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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
one voice Register today! Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining OCBC for the annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

OCBC, in partnership with local government officials and chambers of commerce, will lead an annual delegation of business leaders and public officials to Washington, D.C., to advocate for Southern California.  Participants meet with members of Congress and the president's administration on key issues. The trip includes a welcome reception, two breakfasts with high ranking Congressional leaders, a marquee evening event, and unparalleled business networking with fellow participants. Sponsorships still available!

Program Highlights Include:
  • High level meetings with the Obama Administration and Congressional Leadership.
  • Special briefings and advocacy meetings on regional issues at the Willard InterContinental Washington Hotel.
  • Southern California Congressional Transportation Reception.
  • Dinner with Orange County Congressional Delegation
  • Orange County Issues Lunch
  • Unparalleled business networking.
OCBC joins with Southern California on the Hill and more than 20 business organizations with over 200 business leaders and elected officials from Southern California to highlight the region as an economic engine for the nation.

For questions and more information on registration and sponsorships, please contact Kate Klimow  949.794.7210 or Alicia Berhow 949.794.7215.

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Karlgaard AD Publisher of Forbes Magazine, Rich Karlgaard, gave a sold out crowd solid insights on what to expect as businesses face a "New Normal" during Orange County Business Council's 2010 Annual Dinner last week.

Over 650 community leaders, business executives and elected officials joined to hear  Orange County Business Council's 2010 theme: "Defining the New Normal."

The night included the installation of OCBC's 2010 Board of Directors, including Chair Linda Martin, Vice President and Managing Director at Porter Novelli. Martin assumes the post held in 2009 by Larry Buster, Vice President County Manager at First American Title, who received honors from Special Olympics of Orange County and proclamations from Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Congressman John Campbell, State Senator Lou Correa and Assemblyman Jose Solorio on behalf of the California Legislature and Bill Campbell on behalf of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. 

"OCBC's key initiatives are the heart of this county's ability to attract and retain the best businesses and workers in an increasingly competitive global market," said Martin. "It is an honor to take an increased leadership role in advocating that message and I look forward to a very prosperous 2010."

Keynote speaker Rich Karlgaard highlighted that all consumers, corporations, non-profits and governments must learn to do more with less. "There is reason to have hope in an economic downturn," says Karlgaard. "U.S. markets have bounced back from worse," comparing today's recession to the great depression and great recession of the 70's.

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dunn Have you seen Disney's animated movie, UP?  It's a great story about Carl, a 78 year old retired salesman who ties balloons to his house and flies away with Russell, an 8 year old stowaway, and his faithful dog, Dug.  It's a wonderful story, very touching. 

The dog, however, really caught my attention.  Dug has a special collar that allows him to speak!  He helps Carl and Russell on his adventures throughout the film, but does have one tragic flaw:  Dug gets distracted by squirrels.  He may be on the most important mission of his life, but when he sees a squirrel out of the corner of his eye, his attention is completely diverted and-"SQUIRREL!"-he says.  Off he runs to chase it. 

Doesn't this remind you of some of our state leaders?  The mission is jobs creation--private sector jobs creation--pure and simple.  It's about getting folks employed who can pay taxes, and businesses that hire, grow and pay taxes, that will help Sacramento get its house in order.  How can a state leader help create jobs?  In one of three ways:  reduce taxes and fees; reduce the glut of regulations business faces every day; and reduce opportunities for frivolous lawsuits... [READ MORE]
transitThe Government Affairs Committee hosted Assemblymember Dan Logue at its recent meeting to learn more about the "California Jobs Initiative." The purpose is to suspend the operation and implementation of AB32, also known as The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Assemblymember Logue has teamed up with Congressman Tom McClintock and Ted Costa of People's Advocate to introduce an initiative to suspend AB32 until the unemployment rate in California drops to 5.5% or lower for four consecutive calendar quarters. The California Job Initiative believes that the implementation of AB32 will be ineffective and counterproductive.

California produces only 1.4% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, so our efforts to address climate change cannot be successful alone. However, the state's "go-it-alone" approach will impose significant cost increases on business, and further reduce California's ability to create a competitive economic climate. The campaign is currently gathering petitions and has until April 12, 2010 to achieve its goal of 685,000. More information can be found at www.getcaliforniabacktowork.com.

The committee was provided information on the other 80 ballot measures currently in circulation, with those being tracked by OCBC staff as being most impactful to business highlighted. Further updates were provided by representatives from the County of Orange, the Sheriff's office, and the office of Congressman John Campbell. For more info, please contact Kate Klimow.
healthcareLast week, OCBC was pleased to welcome Mr. Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc.  as he addressed the Health Care Task Force on the future of Health Care reform on the national level.  Mr. Rosen spoke to the question of "How will the future of Health Care reform affect your business, and why you should care."  He stated that, to date, 45 million Americans are uninsured and the rising cost of health care is squeezing the consumers.  In fact, 20% of the United States GDP will be over the cost of health care.

Mr. Rosen spoke to the current state of the economy and the nation's mood over Health Care reform.  In short, business should care about the health care system because ultimately it will impact the economy and workers if some sort of solution is not reached.  In addition, the funding of the comprehensive plan includes taxes and fees imposed on "wealthy" individuals and, in some cases, certain sectors of the health industry.
The White House on Friday issued its formal invitation to Republicans to attend a health care summit on Feb. 25, calling it "the next step" in the process of reforming the country's broken health insurance system. Democrats have passed two very different bills through the House and Senate and had been working to reconcile them in the days before Republican Scott Brown emerged victorious in the Massachusetts Senate race last month.

White House aides had indicated that work on that reconciliation had continued and that Obama would come to the table on Feb. 25 with some version of a merged bill. Republicans have said the only way for the president to show he is serious about bipartisanship is to scrap the two Democratic bills and start over.

The latest Post-ABC News poll shows that only 44% of American support the proposed changes in the health-care system being debated in Congress, while 51% oppose them. Despite this mandate from the public, Congress seems eager to push through a reform bill regardless of public support. For more info, please contact Alicia Berhow.
lockyer California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer was a featured speaker for a packed house at OCBC's Workforce Housing Committee Meeting held last week.  Known for his plain talk and common sense approach, Mr. Lockyer did acknowledge that housing priority has fallen by the way side for the state. At the same time, he felt that investing in education is the long term solution for jobs creating and higher personal wealth.  Unfortunately, due to the challenging economy, the state will once again have to make very difficult decisions when it comes to housing, education, and infrastructure.  All three are key to California's economic recovery.
Mr. Lockyer shared his view of California's budget crisis, highlighting the volatility of our revenue.  "California's economy is very schizophrenic," said Lockyer. "When we're up, we're up and when we're down, we're down. The problem is that we didn't fix the roof when the sun was shining."

Treasurer Lockyer has continually admonished the legislature to provide a balanced budget and be more disciplined in their spending.  He would like to see some modest reforms to the process including the establishment of a significant rainy day fund, mid-year budget correction, and performance-based budgeting.  He went on to mention that 6,000 projects over the last two years have been frozen because of budget issues. They were restarted with bond sales last Spring and Fall, but new bond sales are needed to keep those projects going and to start new ones. "We need $3.5 billion more in order to complete projects that are already in the pipeline," he said. "I think we can do that."
Although many of the state's statistics - unemployment, personal income levels, credit rating, etc - are bleak, Treasurer Lockyer did offer a few rays of hope for the attentive audience of Orange County business leaders. "California is the eighth largest economy in the world and the diversity of [this] economy is amazing."  In conclusion, the Treasurer made a statement not often heard from our elected leaders, he thanked the business community for creating jobs and building the economy, "Without what you do, we [government] could't do what we do."  For more info, please contact Kate Klimow.
be counted The State of California is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to organize and implement the decennial census outreach effort. Working together, California's goal will be to have a complete count of California residents on April 1, 2010.

In an effort to support the Census Bureau, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger created the California Complete Count Committee to ensure Californians get their fair share of federal resources and Congressional representation by encouraging the full participation of all Californians in Census 2010.

In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. When you receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided.
The 2010 Census will help communities receive over $400 billion in federal funding each year for things like hospitals, schools, job training centers, senior centers, emergency services, and public works projects.
The data collected by the census also helps determine the number of seats California has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  For the first time in the our 160 year history, California may lose an existing congressional seat if we do not have a complete count in 2010.

In a move to benefit consumers and bolster the local economy, Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle together with the Anaheim City Council approved the Anaheim Purchase Incentive Program (API), which provides for a partial rebate of local sales taxes to encourage major purchases within the City of Anaheim. The City will give half of its collected 1% sales tax back to the consumer on purchases of $20,000 or more, from businesses located in Anaheim. This offer is open to anyone making a single purchase or a combination of items purchased at one time, and is available multiple times from a business within the City, whether or not the buyer is based in Anaheim, for the duration of the program. Mayor Curt Pringle has said that the goal with API is to stimulate the local economy and give something back to the consumer.  "A small incentive can make a big difference in today's business climate."

Both individual consumers and businesses will be able to apply for a rebate of sales taxes paid on qualifying taxable transactions. The program will be implemented through the City's Web site, www.anaheim.net/api. Complete details and forms are located online and at the Finance Department at City Hall. Qualifying purchases made in Anaheim between Feb. 10, 2010 and June 30, 2010 are eligible for this rebate program. For more information please visit www.anaheim.net/api or send an e-mail to api@anaheim.net.

laer As one of Orange County's leading public affairs firms, Laer Pearce & Associates specializes in difficult and mission-critical communication assignments for business, industry and public agencies.  For 26 years, Laer Pearce & Associates has helped clients achieve their highest objectives: winning approval for controversial projects, educating the public, campaigning against over-regulation and protecting our clients' reputations.

Laer Pearce & Associates was founded in 1983 with a simple mission: "To do important work for important clients."  They have done just that, winning 55 of the 57 public affairs campaigns  managed for water districts, business coalitions, cable companies and land developers; helping government agencies and corporations weather crises, and creating branding efforts as diverse as introducing a new, post-bankruptcy Orange County and building the world's largest burrito.

Laer Pearce & Associates has deep roots in Orange County and is committed to supporting the OCBC's efforts to secure the county's ongoing success. For more information on Laer Pearce & Associates, visit their website at www.laer.com.
AAC The Business Council now makes it easier to take action and get involved on the issues that matter most to businesses in Orange County. With the new Advocacy Action Center you can:

1. Track key legislation that OCBC is following.
2. Gain access to the most up-to-date legislative directory.
3. TAKE ACTION! As issues unfold, OCBC's Advocacy Action Center is your one stop shop to send letters to your legislators.

Click here to tour the new Advocacy Action Center! For more info, please contact Kate Klimow.
March 2010

ADV Full LogoLatino Educational Attainment Committee
Friday, March 5, 2010 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Infrastructure Committee
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Community Colleges Working Group
Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 3 - 4:30 p.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 2009 check out OCBC's Committees.

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The State of Education in Orange County 2010 - February 25, 2010
Join the Orange County Department of Education for informative presentations on national, state, and local issues
geared toward increasing awareness of relevant topics affecting the economic and community well-being of Orange County. Orange County Superintendent of Schools, Bill Habermehl, will present Orange County's 2010 State of Education Report. Additional speakers include OCBC's Lucy Dunn, and Ronald Bennett from Schools Services of California. Click here for more event information and to register.

2010 Annual Good Neighbor Awards Dinner - February 25, 2010
The 33rd Annual Good Neighbor Awards is presented to individuals or organizations for their outstanding dedication and innovation to providing housing solutions for working families in Orange County.  The honorees are committed to the helping working families invest in themselves and their community through homeownership, financial management and civic engagement. It is with Good Neighbors that NHS OC is able to continue to serve so many families in Orange County. 
The Good Neighbor Awards Dinner is an opportunity for the housing community to celebrate outstanding individuals or organizations as well as raise needed funds to continue to provide programs to working families to transform lives and strengthen communities through homeownership.

NHS OC is proud to announce that State Controller John Chiang will be the emcee.  The Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 25th at the Nixon Library from 6 pm - 8 pm.
For more info and to register, visit www.nhsoc.org.

Orange County Forum 2010 State of the County - March 18, 2010
Will Orange County remain the high tech and innovation hub over the next 10 years? The release of the 2010 Orange County Community Indicators Report will serve as a catalyst for discussion and an assessment of Orange County's future economic growth in this increasingly important sector of our economy. This in-depth report includes a 10-year retrospective that can guide the discussion of what is necessary for Orange County to continue its growth in this vital business sector. The Orange County Forum is pleased to feature representatives from OCTANe, Orange County's premiere
innovation network, as part of this year's panel. We also are excited to welcome back Lucy Dunn, President of the Orange County Business Council who will serve as the moderator for what has historically been a lively discussion of the report and what it means for the future of Orange County. Click here for more info and to register.
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