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OCBC, OCWIB RELEASE 2014-2015 ORANGE COUNTY WORKFORCE INDICATORS REPORT 

Almost 300 educators, legislators and business leaders joined Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) as they unveiled the 2014-2015 Orange County Workforce Indicators Report at the 2014 Workforce Development Conference today, addressing the theme "Ensure Future Success by Narrowing Today's Skills Gap." Featured speaker Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California, discussed the challenges and opportunities faced by AT&T, and many other companies, in finding employees with a strong background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields. In addition to STEM skills, employees must also contribute soft skills to a company, such as team work and relationship building. "I consider AT&T as a 135 year-old start-up," he said, referring to the company's long-standing traditions of constant development. "We need a workforce that will adapt with us."

 

While more than 11 million Americans are unemployed and millions more are underemployed, 45 percent of United States employers say lack of skills is the "main reason" for entry-level vacancies. CLICK HERE for the Key Findings of the report. CLICK HERE for an electronic copy of the report. CLICK HERE to read The OC Register article "OC's mismatched workers falling behind." For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT NOV. 4: OCBC ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION

OCBC endorsed the following candidates based on their track record in support of job creation, workforce and economic development. 

 

OCBC urges residents to vote yes on the following candidates: 

 

CA Senate: Janet Nguyen (R)-District 34, Pat Bates (R)- District 36

 

CA AssemblyDon Wagner (R) - District 68, Tom Daly (D) - District 69, Travis Allen (R) - District 72, Bill Brough (R) - District 73, Keith Curry (R) - District 74

 

CLICK HERE to view county and city candidate endorsements. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

EIGHT OC LEGISLATORS SCORE 100 PERCENT IN ALIGNMENT WITH OCBC POSITIONS!

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OCBC is thrilled to announce that EIGHT members of the OC delegation scored 100 percent in alignment with OCBC legislative positions. OCBC takes positions and advocates on behalf of dozens of state bills throughout the legislative session.

 

CA Senate: Bob Huff - 100%, Mark Wyland - 100 %, Mimi Walters - 100%, Lou Correa - 88.2%

 

CA Assembly: Travis Allen - 100%, Diane Harkey - 100%, Donald Wagner - 100%, Curt Hagman - 100%, Allan Mansoor - 100%, Tom Daly - 78.6%, Sharon Quirk-Silva - 76.9%

 

CLICK HERE for the updated scorecard. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES JWA AMENDMENT

On September 30, OCBC testified in support of the Orange County Board of Supervisors decision to approve the John Wayne Airport (JWA) Amended Settlement Agreement, which allows for an increased number of flights from JWA.  The original Settlement Agreement signed in the 1985 formalized consensus reached between the County of Orange, the City of Newport Beach and two community groups on the nature and extent of facility and operational improvements that could be implemented at JWA. With unanimous approval by the Board of Supervisors, the Amended Settle Agreement keeps the current flight curfew of 10 p.m., while extending the settlement agreement to 2030 and allowing for a phased-in increase in both the annual passenger cap from the current allowance of 10.8 million passengers to 11.8 million by 2021; as well as an increase in the number of daily departures. CLICK HERE to read more on the JWA Amended Settlement Agreement. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

DO OPR'S PROPOSED CEQA GUIDELINES PROMOTE TRAFFIC CONGESTION?

On September 15, OC Moves members and OCBC staff met with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research's (OPR) Senior Counsel Christopher Calfee to discuss concerns about OPR's proposal to amend CEQA guidelines in response to SB 743, which was passed last year. The key component of the proposal that causes the most concern to OCBC is a change to the way traffic is evaluated for mitigation on a given project's Environmental Impact Report. The current standard evaluates the number of car trips known as Level of Service (LOS) methodology. OPR proposes a wholesale switch to a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) methodology and traffic congestion may not need to be mitigated. This departure from current standards promises to create confusion in the CEQA process. Currently, there is a complete absence of effective vehicle miles traveled models. This absence will lead to increased study costs and litigation uncertainty as development opponents will have a new tool to use in CEQA lawsuits aimed at stopping or delaying a project, particularly as the public is still concerned about congestion. CLICK HERE to read the comments submitted by OCBC to the OPR. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: AN OVERVALUED REAL ESTATE MARKET?

Southern California leads the nation with three of the four most overvalued real estate markets. According to Trulia, a real estate informational site, it is estimated that prices in the Orange County market were overvalued by as much as 17 percent in the second quarter of 2014, while Los Angeles county and the Inland Empire were overvalued by 15 percent and 13 percent respectively. The good news is that these numbers are far below those of the peak market in 2006 when Orange County was 71 percent overvalued, followed by Los Angeles County at 79 percent and the Inland Empire at 92 percent. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

BREAKING BAD OR BREAKING FREE? ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT.23

Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 20th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, presented by US Bank, on October 23, 2014 at Hotel Irvine. The conference features a forecast of Orange County's economic climate by Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF; and Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF. The conference will also feature keynote speaker Emile Haddad, President and CEO, FivePoint Communities. 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, 23, 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Irvine I 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA

COST: Individual: $160  I  Table of Ten: $1,500  I  Sponsorships: $7,500  I  $3,500

*Program will begin promptly at 11:30 p.m.

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

HIT THE POLLS THEN JOIN OCBC AT YOUR 2014 GENERAL ELECTION DAY LUNCH - NOV. 4

The fun doesn't stop after casting your ballot on November 4! Join OCBC for some laughs at the California General Election Day Lunch. The event will feature side-splitting entertainment and political banter from Linda Sanchez, U.S. House of Representatives, 38th District; Peter Buffa, Former Chair, OCTA; Don Hansen; Fmr. Mayor, Huntington Beach; Kate Klimow, Former Vice President, Government Affairs, OCBC; Jim Leach, Santa Margarita Water District; Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle & Associates; OCBC's Lucy Dunn. 

 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WHERE: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

COST: Member: $75  I  Non-Member: $85

 

   

For information on attending both events, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

NEW SPEAKER FOR CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST: BOEING'S DARRELL HUNTLEY - NOV. 4

Join OCBC on Thursday, November 4 for the last Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2014 with Darrell T. Huntley, Vice President, Satellite Development Center, Network & Space Systems, The Boeing Company.  Huntley leads the Satellite Development Center (SDC) for Boeing's Network & Space Systems, a world leader in the design, development and manufacturing of satellites for government, civil and commercial customers. Join OCBC for this candid discussion with one of OC's top CEO's, hosted by Tom Phelps of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Chair, CEO Leadership Caucus, and presented by AT&T and Wells Fargo.

  

WHEN: Tuesday, November 4, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

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

COST: Member: $85  I  Non-Member: $145

 

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

OCBC'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE FORUM AND TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET - NOV. 20

Join OCBC for the 2014 OCBC Economic Development Conference, featuring two signature events:

 

International Trade Forum:

The first segment of the conference features the International Trade Forum, featuring global companies representing Orange County's international trade opportunities and challenges. Hear from keynote speaker Francisco Sanchez, former Undersecretary for International Trade with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Also gain insight from Western Digital, UPS, and international leaders. OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will also present the latest export data and international trade workforce trends.

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014

WHERE: Irvine Marriott  I  18000 Von Karman Ave.  I  Irvine, CA

TIME: 2:30 p.m. Registration  I  3:00 p.m. Program  I  5:00 p.m. Adjourn

TICKETS (single event): Member $85  I  Non-member $110  I  Sponsorships available

    

 

4th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception:

OCBC's groundbreaking awards program honors outstanding public agencies for implementing policies and programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector jobs creation. Winners and nominees will be recognized at the 4th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception.

 

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014

WHERE: Irvine Marriott  I  18000 Von Karman Ave.  I  Irvine, CA

TIME: 5:00 Registration  I  5:30 p.m. Reception  I  7:30 p.m. Adjourn

TICKETS (single event): Member $85  I  Non-member $110  I  Award Nominees Complimentary  I  Sponsorships available

 

For information on attending both events, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

LUCY DUNN ADDRESSES AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONFERENCE

OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn served as a panelist Friday at the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California's (NPH) 35th Annual Fall Conference in San Francisco. The conference theme was Honor the Past; Look to the Future, highlighting that the affordable housing sector is at a cross-roads and encouraging stakeholders and housing leaders to discuss ideas to create a new model of affordable housing that intersects with health care, education, and economic opportunity. Dunn joined Claudia Carpizo, current Director of Housing and Community Development (HCD), together with three past HCD Directors, strategizing on how to elevate housing as a top state agenda together with jobs and education. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 
MULTI-AGENCY TASK FORCE CREATED TO ADDRESS ILLEGAL "UNDERGROUND ECONOMY"
National Crime Prevention Council

To help combat organized elements of the illegal "underground economy," the California State Board of Equalization has formed the Tax Recovery & Criminal Enforcement Task Force (TRaCE). The State of California loses billions of dollars due to the activities of individuals engaged in the manufacturing, importation, distribution, and sale of pirated intellectual property, as well as other economic crimes that lead to business payroll and/or income tax evasion.  To address these crimes, the TRaCE Task Force is comprised of investigators and special agents from multiple agencies working together to investigate, prosecute and recover revenue lost to the underground economy. You can help the taskforce by reporting criminal tax evasion, piracy, counterfeiting, human trafficking and other crimes through the TRaCE website.CLICK HERE for more information on TRaCE. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

OC MANUFACTURERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL MANUFACTURING DAY

Orange County manufacturers and organizations joined companies around the nation on Friday to celebrate the third annual National Manufacturing Day. The manufacturing industry employs approximately 9 percent of California's workforce, supports more than 17.4 million U.S. jobs, accounts for nearly 12 percent of the nation's GDP, and for every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, $1.48 is created for the U.S. economy.  On National Manufacturing Day, manufacturers, associations and educational institutions open their doors to the public and hold events and tours for groups including media members, students and educators, community leaders, legislative representatives and local businesses. The national day was established in 2012 to expand the knowledge about and improve the public's perception of manufacturing careers and the industry's value to the U.S. economy.  Several Orange County companies participated in the event, including Fullerton College, Planet Plexi, Purple Platypus 3D Printing Tour, Sandvik Coromant, and Vital Link.For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

GO-BIZ HOSTS WORKSHOPS ON APPLYING FOR CA COMPETES TAX CREDIT

The California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a free regional workshop to inform businesses on how to apply for the California Competes Tax Credit through a series of online webinars and meetings. Beginning September 29 through October 27, GO-Biz will be accepting applications for the first round of California Competes Tax Credits for FY 2014 to 2015.   The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in the state. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a committee. Each fiscal year, 25 percent of the available credits are reserved for small businesses. CLICK HERE for a flier with additional information on the California Competes Tax Credit. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

POLITICAL CORNER   

Political events are for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.


Kris Murray for Anaheim City Council Reception - Thursday, October 9

Attend a reception in support of Kris Murray for Anaheim City Council from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2014 at JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery. CLICK HERE for more information. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Turn Runways into Greenways - Tuesday, October 7

Five Point Communities and the City of Irvine are hosting Turning Runways into Greenways  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  tonight at the Intersection of Trabuco Road and Sand Canyon Avenue. Attendees are invited to help break up the runways to make the way for the next 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park, which is a new kind of community characterized by a collection of unique neighborhoods joined together by walking and biking trails. CLICK HERE for more information. 
  

$1.2 million 2014-2015 Edison Scholars Program Application Period - Wednesday, October 1 to Thursday, February 1, 2015

Edison International's, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), announces the application period for its 2014-15 Edison Scholars Program runs through Feb. 1, 2015. The program offers 30 scholarships valued at $40,000 each paid over four years is for high school seniors with a 2.8 GPA or above who attend public or private high schools in the SCE service area.  CLICK HERE more information.

 

Center Club Opens Up to Local Non-Profit Organizations - October 1 to December 1

Center Club invites non-profits in or around Orange County that are in need of event space to consider Center Club as the venue in exchange for a waived venue fee, as well as a 10 percent discount onall food and non-alcoholic beverages until Monday, December 1, 2014. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

C3 Voluntary Program Meeting - Monday, October 13

Join stakeholders from across the cyber community to discuss building a cyber-risk management program, using DHS resources, and to learn how organizations of all sizes are using the Cybersecurity Framework at the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community Voluntary Program Meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2014 at the Energy Innovation Center in San Diego. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

United Way's 15th Annual Real Estate and Building Industry Mixer - Wednesday, October 15

Join United Way for the Real Estate and Building Industry Mixer from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Balboa Bay Club & Resort. Mix, mingle and celebrate the collective impact of the real estate community's efforts in partnership. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

National University's RN Information Session - Wednesday, October 22

Learn about the RN to BSN Program from the National University at an information session at the Costa Mesa campus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and Thursday, January 15, 2014 at 3390 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa.  CLICK HERE for the event flier. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: OCTOBER

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting(Note new date)

Friday, October 10, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

 

Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

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! SUPPORT PACIFIC CHORALE AND ENJOY SHOWS AND SOIREES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has joined the OCBC as a Community Partner - and is offering a 20% discount on subscriptions to its 2014-2015 concert season.  The season starts November 2nd; the final concert is May 17.  For the best seats, visit the OCBC exclusive Community Partner subscription page:  Or call, 714/662-2345. CLICK HERE for more pricing information. 

 

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.

OPEN A CD WITH F&M BANK TODAY!

F&M Bank is offering an exclusive 13 month CD special at 0.70% APY. Funds must come from a financial institution other than F&M Bank, requires a minimum opening deposit of $5,000 and maximum of $250,000. Take advantage of this offer by October 31, 2014. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

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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