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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


After tough analysis and debate, the Board of Directors of OCBC has made its endorsements for the November 6, 2012 General Election and urges your vote on the following propositions and Orange County candidates.




Proposition 30 - Temporary Taxes to Fund Education - OPPOSE

California already has the highest sales tax in the nation, not including local sales taxes, and almost the highest corporate and personal income tax rates. OCBC recognizes that Prop 30 is Governor Brown's signature initiative, and while education and workforce development are top initiatives for OCBC, this measure increases taxes without the reforms in education needed to assure efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars, or assurances that any funding will go to the classroom for students.
Proposition 31 - Government Accountability Act - SUPPORT

This measure creates a two-year state budget cycle and mandates that all bills be published at least three days prior to a legislative vote, helping to improve accountability and transparency of state government while encouraging flexibility to local governments.
Proposition 32 - Political Contribution Restrictions - NEUTRAL*

This measure prohibits the government from deducting union dues from government employee paychecks that will be used for political purposes, and bans contributions to candidate controlled committees by corporations and labor unions. While OCBC members agree that this is a significant issue, the culture of this organization is to build consensus and, on this issue, it could not be reached. Thus, OCBC is neutral.
Proposition 37 - Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods - OPPOSE

This measure will require labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with modified genetic materials, but is not supported by sound science, will increase food costs, incentivize frivolous litigation, and is full of nonsense exemptions for special interests. 

Proposition 38 - Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs - OPPOSE

Similar to proposition 30, this measure increases taxes without addressing education reforms that would guarantee more efficient and effective use of funding.
Proposition 39 - Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses - OPPOSE

Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of sales in California. Proposition 39 would dedicate $550 million annually for five years from its anticipated increase in revenue to funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California, subsidizing one industry sector over others.  


OCBC took NO POSITION on Propositions 33, 34, 35, 36 or 40. 


Newly endorsed local candidates:

OCBC does not take positions on races in every Orange County city, but has chosen to endorse key pro-business candidates:


City of Orange: Ray Grangoff, Mark Murphy, Teresa "Tita" Smith for Mayor
City of Santa Ana: Eric Alderete, Mayor Miguel Pulido
City of Westminster: Tyler Diep
City of Fullerton: Jennifer Fitzgerald, Bruce Whitaker
City of Yorba Linda: Gene Hernandez
South Orange County Community College District: Tim Jemal

CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.


The following op-ed was written by OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, and was first published in last Sunday's OC Register.   


For decades, OCTA has been a national leader in innovative traffic solutions. Its board of directors-consisting of members of city councils and the OC board of supervisors-have well-planned for, financed and developed systems that are the envy of other regions. For example, LA is just now getting around to widening the I-5 freeway-a decade after OC's improvements-in order to stop hearing "why can't our roads look like Orange County's" from their residents and visitors as traffic stops at the LA/OC boundary. Orange County has 54 miles of innovative toll roads, the most of any county in California. OC has unique "express lanes" where a motorist can choose to pay a fee (or not) depending on traffic and his need to make his daughter's soccer game on time. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 


A newly released report may bring local control of the Ontario International Airport one step closer. The recently formed Ontario International Airport Authority, where Lucy Dunn serves as Orange County's representative, is seeking to gain control of the Ontario airport from Los Angeles World Airports. According to the report, transfer of ownership could significantly help increase traffic through the under-performing airport, fostering a regional approach to air traffic that will benefit and encourage economic growth across Southern California. CLICK HERE to read the full report. 


On September 27, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn will testify before the Subcommittee on Aviation of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure regarding the economic impact and future management of Ontario International Airport. The committee hearing will take place at the Ontario City Hall at 1:30 p.m.  The Ontario airport has seen dramatic decline is passenger traffic since 2007, which has had a negative effect on the entire Southern California regional economy. With severe congestion in LAX and John Wayne Airport reaching capacity, Ontario offers an alternative to the region's air transportation needs. Ontario International Airport offers parallel runways that can accommodate the largest airliners in the world, and can easily accommodate 12 million annual passengers. While the decision to transfer authority and ownership of the Ontario airport will be made locally, the Federal Aviation Administration will review the proposed plan to determine whether the new airport sponsor is legally, financially, and otherwise able to assume and carry out the operations of the airport. CLICK HERE for Lucy Dunn's full testimony. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 


Welcome to the OCBC Board of Directors Al Mijares, Superintendent, Orange County Board of Education; Nina B. Robinson, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Hoag Health Network; and Kevin Payne, Vice President, Engineering and Technical Services, Southern California Edison. Dr. Al Mijares, former Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent, was recently appointed to serve as the Orange County Board of Education Superintendent, bringing 35 years of education experience to the position. Payne has been with SCE for 25 years and is responsible for planning and engineering SCE's electric system across its 50,000 square mile service territory, which serves more than 14 million people in southern and central California. Robinson joined Hoag last year, after formerly serving as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Irvine Company Retail Properties. For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 


This morning 160 business leaders heard from a panel of legal and industry experts on the opportunities and challenges of Doing Business in China. Sponsored by Chase and UPS, the forum featured speakers Morgan McGrath, J.P. Morgan, Kok-Chi Tsim, J.P. Morgan, Mark Sobolewski, UPS, and Juan Basombrio, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, who shared lessons learned from their many years of doing business in China. According to McGrath, China's economy accounts for 40% of the world's GDP growth, and the growth seen over the past few years is expected to continue, at a faster rate than other countries.  


China's economy is so large that it fuels the world's economy. In 2012 the economy grew 7.6%, and next year economists predict it will grow at a rate of 8.3%.  Emerging markets are also growing faster in China than other countries. In terms of the ease of doing business, China ranks 91st in world rankings. Panelists spoke about the challenging and ever-changing regulatory environment, where regulations are written broadly and interpreted and implemented locally. According to Tsim, because no one person can ever fully understand all the regulations, businesses expanding to China should gather information and advice from a variety of people with expertise in law, taxes, customs, and banking. Basombrio provided the legal expertise on doing business in China, sharing the importance of protecting intellectual property and China's unique patent system. CLICK HERE for photos and video from the forum. 


Congratulations to Kristen Del Dosso of Verify, who was the winner of a brand new Kindle Fire, courtesy of UPS. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 


OCBC is pleased to announce Bill Habermehl, former Orange County Superintendent, as the interview host at the 2012 Workforce Development Conference: Education and Workforce Realities in a 21st Century Global Economy. Having served in public education for 45 years, Habermehl is well-suited to interview and discuss current education trends and obstacles with keynote speaker Michael D. Robinson, General Manager, U.S. Health and Lifesciences at Microsoft. Presented by OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, and sponsored by Union Bank, the conference will also unveil the 2012/2013 Workforce Indicators Report, with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and labor force trends. 


When: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 I 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine 

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


Thank you to the conference sponsors Union Bank, AT&T, First Carbon Solutions, Chevron, Southern California Edison, OCSTEM, Southern California Gas Company, Wells Fargo Foundation, and The Boeing Company. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.


On Tuesday, September 18 hundreds of business, civic and community leaders gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Anaheim's multi-modal transportation center, ARTIC. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn provided the business perspective at the event, remarking on ARTIC's contributions to Orange County's transportation infrastructure and the positive economic impact it will have on the county. A partnership between the City of Anaheim and OCTA, ARTIC will allow residents and tourists to move seamlessly between transit services to reach Southern California activity centers and business districts. Construction of the project is expected the create 5,000 jobs and will provide on going economic benefits for years to come. CLICK HERE for photos and video from the groundbreaking. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 


Join OCBC at the 2nd Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards Reception, sponsored by Chase, honoring OC's local governments for eliminating barriers to private sector jobs creation and growth. Whether by reducing regulations, eliminating fees, or streamlining processes, these agencies and cities are doing their part to grow OC's economy. Awards will be presented to the winners in each category, and ALL nominees will be recognized for their outstanding programs and policies. 


WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2012

TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

TICKETS: $60 (OCBC Member)  I  $85 (Non-Member)

Award nominees receive complimentary admission. 


Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 


On September 18 Time Warner Cable celebrated the launch of their new $1.2 million Technical Support Center in Garden Grove with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The completely renovated 23,314-square foot office will house approximately 200 employees, an addition of more than 100 positions. The reopening event was emceed by Bill Macdonald, the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Garden Grove Mayor Bill Dalton joined TWC Regional Vice President Debi Picciolo in cutting the ribbon. Picciolo presented Pat Halberstadt, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove, with a $5,000 donation during the celebration.


"Time Warner Cable is proud to invest in our Garden Grove Facility. We have been located here for 28 years, and we are excited to announce this new Support Center," said TWC's Debi Picciolo. "We've added more than 100 jobs to this community to provide advanced technical support to our field team, and ultimately a better experience for our customers." For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President of Investor Relations.


The Great Park is challenging Orange County's businesses and community organizations to show off their creative and philanthropic spirit in a unique fundraising and fun-raising contest called Scarecrows in the Park!  Each participating organization in the third annual competition builds a creative, themed scarecrow that will be displayed at the Great Park's Farm + Food Lab during the annual Pumpkin Harvest event on Saturday, October 20 and remain on display through the end of October. The $500 tax-deductible entry fee paid by participants will help to underwrite more than 750 meals for hungry families and support the ongoing monthly children's workshop series held at the Great Park Farm + Food Lab. Registration forms and entry fees are due by October 4, 2012. CLICK HERE for more information.  


Join OCBC and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton for the 18th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, where economic experts Dr. Mira Farka and Dr. Anil Puri will share the latest opportunities for business growth; whether through expansion, hiring, or increasing revenues, the information provided will help all businesses plan for their future. Andrew Cecere, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for US Bank, will keynote the event, sharing his insights as a global financial leader.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012  I  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine
Cost: Individual: $150  I  Table of Ten: $1,250
New this year! Be a part of the conference and use #EFC2012 on Twitter to have your questions answered.

Thank you to conference sponsor US Bank. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.
In honor of ARTIC's groundbreaking last week, here are some apps to help you get from A to B:

Waze: Community-generated real-time traffic and road alerts, voice-guided navigation, a gas station finder, and automatic re-routing as road conditions change.
Taxi Magic:
find and book a taxi in your area, track its arrival, charge the trip to your credit card, or expense the trip with an e-receipt.
Plan, book, and modify your trip, check the status of trains, and search for stations.
The ultimate trip organizer. Create trip itineraries for flights, hotels, events, meals, meetings or transportation.
Find out the latest air travel rules and restrictions straight from the source.

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.   


Lennar Corporation, founded in 1954, is headquartered in Miami, Florida and is one of the nation's leading builders of quality homes for all generations. Lennar's Everything Included Homes allow new homeowners to save money, while bringing them into the future of energy sustainability. With some of the finest green technologies available on the market today already built in upon purchase, Lennar leads with top of the line service in saving both customer's money and the environment.


The latest improvements of solar panels, high efficiency ENERGY STAR rated water heaters, refrigerators, and dishwashers lead to better energy efficiency. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

Mimi Walters for Senate 2012 - Tuesday, September 25
Join Mimi Walters for a fundraiser at the home of Stacy and Dana Dowers, 2560 Rivera Drive, Laguna Beach, on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CLICK HERE for the contribution form.

2012 S.O.A.R. PAC Fundraiser - Wednesday, September 26

Join S.O.A.R PAC for the 2012 Fundraiser Wednesday, September 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton, 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim. Support Our Anaheim Resort Political Action Community is dedicated to educating the community and protecting the interests of Anaheim's Resort District. For questions and sponsorship opportunities contact CLICK HERE for more information.

Fundraiser for Senator Tony Strickland - Wednesday, September 26
Please join Senator Tony Strickland, candidate for Congress, CA-26 on Wednesday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Crevier Classic Cars, 265 Clinton Street, Costa Mesa. CLICK HERE for the contribution form.

Reception Supporting Gary DeLong - Monday, October 8
Gigi and Craig Barto cordially invite you to a reception supporting Gary DeLong for Congress, with special guest Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Monday, October 8 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the home of Gig and Craig Barto, 2440 Bayshore Drive, Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for the contribution form.

Cocktail Reception for Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens - Tuesday, October 2
Please join reception hosts Artyn and Max Gardner, Robert Palmer and Lucy Dunn at a cocktail reception supporting Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Tuesday, October 2 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the home of Artyn and Max Gardner, 28 Blue Herron, Irvine. CLICK HERE for the contribution form. 


These events are listed for informational purposes only. No OCBC endorsement is implied.


7th Annual Gift of History Luncheon - Wednesday, September 26

The Children's Education Foundation of Orange County cordially invites you to a special fundraising luncheon to celebrate the 7th Annual Gift of History program and to honor Marian Bergeson, Wednesday, September 26 at 12:30 p.m. at The Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana. RSVP to Vicki Green at 714.889.8202 or 


Orange County Forum Luncheon Program Featuring Mildred Garcia - Thursday, September 27 

Join the Orange County Forum at a luncheon featuring Mildred Garcia, President of California State University, Fullerton, Thursday, September 27, 11:30 a.m. at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for more information.   


Designing for Impact III: Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation -  

Thursday, September 27

This regional workshop, third in a series to be held across the nation, provides an opportunity for representatives from industry, academia, and government to share perspectives, pose questions, and propose ideas to design the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information.    


11th Annual Building Industry Law and Policy Conference - Wednesday, October 3

The Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation presents the 11th Annual Building Industry Law and Policy Conference: Surveying the Legal Landscape for Emerging Land Use Issues. The event will take place Wednesday, October 3 from 9:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Metropolitan Water District Board Room in Los Angeles. CLICK HERE for the event flier and program. 


OC International Auto Show - October 4 - 7 

The 2012 Orange County International Auto Show is shaping up to be one of the largest in recent years and is a great sign that the $7.5 billion a year retail auto industry in Orange County is growing. This year's auto show will feature more than 500 of the hottest new cars and trucks and all the luxury brands will be there along with a ton of exotics. This year, the show will also feature the chance to test drive more than 100 cars and for a lucky few, it might be a Ferrari or Lamborghini. The show will be held Oct. 4-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center and for more information, please visit


Forum on Healthcare 2012 - Monday, October 15 

The Forum on Healthcare 2012, presented by Hoag Hospital Foundation, provides Orange County business leaders with access to industry experts on the leading edge of the changes in healthcare. The Forum will focus on what's needed from all stakeholders to improve access and quality while managing costs. Distinguished speakers include David Lansky, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), Richard Afable, M.D., president and CEO, Hoag, and Michael A. Mussallem, chairman of the board and CEO, Edwards Lifesciences. Monday, October 15, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m., Hyatt, Irvine, For more information, please contact Stacy Hunt at (949) 764-7205 or


Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership Gala - Friday, October 26 

Save the Date for the Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership Gala, taking place October 26 at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The 3rd annual celebration will commemorate Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary. CLICK HERE for more information. 


Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 I 8:30am - 10:00am


Community College Working Group Meeting

Thursday, September 27, 2012 I 3:00-4:30pm


Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 I 7:30-9:00am


Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 11, 2012 I 9:00-10:30am


Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, October 12, 2012 I 9:30-11:00am


Economic Development Committee Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2012 I 4:00-5:30pm


Economic Forecast Conference Committee

Tuesday, October 16, 2012  I  11:00am-12:00pm


Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 I 7:30-9:00am


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 2012 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or


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:   



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.

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 or call Kendra at 714.999.6351.

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