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Wednesday, June 22, 2011   


South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has produced a Draft Energy Policy which proposes to integrate air quality, energy security and climate change issues in a "holistic manner." Although presented as merely building upon previous Board actions and as a complement to existing initiatives, the proposed energy policy directed the District to promote and advocate specific energy policies and specific technologies. For a policy with such widespread significance and seemingly beyond the core mission of the SCAQMD, the insufficient study or review with impacted parties raised significant concern with stakeholders throughout the Basin.

Introduced in late April, the policy was initially proposed to be submitted to the SCAQMD Board at their May 19Board Retreat. With a growing coalition of stakeholders expressing concern about the speed and process at which the policy was being enacted, the policy was pulled from the May meeting and limited community meetings were conducted. The staff report was then routed through the Stationary Source Committee, which recently met on June 17 to a standing room only crowd. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.


Orange County Business Council released the following statement on June 16 from President and CEO Lucy Dunn in response to Governor Jerry Brown's veto of Democratic lawmakers' budget.


"I applaud the Governor's decision to veto the budget, and for maintaining his commitment to not increase fees or taxes without voter approval. OCBC and the business community encourage Democrats and Republicans to work together to develop a budget that is fair and balanced for all people in California.

"In tackling the budget crisis, the Legislature has the opportunity to set California on the path to economic recovery. Through spending control and budget reforms, an economic strategy for job creation, pension reform, greater flexibility for local governments, and temporary tax extensions-if still needed-the Governor can set California back on track.   


"OCBC supports a balanced budget that looks beyond simply cutting programs and raising taxes, and tackles the root of the budget problem head on. Now is the time for strong leadership, respectful compromise, and hard decisions. OCBC looks forward to the next iteration of the budget and stands ready to contribute thoughtful, practical solutions to California's biggest challenges." CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.


Chapman University held their annual Economic Forecast on June 16 where presenters James L. Doti, Ph.D., and Esmael Adibi, Ph.D. provided an overview of the state of the economy. Both shared the perspective that while the recession may be over, growth and recovery is a long, slow process that has just begun.

The presenters emphasized the significance of construction job losses and the housing market to the recovery. Said Dr. Doti, "If there is any risk to this recovery we are in, I believe the most serious threat is the worsening drop in housing prices." Demand for houses has outpaced supply, causing upward pressure on house prices. Dr. Doti predicted that it will take three more years until the number of foreclosures returns from 4 million to the historic norm of 1.3 million.  


What remains to be seen is the effect that the recession and housing market crash will have on consumer's mindset during the recovery; these and other large scale events such as the disaster in Japan tend to decrease consumer confidence, causing unexpected delays in economic recovery. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

Lucy Dunn, California Transportation Commissioner, attended the CTC Transportation Foundation awards dinner in Sacramento on June 15, 2011 where she honored Assembly Member Jeff Miller as legislator of the year for his work on securing innovative design-build authority on the 91 freeway. Also, OCBC member OCTA, as well as Caltrans, received top honors for the prestigious California Transportation Foundation's (CTF) 2011 Freeway/Expressway Project of the Year Award. The Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) Gateway Project won the highly coveted award which acknowledged the complexity of the four-year, $335-million project that doubled the size of I-5 through Buena Park and the positive impact it has made on improving travel through the area for hundreds of thousands of motorists. "The success of the I-5 Gateway Project shows how true collaboration and partnership results in a great project," OCTA CEO Will Kempton said. "Both during construction and in the final product, maintaining that connection helped to ensure the tremendous success of this project."

Anaheim Job Fair & Expo Brings Hope to Many Unemployed Residents
On June 15, OCBC partnered with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, City of Anaheim, Anaheim Jobs, and the Orange County and Santa Ana Workforce Investment Boards to host the third annual Anaheim/OC Job Fair and Expo at Anaheim GardenWalk. The job fair featured 130 employers from Anaheim and Orange County advertising more than 1,700 jobs. Organizers estimate that 6,000 job seekers circulated through the job fair between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Other partners in the 2011 Anaheim/OC Job Fair and Expo include the Employment Development Department, OC Register/, Anaheim GardenWalk, County of Orange, Disneyland Resort, Banco Popular, Working Wardrobes, Michael Brandman Associates, Freeman, Time Warner Cable, and Anaheim Public Utilities. To follow the statistics and success of this year's Job Fair, visit

'Waiting for Superman'
OCBC hosted a 2nd screening of the acclaimed documentary 'Waiting for Superman' on June 14, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, Irvine. The film, which was directed by David Guggenheim, analyzes the failures of the American public education by following several students through the educational system, hoping to be selected in a lottery for acceptance into successful charter schools. One of OCBC's main initiatives is Workforce Development and this film sheds some light on the issues we, as a County and Nation, are facing. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

OCMetro and DGWB Honor OC's Most Trustworthy Brands, Including Eight OCBC Investors

This year's 2nd Annual Trust Summit took place on June 16 at Disney's Grand California Hotel. More than 350 business, community, and nonprofit leaders gathered to recognize those companies that have gained and maintained the public's confidence and business. Finbarr O'Neill, president of J.D. Power and Associates was the keynote speaker, and discussed the importance of the "5 P's" to establishing a positive relationship with customers: people, presentation, price, product and process. OCBC Investors made up half the honorees. Congratulations to Chapman University, CHOC Children's Hospital, Disneyland Resort, Girl Scout Council of Orange County, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, St. Joseph Hospital, Toshiba America, and Wells Fargo. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations.

Non-Stop Service Begins To Calgary From John Wayne Airport

"We're thrilled to have WestJet launch a second, daily non-stop flight from John Wayne Airport," said Alan L. Murphy, Airport Director. "Having another link between Orange County and Canada brings exciting new opportunities for travelers." John Wayne Airport, WestJet and tourism staff celebrated the launch on June 13 in true western spirit, wearing cowboy hats and bandanas, as they distributed special promotional and give-away items to passengers traveling at John Wayne Airport that day. WestJet - a pioneer of low-cost flying in Canada - began service at John Wayne Airport in May with daily non-stop flights to Vancouver, British Columbia and now offers daily non-stop service to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


It's 6:30 a.m. and the markets are open. Do you know where your stock is trading and why? What explains the rapid swings in the price of your stock from one day to the next? Will proposed SEC rule changes radically change the way companies seek to raise capital or will they shut out investors? Following an unprecedented year of stock market recovery and low interest rates, where are we going from here?

Be sure to attend this year's Orange County Public Company Forum on Thursday, June 23 at the Westin South Coast Plaza for timely insight on the multiple factors impacting market performance and capital raising. Learn what public company executives and their advisors need to know to be positioned for opportunities in the changing landscape ahead. Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Frank Hatheway, Chief Economist, NASDAQ OMX Group Inc.
  • Thomas M. Abate, Corporate Vice President and CFO, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Robert A. Claassen, Partner, Paul Hastings
  • Charles D. Martin, Chairman, CEO and CIO, Mont Pelerin Capital
  • Cary H. Thompson, Vice Chairman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Mikel Williams, CEO, DDi Corp.
  • Roger S. Pondel (Moderator), President and CEO, PondelWilkinson Inc.

Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Click here to register. For more information contact Brooke Myers at 714.668.6507. 


OCBC member Kaiser Permanente recognizes the link between the health of tKaiserhe environment and human health. They have developed nationally recognized green building strategies for the health care sector and have produced the Green Guide for Health Care - a premiere tool for building health care facilities that are healthier for employees, members, the community, and the environment. Over the past seven years, Kaiser Permanente's green building team has:
  • Chosen ecologically sustainable materials for 7.5 million square feet of new construction.
  • Eliminated the purchase and disposal of 40 tons of hazardous chemicals.
  • Diverted thousands of tons of demolition debris from landfills.
  • Installed more than 50 acres of reflective roofing.
  • Zero exporting of e-waste and zero e-waste sent to landfills.
OCBC applauds Kaiser's commitment to keeping the environment healthy and working towards a greener planet. For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


Awarding Prizes for the Winning Men's, Women's, and Mixed Teams!

Don't miss your chance to join OCBC and top executives from Orange County's leading businesses at the 2011 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament on July 28, 2011, presented by Kaiser Permanente. The tournament is almost sold out, so register your golf foursome today for a chance to be one of the top three winning teams. Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support. Sponsorships are still available, including $500 Tee Sponsors. Reception and dinner tickets are available for $75 for those not participating in the tournament. 




 For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 


Orange County Superintendent of Schools, Bill Habermehl, shared with attendees at a recent Workforce Development Committee meeting his vision to improve language and literacy development and mitigate student dropout rates in Orange County. The English learner population in Orange County will soon surpass 40 percent. Understanding that language skills are initially developed in the home before children enter school, Habermehl proposed an innovative idea modeled after the successful Latino Educational Attainment Initiative. The goal is to improve the English language skills of parents as one way to support children in developing strong language and literacy skills to support success in school. Habermehl proposed working with the business community to offer English language support to parents at work, such as during lunchtime or by utilizing newsletters and other related communications to share information with employees. Involving community and business partners will be the key to developing this vision into a long-term, sustainable community program. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.


Join hundreds of transportation, business and political leaders at Mobility 21's 10th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit, September 6, 2011 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.

  • Meet transportation decision-makers from across Southern California
  • Hear about how technology is changing our transportation future
  • Find out what's happening in the State and Federal Legislatures
  • Attend three general sessions with engaging speaker presentations
  • Participate in interactive panel discussions during your choice of eight breakout sessions
  • Visit the expanded transportation Expo with over 70 exhibitors   

For more information, visit


Join the Orange County Taxpayers Association at the first annual Roses, Radishes and the Royalty Awards on Thursday, July 7 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The dinner will feature an awards presentation to public agencies: the Radish Award will be presented for wasteful, inefficient use of taxpayer dollars, and the Rose Award will honor a public agency that demonstrates cost-effective and efficient use of taxpayer dollars. For ticket information and to RSVP please contact Samantha Fitzgerald at 949.768.1600. Sponsorships are available. Visit for more information.  


The Irvine Heritage Park Branch of the OC Public Libraries system proviCounty of Orange Logodes business resources in both print and electronic formats for the business community.  Resources include the Reference USA database, business periodicals and newspapers, small business handbooks, information on management, marketing and accounting, information on finance and investing, and more. If you have any questions about these and other business resources, please contact the Heritage Park Library at (949) 936-4040. 
More great apps this week from the staff at OCBC: 
Evernote - Every business executive needs this app. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone, and the web.
Whatsapp - This cross-platform messaging app lets you text, group chat, record audio files, send pictures and videos, as well as share your location. It also comes with some sweet emoticons!
Roambi - Deliver visually rich mobile dashboards and business intelligence to iPhone. Import data from a variety of sources - from Excel spreadsheets to an enterprise server such as Salesforce or SAP.
Lookee-Loo - Do you have the rights to someone's Microsoft Exchange 2007 calendar and wish you could check their calendar from your iPhone? This is the app for you!

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications..

Community College Working Group

Thursday, June 23, 2011 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


OC Moves Steering Committee 

Friday, June 24, 2011 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Executive Invitational Golf Tournament Committee

Thursday, July 7, 2011 |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  

OCBC Logo - updated 2011

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting 

Friday, July 8, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Infrastructure Committee Meeting 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Economic Development Committee Meeting 

Monday, July 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM 


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


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:   


SPECIAL OFFER FROM SEGERSTROM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts is offering OCBC members an exclusive discount on upcoming performances: Mamma Mia! and Mary Poppins! Click on the links below and enter the Orange County Business Council Priority Ticket Code - 12087 and pick your seats. It's fast, easy and a great benefit for preferred corporate partners.
Mamma Mia! - Sunday, June 26, 2011 6:30pm
Mary Poppins - Friday, July 29, 2011 7:30pm I Tuesday, August 2, 2011 7:30pm  



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 (800) 325-7000. Use promo code PAC376 to enroll.

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 ( to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.

Be A Team Player! Walk United on June 25!

Did you know there are more than 200,000 of our Orange County neighbors living below the poverty line? Join Orange County United Way and the Angels Baseball Foundation on Saturday, June 25th for WALK UNITED 2011! Now in its third year, WALK UNITED is a family-friendly 5K FUN-raiser at Angel Stadium of Anaheim to overcome poverty in Orange County, one step at a time. Proceeds from the 3.1-mile walk will give hope, help and access to a better tomorrow to thousands of residents and benefit nonprofits organizations throughout Orange County. For more information contact Lisa Jackson at 949.263.6176 or visit Walk United's website


Orange County Forum Presents: Housing Outlook: One Year Later - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In 2010 we heard from housing experts as to what their expectations were for the Orange County and Southern California Housing market. One year later we will hear again from highly-regarded housing experts Emile Haddad, John Burns, and Scott Stowell and learn what the trends are for the next 12 months and if the housing market has finally hit bottom. For more information visit


Drive for Water Golf Tournament - Monday, August 22, 2011

Come play in the inaugural Drive for Water Golf Tournament at Monarch Beach Golf Links. The tournament will benefit No Thirsty Child, a program that pilots clean water programs aimed at promoting clean, safe, accessible water solutions in developing nations, allowing children greater access to education, better heath and quality of life. For more information contact Stephen Magliocco at or 714.470.3306. 

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