The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, May 17 , 2016
OCBC ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCILS
Allan Bernstein for Tustin City Council - Bernstein is a strong friend of the business community, voting to advance business issues in Tustin during his term of office and is supported by the OC Jobs Coalition.
Chuck Puckett for Tustin City Council -Puckett has been a strong business vote in Tustin, is also supported by OC Jobs Coalition, and is part of a business friendly majority on the Tustin City Council.
Craig Young for Yorba Linda City Council -Young is a strong proponent of housing in a notoriously anti-housing city. He is also a transportation leader as Chairman of the TCA Board of Directors.
Gene Hernandez for Yorba Linda City Council - Hernandez is the current Mayor of Yorba Linda and has been a strong advocate for business and housing in the community.
Lucille Kring for Anaheim City Council - Kring has been endorsed by the OCBC Board of Directors in several previous election cycles, having proved to be very strong on business issues over the years. She is part of the business friendly majority in Anaheim.
For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
BREAKING NEWS: HOW WILL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEWS GROUP REVIVE THE OC REGISTER?- JUNE 1
Ron Hasse
Frank Pine
Join OCBC and partners for a provocative discussion and Q&A with Ron Hasse, Publisher, The Orange County Register and President, Southern California News Group; and Frank Pine, Executive Editor of The Register. The discussion will be moderated by Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. Help to welcome the new leadership, meet them, and ask questions! The Register is OC's largest media outlet and we'll delve into how Hasse and Pine plan to succeed in the ever-changing world of media where others have not. This community event is possible through the partnership between OCBC, OC Association of RealtorsOC Community Foundation, OC United Way, UC Irvine, BIA OC, Black Chamber of Commerce, California Apartment Association, Irvine Chamber, North OC Chamber of Commerce, The Orange Catholic Foundation, OC Forum, OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, OC Taxpayers Association, Southern California Gas Company, and South OC Economic Coalition.
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  I  Wednesday, June 1, 2016  I  LOCATION: The Island Hotel

Contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949.794.7241.
FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE GRAD LEADS HIGHER EDUCATION TO CLOSE THE "OPPORTUNITY GAP"
Dr. Mildred Garcia, President, Cal State Fullerton, grew up in Brooklyn, NY in a single-parent household. She was the first in her family to earn an undergraduate degree, and went on to lead the number one university in California and fifth in the country for awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics and students of color at Cal State Fullerton. At OCBC's Chairman's Leadership Breakfast this morning, sponsored by AT&T and Wells Fargo, Tom Phelps of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP delved into Dr. Garcia's background, her interest in championing educational opportunity for minority students and her path to incredible success in higher education. Dr. Garcia spoke of her first job at the age of 14 in the factories in New York, becoming Dean of Students at Hostos Community College at the age of 27, becoming the first system-wide President of Berkeley College in New York and on to her current role at CSU Fullerton. Dr. Garcia asserts that the issue is not an achievement gap, but rather an opportunity gap hindering underrepresented students. When given the opportunity and exposure to broaden their horizons, students will achieve and surpass expectations. Latinos are among the fastest growing demographic in OC and closing that gap is critical for the prosperity of the region's workforce and businesses here. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
STUDENTS OF LEA PARENTS TELL STORIES OF SUCCESS AT 8TH ANNUAL RECEPTION
OCBC and partners celebrated 12 years of the Latino Educational Attainment Initiative (LEA) May 5 at the Discovery Cube. The LEA initiative educates OC's immigrant parents (Latino, Korean, and Vietnamese) on the skills needed to navigate California's school system through the "10 Educational Commandments." A recent longitudinal study shows that students of immigrant parents in elementary and junior high perform better academically and socially after their parents take the LEA training and learn how to support their children's success. During the program's reception, four young professionals whose parents took the LEA training more than 10 years ago recounted stories of how they personally experienced the dramatic effect on their education after their parents learned how to support them in school. The former students each talked about how the goal while growing up was simply to finish high school and detailed how that changed once their parents understood the potential and opportunity for more. Today, each of the former students who spoke at the reception holds a Bachelor's degree or higher and is set on a career path from teaching, to social work, to urban planning to computer science. Each speaker attributed their success to their parents' willingness to become engaged in their education and understanding how to support them as a result of the LEA training. CLICK HERE for an infographic with more important info about LEA. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development. 
OCBC URGES OCTA TO ADOPT FINANCING PLAN, GET I-405 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT MOVING
Leveraging Measure M funding, the I-405 Improvement Project will improve mobility with the construction of two general purpose lanes, as well as further alleviating traffic with an additional two express lanes. On Wednesday, OCBC's Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, testified at the Orange County Transportation Authority's (OCTA) Finance and Administration Committee  meeting in support of OCTA staff's recommended managed lane policy. The plan that was approved by the committee on a 6-1 vote ensures maximum throughput while maintaining the ability to ensure necessary levels of revenue to cover construction and operational costs. Known as the Hybrid B1/C1 project, OCTA proposes that for the first three and a half years, single drivers pay a toll at all times on the express lanes, two or more riders drive free during non-peak hours, and three or more riders drive free all day. Starting in mid-2026, that policy would change to begin charging two or more riders all hours, and three or more riders would continue to drive for free all day. OCBC agrees that the Hybrid B1C1 proposal achieves maximum throughput and mobility through the corridor, while also garnering the necessary funding to construct and operate the improvements. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
GOV. BROWN MAKES SEVERAL WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES PERMANENT
On May 9, Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-37-16, which makes several water conservation and drought protection measures permanent. This order is an important reminder that California remains in an historic drought. Among its provisions, it will permanently prohibit specific water uses relevant to cities, namely irrigating public medians with domestic water. It also continues indefinitely monthly water usage reports from water providers, including city-owned utilities, to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board). CLICK HERE to read a brief Executive Order for a full summary of its provisions. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CADIZ WATER PROJECT MOVES FORWARD
The California Court of Appeals issued six rulings earlier today affirming the OC Superior Court's earlier decision to deny the six remaining CEQA lawsuits opposing the Cadiz Water Project approval. The validation of the Project's environmental review by Santa Margarita Water District and the county of San Bernardino is an extremely important step towards project implementation. OCBC has been a supporter of the project as it will increase California's much-needed water storage to help fend off future droughts. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! REGISTER TODAY FOR THE ELECTION DAY LUNCH - JUNE 7
Join the OC Jobs Coalition for an afternoon of the best political humor in town! This is the first lunch in a two-part series celebrating the June 7 and November 8 Election Days. The June 7 event will feature hilarious speakers Peter Buffa, Fmr. OCTA Chair, Kate Klimow, CA Assembly 2016 Woman of the Year, and Curt Pringle, Fmr. Speaker of the Assembly and Fmr. Mayor and Don Hansen, Fmr. Mayor of Huntington Beach. More speakers coming soon! Register today for either the June 7 Luncheon only, or take the plunge and sign up for the series package at a discounted rate. You won't want to miss either one! Sponsorship opportunities are available! 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 2016  I  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   WHERE: Pacific Club  I  4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach
COST: $85 for June 7 ticket only  I  $150 for series  
 
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949.794.7241.
OCBC TO SIGN ONTO AN AMICUS BRIEF ON VERGARA V. CA, THE CIVIL RIGHTS CASE OF OUR TIME
The recent ruling by the California Court of Appeals keeps job protections for California teachers - such as tenure, a lengthy termination process and protections for senior teachers against layoffs - in place. The plaintiffs in the long-running Vergara v. California case argued that the protections harmed poor and minority students as they were more likely to have ineffective teachers. In the opinion recently released, the court said that while the plaintiffs (students in the public school system) have identified a troubling problem, they have not properly targeted the cause and are not an identifiable class of persons sufficient to maintain an equal protection challenge. The court said the challenged statutes do not inevitably lead to the assignment of more inexperienced teachers to schools serving poor and minority children. Rather, the assignments are made by administrators and are heavily influenced by teacher preference and collective bargaining agreements. The plaintiffs, with the help of OCBC investor Gibson Dunn, will file an appeal and OCBC will sign on to another amicus brief in support. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
VIDEO: SUMMIT MAKES CASE FOR BROADER CA STRATEGY TO HOUSING CRISIS
In a recent video highlighting the urgent needs for more housing affordable to the workforce, California  Forward (CA Fwd) interviewed business associations, policy experts, developers of affordable and market-rate housing, affordable housing residents, and environmental advocates to make the case for the need to rethink and broaden the state's housing strategy. The video was launched as part of the California Economic Summit's Housing Action Team's mission to call attention to high housing costs that are increasingly putting the squeeze on more people up and down the economic ladder, markedly so in California, demonstrated by rising homelessness, larger numbers of Californians living in poverty, and more middle-class workers living farther away from their jobs, increasing traffic congestionCLICK HERE for more information. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
CALL FOR LATINO AND RURAL VOLUNTEERS FOR CA ROAD CHARGE PILOT PROGRAM
It is critical for Latino and rural residents to participate in the pilot so their experiences and voices can be heard in the conversation over how to fund California's roads. A road charge may be beneficial to Latino and rural residents, especially those who drive older vehicles, pickup trucks, and SUVs. Under the gas tax, those vehicles pay disproportionately more than drivers of newer model cars, electric cars, and hybrids. By participating in the road charge, you will be able to experience what the potential benefits are for your personal situation. Volunteers are asked to share name, income range, ethnicity, age, gender, type of car, and ZIP code of residence. All of this information is strictly confidential and will be used only for purposes of ensuring broad representation of residents from all backgrounds and parts of the state in the pilot program. CLICK HERE for more information in English. Haga clic aqui para inscribirse en EspaƱol. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
IT'S #TRANSPOTUES! TELL CA LEGISLATORS TO FIX OUR ROADS!  
In light of the California Transportation Commission's announcement that it is cutting transportation projects as a result of a lack of funding, the Fix Our Roads Coalition launched a social media campaign to create a volume of transportation-focused tweets concentrated on Tuesdays to garner lawmakers' attention. Every Tuesday for the duration of the coalition's advocacy efforts to persuade lawmakers to make a deal on transportation funding legislation, the Fix Our Roads Coalition is asking users to send out tweets using #TranspoTues. Today's Tweet is "It's past time for #caleg to act! Join us @ 10am Thursday, Capitol's South Steps 2 rally 2 #FixCARoads #TranspoTues http://fixcaroads.com/For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director.
OCBC'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES HNTB'S KEVIN HABOIAN 
OCBC is pleased to welcome HNTB Corporation's Kevin Haboian, P.E., Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, to the Board of Directors. He has over 30 years of experience in building business within the transportation sector and supports the firm's growth across the United States. He has experience in growing major lines of industry business, including highways, bridges, transit and aviation, ans serving in key roles on numerous complex public transportation programs. The board unanimously voted him on Thursday. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Business Development and Investor Relations. 
OCBC BOARD AND INVESTORS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE OC 50
In the Orange County Business Journal Special Report: Our Annual Inventory of Influence, the publication highlights 50 Orange County leaders with profiles detailing their influence on the community. In the May 9 issue, 14 executives from OCBC investor organizations were highlighted, including OCBC Board Member Mark Costa, Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente. CLICK HERE for a complete list of all the OCBC investors profiled. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Business Development and Investor Relations. 
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON TO INSTALL ELECTRIC CHARGING STATIONS
Southern California Edison announced plans to install 1,500 electric car charging stations in the region. SCE plans to provide the infrastructure for the stations but customers will be responsible for buying, operating, and maintaining the stations themselves. The stations will be at workplaces, campuses, apartment complexes, and more. Owners will determine the cost to use the charging station. In January, Edison received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission for the $22 million program. Greater investment in electric charging infrastructure will help advance achieving the State's aggressive carbon reduction goals. OCBC applauds SCE's investment in our region's energy infrastructure. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
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Reception to Support Lou Correa for Congress - Wednesday, May 25
Join Oscar Gonzalez, Ruben Smith, and other community members for a reception to support Lou Correa. The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Northgate Market in Anaheim. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alicia Valadez at 714.687.7052. CLICK HERE for sponsorship information. 

The California Primary Elections: What Happened and What Does it Mean for November? - Thursday, June 9
Until the Indiana primary election, it appeared California would make the difference in the presidential nomination elections. Although it appears Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the nominees, controversy and excitement still promise to reign at both national conventions. Join Concordia University of Irvine as they welcome guest speakers Henry Vandermeir, Chairman, Democratic Party of OC, and Fred Whitaker, Chairman, Republican Party of OC will discuss. CLICK HERE for more details. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
OCTANe's Technology Investor Forum - May 17-18
Join OCTANe for the Technology Investor Forum Tuesday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 18 at Hotel Irvine. The event will feature a Hackathon on Saturday May 14 to kickoff the forum. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature a series of panels and keynotes. CLICK HERE for more information. 

The California Primary Elections: What Happened and What Does it Mean for November? - Thursday, June 9
Until the Indiana primary election, it appeared California would make the difference in the presidential nomination elections. Although it appears Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the nominees, controversy and excitement still promise to reign at both national conventions. Join Concordia University of Irvine as they welcome guest speakers Henry Vandermeir, Chairman, Democratic Party of OC, and Fred Whitaker, Chairman, Republican Party of OC will discuss. CLICK HERE for more details. 

El Sol Science Arts Academy 15th Anniversario Benefit Celebration - Friday, May 20
Join the El Sol Acedemy Foundation at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the El Sol Campus in Santa Ana for a cocktail reception and student art auction. Take the opportunity to visit with the students and teachers in their classrooms, and enjoy dinner and a program under the stars. CLICK HERE for more information. 

OFFER FOR OCBC MEMBERS! Music of the Nights with Pacific Chorale - Sunday, June 12 
Pacific Chorale is reserving 40 seats for OCBC members for an evening of music, with ticket to its closing fundraising dinner, featuring entertainment by Davis Gaines of "Phantom of the Opera" fame. The event is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12. The retail price for both the post-concert fundraising dinner and two orchestra seats is $279 per person, but OCBC member may receive a 20 percent discount for the evening at $223. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Opening Doors and Minds Manufacturing Day - Friday, October 7
Join the local Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center for Manufacturing Day, which addresses misconceptions about the manufacturing industry and allow students to connect with manufacturers. Sign up today so that your organization can be recognized! CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JUNE
Workforce Housing
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  I  Thursday, June 2

Advocacy and Government Affairs
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  I  Friday, June 3

Economic Development
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  I  Wednesday, June 8

Latino Educational Attainment
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   I  Friday, June 10

Infrastructure
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  I  Tuesday, June 14

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 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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