The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, January 13, 2015
OCBC ACKNOWLEDGED AT HIGH-SPEED RAIL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

Marking significant progress toward modernizing California's transportation infrastructure, the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) Authority broke ground on the nation's first HSR system in Fresno on January 6. Hundreds of supporters and government, student, community, transportation, business and labor leaders joined together to hear remarks of support for the project from dignitaries such as Gov. Jerry Brown, who called the rail line an important link between Northern and Southern California that is "truly bringing us together." In his speech, Dan Richards, Chairman, HSR Authority, specifically acknowledged the support of Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, and the advocacy efforts of OCBC that helped lead to the fruition of the January 6 groundbreaking. By the end of this decade, the HSR project will be under construction in Southern California, ultimately connecting Anaheim's ARTIC with seamless travel to the Central Valley, Bay Area and Sacramento . CLICK HERE for a video of the ceremony. CLICK HERE to learn more about California HSR. For more info, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

LOCAL CONTROL IS KEY TO OC WATER RELIABILITY: GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS

The following article appears as it was published in the Orange County Register January 9, 2015."Orange County business encourages OCWD to rethink its risky path designating O.C.'s groundwater as hazardous but commends the board for thinking innovatively to create new supplies through desalination." CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr

, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 
SELLING OUT FAST! FIRST CLB OF 2015 WITH LAWA'S GINA MARIE LINDSEY - JANUARY 20

Hear from the leader of the globally renowned Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director. She offers more than two decades of airport management experience and a record of successes in renovating and expanding international airports. Capital Improvement expenditures at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to improve passenger safety and security, while enhancing the overall customer experience, will reach more than $7 billion through fiscal year 2019, accounting for the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles. LAWA is the aviation authority for the second most populous metropolitan area in the nation and the sixth busiest airport in the world. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from one of OC's leading executives, interviewed by Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips' Tom Phelps, Chair of OCBC's CEO Leadership Caucus!

WHEN: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 TIME: Registration 7:15 a.m. I Program 8:00 a.m. I Adjourn 9:00 a.m. 

WHERE: The Center Club I 650 Town Center Dr. Costa Mesa 

TICKETS: OCBC Member $85  I  Non-Member  $145  I 2015 CLB Series $300 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.

ONTARIO AIRPORT'S DECLINING AIR TRAFFIC COSTS $2.6 BILLION LOSS TO REGIONAL ECONOMY

LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), recently reported that the decline in air service at ONT has resulted in a $2.6 billion loss on the region's economy in the last four years. That translates to an average of $500 million yearly, and $661 million lost in 2014 when compared to 2007's peak air traffic levels. There were a total of 3.7 million travelers in 2014, well below the 7.2 million of 2007.  The environment is also being impacted, with 1.3 million unnecessary vehicle trips being taken by passengers who are now driving 60 miles west to fly out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) instead of ONT. While ONT is currently under ownership of Los Angeles World Airports, there have been ongoing negotiations to return ONT back to local control and revive the airport's air traffic. OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, is part of the five-member commission and was named secretary at the meeting.  For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

2015 ANNUAL DINNER: SECURE THE FUTURE - FEBRUARY 19

How will your business secure its future in the digital age? Join OCBC for the 2015 Annual Dinner, under the theme "Secure the Future," featuring keynote speaker Steve Milligan, President and CEO, Western Digital. Milligan is a true computer industry insider who has also served as President and CEO of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Don't miss his insights on protecting your private and corporate identity and brand integrity in the digital age. Also invited to speak is Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. During the gala event, OCBC will recognize outgoing 2014 Chairman Les Card, LSA Associates, and install the 2015 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair Laura DeSoto, Experian. 

WHEN: Thursday, February 19, 2015  TIME: Reception 5:30 p.m. I Program 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: Event location changed from Hotel Irvine, location is TBD

TICKETS: OCBC Member $250  I  Non-Member  $350  I Sponsorships available
        

 For more event and sponsorship opportunities information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.

OCBC COMMENDS GOV. BROWN'S COMMITMENT TO WATER, TRANSPORTATION

OCBC released the following statement in response to Gov. Brown's January 5 inaugural address: 

"OCBC commends Gov. Brown's continued focus on important infrastructure projects such as water and transportation needs. The passage of Proposition 1 and the California Water Action Plan is a great step in planning for the state's long-term water supply needs, and the governor shows determination in continuing that success. In addition, OCBC is supportive of the governor's call for action to deal with the state's deteriorating transportation system. OCBC has long been an advocate for more focus on infrastructure funding and innovation, and looks forward to working with the state to secure funding needed for statewide road maintenance, as well as new capacity needs for a growing economy and population." CLICK HERE to read the full press release. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  

HELP MAKE THE VOICE OF BUSINESS HEARD WITH OCBC, ACC-OC SACRAMENTO ADVOCACY TRIP- FEB. 23

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 Trip to Sacramento Monday, February 23 to Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Join us for targeted legislative meetings to advocate for Orange County's priorities and unparalleled networking with business and elected officials. Hotel, meals, materials and sessions are all included. 

The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  

WHEN: Monday, February 23-24, 2015     WHERE: Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento

TICKETS: OCBC Member $950 I  Non-Member  $1,200 I Sponsorships available

For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC URGES HOUSE OF REPS TO PASS REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015

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OCBC, along with over 150 other organizations from varied industries and backgrounds, have signed on to a letter urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 185. The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 would modernize the 69-year old Administrative Procedure Act and improve how federal agencies write the regulations that most significantly affect the U.S. economy. Among various benefits, the act would tailor regulations based upon credible data and evidence in order to impose the lowest possible burden while still implementing congressional intent. CLICK HERE to read the letter. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OP-ED: HOW TO FIX CALIFORNIA'S ECONOMY: REGULATION, LEGISLATION AND EDUCATION

The following article by George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, and Gray Davis appears as it was published January 5, 2015 in the Los Angeles Times.

California's wounded economy needs serious intervention from policymakers, businesses and educators equally committed to restoring jobs and ending poverty. During the last year, we've been reminded how unsettling the prognosis is if we don't act swiftly and with purpose. Even the more promising headlines - such as employment levels returning to and approaching pre-recession levels - are tempered with a harsher subtext. Good-quality jobs are being replaced by those that don't pay well and require only limited education or experience. Recent reports from Southern California's top economists indicate just how formidable our challenges are, especially in this part of the state. CLICK HERE for a roadmap to shared prosperity. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OCBC'S LUCY DUNN NAMED ONE OF OC'S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN 2014

Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, was named as one of  The Orange County Register's most influential people in Orange County in 2014.  Her role as a Vice-Chair of the California Transportation Commission and the leader of the Orange County Business Council, the leading voice of business for more than 300 companies, secured her place as a top influencer. Congratulations to these OCBC Board Members who were also named among the Most Influential in 2014: Emile Haddad, FivePoint Communities; Noel Massie, UPS; and Frank Talarico, Goodwill Orange County. The Orange County Register compiles an annual list of people who have a significant impact on the county, ranging from the arts to politics to the nonprofit world. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

OCBC'S INVESTORS LISTED AS THE TOP COMPANIES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS

Nearly 50 of OCBC's investors made the Orange County Business Journal's 2015 Book of Lists! The publication is an annual compilation of data that serves as a key resource, where readers can learn about the executives and companies who are at the top of their respective industries. Congratulations to these investors who are listed first in their respective categories: Allergan - Public Companies; AT&T - Telecommunications Companies; The Boeing Company - Aerospace & Defense Contractors; CH2M Hill - Environmental Consultants; Fluor Corp. - Engineering Companies; Goodwill of Orange County - Nonprofits; Oakley Inc. - Foreign-Owned Companies; SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union - OC-Based Credit Unions; U.S Bank - SBA Lenders; The Walt Disney Company - Employers; Wells Fargo Bank - SBA Lenders; Commercial Banks; Financial Advisors. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

OCBC WELCOMES INVESTORS THINK TOGETHER, IMA, COMPETITIVE ANALYTICS, LEIGHTON CONSULTING!

OCBC is pleased to welcome three new investors:  THINK Together, IMA, Leighton Consultingand  Competitive Analytics. THINK Together is a learning organization that works to teach, help, inspire and nurture kids to become productive adults and responsible, contributing members of society. IMA offers master planning, development services and landscape architecture. Their experienced group of artists and planners have worked on a variety of projects from infrastructure development for Los Angeles World Airports to UC Irvine. Leighton Consulting is an award-winning engineering consulting firm that provides environmental, geotechnical, and testing and inspection services to both public- and private-sector clients. Utilizing progressive technology and innovative strategies, the company works in partnership with our clients to create and maintain a safe environment.  Competitive Analytics was founded in January 2000 and works to transform companies' data into actionable business analytics for bottom line results. The company's solutions encompass customized price optimization, advanced performance analytics, and more. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

OCBC AND GO-BIZ TO HOST CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT WORKSHOP

Join The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and OCBC on Friday, January 23 for a special workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit. Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instruction on how to apply for this tax credit program available from the State. Come and learn how your business can apply for millions in available new tax credits. The workshop and the program are both free and available to businesses of all sizes. CLICK HERE to register. In addition, beginning January 5 through February 2, GO-Biz will accept applications for the second round of California Competes Tax Credits for FY 2014 - 2015. CLICK HERE for a flier with additional information on the California Competes Tax Credit. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY

On December 22, 2014, Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, participated in the celebration of the completion of the 57 Freeway Northbound Widening Project. Funded by state and local transportation dollars, including Orange County's Measure M, the project will ease traffic congestion, enhance safety, and improve mobility along one of north Orange County's primary north-south corridors. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

 

On December December 31, 2014, Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, was featured on The City Square Radio Show, hosted by Jerry Amante, for the final episode of 2014. Among many topics up for discussion, Starr explained the significance of OCBC's advocacy efforts on behalf of the business community, from weighing in on the November 5 elections, to lobbying for infrastructure funding to maintain and expand Orange County's freeway network. CLICK HERE to listen to the broadcast titled Episode Nine: OCBC and Santa Margarita Water District. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Bid Invite for Caltrans 07-2W7704

Myers and Sons Construction LP is requesting bids from all qualified subcontractors, trucking firms and suppliers to work on an upcoming heavy highway project. The project involves treating bridge decks with methacrylate and replacing joint seals and is estimated at about $490,000 including all scopes of work. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Bowerman Power Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project - Thursday, January 22

Save the date for the groundbreaking ceremony, co-hosted by OC Wate & Recycling and The Honorable Todd Spitzer, Vice Chairman, Board of Supervisors, 3rd District, at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Frank R. Bowerman Landfill in Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Salute Bob Hope USO - Saturday, January 31

Join American Legion Auxiliary Newport Harbor Unit 291 for the Salute to Bob Hope USO, Orange County event at 5 p.m. Saturday January 31, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach. It is cocktail attire and guests will be treated to a silent auction, Italian buffet and dancing. Cost is $45 per person and all proceeds to Bob Hope USO Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

AACCLA's "Outlook on the Americas" Luncheon & Conference - Wednesday, February 11

The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America's Luncheon and Conference is the first major hemispheric business event of 2015 and will provide an opportunity for dialogue on the economic and political issues that will impact hemispheric trade and investment. Join AACCLA on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from noon to 5:30 p.m. a the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Chancellor Doffoney Retirement - Thursday, February 12

Save the date for Dr. Ned Doffoney, Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District, has announced his retirement and his celebration will take place Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Sheraton Anaheim Hotel. For more information, contact Julie Schoepf

 

Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age - Thursday, March 19

The Center for Digital Transformation is hosting its first signature conference "Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age" at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for National Academies of Science and Engineering adjacent to the UC Irvine campus. The conference is designed to help you reflect on your journey in an evolving digital world. Registrants may receive a $100 discount when using the registration code '4OCBC.' CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 I 7:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m.

 

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 I 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 Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

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

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has joined the OCBC as a Community Partner - and is offering a 20% discount on subscriptions to its 2014-2015 concert season, including the Chorale's holiday concert December 22 at the Segerstrom Concert Hall at 8 p.m. To take advantage of the holiday offer, CLICK HERE and use the code "OCBIZ". The regular season starts November 2nd; the final concert is May 17. For the best seats, visit the OCBC exclusive Community Partner subscription page:  Or call, 714/662-2345. CLICK HERE for more pricing information. 

  
WHAT IS A CLOUD, AND HOW DOES IT HELP YOUR BUSINESS?
This event is an educational seminar that will help explain the "Cloud" and its key business applications. Many businesses today are confused as to what the term Cloud means. Each technology company seems to have a different spin on term We will cover and discuss the 4 basic forms of the Cloud, why they work for your business and what to look for when choosing Cloud products. Join Microsoft from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2014 at the Microsoft Technology Center Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information. 

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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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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