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BREAKING NEWS: THE GOOD AND BAD IN WATER POLICY
The California State Legislature is considering numerous bills before the end session Sept. 21, several of which could hurt the progress made in easing California's water policies. OCBC opposes Senate Bill 623 (Monning) as it adds a new fee on business and residential water meters. Estimates put the cost to Orange County businesses and residents as high as $10 million a year if this water tax becomes law. The good news is that on Friday, the Senate Appropriations Committee held Assembly Bill 1000 in its Suspense File, meaning the bill is dead for the year.  AB 1000 would have jeopardized 5,800 critically needed jobs and a new water supply for Southern California by changing the rules to require additional state review for the Cadiz Water Project, despite complying with CEQA and court approval.  OCBC strongly opposed this bill and will continue to advocate for this critical infrastructure project. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.
CONCERNED BY SANTA ANA RIVER HOMELESSNESS? ATTEND SEPT. 12 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Anaheim Councilmember Kris Murray is calling for a State of Emergency to address the homeless crisis in the city, particularly along the Santa Ana River, called Operation Home Safe. The call to action will be addressed in two weeks at the Sept. 12 city council meeting where concerned citizens are encouraged have their voice heard on the issue. In a recent blog post, Murray outlined that with this proposal, the message is clear that those who want help will get it; those who refuse help must leave; laws will be enforced; and the health and safety of all residents will be protected. OCBC support this proposal and encourages people to learn more HERE, or contact Peter DeMarco, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
HOUSING TOP OF THE AGENDA THIS WEEK IN LEGISLATURE
Action on a package of three housing bills endorsed by Gov. Brown, Assembly Speaker Rendon and Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon was tabled until this week. OCBC supports SB2 (Atkins), which would enact a $75 document fee on some real estate transactions to create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing projects. SB 3 (Beall) would authorize $4 billion bond, subject to voter approval in 2018, for affordable housing and veterans. OCBC supports this bill if it amended to modify the eligibility requirements for access to the funding. If amended, OCBC also supports the third item in the package -- SB 35 (Weiner) which would streamline the approval process for affordable housing projects in areas currently not meeting their Regional Housing Needs Assessment numbers. OCBC would like to see language indicating costly requirements removed, or add in incentives that could offset such cost increases. For more information, contact Peter DeMarco, Sr. Vice President. 
DC INSIGHTS FROM MSNBC'S HUGH HEWITT, DEFTLY MODERATED BY SCNG'S BRIAN CALLE
On Thursday, OCBC hosted Hugh Hewitt for a Washington Briefing: Insights and Analysis from the Nation's Capital, featuring Southern California News Group's Brian Calle as the moderator. The two long-time journalists are also old friends, who treated attendees to a candid conversation on the shifting federal political climate and republican leadership, predictions on policy ranging from immigration to education, and commentary on the practices of mainstream media. Hewitt is a regular MSNBC commentator and host of his own show and podcast, as well as a professor of constitutional law at Chapman University. He offered a unique perspective on political extremes, lamenting that the majority of air time on mainstream networks is geared toward content for news junkies, rather than the 95 percent of Americans who are more likely concerned with take-home wages than they are about the Russia investigation. While Calle and Hewitt disagreed on several contentious issues, the conversation offered an encouraging reminder that even in a time of hyperbolic and emotional rhetoric, two intelligent and thoughtful adults could disagree and maintain a jovial and civil conversation. A big thank you to Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dean of Chapman University's School of Communication, for kicking off this fun event. For more information, contact Patty Conover, OCBC Director. 
JULIE MILLER-PHIPPS: FROM CANDY STRIPER TO PRESIDENT AT KAISER PERMANENTE
The following article appears as it was written by Margot Roosevelt and published in The Orange County Register Sunday, September 3, 2017 and based on an interview at OCBC's Chairman's Leadership Breakfast, moderated by Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. 
Three decades ago, when Julie Miller-Phipps was a nursing student, a summer job took her to the surgical floor of an Anaheim hospital, where she was appalled by the harsh way surgeons spoke to nurses. Right then, the Torrance native decided to switch from the clinical side of healthcare to the business side. And she set herself a new goal: to run the hospital. Today Miller-Phipps, 60, runs not just one hospital, but the sprawling operations of Kaiser Permanente in Southern California from Bakersfield, across Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire and Orange County down to San Diego. As president of the giant HMO's largest region for the past year, Miller-Phipps oversees a staff of 70,800 serving 4.4 million members. Kaiser's Southern California patient load has surged by a million members in the past six years. CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE to read more.
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  
 


OCBC INVESTORS HELP HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS
OCBC couldn't be prouder of its investors, who truly understand the value of corporate social responsibility and consistently put their profit margins and industry toward the betterment of local and global communities. Hurricane Harvey may have hit communities hundreds of miles away, but that hasn't stopped many from being a part of the recovery effort. Here's a glimpse of what some of OCBC's investors have contributed so far:
  • Walt Disney Company hosted a televised Day of Giving on August 31 to raise funds, committing $1 million for Hurricane Harvey Relief. 
  • Wells Fargo donated $1 million to the American Red Cross and local nonprofits assisting residents of southeast Texas.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers and the Spanos family made a cash donation to support several organizations providing direct services to flood victims. The Chargers and Vons/Albertsons also partnered with Alexander's Moving Services at an LA store to host a food collection with all donations being directly delivered to the Houston Food Bank.
  • AT&T donated $100,000 to the Greater Houston Community Fund; $100,000 to the American Red Cross; and $50,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, as well as launched a YourCause Disaster Relief page. AT&T is also matching employee donations, waived all wireless fees for customers impacted by the story through Sept. 15 and launched a text to donate campaign.
  • Edison International is hosting an employee donation drive for its Edison International Relief Fund and is matching all funds raised with a goal of reaching $125,000. Donations have exceeded set goal to-date.
  • JPMorgan Chase committed $1 million toward relief efforts, including local organizations and the American Red Cross; as well as a dollar for dollar matching effort among employees. Additionally, the company will automatically waive or refund some fees through September 10 for its customers in the Houston metro area. 
  • Experian corporate and employee donations have exceeded $100,000.
  • Lennar donated $1 million to the relief effort.
  • UPS pledged $1 million through The UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts through cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise. 
  • Bank of America sent mobile transfer centers and ATMs to the greater Houston area to supplement local financial centers, as well as matching employee donations. As of Sept. 1, employees donated $457,000, as well as an additional $1 million donated by the company. 
  • Cox will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross through the James A. Cox Foundation.  Cox Employee Relief Fund will provide employees impacted by Hurricane Harvey with  immediate financial assistance to help with short-term needs. There are 2,500 Cox employees residing in the region impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  
PROPOSED HUNTINGTON BEACH SEAWATER DESAL PLANT MOVES SMALL STEP FORWARD
Poseidon Water received good news this week 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.
OCBC COMMENDS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OF LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS
OCBC commends Mesa Water District's financial accomplishments in saving the District and its customers $8.96 million and eliminate unfunded pension liabilities. The good work by the District was achieved through refinancing debt and securing an additional $13 million in funding for its Capital Improvements Program.  OCBC also commends Santa Margarita Water District in saving Talega district ratepayers in San Clemente $9 million by refunding a 2007 Community Facilities District bond. The refund will eliminate that debt payment originally slated for the next 13 years, resulting in a average annual savings of $250 on property owners' tax bill.  For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Vice President. 
SEPTEMBER IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH
Second Harvest Food Bank would like to remind you that September is Hunger Action Month and there are several simple and quick actions you can take to help. First, go to FeedOC.org and learn about more than 315,000 people in the community who don't always know where their next meal will come from and what Second Harvest is doing to help. Next, you can spread the word about hunger to friends, family and colleagues and share Hunger Action Month on your social media channels. CLICK HERE to learn more. 
YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THE 2017 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
 
OCBC INVESTOR PROFILE: BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH
In 1979, seven lawyers from a premier Los Angeles firm founded Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in order to realize their vision of a high-achieving law firm comprised of diverse individuals focused on client service. Less than forty years later, that dream has been reached as Lewis Brisbois has more than 1,100 attorneys in 42 offices in 26 states, and dedicates itself to more than 50 legal practice areas for clients of all sizes in every major industry. While experiencing  unprecedented growth throughout the country, Lewis Brisbois retains great strength in California, especially Southern California. We are the largest California-headquartered law firm in the state, and our Orange County office (located in Costa Mesa) boasts more than 60 attorneys who attend to the legal needs of clients ranging from local companies and public agencies to Fortune 500 multinational corporations. CLICK HERE to read more. 
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: TREAT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION LIKE CASH
Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers can be used to steal money or open new accounts in your name. The Cybersecurity Task Force suggests to be very vigilant with who you share personal information . So every time you are asked for your personal information - whether in a webform, an email, a text, or a phone message - think about whether you can really trust the request. In an effort to steal your information, scammers will do everything they can to appear trustworthy. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, OCBC Director.  
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: FIGHT NIGHT AT LEGENDS IN HUNTINGTON BEACH
"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. 
Personally, I'm not much of a sports junky -- unless it's UFC! And if I'm going to opt for a fight outside of my living room, I always head to Legends Sport Bar on Main St. in Huntington Beach. That's exactly where I spent my Saturday night for the Mayweather vs. McGreggor fight. For a $20 entry fee (which is on the cheaper end of entry fees for most big fights in Orange County) there are ample TVs including a large projector screen in the center of the bar to watch all the gory details. Depending on the popularity of the fight, the entrance fee varies, but I've never seen it cost more than $20. Drinks aren't too poorly priced either and the patio is a nice escape from the boisterous crowd. Pro tip: Go early and get your stamp and get dinner somewhere else less busy downtown and then come back, as it's likely to sell out and that way you're guaranteed entry. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
17th Annual Legislative Aides' Luncheon Reception - Sept. 14
Join OC Public Affairs Association for the annual summer program with staff from local congressional, state senate, and assembly and board of supervisors offices. 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. 

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
Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, September 8, 2017  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Infrastructure
Tuesday, September 12, 2017  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

NOTE TIME AND DATE: Community College Working Group 
Monday, September 18, 2017  I  12 to 1:30 p.m. 

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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