The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, June 13, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: REP. CORREA INTRODUCING JWA PORT-OF-ENTRY AMENDMENT TOMORROW
Tomorrow, Rep. Lou Correa of Santa Ana will propose an amendment to a budget bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declaring John Wayne Airport as a "port of entry" airport, boosting international flights and lowering ticket costs for travelers. OCBC has long been a supporter of JWA garnering port-of-entry status as the airport is at a competitive disadvantage without it. Currently, JWA offers multiple daily non-stop international flights and must assume the costs associated with customs and border agents and processes - which would no longer be the case should the legislature grant the designation. The airport meets all criteria for this designation and OCBC strongly encourages port of entry status for JWA. We will review the proposed amendment for opportunities to support. Rep. Correa will speak at OCBC's Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting on July 7, where members and invited guests may learn more about this and other critical federal issues for Orange County. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director. 
OCBC ASKS GOV. BROWN TO DENY OCWD SUPERFUND DESIGNATION REQUEST 
Last week, OCBC sent a letter to Gov. Brown requesting he decline to concur with an EPA proposed superfund designation in North Orange County, which is supervised by EPA Region IX, until a feasibility study is completed by Orange County Water District (OCWD). OCWD's superfund designation request was highly unprecedented as the Remedial Investigation (RI)- which serves to collect data to characterize a site's conditions, determine the nature of any waste, assess risk to human health and the environment, and conduct treatability testing- was only just getting underway. Region IX informed the public over a year ago that it would only propose a superfund listing after the RI and Feasibility Study were complete. Many local businesses already cleaned up several sites to the satisfaction of state agencies and received No Further Action determinations; however, OCWD never evaluated beneficial effects of the several site cleanups or with money paid by businesses to OCWD for past legal settlements. OCBC greatly values clean, safe drinking water and the Governor's leadership on a sustainable, reliable state water supply. Orange County is a world leader in water conservation, reuse and recycling and the Governor's "decline" will encourage continued clean-up and good behavior while avoiding costly, and time-consuming federal processes. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President.
OCBC WELCOMES CA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE VILLARAIGOSA
OCBC Minute with Antonio Villaraigosa
OCBC Minute with Antonio Villaraigosa
OCBC's Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee welcomed Fmr. Mayor of Los Angeles and 2018 Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday to discuss his bid for the 2018 California Mayoral election and highlight his middle-of-the-road approach. Villaraigosa began the meeting describing his humble blue collar working class upbringing and expressed his feelings that the California dream lacks luster and must be restored. In order to focus on California's business climate, Villaraigosa's key focuses are on improving California's regulatory framework to be more efficient and business friendly, growing middles class jobs, enhancing workforce development and training opportunities. The committee also brought the issues of transportation and healthcare and housing into the discussion. Villaraigosa noted that California has a strong need for high-speed mass transit in order to connect the metropolitan cities along California and continues to support High Speed Rail. Villaraigosa also suggests making it more cost friendly and providing benefits to startups in California. CLICK HERE for a short OCBC Minute Video with Villaraigosa. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
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AFTER FIVE YEARS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW, CADIZ WATER PROJECT CLOSER TO FINAL STEPS
OCBC has long advocated for the advancement of the Cadiz Valley Water Project, which will create a reliable water supply for 400,000 people in Southern California. While it received all of its environmental approvals in accordance with CEQA in 2012, four years of litigation stalled the project when finally all approvals were ultimately upheld. But in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management California told project proponents they needed to apply for a separate permit because the pipeline wouldn't primarily serve railroad purposes in a railroad right of way (ROW), setting a new standard to which no existing pipeline, fiber optic cable, or powerline already in a railroad ROW has ever experienced. However, in March 2017, the BLM withdrew the previous administration's policy that informed the BLM's decision. OCBC, and other project proponents, request that since that policy change is enacted that they also officially deem the project is within scope of the ROW standards. The final steps include securing access to the Colorado River Aqueduct from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California so that water supplies made available by the Project can be delivered to the agencies. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
CTC HOLDS WORKSHOPS ON RECENTLY PASSED SB 1 TRANSPORATION FUNDING
Last week, the California Transportation Commission held two days of workshops and meetings to answer questions related to the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act. To expedite the needed transportation infrastructure work, the Commission is actively working on guidelines for project allocations. The discussions included Assembly Transportation Committee Chair Jim Frazier, as well as California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, Caltrans, local governments, social and environmental justice representatives, and the business community. California's roads rank second-worst in the nation for pavement condition, and traffic congestion robs residents of valuable time with their families. The implementation, accountability and oversight for these new investments gives the Commission the responsibility to set a course for fulfilling the vision set out in SB 1 - by programming projects which fix roads, reduce congestion, and improve safety and quality of life. CLICK HERE to visit the CTC webpage on SB1. For an overview of SB 1 from the Legislative Analyst's Office, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Adviser to OCBC. 
OCBC APPLAUDS CONGRESSWOMAN WALTERS ON MEDICAL DEVICE INNOVATION LEGISLATION
Orange County is the medical device capitol of the world, with the sector totaling an estimated economic activity of more than $14.7 billion and employing over 18,289 people. Recognizing the importance of the medical device sector for O.C., Congresswoman Walters co-authored two pieces of legislation aimed at promoting innovation and eliminating redundancies in the FDA's regulations while maintaining standards to ensure safety and efficacy. The Medical Product Review Harmonization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2474) simplifies repetitive and burdensome regulations in the review process for certain low-to moderate-risk medical devices. The Risk-Based Classification of Accessories Act of 2017 (H.R. 2144) would reform FDA regulations for the reclassification of previously approved, low-risk medical devices, ensuring such devices are not subject to an unnecessarily high-risk classification than is appropriate for their effective use. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, OCBC.  
HOUSING UPDATE: TENTATIVE RULING IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, KENNEDY COMMISSION CASE 
The California State Appeals Court recently issued a tentative ruling in a lawsuit involving the The Kennedy Commission lawsuit over Huntington Beach's Beach and Edinger Corridors Specific Plan. The City adopted the plan in 2010 which included 4,500 housing units. It also aimed to streamline development projects in portions of Beach Blvd. and Edinger Ave. However, residents opposed the development causing the city to cut approvals to 2,100 housing units. The Kennedy Commission filed the lawsuit, arguing that the cut targeted affordable housing and the amendment was contrary to the state mandate of the city's low-income housing requirements. The City appealed the county judge's decision, which originally ruled in favor of the Kennedy Commission. The appellate court tentative ruling in favor of the city, however, was based upon a process issue. Huntington Beach is a Charter City, and therefore it is unclear if it is mandated to implement its General Plan and follow all the specifics. However, Huntington Beach will still have to build those homes somewhere in the city, and if the ruling sticks, the city will be on the hook to find other locations for those homes. The Kennedy Commission could appeal the decision to the California Supreme Court, but that is not determined at this time. OCBC will continue to monitor the case.  OCBC advocates for housing that is affordable to all ranges of the workforce. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
ECONOMY SHIFTING FROM BRICK-AND-MORTAR TO ONLINE, WHAT'S IN STORE FOR OC? - JULY 20 FORUM
The U.S. economy is under a massive shift from a focus on industry, to an economy driven by information. Online shopping retail sales are predicted to grow steadily to $370 billion in 2017, and up to $231 billion by 2021, according to a recent Trade and Industry article. Traditional office, retail and commercial centers are increasingly underused and adaptive reuse of land and buildings is critical to a region's economic vitality. Forward-thinking local governments will capitalize on this shift to show more flexibility in zoning and development standards, such as rezoning a commercial area to allow for housing development. As this trend spreads from city to city across the nation, OCBC is leading the conversation on how developers, business and city leaders can work together to dictate a profitable future for all in the new economy. At OCBC's 2017 Economic Development Forum, OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC, will delve into the current state of OC's brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce. The event will also feature a panel discussion from leading experts on how business can thrive in today's changing marketplace. CLICK HERE to register for the event. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.  

OCBC, CHINA GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE U.S.-LOS ANGELES WELCOME CHINESE EXECUTIVES
On Wednesday, June 7  OCBC partnered with China General Chamber of Commerce U.S.A-Los Angeles (CGCC-LA) to welcome 35 high level Chinese executives  and debrief them on the Orange County Business Climate.  The meeting shined light on the significant impact of Chinese businesses and investment, both domestic and abroad, on the local economy and to bridge the gap for Chinese businesses in Orange County. Currently, 59 Chinese firms contribute to 1265 jobs in Orange County. As part of the session, community partners Jim Mayfield, Director of U.S. Commercial Service; Lynn Stewart, Center of International Trade Development Director; and Diana Le, Business and International Development Manager of the Greater Irvine Chamber shared the resources available for the business community, such as assistance with site selection, workforce and market research, and one-on one business advising via SBDC Network. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.
OCBC WORKS TO ENSURE TIMELY GRADUATION, WORKFORCE PIPELINE 
OCBC recently signed on to a letter to California State University supporting the efforts of the Campaign for College Opportunity which expressed concern over the Intersegmental Curriculum Workgroup's recent decision to add an intermediate algebra competency to the nine Transfer Model Curricula. Students entering community colleges, and then moving on to higher education institutions, would face significant hurdles with this proposed change by being held back in remedial math instead of properly placed in lower division statistics. This is a major concern for OCBC as studies indicate that 67 percent of Latino students often take six years to complete a Bachelor's Degree, or fail to complete it at all, when placed in remediation. Instead, students often perform better when appropriately placed in rigorous math courses and are more likely to finish their degree on time. CSU Chancellor Tim White responded to the coalition's concern, citing the change hasn't officially been made, but will look further into the request and make a decision that coincides with its "Graduation Initiative 2025" and ensure college readiness for all students.  OCBC continues to monitor this critical issue as delays in graduation rates constrict the pipeline of a skilled workforce in throughout Orange County and deeply appreciates all the CSU does to educated and prepare a skilled workforce for a 21st century economy. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
OCBC SUPPORTS FAIRNESS IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION ACT, HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD, TOO
The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (FICALA, H.R. 985) addresses the trial lawyer-driven class action abuses associated with multi-district litigation proceedings that have long burdened American business owners with unnecessary and burdensome litigation. Often, this type of litigation pulls small business owners into litigation just to keep cases in trial lawyer-friendly state courts instead of more neutral federal forums. FICALA includes a range of important reforms, including three simple provisions to fix the payment and settlement issues pertaining to class action litigation and help class actions do what they were originally intended to - protect and benefit consumers and employees who have been subject to injustices. OCBC strongly support this legislation and sent a letter of support to Senator Feinstein. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, OCBC.
OCBC, GO-BIZ TO HOST CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT WORKSHOPS IN OC  
Join OCBC and The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) on Thursday, July 13 in Fullerton and Santa Ana for two workshops 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. Learn how your business can apply for millions in available new tax credits. This fiscal year, GO-Biz is offering over $200 million in Tax Credits to businesses of all sizes and 25 percent is reserved for small businesses. The workshop and the program are both free and available to businesses of all sizes. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.
SECRETARY OF STATE ALEX PADILLA LAUNCHES 'STARTING A BUSINESS' RESOURCE PAGE 
State Seal
A new online resource page connecting aspiring business owners with information they need to start a business in California launched last week. It includes a Starting a Business Checklist, as well as a Starting a New Business in California brochure - which can be viewed online or downloaded. The new resource page is part of Secretary of State Padilla's Digital Initiative to modernize and digitize the agency's divisions, including expanding opportunities for online business filings, digitizing exhibits through the State Archives, creating a mobile app for voters, and continuing a partnership with MapLight that will provide better visualization of campaign finance information. CLICK HERE to view the Secretary of State's Starting a Business Resource Page. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: KAITLYNN IRVINE CHECKS OUT TWENTY EIGHT RESTAURANT & BAR
"Millennial About Town!" chronicles the great entertainment, arts, and culture found right here in Orange County. Got suggestions for me? Send them to Patty Conover. 
Tucked away off Jamboree in Newport, Twenty Eight Restaurant and Bar is a young professional's dream watering hole to celebrate the end of the work week with friends and coworkers surrounded by chic ambiance.  Minimalist wooden d├ęcor fills the room with flat screen TVs at the bar for watching sports games. The space is lit with delicate marketplace lighting and included a patio with high tops, tables, and couches with fireplaces.  The happy hour is the definition of budget friendly and runs Monday through Friday 3 to 7 pm. With $6 specialty drinks including a crisp Moscow mule, a Whiskey Sour, a Margarita, and a few wine selections to my enjoyable drink of choice, the Passion Fruit Martini, there's a trendy cocktail for everyone. The $3 happy hour appetizers are savory, addicting and upscale in appearance. The spicy Kung Pao Chicken Wings and Skinny Fries were my top picks for the evening and proved the hip and creative menu was up to par. Between the modern mod and the happy hour, a cheap millennial such as I felt like a West Coast version of Carrie Bradshaw -if only I could have worn some Manolo Blahniks. 
SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - SEPT. 19
You won't want to miss OCBC's Annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. This is OC's premier golf event featuring high-level networking with top executives from Orange County's leading businesses. Sign up today to become a sponsor and take advantage of this opportunity to market your brand as a top company in OC. For more information, contact  Pamela Chamberlain, OCBC Specialist.  WHEN: September 19, 2017 WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links  
 
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COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Legislative Karaoke Reception - Wednesday, July 26
Join OCBC, OCAR and partners for the Legislative Karaoke Reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sammy's Original. CLICK HERE for a flier or HERE to register. 

Mobility 21 Summit - Friday, September 29
Early bird registration is open for the Mobility 21 Summit at Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim. Attendees meet the transportation industry decision-makers from across Southern California and network with over 1,200 attendees. CLICK HERE for more information. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JUNE/JULY
Workforce Development
Wednesday, June 21, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Workforce Housing
Thursday, July 6, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Advocacy and Government Affairs
Friday, July 7, 2017  I  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Infrastructure 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Cybersecurity Task Force
Wednesday, July 12  I  8:30 a.m. to 10:00 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 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact  Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Vice President. 
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