The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, March 21, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: OCBC'S WISHLIST FOR FEDERAL HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION
Republicans released a modified health care bill yesterday which would replace the Affordable Care Act. The House of Representatives will vote on the bill is Thursday - exactly seven years to the day after President Obama signed the act. As federal legislators continue to work on this robust legislation, there are a few items on OCBC's wish list that encourage lawmakers to consider that would both protect the workforce and eliminate barriers to economic growth. First, the health insurance, medical device and prescription medications taxes should be eliminated. Second, there should be limitations on contributions to health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts, as well as the penalties associated with the employer mandate. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
OCBC LEADS ADVOCATES FOR HOUSING, INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT TO CA CAPITOL
OCBC led a delegation of 60 business and academic leaders to Sacramento last week for the first leg of its annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips. While at the state capitol, OCBC met with numerous legislative and agency leaders to discuss the state's infrastructure, housing, workforce development and general economic needs. OCBC and trip attendees stressed continuously throughout the meetings that in order for the state to meet its climate change goals, there needs to be a focus on adequate housing for residents, as well as an investment in transportation. Looking at the issues facing the state separately is not working; rather, a holistic approach of considering an interconnected system between all of California's needs is critical. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.
OCBC HEADS TO DC MAY 1-3: DON'T MISS THE ONE VOICE, TWO CAPITOLS ADVOCACY TRIP 
This WILL sell out! Help make the voice of business heard and advance OC's competitive advantage by joining OCBC for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. May 1-3. Join us for targeted legislative meetings to advocate for OC's priorities and unparalleled networking with business and elected officials. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. Don't miss out, registration closes March 27!
WHEN: May 1-3, 2017  WHERE: W Washington D.C. 515 15th Street NW, Washington DC 

HOUSING CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA: AB 199 MAKES IT WORSE - VOTE NO IN SACRAMENTO!
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A bill that would expand the types of development projects defined as "public works" would also expand the types of projects mandating builders pay prevailing wage was passed out of the House Labor Committee Thursday. In a time when the housing crisis is peaking with available homes affordable to the workforce dwindling fast, AB 199 could result in up to a 46 percent increase in the total coasts of new residential construction in California. The average home already costs about 250 percent more than the national average with the monthly rent averaging 50 percent higher than the rest of the country. It is critical for Californians to contact their legislators and let them know of your opposition to AB 199, which is now making its way to the Appropriations Committee. CLICK HEREfor a general fact sheet about AB 199. CLICK HERE to take action now. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OC COULD SAVE $42 MILLION A YEAR BY INVESTING IN HOMELESSNESS SERVICES
For the past year, Jamboree has partnered with OC United Way on a study to measure the cost of homelessness.  Reports such as this help to financially quantify the cost of homelessness and make a strong argument in support of the Permanent Supportive Housing model that is offered by organizations such as Jamboree. OC United Way held their second annual scorecard event to report on progress they have made in four strategic areas: education, income, health and housing.  Additionally they focused on housing and released an executive summary of the cost study on homelessness.  The full report will be available in May.  The Orange County Register featured the report, highlighting the findings that homelessness costs Orange County over $300 million a year and found that investing in homeless services could save the county $42 million. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
OC COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS HOLDS FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
On March 16, 2017, Executive Director Marnie Primmer and directors called the first General Assembly of the Orange County Council of Governments, on which OCBC's Bryan Starr serves as a board member. Speakers and panels addressed top issues including transportation solutions, CEQA reform, housing, planning, sanctuary cities, county issues, energy, broadband and more. Presidentand CEO Lucy Dunn was asked to close out the day-long session at Disney Resort's Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim with a call to action on Bringing Land-Use and Infrastructure Planning Together. She urged attendees to stay engaged, remember that leadership is lonely and requires decisions that affect generations, not just next election cycles; that project design is often under-appreciated in helping a community accept change; and that good media relations can  go a long way in getting a strong message out.  She highlighted the key points from the day's presentations and reminded attendees that there is much work to do to achieve very difficult state climate change goals.  Most importantly:  "If you're in the room, you're in the deal" and to help OC COG succeed. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OAKCREST TERRACE IN YORBA LINDA IS A STELLAR EXAMPLE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING
OCBC commends National Community Renaissance on the grand opening of Oakcrest Terrace Apartment  in Yorba Linda. The 69-unit high-quality affordable apartment homes serve the locally employed, seniors, veterans, and families in the Savi Ranch Neighborhood. Yorba Linda's City ordinance states that any development of over 10 units must be put on the ballot, and with determination and education, the city approved the project - highlighting what can be accomplished with a determined group and excellent partnerships. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
RESEARCH REVEALS HOUSING CRISIS IS DETRIMENTAL TO PUBLIC HEALTH AT ALL INCOME LEVELS
A recent white paper on the health impacts of the California housing shortage reveals that while most agree that the facts that more than one in five homeless people in the U.S. live in California, and homeownership rates have fallen to their lowest points since the 1940's are problems, there is a broad disagreement on how to solve the issues. While the 65 housing bills this legislative session seem to reflect an almost exclusive focus on the shortage of "affordable" homes, that actually only addresses 5 percent of the state's housing stock that is supported by public subsidies. In order to solve California's housing crisis, experts agree that we must build hundred of thousand of homes of every type -- including a new generation of market-rate housing affordable to every income level. The first step is to dramatically reduce the cost of building. Additionally, research indicates that the 2008 Global Recession and the financial strain of evictions and foreclosures resulted in an increase of significant public health issues, including increased psychological disorders such as depression, substance abuse and anxietyCLICK HERE for more. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
RANDY BARTH: AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS IN PERIL
The following article appears as it was published in The Orange County Register on March 19, 2017 and written by Randy Barth, founder of THINK Together and executive chairman of Principal's Exchange. 
California schools serving a preponderance of low-income students have a math problem that even Common Core can't solve - and local families will pay the price for economic reform measures designed to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour. Thanks to Proposition 49, for the past 10 years California has budgeted $550 million annually to provide After-School Education and Safety programs to more than 4,000 of the state's neediest schools. However, these programs could be scrapped because the Legislature earmarked only $7.50 per student per day with no cost of living adjustment. From the onset in 2006, the $7.50 per student per day was slim compared to funding for similar programs. Today, it's grossly insufficient for two thorny reasons. CLICK HERE to read more. 
AMPHITHEATER APPROVED IN IRVINE
OCBC commends the Irvine City Council's unanimous approval of OCBC investor FivePoint Holdings and Live Nation Entertainment's application to build a 1,200-seat interim outdoor amphitheater adjacent to Orange County Great Park in Irvine to replace the 35-year-old Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, which closed last fall. FivePoint owns the land, which it will lease to Live Nation Entertainment, which will finance and build the amphitheater. OCBC's Bryan Starr testified at the City Council meeting, highlighting the enormous economic benefits of the facility and urging the council to its ultimate vote. A temporary facility is expected to be up and running by summer 2017. Live Nation hopes to have a permanent facility on city-owned land in Orange County Great Park. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
NATION GETS A D+ ON INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT CARD
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers' Report Card for America's Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card-assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement. The assessment evaluates 16 major infrastructure categories using a simple "A" to "F" school report card format. The "D+" rating stayed the same from the last time the report came out in 2013 and is a declining grade since the assessment's inception in 1988 when the nation scored a "C". Investment, Leadership and Planning, and Preparing for the Future are among the key solutions addressed in the report card to raise the nation's grade. CLICK HERE to learn more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
SOUTHWEST TO INCREASE FLIGHTS AT LONG BEACH AIRPORT
Southwest Airlines can increase its presence at Long Beach Airport following American Airlines' move to reduce its service level there, according to a Long Beach city government announcement. American Airlines, which continues to offer three flights to Phoenix, surrendered two of its flight "slots" in mid-February, giving Southwest, which started flying in and out of the airport last year, an opportunity to snag the abandoned flight slots. For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.
EXCLUSIVE SOLAR INCENTIVE FOR HEAVY COMMERCIAL ELECTRICITY USERS
For a limited time, SunPower, in partnership with Southern California Edison, is offering an exclusive incentive for significant savings on the cost of solar for SCE customers who are heavy electricity users. Designed for facilities operating seven days a week, this offer is ideal for organizations such as grocery stores, retail outlets, data centers, manufacturing units, pharmacies, universities and hospitals. Customers can choose to install rooftop, parking lot, carport or ground-mount systems from California-based SunPower, maker of the world's highest efficiency solar panels available. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, this program aims to fulfill SCE's Local Capacity Requirement for clean energy to replace the San Onofre Nuclear and coastal power plants closed for environmental reasons. CLICK HERE for more information. 
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: THE WAYFARER IN COSTA MESA
Millennial about town is a new feature to the OCBC Indicator chronicling the great entertainment, arts, and culture found right here in Orange County. Got suggestions for a review? Send them to pconover@ocbc.org
The Wayfarer: A House of Social Provisions is an absolute gem nestled inside a seedy shopping center in Costa Mesa. It's a quintessential hipster bar nailing the cliché so well that even if you go purely for the people watching, it's worth it. The place is large with enough going on that three different people could go and never see each other depending on the kind of night they wanted to have. To the right of the door are the dive-bar standbys of a pool table and outdoor smoking patio where flannels and beanies partake in that adult arcade thing. The center back wall is consumed with an amply long bar facing plenty of seating at tables and chairs for those interested in a pint-after-pint kind of night. To the left is an awesome stage where I usually spend my time to watch an array of almost every type of local live music - from reggae, to folk and soul, and even some EDM. The menu isn't bad either with a healthy range of cocktails, daily specials on bar eats like tacos and sliders, and a week-day happy hour from 5-7 p.m. I've personally never tried the bottomless pasta on Sundays - I think that's just meant for the millennial with a faster metabolism who doesn't need to work so hard to fit into her skinny jeans.
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: USE TRUSTED VENDORS
Attackers are increasingly taking advantage of outsourcing relationships to gain access to sensitive information. The cybersecurity of an organization can be seriously jeopardized if a vendor with poor cybersecurity is given access to the organization's system or network. The Cybersecurity Task Force recommend to pay special attention to policies and procedures relating to vendors. It may be appropriate, to include contract provisions that set forth cybersecurity requirements, agreements to assist with investigations, insurance obligation, indemnification provisions, etc. CLICK HERE for more information about OCBC's Cyber Security Task Force. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH ONT'S KELLY FREDERICK'S - APRIL 4
Join Orange County Business Council for a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Kelly Fredericks, CEO of Ontario International Airport (ONT). With over 34 years of transportation industry experience, Fredericks is responsible for overall management, operations, development, and marketing oversight activities for ONT. Fredericks is the first CEO following last year's historic settlement, giving full ownership of ONT back to Ontario International Airport Authority. Learn how ONT is growing one new flight at a time. Frederick's will be interviewed by Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, Chair of OCBC's CEO Leadership Caucus. For more information, contact Katie Tomarchio, Interim Events Manager. 
WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. WHERE: The Center Club
 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 9TH ANNUAL LATINO EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT RECEPTION - APRIL 27
Join OCBC and the Orange County Education and Research Institute for the 9th Annual Reception honoring the partners of Latino Educational Attainment. This one-of-a-kind event brings together educators, education advocates, elected officials, and community partners to celebrate LEA's 13th year of success serving 27 neighborhoods and over 30,000 parents. Reserve your spot before registration closes April 21. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 27, 2017 TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Discovery Cube

SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - SEPT. 19
You won't want to miss OCBC's Annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. This is OC's premier golf event featuring high-level networking with top executives from Orange County's leading businesses. Sign up today to become a sponsor and take advantage of this opportunity to market your brand as a top company in OC. For more information, contact Katie Tomarchio, Interim Events Manager. 
WHEN: September 19, 2017 WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links  
 
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It's About Being a Leader - Friday, March 24
The California Women LEADership Academy is a full day of interactive discussion and networking that focuses on giving women skills, practical action items and access to a statewide network to inspire them Personally, Professionally, Politically and discuss the important Policy issues facing the state. The event takes place at 8 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Disneyland Resort's Grand Californian. CLICK HERE for more info. 

MWDOC Water Policy Forum and Dinner - Thursday, March 30
Save the date to join Metropolitan Water District of Orange County for a night with keynote speaker Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. more details to come. 

Get Started OC 2017 - Wednesday, April 26
Cox Business is brining Get Started (#GetStgartedOC) to Orange County, which will highlight entrepreneurs who will pitch their business to a distinguished panel of experts. One winner will be named to receive $10,000 in prizes including a Cox Business technology package. Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in early stage investment, digital marketing, and business growth strategy. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Apply to the Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee - Monday, May 1
Help safeguard your transportation dollars and apply to be a member of the oversight committee by May 1. The committee ensures the transportation projects specified in Measure M are built as promised. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Conference on Business & Ethics: A Forum for Responsible Leaders - Friday, May 12
Join the Orange County Catholic Foundation for the 15th Annual Conference 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 12, 2017 at the Hilton Anaheim featuring keynote Patricia Heaton. Sponsorship opportunities are available. CLICK HERE to learn more. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: APRIL 
Cybersecurity Task Force
Friday, April 5, 2017  I  8:30 to 10 a.m.

Advocacy and Government Affairs
Friday, April 7, 2017  I  9:30 to 11 a.m. 

Infrastructure 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017  I  7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Workforce Housing 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  I  7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Workforce Development 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  I  7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  I  9 to 10 a.m. 

Economic Development 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017  I  9 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 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact  Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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