The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, April 4 , 2017
BREAKING NEWS: ONT'S CEO HIGHLIGHTS AIRPORT'S STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS AT TODAY'S BREAKFAST
Nearly 100 guests joined OCBC this morning for a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Ontario International Airport (ONT) CEO Kelly Fredericks, who was interviewed by Tom Phelps, Mannatt, Phelps, and Phillips. Fredericks discussed his middle class upbringing in Warren, Pennsylvania, his experiences playing football for Penn State and eventually on a professional team, and the evolution of his career in managing airports that led him across the country - from Florida, to Rhode Island, to his current position at ONT.  Fredericks said he was drawn to the challenges and opportunities presented by ONT, highlighting that to his knowledge, such a landmark and unique undertaking had never been done before. The City of Ontario recently took back control of ONT from Los Angeles World Airports, and has essentially been launched into a "startup" phase as it now goes through a rebranding process and transition in management. ONT is primed for unlimited opportunity, Fredericks said, focusing on the enormous opportunity for growth in both passenger and cargo operations. He said the airport's four-year strategic plan is just a viable today as when it was originally implemented, which focuses on reducing operations costs; expanding air service opportunities; developing new airport-related businesses; and enhancing customer service. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
'FIX-IT BILL' FOR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING HEADS TO LEGISLATURE FOR APPROVAL
Gov. Brown and legislative leaders announced The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 Wednesday, which will be inserted into transportation funding bill SB 1 (Beall). OCBC supports that the bill details new funding measures for road repairs, which would be guaranteed by a constitutional amendment an includes strong accountability measures. It provides for roughly $52 billion over 10 years, with two-thirds dedicated to fixing roads and bridges at the state and local levels. One third of the funding is slated for transit expansion and operations as well as capacity improvements to help relieve congested roads. Under this proposal state funding is available for local agencies to match local funding, leveraging local tax dollars. The package will now be considered by the California Legislature, where OCBC is encouraged by the announcement of this deal, studying the details and advocating support for this comprehensive solution to the full Legislature; it isn't perfect, but OCBC is advocating support to the full legislature. CLICK HERE for a fact sheet regarding the proposal. CLICK HERE for the statement from the governor's office. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.
OC REGISTER RELUCTANTLY SUPPORTS SB 1 TO FIX ROADS, BRIDGES 
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From their editorial board on April 2, 2017: "Gov. Brown's package of tax hikes to fund road repairs is tough medicine to take, but we might just have to take it, at least in part. We certainly can't let California's freeways, roads and bridges become even more run-down or unsafe. Something must be done, but it must be done in a prudent fashion. Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have proposed $5.2 billion a year in additional gas taxes and car fees to fix the state's lackluster roads. Over the next decade, $15 billion would go to local road repairs, and the same amount to state highway repairs, plus $4 billion for bridge and culverts, $5.5 billion to improve trade corridors and major commuting corridors, and $7.5 billion to improve local public transportation. The proposal would increase the base excise tax on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, from 18 cents to 30 cents. A separate price-based excise tax on gasoline would rise from 11.8 cents to 17.23 cents and would be indexed to inflation to rise in future years. A new fee on vehicles would average $48 per year, based on the value of the car. Drivers of electric cars would pay an annual $100 fee. That's a steep price for drivers and truckers. But, here's the thing: It's been 23 years since gas taxes were raised, and if the tax had been indexed to inflation, it would be higher now than the governor's proposal will make it.CLICK HERE to read more. 
OCBC ADVOCATES FOR INCREASED GRADUATION RATES, DECREASE IN ACHIEVEMENT GAP
In March, OCBC's Alicia Berhow participated in the 2017 CSU and UC Legislative Advocacy Days, where stakeholders from the private and public sector visited state legislators to advocate on behalf of California's higher education system. Graduation Initiative 2025 was a major priority for the CSU system as it is an effort to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. The Governor's 2017-2018 proposed budget provides for $157.2 million in new funding, which is about a 2 percent increase in the overall CSU budget. While the CSU and OCBC are appreciative of the recent increases that return state funding to pre-recession levels, the CSU system currently serves 20,000 additional students today. With the Graduation Initiative 2025, the CSU will graduate 500,000 additional students, meeting half of the state's projected degree shortfall. CLICK HERE for more information about Graduation 2025. For the UC system, the main priorities included requesting that the legislature support Gov. Brown's budget proposal for a 4 percent adjustment to UC's operating budget and Prop. 2 funds for the UC retirement program. This will help the UC meet enrollment demand. Additionally, in order to meet the UC enrollment demand, it is also requesting $25 million for an additional 2,500 California undergraduate students for the class beginning Fall 2017; $9 million for an additional 900 graduate students; and $35 million in one-time funds for deferred maintenance. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
ON THE FEDERAL FRONT: A SNAPSHOT OF A FEW ISSUES AFFECTING BUSINESS 
There are a number of issues at the federal level affecting the business community. Here are a few of the quick hits: It appears that Neil Gorsuch is on a clear path this week to becoming the next US Supreme Court justice-a conservative in the mold of Antonin Scalia who's seat he fills. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has officially supported Gorsuch's nomination. Additionally, since taking office, President Trump has issued 32 executive orders, actions and memoranda - including two orders on trade; one requesting the commerce Department report on the factors behind the trade deficit and another seeking to increase collection of duties on imports; an order requiring every agency to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate regulations and recommend rule for repeal or modification; an order directing the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law;  and an order instructing federal agencies that whenever they introduce a regulation, they must first abolish two others.  President Trump also issued a notice that the US will withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal - as OCBC strongly supported TPP, we will continue to monitor this development and the issue will remain at the forefront of our international trade advocacy in the coming months. For more info, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
LUCY DUNN HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR TRANSPORTATION WORK
Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, is the proud recipient of the Distinguished Society Lifetime Achievement Award from The Southern California Regional Chapter of the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials. She received the award in recognition of outstanding leadership, hard work, loyalty, dedication and all the significant contributions she has made to the transportation industry. The conference took place on March 30, which brought together both public and private sector leaders who are responsible for driving innovation and change through their expertise, insights and voices of experience. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
OCBC VIDEO ON NEED TO HOUSE OC WORKFORCE WINS NATIONAL TELLY AWARD
In 2015, Orange County Business Council released a video stressing the importance of an increased supply and range of housing in order to accommodate the growing workforce in Orange County and throughout California. The video has been an effective tool as OCBC educates elected officials, private sector and community leaders on the demand of housing and it's impacts on the economy. OCBC produced the video in partnership with Beard Boy Productions and recently won Best Use of Motion Graphics in the 2017 Telly Awards. CLICK HERE to check out the video. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
OCBC HOSTS FIVE UC IRVINE STUDENTS FOR 'JOB SHADOW' DAY
On March 27, OCBC participated in the UC Irvine Job Shadow day where five undergraduate students spent the day with OCBC staff. Students pursuing a variety of career opportunities - from business, to environmental economics, to nonprofit management - toured the OCBC office, met with staff from the Communications, Economic Development, Events, Workforce Development, and Government Affairs departments. The students also accompanied President and CEO Lucy Dunn on an offsite visit to OCBC investor LSA Associates, where they heard a presentation on OCBC's many initiatives. OCBC is committed to ensuring that today's students are prepared for a 21st century, global workforce and the entire team thanks UC Irvine for the opportunity to participate. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 9TH ANNUAL LATINO EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT RECEPTION - APRIL 27
Join 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. Reserve your spot before registration 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

CONGRATS TO WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS NOMINEES LAURA DESOTO, JODI DUVA
OCBC extends a warm congratulations to Board Members Laura Desoto, Experian, and Jodi Duva, Cox Business Orange County as both have been nominated for the 2017 Women in Business Awards by the Orange County Business Journal. The awards recognizes five exceptional business and professional OC women. Both Duva and DeSoto are exceptional community stewards deserving of this award. The awards will be announced at the Luncheon and Awards Program on May 2, 2017. CLICK HERE for more info. Congratulations to all of the nominees! For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
CONGRATS TO THE IRVINE COMPANY ON OPENING OF ANTON PORTOLA, 256 HOMES
OCBC congratulates The Irvine Company on the opening of Anton Portola, a new affordable apartment complex just off Irvine Boulevard and north of the Orange County Great Park. Still under construction, the complex is slated to be completed by July.  Offering one and two bedroom units, a resort-style pool, clubhouse, playground, dog park and fitness center it blends into the Portola Springs community. Rent price will be as low as $876 per month for a one-bedroom unit while a two-bedroom base will be at $1,050. The minimum annual income for applicants is $26,280 for one-bedroom units. Two bedroom units will have a minimum annual income for applicants of $31,500. With increasing housing costs, this new development will be valuable in retaining Orange County's workforce and student residents. OCBC commends The Irvine Company and Anton Development for addressing the need for more housing that is affordable to the workforce. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications.
THREE OC CITIES SEE SALES TAX INCREASES IN APRIL 
Money The sales tax in Fountain Valley, La Palma, and Westminster all officially increase in April where residents will pay the highest rate of any other cities in Orange County at 8.75 percent. All three cities voted for a one percent increase to the sales tax as a means to fill budget gaps. The use of the tax increase funds are all subject to public audits and citizen oversight. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
STATE MEASURES SNOWPACK, WILL ANNOUNCE DROUGHT STATUS THIS WEEK
The Department of Water Resources conducted a manual snow survey on March 30, which found a season-high snow-water equivalent of 46.1 inches in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, with a snowpack that is 164 percent above average. While it is currently unknown exactly which day, the DWR is expected to announce a change in the state's "drought status" sometime this week.  Governor Brown has been hesitant thus far to announce an end to strict water conservation mandates as some regions in the Central Valley that still rely on trekked in water. However, this has been the wettest winter since 2011.  For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: CHECK OUT CHAPTER ONE IN DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA
"Millennial About Town!" is a new feature to the OCBC Indicator chronicling the great entertainment, arts, and culture found right here in Orange County as covered by me, your "Millennial About Town!" Patty Conover. Got suggestions for me? Send them to pconover@ocbc.org.
The backstory: I moved to Orange County about 3.5 years ago from Northern California as a near-broke 25-year-old. I had already resigned to the full list of stereotypes and misconceptions about Orange County, mostly thinking I wasn't going to be able to do much other than play at the beach until I reached my 30s and could maybe afford a night or two out on the town, as long as I didn't have kids yet. I WAS WRONG! The past three years have been great, and I've seen and done more here than I ever thought possible. Millennial About Town! is just a small glimpse into what OC has to offer. The following review is contributed by Kaitlynn Irvine, Communications and Events Specialist. Kaitlynn is exactly where I was a few years ago, having just returned to Orange County after graduating college. I wanted to see how easy it would be for her - a newbie back in town - to get thrown into a Friday night with only $20 in her pocket and have a great time. Much as I expected, it didn't take her long to find a fun hot spot in Santa Ana, where a blossoming downtown offers millennials on a budget, as well as every age group,  a surprising amount of options. Enjoy!

The review: A cozy and contemporary restaurant perched in the heart of downtown Santa Ana, Chapter One is the place to be after work on a Friday night. It balances an upscale beat with a welcoming and fresh atmosphere that makes it easy to stay and chat for hours. It resembles an á la mode barn with wooden floors, walls and tables. It also features a fireplace on the left and the ceiling to floor book case on the right with the bar snuggled right in between. Friday proved to attract a varied crowd. Friends ranging in their 20's to 30's lounged at the bar to enjoy the 2 to 6 p.m.  weekday happy hour special, while dates conversed over their meals and old pals enjoyed casual dinners. I myself couldn't resist their long and creative cocktail list and settled on the Bonfire of Vanities, a mere $6 at happy hour. The cocktail had me at presentation alone, a blend of cucumber, strawberry and a "secret ingredient." It was served with slices of cucumber and strawberry sitting on top, which my kind server lit on fire. The full menu offered a fun blend of modern healthy selections to comfort bar food, from roasted Brussel sprouts at $13 off the regular menu, to a happy hour combo of mac and cheese and a Moscow Mule for just $13 total.  You can't go wrong spending a few hours here, especially if you are on a budget, and can leave feeling full and satisfied on just $20!
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: SMARTPHONE SECURITY IS IMPORTANT
Smartphone usage is increasingly common and used for a variety of reasons, from emailing to shopping and banking, which has made smartphones an increasing target for hackers. Your mobile phone likely offers multiple layers of protection to help you protect your information. The Cybersecurity Task Force suggests that at a minimum, users should activate a PIN access to your phone. It's also important to consider additional password protection on your email as well as any applications, such as banking or social networking that provide access to sensitive information. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
HUMAN RESOURCES WORKSHOP: BEST PRACTICES - MAY 2, 2017
Join the Greater Irvine Chamber and Orange County Business Council for the Human Resources Workshop: Best Practices! On May 2, 2017. The workshop will discuss Human Resource management as it is a vital part of any organization and will provide insight on recruiting and retaining talent; managing employee relations & issues; staff development and engagement; 10 ways to get sued by your employee; and policy changes with the new administration. The workshop includes breakfast.
WHEN: May 2, 2017 TIME: 7:30 to 10 a.m.  WHERE: Greater Irvine Chamber

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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COMMUNITY EVENTS    
A Conversation with Orange County Mayors - Monday, April 17
Join the Orange County Taxpayers Association from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Center Club for a Conversation with the Mayors featuring leaders from Huntington Beach, Aliso Viejo, Brea, Irvine, and Garden Grove. CLICK HERE for more info.  

30th Annual Economic Conference in Huntington Beach- Wednesday, April 19
The conference reaches the greater North Orange County region with a focus on "Access to Growth: Discovering Regional Opportunities." The event will be held at the Golden West College Theater on Wednesday, April 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Get Started OC 2017 - Wednesday, April 26
Cox Business is brining Get Started (#GetStgartedOC) to Orange County, which will highlight entrepreneurs who will pitch their business to a distinguished panel of experts. One winner will be named to receive $10,000 in prizes including a Cox Business technology package. Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in early stage investment, digital marketing, and business growth strategy. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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. 

Voice for Girls 2017 - Friday, May 12
Join Girl Scouts of Orange County for the sixth annual forum for business and community leaders, hosted by Girl Scouts of Orange County and sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management. The forum addresses the challenges facing girls and rally the community's support in encouraging female leaders of tomorrow. The event takes place from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Newport Beach Country Club. CLICK HERE for more info.  
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: APRIL 
JOINT MEETING: Cybersecurity Task Force and Advocacy and Government Affairs 
Friday, April 7, 2017  I  9:30 to 11 a.m.

Infrastructure 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017  I  7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Workforce Housing 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  I  7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Workforce Development 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  I  7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  I  9 to 10 a.m. 

Economic Development 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017  I  9 to 10:30 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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