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Tuesday, July 5, 2011   

CALIFORNIA'S "BALANCED" BUDGET: IT'S NOT OVER YET, REALLY. 

The State Legislature passed a majority votMoneye budget this past Tuesday, lacking the recommended reforms in spending caps and pension sought by the business community, but without the tax extensions on sales or income either. The final bill signed by the Governor, SB 87, is an all-cuts budget. One dark spot is a virtual $48 million tax increase levied on Orange County alone as a result of the negotiations. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

TAX INCREASE EXPIRES, $1,000 RETURNED TO CALIFORNIA FAMILIES
The 2009 tax increase expired on July 1 and the following changes were enacted:
  • Sales taxes go down one percent
  • Car tax will be cut nearly in half
  • Personal income tax rates go down one quarter of a percent
  • The Child Care and Dependent Care Expenses tax credit will be restored
The net result is approximately $1,000 being returned to each California family. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

CALL TO ACTION: STAKEHOLDER COMMENTS NEEDED ON AQMD'S DRAFT ENERGY POLICY 

Based on public comment received, South Coast Air Quality Management District has recommended that Board consideration of their Draft Energy Policy be postponed until the September 9 Board meeting. In addition, a series of stakeholder meetings on the Draft Energy Policy are being planned and will be held approximately every two weeks starting July 14 and continuing through late August. We encourage you to save the date of these meetings, as your participation and comment is critical to re-directing the misguided policy. CLICK HERE to read about the policy.

Proposed meeting dates:
7/14/11, Conference Room CC2, 10 a.m. to noon
7/28/11, Conference Room CC2, 10 a.m. to noon
8/11/11, Conference Room GB, 10 a.m. to noon
8/25/11, Conference Room CC2, 10 a.m. to noon

Meetings will take place at SCAQMD, 21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

OCBC TO HONOR JOBS-FRIENDLY LOCAL GOVERNMENT-SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS 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.

OCBC IS YOUR OC METRO JULY "COVER GIRL!"

Orange County Business Council is proud to share that OC Metro has made OCBC and our fearless leader, Lucy Dunn, the cover story for their July issue! The 13-page spread covers the history of the organization, highlights our greatest accomplishments, and features the leadership Lucy Dunn has provided to the organization over the last six years. CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE to view the spread. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, SILENCE 'EM?
Guest commentary by Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

There's a saying, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Some business opponents have turned that phrase on its head-if they can't win the war of ideas with business in the political arena, then they seek to exclude business' voice from the national debate altogether. Examples abound.

Recently, the federal government issued two new rules that continue a pattern of silencing the business community. On June 20, the Department of Labor proposed a new disclosure rule that would complicate and hamstring the ability of employers to present their views on unionization to employees. The rule would implement a burdensome process for businesses to disclose who is counseling them on labor matters. It's apparently designed to encourage employers to bite their tongues and let arguments for unionization go unanswered and unchallenged. CLICK HERE to read more.
JETSUITE OPENS IRVINE OFFICE, CREATES THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS
It isn't often we get to share news of companies moving TO Orange County. JetSuite, the nation's fastest growing private jet service, has relocated their headquarters from Long Beach to the City of Irvine, bringing not only a fleet of brand-new Phenom 100 aircraft, but also thousands of new jobs. At the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by OCBC staff, JetSuite was hailed by the city as a jobs-creator, recognizing that their move to Irvine would provide a much-needed boom to the city and region's economy. JetSuite's mission is to provide access to private jet travel to more people than ever, providing service that is twice as efficient as comparable companies. In just over two years, the company has flown more than 6,000 hours and saved their customers $12 million over competitors. The company is a welcome addition to Orange County, and an exceptional story in a struggling economy. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations.
BIZFED OC: A UNITED VOICE FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY - JOIN TODAY!
It's about JOBS: CEO's of OC's chambers, trade associations and industry organizations are invited to meet quarterly at OCBC to unify the business voice, share best practices and advance common goals. Join us in the newly formed BizFed OC, the premier alliance of Orange County business organizations.

BizFed OC advocates for the Orange County business community to ensure economic prosperity and a high quality of life through jobs creation. On July 24, Anaheim Chamber, Orange Chamber, Fullerton Chamber, Huntington Beach Chamber, South OC Chamber, Ladera Ranch Chamber, OC Auto Dealers Association, and others participated in a briefing on SCAG's Economic Recovery and Job Creation Strategy, giving tips to help advocate for jobs in their communities. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.
OCBC SUPPORTS NFL STADIUM IN CITY OF INDUSTRY

What would the NFL's return mean to Orange County? If you use the past three Super Bowls as a guide, it would mean a lot, especially when the project is estimated to generate over 18,000 jobs at a time when the citizens of Southern California are eager to get back to work. Majestic Realty's proposal to build a state of the art football stadium in the City of Industry comes at a pivotal time in Southern California's economic recovery. The project will be privately financed and will be an economic shot-in-the-arm to the region by generating approximately $762 million in annual economic output with no tax dollars. It will also generate over $21 million in tax benefits to local government agencies. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic and Research. 

NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: ETA ADVERTISING
OCBC is pleased to welcome it's newest member, ETA Advertising.

Crowded markets. Converging messages. Lost brands. It's ugly out there. And that's precisely why you need ETA Advertising. ETA Advertising is a creative and hungry full-service advertising agency with a history of producing measurable results for a diverse mix of respected clients such as Farmers & Merchants Bank, Anaheim Ducks, Smart & Final Brookfield Homes and Doubletree Hotels.

What sets them apart? Deep consumer insight from advanced database marketing analytics-and really smart creative work born from that insight. This combined power is how they consistently and successfully guide, brand and grow companies in virtually every market sector.

ETA is nimble enough to anticipate what's next and quickly adapt. Which is all in stark contrast to the lethargic responsiveness you sometimes find at larger agencies. With ETA, you get the day-to-day involvement of senior team members who are personally invested in the success of your business. That's good news for your brand. As a hands-on partner, they do whatever it takes to move your brand forward. Oh, and one other thing. They like to have a little fun along the way. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations.
SHARE YOUR "SQUIRREL" AND GET A COOL PIN!

We at www.californiasquirrel.com are on the hunt for more distracting legislation to showcase on our site. If you know of some whacky legislation that isn't specifically focused on job creation, send it our way! We'll sort through the "nuts" and if your "squirrel" is picked for the site, we will send you one of our brand new "Say No to Squirrels" pins! To submit your entries email: squirrel@californiasquirrel.com. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: EZ LUBE SUPPORTS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Automotive oil that is improperly disposed of from a single oil change can contaminate up to one million gallons of fresh water. EZ Lube has taken the initiative to change this catastrophe. EZ Lube supports EPA environmental initiatives by practicing used motor oil recycling.

EZ Lube recycles 98% of all used automotive fluid products such as motor oil, transmission fluids, and power steering fluids received at all 82 locations. EZ Lube also has a waste management program which includes contracts with federally licensed waste oil and fluid haulers that transports fluids to off-site recycling centers. Oil products are stored in the basement inside OSHAUL rated steel tanks. This is in accord with EPA guidelines. EZ Lube accepts used motor oil from the public for no charge. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

AROUND THE COMMUNITY
On June 29, Lucy Dunn, CEO of OCBC, attended OC Forum's Housing Outlook Summit with speakers John Burns, Emil Haddad of FivePoint Communities, Scott Stowell of Standard Pacific and Kerry Vandell of UCI. Generally, the speakers were optimistic about housing in OC-the major landowners are already either underway or in planning. OC still has "shadow inventory" of foreclosures to clear through, but that should be done by the end of this year. Rental vacancies continue to be low.

On June 30, Lucy Dunn listened to Tim Sloan, CFO of Wells Fargo Bank, share his thoughts on Congress'
debt-ceiling debates (a deal will get done 30 seconds before it absolutely has to get done), on reforming Freddie and Fannie (probably, but not wholesale revamping), and on the financial industry (the industry needed reforming).

Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research, recently presented at the Job
Hunters Boot Camp on June 29, 2011 at the Garden Grove Community Center. This event, sponsored by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, featured multiple workshops on interviewing skills and resume writing/building, as well as a discussion on what the "hot job markets" are today. Dr. Walrod focused on the high-growth industries including Healthcare services, business services, high-tech, and tourism. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

Dan S. Rogers, President and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County, and OCBC Board Member, announced his intentions to step down later this year, after a successful tenure at Goodwill. During his decade of service, the organization has experienced robust growth, enabling tens of thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers to benefit from Goodwill programs and services, ultimately increasing their independence and achieving greater dignity. Individuals interested in the position may email leadership@ocgoodwill.org. For information regarding Goodwill, please contact Katherine Ransom at (714) 547-6308 ext. 308 or katheriner@ocgoodwill.org.

ORANGE COUNTY PRESENTS MORE THAN 3,000 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE  

Did you know that more than 3,000 Orange County food eCounty of Orange Logostablishments received Awards of Excellence for 2010 from the Health Care Agency's Environmental Health Division? The awards recognize outstanding food safety and sanitation practices that help to prevent foodborne illness and protect the public from adulterated food products. Facilities eligible to receive awards include restaurants, catering establishments, meat and seafood markets, retail bakeries, supermarkets, and public/private schools with food production service. A complete list of all recipients and award criteria is available online at www.ocfoodinfo.com/foodaward.htm.
OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
UPCOMING OCBC EVENTS

New This Week: Chairman's Leadership Breakfast August 23 with David Pyott, CEO of Allergan.


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

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.

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
Executive Invitational Golf Tournament Committee

Thursday, July 7, 2011 |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  

OCBC Logo - updated 2011


Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting 

Friday, July 8, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Infrastructure Committee Meeting 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Economic Development Committee Meeting 

Monday, July 18, 2011 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 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
Roses, Radishes and the Royalty Awards - Thursday, July 7, 2011
Join the Orange County Taxpayers Association at the first annual Roses, Radishes and the Royalty Awards on Thursday, July 7 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The dinner will feature an awards presentation to public agencies: the Radish Award will be presented for wasteful, inefficient use of taxpayer dollars, and the Rose Award will honor a public agency that demonstrates cost-effective and efficient use of taxpayer dollars. For ticket information and to RSVP please contact Samantha Fitzgerald at 949.768.1600. Sponsorships are available. Visit www.octax.org for more information.

 

The New Republican Majority in Congress and its Impact on US Foreign Policy - Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The World Affairs Council invited you to a panel discussion featuring members of Orange County's Congressional Delegation, including Congressman Gary G. Miller, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Congressman Ed Royce.  Do not miss this opportunity to hear our Washington representatives discuss their thoughts on the critical issues that our nation faces. CLICK HERE to register for this event. For more information visit www.worldaffairscouncil.org.  

 

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.  

 

10th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit - September 6, 2011

Join hundreds of transportation, business and political leaders at Mobility 21's 10th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit, September 6, 2011 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live. Meet transportation decision-makers from across Southern CaliforniaHear about how technology is changing our transportation futureFind out what's happening in the State and Federal LegislaturesAttend three general sessions with engaging speaker presentationsParticipate in interactive panel discussions during your choice of eight breakout sessionsVisit the expanded transportation Expo with over 70 exhibitors For more information, visit www.mobility21.com.  

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