The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County
|Tuesday, September 14, 2010|
|WHERE OCBC STANDS: NOVEMBER 2010 BALLOT PROPOSITIONS|
|OCBC's Board of Directors has reviewed the ballot measures for the November 2010 election|
and urges your vote as follows:
Proposition 19 - Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010--OPPOSE
This measure threatens businesses' ability to effictively enforce the drug-free workplace requirements outlined by law.
Proposition 20 - Redistricting of Congressional Districts--SUPPORT
This measure is an additional component in the reform process needed and follows on previous voter-approved initiative to impartially redistrict state legilative seats.
Proposition 21 - Vehicle License Fee for Parks Act--OPPOSE
This measure masks a new tax as a fee without controls, checks or balances. If the state has acquired more parks than it can afford to operate within its means, then perhaps some sort of public/private partnerships should be pursued.
Proposition 22 - Ban on State Borrowing from Local Governments--SUPPORT
Keeping tax dollars local with accountability and a history of efficient use is important to the business community. Gas taxes should be for roads, not backfill the state's general fund.
Proposition 23 - Suspends AB32 until employment falls to 5.5%--SUPPORT
OCBC strongly supports the passage of Proposition 23. AB32 -- the so called Global Warming Solutions Act -- has proven already to be a jobs-killer costing businesses millions of dollars. California alone cannot solve global warming on the backs of its business community.
Proposition 24 - Repeals legislation designed to stimulate business investment in the state--OPPOSE
This initiative would significanly impact California's efforts to rebound from the recession and further devastate California's already lagging business climate.
Proposition 25 - Majority Vote Budget Initiative--OPPOSE
OCBC would like to see changes in the legislative process to reduce the gridlock that hinders operations of the State, but not impact the 2/3rds vote requirement for tax increases. This measure threatens those protections and further reform is needed.
Proposition 26 - Supermajority Vote to Pass New Taxes and Fees Act--SUPPORT
OCBC is not blanket-opposed to taxes or legitimate fees; however the business community has been too long on the receiving end of "taxes" masquerading as "fees" that have done little but drive up the cost of doing business in California. This measure provides for needed clarity and transparency with regard to taxes and fees.
Proposition 27 - Elimination of the Citizen Redistricting Commission--OPPOSE
This measure undoes the voter approved reform passed under Prop 11. California's citizens deserve elected officials who are more interested in public service then a protected seat or a partisan power hold.
To read more on OCBC's positions, click here
or for more information, contact Kate Klimow
, Vice President of Government Affairs.
|WHERE OCBC STANDS: CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2010|
|OCBC has endorsed the following candidates for State, County and City offices: |
United States Senator - Carly Fiorina
Governor of California - Meg Whitman
State Senator (34th District) - Lou Correa
Anaheim Mayor - Tom Tait
Anaheim City Council - Kristine Murray
Newport Beach City Council - Ed Reno
Mayor of Orange - Carolyn Cavecche
Orange County Treasurer - Shari Freidenrich
For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
|LARRY ACEVES, SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION CANDIDATE SPEAKS AT OCBC|
|On September 1, State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate, Larry Aceves spoke to|
OCBC about the upcoming election and his plan for California, should he win the state post. Mr. Aceves is running against Assemblymember Tom Torlakson for the non-partisan position set for November 2. Larry spoke to an assembled group representing business, educators and non-profits and discussed the problems with California education system. "The state is teaching students to the test rather than the students building critical thinking and problem solving skills," stated Aceves. "I have real concerns with the elimination of programs that our poor students need the most." Aceves touched other topics including: Lowering the Achievement Gap and drop-out rate; Ensuring local school districts retain local control and have jurisdiction on what programs will work for the student demographic; and how is california going to fund education in the future? For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development or visit www.ocbc.org
|OCBC GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE UPDATE - GARRY SOUTH ENLIGHTENS AUDIENCE|
|The Government Affairs Committee welcomed special guest, Garry South, as its keynote|
speaker. Garry brought his unique perspective from over 38 years of working at the highest levels of government, politics and communications and shared his thoughts and projections on the upcoming November election. His candid insights include the following: California leans slightly left with a higher percentage of registered Democratic voters, it is the "Decline-to-State" voters that really have the political power. Candidates need to appeal to those independent voters in order to win, as well as to secure the majority of their perspective party. As a result, California cannot be defined as truly liberal or conservative. Based upon the numbers, he opines that Meg Whitman will likely win the gubernatorial race, but that Barbara Boxer will retain her Senate Seat as Carly Fiorina has tacked "too far right" for most California voters. OCBC notes that polling remains a dead heat in both races. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs or visit OCBC's Government Affairs page by clicking here.
|OCBC TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF POSEIDON'S HUNTINGTON BEACH DESALINATION PLANT |
|Alicia Berhow, OCBC's Director of Workforce Development, testified last week before the|
Huntington Beach City Council in support of Poseidon's Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a proposed water desalination plant. Poseidon Resources, an OCBC member, is leading the charge in seawater desalination projects in California, demonstrating that public-private partnerships should work to diversify water sources for Orange County. "Water is too often taken for granted and is in fact a crucial infrastructure element that is considered by businesses interested in moving to or expanding in Orange County," she stated.
More than 50 percent of Orange County's water supply comes from imported sources. With drought and environmental and agricultural constraints that further limit the reliability of our imported water supply, a local, drought-proof, high-quality water supply is essential for the infrastructure certainty that makes Orange County attractive to the business community. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.
|OCBC'S CALIFORNIA SQUIRREL! GETS NEW MATERIAL|
|Another Squirrel has been sighted. Sigh. Instead
of focusing on plastic shopping bags, Ronald|
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:
Okay, so this isn't actually a real piece of legislation, but it begs the question of why now?
Two days after Assembly sergeants-at-arms began notifying women that they must wear a coat and sweater to enter the chamber floors, the house suspended its policy amid confusion and controversy. Ronald Pane, sergeant-at-arms, said the policy has been shelved
until Assembly leaders can decide how best to fill in the gaps of a
longstanding rule requiring "appropriate business attire" on the
Assembly floor. A recent memo by Assembly leaders elaborated by saying that men must
wear a coat and tie. The memo did not specify appropriate women's wear,
but last week, Assembly officers were notifying female visitors and
aides that they need to wear a coat or sweater to enter the floor. To read more, visit www.californiasquirrel.com.
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 email@example.com.
|OCBC WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS DAN ROGERS AND GREGORY BUCHERT|
|Dan Rogers, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries, has recently been appointed to OCBC's|
Board of Directors. In his 10 years of leadership, Mr. Rogers has grown Goodwill to a $75 million annual budget and the number of individuals served annually through Goodwill's programs and services has increased four-fold. Rogers has overseen the addition of new business services, including document destruction and e-waste collections, generating additional revenue and training and work opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to independence. Dan Rogers is highly recognized in Orange County, both in the private sector and by non-profit organizations, for his business acumen and fund development skills, and for his expertise in strategic planning and program management.
Dr. Greg Buchert, Chief Operating Officer of CalOptima, was a member of the original executive team that launched the CalOptima program in 1995. Under his direction, CalOptima successfully established a strategic planning process, implemented numerous performance improvement activities and created the Healthy Kids Program in 2007. Dr. Buchert has over 30 years of senior-lever management experience in the health services industry. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University, his Master of Public Health degree from the Tulane School of Public Health, and his M.D. degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. For more information, please contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.
|CHECK OUT AND REGISTER FOR OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS!! |
|Orange County Workforce Development Conference - Wednesday, October 13, 2010|
Join OCBC and OCWIB for the 2010 Workforce Development Conference. This year's guest speaker is Deborah Wince-Smith, President and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, which works together with CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders to ensure the U.S. prospers in the global economy. The conference also unveils the 2010 Workforce Indicators Report with Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development for OCBC, analyzing the county's economic and labor force trends. For more info click here or contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
2010 Economic Forecast Conference - Thursday, October 28, 2010
Recovery and Reform: Perspectives from Industry Titans is this year's theme and will be featuring Dr. Anil Puri and Dr. Mira Farka of Cal State University, Fullerton and Richard Davis, CEO of U.S. Bancorp. Learn how the current economic conditions and trends will impact the future of the business and real estate markets, as well as Richard Davis' insight on the road to recovery. For more information click here or contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
OCBC's Chairman Leadership Breakfast - Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Join OCBC's CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman Tom Phelps as he interviews our guest speaker, Scott McGregor, President and CEO of Broadcom, in a "talk show-style" format for a candid discussion about his tools for success. McGregor has been with Broadcom since January 2005 after serving as President and CEO of the Philips Semiconductors Division of Royal Philips Electronics. There he oversaw one of the world's largest semiconductor suppliers, with 34,000 employees in over 50 countries. For more info click here or contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
|OCBC SPOTLIGHT - ANAHEIM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL|
|The Anaheim International Film Festival (AIFF) will debut October 13-17, 2010, marking the|
addition of a world-class cultural event to Southern California and the international film festival circuit. For five spectacular days and nights in October, the AIFF will screen approximately 100 of the latest and best contemporary narrative feature films, documentaries, live action and animated shorts and student films from all across America and around the globe, as well as a diverse lineup of industry panels, workshops, tributes, retrospectives and star-studded gala events. Founding sponsors include Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau and OCBC member KCOMM. The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk is the official home of the Anaheim International Film Festival, with UltraStar Cinemas GardenWalk as the hosting theater venue. Tickets are now on sale for the AIFF Black-Tie Awards Night Celebration, hosted by OCBCmember The Disneyland Resort. For more information on AIFF and to reserve your ticket, click here. Contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations, with questions.
|OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: SEPTEMBER|
Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)
Economic Development Committee
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:30AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)
Friday, September 17, 2010 | 12:00 - 1:30PM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)
meetings are open to
OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
US-Asia Business Forum Expo - September 16 - 19, 2010
Check out the second Annual US-Asia Expo 2010 comprising Investment Seminar, Business Expo and Global Venture Funding at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
in USA with effect from. This third historic event is only month's after the US President Barrack Obama issued a statement stating that building the strategic partnership with Asia is a top priority and Asia as a natural Strategic Ally of US in the 21st Century.
For additional information visit www.USABF.org.
Black Chamber of Orange County Annual Gala Reception - Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Black Chamber of Orange County's historical themed gala reception will feature highlights of "Creating Financial Inclusion-Celebrating the Black Wall Streets" and you're invited. Socialize with many of Orange County's finest, along with Title Sponsor American Honda, Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the Disneyland Hotel, Magic Kingdom Ballroom located at the Disneyland Resort in beautiful Anaheim, California.
For more info, click here
Discovery Science Center "Celebrate Earth" Gala - Saturday, September 25, 2010
The 2010 Gala will be honoring Supervisor Bill Campbell and Bank of America. For more information click here, or contact Lacy Paunovich at (714) 913-5021.
The 2010 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure - Sunday, September 26, 2010
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is an important community event bringing together women, men, families, friends and businesses to celebrate breast cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease. The beautiful Newport Beach route is a 5K run and walk and draws more than 25,000 people each year. The early run/walk starts at 7:30 a.m.; survivor tribute at 9:00 a.m. and the second run/walk starts at 9:45 a.m. For more information and to register for the event, visit www.komenoc.org or call (714) 957-9157.
Health Care Reform: It's Your Business Too! - Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Join Barry Arbuckle, President and CEO of MemorialCare Health System, a leading regional health care provider, at a forum on health care reform. Featuring, Trustee Professor Barry Munitz of California State University, Los Angeles as Moderator and Dr. Sheryl R. Skolnick, Senior Vice President of CRT Capital Group LLC as the Keynote Speaker. Breakfast and Registration is from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m., with the Forum from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. RSVP by Tuesday, September 28 online at www.memorial.org/prespartnership or by phone at (714) 377-3009.
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 email@example.com.
Girl Scouts of Orange County "Celebrate Leadership" Gala - Thursday, November 18, 2010
The 2010 Gala will be honoring twelve extraordinary women in leadership. More details to come. For more information visit www.ggcs3.org or contact Sally Lawrence at (949) 461-8823.
|IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET! |
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|IS IT NEWS TO YOU? THEN IT'S NEWS WE CAN USE!|
|Have an event coming up? Was your company just
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County? The Business Council wants to know about it. Now OCBC members can submit news stories for OCBC's E-Update Indicator
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