The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The 2015 Orange County Workforce Housing Scorecard examines and analyzes the current and projected housing trends, providing a preview of where Orange County is headed and how it will impact demographic, economic, and business competitiveness factors. The scorecard ranks cities on how well they address the workforce housing issue, with Irvine and Anaheim both earning the top rankings in terms of providing the best jobs to housing balance. The report indicates that as a result of economic and population growth, as well as a population "aging in place" - retirees staying in the homes where they lived and worked - the workforce housing shortfall grew from approximately 50,000 units to roughly 62,000 units since the last scorecard in 2012. The scorecard was released at the 2015 Workforce Housing Forum on Tuesday, sponsored by Bank of America, where panelists The Honorable Frank Ury, Councilmember, City of Mission Viejo; Mike Adams, Orange County Planning Commissioner; Max Gardner, President and CEO, OC United Way; and Curt Pringle, President, Curt Pringle & Associates; discussed Orange County's housing trends from their perspectives. The panel was moderated by Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC, and author of the scorecard. CLICK HERE to read a recent article by the LA Times about the scorecard. CLICK HERE for an article from the OC Register. For more info, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC. 


H.R. 348, the RAPID Act of 2015, would provide a streamline process for developers, builders, and designers to obtain environmental permits and approvals for their projects in a timely and efficient manner, allowing jobs creation and economic growth. The RAPID Act addresses the problem far too many projects face today -- lengthy project delays from endless environmental reviews, resulting in millions of jobs not created. For example, a 2010 study evaluating 351 stalled energy projects revealed that a total economic value of over $1 trillion and 1.9 million American jobs were not created as a result of the delays in environmental reviews. OCBC recently signed on to a letter to the member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, urging them to pass H.R. 348. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  


The following article appears as it was published in The Orange County Register on April 4, 2015

Orange County is the sixth most-populous county in the nation. If measured as a country, it would be ranked 45th globally in terms of production. It boasts a large, highly skilled workforce representing diverse industries, from high-tech to tourism, and, at 5 percent, continually has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Clearly, O.C. is a trailblazer in economic growth and business innovation for California and the nation. This prowess, however, may be threatened, both regionally and nationally, if focus is not placed on the development of skilled employees that can fill jobs needed at every level of the workforce. Not only is there a skills gap for higher education graduates, but the U.S. also has a skills gap in technical training jobs - jobs requiring education beyond a high school diploma but not a four-year degree. CLICK HERE to read more.

As part of OCBC's 2015 "Secure the Future" initiative focusing on the business community and cybersecurity, on March 6, OCBC and Microsoft presented the first in a series of cybersecurity educational webinars. The first webinar, "Case Studies on Recent Cyber Attacks and the Millions that Were Lost!," focused on some of the recent high profile cybersecurity breaches suffered by companies such as Target and Premera Blue Cross. Target was among the companies attacked using Backoff, which is a software used in more than 1,000 attacks, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Companies are actively being scanned for remote access cyberattack opportunities, such as through vendors, employees' computers, etc. The DHS strongly recommends actively contacting your IT team or antivirus vendor to assess whether your assets may be vulnerable or compromised. The next cybersecurity webinar will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015.  Registration info coming soon. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

OCBC welcomed Chancellor Howard Gillman, University of California, Irvine, as the featured guest for the second Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of the 2015 series on Thursday. Interviewed by Manatt, Phelps and Phillips' Tom Phelps, Chair of OCBC's Chairman's Leadership Caucus, Gillman answered questions about his distinguished career in academia and discussed topics surrounding UCI's impact on the community as the second largest employer in the county and its commitment to education for lower income students. Who knew his first job was as a magician and that he was a featured performer at the Magic Castle?  That he is a first generation college grad, excelled at math but majored in political science-and earned a reputation as a constitutional scholar but never went to law school?  Gillman has a deep regard for Orange County as a resource for innovation which UCI is a part. UCI is consistently ranked one of the Best for Value universities in the nation. Nearly 43 percent of its students qualify for the Pell Grant, while 55 percent of students are the first in their family to attend higher education. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 


In a major step forward, Ryan Chamberlain, Director of Caltrans District 12, signed the I-405 Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) documents for improvements to the busiest freeway the U.S. The acceptance of the environmental documents in favor of Alternative 3, which includes construction of both a general purpose lane and a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane, adheres to OCTA's voter-approved Measure M2 commitment and makes the best use of available freeway property. All of the identified M2 funding for the project will be directed to adding one general purpose lane in each direction. Caltrans will be pursuing other sources of funding for the additional lane. HOT lanes are proven to increase throughput compared with general purpose lanes during peak periods, increase choice for travelers while also incentivizing carpooling. Well done Caltrans! The next step is for OCTA and Caltrans to quickly negotiate the terms of which agency does what to most efficiently and effectively construct and manage the project. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 


The following article appears as it was published in The Orange County Register on March 29, 2015

In the middle of California's drought, I'm reminded of an old Jewish proverb that says "taxes grow without rain."

This is important to remember as the Orange County Business Council reviews over 2,300 bills pending out of this session's state Legislature, many of them new tax proposals and other "revenue enhancements." Further, a deluge of potential state ballot measures are now in various stages of planning, trying to develop the "right" message to persuade you to fund, or extend funding, on a whole slew of allegedly righteous projects, plans and programs. "No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session," said Mark Twain. So true.To be sure, OCBC does not oppose all taxes. We subscribe to the Orange County Taxpayer Association's guide that taxes should be fair, understandable, cost-effective and good for the economy. CLICK HERE to read more. 


Join OCBC for the 7th Annual Latino Educational Attainment (LEA) Reception. The LEA Initiative is dedicated to empowering a key partner in the success of Latino students -- their parents. Thank you to event sponsors AT&T, Chevron, Southern California Edison, and Wells Fargo. The event will also highlight the release of the new edition of the 10 Educational Commandments, as well as provide an update on an on-going longitudinal study on the LEA Initiative. RSVP by Friday, May 1, 2015. Sponsorship opportunities available. 

DATE: Thursday, May 7, 2015 WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Registration  I  6:00 p.m. Program  I  7:30 p.m. Adjourn 

PLACE: Discovery Science Center  I  2500 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager at 949-794-7241.


Join Orange County Business Council's political action committee, BIZPAC, in honoring Orange County's distinguished legislative delegation at the the 2015 Networking Luncheon. Business and community leaders will gather to celebrate the achievements of Travis Allen (AD 72), Pat Bates (SD 36), William Brough (AD 73), Ling Ling Chang (AD 55), Tom Daly (AD 69), Matthew Harper (AD 74), Bob Huff (SD 29), Young Kim (AD 65), Tony Mendoza (SD 32), John Moorlach (SD 37), Janet Nguyen (SD 34), and Donald Wagner (AD 68), who are all invited to attend. For more info, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager, at 949.794.7241. 

DATE: Friday, May 1, 2015  I  WHEN: 11:00 Registration  I  11:30 a.m. Program  I  1:00 Adjourn 

PLACE: Disneyland Hotel, Sleeping Beauty Pavilion  I  1150 West Magic Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

SPONSORSHIPS: $1,000  I  $2,500  I  $5,000  I  $10,000  I  $15,000

PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited seating, no individual tickets are sold for this event. Only sponsors will receive admission. 


With no end to the drought in sight, Gov. Brown announced a first-ever executive order mandating substantial water reduction across the state. The State Water Resources Control Board must take action to reduce water usage in cities and towns by 25 percent, amounting to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as what is currently in Lake Oroville. In addition to saving water, the order includes increased enforcement through rate adjustments, streamlining the government response to the drought, and investing in new technologies.  CLICK HERE for more information about the mandates. In response to the mandates, The Public Policy Institute (PPIC) announced the establishment of a water policy center to help meet the state's urgent need for timely information and innovative water management solutions. The PPIC Water Policy Center will strengthen the bridge between objective, rigorous research and real-world policy debates, CLICK HERE to learn more. In addition to the center, the PPIC also released California's Water, which is a set of nine short policy briefs on the state's most critical water management challenges and the actions needed to address them. For more info, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 


The California Water Policy Conference from March 19 to 20 at Claremont McKenna College hosted experts who discussed California's precarious water future. "In order to fix the larger problem facing the entire region, California has to resolve the Bay Delta issue," said Pat Mulroy, a Senior Fellow of Climate Adaption and Policy at the Brookings Institute and the former General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. In a candid speech, Mulroy made it clear that without partnerships and the commitment of stakeholders working together to conserve, resources will be drained and a crisis unavoidable. "From Denver, down all the way up to San Francisco, it's one huge interconnected plumbing system. It's inseverable. And everyone's actions matter" CLICK HERE to read the full speech. OCBC strongly support the comprehensive effort to improve both the state's water supply reliability and restore the Delta's ecosystem known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which will construct at least two new conveyance tunnels to protect water supply, promote ecosystem restoration and remove pollutants. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.  


Matt Petteruto Friday, March 20, 2015 - OCBC's Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development, served as a guest panelist at the Travelers Insurance Institute "Small Business -- Big Opportunity" symposium held in Irvine. Attended by over 250 Orange County small business owners, Petteruto discussed a wide range of topics, including the county's economic outlook, cybersecurity, and OCBC's Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Awards. 



WALK UNITED 2015-Sunday, April 19

WALK UNITED 2015 will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. With live music, great food, entertainment and a kids' zone with bounce houses, face painting and balloon artistry, this event is fun for the whole family! WALK UNITED supports United Way's FACE 2024 community action-wide action plan to address the most pressing local issues in Education, Income, Health and Housing. Make a difference on your Sunday and WALK UNITED!  CLICK HERE for more information. 


28th Annual Economic Conference - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Join the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce for the 28th Annual Economic Conference from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The topic of the conference is Finding Balance, Managing Prosperity. CLICK HERE for more information.


Orange County Forum presents Richard Mirman - Wednesday, April 15

OC Forum is hosting a lunching forum featuring Richard Mirman, OC Register Publisher, and President and CEO, Freedom Communications at noon on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Hilton Irvine. Learn more about why he joined the Register, his plans to enhance the organization. CLICK HEREfor more information.  


Southern California 2015 Logistics and Supply Chain Summit - Thursday, April 23

Join the Inland Empire Economic Partnership for the SoCal 2015 Logistics and Supply Chain Summit, sponsored by UPS, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Los Angeles to hear a full agenda of distinguished speakers address the entire Southern California network of logistics and supply chain interconnectivity within Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire. Current cost is $150, but you can still purchase a ticket for $99 using the event code OCBC2015.  CLICK HERE for more event information and to register.


Living and Working in the U.S.: Immigration, Financial and Tax Perspectives - Thursday, April 30

Join California German American Business Association at the Microsoft Technology Center in Orange County to hear, meet, quiz and find solutions from a panel of experts on immigration law, banking and tax strategies for your stay in the United States from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015. CLICK HERE for more information. 


15th Annual a Gathering of Friends - Saturday, May 2

The Alzheimer's Family Services Center invites you to join the 15 Annual Gathering of Friends at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Attendees will hear a heartwarming story of one of the center's participants and honor the Archstone Foundation. Sponsorship, underwriting and auction opportunities are available. For more information, contact Lucy Takahashi, Director of Development, at


Apply for the Measure M Oversight Committee - Monday, May 4

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee (TOC). The 11-member committee monitors OCTA's use of Measure M funds and ensures that all revenue collected from both Measure M1 and the Renewed Measure M2 is spent on voter-approved transportation projects. The independent committee was formed after the passage in 1990 of Measure M, which is a half-cent sales tax to fund transportation improvements in Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply by Monday, May 4, 2015.


OC Human Relations' AWARDS 44 - Thursday, May 7

Celebrate Orange County's unsung heroes at OC Human Relations' AWARDS 44 from 5:30 to 9:15 p.m. at City National Grove in Anaheim. It is an inspiring celebration that brings together hundreds of local, diverse community and business leaders to honor outstanding human relations efforts of  seldom-recognized individuals, model community policing programs, exemplary school programs and outstanding businesses that create safe and inclusive environments for Orange County's students and residents.  CLICK HERE to be part of helping to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work, go to school and do business.  


Leadercast "The Brave Ones" - Friday, May 8, 2015

Join UPS for the Leadercast event "The Brave Ones" from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 at USC's Heritage Hall in Los Angeles. Join a community inspired by those who demonstrate bravery and leave equipped to take on your next leadership challenge. CLICK HERE for more information.  


The First Tee of Orange County 4th Annual Golf Tournament - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Join the First Tee of Orange County for the San Juan Hills Men and Women's Golf Association Fundraiser at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The event benefits The First Tee, which is a kids sports program providing character building and life-skills lessons through the game of golf. CLICK HERE for more information. 


Annual OC Water Summit - Friday, May 15, 2015

Rain today, gone tomorrow? Join the Municipal Water District of Orange County for the 8th Annual OC Water Summit from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel to learn more about how to set imagination, innovation and investment in motion to keep water flowing in California. CLICK HERE for more information. 


Port's Free Global Market Opportunities Workshop - Wednesday, May 27

The Port of Long Beach and UPS present a workshop on leveraging global market opportunities and supply chain efficiencies to grow your business on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. More information coming soon. 


Latino Educational Attainment (POSTPONED)

Thursday, April 9, 2015 


Advocacy and Government Affairs (NOTICE NEW TIME AND LOCATION)

Friday, April 10, 2015  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The meeting will be held in 3 Park Plaza, Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92614



Tuesday, April 14, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Workforce Development

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Community College Working Group

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 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. 

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