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Tuesday, February 1, 2011  
 

LOCAL HEROES CUT THROUGH RED TAPE AT ANNUAL DINNER - FEB. 3

In addition to keynote speaker Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal, OCBC will showcase local government heroes who are helping business grow and create jobs in a tough economy by "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet" at its Feb. 3 Annual Dinner. Honorees include:

 

  • Southern California Association of Governments for its So Cal Economic Growth Strategy now in preparation and for its Principles of Business Friendliness, adopted by 143 cities, committing to economic development and responsiveness to the business community.
  • Orange County Transportation Authority, under the leadership of Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche, for its new policy targeting 100% of contract awards to private industry and private sector jobs creation.
  • Anaheim Union High School District, under the leadership of Trustee Jordan Brandman, deferring school fees on housing projects - the first school district in the state to do so.
  • 11 out of 34 OC Cities, plus the County of Orange, deferring development fees in a tough economy.
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Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011

Place:  Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd.

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

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OCBC's Annual Dinner is sponsored by Bentley Prince Street and UPS. Thanks to gold sponsors Kaiser Permanente of Orange County and Southern California Edison, silver sponsors Automobile Club of Southern California, CH2MHill, Chevron, Michael Brandman Associates, The Disneyland Resort, and HDR, and sustaining partners Hoag Memorial Hospital and The Disneyland Resort. To register for the Annual Dinner, or for more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241.
 

DEAN POLICANO SHARES SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES AT IRVINE CHAMBER'S CONFERENCE

On January 27 UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business and Irvine Chamber of Commerce held the 2011 Business UCI Biz OutlookOutlook conference, Economic Recovery: Fact or Fiction? Featured presenter OCBC Board Member Dean Andrew Policano, of UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, shared his PPP--Policano's Plan for Prosperity--highlighting opportunities in international markets and trade, the need for fiscal stimulus and legislative restraint, and the importance of simplifying the tax code. Skillful government policies, long-term deficit control, and private sector strategies that invest in technology, research and education will allow the country to remain a competitive global player in an ever-changing market. To view the Dean's presentation and subliminal messages, CLICK HERE.
 

CNN's Terry Savage as keynote emphasized the importance of investing in America.For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research. 

ACTION ALERT: CORRECTIVE LEGISLATION NEEDED NOW TO FIX ROADS AND TRAFFIC

This is a bit complicated, but IMPORTANT: In order to balance the state's budget last year, California state AAClegislators enacted a "fuel tax swap," eliminating the sales tax on gas and replacing it with an excise tax. Additionally, the tax swap reduced the excise tax on diesel but replaced it with an increase in diesel sales tax. The state general fund gained approximately $1 billion as swapped funds were used to offset state budget deficits.
 

However, under new voter-approved Proposition 22 and Proposition 26, swapped funds can no longer be used to fund bond debt or the state's general fund deficits without a 2/3rds vote of state legislators. Why does this matter? If the fuel tax swap is not passed by legislators, transportation funding for highways, streets, roads and transit will lose over $2 billion next year. A big problem when funding infrastructure is a major source of new jobs: for every $1 billion invested in transportation, 18,000 jobs are created.
 

YOU CAN HELP. Hearings are being held NOW at the State Capitol on this matter. Click here to make a two-minute call to the legislators list with help from our transportation advocacy partner, Mobility 21. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs.

POLITICAL RHETORIC MUST NOW BE FOLLOWED BY HARD WORK

On Tuesday, January 25 President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address. To provide the Obamabusiness community perspective on the speech, OCBC released the following statement from President and CEO Lucy Dunn:
 

"OCBC commends President Obama for his 2011 State of the Union address. First for challenging Congress to work together to ensure America's competitiveness and economic growth, but, most importantly, for outlining five key pillars that, if implemented, will guarantee this nation's prosperity: encouraging innovation, world-class education for our children, investing in infrastructure, reducing government debt, and regulatory/government/tax reform. From immigration reform to curtailing frivolous lawsuits, the President's plan responded to the cries of business burdened by a government 'of the past'-not efficient, accountable or effective. It should be no surprise that we would be excited about this vision: OCBC's leaders have advanced these very pillars of economic growth every day since this organization was formed almost 20 years ago. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION AWARDS $138.9 MILLION FOR OC PROJECTS

In 2010 OCBC supported the work of OCTA and California Transportation Commissioner, Lucy Dunn, by helping to secure $457 million in funding for transportation infrastructure projects. In another major transitvictory for regional transportation, last week the California Transportation Commission allocated over $138 million for OCTA public works construction projects throughout Orange County, including $69 million dedicated to improvements on the Riverside Freeway (SR-91).
 

State bonds sold in November 2010 guarantee that OCTA will have the funds needed to proceed with several high-profile projects. The funding and resulting projects will support Orange County's infrastructure, allowing the county to continue meeting the demands of a growing population. Projects to be funded include:

  • $22.6 million for the Kraemer Boulevard railroad grade separation project
  • $14.9 million for the Placentia Avenue railroad grade separation project
  • $1 million for traffic light signal synchronization program
  • $29.2 million for Anaheim Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (ARTIC)
  • $69 million for Riverside Freeway (SR-91) widening project between the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR-55) and Weir Canyon Road
  • $2.1 million for highway and railroad crossing projects in San Clemente and Dana Point

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

FOUR COMPANIES JOIN "THE LEADING VOICE OF BUSINESS" 

Orange County Business Council is pleased to announce four new members:

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  • Majestic Realty Company provides a full range of development services, from the initial land acquisition to ongoing property management.
  • PTS Staffing Solutions provides high quality, outsourced engineering, information technology, and professional personnel to a wide range of clients on the West Coast.
  • Union Bank is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations.
  • Sensys Networks is the world's leading provider of wireless traffic detection and integrated traffic data systems. Sensys Network was recently honored with a spot on the Inc. 500 list. Read more in this edition's "Investor Spotlight."

 

Join the Leading Voice of Business today! Call (949) 794-7223. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

SAVE THE DATE! OCBC "ONE VOICE, TWO CAPITOLS" ADVOCACY TRIPS
Join OCBC, civic and business leaders for the region's premier advocacy trips to the Nation and State capitols for Capitol - DCthe Business Council's One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips.

Washington, D.C. - March 14 - 16, 2011
OCBC will lead an annual delegation of business leaders and public officials to Washington, D.C., to advocate for Orange County and its business community.  Participants meet with members of Congress and the president's administration on key issues. The trip includes a welcome reception, two issue briefing breakfasts, a marquee evening event, and unparalleled business networking with fellow participants.


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Sacramento - May 10 - 11, 2011
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legislators on state issues vital to Orange County. Participants will meet with state lawmakers, members of the Governor's administration and other decision makers on issues including education, health care, housing, transportation, and water. More details and registration information coming soon!
 

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

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Here are four new app recommendations from OCBC staff to simplify your business and life:IPHONE APP

Red Laser - Offers "impossibly accurate barcode scanning." Find the commodity you want for the best price. Scan your favorite book at the retail store and Red Laser will tell you where you can find it cheaper or for free!
LinkedIn - Showcase your business profile and connect with thousands of professionals.
Urban Spoon - Can't decide where to go for lunch? Let Urban Spoon decide for you! Tell it what type of food you want, the price you want to pay, and give it a shake.
9-ToolBox - An all-in-one kit. Provides a calendar of holidays in 83 countries, a tip calculator, currency conversion for 161 countries and other helpful accessories.


If you know of an app that should be featured in the E-Indicator, send OCBC an email. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

BROWN IS THE "NEW" GREEN IN ORANGE COUNTY: UPS' SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS  

As part of OCBC's Green Task Force, each E-Indicator newsletter will feature an investor company's sustainability UPSefforts. This edition highlights the steps taken by UPS to reduce their environmental footprint and enhance sustainability.

UPS reviews all aspects of their business, including systems, procedures, equipment, and operating processes in order to reduce emissions. These efforts are developed in conjunction with UPS's plans for growth and profitability. UPS emission reduction plan includes transportation network optimization to minimize the miles driven/flown (for example, UPS drivers are trained to favor making right turns, saving time and gas), investments in fuel-saving technologies to reduce UPS dependency on fossil-based fuels, energy conservation via facility design, operational practices, renewable energy, and retrofitting. What can BROWN do for you? CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

OCBC INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT - SENSYS NETWORKS 

Sensys Networks is one of OCBC's newest members! Founded in 2003, Sensys Networks is the world's leading Sensys Networks Logoprovider of wireless traffic detection and integrated traffic data systems. Enabling accurate data acquisition for transportation agencies on an unparalleled scale, Sensys Networks' cost-effective wireless solutions provide a flexible, highly scalable unified platform-with an unprecedented ease of implementation, deployment, and use. Deployed in more than 45 US states and 10 countries, Sensys Networks VDS240 is the technology standard for the world's largest traffic data systems.

 

Sensys Networks recently earned a spot on the Inc. Magazine 500/5000 list, which compiles the top fastest growing private companies in the United States. Sensys Networks placed 80th out of 500. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

FLEXIBILITY AND LOCAL CONTROL KEY TO EDUCATION SUCCESS  

On January 19 the Workforce Development Committee welcomed OCBC Board Member Bill Habermehl, scienceSuperintendent, Orange County Department of Education to address the group and foreshadow his upcoming "State of Education in Orange County" presentation on Feb. 24. Mr. Habermehl will be joined by OCBC Vice President of Economic Development and Research Dr. Wallace Walrod.

Orange County has over 500,000 students in public schools, 100,000 in private school, and the largest home-schooled population in the United States. While Orange County is doing better than the state and national averages, students must improve in math and writing skills. Further, Mr. Habermehl is a strong advocate of online learning, currently prohibited under a burdensome, outdated state Education Code. Funding and flexibility continue to be issues for Orange County education. Even though Governor Brown plans to keep K-12 education funding at its current levels Orange County will likely face over $100 million in cuts and deferrals. Mr. Habermehl is preparing for these cuts, increased class sizes and an increase in the cost of books. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

RECEPTION CELEBRATING MEASURE M1 SUCCESS - MARCH 31  

Join OCBC-OCMoves, Mobility 21 and WTS at a reception celebrating 20 years of OCTA  transportation projects and Measure M1 Logoaccomplishments resulting from Measure M1. The half-cent sales tax ushered in by Measure M provided $12 billion dollars to improve Orange County's roads, highways, and commuter rail infrastructure over 30 years. Join Orange County's transportation leaders on March 31 to celebrate the amazing traffic improvements completed and the OC voters who made them all possible. CLICK HERE to view the flier. 

 

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Place: 6ix Park Grill, Hyatt Regency Irvine

Reception: 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person, includes parking, hosted bar and light refreshments

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available: $1,000 Partner Level and $500 Supporter Levels. Sponsorships include event tickets, pre-event marketing and signage at the event, among other features. For details, please contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved the City of Irvine as a orange globedestination for the south bound 405 in Orange County. Thanks to the efforts of Cindy Quon, District 12 Director of Caltrans, signs on the 405 will soon reflect that the City of Irvine is a destination and--legitimately--where the 405 ends (not San Diego!) For more information contact Lucy Dunn

 

Goodwill of Orange County is pleased to announce Cheryl Barrett as Chairwoman of its Board of Directors. In her new role, Barrett will provide leadership to the board in executive oversight and governance and develop strategic alliances throughout the community. Ms. Barrett has served on the Goodwill Board since 2004 most recently as Vice Chair, has chaired the Planned Giving and Board Development Committees, and served on the Long Range Planning Advisory Team. Ms. Barrett is an attorney with Feruzzo & Ferruzzo, LLP in Newport Beach, and her practice is devoted entirely to Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration. She is a member of the California Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, the Orange County Planned Giving Round Table and the National Committee on Planned Giving. Ms. Barrett is a resident of Mission Viejo. For more information on Goodwill of Orange County, please visit www.ocgoodwill.org.

 

Recently announced was the formation of the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC), a strong new voice for Orange County's cities and the hub for good public policy in Orange County. Led by some of Orange County's most respected municipal leaders and former Orange County Division Executive Director Lacy Kelly, ACC-OC is committed to protecting and enhancing local control and revenues while serving as a vital source of information for city staff and elected representatives. 21 of Orange County's 34 cities have already joined as charter members of ACC-OC, citing the need for a stronger locally-focused advocate, greater transparency and an overall higher return on city investment. For more information call (714) 953-1300.

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FEBRUARY
Infrastructure Committee
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
| 7:30 - 9:00 AM 

(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)
 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee
Thursday, February 10, 2011| 9:00 - 10:30 AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100)
 

Government Affairs Committee
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Friday, February 11, 2011 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)
 

Workforce Development Committee

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 7:30 - 9:00 AM

(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100)

 
Workforce Housing Committee
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100)


Community College Working Group Committee
Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM

(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 2 Park Plaza, 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.
 

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:
 

USC OFFERS DISCOUNTED EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

In just two to four days, you can update your knowledge, improve your skills, advance your career, and impact your entire organization through USC Marshall Executive Education programs.OCBC members will receive a special 20% discount on this course. Use code "OCBCmem20" when registering. For a complete list of in-person and on-line course offerings, visit www.marshall.usc.edu/execed, or call (213) 740-8990.


DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATESUPS
Through the UPS Discount Program, OCBC members can save up to 28% on international, air and ground shipping. 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.

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!
Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs. 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. Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Inaugural ACC-OC Dinner - Thursday, February 10, 2011
Join ACC-OC on Thursday, February 10th to learn more about ACC-OC and what members can look forward to in 2011 and beyond. This inaugural reception-style dinner features special guests State Senator Mimi Walters, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, OCTA CEO Will Kempton, and former Costa Mesa Mayor Peter Buffa. For more information contact Kara Etheridge at (714) 953-1300 or kwatson@accoc.org.

 

Orange County Forum Luncheon - Thursday, February 17, 2011
Orange County Forum presents "What I Learned About My Business as an Undercover Boss," featuring Johnny Rockets CEO John Fuller. Fuller will share the challenges and important lessons he learned about the Johnny Rockets' restaurant business while working "undercover" on the front lines - and the changes he will implement based on what he learned from the front-line employees when he walked for a week in their shoes. For more information visit www.ocforum.org.

 

Front and Center 2011: Earth, Wind & Fire - Saturday, February 19, 2011

Front and Center 2011 is an annual community outreach concert event presented by Cal State Fullerton. Net proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships. This year Earth, Wind & Fire will be performing on February 19, 2011 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. For more information visit www.fullerton.edu/frontandcenter.

 

Disruptive Technologies: Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Pepperdine's Graziadio Alumni Network of Orange County is pleased to present a unique professional networking event covering disruptive technologies that have a significant impact on our daily lives. From life-changing medical devices to electric cars, you will hear firsthand from the people who have taken the leap from idea generation to business venture. For more information contact Graziadio Alumni Relations at (310) 568-5639 or gsbmalum@pepperdine.edu

 

2011 Health Care Forecast Conference - February 24 - 25, 2011

The Paul Merage School of Business at UCI presents its 20th Annual Health Care Forecast Conference. This event will benefit employers who deal with the problem of ever increasing health care costs while attempting to increase employee choice and access. For more information visit www.merage.uci.edu.

 

2011 State of Education in Orange County - Thursday, February 27, 2011

Join Orange County Superintendent of Schools and OCBC Board of Directors member William M. Habermehl as he discusses the state of education in OC. Also presenting is OCBC Vice President of Economic Development and Research Dr. Wallace Walrod. For more information call (714) 966-4377 or visit http://nregister.ocde.us.

 

Tiger Woods 2011 Scholars Celebration Luncheon - March 2011

The Tiger Woods Foundation will be hosting a luncheon to honor the recipients of the TWF Scholarship Program. The event will celebrate the fifth year anniversary and success of the scholarship program. Industry leaders from both public and private sectors will be in attendance. For more information visit www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

 

One OC 35th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon - Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards provides nonprofit and public organizations the opportunity to recognize individuals and groups for outstanding and innovative volunteer service to Orange County. Nominate up to three deserving businesses. Nominations are due by January 3, 2011. For more information visit www.oneoc.org.

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