The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, May 30, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: FRIDAY MARKS DEADLINE FOR BILLS TO MAKE IT OUT OF HOUSE OF ORIGIN
Lawmakers in Sacramento rush this week to meet a Friday deadline to pass bills out of their house of origin before they expire. The only bills exempt from the Friday deadline are those requiring a two-thirds vote, such as a proposal to revamp the state's cap-and-trade program for regulating greenhouse gases. OCBC is currently tracking more than 70 bills that could impact Orange County's businesses and economy relating to transportation, housing/land use, labor/employment, environment/CEQA, contracts/business, health/healthcare, education/workforce development, taxation, telecommunications, government/regulations, and tourism. Of the 76 bills being tracked, OCBC supported 43 bills, opposed 31 and remained neutral on two and wrote or signed onto coalition letters for 43 of the bills. CLICK HERE to learn more about OCBC's positions. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
FED UPDATE: PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING
Last week, President Trump proposed a $4.1 trillion federal budget for 2018. While it is still up to lawmakers to finalize the budget, it gives insight into the administration's priorities. It includes $1.4 billion toward school vouchers to bolster "school choice" programs in an effort to give parents more options regarding where to enroll their children, while also cutting $1 billion toward Department of Education funding to subsidize student loan interest; $2.3 billion in teacher training; and $1.2 billion in after school programs, which would mostly affect low-income students. In terms of health care, the Trump budget assumes passage of the American Health Care Act and the elimination of $839 billion from Medicaid as proposed, as well as an additional $600 billion reduction to Medicaid over 10 years. Additionally, the budget proposes $200 billion toward an infrastructure initiative over 10 years. While this is a sharp reduction from the $1 trillion promised during the presidential campaign. The difference is proposed to be covered by tax incentives to private developers with governmental authorization for private development. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
OCBC CHALLENGES REPORT SAYING SOCAL CAN MAKE IT ANOTHER SUMMER WITHOUT ALISO CANYON
OCBC weighed in Monday at the California Energy Commission workshop in Diamond Bar to evaluate Southern California's energy reliability, advocating for the reopening of the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility. Currently, the state has a moratorium on injections and withdrawals of gas at Aliso Canyon following a gas leak in 2015. However, Southern California Gas Company, under the supervision of the state regulatory agency DOGGR and independent technicians, made an intensive suite of upgrades to the facility and employed new technology and safety measures to ensure a similar situation could not occur again. The utility is concerned that with the Aliso storage field out of operation, Southern California's energy reliability will be threatened. SoCal Gas Company, along with OCBC, challenged a recent report's assumption that Southern California is unlikely to face potential blackouts in the coming summer months, when spiking temperatures call for increased gas usage. The report assumes system perfection 100 percent of the time, however, this is an unrealistic assumption. Prolonged periods of very hot weather or some interruption of electricity imports on long-distance power lines during brush fires or other mishaps could also heighten the risk of outages and such contingencies can only be planned for with the reopening of the Aliso field. OCBC asserts that any amount of outages is detrimental to the business community and should be diligently avoided. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
REPORT REVEALS SOCAL LOW-INCOME HOUSING SHORTAGE TIPS TO 1 MILLION HOMES
According to the nonprofit California Housing Partnership Corp., Southern California is short 1 million low-income homes. The latest housing needs assessment reached this figure by analyzing the number of families earning 50 percent or less of the median household income and spending more than two-thirds of their income on housing. LA and OC are the two counties accounting for the largest need, with a shortage totaling over 550,000 homes. Rent increased 28 percent in OC since 2000, but real incomes after inflation have gone down. Affordable housing investment fell by $986 million a year from 2009 to 2016 in Southern California with the elimination of redevelopment agencies, along with expiring state housing bonds and federal aid cuts. OCBC continues to draw awareness to the need for investment in housing, as well as work with legislators on reforms that remove barriers to housing development. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
STEIN: CALIFORNIA'S PRIORITY CHALLENGES 
It's hard to understand the time and efforts being extended on the subject of "sanctuary" and the use of public monies to fund protection of illegals when California has many other challenges on its plate such as our growing population of the financially challenged that includes: 1) nearly 25 percent of Californians 38 million live below the poverty line. 2) California has more than 33 percent of the nation's welfare recipients, 3) California is home to 12 percent of the nation's population, but startlingly 21 percent of the nation's homeless population, 4) The majority of California renters:  Nearly 3 million households - pay more than 30% of their income toward rent, 5) Roughly - 1.5 million households pay more than 50 percent of their income toward rent. CLICK HERE to read more.
GREENBERG GROSS CAREER CENTER CLOSES SKILLS GAP
OCBC member Greenberg Gross LLP made news last week with their generous $500,000 gift to OCBC member Goodwill of Orange County toward the newly christened Greenberg Gross Career Center. The Center can now double its workforce development services for those who face barriers to employment, including military veterans and people with disabilities. President and CEO Lucy Dunn gave the keynote at the renaming ceremony, where she highlighted closing the skills gap with the gift of work, thanks to the gift of giving back. Orange County faces a shortage of middle-skill workers and the center is a critical component to closing this gap. CLICK HERE to read an article from The Orange County Business Journal. CLICK HERE to read Dunn's speech. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director.
DUNN & DONE: THE POWER OF WORK AND THE POWER OF GIVING BACK
The following is a speech Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, gave at the renaming of the Goodwill Industries Career Center on May 25, 2017. 
"The power of work. The power of giving back." These are the themes of today's celebratory event and what a celebration it is.  With the astounding $500,000 gift from Orange County's premiere litigation firm, Greenberg Gross, Goodwill of Orange County will be able to dramatically expand its workforce development services.  These include quality education, training and employment services empower individuals with disabilities and other barriers to traditional employment to be productive and independent. The power of work.  As president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, I know the top companies in the world recognize the importance of well-trained workers to fill a myriad of jobs that make up a strong economy.  Orange County is a remarkable place. America's 6th largest county by population, more than 21 states in the union, great ethnic diversity-a minority majority with 46% of all residents speaking a language other than English at home-a competitive advantage in a global economy-with 3.7% unemployment, and diverse industry sectors, we have recovered well from not only the Great Recession, but developed a diverse economy well-beyond when aerospace or real estate development dominated alone. CLICK HERE to read more. 
ONTARIO AIRPORT TRAFFIC UP 
Ontario International Airport (ONT) continues to see progress, with recent passenger traffic figures steadily increasing since the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) assumed ownership in 2016 from Los Angeles World Airports. In the first few months, ONT saw a jump of 6.1 percent from 1.3 million passengers in 2016 to 1.4 million in 2017. Air cargo freight continues to experience growth, with a 12 percent growth in the first four months. ONT is a major economic driver for Southern California - including $39 million in wages, salaries and benefits, and $130 million in total spending impact yearly - and is a key asset for businesses taking advantage of the ample cargo freight capacity. OCBC works diligently to ensure that ONT, along with John Wayne Airport, experience success and advocates on behalf of this critical infrastructure - specifically working to ensure Port of Entry designation at both airports. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC. 
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF LATINO EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT IN ANAHEIM, VISIT CSUF
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OCBC's Latino Educational Attainment program works to empower parents and train them to be advocates for their children's success. A recent video highlights the success of the 10 Educational Commandments. Parents involved in the program recently took a trip to CSU Fullerton so they might see firsthand what their child's future will look like with their continued support. CLICK HERE to watch the video. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 

HELP OCTA BUILD THE TRANSIT SYSTEM OF THE FUTURE
What's your vision of transit throughout Orange County?  Do you want trains, buses, shuttles, or something different? The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) wants your help in shaping the future of transit. You can design your own transit system with a fun and interactive Build Your Own System survey that allows you to select from various transit features that could enhance transit in Orange County. These features include stops, stations, vehicle types, and service. As you develop your transit system, you can see the benefits - such as enhanced ridership, travel time, accessibility, or passenger experience - change in real-time. CLICK HERE to check it out. CLICK HERE for more info or contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director.
BOARD MEMBER STEVE CHURM HONORED AT FATHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS - JUNE 22
Congrats to OCBC Board Member Steve Churm, FivePoint Holdings LLC, as he will be honored June 22 at the Father of the Year Awards by the American Diabetes Association of Orange County. Steve is the father of three and grandfather of two. All who know him can attest that he prizes his family above all else. The event will take place 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at the Island Hotel. The event and honor help to raise funds for diabetes research, education, and advocacy, and to recognize outstanding fathers for their contributions to their families, professions and communities. Since 2000, the Fathers' Day Council and the American Diabetes Association have partnered to raise more than $40 million for the American Diabetes Association. CLICK HERE to read more about his nomination for the award and to learn more about the event.  For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Vice President. 
UCI RANKS AS TOP COLLEGE DOING THE MOST FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM
Congrats to UC Irvine on ranking as the top university in the nation on the College Access Index. It's the New York Times ranking of colleges -- those with a five-year graduation rate of at least 75 percent -- and is based on the school's commitment to economic diversity, taking into account a combination of the number lower-and-middle-income students that a college enrolls and the price it charges the students. Overall, the University of California system dominated the top rankings on the list. CLICK HERE for the complete list. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
$17 MILLION AVAILABLE TO SPUR REGIONAL INNOVATION
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration published the Notice of Funding Availability for its 2017 Regional Innovations Strategies program. The application period will clost June 23. The federal funding will help spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation. Under this competition, EDA seeks applications for two separate funding opportunities: the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support Grant Competition. CLICK HERE to learn more. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: WEEKNIGHTS AT THE OBSERVATORY
"Millennial About Town!" chronicles the great entertainment, arts, and culture found right here in Orange County. Got suggestions for me? Send them to Patty Conover. 
The Observatory in Santa Ana is a goldmine for live music and DJs. If you're into just about any kind of music made in the last 15 years, you've probably caught a show here already. "I know it's a school night, but it only costs $5!" are frightfully convincing words for live-music aficionado on a budget and are what got me out of the house to see Brother Ali perform last Wednesday. I didn't know much about his music before I ventured out on a weeknight. But at a $5 ticket price, what do I really have to lose other than a little sleep? I've gained more of my favorite artists by taking a chance on $5 Observatory shows in the last three years than I have from premium Pandora subscription, and that's the truth! The Observatory gives you the chance to see great acts live, along with up-and-coming openers, from a huge range of genres at a low price. But be warned, this is a true concert venue where attendees wear Chuck Taylors and high-heels are smirked at. But if you're looking for a laid back crowd and an inexpensive opportunity to boogie, I suggest checking it out. CLICK HERE to check out upcoming shows.  
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  Pamela Chamberlain, OCBC Specialist.  WHEN: September 19, 2017 WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links  
 
SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM - JULY 20
Don't miss OCBC's Economic Development Forum, sponsored by Charter Communications and Southern California Edison. This event will focus on the effects and future of Ecommerce. Reserve your sponsorship opportunity today! For more information contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20 WHERE: Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center
COST: Member - $75 Non-Member: $95
 

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Vote for Best of OC - Friday, June 2
Voting for The Orange County Register's 24th Annual Best of Orange County magazine has commenced and includes several categories that apply to the business community. The magazine is issued in late September, and includes a community event.  People can vote daily, and those who vote in 10+ categories are entered to win $100. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

AMP SoCal Webinar - Cybersecurity for Manufacturers: Are you ready for the 12/31/17 deadline? - Thursday, June 8
Cyber threats are increasing in sophistication and frequency and all commercial government, supply chain, manufacturing, aerospace, and automotive suppliers must implement the cybersecurity controls listed int eh NIST 800-171 guidelines by December 31, 2017. CLICK HERE to register for the webinar and learn more. 

Mobility 21 Summit - Friday, September 29
Early bird registration is open for the Mobility 21 Summit at Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim. Attendees meet the transportation industry decision-makers from across Southern California and network with over 1,200 attendees. CLICK HERE for more information. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JUNE
POSTPONED: Economic Development 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017  
The next meeting will take place Wednesday, June 14.

Advocacy and Government Affairs
Friday, June 9, 2017  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Infrastructure
Tuesday, June 13, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Workforce Development
Wednesday, June 21, 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, OCBC Vice President. 
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