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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                      Tuesday, September 9, 2014
UBER ON! RIDE-SHARING COMPANIES GET LYFT FROM LEGISLATURE

After a heated debate lawmakers and ride-sharing companies reached a deal to pass AB 2293 on August 26, upping insurance requirements for the emerging transportation network companies (TNC), such as Uber and Lyft. By July 2015, TNCs will be required to provide coverage levels at $50,000 per person, $100,000 per personal injury incident, and $30,000 for property damage once the app is turned on -- with an additional $200,000 in excess liability coverage required during that time. Also required is a $1 million insurance policy to cover drivers once they accept a ride request through passenger drop-off. OCBC originally opposed the bill as it had required up to $750,000 in excess coverage, which is four times more than what is required of taxis -- stifling competition. However, OCBC removed opposition from the final amended compromise. 

 

Another win for the ride-sharing companies came from the failure of AB 612, which would have imposed a second set of requirements for driver background checks, drug testing and DMV record monitoring on top of the Public Utilities Commission already set requirements for TNCs. The proposed stringent requirements were more than what is required of taxis and would have made it virtually impossible for ride-sharing companies to continue operation. OCBC thanks Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva and Assembly member Tom Daly for their opposition on this bill in committee. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC AND OCWD REACH AGREEMENT TO KEEP OC'S WATER CLEAN AND BUSINESS OUT OF LITIGATION

OCBC and Orange County Water District (OCWD) agreed to develop with other local, state and federal regulatory agencies a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assure proper cleanup of contaminated water and an OCWD board policy to avoid future litigation. The agreement marks a milestone of cooperation between OCWD, OCBC and the business community to pursue a federal standard for cleanup of contaminated water, keeping OC's water clean and businesses out of unnecessary and costly litigation processes. The proposed MOU is a result of the collaboration of both parties on AB 2712, which intended to clean-up groundwater, ensure consistency in the law, and curb unnecessary lawsuits. The legislation stalled in the senate due to a last minute amendment that changed the integrity of the bill, though the MOU is considered a success to keep OCWD and the business community out of lengthy litigation and focused on cooperative efforts to clean contaminated areas. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

THANK YOU SENATOR LOU CORREA FOR YEARS OF DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVICE

During his eight years in the California Senate, Senator Lou Correa (D-34th Senate District) has faced countless decisions on topics that affect every Californian.  He has been a leader on matters of banking and finance, education, insurance, autism, mental health, victims' rights, and international trade. As a result, Senator Correa was honored by more than 33 organizations representing a broad range of constituencies.  Notwithstanding these awards, a strong case can be made that his legacy in the legislature would be his work to improve the lives of veterans in California.  He has authored more than 25 individual pieces of legislation dedicated to veterans' -- benefitting the men and women that have bravely served our country. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

GOVERNOR BROWN, NEEL KASHKARI, AND ASSEMBLY SPEAKER ATKINS:  MODERNIZE CEQA NOW!

OCBC's Government Affairs Committee welcomed California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, 78th District, and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, 65th District, Thursday for a legislative briefing just four days after the legislative session ended and final legislation was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk for signature. Atkins discussed her role in advocating for the inclusion of Proposition 1 on the ballot, which is the $7.12 billion water bond desperately needed to fund California's dwindling water infrastructure and fend off future droughts. She also stressed the need to "Have a dialog and not a debate" about modernizing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) - stating that while she is in favor of the act, it is time for stakeholders to come to the table and negotiate improvements. "Eleventh hour exemptions have made the CEQA process unfair," Atkins said. "Now, calm voices will have to see us through negotiating reforms." CEQA modernization is a timely topic in Sacramento, and was one of the only things Gov. Brown and Neel Kashkari agreed on during Thursday's gubernatorial debate (CLICK HERE to view a video of the debate. See 27:10 mark for comments on CEQA). Committee members also took the opportunity to address numerous other issues that will face Atkins throughout the rest of her term, including California's Cap and Trade program, which regulates greenhouse gas emissions; and the California High Speed Rail Project. CLICK HERE to view photos. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

LA MAYOR GARCETTI CLEARLY SUPPORTS ONT AIRPORT LOCAL CONTROL DURING MOBILITY 21 SUMMIT

More than 1,000 transportation, business and elected leaders convened Friday at the Disneyland Hotel for the 13th annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit. The annual conference, which is the largest one-day transportation event in the state, focuses on bringing together leaders from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to address the challenges and opportunities facing Southern California's transportation infrastructure. During his welcome remarks Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stressed the need to continue investing in regional transportation, highlighting the point by citing his support in bringing local control back to Ontario International Airport. The airport is currently under ownership of Los Angeles World Airports and Mayor Garcetti said a negotiation toward an agreed-upon sale price is close to a deal. "We understand LAX is critical, but we're also looking creatively to our friends in the Inland Empire and the eastern part of (Los Angeles) County to see what we can do to transfer Ontario to local ownership," Garcetti said during the press conference.
 

During the Summit, conference attendees learned about concepts being proposed to overcome critical transportation issues, including: harnessing the power of new technology; alternative project delivery; mileage-based user fees; tolling and enhanced transit systems. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn moderated the panel on Mileage-Based User Fees, discussing the inefficiency of the Gas Tax to cover the state's infrastructure costs and user fees as a method to improve transportation funding. CLICK HERE for more information on user fees. CLICK HERE to view an infographic depicting the "Realities of Traffic Congestion and our Transportation Infrastructure. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC SUPPORTS VERGARA V. CA DECISION: THE CIVIL RIGHTS CASE OF OUR TIME

group-school-project.jpg In the June landmark decision, "Vergara v. California," Judge Rolf Treu agreed with the claims from nine students in five districts that teacher tenure and dismissal laws result in ineffective teachers being hired and retained.Treu cited a four-year study that found Los Angeles students taught by teachers "in the bottom 5 percent of competence lose 9.54 months of learning in a single year compared to students with average teachers."  Particularly troubling is that low income students tend to get worse teachers, "the lemons," who are also the most difficult to fire. Just two days after Judge Treu reaffirmed his decision, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson filed a notice of appeal on August 29, asserting that Judge Treu's assessment unfairly blames teachers for education failures. The California Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) announced that they will also file an appeal by Monday, October 27.

 

OCBC is very troubled by these appeals. Instead of delays in court, State Superintendent Torlakson and the State Legislature should "fix the problem." In order for Californian students to be trained to enter the skilled workforce demanded of a global 21st century economy, students in every district and every income level must have access to best performing teachers. California's "last hired, first fired" employment laws have made it virtually impossible to fire poorly performing teachers, and instead encourages shuffling them to the poorest and most vulnerable districts. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

CA LOSES OUT TO NEVADA ON 6,500 JOBS WITH NEW TESLA FACTORY DUE TO CEQA REQUIREMENTS

Last week's announcement from Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk that Nevada won the bid for the electric car companies new "gigafactory" - a factory that will build lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles -- is a reminder of California's need to be much more business friendly. The $5 billion project will create 6,500 middle-class jobs and have a $100 billion economic impact over the next 20 years. Musk stated early on during the negotiations that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was likely going to be the cause for moving the Bay Area company's battery factory out of state. California lawmakers tried to woo Tesla with millions of dollars in tax breaks and CEQA exemptions, such as limiting the environmental reviews to be conducted before the start of construction, and letting Tesla wait until the battery plant was up and running before taking steps to mitigate environmental damage. In the end, Musk made it clear why Nevada beat out Texas, New Mexico and California -- It's because Nevada is "a get things-done-state," he said. Timing and incentive packages were greener on the other side; meanwhile  California's business taxes are among the nation's highest with some of the most onerous regulatory burdens. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET FOR CONTINUED PORT EXPANSION PROJECT

The Long Beach City Council unanimously approved last week an $858 million budget that will continue the Port of Long Beach Expansion Project. The project, which started in 2011, aims to provide significant upgrades to the wharfs and water access, and add an expanded on-dock rail yard. The project adds much greater capacity to the Port, allowing for larger and more efficient ships to enter; ships that are more cost effective and reduce diesel consumption. These massive vessels, some of which can be up to four football fields long, are already out-pacing the yet-to-be-completed Panama Canal expansion. Thanks to these vital upgrades, Long Beach is one of only a handful of North American ports capable of welcoming ships of that size. The Port is also moving aggressively to outfit container terminals with shore power, allowing docked ships to plug into land-based utility instead of burning diesel fuel. By 2014, at least one berth will be equipped with shore power, and by 2020 all container berths will have shore power, further cutting down on environmental impact in the Port. Port of Long Beach is the second busiest seaport in America, is a major jobs provider with 316,000 jobs throughout Southern California, and is critical to Orange County's access to foreign trade. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OC HOUSING MARKET TRENDS SHIFT IN FAVOR OF BUYERS

In July 2013, Orange County had approximately 4,750 active housing listings, while the number jumped to approximately 7,500 in July 2014, which is an increase of nearly 58 percent. With this increased inventory of available homes, buyers finally have a small bit of elbow room in the negotiations. Trends suggest that buyers are no longer willing to pay significantly more than a recent comparably priced/sold property. Over priced homes now sit on the market without any showings or offers. This is in stark contrast to the trends of the 2012 housing market, which was characterized by a seemingly unstoppable appreciation of homes brought on by a limited supply of housing and low interest rates. One anomaly of the recent housing market is even with a drop in overall home sales and a much slower rate of appreciation since January 2014, 11.5 percent more homes in Orange County are sold at prices above $1 million during the first six months of 2014. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

OCBC WELCOMES NEW INVESTORS PACIFIC MERCANTILE BANK AND REGIONAL CENTER OF OC!

Orange County Business Council is pleased to welcome new investors Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) and Pacific Mercantile Bank (PMB). RCOC's mission is to assist persons with developmental disabilities, and their families, in securing and coordinating those services and supports which maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning and recreating in the community. RCOC accomplishes this mission by stressing human dignity and openness to innovation.

 

PMB is a wholly owned subsidiary of its parent holding company, Pacific Mercantile Bancorp. As one of the largest community commercial banks headquartered in Orange County, PMB provides a wide range of commercial banking services to businesses, business professionals and individual clients through it combinations of innovative banking financial centers and comprehensive electronic banking services. Established in March 1999 with $1 billion in total assets, PMB operates seven financial centers in Southern California, four of which are in Orange County. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY

August 27, 2014

On August 27, 2014, Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) honored OCBC at its board meeting with a Commendation of Appreciation for key partnerships in service to the community while also celebrating its 60th Anniversary. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn thanked the board of OCSD for the commendation saying, "OCBC's board of directors appreciates the public-private partnership developed over the years of working together, meeting the needs of our community and mutual goals." For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE BIG DECISIONS? FIND OUT AT SANTA ANA CHAMBER LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Join the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce at the 2014 Leadership Summit Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The summit will feature OCBC's Lucy Dunn, David Cavazos, Santa Ana City Manager, and Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications, discussing the topic "Building Decision-Making Skills." CLICK HERE to register. 

EMPOWER YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE, NETWORK, VOICE AND COMMUNITY! - SEPT. 19

Interested in gaining the skills and tools needed to be an empowered leader in your community? California Women Lead is hosting the 1st Annual Women's Empowerment Day, Orange County, which features a variety of speakers including Mona Pasquil, Secretary of Appointments, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, and Vice Chair of the California Transportation Commission. The session topics will include Empowering Your Leadership Style, Empowering your Network - Connecting vs. Networking, Empowering Your Voice, and Empowering Your Community. The event takes place 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, September 19 at Experian North American Headquarters. CLICK HERE for cost details and event information. 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND THE GROWING SKILLS GAP - OCT. 7 CONFERENCE

Understand the current skills gap facing today's workforce and what this could mean for your business and industry. Register today for the 2014 Workforce Development Conference, hosted by OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, presented by Union Bank. The conference will feature Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California, who will address the current skills gap companies face with incoming employees and what is needed to prepare a workforce for a competitive 21st century global economy. The conference will also unveil the 2014 Workforce Indicators Report with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and workforce trends. Thank you event sponsors Kaiser Permanente, The Boeing Company, Chevron, AT&T, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and Wells Fargo

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 7, 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  I  Sponsorships: $5,000  I  $2,500 

WHERE: Hotel Irvine

COST: Member: $125  I  Non-member: $150  

     

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

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

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. 

DON'T MISS THE LAST CLB FEATURING BOEING'S CRAIG COONING! NOVEMBER 4

Join OCBC on Thursday, November 4 for the last Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2014 with Craig Cooning, President, Network and Space Systems, Boeing Defense, Space and Security.  In his role, Cooning leads approximately 15,000 employees in 13 countries. N&SS is comprised of four operating divisions providing global customers with space exploration, cybersecurity, missile defense, and satellite communications solutions. Signature N&SS programs include the International Space Station, Space Launch System, Ground-based Midcourse Defense, Global Positioning System and Wide-band Global SATCOM satellite systems, Intelsat, Inmarsat and more. Prior to joining Boeing, Cooning, a retired Major General from the U.S. Air Force, was director of Space Acquisition in the Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force.  Join OCBC for this candid discussion with one of OC's top CEO's, hosted by Tom Phelps, Chair, CEO Leadership Caucus, and presented by AT&T and Wells Fargo.


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HEN: Thursday, November 4, 2014

TIME: 7:15 a.m. Registration I 8 a.m. Program and Breakfast I 9 a.m. Adjourn

WHERE: The Center Club I 650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa

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

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

JOIN OCBC AT THE INAUGURAL 2014 OCBC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE - NOV. 20

Join OCBC for the 2014 OCBC Economic Development Conference, featuring two signature events focused on advancing Orange County's position as a regional and global economic powerhouse. As the sixth largest county in the nation, a state frontrunner in jobs creation, and a growing driver of international trade exporter, Orange County is poised to lead the state and nation in economic advances throughout the 21st century.

 

International Trade Forum:

The first segment of the conference features the International Trade Forum, where the audience will hear from experts representing global companies on Orange County's international trade opportunities and challenges.  To include: examining OC's global economic identity, growing and sustaining a globally competitive region, impact of Ex-Im Bank reauthorization on OC, and cooperation efforts between business and local government. Hear from keynote speaker Francisco Sanchez, former Undersecretary for International Trade with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Also gain insight from panelists Robert Bowen, Associate General Counsel, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Western Digital; and Noel Massie, President, Southern California District, UPS; and Juan Basombrio, Partner, Head of International Group, Dorsey & Whitney. OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will also present a synopsis of the county's latest export date 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.

Deadline for award nominations is September 18! CLICK HERE to apply.

 

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. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet - Wednesday, September 10

The California Employment Development Department will host the "Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet," job fair on Wednesday, September 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fullerton Community Center. Participants can find out about job opportunities, meet with HR professionals and hear from of OC's top employers during the "Be their Top Candidate" hourly workshops. For more information, contact Frank Fletcher at 714.565. 2666 or Alan Sheldon at 714.518.2342. CLICK HERE for the event flier.

 

Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce Leadership Summit - Wednesday, September 10

Join the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce for the upcoming 2014 Leadership Summit "Building Decision-Making Skills" from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club. Panelists include David Cavazos, Santa Ana City Manager; OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO; and Aaron Kushner, CEO, Freedom Communications. The moderator is Lacy Kelly, CEO, Association of California Cities- Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Spend the Morning with Daniel Goleman- Tuesday, September 16

Dr. Daniel Goleman is speaking about how leaders can drive high performance in organizations through focus and attention, and discussing his new book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Dr. Goleman is an award winning psychologist and international best-selling author. The event takes place 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 16 at the Pacific Ballroom UCI Student Center. Dr. Goleman will sign books after the event as well. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

ACC-OC's Candidates' Orientation and Hosted Reception - Thursday, September 18

The Association of California Cities - Orange County cordially invites all Orange County candidates to take part in an important orientation and reception designed specifically for local city council candidates. The orientation will provide important information about many of the issues candidates will be addressing in their campaign as well as an opportunity to hear insights from current and former public officials who have been in their shoes. The event takes place 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18 at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Please click here to learn more and register.

 

ACC-OC's Crisis Ahead: Are you Ready? - Thursday, September 18

Crisis management is often forgotten  about or put on the back burner, but with aging infrastructure, wild fires, and the ever looming earthquakes, knowing your role in a crisis is crucial. Come to the Association of California Cities - Orange County's September Dinner Meeting and learn the skills needed to be effective during a crisis. The event will take place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18 at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Please click here to learn more and register.

 

Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs - Monday, September 22

Join the Tiger Woods Foundation at Pelican Hill Golf Club on Monday, September 22 for the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs Orange County Regional tournament. The event will feature two-person teams competing on the South Course, with the top low net and low gross teams advancing to the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs Finals hosted by Tiger Woods in Orlando, FL (December 1 & 2). Proceeds from this event will support the programs of the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim. For more information or to register online, please visit www.TWCharityPlayoffs.com.

 

Coastkeeper "Toast the Coast" - Wednesday, September 24

This year, Coastkeeper will be celebrating 15 years of protecting Orange County's precious water resources with Toast the Coast, an event to raise awareness and funds for its mission and to recognize the community leaders and volunteers who have made meaningful contributions to clean water throughout the region. The event will be held at the Resort at Pelican Hill on Wednesday, September 24th for wine, hors d'oeuvres, music, and an auction. Learn more, purchase tickets, or become a sponsor here.

 

IMPACT14: Internet Marketing Reimagined - September 24 through 26

Registration is now open for IMPACT14, which is the IMA Conference and Awards focusing on the internet marketing industry from September 24 through 26, 2014 at Aria Resort, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nev. This extraordinary event focusing on innovation, education and recognition, and hosts distinguished keynote speakers on vital internet marketing topics, a series of breakout sessions presented by the industry's leading experts, and the 2014 IMPACT Awards recognition and celebration.  CLICK HERE for a video about the event. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Pacific Symphony's 2014-2015 Opening Night Festivities - Thursday, September 25

Join Pacific Symphony for Opening Night festivities on September 25, which will kick off Music Director Carl St. Clair's 25th Anniversary season with a cocktail reception and black-tie dinner featuring special guest who have touched Maestro St. Clair's life with the symphony. The evening will conclude with a post-concert reception with both Maestro St. Clair and Joshua Bell in attendance. Support for the festivities go directly to Pacific Symphony's innovative artistic, community, and education programs. CLICK HERE for more information.  

 

South Orange County Real Estate Update - Friday, September 26

Join the South Orange County Economic Coalition meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2014 at Orange County Association of Realtors for a South OC Real Estate Update. CLICK HERE for more information. 

POLITICAL CORNER   

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


Bill Brough for 73rd Assembly District - Friday, September 12

Join a beach reception to support assembly candidate Bill Brough from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 12 at The Strand Beach Club, 27 Strand Beach Drive, Dana Point, CA. To RSVP, contact gina@zariconsulting.com or 714.388.6514.

 

Gail Eastman for City Council Fundraiser - Wednesday, September 24

Bruno Serato invites you to a luncheon in support of Gail Eastman for Anaheim City Council from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Anaheim White House Restaurant. CLICK HERE for more information on the Republican leaders who have endorsed Eastman.  CLICK HERE for more information on the fundraiser.

 

OC Candidates Reception - Thursday, September 25

Join the South Orange County Economic Coalition for a Candidate's Reception with the Orange County Association of Realtors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25 at the Orange County Association of Realtors offices in Laguna Hills. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: September

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 11, 2014  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 17, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Community College Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. - 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. 

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

Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or liana@pacificchorale.org

 

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.

 

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.

 

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