The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County Tuesday, August 25, 2015
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING? SB 32 WILL WORSEN CALIFORNIA'S HOUSING CRISIS!
A recent study commissioned by the California Building Industry Association proves that SB 32 (Pavley)
, also known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, would negatively impact California's already constrained housing market. If SB 32 passes, the average median home price would rise 12 percent, pricing approximately 683,000 households out of the real estate market, reduce housing production, jobs and economic output for the state. California's housing crisis will only worsen. The bill calls for statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits that are the equivalent to 40 percent below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2030, and 80 percent below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2050. The result would be an immediate imposition of Zero Net Energy standard on new construction in California, causing a sharp reduction in new construction activity that would persist until developers and contractors acquired a sufficient level of expertise and capacity to satisfy the overly stringent requirements. Such a slowdown would have a ripple effect throughout the entire economy. OCBC urges state lawmakers to reject SB 32. CLICK HERE for the study. CLICK HERE to take action today. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
US CONGRESSMAN ROD BLUM VISITS OCBC -- SHARES HIS PERSPECTIVE ON PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS
U.S. Congressman Rod Blum of Iowa's 1st
District joined OCBC Tuesday for an intimate gathering with OCBC investors to talk about a range of topics including workforce issues, the economy, and -- of course -- the Iowa caucuses and the presidential election, sharing his insights on different campaigns as they make their way through Iowa. He shared that Iowans are particularly interested now in candidates who are not career politicians. Guests took the opportunity to inform the Congressman about the issues most concerning their businesses such as higher education, healthcare, the need for a long-term federal transportation funding mechanism, repercussions of the Medical Device Tax, and the need to bolster advanced manufacturing skills among the incoming workforce
. Regulatory reform was also discussed as Congressman Blum heard about how businesses across many states, especially in California, are often subjected to redundant, unnecessary and often costly regulatory processes. For instance, California development is already mandated to comply with a rigorous environmental review process, but then must also undergo many of the same reviews at the federal level. It was a very fruitful conversation, with Congressman Blum hearing first-hand about the issues most impacting businesses. For more information, contact Bryan Starr,
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: OCBC'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM - SEPT. 24
Join OCBC for the 2015 Economic Development Forum, focusing on "How Orange County Manufacturers are Thriving in the Global Market," sponsored by Chase. As the sixth largest county in the nation, a state front runner in jobs creation, and a growing driver of international trade exports, Orange County is poised to lead the state and nation in economic advances throughout the 21st century. The forum will feature keynote speaker Morgan McGrath, Head of International Banking, Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase, as well as a panel discussion, and an OC manufacturing update from Dr. Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC. Moderating the panel is Kathleen Marran, Vice President West Region Marketing, UPS. Panelists include Jatan Shah, COO, QSC Audio Products; Tom Croslin, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Southern California Engineering Design Center, The Boeing Company; and Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Managing Director of Commercial Operations and Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Long Beach.
DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2015 REGISTRATION: 7:30 a.m. PROGRAM: 8 a.m.
ADJOURN: 10:00 a.m. PLACE: The Irvine Marriot I 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241.
DUNN & DONE: FIXING OUR ROADS REQUIRES BOTH REFORMS AND REVENUE
The California Legislature returned to Sacramento last week with a "to do list" that includes a special session called by Gov. Jerry Brown to address the growing road repair and maintenance backlog - ranked second worse in the country, according to some. The Register's Aug. 11 editorial, "Tap brakes on urge to raise gas taxes," urged legislators to focus solely on reforms. State Republican leaders have offered a number of reform ideas, while state Democratic leaders are looking at revenue. However, the Orange County Business Council is part of a broad coalition of businesses, local governments, labor, transportation advocates and others that have laid out a package of ideas we contend should guide both parties and the governor to come together in these discussions: Revenue and reforms are inextricably linked - one cannot be separated from the other. CLICK HERE to read more.
OCBC ENGAGED IN THE GOVERNOR'S TRANSPORTATION SPECIAL SESSION
As state lawmakers take part in a special session to evaluate transportation and the state budget, OCBC participated in numerous events last week to weigh in on the current condition of Orange County's transportation system, its effect on economic growth and options for funding stabilization. On Thursday, August 20, the California Transportation Commission, Southern California Association of Governments and OCBC held a Public Forum on Transportation to discuss California's Highway and Road System: Past, Present and Future. The forum featured a panel discussion with Hasan Ikhrata of SCAG, Darrell Johnson of OCTA, OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrod and Bryan Starr, Ryan Chamberlain of District 12 Department of Transportation, and Michael Kraman of TCA. On Friday, August 21, Lucy Dunn testified at the LA Chamber of Commerce's roundtable discussion, which was a stop on California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins' Transportation Listening Tour. Legislators and panelists sat down together to share ideas on revenue and reforms, which OCBC specifically focused on reform ideas for legislators' to do list.
OCBC will continue to monitor and advocate for long-term transportation solutions. For more information, contact Bryan Star
r, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
SKILLS GAP AND WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW - OCT. 8 CONFERENCE
Join OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board for the 2015 Orange County Workforce Development Conference, presented by Union Bank. The conference will focus on the theme "Bridging the Workforce Skills Gap: What Does Business Need to Know?" The conference will unveil the 2015 Workforce Indicators Report, presented by OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod. There will also be a panel of experts, including Jason Tyszko, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Noel Massie; UPS. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
DATE: Thursday, October 8, 2015 REGISTRATION: 11 a.m. PROGRAM: 11:30
ADJOURN: 1:30 p.m. PLACE: The Island Hotel I 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
For more information about the event, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949.794.7241
SHERIFF SANDRA HUTCHENS SPEAKS TO CYBER SECURITY TASK FORCE
On August 14, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens served as the featured speaker at OCBC's Cyber Security Task Force. She discussed the department's efforts to combat cybercrime through the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC), which is a multi-agency initiative formed in 2007 to meet the need for information sharing among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and other public safety disciplines. OCIAC is one of a handful of "fusion" centers in the U.S. that are a collaborative effort between two or more agencies to provide resources, expertise, and information to the center with the goal of maximizing the ability to detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto
, Vice President, Economic Development.
MARIAN BERGESON CELEBRATES HER 90TH BIRTHDAY AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY
From OCBC director Steve Churm, OC Register: "A thrill and an honor to stand with an Orange County treasure and a friend. When it comes to leadership, Marian Bergeson is a rock star. Since 1964 when she was first elected to the Newport-Mesa Unified School Board, she has blazed trails and shaped communities from our coast to Sacramento. She was the first woman to serve in both the California State Assembly and the California State Senate, commuting to the capitol for nearly two decades. She was also an Orange County Supervisor before then-Governor Pete Wilson named her state Secretary of Education. No matter your politics, standing and applauding her is easy, particularly as she celebrates her 90th birthday. Nearly 200 friends and family members gathered at the beautiful Oasis Senior Center in Corona Del Mar late Sunday afternoon to toast the first lady of Orange County politics. Radiant, smiling and so gracious, she delighted the crowd with her words and style. And, true to her character, the party was a fund raiser for the senior center. No opportunity is lost on this pro to raise money for the right cause. Good wine, In-n-Out burgers and cake. A GOP trifecta. Many happen returns Marian. You are the ultimate role model."-- with Cinda Churm, Peter and Sharyn Buffa, Lynn Joachim, Carol Schroeder Wold, Larry Tenney, Kris Murray, Todd Priest, Curt Pringle, Les Card, Will and Bev Kempton, and Lucy Dunn at OASIS Senior Center.
POSEIDON WATER DESALINATION - OPPONENTS' DESIGN CHANGES ARE ECONOMICALLY INFEASIBLE
A recently released technical report suggests that proposed design changes to Poseidon Water's proposed seawater desalination plant are economically infeasible. Poseidon's original design for the drinking water production plant calls for open-ocean water intake pipes, which is opposed by some environmentalists suggesting it would lead to killing fish and other marine life. The study was conducted by Poseidon and the California Coastal Commission to evaluate alternative designs, such as sub-surface intake pipes, to understand if it would be possible to move forward with a different design. A public comment period began yesterday and will remain open until Sept. 10. The study validates the concerns of project supporters that unnecessarily onerous project redesign requirements would make this critical water reliability project infeasible. CLICK HERE to read the current report. A public meeting will be held 9 a.m. August 27 at the Huntington Beach Central Library to discuss the study. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
THE CYBER-ECONOMY IS HERE! REGISTER FOR 2015 ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT. 29
The cyber-economy is here. How will it impact your business? Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 21st Annual Economic Forecast Conference on October 29 at Hotel Irvine as we address this issue and many others affecting the regional economy in 2015. The conference features keynote speaker Richard Davis, Chairman, President and CEO, US Bancorp, Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF, Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF, and Richard Davis, President and CEO, US Bancorp. 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.
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015 Registration: 11:00 a.m. Program: 11:30 a.m. (Please allow amble time for parking)
Adjourn: 1:30 p.m. Place: Hotel Irvine I 17900 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241
OCBC WELCOMES NEW INVESTORS
OCBC is proud to welcome new investors Caribou Industries, Inc., Scott Baugh & Associates
, and Best Management Construction, Inc
. (BMCI). Since its founding in 1977, Caribou Industries has maintained its commitment to "Preserving the Past and Ensuring the Future" through the development of inner city properties and resort communities. Caribou Industries is known for premier real estate, five-star restaurants, hotel resorts and entertainment venues in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Scott Baugh & Associates is a law firm in Newport Beach. Best Management Construction has offered erosion and sediment control solutions to Southern California builders and landowners since 1992. With over 23 years of experience in the construction field, BMCI quickly became the leader in the industry - with many of the company's services available to clients with only "evening before" notification. For more information, contact Larry Brose
, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
HOW TO HELP TUTOR STUDENTS WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR OFFICE
The Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is partnering with different corporations, including UPS
, to implement TutorMate, which is an online literacy tutoring program that links professionals and young at-risk readers during the work and school day through a phone-to-Skype connection. SAUSD is the first school district in Southern California to embrace the program, which aims to have 250 local corporate workers tutor 250 first - and second- graders throughout the district, paired in groups of 10, once a week each. Volunteers can select a 30-minute slot that can change weekly, call the classroom and help a student improve through literacy exercises and reading stories online.
TutorMate is in 14 other major school districts across the country with partnerships with about 110 corporations. CLICK HERE
to learn more about the program. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY
August 19, 2015
- Lucy Dunn served as the moderator for Orange County Public Relations Society of America's breakfast on "Evolving Communications in a Changing Environment," where guests heard from panelists Sarah Huoh, Director of Global Communications at Edwards Lifesciences
, and Amy Hytowitz, Senior Vice President, Edelman. Topics included understanding Edwards' strategic communications goals, working with folks inside an innovative company, evaluating risks, social media and how a company works with an outside agency.
'25K TO FIND A NEW WAY' INNOVATION CONTESTS
Caltrans, ABC and DGS are holding "$25K Find a New Way" Innovation Contests to improve government operations, as a result of Assemblyman Mike Gatto's Assembly Bill 2138, which was signed into law in September 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The intent of AB 2138 is to provide an opportunity for everyday Californians to identify areas of improvement within the state government and share their untapped expertise to create solutions. Each department has up to $25,000 to award. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2015. CLICK HERE
to learn more.
Reception Supporting Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang - August 27
Join Chairman Ed Royce, United States Representative, for a reception in support of Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, Republican for State Senate from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015 at The Pacific Club. CLICK HERE
for more information.
Political events are for informational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.
Land Use Approvals Do's/Don'ts - Monday, August 31
Don't miss a presentation on Land Use Approvals Do's/Don'ts: A Practical Guide to Political Contributions, Conflicts of Interest, Gifts and Ethics at noon Monday, August 31 at the law offices of Rutan & Tucker LLP. For more information, contact Ash Pirayou
OC Forum features Orange County Community Indicators Report - Wednesday, September 2
Join Orange County Forum for a luncheon program Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Hotel Irvine for an analysis of the information revealed in the 2015 Annual Orange County Community Indicators Report. The event features expert panelists Steve PonTell, National Core; Mildred Garcia, Cal State Fullerton; Christina Altmayer, Children and Families Commission of OC; and Steve Churm, OC Register, as the moderator. CLICK HERE
for more information.
Elite OC 5th Annual Schmooze Cruise & Casino Night - Thursday, September 17
Mark your calendar for Elite OC's 5th Annual Sunset Cruise and Casino Night from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, September 17 aboard the beautiful Endless Dreams yacht. The event will support the Make A Wish Foundation of Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information.
22nd Annual Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana Be Great Gala - Saturday, September 26, 2015
Save the date for a Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana gala from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Congratulations to OCBC Treasurer Richard Porras, AT&T, who will be honored. CLICK HERE for more information.
Towel Drive for Homeless Vets - present to Wednesday, September 30
Orange County Stand Down is accepting new and gently used towels and other personal necessities to be distributed the fourth weekend in October at the Orange County Stand Down Expo to homeless veterans. Please donate by September 30, 2015. For more information, contact Coastlines Veterans Resource Center at 714.241.6126 or CLICK HERE.
Jamboree's 25th Anniversary Gala - Friday, October 9
Save the date and join Jamboree Housing for a celebration of the organization's legacy and a showcasing of what's in store for the future at 6 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim. CLICK HERE for more information.
Looking for Volunteers! U.S. Energy Solar Decathlon at the Great Park - Oct. 8-18, 2015
Currently accepting volunteers to support the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will be held Thursdays - Sundays, Oct. 8-18 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today. Volunteers work alongside Solar Decathlon organizers serving as a greeter, docent, visitor liaison, education days mentors and more. CLICK HERE to register or find out more about volunteering.
Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series - October 29-30
Become a sponsor today for the U.S. Commercial Service's Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series that takes place October 29 to 30, 2015 at Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa. Get valuable exposure among U.S. exporters of products and services at an international business forum. CLICK HERE for more information.
Imagine a Better Tomorrow - Friday, November 20
Save the date for the 17-year anniversary of Collette's Children's Home, Imagining a Better Tomorrow. Collette's Children's Home changes the live and builds a better future for over 3,300 homeless women and children. The event is at 6 p.m. Friday, November 20 at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach. CLICK HERE
to learn more.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: SEPTEMBER
Latino Educational Attainment
Thursday, September 10, 2015 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Workforce Development (Notice new date and time)
Thursday, September 10, 2015 I 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Community College Working Group
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 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 2015 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
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