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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

OCBC OPPOSES PROP 37--FOOD LABEL DECEPTION

Orange County  Business Council's Board of Directors voted to take an OPPOSE position on Prop. 37, the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered (GE) Food Initiative. This measure would ban the sale of tens of thousands of common and safe grocery products that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, unless they are repackaged, relabeled, or made using non-GE ingredients just for sale in California. The measure creates a private right to sue, allowing any private individual to sue a grocer, manufacturer, food company or farmer if they believe the labeling provisions have been violated. The measure takes special consideration to exempt those foods most people eat every day, including meat, eggs, dairy, alcohol, and foods sold in restaurants.

 

This proposition would force California farmers, food producers and grocers to implement new recordkeeping and labeling mandates that no other state or country requires. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

AUTO CLUB SUPPORTS ALTERNATIVE 3 AS BEST WAY TO IMPROVE I-405 MOBILITY

The Automobile Club of Southern California has joined OCBC and others in supporting Orange County Transportation Authority's Alternative 3 for improving the I-405 freeway between SR-73 and I-605. Alternative 3 best meets the long-term mobility needs of the region by providing four additional travel lanes--TWO NEW EXPRESS TOLL LANES AND TWO NEW GENERAL PURPOSE LANES--for the full length of the extremely congested stretch of freeway. By including express lanes, the project provides the financing needed to complete funding for the improvements many years earlier than would otherwise be possible. Alternative 3 will deliver far greater capacity, mobility and connectivity benefits than other options. CLICK HERE for more information on the three 405 improvement alternatives. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.
$62.9 MILLION AWARDED IN JUNE FOR OC TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

At last week's California Transportation Commission (CTC) meeting held in Ontario, Orange County received a total of $62.9 million in funding. The CTC allocated $34.4 million for improvements to the Tustin Avenue/Rose Drive Grade Separation project. The project will construct an over-crossing over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline. Construction of this grade separation is also funded with local Measure M sales tax and federal funds.  Construction will cost approximately $51.8 million and will create 932 jobs. The northbound I-405 deceleration lane at Culver Drive received $2.41 million. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

MANDATES, REGULATIONS, FEES--WHO IS CUTTING THROUGH THE RED TAPE?

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. 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 www.ocbc.org/redcarpet or mail to OCBC, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614. Award winners will be recognized at a reception on November 29. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.
SAN ONOFRE SHUT DOWN EXPLAINED--BUT REMAINS SHUT DOWN FOR NOW

Southern California Edison (SCE) has released steam generator tube wear data associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The data show that most of the wear, or tube wall thinning, was less than 20 percent. This is far below the 35 percent wall-thinning limit, which would require that the tube be plugged. The majority of this wear is related to support structures. The nature of the support structure wear is not unusual in new steam generators and is part of the equipment settling in.

 

The San Onofre plant helps control Southern California power costs and enhances energy security by increasing the diversity of Orange County's generation fuels. More so, SONGS provides "baseload" generation, meaning its power serves customer needs day and night regardless of weather variables. As safe, reliable and cost-effective energy is critical to the business community, OCBC has attended a high-level and detailed technical briefing on the issues at SONGS. Further, OCBC attended in support of SCE public meetings hosted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

GRAND JURY GIVES ANAHEIM'S NEW MOBILITY HUB ARTIC THE THUMBS UP

Recently the Orange County Grand Jury released a report on the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) Project, citing their support for the project. "The development and construction of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) will be a plus for the Orange County area, and definitely an area that will see additional private investment in retail, restaurant and office space once constructed and up and running." The report goes on to say, "The construction and operation of this site will support all forms of transportation, enhance tourist accessibility to all tourist venues, and create business opportunities in Anaheim. The proposed design is truly an iconic structure." CLICK HERE to read the full Grand Jury Report. CLICK HERE for the OC Register article on the report. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

IS CEQA REFORM POSSIBLE? YES, SAY THREE CALIFORNIA GOVERNORS.

The following op-ed was authored by former California Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis of the Southern California Leadership Coalition and was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on July 12.

 

KEEP CALIFORNIA GREEN AND GOLDEN WITH CEQA REFORM

Californians are unique - independent, optimistic, innovative, entrepreneurial and self-confident. These characteristics, evident during the Gold Rush, are just as common today in communities up and down California, from the Silicon Valley, to Los Angeles, to San Diego. This entrepreneurial spirit has fueled hundreds of thousands of small businesses throughout our state and created millions of jobs. It's what makes California the Golden State and why we are the eighth largest economy in the world.

 

Likewise, California is often referred to as more of a "state of mind" than a state. A place where great weather, geography and natural beauty combine to provide a relaxed and fulfilling lifestyle. Because of this, Californians also share a strong environmental consciousness - one that has helped to make our state the greenest in the country and a world leader in environmental policy. This too is part of who we are. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

LOCAL BOND--NOT STATE RELIANCE--FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE FUNDING

On June 20, OCBC participated on a blue ribbon panel to discuss the Coastline Community College District's intent of placing a bond measure on the November ballot. If the bond measure passes it would allow the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff of Coastline Community College to update technology in outdated classrooms, expand training programs for returning veterans, repair buildings and add additional training facilities for first responders, as 80% of the graduates come out of that particular community college district.

The amount of the bond that Coastline wishes to pursue is $700 million. Over the next two months the district will reach out to surrounding community partners, including OCBC, to obtain support. Given the tumultuous state budget and lack of funding for community colleges, Coastline believes the bond has an excellent chance of passing if local control is certain for the community and they are well informed of how the funding will be spent. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

COUNTY OF ORANGE SEEKS PERFORMANCE AUDIT DIRECTOR

County of Orange LogoThe County of Orange is seeking an executive with performance auditing expertise to be the focal point for conducting objective performance audits and systematic assessments of County department programs, functions and/or activities in order to help the County Board of Supervisors and CEO improve overall operational efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. The position reports directly to the Board of Supervisors. Depending on experience and qualifications a salary up to approximately $165,000 annually plus a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered for this opportunity, submit your resume at www.ocgov.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 3. For more information contact Marguerite Adams at 714.834.6199 or Ann Barlow at 714.834.7357. 

KAISER PERMANENTE / GREAT PARK PARTNERSHIP LETS OC RESIDENTS "THRIVE"

At the State of the Park 2012 address on Thursday, Beth Krom, Chair of the Orange County Great Park Corporation Board of Directors, announced a new community health partnership with Kaiser Permanente. The partnership will focus on creating the Thrive Trail, a mile long interpretive health and wellness path that encircles the North and South Lawns of the Great Park. Kaiser Permanente's partnership with the Great Park will create innovative health programming and opportunities for the community to get out and move at the Great Park. The Thrive Trail will be built as part of a 30-acre expansion of the Great Park, which begins construction in July 2012. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE REALITIES IN A 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL ECONOMY

Business, government, nonprofit and academia - we've got the information you need on today's workforce. Join Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board at the 2012 Workforce Development Conference, sponsored by Union Bank. The conference will unveil the 2012/2013 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: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 I 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

Cost: OCBC Member: $95  I  Non-Member: $125

    

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.

BUSINESS: GET ENGAGED IN YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT!

Applications are being sought from citizens interested in serving on several Fullerton City advisory committees and commissions, either as a Councilmember "direct" appointee or as an "at-large" appointee. CLICK HERE for a full list of committees and commissions accepting applications. All positions are unpaid with the exception of Planning Commission and Design Review Committee, whose members receive small per-meeting stipends. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m. Application forms and additional information may be obtained by calling the Fullerton City Clerk's office at 714.738.6571. Applications may also be submitted online by logging on to the City Clerk's homepage on the City's website at www.cityoffullerton.com. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.  

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
NEWS YOU CAN USE: FAMILY FRIENDLY APP FUN!

With the OC Family Night at the Fair coming up, here are some family-friendly apps to get you in the spirit!

 

Band-Aid's Magic Vision: Reality technology allows kids to be a part of the fun with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo the Great.

FarFaria: This app has all the classic kids tales with 3 new stories added each week.

SeeMail: Personal touch defines this audio technology that includes an attached 11 second voice clip with unlimited snapshots you can send to family and friends.

Doodle.ly: Virtual sketch pad to get your kid's creative juices flowing where finished masterpieces can be uploaded to favorite social media sites.

Stack the States: Help your kids learn all the states by making learning fun with this geography game.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.   

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: WASTE MANAGEMENT REUSES WASTE

orange globeThe Waste Management Company has continually been on the forefront of sustainability with its dedication to recycling, but recently has decided to increase its exploration in sustainability further. Over the years, Waste Management has made investments to put the waste to reuse. In some case, that means recycling, while in other cases that means creating energy. Waste Management's Think Green Program has been a commitment to itself to continually invest in renewable technologies. Like wind and solar, landfill-gas is a renewable source of energy endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency as an alternative to fossil fuels, like natural gas, coal and oil. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

POLITICAL CORNER
ACCPAC Fundraiser - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Join the Anaheim Chamber Political Action Committee for burgers and beer on Tuesday, July 31 at Straub Distributing Company, 4633 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim. Gain access to the exclusive Straub Distributing Cmopany showroom as the ACCPAC showcases its 2012 endorsed candidates. To RSVP, contact Taryn Taddeo at Taryn@anaheimchamber.org or 714.758.0222, ext. 216. CLICK HERE to register online.

Breakfast with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg - Thursday, September 13 
SAVE THE DATE! Join the Trustees of BIZPAC at a breakfast event with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach. For more information, please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241 or ldods@ocbc.org.

 

These events and notices 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!   

 

OC Fair - We Care Wednesday Food Drive - Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The OC Fair will be offering FREE admission and one free carnival ride to anyone who donates 5 canned food items on July 18th from noon - 4:00pm. All gates will be accepting donations! For more information, please visit the OC Fair's website.    

 

MWDOC Water Policy Forum and Dinner - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

On Wednesday, July 25 the Municipal Water District of Orange County will host a Water Policy Forum and Dinner featuring guest speaker Steve Erie. Mr. Erie's keynote address, titled "Understanding San Diego's Quest for Water Independence from MWD," will focus on one of today's most controversial and debated issues: San Diego's water rate conflict with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Online registration and payment options are available by visiting www.mwdoc.com/services/policy-dinners. Guests who register by Friday, July 20th will receive the early registration fee of $75 per person.

 

Governing California: A Symposium on Solutions for the 21st Century - Friday, July 27, 2012

The Concordia University Center for Public Policy and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture present a program focused on identifying strategies to break the gridlock and restore California's greatness. The event will feature keynote speaker Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of OCBC, Marian Bergeson, Former California Secretary of Education, Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell, and many more. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Irvine City Council Chambers. RSVP by July 24th by clicking here. CLICK HERE for more information.    

 

Help End Hunger in SoCal - Friday, July 27, 2012 

ABC7, Vons, Southern California regional food banks and ESPN LA 710 are partnering to help Feed SoCal throughout the month of July. During difficult economic times, one out of every six people in Southern California experiences hunger, and especially during the summer, children, veterans, and the elderly hurt the most. How You Can Help: (1) Go to your local Vons or Vons Pavilions and purchase a pre-filled $5 bag, or purchase non-perishable food items, and leave them in the Feed SoCal box. (2) Donate on-line to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. (3) Mail your contribution to: Feed SoCal, P.O. Box 5967, Glendale, CA 91221 (4) Come out to one of our four "Stuff-a-Truck" events and bring non-perishable food items or cash, Friday, July 27 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Alysha Del Valle in Orange County - Vons Store - 17662 Seventeenth St., Tustin.

 

27th Annual Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair - Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Orange County Veterans Employment Committee and Employment Development Department invite you to the 27th annual Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair on August 2nd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Santa Ana. The event is Veteran focused, but open to all job seekers. The event raises much-needed funds to support those Veteran men and women who have served to defend the country proudly. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Affordable Homes Initiative Strategic Communication and Marketing Services RFP - Wednesday, August 15 

Mission Hospital Community Benefit  is pleased to announce the Affordable Homes Initiative Strategic Communication and Marketing Services RFP to increase local support for affordable homes in south Orange County. Your organization is invited to submit an Interest Proposal to best achieve these goals. Proposals should be received by August 15, 2012. Individuals/groups/organizations determined to be in consideration will be invited to an interview where the proposal can be further discussed. Interviews are anticipated to be scheduled during the month of August and September 2012, with a decision about the proposals in October 2012. For more information, contact Eduardo Moreno at (949) 499-1311 ext: 7540, or eduardo.morenocerezo@stjoe.org.

 

NetworkOC - OC's Ultimate Business Mixer - Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hosted by the Irvine Chamber since 2001, Network Orange County has become a must-attend signature event for Orange County professionals. Teaming up with other local chambers and organizations they bring about one of the county's largest business mixers. If new leads, new customers, strengthened alliances and immeasurable exposure to an Orange County business audience is what your business needs to boost your customer base, Network OC is where you need to be. Taking place August 30 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Irvine Marriott. CLICK HERE to register.

  

PBS So Cal Links for Learning Golf Outing - Thursday, September 13, 2012

PBS SoCal helps prepare children for success in school and life offering 6 literacy series and 11 series on science, technology, engineering and math. Sign up now to reserve your spot in the 3rd Annual PBS SoCaL Links for Learning Golf Outing, taking place at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club, and help children learn reading, math and other essential skills. PBS SoCaL is Southern California's largest classroom. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

 

2012 Internet Marketing Association Conference - September 20-22, 2012

The three-day 2012 IMA Conference and Awards will kick off with a special evening welcome reception. Then, in a single day, Internet marketing professionals will hear two special keynote addresses, choose from nine in-depth breakout sessions with the industry's leading experts and experience the 2012 IMA Impact Awards dinner. The following morning, a farewell brunch will offer an opportunity to discuss what's been learned and strengthen connections. The 2012 IMA Conference will take place in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort and Casino. CLICK HERE for more information.   

 

Forum on Healthcare 2012 - Monday, October 15, 2012

Join Hoag Hospital Foundation as they share information and discuss what's needed from all stakeholders to improve access and quality while managing costs. The forum will take place on October 15 from 7am to 10am at the Hyatt in Irvine. Speakers include David Lansky, Ph.D, president and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health, Richard Afable, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO, Hoag, and Michael Mussallem, chairman and CEO, Edwards Lifesciences. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JULY 
Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 18, 2012  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  

 

Executive Invitational Golf Tournament Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 19, 2012  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 25, 2012  I  8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  

(Note New Time) 

 

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 2012 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:   

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS  

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 groups@pacificsymphony.org. Note: You are not required to purchase 10 tickets in order to receive the discount. CLICK HERE for the summer concert flier. 

 

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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