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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 
HOW WOULD YOU REPAIR THE GOLDEN STATE? YOUR IDEAS NEEDED

As part of our effort in 2011 "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet," OCBC is hosting a civic dialogue to discuss state California Forward Logoand regional government reform issues featuring California Forward, the non-partisan, non-profit government reform "think, and do tank," which has been at the forefront of budgetary reforms, fairly drawn legislative districts, and "open-primary" campaigns. California Forward recently embarked on a statewide public outreach effort, soliciting input from engaged citizens in order to develop public policy worthy of this great state. The first briefing was held at the OCBC offices for a select group of leaders to provide feedback on California Forward's reform process.

 

A second community meeting will be held on March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., to provide an overview of California Forward and their reform agenda, highlighting several key elements currently underway, and encourage more in-depth conversation with community leaders and stakeholders. Californians have big decisions to make about the future of our state in the coming weeks, and we all have a role to play in this process. Join us for an eye-opening and engaging conversation, and share your ideas about how to return California's luster as "The Golden State." Your participation is important - critical in fact - to finding ideas to fix our state. Seating is limited, please click here to register. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

PEGGY NOONAN CHANGES TUNE, SHARES MEMORIES OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

At the 2011 Annual Dinner keynote speaker Peggy Noonan surprised the sold out audience by changing the theme of AD Table setting 2011her keynote address at the last minute. Rather than discuss the importance of "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet," Noonan took the audience through her fond memories of President Ronald Reagan, in honor of his 100th birthday, highlighting the quality and strength of his character.  

 

The Hyatt Regency Irvine was a riot of color, with almost 400 yards of red carpet from entry to stage, thanks to Bentley Prince Street. The gala featured the installation of OCBC's 2011 Board of Directors, led by Chairman Eddie Northen of United Parcel Service, who outlined his vision for the year. In addition, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn recognized a number of government agencies who have cut through bureaucratic red tape to support business and grow the local economy. There's a reason why OC has the lowest unemployment rate of any major metropolitan area. Click here for a full list of the honorees.


Thank you to all our generous sponsors, particularly our Presenting Sponsors:
 

 

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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, Time Warner Cable and HDR; Bronze sponsors AECOM, Alacer Corporation, Allergan, Inc., Anaheim Public Utilities, AT&T, Brandman University, California Bank & Trust, Cox Communications, Experian, First American Title, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, IOS/Haworth, LSA Associates, Inc., Paul, Hasting, Janofsky & Walker LLP, Rutan & Tucker, LLP, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, SDG&E and The Gas Company, The Irvine Company, U.S. Bank, Vons, A Safeway Company, Vulcan Materials Company, and Wells Fargo; and Sustaining Partners Hoag Memorial Hospital and The Disneyland Resort. For more information, contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

OCBC REVIEWS COUNTY PROPERTY AND INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE FROM STORMS

At last week's Infrastructure Committee meeting Kevin Onuma, Manager at OC Public Works, shared with Storm Photo

attendees photos from the damaging December 2010 storms, and spoke of the ongoing repairs that are needed to fully recover from the storm's effects. He emphasized the importance of infrastructure planning  in  navigating through and recovering from extreme weather, and the consequences of failing to do so. To view the slide show, click here.

 

The committee heard from Kia Mortazavi, Executive Director of Planning for OCTA regarding the Measure M1 sunset activities and plans for implementing the upcoming Measure M2. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.  

CELEBRATE MEASURE M1 SUCCESS WITH US 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 voter-approved half-cent sales tax ushered in by Measure M provided $4 billion dollars to improve Orange County's roads, highways, and commuter rail infrastructure over 20 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. 

 

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

CLICK HERE to view the flier. CLICK HERE to register.

 

A big thank you goes out to our generous sponsors:

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Sponsorship opportunities are still 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.

OCBC GOES TO WASHINGTON! JOIN US!
Join OCBC, civic and business leaders for the region's premier advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., taking place DC Trip Logo 2011March 14 - 16, 2011. OCBC and its delegation will visit the nation's capitol as part of the Business Council's "One Voice, Two Capitols" advocacy trip.   

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

A second advocacy trip is planned for May 10 - 11 to Sacramento.
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.
UCI PROFESSOR PETRACCA TEACHES OCBC GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Meeting attendees attended a master class in California politics with featured speaker Mark P. Petracca, Associate yesnoProfessor of Political Science and of Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Petracca highlighted six long-standing challenges that need to be addressed before California's problems can truly be resolved, including a lack of electoral competition and accountability to the voters, constitutionalized budget process and, for Orange County, the lack of its own media market which hinders its ability to get its message and needs known beyond the County borders.

 

The Committee also hosted The Honorable Bill Campbell, Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors who so willingly took on the task of shepherding the County's new lobbyist registration and reporting ordinance from initiative to reality, while also ensuring stakeholders were included in the process. Click HERE to review a copy of the new ordinance and to determine if you fall under the new requirements. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

HOAG'S DR. AFABLE FEATURED AT CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST SERIES MAR. 2

Orange County Business Council is pleased to announce the 2011 Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Series, beginningCLB logoon Wednesday, March 2 featuring Dr. Richard Afable, President and CEO of Hoag. OCBC's Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Series features high-level guest speakers who share their tools for success and leadership philosophy. The series is hosted by Thomas Phelps of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and takes place quarterly at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.


Prior to joining Hoag in 2005, Dr. Afable was the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Catholic Health East, an East Coast health system comprised of 31 acute care hospitals and 47 long-term care facilities. Before joining Catholic Health East, Dr. Afable was the founder and President/CEO of Preferred Physician Partners (PPP), an Ohio-based physician practice management company that supported physician groups and provider networks. Click here to read about the remaining breakfasts. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

NEWS YOU CAN USE

More great apps this week from OCBC staff: Enjoy!

Google Earth - Locate yourself and navigate the new city with Google's trusted and amazingly IPHONE APPaccurate satellite maps anywhere around the world.
Amazon - Amazon has an app?! Track your orders, locate any product instantly by taking a picture of it, and even compare prices to find the best deal.
Springpad - This is the organization tool. Instead of just taking a "note" on your phone, you can instantly organize everything that comes your way. Categories like Recipes, Trips, Projects, or Work make it easy to increase your productivity.
Democracy Now! War and Peace Report - Up-to-date news from an independent program broadcasted by over 700 networks in the United States. 


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.

GREEN IS THE "NEW" ORANGE: COX SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS  

As part of OCBC's Green Task Force, each E-Indicator newsletter will feature an investor company's sustainability cox communications logo

efforts. This edition highlights the steps taken by Cox Communications to reduce their environmental footprint and enhance sustainability.

Cox Communications based in Orange County has become one of the first southern California Companies to install Fuel Cell technology which will dramatically reduce the companies Carbon footprint.  The installation the fuel cell technology generates 800 kilowatts which provides almost 60% of the building's electricity needs. This Emission Reduction technology will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 2,707 metric tons per year - and this is roughly equal to planting 624 acres of trees. Click here to read more.
For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Research and Economic Development.   

 

On February 4, Orange County Business Council's own Kate Klimow and Alicia Berhowcox ribbon cutting were on site in Rancho Santa Margarita for the Cox Communications debut of its 800-kilawatt fuel cell.  This project is part of the nation-wide program called Cox Conserves that will reduce the company's carbon footprint by up to 20 percent by 2017.  

 

Fuel cells are one of the cleanest energy-generation sources available in the world.  They stand up to the stringent emission standards of the U.S. with unmatched efficiency.  These fuel cells are substantially pollutant-free and generate heat, water and electricity.  The fuel cell Cox has designed will also produce renewable electricity through the burning of biogas as opposed the environmentally unsafe methane gas. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research. 

OCBC INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT - ONEOC  

OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to accelerating OneOC (white)nonprofit success through volunteer, training, consulting and business services. OneOC provides support and solutions to more than 650 nonprofit organizations and community initiatives each year. On April 14, OneOC will present the 35th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon, the largest and oldest volunteer recognition event honoring individual, group and corporate team volunteers for their dedicated service to Orange County..Nominate your volunteers and join OneOC in acknowledging and supporting the hundreds of inspiring and caring individuals and groups who will be honored. Visit www.OneOC.org/get-involved/sov/ to learn more. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.
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OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MARCH
Community College Working Group Committee

Thursday, March 3, 2011 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM (postponed from 2/4/2011)  

 

Infrastructure Committee

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 7:30 - 9:00 AM

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Latino Educational Attainment Committee

Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

 

Economic Development Committee

Monday, March 14, 2011 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM 

 

Workforce Development Committee

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

 

Community College Working Group

Thursday, March 24, 2011 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM 


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

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.


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.

 

Tiger Woods 2011 Scholars Celebration Luncheon - May 6, 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 or call (949) 725-3003. 

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