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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
DONE AND DUNN: SACRAMENTO SIGALERT -- PAGING HOWARD BEALE!!

Why is it that we Californians will watch a freeway chase of a car going nowhere fast?dunn

Fascinated with the police chase?  Waiting for action, even a potential crash?  Hoping for the ultimately real-time capture?  Oh for the same attention to Sacramento elected leaders in their "chase" of an illusive, timely, balanced state budget!  But electeds' glacial pace at solving legitimate problems of crisis proportion and budgetary inaction has become the "new normal"- and the equivalent of watching paint dry. 


California's economy is the largest of any state in the US, and is the eighth largest economy in the world.  Is it not absolutely outrageous that elected leaders can't seem to put a budget together in a timely fashion?  Frankly, at this point almost any budget-including a "kick-the-can-down-the-street-until-the-next-governor" budget would be better than none.  Beyond the partisan snipes and ideological warfare, this state's millions of residents suffer while our legislators blithely attend to fundraising and upcoming election activity.  Where is the constituent outrage?


Well, we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore! CLICK HERE to read the rest of Lucy's blog.

OCBC BOARD MEMBER BLOG: SCHOOLS BAIL OUT THE STATE -- AGAIN!!

OCBC Board Member and Orange County Superintendent of Schools, Bill Habermehl, has had enough! 

 

The State of California has now been without a budget for almost 80 days and schools

to mitigate the state deficit. Schools across California have had their financial resources reduced by $17 billion over the past three years. In Orange County, districts have cut $873 million. In addition, almost 25 percent of education funding has been deferred since the start of the 2009-2010 fiscal year so the state can meet bond payment obligations, fund payroll, and pay bills. Elected officials are "borrowing" money from students to address state cash flow deficiencies. Once again, schools are bailing out the state. 


Due to the budget impasse, the State of California announced on August 23, 2010, that the funding due to our schools for the month of September will be postponed until October. This means that more than $129 million on which Orange County public schools were depending to meet their financial obligations will not be forthcoming for at least 30 additional days.  All school districts will feel the impact of this deferral. For example, the Santa Ana Unified School District will have to wait for their anticipated funding amount of $23,544,450. The funds are owed by law and schools depend on them to pay their bills. While the state withholds funding, expenses for classroom supplies, facilities, transportation, staff salaries, and other costs are still incurred. To read the rest of Mr. Habermehl's blog visit OCBC's web site HERE.  For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

TRANSPORTATION LEADERS CALL FOR ACTION: GET THE STATE BUDGET DONE NOW!

Well over 100 transportation industry leaders from both the public and private sectors
gathered in Irvine last Friday for a reception honoring new CalTrans Director Cindy McKim and newly appointed CTC Commissioner Fran Inman.  The event jointly hosted by OCBC's OC Moves, WTS-OC, and Mobility 21 was provided to introduce the new leaders to the Southern California transportation community, but also served as a call to action in addition to informal business networking.  OCBC's Infrastructure Committee Chairman Les Card, of LSA Associates, kicked off the event with, "We all know that investment in infrastructure is the surest way to create jobs and get California's economy moving. The reception was a great way to build stronger relationships between the public and private sectors, and for the region to work together towards common transportation goals."

Following comments by Steve Finnegan, of the Automobile Club of Southern California, representing Mobility 21; Cindy Quon, CalTrans Director for District 12; and Will Kempton, OCTA's CEO, both Cindy McKim and Fran Inman addressed the crowd.  Without a budget, $3 billion in ready-to-go transportation projects don't start and $9 billion in projects underway will shut down. Both encouraged the assembled crowd to contact their respective legislators and urge them to get moving on passing a state budget.           

The event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors:  Automobile Club of Southern California, AECOM, Athalye Consulting Services, Inc., Caltrop, HNTB, ICF International, Iteris, Flatiron, Jacobs, Parsons, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., Vulcan Materials, TCM, and The Toll Roads  For more info, contact Kate Klimow, V.P. of Government Affairs.

MOBILITY 21 AND OCBC CALL OUT SACRAMENTO TO PASS THE STATE BUDGET!

Mobility 21, Southern California's transportation coalition, is calling on Sacramento to

immediately pass a state budget to keep major construction projects moving, prevent potential job loss and end unnecessary taxpayer waste.  At least $2.1 billion in ready-to-go transportation improvements will be stalled and $9 billion in ongoing construction projects in California will come to a grinding halt in the next month if the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is unable to pay its contractors. The lack of a budget will significantly delay major infrastructure improvements, jeopardizing 188,000 jobs across California.

 

Southern California's struggling economy is further endangered by the state's failure to pass a budget, since it can no longer pay private contractors working on transportation projects and those firms will have to either extend their own finances past the breaking point or shut work down and lay off employees. A work stoppage on highway projects around the state would also drive up the ultimate cost of those projects and delay needed improvements and repairs to the roads California businesses and workers need to grow the state's economy and bring back jobs. To read more CLICK HERE. For further information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Relations.
GOVERNOR SIGNS AB 2098 (MILLER) TO KICK-START 91 FREEWAY IMPROVEMENTS

Assemblyman Jeff Miller (R-Corona) has announced that Governor Schwarzenegger has signed AB 2098, his landmark legislation to expedite and accelerate the six-lane expansion of the 91 Freeway. One of the state's first "design-build" projects under SB 4, will enable the 91 freeway improvements to move more quickly.  Through the support of OCBC and Mobility 21, this bill is much needed to solidify a deal among the local funding provided by the Riverside County Transportation Commission and PECG -- a state public employees union who fought certain "local control" aspects of these road improvements.


The SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project will build six lanes along an existing 14-mile stretch along the 91 and a 6-mile stretch along the I-15. Currently, it is estimated that over 280,000 vehicles travel this route per day. "The SR-91 highway expansion will be one of the largest in the state's history," stated Miller. "While a typical project like this requires more than 10 years to complete, this plan will condense construction into a four-year window and create over 18,000 new jobs immediately."


To read Assemblyman Miller's press release CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Relations.

OC UNITED WAY DONATIONS DOWN NATIONALLY -- ORANGE COUNTY UP!

Nationwide, local United Ways offices had a decline of nearly 10-percent in charity received in 2008 and 2009  combined. The 10-percent drop is the largest decline United Way has witnessed since 1945, according to the charity's national headquarters. Against the odds, the United Way in Irvine, however, managed an unprecedented 44-percent increase in donations, to $25.7 million in 2009, up from $17.9 million the year before. In addition, it was able to increase the number of employees that give through payroll deductions by 10 percent, to 41,302 employee donors, even as Orange County, the region served by United Way, lost almost 30,000 employees from its local businesses.


Maria Chavez Wilcox, Orange County United Way president, says that in the past year, her affiliate reached out to 20 percent more businesses that had not done on-the-job campaigns before than it did in 2008. "It does prove that in this community and in this country, people are generous," Ms. Wilcox says. "If the cause and the calling are there, and they're communicated clearly, people will give even in the worst times."

 

Other largess came from two anonymous donors, one contributing $2 million and the other $5 million, Ms. Wilcox says. "They realized that this was the time when their generosity was going to really be more significant than ever before." For more information on United Way, click here or contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations.

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY

County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Approved.

Lucy Dunn testified on behalf of OCBC in support of the final draft of the County of Orange's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness which came before the Board of Supervisors for approval today. With a unanimous approval, the board appointed Bill Ford of Bank of American and Roger Hobbs of R.C. Hobbs Company to serve as OCBC's representatives to this 17 member advisory board. Supervisor John Moorlach will be the County's liason.


California League of Cities -- OC Division Asks How to Create Local Jobs.

At the request of Division Chair, Cheryl Brothers of Fountain Valley, and Executive Director Lacy Kelly, Lucy Dunn presented a number of ideas in their strategic planning session for local OC cities to consider in developming a plan to market "We're Open for Business" campaign.


I-5 Gateway Project Completed on Time and on Budget!

10 new lanes of freeway welcome southbound Los Angeles traffic into wide-open Orange County in a celebration of local, state and federal officials today. OCBC Chair, Linda Martin of Porter Novelli, OCMoves Chair Les Card of LSA, board members Dick Ackerman of Nossaman and OCTA CEO Will Kempton joined Lucy Dunn in her role as California Transportation Commissioner for the "Beach Party" at Beach Boulevard in Buena Park. Lucy ended her comments with a play on the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Song, "Our House":


"Our road

Is a very, very, very fine road!

10 lanes from L.A.'s yard.

Life used to be so hard

But O.C. drives are easy 'cause of you!"


For more info, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

 
WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN?" ANNUAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE NOW!

OCBC will host the Orange County premiere of the provocative new film, Waiting for "Superman" this Wednesday. You've seen it featured on Oprah, on MSNBC, on Morning Joe and numerous other media outlets. Education reform is the talk of the nation. Join us as we continue the discussion with ideas and action toward the ROAD TO AN INNOVATIVE RECOVERY.


OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board again host the 2010 Workfroce 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 econmy. The conference also unveils the 2010 Workforce Indicators Report with Dr. Wallace Walrod of OCBC, analyzing the county's economic and labor force trends. Join us and get your own copy.What is the Road To An Innovative Recovery? Click here to find out.  


Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Program

Place: The Island Hotel, Newport Beach


To REGISTER or for more information on this event, contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
OCBC FOCUSES ON ECONOMIC GROWTH STRATEGY INITIATIVE FOR SCAG

Orange County Business Council hosted its Economic Development Committee Meeting  on September 15, 2010, focusing on SCAG's recent push for a statewide Economic Growth Strategy. The Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) Economic Growth Strategy will serve as a coordinated regional economic strategy which will help to identify major barriers and high priority issues facing the region, while also working to remove these impediments toward economic growth through multi-agency collaborations.


"Creating a unified voice for Southern California backed by economic development leaders of some of the largest economic and employment engines of the State will help Sacramento realize the incredible potential associated with the Southern California region," stated Dr. Wallace Walrod. "Thus, leading to increased funding from the State for county and city level programs to promote economic development and growth."


A short brain-storming session with the committee brought about some great ideas for SCAG to implement. CLICK HERE to view them. For more information on SCAG or the Economic Growth Strategy, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

WHEN WILL JOBS RETURN? WHAT DO CEOs THINK? REGISTER AND GET THE ANSWERS

2010 Economic Forecast Conference - Thursday, October 28, 201009 Inidicator
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 McGregorspeaker, 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 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - ORANGE COUNTY GOODWILL

The Goodwill Fitness Center, especially designed for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses recently celebrated its two year anniversary. What began as a capital campaign more than three years ago to raise funds for a program that would provide health and fitness for adults with physical disabilities or chronic illness and a facility that would provide the best in accessibility-- is a dream come true to over 300 members today. The Goodwill Fitness Center helps individuals build strength and endurance to do daily tasks and to gain the self-confidence they need to be productive.

The 12,000 square foot state-of-the art facility is the first of its kind in the area, complete with a fully accessible gym with specialized equipment as well as balance and yoga classes. The program complements Goodwill's long-time education, job training and employment programs and services by helping eligible program participants become healthier, happier and achieve the highest levels of independence through the significant health benefits of exercise. To read more, click here. For more info, contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations.
OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: OCTOBER
ADV Full LogoInfrastructure Committee
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)


Workforce Development Committee

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 7:30 - 9:00AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)

Workforce Housing Committee
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 9:30 - 11:00AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)

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
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.

Anaheim Internation Film Festival Black Tie Awards Gala - Saturday, October 16, 2010
A glittering red carpet affair honoring film industry icons with Lifetime and Career Achievement Awards for outstanding work and contributions to motion pictures. Hosted by The Disneyland Resort, this event will be followed by a VIP viewing of "World of Color," the new nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park. For more info visit www.anaheimfilm.org.

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.

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.

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