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Tuesday, September 27, 2011   

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW OCTA PUBLIC MEMBER, MIKE HENNESSEY

After an exhaustive process with more than 30 applicants, the Orange County Transportation Authority selected Santa Ana developer, Mike Hennessey, on September 26, to fill the public member seat recently vacated by Peter Buffa, now with Barclay's Bank. OCBC encouraged a number of business folks to apply for this seat including our own chairman, Eddie Northen of UPS, BIZPAC Chairman Justin McCusker of Segerstrom, CEO Talia Hart of the Irvine Chamber, and Hamid Bahadori of The Auto Club. Chairman Eddie Northen was selected as one of three outstanding finalists, but, in the end, the board chose Mr. Hennessey. On behalf of all of us in the business community, THANK YOU for stepping up to apply, interview and lead the future of Orange County mobility.  And congratulations again to Mike Hennessey! Your business community stands ready to help you and OCTA succeed in their mission. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

17,000 JOBS-RIGHT IN OUR OWN BACKYARD!

Complete the 241 Toll Road! An economic benefits analysis conducted by Beacon Economics found that designing and constructing the planned 16-mile completion of the 241 Toll Road will create 13,663 jobs in Orange County and an additional 3,800 jobs statewide. The project will generate more than $3 billion in economic output in California and also create almost $160 million annually in local and state tax revenue. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

GOVERNOR BROWN: DO THIS, NOT THAT!

ACTION ALERT: The Governor has 600 bills to review and take action on before October 9. As the Governor has said, "You've given me 600 bills, and there's not 600 problems that we need those solutions for...Not every human problem needs a law." So let's help him sort his pile of bills.

 

Send a veto message to the Governor:

  • AB 101 (Child Care Union): The bill would create a new union of home-based child-care providers who receive state subsidies. Click here for the letter. 
  • AB 1155 (Apportionment): This legislation would increase costs and litigation in California's workers' compensation system. Click here for letter. 
  • AB 947 (Extends Temporary Disability Benefits): This bill will significantly increase costs and incentivize delays in return to work. Click here for letter. 

But just as important, tell the Governor to sign these important measures:

  • SB 14 & 15 (Budget Reform): Improves the operation of state agencies through performance based budgeting.  Click here for letter. 
  • SB 617 (Regulatory Reform): Requires an economic analysis of all major regulations at the beginning of the regulatory process. Click here for letter. 
  • AB 378 (Compound Drugs): This bill closes a costly loophole in current law which allows for abusive prescribing and billing practices in California's workers' compensation system. Click here for letter. 
  • AB 700 (California Infrastructure Bank): This bill provides more flexibility and accountability to the (I-Bank). Click here for letter. 

Please contact Kate Klimow or Alicia Berhow if you have any questions. 

DROUGHT MAY BE OVER, BUT WATER IMPROVEMENTS ARE STILL NEEDED

When Times Get Tough, It's Time to Build Stuff

This op-ed was written by Jim Earp, CEO of Alliance for Jobs, and California Transportation Commissioner, and originally published in Capitol Weekly

 

Eighty years ago, California, like the rest of the nation, was gripped by the Great Depression. So what did we do? We went out and built Shasta Dam.

 

I like that story. I read it sometimes before I go to bed to restore my faith in humanity.

 

Of course, there's a little more to this tale than the three-sentence punch-line above, but the great thing is, the more we delve into the details, the more we find in them a lesson to incorporate into our thinking - and doing - today. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

A TALE OF TWO ECONOMIC PLANS: LT. GOVERNOR AND CEO OF HEWLETT-PACKARD

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will share his recently unveiled 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.

 

Thursday, October 6, BizFed OC - the premier alliance of Orange County business organizations - will host its inaugural luncheon featuring Meg Whitman, current CEO of Hewlett-Packard, former eBay President and CEO and 2010 California gubernatorial candidate. OCBC will host large and small businesses, nonprofits, and industry organizations that will gather to hear from the woman who grew eBay into an $8 billion company in just a decade. SOLD OUT! For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: KUDOS TO OCBC BOARD MEMBER JUAN BASOMBRIO! 

Congratulations to OCBC Board Member Juan Basombrio, Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, who was recently designated by the Republic of Honduras as an arbitrator to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) for a six-year term. ICSID is an arbitration body of the World Bank in Washington D.C., that adjudicates investor disputes against countries under international investment treaties, and the arbitrators are designated by the signatory countries. Mr. Basombrio is Dorsey's Co-Chair of International Arbitration and Litigation, and the Head of its Southern California Office. For more information, contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development, at csignorino@ocbc.org or 949.794.7223.
MORE GATES, MORE AIR TRAVEL OPTIONS FOR BUSINESS COMMUTERS AT JWA

John Wayne Airport (JWA) County of Orange Logocelebrated the completion of the new North Commuter Terminal on September 8 with passengers on Delta Air Lines' 7:05 a.m. flight to Salt Lake City among the first to use the new gate counters. Construction of the North Commuter Terminal is part of the larger Airport Improvement Program that began in 2006. A major component of the Program is construction of a new Terminal C and improvements to the existing Terminals A and B. Construction of Terminal C and the new South Commuter Terminal is expected to be complete in mid-November 2011. Commuter service at JWA is provided by Delta Connection and United Express. For more information on the Airport Improvement program, visit www.ocair.com/improvements.

AROUND THE COMMUNITY 

Kate Klimow, OCBC Vice President of Government Affairs, along with Paul Hernandez of The Irvine Company, Martha Cox-Nitikman of BOMA of Greater Los Angeles, and Simon Turner of BOMA-OC were the featured speakers at BOMA Orange County's Education Roundtable on legislative issues on Tuesday, September 13. The speakers covered a variety of legislative topics raising awareness of the AB-350 Bill and discussing the recent changes at the Air Quality Management District. The event's primary goal was to educate the members of BOMA on important local issues that could be altering the business landscape for years to come and was met with positive feedback from BOMA with the hopes of making the legislation review an annual session. Look closely at the photo. Yes, that's our Kate wearing her squirrel hat! 

 

Kate Klimow shared her personal experiences establishing and maintaining meaningful professional relationships throughout her 20-year career in the land use industry at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club on Thursday, September 22. The Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group learned a variety of necessary business tools including fundamental networking practices and tools for "breaking the ice" with established businesses. 

GOOGLE: NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S SEARCH ENGINE

On September 21 the Workforce Development Committee, led by Chair Richard Porras of AT&T, welcomed Ruth Anne Doane, Senior Software Engineer for Google, who shared an overview of the company, it's philosophy and it's workforce needs. Consisting primarily of engineers, Google has grown from a 10,000 employee company to 30,000 in just a few years. And Google's product line continues to expand: Mobile, Search, Docs, Maps, Google+, Gmail, Translate, Analytics, and Reader are just a few of the innovations the company is bringing to people around the globe. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

SEMPRA ENERGY EARNS TOP SUSTAINABILITY HONORS

OCBC member Sempra Energy has been Green Earthadded to two prestigious sustainability indexes -- the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index and the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. This year marks the first time Sempra Energy has been listed on these indexes, both of which are used by investors to assess companies' long-term sustainability. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

ARE YOU A CRIME STOPPER? 

Orange County Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the community, media and law enforcement, whose mandate is to "Work Together to Solve Crime." OC Crime Stoppers enables anyone to share information about a crime anonymously with law enforcement. The Orange County Sheriff's department is looking for individuals who would be interesting in serving on the Board of OC Crime Stoppers. Partner with the Orange County Sherrif's Department and participating Orange County law enforcement agencies, showcase your support for public safety, connect with government leaders, businesses, and residents, and oversee publicity, fundraising and special events. For more information on joining the OC Crime Stoppers Board, contact Ryan Burris at ryankburr@gmail.com.

HELP SCARE AWAY HUNGER! 

The Orange County Great Park is inviting local businesses and community organizations to create a scarecrow to help scare away hunger during the second annual Scarecrows in the Park event. The competition, presented by the Orange County Great Park and Second Harvest Food Bank, gives local businesses and community organizations the opportunity build and display unique scarecrow creations while providing support for a worthy cause. Teams can create their own imaginative scarecrow that showcases their organization's spirit and mission, while at the same time supporting efforts to help alleviate hunger in Orange County.

 

A $500 tax-deductible entry fee paid by participants will help to underwrite more than 700 meals for hungry families and support hands-on learning at the Park's Farm & Food Lab. Prizes will be given for the top three scarecrows. Registrations are due September 30, 2011. Scarecrows in the Park guidelines, registration information and entry forms can be found online at www.ocgp.org.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: CHEVRON

Protecting the safety and health of people and the environment is a Chevron core value and as one of the world's leading integrated energy companies they are constantly working to conserve energy resources and preserve our climate. In 2007 Chevron developed the Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) process, which requires that all new capital projects be evaluated for potential environmental, social and health impacts. ESHIA is used to anticipate and plan for the avoidance and minimization of potentially significant negative impacts, as well as for the enhancement of potential benefits of projects.

 

With the ESHIA promoting cautious methods of energy consumption Chevron has developed a powerful system of renewable energy sources to help preserve the balance of biodiversity. Chevron is the largest producer of geothermal energy in the world, supplying 1,273 megawatts to Indonesia and the Philippines which meets the needs of 16 million people in these countries. Along with Geothermal energy establishments Chevron has began operations at what may be the largest concentrating solar photovoltaic power plant in the United States using lenses that focus sunlight onto three-layer solar cells for maximum efficiency. These types of programs have shown Chevron's unrelenting commitment to environmental protection whose green efforts are scarce to find rival. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: APPS FOR ACCOUNTING

These apps can be helpful in your effort to keep track of your businesses accounting records:

 

iFinance - Users analyze their financial investments and stay up to date on market summaries. 

Accept Credit Cards - This iPhone app lets businesses accept credit cards from anywhere and it lets you track past transactions.

iSpendUsers can track all of their expenses while allowing them to be exported to Excel, Numbers, or even Google Docs from their iPhone.

QuickBooks OnlineThis iPhone app lets users track sales, expenses, manage invoices, send purchase orders, and perform all other basic accounting tasks.

iTarget - Users can track their earnings and project their growth on their iPhone. 

Calc-12E RPN Financial Calculator - This on-the-go financial calculator lets users manage multiple cash flow scenarios.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC UPCOMING EVENTS

BizFedOC Luncheon Featuring Meg Whitman - Thursday, October 6 - Center Club - SOLD OUT! 

For information contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241. 

 

Workforce Development Conference - Thursday, October 13 - Hyatt Regency Irvine

Click here to register. Click here for more event information. Click here for sponsorship opportunities. 

 

Chairman's Leadership Breakfast With Victor Nichols - Tuesday, October 18 - Center Club - ALMOST SOLD OUT! 

Click here to register. Click here for more event information.

 

Economic Forecast Conference - Thursday, October 27 - Hyatt Regency Irvine - ALMOST SOLD OUT! 

Click here to register. Click here for more event information. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.  

 

Annual Dinner - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Irvine

Save the Date! Contact Leslie Dods for more information. 

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: OCTOBER
Community College Working Group Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 29, 2011  I  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 11, 2011  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

 

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 2011  I  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 2011  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

 

OCMoves Committee Meeting

Friday, October 21, 2011  I  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

 

Community College Working Group Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 27, 2011  I  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

 

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, October 28, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

 

Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2011 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or ldods@ocbc.org

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Sunday, October 2, 2011  

A free community event with free parking! Over 100+ popular authors, illustrators, exhibitors and professional storytellers including Robin Priess Glasser, Molly Shannon, DJ MacHale, Victoria Burnett and many more. Orange Coast College from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more details visit www.kidsbookfestival.com.

 

Hoag Hospital Foundation's Forum on Healthcare 2011 - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 

Thought leaders Andrew J. Policano, Ph.D., dean, The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, Richard Afable, M.D., president and CEO, Hoag and Michael A. Mussallem, chairman of the board and CEO, Edwards Lifesciences will lead a discussion aimed at addressing today's challenging health care questions. To register, visit  www.forumbyhoag.org.  

 

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.

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:   

 

CHEVRON WORLD CHALLENGE

WatchTiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker and some of your favorite PGA TOUR golfers compete at Sherwood Country Club this December for the 2011 Chevron World Challenge, December 1-4.  VIP hospitality packages are available to entertain top clients in the Executive Club which overlooks the 18th green and features a deluxe menu and full beverage service.  Multiple group tickets packages are also a great way to entertain contacts and employees with access to the Clubhouse, Champions Club and tournament grounds.  Call 949-725-3003 and ask for Dan Scali or visit www.chevronworldchallenge.com and enter promo code OCBC for a 10% discount on your total order!    

 

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

Enjoy an exclusive discount offer for being a Segerstrom Center for the Arts preferred corporate partner!

Just click here to receive a special discount for the Friday, October 14 performance of Shrek, at 7:30pm. Enter promo code 13862 to purchase discount tickets online! 

 

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.
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