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BOTH SIDES ARE RIGHT. LET'S FIND A DEAL FOR REFORMS AND ROAD REPAIR MONEY.
Last week, Governor Brown released a framework for transportation funding and reforms in an attempt to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats. OCBC supports the measure as a good starting point for negotiations and encourages Sacramento to come together to fix California's crumbling streets and roads. "The Governor's package includes a mix of reforms to ensure we're using all existing and new transportation revenues as efficiently and accountably as possible" said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC. "And it also includes a pared down package of new revenues that will help us climb out of the immense funding pothole we've gotten ourselves into that has doomed California roads to the most congested and crumbling in the nation." CLICK HERE to read Dunn's support in an article published today by Capital and Main. CLICK HERE to read an opinion article by Dunn published in Fox & Hounds September 3, 2015. 
TWEET YOUR LEGISLATOR! BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION FOR NEEDED TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
As the legislative session comes to a close, it's time to "Tweet Your Legislator!" Take a picture of dilapidated roads in your area and tweet the photo to your legislators along with the following tweet:  @legislator'stwitterhandle Please #FixMyRoads! Support new #transportation funding, reforms and accountability. @fixcaroads #caleg. Bad roads cost the average California motorist $762 a year for vehicle maintenance. CLICK HERE for more information on locating your legislator and further instructions to join the campaign. 
AT WHAT COST? CLIMATE CHANGE POLICIES AFFECTING GAS, ENERGY AND COST OF LIVING?
On August 27, the California Business Roundtable released results of a 1,000-person survey suggesting that 82 percent of voters view climate change/global warming as a serious to moderate threat to California and a majority support proposals, such as SB 350 and SB 32, because they aim to reduce petroleum use by 50 percent and implement regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissionS. However, when asked specifically about their willingness to pay for these policy changes through higher prices for gas, electricity and other consumer goods to increase the use of green energy - that support eroded rapidly from 66 supporting SB 350 to 44 percent supporting it, and opposition increasing from 27 to 48 percent. Bottom line: Voters don't support proposals such as SB 350 when the whole story is told, as the bill will have real-life implications for every aspect of California's economy. CLICK HERE to read the full survey from California Business Roundtable. Take action now! CLICK HERE to visit OCBC's Action Alert Center to contact your legislator urging opposition for SB 32 and SB 350. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
JUDGE RIGHTFULLY THROWS OUT OCDA'S SHAKEDOWN LAWSUIT AGAINST BUSINESS
OCBC commends the court's decision to throw out a shakedown lawsuit filed by the OC District Attorney's Office against five of the world's largest drug manufacturers. The case hinged on claims of "deception" in encouraging patients to ask their doctors for painkillers to treat common conditions, thereby opening the floodgates for addiction. OCBC has consistently taken strong positions criticizing the OCDA office for hiring contingency fee counsel to sue business, not only because the shakedown settlements and "revenue generation" from these cases are wrongfully used to support public agencies' budgets, but also for the policy implications involved. In these lawsuits, it isn't a government lawyer involved who is going to get paid the same whether the case wins or loses, but rather a contract contingency fee plaintiff lawyer who only gets paid fees if the case settles or wins. Judge Moss issued an aptly stern response to the prosecutors in the case, expressing that "The patients, potential patients, and the medical community deserve more." CLICK HERE for an article discussing the case's dismissal from Kim Stone, President of Civil Justice Association of California. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.


OCBC's groundbreaking awards program on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 will honor 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. Don't miss out, nominations due Friday, September 11, 2015. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 
EFFECTS ALREADY SEEN AS A RESULT OF CONGRESSIONAL INACTION TO REAUTHORIZE EX-IM
It is crucial that Congress acknowledges the detrimental impact of inaction to reauthorize the U.S. Export Import Bank and OCBC urges legislators to act immediately upon returning from recess in the coming weeks.  An example of the real world impact of the uncertainties related to the Bank's existence is seen in Asia Broadcast Satellite terminating an order for a Boeing 702SP satellite. While the two companies say they are continuing to discuss the deal, Asia Broadcast revealed that the federally-backed bank's inability to finance new loans led it to begin evaluating options outside the U.S. Unfortunately, Boeing isn't the only company hard hit by Congress'  inaction as the trade group Aerospace Industries Association reports that American exporters all over the country are being put in the uncomfortable position of having to scramble to find private financing without federal guarantees to replace Ex-Im programs. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: OCBC'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM - SEPT. 24
Morgan McGrath
JPMorgan Chase

Join OCBC for the 2015 Economic Development Forum, focusing on "How Orange County Manufacturers are Thriving in the Global Market," sponsored by Chase. As the sixth largest county in the nation, a state front runner in jobs creation, and a growing driver of international trade exports, Orange County is poised to lead the state and nation in economic advances throughout the 21st century. The forum will feature keynote speaker Morgan McGrath, Head of International Banking, Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase, as well as a panel discussion, and an OC manufacturing update from Dr. Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC. Moderating the panel is Kathleen Marran, Vice President West Region Marketing, UPS. Panelists include Jatan Shah, COO, QSC Audio Products; Tom Croslin, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Southern California Engineering Design Center, The Boeing Company; and Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Managing Director of Commercial Operations and Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Long Beach

DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2015 REGISTRATION: 7:30 a.m. PROGRAM8 a.m.

ADJOURN: 10:00 a.m.  PLACE: The Irvine Marriot  I 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine 

For more information, contact  Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241.

CTC REPORT UNDERSCORES SUCCESSFUL PROP 1B TRANSPORTATION FUNDS MANAGEMENT
A recent report from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) indicates that its management of more than $12 billion from the Proposition 1B program over the past nine years helped stretch to an additional $25 billion to improve infrastructure around the state and create hundreds of thousands of jobs during the Great Recession. The report emphasizes the one-time nature of the Prop 1B, which was passed in November 2006 by 61.4 percent of state voters. Prop 1B also limited administrative costs, resulting in 98% of the funding going to building projects. Key results of the funding include: State highway and local road improvements projected to save California drivers more than 530,000 hours of daily travel time, a full eight-hour work day for 66,250 workers; 87 projects improving freight movement in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire, San Diego and Northern California regions; more than 112 miles of increased highway capacity and other improvements to State Route 99 in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento Valley; 17 passenger rail projects to upgrade equipment and improve on-time performance; earthquake safety improvements on 318 local bridges, with another 65 bridges being designed and slated for construction. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
SKILLS GAP AND WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW - OCT. 8 CONFERENCE
Join OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board for the 2015 Orange County Workforce Development Conference, presented by Union Bank. The conference will focus on the theme "Bridging the Workforce Skills Gap:  What Does Business Need to Know?" The conference will unveil the 2015 Workforce Indicators Report, presented by OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod. There will also be a panel of experts, including Jason Tyszko, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Noel Massie; UPS. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
 
DATE: Thursday, October 8, 2015     REGISTRATION: 11 a.m.     PROGRAM: 11:30
ADJOURN:  1:30 p.m.   PLACE: The Island Hotel  I  690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
For more information about the event, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949.794.7241
OCBC SUPPORTS LA'S BID FOR 2024 OLYMPIC GAMES 
OCBC joined the L.A. Chamber of Commerce to support Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 Olympics. The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to pursue the bid, which if LA is chosen, will offer major economic benefits for the region. While the terms are still being negotiated, Orange County hosted several venues -- including horseback riding and swimming events -- the last time the Olympics was held in LA. Mayor Garcetti will primarily rely on existing venues for the events and plans to use no taxpayer dollars, expecting a $161 million surplus from broadcast, sponsorship and ticket revenues covering costs. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 
NEXT ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
California Assembly Democrats tapped into a Los Angeles-area lawmaker, Anthony Rendon, 63rd District, to be the next speaker. Caucus members will formally vote to make Rendon the leader in January 2016, in the meantime, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will finish out her term. Rendon is currently serving his second term in the Assembly, having been elected in November 2012. His district includes Hawaiian Gardens, Bell and South Gate and portions of Long Beach. During his first term, Rendon chaired the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee and authored Prop. 1, the $7.5 billion state water bond, which voters passed by a 67 percent to 33 percent margin in November 2014. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
ALL SYSTEMS GO! REGISTER FOR 2015 ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT. 29

All Systems Go: How will your business advance in a world of economic and cyber uncertainty? Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 21st Annual Economic Forecast Conference on October 29 at Hotel Irvine as we address this issue and many others affecting the regional economy in 2015. The conference features keynote speaker Richard Davis, Chairman, President and CEO, US Bancorp, Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF, Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF, and Richard Davis, President and CEO, US Bancorp. 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. 

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015  Registration: 11:00 a.m. Program: 11:30 a.m. (Please allow amble time for parking)

Adjourn: 1:30 p.m. Place: Hotel Irvine  I  17900 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 

For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY
August 11-14 - Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, traveled to Montreal, Canada for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Convention as part of her Fellowship duties. She served as a panel on "Education Outcomes: From Collaboration to Collective Impact" segment, focusing on OCBC's programs such as Latino Educational Attainment and the Community College Working Group. 


August 28 - Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, moderated a panel discussion on Good Movement at the 2015 Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit. The event was a convening of more than 1,000 regional leaders from Southern California to highlight collaboration to improve transportation. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
POLITICAL CORNER
Please note that events in Political Corner are for informational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC. 

Reception supporting Deborah Pauly for Assembly 2016 - Sunday, September 20 
Please join John and Ann Coil as they open their beautiful Floral Park home to host a fundraiser for Former Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly. Enjoy wine, champagne, appetizers and political camaraderie from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2015. CLICK HERE for invitation details and donation information. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Irvine Valley College's Annual Remembrance of 9/11 - Thursday, September 10
As current college students may have been quite young when 9/11 occurred, this year IVC will educate students and the local community about how the tragic events took place, while also discussing how our world has changed in the aftermath of the attacks. The commemoration begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, September 11, 2015 at Live Oak Terraces. A 9/11 Memorial Exhibit will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday September 11 in the IVC PAC Lobby. CLICK HERE for more information. 

STEM Open House and BBQ - Saturday, September 12
Students and families are invited to the STEM Open House & BBQ from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 15445 Lansdowne Rd., Tustin for an exciting day of demos & hands-on activities. There will be food, fun, games and raffle prizes. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Elite OC 5th Annual Schmooze Cruise & Casino Night - Thursday, September 17
Mark your calendar for Elite OC's 5th Annual Sunset Cruise and Casino Night from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, September 17 aboard the beautiful Endless Dreams yacht. The event will support the Make A Wish Foundation of Orange County. CLICK HEREfor more information.

Coastkeeper 2015 Toast the Coast Event to Support Clean Water - Thursday, September 17
Join Coastkeepers at for an evening of networking with Orange County's most celebrated business leaders, elected officials and philanthropists from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 17 at Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach. Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, silent and live auctions, music and the company of others passionate about sustainable waters. towards Coastkeeper's mission of protecting and promoting fishable, swimmable, drinkable and sustainable water in Orange County. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information. 

Saddleback College's State of the College Breakfast - Thursday, September 24
Join Saddleback College for the Annual State of the College Breakfast hosted by Dr. Tod A Burnett, President, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Student Services Center. CLICK HERE for more information. 

22nd Annual Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana Be Great Gala - Saturday, September 26, 2015
Save the date for a Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana gala from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Congratulations to OCBC Treasurer Richard Porras, AT&T, who will be honored. CLICK HERE for more information. 

IRS Identity Theft Workshop - Tuesday, September 29
The IRS knows that tax-related identity theft is a frustrating process for victims and is committed to working with you.  Know the warning signs, the steps to take if you become a victim, and how to reduce your risk. Join the City of Tustin and the Tustin Chamber of Commerce for two workshops beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the Tustin City Council Chambers. Registration is required, CLICK HERE to learn more. 

Towel Drive for Homeless Vets - present to Wednesday, September 30
Orange County Stand Down is accepting new and gently used towels and other personal necessities to be distributed the fourth weekend in October at the Orange County Stand Down Expo to homeless veterans. Please donate by September 30, 2015. For more information, contact Coastlines Veterans Resource Center at 714.241.6126 or CLICK HERE. 

Pacific Symphony's 2015 Opening Night - Thursday, October 1
Join Pacific Symphony for the opening of The Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series celebrating Pacific Symphony's brilliant musicians, led by Carl St. Clair at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Plaza Ballroom at the Westin South Coast Plaza. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Jamboree's 25th Anniversary Gala - Friday, October 9
Save the date and join Jamboree Housing for a celebration of the organization's legacy and a showcasing of what's in store for the future at 6 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Irvine Valley College Golf Classic - Wednesday, October 14
Save the date for the Irvine Valley College Golf Classic at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine. Golfers support  Irvine Valley College's championship golf teams and student scholarships. Players will receive18 holes of play, a golf cart, lunch, dinner, and a gift bag. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Looking for Volunteers! U.S. Energy Solar Decathlon at the Great Park - Oct. 8-18, 2015
Currently accepting volunteers to support the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will be held Thursdays - Sundays, Oct. 8-18 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today. Volunteers work alongside Solar Decathlon organizers serving as a greeter, docent, visitor liaison, education days mentors and more.  CLICK HERE to register or find out more about volunteering.

CSUF STEM and Career Expo - Tuesday, October 27
Join Cal State Fullerton's for the STEM Internship and Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the CSUF Titan Student Union Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Meet with and recruit CSUF students from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Engineering and Computer Science for jobs and internships. The College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) is one of two ABET accredited schools in Orange County and has over 4,400 students and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) has over 2,900 students.  CLICK HERE for more information. 

Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series - October 29-30
Become a sponsor today for the U.S. Commercial Service's Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series that takes place October 29 to 30, 2015 at Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa. Get valuable exposure among U.S. exporters of products and services at an international business forum. 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: SEPTEMBER
Latino Educational Attainment
Thursday, September 10, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Workforce Development (Notice new date and time)
Thursday, September 10, 2015  I  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Infrastructure
Tuesday, September 15, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, September 16, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m 

Economic Development 
Wednesday, September 30, 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 2015 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, at 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.org.
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