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|Tuesday, May 24, 2011 |
CALIFORNIA BUDGET: GET IT DONE. HERE'S HOW.
|Orange County Business Council was recently in Sacramento, disappointed by the finger-pointing and budget negotiation paralysis that seemed to plague the legislature. In response to the situation at the Capitol, OCBC joined with business organizations from politically diverse parts of the state to form the Coalition for a California Financial Workout Plan. The coalition developed a five-point workout plan to assure a more business friendly and economically viable California for companies domestic and foreign. Our perspective is non-partisan. We simply are focused on steps that will support economic growth and reduce the long term budget deficit.
Here is the Five-Point Plan we recommend the legislature and governor approve:
1. Spending Control and Budget Reforms
To regain the public trust, constitutional spending controls must be put in place to ensure fiscal discipline, along with performance-based budgets, performance-based management, and multi-year forecasting. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
|BUDGET DEFICIT NOW $9.6 BILLION, REGULATORY REFORM STILL MISSING FROM PLAN|
California Governor Jerry Brown unveiled a revised budget last week that calls for a $9.3 billion tax extension, coupled with a $2.6 billion cut in spending, holding firm to his belief that the state's budget crisis should be addressed with a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts. The governor was able to minimize the size of the tax extension, originally more than $12 billion, thanks to an unexpected jump in tax collection. The updated forecast calls for an additional $6.6 billion in revenues over the next two years. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs.
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN SECOND SCREENING - JUNE 14
OCBC will host a second screening of Waiting for Superman on June 14 for OCBC members, investors and guests. The acclaimed documentary highlights the challenges facing the education system in America. Please join OCBC for a screening of this important movie. And join in the conversation on education reform. What ideas do YOU have?
When: Thursday, June 14, 2011 I 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine
Cost: Free, open exclusively to OCBC investors and their guests.
For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.
|OC TAXPAYERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT PENSION REFORM|
|The following editorial was written by Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming. Ming as also the President of the Association of California Cities - Orange County. OCBC CEO Lucy Dunn serves as a non-voting member of the ACC-OC board.|
It's not easy getting two-thirds of Orange County voters together on anything, but when it comes to pension reform, they agree. Orange County cities have been struggling with how to approach pension reform and the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) has stepped in to help bring some consensus. How much support is there for pension reform? Plenty.
In a recent poll fielded by Probolsky Research for the ACC-OC, 64 percent of Orange County voters said they believe pension reform is needed now. Importantly, when voters were read specific pension reform measures, this support went even higher. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
|HYUNDAI, MAYOR OF IRVINE AND USC SPEAK ON OC JOB CREATION|
Business leaders from around Orange County gathered on Monday, May 16 for OCBC's Economic Development Committee meeting, featuring City of Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang, Brian Peck of USC's Gould School of Law, and Chris Hosford of Hyundai Motor America. Mayor Kang spoke on Irvine's "Business Friendly Initiatives," including a reduced business license fee of $50, the distinction of being names the "Safest City in America," fostering educational excellence in Irvine's colleges and University, and other policies that bolster the city's on-going commitment to the business community. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.
|LEA RECEPTION TO HONOR EDUCATORS AND PARENTS MAKING A DIFFERENCE - JUNE 2|
The Latino Educational Attainment Initiative has trained over 20,000 parents and has been implemented in 22 neighborhoods and 85 schools in Orange County. Join Orange County Business Council and the Latino Educational Attainment Initiative at a reception in celebration of the educators, parents, and students who have committed to bringing positive change to their communities.
When: Thursday, June 2, 2011 I 5:30 - 7:30pm
Where: Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Leslie Dods for more information.
NOT TO MISS: ACC-OC 2ND ANNUAL INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT - JUNE 2
|Next week the Association of California Cities - Orange County will present the 2nd Annual City Infrastructure Summit, presented in partnership with Parsons. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn will be a featured speaker at the summit, and will be joined by industry experts Chuck Harrington of Parsons, Peter Buffa, and Blake Anderson of the OC Infrastructure Report Card, researched with OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.|
The conference will address topics important to Orange County cities' ability to plan for the future of their communities, including:
The summit also features keynote speaker Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book Traffic - Why we drive the way we do, and what it says about us. The Summit will be held on June 2, 2011 at the Westin in Costa Mesa. Don't miss this once a year, premier event. For more information, or to register, visit www.accoc.org.
- Visioning your city's future: Does it have one?
- Infrastructure: Attracting business to your city
- Innovate to job create
- Managing public perception
- Private industry: Picking up the tab
ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - OCTOBER 27
Orange County Business Council and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton present the 2011 Economic Forecast Conference, the premier conference in the region for practical and timely economic information. Featuring presentations by:
- Richard Davis, CEO, US Bank
- Dr. Anil Puri, Dean, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Cal State Fullerton
- Dr. Mira Farka, Institute for Economics and Environmental Studies, Cal State Fullerton
When: Thursday, October 27, 2011 I 11:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine
Cost: $125/individual, $1,000/table of ten
Thank you to conference sponsor US Bank. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
|UPS CEO SCOTT DAVIS TO ADDRESS BUSINESS LEADERS ON THURSDAY|
Orange County Business Council is pleased to announce Scott Davis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UPS will be the featured guest at the Chairman's Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, May 26 at The Center Club in Costa Mesa. Davis leads one of the world's largest publicly-traded logistics companies. Under his leadership, UPS has made significant improvements in its logistics network and the company has expanded its reach and capabilities through Europe, Asia, and the Americas. In 2010, Davis led a strategic transformation of the company's U.S. small package organizational structure. CLICK HERE to read more about Scott Davis.
When: Thursday, May 26, 2011 Registration: 7:30 a.m. I Program: 8:00 a.m.
Where: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
Tickets: OCBC Member Ticket: $55 I Non-Member Ticket: $85
For more information, contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT'S WIRELESS NETWORK KEEPS BUSINESS MOVING
John Wayne Airport (JWA) helps meet the needs of business and leisure travelers through free wireless internet access and convenient electrical power outlets. Passengers spending time in the concourses, lounges and concession areas of JWA's Thomas F. Riley Terminal should look for JWAFREEWIFI in their computer's "available wireless networks" list. Electrical power outlets are located at Gates 4 through 14, between the backs of the passenger seating rows, and are also available at no cost to travelers. For more information about services available at John Wayne Airport, visit www.ocair.com.
ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN - VONS NAMED TO DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDEX
Vons has been actively working to ensure environmental and economic sustainability throughout the company. In 2006, Vons began a comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Sustainability Initiative that is creating a positive impact within their business, the communities they serve, and their employees. 2006 was a busy year for Vons as Safeway became the first retailer to join the Chicago Climate Exchange, making a legally binding commitment to reduce their Greenhouse Gas emissions. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
|AROUND THE COMMUNITY|
|The 4th Annual Orange County Water Summit took place Friday, May 20 at Disney's Grand Californian. The summit was emceed by Benjamin Edwards, Marketing Director for Hurley International, and featured a multitude of fantastic water experts from across the State. A few of the topics included: Government Investment in Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure Projects in Tough Economic Times, and Is the River Delta Another Katrina Waiting to Happen? Dr. Lucy Jones, Chief Scientist of the U.S. Geological Survey Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project, gave a fascinating presentation on the effect of a 6.7+ earthquake and our water infrastructure. For more information on the water summit, click here. |
Lucy Dunn met with the California Transportation Commission this month in Los Angeles, where the commission allocated $5 million for the construction management of the 57 freeway improvements in Orange County. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Research and Communications.
Calling All Former Girl Scouts! Next year is the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the USA. In anticipation of that milestone, the Girls Scouts of Orange County would like to identify as many former Girl Scouts living in Orange County as possible, including Brownies and volunteers too. Please sign up on the Girl Scouts alumnae site by visiting www.GirlScoutsOC.org/Alumna. OCBC Vice-Chair Julie Miller-Phipps, Sr. VP and Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente, is a former Girl Scout Leader and currently sits on the board of the Girl Scouts Orange County.
|REGISTER TODAY FOR OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS|
Latino Educational Attainment Annual Reception - Thursday, June 2 - The Discovery Science Center
CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for more information about Latino Educational Attainment.
Waiting for Superman Movie Screening - Tuesday, June 14 - Hyatt Regency Irvine
This event is open to OCBC investors and their guests. CLICK HERE to register.
Executive Invitational Golf Tournament - Thursday, July 28 - Monarch Beach Golf Links, Dana Point
CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for sponsorship information.
SAVE THE DATE! Workforce Development Conference - Thursday, October 13
Contact Alicia Berhow for more information.
Economic Forecast Conference - Thursday, October 27 - Hyatt Regency Irvine
CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for sponsorship information.
For more information about any of OCBC's upcoming events please contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.794.7241. A complete calendar of events is available at www.ocbc.org.
|NEWS YOU CAN USE|
|More great apps this week from the staff at OCBC:|
HBR Tips - This app offers a management "Tip of the Day" from the Harvard Business Review.
Fox Business - Stay connected to the stock market and your portfolio with Fox Business for IPhone.
Email'nDrive - This App reads emails out loud while you are driving; this hands free device is a life saver.
DropBox - This free app lets you bring all your photos, documents and videos anywhere.
Documents to Go - Office Suite -This app allows you to edit, create and view Word and Excel files.
For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications..
|OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JUNE|
|Community College Working Group
Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Latino Education Attainment Committee
Thursday, June 9, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Workforce Housing Committee
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Executive Invitational Golf Tournament Committee
Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Economic Forecast Conference Committee
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Community College Working Group
Thursday, June 23, 2011 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
OC Moves Steering Committee
Friday, June 24, 2011 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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 2011 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or email@example.com.
|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:
USC OFFERS DISCOUNTED EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
In just two to four days, you can update your knowledge, improve your skills, advance your career, and impact your entire organization through USC Marshall Executive Education programs.OCBC members will receive a special 20% discount on this course. Use code "OCBCmem20" when registering. For a complete list of in-person and on-line course offerings, visit www.marshall.usc.edu/execed, or call (213) 740-8990.
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 www.savewithups.com/enroll or call (800) 325-7000. Use promo code PAC376 to enroll.
BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!
Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs. Let our friendly staff and beautiful interior bring you and your guests a wine-country experience customized to your liking at a surprisingly affordable cost. Our retail shoppe is perfect for last-minute gifts including over 350 wines, charcuterie and artisan cheeses, wine accessories, food frills, and gift baskets tailored to your specifications. Please contact Garett Savage (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
5th Annual Orange County Housing Summit - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of OCBC, will be one of several top housing experts participating in the Fifth Annual Orange County Housing Summit at the UCI Student Center. The 2011 Summit, "Facing the Fiscal Crisis -- Finding Solutions to Create Housing," will feature a diversity of speakers and panelists who will bring insight and clarity to the county's and state's affordable housing status and offer their views on the county's housing future. The Irvine Company will be honored with the 2011 Community Vision Award for their contributions to affordable workforce housing. For more information and to register, visit www.ochousingsummit.com.
SoCalBio: Accessing Government Funding for Research - Thursday, May 26, 2011
Numerous U.S. government agencies provide funds, such as SBIR and STTR grants, to small biotech and medical device firms in support of their R&D and commercialization activities. Attend this SoCalBio Workshop to sharpen your grant-writing skills and learn how to tap various government funding opportunities from the NIH, NSF, Army, and DARPA. Click here for more information.
"Retire the Assembly Campaign Debt" Dinner - Thursday, May 26, 2011
Join City Councilman Dr. Steven Choi and hear keynote speaker, Lucy Dunn, speak on "Prospects of Business and Economic Recovery in Orange County." The event will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Lazy Dog Cafe in Irvine and seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP contact Steven Choi at 949.331.2294 or email@example.com.
Anaheim/OC Job Fair & Expo - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Anaheim/OC Job Fair & Expo provides a great opportunity for employers to connect with talented and interested job seekers. Last year's event featured over 100 employers and 7,500 job seekers. Don't miss your opportunity to connect with OC's best and brightest! The fair will take place June 15 from 10am - 3pm at the Anaheim GardenWalk. To register, and for more information, visit www.anaheimjobs.com.
Roses, Radishes and the Royalty Awards Dinner - Thursday, July 7, 2011
Save the date for the Orange County Taxpayers Association's First Annual Roses, Radishes and the Royalty Awards Dinner on Thursday, July 7 at the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel. Visit www.octax.org for more information.
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