OCBC Eupdate Indicator Header
The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

mussallemThe Center Club in Costa Mesa was abuzz with excitement this past Wednesday morning to hear Michael Mussallem of Edwards Lifesciences share his stories and give his thoughts on healthcare, education, motivation, and more. With a packed room of Orange County's top executives and leaders, and led through the probing questioning of former OCBC chairman, Tom Phelps of Manatt, Mussallem spoke freely on issues facing this county and the nation.
[Click here to read more]

Please Join OCBC for our next CLB featuring Scott McGregor of Broadcom.

What: CLB Featuring Scott McGregor

When: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 | Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. | Program: 8 a.m.
Where: Center Club| 650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa

For more information, please contact Celeste Signorino or Leslie Dods.

high speed rail

OCBC held an informative Infrastructure Committee meeting this past Tuesday, July 13, 2010 with guest speakers from OCBC member The Shaw Group Inc. as well as Consensus, Inc., representing the High Speed Rail Authority.  Topics included a brief on clean-up efforts in the Gulf, an overview of nuclear and geothermal markets, both domestic and international, and an update on the new shared track alternative for the proposed California High-Speed Rail system. The shared track alternative is particularly innovative in order to reduce development impacts in urban areas by adding new track within existing track footprints.


Jason Williams, National Director of the Power Sector for Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, provided an overview of project trends in the nuclear and geothermal markets throughout the nation and the world, but also spoke specifically about the viability of these markets in California. "Our nuclear business is rising dramatically, while fossil fuels such as coal and gas are decreasing," stated Mr. Williams. He went on to say, "Shaw has been lobbying for nuclear plants in California for years, especially since solar energy costs almost four times as much as nuclear. With nuclear energy at $76 per mega watts per Hour (MWh) versus solar energy at a dramatically steeper $682 per MWh, nuclear power just makes sense."[Click here for full article]


For more information on the California High Speed Rail Project visit www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov or call (916) 324-1541 For any other inquiries please contact Kate Klimow.


Fruit Purchasing Preferences? No! Stop Over-Regulations? Yes!
We don't like reporting these.  We're hoping someday our legislators will focus on a Californiacasquirrel
that is no longer on the "worst place to do business list" or "highest taxes" list. Rather, we'd like them to focus on creating a California that is the leader in economic recovery.

Unfortunately, we have new material.  Check out the latest chock-full-o' nuts legislation to hit OCBC's CaliforniaSquirrel.com:
  • AB 1960 -- Would require state agencies to purchase California-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables when the quality is comparable and the price matches produce grown elsewhere. State agencies are "encouraged to purchase fruits, nuts, and vegetables that are produced, or produced and processed, in California before those that are produced outside of the state." The key sentence from the bill analysis, "supporters of this bill state that California farmers are faced with a competitive disadvantage due to regulations that are more restrictive than other state's and countries' regulations. Supporters believe this bill will help with the competitive disadvantages farmers contend with..." Here is an idea, instead of applying a bandage in the form of a "special purchasing preference" maybe the author could fix the underlying problem -- California's businesses are at a competitive disadvantage because of restrictive regulations - 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.

golf winnersJoin OCBC Thursday, July 29, for the 2010 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, presented by Kaiser Permanente, at the beautiful Monarch Beach Golf Links 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 | Registration Form | Online Registration

Special Thanks to the following sponsors:

AltaMed Health Services                      AT&T                                                  Auto Club of Southern California
Bentley Prince Street                           Bolar Hirsch & Jennings, LLP                Cox Communications
The Disneyland Resort                         Fluor                                                   Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
Goodwill Industries of Orange County   Kaiser Permanente of Orange County    Mater Dei High School                          Michael Brandman Associates              OnPoint Technologies                           Pepperdine University                       
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union         Time Warner Cable                              Toshiba America Information Systems
United Parcel Service           
OCBC member, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has received approval to move forward with orange graph
construction of the approximately $1.9 billion, 120-mile Sunrise Powerlink transmission line from the Department of Agriculture's United States Forest Service. The new power line will increase the reliability of the power grid and transport renewable energy, such as solar, wind and geothermal power, from remote areas in southern California's Imperial Valley to residences and businesses in the San Diego region.

When completed in 2012, the 500-kilovolt Sunrise Powerlink electric "superhighway" will have the capacity to carry at least 1,000 megawatts of clean power, or enough energy for 650,000 homes. The project will create 400 to 500 direct construction jobs and provide more than $100 million in annual energy savings. "This project is important to Southern California's long term energy needs," stated Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development for the Orange County Business Council. "It will bring in cheaper power and increase the use of power from non-fossil fuel sources like the sun, wind and heat underground."  

Congratulations to OCBC board member, Rick Morrow, and Mark Gaughan of Sempra Energy for their advocacy and vision. For more information, please contact Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development.
Save the Date! On July 28, 2010, Herb Schultz, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Capitol Building
Health and Human Services for Region IX, which includes California, will be speaking on the topic of Health Care Reform.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Make sure to stay tuned for more information regarding this event by checking the OCBC Website or following us on Twitter and Facebook in the days to come. For additional information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs.

OCBC is proud to welcome two new board members from The Disneyland Resort and Experian, as well as a returning member from Manatt.

Lisa Haines, Vice President of Public Affairs for The Disneyland Resort, oversees external Haines Bio Piccommunications, internal communications, government relations and community relations. She also works closely with Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis, serving as a member of his senior leadership team. Ms. Haines reports to former OCBC Board Member Kristin Nolt-Wingard, who serves as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Laura DeSoto
, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Experian, is DeSoto Bio Picresponsible for driving strategic planning and development for Experian's credit and analytics businesses. She is focused on global credit bureau expansion and high potential strategic initiatives in the United States. Ms. DeSoto is also the architect and champion of Experian's extensive 'Voice of the Customer' program, designed to ensure that Experian delivers a truly customer-centric experience. Laura holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco and a BS degree in business administration from San Diego State University.

At OCBC's last board meeting, Chairwoman Linda Martin of Porter Novelli graciously welcomed Umberg Bio Picthe return of Tom Umberg, a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, after serving a year in Afghanistan as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Mr. Umberg's practice focuses on litigation matters and federal and state policy and regulatory matters, as well as domestic and international project development. He has extensive trial experience and has been chosen as a "Super Lawyer" for Southern California, a recognition limited to only 5% of the lawyers in Southern California. He was also selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in the field of commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Umberg provides counsel in infrastructure project development and in crisis management. Please contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations, for more information.
State SealThink you can do a better job of balancing the state's budget than 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
. Click here to take the California Budget Challenge. For more info, contact Lucy Dunn.

One of the many benefits of being a part of the Orange County Business Council is the ability to leverage our member relationships to improve your business. Take advantage of our new offers:

Through the UPS Discount Program, OCBC members can save up to 28% on international, air and
ground shipping.

  • Save up to 28% on UPS Next Day Air® and UPS Worldwide Express® services
  • Save up to 21% on UPS 2nd Day Air®  and UPS Worldwide Expedited®  services
  • Save up to 14% on UPS Ground
UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories, reaching 90% of the world's population. Whether you need a shipment to arrive the same day, the next day or in a few days, UPS will get your package there on time - guaranteed. Visit www.savewithups.com/enrollor call (800) 325-7000. Use promo code PAC376 to enroll.

As Orange County's Haworth preferred contract furniture dealership, Interior Office Solutions specializes in developing functional, productive and beautiful workplace environments tailored to each client's unique requirements.  IOS focuses on delivering the very best solutions, the very best value and the highest level of service. Visit IOS' website for more information.
  • Purchase $2500 of product and receive a $500 coupon.
  • Purchase $5000 of product and receive a $1000 coupon.
  • Purchase $10,000 of product and receive a rebate based on your total furniture spend.
Call Jesse Bagley or Brian Airth to schedule a consultation: (949) 724-9444
Offer valid July 1 through December 31, 2010.


Forty years ago, Orange County looked and felt quite different. There was the evOCPACer present smell of citrus in the air, a strong agricultural presence, and of course copious amounts of undeveloped land. That is, until one visionary, Henry Segerstrom, decided to build what is now America's #1 planned retail center in America: South Coast Plaza. "My father always told me that 'quality is paramount in your success,'" said Segerstrom and that is what he has undeniably done with South Coast Plaza and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County.

Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, began his big-dollar arts philanthropy in the mid-1970s, when he donated land near the shopping center as a site for South Coast Repertory, whose largest venue is the Segerstrom Stage. Since then, gifts of adjoining parcels owned by the Segerstrom family enlarged the arts district to include the Orange County Performing Arts Center and a site reserved for a new home for the Newport Beach-based Orange County Museum of Art. The district's formal name is the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the performing arts center's two large auditoriums are the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The construction fund for the latter included $51 million donated by Segerstrom.
A short video on the history of the center can be seen here.

OCBC congratulates Henry Segerstrom on his 'Medal of Excellence' presented annually by Carnegie Hall and to our member C.J. Segerstrom & Sons for continually helping to support Orange County. For any additional information, please contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations.

Bently Prince Street Rolls Out The Red Carpet At All-Star Games

09 InidicatorOCBC's newest member, Bentley Prince Street, Inc., rolled out almost 1 mile of plush, red carpet for last week's Major League Baseball All-Star Parade. Bentley Prince Street President, Anthony Minite, is an avid baseball follower and was honored to have baseball's best players make their way down the carpet stretching from South Harbor Boulevard to Disney Way.


For more than 30 years, award-winning Bentley Prince Street has defined style, color, quality and service, manufacturing sustainable broadloom and carpet tile products for distinctive commercial and residential interiors across the globe. Bentley Prince Street produces and ships more than six million yards of carpet each year from its LEED-EB Silver Certified facility and continually searches for innovative ways to make a positive impact on the state and the environment through its commitment to sustainable commerce.


Discover why Bentley Prince Street has been named one of the 2010 Best Places to Work in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the fourth consecutive year! [Click here to read more] For more info, contact Celeste Signorino.


ADV Full LogoWorkforce Development Committee
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00AM

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

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. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at 949-794-7241 or ldods@ocbc.org

Caltrans Regional Small Business Council Meeting - Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Caltrans Districts 7, 8, and 12 are hosting a Regional Small Business Council Meeting at Caltrans District 12 Headquarters from 1:30 - 3:00PM on Tuesday, July 20. This is an opportunity for Small Businesses, Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises within the local communities to meet with Caltrans staff members, network with other local businesses, and discuss items of concern to the business community.If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP to:
Elizabeth Philippon, Small Business Liaison for District 12, at
(949) 724-2021

Orange County Forum Presents: A Luncheon With Angels Baseball - Tuesday, July 27, 2010
You're invited to a luncheon, featuring Angels Baseball Chairman Dennis Kuhl and representatives from the 2010 Angels' Baseball Team at The Diamond Club on July 27, 2010. Meet and greet the minds behind the Angels organization and current members of the 2010 Team, as well as bid on autographed memorabilia and collectibles.  The event will take place at The Diamond Club starting at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Orange County Forum at 949-588-9884 or via email at OrangeCoForum@aol.com

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.

Irvine Chamber of Commerce Presents: The 2010 Network Orange County Event - Thursday, August 19, 2010
The 2010 NETWORK OC will be the biggest event since the inception of NETWORK OC in 2001 with 34 Orange County Chambers and Organizations partnering up for our summertime reception. This annual event is scheduled to be held at the hip Poolside Cabanas at the Atrium Hotel John Wayne Airport on Thursday, August 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. We have over 300 guests from every community in Orange County. For additional information please click here

SAVE THE DATE! Mobility 21 Regional Transportation Summit - Friday, October 29, 2010
The ninth annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit is a one-of-a-kind conference that brings together stakeholders, business leaders and local, state and federal officials during a one day meeting to discuss the leading issues facing our transportation system today. For additional information, contact Marnie O'Brien Primmer at 949-288-6884 or mprimmer@mobility21.com.
indicatorHave an event coming up? Was your company just highlighted in the news? Are you doing something great in Orange County? The Business Council wants to know about it. Now OCBC members can submit news stories for OCBC's E-Update Indicator Newsletter. Click here and fill out the submission form for one of Orange County's premier business news source. Not a member? Click here for more information on how to get involved and join the leading voice of business in Orange County.

Forward OCBC's E-Indicator to friends and colleagues by clicking on the "Forward Email" link at the bottom of the email and encourage them to sign up for one of Orange County's premier business publications!

enews signup

EFC VIDEO    wdc video    spierkel video

powered by        vcube
social mediaDo you tweet? Have a Facebook page or surf YouTube? Then follow the latest news and information from OCBC online! The leading voice of business is connecting you to business in Orange County like never before.

-   Follow us on Twitter!
-   Join our Facebook page!
-   Find us on FourSquare!
-   Tune into our YouTube channel!
-   Check out OCBC's new Blog: Dunn and Done!

If you have questions on how to get connected with the Business Council online, please contact, Dan Nasitka at 949-794-7245.
2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine CA 92614 | www.ocbc.org | PH: 949.476.2242 | FAX: 949.476.9240