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Tuesday, August 16, 2011   

IT TOOK A VILLAGE TO GET THE DA TO RELEASE AGREEMENT...THE WIN GOES TO CJAC!

It took three organizations to get the job done, but more than one year after OCBC and the Orange County Register asked the Orange County District Attorney's office to release its contingency fee agreement with a plaintiff's law firm, they have. A formal written request from the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) was the straw that broke the camel's back and prompted the DA to release the controversial agreement. Some background: In March 2010 the DA's office, notwithstanding 100's of its own lawyers, hired an outside private law firm to prosecute Toyota's alleged acceleration defect in its cars. This was a controversial move questioned by many, including OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn (read the blog here), who asked why a county agency would take it upon themselves to file a lawsuit on behalf of the general public when hundreds of civil cases were already filed. Adding fuel to the fire, the DA refused multiple requests to release the agreement outlining the office's financial arrangement with the firm, causing further speculation as to how the DA--not the public-- might benefit from the lawsuit. In the released agreement the DA's original improper 25% contingency fee agreement was changed to comply with the law, and the outside law firm must receive approval from the court if and when any fees are due. Click here to view the agreement. Click here to read the letter CJAC sent to the DA's office. Click here to read the OC Register story. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

IF CONGRESS WON'T GIVE US MONEY, AT LEAST CUT THE REGULATIONS TO EASE TRAFFIC!

Orange County Congressman Gary Miller recentlytraffic introduced H.R.2766, the "Breaking Down Barriers Act of 2011," designed to speed up the delivery of transportation projects by putting federal dollars to work more quickly. The bill incorporates recommendations contained in Orange County Transportation Authority's Breaking Down Barriers initiative, launched two years ago. The bill contains provisions that will make the environmental review process more efficient, delegate this responsibility to the states, and allow agencies to begin construction before they have received grant funds. OCBC is working with OCTA and Congressman Miller to generate support for this important transportation legislation. One interesting fact:  that 18 cent federal gas tax you have been paying since 1993 (without a cost of living increase) to fund transportation improvements is set to expire September 30, 2011! All eyes are watching Congress for an extension. Without it, there is no Federal Highway Trust Fund to supplement state and local dollars for traffic relief. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. Send YOUR letter of support to: The Honorable Gary Miller, US Representative, 2349 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 or fax to 202-226-6962. Or send to Congressman Miller's district office at: 1800 E. Lambert Road, Suite 150, Brea, CA 92821 or fax to 714-257-9242.  

POWERFUL TEACHERS UNION PRESIDENT TO VISIT OC BIZ AND EDUCATION COMMUNITIES

Register today for the Annual 2011 Workforce Development Conference, featuring guest speaker Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn will discuss with Vogel in an informal "Oprah Winfrey style" format the critical challenges facing the education system in California, and how labor, business, government, educators, parents and administrators can work collaboratively towards practical solutions. Also featured, the Orange County Workforce Investment Board's Annual Workforce Indicators presented by OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrod.  

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2011

TIME: 11:30am - 1:30pm 

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Irvine

COST: Members - $80, Non-Members - $100

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

STATE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE FIONA MA IN THE HOUSE! 

OCBC Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs Michael Hornak and Carrie Nocella welcomed to OCBC California Assemblymember and Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma (D-12). Assemblymember Ma shared with business and government leaders the state of affairs in Sacramento, and fielded questions about the future of high speed rail, the nuances of pension reform, regulatory reform, and the politics of passing a balanced budget. Ma echoed the Business Council's call for the state to prioritize job creation and the development of an economic growth strategy, noting that companies who relocate to California no longer have a government office to assist with this process. While discussing the lack of collaboration between Democrats and Republicans, Ma noted that term limits have resulted in a culture in Sacramento where legislators do not bother building relationships with colleagues on the other side of the isle, knowing that the time they will have to work together is limited. Click here to view Ma speak about pension reform. Click here to view Ma speak frankly about why regulatory reform was missing from the budget. Click here for pictures from the meeting. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

YOUR MOTHER ALWAYS SAID, "DON'T RUN WITH SCISSORS..."  

...But at OCBC, we encourage it!

 

Orange County Business Council is now accepting nominations for its inaugural competition, "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet," to recognize six outstanding public agencies who are proactively cutting through the red tape and opening the door for business. Nominations are due by September 15, 2011, and may be completed online or mailed to OCBC. Honorees will be recognized at a reception on November 17. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

NOT-TO-MISS EVENT! JOBS NOW SUMMIT - AUGUST 31

Transportation infrastructure projects are helping create and sustain much-needed jobs. To highlight the important contribution that the voter-approved Measure M2 program is making to create jobs, Orange County Transportation Authority is partnering with Orange County Business Council, leading economists, top transportation officials, labor and other key stakeholder groups to host the Jobs Now Summit on Wednesday, August 31. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

OC TREASURER CUTS GOVERNMENT WASTE, SAVES TAXPAYERS 1.2 MILLION

Orange County Treasurer Shari Freidenrich shared with OCBC and community members at a roundtable discussion the steps taken during her first seven months in office to improve the reputation of the department and service to the public. In her former role as Treasurer for the City of Huntington Beach, Freidenrich saved the city $15 million over 15 years, and in her current position has already reduced costs by 1.2 million. She has reduced investment in administrative expenses, streamlined operations and cut government waste, all without affecting service levels. Freidenrich, a licensed CPA, is committed to "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet," and bringing good business practices to government. Click here to view Freidenrich speak about the finances of the county. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

LIKE OC, DISNEY SURVIVES RECESSION BECAUSE OF DIVERSITY, STRATEGIC PLANNING

Disney recently released their third quarter earnings, reporting net income up 11% over the same period last year. Disneyland Resort attendance and the company's media networks were the primary reason for the increase; Disney CEO Bob Iger noted that the renovation and expansion of Disney's California Adventure contributed to an increase in attendance. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research. 

THIRSTY FOR MORE GOLF? DON'T MISS THIS WORTHWHILE TOURNAMENT

If you enjoyed OCBC's Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, you don't want to miss this one - its for a great cause! One of the tournament's generous sponsors was Skyy Vodka, who hosted a fantastic Bloody Mary bar. Not only did Skyy help OCBC, but they are also sponsoring a major golf tournament on August 22 at Monarch Beach Resort to 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 health, and quality of life. Sign up today at www.driveforwater.com. Contact Stephen Magliocco at Stephen@driveforwater.com or 714.470.3306 to find out about discounts for OCBC Members.

WELCOME NEW OCBC BOARD MEMBER PAUL J. KAUFMAN
Orange County Business Council welcomes to the Board of Directors Paul J. Kaufman, CEO, JP Morgan Chase, Middle Market Banking for Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego. Mr. Kaufman's appointment was unanimously approved by the Executive Committee on August 11, and he will serve a three year term on the Board. Mr. Kaufman has more than 20 years of banking experience, all of it with Chase Middle Market banking and its predecessor organizations. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

POSEIDON RESOURCES ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 

OCBC Member Poseidon Resources announced on August 15 that Carlos A. Riva joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. Riva has had a distinguished career as President or Chief Executive Officer of a number of major infrastructure companies, including J. Makowski Company, Intergen, Amec Group, Ltd, and most recently as CEO of Verenium Corporation, a San Diego-based pioneer in the fields of advanced biofuels and industrial enzymes. He holds engineering degrees from M.I.T. and Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Poseidon Resources specializes in developing and financing water infrastructure projects, primarily seawater desalination and water treatment plants. For more information, contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR OCBC INVESTORS! 

OCBC invites its investors to submit an advertisement or commercial promoting your business to be viewed by many of the 8.5 million passengers who travel through John Wayne Airport annually. OCBC will place your ad in a video loop that will play continuously for one year at a high traffic retail location operated by The Paradies Shops. Special discounted rates are available for investors and silver investors, and gold and platinum investors will receive complimentary print and video ads. The deadline to submit your ad is September 26, 2011. For more information, contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development, a csignorino@ocbc.org or 949.794.7223.

NI HAO! INTERESTED IN AN 8-DAY EXCURSION TO CHINA? 

OCBC is preparing for a China/Hong Kong Business Immersion Trip in 2012. To help us assess business interest, OCBC investors are invited to fill out a brief 4-question survey. Please take a moment to provide us with your feedback on this exciting opportunity. Click here to take the survey. For more information, contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

OCBC IS A JOBS CREATOR! NOW HIRING COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS SPECIALIST 

OCBC is accepting applications for a Communications and Events Specialist. If you have the skills, drive, and enthusiasm to join Orange County's Leading Voice of Business, send us your resume. Click here to read the job description. Interested applicants should email their resume to Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
NEWS YOU CAN USE: BACK TO SCHOOL

This week's apps are great for parents and students preparing for the new school year.

 

White Noise Lite: Need to drown out the noise? This app offers eight soothing sounds to choose from.  

HomeBudget: Manage your budget and track expenses with HomeBudget.

Chore Bank: If you've resorted to bribery to get your kids to clean up around the house, this app is for you. 

myHomework: Replace that bulky day planner with this app that tracks classes, assignments, and due dates.

Wikipanion: Great for learning about a subject quickly, but not for your research paper's reference page.  

DO YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS? 

Just as emergency plans and supplies are important to protect your family at home, County of Orange Logoan emergency preparedness plan for your business can help determine how fast you can get back to business after a flood, landslide, wildfire, earthquake or even an act of terrorism. Visit www.readyoc.com  and click on the Business tab for resources and ideas that will help you prepare your business and employees for recovery from emergencies. ReadyOC.com is an important element of Orange County's efforts to educate and empower local residents, businesses and communities to better prepare for a variety of emergency situations. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: GOODWILL PUTS YOUR E-WASTE TO WORK

Many electronic devices contain high enough levels of toxic materials such as lead, barium, cadmium, and mercury  to render them hazardous when disposed in landfills. These toxins are known as e-waste and Goodwill of Orange County is doing their part to properly dispose of these harmful electronic devices. Since 1924, Goodwill has pioneered the "Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Renew" manifesto by creating a sustainable platform that provides jobs, revenue and a greener environment.

 

Goodwill partners with many Orange County communities, allowing residents to easily drop off e-waste items, averaging over 25 tons of electronics collected for each e-waste event. Not only that, but if a business has 20 e-waste items or more to donate, Goodwill will pick up the waste free of charge. Each donation helps individuals with disabilities and other obstacles gain job training and employment in Goodwill's E-waste Solutions program, helping people and the environment. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST
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 26, 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:   

 

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.

 

SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS DISCOUNTED TICKETS

To receive a special discount for the Wednesday, September 14 performance of West Side Story, click on this link and enter promotion code 13862. Pick your seats, print your tickets at home, and avoid all service fees.  

 

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 15 

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will be hosting Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) public outreach workshops throughout the region. In Orange County, there is one remaining workshop: August 15, 2-5pm, City of Mission Viejo: Civic Center, Saddleback Room. Click here for more information.

 

Rep. Ed Royce Presents August Job Fair - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) will host a job fair on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at the Walter D. Ehlers Community Center in Buena Park. The job fair is free and open to all constituents who are interested in learning about available jobs. Register online at www.royce.house.gov/jobfair by clicking on the 'job seeker' button or by calling Rep. Royce's District Office at (714) 744-4130.

  

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.    

 

Spectrum Infant and Toddler Montessories 1st Annual Fundraising Brunch - Sunday, August 28, 2011

Join Spectrum Infant and Toddler Montessories at their 1st Annual Fundraising Brunch, taking place August 28 from 11am - 1:30pm at Pelican Hill Resort. The event kicks off their $10 million Capital Campaign to build four child care centers in Orange County. The campaign is about responding to the needs of the community by meeting the critical shortage of licensed spaces for infants and toddlers and the growing need for child care close to work for ages 6 weeks to pre-school. For more information visit www.SpectrumMontessories.com.  

 

OC Forum Luncheon with Colonel Thomas H. Magness - Thursday, September 8, 2011 

Just back from a one-year tour of duty as the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Colonel Thomas H. Magness will share his perspectives on the challenges of the Afghanistan mission, as well as the difference that leadership makes in accomplishing the mission there - and everywhere. Visit www.ocforum.org for more information.

 

Internet Marketing Association Awards - Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Internet Marketing Association invites you to the IMA Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 22. The awards are given to businesses that demonstrate superiority in developing Internet marketing strategies and campaigns. Each winner of the IMA award will be promoted through press release, Facebook, YouTube, and permanently listing on the IMA website. For more information, visit www.imanetwork.org.  

 

Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce AT&T Golf Tournament - Monday, September 26, 2011

Join Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce at their annual AT&T Golf Tournament on September 26 at the Santa Ana Country Club. The event will be a great day to play golf, meet business peers, and help fundraise to keep the voice of the Chamber strong. The tournament will include getaway vacation trips and other auction items during the post-golf reception. For more information, visit www.santaanachamber.com

 

Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science - Saturday, October 29, 2011

Join Project Tomorrow for the second annual "Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science" to listen and learn about students' ideas for improving math and science instruction in our local schools, ensure that students fully understand why a solid foundation in math and science is critical for their future, and provide a forum for local companies to interact and learn about their future employees. For more information contact Marianne Miller at mmiller@tomorrow.org or (949)609-4660 x13.

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