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Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Capitol - DCOCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn reaffirmed the business community's frustrations by stating, "Great leaders from business, government and labor are joining together with a unified voice to ask Congress to get the job done now. We need certainty in planning, infrastructure funding, reforms, and innovations that are important to a 21st century global economy with a state-of-the-art transportation system." 


Transportation funding expires June 30, unless Congress acts. At jeopardy are 2.9 million jobs across the nation. The original transportation bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), expired September 30, 2009. The bill has been extended nine times, at an inadequate 2005 funding level, with NO reforms or innovations, over the last three years. The House and Senate have tried to reconcile their own separate transportation bills, but if new legislation is not passed by June 30, another stop-gap measure will be necessary.


Members of Congress need to hear from YOU that safe and efficient roads and transportation infrastructure are critical to the continued economic health of California and the US. CLICK HERE for a suggested phone script and the contact information for your Member of Congress. CLICK HERE for a quick guide to the issues. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact  Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.


  • workforce housingAs part of a coalition effort with BIA-OC, the Huntington Beach Chamber and the tourism industry, OCBC has been working to ensure proposed increases of Development Impact Fees remained aligned with the city's Ten Point Plan to support local business, a "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet" award winner.  As a result, the Council recently voted on a much revised plan that steps modest fee increases over a three year period.
  • OCBC testified in support of National CORE's Avenida Serra workforce apartment rental community in San Clemente. After a ten year process, including a last minute threat from the elimination of redevelopment agencies, the development agreement was unanimously approved by the Council. San Clemente will now have stylish workforce housing right in its downtown, near jobs and transit.
  • OCBC joined with 700 business organizations and medical industry businesses to advocate for the repeal of the medical device tax. The 2.3% excise tax on sales, estimated to raise $29 billion over the next decade, is due to take effect in 2013, and applies to devices such as hip implants, defibrillators, pacemakers and prosthetic limbs that aren't sold directly to consumers. The tax could result in higher prices for some medical devices and the loss of up to 43,000 manufacturing jobs. Representatives of the roughly $140 billion industry say that is a particularly heavy burden for a sector where innovation is often driven by start-ups. The House voted in favor of the repeal, 270-146 (including 37 Democrats), although its chances in the Senate are very slim. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

trafficOCBC leaders support OCTA's Build Alternative 3 for the 405 Improvement Project.
 Alternative 3 would go beyond the promise of Measure M (adding one general purpose lane in each direction), by also adding a toll lane to the existing carpool lane and providing additional interchange improvements within the project limits as well. With expected population growth of 11% by 2040, traffic volumes on the 405 are expected to increase significantly over time. Alternative 3 provides the most improvements, moving the greatest number of vehicles through the system, while adding flexibility to the roadway facility. "Right-of-way" impacts are limited, sound wall improvements added, and no homes are "taken!" Construction is approximately three to six years away, depending on funding availability and project delivery method. The draft environmental impact statement/draft environmental impact report is available for public review and comment through July 17. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

Thousands flooded the grand opening of Disney's California Adventure Friday morning, strolling along the shops and restaurants of Buena Vista Street and zipping through the Cadillac Mountain Range of the much anticipated Cars Land. After five years of construction, the $1 billion expansion to the sister park of Disneyland opened its doors to visitors, marking the completion of the new 12-acre Cars Land, resembling Radiator Springs from Disney Pixar's "Cars," and the remodeled Buena Vista Street entrance reminiscent of 1930's Los Angeles. Other upgrades include the addition of the Mad T-Party area and new interactive features to World of Color. 


Since its opening in 1955, the Disneyland Resort has been an economic engine for Southern California, with impacts felt throughout the community in economic recovery and jobs creation. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 


The following op-ed was authored by California business leaders, including OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn.


California is fighting to turn the economy around. From small businesses to billion-dollar corporations, business leaders throughout the state are working together with Governor Jerry Brown to revive California's economic vitality.


With its $1.9 trillion economy, California ranks among the 10 largest economies in the world. However, the state's infrastructure is straining to keep up with increased demands. Nowhere is this clearer than in the area of transportation. According to recent studies, due to inefficiencies in our roadways Californians waste nearly $19 billion annually due to lost time and wasted fuel. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 


On June 5, the Public Policy Institute of California released the Water and the California Economy report at a water summit in Sacramento featuring a panel with California Resources Secretary John Laird, Rex Hime of California Business Properties Association and OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn. CLICK HERE for the LIVELY discussion where Dunn warns, "If we don't plan for growth, growth will plan us!"


While the state is a leader in water conservation efforts, several risks to the state's water supply and management remain a threat to the economy, including catastrophic interruptions of water supplies from earthquakes, floods and drought, which would also jeopardize business and infrastructure investments that support economic growth. CLICK HERE for the full report. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.


Nominations are now open for OCBC's second annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet awards competition, sponsored by Chase, to recognize outstanding public agencies for implementing policies and programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector jobs creation. Awards will be presented in the categories of Business Retention and Expansion, Responding to Globalization, Sustainable and Green Development, Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse, Public-Private Partnerships and an award for Leadership in Public Service. NEW THIS YEAR: Award winners will be featured in an exclusive spread in OC METRO Business Magazine, in partnership with Churm Media. 


Nominations are due by September 4, 2012. Complete applications online at or mail to OCBC, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614. $75 entry fee per nomination, but there is no limit to the number of entries an agency may submit. Award winners will be recognized at a reception on November 29. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

Join OCBC and OCForum at an Exclusive Roundtable Luncheon featuring Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-22), on Monday, July 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. Congressman McCarthy will share the latest on what's happening in Washington, DC, how to regain America's global competitive edge, and what should be done to get America back to work. Congressman McCarthy is the Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives, having served in that position since 2010. As a former small business owner, he is committed to policies that give businesses and entrepreneurs the confidence they need to hire, expand, invest and innovate. Tickets are $65. CLICK HERE to RSVP. For sponsorship opportunities contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241 .

SAVE THE DATE! Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board present the 2012 Workforce Development Conference, sponsored by Union Bank. The conference will unveil the 2012 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 9, 2012 I 11:30am - 1:30pm

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

Cost: Individual Ticket (OCBC Member): $80  I  Individual Ticket (Non-Member): $100

Table of Ten (OCBC Member): $800  I  Table of Ten (Non-Member): $1,000 


Thank you to the conference sponsors Union Bank, AT&T, Michael Brandman Associates, Chevron, Southern California Edison, OCSTEM, Wells Fargo Foundation, and The Boeing Company. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.


How to be a TRUSTED BRAND? Six out of ten Honorees are OCBC members! Hint...

OC METRO hosted its third annual Orange County Trust Summit, presented by Snell & Wilmer, on June 12 at the Disneyland Hotel, where more than 400 people gathered to celebrate those brands that have earned the public's trust. The 2012 honorees were selected through a rigorous survey conducted in a partnership between The Values Institute at DGWB, Churm Media and Cal State Fullerton. Congratulations to six OCBC member companies that earned a coveted spot on the list: Oakley, Automobile Club of Southern California, Goodwill of Orange County, Kaiser Permanente Orange County--OCBC's own Chair, Julie Miller Phipps as honoree--South Coast Plaza, and Discovery Science Center. Kimberly Cripe, President and CEO of CHOC Children's (also an OCBC member), was presented with the "Most Trustworthy Leader" award. CLICK HERE for photos from the event. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.


OCBC's Matt Petteruto, VP of Economic Development, and Larry Brose, VP of Investor Relations and Business Development, attended the AirTran Cabo service launch at John Wayne Airport on Sunday, June 3. The launch celebrated AirTran Airways new direct service to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City. Flights now depart from JWA to Cabo daily at 12:16 p.m. and to Mexico City at 10:21 a.m. To book your flight visit For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.  


Dr. Al Mijares, former Santa Ana Unified School District superintendent, was appointed to serve as the Orange County Board of Education Superintendent, replacing former superintendent and OCBC Board Member Bill Habermehl. Dr. Mijares will serve the reminder of Habermehl's term through January 2015 and will be overseeing 27 districts in the county. Dr. Mijares brings 34 years of experience to the position and will begin serving in July. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy. 


Join Orange County Business Council and Cal State Fullerton for the 2012 Economic Forecast Conference, presented by U.S. Bank. Learn how current economic trends and conditions will impact the future of business for the nation, Southern California and Orange County at the region's premier economic conference. Featuring presentations by:

  • Andrew Cecere, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Bancorp
  • Dr. Anil Puri, Dean, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Cal State Fullerton
  • Dr. Mira Farka, Institute for Economics and Environmental Studies, Cal State Fullerton

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012 I 11:30am - 1:30pm

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

Cost: $150/individual, $1,250/table of ten

Thank you to conference sponsors US Bank; Chevron; Michael Brandman Associates; Southern California Edison; Union Bank; Dean's Advisory Board, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Cal State Fullerton; and SDG&E and The Gas Company. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

OCBC and OCWIB S.T.E.A.M. Forum at the Microsoft Store - Wednesday, June 20
OCBC Members: CLICK HERE to register. Non-members interested in attending should contact Alicia Berhow.

Chairman's Leadership Breakfast with William Wang - Wednesday, June 27
Online registration is closed. To register, contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.

OCBC and OCForum Roundtable Luncheon with Congressman Kevin McCarthy - Monday, July 16

CLICK HERE to register. For sponsorship opportunities contact Leslie Dods.

Chairman's Leadership Breakfast with Henrik Fisker - Tuesday, July 31
CLICK HERE to register.

OCBC Executive Invitational Golf Tournament - Thursday, August 23
CLICK HERE to register. For sponsorship opportunities contact  Leslie Dods.

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For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.   

Fiesta Fundraiser for Jordan Brandman - Tuesday, June 26 You are invited to attend a fiesta fundraiser at La Casa Garcia, 531 West Chapman Avenue in Anaheim, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in support of Jordan Brandman for Anaheim City Council. CLICK HERE for the full invitation. For more information or to RSVP, contact Melahat at or call 949.350.7733.

Summer Luau to Support Shari Freidenrich, CPA - Wednesday, June 27

Dr. Kerry Reynolds cordially invites you to attend a summer luau to support OC Treasurer Shari Freidenrich, on Wednesday, June 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the home of Dr. Kerry Reynolds, 1510 Kings Road, Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for the full invitation. For more information or to RSVP contact Julie Ackman at 949.474.6930 or


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!


OCForum Luncheon, "Housing Outlook 2012" - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In 2009 and 2010 we heard from housing experts as to what their expectations were for the OC and Southern California housing market. This is a great opportunity to hear again from highly-regarded housing experts and learn what the trends are for the next 12 months in the housing market. Featured presenters include Emile Haddad, Founder of FivePoint Communities, Susan Hori, Partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, and Larry Webb, Founder and CEO of The New Home Company. CLICK HERE to register and for more information.    


USC Luck Center Executive Briefing - Thursday, June 21, 2012

What lies ahead as the real estate markets move forward? Join the USC Lusk Center for an informative session examining the economic drivers toward recovery. Richard K. Green, Director, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, will provide an economic update. An Executive Briefing Panel will feature Timothy J. Ballard, President, Buchanan Street Partners, Steve M. Case, Executive Vice President Office Properties Division, Irvine Company and Stuart A. Tanz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Retail Opportunity Investments Corporation. The event starts with a 4:30pm briefing at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, followed by a 6pm reception. The registration fee is $75. CLICK HERE to register.   


Great Park Movie on the Lawn to Feature Hop - Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hop on over to the Great Park for a family-friendly free Movie on the Lawn under the stars this Saturday, June 23 at sunset. See the state-of-the-art animation with live action feature film Hop, which tells the comic tale of Fred, an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny and must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world's worst house guest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up. The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way, and can easily be reached by the 5 or 405 freeways. For more information, please visit or call 866-829-3829.


AQMD Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program - June 23 & 30, 2012
Residents living with AQMD's 4-county jurisdiction are eligible to turn in their old, but still operable, gas lawn mover and purchase a cordless, rechargeable, electric lawn mower at a greatly reduced price. Six models are available to choose from. To register for the Long Beach event on June 23, or the Anaheim event on June 30, visit  and click on lawnmower web banner, or call 1-888-425-6247. Proof of residency is required, and cash, check or major credit card are accepted. 


The Past, Present and Future of Foreign Trade Zones - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

On June 27 the Foreign Trade Association and the Port of Long Beach will hold a special seminar at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach titled, "The Past, Present and Future of Foreign Trade Zones." Topics will include basic advantages of an FTZ, what to look for when contracting with an FTZ operator and how to set up your own FTZ for your company. The cost is $95 per person with participation limited to the first 100 who register. CLICK HERE for more information.


Southern California Water Committee Stormwater Workshop - Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mark your calendars for SCWC's June 28th all-day workshop on Integrated Watershed Management Planning and the role of stormwater capture. Learn more about how stormwater capture is being incorporated into local water supply strategies and various perspectives on future opportunities and challenges. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, 700 North Alameda Street, Room 2-456, Los Angeles. RSVP to Kym Belzer at 818.760.2121 or CLICK HERE for the event flier.  


LAFCO University Course, "Cities Merge?" - Friday, June 29, 2012 

The California Association of LAFCO presents a new, timely CALAFCO University Course, "Cities Merge?" on Friday, June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles.This intensive one-day technical workshop is designed to give LAFCO staff, commissioners, city staff and other stakeholders an in-depth look at the process for consolidation and/or disincorporation of cities. Space is limited to 60 participants, so register early. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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.

Workforce Development Committee Meeting - S.T.E.A.M. Forum
Wednesday, June 20, 2012  I  7:30am - 9:00am
*This meeting will take place at the Microsoft Store at South Coast Plaza 

Economic Forecast Conference Committee
Tuesday, June 26, 2012  I  11:00am - 12:000pm

Community College Working Group Meeting

Thursday, June 28, 2012  I  3:00pm - 4:30pm 


Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only A ll 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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Join Pacific Symphony this summer at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for concerts under the starts. OCBC members receive a 20% discount on all tickets purchased through the affinity program. Mention Orange County Business Council when booking your tickets with Sheri Mitchell at 714-876-2384 or Note: You are not required to purchase 10 tickets in order to receive the discount. CLICK HERE for the summer concert flier. 



In just two to four days, you can update your knowledge, improve your skills, advance your career, and impact your entire organization through USC Marshall Executive Education programs.OCBC members will receive a special 20% discount on this course. Use code "OCBCmem20" when registering. For a complete list of in-person and on-line course offerings, visit, or call (213) 740-8990.


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 Kendra at 714.999.6351.

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