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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Leading a delegation of nearly 30 business leaders representing a broad cross section of industries, OCBC executed its annual Sacramento advocacy trip this past week, the completion of its "One Voice, Two Capitols" advocacy strategy.

The timing was purposeful, right after the release of the annual state budget revisions from the Governor and reviewed by the legislature, making sure our elected officials heard--clearly and loudly--from the business community that the state's budget problems can not be shouldered by business alone.  Reducing or eliminating deductions to solve budget problems translates into a direct tax increase for businesses. Frankly, additional tax increases in any guise will cripple California's struggling economic recovery and jobs creation.  Yet, last week, State Senate Democrats rolled out a $4.9 billion package of proposed tax hikes on cars, alcohol, income and corporate profits.  The budget negotiations begin another round with the Governor's administration and Republicans vowing to oppose any tax increases.

The foundation for OCBC's advocacy adventure was set by its guest speaker at the opening lunch, Jon Ortiz, the Sacramento Bee's reporter, columnist, and blogger of "The State Worker." Jon provided a perspective on the state bureaucracy known as "the state worker" and how staffing, salaries and pensions are intertwined with the budget... [READ MORE]

Click here for trip photos.
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.
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] For more information, please contact Alicia Berhow.

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
carly pcLast week, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina held a brief press conference in Irvine announcing the recent endorsements from local organizations including OCBC's support in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate to face three-term Senator Barbara Boxer in the fall.

Matt Prince, OCBC Director of Communications, spoke on behalf of the Council during the press conference which included former state Sen. Marian Bergeson; Hispanic 100 Chairman Mario Rodriguez; Brea Mayor Ron Garcia; Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Beall and Dana Point City Councilwoman Lisa Bartlett.

"As a businesswoman, Carly understands firsthand the challenges companies across California and the nation are experiencing during these difficult times, as well as the steps government can take to help support their continued growth and success," stated Prince on behalf of OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn. "Carly Fiorina knows what it takes to create jobs and build a strong economy, and she will be a steady advocate for both California's employers and employees as a member of the United States Senate."

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.
uschamberAt a recent reception on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Chamber recognized select members of Congress with its prestigious "Spirit of Enterprise" award. The recipients voted with business at least 70% of the time last year on the highest priority issues, including economic stimulus, health care, energy and environment, travel promotion, pay discrimination, and much more.
Orange County was well represented amongst the award winners, including:
  • Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40)
  • Rep. Jerry Lewis (CA-41)
  • Rep. Gary Miller (CA-42)
  • Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-44)
  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46)
  • Rep. John Campbell (CA-48)
Click below to see the full scores for all members of Congress, along with details on the votes counted by the U.S. Chamber. Senate Scores | House Scores  For more information, please contact Kate Klimow.
Student Orange County's top education leaders, representing a half million students and 55,000 employees, called last week for lawmakers to give school districts local control over budgeting and spending to soften the impact of the state's ongoing fiscal crisis and better ensure that students graduate from high school ready for work or college.

The Orange County District Superintendents' Organization, which includes 28 district superintendents and the county superintendent of schools, held a press conference to unveil reform measures designed to permanently allow school boards and communities to determine spending priorities based on their most pressing local needs including:
  • Permanent Local Control Over Restricted Spending
  • K-3 and 9th Grade Class Size Reduction
  • Overhaul of State and Federal Mandates
"As educational leaders, we want to be part of the solution to this budget crisis, as opposed to sitting on the sidelines," William M. Habermehl, Orange County Superintendent of Schools, said. "We're not here to whine and moan. Instead, we're here to offer specific recommendations to Sacramento and Washington for tangible economic relief without additional cost to our taxpayers. To get that relief, we need control at the local level." [READ MORE]

Click here to read Lucy Dunn's latest Dunn and Done blog: Let Our Children Go! Return Local Control of Education NOW
anaheim job fairIs your company hiring? Looking for talent? Register today for a free booth at the second annual Anaheim/OC Job Fair and Expo! Last year, 109 employers came, with over 2,400 salary and part time jobs to fill.

Learn more about the job fair and what you can get our of it by visiting www.anaheimjobs/jobfair2010.html.

The road to economic recovery starts with jobs, jobs, and more JOBS. Great employers stepped up at last year's job fair to help Orange County get back to work, help us do the same this year. Because it all boils down to one simple equation: business growth + new hires = both employers and employees paying taxes. And those tax dollars fund city and state services, ensuring a high quality of life. Click here for more info.
water summitOCBC sponsored OCWD/MWDOC's annual water summit at the Disneyland Hotel this month.  A few highlights from the well-attended conference:

Chris Schmutte of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California led an interesting discussion on the effect of sea levels rising and salt contaminating the Delta region of California. "Improving the levee system for millions of dollars would not solve the salt issue of rising seas," said Schmutte. "By 2050, sea levels will have risen by 12 inches and it would take 9,000 Rose Bowls full of water to get the Delta region on an even plain with the risen sea. If salt were to contaminate the Delta, all of the water would be useless for drinking, irrigation, or as a suitable habitat for thousands of plants and animals." He summed up his presentation by stating that the Delta is extremely important to California and the State needs to act now in order to preserve this fragile eco-system and supply of fresh water... [CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL EVENT RECAP]  For more information please contact Kate Klimow.
worker Orange County Business Council held its Economic Development Committee Meeting last week. Jesse Martinez from the Southern California Gas Company gave an informative presentation on current economic development opportunities and highlighted their Energy Efficiency Calculated Incentive Program (EECIP) as well as cash rebates, incentives and services trading equipment.  Emphasis was also put on "Benchmarking" by the Energy Resource Center (ERC), a state-of-the-art center offering energy-efficient solutions to energy-related needs, used in the context of energy efficiency, being a comparison of a facility's level of energy efficiency with that of similar facilities nationwide, allowing building owners and managers to track and assess the energy performance of their buildings.

In addition, John Bradley Jackson, Director of the Center of Entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton, presented a proposed report for the measurement of entrepreneurship in Orange County. This six-month long project would define, measure, and analyze all the attributes relating to entrepreneurship in Orange County. Peer county groups being analyzed are: Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Santa Clara County, Middlesex County, and Travis County. Major findings thus far include Orange County having the highest per capita entrepreneurship of each county in the peer group (average for peer group was .32 per capita and Orange County scored a .36) yet receives very little Venture Capital (VC) attention. A major barrier mentioned was the hostile climate California has created for new ventures. The recession may bring increased entrepreneurial activity to Orange County but there needs to be VC support for these opportunities to flourish.

For more information on the committee, or OCBC's Economic Development initiatives, please contact Dr. Wallace Walrod.

golf winnersJoin OCBC Thursday, July 29 for the 2010 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente, at the beautiful Monarch Beach in Dana Point and tee off for education.

This annual event helps raise funds and awareness for OCBC's Latino Educational Attainment initiative and works to unify the community, students and parents and enhance the future of our workforce.  [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON LEA]

Don't miss this great opportunity to hit the greens with Orange County's top business executives all while having fun for a great cause. For more information, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.

KaiserWhat: 2010 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament
When: Thursday, July 29, 2010 | Shotgun start: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Monarch Beach Golf Links | 50 Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point

Event Flyer | Sponsorship Opportunities | Registration Form | Online Registration
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
city of irvineRecently, Irvine made the grade on two separate studies which the OC city was featured. Last week Irvine was named the safest large city in the nation, according to preliminary data released by the FBI. The stats also mark the lowest per capita Part 1 Crime rate in the city's history. The ranking comes on the heels of a recent report by the state's Justice Department, which also named Irvine the safest large city in California. [READ MORE]

In addition, Bloomberg.com rated Irvine no. 5 in its "Top 10 Cities for Startups." The website attributed the great startup capability to Irvine's educated, international workforce, a University of California campus and an abundant space in office parks. [READ MORE]  For more information, please contact Kate Klimow.

Meg Whitman Cocktail Reception - Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Steven Davis and Shawn Miller invite you to join them for a cocktail reception to support Meg Whitman.
Click here to RSVP and see the full invitation.

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.

Reception Honoring Shari Freidenrich for Orange County Treasurer - Thursday, May 27, 2010
Join OCBC, OC Tax PAC and Hughes & Sullivan for a reception honoring 2010 Orange County Treasurer candidate Shari Freidenrich. The event will take place at OCBC's offices Thursday, May 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To RSVP please contact RSVPShari@aol.com or 714.815.1420.

OC Forum Presents: The Future of OC and Southern California Housing Market Trends - Thursday, May 27, 2010
Join OC Forum for their latest luncheon program featuring Emile Haddad, Founder, FivePoint Communities,
Steve Ruffner, President, KB Home Southern California and Jonathan Lansner, Real Estate Reporter/Columnist - Orange County Register. Home sales and prices are continuing their steady but slow climb from the bottom in Southern California as buyers scramble to take advantage of low prices,low mortgage interest rates and the first time home buyer tax credit. 
Hear from housing experts on what the trend is for the next 12 months and their expectations for the Orange County and Southern California housing market. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

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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