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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
"MEASURE M" TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS STILL ON TRACK IN TOUGH ECONOMY
OC Register's July 14 editorial, "Measure M's lost billions," was way off the mark. Incorrectly,Measure M
the editorial board claims that the Orange County Transportation Authority used "bloated" and "inflated" projections to estimate what the half-cent sales tax would generate over the 30-year life of the program, which was renewed by 69.7 percent of OC voters in 2006.

In fact, Measure M2 projections were developed using a blended economic forecast from Chapman University, Cal State Fullerton and UCLA - the same institutions commonly used in the private sector for economic projections. In 2005, the three universities predicted an average growth in sales tax of 5 percent per year for 30 years.

What the three universities did not predict was the worst economic meltdown this country has experienced since the Great Depression.
To read the full letter click here. For more information, please contact Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO or Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BRIEFS OCBC ON HEALTH CARE REFORM BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Region XI Director Herb Schultz gave a healthcarepolicy briefing on the new federal health care laws OCBC and its co-hosting members, Allergan and CalOptima, on Wednesday, July 28. With the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama in March, the Department of Health & Human Services plans to transform health care in a matter of a few years. A timeline has been developed to implement the reforms each year until 2014 when all U.S. citizens are expected to have medical insurance.

Some of these changes include new consumer protections by 2010; having Medicare prescription drug discounts by 2011; expanding Medicare authority to bundle payments by 2013, and; giving citizens health insurance despite having preexisting medical conditions by 2014. Mr. Schultz emphasized their goal to break down silos, and work with states and local government, but also the business community, in developing the regulations that are yet to be developed. There were many unanswered questions, however, including how to cover the massive costs of the new plan, what new taxes will be enacted, why tort reform wasn't enacted to lower health costs, expected impacts to OC's medical device R&D, and that businesses are already seeing higher insurance costs for their employees.  To read the full article click here. For more info contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
OCBC'S "CALIFORNIA SQUIRREL!" GETS NEW MATERIAL

Another Squirrel has been sighted. Sigh. Instead of focusing on plastic shopping bags, Ronaldcasquirrel
Reagan Day or state rock designations, we challenge state legislators to get California off the "worst place to do business list" or "highest taxes" list. Unfortunately, we have new material.  Check out the latest chock-full-o' nuts legislation to hit OCBC's CaliforniaSquirrel.com:
  • AB 2411 -- Establishes pet insurance as a separate line of insurance under the authority of the state Department of Insurance. Jones, who's running for Insurance Commissioner in November, says the bill would make marketing of pet insurance more transparent so consumers would know the terms of the coverage they're buying as well as any exclusions or limitations under the policy. SQUIRREL!!
California's economy needs a major boost. With a $20 billion budget shortfall, pet insurance issues should not be high priority. SQUIRREL! See what all the talk is about at www.CaliforniaSquirrel.com. For more information, please contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. Or to submit suspected Squirrels for consideration contact squirrel@californiasquirrel.com.
PLANNING NEW HIRES? NEW JOBS TAX BREAKS. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...
Employers may qualify for two new tax breaks when they hire someone who has not worked 09 Inidicator
for more than 40 hours in the past 60 days. These breaks are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. Here are the facts:
  • 6.2 percent payroll tax exemption
  • Tax credit up to $1,000 per worker
  • Qualified Employers - small or large business, tax-exempt organization, public college or university.
  • Qualified Employees - those beginning employment after February 3, 2010, and before January 1, 2011, who were unemployed or worked 40 hours or less for anyone during the previous 60 days.
For information regarding HIRE click here or contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development. 
JOIN OCBC IN WELCOMING NEW TRANSPORTATION LEADERS

Please join the Orange County Business Council's OCMoves, WTS Orange County and Mobility 21 on Friday, September 17 for a reception welcoming new Caltrans Director Cindy McKim and CTC Commissioner Fran Inman. Click here for reception details or contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Relations.

Cindy McKim, Director of California Department of Transportation09 Inidicator
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was appointed as the Director of the California Department of Transportation on May 27, 2010.  As Director, Ms. McKim is responsible for the maintenance and operations of more than 50,000 lane miles of roadway in the State Highway System, a budget of more than $13.8 billion, and providing leadership to more than 22,000 employees. Prior to this appointment, Ms. McKim served as the Chief Deputy Director where she advised and assisted the Department Director regarding all aspects in the policy and operation of the Department of Transportation.

Commissioner Fran Inman, California Transportation Commission

Fran Inman has recently been appointed to the California Transportation Commission by InmanGovernor Schwarzenneger where she will serve with OCBC's Lucy Dunn, who was appointed in 2009. Since 1996, she has been senior vice president of Majestic Realty. She is immediate past chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, vice president of the California Business Properties Association Board of Directors, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Board of Directors and founding member of FuturePorts. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Relations.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE - ENTERPRISE AND FOREIGN TRADE ZONES

New Application For Anaheim Enterprise Zoneenterprise
OCBC held its Economic Development Committee Meeting on July 21, 2010 with a packed house of
local business leaders and executives. Mrs. Janet Coe, Economic Development Manager, from the City of Anaheim, updated the Council on Anaheim's new application and discussed the importance of Enterprise Zones in a tough economy, highlighting Santa Ana as one of the state's most successful. Tax credits and other benefits help businesses hire the unemployed and get folks off unemployment rolls. OCBC supports Anaheim's efforts. To read more click here. For further information please contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development.

OCBC Gets Free Trade Zone Designation For Orange County

Most might not know this, but Orange County is a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) in California FTZ Cargothanks to the OC Board of Supervisors' approval last month of a request by OCBC. By definition, a foreign-trade zone is a physical location that has been designated by the FTZ Board as an area where a user can gain access to the benefits of the FTZ Program. The foreign-trade zone site is considered outside the Customs Territory of the U.S. and is where merchandise is still considered to be part of international commerce.  It is only once the merchandise leaves the FTZ (either in the same condition as imported or further manufactured), that normal tariff and Customs regulations pertaining to the entry of goods are applied. To read more click here or contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development.
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE - GOLFING SUCCESS WITH CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS!
As basketball icons, Shaquille O'Neil and Charles Barkley, filmed their reality TV show, theGolf Ball Tee
Business Council held its 15th Annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament last Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Monarch Beach Golf links in beautiful Dana Point. A full field of OCBC members and guests played a round of 18 in support of the Council's workforce development programs, ensuring your business will have the skilled workers it needs for tomorrow. Proceeds from the tournament will directly benefit OCBC's Latino Educational Attainment (LEA) initiative fund. Special thanks to Title Sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, and UPS "auctioneer" Bruce MacRae, leading a spirited bidding for several autographed basketballs donated by Shaq and Charles. Be sure to check OCBC's Facebook page soon for photos of the event! What surprises are in store for next year? Better reserve your place early and contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager for info.
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Special congratulations to this year's winner and thanks to this year's sponsors:      
John Stratman, Kaiser Permanente
Bill Habermehl, OCDE
Juan Lopez, Kaiser Permanente
Tom Breitfeller
HOUSING ADVOCATE APPOINTED TO OC PLANNING COMMISSION

Larry Brose of SPS Realty and formerly of OCBC member The Robert Mayer Corporation, was Larry Brose
recently appointed to Orange County Planning Commission, 3rd District, by the Honorable Bill Campbell of the OC Board of Supervisors. Mr. Brose enjoys a distinguished career history in the housing industry with a strong background in land use and entitlement. OCBC will feature Mr. Brose at a future Workforce Housing Committee meeting in the future so stay tuned! For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
OCBC HOSTS CANDIDATE FOR STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

On Wednesday, September 1, OCBC will welcome Larry Aceves, candidate for State Superintendent Larry Acevesof Public Instruction for a special meet and greet. Mr Aceves is an educator with more than 30 years experience in California's public schools. Previously teacher, principal, and superintendent, he began his education career in 1974 serving in the school districts of San Jose, San Diego and the Central Coast. Mr. Aceves is not a politician but served as the President of ACSA working with school superintendents, principals, and other educators around the state. He is a strong supporter of multiple pathways, interested in pursuing and implementing technology based schools to prepare our students in California for the jobs of tomorrow. To learn more about Mr. Aceves, please click here. If you would like to attend the meet and greet, contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development, at (949) 794-7215.

Lunch will be served and seating will be limited. Please RSVP today.
When:
September 1, 2010 - Noon to 1:30pm
Where:
OCBC - 4 Park Plaza, Ste. 320 (Note the new location)
IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET!

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR OCBC MEMBERS. 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:

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATESUPS Offer
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/enroll or call (800) 325-7000. Use promo code PAC376 to enroll.

OFFICE FURNITURE PROMOTIONFurniture Offer Picture
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.

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST
LEA CommitteeADV Full Logo
Friday, August 6, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:30AM

Infrastructure Committee
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00AM

Healthcare Committee
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 10:00 - 11:30AM

Workforce Housing Committee
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 9:30 - 11:00AM

Workforce Development Committee

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00AM

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee
Friday, August 27, 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
COMMUNITY EVENTS
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.

NFIB Small Business Networking Reception - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Join National Federation of Independent Business/California and other small business owners from the Costa Mesa area for a networking reception, learn more about NFIB - including our 2010 legislative priorities - and how we can work together to protect and support Main Street in California. This is a great opportunity for you to meet other local small business owners, NFIB/CA Leadership Council members, and California Executive Director John Kabateck. Please bring a colleague - this event is complimentary, but registration is required. To register, email Lauren.Zahedani@nfib.org

2nd Annual Taste of Asia - Saturday, August 14, 2010
Join Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, for the 2nd Annual Taste of Asia, featuring Asian fusion world cuisines. This fundraiser will directly support Supervisor Nguyen and her bid for re-election in 2012. To register click here or email fundraiser@janetnguyen.com.

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


Habitat for Humanity of Orange County's First San Juan Capistrano Development  - Thursday, August 26, 2010
Be sure to check out this open house at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County celebrating their first San Juan Capistrano development. The event will take place from 10:00-4:00PM on August 26, 2010 at 26411 Calle Rolando, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92886. This is truly seeing first hand what affordable housing can bring to a community.

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.
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