The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, November 28, 2016
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017 - INSIGHTS FROM OCBC'S GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS TEAM
As President Obama once said, "elections have consequences," and this last one certainly will as the Orange County business community can expect changes at all levels of government. OCBC's government affairs team has assessed the playing field for 2017 and has a few predictions, including insights to the challenges and opportunities, from city hall to the White House. OC's cities and local government agencies will remain fairly steady in 2017, but also with notable shifts. Anaheim will add two council seats -- from four to six -- resulting in new city council districts, rather than at large city council representation- -plus a directly elected mayor. Several OC cities, including Anaheim, have seen power shifts in council majorities that could significantly alter their policy priorities. Other issues that will face local governments -- particularly with the passage of new sales tax measures in Westminster, Fountain Valley and La Palma -- include pressure to raise taxes to fund pension costs. Further stress on housing and commercial development will result from ballot box zoning initiatives percolating through the county. Some good news: finally an opportunity to improve south county mobility by with a new process for an alternative alignment to connect SR-241 to I-5. This is a tremendous opportunity, made possible only by the landmark settlement agreement reached by TCA and the environmental coalition ending a decade's long legal battle. Lucy Dunn and Board Member Mike Kraman were at the center of negotiations to clear a path towards finding a new solution for the highway. 2017 will be a very busy year for OCBC's Government Affairs team but we are up to the task.  With the addition of Patty Conover as our new Public Affairs Manager, we have added horsepower to our operation. CLICK HERE to read more insights about the state and federal governments. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.
#GIVINGTUESDAY: A GREAT TIME TO DONATE TO OCBC'S LATINO EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT PROGRAM
OCBC's LEA Latino Educational Attainment Initiative educates Orange County's immigrant parents (Latino, Korean, and Vietnamese) on the skills needed to navigate California's school system. The program produces remarkable results, such as increased graduation rates and college eligibility. Your $10,000 donation will underwrite the critical training materials necessary to help immigrant parents understand how to be a part of their children's success. DONATE today by please making a check payable in any amount to Orange County Education and Research Institute, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614. Be sure to share with your friends that you support OCBC's LEA program on all your social media channels. CLICK HERE to learn more about #GivingTuesday. CLICK HERE to learn more about LEA. For more information about how to donate, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development. 


On November 17, Orange County Business Council hosted its 6th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards Reception, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. The awards honor the good work of local government agencies for projects and policies that cut through red tape and remove barriers to economic development. There were 38 programs nominated total, 27 of which received awards across six different categories. In all, there were 26 different government agencies highlighted, showcasing the great work that Orange County is doing and continuing its reputation as a great place to do business. OCBC continues to sing the praises of these innovative agencies by providing a spotlight on the red carpet worthy programs and nominees to viral the great work being done. Congrats to all the winners and nominees! CLICK HERE to see all the winners! For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist.
CITIES OF BUENA PARK AND HUNTINGTON BEACH - SPOTLIGHT ON TWO WINNING ENTRIES!
Spotlight #1: The City of Buena Park won the award for Business Retention and Expansion for the Beach Boulevard Entertainment District program. Buena Park committed to attracting quality entertainment venues, hotel, and restaurants to the area while creating synergy for existing businesses and attractions. CLICK HERE to learn more about the city's plans.  


Spotlight #2: The City of Huntington Beach received an honorable mention in the category of Business Retention and Expansion, recognizing its Film App program. The integrated, online film permitting processing system allows the city to process film permits 24/7, allowing for less intensive staff time and a higher level of service to the applicants, which has effectively lead to increased amount of filming taking place in the city. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program. 
SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S ANNUAL DINNER AND INSTALLATION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS - FEB. 16
Save the date for OCBC's 2017 Annual Dinner and Installation of the Board of Directors, sponsored by Transportation Corridor Agencies. The gala event will feature the theme "ACT : Adapt. Connect. Transform." where OCBC will recognize outgoing 2016 Chair RJ Mayer, The Mayer Corporation, and install the 2017 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair Richard Porras, AT&T. Keynote speaker and more details coming soon!

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2016  Time: 5:30 p.m.  Registration  I 9 p.m. Adjourn Place: Hotel Irvine  For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Events Director. 

NO DEAL REACHED ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AS SPECIAL SESSION COMES TO A CLOSE
Gov. Brown, Senate Pro Tempore De Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon issued a statement that they are calling an end to the transportation special session and committing to addressing the issue of funding next year. California's crumbling roads and highways are in need of a deal to finance billions in repairs. Gov. Brown called the special session in June 2015, but progress was slow as a proposal from Gov. Brown focusing on the mixed priorities of raising the gas tax and reforms failed. Lawmakers faced a looming deadline with the Capitol shutting down for a long Thanksgiving break as a result of Prop. 54, which was an initiative passed by voters on Nov. 8 requiring bills to be in print 72 hours before final votes in both housesFor more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF SDG&E'S SOUTH OC RELIABILITY PROJECT 
On Thursday December 1, 2016 OCBC's Senior Vice President Bryan Starr will testify before CPUC in San Francisco in support of SDG&E's South Orange County Reliability Enhancement Project (SOCRE).  SDG&E has filed an application with the CPUC for the SOCRE project to rebuild and upgrade a portion of its transmission infrastructure in South Orange County.  The purpose of the proposed SOCRE project is to increase the reliability and operational flexibility of SDG&E's South Orange County system to reduce the risk of electrical outages. The project would also upgrade aging electrical infrastructure in the South Orange County area, including SDG&E's Capistrano Substation in the City of San Juan Capistrano.  OCBC supports the project as critical infrastructure that powers much of South Orange County.  Upgrading and maintaining our region's electrical grid is essential for the regional economy. Fore more infomration, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC'S ALICIA BERHOW ELECTED PRESIDENT OF CALIFORNIA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY 
The California Board of Accountancy (CBA) elected OCBC's Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, as the 2017 President. She was appointed to the CBA by the Speaker of the Assembly in February 2011 and served as Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer prior to her election as President. In addition to her service at CBA, Berhow is also a Board Member of the Anaheim Workforce Investment Board and the Community Action Partnership -- Orange County, and is an Ambassador for the Delhi Center in Santa Ana. The CBA also elected Michael Savoy, CPA as Vice President, and Mark Silverman, Esq. as Secretary/Treasurer. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
LUCY DUNN IS A GIRL SCOUTS TRAIL BLAZER
More than 260 community and business leaders came together on Friday, November 4 to recognize seven outstanding local female leaders, all Girl Scout alumnae and champions of Girl Scouting, raising over $225,000 (net) for Girl Scouts of Orange County at its Seventh Annual Celebrate Leadership event. Among the honorees was Orange County Business Council's own Lucy Dunn, recognized for her tremendous efforts to lift up Girl Scouts in Orange County. Lucy was paired with Girl Scout Cadette Ashley Hodge, who created a symbolic Girl Scout badge for Lucy inspired by her leadership journey. Funds raised will support Girl Scouts of Orange County's leadership development programs for more than 21,000 Girl Scouts and to recruit, train, and support the more than 15,000 volunteers who guide and support them. CLICK HERE for more information.
REGISTER TODAY, THIS WILL SELL OUT! ONE VOICE, TWO CAPITOLS ADVOCACY TRIP - MARCH 2017
This WILL sell out! Help make the voice of business heard and advance OC's competitive advantage by joining OCBC for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Sacramento Monday, March 13-14. Join us for targeted legislative meetings to advocate for OC's priorities and unparalleled networking with business and elected officials. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
WHEN: March 13-14, 2017 WHERE: The Sheraton Grand Hotel  I  1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA
 
PUBLICATION HELPS COMPANIES "GO GLOBAL" 
While international trade has come under attack during the recent presidential election campaign, California leads the nation in attracting foreign direct investment and it is a vital part of state's economy. Continued growth in FDI and exporting will require maximizing existing state, federal and private sector resources, and implementing new trade- and investment-related initiatives, according to the California Export Guide. The publication is strongly supported by Cal Chamber and others as an important resource as it aims to help California companies "go-global" and educate readers on the significance of international trade to the economy. California's gross state product of more than $2 trillion places the state as one of the top 10 largest economies in the world. In 2015, California exported to 229 foreign markets from more than 75,000 companies. The Guide is a product of ThinkGlobal Inc. in partnership with San Diego State University's Center for International Business Education and Research. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
REGISTER TODAY FOR DEC. 14 CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT WORKSHOP
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit. Small, medium, and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. December 14, 2016 at Garden Grove Courtyard Center. CLICK HERE to register. The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Any business can apply for the CCTC and there are no geographic or sector-specific restrictions that impact eligibility.  In addition, 25 percent of the total credits available each fiscal year are specifically reserved for small businesses.  Mark your calendar for the next application period beginning on January 2. CLICK HERE to apply. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
GET YOUR CYBERSECURITY TIP OF THE DAY HERE...
In today's world where virtually every electronic device can connect to the Internet, opportunities are nearly boundless for businesses to collaborate and connect, but this also means an increased vulnerability to new cyber threats.  OCBC's Cybersecurity Corner offers ways to improve your online safety by providing a Cybersecurity Tip of the day.
 
Cybersecurity Tip: Data is the most important aspect of your computer. The operating system can be reinstalled, as well as an application, but it may be difficult or impossible to recreate your original data.  It is essential to make regular backup copies of important business data and information on all computers. Critical data includes word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial files, human resources files, and accounts receivable/payable files. The Cybersecurity Task force recommends following the 3-2-1 rule: Have three backups, in two different media with at least one offsite.  For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
2016 CA ECONOMIC SUMMIT JUST AROUND THE CORNER - DEC. 13-14
OCBC looks forward to seeing you in Sacramento December 13 to 14 for the California Economic Summit. This is the fifth annual gathering of private, public and civic leaders from across California's diverse regions. Participating in the Summit's year-round process with the goal of expanding opportunity for all, the network of business, equity, environmental, and civic organizations will come together in the capital. Take a moment to review the program and be sure to register for the event today! CLICK HERE for more information. 

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COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Holiday Mixer & Membership Kickoff with OCPAA - Wednesday, November 30
Join Orange County Public Affairs Association for its 21st Annual Holiday Mixer & Membership Kickoff, sponsored by Charter Communications, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Antonello Ristorante. The cost is free for renewing members, or if you join by December 31 at a discounted rate. CLICK HERE for more info. 

OC Register's Top Workplace Awards - Thursday, December 8
The Orange County Register hosts its signature Top Workplaces Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. The reception celebrates Orange County companies that rank highest in employee surveys for "strength symbols" such as inspiring leaders, winning cultures and meaningful company missions. Jim Kouzes, bestselling author of "The Leadership Challenge" who speaks worldwide on principles of leadership at top-performing companies such as Google and Apple, is the evening's keynote. Tickets are $85 each or $800 for a table of 10, which includes a cocktail reception, networking, dinner, awards ceremony, and advance copy of the Top Workplaces publication that runs in the Register on Dec. 9. CLICK HERE for more information.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: DECEMBER
Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, December 2, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Advocacy and Government Affairs
Friday, December 2, 2016  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Infrastructure
Tuesday, December 13, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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