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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 

WHO INVITED THIS SQUIRREL? LEGISLATIVE SEASON WAS NOT WITHOUT SOME NUTTY BILLS
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With the 2013 legislative season winding down, OCBC had a few successes supporting meaningful laws geared towards advancing business, creating jobs and promoting economic development throughout the state. Notably, SB 751 (Yee), OCBC's first sponsored bill, passed, allowing for greater public transparency from many regulatory agencies. But there was still some squirrely behavior as it's safe to say a few bills were better classified as "distractions" to the main event of creating high-paying jobs for California's recovering economy.  

 

Check out this year's CA Squirrels:

  • SB 743 (Steinberg)It's good to be the Kings! Instead of meaningful CEQA reform that could have benefited the entire state economy, the legislature lobbed a three pointer at the buzzer for a new Sacramento arena. 
  • AB 855 (Brown)A military term that is stretched to its limit in this legislation. This bill would allow employees to completely disappear for up to five days without recourse. Really?! A law that would let an employee take a five day lunch break? This bill is a "break" from reason.
  • AB 55 (Hernandez)This bill creates another "paid" holiday called Native American Day and was initially at the expense of Columbus Day.
  • AB 711 (Rendon): This bill would prohibit the use of lead bullets while hunting.
  • ACR 31 (Perez): Replaces Cinco De Mayo Day with "Cinco De Mayo Week" making one heck of a long party.
  • AB 242 (Chau): Requires internet privacy policies to be no more than 100 words, be written in clear and concise language, and be written at no greater than an 8th grade reading level. It looks like 8th grade summer jobs will be a plenty at Google.

For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.

OCBC RED TEAM EFFORTS KEEP ENGINEERING COMPANY, HUNDREDS OF JOBS IN OC

OCBC and the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz), worked to keep a large engineering company, Meggitt PLC, in Orange County and recently celebrated the grand opening of a new 190,000 square foot facility where the company plans to continue expansion. In 2012, OCBC partnered with GO-Biz on the formation of a unique Red Team effort in order to address the potential departure of Orange County based Meggitt PLC, which is a global engineering group specializing in extreme environment components and smart sub-systems for aerospace, defense and energy markets. The company's departure would have resulted in the loss of 285 high-skilled jobs. As part of the Red Team effort, OCBC hosted a series of meetings with representatives from Meggitt PLC, as well as representatives from OCTA, Orange County Workforce Investment Board, California Employment Training Panel and Southern California Edison. Meggitt PLC is expanding its sensor and electronics manufacturing in California at a beautiful, modern facility just off the Interstate 5 freeway in Irvine. The former facilities in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and a facility in Londonderry, N.H., are now consolidated into the new Irvine facility. In addition, a product line currently manufactured in Switzerland will also now be produced in Irvine. Meggitt expects to grow its Irvine workforce to nearly 500 employees over the next five years with an investment of $24 million. CLICK HERE for photos of the Grand Opening. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

OCTA INCHES TOWARD TOLLING ON I-405

OC FREEWAY The traffic congestion in Orange County continues to get worse for drivers on Interstate 405, as both the general purpose and High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes have exceeded available capacity. Yesterday, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) inched closer to a solution for easing congestion on the nation's busiest corridor by deciding to reexamine the use of express lanes in conjunction with the construction of an additional single general purpose lane already approved last year as part of Measure M2. If ultimately adopted, this option, known as "Alternative 3," would not only add the approved general purpose lane but would also add an express lane to the existing HOV lane, creating a dual Express Facility in where the tolled Express Facility would operate so that vehicles with less than three passengers would be tolled and those carrying three or more would either be free or receive a discount, similar to SR-91. OCBC applauds the majority of the OCTA Board who understand that "Alternative 3" and per-mile tolling is the best solution to efficiently increase traffic through the busy I-405 corridor and bridge the revenue gap. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 

WELCOME FIRST AMERICAN TITLE'S DON KENNEDY TO OCBC'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
null OCBC is pleased to welcome Don Kennedy, the newly appointed Vice President, Orange County Manager, of First American Title Company to the Board of Directors. He was nominated to the board to serve the term of Larry Buster since his relocation to San Diego. Prior to Kennedy assuming his current role at First American Title, he was Corporate Counsel -- providing legal support to the database and home warranty division of First American Title. Before joining First American Title, Kennedy was an associate with the law firm SNR Denton LLP. He holds a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law and a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University. He is married and is the proud father of a two year-old daughter. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations. 
CA STUDENTS NOW HELD TO COMMON CORE STANDARDS
group-school-project.jpg California officially began implementation of the new federal education mandate, along with 45 other states across the nation. The new set of standards focuses on critical thinking and problem solving that are designed to ensure students from kindergarten through 12th grade acquire the same skills and knowledge in reading and math, regardless of where they live in the United States. Forty-five states are expected to fully adhere to the program no later than the 2014-2015 school year. The recently passed state budget set aside $125 billion for the operation, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, academic standards varied broadly among the states and that makeshift environment is thought to have influenced American Students' mediocre rankings of being 31st in math and 23rd among the rest of the developed world. The Common Core Standards do not dictate curriculum, but rather allow individual states the decision power of what to teach, meaning that instructional materials will be still be under the local control of school boards with community input.

 

Testing remains an unresolved issue. Should California teachers test students under the old standard while they are learning the new federal common core standards? Or should there be a year of no testing until the new standards are fully implemented?

 

The critical thinking aspects to the new program are essential to cultivating a properly skilled and trained workforce entering the business community in Southern California. The creators of Common Core Standards are calling on education and business leaders to spread the message both state and nationwide. OCBC will be addressing the Common Core Standards and the impact it will have at the 12th Annual Workforce Development Conference on Thursday, October 3, together with the release of the annual Workforce Indicators Report. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development.  

HOW FAR DOES YOUR GAS TAX TAKE YOU? NOT FAR ENOUGH!
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In light of a July 2013 increase in California's gas tax to $0.70 per gallon, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) conducted an analysis to discover if Californians are paying their fair share of gas taxes to cover the cost of design, construction and maintenance of roads -- it appears we are not. OCTA's 2013 analysis reveals that current state and highway gas tax revenues cover just one third of what is needed to build, operate and maintain the state highway system. According to a 2010 California Needs Study, the annual statewide capital, operation and maintenance costs is $0.092 per mile traveled, which equates to $2.30 for a 25-mile trip.  

 

However, that figure is only $1.19 per mile traveled for drivers in Orange County as a result of significant investments in its highway system for the past 20 years thanks to a local sales tax measure, while statewide investments have been sporadic and unpredictable. While that figure is less than the average for the rest of the state, the gas tax still falls short of paying what is actually needed to cover costs. Subsidizing highway spending from general revenues creates pressure to increase income or sales taxes, which can be unfair to non-users of the roads -- undermining economic growth for the state as a whole. CLICK HERE to view an infographic that breaks down how the combined maintenance and improvement cost for a 25-mile highway trip for Orange County drivers. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs.

DUNN & DONE: GOVERNOR, SAY "NO" TO INCLUSIONARY ZONING AND EXCLUSIONARY HOUSING

 

Originally published in the OC Register

 

There is an undeniable, longtime imbalance in California between jobs and housing. In Orange County alone, 50,000 new housing units are needed to meet jobs demand, with housing shortages expected to continue for the foreseeable future. And so-called "affordable" housing for the most vulnerable populations - the poor, mentally challenged, aging, chronically ill - becomes ever-harder to achieve when housing production is constrained by growing government regulations at every level.

 

Solving these long-term issues requires thoughtful planning, not "one-off" solutions mandating the construction of certain types of housing - a practice called "inclusionary zoning"- as proposed by Assembly Bill1229 (by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego) now before the governor for his signature. While well-intended, this bill will actually exacerbate the problem of an adequate supply of affordable housing.  CLICK HERE to read the full article. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 

PORT OF LONG BEACH BEGINS $4.5 BILLION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Economic Development Committee on Monday, September 16 focused on international trade as it welcomed guest speakers Don Snyder, Director of Trade Development at Port of Long Beach and James Mayfield, Commercial Officer and Acting Director at U.S. Export Assistance. Mayfield educated the committee on the small branch of the U.S. government specifically designed to enhance competitiveness of American goods and services oversees -- providing trade counseling, marketing intelligence, business relationship matchmaking and community diplomacy. For companies looking to get into the global market, the U.S. Export Assistance department can be a valuable asset in assisting companies effectively connect with key contacts and navigate seemingly obscure markets, such as China and Brazil. CLICK HERE to view the PowerPoint presentation.

 

Snyder's discussion was poignantly well-timed as President Obama recently called for an increase in infrastructure investment in order to modernize our ports, roads, railroads to create jobs. Snyder discussed how the Port of Long Beach and the Los Angeles port combine equate to being the ninth busiest port complex in the world and the second busiest in the United States -- making it the premier gateway for U.S. -- Asia trade. The Port of Long Beach recently begun a $4.5 billion upgrade of its facilities to stay competitive in the global trading market. CLICK HERE to view the PowerPoint presentation. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.
OC CONTINUES TO LEAD REGION IN LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
Orange County's economic strength is reflected in its low unemployment rate, which consistently runs lower than that of the statewide average. Orange County's saw another drop in unemployment rate for August at 6.2 percent, which is below the state average of 8.8 percent. Orange County's low unemployment figures are just as impressive when compared against the five other Southern California counties:
  • San Diego County at 7.4 percent
  • Ventura County at 7.8 percent
  • San Bernardino County at 10 percent
  • Los Angeles County at 10.2 percent
  • Riverside County at 10.8 percent

Orange County saw significant gains in a variety of industries between July and August 2013, including the addition of 3,400 business and professional services jobs and 2,700 construction jobs. To view more data about Orange County's employment numbers, visit  www.locationoc.com. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

BOEING PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO 3,000 EMPLOYEES DURING SHUT DOWN OF C-17 PRODUCTION

Boeing The Boeing Company announced that it will complete production of the C-17 Globemaster III and close the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif. in 2015. Nearly 3,000 employees support the C-17 production program in Long Beach; Macon, Ga.; Mesa, Ariz. and St Louis, Minn. Workforce reductions will begin in early 2014 and continue through closure. Boeing will provide employee assistance including job search resources, financial counseling, retirement seminars and help locating potential jobs within and outside the company. Boeing recognizes how closing the C-17 line will affect the lives of the employees who work on the C-17 production and have said they will do everything possible to assist employees, their families and the community. While the desire for the C-17's capabilities is high, customers' budgets cannot support additional purchases in the timing required to keep the production line open even though the C-17 remains the world's most capable airlifter with unmatched readiness and cost effectiveness. The company will continue to build the remaining 22 aircraft planned at approximately 10 C-17s per year. Boeing will continue after-delivery support of the worldwide C-17 fleet as part of the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program Performance-Based Logistics agreement. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

ARE YOU TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FOREIGN TRADE ZONE BENEFITS? FIND OUT HOW - OCT. 2

port Is your company taking advantage of the benefits associated with a Foreign Trade Zone designation? Orange County companies involved in the import/export industry stand to gain significant economic benefits by applying for and receiving a Foreign Trade Zone designation, including the deferral or elimination of customs duties and excise taxes. To learn more about how your company can benefit from a Foreign Trade Zone designation, join the Orange County Business Council and Port of Long Beach for a special Foreign Trade Zone Workshop on Wednesday, October 2. CLICK HERE to register. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.  

MODERNIZING EDUCATION TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR A 21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE - OCT 3
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! 
Register today for the 2013 Workforce Development Conference, hosted by OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board. Under the theme "Preparing a 21st Century Workforce: The Common Core and Education Modernization," the conference will address current workforce trends and what is needed to prepare a workforce for a competitive, 21st century global economy. Featuring panelists: Jonathon P. Williams, Government Affairs Manager, Intel Corporation; Colleen A.R. You, President, California Parent Teachers Association; Al Mijares, Ph.D., Superintendent, Orange County Department of Education; and Joe Nunez, Executive Director, California Teachers Association. The conference will also unveil the 2013 Workforce Indicators Report with Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor, OCBC, and Andrew Munoz, Executive Director, OC WIB, analyzing the county's economic and workforce trends.
 

WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2013 I 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Island Hotel  I  690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

COST: OCBC Member: $95  I  Non-Member: $125

                  

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events. 

PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE UPCOMING FISCAL YEAR - OCT. 24

ALMOST SOLD OUT! Register today 

Join OCBC and the  Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton for the 19th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, "Escape Velocity: Is the Economy There? Why Business Cares." The conference features 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, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, 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.

WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2013  I  11:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine
COST: Individual: $150  I  Table of Ten: $1,250

             

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.   

JOIN OCBC AT LAST CLB FEATURING OC REGISTER'S AARON KUSHNER - NOV. 5

CLB logo OCBC's last Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of the year on November 5, 2013 features Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications, 2100 Trust LLC and Publisher of the Orange County Register. Kushner is responsible for the ongoing development and execution of Freedom's business model, which focuses on serving subscribers and the community in new ways and improving the quality of news content across all print and digital platforms. In 2010, Kushner founded the holding company 2100 Trust LLC specifically for the purpose of buying and growing major newspapers and the company completed its acquisition of Freedom in July 2012. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of Orange County's top executives, hosted by CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman, Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Thanks to CLB sponsors Wells Fargo and  AT&T.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
WHERE: The Center Club  I  650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
COST: OCBC Members: $60  I  Non-Members: $125

         

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Director of Events.   

WANT TO SPEED UP ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING PROCESS?

null The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) recently launched a revamped version of its business permitting website, CalGOLD.com. Operated by GO-Biz, CalGOLD provides businesses with information needed to comply with environmental and other regulatory and permitting requirements. CalGOLD also offers direct internet links and contact information to state, local, regional, and federal permitting authorities for more information. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

CALENDAR 2ND ANNUAL CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC SUMMIT - NOV. 7 IN LA

California Forward and the California Stewardship Network will once again host a statewide summit to grow jobs and spur California's economy with action teams and initiatives in Workforce Development, Manufacturing, Working Landscapes, Regulatory Reform (including CEQA Reform), Housing and Working Capital. YOU need to take part and help make the summit a success. OCBC's Lucy Dunn and former California HCD Director Cathy Creswell are co-chairing the Summit's Housing Initiative and are looking for committee members to help them develop a state action plan to meeting the need. For more info, visit www.caeconomy.org. Sign up now, pick your favorite initiative and join the pre-conference phone calls to refine the action team charters for success. CLICK HERE to register. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.  

ORANGE IS THE NEW GREEN: EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS NOW CARBON NEUTRAL  

null Earth Friendly Products, makers of ECOS, the World's top-selling green laundry detergent and 150 other cleaning products using only plant-based, all-natural ingredients, announces that after three years of actively greening their facilities and manufacturing processes, the operations of their company are now Carbon Neutral. This is an important milestone for Earth Friendly Products that can serve as a model for other companies to follow. Earth Friendly Products achieved carbon neutrality as a result of major initiatives, including the switch to 100 percent renewable electricity starting in 2010. The company now saves 53,843,434 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. Reaching the goal of Carbon Neutrality is part of a much larger commitment to sustainability by Earth Friendly Products. The company reached this goal through various strategies including carefully measuring their carbon footprint, reducing emissions and offsetting any remaining and unavoidable carbon emissions. Earth Friendly Products has been proactive in managing and reducing their carbon footprint and the company has made the additional commitment to offset their entire footprint to become "carbon neutral". For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

Weaver Elementary using Habitat for Humanity building as a learning tool

UC Irvine to open Orange County's first academic eye institute
Disney surprises Esperanza High's band with $30,000
Fall Arts 2013: Russian ballet stars return
CalPERS Backs Next Phase of Rancho Mission Viejo

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: EVERYDAY TOOLS      

iClean: Deleted contents in your phone are technically not erased and can still be recovered by other external programs. This app overrides those hidden deleted items and ensures that everything unnecessary is gone.

Find my iphone: If you misplace your iPhone, this app allows you to use another iOS device to find it and protect your data.  

Battery Boost Magic: Provides the fullest set of battery performance states available that will let you optimize your battery.   

Onavo Data Manager: This app breaks down your data usage in detail without draining your battery. Use this app to monitor your data and find out which apps consume your data plan.   

ihandy Level: Use this app to help with picture alignment and angle measurement. This app measures angles, verticality, and inclinations.  

 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

POLITICAL CORNER     

Frank Ury for Supervisor Kick-Off Reception - Wednesday, September 25

Join friends and supporters for the Frank Ury for Supervisor Kick-Off Reception on September 25, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. located at 25473 Nellie Gail Road, Laguna Hills, CA. To RSVP contact Julie at 951.325.8040.

 

Californians for a House Majority Benefit, featuring Speaker John Boehner - Wednesday, October 6 

Join Californians for a House Majority on Wednesday, October 6 for a benefit with honored guests Speaker John Boehner, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Chairman Ed Royce and NRCC Chairman Greg Walden. A VIP cocktail reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lyon Air Museum, followed by Dinner at the Pacific Club at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP or for more information contact Stacy Davis at stacy@stacy-davis.com or 949.474.6930, or Wendy Hales at wcantor@arnel.com or 714.481.5102. CLICK HERE for more information.
 

Flashback with Assemblymember Tom Daly - Tuesday, October 15

Join Assemblymember Tom Daly to at the 1960s at the spectacular new Blue Sky Suite at the Disneyland Hotel. There will be a cocktail reception and hors d' oeuvres from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Space is limited, please RSVP to Denise@peraltaconsulting.net or by phone at (714) 673-005. CLICK HERE to view more details.

 

Fifth Annual Taste of Asia to Support Supervisor Janet Nguyen - Wednesday, November 6

Join special guest Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens at the Fifth Annual Taste of Asia, featuring oriental cuisines at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at the Blue Restaurant in Westminster to support Supervisor Janet Nguyen for State Senate, 34th District. To RSVP, e-mail Julie@paulteconsulting.com or call (951) 704-2427.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

14th Annual Orange County Arts Awards - Tuesday, September, 24

Join Orange County's art community at the 2013 Orange County Arts Awards on Tuesday, September, 24, 2013, held at the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Dinner and Reception at 5:00 p.m. and Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The awards will honor local artists for outstanding achievement and benefits Arts Orange County, the principal nonprofit organization providing services to artists and arts organizations in this community. CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE for the registration form. 


Collette's Children's Home for the End of Summer Soiree - Wednesday, September 25 
Join Collette's Children's Home at the Ritz at the Ritz Restaurant & Garden, 880 Newport Center Drive across from the Marriott, for a fundraising event. Each guest is encouraged to bring an additional guest or two! To RSVP,  

BOMA Annual Southern California Legislative Summit - Thursday, September 26

Join the Building Owners and Managers Association for a summit focusing on the legislative season's developments and what Orange County is facing next year on Thursday, September 26 at the Hyatt Jamboree Center. The summit hosts a diverse group of legislators who represent Orange County, moderated by Rex Hime, President and CEO of California Business Properties Association. Check-in and networking will be from 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. CLICK HERE for registration information. For more information, visit www.BOMAOC.org

 

Internet Marketing Conference & Awards - September 25-27

OCBC members are invited to attend the IMPACT13 3-day internet marketing conference on September 25-27 at the Aria Convention Center in Las Vegas. Learn the best practices and techniques to build market share and business growth from the industry's leading experts, explores the latest tools and trends, and network with local and global leaders and professionals. Join us at IMPACT13 and discover ways to increase value to your organization and the Internet community. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

ArtsOC's 4th Annual FreeFall of the Arts - September 28 - November 3

Join the Arts Orange County in celebration of Nation Arts & Humanities this October, where twenty-four OC arts organizations will be giving Orange County residents the chance to experience the arts for free through the 4th annual "FreeFall" for the Arts" program. The public will be given until September 12 to enter to win free pairs of tickets to up to three different arts and cultural events across Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

OC Great Park to Host 2013 Solar Decathlon - October 3-13
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO will take place October 3, 2013 to October 13, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park. This will be the first time the decathlon is held outside of the National Mall in Washington D.C. Teams representing the world's leading colleges and universities will compete in the 2013 decathlon to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The homes will be on display in the Solar Village, forming the center-piece of the XPO, a world's fair of clean, renewable and efficient energy. CLICK HERE
for more information. For those interested in serving as exhibitors, click here.

 

Information Breakfast on the Corporate Volunteer Council of Orange County - Tuesday, October 8

OneOC's Days of Service connects companies and causes so everyone can win and is hosting a membership breakfast from October 8 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Edwards Lifesciences in Irvine. Please visit www.oneoc.org/cvcoc for more information or contact Barbara Powers at bpowers@oneoc.org. 

 

Fifth Annual Residential Landscape Gardening Open House and Vendor Fair - Saturday, October 5 

Join University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources to celebrate the fifth annual Residential Landscape Gardening Open House and Vendor Fair. The Open House and Vendor Fair is free admission and will take place Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9AM-2PM at UC ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center located on 7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA. This event will include exploration of UCCE Demonstration Landscapes, fresh fruit tasting, presentations by UC experts about selecting plants for the local climate, and Q&A with UC experts and other professional agencies. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Girls Scouts of Orange County 2013 Celebrate Leadership - Friday, November 1 

Girl Scouts of Orange County invites you to support the 2013 Celebrate Leadership Event Friday, November 1, 2013 at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. A prominent attraction of this event is the honoring of six exceptional women leaders, all Girl Scout alumnae, who are paired with a representative of today's Girl Scouts. Congratulations to 2013 Celebrate Leadership Honorees Ashleigh Aitken, Shannon Eusey, Donna Giordano, Joan Patronite Kelly, Ingrid Otero-Smart, and Laila Pence. For more information about sponsorship, underwriting or tribute opportunities to recognize Celebrate Leadership 2013 Honorees contact Charlotte Finklea at 949-461-8836 or cfinklea@GirlScoutsOC.org.

 

Colette's Children's Home 15 Year Anniversary - November 22

Join Colette's Children's Home to for the 15 year anniversary celebrating providing housing and supportive services to over 3,000 homeless women and children. The event will be held November 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Irvine. Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, will be one of the Honorees. The goal for the evening is to raise $1,000,000 and you can help. There is a matching source for every dollar raised that can leverage an additional $3 in support. Please attend the event, or become a sponsor to be the one that gives hope and brings change to the life of a homeless mother and child. CLICK HERE for registration information, or visit www.healinghomelessness.org

 

Irvine Chamber Joins IEDC in Hosting 2014 Leadership Summit- February 2 - 4, 2014

Join the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and International Economic Development Council for the 2014 Leadership Summit, February 2 - 4, 2014. The 2014 Leadership Summit will focus on the economic development industry's transition into the global economy. The conference will identify the skills that leaders in the profession must have to excel within international business models. CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: OCTOBER
Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Friday, September 27, 2013  I  9:30-11:00am

Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 8, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 10, 2013  I  9:00-10:30am

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2013  I  11:00am-12:00pm

Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 16, 2013  I  7:30-9:00am

Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Friday, October 25, 2013  I  9:30-11:0am

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 2013 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:   

 

NEW! 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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