The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, August 8, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: OCBC OPPOSES STATE SEIZURE OF FULLERTON PROPERTY PLANNED FOR HOMES
OCBC opposes Senate Bill 714 by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), which would allow the State Coastal Conservancy to acquire by eminent domain and operate the West Coyote Hills property in Fullerton. The bill undermines local control by overturning a 2014 General Plan agreement for the property following decades of planning, negotiation and agreement from local community leaders. The land seizure would impact a proposed project and lead to the elimination of 76 planned homes. In a housing crisis, every home counts! For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, OCBC Sr. VP. 
CA WATER FIX SEES PROGRESS FOR SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY
In July, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a construction permit for portions of proposed water conveyance facilities in Northern California. The Metropolitan Water Districts of OC and Southern California briefed OCBC's Infrastructure Committee this morning on the importance of supporting this critical water infrastructure project, which will ensure water reliability, offer a more environmentally sustainable solution for water delivery, and protect California economic well-being. CLICK HERE for more on the reasons to support the CA Water Fix. Metropolitan Water District has organized a series of whitepapers and workshops on the proposed infrastructure, operations and cost associated with the project. CLICK HERE for more information on Metropolitan Water District's review process of the CA Water Fix and CLICK HERE for an upcoming White Paper Workshop on Cost Allocation scheduled for August 14. For more info, contact Peter DeMarco, OCBC Vice President. 
LUCY DUNN RESPONDS TO OC REGISTER ARTICLE ON SAND CANYON APARTMENTS
The following is a letter to the editor from Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, responding to the article '1,710 apartments proposed at Irvine's Sand Canyon interchange face opposition.'
Dear Editor: The City of Irvine is jobs rich and an economic powerhouse.  Keeping those high-paying jobs, retaining talented workers and ensuring sustained economic prosperity requires remembering that "homes are where jobs go to sleep at night."  It is no secret that Orange County faces an extraordinary housing crises, mirrored throughout the state.  The Spectrum 7 apartment homes, together with Planning Area 40 "for-sale" homes and child-care center, will provide much-needed housing for middle-income professionals working nearby in the Irvine Spectrum, a major jobs center.  This helps alleviate some of the traffic impacts from over 100,000 commuters now living outside the city but commuting to jobs inside Irvine. By law, new development is required to address traffic impacts, but as further insurance, with the recent passage of SB-1 "The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017," Irvine's transportation budget will be effectively doubled, enabling opportunities for new traffic relief measures, bike lanes and traffic light synchronizations throughout the city. Thus, with good planning, embracing new housing for workers and traffic relief are not mutually exclusive. This is how Irvine will remain one of the nation's best places to live. For more info, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
OCBC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EVENTS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST
OCBC thanks and commends Kaitlynn Irvine for her time at OCBC as a Communications Specialist and wishes her well as she explores new opportunities in her budding career. She will be missed! Currently, OCBC is accepting applications for an Events Communication Specialist, which is an entry level position working with both the directors of Events and Communication. This critical team member will gain valuable experience in events marketing and general communications, with opportunity for advancement. CLICK HERE for the full job description. Those who are interested in the position should send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and graphic and writing samples to Patty Conover, Director of Communication. 
MICHELLE STEEL VISITS OCBC'S GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
OCBC's Government Affairs Committee welcomed Michelle Steel, Chair OC Board of Supervisors, 2nd District, on Friday where she discussed her most recent economic development and infrastructure activities. OCBC thanked Steel for her participation in helping OCTA secure a $629 million TIFIA loan for the I-405 Improvement Project, as well as her work on an economic development strategy to develop and grow high paying jobs. The TIFIA loan enables Orange County taxpayers to save over $300 million in interest payments -- equivalent to the size of Huntington Beach's entire annual budget! CLICK HERE for an OCBC One Minute Video with Steel. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, OCBC Sr. Vice President.

OCMOVES HOSTS RECEPTION FOR HOUSE APPROPS. ON TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE CHAIR
OCMoves hosted a private reception last week with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Attendees heard an "insiders" update on Congress' budget adoption timeline, debt ceiling negotiations, and the latest on the President's plans for public/private partnerships on infrastructure projects across the country. OCMoves is a members-only committee within OCBC and works to raise awareness and advocate for Orange County's transportation priorities at regional, state and federal levels. For more information on OCMoves, contact Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Vice President. 
CSU NO LONGER REQUIRES PLACEMENT EXAMS FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN
Business like academic rigor and solid STEM skills, however California State University will no longer require placement exams in math and English, as well as noncredit remedial courses for freshman college students, according to an executive order issued last week by Chancellor Timothy White. The order cited the need to revamp the nation's largest public university system to remedial education and assess new freshmen for college readiness and course placement by using high school grades, ACT and SAT scores, and other metrics. The new protocol goes into effect in Fall 2018. OCBC will continue to work with government, academia and business leaders to understand the impacts of this change and consider an effective plan moving forward favoring STEM. For more info, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President.
DON"T MISS UPCOMING 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 experience 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  
  


OCBC HOSTS STEAM FORUM, HIGHLIGHTING SCIENCE, TECH, ENGINEERING, ARTS AND MATH
The STEAM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Arts. Mathematics) Forum met Friday July 28 at Experian to discuss core subjects and strategies to help students prepare for the competitive job market. Laura DeSoto, Senior Vice President of Transaction Services for Experian's Consumer Information Services, and Karen Whitney, Vice President of Human Resources for the Credit Services and Decision Analytics Businesses of Experian, spoke on candidate requirements and how to compete with Amazon and Google when attracting young talent. They focused on offering recruits a welcoming environment along with professional mentors. The Honorable Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assembly Member for CA's 65th District, is calling for action from the state to invest in programs that promote and grow STEAM skills for students. The Orange County Department of Education spoke to the issue as well. Representing OCDE, Jeff Hittenberger, Chief Academic Officer for the Orange County Department of Education and Amy Kaufman, Executive Director for OC Pathways at the Orange County Department of Education reported on the "Fourth Industrial Revolution," highlighting that now the Bio, Physical and Digital industries have merged and adapting the future workforce to this revolution. For more information on STEAM contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
OCBC'S ALICIA BERHOW VISITS MEXICO AS PART OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
OCBC's Alicia Berhow took part in Southwest Airline's cultural exchange visit to Cabo San Lucas last week, which promoted Mexico's culinary, art, and hospitality. The delegation met with Patricia Herrera, the Executive Director of the Mexico Tourism Board to promote #visitmexico. Senora Herrera expressed how Cabo San Lucas evolved into a cultural destination and hopes to encourage more Americans to experience what Mexico has to offer. Tourism is a critical economic driver in Orange County and Southern California and Southwest Airlines is a critical component to that success. Thank you to Lidia Martinez from Southwest Airlines for making the exchange program possible. #GraciasLosCabos @visitmex. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President.
OCBC CELEBRATES FIVEPOINT GRAND OPENING OF GREAT PARK SPORTS PARK
Congratulations to OCBC investor FivePoint, who celebrated the Grand Opening Saturday of the Sports Park at the Great Park, which is on its way to becoming one of the largest public multisport facilities in California. Built on the site of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, the Sports Park is ultimately planned to be nearly twice the size of Disneyland and is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the City of Irvine and FivePoint, the development manager of Great Park Neighborhoods. The centerpiece of the first phase of this highly anticipated 53-acre Sports Park will be a Championship Soccer Stadium with capacity for 5,000 fans. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
CA WOMEN LEAD'S REPORT: MORE CAN BE DONE FOR WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT
In a report from California Women Lead on female representation in California's elected offices at the city, county, state and federal levels, there is an overall increase of women in government since the previous 2014/15 cycle, with 68 more women serving on city councils and a decrease in city councils with no women. However, more can be done -especially in Orange County where 43 percent (three of seven members) of the Anaheim council and only 14 percent (one member of seven) of the Santa Ana council are female. The report used data gathered from California's 482 cities during the 2016/17 election cycle. The report cites "term limits, negativity of the election process, money, and time" as some of the main factors that discourage women from seeking public office. California Women Lead provides opportunities, training, and inspiration for women to become strong civic leaders to represent the state's growing female-driven economy. CLICK HERE or more information. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, OCBC Vice President. 
CONGRATULATIONS TO NANCY NYGREN ON HER RETIREMENT! SPONSOR HER GALA!
OCBC congratulates Nancy Nygren, CEO of the Girls Scouts of Orange County, on her excellent leadership and wish her well on her upcoming retirement at the end of 2017 after 12 years of service. Nygren's experience and business acumen has made her a well-respected member of the Orange County business community. She will be honored with a special tribute at the annual Girl Scouts of OC's Celebrate Leadership ceremony at 6:30pm on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for more information and to sponsor this major event honoring Nancy's long service to Girl Scouts of OC.
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. MAKES A STAND TO IMPROVE COMPANY'S SUSTAINABILITY MEASURES
OCBC commends JPMorgan Chase & Co. on its recent updates to its sustainability commitments. The first goal of the company is to utilize renewable energy for 100 percent of their global needs by 2020 by developing on-site solar power generators for the firm's largest single-tenant office generating 20 megawatts of energy. They also announced a partnership with GE's program, Current, to retrofit their branches with LED lighting that will cut 50 percent of their energy consumption. The second goal focuses on the facilitation of $200 Billion in "Clean Financing" through to 2025. JPMorgan Chase will finance renewable energy clients to strategically raise capital, including underwriting debts to promote sustainability investments for global businesses and governments. CLICK HERE for more information. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director. 
OCBC'S DR. WALROD TO PRESENT AT BIA-OC'S SEMINAR 'ARE WE BUILT OUT?'
Don't miss out on the BIA-OC Government Affairs Committee 2017 Seminar - Are We Built Out?: "Where Do We Build From Here" tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Irvine City Hall. Panelists will explore offer some staggering information on perception vs. reality on the question of whether or not OC is built out. Dr. Walrod will offer economic insight on the topic as well. For more information, contact Adam Wood at 949.777.3860. CLICK HERE register.
REGISTER TODAY 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 Sabra Ritter,  OCBC Director.  
WHEN: September 19, 2017 
WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links  
 
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: STAY SAFE ON SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES
Social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are used by billions of people each day. It's important to realize that while social media connects you with your friends, they can also increase your exposure to individuals with less-than-friendly intentions.  The Cybersecurity Task Force suggests to follow the next best practices to protect yourself: Make sure your computer is protected with anti-virus software; never assume you are in a trusted environment; be cautious of how much personal information you make public; be cautious of any third-party applications; review all privacy policies; Keep all software up-to-date; and create strong, unique passwords. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.  
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: AN EVENING IN IRELAND AT PUB 32 IN MISSION VIEJO 
"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. 
Owned by a proud Irishman, Pub 32 on the corner of Alicia and Jeronimo in Mission Viejo is a flare of culture with an ode to Irish cuisine. The menu is full of traditional Irish dishes such as fish n' chips, my choice for the evening, Short Rib "Cottage Pie", Irish Tacos and Roasted Cauliflower - just to name a few.  The happy hour Monday thru Friday 3 to 6 ranges from $12 to $18, not a bad price for a hearty authentic Irish meal. With cocktail choices such as Rose, Irish Mule, and summer sangria, you can easily spend an evening on the patio here.  Between the happy hour and live music on Friday and Saturday nights Pub 32 attracts a wide variety in characters. Pub 32 is exactly what I imagine a typical pub in Ireland would be like. 
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COMMUNITY EVENTS    
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. 

Anaheim Garden Walk: Art on the Walk - Friday, September 15
Join in for an evening of live art demonstrations, music and entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 15. Attendees can connect with local artists and sell their creations, enjoy a free photo booth, get free henna tattoos, see a DJ and more! This event is free, CLICK HERE to learn more. 

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: AUGUST
Note New Time, Date, and Location 
Workforce Development Committee
Tuesday, August 15 I 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 
Will be held at Orange County Department of Education

Latino Educational Attainment Committee 
Friday, August 18, 2017  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, August 23, 2017  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 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact  Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Vice President. 
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