The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, March 8, 2016
SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO TOUGH ISSUES: KEY THEMES FOR OCBC'S SACRAMENTO ADVOCACY TRIP
State officials and the business community agree: transportation funding, education, and housing are critical issues facing California in 2016. With a delegation of 75 business, academic, and elected leaders, OCBC, in partnership with city leaders from ACC-OC met with many of the state's top officials to discuss action on these issues during its annual One Voice, Two Capitals advocacy trip to Sacramento February 29 and March 1. From cabinet secretaries to legislative members, motivation to cooperate with bipartisan agendas was strong. This spirit of cooperation is most evident throughout the lower legislature where many express the move to a 12-year term allows for more time to foster the expertise and relationships needed to develop strategic, long-term solutions for the state's most difficult issues. Overall, OCBC is optimistic about this trend toward bipartisanship among party leadership and is hopeful it will translate into more reasonable approach to law making in California. CLICK HERE to read specifics about the discussions on transportation, education, housing, climate change and the economy. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Director of Communications. 
LISTEN NOW: OCBC'S BRYAN STARR DISCUSSES AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS ON KPCC'S AIRTALK
On Thursday, OCBC's Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, joined KPCC's AirTalk Host Larry Mantle to discuss recent activities of South Coast AQMD. In an interview with Mantle, as well as LA Times Reporter Tony Barboza and Morgan Wyenn, Staff Attorney with the Natural Resource Defense Council, Starr expressed the need for the balance in the board's decisions in relation to air quality regulations. He highlighted that asking the AQMD board to have more economic consideration in implementing new regulations isn't about pitting business against the environment, but more about smart policies that will both protect air quality as well as the economy. CLICK HERE to listen to the interview. 
OCBC'S KEYNOTE MICHAEL SMERCONISH ON POLITICAL POLARIZATION
On February 18, OCBC featured keynote speaker Michael Smerconish, host of Smerconish on SiriusXM and CNN at the 2016 Annual Dinner. He focused on the polarization of politics and what it means for Americans, highlighting the anomaly that despite Republican candidate Donald's Trump polarizing campaign, he continues to progress. His February 28 column eloquently discusses this point. 

I'm a genius. Donald Trump said so. It must be true. His observation came the night of his impressive victory in South Carolina, after I noted on CNN that the total vote garnered by Marco Rubio (22.5 percent), Jeb Bush (7.8), and John Kasich (7.6) bested his total (37.9 vs. 32.5). My observation that a coalescing of the establishment vote could topple Trump was also something I'd tweeted: (Marco + Kasich + Jeb = more than Trump. But it needs to happen soon or it will be too late. "Hello John . . . it's Marco calling.") Many have since made similar observations. But minutes after I said it on TV, Trump claimed victory in Spartanburg, introduced his family, and then said this:...CLICK HERE to read more. 
IT'S #TRANSPOTUES! TWEET YOUR LEGISLATOR AND HELP FIX OUR ROADS!
In light of the California Transportation Commission's announcement that it is cutting transportation projects as a result of a lack of funding, the Fix Our Roads Coalition launched a social media campaign to create a volume of transportation-focused tweets concentrated on Tuesdays to garner lawmakers' attention. Every Tuesday for the duration of the coalition's advocacy efforts to persuade lawmakers to make a deal on transportation funding legislation, the Fix Our Roads Coalition is asking users to send out tweets using #TranspoTues. For today's #TranspoTues, the coalition put together sample tweets that include links to fact sheets on specific districts. CLICK HERE to join the Fix Our Roads coalition. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
PROPOSED CEQA GUIDELINES WILL CONSTRAIN CA MOBILITY
In January 2016, the Governor's Office of Planning and Research's (OPR) released draft guidelines to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that, after careful consideration, OCBC contends will likely harm California's economy. The guidelines pertain to SB 743, which was intended to afford the Sacramento Kings Arena project a unique protection against adverse CEQA lawsuits by effectively forbidding the courts from stopping project progress. However, the current draft of OPR SB 743 Guidelines would likely constrain mobility and prevent non-infill development across the state, promising to cause chaos in an already difficult process and exceed the scope and legislative intent of SB 743. The proposal expands the idea that Californian's need to go on a "road diet" yet it and contradicts Gov. Brown's stated goals of modernizing CEQA, local control, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and economic growth. The guidelines seem to incentivize litigation and potentially halt development across the state, intensifying gridlock on California's roads and highways. OCBC respectfully requests the OPR to rework the guidelines, and will continue to work closely with other regional planning and transportation agencies to press a wholesale revision of the guidelines. CLICK HERE for a letter OCBC sent to the OPR office. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  
STUDY: HOUSING COST, SUPPLY OVERRUNNING STATE'S EFFORTS TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION
A California Business Roundtable study released this month evaluating Californian's commuting patterns between 1980 and 2014 indicates that state's current de facto policy of attempting to reduce Californian's commutes by increasing congestion and its associated costs to commuters has not proven successful. Today, 74 percent of workers remain reliant on single-occupant vehicles as the primary form of commuting. Instead, the research indicates that tackling the state's high cost of housing and supply shortages are more likely to prove successful in reducing the increasing use of single occupant vehicles causing the congestion. Despite the state's policies and investments to encourage workers out of their cars and into alternative forms of transportation (i.e. bicycles, public transit, etc.), people's regular use of single-occupant vehicles continues to increase as a primary form of commuting, especially in Orange County, where housing affordability is increasingly out of reach for many. The number of workers commuting longer than 30 minutes grew from 30.5 percent in 1980 to 41.4 percent in 2014. Instead, the study suggests policies to address California's regulatory hurdles that obstruct improved housing cost and supply, such as a lack of CEQA reform, are more likely solutions to solving California's congestion and road deterioration woes. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  
HELP SHAPE CALIFORNIA'S TRANSPORTATION FUTURE
Caltrans invites the public to help shape the state's transportation future by offering their input and comments on the California Transportation Plan 2040 (CTP 2040), which lays out a vision for California's transportation future to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California's economy and livability. The final draft document will be available for public review through March 29, 2016. To review and comment of the draft CTP 2040, please CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 


POWER RELIABILITY CONCERNS EMERGE AS SOCAL GAS SEALS ALISO CANYON STORAGE BASIN 
In January, three independent energy agencies united to warn Gov. Brown that a long-term shutdown of SoCal Gas' Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near Los Angeles, which had been leaking methane for months, could disrupt electricity generation. As of February 18, the leak was sealed and well capped. In a letter from the California Energy Commission, California Independent System Operator, and the State Public Utilities Commission, the agencies expressed concern about the reliability of electric and gas services during the summer months if withdrawals cannot resume from gas stored at the facility, which can hold up to a roughly 21-day supply of natural gas. OCBC shares the concerns about energy reliability and urges thoughtful consideration by decision makers in government and asks officials to refrain from knee-jerk or politically expedient actions that will do long-term harm to the Southern California economy. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
MEDICAL CENTER CLOSES AFTER SAN CLEMENTE VOTES TO RESTRICT PROPERTY RIGHTS 
In a unanimous and devastating vote, San Clemente's City Council restricted the allowable land use for a hospital site owned and operated by Memorial Care in the City of San Clemente. The consequences of this vote materialized faster than expected, with Saddleback Memorial Medical Center announcing last week that it plans to close its San Clemente campus on May 31. The vote restricted the zoning of the property, mandating that it be used only for a full service hospital.  This action will also not further any public interest because it eliminates the ability to provide  other health care services to residents at the highest and best use of the property. OCBC testified against this vote, and contends that the illegal action will only prove to harm the residents and taxpayers of South Orange County. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
OCBC'S ALICIA BERHOW CONCLUDES PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
On February 24, Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, concluded her Education Attainment Division Fellowship. The yearlong program, sponsored by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, selected 20 individuals from business groups around the United States dealing specifically with workforce development policy. Berhow's fellowship concentrated on Latino Education Attainment (LEA), the completion of the Ten Commandments, the translation of the manuals into different languages, the longitudinal study proving the efficacy of the program, and more. Congrats, Alicia! For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
GO-BIZ HOSTING FREE WEBINARS FOR MARCH ON CA COMPETES TAX CREDIT
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting free webinars in March for businesses interested in applying for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC).  GO-Biz will accept applications for the CCTC from March 7- 28, 2016. There will be at least $81 million in tax credits available for businesses that are expanding and adding jobs in the state. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply.  The online application is available HERE. Since June 2014, GO-Biz has awarded $223 million in tax credits to 330 companies projected to create over 42,000 jobs and make $10.2 billion in investments in California. The next webinar will take place Thursday, March 9. CLICK HERE for details and registration. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
REMEMBERING DISNEY LEGEND JACK LINDQUIST (1927-2016)
null Disney legend Jack Lindquist, the first president of Disneyland, passed away on Feb. 28 at the age of 88. During a 38-year Disney career that began when Walt Disney hired him in 1955, Lindquist held multiple positions in marketing and went on to help plan Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. He retired on Mickey Mouse's 65th birthday in November 1993. Linquist was a long-time supporter of OCBC and we are honored to have known him. Our condolences to his friends and family. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
POLITICAL CORNER  
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Trivia Challenge at Bottle Logic - Thursday, April 21
Join Lou Correa, Fmr. Senator and candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 46th District, and Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle and Associates, at Bottle Logic Tasting Room for an evening of Trivia from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bottle Logic owner Steve Napolitano will join in to share the latest on Anaheim's thriving craft beer scene. Tickets include beer, food, trivia and a night of fun! Cost is $100 per person. RSVP to Jill Kanzler at jill@SOARanaheim.org. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Wilderness Preserve Hiking and Riding Tours - February 27 to November 19
Orange County Transportation Authority is offering free excursions on various open space preserves that are permanently protected. This is a great opportunity for special access to some of Orange County's pristine open space and enjoys the natural landscape. CLICK HERE for more information, as well as dates and times.

Reception Honoring California Transportation Commission with Special Guest Will Kempton - Wednesday, March 16
Join the CTC for a reception with special guest Will Kempton, retiring Executive Director from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine. Sponsorships are available. CLICK HERE for more info and a survey to take before the meeting. 

Help OCTA Improve Bus Service - Wednesday, March 9
OCTA is holding a customer roundtable to gather feedback from riders about Routes 53 and 64X and the Proposed 2016 Bus Service Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. at OCTA Headquarters. Complete this online application if interested in attending. Participants will receive a light dinner and a 7-day pass as a thank you. 

State of the County Address with Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett - Wednesday, March 30
Join the Orange County Public Affairs Association at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at Pacific Club. Chair Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors, 5th District, with provide attendees with the State of the County Address.CLICK HERE for more info. 
 
Regional Leadership Forum 2016 - March 30- April 1
Register today for the 2016 Regional Transportation's 2016 Forum asking "What's Transportation's Future?" March 30 to April 1 at Monterey Marriott. The forum is a chance to meet, network, and share ideas with the leading regional leaders and thinkers from around the state. CLICK HERE for more information. 

2016 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Awards Dinner - Tuesday, April 5
The Anti-Defamation League of Orange County and Long Beach invites you to an awards dinner starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Island Hotel to honor Tom Campbell, Chapman University; Judge Francisco F. Firmat; and Michele Johnson, Latham & Watkins. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Deadline to apply for CalOptima Board of Directors - Friday, April 15
CalOptima has begun recruitment for its Board of Directors. It is a county-organized health system serving more than 770,000 low-income children, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities. To apply for a seat on the board, please complete an application by April 15, 2016. Applications can be found HERE, or you can CLICK HERE for more info.  

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow - Friday, May 6
Please join the Children & Families Commission for a conference that will discuss how investing in young children strengthens businesses and communities in Orange County on May 6 at Hotel Irvine. Experts from government, business and academia with join together for the unveiling of the firs-ever countywide assessment of children's school readiness. CLICK HERE for more info.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MARCH
Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, March 11, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Workforce Development
Wednesday, March 16, 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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