The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, March 7, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: OCBC'S WISH LIST FOR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
Orange County's business community is watching the first 40 days of the Donald J. Trump administration closely. Thus far, the President expressed support for the U.S. Export Import Bank, appointed reformers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Education, and a seasoned cabinet secretary at the Department of Transportation, among others. OCBC calls on Congress and the White House to advance sound economic strategies to enhance the economic prosperity for all. First, OCBC urges the House Ways and Means Committee to eliminate the medical device tax immediately under the Affordable Care Act, as Orange County is the medical device capitol of the United States and this arbitrary and duplicative tax harms companies in a disproportionate way. Second, OCBC encourages the Department of Transportation to approve the Orange County Transportation Authority's (OCTA) application for Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) financing for the I-405 Improvement Project funded under Measure M2. Third, OCBC urges The Department of Customs and Border Patrol to immediately grant Port of Entry status to John Wayne Airport and Ontario International Airport, relieving financial burdens for international commerce and tourism passengers visiting Orange County. Fourth, OCBC calls on Congress to look for thoughtful ways to ease unattainable mandates under the Clean Air Act for areas like Southern California and the Central Valley of California.  The one-size-fits all approach to air quality for all 50 states is unworkable for areas of the country such as Southern California. Finally, OCBC encourages the President and Congress to develop balanced and comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants are the life-blood of our society and our workforce. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President.
FIFTEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING - AIR QUALITY PLAN PASSED MARCH 3 
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On March 3, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) passed the Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) with an 11-2 vote. OCBC engaged in coalition efforts to develop the plan representing the regulated community for the past four years. The plan was originally up for a vote in February, but the decision was delayed when board members introduced four new amendments, of which two passed: one seeking SCAQMD discretion to regulate indirect source emissions from  airports within the South Coast Basin by February 2019; as well as a direction to SCAQMD staff to accelerate the purchase and use of zero emission heavy duty on-road vehicles for public fleets. Thankfully, the two other rules with the potential to severely harm goods movement and distribution and activity at our region's marine ports failed. OCBC's Lucy Dunn weighed in on these issues and encouraged the passage of the original plan in her op-ed 'Approve the plan for clean air and a strong economy,' published in The Orange County Register March 1. It is currently unknown how these amendments will affect the Southern California economy, but OCBC will remain engaged to advocate for the prosperity of the regionThe plan still needs state and federal approval. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.  
CA SUPREME COURT RULING: PUBLIC BUSINESS THROUGH EMAILS, TEXTS ARE PUBLIC RECORD
The California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that all public business done through private accounts are public records. This means that all work-related emails and texts sent on personal devices and through private accounts shall be made available to the public, even if the communication is with a private citizen. The ruling came in a lawsuit against the city of San Jose and applies to all levels of officials, including state and local officials, and public employees. It does not, however, apply to the state Legislature, which has its own public records policy. The only thing left to be determined is how those records will be made available upon and Public Records Act request, such as whether or not an employee will need to turn over a personal device. 
EXECUTIVE ORDER REPEALS HARMFUL WATER RULES
waterPresident Trump recently signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal onerous regulations under the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rules substantially expanding federal jurisdiction over creeks, ponds, potholes, irrigation ditches and intermittent rivulets. OCBC supports reasonable clean water regulation, but weighed in early on the onerous, negative impacts of the 2015 WOTUS rules. For Orange County, builders would need federal permission to make changes that might affect potholes, for example, on private land with no substantive environmental benefit. Obtaining permits could take years and cost thousands of dollars. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.  
WHO IS DOING RIGHT? OCBC HIGHLIGHTS CITIES BUILDING HOUSING 
While Mayor Don Wagner is new to his post on the Irvine City Council, he isn't new to facing the tough issues facing Orange County - one of which is a lack of housing. While building new housing is increasingly tough due to arduous permitting processes, lack of support from community residents and elected officials, and tough permitting and environmental review processes, Irvine ranks seventh among U.S. cities building the most new homes. Mayor Wagner attributes this to a "city council that isn't afraid of growth," he said. The city boasts an unemployment rate hovering around 2.8 percent, a university driving innovation and job growth, and a well thought out master plan that accounted for growth. As homebuilders and developers continue to build out the master plan, Mayor Wagner only cautioned that it's important that "we don't become a victim of our own success and we continue with a thoughtful approach" as he addresses traffic and utility concerns during his term. OCBC contends that cities should be rewarded for housing their workforce and supports an approach focused on incentives, rather than penalties, when it comes to the State's involvement in urging cities to provide more housing. CLICK HERE to read a recent letter commenting on the State Housing Assessment draft. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
OCBC WEIGHS IN ON 2017 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATION 
OCBC is in support of Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students, or JOBS Act, introduced by U.S. Senator's Portman and Kaine, co-chairs of the Career Technical Education Caucus. The bill would help student access training for 5.5 million vacant jobs unfilled in part due to a shortage of qualified workers. The JOBS Act would close this "skills-gap" by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills trainings and credentials that are in high-demand in today's job market. Additionally, OCBC supports AB 445 (Cunningham/O'Donnell) regarding education finance. The bill would permanently extend the California Career Technical Education Grant Program and cap funding at the 2016-017 level of $300 million and help schools continue to provide relevant, industry-aligned skills training and instruction to address the demand in California's rapidly-changing job market. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
OCBC ADVOCATES FOR CADIZ WATER PROJECT
Following a successful advocacy campaign by OCBC and its coalition partners, 18 Congressional Representatives from eight different states signed a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to withdraw a controversial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) determination, which is holding up the Cadiz Water Project. Despite legal precedents and irrefutable evidence of environmental benefits, the BLM determination reversed a longstanding and laudable federal policy supporting co-location of infrastructure in railroad rights-of-way. Reversing the action will create thousands of much-needed jobs and a desperately-needed water supply in California. OCBC will continue its efforts on this issue and urge Sec. Zinke to reverse the determination. Thank you to California legislators Tom McClintock (R-CA 4th), Tony Cardenas (D-CA 29th), Paul Cook (R-CA 8th), Jim Costa (D-CA 16th), Duncan Hunter (R-CA 50th), Mimi Walters (R-CA 45th), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA 1st), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA 42nd)r, Ed Royce (R-CA 39th), and Scott Peters (D-CA 52nd). For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CONGRATS TO SABRA RITTER AND FAMILY ON THE BIRTH OF ISLA ROSE! 
OCBC's Director of Events Sabra Ritter gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Isla Rosa Sunday, March 5 at 7:59 a.m., weighing in at a healthy 7.1 pounds. Both the baby and mama are healthy and recovering nicely. Sabra has been on maternity leave since February 27 and will return back to OCBC in late June. The OCBC staff and membership wish Sabra and Donovan a wonderful and happy four months leave with her newest member of the family! In the meantime, OCBC welcomes Katie Tomarchio to cover the events desk, she can be reached at ktomarchio@ocbc.org. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Communications Director. 
ELITE OC OFFERS YOUNG PROS OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT, DO GOOD
The Elite OC was founded to bring young professionals together to connect and give back to the local community and holds free networking events across the county, all you have to do is bring a donation to whichever charity Elite OC has partnered up with! The organization also offers young pros volunteer and community service opportunities. OCBC's Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist, serves on the Board of Directors and engaged in the partnership between The Elite OC and Garden Grove School District's Heritage Elementary School to grant ten thousand dollars for a media center last week. In order to meet the needs of today's students, the center will provide a high- tech and collaborative environment that fosters the skills needed for the jobs of the future. The collaboration began when the Elite OC's board was one of the 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers and community partners that participated in celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. CLICK HERE to learn more about The Elite OC and the many events and programs they offer, or contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
FINAL CA COMPETES TAX CREDIT APPLICATION ROUND OPENS
The next California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) application period starts Monday, March 6, 2017, with more than $68 million in available tax credits. Businesses interested in applying can register to view a live webinar explaining the application process. The program is open to any business planning to create new full-time jobs in the state, regardless of size or location. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, March 27, 2017.This fiscal year, GO-Biz allocated approximately $160 million to 259 companies that are projected to create over 20,000 jobs and make almost $3.2 billion in investments. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
LUCY DUNN EMCEES CSUF VISION & VISIONARIES AWARDS, CONGRATS TO HONOREES!
On Saturday, March 4, Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO and CSU Fullerton alumni, emceed CSUF's Vision and Visionaries distinguished alumni awards event, which are among the highest honors bestowed by the university. Honorees represent distinguished achievement in areas such as academia, the arts, athletics, business, journalism, humanities and science. This year, honorees included California Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, who received both a B.A. and M.A. from the university; as well as Bill Ruh, CEO of GE Digital; retired Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer; and Walter Baranger, Sr. Editor of the New York Times. Congrats to all honorees! For more information, contact Patty Conover, Communications Director. 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: TCA VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS COLLABORATION WITH ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITIES
In a momentous agreement in November 2015, 15 years of litigation and dispute ended over the SR 241 Toll Road Extension. The decision between Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Save San Onofre Coalition, the California Park and Recreation Commission and the Native American Heritage Commission presents an opportunity for TCA to consider a number of transportation project ideas- including completion of the State Route 241-Interstate 5 connection while protecting sensitive lands and cultural resources within the San Mateo Creek watershed, including San Onofre State Beach and the Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy. TCA shared a video highlighting the success and partnerships formed with the settlement at OCBC's Annual Dinner. CLICK HERE to watch. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
LATEST REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ECONOMIC, JOB CREATION BENEFITS OF HIGH SPEED RAIL
On March 1, the California High Speed Rail (HSR) Authority submitted to the Legislature the 2017 Project Update Report highlighting the jobs and economic benefits induced by the project. Currently, over 900 workers are building 119 miles of new transportation infrastructure at nine active construction sites. Over 330 small businesses are engaged in the project right now, of which 102 are certified disadvantaged businesses and 39 are certified disabled veteran businesses. From July 2006 to June 2016, California invested $2.3 billion, of which 94 percent has gone to companies and people in California, to design and build the high-speed rail system--investments that have involved more than 600 companies and generated up to $4.1 billion in economic activity.
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET SPOTLIGHT: FRANK BOWERMAN LANDFILL
Every year, OCBC honors public agencies for the good work they do to cut through red tape and remove barriers to economic development through its Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards program, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. Orange County Waste and Recycling won the 2016 honoree award for Sustainable and Green Development for their Bowerman Power Landfill Gas Project. The Frank Bowerman Landfill is a state of the art, Class III, municipal solid waste landfill. It opened in 1990 and is one of the largest landfills in the United States. The property spans approximately 725 acres with about 534 acres to be used for waste disposal and it receives about 40 percent of Orange County's trash. By taking landfill gas and converting it into renewable energy, the Bowerman Power Landfill Gas Project provides a sustainable source of clean power for residents and businesses. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
SCAG EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 'NOT SURPRISED' BY STORMS REVEALING INFRASTRUCTURE WEAKNESS
The need to invest in California's infrastructure is undeniable. Media outlets across the Southern California region captured story after story of the latest storms revealing weak spots. Featured in many of these articles was Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments. Ikhrata highlighted over and over again that we should not have been surprised by as the state has been delaying maintenance everywhereThe Press-Enterprise article on weak spots in the region's road network that were illuminated by the recent stormOrange County Register story on survey of structurally deficient bridgesCBS segment covering a recent bridge report that aired on both CBS2 and KCAL9KNX 1070 Radio interview on the need for improving the state of the region's roads and bridgesDaily Breeze article on potholes in the South Bay. For more info, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT JANUARY PASSENGER TRAFFIC UP 8.5 PERCENT
Things continue to look up at Ontario International Airport under local control. Airline passenger traffic increased 8.5 percent in January compared with the same month in 2016, according to the Ontario International Airport Authority, the new government body OCBC's Lucy Dunn has served on since November. Despite the upward trend, international passenger traffic decreased 6.6 percent. In the new Trump administration where the president is pitching a $1 trillion investment in America's infrastructure, there may be synergies between ONT and John Wayne Airport on the onerous passenger fees charged for border and customs patrol used to fund LAX. OCBC will continue to stay at the table and advocate for Orange County's airports and other infrastructure needs.  For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
UNION BANK RELEASES 18TH ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC SURVEY.
The survey indicates that Orange County Small Businesses are more optimistic that the national economy is headed in right direction versus their West Coast Peers, which is a 25-point jump from previous survey.  The survey was conducted from December 12, 2016 to January 3, 2017 and included nearly 700 small business owners in California, Oregon and Washington. Furthermore, the results indicates an increase in access to credit that will help finance small business's day-to-day operations and growth. CLICK HERE for the report. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: USE TRUSTED VENDORS
Attackers are increasingly taking advantage of outsourcing relationships to gain access to sensitive information. The cybersecurity of an organization can be seriously jeopardized if a vendor with poor cybersecurity is given access to the organization's system or network. The Cybersecurity Task Force recommend to pay special attention to policies and procedures relating to vendors. It may be appropriate, to include contract provisions that set forth cybersecurity requirements, agreements to assist with investigations, insurance obligation, indemnification provisions, etc. CLICK HERE for more information about OCBC's Cyber Security Task Force. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
REGISTER TODAY FOR CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH KELLY FREDERICK'S - APRIL 4
Join Orange County Business Council for a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Kelly Fredericks, CEO of Ontario International Airport (ONT). With over 34 years of transportation industry experience, Fredericks is responsible for overall management, operations, development, and marketing oversight activities for ONT. Fredericks is the first CEO following last year's historic settlement, giving full ownership of ONT back to Ontario International Airport Authority. Frederick's will be interviewed by Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, Chair of OCBC's CEO Leadership Caucus. For more information, contact Katie Tomarchio, Interim Events Manager. 
WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. WHERE: The Center Club
 
SAVE THE DATE FOR 9TH ANNUAL LATINO EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT RECEPTION - APRIL 27
Mark your calendar for OCBC and the Orange County Education and Research Institute for the 9th Annual Reception honoring the partners of Latino Educational Attainment. This one-of-a-kind event brings together educators, education advocates, elected officials, and community partners to celebrate LEA's 13th year of success serving 27 neighborhoods and over 30,000 parents. Registration will open March 16 and closes April 21. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
WHEN: Tuesday, April 27, 2017 TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Discovery Cube
REGISTRATION OPEN 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. Don't miss out, registration closes March 27!
WHEN: May 1-3, 2017  WHERE: W Washington D.C. 515 15th Street NW, Washington DC 

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. For more information, contact Katie Tomarchio, Interim Events Manager. 
WHEN: September 19, 2017 WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links  
 
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BIZPAC Luncheon Supporting Senator Josh Newman - Friday, March 17
Join BIZPAC for a reception supporting Senator Josh Newman 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 17 at Catal Restaurant, generously hosted by Disneyland Resort. CLICK HERE for more information.
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Oakcrest Terrace Apartments Grand Opening - Thursday, March 16
Oakcrest Terrace boasts 69 high-quality, sustainably developed apartment homes located in Savi Ranch in Yorba Linda. Join National CORE, City of Yorba Linda, and TCAC for the grand opening at 10:30 a.m. at 22744 Eastpark Dr., Yorba Linda, CA. CLICK HERE to RSVP. 

State of Huntington Beach - Wednesday, March 15
The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the State of Huntington Beach from 8-10 a.m. at Senior Center in Central Park, featuring The Horable Mayor Barbara Delgleize, City of Huntington Beach. CLICK HERE for more info. 

2017 OCCOG General Assembly - Thursday, March 16
The General Assembly will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and feature speakers such as Joel Kotkin, Jeff Van Buren, Darrell Johnson, and many others. CLICK HERE for more information. 

It's About Being a Leader - Friday, March 24
The California Women LEADership Academy is a full day of interactive discussion and networking that focuses on giving women skills, practical action items and access to a statewide network to inspire them Personally, Professionally, Politically and discuss the important Policy issues facing the state. The event takes place at 8 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Disneyland Resort's Grand Californian. CLICK HERE for more info. 

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. 

Apply to the Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee - Monday, May 1
Help safeguard your transportation dollars and apply to be a member of the oversight committee by May 1. The committee ensures the transportation projects specified in Measure M are built as promised. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Conference on Business & Ethics: A Forum for Responsible Leaders - Friday, May 12
Join the Orange County Catholic Foundation for the 15th Annual Conference 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 12, 2017 at the Hilton Anaheim featuring keynote Patricia Heaton. Sponsorship opportunities are available. CLICK HERE to learn more. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MARCH
Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, March 10, 2017  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Workforce Development 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017  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  Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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