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Tuesday, July 19, 2011   

DUNN & DONE: RESTORING CALIFORNIA COMPETITIVENESS: LET MY PEOPLE GO! 

This blog originally appeared in the California Political Review. dunn

 

California was a place originally known for its opportunities, beauty, wilderness, open roads, Gold Rush mentality, freedom, and innovation. Eureka, the state's motto, means "I have found it!" But this place of dreams is now the land of wishful thinking: a consummate nanny-state of over-regulation, command and control. From the profoundly and absurdly huge ideas (saving the planet from climate change while China and India march to a different tune) to the silly (mandating fitted sheets in hotel rooms). And we're so over-regulated, that I guarantee, right now, you are breaking some California law this very minute. (Did you install your CO2 monitor required in every home July 1? No? $200 fine is on its way.) CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

WHAT DOES ELECTRIFICATION OF THE BASIN MEAN TO YOU? 

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has released for public review and comment a revised   Draft Energy Policy, and your input is needed. The next public meeting on the policy will take place July 28 at the LA Chamber of Commerce Boardroom (please note the new location), from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Your input is critical to ensuring SCAQMD's energy policy reflects the needs and priorities of the business community. Additional meetings will be held August 11 and 25 in the SCAQMD Conference Room from 10:00 a.m. to noon. SCAQMD is located at 21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765.

Congratulations to OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn for being appointed to a two-year term on SCAQMD's Air Quality Management Plan Advisory Group. This group will make recommendations regarding the development of the next Air Quality Management Plan, due summer of 2012. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

DO YOU LOVE YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT? NOMINATE THEM TODAY! 

Orange County is the economic engine of Southern California, and is leading the region's recovery. This is due in no small part to the innovative leadership of local governments that understand that in this economy, those who have the ability to create jobs have a duty to do so.   

 

Orange County Business Council is now accepting nominations for its first annual competition, "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet," to recognize six outstanding public agencies in the distinct categories of:

  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Responding to Globalization
  • Sustainable and Green Development
  • Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Leadership Award for Public Service

Nominations are due by September 15, 2011, and may be completed online (www.ocbc.org/redcarpet) or mailed to OCBC.  The entry fee is $75 per nomination, and there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.  Honorees will be recognized at a reception on November 17. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

LUCY DUNN, PETER BUFFA TO BE HONORED AT MOBILITY 21 TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT
OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn and OCBC Board Member Peter Buffa will be recognized by Mobility 21 for their  contributions to transportation at the 10th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit on September 6, 2011. Dunn will receive the Private Sector Award, Buffa will receive the Public Sector award, and Senator Barbara Boxer will receive the Leadership Award.

At the summit, where nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend, meet transportation decision-makers from across Southern California. Hear about how technology is changing our transportation future, and 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, or visit the expanded transportation Expo with over 70 exhibitors. For more information, visit www.mobility21.com.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF CLEAN CARS LOOK LIKE?
Association of California Cities - Orange County hosted a panel discussion entitled "How will Orange County  accommodate clean cars of the future?" which focused on the challenges and demands of going green on the road including the demands on infrastructure, clean energy fleets, and the challenges of SB 375 in the Green Car Movement. The panel featured OCBC Chairman Eddie Northen of UPS, Robert Graham, Manager of So Cal Edison's PEV Readiness Program, Sarah Catz, UCI Transportation Institute and Debra Hotaling, Regional Manager of Ford Motor Company. The panel was moderated by Kate Klimow, OCBC's Vice President of Government Affairs.

Eddie Northen, representing the commercial side of the clean fuel market, discussed the need for multiple clean fuel options and collaborative planning for success. Fuel conservation has been a priority at UPS since the early days of the company, starting with its Electric Vehicle Fleet in New York, in 1936. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
REAL LEADERS MEET
From San Francisco to San Diego, and Everything In Between

The R.E.A.L. Coalition (Regional Economic Associationcaflag Leaders of California) is comprised of the 17 most  influential business associations in California, including Orange County Business Council, who work together for REAL solutions to meet California's critical needs. Recently the Coalition was invited by Chris Garland, Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, and Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, to discuss a strategy for economic growth in California. Lt. Governor Newsom shared with the Coalition a preview of his California Economic Competitiveness Plan, which outlines the reforms and actions needed at the state level to allow business to succeed in a tough economy.  His draft plan includes a proposal to develop a go-to entity to analyze the impact new state regulations would have on business and the economy. Additionally, the plan includes a strategy for maximizing California's international potential through increased global connections. Newsom will share the complete plan with business leaders on July 29 in San Jose. Stay tuned for more details as Newsom's promising plan for economic development is unveiled. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
NOTHING RHYMES WITH ORANGE: STAN OFTELIE SHARES HISTORY OF OC
OCBC's former CEO and the first CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority, Stan Oftelie, is releasing his first children's book entitled Nothing Rhymes with Orange on July 28, 2011 at the Diamond Club from 5:30 - 7:30pm, and is providing the book to children at no cost. The book explores the half-remembered stories of Orange County's colorful past - from the days of the dinosaurs to the times of the Old Missions and the Old West. It recalls the farming days when oranges were the King of Crops, right up to the magic moments when Disneyland opened, the Angels moved to Anaheim, and the country's population grew and grew. The book will be used by OCDE as part of the third grade curriculum throughout the county. OCBC members are invited to attend this event. Click here to view the event flier. For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
OCBC MEETS KOREA AND LATVIA

On July 8 OCBC hosted a meeting with Mr. Kook Joong An, Director General of Economic and Trade Affairs in Daegu City, Korea. Approximately 20 people attended the meeting held in partnership with UC Irvine's Institute of Software Research, Irvine Chamber of Commerce and CleanTech OC. Business representatives from UPS, Southern California Gas Company, FlexEnergy, Greenway Design Group and Invisionate LLC learned about Daegu City's investment project which includes: Technopolis, National Science Park, Seongseo 5th Industrial Complex and MediCity Daegu (medical capital of Korea). Mr. An is visiting Orange County to explore R&D and collaborative partnerships with UC Irvine and businesses in Orange County to stimulate the development of Daegu industry sectors: computer gaming; advanced health care and medicine; biotechnology; science and technology; green energy; science museums; and education and research in the visual/performing arts. Economic incentives are available for interested companies. For more information on Daegu City, click here.  

 

On Sunday OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, Chairman Eddie Northen, and Treasurer Ed Reno met with the Prime Minister of Latvia to discuss international relations and business development. Celeste Signorino, OCBC Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development, and business leaders from UPS, JP Morgan Chase, and Flexenergy met with the Prime Minister and his delegation on Monday to discuss Latvia's pro-business environment, which includes a competitive tax system, corporate tax discounts as high as 80%, 0% VAT and no customs or excise duties. For more information on OCBC's international activities, please contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.  

OCBC WELCOMES ITS NEWEST INVESTORS!

OCBC is pleased to welcome thirteen new investors:

 For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: EZ LUBE

EZ Lube, the fast oil change experts, is going through a renewal, and at its heart is new CEO Guy Marsala. "We  know what customers expect: a low price and quality service done quickly," Marsala says. "At EZ Lube, we are dedicating ourselves to delivering these principles consistently. Our vision is to make car care 'EZ' for our customers by delivering unmatched value and professional service done quickly and with a smile."  

 

As Southern California's only wholly owned and locally based quick lube retailer, Costa Mesa, California-based EZ Lube puts more than a million Southern California car lovers in the driver's seat every year when it comes to maintaining their vehicles with fast and affordable oil changes and other preventive maintenance services. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

ALLERGAN CEO DAVID PYOTT FEATURED AT NEXT CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST
Join OCBC's 2011 Chairman Eddie Northen as he interviews David Pyott, CLB logoChairman and CEO of Allergan, Inc. for the next Chairman's Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Mr. Pyott joined Allergan in January 1998. He has 30 years of international experience in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Pyott holds a diploma in European and International Law, a Master of Arts degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree. He was honored in the Queen's Birthday Honors List in 2006 and holds the title of Commander of the British Empire. CLICK HERE for more event information.

WHEN: August 23, 2011 I 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
PLACE: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
COST: Non-Members $85, OCBC Members $55

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
AROUND THE COMMUNITY

OCBC Family Night at the Fair will take place August 12, 2011. OCBC members and investors are invited to

attend an exclusive and complimentary evening at the OC Fair, presented by Rutan & Tucker, LLP. Join us for a VIP Reception and mix and mingle with OCBC and OC Fair Board Members and families at the fairgrounds Memorial Gardens, starting at 6:00 p.m. Following the reception rock out to the hits of Three Dog Night and America at a concert starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Pacific Amphitheatre. Or, simply enjoy free admission to the fair and try and latest fried treats, visit the petting zoo, or take a ride on the largest traveling ferris wheel! Click here to register.  Special congratulations to Nick Berardino, General Manager of the Orange County Employees Association, for his recent appointment to the Fair Board. 


OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn had the honor of installing the new Board of Directors of the Orange
Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner on July 14. After the installation of officers Dunn spoke of the important role chambers play in shaping their communities, and the changing face of chambers in the new millenium. She also spoke of the need for the business community to play a greater role in government, helping to frame public policy and dialogue. BizFed OC was recently created for the purpose of providing a unified voice for business on the issues of job creation and economic growth. 

Lucy Dunn participated in the groundbreaking of the
91 freeway improvement project on July 11, hosted by Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans. In her r ole as Commissioner on the California Transportation Commission, Dunn helped to secure funding for the $84.4 million project that will add a new lane in each direction between the 55 and 241 freeways. The project will be a short and long-term jobs creator for the county, and the expanded capacity will allow people to travel to and from Orange County with less conjestion. Stated Dunn, referencing L.A.'s Carmageddon, "When we're done with the construction of the 91 freeway, it's going to be known as Carmaheaven." Construction will begin in August 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

OC CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES STREAMLINES COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYERS   

Did you know that Orange County Child Support ServicesCounty of Orange Logo has an on-line portal for employers called Employer Express? The portal allows secure and electronic communication between employers and Child Support Services. Employers may retrieve or submit income withholding and medical support response forms, or other employer related documents. You can find out more about Employer Express by logging on to the Child Support Services website at http://www.css.ocgov.com . 
OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
UPCOMING OCBC EVENTS
Executive Invitational Golf Tournament - Thursday, July 28 - Monarch Beach - SOLD OUT!
CLICK HERE for sponsorship opportunities. CLICK HERE to register for the Reception and Dinner.

OCBC Family Night at the Fair - OCBC Members-Only Event - Friday, August 12 - OC Fairgrounds
CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for event information.

Chairman's Leadership Breakfast with David Pyott - Tuesday, August 23 - The Center Club
CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for event information.

Workforce Development Conference - Thursday, October 13 - Hyatt Regency Irvine
CLICK HERE to register.  CLICK HERE for sponsorship opportunities.

Economic Forecast Conference - Thursday, October 27 - Hyatt Regency Irvine
CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for sponsorship opportunities.

For more information please contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JULY/AUGUST
Workforce Development Committee Meeting 

OCBC Logo - updated 2011

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

  

Infrastructure Committee Meeting 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 | 7:30 AM -9:00 AM

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting  

Thursday, August 11, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Executive Invitational Golf Tournament Committee  

Thursday, August 18, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, August 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 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 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:   

 

SPECIAL OFFER FROM SEGERSTROM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts is offering OCBC members an exclusive discount on upcoming performances of 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. Mary Poppins - Friday, July 29, 2011 7:30pm I Tuesday, August 2, 2011 7:30pm  

 

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.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

SCAG 2012 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy Public Workshops - August 

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will be hosting Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) public outreach workshops throughout the region. We encourage you to attend a workshop and provide your valuable input on the RTP/SCS process that will shape the future vision for housing, land use and transportation planning in our region. In Orange County, there will be three workshops: August 3, 1-4pm, City of Anaheim: Gordon Hoyt Conference Center, City Hall West, Second Floor; August 10 4:30-7:30pm, City of Orange: Orange County Transportation Authority, Conference Room 103/104; August 15, 2-5pm, City of Mission Viejo: Civic Center, Saddleback Room. Click here for more information.

 

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 Stephen@driveforwater.com or 714.470.3306.   

 

Network OC: OC's Ultimate Business Mixer - Thursday, August 25, 2011

You are invited to OC's Ultimate Business Mixer, hosted by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place August 25 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine. The cost is $25 for members of participating organizations, or $30 for visitors. Pre-register online at www.irvinechamber.com. 

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