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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 

OCBC POLICY WIN! FEDS GIVE SIX-MONTH GRACE PERIOD TO AVOID PROJECT SHUT-DOWNS

traffic Last week, the Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced it would grant a six-month transition period to utility companies involved in numerous transportation projects across the state to comply with the "Buy America" mandate in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation. This grace period is critical in keeping nearly 50 infrastructure projects in California already in construction, or soon to be, from delays that would cost more than $3.2 billion and 180,000 jobs.    

 

"Buy America" is a new federal interpretation that requires infrastructure projects to be built with American-manufactured supplies. In an op-ed originally published June 11 in the Orange County Register, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn wrote, "The irony of 'Buy America' is that its implementation will not create jobs, but massive layoffs-exactly the opposite of its sound bite intent and exactly the opposite of what President Barack Obama called for in his May 17 address to rebuild the nation's infrastructure and spur job creation." CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact  Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  

OCBC POLICY WIN! UNNECESSARY LEGISLATION HARMFUL TO NONPROFIT HOSPITALS DIES

OCBC worked to successfully attain the final vote needed to kill AB 975, legislation that would have imposed impractical standards on nonprofit hospitals through obligations to invest their funds in programs and services for significant community benefits based on a "one-size-fits-all" approach. Currently, nonprofit hospitals develop community benefit programs based on identified needs for that specific community. Examples include major improvements in medical technology, improved diagnostic or treatment equipment, or building upgrades and replacements required by state law.  

 

However, the legislation would have demanded that nonprofit hospitals address every single identified health need in a community benefits program outlined by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. If operating revenues exceed 10 percent of operating expenses hospitals would then be required to prove their nonprofit status based on adherence to the new community benefits program requirements, and failure to fulfill requirements would result in the loss of their tax-exempt status. Loss of such status would have taken away hospitals' investments in critical service units such as trauma centers, emergency services, cancer research and burn units. OCBC worked with its members and legislative leaders to oppose this bill. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce and Advocacy.

CALIFORNIA IS HOLDING OUT ON EDUCATION REFORMS, SAY THE FEDS
OCBC Will Continue to Push for Action

California, well known to be one of the bluest of blue states, and one that overwhelming supported President Barack Obama in his re-election bid last November, has forcefully pushed back on the administration to implement much needed education reforms that include grading the performance of teachers in a state where innovation and creativity is key to producing a highly skilled workforce for the 21st century. Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had expressed his frustration with California as one of the "last holdouts" as the Education Department works to create a streamlined system that would be used to incentivize the best teachers in the state and weed out the worst in the profession.  CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development.

CEQA MODERNIZATION EFFORTS STALLED

SB 731 (Steinberg)--intended to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act--has stalled as of this writing, with proposed language that appears not only to avoid modernization but actually takes steps backward to make responsible projects even more difficult to build. A broad coalition of business, local government, housing, clean tech, transit, education and other advocates have come together to seek reform and require incentives for projects that help California reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, increase transparency in litigation, and penalize those who file frivolous lawsuits, among other things. SB 731 in its current form, however, is a non-starter. OCBC was an early supporter of the bill's initial stated intent to reform CEQA in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, as it stands, OCBC cannot support the bill unless it is amended. OCBC will stay engaged in the negotiations, but will not settle for anything less. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  

OCBC'S PAST CHAIRMAN, LARRY BUSTER OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE, HEADS TO SUNNY SAN DIEGO

OCBC bids farewell to board member and past chairman, Larry Buster, Vice President of First American Title Insurance Company, and County Manager of Orange and San Diego Counties, as he moves on to First American's office in San Diego. A 29-year-veteran of First American, Larry first started as a law clerk and served as Regional Counsel before he became Manager of Title Operations. He has served as Vice President for more than 15 years at First American for both the Orange County and San Diego operations. Larry is President of the California Land Title Association, and also serves as a board member for HomeAid and Salvation Army. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Southern California, and a law degree from Pepperdine University. He served as OCBC's Chairman for a remarkable year of successes in 2009 under the theme "Compete to Succeed." For more information contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

OC HOME SALES INCREASING, WHILE SHORTAGE MEANS SLOW DOWN FOR STATE

Prices for Orange County homes saw an increase of 21.8 percent from May 2012, with a median price of $655,630. Sales also increased 7.8 percent over last year. This is in comparison to statewide home sales which declined 3.6 percent from May last year due to a dramatic decline in the supply of available homes. California's shortage of homes coupled with strong high-end sales combined to push up California's median home price in May, marking the largest year-over-year price increase in 33 years. The median price for an existing, single-family detached home in California was $417,350, up 31.9 percent from May 2012. Sales of California homes priced at $500,000 and up increased by 38.2 percent, homes $400,000 to $500,000 increased by 26 percent and homes $300,000 to 400,000 increased by 7.4 percent. On the other hand, homes sales priced $200,000 to $300,000 fell by 19.4 percent and homes $200,000 and lower fell by 39.7 percent. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.
GLOBAL ENERGY OUTLOOK: WHAT WILL ENERGY LOOK LIKE IN 30 YEARS? - JULY 17

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.
EDUCATING TOMORROW'S WORKFORCE FOR A GLOBAL ECONOMY AT S.T.E.A.M. FORUM - JULY 17

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. 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.
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - AUGUST 1
ALMOST SOLD 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.
HEAR FROM DISNEYLAND'S NEW PRESIDENT AT NEXT CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST - AUGUST 15

OCBC's third Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of the year on August, 15, 2013 features Michael Colglazier, President of Disneyland Resort. Colglazier's Disney career spans more than two decades across several areas of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, including Operations, Global Development, Disney Photo Imaging, Operations Strategy and Technology and Strategic Planning. For the last several years, Colglazier has served as head of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, where he has been instrumental in the planning and development of an Avatar-themed land. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of Orange County's top executives, hosted by CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman, Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Thanks to CLB sponsors Wells Fargo and  AT&T.

 

WHEN: Thursday, August 15 

TIME: 7:30am - Registration, 8:00am - Program, 9:00am - Adjourn 

WHERE: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa 

TICKETS: OCBC Members: $60, Non-Members: $125  

       

 For more information please contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events. 

CALENDAR 2ND ANNUAL CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT - NOV. 7 IN LA

California Forward and the California Stewardship Network will once again host a statewide summit to grow jobs and spur California's economy with action teams and initiatives in Workforce Development, Manufacturing, Working Landscapes, Regulatory Reform (including CEQA Reform), Housing and Working Capital. YOU need to take part and help make the summit a success. For more info, visit www.caeconomy.org. Sign up now, pick your favorite initiative and join the pre-conference phone calls to refine the action team charters for success. CLICK HERE to register. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.  

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: THE IRVINE COMPANY RECOGNIZED AS CA'S LEADING LEED WORKPLACE 

Last month, The Irvine Company was awarded certification for office workplaces from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Orange County's largest private landowner has now become California's leading LEED workplace. The Newport Beach-based company earned certification for more than 50 properties across 15 million square feet in the counties of Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles. All high-rise buildings, including the Jamboree Center where OCBC is located, are now LEED certified. The business industry and environmentalists recognize LEED certification as a benchmark for truly green structures and office properties. The Irvine Company earned certification in LEED's "Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance" category, which scores workplaces on materials and resource management, water and energy efficiency, indoor environmental practices, site management and related criteria. At Irvine Company office properties, sustainable practices such as energy-efficient heating and air conditioning, high-efficiency plumbing and landscape irrigation, recycling, and green cleaning are everyday operations. For more information contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: BEST APPS TO GET OUT AND EXPLORE 

WHERE: Share your favorite local places with your friends and discover your friends' suggestions for local fun.

Groupon: Find coupons up to 90% off of the best activities, recreations and restaurants around you for more than 500 cities worldwide.

OpenTable: Real time restaurant application that will allow you to find the perfect restaurant near you, see available tables, browse menus, invite friends and make reservations.

iConcertCal: Pulls your favorite artists right from your phone and generates schedules of upcoming concerts near you.

Parks and Rec Locator: Explore the outdoors and find dozens of national parks, natural reserves, rivers, camp sites, monuments and museums near you.

HearPlanet: Have your own interactive guidebook that will detail you about all major landmarks and monuments nearby.


For more information contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Orange County Days of Service Breakfast - Tuesday, July 23 

Join OneOC at the Orange County Days of Service "What Will You Do" Breakfast on Tuesday, July 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to unite the nonprofit community of Orange County and support large and small scale nonprofit projects. Learn how to support your local community by improving your company's corporate impact through large and small scale engagement opportunities. OneOC's Days of Service connects Orange County's companies with the local community to help companies achieve its social responsibility goals. CLICK HERE to RSVP.

 

Water Policy Forum and Dinner - Wednesday, July 24 

Join the Municipal Water District of Orange County at the Water Policy Forum and dinner on Wednesday, July 24th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel. Guest speaker Carole D'Elia, Deputy Executive Director of Little Hoover Commission, will focus on the Water Energy Nexus and recent energy supply changes in Orange County. Given to the recent evolving issues on energy supply, the Water Policy Forum will present a timely discussion on solutions and integrating new agendas for energy reform. CLICK HERE for more information and to register online.

 

SCWC Quarterly Meeting and Bay Delta Conservation Plan Workshop - Friday, July 26 

Join Southern California Water Committee for the Quarterly Meeting and Bay Delta Conservation Plan Workshop Friday, July 26, at 12:00 p.m. held at the Irvine Ranch Water District. Hear from keynote speaker Dr. Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency, on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. CLICK HERE to RSVP and for more information.

 

Doheny Ocean Desalination Open House - Friday, August 9 

Join the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and the Project Partners of the Doheny Ocean Desalination Program for an open house on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Led by leading experts and project engineers, learn about Southern California's water supply and tour the Doheny Desalination project, an award winning pilot project and groundbreaking plan for the future of Orange County's water supply. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair - Thursday, August 22 

Join Employment Development Department (EDD), Orange County Veterans Employment Committee and California Department of Veteran Affairs in the Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair. U.S. Veterans have been trained, possess leadership skills, and work well independently. At the Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair, you can exhibit your business and meet Veteran candidates. The job and resource fair will take place Thursday, August 22, 9:00am- 1:00pm, Hilton Orange County/ Pacific Ballroom, 3040 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

OC Great Park to Host 2013 Solar Decathlon - 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: JULY

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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