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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 

OCBC POLICY WINS! POLLUTION CLEAN-UP, GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY AND TRANSPORTATION

OCBC secured three legislative victories last week protecting business interests across the county, state and nation:

  • OCBC led an aggressive campaign in opposition to SB 658 (Correa) which would have made Orange County businesses and land owners vulnerable targets for out-of-town contingency fee lawyers and Orange County Water District (OCWD) to sue businesses for the cost of "investigations" of potential polluters, even if no pollution is identified. Ten years of litigation by OCWD has actually stalled pollution cleanup efforts by business. CLICK HERE to read more. 
  • For the first time in its history, OCBC is a principle sponsor of a bill in the California legislature. OCBC is working in partnership with Senator Leland Yee to achieve greater public transparency from local public boards, commissions, and other local regulatory agencies. CLICK HERE to read more.
  • Members of OCBC and ACC-OC's Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip delegation met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and most of the Federal Transportation Administrators to discuss the "Buy America" provisions required by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) interpretation of MAP-21. This is an issue of national significance. Nearly all transportation projects throughout California face indefinite delays due to utility companies' inability to certify relocation agreements that contain Buy America mandates. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. 
ONTARIO FILES LEGAL COMPLAINT TO REGAIN CONTROL OF AIRPORT
The City of Ontario filed a legal complaint in the Superior Court of California for Riverside County to regain control of Ontario International Airport (ONT) in order to prevent its operational demise. The filing of the complaint follows the May 22 rejection by Los Angeles of Ontario's administrative claim for return of the airport. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn serves on the board of Ontario International Airport Authority as Orange County's representative.

"We were disappointed that Los Angeles rejected our administrative claim without addressing the specific and detailed grounds for relief in the claim," said Ontario City Council Member Alan Wapner, who also serves as president of the Ontario International Airport Authority. "The rejection leaves us with no choice but to exercise our fiduciary duties by filing a lawsuit as we press our campaign for control of the Inland Empire's No.1 economic engine."Wapner said the loss of passenger air service at ONT, resulting from Los Angeles' failure to fulfill its contractual obligation to use its best efforts to retain and promote air service at the airport, caused a negative economic impact to Ontario and surrounding communities of at least $540 million in 2012 alone, and an estimated loss of over 10,000 jobs.

"Anyone following Southern California airport conditions over the past five years can only conclude that as long as Ontario International Airport's fate lies within Los Angeles' control, the airport's condition will continue to deteriorate to the detriment of the entire region," Wapner said. 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 Roundtable Discussion and US Supreme Court review for business with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on July 11 at the Pacific Club. 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. Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years and the University of Southern California School of Law for 21 years. He frequently argues cases before the nation's highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. Dean Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.  

 

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 Credit pending approval. 

 

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

LUCY DUNN ADDRESSES ACC-OC INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT

Association of California Cities-Orange County held its fourth annual Infrastructure Summit on May 30. Hundreds of local officials and business leaders met throughout the day on issues of transportation, homelessness, health care, energy and other issues to exchange ideas and learn from the experts. Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, moderated a panel on "New Models for Transportation Funding" with Darrell Johnson, CEO of OCTA, Ryan Chamberlain, District 12 Director of Caltrans, Art Leahy, CEO of LAMetro and Lisa Telles, CEO of Transportation Corridor Agencies, to share their innovative ways to meet the funding gaps growing ever wider as they attempt to meet a growing population's need for mobility. Tolling, express lanes, innovative financing, and future trends were all the top issues. The most fascinating focus to the moderator was that all the speakers' addressed motorists' needs--clearly where folks are interested--yet the public policy trend is to advance the public's use of mass transit. The day culminated in a briefing by Dan Richard, CEO of the California High Speed Rail Authority, who debunked HSR myths and predicted a summer groundbreaking, and Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

BOEING ANNOUNCES NEW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESIGN CENTER

Last week Boeing announced it will establish new centers for engineering design, propulsion, and out-of-production airplane support for its Commercial Airplanes business in Washington, South Carolina and Southern California. The centers will operate independently but cooperatively with one another, and with the existing Commercial Airplanes engineering design center in Moscow, Russia. The new centers will add internal capability and capacity in both engineering and propulsion as the company scales up to meet unprecedented demand for commercial airplanes and services. Boeing is forecasting strong growth in commercial aviation over the next 20 years, and a market for 34,000 new airplanes estimated at $4.5 trillion. The services market is estimated at $2.4 trillion.

 

The new Southern California engineering design center will now be home to engineering support for out-of-production airplanes. Boeing's Southern California engineering team in Long Beach is already the center for support to heritage McDonnell Douglas airplanes. During the next six to nine months, a center will be established in Southern California for support to most out-of-production aircraft, including the 707, 727, 737-100/-200/-300/-400/-500 and 757. Work will move from Puget Sound to Southern California. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 

OC'S PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS AMONG BEST IN STATE

Newsweek Magazine released their 2013 list of America's top high schools, which included 22 Orange County public high schools ranked in the top 100 in California. Included in the top five were Oxford Academy in Cypress and Troy High School in Fullerton.

 

Additional Orange County public high schools ranked in the top 100 in California include:

University (Irvine); Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana); Northwood (Irvine); Corona del Mar (Newport Beach); Woodbridge (Irvine); Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos); Sunny Hills (Fullerton); Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita); Beckman (Irvine); Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach); Valencia (Placentia); Canyon (Anaheim); San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano); Newport Harbor (Newport Beach); Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo); Irvine (Irvine); Esperanza (Anaheim); Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo); San Clemente (San Clemente); El Dorado (Placentia). For more information on Orange County's exceptional public schools, visit LocationOC.com. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

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.
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. More speakers to be announced!

 

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.
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.
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL AND OCBC PRESENT: AN EVENING WITH THE HONORABLE JAMES SMITH
On Tuesday, June 11 the World Affairs Council of Orange County, in partnership with OCBC, presents an evening with the Honorable James B. Smith, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on
"The Expanding Dynamic of Saudi Arabia - U.S. Relations."

 

Ambassador James Smith held a 28-year career in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot, Air Force Chair, Professor of Military Strategy, and Brigadier General. A distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, the Naval War College, the Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College, Ambassador Smith was sworn in on September 2009. He also previously served in various executive positions in corporate planning, aircraft manufacturing, and international business.

 

The event will also feature a special introduction by former U.S. Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez. The event will take place at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and the program includes reception, dinner, and live entertainment. Members of OCBC qualify for the member rate of $65, non-members tickets may be purchased for $80. For further details and registration, please CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: CLASS OF 2013   

Check out these graduation-themed apps:

 

Pocketbooth - Replicates the intimacy, spontaneity, and hilarity of a traditional photobooth.

Graduation Cards - Send stylish cards to the graduates in your life. 

Momento - A daily diary that aggregates social media activity so you can reflect on your accomplishments. 

Graduation Countdown - The Countdown of your Graduation is on! Customize your phone's background with your Graduation screensaver.

Sullivan's List - Recent grads planning to travel can read about 100 global events and create a personalized "Wanna Do" list.

 

For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: KIMBERLY CLARK LAUNCHES "SECRET SWAP"

Kimberly-Clark Corporation's Scott Naturals is launching a new program that invites consumers to conduct operation "secret swap," switching from their traditional rolls of bath tissue and paper towels to Scott Naturals rolls. Scott Naturals makes paper products that are made with at least a 20 percent blend of recycled and virgin materials in products or packaging, which enable them to deliver the performance consumers expect and enable them to take a green step. The Secret Swap program encourages consumers to secretly swap out their current bath tissue and paper towels with Scott Naturals to see if their family will notice the difference. Scott Naturals has had a strong commitment to developing solutions that deliver strong performance plus environmental benefits, and this commitment has helped them become a category leader and the fastest growing brand in environmentally-conscious bath tissue and paper towels. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Education Reform Expert and Best-Selling Author Coming to OC - Wednesday, June 5

On Wednesday, June 5, education reform expert and best-selling author of "How Children Succeed," Paul Tough, will speak at the OC Forum Luncheon at the Hilton OC. Sponsored by the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, THINK Together, and Orange County United Way, the event will focus on Tough's character-building approach to raising successful children. The afternoon is designed to begin a countywide dialogue about what strategies need to be developed to improve educational outcomes for at-risk OC children. Visit www.ocforum.org or call 949.588.9884 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 WalkUnited.com. 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.

 

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

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 11, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 13, 2013  I  9:00-10:30am

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, June 28, 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.

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