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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Obama On Sunday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872 on a strict partisan vote, winning final approval of legislation that expands the nation's health-care system coverage to 32 million people and attempts to contain spiraling costs.
Many provisions of the Senate bill would be altered by a separate package of amendments that the House also approved Sunday, by a vote of 220 to 211. That package now goes back to the Senate under special rules, known as reconciliation, that protect it from a Republican filibuster and requires only 51 Senators to pass it.  President Obama has indicated he will not wait for the reconciliation action to take place and will sign the original legislation on Tuesday.  Although Senate Democrats added in 161 business friendly amendments to the final bill that included: allowing individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do; giving states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower healthcare costs; there was no tort reform; and, even allowing families and businesses to buy health insurance across state lines, the bill will be a hefty financial burden to California and taxpayers.
OCBC opposed the bill and its provisions that shift the cost burden of  a new government health care plan to key industries in California's economy. [READ MORE] For more info, contact Alicia Berhow.
yesno Orange County Business Council is pleased to announce the endorsement of Kris Murray for Anaheim City Council; Ed Reno for Newport Beach City Council; and City of Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche for re-election. These three candidates bring a strong sense of business leadership and a support of OCBC's business agenda, which includes key initiatives to enhance infrastructure investment, increase supply of workforce housing, continue the economic development of Orange County, and promote solid education programs to ensure a skilled 21st century workforce.
Kris Murray currently serves in a leadership position at the Orange County Transportation Authority as Executive Director of its Government Relations department overseeing local, state, and federal affairs for the authority. Kris understands the connection between a strong business environment, sustainable infrastructure and jobs creation. She brings nearly 20 years experience successfully navigating the state and nation's capitols on behalf of the Orange County business community and regional public agencies.
Ed Reno serves as the national director of state government affairs for Irvine based Allergan, Inc. In addition, Reno sits on OCBC's Board of Directors and co-chairs OCBC's Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee.

The Honorable Carolyn Cavecche has served as the City of Orange's Mayor since 2006. Her strong interest in infrastructure and public works needs has solidified her as one of the county's premier leaders. She serves on the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, as well as the Orange County Sanitation District, Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency, and the Orange County Emergency Medical Care Committee.
For more information, contact Kate Klimow.
2010 DC Orange County's business community was well represented in Washington DC this past week with a delegation representing a cross-section of Orange County's industries and economic sectors.  Our purpose was to bring Orange County's business issues and concerns to the doorstep of our Congressional members, advocating for Orange County's priority issues including: finance, public safety, federal stimulus funding, and infrastructure, including transportation, energy and water projects. And, of course, the health insurance reform efforts were in full swing.
As part of the program, OCBC collaborated with "Southern California on the Hill", comprised of more than 20 business organizations and more than 200 civic and business leaders throughout southern California co-hosting several events to promote major regional issues.

"Orange County is an economic engine for the region and state, by taking a strong delegation to the nation's capitol today-we're ensuring the economic prosperity of the county tomorrow," said Linda Martin, Executive Vice President of Porter Novelli and OCBC's 2010 Chair of the Board of Directors. 

Who did they visit?  What was said? Click here to read more. For more info, contact Kate Klimow.

Save the date for the second half of the One Voice, Two Capitols trip as OCBC heads to Sacramento May 17-19, 2010. Contact Kate Klimow to reserve your spot today!
dunn Toyota--the world's largest automaker--has its troubles now, no doubt. Over six million cars recalled, product liability issues, injured drivers, and a reputation badly beaten. Add to that, Congressional, federal grand jury and National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration investigations and at least 89 class-action law suits. Clearly, this is a top employer under siege as it is recalling millions of vehicles and trying to make corrections.   

It's odd to me that one of those 89+ law suits comes from Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas, on behalf of the County "to protect the public and consumers." What specifically is unique about OC cases that requires our DA to use this public office to pursue a civil case?  Is it PR? Aren't there enough lawsuits filed by those directly affected?   

Mr. Rackauckas says the lawsuit was motivated by questioning if Toyota "puts profits over people." Interesting choice of words for a DA who seeks monetary damages from a company through a contingency fee agreement with a private law firm.  Is this to fill his own diminished department coffers in a very tough economy?  [READ MORE]
Can you stand the heat?

pringleJoin OCBC and BIZPAC for an enjoyable evening of spirited exchange as we honor Curt Pringle for his years of public service and dedicated leadership of Orange County as an Assembly member, Speaker of the Assembly and as the current Mayor of Anaheim.

Come see why Mayor Pringle has been named one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Southern California" and most recently, the "Top Legislator of the Year"... and what his colleagues at the state and local level have to say about it! This event WILL SELL-OUT!

Hear roasters State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, OCTA CEO Will Kempton, Metro CEO Art Leahy and others take their turns in honoring one of Orange County's most prolific figures.

What: 2010 BIZPAC Tribute and Roast of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle
When: Thursday, April 22, 2010 | Reception: 6 p.m. | Dinner: 7 p.m.
Where: The Grove of Anaheim | 2200 E Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806

Event Flyer | Sponsorship Opportunities | Registration | Online Registration
orange graph The State's Little Hoover Commission urged the governor and the Legislature to restructure the leadership and coordination of the state's economic development programs last week. In its report, Making up for Lost Ground: Creating a Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Commission recommends consolidating key existing economic development functions by establishing a new, lean economic development unit within the Governor's Office. The new Governor's Office of Economic Development should set policy for the state's economic development activities, serve as a point-of-contact for businesses and the economic development community and market the state's economic development programs and business opportunities. OCBC will watch as California's gubernatorial candidates embrace or ignore this report.

During OCBC's Economic Development Committee meeting last week, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn shared main components of the report including: (1) the need to create a high profile office  within the Governor's administration specifically for economic development ; (2) we must create action teams  within the Governor's office to serve as liaisons to other state, local, federal and private efforts; and,(3) an economic policy unit should be created to widen the vision for economic growth.

Click here to view the entire report. For more info, contact Wallace Walrod.

2010 indicators By: Kristen Schott, OC Metro

Orange County continues to feel the effects of the economic downturn, but the 2010 Community Indicators report released last week says that there's a "silver lining."

Housing affordability, for example, improved for the third year in a row, signaling that more first-time buyers may qualify to purchase a residence. Crime continues to decrease. In more positive news, solid and household waste production is at the lowest level in 10 years, and water consumption is on the decline.

However, the region's business climate ranks in the bottom half of the 200 metro areas rated in the report. Other factors, such as an increase in welfare enrollment and a decline in rail ridership, point to continued hardships in the region.

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County, the County of Orange and the Orange County Business Council conducted the study, which tracks the quality of life in the region - the fifth largest in the nation - as well as its business climate, health and education, among other factors.

Despite some of the negatives found in the report, Children and Families Commission Executive Director Michael Ruane says the region needs to "carry the positive trends forward." [READ MORE]

Click here to Download the 2010 Community Indicators Report. Contact Dr. Wallace Walrod for more info.

goldenacorn OCBC's new site CaliforniaSquirrel.com doesn't just focus on the negative. Introducing--drum roll please--The Golden Acorn. This shiny little thank you is handed out to legislators and legislation with its eyes on the prize to get California back on track. The Golden Acorn taps legislation focused on the three prongs of jobs creation: reducing takes and fees, cutting regulations and eliminating opportunities for frivolous litigation.

This weeks Golden Acorn award goes to State Senator, and OC's own, Lou Correa.

State Senator Lou Correa is pressing his fellow State Senators to protect thousands of California families by sending the Governor vital legislation that would prevent needless harm from falsely taxing phantom gains of former homeowners. According to Senator Correa, "The Governor has made it abundantly clear that the onerous anti-business provisions included in Senate Bill X8 32 would compel him to veto the entire measure. Accordingly, the measure's well-intentioned taxpayer protections must be regarded as a purely illusory action." [READ MORE]

For more information, please contact Kate Klimow. Send your recommendations for The Golden Acorn to squirrel@californiasquirrel.com.
transit forum As part of its current expansion, Disneyland Resort celebrated both the opening of its new Toy Story Parking Lot last week as well as a unique public-private partnership that utilizes idle Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) buses and provide employment opportunities for OCTA bus drivers.

Transportation to and from the new parking lot is being provided through a partnership with the Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN), which is leasing OCTA buses that were not in service due to recent reductions in bus service. ATN is utilizing 20 buses and has hired 15 former OCTA bus drivers to date.

"We are fortunate to be part of a community with leaders who are willing to roll up their sleeves to figure out a way to creatively address issues," said George Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort. "This is a wonderful example of a public-private partnership at its best."

"OCTA's partnership with ATN and Disneyland Resort is an ideal example of how government and the private sector can successfully work together to deliver transportation solutions at a time when we are forced to reduce service because of state funding cuts and declining sales tax and ridership," said OCTA Chairman Jerry Amante, mayor of Tustin. "We are very pleased to see that these buses, bought with taxpayer dollars, will continue serving the public and generating revenue to support OCTA transit operations."

The new lot, located on Harbor Boulevard just south of Katella Avenue, is slated to operate daily and adds 2,678 parking spaces to 1,000 already existing spots. In addition, four portable kiosks staffed by Disneyland Resort Cast Members will be open while the lot is being parked, enabling Guest to purchase park tickets and pay for stroller rentals with a credit card and proceed directly to the park gates upon arrival. For more information, contact Kate Klimow.
kalogridis Join OCBC for the Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring the new president of The Disneyland Resort, Geroge A. Kalogridis. Listen as OCBC CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman Tom Phelps conducts an indepth interview with one of Orange County's leading executives.

On October 12, 2009, George Anthony Kalogridis was named president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.  A 39-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company's theme park business, George has returned to the Disneyland Resort. As president, George oversees a workforce of 20,000 Cast Members at the 506-acre resort, which comprises the world-famous Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park, the Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Paradise Pier Hotel clb sponsorsand Downtown Disney.

What: Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Featuring George A. Kalogridis
When: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Where: The Center Club, Costa Mesa

Online Registration | For more info, please contact Leslie Dods.
healthcare Finding clean, safe shelter to continue recovery after an illness or hospitalization is the biggest challenge for the local homeless population at the time of discharge.  Orange County hospitals reported about 100 patients per month in need of safe haven for medical respite in 2008.
A new program launched in January of this year by OCBC member, the Hospital Association of Southern California, along with the National Health Foundation and Illumination Foundation, changes that and provides a new level of dignity and care to an under serviced population.  The Recuperative Care Program provides homeless individuals needing further recovery from illness or injury after hospitalizations a clean, safe place to recuperate with medical oversight.
Despite a homeless population estimated at nearly 21,500, Orange County had no recuperative care beds available to provide this type of post-hospital care until the launch of this program. In addition to providing a safe and clean environment for clients to recover, clients will be connected to follow-up social services, including temporary / permanent housing, when they leave recuperative care. The project offers a proactive holistic solution for individuals who no longer need to be in an acute hospital environment.
By providing post-hospitalization healthcare services, this program will reduce unnecessary hospital stays and emergency room treatment thereby reducing costs and improving the level of medical care to all. For more info, please contact Kate Klimow.
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March 2010

ADV Full LogoWorkforce 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.

NOW FORMING: OCBC's 2010 Golf Committee!
If you are interested in participating in this year's Executive Invitational Golf Tournament planning committee, please contact Leslie Dods.

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 2010 check out OCBC's Committees.

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Allied Healthcare Workforce Forum - Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Join Allied Healthcare professionals, businesses, educators, and others to review current data and develop real time healthcare solutions. There is no charge for this event, however seating is limited! A continental breakfast and parking is provided. For more information, or to register visit www.ocbc.org.

5th Annual Military Women's Information Seminar - Thursday, March 25, 2010
5th Annual Military Women's Information Seminar to be held Thursday, March 25th, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Rancho Santiago College School District Conference Center, 2323 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Featured speakers, EDD Veterans Employment Services, VA Women's Clinic, County Veteran's Service Office, Vet Center, Working Wardrobes. Please call 714.687.4832 for reservations.

Education Solutions for California 2010 - Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chapman University, YMCA and KCOMM present the Education Solutions for California 2010 event that will focus on the importance of workforce development for the state and Orange County. Click here for more event details, and a complete list of speakers including U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. To RSVP please contact Alicia Berhow at 949.794.7215.

2010 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card - Thursday, April 8, 2010
Join the Orange County Division, League of California Cities, Orange County Business Council and the Building Industry Association of Orange County as they unveil the 2010 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card. Click here to register or for more information.

Beyond Copenhagen: An International Conference on Climate Change - April, 21-25, 2010
The Schmid College of Science, in conjunction with the School of Law, is organizing Beyond Copenhagen, a three-day conference event at Chapman University. The conference will focus on the specific impacts of climate change on human societies, policy, energy and international law, within four major societal sectors: food, energy, health, and finance, (the "Four F's" of Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon: Food, Fuel, Flu, and Finance). Click here to register or for more info.

Orange County Tourism Council's 2nd Annual Tourism Conference - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The mission of this conference is to showcase the Orange County Tourism Council's role, through branding, in the development/sustainability of tourism to Orange County and to serve as an information resource to hospitality businesses. The conference will provide speakers who will share ideas for marketing in the current climate and The OC branding efforts of the Council. Emerging travel trends from a national perspective will also be presented. Click here for more info, or to register.

Orange County Housing Summit IV - Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Orange County Housing Trust (OCHT) and the Orange County Business Council will co-host the fourth annual Orange County Housing Summit May 20, 2010 at the University of California, Irvine Student Center from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. The OC Housing Summit is the largest event of its kind in Orange County.  Click here to register for the Summit or contact Dan Carlsson, 949.559.9382 or dcarlsson@cox.net.

SAVE THE DATE! Mobility 21 Regional Transportation Summit - Friday, October 29, 2010
After hosting the largest Southern California Transportation Summit in history last September, Mobility 21 will hold the 2010 Summit at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on Friday, Oct. 29. The 2010 Summit will feature more breakout sessions, an expanded expo with more exhibit space, the first-ever Mobility 21 Challenge, 2010 Mobility 21 Award winners, cutting edge transportation information and exciting speakers from around the nation. For more information , please contact Marnie O'Brien Primmer, 949.288.6884 or mprimmer@mobility21.com.
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