Dana Point Chamber of Commerce's Compass Newsletter
The Chamber Compass
Your bi-weekly guide to the news & happenings of Dana Point 
December 19, 2013
Happy Holidays!
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Diwali or nothing at all - we would like to pause and thank the many people who have made our success possible.

We wish you much health and happiness this holiday season!

Please note, the Chamber offices will be closed from December 24th - January 1, 2014. Our offices will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd. 
 
Dana Point Town Center Water, Sewer & Storm Drain Improvement Project Proceeding On Schedule. Holiday Construction Schedule Announced
South Coast Water District's Dana Point Town Center Water, Sewer and Storm Drain Improvement Project involves the installation of new water and sewer pipelines and storm drains in the City of Dana Point, on Pacific Coast Highway from Blue Lantern Street to Copper Lantern Street. (See map for additional information.) 
 
Since construction began in September 2013, two of the three major portions of the project have been completed. The sewer lines and storm drains have been installed and the water line construction began this week. The entire project is proceeding on schedule and is estimated to be completed by early 2014. 
 
In observance of the upcoming holidays, there will be no construction work affecting traffic on December 24, 25, 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014. On non-holidays, construction will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with two lanes of traffic available at all times.

Lighten Your Energy Load and Save This Holiday Season
The holiday season brings beautiful decorations and imaginative use of holiday lights. Save energy and celebrate the holidays safely with these helpful tips: 
 
Lighting 
 
LED holiday lights can save up to 90% or more when compared to traditional holiday lights. In addition, LEDs are durable and produce very little heat- making them safer to use. LED holiday lights are now available at most grocers, major retailers and home improvement stores. 
 
Click here for even more energy saving tips from our friends at SDG&E!
New laws Affecting Restaurants in 2014

Changes to California laws affecting employers generally and the food and beverage industry specifically may have implications for restaurant operators across the state. Laws that captured the attention of the press in 2013 included minimum wage increases, enterprise zone credits and adjustments to Proposition 65 enforcement.

Click here for to view the California Restaurant Association's complete list of new state and local laws that may affect restaurants in 2014.
Upcoming Chamber Events
SAVE THE DATE: 
 
 Dana Point Chamber of Commerce
Annual Member Meeting and Installation Dinner
 
Thursday January 30, 2014
Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa


Welcome Our New Members!
Assembly Pro

Assembly Pro was started in 2012 to meet the furniture assembly and general handyman needs of Southern Orange County. Since our inception we have provided a full range of services for renters, property owners, realtors, small businesses & homeowner associations. Services we provide include, but are not limited to: assembly of tables, chairs, shelves, cabinets, play sets, sheds, storage equipment, futons, coffee tables, sofas, TV stands, beds, book shelves, home organization units, hanging ceiling fans, and mounting flat screen TVs . 

We are currently offering a 10% discount on all holiday services including: deliveries, lighting, decoration install and more. You can check out our recent projects and reviews on our website. Please contact us today for all of your assembly needs.

Insignia by City Ventures
 
We believe your residence is about a lot more than just where you live. It begins with location and includes architectural layout, amenities, and interior design. But it shouldn't stop there. Every aspect of the home, from the plumbing fixtures to the art on the wall, should make a statement and tell the world that this is your personal impression of how you choose to live.

Introducing The Grand Monarch, conveniently located adjacent to the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. A private collection of 37 luxury townhomes and flats featuring a superior level of architectural design and offering immediate access to the fine amenities of a 5-star world class resort. The first residences will be available for viewing in early Spring 2014. We encourage you to join the Priority Registry so we can keep you properly informed as we near the opening of this exclusive opportunity.

Sharon Sagisi, Civic Member
Thank You to Our Renewing Members
Member Since 2002
 
Patricia Evans, Civic Member
Member Since 1990
 
Member Since 2007
 
Member Since 2011
 
Member Since 1990
 
Member Since 1998
 
Member Since 2002
 
Member Since 2012
 
Community News & Events
Ring in the New Year at Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar
Ocean Institute Events - January 2014
Facility Closed 
December 24, 2013 - January 1, 2014 
The Ocean Institute will be closed for Winter Break. The Laurena G. Chambers Gift & Book Store will be open special hours throughout the holidays. Visit our website for holiday hours. 

Underwater Parks Day 
Saturday, January 18; 10am - 3pm 
Join us at the Ocean Institute to celebrate recreation and conservation along Southern California's coast. On January 18th, you can learn about and explore the species, habitats, and resources that make our ocean exceptional. Admission price is $6.50 for adults (13 yrs+) and $4.50 for children (3 -12 yrs); children 2 and under are free. 

Marine Mammal Cruise 
Saturday, January 18 & 25; 10:00am - 12:30pm 
Journey to sea with Ocean Institute scientists and they introduce you to the local marine wildlife; including an astounding variety of fish, microscopic plankton, and the animals that live in sediment retrieved from the ocean floor. Encounter a pod of playful dolphin or witness the majesty of a traveling whale. Discover the amazing, and sometimes bizarre life that lives just beneath the waves! 

Holiday Dining at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

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