The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, July 25, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DELAYS VOTE THAT COULD CHANGE CALOPTIMA BOARD
This morning, the OC Board of Supervisors heard a second reading for policy amendments that, for the third time since 2011, would change the makeup of the CalOptima Board of Directors to add all five Supervisors. During the meeting, an amendment was introduced that would change the proposed policy's efficacy to Jan. 1, 2018, and therefore the Board of Supervisors opted to hear it again on August 8. OCBC submitted a letter of opposition to Chairwoman of the County Board of Supervisors, Michelle Steel, to oppose the changes. Additionally, OCBC offered its support behind SB 4, which would codify the existing CalOptima Board composition prescribed in the Orange County Health Authority Ordinance and reflects a balance of public, consumer and provider representatives. OCBC seeks continuity and stability in CalOptima, which is funded by state and federal dollars. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President.
E-COMMERCE MEANS NEW PARADIGM FOR SHOPPERS, RETAILERS, DEVELOPERS AND GOVERNMENT
On Thursday, 200 business, government and academic leaders gathered for the 2017 Economic Development Forum on e-Commerce: Strategies for an Evolving Marketplace at Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center. The program featured a snapshot by Wallace Walrod, Ph.D., Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC, on how e-commerce has changed the retail landscape and the way consumers purchase goods, as well as two panel discussions focusing on the industry and government perspectives to the changing marketplace. Dr. Walrod discussed how online retail behemoths such as Amazon and Netflix have heavily impacted consumer spending and habits. While he noted that many retail giants across the nation have closed brick-and-mortar locations and retail employment numbers have declined, he noted that, so far, his research indicates Orange County retailers are far from facing doom-and-gloom scenario. CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE for a story from The Orange County Register. 
CA EXPEDITES MORE THAN $285 MILLION IN SB 1 ROAD REPAIRS - OC ON THE LIST!
The California State Transportation Agency and the Department of Transportation announced they are fast tracking "fix it first" funding from SB 1, with construction beginning on 13 pavement projects across the state, with Caltrans expediting the design of an additional 50 projects. Three projects in Orange County will receive almost $20 million, including work on I-5, SR-57 and SR-91. CLICK HERE for a breakdown on project funding. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, OCBC Sr. VP.
OCBC GAME PLANS NEXT STEPS ON NORTH OC GROUNDWATER BASIN 
Despite millions of dollars in cleanup and legal fees that have already been paid by businesses in Fullerton, Anaheim and Placentia near the North Orange County Groundwater Basin, Orange County Water District continues to pursue a very risky strategy. OCWD recently wrote a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown claiming the North Basin warrants an EPA superfund designation, which not only would force businesses to continue paying, but would also brand the area with a Scarlett Letter of contamination. Despite OCBC's efforts to work with OCWD and cities near the North Basin to reach an effective, albeit less drastic solution, the agency has "won" the state's support in their efforts. OCBC will continue to work diligently on this matter and evaluate the next steps to help business mitigate the impact of these actions as it moves to US EPA for consideration. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, OCBC Sr. VP. 
OCBC IN THE NEWS: CHECK OUT THESE RECENTLY PUBLISHED ARTICLES FROM LUCY DUNN
OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, wrote numerous opinion editorials over the past two weeks for various publications. Check them out here in case you missed them!
'Good intentions but bad outcome in Assembly Bill 1701. Housing affordability is arguably the most pressing issue California families face today. Unnecessarily increasing costs make that opportunity even more elusive... CLICK HERE to read more.
It's time to add teeth to CA's housing element law: The LA Times recently published a couple of stories on June 29 and July 11 about the continuing housing crises and the supposed failure of California's housing element law to avert that crises.  Simply stated, California's housing element law requires that every city and county plan for its own population and jobs growth. Hard to argue with that concept, yet the articles highlighted local elected officials who solemnly swear to uphold the law, but then act with self-righteous indignation, exclusion and discrimination in ultimately rejecting proposed housing for lower income families and workers... CLICK HERE to read more.
A model for lifting earnings in a high-cost county: The high cost of housing is well documented in Orange County. A median-priced single-family home is $795,000 -- almost 70% higher than the state average...CLICK HERE to read more. 
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  
  


CONGRATS TO FIVEPOINT ON MAJOR NEWHALL RANCH MILESTONE
On July 18, the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved plans on two of the five villages planned, clearing the way to start construction on OCBC investor FivePoint Holdings LLC's Newhall Ranch development. The development, also known as NetZero Newhall, will serve to make a critical dent in the housing shortage with 21,500 new homes planned while being built in such as way as to contribute net zero GHG emissions. OCBC was proud to be in LA on July 18 to support FivePoint, which has worked diligently with community and government leaders to reach this critical milestone. Congrats to FivePoint and OCBC Board Member Steve Churm, Chief Communications Officer. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
OCBC COMMENDS PASSAGE OF CAP AND TRADE, CONTINUES TO PUSH FOR FAIR SHARE OF FUNDS
OCBC commends policymakers and Gov. Brown on the recent extension of California's innovative, market-based cap-and-trade program through 2030. The bi-partisan legislation was the result of shared compromise among industry and environmental groups. While OCBC supports cap and trade, it is critical that there is an increased fairness in the distribution of the program's funds. Southern California historically sees only 29 percent of the funds, while comprising well over half of the state's population and disadvantaged communities. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Sr. VP at OCBC. 
SOCAL GAS CLEARED TO RESUME LIMITED USAGE OF ALISO CANYON STORAGE FACILITY
After over two years of closure, Southern California Gas Company may resume limited usage of Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility. The California Public Utilities Commission and the Division of oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources certified that the steps SoCalGas has taken to ensure the safety of the facility following a leak in one of the storage wells. The company implemented around-the-clock pressure monitoring of wells; daily patrols to visually examine wells; daily scanning and enhanced training for employees and contractors - in addition to new technology and tests. The facility is critical to Southern California's energy reliability, especially during the energy usage spikes in the summer and winter months and OCBC commends SoCalGas's commitment to ensuring the facility's safety. CLICK HERE for statements released by SoCalGas. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Sr. VP of OCBC. 
MESA WATER'S FINANCIAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS SAVE $8.6 MILLION
Mesa Water District took innovative financial steps leading to an estimated $8.6 million in cost savings for the District and its customers over the next 10 years, including eliminating unfunded pension liabilities through the use of a pension trust, refinancing debt and ensuring additional funding for its Capital Improvements Program. The significant cost savings follows an announcement that the District also recently received a AAA credit rating. OCBC congratulates and commends the District! For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Vice President. 
LAEDC STUDY HIGHLIGHTS SIGNIFICANT OIL INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION TO CA AND OC
A new economic study released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) details the oil and gas industry's status as a major employer and leading economic driver in California, responsible for 368,100 jobs in 2015, or 1.6% of California's employment, with almost $66 billion in total value-added, contributing 2.7% of California's state GDP.  The industry also makes significant fiscal contributions to California's state and local governments, including more than $26.4 billion in state and local tax revenues. In Orange County, the oil and gas industry is a significant engine of the regional economy. It is responsible for creating 19,535 jobs and contributes $1.1 billion in state and local taxes. The $1.1 billion in revenues is enough to fund the annual budgets of Santa Ana, Irvine and Huntington Beach COMBINED. CLICK HERE to read the full report.
CA ECONOMIC SUMMIT CALLS ON LEGISLATURE TO MAKE A DEAL ON HOUSING 
In a recent letter from the California Economic Summit, state leaders called on policymakers to pay greater attention to solving the state's growing housing crisis. The clock is running out with only a few months left in the legislative session and lawmakers' decision to push any kind of housing deal until after they return from recess. The letter, signed by OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, outlines key areas for focus, including incentive-based approaches to adding affordable housing. Despite over 100 bills introduced at the start of the legislative session, several of which were legitimate proposals for increasing housing, few have made it out of their house of origin. CLICK HERE for the letter. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
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  
 
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: PROTECT YOUR INFO WHILE ONLINE
It is important to protect information from unknown parties when browsing online. If a website is malicious, computer files and saved data, including passwords, may be at risk. Many sites use cookies to track page visit statistics legitimately, which tracks the computer's IP address, domain name, software details, and browsing patterns, but not personal information. The Cybersecurity Task Force recommends users avoid providing websites with personal information, such as an address, password, or credit card information. Look for indications that the site uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt user information. Otherwise, always proceed with caution when providing information to an untrusted site. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.  
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: KAITLYNN IRVINE INDULGES AT CREME AND SUGAR IN ANAHEIM
"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. 
With an atmosphere resembling a cross between a dessert lounge and antique shop, Crème and Sugar is located just on the edge of Anaheim in a quiet shopping center and is known for milkshakes served in oh-so-tall mason jars. With shakes named, 'The Unicorn' resembles the taste of cotton candy (my personal favorite), 'The Circus Animal' tasting just as it sounds, and the 'Cookie Monster' - they make your cheat day worthwhile. They also serve dessert coffee and provide a nice array of tea options for those opting out of a sugar and a caffeine high. The walls are filled with inspiring and cutesy quotes in between the antique frames and Knick knacks. A comfy couch with a wooden coffee table is nestled in the back corner aside from the general seating.  The atmosphere almost takes you back in time to an earlier and pure downright American era. You can find almost every age in this parlor smiling ear to ear as they converse and enjoy their sweet treat.  I recommend! 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
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. 

Rock the Walk with Anaheim Gardenwalk live music every Thursday throughout July 
Anaheim Gardenwalk heats up summer nights with Rock the Walk live music from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. CLICK HERE for more info. 

Grand Opening Celebration for Wesley Village - Thursday, August 10
Join Jamboree Housing for the Grand Opening of senior affordable housing complex from 5-7 p.m. for Wesley Village in Garden Grove. CLICK HERE for more info.   

2017 Water Policy Dinner - Wednesday, August 30
Register today for the MWDOC Water Policy Dinner with Keynote Roger Patterson, Assistant General Manager for Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. CLICK HERE for more info. 

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. Early bird deadline is August 31, use discount code OC 17 for 20 percent off registration. CLICK HERE for more info. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JULY
NOTE NEW DATECybersecurity Task Force
Wednesday, July 26  I  8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, July 19 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

STEAM Forum 
Friday, July 28, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 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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