The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, February 7, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: BETSY DEVOS CONFIRMED AS U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION WITH HISTORIC VOTE
In an historic tie-breaking vote by Vice President Pence and the participation of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Senate confirmed Betsy Devos today as U.S. Secretary of Education. This was the first time the Vice President's tie-breaking vote was needed to confirm a presidential Cabinet appointment, despite the tie-breaking power being within the Vice President's capacity since John Adams first assumed office in 1789. While her confirmation was among the most contentious in recent history for that post, it is still unclear what policies DeVos would actually push once in office. During the campaign, President Trump backed a plan to expand school vouchers - which allows for tax dollars to go to qualified private schools -- however, DeVos publicly announced that she would not support such a plan. OCBC will analyze what this appointment means for California, and advocate for policies that promote high paying jobs for the county. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
REGISTER TODAY FOR OCBC'S 2017 ANNUAL DINNER - NEXT WEEK!
Join OCBC for the 2017 Annual Dinner and Installation of the Board of Directors on Friday, February 16 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Hotel Irvine, sponsored by Transportation Corridor Agencies. We will welcome keynote speaker Mark Thompson, New York Times bestselling author, nationally syndicated columnist, venture capitalist, and executive coach, who will discuss ways you can ADAPT, CONNECT, and TRANSFORM in these disruptive times. For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Events Director. 

LAO REPORT: CA GOVERNMENT AGENCY SAYS CA NEEDS REGULATORY REFORM
The Legislature passes laws directing agencies to implement policies, but the laws often do not identify all of the details on how to implement the policies. The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) released a report highlighting the need for the Legislature to establish a more robust system of guidance and oversight to state agencies developing major regulations, which are regulations with over $50 million in economic impact, and identify opportunities to reduce or eliminate unnecessary analytical requirements. "Improving California's Regulatory Analysis" found positive changes incurred by SB 617, Calderon, which established a new process for analyzing major regulations, but LAO recommends further  action is needed in order to continue this positive trend. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.  
STATE HOUSING DIRECTOR METCALF SHARES TROUBLING NEWS ON CALIFORNIA HOUSING
OCBC Advocacy and Government Affairs and Workforce Housing committees held a joint meeting Friday to welcome Director Ben Metcalf, Housing and Community Development, and Megan Kirkeby, HCD's Policy Research Specialist, for an overview of the California's Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities draft report, which is the first comprehensive report of its kind since 2000, outlining the state's housing challenges including low production, lack of supply, affordability struggles, homelessness, lack of available resources for vulnerable populations, and much more. The report also outlines ways to meet these challenges, such as reforming land use policy to streamline regulations to reduce the time - and therefore the cost - of building homes; rewarding the good behavior of jurisdictions who meet the housing demands of their populations; and much more. CLICK HERE for a copy of the presentation, or view a more detailed version and other resources HERE. Public comments about the report are due March 4 to SHA@hcd.ca.gov. CLICK HERE for a short video with Director Metcalf. For more info, contact Patty Conover, Public Affairs Manager. 
CA SENATE CONFIRMS GOV. BROWN'S REAPPOINTMENT OF LUCY DUNN TO CTC
Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, was unanimously confirmed last week by the CA Senate to serve a third term as Gov. Jerry Brown's appointee to the California Transportation Commission. Dunn served as the commission's chair in 2015 advocates for increased efficiency and investment in construction, management, and maintenance of the state's infrastructure system. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT BOARD POSTPONES VOTE ON PLAN UNTIL MARCH 3 
On a 9-3 decision, the South Coast Air Quality Management District Board (AQMD) postponed a vote on the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) until March 3. OCBC, along with other business groups such as the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), supported the current form of the AQMP, which lays out a comprehensive outline aiming to reduce smog-forming emissions by 50 percent in Southern California by 2023. New AQMD board member Sheila Kuehl, a Los Angeles County Supervisor, proposed a number of amendments to the already aggressive plan, at an already late stage of the process, that would have severe and unintended impacts on the business community -- particularly for warehouses, ports, railyards, etc.  CLICK HERE to read BizFed's coalition paper on the issue. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCMOVES: JOIN THE FIX OUR ROADS COALITION #ROADRAGE CAMPAIGN 
OCBC's OCMoves members advocate Orange County's transportation priorities at regional, state and federal levels, as well as provide oversight on behalf of the business community. 
OCBC supports transportation legislation with strong reform measures, along with enhanced revenues, and therefore joined the Fix Our Roads Coalition in the advocacy efforts to support Senator Jim Beall's, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, legislation SB 1. The bill allows CalTrans and local governments to improve roads and highways, and make a dent in the massive backlog of upgrades and maintenance in California's transportation network. The plan provides for new transportation revenue and strong accountability provisions. SB 1 is up for a hearing before the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on February 14 and OCBC urges members to support the bill. It's been 23 years since California increased transportation funding, leaving the state with more than $130 billion in needed upgrades to the highway system. Join OCBC and the Fix Our Roads Coalition in supporting SB1 by reaching out to your legislators with videos, photos, and comments of degraded roads in your area and including #RoadRage. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
ADRIAN FOLEY RECOUNTS HIS PAST, RAISES MONEY TO END HOMELESSNESS 
Adrian Foley, COO Brookfield Residential, Western Region President, joined OCBC Chairman's Leadership Caucus Chair Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps, Phillips, for a candid discussion January 26 at the first Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2017. Foley spoke of his childhood in London, England dreaming of becoming a professional soccer player, his first years in real estate buying and flipping properties with a wealthy family friend, and his move to the United States without a job or residency status, to ultimately leading one of the largest publicly traded real estate companies in North America. Foley sprinkled colorful language throughout his tale, raising the stakes on a bet he made with Jeff Roos, Lennar, that for every curse word he said, he would donate $100 to the nonprofit Home(Ful) to be matched by Roos. Through the course of the entertaining event, no less than $1,000 were raised for the nonprofit! CLICK HERE for a quick video interview with Foley. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
HELP OCBC ADVANCE XL KEYSTONE, DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE
President Donald Trump signed executive actions last month to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, reversing decisions made by the Obama administration. He said that approving the cross-border oil line would be "subject to a renegotiation of terms by us." The Keystone pipeline was under review for over nine years and the Dakota Access Pipeline was 90 percent completed when both projects were stopped. OCBC and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are staying closely engaged in this issue as the pipeline is a critical component the nation's energy infrastructure. CLICK HERE to join the conversation with Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
MANY THANKS TO OC UNITED WAY'S MAX GARDNER FOR SIX YEARS OF LEADERSHIP
After six years with Orange County United Way, President and CEO Max Gardner will officially retire once a replacement is installed. Due to his passion for OC United Way, he came out of his first retirement from a successful real estate and development career - including service as President of The Irvine Company's Apartment Communities, to lead the organization to be as strong as it has ever been. Max worked closely with key leaders within the organization and emphasized collaboration with community partners such as OCBC to grow and strengthen the organization's initiatives in health, education, income and housing. Good luck, Max an all your future endeavors and thank you for your leadership! For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
LUCY DUNN FEATURED IN NEWPORT BEACH CHAMBER'S WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SPEAKER SERIES - FEB. 9
Join the Newport Beach Chamber and Inspire: Women in Business for the Women in Leadership Speaker Series featuring Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, at 11:30 a.m. at the Pacific Club. Dunn's talk is part of a series of featuring the most successful women in Orange County who tell their stories of breaking through the glass ceiling to achieve great success in life and business. CLICK HERE for more information, or visit www.newportbeach.com. For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
SAVE THE DATE FOR ONE VOICE, TWO CAPITOLS ADVOCACY TRIP TO DC - MAY 1-3
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 Washington, D.C. May 1-3. 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. 
SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - SEPT. 19
You won't want to miss OCBC's Annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. This is OC's premier golf event featuring high-level networking with top executives from Orange County's leading businesses. Sign up today to become a sponsor and take advantage of this opportunity to market your brand as a top company in OC. 
WHEN: September 19, 2017 WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links  
 
VIGILANCE NEEDED DESPITE ABOVE AVERAGE RESULTS OF YEAR'S SECOND SNOW SURVEY 
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted its second snow survey of 2017, which found Sierra Nevada snowpack levels to be 153 percent of average for this time of year. These above average findings following the first months of Water Year 2017 are in part a result of atmospheric river storms. However, the impact is surface level as underground water storage is still depleted after years of drought. Remember the importance of a long-term statewide solution and that it's critical that Californians continue conserving, improving its ability to capture water and install a modern, flexible system that allows us to move and store water when it's available. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President Government Affairs. 
GET YOUR CYBERSECURITY TIP OF THE DAY HERE...
Social networking is a way for people to connect and share information with each other online and millions of people worldwide regularly access these types of services from mobile devices, applications, and websites. However, public profiles on social networking sites put you at risk by exposing personal information, such as your full birth date, hometown, employment history, etc., that a criminal could use to pose as you. The Cybersecurity Task Force emphasizes the importance of implementing security measures such as using a platform's privacy settings to ensure your personal information isn't public knowledge; using strong passwords; keeping anti-virus software up to date; and installing software updates in a timely manner. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
North Orange County Regional Outlook - Tuesday, February 28
Join the North Orange County Chamber for a gathering of cities that are experiencing a shift in many facets of their communities, from housing and development, to education levels and jobs. The event features a panel of experts and a discussion on these issues and takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Brea - NOC. CLICK HEREfor more info. 

Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce 113th Annual Gala - Friday, February 24 
The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the 113th Annual Gala on Friday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 - 10 p.m. at the Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel. The event will install the new Chamber board members and welcome the new mayor, Barbara Delgleize, and honor outgoing board members and the previous mayor, Jim Katapodis. CLICK HERE for more information. 

South Orange County Economic Coalition 2017 Drought Update - Friday, February 24
Join the South OC Economic Coalition from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Friday, February 24 at the Orange County Association of REALTORS in Laguna Hills for an expert discussion on how this winter's rain will impact water supplies. CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 

MWDOC Water Policy Forum and Dinner - Thursday, March 30
Save the date to join Metropolitan Water District of Orange County for a night with keynote speaker Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. more details to come. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FEBRUARY
NOTE TIME AND DATE: Economic Development
Tuesday, February 14, 2017  I  Noon to 1:30 a.m. 

POSTPONED: Workforce Development
The Wednesday, February 15, 2017  meeting is postponed to Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, February 15, 2017  I  9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, February 17, 2017  I  9:00 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. 
GET CONNECTED ONLINE WITH OCBC 
Do you tweet? Have a Facebook page or surf YouTube? Then follow the latest news and information from OCBCsocial media online. Follow us on Twitter. Like our Facebook page. Tune into our YouTube channel. Check out OCBC's blog: Dunn and Done. Or visit our newest website, LocationOC.com.

If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, at 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.org.
SPREAD THE WORD - IMPACT THE WORLD - FORWARD YOUR COPY TO ASSOCIATES 
Forward OCBC's E-Indicator newsletter to friends and colleagues by clicking on the "Forward Email" link at the bottom of the email and encourage them to sign up for one of Orange County's premier business publications. 
enews signup  
IS IT NEWS TO YOU? THEN IT'S NEWS WE CAN USE 
indicator
Have an event coming up? Was your company just highlighted in the news? Are you doing something great in Orange County? The Business Council wants to know about it. Now OCBC members can submit news stories for OCBC's Indicator e-Newsletter. Click here and fill out the submission form for one of Orange County's premier business news source. Not a member? Click here for more information on how to get involved and join the leading voice of business in Orange County.
TUNE INTO OCBC-TV AND GET CAUGHT UP ON THE LATEST EVENTS
OC's housing shortage affects workforce and economy
OC's housing shortage affects workforce and economy
2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine CA 92614 | www.ocbc.org | PH: 949.476.2242 | FAX: 949.476.9240
Orange County Business Council, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614
Sent by info@ocbc.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact
Save