The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, August 23, 2016
MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT! OCBC WEIGHS IN ON NOVEMBER BALLOT MEASURES
The OCBC Board of Directors took positions on the following 2016 Ballot Initiatives critical to business success across the state.
Support:
Prop. 51 - Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative 
Prop. 52 - California Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Initiative 
Prop. 54 - California Legislature Transparency Act 
Oppose:
Prop. 53 - California Public Vote on Bond Initiative 
Prop. 55 - California Children's Education and Healthcare Protection Act of 2016 
Prop. 64 - The Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act 
Prop. 65 - Environmental Fee Protection Act 
CLICK HERE for a complete list of OCBC's 2016 positions and candidate endorsements. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
HERE IT IS: EMPLOYERS' GUIDELINES FOR POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS TO EMPLOYEES
Election season is upon us. A brochure available online from the California Chamber of Commerce offers employers a concise overview of the "do's" and "don'ts" of communicating with employees about ballot measures. The brochure, "Guidelines for Political Communications to Employees," points out that informing employees and stockholders about the impact of ballot measures (as well as proposed state legislation and regulations) is within the employer's rights as a business owner - as long as the communication is done the right way. For instance, employers can communicate with their employees, stockholders and their families about the company's support of or opposition to state legislation, regulations or ballot measures. CLICK HERE to learn more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCMOVES UPDATE: OCBC PRESSES LAWMAKERS TO GET MOVING ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING DEAL
Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs, traveled to Sacramento yesterday to represent the Orange County business community during a meeting on the Frazier-Beall Transportation Funding Package.  The package includes $7.4 billion in annual funding to repair and maintain our state and local roads, improve trade corridors, and support public transit and active transportation. The meeting was called by Will Kempton, Transportation California, to bring business and legislators together for one final push before the legislative year-end to fund repairs, effectuate reforms and advance new traffic relief projects.  Unfortunately, it is not likely any action will be taken this session. The event was a convention of business leaders and other stakeholders from around California to press for action to resolve the state's transportation funding crisis.  More than 50 leaders attended the event, including Assemblymember  Jim Cooper, 9th District of CA; Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, 42nd District of CA; Secretary Brian Kelly, CA State Transportation Agency; Director Michael Cohen, State Department of Finance; Senator Anthony Cannella, 12th District of CA; Senator Bob Huff, 29th District of California; Senator Jim Beall, Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Housing; and Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Transportation.  Advocates for the deal will remain optimistic, including OCBC, and will continue to push for a solution. CLICK HERE to learn more about the package. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCMoves was established in 2007 by a public-private partnership of elected officials and business leaders advocating for policies that mobilize and support Orange County transportation projects. CLICK HERE to learn more about OCMoves.
CONGRATS TO COUNTY ON COMPLETION OF LA PATA ROAD EXTENSION!
The La Pata Avenue/Camino Del Rio Extension Project links San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente and provides a much needed alternative route to Interstate 5. The long awaited project, decades in the making, provides continued access to Ortega Highway for residents and will relieve congestion on the heavily traveled I-5 corridor. Kudos to Orange County Board of Supervisors' Chair Lisa Bartlett and OCBC Board Member, Darrell Johnson, CEO of OCTA. CLICK HERE to read more from the OC Register. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

DOES OC HAVE A RACIAL DIVIDE? BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE WORKS TOWARD A  DEEPER UNDERSTANDING
This article written by Delaine Moore_ Communications Director_ OCBC
Written by Delaine Moore Communications
 Director, OCBC
Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." That sentiment is just as true today as it was 50 years ago when the Civil Rights Movement catapulted the nation into an uncomfortable truth about the consequences of communities clinging to the familiar and out casting the unknown. Today, headlines and newsfeeds remind us that prejudices still penetrate every region, city and home. This leaves many asking, including the OC Register in its July 11 editorial, "Is there a solution to America's racial divide?" Posing a series of questions, the Editorial Board urged the community to start a difficult discussion on race relations and diversity. In an unprecedented move, Orange County Business Council (OCBC) responded by bringing together on August 12, almost 50 of the county's prominent business, education, nonprofit, and faith leaders to begin a dialogue of listening and understanding. At first, for an early morning meeting, the room was abuzz with vibrant chatter as old friends and new embraced and welcomed each other. But no one could ignore the lightly veiled nerves vibrating under the surface. What place does business have in discussing racial and diversity issues? Will this be perceived as inclusion or ignorance? Will a discussion of this nature really produce solutions? Does Orange County even have a racial divide? CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
LUCY DUNN MODERATES NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM 
On August 16, Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, moderated the first Newport Beach City Council candidate forum,  presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The forum focused on critical issues facing the city, including pension liabilities, traffic congestion and development proposals. Bringing the critical issue of California and OC's housing crisis to the forefront of the conversation, Dunn asked candidates their opinions on several projects proposed for the city. Newport voters will ultimately make their selection on November 8. CLICK HERE for an article from the LA Times on the forum. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director. 
CONGRESSMAN ALAN LOWENTHAL ADDRESSES OCBC'S WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 
OCBC's Workforce Development Committee welcomed Congressman Alan Lowenthal, 47th District, Wednesday to discuss legislative updates and hear from the committee on some of the most pressing issues affecting his districts. The Congressman discussed his efforts to promote early childhood education in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, including his work to ensure $30 million in funds for the highly effective STARBASE program. The program targets fifth grade students who are considered to be at a "high risk" in their education, coordinates them into small teams, and gives them the resources and training to building high-tech projects, including the use of 3-D printers and other advanced technologies, which piques children's interest in focusing on STEM and ignites an interest to continue their education. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
ACCE'S SAVANNAH, GEORGIA CONVENTION HOSTS ALICIA BERHOW ON EDUCATION, HOUSING
OCBC's Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, served as a presenter and panelist during the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives convention in Savannah, GA last week. She spoke during the session "Thriving Together: Supporting Success for Underserved Populations," and focused on the ways OCBC is addressing the challenges OC faces with the lack of housing affordable to the workforce, mobility issues, and advocacy efforts to retain its diverse, homegrown talent. The presentation addressed the growing Middle Skills Gap and the evolving philosophy that non-four-year degrees or training programs are also effective in leading to high-skill, high-wage jobs, which are critical to Southern California's economic success. She also highlighted OCBC's Latino Educational Attainment Initiatives, the 3rd Edition of the Ten Commandments, and teaching immigrant parents how to prepare and guide children through the education system to ensure academic success. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
ATTEND OCBC'S CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST FEATURING DR. JAMES DOTI - SEPT. 6
Before he  retires! Join OCBC for a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Dr. James Doti, President of Chapman University - a position he's held since 1991. In that time, Chapman has added new buildings, including the award-winning Fish Interfaith Center, world-class faculty and helped Chapman earn a reputation as on of the world's top preeminent private universities. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from one of Southern California's leading executives, interviewed by Tom Phelps, Chair of OCBC's CEO Leadership Caucus!
WHEN: Registration - 7:15 a.m. Program - 8 a.m. a.m.  I  Tuesday, September 6, 2016 
WHERE: The Center Club  I  650 Town Center Drive

For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events, at sritter@ocbc.org. 
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
 


DON'T MISS OCBC'S 2016 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE - OCT. 11
Join OCBC and the OC Development Board for the 2016 Workforce Development Conference, presented by Union Bank, at Hotel Irvine. The conference is an annual event featuring the unveiling of the Orange County Workforce Development Report, which is a comprehensive analysis of Orange County's economic and labor force trends, presented by Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC.
WHEN:  11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  I   Tuesday, October 11, 2016 
WHERE: Hotel Irvine I  17900 Jamboree Rd.  SPONSORSHIPS:  $2,500  I  $5,000
For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events. 


SAVE THE DATE! OCBC/CSUF 22nd ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - NOV. 2
This WILL sell out! 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 "World at a Crossroads: Navigating Risks in Pursuit of an Ideal Climate." The event will feature a keynote from Richard Davis, Chairman, President and CEO, US Bancorp; as well as the outstanding economic forecast from Dr. Anil Puri, 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 

LUCY DUNN HONORED BY GIRL SCOUTS OF OC - NOV. 4
Girl Scouts of Orange County has announced its roster of 2016 Celebrate Leadership honorees, which includes OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO. Recognized for her championship of Girl Scouting and her tremendous contributions to the greater Orange County community, Lucy is among seven extraordinary local female leaders to be recognized at the organization's Seventh Annual Celebrate Leadership event on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  Each honoree will be paired with a current Girl Scout, providing the leaders of tomorrow with an opportunity to connect with leaders of today. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to join us in celebrating Lucy and other Orange County female leaders. 
MEMORIALCARE, BOEING BEGIN INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP TO BEST SERVE EMPLOYEES' HEALTH
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As businesses seek alternatives to traditional insurances to gain more control over healthcare costs in their organization, while also promoting the health and wellness of employees, MemoricalCare Health System and The Boeing Company have entered an innovative partnership. Memoricalare will become a direct healthcare provider for Boeing's operations in Orange County, Long Beach and the South Bay area starting January 1 through its Health Alliance organization. Boeing employees who select the Health Alliance as their plan choice will receive benefits such as decreased paycheck deductions; no co-payments if they visit a network doctor for primary care; 100 percent coverage of generic prescription drugs; and the ability to choose specialist doctors within the network without a referral. This is likely to be a start of a trend with more corporations establishing direct care relationships and if another employer is interested in directly contracting with Health Alliance, the system would have the ability to bring several other partners into the relationship, dependent upon the employer's size. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
RAMS NAME ALBERTSONS, VONS AND PAVILIONS AS OFFICIAL GROCERY PARTNER
The Los Angeles Rams announced their newest homecoming sponsor - OCBC investor Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions. Starting September 1, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions will be carrying clear plastic Rams branded tote bags that are compliant with the NFL's Clear Bag Policy, which is in effect at all Rams games this fall.  The bags retail for $5.99 and in honor of the Rams 50th season in Los Angeles, 50 cents from each bag purchased will benefit the Rams Foundation.  Team officials and representatives with Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions will be sharing more details about their partnership in the weeks ahead. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
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. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center. For more information, contact Reyna Villarreal. CLICK HERE to sign up with a special OCBC promotion code. 

4th Annual Women of Character Awards - Friday, September 9
Don't miss the Marian Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series 4th Annual Women of Character Awards honoring Senator Pat Bates with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Sara Catalan with the Alumni of the Year Award. The event will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Island Hotel. CLICK HERE for more event information. CLICK HERE for sponsorship information. 

Storytelling Series: Crafting Communications that Connect - September 6 to 20
Orange County Public Relations Society of America and OneOC invite nonprofits to sign up for a six-part series of workshops designed to teach key public relations and communication skills. The workshops range from Developing a Public Relations Plan to Online Marketing, and much more. CLICK HERE for more information about the series. CLICK HERE for nonprofits interested in applying for sponsorships. 

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. 

Mobility 21 Closing Session Summit - Friday, October 21
Join the Mobility 21 Board of Directors for the summit highlighting "Eyeing LA's Olympic Bid: Accelerating Infrastructure in SoCal, moderated by Doug Arnot, Broadstone Group. CLICK HERE to register for the event. CLICK HERE to sponsor the summit. 

Super Heroes Guild Haunted Halloween Costume Party - Saturday, October 22
Become a gild sponsor member and attend the upcoming costume party from 6 to 11 p.m. at the OC Fair and Event Center to benefit the development of Heroes Hall veterans' memorial. The costume party features dinner, wine, dancing, a silent auction, and costume contest to raise money for the memorial. To learn more about how to donate to Heroes Hall, CLICK HERE.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: SEPTEMBER
Economic Development 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Infrastructure
Tuesday, September 13, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Workforce Development
Wednesday, September 21, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Community College Working Group 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016  I  9:00 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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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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