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CALTRANS SELECTS BEST PLAN TO IMPROVE CONGESTION ON I-405

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OCBC commends the decision made by Caltrans last week to move forward with I-405 traffic
improvement plan "Alternative 3," adding new general purposes lanes promised under Orange County voter-approved Measure M, as well as new express lanes, on one of America's busiest corridors.  Alternative 3 reduces congestion by moving the most people and cars through the corridor than any other plan.  The express lanes would be built in the future after funding is identified by Caltrans, but not with Measure M funds. This decision authorizes OCTA to begin construction of the general purpose lanes in 2015. The project has the potential to generate upwards of 27,000 California jobs, while adding a self-sustaining funding source for future mobility improvements benefiting Orange County and the I-405 corridor. OCBC commends OCTA for their comprehensive evaluation of all alternatives, which identified Alternative 3 as the most efficient method to alleviate congestion and has greater environmental benefits. CLICK HERE for OCBC's joint press release with LA/OC Building Trades.  CLICK HERE for a Frequently Asked Questions sheet on the I-405 improvement plan. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO COMMENT ON BDCP DRAFT! PROTECT CA'S WATER BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

Time is running out, the state needs to hear from you!

Today is the last day for letters to be postmarked and emails to be sent in order to comment on the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). It is important that the state hear from stakeholders on this plan, which will update California's current water system to ensure supplies are reliable for future generations. As it stands, 26 million people and 3 million acres of farmland rely on Delta conveyed water, however the very real threat of earthquakes, flooding and climate change put this supply at risk if money is not allocated to maintain it. OCBC has been a consistent advocate of Alternative #4 of the BDCP, which is the best alternative to meet California's co-equal goals of water supply reliability and Delta ecosystem restoration. CLICK HERE to read a May 23, 2014 letter of support for Alternative #4 from OCBC. Interested parties are encouraged to comment on the draft BDCP by submitting written comments to Ryan Wulff, NMFS, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 5-100,Sacramento, CA 95814, or by emailing BDCP.comments@noaa.gov.CLICK HERE for tips on best practices when commenting. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.

CA DROUGHT: GOOD LADY GAGA MESSAGES BUT NOT-SO-GOOD WATER FINES!

A recently released U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that 81 percent of California is in an extreme drought - up from 68 percent just three months ago.  Climatology experts suggest that the dry conditions will probably continue and won't improve much in the next few months, prompting celebrities like Lady Gaga to join in on the advocacy efforts. However, it looks like it will take more than a video plea from a pop queen to change Californian's habits. In response to the increasing severity of the drought, the California Water Quality Resources Board adopted emergency regulations for water conservation that have potential fines of up to $500 per day for violations. The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) is encouraging residents and businesses to take advantage of its numerous programs to help everyone save water and avoid fines, such as a free Home Water Survey with a custom report that outlines a home's water use and identifies water saving opportunities; and tips for implementing an emergency water saving program at organizations and businesses. CLICK HERE to learn more about these and other MWDOC programs. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

U.S. GOVERNORS URGE CONGRESS TO REAUTHORIZE EX-IM BANK

In response to the ongoing debate in Congress regarding the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), 31 U.S. governors have signed a joint-letter addressed to congressional leadership urging reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank. Since its creation in 1934, the Ex-Im Bank has served as the official export credit agency of the United States with the mission of assisting in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. Throughout its lifetime, the Ex-Im Bank has helped U.S. companies of all sizes turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and strengthen the nation's economy.  With the Ex-Im Bank's congressional authorization set to expire on September 30, failure to reauthorize the Ex-Im will result in a significant blow to U.S. exporters and to the nation's economy. To view the joint-letter, CLICK HERE.  For more information on the importance of the Ex-Im Bank to the U.S. and Orange County's economy, read Lucy Dunn's "Don't Mess with Ex-Im Success."  For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

OCBC'S LUCY DUNN JOINS GOV. BROWN ON TRADE MISSION TO MEXICO

OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn traveled to Mexico Sunday as a member of a diverse delegation of Californians for the Governor's Mexico Trade and Investment Mission, which concludes Wednesday. On the first day of meetings, the Governor signed an agreement with Mexico aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by aligning programs and strategies. The CalChamber, together with the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, organized the mission to Mexico, which is California's and Orange County's top export market. The mission's goal is to lay the foundation for improving economic ties and trade with Mexico to increase the movement of goods and benefit California's economy and jobs.  The success of the mission will be centered on benefiting California's employers and the ability to generate more opportunities for California goods, produce, and tourism back to California. CLICK HERE to view trip highlights. To learn more about international trade's impact on the Orange County economy, visit LocationOC.comFor more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOURNAMENT WINNERS!

Another great day of golf and connections!

Orange County business leaders joined OCBC Thursday for a day on the green at the 2014 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente. Congratulations to the tournament winners!

  • 1st Place Champion: Kaiser Team - John Stratman, Justin Cao, Mark Manion, and Tom Brietfeller
  • 1st Place Mixed: Southern California Edison Team - Kevin Payne, Jeanne Boyce, Dan Tunnicliff, and Kelli Tunnicliff
  • Horse Race Classic: The Wealth Strategies Group Team - Mike Yates and Bruce Doucett

CLICK HERE to view photos of the tournament. CLICK HERE for a video of the event. For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

FAIR AND FREE: RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE US COURT SYSTEM

OCBC member, Mary-Christine Sungaila, Snell & Wilmer, shares an important video by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor through the National Association of Women Judges recognizing the importance of a fair and free judicial system in this country--fair and free from the influences of special interest groups. Voters must be vigilant to learn the tools they need to make informed choices when voting on issues concerning the court system.  CLICK HERE to see the video. CLICK HERE for information on the election of appellate justices. For more info, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

IRS PREPPING FOR OBAMACARE EMPLOYER MANDATE IN 2015

The following article appears as it was published on  U.S. Chamber's Small Business Nation on Thursday, July 24, 2014

 

The Obama administration signaled Thursday it's not backing down from the controversial health law employer mandate that has been delayed twice and is the centerpiece of the House's lawsuit against the president. The IRS posted drafts of the forms that employers will have to fill out to comply with the Obamacare requirement that employers provide health insurance to workers. Some business groups said the information was still too tentative and too incomplete to let them prepare for new obligations under the health law. "Our immense frustrations with the IRS continue," Christine Pollack, vice president of Government Affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, said in a statement. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.

OCBC SUPPORTS SUCCESSFUL BILITERACY PROGRAM IN CA SCHOOLS

A record number of graduating high school students achieved an academic standard known as "biliteracy," jumping from 19,000 students last year to 24,513 in 2014 - a 30 percent increase - according to the California Department of Education. The "State Seal of Biliteracy" was established per Assembly Bill 815 (Brownley) to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. Qualified students are recognized with a gold seal on their high school diplomas. School district participation in the program is voluntary and OCBC has been a vocal supporter of it since its inception, specifically in the Garden Grove Unified School District and Anaheim Union High School District, where it has seen great achievements. Altogether, students earned the seal for demonstrating proficiency in some 40 languages; including American Sign Language. This successful program prepares students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE? TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET--NOMINATE A PROGRAM TODAY!

 

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, was part of South Orange County Economic Coalition's Primary Election Recap panel discussion Friday. The panel discussed, among other topics, the effect that California's open primary has had on the lawmaking process in Sacramento and seeing a more moderate approach to proposed legislation among members of the State Assembly within both parties. This may be attributed to Republicans and Democrats being challenged by members of their own parties in a general election. Prior to an open primary system, gerrymandering of legislative districts made it nearly impossible to unseat incumbents. However, open primaries have forced legislators to be more responsive to a broader spectrum of the electorate. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED! NOMINATE TODAY FOR OC REGISTER'S TOP WORKPLACES SURVEY

The Orange County Register is calling all businesses to participate in the Register's sixth annual Top Workplaces Survey. The survey honors Orange County's best businesses for demonstrating a commitment to community, leadership, advancement, work culture, and performance. The Register accepts nominations for all companies large and small, for-profit and nonprofits alike for the honor. Through the award, the Register hopes to commend companies that have excelled in creating a dynamic and innovative workplace to set an example for other companies. Nominations are free, with a short five minute questionnaire covering topics, including leadership, training, compensation and benefits. CLICK HERE to nominate a company. The deadline for nominations is August 15. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

DON'T MISS OCBC'S NEXT CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH PARKER KENNEDY - AUG. 5

Join OCBC for the next Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Tuesday, August 5, 2014 where Tom Phelps, Chair, OCBC CEO Leadership Caucus, will interview Parker Kennedy, Chairman of First American Financial Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with revenues exceeding $8 billion annually. In 2003, he was recognized as one of America's top chief executives on Forbes Magazine's prestigious list of "Best-Performing Bosses." Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from one of OC's leading executives! Thank you to generous sponsors AT&T and Wells Fargo. 

 

TIME: Tuesday, August 5, 2014  I  7:15 a.m. Registration  I  8 a.m. Program and Breakfast  I  9 a.m. Adjourn

WHERE: The Center Club  I  650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa

COST: $85 Member I  $145 Non-member  I  $175 CLB Series (2 events)

    

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP FOR FUTURE SUCCESS - OCT. 7 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Understand what the current skills gap facing today's workforce and what this could mean for your business and industry. Register today for the 2014 Workforce Development Conference, hosted by OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, presented by Union Bank. The conference will feature Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California, who will address the current skills gap companies face with incoming employees and what is needed to prepare a workforce for a competitive 21st century global economy. The conference will also unveil the 2014 Workforce Indicators Report with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and workforce trends. Thank you event sponsors Kaiser Permanente, The Boeing Company, Chevron, AT&T, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and Wells Fargo

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 7, 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  I  Sponsorships: $5,000  I  $2,500 

WHERE: Hotel Irvine

COST: Member: $125  I  Non-member: $150  

 

     

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON FOR OC'S ECONOMY? ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT.23

Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 20th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, presented by US Bank, on October 23, 2014 at Hotel Irvine. The conference features a forecast of Orange County's economic climate by Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF; and Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF. The conference will also feature keynote speaker Emile Haddad, President and CEO, FivePoint Communities. Join hundreds of Orange County business leaders for the county's premier economic conference and learn the latest opportunities for business growth and how to plan for the future.

 

WHEN: Thursday, October, 23, 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Irvine

COST: Individual: $160  I  Table of Ten: $1,500  I  Sponsorships: $7,500  I  $3,500

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: AMCAL HOUSING QUALIFIES FOR LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION
AMCAL Multi-Housing (AMCAL), one of California's leading builders of workforce and affordable housing, announces the planned LEED Gold certification for the new apartment community, Terracina in South Los Angeles County. Terracina is AMCAL's fourth LEED Gold development since 2011, along with four Platinum and two Silver apartments' qualifications. To achieve LEED Gold, AMCAL created a community with a range of unique green features, including a 27 percent reduction in energy use and 70 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills. Terracina is expected to celebrate its grand opening in August, with 72 affordable apartments for families and transitional age youth. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

OC Fair- July 11 to August 10

It's that time of year again! Head over to the OC Fair Friday, July 11 to Sunday, August 10 in Costa Mesa for fun for the whole family. Enjoy show-stopping entertainment, fantastic exhibits, shopping, rides, and much, much more! CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

13th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit - Friday, September 5

Join Mobility 21 for the largest one-day transportation conference in the state from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at Disneyland Hotel Anaheim, Ca. It's the only place where attendees can mix and mingle with ever transportation CEO in Southern California, policy makers and nationally-known transportation experts. CLICK HERE to learn more and to register. 

 

Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce Leadership Summit - Wednesday, September 10

Join the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce for the upcoming 2014 Leadership Summit "Building Decision-Making Skills" from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club. Panelists include David Cavazos, Santa Ana City Manager; OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO; and Aaron Kushner, CEO, Freedom Communications. The moderator is Lacy Kelly, CEO, Association of California Cities- Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

IMPACT14: Internet Marketing Reimagined - September 24 through 26

Registration is now open for IMPACT14, which is the IMA Conference and Awards focusing on the internet marketing industry from, September 24 through 26, 2014 at Aria Resort, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nev. This extraordinary event focusing on innovation, education and recognition, and hosts distinguished keynote speakers on vital internet marketing topics, a series of breakout sessions presented by the industry's leading experts, and the 2014 IMPACT Awards recognition and celebration.  CLICK HERE for a video about the event. CLICK HERE for more information.

POLITICAL CORNER   

Political events are for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.

 

State of the Economy and Forecast Briefing with California State Controller John Chiang - August 8

Join Assemblwoman Sharon Quirk-Silva for and economic forecast between 8 and 10 a.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Center - Pavillion C. The forecast will dicuss job creation in the new economy, statewide fiscal issues, and business development in the local community. RSVP is required by August 1. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Metropolitan Water District Community Leaders Briefing - August 12

Join the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Long Beach Water Department for the Community Leaders Briefing featuring Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, MWD, with invited speaker U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal, 47th District. The briefing will highlight important water issues facing California and local communities. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Keith Curry For Assembly 2014 - August 14

Please join us for dinner and an exclusive briefing of the 2014 Legislative session and election prospects featuring Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway and Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff August 14 at the Balboa Bay Resort located at 1221 Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA. OCBC endorsed candidate Keith Curry will be running for the 74th assembly district and would love your support. Reception starts at 5:30 and dinner at 6pm. CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Friday, August 1, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, August 8, 2014  I  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 12, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 14, 2014  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Health Care Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

 

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 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

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! SUPPORT PACIFIC CHORALE AND ENJOY SHOWS AND SOIREES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or liana@pacificchorale.org

 

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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If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, at 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.org.
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