29, 2013. This 70-mile charity ride benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana and  includes 10 miles of coast riding. Ride the Coast brings motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages, occupations, shapes and sizes to Orange County for the most spectacular event on two wheels. The ride begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Santa Ana Auto Mall and will end at Original Mike's in Santa Ana. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

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/JULY
Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, June 28, 2013  I  9:30-11:00am  

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

 

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting

Tuesday, July 16, 2013  I  11:00am-12:00pm

 

Economic Development Committee Meeting 

Monday, July 22, 2013  I  4:00-5:30pm

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting 

Friday, July 26, 2013  I  9:30-11:00am 

 

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:   

 

NEW! PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

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 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.

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU! Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs. Let our friendly staff and beautiful interior bring you and your guests a wine-country experience customized to your liking at a surprisingly affordable cost. Our retail shoppe is perfect for last-minute gifts including over 350 wines, charcuterie and artisan cheeses, wine accessories, food frills, and gift baskets tailored to your specifications. Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
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If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications, at 949.794.7221.
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