The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, June 27, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: BIG WIN! CA WATER FIX GETS AUTHORIZATION FROM U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, federal agencies responsible for the protection of endangered species gave biological opinions that allow the proposed construction of the CA Water Fix to move forward as early as 2018. The opinions found the construction and operations of WaterFix, which is designed to ensure a reliable water source for 25 million people as proposed, would not jeopardize the continued existence of endangered species or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat for those species. Ten years in the making, the opinions are a result of diligent inquiry, research, and analysis and mark a major win for ensuring the advancement of critical infrastructure and decreasing the state's dependence on imported water. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
PETER DEMARCO JOINS OCBC AS SR. VP OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
OCBC is pleased to welcome Peter DeMarco as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, starting July 17. Working closely with President and CEO Lucy Dunn, as well as OCBC's advocacy, communications and investor relations teams, he will oversee all aspects of the Council's government and public affairs programs focused on four core initiatives: ensuring a range of workforce housing, supporting workforce development, improving infrastructure, and enhancing economic development and innovation throughout the region. DeMarco comes to OCBC from the Orange County Executive Office where he served as Director of Legislative Affairs, leading advocacy efforts on behalf of the Orange County Board of Supervisors at the state and federal levels. He is a senior level political and public affairs strategist with extensive work in the corporate, agency and government sectors, including the California Legislature and the United States Congress. CLICK HERE for the press release. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications. 
COMING TO YOUR BUSINESS SITE SOON: SUPERFUND LISTING?
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Once again, Orange County Water District pushes the envelope-and not in a good way.  Ancient surface water contamination was identified in the Anaheim/Fullerton area known as the North Basin. Years of shakedown litigation and lost court battles haven't cleaned up the water, drinking water is not at risk, but nevertheless, businesses in the area are doing something about it. Under the oversight of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board or California Department of Toxic Substances, many local businesses already cleaned up several sites to the satisfaction of one of the state agencies and have received "No Further Action" determinations. Not good enough, says OCWD, which now seeks to go around state agencies and induce federal EPA designation of the area as a "superfund" site and asking Governor Brown to concur.  In addition, on June 21, OCWD had the hubris to declare in a public meeting that "Superfund status can be helpful to property values and community perception."  Tell that to the neighbors around the McColl dump site in Fullerton-designated a "superfund" site-who suffered decades of federal process before cleanup. OCBC, Anaheim Chamber, North Orange County Chamber of Commerce say "no!"  OCWD must first complete their remedial investigation and feasibility study, which they originally promised, then decide whether or not to pursue a federal listing.  Send in your letter to Governor Brown and ask him to decline to concur! CLICK HERE for a template letter. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President.   
WILL SAN DIEGO WATER AUTHORITY AND MET FINALLY RESOLVE DECADES OF LITIGATION?
This week, an appellate court sided with Metropolitan Water District in a dispute with the San Diego Water Authority, which buys water from Metropolitan and then resells that water to local water agencies across San Diego, like the city of San Diego's Public Utilities Department. A judge sided against The Water Authority's argument that after MWD purchased Colorado River water from another agency in Imperial County, MWD then turned around and charged too much. If the California Supreme Court doesn't decide to take up the case by September, this will mark the final decision on the case. In a press statement, MWD of Southern California General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger stated "In the end, while Metropolitan has prevailed as to the overwhelming majority of costs under challenge in this litigation, nobody is a winner when water districts decide to fight in court rather than resolve their differences in a democratic and collaborative fashion." CLICK HERE for the full statement. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President.
SANTA ANA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TOWARD HOUSING 
Recognizing the county's continuously compounding housing crisis, Santa Ana City Council has approved over $27 million in financial assistance and more in tax credits for affordable housing over the course of its last several meetings. The city, which is the second largest in the county and one the densest, is on track to add nearly 1,500 affordable homes - starkly contrasting the typical average of adding 30 affordable units per year. Many of the units are designed for the most vulnerable population, including complexes for veterans and artists. OCBC commends the Council's commitment to increasing its supply of housing. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
OCBC URGES LA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO APPROVE 21,500 HOMES IN NEWHALL RANCH 
On July 18, OCBC will testify at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Fifth District meeting in support of the Landmark Village and Mission Village development of Newhall Ranch in Santa Clarita. The development benefits the Southern California region tremendously by providing much-needed housing required to attract and retain business in the region, supplying 21,500 new homes at a variety of price points to support and sustain workforce development. The development will further serve the Southern California economy with 11.5 million square feet of job-generating space - equating to 60,000 new and permanent jobs. Additionally, Newhall Ranch's sustainable investments into transportation infrastructure will improve the quality of life for residents by expanding traveling and commute option under a net zero model. OCBC strongly supports Newhall Ranch and its role as a stimulus for economic development and workforce housing. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
JAMBOREE HOUSING INVITES YOU TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT HOMELESSNESS
A recent study conducted by UC Irvine and funded by Jamboree Housing and OC United Way estimates that cities, counties, hospitals and non-government agencies spend nearly $300 million every year to address the issues of homelessness. In a recent special, Jamboree challenges people to think differently about homelessness and those who are facing it. The study finds that the vast majority of homeless are U.S. citizens and long-term OC residents. Additionally, Jamboree asserts the need to create more solutions that already work well - such as providing more stable housing for the chronically homeless, and providing onsite supportive services to help with life skills and workforce training. Jamboree wants to hear from community leaders who believe homeless issues are solvable. CLICK HERE to learn more and take action. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
GOV. BROWN HAS UNTIL FRIDAY TO SIGN 2017-2018 STATE BUDGET
Friday marks the deadline for Gov. Brown to enact a 2017-2018 budget for California. On the table is a $183.2 billion budget sent to him by the Legislature that boosts government spending while also building up the Rainy Day Fund to $8.5 billion and another $1.4 billion in the state's regular reserve. Some key areas with currently shown increases in funding include education, health care, flood prevention, transportation and tax credits for low-wage workers. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE AGENDA AT MICHAEL BAKER INTERNATIONAL'S OPEN HOUSE
On Friday, June 23 Transportation and Engineering firm Michael Baker International opened its doors to a new office in Santa Ana. The celebration began with a candid discussion where public and private transportation leaders shared their insights on how to advance infrastructure to facilitate the quality of life in Orange County. Among the featured panelists was OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, who highlighted the importance of SB1 funds as a means to supplement Measure M2 funds for transportation projects.  Dunn also emphasized how imperative is for transportation experts to explain what SB1 means and to educate communities to think of roads as an utility. Other panelists included Jamie Yoshida, Vice President of the Irvine Community Development Company, Shane Silsby, Director of Public Works for the County of Orange and Kara Bue of MBI's Board of Directors. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director. 
BOEING INVITES STUDENTS TO HACK ITS SYSTEM IN CSUF, CYBERSECURITY TRAINING 
With cyber-attacks on the rise, The Boeing Company took creative measures to ensure its computer system's security by allowing Cal State Fullerton students to hack its system. This past spring, Cal State Fullerton came in second place at a competition by Cal Poly where students hack fictitious company's system.  Technically called penetration testing, Boeing handed over their aerospace manual giving the students free reign to start hacking and gain career experience. In an OC Register article, students remarked that a key takeaway was realizing that security is not an IT problem, its organizational problem.  Due to the increased interest in cybersecurity training, Cal State Fullerton expanded the amount and depth of cyber security courses for students. Cybersecurity skills are an appealing skill set as Boeing builds their next generation workforce. This project is another example that no matter the company size, investing in cybersecurity is a priority. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, 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.  

REGISTER TODAY FOR CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH JULIE MILLER-PHIPPS AUG. 24
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Join Orange County Business Council for a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Julie Miller-Phipps, President of Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region. With over 30 years of healthcare leadership expereince Miller-Phipps has earned the honors of being named one of Orange County Business Journal's "Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders", and one of 14 "Game Changers" by the Orange County Register. WHEN: August 24, 2017 WHERE: The Center Club  
  
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: SEGMENT YOUR NETWORK
Companies must provide network access for their customers, partners, vendors, contractors, and other guests to enable greater productivity, improved collaboration, and better service.  However, in order to mitigate compromising the security of a company's security network, the Cybersecurity Task Force suggests to segment your network. Separate access to all systems for guest and internal users in order to keep control of the network access and keep traffic securely separated from restricted internal resources. In most companies, every user does not need access to all information and networks. Therefore, if a breach or attack occurs, it is more likely to remain contained to a specific part of the network. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.  
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: DID SOMEONE SAY BACON? OVERINDULGE WITH PATTY AT ST. MARC'S
"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. 
If you haven't made your way over to Pacific City in Huntington Beach yet, you're missing out. Among the various beachside shops and bars is Saint Marc Pub-Café, Bakery & Cheese - where I recently ate my weight in bacon and lost horribly at oversized beer pong. I blame my bacon-greased fingers. As if bacon by itself wasn't hard enough to resist, Saint Marc's offers variously seasoned bacon-by-the-slice treats, bacon bits on almost every salad and sandwich, and bacon wrapped appetizers, such as the delicious jalapeño poppers. The food is neither cheap, nor overly expensive with a salad, appetizer and drink costing me roughly $40 when all was said and done. A friend of mine stuck purely to sampling all the sliced bacon options, where six slices and a beer ran about $25. The pub is spacious with a nice patio area where, like most places in Pacific City, patrons can bring their leashed dogs and enjoy healthy amounts of people watching. If you're coming in with a party of friends, you can rent out the "secret" back room space, with a door disguised as a bookshelf. I went on a Friday night, where it was somewhat full of restaurant-goers of all ages, until about 9 p.m., when it swiftly became packed with under-30s.  Saint Marc's is just one little gem in Pacific City threatening my waistline - I'll report back soon on some of the others. 
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. 

California Economic Summit - November 2-3 
Save the date for the California Economic Summit in San Diego Thursday, November 2 to Friday, November 3. The summit is designed to accelerate coordinated implementation of the Roadmap action plans and strengthen the Summit network. CLICK HERE for more info. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JULY
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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