The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, June 14 , 2016
CA LEGISLATIVE YEAR HITS HALFWAY MARK, BILLS MUST CLEAR HOUSE OF ORIGIN
On June 3, the California legislature hit a critical deadline whereby all bills must clear the house of origination in order to advance in the legislative process. This marks the halfway point for the legislative year and gives stakeholders an indication of how the rest of the year will progress. OCBC has tracked dozens of bills that affect business and has established a list of 45 bills that are currently active after the "house of origin" deadline.  Of the 45 bills, OCBC supports 15 bills and opposes 30.  The complete list of 45 bills has been established as OCBC's 2016 Legislative Scorecard and the list has been sent to all of Orange County Legislative delegates.  At the end of the 2016 Legislative Session, the Orange County Legislative delegates will be scored on how they voted on the bills to determine OCBC's 2016 Legislator of the Year. For the remainder of the legislative year, OCBC will continue to push for enhanced transportation infrastructure funding, regulatory relief for an increased supply of housing, more funding for affordable housing and CEQA modernization. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OC REGISTER'S NEW LEADERSHIP STRESSES THAT LOCAL NEWS REALLY DOES MATTER
On June 1, more than 200 community and business leaders joined OCBC and its partners for a lunch event to meet the new leadership of The Orange County Register, Ron Hasse, Publisher of the Register and President of Southern California News Group, and Frank Pine, Executive Editor, the Register. During the interview style discussion, moderated by Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, the leadership answered the question on everyone's mind - "How will OC's premier news outlet evolve with the new ownership...again?" Hasse and Pine stressed that "Local news really does matter" and said that Southern California News Group, which is comprised of 11 total papers in Southern California and is the new parent company to The Register, plans to be the "alternative voice to the paper in L.A." They asserted that with the LA Times' focus on regional and global coverage, the Register can and will provide the local voice of Orange County. Overall, the message for future profitability includes digital solutions to deliver news and advertising. When asked about the political leanings of the Register, long known for its pronounced libertarian views, Hasse replied: "We don't want to be left or rights. We want to be correct." At the end of the event, Hasse and Frank took the opportunity to present Lucy with a framed paper, honoring her for making a difference in the community. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
GOV. BROWN'S "BY-RIGHT" HOUSING PROPOSAL MOST SIGNIFICANT CEQA REFORM IN 40 YEARS
OCBC supports a proposal from Gov. Brown that was included in the May revise of the 2016-2017 state budget, which would grant "by-right" approvals for affordable housing. The proposal would create a voluntary permit streamlining approval process for developers to use, allowing projects in areas already planned for high density residential to bypass CEQA review as it would have already been conducted when the jurisdictions general plan and zoning ordinances were adopted. Current practices requires that a project undergo project level CEQA review even though it complies with underlying zoning. OCBC sent letters of support to Gov. Brown and other leadership and will continue to monitor the proposals progress. A range of housing that is affordable to the workforce is critical to the success of the business community and is something California must work to provide as obstacles to building have heavily contributed to shortages and unaffordability. The National Association of Home Builders recently released a study that finds on average, government regulations account for nearly 25 percent of the price of a new single family home. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development, to send a letter of support to your legislator. 
INSIDER'S BRIEFING ON THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
The 2016 Presidential Primary was full of surprises, along with some interesting stats that may foreshadow the November General Election. The most striking information had to do with registration and turnout. Presidential primary turnout in Orange County has traditionally been dominated by Republican voters - but  not so this year.  For the first time in history, Orange County's Democrat voters outnumbered Republicans at the polls. This isn't the only statistic that should trouble Orange County Republicans. Between the 2012 Presidential Primary and the 2016 Primary, more than 120,000 OC voters have fled the Republican party, compared to Democrats losing about 39,000 in that same period. Moreover, statewide Republicans only make up roughly 27 percent of the overall electorate versus Democrats at nearly 45 percent. The fastest growing segment of the electorate is the No Party Preference (NPP) registration which now makes up roughly 23 percent of California's voters. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
ANAHEIM AND OTHERS ADAPT TO THE SHARING ECONOMY, OCBC'S FORUM TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
For the past several years, Orange County cities have been grappling with how to effectively regulate short term rentals (STRs). In 2014, Anaheim's City Council implemented a framework for rules, regulations, and a temporary moratorium on STRs including those brokered by Airbnb, Homeaway, VRBO and others as a response to residents frustrated by disturbances in their neighborhoods and local hoteliers concerned about unregulated competition not following the rules or paying their fair share. This summer, Anaheim will decide on a permanent policy solution for STRs with many other cities paying close attention. This issue challenges communities throughout California and OC, with outright bans of STRs considered in Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Irvine, Newport Beach, and others. Arguments have been made on both sides of the issue, with business interests in the hotel and lodging industry voicing concerns that the lack of regulations on STRs creates an unfair and unbalanced playing field, while proponents argue that the industry is evolving and creating more consumer choice through innovation. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

Save the date for August 4, 2016 for OCBC's Economic Development Forum on "Innovating Business: The Sharing Economy - Are you ready for social solutions to economic challenges (with or without government)?," where we will delve into a deeper conversation about the issues and solutions to the concerns of the sharing economy, which touches not only the tourism industry, but transportation, housing, and much more. Panelists will include representatives from UBER, LYFT, and others! For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
DATE: Tuesday, August 4, 2016   TIME: 7:30a.m. to 9:30a.m.
WHERE: Hotel Irvine  I  17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614
Sponsorship opportunities available!
SAVE THE DATE! JOIN OCBC TO DISCUSS SOLUTIONS TO OC'S WIDENING SKILLS GAP - JULY 20
Join OCBC July 20 for the "New Skills at Work Forum," presented by JPMorgan Chase, discussing solutions to Orange County's widening skills gap in the workforce. While Orange County continues to be the economic engine driving the Southern California forward, employers increasingly struggle to fill certain occupations with qualified individuals. As job growth continues to gain momentum, this Skills Gap could limit economic growth, job creation, and business competitiveness. OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will present findings of the report "Closing Orange County's Skills Gap: Preparing to Meet Employer Demand," highlighting the county's skills gap and how filling Middle-skill jobs in particular will help close the gap and get more people back to work. Followed by a panel discussion of regional business and academia leaders to discuss the skills gap impact on the local economy and what skills are needed to fill vacant positions. Panelists coming soon!

DATE: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 TIME: 7:30am-9:30am
WHERE: Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center  I  550 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA

OCBC WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER CHANCELLOR DANIELE STRUPPA, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY 
OCBC is pleased to welcome its newest member to the Board of Directors Dr. Daniele Struppa, Chancellor, Chapman University. Dr. Struppa has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland and joined Chapman University as Provost in July 2006. He assumed the role of Chancellor in July 2007. Prior to joining Chapman, Dr. Struppa had a distinguished career as a professor of mathematics and held positions at universities in Italy and the U.S. As of September 1, 2016, Dr. Struppa will become Chapman's 13th President upon Dr. James Doti's retirement. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.  
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS MERGER APPROVED 
Charter Communications, Time Wartner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse Partnership received final regulatory approval for transactions between the three parties on May 12. OCBC testified before the California Public Utilities Commission and submitted multiple letters of support on behalf of the merger, which puts Charter in the company of Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon as one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. Charter received FCC approval in April for the $78 billion takeover of Time Warner and the $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
IT'S #TRANSPOTUES! TELL CA LEGISLATORS TO 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 this week's #TranspoTues, the California Alliance for Jobs put together another great highlight video from a recent rally. CLICK HERE to learn more about tweeting the video, or various other tweets to prompt the legislature to Fix Our Roads! For more information, contact Bryan Starr Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
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SOAR's 'Bold Wine with Bold Leaders' - Wednesday, June 15
Join SOAR for the 4th Annual Bold Wine with Bold Leaders for a fundraiser featuring wines selected by Anaheim's finest professional sommeliers from Napa rosa, The Catch, and more! The event will take place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Historic "Fiscus" Home owned by Sherry & Mitch Caldwell. CLICK HERE for more info.

Reception supporting Jordan Brandman for Anaheim City Council - Thursday, June 16
Join Anaheim Friends for an evening reception with Anaheim City Councilman Jordan Brandman in support of his race for re-election in Anaheim's 3rd Council District from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at El Torito Restaurant.CLICK HERE for more info. 

Reception supporting Jim Leach for South Orange County Community College District - Tuesday, June 28
Join a cocktail reception at 5:30pm June 28 at the home of Janet and  Michael Hamilton to support Jim Leach for South Orange County Community College District Trustee. CLICK HERE for more information. 
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SOAR's 'Bold Wine with Bold Leaders' - Wednesday, June 15
Join SOAR for the 4th Annual Bold Wine with Bold Leaders for a fundraiser featuring wines selected by Anaheim's finest professional sommeliers from Napa rosa, The Catch, and more! The event will take place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Historic "Fiscus" Home owned by Sherry & Mitch Caldwell. CLICK HERE for more information. 

US Trade Mission to Ourense, Galicia, Spain - June 16-17
On June 16-17, a select group of American companies are invited to join the first US Department of Commerce Certified Trade Mission to Ourense, a province in the Northwestern region of the Iberian penisula. The trade mission will be led by U.S. Rep Loretta Sanchez and fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont, amongst others. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Leadership Breakfast - Wednesday, June 22
Join OC Influencers June 22nd  7:15-9:15 am for a lively LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST at the Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach, presented by The Institute for Influential Community Impact, an OC initiative birthed by Passkeys Foundation. Attendees will be engaged by 3 interactive OC non profit presentations The Wooden Floor, Olive Crest and Doing Good Works. $50 reservation payable to Passkeys Foundation, P.O. Box 4137 Mission Viejo, CA 92690 or contact David Elliott, Institute Founder, at institute@passkeys.org for more information. 

Most Trustworthy Brands - Wednesday, July 27
Join the Values Institute and higher education partner CSU Fullerton in celebrating corporate values and trust by honoring the top OC brands from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wedensday, July 27 at the Disneyland Hotel. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Opening Doors and Minds Manufacturing Day - Friday, October 7
Join the local Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center for Manufacturing Day, which addresses misconceptions about the manufacturing industry and allow students to connect with manufacturers. Sign up today so that your organization can be recognized! CLICK HERE for more information. 

The Cost of Not Housing - Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Save the date for California Housing Summit "The Cost of Not Housing" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 at LA Hotel. There is a chronic shortage of housing throughout California and major institutions, employers, and startups cite lack of housing options as a serious impediment to recruiting and retaining talent. CLICK HERE for more info. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JUNE/JULY
Economic Development
Wednesday, June 29, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Infrastructure
Tuesday, July 12, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Cybersecurity Task Force  
Wednesday, July 27, 2016  I  8:30 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 Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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