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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

OCBC's Board of Directors gathered on November 18th for their year-end review of activities and accomplishments, which included:

  • Advocated over 50 bills key to core initiatives and defended business interests with key success in "meal and rest" rule relief, community college transfer credits, pre-school, housing credits, and many more.
  • Advocated and helped secure over $356 million to OCTA for jobs-creating transportation projects.
  • Advocated for completion of toll road system, design-build authority for 91 freeway improvements, ARTIC and high-speed rail.
  • Completed numerous research projects on economic development, business attraction, John Wayne Airport, transportation, Measure M assessment, City of Anaheim, and homelessness data collection.
  • Hundreds of speaking engagements and events by staff on behalf of OCBC promoting OCBC initiatives.
  • Creation of new website www.CaliforniaSquirrel.com to highlight "distracting" state legislation focused away from new jobs.
  • 2010 Annual Dinner "Defining the New Normal" with Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes Magazine.
  • SOLD OUT conferences and events including: 2010 Economic Forecast Conference, 2010 Workforce Development Conference, Executive Invitational Golf Tournament and many more...
  • Hosted over 50 elected officials and executive-level speakers. 

OCBC truly is the leading voice of business in Orange County and this past year has been a great benchmark of success. Thanks to all our investors and great leaders, especially outgoing Chair Linda Martin of Porter Novelli.

We have a seat at the table reserved for YOU! Join us today by clicking here or contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations.


The Business Council has announced Eddie Northen of UPS as its 2011 Board of DirectorsEddie Northen Chair. Northen began his career with UPS in 1985 as a part-time employee based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rising through the ranks over the past 25 years, Northen worked in various locations and divisions within the company and in 2007 accepted his current position of Pacific Region Controller.

"Eddie brings to the board many years of experience at one of the top businesses in Orange County," said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of OCBC. "The Business Council stands strong as the leading voice of business in Orange County, and with Eddie's leadership will continue to lay the groundwork for business growth and success in the region."


The newly elected 2011 OCBC Officers are: Chair: Eddie Northen, UPS; Chair-elect: Julie Miller-Phipps, Kaiser Permanente of Orange County; Treasurer: Ed Reno, Allergan; Secretary: Lucy Dunn, OCBC; Immediate Past Chair: Linda Martin, Porter Novelli


The full 2011 Board of Directors, including Northen, will be sworn in during OCBC's Annual Dinner, held February 3, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. The dinner, themed "Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet", will feature a high-level keynote speaker and will honor OCBC's Board of Directors, comprised of over 50 business leaders throughout Orange County. For sponsorship information, contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.


OCBC is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Director of Communications, KatherineKatherine Reedy Reedy. Katherine brings to OCBC a background of unique and varied experiences in communications, public relations, and community organizing. Prior to joining OCBC Katherine worked as the Manager of Community Engagement and Legislative Analysis at the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Prior to moving to Orange County in 2008, Katherine worked in the Executive Office of Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard as the Community Media Coordinator.

Katherine was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In 2001 she moved to Arizona where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach. To contact Katherine call (949) 794-7221 or email kreedy@ocbc.org.


On Nov. 09, the Register's Opinion pages published opposing views on health care reform ["Is it time to dismantle health reform law?"], one of which mentioned Orange County dunnBusiness Council research by Wallace Walrod. OCBC's report, cited in the piece by Daniel Zingales of the California Endowment, was an initial assessment compiled to understand how health care reform, its costs and benefits will impact California businesses.

Like the vast majority of the California business community, OCBC and its members are still assessing the true impacts. Our research found that there may be benefits, but there are still many questions, costs and concerns.

OCBC shares the concerns voiced by the author of the companion piece, Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute, about how reform will be implemented. For example, a primary concern of the business community is uncertainty regarding employer insurance costs. Early estimates of impacts range from moderate to severe. CLICK HERE to read the rest of Lucy's blog.

The OCBC Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee was honored to host notedState Capitol political analyst, Jack Pitney at its recent meeting. Mr. Pitney provided a rousing assessment of the challenges facing both political parties and candidates over the next two years. Mr. Pitney emphasized the importance of candidates setting realistic expectations during their run for office, and the consequences of failing to deliver on promises. Aside from his assessment of the two parties and the future of California, his presidential impressions were not to miss. 

Dana Reed of Reed & Davidson, LLP and Susan K. Hori of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLC were on-hand to provide the committee with legal insight into the practical application of Proposition 26, the constitutional amendment that increases the legislative vote requirement to two-thirds for state levies and charges. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information on OCBC's position, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.


On November 19th the OCMoves Committee, led by Les Card of LSA Associates, hostedhigh speed rail Roelof van Ark, Chief Executive Officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority for an exclusive briefing on the status and financing of this critical component of California's transportation network. Van Ark provided the committee with details about the recent award of federal funding as well as the long term prospects of financing the project.  The $4.3 billion allotted to California to date for high speed rail has been directed, in its entirety, to establishing the core of the California system in the Central Valley.  As noted by Mr. van Ark, building in the Central Valley will provide sufficient track length for trains to truly reach high speeds of 220 miles per hour.  Furthermore, this segment will aid California in long term economic development as it will be the only location in the country where high speed rail cars will be able to be tested, leading to increased manufacturing opportunities for California. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.


The Workforce Housing Committee was pleased to host Scott Jackson ofhome2 Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh, and Matt Blond, Executive Director of the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation to discuss a proposed "guidance" by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) that could devastate the fragile housing industry.

FHFA, the parent agency of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which oversees the Federal Home Loan Banks, is considering prohibiting Private Transfer Fees on all mortgages funded by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Restricting the availability of lending in this manner will negatively impact the value and quality of life of communities throughout the United States.  In California, private transfer fees are most often used to fund homeowner's associations which provide services or maintain common areas, or to defray special costs such as major infrastructure improvements or environmental impacts associated with the development.

If the guidance is approved, approximately 1.3 million homes in California could be affected either through increased homeowner association fees, restricted lending options, or delayed infrastructure development or environmental conservation. CLICK HERE to read more. For more info, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.


Kudos to the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association (OCPFA), Local 3631, for their reasoned and thoughtful efforts to negotiate a contract extension with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). The Association represents over 800 firefighters of the Orange County Fire Authority and the Laguna Beach Fire Department. In light of the current fiscal crisis OCPFA Executive Boardis proactively encouraging members to vote "yes" on a contract extension proposal that will help to balance the OCFA budget while safeguarding service levels.

The Association is encouraging its members to vote on the following concessions: elimination of two scheduled cost of living allowances, an increase of the retirement age by five years for new hires, an increase of employee contributions to retirement, and the elimination of pay raises for four years. These shared sacrifices are necessary to the long-term viability of the Fire Authority, and OCBC applauds the OCPFA leadership for their vision and fiscal stewardship.

Vote Update: On November 8th the Board of Directors met to discuss and vote on the contract extension proposals, and according to the Association the decision of the Board is pending. OCPFA members will vote on the proposal in early December. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

Join the Orange County Business Council, Orange County Division - League of California Citiesholiday reception
and the Building Industry Association of Orange County for the 2010 OC Leadership Symposium Holiday Reception

The trio of Orange County's leading organizations come together once again for the most talked about holiday party of the season.

Good Food. Good Spirits. Good Company.
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Date:  December 9, 2010
Time:  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 6ix Park Grill

For more info, contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. Click here for the event flyer. 


UPS loves logistics. This statement is more than just the company's catch phraseorange graph -- it is an obsession. Understanding that the logistics of shipping can be a barrier to business expansion, UPS has dedicated itself to mastering logistics locally and internationally. They help businesses to take the mystery out of getting a product from point A to point B. And the impact of their efforts on a business's bottom line? Tremendous.


At the November 17th meeting of the OCBC Economic Development Committee, Committee Chair Dan Miller of The Irvine Company introduced executives from UPS Jarrod Purdon, Joe Farrell, Mario Archaga, and Adam Kaae, who shared with the group UPS's efforts to overcome the complexities of doing business internationally. UPS is dedicated to helping businesses expand their operations and reach out globally to new customers and markets. By providing both large and small businesses with expertise on international regulations, language assistance, shipping legalities, and foreign negotiations, UPS is allowing businesses to operate "quicker, better, faster." CLICK HERE to read more.

For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Communications.


On November 17th the OCBC Workforce Development Committee held its final meetingStudent of 2010. The meeting featured a presentation from Randy Barth, CEO of THINK Together, who shared with attendees THINK Together's inspiring efforts to transform the state of education in America and Orange County. The nonprofit's mission is "to provide high quality academically-oriented out-of-school programs for students regardless of race, creed, or socioeconomic status." THINK Together works diligently with school districts, educators, administrators, and parents to provide students with opportunities to reach their full potential. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development. 


The American Cancer Society designated November 18th as the 35th Great Americanpfizer Smokeout to encourage smokers to quit. Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what you're up against, what your options are, and where to go for help.
OCBC member Pfizer is providing tools and information to help organizations offer an effective smoking cessation benefit to its employees. Businesses that promote healthy lifestyles by offering employees access to smoking-cessation programs cite increased workplace morale, employee productivity and business profitability as direct benefits.

How to Take Action? Talk to your health plan about adding a Smoking Cessation Benefit Rider, and encourage employees to access smoking cessation services by lowering co-pays or cost-sharing on these services. Download a free guide from Pfizer's Smoking Cessation Central.

Over 20 resources are available at www.smokingcessationcentral.com to help your company learn more about, design, and implement a smoking cessation benefit.

For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations or Lydia Simon at (714) 625-0378.

44th Annual Building Industry Association of Southern California Awards and Installation Breakfastorange globe

On November 18th the Building Industry Association of Southern California held their 44th Annual Awards and Installation Breakfast at the Long Beach Convention Center. The event honored outgoing BIA/SC President Michael Vairin, President of Builders Development Group, Inc. Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of OCBC was on hand to serve as Master of Ceremonies. The event featured recognition of those professionals who contributed over the past year to the development of the building industry. Awards were presented to a number of worthy individuals, including the distinguished Builder of the Year Award, which was presented to Steve Ruffner, President of KB Home Southern California. Following the award presentation the new 2011 BIA/SC officers were announced. The Association will be led by President Wes Keusder, owner and president of Costa Mesa-based Keusder Enterprises and EHI.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's Blue Ribbon Water Committee met on November 16th in Los Angeles to further develop their 50 year visioning plan for water sustainability in the region. The committee discussed best practices from the region and around the country, and reviewed recommendations for solutions to some of the region's most pressing water concerns. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn was in attendance to ensure the business community's needs were represented in the meeting.


Two OCBC members were honored on November 16th at the 2010 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards. Bank of America awarded grants of $200,000 to Goodwill of Orange County and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County as part of its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. The unrestricted funds will be used to further each organization's mission and impact in the community. These organizations have and will continue to be leaders in the Orange County community, serving those residents most in need. Congratulations to Goodwill and Second Harvest, and thank you to Bank of America for highlighting the great work that is being done in our communities.

Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of OCBC, was honored to attend a gala for the reopening of the Oasis Senior Center with emcee Peter Buffa and his wife Sharyn Buffa. The main act was 78 year old Debbie Reynolds. She took the stage at 8:30 p.m. in a sparkling gold suit and captivated the audience with a breathless song-dance-standup routine for the next 50 minutes. Reynolds cracked jokes, did impersonations, and sang some of her most memorable tunes to the sold out audience. What a fabulous night of drinks, food and entertainment!

ADV Full LogoInfrastructure Committee
Tuesday,December 14, 2010
| 7:30 - 9:00 AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)

Workforce Housing Committee
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | 9:30 - 11:00AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at OCBC, Suite 100)

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 2011 check out OCBC's Committees.

For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or ldods@ocbc.org.
Orange County Public Affairs Association Hosts 15th Annual Holiday Mixer - Wednesday, December 1, 2010
You are invited to attend OCPAA's Holiday Mixer at Antonello Ristorante from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The cost is $25 per person or FREE if you renew or join by December 31. This mixer always has a great turnout of elected officials and public affairs professionals. Call (888) 246-7424 to RSVP.

SCAG Presents "Southern California Road to Recovery" Luncheon - Thursday, December 2, 2010
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is developing an economic growth strategy for Southern California with Jack Kyser, Dr. Wallace Walrod and John Husing. Jack Kyser will present their findings during a luncheon at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Southern California was hammered by the recent recession, with over 900,000 jobs lost through 2009.  Worse, although the recession was declared over in the 3rd quarter of 2009, more job losses will be recorded in 2010. Most economists think the recovery will be painfully slow, with previous employment peaks not re-attained for at least two years.

OC Forum Presents "Taking the Pulse of the Nation" Luncheon - Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Orange County Forum presents a special luncheon program, featuring Gallup's Katie Wreed Bell, in a discussion of what is needed  to measure the health, wellness, and prevention needs of the U.S. population. In an introduction to this groundbreaking well-being initiative, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index was launched to track health and well-being in communities throughout the U.S. and is a landmark effort in a time of great uncertainty regarding the future of our health care system. For more information, visit www.ocforum.org.

Orange County  Performing Art's 37th Annual Candlelight Dinner and Concert - Friday, December 3, 2010

Orange County Performing Arts Center's will host its 37th Annual Candlelight Dinner and Concert, on Friday, December 3, 2010.  Approximately 500 of Orange County's most influential residents will gather for an exclusive dinner and performance by R&B icon, Smokey Robinson.  The Candlelight Dinner and Concert raises critical funds for the Center's education and outreach programs to over 350 Southern California schools. These important programs touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people in our community; many of whom would not otherwise experience the beauty of the performing arts. CLICK HERE to read more. For more info, contact Christina Quick at (714) 556-2122 x 4213.

SAVE THE DATE! Special Tribute to Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle - Monday, December 13, 2010
Celebrating the eight years as mayor of Anaheim, this charity event will benefit local youth-serving organizations in Anaheim.  The evening will feature some of Anaheim's best restaurants, fine wine from the Paso Robles region, a special tribute to Mayor Pringle and the music of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. For more information contact the Anaheim Chamber at (714) 758-0222 or visit www.anaheimchamber.org.

2011 State of Education in Orange County - Thursday, February 27, 2011
Join Orange County Superintendent of Schools and OCBC Board of Director William M. Habermehl as he discusses the state of education in OC. The theme of this year's presentation is "Succeeding in the New Reality." For more information call (714) 966-4377.

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Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs.  Looking for a classy yet fun setting for a holiday party of up to 125 collegues, clients, and associates?  Let our friendly staff and beautiful interior bring you and your guests a wine-country experience customized to your liking at a surprisingly affordable cost.  Our retail shoppe is perfect for last-minute gifts including over 350 wines, charcuterie and artisan cheeses, wine accessories, food frills, and gift baskets tailored to your specifications.  Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights is a great way to reward a hard week of work.  Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
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