The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, May 5, 2015

In a huge setback for Orange County, Huntington Beach's city council voted 4-2 yesterday on an amendment to reduce approved housing in the city by over 2,000 units. The amendment reduced the Maximum Amount of New Development (MAND) in the Beach and Edinger Corridor Specific Plan from the planned 4,500 housing units to 2,100 units --1,900 are already built which leaves only 200 additional units approved for construction. OCBC's Bryan Starr testified in opposition of this amendment as it severely limits workforce housing options in a high job density city. Several OCBC coalition partners including California Apartment Association, HB Chamber, and BIA also testified in opposition.  According to the 2015 OC Workforce Housing Scorecard, Huntington Beach is expected to have the fifth largest job growth in the county between 2012 and 2025. The city is currently ranked second in workforce housing availability, but in 10 years is expected to decline to eighth place. This reduction in housing units will only exacerbate that issue--2,400 employees will not have a place to live in the city where they work-leading to higher housing costs, more congestion, and ultimately forcing a talented workforce out of the area. Orange County is already facing a 50,000-62,000 housing shortfall, and that shortfall is projected to grow to 100,000 units by 2040 as new housing is simply not keeping pace with job and population growth. The Beach and Edinger plan was adopted in 2010 by the council to increase economic activity for the area, this amendment goes directly against that objective by limiting the ability to attract and maintain jobs and future business opportunity. Kudos to councilmembers Mike Posey and Barbara Delgleize for "doing the right thing" in support of housing. CLICK HERE to download a copy of OCBC's 2015 Workforce Housing Scorecard. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 


California's environmental laws are important but clearly in need of modernization. This report by Holland & Knight analyzes all published CEQA court opinions from 1997-2012 and makes some interesting findings: A plaintiff has a 50/50 chance of overturning a government decision; Over one-third of the projects challenged were public projects proposed by a public agency for the benefit of the public -such as infrastructure, schools, and regulations or plans - rather than proposals by private developers; 2/3 of the cases involved so-called "infill" development--favored by Sacramento as important to achieving climate change goals. CLICK HERE for the report. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 


Despite Mike Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District (OCWD) having publicly declared in a Jan. 30 op-ed published in the OC Register that "OCWD was not seeking Superfund Designation at this time," the agency continues to wrongfully pursue the designation on long-time industrial sites in Anaheim and Fullerton known as the North Basin. OCBC has long expressed concerns about this. Municipalities, water purveyors, business and property owners have not been invited to participate and provide relevant information in secret meetings, dating back to February 2014, between OCWD, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board concerning OCWD's desire for DTSC to pursue listing the "North Basin" and "South Basin" as federal and state Superfund sites.  Despite losing two independent lawsuits against alleged responsible parties, OCWD has engaged the state and federal branches of the EPA in a dangerous strategy that will tie up - according to some local elected officials -- over $1.8 billion in land with years of process. Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, met with EPA in San Francisco last month and learned that the United States EPA is very likely to engage, which would mean the federal government would have lead agency status and control the entire process, despite OCWD's previous claims that OCWD would maintain control. EPA will likely make their determination on lead agency status within 30 days.   While it may be too late, OCBC will continue to push for local clean-up solutions in lieu of OCWD's strategy of declaring North OC's drinking water source as a federal environmental disaster area or "Superfundsite. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 


Capitol - DC AB 288 (Holden) - The College Career Access Pathways Act makes it easier for students from all backgrounds to have early access to college preparation. The act would allow for uniquely customized enrollment plans that cater to the needs of local student populations and are designed to fill projected labor market demands. In a positive step forward, the Assembly Committee on Education passed the bill and it will now move to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 


AB 596 (Daly) - OCBC's first-ever housing legislation will be heard in the Assembly Housing Committee on  Wednesday, May 13, 2015, when Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, will head to Sacramento to testify on its behalf. The bill requires a statement be provided to members of homeowners associations (HOAs) regarding the status of its Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-- approved condominium project and whether the status changes. Before a qualified home buyer can use either FHA or VA financing to purchase an home in an attached condo project, the HOA board of directors must apply for and receive approval for the HOA from the government entity -- either the FHA or VA -- that is asked to insure or guarantee the loan. OCBC's bill will encourage HOAs to certify in order to unlock home ownership for a whole new group of potential buyers. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 


On April 30, OCBC CEO Lucy Dunn-in her role as Chair of the California Transportation Authority - joined state legislators, labor, business, engineers, state and local transportation agencies to review all things mobility.  Particular focus was paid to legislation proposed by Senator Jim Beall for funding infrastructure improvements and proposed legislation coming from Assemblyman Jim Frazier for the same.  The annual Transportation Infrastructure Roundtable Conference, hosted annually by the California Foundation for Economy and Environment (CFEE), also discussed the successes and challenges of public-private partnerships in California, Presidio Parkway success as California's high-profile P3 success, and reauthorization of P3 due in 2016.  Reema Griffith of the state of Washington also presented on the status of that state's "road charge" pilot program-substituting a two cents per mile fee for road usage in place of the gas tax system-also being explored by California pursuant to last year's SB 1077. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 


State water officials are overhauling the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, reducing the project from an $8 billion endeavor to $3 billion. The revisions include trimming the amount of fish and wildlife habitat planned to be restored and separating the restoration effort from the construction of two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Funding would come from last year's water bond and other sources. Instead of restoring 100,000 acres or more of habitat over the next five decades, the revised proposal calls for 30,000 acres of habitat work in the 3.5 years. The major goal of the previous plan was to gain a 50-year environmental permit for delta exports that would cease the endangered species restrictions that have cut delta deliveries, but shorter permits at smaller costs are more likely to pass rigorous federal requirements. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 


In a positive step forward, the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, lead by Chairman Jeff Lalloway, of Irvine voted last week to take the lead on implementing both the general purpose lane promised in Measure M, and a new express lane that will speed up travel for everyone in the corridor. The vote means the agency will maintain local control of the $1.7 billion I-405 Improvement Project. The express lanes will be financed and paid for by those who choose to pay a toll and use the express lanes, and carpools of two or more will remain free for a minimum of three years, pending the results of comprehensive traffic and revenue study.  OCBC applauds the great leadership of OCTA. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 


Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, has been named as a one of 21 prestigious fellows of the second cohort of Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Fellowship for Education Attainment. This fellowship is a promising initiative for chamber executives and senior staff working to improve the birth-to-career education pipeline in their communities. Fellows will engage in an immersive education and workforce development experience involving best practices in education attainment, case studies of successes and failures, interaction with national experts and building a strong peer-to-peer network. Selected fellows have demonstrated a passion for improving the birth-to-career education pipeline and a desire to take their chambers' educational efforts to the next level. Congratulations Alicia! CLICK HERE to view the list of all 21 fellows. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 


Affordable housing creates more opportunity for low-income residents than just a home; research shows that housing offers healthy living and community. An improved and healthier lifestyle, in turn, reduces stress and tension in the family, which means a more relaxed, enjoyable and productive life. A white paper by Jamboree Housing, "A Vital Connection: Affordable Housing and Healthy Communities," aims to further the discussion on the power of healthy communities to plan, implement and innovate strong communities in the future. To create healthier places, the report state that communities need to offer healthy and affordable housing options, and a variety of safe, comfortable, and convenient transportation choices; provide access to healthy foods, the natural environment, and other amenities that allow people to reach their full potential; address unique community health issues with innovative and sustainable solutions; and design infrastructure thoughtfully with an eye to making the healthy choice the easy choice. CLICK HERE to read the full report. CLICK HERE for a recent article by the Orange County Register that discusses the effects of the lack of affordable housing on the California economy. For more information contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.


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

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

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

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


Join 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 Benes, Events Manager at 949-794-7241.


The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association (OCADA) released the 2014 Economic Impact Report last week, which provides an in-depth analysis of the new car and truck dealers in Orange County  on the state and local economy. The 122 franchised automobile dealerships had an economic impact of $11 billion in 2014, up from $10 billion in 2013, according to the report. OCADA also reports that OC's auto dealers sold 275,354 new and used vehicles, generating more than $662 million in sales tax, and 12,000 jobs with a total payroll of more than $653 million. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.  


In the aftermath of the earthquake that ravaged much of Nepal a week ago, Time Warner Cable is helping customers connect with friends and family by offering anyone using the company's phone services to place free calls to Nepal. Any calls placed by TWC Home Phone and Business Services to landline and mobile numbers in the Philippines will be free through May 25, and is retroactive for all calls placed since April 25. TWC phone customers who make calls to Nepal during the eligible time period do not need to make any changes to their accounts. Customers who were charged on or after April 25 will be credited automatically. 


OCBC welcomes three new investors Hewlett Packard, CDM Smith, and Cofiroute USA. Hewlett Packard is a global technology company focused on creating possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and ITinfrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world. CDM Smith is a full-service engineering and construction firm, delivering exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle. CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. Headquartered in Irvine,Calif., Cofiroute USA provides a wide range of services to its public and private sector clients in the toll road industry, including total management of all toll operations. The company helped create the world's first fully automated toll facility--the 91 Express Lanes. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - OCBC hosted the staff of Orange County's legislators, organized by Curt Pringle & Associates, to discuss upcoming legislation pertinent to the business community. Staffers took the opportunity to connect with the OCBC advocacy team, ask questions about upcoming legislation, and voice what their respective offices are currently working on.

Wednesday, April 9, 2015 - Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development, presented an economic update at the American Council of Engineering Companies Orange County Chamber for their monthly luncheon. He discussed a broad range of issues, including the effects of the lack of affordable housing on the economy. 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, served as a guest speaker to a political science class, taught by Owen Holmes, at CSU Fullerton. The subject of the talk focused on interest groups and the role that they play in the United States democratic process.  


Monday, April 27, 2015 - Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, moderated a panel discussion "Women in Business," hosted by Kid Works. The Executive Women's Forum focused on women in the business world, the progress that has been made, and the skills women need in order to succeed in business. 



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

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


A Vision for Growth in Orange County - Tuesday, May 5

Join The Network Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at The Pacific Club. Speakers at the event include Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI; Joseph Walker, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan; and Stephen Gordon, Chairman, CEO & President, Opus Bank. The Network is a networking group for and executives and business leaders, providing a platform for building relationships, fostering leadership opportunities and engaging with peers. CLICK HERE for more information about the speakers and the event. 


OC Human Relations' AWARDS 44 - Thursday, May 7

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


SCAG Regional Conference & General Assembly - Thursday, May 7-8

Join Southern California Association of Governments in celebrating the past, present and future at the 2015 Regional Conference and General Assembly, May 7-8, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. The event will commemorate 50 years of regional collaboration and service to SCAG's member cities as well as engage attendees in envisioning a sustainable future for Southern California.  CLICK HERE for more information. 


Leadercast "The Brave Ones" - Friday, May 8

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


Orange County Streetcar Milestone Celebration - Monday, May 11

Join the Orange County Transportation Authority in celebrating important project milestones for the OC Streetcar, which will be located in the heart of Orange County. It will serve Santa Ana's historic and thriving downtown and connecting to Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, OCTA's busiest bus corridor. The celebration will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11 at Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center. CLICK HERE for more information. 


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

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


Everything you need to know about state funding for workforce development - Wednesday, May 13

Join Brandman's Employment Training Panel expert from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 for a complimentary webinar on everything you need to know about ETP funding. CLICK HERE to register and learn more. 


Grand Opening of the UCI Libraries Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive (OC & SEAA) Center - Wednesday, May 13

Join UCI for a celebration that will include a ribbon cutting, tour of the new OC & SEAA Center, exhibit viewings and performances by UCI students on from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. CLICK HERE for more information. 


Veteran Business Network Dinner - Thursday, May 14

Join the Veteran Business Network of OC/Greater LA from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for a networking event and dinner at Irvine Marriot. This is the first of what will be quarterly events to bring together some of the area's most successful veteran business leaders.  CLICK HERE to register. 


Irvine Chamber of Commerce for Orange County International Trade Week - Thursday, May 14

Join Irvine Chamber of Commerce for Orange County International Trade Week Forum and Breakfast taking place 8 a.m. to 12 p.m on Thursday, May 14 at the Hilton Irvine. World Trade Week focuses on the value of trade and the benefits of exporting. This event gives every attendee the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the trade organizations and international chambers that can help you decide to export or grow your exports. CLICK HERE  for additional information and to register. 


Annual OC Water Summit - Friday, May 15

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


Pacific Symphony 2015 Gala - Saturday, May 16

Join Pacific Symphony for their annual gala, which will be celebrating Music Director Carl St. Clair's 25 years in Orange County. The gala will take place at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Hotel Irvine. Immerse yourself in a little soul and sand, featuring entertainment by Pacific Symphony musicians and the big band sounds of JT & Friends. CLICK HERE to learn more. 


OC Forum Luncheon - Historical Reverberations - Thursday, May 21

Join OC Forum for Historical Reverberations: Little Saigon's big contributions to Orange County at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Hilton Irvine. The program will feature guest speakers Dr. Allison Varzally, CSU Fullerton; Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, UC Irvine; Dr. Tu-Uyen Nguyen, CSU Fullerton; and Tom Berg, Orange County Register, who will serve as the moderator. CLICK HERE for more information. 


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

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


Enter Nominations for 27th Annual Clean Air Awards - Wednesday, July 1

For over a quarter of a century, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has annually honored Clean Air Heroes. Submit an entry form for a person, business, organization or municipality that have helped improve the air quality throughout the region by Wednesday, July 1, 2015. An awards reception will take place Friday, October 2, 2015. CLICK HERE for more information. 



Wednesday, May 13, 2015 


Infrastructure Committee

Tuesday, May 12, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Health Care Task Force

Friday, May 15, 2015  I  4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  I  Morton's The Steakhouse, Anaheim (NOTICE TIME AND LOCATION)


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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