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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
fiorina2Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has received OCBC's support in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate to face three-term Senator Barbara Boxer in the fall.

"Carly understands the principle that built America that with hard work, fiscal responsibility and common sense change is possible for California," said Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. "She started her career as a receptionist and ended as not just a CEO, but the first woman to head a Fortune 20 company. She'll bring that tenacity and leadership with her to DC to make sure that California is well represented and the government supports a thriving economy, not the other way around."

In November of last year, Fiorina addressed the Council to share her views on pressing issues facing the state and nation, including water, education and healthcare. On the top of Fiorina's list--holding elected officials accountable in the same way business managers and board directors are accountable to their customers, employees and community. For more information please contact Kate Klimow.
The California primary election is right around the corner.  Make your voice, your vote count.  OCBC has studied the issues, met with and reviewed the candidates. Here are OCBC's recommendations for statewide offices and propositions:
  • Meg Whitman - Governor--SUPPORT
  • Carly Fiorina - U.S. Senate--SUPPORT
  • Proposition 13 - Seismic Retrofitting Amendment--SUPPORT

  • Proposition 14 - Open Primaries--SUPPORT
  • Proposition 15 - California Fair Elections Act of 2008--OPPOSE
  • Proposition 16 - Taxpayers Right to Vote Act--OPPOSE
  • Proposition 17 - Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act--NO POSITION
Click here for further breakdown on the ballot measures and OCBC's positioning. For more information on these candidates and ballot measures or on OCBC's position statements, please contact Kate Klimow.
brulteThe Honorable Jim Brulte, former Senate and Assembly Republican leader and political powerhouse, was a guest speaker at OCBC's Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting last week with a rousing talk on "understanding the evolving political environment" and how historical events have affected modern elections. Mr. Brulte explained that both Republican and Democratic parties were ideologically balanced from the 1930's through the mid 1960's; however after the 1964 election, the parties began to philosophically re-align. "The left began to stretch further left, and the right slid further right," Senator Brulte stated. "Both of these shifts took place at the Presidential level, but it took another generation before we saw it on the local level."

After the fall of Communism in the early 1990's, the Independent Party began to emerge as a "halfway house" between the Conservative and Liberal sides of politics. With the rise of the independent party, "socially tolerant, small government voters are defining elections," said Mr. Brulte. "Over the last two decades, the 'Decline to State' voters have risen dramatically and have depolarized themselves from the far right and far left. That however, has forced Conservative Republicans and Democrats to stretch even further right and left, requiring advocates to deliver different messages to each in order to appeal to their interests." For more information please contact Kate Klimow.

port Douglas Thiessen, Managing Director of Engineering at the Port of Long Beach, was the guest speaker at the OCMoves Committee meeting last Friday. Mr. Thiessen gave an outstanding presentation on the Port of Long Beach and how important goods movement and the Port are to our nation's economy. "The Port of Long Beach is the second biggest U.S. cargo container seaport and the fifth busiest complex in the world," said Mr. Thiessen. "$40 Billion worth of trading and goods travels through Orange County every year, which creates over 300,000 regional jobs. One shipload of imports, can FILL South Coast Plaza with clothes and shoes, 8-feet-high, wall-to-wall." Each day the Port hosts dozens of ships, handles 5,000 truck trips (10% of which are to and from Orange County), and manages over 50 trains.
Mr. Theissen went on to explain that "one of the leading economic forecasts trends is the movement of cargo in and out of ports and half of all United States imports arrives and passes through the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It is imperative that these ports maintain their strong positions in the global trading industry." Southern California is a major marketplace for imports and exports and with the one billion square feet of distribution centers in the Inland Empire, it is no wonder why the Port of Long Beach is as successful as it is... [READ MORE] For more information please contact Kate Klimow.
40under40OC Metro unveiled its "40 Under 40" list of the county's best and brightest success stories under age 40 this month. Three of OCBC's members, John E. Stratman Jr. of Kaiser Permanente, Sinan Kanatsiz of KCOMM and Kelly George of Discovery Science Center, were honored with inclusion on this year's list.

John E. Stratman Jr. is the Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente. At 21, Stratman was appointed by then-governor Pete Wilson to the California Postsecondary Education Commission. (He has more than 15 years in public and government affairs behind him.) He was elected as the youngest president of a Rotary Club and served four years as chairman of The Raise Foundation, Orange County's official child-abuse- prevention organization. Stratman is leading OCBC's efforts for its upcoming Executive Invitational Golf Tournament on July 29, 2010. [READ MORE]

Sinan Kanatsiz is the Chairman and CEO of KCOMM Marketing Firm. He sits at the helm of an innovative marketing communications firm that has represented more than 500 brands, including Sony, the University of Phoenix, Hewlett-Packard and Quiksilver. He employs 55 people in 14 countries, and KCOMM has grown to several million in revenue annually. Kanatsiz also serves as the Chairman of the inaugural Anaheim Film Festival scheduled for October 13 - 17 of this year. [READ MORE]

Kelly George is the Public Relations Manager for the Discovery Science Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. George's history covers war zones, the Pentagon and an Air Force Commendation Medal--with a beauty pageant thrown in for good measure. [READ MORE]

Congratulations to John, Sinan and Kelly for their hard work and dedication to Orange County!
To see the complete list click here.
Some sad, but exciting news to report--two members of OCBC's Board of Directors have taken new positions in Los Angeles County.
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly, formerly of Boeing and our past Chair of Workforce Development, is the new "Executive Director" of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. The Los Angeles Coalition is comprised of Senior Executives from business, organized labor, academia and the non-profit sector, uniting these leaders and their diverse perspectives to provide a unified voice on issues critical to the economic well-being of the City and County of Los Angeles.  OCBC will be pleased to partner with Kelly in his new role.

nolt wingardKristin Nolt-Wingard has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Ms. Wingard will be responsible for leading Walt Disney Parks and Resorts' Public Affairs, which encompasses External Communications, Internal Communications, Community Relations and Government Relations. In this capacity, she will be responsible for developing strategies that enhance the reputation of Parks and Resorts, support business performance and long-term growth, and promote the strength of the Disney brand.

We wish Mr. Kelly and Ms. Wingard the best of luck in their new positions and thank them for all of the time and support they gave to the Business Council. However, OCBC will not lose them--we just consider them our envoys into "taking over L.A!" 
industry summit seriesPlease join Orange County Business Council in partnership with the Orange County Workforce Investment Board in June as we conclude the Industry Summit Series.  Dr. Wallace Walrod will be facilitating the final three forums relating to several emerging and high-growth workforce clusters in Orange County.  The forums focus on growing and enhancing the Orange County firms in these clusters, as well as promoting the workforce skill development needed in current and potential employees.

Creativity Forum:
The Creativity Cluster is made up of firms connecting businesses with creative individuals involved in producing cultural, artistic and design goods and services.  These artistic and inventive professionals generate original ideas into creative goods and services for every industry cluster in Orange County.  Also included are components of more traditional enterprises and activities that involve creativity, innovation, and/or good design. Occupations in the Creativity Cluster include jobs in fields such as Audio & Video Technology, Printing, Visual and Performing Arts, and Journalism.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
9:30am to 11:00am | Brandman University: 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618 (map)

Biotechnology and Nanotechnology:
The Biotech cluster is a knowledge intensive industry made up of firms that research, manufacture or process biological, chemical or medical products including medical and industrial chemicals and their preparation. Harnessing discoveries from the human genome project, the medical literature and health promotion practices, new tools are created to enhance the wellbeing of people.

The Nanotech Cluster is made up of firms that are involved with the manipulation of materials on a very small scale in order to build microscopic materials, products, and manufacturing processes.  Emerging discoveries in the materials sciences and molecular engineering are utilized to develop tools at a microscopic level for improvements in efficiency, wellbeing and sustainability.

Thursday, June 17, 2010
8:30am to 10:00am | Rancho Santiago Community College District
LEA LogoThe LEA reception will be celebrating the initiative's action and success on June 3, 2010 at the Discovery Science Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The LEA Initiative is a grassroots, community based program to help parents learn how to guide their children through our educational system.  In partnership with the Orange County Business Council, The Orange County Register, the Orange County Department of Education, the Orange County United Way and others, LEA is designed to lower the achievement gap and drop-out rate while keeping children in school and preparing them to become eligible for entrance into the university system.

LEA has several non-profit partners including: CREER, El Viento, Fullerton Collaborative, Garden Grove Unified School District and KidWorks.  LEA has trained parents, teachers and administrators in 22 neighborhoods and 85 schools in Orange County including: Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Santa Ana, San Juan Capistrano, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, and Westminster and will soon include neighborhoods in La Habra and Orange. LEA's goal is to implement its program in Orange County's 100 lowest performing schools by 2011. Approximately 10,000 adults have benefited from LEA's work. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON LEA]

What: Latino Educational Attainment Initiative Reception
When: Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Discovery Science Center | 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
How: Click here to register online
segerstrom hallCarnegie Hall announced that Henry T. Segerstrom, Developer of South Coast Plaza and Founding Chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center/Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will receive the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence at a gala benefit on Monday, June 7 at The Waldorf Astoria's Starlight Roof. The award, recognizing Mr. Segerstrom's outstanding leadership in arts philanthropy, will be presented by the 2008 Medal of Excellence Honoree Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Macy's Inc.; Sanford I. Weill, Chairman of Carnegie Hall's Board of Trustees; and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who are proud to serve as the event's Honorary Chairs.

"Carnegie Hall is thrilled to present its fourth Medal of Excellence to Henry T. Segerstrom," said Sanford I. Weill. "Henry's dedication to developing the unique cultural lan dscape of Orange County, California as well as his commitment as a champion of the arts has made him the ideal honoree for this year's medal.  He has also been the driving force in bringing Carnegie Hall's major international festivals to the West Coast."
For more info, contact Celeste Signorino.
water summitThe 2010 O.C. Water Summit--themed "Capture the Flow"--will bring together hundreds of professionals representing business, manufacturing and agriculture, the water and environmental communities, elected officials, and community leaders.  Guests will learn about the threats and opportunities before us and hear from expert panelists as we begin to cultivate ideas and solutions. What are the global economic and societal trends related to water reliability? What role does innovation and technology play in managing water? How are other nations addressing similar water challenges?  Find out at the OC Water Summit! Click here to register and for further event details!

State Capitol Help us make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining our annual advocacy trip to Sacramento!

Program Highlights:
Political Landscape Briefing with a political strategist, Targeted Legislative Meetings to Advocate for OC's Legislative Priorities, Legislative Dinner with OC's State Legislative Delegation and legislative leadership, Citizen Hotel, meals, materials and sessions covered in cost.

  • Breakfast with Assembly Speaker John Perez.
  • Welcome lunch featuring the Sacramento Bee's Jon Ortiz, author of "The State Worker" blog and column.
By joining the Business Council in the state's capital, you advocate on behalf of the business community's interests for America's fifth largest county. OCBC has organized a focused agenda to maximize your impact in Sacramento. Meetings are scheduled with key state delegation and administration officials on priority business issues including economic development, budget, infrastructure, workforce development and workforce housing.
For more information on registration or advocacy questions, please contact Kate Klimow at 949.794.7210 or for sponsorship information, please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.

What: OCBC Advocacy Trip to Sacramento
When: Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Where: The Citizen Hotel, Sacramento(Hotel, meals, materials and sessions covered in cost)

Trip Agenda | Sponsorship Info | Online Registration

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May 2010

ADV Full LogoInfrastructure Committee
Tuesday, May 11 , 2010 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Community Colleges Working Group
Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee
Friday, May 21, 2010 from 9 - 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 2010 check out OCBC's Committees.

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Orange County Sheriff Candidate Debate - Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Orange County Forum, together with Gen-Next O.C., are delighted to offer the opportunity for you to meet and hear the candidates for the office of Orange County Sheriff 2010.  With the Orange County Register's Brian Calle as the Debate Moderator, the candidates will share their views on the most critical issues facing Orange County's law enforcement and community protection organization. Click here to register and full event information.

OCBC Healthcare Task Force Meeting - Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SAVE THE DATE for the next Health Care Task Force Meeting.  On Tuesday, May 11, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals will be hosting a special presentation for OCBC members and investors on smoking cessation and how wellness can positively affect your business and its health care costs.  If you would like more information, please contact Alicia Berhow at aberhow@ocbc.org.  The meeting and presentation will be from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.  Lunch will be provided, but seating will be limited.  To RSVP, please contact Leslie Dods at ldods@ocbc.org.

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.

South Orange County Largest Career Fair - Friday, May 14, 2010
OCBC is a proud partner of "South Orange County's Largest Career Fair" - Friday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA.
The fair is open to businesses looking to fill hourly or salaried positions (sorry, no commission-only, 1099, or MLM positions) in Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and Tustin. Interested employers should not delay; the first 35 employers to confirm will have their registration fee waived!
For candidates, South Orange County's Largest Career Fair is free to attend and includes onsite career industry experts who will personally evaluate candidates' resumes, as well as several workshops on how to write a more powerful resume, how to master the interview process, and how to put your best foot forward.
For complete information and to register, please visit www.oclargestcareerfair.com.

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.

Bruce Herschensohn at World Affairs Council of Orange County - Thursday, May 20, 2010 
Bruce Herschensohn is a Political Commentator, Senior Fellow at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy and former Deputy Special Assistant to Richard Nixon speaking on "An American Amnesia - How the 94th Congress Forced the Surrenders of South Vietnam and Cambodia - Lessons for our Policy in the Middle East Today".  The event will be held at the Pacific Club, Newport Beach.  More information www.worldaffairscouncil.org

SAVE THE DATE! Public Infrastructure Financing Forum - Tuesday, May 25, 2010
On Tuesday, May 25th, from 10am-4pm, California's Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC) will partner with leading transportation, finance, and industry experts in hosting thePublic Infrastructure Financing  Forum.
Please join this important discussion about financing strategies for critical transportation and social infrastructure.The day's discussion will include: an update on the pending Presidio Parkway (formerly Doyle Drive) P3 project and other projects in the emerging California pipeline of projects, with an emphasis on alternative financing strategies and delivery options for managed lanes, transit, and freight infrastructure. Click here for event website.
SAVE THE DATE! Walk United - Sunday, June 13, 2010
Team up with Orange County United Way and Angels Baseball Foundation and WALK UNITED to provide for the over 290,000 people living below the poverty level in our community. Register to Walk and Get More Information at www.walkunited.com.

KOCE-TV 2010 Gala: That's Entertainment - Saturday, June 19, 2010
Join KOCE-TV of the 2010 Gala Event: That's Entertainment at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The event will feature a live auction, live music and will recognize Bette and Wylie Aitken and the Orange County High School of the Arts.For more information, or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Claudia Jenkins at 714.861.4311.

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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