Jan 08 2018

OCBC 2018 Wish List

OCBC 2018 Wish List

Just over a week in, and already 2018 is promising to be quite a year. Californians will head to the voting booths on June 5 and decide the fate of numerous potentially business-impacting measures, such as rent control, traffic relief, Prop 13 reforms, gas tax repeal, two water bills, capping CEO salaries in healthcare, and numerous gubernatorial campaigns are well underway. Orange County is garnering national attention with three cities vying for Amazon’s second headquarters as well as campaigning as a national center for cybersecurity. While this is far from everything OCBC will be working on throughout the year, below is a list of the Council’s top 10 wishes for 2018. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.A gubernatorial campaign focused on growing the economy, growing high paying jobs, expanding housing supply, and enhancing education opportunities for all.

  1. A gubernatorial campaign focused on growing the economy, growing high paying jobs, expanding housing supply, and enhancing education opportunities for all.
  2. A strong commitment from state and local governments to get out of builders’ way to increase the supply and range of housing affordable to the workforce, streamline approval processes, and voter rejection of rent control policies, which stifle home building production.
  3. Amazon to recognize the many benefits of Orange County’s opportunities and picks us for HQ2.
  4. Voters recognize the incredible need for increased transportation infrastructure funding, with voter rejection of the repeal of SB1, which provides $54 billion in much-needed funding with an increase in the gas tax, as well as a federal infrastructure funding package.  Check out the SB Myths vs. Facts! http://fixcaroads.com/sb-1-myths-vs-facts/
  5. June voters reject changes to California’s property tax protection measure, Prop. 13, which restricts sky-rocketing property tax rates on real estate—any change is the “camel’s nose under the tent” undermining homeowner tax protections.
  6. Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform to provide a reasonable pathway to citizenship for new and undocumented immigrants, beginning with reauthorizing DACA
  7. A long-overdue solution to South Orange County traffic on the I-5 corridor, including SR-241.
  8. Orange County receives its fair share of cap and trade funding
  9. Orange County receives designation as a national center for cybersecurity
  10. Orange County residents and legislators reject local “no-growth” measures, which will hurt the region’s economic competitiveness.
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