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Tuesday, August 30, 2011   

PIMCO FINANCIAL FORECAST: 30-35% CHANCE OF RE-ENTERING RECESSION

At the most recent Advocacy and Government Affairs MoneyCommittee Meeting, led by Chairman Michael Hornak of Rutan & Tucker, PIMCO (Pacific Investment Management Company) representatives Erika Lowe and Dr. James Moore provided a comprehensive look at the global financial markets. PIMCO manages $1.3 trillion in assets globally and has their finger on the pulse of global markets and trends. Dr. Moore estimates there is a 30-35% probability that the country will re-enter the recession, and stated what is critically needed is for government to stop the partisan bickering and start working together on practical solutions to the country's economic problems. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

OC'S REDISTRICTING MAPS SPUR REFERENDUM EXPLORATION

The maps produced by California's Citizens Redistricting Commission might not be as final as originally thought. The group Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR) has launched an effort to hold a referendum on the Senate boundaries. Stakeholders have expressed concern that an individual tasked with drawing the lines had a history of political contributions to Democrats, tainting the process and resulting in biased Senate boundaries. A referendum on the Senate lines may be in store for California, and ultimately the district lines may be decided by the courts. Currently, the Assembly and Senate lines give Democrats a two-thirds majority, enough to raise taxes without voter approval or Republican support. FAIR has obtained a title and summary from the Attorney General, though this has been challenged by the Commission. Once the title and summary are final, FAIR will begin the process of gathering signatures from voters. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

COMPARE THEIR PLANS FOR JOBS: GAVIN NEWSOM AND MEG WHITMAN COMING TO OC!

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will share his statewide economic growth plan at the Wednesday, October 5, 2011 OC Forum luncheon, outlining specific strategies for sustainable job creation and economic development that rely upon public-private partnerships at every level of government. Click here for registration information.

 

The following day, Thursday, October 6, BizFed OC - the premier alliance of Orange County business organizations - will host its inaugural luncheon featuring Meg Whitman, former eBay President and CEO and 2010 California gubernatorial candidate. Join OCBC at the Center Club in Costa Mesa from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. where large and small businesses, nonprofits, and industry organizations will gather to hear from the woman who grew eBay into an $8 billion company in just a decade. Click here to register. 

 

Do not miss what are sure to be intriguing back-to-back economic perspectives from two of California's most prominent voices. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

FRESNO MAYOR VISITS OCBC: JOBS, HIGH SPEED RAIL, AGRICULTURE, WATER, MOBILITY

Orange County Business Council was pleased to host a roundtable discussion with Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of the City of Fresno, who was recently names to Capitol Weekly's "10 Good Mayors" List. Swearengin spoke about the challenges she faces in Fresno and the economic growth strategy she has implemented that is turning the city around. Mayor Swearengin's business background allows her to tackle the city's financial problems with a thoughtful and balanced approach. By preserving only essential city services, and handing the management of nonessential services like community centers to nonprofit and private entities, Mayor Swearengin is moving closer to achieving a balanced budget - something the city has not had in more than twenty years. Swearengin's streamlining of services and government reform during the down economy will ensure when the recovery takes place, the city will be in a position to grow. An interesting fact learned at the meeting: The City of Fresno produces one third of the world's food supply through its massive agriculture industry. Click here to see pictures from the meeting. Click here to see Mayor Swearengin speak about what high speed rail would mean for Fresno. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice president of Government Affairs. 

OCBC CHAIRMAN EDDIE NORTHEN ON OCTA'S SHORT LIST!

OCBC is pleased to share that 2011 Chairman Eddie Eddie NorthenNorthen, Vice President of Finance for the West Region of UPS, has been selected by Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) as one of three candidates to fill the open public member seat of the Board of Directors. As the public seat has no term limits, a dynamic and experienced individual who can provide stability to the Board over the next few years will be key to OCTA's continued success. Other candidates are real estate developer Mike Hennessey, and transit advocate Roy Shahbazian of Santa Ana College. OCTA's agenda is critical to Orange County's economy and OCBC is pleased to see an experienced and thoughtful business leader like Eddie Northen in the running for this important position. The next steps for OCTA will include interviews of the top three candidates, followed by an announcement of the new Board member at a September Board meeting. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER: OCTA'S JOBS NOW SUMMIT HAPPENING TOMORROW!

Tomorrow Orange County Transportation Authority will host the Jobs Now Summit, where leaders from around the county will gather to discuss tangible solutions to the county's joblessness, and the role of infrastructure projects in moving the economy from recession to recovery. Don't miss this important summit, featuring OCBC Vice President of Economic Development and Research Dr. Wallace Walrod and CEO and President Lucy Dunn, Dr. Anil Puri of Cal State Fullerton, Jim Adams from the Building and Construction Trades Council, and many more! Register today at www.octa.net/jobsnow. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

CONGRESSMAN ISSA BRIEFS OCBC ON JOB CREATION AND MONEY SAVING PROGRAMS  

On Tuesday, August 16 OCBC's Advocacy and Government Affairs Co-Chairs Michael Hornak and Carrie Nocella welcomed Congressman Darrell Issa, representing California's 49th district. Congressman Issa spoke with guests about his American Job Creators program, which asks job creation experts for their feedback BEFORE implementing government regulations, to ensure government no longer gets in the way of business growth. Issa is focused on jump-starting new job creation in California, stating, "Government shouldn't be additional rocks in your knapsack." In speaking about streamlining government services and eliminating waste, Issa shared the progress he has made with the US Postal Service and the reforms that can be expected. Inevitably, Issa said, we are going to 5-day delivery, which will save the government $2 billion. Surprisingly, another area where significant cost savings can be found is in the location of mail boxes. The act of converting existing home mail boxes and door shoots to cluster boxes would save around $8 billion. Click here to see pictures from the meeting. Click here to see Issa share his projections for the 2012 elections. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
AQMD COMMITTEE VOTES TO "ELECTRIFY" THE BASIN

South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) held their fourth and final stakeholder meeting about the agency's Air Quality-Related Energy Policy at OCBC last week. Approximately 50 community and business leaders attended the meeting to express their concerns with the policy. AQMD responded to the comments shared by stakeholders, and requests for clarifying changes. The business community is leery of the policy's apparent promotion of electricity over all other energy sources, including natural gas, and new technology, and is concerned that the policy will result in impractical costly regulations on business. OCBC commends AQMD for accepting stakeholder input on this important document and for its internal economic impact report (albeit without current economic data); an independent economic analysis is still needed to assess impacts on ratepayers. At the following Stationary Source Committee meeting the committee voted unanimously to pass the policy, sending it to the AQMD Board for discussion. The next AQMD Board meeting will take place Friday, September 9, 2011, and OCBC will continue to share with AQMD the business community's perspective on the policy. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.  

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! TELL US WHO IS CUTTING THROUGH RED TAPE IN YOUR CITY 

Orange County Business Council is accepting nominations for its inaugural competition, "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet," where we will recognize six outstanding public agencies who are proactively cutting through the red tape and opening the door for business across Orange County. Nominations are due September 15, 2011 and with only two weeks left the deadline is fast approaching. Competition is fierce - submit your nominations before time runs out! Nominations can be completed online or mailed to OCBC, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614. Honorees will be recognized at a formal reception on November 17, 2011. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

CREATING JOBS CERTAINTY IN AN UNCERTAIN ECONOMY

California Chamber of Commerce recently released an updated version of its  Renew California Economic Recovery caflagand Job Creation Plan, reiterating OCBC's call to legislators to refocus efforts on job creation in the final weeks of this year's session. The priorities outlined the plan include:

  • Do no more harm to the California economy by refusing to allow any more job killing legislation to become law;
  • Get rid of laws unique to California that place the state at a competitive disadvantage to other states;
  • Eliminate California-only employment laws leading to litigation exposure;
  • Create certainty for businesses by ensuring a fair and stable tax system; and
  • Secure a long-term commitment from elected officials that California will not increase the cost of doing business here. CLICK HERE to read more.

For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

UNIONS, BUSINESS AND ACADEMIA GATHER TO DISCUSS STATE'S EDUCATION SYSTEM

Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association, will join OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn at the 2011 Workforce Development Conference on October 13. 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 Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

TRANSPORTATION NEXT: NEW ERA. NEW VISION. NEW REALITIES. 

Mobility 21 is hosting the 10th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the JW Marriott and L.A. Live, where 1,000 transportation, business, and political leaders are expected. 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. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn will be honored at the summit with the Private Sector Award for her contributions to transportation. For more information, visit www.mobility21.com.  

THINK CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNMENT IS BROKEN? HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP

Like Orange County Business Council, California Forward understands the importance of citizen involvement within every level of government. They are working to recapture California's promise by collaborating with community leaders and individuals all over the state to put California back on the path towards success.  

 

Your input and energy is needed. Watch the Path Forward video and share your vision for California . Also, sign up for California Forward's mailing list and like them on Facebook to stay on top of California governance reform issues. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Todd Priest.

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 BUSINESS TRIP TO CHINA? 

We want to hear from you! OCBC is preparing for a China/Hong Kong Business Immersion Trip in 2012. To help us assess business interest, please 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.
NEWS YOU CAN USE: MASTER THE JOB SEARCH

This week's apps can help you find the job you've always wanted:

 

CareerBuilder.com - The CareerBuilder.com iPhone application offers a unique and powerful way to search nearly 2 million jobs on CareerBuilder.com, the US's largest job site.  

JobCompass - JobCompass is the only application that searches millions of jobs, locating and plotting them on a map showing you exactly where the jobs are in relation to your current position.

Hidden Jobs - Hidden Jobs is a database of announcements about companies who are hiring, growing, expanding.  

BeamME - BeamMe is a free and universal business card exchange application on the iPhone.

LinkedIn - Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn for iPhone.

DOING BUSINESS WITH THE COUNTY OF ORANGE 

Each year, the County of Orange purchases County of Orange Logomillions of dollars in supplies and services to support on-going County operations. The County of Orange utilizes an online bidding system called BidSync to solicit offers for products and services. Your first step in doing business with the County is to register as a supplier by visiting the Procurement Office's website. During registration, vendors select from a list of commodities based on the goods and services they provide. After registering, vendors will begin to receive e-mail notifications about County bid opportunities for goods and services. There is no cost to register. For more information, contact the County Procurement Office at (714) 567-7314.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: TIME WARNER CABLE

Customer service and service to their communities go hand-in-hand at Time Warner Cable and their commitment to decreasing their impact on the environment has been significant. In an effort to preserve the atmosphere and reduce emission of fossil fuels, Time Warner Cable has focused on fleet management, staying on top of vehicle maintenance, driver management, speed management, and distance management. In addition to fleet management paperless operations have been executed through their eCommerce site and steps have been taken to reduce power usage and promote recycling.

 

Time Warner Cable is also using the U.S Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) sustainability rating system as standard protocol for all facility construction projects. Their newest endeavor is seeking LEED Certification at the Silver Level or better for five separate projects across the country. The effort Time Warner Cable has taken to reduce their impact on the environment and our communities is admirable and positively impacting Orange County and beyond. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: SEPTEMBER
Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 8, 2011 I 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Economic Development Committee Meeting
Monday, September 12, 2011 I 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 I 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 I 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 I 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 I 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Health Care Task Force Committee Meeting

Monday, September 26, 2011 I 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Community College Working Group Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 29, 2011 I 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

 

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

Congresswoman Sanchez Hosts Open House for Community Leaders - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Join Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, her staff, and community partners for an Open House at the district office in Garden Grove, to share you questions and concerns and network with other industry professionals.To RSVP call 714.621.0102. 

 

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.

 

California High Speed Rail Authority's Industry Forum - Thursday, September 8, 2011

In collaboration with the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County and CSU Fresno, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is hosting an industry forum on September 8, 2011, at the SaveMart Center on the California State University Fresno campus. This forum will give the private sector an opportunity to hear more about the project and the bidding process. Click here for more information. 

 

Mario Armstrong's DREAM, CREATE, GO! STEM Roadshow - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 

Presented by Toshiba/NSTA ExlopraVision, join tech expert Mario Armstrong and other educators to learn how to motivate your students in science and technology. The event will feature a FREE interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) event and discussion to energize educators and help them learn to empower and inspire kids. Hear from Mario about some of today's most inspirational STEM role models. Win cool prizes, including a Toshiba Thrive Tablet and Toshiba LED light bulbs. Click here 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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If you have questions on how to get connected with the Business Council online, please contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications, at 949.794.7221 or kreedy@ocbc.org.
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