The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, September 19, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: OC COMPETES FOR AMAZON'S SECOND HEADQUARTERS - SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
OCBC commends The City of Irvine and Donald Bren of The Irvine Company's bold move to entice Amazon to Irvine. Irvine is the ideal location, with its world-class educational institutions, high quality of life, access to entertainment and healthy lifestyle opportunities, as well as its proximity to global access points with international airports and ports. Should Irvine win the bid to win Amazon, all of Orange County and each of its 33 other cities will benefit from the economic development and employment possibilities associated. Express your support! CLICK HERE to take action now and support Amazon's Headquarters in Orange County! For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Vice President. 
LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS -- THESE BILLS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR -- MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Capitol - DC Friday marked the end of the 2017 legislative session where bills either failed to pass, or they are now on the way to Governor Brown's desk for his signature. OCBC is actively engaged in supporting and opposing several pieces of legislation ranging from labor, housing, transportation and telecommunications. stand with us to ensure the governor signs bills that promote economic development and prosperity. Full analysis of the legislative session is forthcoming
  • SB 649 (Hueso): Wireless telecommunications facilities. This bill establishes a statewide framework for streamlining the permit siting process for small cell wireless facilities that meet specified requirements.  Specifically, this bill requires an administrative and encroachment permit in lieu of a discretionary permit for installations in the right-of-way and also within a commercial or industrial zone, limits the fees to these attachments to all costs plus $250, and establishes other requirements. Download a Sample Letter.
  • SB 2 (Atkins): Building Homes and Jobs Act. The Building Homes and Jobs Act and imposes a $75 fee on real estate transaction documents, excluding commercial and residential real estate sales, to provide funding for affordable housing. Download a Sample Letter
  • SB 3 (Beall): Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018. SB 3 would authorize $4 billion through a statewide housing bond to fund existing critical and successful affordable housing programs in California. Download a Sample Letter
  • SB 35 (Wiener): Planning and zoning: affordable housing: streamlined approval process.  This bill creates a streamlined, ministerial approval process for infill developments in localities that have failed to meet their regional housing needs assessment (RHNA) numbers. Download a Sample Letter
 CLICK HERE for the complete list of bills. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Sr. Vice President. 
LUCY DUNN: KEEP THE WATER FLOWING AND APPROVE 'CALIFORNIA WATERFIX' PROJECT
Every day, I walk into the kitchen, turn on the faucet, and clean drinking water magically appears. It's a miracle, really, and I'll bet, like me, you don't even think about it - the water always flows. Even in the years of drought we endured, good local water management and conservation got us through the tough times. The water always flows. But not all of Orange County's water is from local groundwater sources. About half the supply is imported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region in Northern California or the Colorado River from a system that is almost 50 years old, deteriorating and even detrimental to fish and wildlife. A major earthquake could leave Southern California without a reliable water supply for weeks, even months. CLICK HERE to read more. 
US CHAMBER REPORT DETAILS CONTINUING LEGAL SYSTEM CHALLENGES IN CA
A state's litigation environment is likely to impact important business decisions, such as where to locate or to do business, according to the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: A Survey of the Fairness and Reasonableness of State Court Liability Systems.  U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released the findings of the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey ranking all fifty states.  The objective of this survey is to understand how the state courts are perceived by corporate attorneys, measuring their perception of 10 key elements.  The study also revealed that 63% of respondents view the state court liability system in the United States as excellent or pretty good, up from 50% in 2015. California ranked among the worst states in seven of the 10 elements measured. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Vice President. 
ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS: ANAHEIM OPERATION HOME S.A.F.E APPROVED 
OCBC testified in support of Operation Home S.A.F.E at the City Council meeting last Tuesday, which ultimately passed unanimously. OCBC commends the leadership of the entire council, especially Councilmember Kris Murray, who lead the initiative. The action declared a citywide state of emergency and put in motion an action plan to work with the County of Orange, neighboring cities, and non-profit partners to address the public health conditions and unlawful activity resulting from escalating homeless encampments. The action plan involves providing comprehensive services and aid to the homeless and an expansion of law enforcement in the area. CLICK HERE for more information. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Sr. Vice President. 
UCI RANKS IN TOP 10, RECEIVES $200M GIFT FROM SAMUELI FOUNDATION
Congratulations to OCBC investor and top Orange County education institution UC Irvine, which was ranked at #9 in the top 10 public universities in the nation for the third consecutive year.  Notwithstanding its strong academic reputation, UCI prides itself on being both accessible and affordable for students. UCI is currently the leading school in the U.S. that is "doing the most for the American dream" for its contributions to student economic and social mobility after graduation (it's the second time UCI has topped the index). Also, UCI scored 18th among all national universities for the least amount of student debt at graduation. In addition, the University just received the largest gift to the school in history of $200 million from Susan and Henry Samueli to name a first-of-its-kind College of Health Sciences. The college will be focused on interdisciplinary integrative health. The donation positions UCI as a new leader in population health, patient care, education and research. Healthcare has long been a key industry in Orange County, and will continue to grow as Orange County ages, adding more and more jobs at a variety of skill levels.   CLICK HERE for more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President. 
OCBC WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS DESSI SARABOSING AND RANDAL HERNANDEZ
OCBC is pleased to welcome Randal Hernandez, Director of Government Affairs, Charter Communications. Randal assumed Charter's seat, which was left vacant upon the retirement of Kristy Hennessey. Hernandez is well acquainted with OCBC, having been Appointments Secretary with Gov. Schwarzenegger as well as his work at Union Bank. OCBC also welcomes Dessi Sarabosing, Chief Financial Officer, Mobilitie, to the Board. Mobilitie has been an OCBC investor for several years, which is the largest privately held wireless infrastructure provider in the U.S. specializing in funding, deploying and operating wireless solutions enabling comprehensive, robust and secure mobile coverage. Sarabosing manages the financial strategy and operations of the company while overseeing all financial activities. For more info, contact Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President. 
PROPOSED HUNTINGTON BEACH SEAWATER DESAL PLANT MOVES ANOTHER SMALL STEP FORWARD
Poseidon Water received good news that its application with the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board was determined to be ready for consideration and must be reviewed by April 2018.  The State Lands Commission will also review the proposal on October 19 at a hearing in Orange County. OCBC supports the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Plant as it will enhance water reliability and reduce Orange County's dependence on imported water to meet the needs of more than three million residents. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
COMPUTER VIRUS WARNING: DHS ISSUES A DIRECTIVE ON KASPERSKY PRODUCTS
Due to concerns regarding ties with the Russian government, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) directing Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies. The department mandated that they identify any use or presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems in the next 30 days, develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products in the next 60 days, and at 90 days from the date of this directive, unless directed otherwise by DHS based on new information, to begin to implement the agency plans to discontinue use and remove the products from information systems Kaspersky anti-virus products and solutions provide broad access to files and elevated privileges on the computers on which the software is installed, which can be exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems. CLICK HERE for more information.  For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director. 
HELP OCTA PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION 
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With an increase of 10 percent in population, 11 percent in housing and 17 percent in employment, the time spend in traffic is expected to increase by 66 percent by the year 2040 if no additional improvements are made to Orange County's transportation system. Orange County Transportation Authority wants your feedback, through a brief survey, so they may plan for the future of the county's transportation. The survey is open through October. CLICK HERE to learn more. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Sr. Vice President. 
FOCUS ON ENGINEERING: 2017 OC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE - OCT. 11
Don't miss the 2017 Orange County Workforce Development Conference, hosted by OCBC and the Orange County Development Board. The conference will focusing on how the engineering profession is evolving and what is needed from educational institutions to best prepare the OC workforce for a 21st century global economy. Conference panelists include Holly Klotz, Talent Strategist, Parsons Corporation and Douglas Duchon, Flight Reliability Engineer, SpaceX. The conference will also feature an analysis of the 2017 Orange County Workforce Indicators Report from Wallace Walrod, PhD, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC. All attendees will receive a free copy of the report. For more information, contact Sabra Ritter, Director of Events. 
WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 2017  I  11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  WHERE: Hotel Irvine
 
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: ADAM MULLINS CHECKS OUT GRASSLANDS MEAT MARKET
"Millennial About Town!" chronicles the great entertainment, arts, and culture found right here in Orange County. Adam Mullins is a contributing 'millennial' writer. Got suggestions for me? Send them to Patty Conover. 
Being a lover of all things meat and fire, I was excited to check out the new Grasslands Meat Market at Anaheim Garden Walk. The Brazilian Churrasceria concept restaurant features high quality transparent BBQ and fusion cooking, with culinary cues from some of the finest ways to cook and acquire meats, and an in-house butcher shop and meat market - allowing you to purchase the same meats the restaurant cooks. The large, open interior of the restaurant is very inviting, with a large central bar serving lots of local craft beers, wine and cocktails. I got a peak at the large refrigerators stocked with fresh veggies, and noticed the comparatively small freezer space the restaurant had, owing to the freshness of meat and produce, as well as the line of smokers that slow cook the meats for up to 14 hours- a must with BBQ staples like brisket. We chose to sit on the patio to people watch and enjoy the cool night air, and sampled their in-house sodas before moving on to some local wine, at a great price. We split the Hangry Platter, which gives the option of three featured meats, salad and several sides such as yucca fries. Between the two of us, we sampled most of the meats on the menu. I had to try the Skirt Steak Churrasco with chimichurri sauce, char-grilled salmon and brisket.  CLICK HERE to read more. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
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. 

Orange County Conservation Corps 2017 Innovation in Environmental Stewardship Awards Luncheon - Thursday, October 5
Join the OC Conservation Corps from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, October 5 at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim. The event is chaired by Sen. Josh Newman and Gov. Jerry Brown as the invited keynote, CLICK HERE for more info. 

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: SEPTEMBER
Workforce Development 
Wednesday, September 20, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Economic Development
Wednesday, September 27, 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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