The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All of us at OCBC wish you and your loved ones many beautiful moment and happy memories this holiday season. Special thanks to everyone who joined OCBC, ACC-OC, BIA-OC, and the OCHCC for the most talked about holiday party of the season! CLICK HERE for photos from the Holiday Reception. Thanks to event sponsors Americare Ambulance, Southern California Gas Company, Time Warner Cable, and US Bank. OCBC's Indicator Newsletter will be on holiday, too. Expect your next edition on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. 
Happy New Year!
2015 ANNUAL DINNER: SECURE THE FUTURE - FEBRUARY 19

OCBC is pleased to announce the theme for the 2015 Annual Dinner "Secure the Future," and will feature 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 2014 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair Laura DeSoto, Experian. 


WHEN: Thursday, February 19, 2015  TIME: Reception 5:00 p.m. I Program 6:30 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.

CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST 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 event and sponsorship opportunities information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.

EVEN WITH ALL THIS RAIN, OCBC URGES SENATE TO PASS CA EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF ACT

The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, H.R. 5781, was recently passed by the House and will help California weather the worst drought in recorded history. The fertile lands of the San Joaquin Valley are suffering, and recent rains are only a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed to sustain farming and drinking water demands. If passed, the act would reduce the flow of water through the Sacramento-Joaquin River Delta to the Pacific Ocean and pump more water to the south -- as long as that pumping doesn't harm protected fish such as delta smelt, salmon and steelhead. OCBC commends U.S. Representative Ed Royce, 39th District of California, who voted in favor of the bill and urges the Senate to pass H.R. 5781For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

HIGHWAY TRUST FUND RUNNING ON EMPTY...AGAIN

For the last seven years, congress has failed to adopt a comprehensive long-term highway funding bill and the money for the Highway Trust Fund is set to run out once again on May 31. Hundreds of thousands of construction jobs will be put at risk and hundreds of road projects will cease. An estimated $6.5 billion would keep highway projects afloat and construction workers employed until the 2015 fiscal year ends September 30. But it will take about $100 billion in additional revenue to fund a six-year transportation bill that virtually everyone considers ideal. The last time the gas and diesel tax rate of 18.4 cents per gallon was increased was in 1993, but vehicle gas efficiency and inflation erosion has significantly decreased the fund, making it impossible to pay for necessary transportation projects.  While raising the gas tax would be the most viable option, California is poised to test a Vehicle Miles Traveled funding mechanism through a pilot program to test road usage. OCBC will be closely involved with the development of this new approach to transportation funding. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

HOW THE WATER BOND MONEY FLOWS

Before California's recently passed $7.5 billion Water Bond -- also known as Proposition 1 -- can be spent, the money has to be raised. The bond was passed in November by voters and signed by Gov. Brown to fund drought relief, allowing for $425 million in unsold bonds slated for unspecified environmental issues to now be permitted for Proposition 1 use. Money specified for water storage projects such as dams, reservoirs, and groundwater will be under the control of the nine members of the Governor-appointed California Water Commission. The state will sell $7.1 billion in new bonds to go into the state budget and the legislature will then allocate the money to various cities, counties, and local state agencies through grants. Regional applicants will have to demonstrate they can match whatever money they get from the state. OCBC will be working with Orange County Water District, OCBC water agency members, and the OC legislative delegation to secure money for Orange County projects, including groundwater contamination clean-up funds for Orange County's groundwater basin.  For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

CA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPOINTS WILL KEMPTON AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Congratulations to Will Kempton, former OCTA CEO and former OCBC Board Member on his appointment to Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission (CTC). In his new role, he will work with OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, who will serve as 2015 Chair, on the top state issues concerning the investment in mobility and efficient and effective use of limited resources. Kempton will attend his first meeting as CTC Executive Director on January 22, 2015. He brings over 40 years of experience in transportation, public service and government affairs to his new role. Best wishes to outgoing Executive Director Andre Boutros, who delivered commendable leadership and dedication to CTC, as well as 30 years of outstanding service to the people of California. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC INVESTORS AMONG BEST PLACES TO WORK

Now in its seventh year, The Orange County Register's Orange County's Top 100 Workplaces awards the best companies to work for in the county. The Register partners with WorkPlace Dynamics LLP to survey employees across the county and this year, 986 companies were invited to participate. Employees were asked to respond to 26 statements about their workplace experience and the leadership of their companies. Congratulations to these OCBC investors who made the list!

For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
OC LEADING THE WAY IN JOB CREATION FOR 2015

Orange County will add 38,000 jobs in 2015, growing the local employment base by 3 percent, compared to California's expected 2.4 percent growth and a national 1.8 percent increase, according to a forecast by Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics. The center's research included analyses and projections for the rest of 2014 and the coming year for Orange County, California and the U.S. Chapman said that Orange County could end 2014 with a 2 percent growth in the number of jobs, in addition to the 38,000 projected for next year. The construction industry is likely to see the biggest employment gain in 2015, growing 6 percent. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

CALIFORNIA'S FIRST HIGH SPEED RAIL STATION IN ANAHEIM: ARTIC IS NOW OPEN!

In her role as Vice-Chair of the California Transportation Commission, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn attended the VIP reception December 8 for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), the new state-of-the-art transportation hub in Orange County, featuring  transportation services of Orange County Transportation Authority, Metrolink, Amtrak, Anaheim Resort Transportation, shuttles, taxies, buses, tour and charter buses, and other public/private transportation providers. Located between the Honda Center and Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the 67,000 foot facility also features dining, retail, and entertainment. In addition to being a regional multi-modal hub, ARTIC will also be the site of a future high-speed rail station, which will make it possible for passengers to ride from Northern California to ARTIC. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY

State Capitol On December 1, OCBC's Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, and Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, traveled to Sacramento to attend ceremonies where newly elected members of the California Legislature were sworn into office, including two new senators and five new assembly members from the Orange County region, and committee chairs were appointed. CLICK HERE for a complete list of the new legislative committee chairs. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

 

On December 4, Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC, presented an economic update at the Fifth Annual Southern California Economic Recovery & Job Creation Summit. As part of the Southern California Association of Governments' team of independent economists, Dr. Walrod discussed that while there has been progress on the job recovery front, poverty rates have risen, inflation-adjusted per capita income has declined, and nearly 700,000 Californians are still unemployed. The good news is that if Southern California continues its recent trend of 3 percent employment growth in the last year, the region will be fully recovered from the Great Recession in the 2017-2018 time period. However, if there is only a 1 percent growth going forward, as was the case in the region from 1990-2007, Southern California will never fully recover from the lasting impacts of Great Recession job losses. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC.

 

On December 9, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn presented a proclamation of congratulations to Jim Adams upon his retirement celebration from his role as Council Representative of LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council. Adams honorably served the council for 52 years and his leadership resulted in a powerful partnership between labor and the business community to ensure a robust economy leading to regional job creation. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

 

On December 10 at the Orange County Economic Development Regional Training Symposium, OCBC's Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development, moderated a panel discussion on economic development best practices.  Panelists included John Ramirez from the City of Anaheim, Lisa Kim from the City of Orange, and Jessica Gonzales from the City of Lake Forest who gave a presentation on the Lake Forest GROW program, which recently won an OCBC Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet award.  For more information on the City of Lake Forest's GROW program as well as the other 2014 Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet award winners, CLICK HERE.

STAY CONNECTED! WEST COUNTY CARPOOL LANE CONNECTOR PROJECT COMPLETE

After four years of construction, the direct carpool connectors of the West County Connectors (WCC) project opened the week of December 7. The connector lanes between the SR-22, I-405, and I-605 freeways are now fully operational. The WCC project is a crucial advancement for alleviating the heavy traffic and improving the county's workforce mobility. The WCC project completion marks just one of the major milestones achieved over the last four years. CLICK HERE for an infographic highlighting a few of these exciting milestones. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.  

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

The First Tee Orange County - Wednesday, December 31

The First Tee Orange County impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With participant fees only covering 10 percent of program costs and over 50 percent of PLAYers on scholarship, community members' generosity is crucial. If you make your donation by December 31, 2014, your gift will be multiplied through a special matching grant from Johnson & Johnson. CLICK HERE to learn more and to donate. 

 

AACCLA's "Outlook on the Americas" Luncheon & Conference - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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, 2015

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

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 8, 2015 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, January 9, 2015  I  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 am. 

 

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. 

  
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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