The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, March 24, 2015
OCBC URGES COUNCIL TO PASS ANAHEIM TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT- AND OTHER CITIES FOLLOW!

The Anaheim Taxpayer Protection Act is a simple and long-overdue loophole fix that already applies to most of California. Proposition 62, the Voter Approval of Taxes Act of 1986, requires that proposals for new or higher local general taxes first need to be approved by two-thirds of the local agency's governing board. Even though every Californian had the opportunity to vote on this act, which passed favorably with 58 percent of the vote with charter cities - like Anaheim - are excluded. OCBC supports Anaheim's proposal to come into alignment with the rest of the state's cities, which if passed, would increase Anaheim's City Council approval for any new or expanded tax from a simple majority to a two-thirds vote. Local taxes come in many forms, from sales tax to utility tax, to entertainment taxes. What they have in common is that these taxes are paid for by the general public, who should have protection against increases in unnecessary taxes that significantly add to the cost of living. Anaheim's tax act, which goes to a City Council vote April 7, is a great example of good governance and one that other charter cities should follow, including OC's Buena Park, Cypress, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Placentia, Santa Ana and Seal Beach.  For more information on the act, read  OCTaX's Carolyn Cavecche's opinion article published in the OC Register. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC ENCOURAGES CONGRESS TO APPROVE TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY

With international trade playing such a critical role in the success of the Orange County economy, OCBC is encouraging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. TPA helps shape the principal goals the United States wants to accomplish in international trade negotiations with other countries by allowing the President to submit a bill implementing a trade agreement to Congress for an up-or-down vote within a set period of time, without amendments. TPA involves extensive consultations that are designed to improve Congressional input into and oversight of trade negotiations and reflect core Congressional trade priorities. TPA will help open new markets for Orange County exporters, and will help build on the current strength of our county's international trade industry. Pending and future U.S. trade agreements offer the opportunity to further increase Orange County exports, increase the number of well-paying jobs and contribute to the overall economic growth of the county.  CLICK HERE for additional information on Trade Promotion Authority.  For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

OCBC URGES ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE TO PASS CYBERSECURITY LEGISLATION AB 259

Currently, California law requires businesses to offer theft prevention and mitigation services to individuals if a business experiences a data breach and customers' personal information is compromised. AB 259 (Dababneh) recently passed the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee and requires government agencies to provide those same services to California residents for 12 months if certain personal information maintained by the agencies is breached. The bill will now move to the Appropriations Committee. As consumers' privacy becomes increasingly at risk in the digital age, OCBC encourages the committee to pass AB 259. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 



As part of OCBC's 2015 "Secure the Future" initiative focusing on the business community and cybersecurity, OCBC presents a webinar series in conjunction with Microsoft Community Connections. The first webinar, "Case Studies on Recent Cyber Attacks and the Millions that Were Lost!" will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015. Many companies affected by cyberattacks gave little to no thought on what they needed to do to prevent cybercrime. Learn about how you can protect your business with this webinar series, open to both OCBC members and non-members. Microsoft will donate an Office Pro 2013, a $400 value, to one attendee of the webinar. CLICK HERE to register today! For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

REGISTER TODAY! OCBC'S WORKFORCE HOUSING FORUM- TUESDAY, MARCH 31 

Join OCBC for the 2015 Workforce Housing Forum, where Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will present the 2015 Orange County Workforce Housing Scorecard, sponsored by Bank of America. Using city data, Dr. Walrod compares how Orange County cities are balancing jobs creation and adequate supply of housing.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2015  TIME: Reception 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: 16200 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA

TICKETS: OCBC Member $75  I  Non-Member  $120  I Sponsorships available


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

WATER BOARD TIGHTENS REGULATIONS, GOVERNOR PROPOSES $1 BILLION DROUGHT LEGISLATION

California is in its fourth year of one of the most severe droughts on the state's record. In response to dwindling resources, the State Water Board challenged water suppliers March 17 to issue new conservation regulations and Gov. Jerry Brown proposed new $1 billion legislation for emergency drought relief Thursday. The board's new restrictions extend to limiting turf on ornamental landscape irrigation during and 48 hours after measurable precipitation; limiting restaurants and other food service establishments to serve water to customers only upon request; requesting hotel and motel operators to grant guests the option to only launder linens upon request; and mandating that water suppliers limit users' outdoor irrigation to just two days per week. Local agencies can fine property owners up to $500 a day for failing to implement conservation requirements and the State Water Board can issue cease-and-desist orders against water agencies that don't impose mandatory conservation measures on retail customers. Gov. Brown's legislation is reported to include money for flood protection and water supply projects and to alleviate impacts of the drought. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

IN THE OC HOUSING MARKET, DEMAND IS UP AND PRICES ARE STEADY

 The Orange County Association of REALTORS┬« (OCAR) reports that, according to the latest data from OC FastStats, the local housing market is strong. Demand for resale homes has increased 18 percent since February 2014, and the primary reasons appear to be increased overall employment and rising consumer confidence. Compared with this time last year, pending sales of detached homes are up 18.5 percent to 1,607, while pending sales of attached homes, such as townhomes and condos, are up 26.3 percent to 1,132. Unfortunately, the number of new listings is lower than anticipated. Inventory levels market-wide are down 12.3 percent to 4,004 for detached homes and down 20.0 percent to 2,239 units for attached homes. This report comes just as the California Legislative Analyst (LAO) issued findings that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a major impediment for building adequate housing to meet demand statewide. The LAO report  indicates that unless changes are made to CEQA, new housing development will continue to suffer and housing prices will increase. At the moment, prices are holding steady in Orange County, but the region remains one of the most expensive in the state. The median sales price for detached homes is down only 0.6 percent to $665,000. For attached homes, the median sales price is up 2.6 percent to $400,000. But the spring market demand is likely to drive prices higher as savvy buyers seek to secure low-interest mortgages before the Federal Reserve raises the federal funds rate. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

ACTIVITY DROPS AT PORT OF LONG BEACH, EXTENDS CARGO STORAGE TO RELIEVE CONGESTION

The Port of Long Beach issued a report Tuesday that it moved 20.1 percent fewer containers than the same month last year due to congestion issues faced by all West Coast seaports. Imports decreased 24.7 percent and exports fell 22.9 percent. The congestion issues that worsened in February played the biggest role in the cargo declines, just as they did in January, which had seen an 18.8 percent drop from the same month last year. However, the outlook is promising. A tentative new contract for dockworkers was announced and the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved an extra six months of operation for a temporary container storage facility on the harbor, which originally opened in December 2014 to help port terminals work through the backlog of cargo and relieve congestion. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR TRADITIONAL MEDIA IN ORANGE COUNTY?

A healthy, strong newspaper is vital to Orange County's success as a great metropolitan area. Aaron Kushner's recent resignation from all executive duties at The Orange County Register has left many wondering, what is next for the newspaper and traditional journalism as we know it? OCBC encourages you to check out recent stories from the New York Times and the radio program "Which Way L.A," which both discuss these issues in a fair and balanced way. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

MICROSOFT: WINDOWS SERVER 2003 EXTENDED SUPPORT ENDS ON JULY 14, 2015

As a part of normal product life cycles and to accommodate the shift towards modern technology and mobility, Microsoft will completely end support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. Security patches and updates will no longer be available after this period. This Alert from the Department of Homeland Security indicates the seriousness of this event, and Microsoft encourages all businesses to carefully evaluate a migration plan. Research fromIDC confirms that businesses should thoughtfully consider using this moment as a starting point for the shift toward modern technology. "We think customers should take advantage of this deadline and see it as an opportunity not only to move forward to a newer version of Windows but also to modernize and prepare for the next generation of computers. Hybrid and public clouds are important components of next-generation IT." Safeguard your business and make migration a priority with these helpful links:Helpful links: 5 Reasons to Upgrade; The Assessment and Planning Toolkit; Forbes Article on Embracing the Digital Age;  Find a local Microsoft Partner to help.For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.

GO-BIZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FINAL ROUND OF CA COMPETES TAX CREDITS

From March 9 to April 6 the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will accept applications for the final round of California Competes Tax Credits for FY 2014-2015. The income tax credit is available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in the state. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. Each fiscal year, 25 percent of the available credits are reserved for small businesses. CLICK HERE for additional information on the California Competes Tax Credit. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - OCBC's Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development, joined Critical Mass for Business's Ric Franzi for a candid discussion on OCBC's initiatives and why Orange County is one of the best places to do business in California. Listen here to learn about how OCBC can be a resource for your business!

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

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. 

 

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County Hiring from Retail Store Manager in Anaheim

The Habitat ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used building materials and home furnishings to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The Anaheim location is currently looking for Habitat ReStore Manager, CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

All About That Aim - Bowl with Project Access - Thursday, April 2

Save the date for a bowling event to raise money for Project Access, which is a program to support education for Orange County youths from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015. Just $100 will allow a child to benefit from the Education for Youth Program for one year. The Bowling for a Cause goal is $30,000 which will support efforts to help low-income youth reach graduation. This is a great team building opportunity for companies!CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to register. 

 

WALK UNITED 2015-Sunday, April 19

WALK UNITED 2015 will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. With live music, great food, entertainment and a kids' zone with bounce houses, face painting and balloon artistry, this event is fun for the whole family! WALK UNITED supports United Way's FACE 2024 community action-wide action plan to address the most pressing local issues in Education, Income, Health and Housing. Make a difference on your Sunday and WALK UNITED!  CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

15th Annual a Gathering of Friends - Saturday, May 2

The Alzheimer's Family Services Center invites you to join the 15 Annual Gathering of Friends at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Attendees will hear a heartwarming story of one of the center's participants and honor the Archstone Foundation. Sponsorship, underwriting and auction opportunities are available. For more information, contact Lucy Takahashi, Director of Development, at ltakahashi@afscenter.org.

 

Apply for the Measure M Oversight Committee - Monday, May 4

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee (TOC). The 11-member committee monitors OCTA's use of Measure M funds and ensures that all revenue collected from both Measure M1 and the Renewed Measure M2 is spent on voter-approved transportation projects. The independent committee was formed after the passage in 1990 of Measure M, which is a half-cent sales tax to fund transportation improvements in Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply by Monday, May 4, 2015.

 

Annual OC Water Summit - Friday, May 15, 2015

Rain today, gone tomorrow? Join the Municipal Water District of Orange County for the 8th Annual OC Water Summit from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel to learn more about how to set imagination, innovation and investment in motion to keep water flowing in California. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Leadercast "The Brave Ones" - Friday, May 8, 2015

Join UPS for the Leadercast event "The Brave Ones" from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 at USC's Heritage Hall in Los Angeles. Join a community inspired by those who demonstrate bravery and leave equipped to take on your next leadership challenge. CLICK HERE for more information.  

 

The First Tee of Orange County 4th Annual Golf Tournament - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Join the First Tee of Orange County for the San Juan Hills Men and Women's Golf Association Fundraiser at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The event benefits The First Tee, which is a kids sports program providing character building and life-skills lessons through the game of golf. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

28th Annual Economic Conference - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Join the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce for the 28th Annual Economic Conference from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The topic of the conference is Finding Balance, Managing Prosperity. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: APRIL

Economic Development-Cyber Security Task Force

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The committee will kickoff the first Cybersecurity Taskforce meeting, which will then be held quarterly throughout 2015 in conjunction with Microsoft's Community Connections program, the taskforce will focus on educating business executives and information technology employees alike.

 

Latino Educational Attainment

Thursday, April 9, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

 

Advocacy and Government Affairs 

Friday, April 10, 2015  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

Infrastructure 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

 

Workforce Development

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

 

Community College Working Group

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  I  9:00 a.m. 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 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

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