The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, July 12 , 2016
ANAHEIM INCENTIVES WORK AND RESIDENTS BENEFIT WITHOUT TAXES
Have you noticed what's happening lately in some Orange County cities?  Stanton passed one.  Now Fountain Valley, Laguna Beach and Westminster are considering them:  a one cent sales tax hike on goods sold in their communities to cover millions of dollars in growing costs of providing city services we depend upon, adding to the burden of federal and state taxes.  Our own home towns are proposing to tax us more! Anaheim, however, hasn't needed to do this. For decades, Anaheim valued its strong relationship with the tourism industry formed around the Disney Resort, creating innovative partnerships and financial incentives to grow that relationship.  Over one-half of the city's general fund can be directly attributable to revenue from the Resort. That general fund pays for important services for Anaheim residents such as police, fire, public safety, libraries, parks and youth activities. Further, Disney is Orange County's largest employer, contributing to a robust unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, the lowest since the Great Recession. CLICK HERE to read more. 
HOUSE PASSES FAA LEGISLATION TO FACILITATE ONT TRANSFER, MOVES TO SENATE
The Federal Aviation Authority's reauthorization legislation, authored by Congressman Ken Calvert, passed the house yesterday with a majority approval and includes language to facilitate the transfer of Ontario International Airport (ONT) to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) from the city of Los Angeles. OCBC advocated for Congressman Calvert's amendment during it's One Voice, Two Capitals Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. and applauds his work in the House and Senator Diane Feinstein's work in the Senate to move this necessary bill. The FAA extension now moves to the senate for approval and is a must-pass bill that President Obama needs to sign into law by July 15 or face a partial shutdown of the agency.  Under the transfer agreement contained in the House bill, LAWA is entitled to $120 million in Ontario Airport passenger facilities charges over the next decade. Ontario will have five years to make the first $50 million in distributions, according to the legislation. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CADIZ WATER PROJECT PASSES CEQA REVIEW
Cadiz Inc. announced that all challenges to the Cadiz Valley Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project's (Cadiz Water Project) environmental review and approval of the project under the California Environmental Quality Act, are now final having withstood scrutiny by the state superior and appellate courts. The Cadiz Water Project is a public-private partnership designed to conserve groundwater presently lost to evaporation and high-salinity in the Mojave Desert's Cadiz Valley and deliver it to Southern California communities. Over the 50-year term of the project, an average of 50,000 acre-feet of water per year, enough for 400,000 people, will be delivered across the region in compliance with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art groundwater management program that will be enforced by San Bernardino County. This is a big win for Southern California and the business community. "The end of litigation in this matter is very good news indeed," said Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. "The Cadiz project is the innovative approach Southern California needs for a reliable water supply and now that the project has overcome all legal hurdles, OCBC calls on federal officials to act quickly and allow Cadiz to begin construction." CLICK HERE for a statement from Cadiz. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC'S LUCY DUNN REMEMBERS MARIAN BERGESON, AN OC TREASURE
Marian Bergeson, the first woman to serve in both the California Assembly and Senate from 1978 to 1994, passed away last week at the age of 90 after battling pancreatic cancer. She was Secretary of Education, ran for Lieutenant Governor, was an educator, OC Supervisor and community activist.  She was a great leader and mentor to so many of us.  Marian was state Senator when I first met her for her work on Bolsa Chica; then as OC Supervisor, she continued to champion both wetlands restoration and a complementary development with a county park now named after her colleague, OC Supervisor Harriett Wieder. Finally, it was Marian who encouraged me to apply for a position on the California Transportation Commission-to take "her" seat as Orange County's representative!  Marian was keynote to many OCBC events and would never miss an Election Day Luncheon!  She loved to laugh, enjoyed life to the fullest, was fearless and impacted every one of us in Orange County.  We celebrate her life and legacy. She left an indelible mark in Orange County and beyond. Her family has planned private funeral services, but a public memorial is in mid-August.  In the meantime, below are five organizations that she was passionate about, though there were many others. A donation or gift to any favorite charity is much appreciated and would be so meaningful to her:  El Sol Charter Academy; Orangewood Foundation; Seneca Family of Agencies/Seneca OC-; Oasis Senior Center; College Park Elementary School - Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. 
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. CLICK HERE for a quick look at the report findings. 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 include Dr. Glenn Roquemore, IVC; Shawna Smith, Hope Builders; Jatan Shah, QSC Audio Products, LLC; and Donna Wildrick, The Boeing Company; and moderated by Brian Page, JPMorgan Chase.

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

JOIN IMRI, CYTELLIX AND OCBC'S CYBERSECURITY TASK FORCE FOR SPECIAL BRIEFING - JULY 26
This year has seen near-constant revelations of large, well-respected companies suffering cyber attacks. The most damaging attacks, however, often never make it into the media.  Companies rarely reveal attacks that result in the loss of valuable intellectual property - business plans, proprietary technologies or fraudulent payments.  Register today for a complimentary breakfast while Federal, Commercial, Technology and Insurance cybersecurity experts discuss how to stop cyber intrusions on your organization. Experts will offer real world lessons and share information that you can quickly implement to stop cyber intrusions on your organization. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. CLICK HERE for more information about the event. 

DATE: Tuesday, July 26, 2016    TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
LOCATION: The Center Club  I  650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 

OCBC SUPPORTS GOVERNOR'S 'BY-RIGHT' APPROVALS FOR HOUSING - HCD BRIEFING AUG. 2
Gov. Brown continues to press for "by-right" approvals for affordable housing by creating a voluntary permit streamlining approval process for developers to use. OCBC has sent letters of support for the governor's proposal and encourages you to save the date for Tuesday, August 2 for a roundtable discussion with Ben Metcalf, Director, Department of California Housing and Community Development to discuss the governor's plan. More details on the roundtable are coming soon. California's 2016-2017 state budget was signed by Gov. Brown in late June and included $400 million for affordable housing projects sought by Assembly Democrats. However, this money has been set aside until the governor and legislature can come to terms on a plan to expedite the approval of local housing projects. Under the by-right proposal, certain multifamily projects in areas already planned for high density residential would be exempt from additional CEQA review as it would be considered already completed during local general planning and zoning process. By removing the additional layer of analysis, developer/financial certainty of project implementation is increased, time frame to build-out and project completion is shortened, and legal challenges reduced or eliminated. 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. 
TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT SHARING ECONOMY: MOBILITY, SHARED SPACE AND DRONES! - AUG. 4
On June 29, the City of Anaheim held a special City Council meeting to determine the fate of short-term rentals (STRs) in the city, ultimately deciding that it would ban STRs and provide 18 months to phase out existing operating STRs. What does this mean for property rights?  For city services?  For neighborhoods?  OCBC will delve deeper into Anaheim's recent action, as well as discuss other industries affected by the growing sharing economy at upcoming Economic Development Forum "Innovating Businesses: The Sharing Economy" on August 4, 2016.  The event will feature Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC, who will provide a snapshot of the sharing economy, as well a keynote by SCOOP, a Bay Area carpool innovator, as well as a panel discussion lead by former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle & Associates, with Lyft, Uber, WeWork, Airmaps (invited) and Expedia (invited).  Mobility, travel, workspace and drones:  exciting stuff!   Sponsor opportunities available! For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 

DATE: Thursday, August 4, 2016 TIME: 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hotel Irvine  I  17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA
   
OCBC COMMENDS THE OC REGISTER'S FOCUS ON RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS
Beginning on June 28, Southern California News Group - parent company to The Orange County Register - joined media in cities around the U.S. to raise awareness on the issue of homelessness, in tandem with the National Coalition for the Homeless. This effort started in San Francisco and will include coverage discussing the root causes of the problem in our communities, highlighting local efforts to help the homeless and reaching out to find long-term solutions. Readers can also help raise awareness by sharing articles about homelessness on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Please post using the hashtag #SoCalHomeless. CLICK HERE for the latest story from the Register. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
FIVEPOINT BREAKS GROUND ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN GREAT PARK, WELL DONE!
OCBC commends its investor, FivePoint, a master developer of Great Park Neighborhoods that broke ground June 30 on construction of the community's first affordable family housing: Luminaira at Beacon Park and Espaira at Beacon Park. Both are anticipated to open in summer 2017. Luminaira at Beacon Park and Espaira at Beacon Park will add 166 units of affordable rental housing offered to families earning up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income. The communities, located west of Ridge Valley Road and a short walk from Beacon Park School, are a collaborative project between FivePoint, Related California, Riverside Charitable Corporation and ETHIC (El Toro Housing Initiative Collaboration) Housing Trust. Once completed in 2017, they will join Solaira at Pavilion Park, Irvine's first new affordable senior community in nearly 20 years, as part of the first phase of affordable rental communities at Great Park Neighborhoods. The master-planned mixed-use community adjacent to the Orange County Great Park ultimately will include 1,056 affordable units. A range of housing that is affordable to the workforce is a critical issue for the business community and this groundbreaking is an important milestone in lessening the nearly 60,000 housing unit shortage we face in OC. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
DR. ANIL PURI NAMED INTERIM PROVOST FOR CSUF
Effective July 25, Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of CSU Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, will serve as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, filling the role of Jose Cruz, who has been appointed President of Lehman College in New York. The school will commence a nation-wide search for a permanent Provost. Dr. Puri is the longest-serving dean at CSU Fullerton and joined the school in 1977. He has served as Chair and Professor of Economics and as Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Programs. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
OC BOARD OF EDUCATION IS ONCE AGAIN A 'COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS' MAJORITY
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Tustin Councilwoman Rebecca Gomez, an administrator at Cypress College, was officially certified as the winner in District 1 on the OC Board of Education on June 27. She replaces outgoing member Robert Hammond. Gomez won the position to represent the county seat with nearly 43 percent of the vote, topping the incumbent's 40 percent in the June 7 election. District 1 serves Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, and parts of Garden Grove and Tustin. This ends the county board's efforts to quell Common Core State Standards in OC, which Hammond and fellow board member Ken Williams have been adamantly opposed to and worked to prevent the implementation of it in schools. Additionally, OCBC-endorsed incumbent Jack Bedell, held on to his seat. OCBC has been a strong supporter of the Common Core State Standards and looks forward to a productive Board. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
UNPRECEDENTED JOB GROWTH IN U.S. FOR JUNE
The U.S. government's jobs report released Friday indicates that June saw an unexpected hiring spurt with employers adding 287,000 jobs. The spurt contrasts sharply with May's dismal report of 11,000 jobs added, and 144,000 jobs in April. With the unprecedented growth in the job market, the U.S. unemployment rate also went up from May's 4.7 percent to 4.9 percent in June as more people began seeking jobs again. While OC's unemployment numbers for June have not yet been released, the county has been seeing an overall trend of a much lower unemployment rate compared to the rest of the nation, with the last reported number at 3.6 percent in May.  For more information, contact 
Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC. 
CONGRATS TO JWA FOR MAKING TOP 10 LIST FOR DOMESTIC AIRPORTS
John Wayne Airport was the only California airport to secure a top-10 ranking of domestic airports as chosen by readers of Travel & Leisure magazine. Magazine readers are surveyed annually on their travel experiences worldwide and ranked JWA as seventh on the list. The Portland, Ore. airport ranked as number one. Airports are evaluated by their access, check-in and security, restaurants, retailers and overall interior design. Congrats to our local airport! For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

HELP SOCAL GAS CONSERVE, ENSURE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY OVER THE SUMMER
Did you know that 61 percent of the electricity generated in California comes from natural gas? Hot sunny days mean more energy usage throughout Southern California, especially across the greater LA area. And with limited availability at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, there's less natural gas to produce electricity locally. SoCal Gas reminds customers to save energy (and money) to help reduce the risk of natural gas and electricity shortages this summer. SoCal Gas has joined a coalition of Southern California utilities, state agencies, and local city governments to encourage conservation through the Conserve Energy SoCal initiative. By working together today, we can significantly reduce the risk of natural gas and electricity shortages tomorrow. CLICK HERE  to find helpful information. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Orange County Forum's Housing Outlook - Thursday, July 14
Join OC Forum at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at Hilton Irvine for a Housing Outlook featuring Emile Haddad, FivePoint, and Larry Webb, New Home Company. CLICK HERE for more info. 

UCI Veteran Center Talent Recruitment & Retention Bootcamp for HR Professionals - Monday, July 18
The OC Communication Foundation's study indicates only 50 percent of Post 9/11 and only 30 percent of pre-9/11 Veterans are working full-time. Join UCI for a bootcamp to address this issue 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UCI Student Center Pacific Ballroom. CLICK HERE for more info. CLICK HERE to sponsor.

2016 OC Infrastructure Report Card - Tuesday, July 21
Save the date for ASCE's 2016 OC Infrastructure Report Card release from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Irvine City Hall. CLICK HERE for more information. 

FWD.us and IMA Leadership Gathering - Tuesday, July 26 
Join the Internet Marketing Association and KCOMM for FWD.us and IMA Leadership Gathering at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at the Nixon Library. The event will feature a discussion on immigration and feature local elected and business leaders, including Congresswoman Mimi Walters and Michael Dubin, CEO of Dollar Shave Club. CLICK HERE for registration. 

Trade X-Trade Connect - Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Save the date for this no-cost TradeX event, which is a gathering of resources, discussions and demonstrations of innovations, fostering a new global view for American businesses, turning entrepreneurs into exporters. The event takes place 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Norman P. Murray Community Center in Mission Viejo. 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: JULY
NOTE NEW TIME, DATE AND LOCATION
Cybersecurity Task Force  
Tuesday, July 26, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  I  The Center Club

NOTE NEW LOCATION
Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  I  Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center

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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