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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
DUNN AND DONE: LOBBYING 101 - THE FIRST SQUIRREL SIGHTING OF THE SEASON!

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With the travesty in mismanagement at the City of Bell, Sacramento budget disasters, government regulations choking business at every level of our lives, under-funded public pensions, and a sluggish economy that-shocking-can't seem to recover, we now hear the words:  "And what we need is more transparency in government!"  Sheesh.


Frankly, what we need is LESS government, LESS regulation, LESS red tape, but I digress.


Recently the OC Grand Jury decided that OC needed an ordinance regulating lobbyists because "everyone else has it; why shouldn't we."  Well, sure.  We have about 15 honest-to-goodness professional OC "lobbyists" in the traditional definition of the word:  those who promote or secure the passage of legislation by persuading public officials.  In Los Angeles and San Diego-bastions of transparency and good government--they have formal lobbying ordinances requiring registration and reporting of all lobbying activities. CLICK HERE to read the rest of Lucy's blog.

BIPARTISAN BENEFIT FOR BUSINESSES

The news that a compromise had been reached between the White House and Republican leadership to extend thetax Bush-era tax cuts for two years was enthusiastically received by a beleaguered business community. The tax cuts are critical to economic growth and development. The compromise agreement is a step in the right direction that, if passed, will undoubtedly have a positive effect on job creation and business expansion in Orange County.


The uncertainty over the past year surrounding the future of the taxes has hindered the ability of many businesses to hire workers and grow their company; uncertain financial obligations have plagued long-term planning.


In summary, the emerging deal extends the 2001/2003 tax cuts for two years, patches the Alternative Minimum Tax, and extends Unemployment Insurance for 13 months.  Most directly impacting business, the compromise also extends some key business tax provisions that expired at the end of 2009, most notably the Research and Development tax credit, an issue OCBC has championed. CLICK HERE to read more.


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

OCBC SUPPORTED CANDIDATES TO BE SWORN IN
The Orange County Business Council was pleased to support and endorse many local candidates in the November 2, State Capitol2010 Statewide General Election who were subsequently elected to office. These newly elected officials will be sworn into office throughout the month of December. Please join OCBC in congratulating the successful candidates and celebrating these important victories!

The following swearing in ceremonies will take place in the month of December:


City of Anaheim: December 7, 5:00 p.m.

City of Costa Mesa: December 7, 6:00 p.m.
City of Fullerton: December 7, 7:00 p.m.
Anaheim Union High School District: December 9, 6:00 p.m.
City of Irvine: December 14, 4:00 p.m.
City of Orange: December 14, 6:00 p.m.
City of Newport Beach: December 14, 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
MAKING THE GRADE: THE STATE OF ORANGE COUNTY'S INFRASTRUCTURE
Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, Blake Anderson, representing the ASCE, and Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of OC Infrastructure Report CoverEconomic Development and Communications, presented to the Orange County Board of Supervisors a report on "The State of Orange County's Infrastructure." The report developed from a volunteer partnership between the Orange County Business Council, UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates and the American Society of Civil Engineers. It identifies and monitors trends to fully inform the public and policy makers, and helps establish community expectations related to infrastructure.

Letter grades were assigned to each infrastructure component. Orange County's Solid Waste Disposal system received the highest grade, B+ due to its long-term sustainability, ability to meet public demand, and disposal and recycling system. John Wayne Airport also scored well, receiving a B for its excellent condition, lack of repair backlog, and expansion efforts. When asked by Supervisor John Moorlach what would be needed to boost the airport's grade to an A, Dr. Walrod shared that the best method would be through increasing the airport's passenger capacity to meet future demands.

To view the Infrastructure Report, CLICK HERE. To view the presentation, CLICK HERE.

For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Communications.
DON'T MISS THE MOST TALKED ABOUT HOLIDAY PARTY OF THE YEAR!
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

CLICK HERE for the event flyer.

For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
CALIFORNIA SQUIRREL! - A GREAT DISTRACTION FOR LEGISLATORS

This year OCBC introduced a new tool to monitor the effectiveness of California's Legislature.  In addition to thecasquirrel traditional advocacy efforts, legislation tracking, and scorecard, OCBC started "California Squirrel," a website devoted to the seemingly silly side of the Legislature.  Where they should be focused on the big issues affecting all of our lives (budget crises, education reform, etc.), California Squirrel shines a light on the little issues that distract them from the real business of the state.


It seems innocent enough to take time to pass a resolution celebrating "cuss free week" or "financial literacy month" or legislation related to spirit squads or the white pages, but all those actions take up time and money that should be devoted to, you know, actually running the state. CLICK HERE to read more.

Send us your examples of SQUIRRELS as well as recommendations for The Golden Acorn to squirrel@californiasquirrel.com.  The website can be found at http://californiasquirrel.com

SAVE THE DATE! OCBC ANNUAL DINNER - FEBRUARY 3, 2011

Join the Orange County Business Council for the biggest event of the year! The 2011 Annual Dinner will take place OCBC Upcoming Eventson Thursday, February 3. The theme of the Annual Dinner is "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet."

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011

Place:  Hyatt Regency Irvine

Reception: 5:30 p.m.| Dinner: 6:30 p.m.


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For more information, visit www.ocbc.org or contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager at (949) 794-7241.


**Deadline for inclusion in printed invitation is December 17, 2010 and sponsorship inclusion in all other printed materials is January 14, 2011.**

THINKING GLOBALLY: OCBC MEETS WITH DELEGATIONS FROM CHINA

On Monday, November 29th OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn and Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Chinese DelegationDevelopment and Communications welcomed to OCBC a 23-member delegation from the China Ministry of Commerce. The delegation was led by Mr. Qinsheng Zhang, Deputy Director of the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation. Ms. Dunn and Dr. Walrod spoke with the group about the strategies used locally to attract foreign investments to Orange County. The group consisted of officials from the Ministry of Commerce and its provincial agencies, as well as senior staff from large state-owned corporations.


The following day Ms. Dunn and Dr. Walrod met with a second Chinese delegation, many of whom serve in key economic departments and agencies within the Shanghai Municipality in China. The purpose of their visit to OCBC was to learn about the Business Council's core strategic initiatives, and to discuss economic development strategies of mutual interest.


Finally, a 25-member delegation from the Baishan Municipal People's Government visited OCBC on Wednesday, December 1st, to discuss green economic development strategies.


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

$3.4 MILLION IN FEDERAL STIMULUS DOLLARS AWARDED TO CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS

Orange County school districts were recently awarded $3.4 million in federal stimulusChalkboardfunds to improve student   preparedness for college and careers. Under President Obama's $787 billion stimulus   package, the competitive "Enhancing Education through Technology" grant is the latest installment of funds aimed toward improving the education of today's youth.


Buena Park elementary, Capistrano Unified, Fullerton elementary, Orange Unified, Santa Ana Unified, Saddleback Valley Unified, Tustin Unified and Irvine Unified school districts will all receive $50,000 to $1 million each.  "We are thrilled that the Fullerton School District was selected for additional funding. We have confidence that our Board of Trustees will chose to use the additional funding for the good of all of our students," says Pam Keller, Executive Director of Fullerton Collaborative, an organization which promotes intelligent, responsible and accountable government in Fullerton and Orange County.


More good news is on its way for Orange County schools, as they are set to receive $98.7 million more in federal stimulus funds under the president's Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which was signed into law last August. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development. 

ROELOF VAN ARK: HIGH-SPEED RAIL EXPLAINED

On December 1st the following was published in Fox & Hounds Daily.high speed rail


The Bay Area to Los Angeles, Starting in the Central Valley


By Roelof van Ark, Chief Executive Officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.


Do you know where construction began on our nation's interstate system following the signing of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956?


The goal of that law was to spark the development of 41,000 miles of highway over a 20-year period, connecting the United States by automobile from end to end. At the time, it was the largest public works project in American history. Today, that interstate highway system is in large part responsible for our nation's mobility and the strength of our economy. In fact, where it started is today irrelevant. What was finally achieved was astronomical. CLICK HERE to read more.


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

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY

The Orange County Department of Education, in partnership with the Dr. James Hines Foundation, honored orange globe59 Orange County public school, private school, and community college teachers at the 2011 Teachers of the Year Recognition Event. The event was held November 30th at the Disneyland Hotel, where Orange County's outstanding teachers were recognized for their dedication and commitment. The five finalists selected from the 59 nominees will go on to represent Orange County in the state level Teachers of the Year program. This years' finalists are Jennifer Bremer from Travis Ranch Middle School, Jeanne Kilty Jelnick from University High School, Laureen Roe from Santiago Canyon College, Holly Steele from Beechwood School, and Amy Welch from Brea Olinda High School. For more information, visit academicevents.ocde.us/toty.htm.

On December 2nd the Orange County Forum held a special luncheon program, featuring Gallup's Katie Wreed Bell, in who discussed 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. Ms. Bell shared that Orange County workers expressed slightly more job satisfaction than the national average. The 48th Congressional district, comprised on many coastal cities in Orange County, ranked second in the nation in overall well-being. For more information on the study, visit www.well-beingindex.com.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) hosted "Southern California's Road to Recovery" on Thursday, December 2nd in downtown Los Angeles. The first-ever regionwide summit focused on identifying areas of economic opportunity and concern in Southern California. The economic advisory team of Dr. Wallace Walrod, Dr. John Husing, and Jack Kyser presented the group's initial findings, focusing on strategies to improve areas of economic concern while enhancing existing areas of economic activity and development. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Communications.

On December 2nd the Orange County Transportation Authority celebrated the completition of the SR-91 Eastbound Lane Addition. In just over a year construction crews completed the nearly $60 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded Eastbound Lane Addition Project. It is the first major stimulus funded highway project to be completed in Orange County. The project is the first in a series of freeway improvement projects designed to increase capacity, relieve congestion, and enhance operations for a better drive on the SR-91 between Orange and Riverside counties. For more information, visit www.octa.net/better91.

The 11th Annual Bolsa Chica Conservator of the Year Luncheon took place on December 3rd in Huntington Beach. The 2010 Conservator of the Year award was presented to The Boeing Company. Victor Leipzig was awarded the 2010 Friend of the Conservancy, and Stephen Holden was selected as the Chairman's Award recipient. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is a non-profit, non-political organization established to ensure the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, California.
OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: DECEMBER
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.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Orange County Career Fair - Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Join OCBC members Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Automobile Club of Southern California, and more at the Orange County Career Fair, taking place on Wednesday, December 8th at the Doubletree Hotel Santa Ana. The job fair will feature many of the region's top employers. More more information, please visit www.diversecareers.com.

Building Industry Association of Southern California 1st Annual Air/Land/Water Policy Conference - Thursday, December 9, 2010
The Building industry Association of Southern California is hosting its first annual Southern California Air/Land/Water Policy Conference. Exciting speaking and community leaders will be featured, and will discuss the future challenges faced in the region. For more information, please call (949) 224-0321 or visit www.biasc.org.

California Sustainable Communities Awards Announcement and Celebration - Friday, December 10, 2010
The California Department of Housing and Community Development, the California Department of Transportation and the California Department of Conservation invite you to an Awards Announcement and Celebration of Proposition 1C - Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Communities. Award recipients include the Fullerton Transportation Center, the Downtown Core Catalyst Project, and the North Oxnard Communities Catalyst Project. The celebration will take place at the Fullerton Transportation Center. For more information, contact the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

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.
IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET!

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OFFICE FURNITURE PROMOTION: 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. Purchase $2500 of product and receive a $500 coupon; Purchase $5000 worth of product for a $1000 coupon; Purchase $10,000 worth of product and receive a rebate based on your total furniture. Call Jesse Bagley or Brian Airth to schedule a consultation: (949) 724-9444 (Offer valid 7/1 - 12/31/2010)

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!
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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