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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, August 11, 2015
STUDY CONFIRMS CEQA LAWSUITS TARGET TRANSIT, RENEWABLE ENERGY, HOUSING
California won't achieve its strategic climate change goals unless CEQA is modernized

A recent study of more than 600 lawsuits filed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) demonstrates what many of us already know -- that the law is frequently abused to stop projects crucial to meeting California's environmental, social equity, and economic policies. The study conducted by the law firm Holland & Knight is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive review of cases at the local, regional or state agency level during a three year study period (2010-2012). While CEQA was intended to benefit the environment, the study entitled "In the Name of the Environment: How Litigation Abuse Under the California Environmental Quality Act Undermines Environment from CEQA Litigation Abuse," reveals that it is often used contrary to the state's environmental protection goals. It reveals that 49 percent of CEQA lawsuits were filed against taxpayer-funded public works projects; 80 percent targeted infill or greenfield development projects in urban areas; 21 percent of private sector projects challenged were housing related, with nearly half of these CEQA housing lawsuits challenging types of affordable and other multi-family projects that are critical to addressing the statewide housing crisis; the top target of CEQA lawsuits challenged projects designed to achieve critical environmental objectives, such as new and retrofitted clean energy projects, and in the case of infrastructure, transit projects; and CEQA was used against projects that had already undergone an earlier environmental review process. CLICK HERE to view an Executive Summary of the report. OCBC will continue to work with legislators, advocating for meaningful CEQA reform to address these abuses. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC APPLAUDS LA TRANSFER OF ONT BACK TO LOCAL CONTROL 
OCBC supports the deal outlining Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to transfer control of Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) President and Ontario Mayor pro Tem Alan Wapner made the announcement last week. OCBC's Lucy Dunn has served on OIAA since 2012, advocating for local control of the airport as it has seen major revenue loss and decline in passenger traffic under LAWA control and is an integral component to Southern California's regional infrastructure. The cities plan to have the formal Settlement Agreement completed within the next two months, and slated for approvals by the Ontario City Council, the OIAA, The LA Board of Airport Commissioners and the Los Angeles City Council shortly thereafter. FAA and TSA approvals are expected mid-2016. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
LAEDC STUDY: PETROLEUM REDUCTION MANDATES WOULD DRAMATICALLY HARM CA ECONOMY
Major industry sectors in California that are dependent on petroleum account for 11 percent of the state's jobs and 14.4 percent of the state's GDP and a recent study suggests that mandated reductions on petroleum use will severely hinder those sectors economic vitality. The Los Angeles Economic Develop Corporation (LAEDC) concluded that the role petroleum products play in the California economy is extensive, with vulnerable industries generating 2.4 million jobs and are responsible for $187 billion in labor income. As a result, many of California's business communities are urging Sacramento policy leaders to oppose schemes that would significantly reduce access to petroleum and petroleum products. This information is timely for members of the California Assembly that are considering a vote on SB 350 -- calling for a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use on California's streets, roads, and highways in only 15 years. OCBC asserts that such a drastic reduction is unattainable and the fallout from pursuing a 50 percent reduction would be devastating to California's economy. CLICK HERE to take action and urge your legislators to vote no on SB 350. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
HURDLES REMAIN FOR AGREEMENT ON TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE PARTNERSHIP
One of the major drivers behind the effort to approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is the ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and several nations along the Pacific Rim. In part, TPP would serve to eliminate tariffs and other barriers on goods, services, and investment between member states in order make trade more seamless. Although the majority of the provisions within TPP have been agreed upon, dispute over intellectual property continues to be an impediment to finalizing the agreement. Despite the stall in negotiations, the trade ministers from each TPP nation released a joint-statement highlighting significant progress on finalizing the free trade agreement, with a commitment to resolving the remaining limited number of issues. Passage of TPP is critical to the future growth of the nation's international trade industry. Currently, 34 percent of overall U.S. trade comes from TPP countries (approximately $1.8 trillion in goods and services), and TPP countries compose 23 percent of Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S. ($620.3 billion).  To learn more about the importance of international trade to the Orange County economy, visit LocationOC.comFor more information, contact  Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.
OCBC'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE DISCUSSES THE POWER OF BIG DATA 
On August 5, OCBC's Economic Development Committee welcomed David Savlowitz, CEO, Competitive Analytics; Sinan Kanatsiz, Chairman and Founder, Internet Marketing Association; and Craig Reem , Director of Public Affairs and Communications, City of Irvine. Much of the discussion during the meeting focused on big data, and specifically, how an organization can analyze it and eventually leverage it to market and grow business. Mr. Savlowitz highlighted that a staggering 95 percent of companies use only 5 percent of the value of their own data, and only 7 percent of organizations understand the key drivers for their business. Organizations such as Competitive Analytics help organizations compile and organize large amounts of data on topics ranging from financials to customer profiles to understand key ways to improve and expand. CLICK HERE for a copy of Mr. Savlowitz's presentation. Mr. Kanatsiz discussed the trillion dollar industry that internet marketing has become, and ways that organizations are using their "big data" information to transform goods and services for today's market. CLICK HERE for Mr. Kanatsiz's presentation. The committee also heard an update from Mr. Reem on the upcoming Solar Decathlon, slated for October 8-11 and 15-18, 2015. CLICK HERE for a presentation showcasing some of the innovative projects that will be featured at the event. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 
OCBC'S HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD DAY--JOIN US! AUGUST 20

A group of OCBC members and staff will join fellow OCBC member Habitat for Humanity OC for a build day in Santa Ana on August 20, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A few spots are still available, join us for a fun day out of the office helping build homes for OC's future. Contact  Larry Brose, Vice President, Business Development and Investor Relations. 

HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE PROMISES OCBC MEMBERS REGULATORY REFORM
House Majority Whip and Representative of Louisiana Steve Scalise met with OCBC's Government Affairs Committee on July 30 where topics of discussion included transportation and water infrastructure funding, reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank, Trade Promotion Authority, medical device tax repeal, and regulatory reform. The congressman was in alignment on most of OCBC's but did fall short on full support on full support for Ex-Im Bank. However, Congressman Scalise agreed with OCBC on the topic of federal regulatory reform. In particular, OCBC urged him to consider eliminating duplicative environmental review processes that create unnecessary hurdles to projects by exempting states like California that already have policies such as CEQA from the National Environmental Review Policy Act (NEPA). Congressman Scalise supported the idea and committed to proposing that to the Republican Caucus for discussion. OCBC will continue to advocate for NEPA exemption to local members of the OC congressional delegation during the August congressional break. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
CONGRESSMAN LOWENTHAL VISITS OCBC, UNDERSTANDS TRANSPORTATION USER FEE TRENDS
OCBC's Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee hosted U.S. Congressman The Honorable Alan Lowenthal, CA 47th District. The committee discussed a variety of issues with the congressman, including expressing gratitude for his support of higher education, his vocal support of reauthorizing the Export Import Bank of the United States, and his commitment to working with fellow legislators to achieve a long-term transportation infrastructure funding mechanism. Congressman Lowenthal highlighted that infrastructure is a bi-partisan issue, but the debate centers on how to pay for maintenance and future projects. He stated that he acknowledged that user fees were the way of the future, and he is open to programs such as Vehicle Miles Traveled fees to supplant the federal gas tax. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
SAVE THE DATE! OCBC'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM - SEPT. 24
Morgan McGrath
JPMorgan Chase

Join OCBC for the 2015 Economic Development Forum, focusing on "How Orange County Manufacturers are Thriving in the Global Market," sponsored by Chase. As the sixth largest county in the nation, a state front runner in jobs creation, and a growing driver of international trade exports, Orange County is poised to lead the state and nation in economic advances throughout the 21st century. The forum will feature keynote speaker Morgan McGrath, Head of International Banking, Commercial Bank, JPMorgan Chase, as well as a panel discussion, and an OC manufacturing update from Dr. Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC. Moderating the panel is Kathleen Marran, Vice President West Region Marketing, UPS. Panelists include Jatan Shah, COO, QSC Audio Products; Tom Croslin, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Southern California Engineering Design Center, The Boeing Company; and Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Managing Director of Commercial Operations and Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Long Beach

DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2015 REGISTRATION: 7:30 a.m. PROGRAM8 a.m.

ADJOURN: 10:00 a.m.  PLACE: The Irvine Marriot  I 18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine 

For more information, contact  Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241.

SKILLS GAP AND WHAT BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW - OCT. 8 CONFERENCE
Join OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board for the 2015 Orange County Workforce Development Conference, presented by Union Bank. The conference will focus on the theme "Bridging the Workforce Skills Gap:  What Does Business Need to Know?" The conference will unveil the 2015 Workforce Indicators Report, presented by OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod, as well as feature a panel of distinguished experts. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
DATE: Thursday, October 8, 2015     REGISTRATION: 11 a.m.     PROGRAM: 11:30
ADJOURN:  1:30 p.m.   PLACE: The Island Hotel  I  690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
For more information about the event, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949.794.7241
LESS FOR MANY: 'OPPORTUNITY GAP,' INCOME DISPARITY, POVERTY GROWS IN ORANGE COUNTY

Orange County poverty is growing dramatically, along with income inequality, homelessness and overcrowded housing, according to a comprehensive survey by government agencies and charitable organizations. The annual Orange County Community Indicators report, released this week, lays out in 52 pages of stark detail the worsening plight of a growing portion of local families. The result: an "opportunity gap," seen in "abundant supports and resources for the children of higher-income families and stalled or declining social mobility for the children of lower-income and less educated families," the report says. To be sure, an improving economy has led to lower unemployment and, especially, more high-paying jobs for the well-educated, the survey notes. CLICK HERE to read more. 
SIGNIFICANTLY FEWER HOMES FOR SALE IN MID-2015 COMPARED TO SAME TIME LAST YEAR
For Orange County, housing affordability continues to be a concern. According to information recently released by the Orange County Association of Realtors, the supply of available homes for sale in mid-2015 as compared to mid-2014 is significantly lower, which is causing an uptick in pricing. Detached re-sale homes currently on the market are down 15.6 percent in May with attached homes down 26.6 percent from the year prior. In May, the median sales price was $712,750 for detached, $415,000 for attached homes. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

IMRI'S MARTHA DANIEL TALKS CYBERSECURITY AT OCBC'S CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST
OCBC's third Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of the 2015 series, sponsored by AT&T and Wells Fargo, on August 4 featured Martha Daniel, Founder, President and CEO, IMRI Technology and Engineering Solutions. Ms. Daniel discussed a variety of topics - including her upbringing in Tennessee, early career in cryptology in the U.S. Navy, and her tools for professional success. Ms. Daniel also highlighted some of the key strategies her organization provides when offering data protection solutions, highlighting the importance of implementing a protective "perimeter" around all of an organization's data. Should an attack breach that perimeter, there are effective ways of compartmentalizing data so that all of an organization's information is not necessarily compromised. Ms. Daniel's candor and familiarity with such a technical subject offered attendees an accessible forum to learn, ask questions, and benefit from industry insider knowledge on how to protect and grow their business. The next Chairman's Leadership Breakfast will take place November 3, 2015 and will feature Tom Phelps, Manatt Phelps and Phillips LLP, interviewed by Lucy Dunn. For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events. 
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOURNAMENT WINNERS!

Orange County business leaders joined OCBC Thursday for a day on the green at the 2015 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente. Congratulations to the tournament winners!
  • Top Mixed Team: AT&T - Richard Porras, Debra Harlow, Javier Mier, and Kate Klimow
  • Top Men's Foursome: UPS - Morgan Tolliver, Louis DeJianne, Bill Shea, and Adam Horodyski
  • Putting Contest winner: John Dunn
  • Closest to the Pin: John Dunn
  • Women's Longest Drive: Debra Harlow
  • Men's Longest Drive: Frank Joga
CLICK HERE for more pictures from the event. For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events. 
THE CYBER-ECONOMY IS HERE! REGISTER FOR 2015 ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT. 29

The cyber-economy is here. How will it impact your business? Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 21st Annual Economic Forecast Conference on October 29 at Hotel Irvine as we address this issue and many others affecting the regional economy in 2015. The conference features keynote speaker Richard Davis, Chairman, President and CEO, US Bancorp, Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF, Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF, and Richard Davis, President and CEO, US Bancorp. Join hundreds of Orange County business leaders for the county's premier economic conference and learn the latest opportunities for business growth and how to plan for the future. 

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015  Registration: 11:00 a.m. Program: 11:30 a.m. (Please allow amble time for parking)

Adjourn: 1:30 p.m. Place: Hotel Irvine  I  17900 Jamboree Rd. Irvine, CA 

For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at 949-794-7241

POLITICAL CORNER
Reception honoring Steven S. Choi, Ph.D. - Wednesday, August 12
Please join Steven S. Choi, Mayor of the City of Irvine, for a kickoff reception for his campaign for the State Assembly. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 12 at the Eureka Building in Irvine. CLICK HERE for a registration form and more information. 

Political events are for informational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.
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For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Director of Communications.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Deadline Approaching to Nominate a Company as a Top Workplace - Friday, August 14
The Orange County Register invites employees from leading Orange County-based companies to help identify the county's most inspiring companies that deserve recognition as a Top Workplace. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, July 17, 2015. The Register publishes its eighth annual Top Workplaces magazine on Dec. 3, and will host its signature event on Dec. 2 in Anaheim to celebrate companies that have inspiring leaders, great benefits and winning cultures.  CLICK HERE for more information and to nominate a company today. 

OCPAA 15th Annual Legislative Aides' Luncheon Reception - Thursday, August 20
Join Orange County Public Affairs Association for the 15th Annual Legislative Aides' Luncheon Reception at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Original Mike's in Santa Ana. Reservations must be made no later than August 17, 2015. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Elite OC August Schmoozer - Thursday, August 20
Enjoy a wonderful night of schmoozing and giving back 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 20 at Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available as you schmooze with other young professionals! CLICK HERE for more information. 

Elite OC 5th Annual Schmooze Cruise & Casino Night - Thursday, September 17
Mark your calendar for Elite OC's 5th Annual Sunset Cruise and Casino Night from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, September 17 aboard the beautiful Endless Dreams yacht. The event will support the Make A Wish Foundation of Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information.

22nd Annual Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana Be Great Gala - Saturday, September 26, 2015
Save the date for a Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana gala from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Congratulations to OCBC Treasurer Richard Porras, AT&T, who will be honored. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Towel Drive for Homeless Vets - present to Wednesday, September 30
Orange County Stand Down is accepting new and gently used towels and other personal necessities to be distributed the fourth weekend in October at the Orange County Stand Down Expo to homeless veterans. Please donate by September 30, 2015. For more information, contact Coastlines Veterans Resource Center at 714.241.6126 or CLICK HERE. 

Jamboree's 25th Anniversary Gala - Friday, October 9
Save the date and join Jamboree Housing for a celebration of the organization's legacy and a showcasing of what's in store for the future at 6 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim. CLICK HERE for more information. 
 
Looking for Volunteers! U.S. Energy Solar Decathlon at the Great Park - Oct. 8-18, 2015
Currently accepting volunteers to support the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which will be held Thursdays - Sundays, Oct. 8-18 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today. Volunteers work alongside Solar Decathlon organizers serving as a greeter, docent, visitor liaison, education days mentors and more.  CLICK HERE to register or find out more about volunteering.

Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series - October 29-30
Become a sponsor today for the U.S. Commercial Service's Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series that takes place October 29 to 30, 2015 at Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa. Get valuable exposure among U.S. exporters of products and services at an international business forum. CLICK HERE for more information. 
   
Imagine a Better Tomorrow - Friday, November 20
Save the date for the 17-year anniversary of Collette's Children's Home, Imagining a Better Tomorrow. Collette's Children's Home changes the live and builds a better future for over 3,300 homeless women and children. The event is at 6 p.m. Friday, November 20 at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST

Cybersecurity Task Force

Friday, August 14, 2015  I  8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

 

Workforce Development

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

 

Community College Working Group

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

Latino Educational Attainment

Thursday, August 20, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. 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 2015 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

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If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, at 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.org.
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