The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, December 13, 2016
CA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION NEWS FOR OC
Almost $4 million was allocated to Orange County Projects at the December CTC meeting held in Riverside on Wednesday, including two projects from the City of Santa Ana and one project from the City of Brea. The money is part of Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds for biking and walking improvements. Caltrans received about $1 million in State Highway Operation and Protection Program funds for a project in the City of Santa Ana at the northbound connector to westbound State Route 22. Improvements include grooving two lanes of roadway, improving drainage, and replacing guard railing to reduce the number and severity of collisions. On the policy side, CTC questioned Caltrans on their "interim guidance" review of pending local development projects. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 


On Thursday, OCBC, Building Industry Association - Orange County Chapter, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Orange County Association of Realtors joined together for the most talked about holiday party of the year at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine. Over 300 members of the organizations and friends enjoyed good food, good drinks and good company to celebrate the holidays. In observance of the holidays, OCBC's Indicator Newsletter is taking a short vacation, but will be back in your inbox on January 10, 2017. Happy holidays and best wishes for 2017! 
OCBC'S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WELCOMES TRUSTEES JEMAL AND ROCCO
The Workforce Development Committee was pleased to welcome The Honorable Tim Jemal, Trustee for the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCD), and The Honorable Teri Rocco, Trustee for the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD), to offer their perspectives on the Nov. 8 ballot results. Both guest speakers reported on the passage of Prop. 51 -the California Public School Facility Bonds Initiative- and Prop. 55 - the extension of the Pro. 30 Income Tax Increase - and discussed how those passages would benefit their respected districts in terms of funding. Trustee Jemal discussed the goals of the SOCCD with the expansion of the Advanced Technology Education Park that specifically trains students in career technical education and partners with local advanced manufacturing companies on training and internships. Trustee Rocco will continue her work with parent outreach to inform them of post-graduation options at GGUSD. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development.
2016 CA ECONOMIC SUMMIT TODAY AND TOMORROW
OCBC looks forward to seeing you in Sacramento today and tomorow for the California Economic Summit. The Summit focuses on a three pronged approach of producing One Million More Skilled Workers, One Million More Homes, and One Million More Acre-Feet of Water, which is outlined in the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity. In addition, the Summit recently released an updated draft of the Summit's housing framework, which outlines new and existing funding incentives for a new permanent revenue source for housing, additional existing state resources such as the General Fund, and a new General Obligation bond for housing. OCBC is honored to partner with the Summit and commends its efforts to address the critical issue of a severe shortage of housing affordable to the workforce. However, while the Summit's framework currently focuses on low income housing solutions almost exclusively, OCBC contends that a focus on a broad spectrum of housing is needed in order to ensure that there is ample choice available to the workforce. Having very expensive housing and very low income housing leaves very little choice for the middle income worker residing somewhere in between the spectrum. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Public Affairs Manager. 
DON'T MISS OCBC'S FIRST CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST OF 2017 WITH ADRIAN FOLEY - JAN. 26
Join OCBC for the first Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of the 2017 series featuring Adrian Foley, COO, Brookfield Residential, Western Region President. He oversees the entire California business portfolio for Brookfield Residential - one of North America's largest publicly traded real estate entities, with land development and homebuilding operations in 11 of the most dynamic regions across the U.S. and Canada. Our guest will be interviewed by none other than Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, Chair of OCBC's CEO Leadership Caucus. For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Events Director. 
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017  Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Location: The Center Club
Cost: $85 members  I  $145 Non-members  I  $300 2017 CLB series 
WILL YOU ADAPT, CONNECT AND TRANSFORM? OCBC'S ANNUAL DINNER - FEB. 16, REGISTER NOW!
Registration is open 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." 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, 2017  Time: 5:30 p.m.  Registration  I 9 p.m. Adjourn Place: Hotel Irvine  For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Events Director. 
 
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
 
OCBC HIGHLIGHTED AT OCDE CAREER PATHWAYS EVENT
On November 30, the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) presented the 2nd Annual OC Pathways Showcase event, OCBC was highlighted as one of the business partners of OCDE to ensure students have access to career technical education that will lead to employment in the region. OC Pathways is an initiative that bring together schools, colleges and businesses to create career paths in targeted industry sectors. Some of the successes of the last year include that roughly 1,400 Orange County High School students participated in one of three OC Pathways, which has doubled since 2014 and more than 10,000 Orange community college students participated in a career pathway program in one of three OC Pathways sectors. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
OCBC COMMENTING ON AIR QUAILTY MANAGEMENT STANDARDS 
OCBC is partnering with other regional business groups to comment on the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP), which is a regional blueprint for achieving the federal air quality standards. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is responsible for clean air in the South Coast Air Basin, an area that include Orange County and the non-desert portion of LA, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The AQMP has tremendous regulatory influence on the region's businesses and the economy as a whole. OCBC's primary objective in the development of the AQMD was to ensure an incentive based approach to air quality improvement standards. The SCAQMD Board will consider adoption of the final draft on February 3, 2017. CLICK HERE for the letter. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CA WOMEN LEAD REPORT SHOWS TROUBLING DECLINE IN WOMEN ELECTED OFFICIALS
A recent report from California Women Lead shows that the trend for women's representation in elected office over the past several election cycles in California has either remained stagnant or decreased overall. The turnout of women contenders in all races were outnumbered by at least four to one and the number of women in the California state legislature fell from 25.8 percent to 21.6 percent. However, the number of women in the County Boards of Supervisors has increased. In 2014, three counties had a female majority on county boards. In 2016, that number increased to five counties with a rise from 22.6 percent statewide to 25.6 percent of elected county seats. In an effort to increase the number of women in elected and appointed office, California Women Lead will host 12 Academy sessions starting in March 2017 and ending with the Women's Conference at the Disneyland Resort in April 2018. More details about the Academy are coming soon. CLICK HERE for the report. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
WATER ALLOCATION ESTIMATES DOUBLE THAT OF LAST YEAR, BUT OFFICIALS STILL WARY OF DROUGHT
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced an initial 2017 allocation of 20 percent for water agencies who receive water from the State Water Project, which serves 26 million Californians and supplies about 30 percent of Southern California's water. This estimate could increase depending on the amount of rain and snowfall captured during the winter and spring. This estimate is already double the water allocation of 2016, thanks to early-season storms, but still is only a fraction of water agencies' full contract amounts. State officials still warn of a potential sixth year of drought. California's need for a modern water system that would allow for capturing and storing adequate water needed continues. Large amounts of water continues to runoff into the ocean with the current water system, which is why OCBC will continue to support the California WaterFix project, which will ensure Southern California has a safe, reliable and efficient water supply. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.  
DOES A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION EQUAL STATUS QUO FOR DRUG PRICING? THINK AGAIN
Like many Americans, I was surprised by the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Many fully expected a Hillary Clinton victory. With that expectation was the belief that drug pricing would remain a key focus of the political debate. With the election of Donald Trump as our next President, is the focus off drug prices? Will things go back to business as usual? Will changes to the Affordable Care Act, the economy, jobs and immigration consume all of the political oxygen in the room, leaving no room for anything else? My answer to those questions: No. CLICK HERE to continue reading. 
PACIFIC SYMPHONY OFFERING ACCESS TO CONCERT ARCHIVES 
The Pacific Symphony is now offering public access to the archival concert content on demand. For as little as 99 cents, you can enjoy an overture, or for $4.99, an entire symphony. You can access the recordings HERE. Additionally, you can purchase commercially released recordings of Pacific Symphony of mostly contemporary or historic American repertoire HERE.
BANK OF AMERICA STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN!
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Student LeadersĀ® Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Student LeadersĀ® program. Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,300 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders. The program offers a summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank, in addition to a week-long all expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 9-14, 2017. Students can apply for the program HERE by January 27, 2017. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
GET YOUR CYBERSECURITY TIP OF THE DAY HERE...
OCBC's Cybersecurity Task Force strives to empower organizations to tackle evolving cyber threats and one of the most important principles of cybersecurity is to "know oneself." Businesses and organizations typically store many kinds of data, using a variety of computer systems, on networks that may be local, global or somewhere in between. It is imperative to know what and where data are created, collected and stored. Maintain an accurate inventory of computer systems and software as well as to understand your network infrastructure. This will enable you to better identify and prioritize appropriate security controls as well as remove unauthorized systems and software from your network.  In addition, continuously research and recognize new vulnerabilities in existing systems and software. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Huntington Beach Chamber Holiday Fundraiser - Wednesday, December 21 
The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce is having its first holiday fundraiser: the Luxury Stocking Holiday Raffle. The camber is collecting donations from local businesses and community members in an effort to promote the business community in the city. Donation collection and ticket purchase is currently ongoing and will continue until a name is drawn on December 21. CLICK HERE for the flier. CLICK HERE for more information. 

German American Business Association Luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian - Tuesday, January 10
Join GABA for a luncheon with one of the world's most influential economic thinkers, Chief Economic Adviser to Allianz, Fmr. CEO of PIMCO and award winning author. CLICK HERE for sponsorship opportunities. CLICK HERE to learn more and register. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY
Advocacy and Government Affairs
Friday, January 6, 2017  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Infrastructure
Tuesday, January 10, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Latino Educational Attainment 
Friday, January 13, 2017  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Workforce Development 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Cybersecurity Task Force
Wednesday, January 25, 2017  I  8:30 a.m. to 10:00 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  Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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