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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
SADLY, "CALIFORNIA SQUIRREL" GETS A FEW MORE POSTS
casquirrelWe don't like reporting these.  We're hoping someday our legislators will focus on a California that is no longer on the "worst place to do business list" or "highest taxes" list or "worst state budget" list-but, instead, give us a California that's good for a recovering economy.

However, we've got new material.  Check out the latest chock-full-o' nuts legislation to hit OCBC's CaliforniaSquirrel.com:
  • SCR 109 - Calling for California Golf Week. That's right! We can golf our way to fiscal solvency--SQUIRREL!

  • SB 624 - Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, has proposed legislation to strip serpentine (California's official state rock) of its title because exposure to a cancer-causing mineral inside it, chrysotile asbestos, can increase risk of lung disease. Romero's legislation would leave California without an official state rock--SQUIRREL!

  • SB 1210 - Would levy an excise tax of a penny per teaspoon of added sugar in soda and other sweetened beverages in order to combat adult and childhood obesity--SQUIRREL!

  • SB 1317 - This legislation would impose a stiff fine and/or send parents to jail for up to a year if their Kindergarten through eighth grader misses too much school. So, kids miss school and then lose their parents?  What's up with this?--SQUIRREL!
California's economy needs a major boost. And the first job of every California elected official is to help grow that economy for the benefit of its people and environment. If a legislator isn't working to create private sector JOBS, he may be distracted by SQUIRRELS. See what all the talk is about at www.CaliforniaSquirrel.com.

For more information, please contact Kate Klimow. Or to submit suspected Squirrels for consideration contact squirrel@californiasquirrel.com.

OCBC GOES EIGHT FOR EIGHT ON JUNE 8TH ELECTIONS
yesnoOf the eight races in which OCBC took a public position or endorsed, all eight were successful in the final outcome giving OCBC a success rate of 100%.

The Council's advocacy efforts protect Orange County's unrivaled quality of life by achieving meaningful solutions that safeguard and advance the business community's interests. Understanding there are many issues facing businesses in California, OCBC thanks all those that voted Tuesday, June 8th and applaud those that made the right choices when it came to protecting businesses in Orange County.

See the results broken down below. For a full list of county results, click here.
For more info, please contact Kate Klimow.
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SIGNING OFF: OCBC SAYS FAREWELL TO MATT PRINCE
matt princeSadly, this edition of OCBC's E-Indicator will be the final newsletter at the masterful hands of OCBC's Director of Communications Matt Prince. As of July 6th, Matt will be joining The Disneyland Resort as Manager of Executive Communications.

The Business Council was privileged to work with Mr. Prince for the past three years. His leadership and creativity truly escalated OCBC's profile and solidified it's position as the leading voice of business in Orange County.  On the good news side-and those who have worked with Lucy Dunn know that one can never actually "leave" Lucy!

A hearty OCBC cheer for one of the County's best and brightest rising stars! Click here to leave a comment for Matt on OCBC's Dunn and Done Blog.
NEXT CLB TO FEATURE CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES MICHAEL MUSSALLEM

mussallemJoin OCBC for the Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring the Chairman and CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, Michael Mussallem. Listen as OCBC CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman Tom Phelps conducts an in-depth interview with one of Orange County's leading executives.

Michael A. Mussallem is chairman and chief executive officer of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Mussallem has headed Edwards Lifesciences since it was spun off from Baxter International Inc. and began operating as an independent, publicly traded company in April 2000.
Previously, he was responsible for the worldwide operations of both Baxter's CardioVascular business, which he had headed since 1995, and its Biopharmaceuticals business, which he had been appointed to lead in 1998.

What: CLB Featuring Michael Mussallem
When: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. | Program: 8 a.m.
Where: Center Club| 650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa

Event Flyer | Online Registration
DUNN AND DONE: THAT'S THE WAY--UH HUH, UH HUH--I LIKE IT!
dunnOCTA Teaches Jobs Creation 101:

You know the facts: nationally, about 370,000 government jobs were just "created" vs. only 41,000 private sector jobs. With a real state unemployment rate nearing 20% (counting those underemployed and those folks who just "gave up looking"), California needs two million jobs right now.

Even Orange County--damning by faint praise with "only" a 9.5% unemployment rate--has lost almost 175,000 jobs, with the transportation sector down over 40%.

But good news for new jobs is here to share. Under the leadership of City of Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche, who also serves on Orange County Transportation Authority's board of directors, a new OCTA board policy was unanimously adopted today: OCTA now has established as its target that 100% of all professional services allowed be contracted to the private sector! [READ MORE]
THINK YOU CAN BALANCE THE STATE'S BUDGET? TAKE THE BUDGET CHALLENGE!
State SealThink you can do a better job of balancing the state's budget thank our legislators? Well, here is your chance to share what you think about the state's spending priorities and how they should pay for them.

Each year the Governor and Legislature work together to pass a state budget that decides how our taxes will be spent. In recent years, California has spent more money than it has coming in, which leads to deficits. The budget process involves many tough trade-offs. With Next 10's Budget Challenge, you have a chance to design your own budget and try your hand at solving the Golden State's budget woes, now with new policy options and most up-to-date numbers on the state budget
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Click here to take the California Budget Challenge. For more info, contact Lucy Dunn.
O.C.'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 9.2 PERCENT
orange graphAccording to the latest stats released from the state's Employment Development Department, California's unemployment rate fell to 11.9 percent in May, down from 12.5 percent in April, adding nearly 30,000 jobs in the process. During that same time, Orange County's unemployment rate fell to 9.2 percent, down from a revised 9.5 percent from the previous month, adding nearly 10,000 jobs. A majority of which came from the government sector, gaining 2,800 jobs.

"Even though government jobs led the way, this was still a very good jobs report for OC...good amount of private sector job growth as well," stated Dr. Wallace Walrod, OCBC Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

Dr. Walrod cited specifically the growth in Trade, Transportation and Utilities (logistics), Professional and Business Services, and Leisure and Hospitality (tourism) as the main indicators of good growth in the private sector which gained 2,200; 1,800 and 2,000 respectively.
For more info, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod.
JOIN THE 2010 EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL: SELLING OUT FAST!

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
OCBC AND OCWIB DISSECT TECH FORUMS DURING INDUSTRY SUMMIT
industry summit seriesOCBC, in an effort to raise awareness of promising industries in Orange County, hosted Bio-Tech & Nano-Tech and Information Technology Forums last week. The forums were part of an Industry Summit Series which highlighted several industries making an impact on the Orange County market.

Moderated by OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrod, the focus of the Bio-Tech & Nano-Tech and Information Technology Forums was workforce development. Having a properly trained and educated workforce ready to fill the growing job market in these areas is crucial to not only the success of these industries, but also to the recovery of Orange County.

The panelists for the Bio-Tech, Nano-Tech and Information-Tech forums included Joseph Panetta, from BIOCOM, Adam P. Plesniak, from The Boeing Company, Dr. Rania Nasis, from California STEM Cell, Inc., Dr. Ralph Frid, from Cox Communications, Chris Harrington, from Toshiba America Information Systems, and Carol Flores, from Time Warner Cable [CLICK HERE FOR A FULL EVENT RECAP] For more info, please contact Dr. Wallace Walrod.
COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT: WORKFORCE HOUSING
home2 OCBC held an informative Workforce Housing Committee meeting last week with a presentation on the South Orange County Alliance for Housing our Community and an update on the Mission Viejo land use initiative, better known as Measure D.
 
Michael Suydam of the South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce gave a summary of Measure D, as well as an update on the voting results. "Sixty-two percent voted against the Measure and this will hopefully help detour other measures like this one from reaching the ballot box," stated Suydam. If passed, Measure D essentially would have handed all local control for planning to the State and would have excluded housing from any vote of the people. It also promoted subsidized housing in any new building in Mission Viejo, and Mission Viejo taxpayers would have had to pay for it. This would have been a huge job killer for the community and county.
 
In addition, Leslie Davis, Senior Housing Coordinator for the City of San Clemente and Eduardo Moreno of Mission Hospital introduced the committee to the Southern Orange County Alliance for Housing our Community. SOCAHOC consist of representatives from housing and Economic Development offices from cities including: Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente. They aim to increase affordable homes in South Orange County by increasing number of public policies that support affordable homes, increasing broad-based community advocacy groups/organizations that identify and act on affordable homes as a priority, and collaborating to create new affordable homes. For more info, please contact Kate Klimow.
FEEDBACK WANTED: JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT
JWA Construction As you may know, John Wayne Airport is currently undergoing construction of a new third terminal, additional parking structure and a central utility power plant as part of its Airport Improvement Program. Construction on the program began in 2009 and is scheduled to be complete in late 2011.

John Wayne Airport is committed to providing first-class aviation passenger facilities in Orange County. For this reason, the Airport is asking for feedback from travelers to help John Wayne Airport continue to maintain a safe, secure and positive travel experience. Click here to take the brief survey.


For more info, please contact Jenny Wedge.
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JULY

Infrastructure Committee
ADV Full LogoTuesday, July 13, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00AM

Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00AM

Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:30AM

OCMoves Committee
Friday, July 30, 2010 | Noon - 1:30PM
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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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COMMUNITY EVENT
Legislative Forum on Jobs and Regulation in California - Friday, June 25, 2010
Join State Assemblyman Chris Norby and other Orange County legislators as they hose a forum to listen to business leaders and local employers tell their stories. They will discuss how regulatory and environmental burdens have hindered them from creating jobs in California and make it difficult to compete against those in other states, as well as globally.
Hear first-hand stories of how regulations, taxes, and fees are affecting employers/employment, and what the legislature can do to fix these problems. Click here for more info.

Central County Senior & Caregiver Summit - Saturday, August 7, 2010
The Central County Senior & Caregiver Summit hosted by Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, the Orange County Office on Aging and Community SeniorServ will take place at the Crystal Cathedral on Saturday, August 7, 2010.  The Summit will provide a unique and exciting opportunity for Orange County's older adults and caregivers to learn more about health care and vital community programs.  Over 1000 older adults, caregivers and families are expected to be in attendance at this event with a particular emphasis on targeting under-served communities.  For more information, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Karen Roper at 714.480.2805.

SAVE THE DATE! Mobility 21 Regional Transportation Summit - Friday, October 29, 2010

IS IT NEWS TO YOU? THEN IT'S NEWS WE CAN USE!
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