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BIA Recognizes Local Hall of Famers and Movers & Shakers
Congratulations to Lucy Dunn, OCBC CEO Emeritus, and Emile Haddad, FivePoint Holdings, LLC Founder and Chairman Emeritus, for their upcoming induction into the California Homebuilders Association 2022 Hall of Fame! Both nominated by the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA SoCal), Dunn and Haddad will join more than 200 men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the building industry. Congratulations are also in order for OCBC Board Member Mike Balsamo of Rancho Mission Viejo who has been named one of BIA SoCal's 2022 Movers & Shakers. Read more.
Redistricting 2022: Not Your Grandpa's Redistricting Process
Join us on Wednesday, March 16 at 12 p.m. for OC Public Affairs Association's FREE Zoom webinar on “Redistricting: Its Impact on the 2022 Elections”. The expert panel of speakers includes Paul Mitchell, Vice President, Political Data, Inc., and statewide expert on voter behavior, redistricting and geographic information; Brooke Staggs, award-winning political reporter with The Orange County Register and Southern California News Group; and Norberto Santana, founding publisher of the non-profit digital newsroom, Voice of OC, and award-winning investigative journalist. Register today!
New Study Shows CEQA's Impact on Housing Production
The Pacific Research Institute released a comprehensive analysis of how the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) prevents, delays and adds immense extra costs to housing and other crucial projects, as well as recommendations for reforming CEQA so that the law ensures environmental protection while curbing abuses. These reforms include streamlining the CEQA review process, limit frivolous litigation and improve public transparency of who funds CEQA lawsuits. Read the report here.
City of Irvine Opens Thousands of Housing Units to Middle-Income Residents
The City of Irvine is utilizing an innovative financing model to convert more than 1,000 apartment units from market-rate to workforce housing exclusively available to middle-income residents making between 80% to 120% of the area median income. This is achieved through arrangements between cities, statewide middle-income housing programs, and property owners, with the City forgoing some property tax revenue in exchange for expanding housing opportunities to the “missing middle”—residents who do not qualify for affordable housing but often struggle to afford market-rate housing. Irvine joins Anaheim and other Orange County cities utilizing this strategy. Read more.
Q: In two sentences, give us an overview of your career journey. How did you get from your first professional role to where you are today?
A: I began my journey in Anaheim as intern and never looked back...I have been working for Anaheim for 35 years, and I love every moment of it!

Q: What's the best piece of leadership advice you’ve received?
A: Value your employees. Mentor, develop, advise—all in an effort to build trust and earn respect. You can be a leader only if you have people to lead—they are your greatest asset.

Q: What aspect of your job excites you out of bed in the morning?
A: Our service… seeing smiling faces of families eager to begin their day and make memories that last a lifetime. In many cases, we are the first and last point of contact. Just the thought that we help make Happy Memories makes it all worthwhile.

Q: What is your favorite part about living in Orange County?
A: OC beaches and Angels Baseball!

Read the full Q&A here, and watch for more Leadership Spotlights with Orange County's key business and government leaders soon!
Cox Names Dillaway Market Vice President for Orange County
Colleen Dillaway has been promoted to market vice president for Cox Communications in OC, a newly created position that is part of Cox’s California senior leadership team. In this role, Colleen, a seasoned cable telecom executive, will work with business and community partners in OC and Palos Verdes, represent Cox in the community and serve as the market spokesperson. Read more. Join us in congratulating Colleen who was a panelist for OCBC's 2021 OC Community Indicators Summit last Sept.
OCBC Investors Named LA Times Best of the Southland
Several OCBC Investors have been named Orange County's Best for 2021 in their respective categories as voted by LA Times subscribers. They include AAA, the City of Anaheim, Disneyland, Goodwill of Orange County, Hoag, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Several other Investors were recognized as Popular in their respective categories. Check out the full list.
City of Hope OC’s Leading-Edge Technology is a Game Changer for Patients
Lennar Foundation Cancer Center at City of Hope Orange County will provide patients precise and advance treatment through purposefully designed high touch and high tech. Learn more about the future-forward innovations like therapeutic technology and robotic surgery! 
Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell 
The Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell offers women entrepreneurs an online learning portal with the skills, knowledge and resources to build, manage, and scale a successful business at no cost. Learn more.
New Poll Shows OC Schools Receive Highest Marks in CA
According to a recently released Berkley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll, 50% of Orange County families gave their public schools an A or B grade, the highest percentage statewide. Orange County Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares, Ph.D., is not surprised by the poll results. "Our schools really are representative of Orange County's high expectations, shared values and the collaborative efforts of educators, families, students, support staff, businesses and community leaders," said Mijares. Orange County schools united mission to provide a safe environment that cultivates college and career readiness is a vital part of their success. Mijares said, "as long as we continue to work together on that shared vision, the sky's the limit for what Orange County can accomplish." The Council recognizes that an economy is only as strong as the talent of its workforce and applauds Orange County's schools for ensuring the future is bright! 
Local Community Colleges Expanding Online Programs
The Coast Community College District, along with Saddleback and Santiago Canyon colleges, received statewide grant awards to address barriers to education. These local schools are using the grant funds to develop tools and support programs to help students thrive online and focus on faculty training and specialized projects around conversion and equity assessment aimed at improving student persistence and completion. Statewide, the grant has helped launch more than 232 new online programs and 121 hybrid programs. In OC and LA, more than 130 programs have been enhanced or completely converted to online programs. Learn more.
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OCBC's 2022 Sacramento Advocacy Trip: Sold Out!
The Council’s Sacramento Advocacy Trip has officially sold out! On March 21-22, 50+ OC leaders from a diverse array of industry sectors will join the Council in Sacramento to share the voice of business with state leaders in the Legislature and Newsom administration.

Thank you to Title Sponsor: Southern California Edison and all sponsors: AAA, Disneyland Resort, American Career College/West Coast University, Building Industry Association of Southern California, Irvine Ranch Water District, KLM Strategies, and SoCalGas.
You won’t want to miss OCBC's 2022 Annual Dinner on April 7! Join us at Disneyland Resort to hear insights on the importance of embracing change from former NASA astronaut, Mike Massimino, welcome OCBC's new President and CEO, Jeff Ball, recognize the leadership of 2021 Board Chair, Jena Jensen, install 2022 Board Chair, Dave Bartlett, and wish Lucy Dunn well in her retirement!

A special thank you our sponsors! Title Sponsor: The Orange County Register; Platinum Sponsor: Amazon; VIP Reception Sponsor: UCI; Gold Sponsors: Brookfield Properties, Disneyland Resort, Experian, FivePoint Holdings, LLC and Rancho Santiago Community College District; Silver Sponsors: AAA, Bank of America, The Boeing Company, BIA-SC, City of Hope Orange County, HNTB, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, Ontario International Airport, SDG&E, SoCalGas, Southern California Edison and U.S. Bank; and Bronze Sponsors, American Career College & West Coast University West Coast University, Anaheim Public Utilities, AT&T, CalOptima, Cal State Fullerton, Charter Communications, Chevron, Cox Business, CSUF College of Business, Curt Pringle & Associates, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Goodwill of Orange County, Idea Hall, Jamboree, LSA, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, MemorialCare, Nossaman LLP, Orange County Department of Education, Rancho Mission Viejo, SCAG, South Orange County Community College District, Transportation Corridor Agencies, Tri Pointe Homes, University of Massachusetts Global, UPS, Verizon, Wells Fargo and WSP USA.
Join OCBC and connect with the most influential companies and top executives actively engaged in creating a pro-business environment and prosperous economy. Hundreds of Orange County's leading businesses, cities and non-profit organizations represent an elite group from every industry cluster. But we need YOUR VOICE! For more info, contact Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Chief Operating Officer.