The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                        Tuesday, December 17, 2013

All of us at OCBC wish you and your loved ones many beautiful moments and happy memories this holiday season. Special thanks to everyone who joined OCBC, ACC-OC, BIA-OC, and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  for the most talked about holiday party of the season! CLICK HERE for photos from the Holiday Reception. Thanks to event sponsors US Bank, Hotel Irvine, AT&T, AmeriCare Ambulance and Southern California Gas Company.

 

 

OCBC's Indicator Newsletter will be on holiday, too. Expect your next edition on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Happy New Year! 

KEEP THE ANGELS IN ANAHEIM!

On December 17 at 5 p.m., Anaheim City Council will discuss its ongoing negotiations with Angels Baseball regarding Angels Stadium and the Stadium District. CLICK HERE for a copy of the Anaheim Staff Report.  Plan on attending this important council meeting to lend your voice and KEEP THE ANGELS IN ANAHEIM!  Also, CLICK HERE for a terrific interview on KABC's TalkRadio 790 with OC Register columnist John Phillips on the importance of the keeping the Angels and debunking the myths surrounding the deal.  "This is a deal that should be a model for sports stadium negotiations in the future," Phillips said. Not one dime of Anaheim city's general fund money is used. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

PUBLIC DRAFT OF BAY DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN, ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS RELEASED

On December 9, state and federal agencies released the public draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated environmental documents for review and comment. For seven years, scientific research and stakeholder input has shaped the BDCP, a plan that seeks to modernize California's water delivery system by constructing two tunnels that are built to withstand earthquakes and provide a safer, more reliable water supply for 25 million Californians and millions of acres of farmland. CLICK HERE for all of the released documents. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

OCTA MOVES FORWARD WITH I-405 IMPROVEMENTS

On December 9, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors voted to move forward with Alternative 1 for the I-405 Improvement Project, which means Orange County drivers will receive one additional free lane in each direction of the severely congested freeway. While the board decided against moving forward with express lanes for now, OCTA staff expressed that toll lanes remain a viable option to alleviate traffic congestion and construction will leave the door open should the board decide to move forward with express lanes in the future. The decision came just two days before Riverside County broke ground on the long-anticipated 91 freeway widening project. That $1.3 billion project is the largest transportation undertaking in Riverside County's history, and includes one additional free general purpose lane in each direction and extends existing tolled express lanes on SR-91 between the Orange/Riverside County line and I-15. While the project documents predict that average rush-hour speeds will increase from 8 mph to just 9.4 mph in the general purpose lanes, the real time savings will be in the express lanes, where traffic is forecast to move at 50 mph, even in the thickest of rush hour. Surprisingly, OCTA member and OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer on December 11 spoke eloquently in support of toll lanes at the groundbreaking of SR-91 while voting opposed to the same project for I-405 on December 9. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC WELCOMES PARSONS' MAUREEN HAYES TO BOARD, INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE CHAIR

AND BIDS FOND FAREWELL TO LONG TIME BOARD MEMBERS, CHRIS HARRINGTON OF TOSHIBA AND LINDA MARTIN OF PORTER NOVELLI.

 

OCBC is pleased to welcome Maureen (Mo) Hayes, Senior Vice President and Regional Development Executive, Parsons Corporation, to the Board of Directors for a three year term. Parsons Corporation is a global engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm headquartered in Pasadena, California. Hayes' responsibilities for Parsons include strategic planning and execution to leverage Parsons' competitive advantage on complex projects. Upon being voted onto the board, Hayes was also appointed to Chair of the Infrastructure Committee. She has been an active member of the Infrastructure and Government Affairs committees and replaces former Infrastructure Committee Chair Les Card, CEO, LSA Associates, Inc., who will assume the role of OCBC's Chairman of the Board in 2014. 

 

Farewell to outgoing board members, Chris Harrington, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Toshiba Information Systems; and Linda Martin, Managing Director, Porter Novelli. Harrington came onto the board in 2006 and served as the Economic Development Committee Chair. Martin was voted onto the board in 2002 and served as Co-chair of Research and Communications, as well as the 2010 Chairman of the Board. OCBC thanks both Martin and Harrington for their years of leadership. Good luck to you both! For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

INTERESTED IN GETTING YOUR BUSINESS INVOLVED WITH CHINA? LEARN HOW TO GET STARTED

Orange County business leaders met December 9 for a roundtable discussion with Diane Long, Executive Director, California-China Office of Trade and Investment, hosted by the OCBC Economic Development Committee. Long's visit was one stop on a two-week tour of California businesses and organizations to spread awareness of the office as a resource. Long discussed different ways businesses can take advantage of the newly formed China Pilot Free-Trade Zone, as well discussed avenues for businesses interested in getting started to engage in trade and investment with China. Long encourages any company, of any size, to contact the office if interested in learning more. CLICK HERE for more information about The California-China Office of Trade and Investment. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.  

'THE SKY'S THE LIMIT' AT OCBC'S 2014 ANNUAL DINNER - FEB. 20, 2014

OCBC is pleased to announce the theme for the 2014 Annual Dinner is "The Sky's the Limit," - celebrating unlimited growth, unlimited opportunity, unlimited potential. Because in Orange County, the Sky's the Limit. The event will be held Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Hotel Irvine and is presented by FivePoint Communities. During the Annual Dinner, OCBC will recognize outgoing 2013 Chairman Michael Hornak, Senior Partner, Rutan & Tucker, and install the 2014 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chairman Les Card, CEO, LSA Associates, Inc.

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Events Director. 

OCBC'S ADVOCACY TRIPS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER...
Capitol - DC

Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining OCBC and the Association of California Cities--Orange County, for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Sacramento, CA - February 24 -25, 2014
Sheraton Grand Sacramento


Washington, D.C. - May 19-21, 2014
St. Regis Washington, D.C.


For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. For registration or sponsorship information contact  Leslie Dods, Events Director. 

GO-BIZ TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOPS ON CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT

Beginning December 17, the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will hold a series of public workshops in the Southern California area designed to receive feedback on the proposed regulations governing the California Competes Tax Credit. Included as part of the Governor's Economic Development Initiative, the California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in the state. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a newly created "California Competes Tax Credit Committee," consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Department of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, one appointee from the Senate, and one appointee from the Assembly. CLICK HERE for additional information on the California Competes Tax Credit, including the public workshop schedule. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

FOLLOW CA SQUIRREL ON TWITTER!

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Sometimes legislators get distracted instead of focusing on meaningful bills, such as improving the budget crisis and CEQA reforms. Get the latest updates on "squirrely" legislation by following @CASquirrel on Twitter. You can also learn more at the California Squirrel website.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2014!

Join OCBC and OC's top executives for the county's premier networking event, the annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 24, 2014. 

 

OCBC and California State University, Fullerton are pleased to announce the 20th Annual Economic Forecast Conference will take place on Thursday, October 23, 2014. 

 

More information coming soon on next year's events! For more information about upcoming events, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Leslie Dods, Events Director.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: OAKLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO GO SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER

 SunPower Corp. is designing and building high efficiency SunPower solar power systems for 16 schools in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).  Once completed in 2014, the district estimates it will reduce electricity costs at those facilities by 46 percent. SunPower is installing 3.6 megawatts of systems at the 16 schools, using SunPower solar panels, the most efficient and reliable panels on the market today. The systems include rooftop solar arrays and solar shade structures in school parking lots, which take advantage of underutilized space and provide needed shade. According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, OUSD solar power systems will avoid production of approximately 80,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 30 years, the equivalent of removing 15,210 cars from California's roads. SunPower is a leader in delivering energy solutions to California's school districts, having delivered more than 61 megawatts of on-site solar power systems for 23 school districts across the state. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

John Wayne Airport expects strong holiday season

Status Update: Hyatt Regency becomes Hotel Irvine 

Chapman dean shares workplace success 

Pimco fills 15,000 boxes for food bank
UCI researchers awarded $600,000 grant   
Dirt Moving for $42M Affordable Project
  

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: WEATHER

Dark Sky: Dark Sky can tell you at a glance exactly when it will rain (or snow) up to an hour in advance. You can also explore the most beautiful weather animation.

AccuWeatherVoted "Best iPhone App" by the 2012 Mobie awards, AccuWeather for iPhone now has popular features from our AccuWeather for iPad app, current conditions that refresh every five minutes, and more.

Weather Underground: The Weather Underground iPhone app provides the world's most accurate hyper-local weather forecasts in addition to interactive radar, satellite maps and severe weather alerts. 

Weather Bug: Access the world's largest network of weather and lightning sensors for the best forecasts, the fastest alerts and more. 

Yahoo Weather: Large photos that make the app easy to read and use.  Get access detailed weather forecast right from the main screen as well as radar, satellite, heat maps, and more if you're interesting in digging further.

 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

3rd Annual Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl - January 5, 2014

The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps. at 4:00 p.m. at StubHumb Center in Carson, Ca. It is a nationally-televised event that brings together top high school football players from across the country. For more information or to RSVP, contact Tamara Torlakson

 

Irvine Chamber Joins IEDC in Hosting 2014 Leadership Summit- February 2 - 4, 2014

Join the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and International Economic Development Council for the 2014 Leadership Summit, February 2 - 4, 2014. The 2014 Leadership Summit will focus on the economic development industry's transition into the global economy. The conference will identify the skills that leaders in the profession must have to excel within international business models. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY
LEA Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 9, 2014  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
 
Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Friday, January 10 I 9:30 a.m -11:00 a.m. 

Membership Committee Meeting
Monday, January 13, 2014 I 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 I 7:30 am. - 9:00 a.m.

Economic Development Committee Meeting 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 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 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 orldods@ocbc.org.
IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET!

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR OCBC MEMBERS. One of the many benefits of being a part of the Orange County Business Council is the ability to leverage our member relationships to improve your business. Take advantage of our new offers:   

 

NEW! SUPPORT PACIFIC CHORALE AND ENJOY SHOWS AND SOIREES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or liana@pacificchorale.org

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this summer. From the music of Neil Diamond to Beethoven to the soundtrack of your favorite Pixar Movies; there's something for everyone this summer. These concerts are perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations, groups of friends, and family. Groups of 10 or more save 20% or special seating in 3rd tier Upper Terrace at just $20 for groups only. Visit PacificSymphony.org for complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Group discounts are available only through Group Sales at (714) 876-2384 or by email to Groups@PacificSymphony.org.

 

SAVE MONEY AND ELECTRICITY BY GOING SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER 

Have you considered solar for your home?  The world's leading solar manufacturer, SunPower Corporation, has joined OCBC and is offering OCBC investors (and their employees) a special discount on solar for your home.  Beyond a generous discount for us all, SunPower is also making a donation to STEM Education in Orange County for each residential system purchased through this program.  This is a great way to save costs on electricity and to support the local community at the same time. CLICK HERE to sign up for a free solar home evaluation and for more information on this special offer. 

 

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FROM TOSHIBA  

OCBC members receive special discounts on Toshiba LCD televisions, laptop computers and accessories. CLICK HERE for the discount website or call 1-800-405-3704 and reference PROGRAM ID: PAOB.

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATES
Through the UPS Discount Program, OCBC members can save up to 28% on international, air and ground shipping. Whether you need a shipment to arrive the same day, the next day or in a few days, UPS will get your package there on time - guaranteed. Visit http://savewithups.com/ocbc/ or call 714.502.2577.
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Do you tweet? Have a Facebook page or surf YouTube? Then follow the latest news and information from OCBCsocial media online. Follow us on Twitter. Like our Facebook page. Tune into our YouTube channel. Check out OCBC's blogs: Dunn and Done and CaliforniaSquirrel. Or visit our newest website, LocationOC.com.

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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