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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MILLIONS, BILLIONS, GAZILLIONS: BUT WHERE ARE THE REFORMS AND INNOVATIONS?

  

Have you noticed?  Everyone's asking for more taxpayer funding.

 

For education, Sacramento majority leadership wants voters to approve a seven year tax increase of "billions" in new funding, yet it may not really fund education per se but general state government; a competing, private ballot measure seeks "billions" for the classroom under a status quo education system.

 

The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court was in Orange County last month and presented a well-articulated case for more funding for the California court system.  The proposed budget before the state legislature includes $500 million in cuts to the court system. Courtrooms will be closed, civil cases delayed further, trials will be deferred to retired judges for mediation instead of juries. Justice delayed is justice denied. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

OCBC POLICY WINS! (AND ONE LOSS)

  • $55.4 million in transportation funding for OC was approved last week by the California Transportation Commission where OCBC's President and CEO Lucy Dunn serves as a member. See story below.  
  • A win for the LOSSAN Corridor as a critical bill, SB 1225 (Padilla), moves to the Assembly. OCBC has been working with OCTA to aggressively advocate for this bill, which allows for a LOSSAN Corridor Joint Powers Agreement, streamlining operations of Amtrak services with the commuter rail services.
  • On the environmental side, the SCAG 2012-2035 RTP/SCS (including Orange County's own SCS) has received its federal approval. The plan also received approval by the California Air Resources Board on the SCS and greenhouse targets for 2020 and 2035.
  • One loss: SB 1220, Housing Opportunity and Market Stabilization (HOMeS) Trust Fund Act of 2012, failed to pass out of the Senate. The bill would have provided a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, a critical component to get the California economy growing. On the upside, this effort has never gotten as close to success as it did this year, aided in part by a unique coalition of business and housing advocates. OCBC was an early supporter and will continue to work with the coalition on other critical housing issues important to the economic recovery.   

For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN...

OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn also serves on the California Transportation Commission (CTC), which awarded $55.4 million in transportation funding for OC mobility improvement projects this past month. Infrastructure projects are a proven way to get people back to work and the economy moving in the right direction. OCTA reports that 2,960 jobs were created in OC through the third quarter of 2011/12 as a result of $164.4 million in construction contracts, a direct result of Measure M.  

 

Of the $55.4 million awarded to OC, $48 million will go to...CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. 

WHICH OC PUBLIC AGENCIES TURN RED TAPE TO RED CARPET IN 2012?

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 Magazine, in partnership with Churm Media

 

Nominations are due by September 4, 2012. Complete applications online at www.ocbc.org/redcarpet 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.

20 PLUS 1 REASONS TO DO BIZ IN THE OC

Thinking about RELOCATING to Orange County? We've compiled the TOP 20+ REASONS why you should, including: a large and diverse market with over 3 million people, the lowest unemployment rate in the state, second in the nation for high-tech clusters, increasing venture capital investments, and an educated and skilled workforce, with over 37% of residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher. CLICK HERE to view full list. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

I-405 IMPROVEMENTS COMING--WHICH ALTERNATIVE DO YOU PREFER?

The 405 is one of the most congested freeways in Orange County, carrying more than 300,000 vehicle trips in some sections each day. With expected population growth of 11% by 2040, traffic volumes on the 405 are expected to increase significantly over time. OCTA, in cooperation with Caltrans, is proposing to widen the 405 between the 73 and the 605 in order to increase freeway capacity, improve traffic and interchange operations, and enhance road safety to meet state and federal standards. There are three Build Alternatives being considered: 

  1. Meet the minimum as proposed in Measure M, adding one general purpose lane in each direction. There would be some additional interchange improvements within the project limits as well.
  2. Meet the minimum as proposed by Measure M and also add an additional general purpose lane in each direction.
  3. Go beyond the minimum promise from Measure M (adding one general purpose lane in each direction), by also adding a toll lane to the existing carpool lane and provide additional interchange improvements within the project limits as well. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.
YIKES! NEW SQUIRREL SIGHTINGS REVEALED! BUT A GOLDEN ACORN TO SEN. ANDERSON.

Just when you thought the end of the Legislative Session might signal the end of "Squirrel Season," the Legislature manages to squeeze out a few more gems: 

 

AB 1390 - Despite being prohibited by federal law, AB 1390 would allow gambling on professional and collegiate sports or athletic events. Yay! All those boring USC-UCLA game day arguments can now generate revenue for the state. CLICK HERE to read more.

SB 1234 - California's current budget deficit is around $15.7 billion and its unfunded pension liability is around $500 billion. So, based on the strength of its fiscal management skills, the state would like to jump into the deep end of the red ink and develop a NEW pension system for the private sector.  CLICK HERE to read more.

 

But it's not all bad news! Senator Joel Anderson, (R-Alpine), earns the coveted Golden Acorn for his response to the tone deaf SQUIRREL bill SB 1234, that would create a "voluntary" statewide retirement savings plan for private workers. Said Anderson, "Nobody is wishing ill on any worker in California, whether a public or private employee, but we are having a hard time making ends meet, and we should focus on the real world today." CLICK HERE to read more. To catch up on other squirrely proposed state legislation, visit  www.CaliforniaSquirrel.com. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. 

CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST FEATURES CEO OF VIZIO--JUNE 27

NOTE NEW DATE: JUNE 27! Join OCBC at the next Chairman's Leadership Breakfast on June 27, featuring William Wang, CEO of VIZIO, Inc. Based in Irvine, VIZIO is a producer of high-quality consumer electronics. Wang focuses on making VIZIO not only the best consumer electronics brand, but also the provider of the next generation of entertainment products. Join OCBC for this candid discussion with one of OC's top CEO's, hosted by Tom Phelps, CEO Leadership Caucus Chair, and presented by AT&T and Wells Fargo.  

 

Chairman's Leadership Breakfasts take place at the Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. OCBC members receive discounted series and ticket prices. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

CATCH A GLIMPSE INSIDE OCBC'S COMMITTEES: VISIT THE MICROSOFT STORE WITH US!

OCBC's Workforce Development Committee will be held at the Microsoft Store at South Coast Plaza on Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Microsoft Store team will introduce guests to the latest Microsoft projects, followed by a panel on the state of S.T.E.A.M. in Orange County, moderated by OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor, Dr. Wallace Walrod. Guests are invited to join the committee for breakfast, browse the store, and discuss how to build a stronger workforce in Orange County. This event is open to OCBC members, who may RSVP by clicking HERE. Non-members interested in attending should contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy at 949.794.7215 or aberhow@ocbc.org. Space is limited. The Microsoft Store is at South Coast Plaza in the Carousel Court. Entrance is off Bristol Street, through the Boudin Bakery entry. 

JOIN CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY FOR AN EXCLUSIVE LUNCH

Join OCBC and the 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 or ldods@ocbc.org.
GOLF FOR A GOOD CAUSE AND GET OUT OF THE OFFICE FOR A DAY.

OCBC's annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente, takes place August 23 at the breathtaking Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, where OC's top business execs gather for a friendly round of golf, with proceeds benefiting OCBC's mission and core initiative in workforce development for a 21st century economy. This tournament WILL sell out quickly, so register before its too late! Sponsorship opportunities are available.

WHEN: Thursday, August 23, 2012
WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links, Dana Point
WHAT: 9am - Horse Race Classic  I  10:30am - Check-in  I  12pm - Shotgun start  I  5:30pm - Dinner/Drawings/Awards    

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager, at ldods@ocbc.org or 949.794.7241.

 

TRUST AND YOUR CORPORATE BOTTOM LINE: HOW TO BUILD IT AND SUSTAIN IT!

ONLY 7 DAYS LEFT. Tables and tickets are still available for OCMetro's 3rd Annual Orange County Trust Summit luncheon on Tuesday, June 12 at the Disneyland Hotel. Find out why trust is a key ingredient to bottom line success in business today and how to build it in this competitive economic environment. Among the 10 companies being honored as OC's Most Trustworthy in 2012 are OCBC members Kaiser Permanente, Goodwill of Orange County, Discovery Science Center and Automobile Club of Southern California. Also, CHOC Children's CEO Kimberly Cripe receives Most Trusted Leader Award and keynote speaker Mandy Levenberg of Iconoculture, a global branding company, shares strategies to build stronger ties with your client and customer base. This is the best lunch investment you can make in 2012. Hurry and reserve your table or seats at ocmtbevent.com. OCBC is a proud sponsor of this growing annual event. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
SDG&E FOCUSES ON SAFETY

San Diego Gas & Electric submitted an application on May 18, 2012 to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval of the South Orange County Reliability Enhancement project, designed to increase the reliability of the substation and transmission system in the northern part of SDG&E's service area (San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and other areas of Orange County). "The energy demand in Orange County has more than tripled over the last 26 years," said Michael R. Niggli, SDG&E's president and chief operating officer. The proposed project will resolve areas of concern as well as enhance SDG&E's delivery of safe, reliable electric power to south Orange County. SDG&E also submitted an extensive environmental assessment, which analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project. If the project is approved by the CPUC, construction could begin as soon as the end of 2013 with completion expected in 2017. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
NEWS YOU CAN USE: GET OUT THE VOTE!
Today is Election Day! Here are some helpful apps to keep track of the day's events:

 

NYTimes Election 2012 - The Election 2012 app is a one-stop destination for political news as it unfolds throughout the day.

Freedom 970 - This Oregon radio station offers the Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin programs for free. 

Fox News - Receive FOX News Alerts, read headline news stories, stream live video, or listen to FOX News Radio. 

Congress + - A pocket Congress - track elected officials, read the latest bills and laws.

Politifact Mobile - PolitiFact Mobile makes it easier than ever to get the truth about American politics. Report cards allow you to see the Truth-O-Meter records of politicians.

Comedy Central's Indecision Election Companion - Let Comedy Central's Indecision keep you and your iPad or iPhone company through the highs and lows of the 2012 election.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: BENTLEY PRINCE STREET SETS THE STANDARD

orange globeBentley Prince Street is rapidly becoming recognized for its industry-leading sustainability practices as well as for its design-leading products. The company's pursuit of sustainable commerce is accomplished through examining, improving and innovating in every area of the business, including manufacturing processes and product design. Bentley Prince Street avidly promotes sustainable practices, and has adopted a Mission Zero goal. Bentley Prince Street's Mission Zero goal is more than surface appearance; it's a genuine belief that is built into their business model. Mission Zero is a commitment to eliminate any negative impact their company may have on the environment by the year 2020. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

POLITICAL CORNER
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 julie@stacy-davis.com.

 

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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!

 

ACC-OC 2012 City Infrastructure Summit - Thursday, June 7, 2012

Join ACC-OC at the 2012 City Infrastructure Summit, taking place at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Featured speakers include Darrell Johnson OCTA, Chuck Harrington, Parsons, Curt Pringle, Former Anaheim Mayor, and many more. Topics covered at the summit will include, "What Now? Living in a Post-Development World," "How Private Industry can Fill the Funding Gap," "Paying it Forward on your City's Infrastructure to Gain Resources and Public Support," and a debate about High Speed Rail facilitated by Rick Reiff of PBS SoCal. The summit will also feature keynote speaker Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of the City of Fresno. CLICK HERE to register. For more info contact Kenny Piguee at kpiguee@acc-oc.org.

 

Insider's Briefing: Economic Development: Fullerton, North OC and the State - Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend an Insider's Briefing on June 7 at Colette's Catering at the Meridian Club. The briefing will feature Tod Sword, Project Manager, Economic Development Services for Southern California Edison, and Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development for Orange County Business Council. CLICK HERE for more information or to register. 

 

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 www.walkunited.com.    

 

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.  

 

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 kbelzer@fionahuttonassoc.com. CLICK HERE for the event flier. 

 

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.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JUNE  
Government Affairs Committee Meeting 
Friday, June 8, 2012  I  9:30am - 11:00am

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 12, 2012  I  7:30am - 9:00am

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 14, 2012  I  9:00am - 10:30am 


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 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:   

 

USC OFFERS DISCOUNTED EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

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 www.marshall.usc.edu/execed, or call (213) 740-8990.

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATESUPS
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 www.savewithups.com or call Kendra at 714.999.6351.

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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