The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County Tuesday, June 16, 2015
LOCAL ANALYSIS NEEDED: WILL INCLUSIONARY PROGRAMS CONSTRAIN HOUSING PRODUCTION?
The California Supreme Court voted yesterday to uphold a City of San Jose ordinance that requires developers to set aside 15 percent of units as "affordable" for projects larger than 20 units. Alternatively, developers can pay an in-lieu fee or build affordable units off-site. The decision clears the way for other cities interested in implementing a similar ordinance, and while some local governments adopt mandatory inclusionary programs as one component of a comprehensive affordable housing strategy, such programs have the potential to negatively impact the overall development of housing. Therefore, it is critical that local governments analyze mandatory inclusionary policies as potential constraints on housing production when adopting or updating their housing elements. For example, analysis is needed on whether or not inclusionary programs result in cost shifting, where the cost of subsidizing the affordable units is underwritten by the purchasers of market-rate units in the form of higher prices. Even modest increases in price can be an insurmountable obstacle to some potential homebuyers who already struggle to qualify for a mortgage, and earn too much to qualify for government assistance. Local governments must also analyze if sufficient regulatory and financial incentives are offered to facilitate compliance with inclusionary program requirements. For many years California has experienced a severe housing crisis- there are simply not enough homes for the number of residents who need them. Continued undersupply of housing threatens the state's economic recovery, its environment, and the quality of life for all residents. CLICK HERE to download OCBC's 2015 Orange County Workforce Housing Scorecard. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
HOUSE DEMOCRATS DERAIL PRESIDENT'S PLANS FOR TRADE AGREEMENT
In a disappointing vote Friday, House Democrats were responsible for shutting down the Trade Act of 2015 which would have granted Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to the President. Critical to the future of international trade, TPA shapes the principal goals the United States wants to accomplish in international trade negotiations with other countries by allowing the President to submit a bill implementing a foreign trade agreement to Congress for an up-or-down vote within a set period of time, without amendments. Considered unusual in today's Washington D.C. political landscape, many Republicans, including Housing Speaker John Boehner (R), voted in favor of the Trade Act of 2015 which was also strongly supported by President Obama. Since the initial vote last Friday, the House of Representatives voted to give Congress until the end of July to hold another vote to approve the entirety of the trade legislative package. OCBC urges the House to vote in favor of the full Trade Act of 2015, which is critical to the future of international trade - a major economic driver in Orange County. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: OCBC KEEPS A PULSE ON PROPOSED NEW LAWS THAT AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS
AB 596 (Daly) - Today, the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee overwhelmingly passed OCBC-sponsored legislation AB 596 (Daly). Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, testified before the committee. The bill will now move to a floor vote. Orange County is essentially the capitol of Home Owner Associations, many of which are currently not certified for FHA and VA home loan acceptance. The bill would require HOAs to report on the status of its FHA and VA certification, prompting many to gain certification and make more homes accessible to the workforce. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
S. 1519 PORTS Act of 2015 - OCBC joined a coalition of support for the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipments Act of 2015 (Gardner), which amends the National Labor Relations Act to provide the president and governors a mechanism to mitigate the destructive impact of port labor disputes on the U.S. economy. OCBC urges congress to pass the act swiftly to ensure international and domestic economic stability. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
AB 288 (Holden) - The Assembly unanimously approved OCBC's co-sponsored bill AB 288 (Holden), or "Concurrent Enrollment," which would allow high school students across California to take community college classes, reducing the barrier many face to higher education. It also calls for technical education for students planning to work after graduating from high school, and high-achieving students looking for a challenge can get permission to attend community colleges. The legislation now moves to the Senate. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
S. 1140 (Barraso)- OCBC strongly supports S. 1140 (Barrasso), which is the bipartisan Federal Water Quality Protection Act that would remedy shortcuts taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when enact their new Water of the United States (WOTUS) rule. WOTUS asserts new federal jurisdiction over state-regulated waters and land use planning in local, state, and tribal jurisdictions, with likely profound negative impacts on a large portion of the U.S. economy by slowing or completely halting numerous projects across the nation. S. 1140 addresses WOTUS significant shortcomings, such as the lack of the agencies conducting sufficient regulatory impact analyses or adequately consulting with the state, local, and tribal governments or interested stakeholders; and failing demonstrating materially improved water quality outcomes. OCBC has signed on to a broad coalition in support of this legislative relief and urges OC representatives to support it. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
DRAFT CA TRANSPORTATION PLAN PROPOSES NO NEW ROADS! OC MOVES PUSHES BACK
OCBC's OC Moves Committee hosted guest speaker Kome Ajise, Chief Deputy Diretor, California Department of Transportation, Thursday to discuss the latest iteration of the California Transportation Plan (CTP) 2040, which is a long-range plan to meet future mobility needs and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ajise discussed the importance the department has placed on bringing an array of stakeholders to the table to understand all the effects of the plan across the state, from housing to public health experts. Ajise presented an analysis of the complex and sophisticated policy model for evaluating vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and the series of recommendations outlined in the CTP, such as creating policies to incentivize reduction of motorists' trips. OC Moves members expressed concerns with a number of overreaching statements within the plan including a statement claiming no new road construction going forward. Clearly this is a non-starter proposal for business and must be removed from any workable transportation plan. Mr. Ajise agreed that the plan needs to be amended in response to the 1600 comment letters Caltrans received. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
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DISNEYLAND RESORT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER $5.7 BILLION ANNUALLY IN SOCAL
Disneyland Resort generates an estimated $5.7 billion annually in economic activity for the Southern California economy - supporting 28,000 regional jobs, according to an independent study commissioned by Disney. The Disneyland Resort includes Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, three hotels and the Downtown Disney district. The analysis estimated that spending attributed to the resort and its visitors represented nearly a third of the $9.6 billion Orange County tourism industry, with Disneyland visitor spending at businesses outside the resort totaling nearly $1.4 billion annually. Tourism remains the county's largest industry cluster in terms of employment, with 5,600 jobs added in 2014 alone. Disneyland celebrates its 60th anniversary on July 17. The economic impact report from Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics was released Thursday at a luncheon hosted by the OC Forum. For more information, contact Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC.
OCBC WELCOMES CARLOS ILLINGWORTH TO THE ADVOCACY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
OCBC is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors officially appointed Carlos Illingworth, Director of Communications and Government Affairs for Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions, as a voting member to the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee. The grocery chains have over 30,000 employees, 339 stores and 211 pharmacies across Southern California. Illingworth brings over a decade of progressively responsible experience and as the chains' cheif external affairs officer, he serves as the company's spokesperson, principal political adviser and representative on the boards of local, regional, and statewide business and nonprofit organizations. Welcome, Carlos! For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
OCBC COMMENDS OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MOVE TOWARD ENDING HOMELESSNESS
On June 2, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of property in Anaheim slated for a year-round homeless shelter. The shelter is one of the primary goals of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, which OCBC helped to craft in 2008. A shelter is good for the business community and Orange County in general as the displaced would have a supervised environment helping them address their personal situations which in turn, would assist in building a healthier county. The shelter would help homeless veterans, families with children and other members of the community still recovering from the Great Recession. OCBC's Alicia Berhow testified in support of the first step in realizing a permanent shelter, acquiring the land, which the board of Supervisors approved unanimously. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
OC STREETCAR CLOSER TO REALITY
The OC Streetcar project, which is slated for travel through the cities of Santa Ana and Garden Grove, advanced significantly in recent weeks as the city councils in both cities approved the plans, and the project received environmental clearances from the Federal Transit Administration. The OC Streetcar is expected to be partly funded by Measure M transportation tax dollars, and the New Starts federal grant program accepted it into the project development phase, making it a candidate for future funding. The project is expected to enter into the design phase later this year, with construction to begin in 2017 with Orange County Transportation Authority acting as the lead agency. The current schedule plans for streetcar operation to begin in 2019. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
TUSTIN PURSUES CREATIVE OFFICE SPACE DEVELOPMENT
The City of Tustin has entered into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with Lincoln Property Company to pursue development for a proposed creative office campus called Cornerstone I. The approximately 760,000 square feet of office space would be built on 37 acres of land at the southwest edge of Tustin Legacy, a master-planned community. Along with the office space, an additional 100,000 square feet of support uses, a food hall, supporting retail, outdoor meeting and gathering spaces, as well as structured and surface parking. The Cornerstone I site will benefit from its location at the intersection of Barranca Parkway and Armstrong Avenue, adjacent to Legacy Park. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
OCBC WELCOMES INVESTORS COMPETITIVE ANALYTICS, IMA, MEMORIALCARE HEALTH SYSTEM, UBER
OCBC is pleased to welcome four new investors: Competitive Analytics, ima, MemorialCare Health System, and Uber Technologies. Competitive Analytics was founded in 2000 with the vision of transforming data into actionable business analytics for bottom line results, encompassing customized price optimization, advanced performance analytics, innovative demand forecasting, comprehensive market research, and all other business intelligence process. The team at ima are not only artists, they are also business people providing outstanding master planning, development services, and landscape architecture. An innovator in health care delivery, MemorialCare is a nonprofit integrated delivery system that includes six hospitals - focusing on evidence-based, best practice medicine. Uber Technologies is evolving the way the world moves by seamlessly connecting drivers and passengers through apps - making cities more accessible and opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
GET OUT ON THE GREEN WITH OCBC AT THE ANNUAL EXECUTIVE GOLF TOURNAMENT - JULY 30
Join OCBC and top executives from Orange County's leading businesses at the 2015 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente. Enjoy a day on the green networking with top executives from Orange County's leading companies. Check in is at 11:00 a.m., along with a variety of contests and lunch. The tournament will officially kick-off at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start, followed by a reception and awards dinner at 5:30 p.m.
DATE: Thursday, July 30, 2015 CHECK-IN: 11:00 p.m. SHOTGUN START: 12:30 p.m.
RECEPTION AND AWARDS DINNER: 5:30 p.m. PLACE: Oak Creek Golf Club I 1 Golf Club Dr., Irvine, 92648
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241.
REGISTER TODAY FOR OCBC'S CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH MARTHA DANIEL - AUG. 4
Join Orange County Business Council for a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Tuesday, August 4, 2015 featuring Martha Daniel, Founder, President and CEO, IMRI Technology and Engineering Solutions. In 1992, Daniel founded IMRI to provide technical support for the Southern California Resolution Trust Corporation's (RTC) legal litigation teams. Her leadership, perseverance and vision expanded IMRI into systems integration during Y2K. Today IMRI delivers comprehensive cyber security, technology, program management and engineering capabilities and support services for the federal government and civilian agencies, as well as the private sector. Daniel is responsible for managing the corporation's strategic vision.
DATE: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 REGISTRATION: 7:15 a.m. PROGRAM: 8 a.m.
ADJOURN: 9:00 a.m. PLACE: The Center Club I 650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241.
OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY
June 4, 2015 - OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn served as the keynote speaker at Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's Wake UP! Newport breakfast series Thursday, June 4, 2015. Dunn discussed how OCBC works on cutting edge regional, state and federal issues that affect the quality of life for all in Orange County - such as traffic; water and the drought; and what threatens OC's economy the most. CLICK HERE for an article in Newport Beach Indy.
June 12, 2015- Currently every generation of Southern California natives alive today has experienced a serious drought. At the Association of California Cities Orange County 2015 Infrastructure Summit last Friday, Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, served as a panelist where he highlighted the good stewardship of Orange County businesses like Disneyland Resort, which has seen a major increase in resort visitors over recent years, while keeping water consumption at 2007 by proactively working with local water agencies to devise innovative water recycling program, or Groundwater Replenishment System. Starr also highlighted Kimberly Clark, which recycles more than two-thirds water used in its manufacturing processes. The innovative efforts by Orange County businesses should be taken into consideration as local agencies seek to implement Governor Brown's calls for water reduction. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
June 12, 2015 - If you were to write a book for male executives on how to hire, mentor, and promote women in the marketplace, what is the one thing you would tell them? This and more were discussed candidly at the Building Industry Association Orange County's "Fearless Leadership - Women in Building Conference" Friday where President and CEO Lucy served as a panelist. Dunn revealed how her plans for her career now differed from her early twenties, and who the most inspirational woman in her life was.
Orange County Complete Streets Public Workshops - Tuesday, June 16-18
Join the OC Council of Governments for a series of workshops held today through Thursday on the Complete Streets Initiative document that provides guidance and help to promote the delivery of a transportation network that serves all users, promotes increased mobility choice and safety. CLICK HERE for more information.
Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair and Expo - Wednesday, June 17
The City of Anaheim will host the 2015 Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair and Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. It will feature a variety of services and workshops for job seekers. The Expo will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E. CLICK HERE for more information.
Advanced Transportation Symposium 2015 - Thursday, June 18
What are the latest trends in mobility? Find out why ITS will soon become a household acronym. Take a look at the movement of goods and how that has become a pivotal issue in the direction of technology and infrastructure development at the German American Business Association's Southern California Cleantech and Sustainability event from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Brandman University. CLICK HERE to learn more.
2016 RTP/SCS Public Open House - Thursday, June 18What is the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and what do they do? SCAG's core area of responsibility is developing the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), a federally mandated document that acts as a blue print for transportation investment and land-use in Southern California. CLICK HERE for a video! What the plan looks like and how it will be developed, is a four-year process. In order to make the RTP/SCS reflective of the needs of Southern Californians, SCAG is hosting a series of Open Houses to gather public input, three of which are right here in Orange County! Attendees will learn about various issues affecting Southern California and then can participate in survey questions, which will direct the RTP/SCS's development. The first one in Orange County takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aliso Viejo City Council Chambers. CLICK HERE to RSVP and a complete schedule.
Help Plan the Future of Southern California 2016-2040 RTP SCS - Thursday, June 18
What is the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and what do they do? SCAG's core area of responsibility is developing the Regional Transportation Plan/ Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS). The RTP/SCS acts as a blue print for transportation investment (including active transportation, light rail, bus rapid transit, freeway improvements, etc.) and land-use in Southern California. Help plan the future of Southern California by attending on of a series of workshops, the first to be held in Orange County from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Aliso Viejo City Council Chambers. CLICK HERE for more information.
Imagine a Better Tomorrow - Friday, November 20
Save the date for the 17-year anniversary of Collette's Children's Home, Imagining a Better Tomorrow. Collette's Children's Home changes the live and builds a better future for over 3,300 homeless women and children. The event is at 6 p.m. Friday, November 20 at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach. CLICK HERE to learn more.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JULY
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 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.
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