The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, July 26 , 2016
OCBC ENDORSES THESE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE; MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT! 
OCBC's Board of Directors endorses the following candidates competing in the November 2016 Election. Each candidate listed has a strong track record of supporting the business community and working to enhance the continued prosperity of the region. CLICK HERE to read more about why OCBC has endorsed each candidate.   
  • Loretta Sanchez for US Senate 
  • Don Wagner for Mayor of Irvine
  • Christina Shea for Irvine City Council
  • Steve Faessel for Anaheim City Council 
  • Tara Campbell for Yorba Linda City Council
  • Dwight Robinson for Lake Forest City Council
  • Steve Jones for Mayor of Garden Grove
For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
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), ultimately deciding to ban STRs with and 18 months phase out. 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 features Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC, with a snapshot of the sharing economy, keynote by SCOOP, a Bay Area carpool innovator, and a panel discussion lead by former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, Curt Pringle & Associates, with Lyft; Uber; AirMap, and Expedia, HomeAway and VRBO.  Mobility, travel, workspace and drones: exciting stuff! Sponsor opportunities still 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
   
CONGRATS ON OCTA, CALTRANS PLAN: TRAFFIC RELIEF COMING TO SR-55!
Yesterday, OCTA's Board of Directors approved a revised plan to improve SR-55, one of OC's most congested freeways. Caltrans and OCTA's revised plan reflects more than a year's work between the two agencies.  OCBC has been engaged in these discussions since the end of 2015 advocating for options that offered maximum "throughput." The final deal was ratified during OCTA's vote yesterday, where OCBC's Bryan Starr testified in support. OCBC applauds both OCTA and Caltrans for their creative plan for new general purpose and carpool lanes within the original footprint of construction.  The final plan also includes Caltrans bringing more than $46 million to the table and relief from some design standards plan.  The final plan also includes Caltrans bringing more than $46 million to the table and some relief from design standards. CLICK HERE for a diagram indicating the throughput of the different alternatives. CLICK HERE for the OCTA staff report for further details on the plan. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
OC'S 2016 INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT CARD GRADE: C+
On July 21, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) "rolled-out" the 2016 update to the Orange County Infrastructure Report Card. This was the first time in the history of the ASCE that they have recognized, reported, and graded Oil as an Infrastructure in California. The report card evaluates 12 categories, including aviation (A-); ground transportation (C); natural gas (B-); oil (B-); parks, recreation and environment (C+); solid waste (B); wastewater (B); and water supply (B). The report card is modeled after the national Report Card for America's Infrastructure, which gave the country a D+ overall, compared to OC's C+. This is the fourth Orange County Infrastructure Report Card, which was developed in collaboration with the UC Irvine Civil & Environmental Engineering Affiliates, an advisory group to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in UCI's Henry Samueli School of Engineering. CLICK HERE for a summary of the recently added Oil portion of the report card. CLICK HERE for the full report card. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC, JPMORGAN CHASE RELEASE REPORT 'CLOSING ORANGE COUNTY'S SKILLS GAP'
On July 20, roughly 160 business and academic leaders joined OCBC for the New Skills at Work Forum, presented by JPMorgan Chase. The forum featured the release of the report "Closing Orange County's Skills Gap: Preparing to Meet Employer Demand;" an analysis of the report by Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC; and a panel discussion to discuss the Middle Skills opportunity in Orange County. These are jobs that do not require a Bachelor's degree, but rather some level of training or education above a high school diploma and earn an average yearly salary of $53,110, which is expected to grow 15 percent over the next decade. CLICK HERE for the report findings. CLICK HERE for a story from the Orange County Register on "Do you need a college degree? O.C. workforce ramps up high-tech factory job skills." For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development. 
PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS CRUCIAL BILL ALLOWING TRANSFER OF ONT AIRPORT FROM LA
OCBC commends President Obama on signing the FAA Reauthorization Act as it was necessary to the transfer of local control of Ontario International Airport (ONT) from Los Angeles to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). Rep. Ken Calvert introduced the bipartisan bill allowing Ontario to pay $120 million in fees to LA over 10 years. Additionally, OIAA is working on marketing plans for the facility to pump up national recognition of the airport and increase awareness among fliers that ONT serves as a viable option for travelers in and out of Southern California. Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, serves as a OIAA Commissioner and will continue to advocate for the voice of business during the airport's transition. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.
ANAHEIM PAVES THE WAY FOR NEW HOTELS, GENERATE MILLIONS FOR GENERAL FUND
Anaheim City Council decided last week to rebate a portion of the local bed tax (TOT) burden to pave the way for three new AAA four-diamond hotels. One of the proposals for a hotel comes from Disney, which projects 1,500 new jobs during construction and another 1,100 during operation. The hotel is estimated to generate more than $150 million in revenue for the city's general fund with a total of $75 million in TOT value over 40 years. While neighboring cities may charge their residents sales and utilities taxes, OCBC commends Anaheim's forward thinking approach to raise revenue through economic development incentives. For more info, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
PUBLIC COMMENT OPEN FOR REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN
Caltrans has released the initial draft Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and California Transportation Plan (CTP) Guidelines for public comment. Comments to these drafts are requested by August 5th. Stakeholders are invited to attend the RTP and CTP Guidelines Workgroups on July 13 and 14 in Sacramento and via teleconference. CLICK HERE  for the draft Metropolitan Planning Organization RTP Guidelines, and CLICK HERE to submit a comment form. CLICK HERE for the draft CTP Guidelines, and CLICK HERE to submit a comment form.  For more info on the workgroups, contact RTP.Guidelines.update@dot.ca.gov
MICHAEL BALSAMO SELECTED AS NEW CEO OF BIASC
OCBC congratulates Michael Balsamo on his new role as the CEO of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC). Balsamo, whose previous role was with the BIA as the Executive Director for the BIA-OC chapter, has more than 20 years of experience in land use planning and real estate development in both the public and private sectors. Balsamo gained experience as a land use planner for the cities of Irvine and Lake Forest and has made it his mission to champion building as the foundation of vibrant and sustainable communities. "Mike has demonstrated great leadership over a long period of time in the public policy arena, BIASC has chosen the right man for the job," said Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC COMMENDS OC FAIR'S LEADERSHIP ON HEROES HALL FOUNDATION
OCBC thanks the OC Fair and Event Center for hosting an evening of family fun for OCBC's staff, Board of Directors and Investors Saturday, July 23. At the reception, Nick Berardino, Vice Chair of the OC Fair and Event Center, discussed the Heroes Hall Veterans Foundation, which is a valuable and important addition to Orange County. When completed, it will serve as the only memorial in the county honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, a place for  young and old to learn about those who protect our freedom. OCBC commends the OC Fair's leadership in developing Heroes Hall Foundation, which broke ground on construction of the veterans museum at the OC Fair and Event Center on March 2016. CLICK HERE for progress on the memorial and learn how to donate. 
OCBC HOSTS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON GOVERNOR'S BY-RIGHT PROPOSAL - AUG. 2
OCBC invites you to a roundtable discussion with Ben Metcalf, Director, Department of California Housing and Community Development Tuesday, August 2 to discuss the governor's housing action plan for "by-right" approvals. The plan encourages affordable housing development by creating a voluntary permit streamlining approval process for developers to use. California's 2016 to 2017 state budget was signed by Gov. Brown in late June and included $400 million for affordable housing projects. OCBC will continue to be engaged in the discussion with legislators to advocate for the best use of these funds. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and business Development. 

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 WHERE: OCBC Conference Center, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92614
MARIAN BERGESON'S MEMORIAL SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
On July 11, all 11 of Marian Bergeson's grandchildren laid her to rest at Pacific View Cemetery. Her family invites all to attend a celebration of life at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 13 at the LDS Church. Marian was an incredible woman who was the first woman to serve in both the California Assembly and Senate. She also served as Secretary of Education, ran for Lieutenant Governor, and was an educator, OC Supervisor and community activist. She passed away at the age of 90 after battling pancreatic cancer. For more info, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
SPONSORSHIPS OPEN! OCBC TEES UP FOR ITS 2016 GOLF TOURNAMENT - SEPT. 20
Save the date for the premier high-level networking event of the year! OCBC's Annual Golf Tournament offers the C-suite of OC a day of fun in the sun at one of the top golf courses in Southern California designed by Tom Fazio - Oak Creek Golf Club. Promote your company as one of the leading business organizations in the region by becoming a sponsor and treating your colleagues and business partners to day on the course. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 2016    WHERE: Oak Creek Golf Club  I  1 Golf Club Dr. Irvine, CA 92618
 
SAVE THE DATE! ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - NOV. 2
Join OCBC and Cal State Fullerton for the 22nd Annual Economic Forecast Conference on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Hotel Irvine. The event will explore the theme "In Pursuit of an Ideal Business Climate: Prospects for Growth Amidst Global and Policy Uncertainties." The event will feature a keynote from Richard Davis, Chairman, President and CEO, US Bancorp; as well as a forecast from Dr. Anil Puri, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, CSUF, and Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF. 

WHEN: Registration - 11 a.m. Program - 11:30 a.m.  I  Wednesday, November 2, 2016 
WHERE: Hotel Irvine  I  17900 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: COMING TO GRIPS WITH A CRISIS
This article appears as it was originally written by Abelardo de la Pena, Jr. and published July 13, 2016 by the Southern California Latino Policy Center. Housing - single-family homes, apartments, condos, and townhouses - is where individuals and families spend the most of their time. Yet, for many, the challenge of acquiring, maintaining and keeping a home of their own is becoming more and more precarious. While home ownership is not a constitutional right, it is an economic, social and cultural imperative that is fast becoming unaffordable, and hence, inaccessible, to too many Southern California residents. The causes of this fast-growing predicament are many, but can be summed up in a slogan made famous by NYC mayoral candidate Jimmy McMillan: "The rent is too damn high!" Additional factors include...CLICK HERE to read more.
BOARD MEMBERS WANTED: ALZHEIMER'S FAMILY SERVICES CENTER
Alzheimer's Family Services Center (AFSC) is looking for three talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen the nationally-recognized agency. AFSC is a mission-driven nonprofit Adult Day Health Care provider, proudly affiliated with Hoag Neurosciences Institute, that has been dedicated to maintaining the health and wellbeing of dementia patients and their families for over 36 years. The center provides dementia healthcare services, caregiver support programs, and engages the community through healthy brain aging education. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact Joanna Richardson-Jones, Chief Executive Officer, at JRichardsonJones@AFSCenter.org. CLICK HERE to visit the center's website. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
POLITICAL CORNER
Please note that these events are listed for informational purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by Orange County Business Council. 

Special Event with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotee - Wednesday, July 27
You're invited to a luncheon fundraiser hosted by David Bahnsen & the Lincoln Club of OC benefiting U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte Wednesday, July 27 at the Bahnsen Group in Newport Beach. CLICK HEREfor more info. 

Luncheon to support Congressman John Katko - Monday, August 22
Congresswoman Mimi Walters invites you to an an intimate luncheon to support Congressman John Katko, 24th District of New York from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Antonello Ristorante. CLICK HERE for more information. 
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
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. 

Anaheim/OC Job Fair Expo 2016 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The job fair provide a great opportunity for employers to connect with talented and interested job seekers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesay, August 31, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center. CLICK HERE for more details. 

Children's Mental Health: Why it Matters to your Business and our Economy - Tuesday, September 20
CHOC Children's is launching a discussion series for the corporate community focusing on issues critical to children's heath and well-being. Join CHOC Children's for a healthcare forum from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 20 at Hotel Irvine. This is a free event and breakfast will be served as attendees here from speakers Kimberly Cripe, President & CEO, CHOC Children's; Christopher De Rosa, President, West Region, CIGNA Healthcare; and others. 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: AUGUST
Workforce Housing Committee Special Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, August 2, 2016  I  10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Advocacy and Government Affairs
Friday, August 5, 2016  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

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

Workforce Development 
Wednesday, August 17, 2016  I  8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, August 17, 2016  I  9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, August 19, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 

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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