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OC VACCINE APPOINTMENTS, OCBC’S ANNUAL DINNER FEB 4—SURPRISES, READ BIZ LETTER TO NEWSOM, UCI PODCAST & MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
OC'S VACCINE STRATEGY:*
DUNN & DONE: Orange County (residents and those who can prove they work here), no matter the classification or age, can now register to get their vaccine! Sign up here: http://othena.com/ and download the Othena app (Apple store), to register for a vaccine. This app has the analytics to contact each person when their tier and time is ready, and when we have enough vaccines, to schedule an appointment. I’ve already done this and the process is easy—just waiting for an appointment slot to open. If you have trouble downloading the app and registering, be patient. 
 
When space and vaccine is available, you will be contacted to make an appointment.
 
The CDC/Newsom tiers are confusing for folks so Orange County is trying to get as many folks vaccinated as possible with an emphasis FIRST on health workers and first responders and especially 65+ as they tend to have the most severe symptoms, fill up hospital beds and ICU capacity. Getting the older population vaccinated first frees up hospital beds for EVERYONE. We do not have enough vaccines for everyone who wants them but are expecting the Biden administration to roll out more, and new vaccine platforms are expected soon besides Pfizer and Moderna. Goal is “freedom by July 4”—2 million OC folks vaccinated by then. So far, OC has distributed 50% of its available vaccines (vs. state only about 28%). With this new system, they want to increase those percentages ASAP and not waste any vaccine. 

Kudos to OC’s Board of Supervisors under Chairman Andrew Do, and OC’s Health Care Officer, Dr. Clayton Chau. – Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC
 
ADVOCACY
OCBC JOINS CALCHAMBER IN CALL FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY:* 
  • OCBC was proud to join CalChamber and nearly 200 other business groups in urging the Governor and Legislature to address both the economic and health crises by reducing burdens on employers. The business community calls on Newsom for various policies that will keep small businesses afloat, including expedited financial resources. The letter also urges elimination of disincentives for telecommuting, delayed enforcement of new regulations and removal of barriers to housing, among other priorities. Read the letter here. 
 
CA FOLLOWS OC’S LEAD, VACCINES WILL BE OPEN TO 65+: 
  • Yesterday, the State announced that Californians 65+ will soon be eligible for vaccines. Orange County was the first county in the state to expand vaccination eligibility. After health care workers receive vaccines, individuals 65+ will be the next eligible group. Read more
 
OSO PARKWAY BRIDGE NOW OPEN:* 
  • Yesterday, Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) hosted the virtual grand opening of the Oso Parkway Bridge Project. The project offers six lanes of travel and provides a direct connection between the 241 Toll Road and Los Patrones Parkway, improving mobility in South Orange County. If you missed the virtual grand opening, watch a recording here. Read TCA’s press release for more information. 
 
ASK THE EXPERTS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: REVITALIZING CALIFORNIA'S BUSINESS CLIMATE:* 
  • Don't miss a Chapman University panel discussion with experts, including OCBC President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, discussing what California can do to revitalize its business climate, slow down the loss of large employers, combat high unemployment, and more! Learn more and register here! 
 
DON'T MISS OCBC'S ANNUAL DINNER, FEBRUARY 4, 2021:* 
  • Join OCBC for a reimagined Annual Dinner, featuring special guest speakers, inspiring messages from OC’s leading businesses and the installation of OCBC’s 2021 Board of Directors. Recognize the leadership of OCBC’s 2020 Chair of the Board, Joseph Hensley, U.S. Bank and the installation of 2021 Chair of the Board, Jena Jensen, CHOC. Thank you title sponsor, UCI and UCI Health, presenting sponsor CHOC, and all of the generous sponsors who make Annual Dinner possible! Register here! 
 
DRY WATER YEAR IN STORE FOR CALIFORNIA:* 
  • The next couple of months will be crucial to California’s water supply this year. The U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that all of California is experiencing some form of drought, with 40% in severe drought and 32% in extreme drought. The Department of Water Resources estimates that only 10% of requested allocations will be met for the State Water Project supply in 2021. Be prepared for a potential drought while the state grapples with the pandemic. Read more
BUSINESS RESOURCES
ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS – LEARN MORE ABOUT PPP AND ECONOMIC AID ACT:*   
  • SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District office invites you to join them to learn more about the Economic Aid Act and the PPP Relaunch. In this webinar, they will cover the application process, required forms and guidance, and conduct a Q&A session for attendees. Register at the below times.  
  • January 13: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
  • January 13: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
  • January 14: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
  • January 14: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST

OC UNITED WAY CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WORKSHOP FOR EXECUTIVES:* 
  • Alongside the unique and urgent challenges of 2020, a new optimism for CSR has blossomed. This means CSR is no longer optional. It’s the mechanism for future-proofing your business in what is increasingly becoming a purpose-driven economy. The course is limited to 12 participants, so register today! 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM REOPENS – APPLY NOW:*     
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been reopened. Community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. This round of the PPP will authorize up to $284 billion toward job retention and other expenses through March 31, 2021. See the full SBA announcement here

CALIFORNIA FORWARD RELEASES 2021 ROADMAP TO SHARED PROSPERITY:* 
  • Every year, California Forward hosts regional business and community stakeholders from around the state at the California Economic Summit to develop this roadmap as a guide to solve California’s most pressing issues. This year’s Roadmap provides solutions to the issues of climate resilience, cradle to career education, broadband action plan, expanding home ownership, regional and inclusive economic development, and investing in small businesses owned by people of color. The full roadmap can be found here. 

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
UC PLANS TO BRING STUDENTS BACK TO CAMPUS THIS FALL:*   
  • UC students should expect to have a more normal college climate by the Fall 2021 semester. The CSU system made a similar announcement last month. UCI and CSUF are major centers of economic development for the region and OCBC is excited to have them at or near full force this year. Read more

UCI PODCAST: THE ARTS RESPONSE TO COVID-19:   
  • How have OC’s artists and performers adapted to the challenges of the pandemic? Listen to the UCI Podcast to hear from Stephen Barker, dean of UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, on how the school responded to COVID-19 and the potential for arts to heal the community.   

NBC4 PROJECT INNOVATION GRANT CHALLENGE:
  • NBC4’s Project Innovation grant challenge is back to help local nonprofits. The station's annual grant program is now open to provide $315,000 in funding (up from $225,000 last year) to support eligible nonprofit organizations helping move communities forward and addressing issues in innovative ways — please apply by February 12, 2021. Learn more.

FIRST 5 OC NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK:
  • First 5 Orange County Children & Families Commission wants your feedback. First 5 Orange County is conducting a study assessing the impacts of child care issues on the economy and wants to her from the business community. Take the short survey here.

GET TESTED NOW! WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCTA CREATING NEW ERA OF TRANSIT WITH OC STREETCAR:
  • Construction of the OC Streetcar has reached a major milestone as construction crews have set the first rail into place that will eventually carry the streetcar vehicles through the streets of Santa Ana and Garden Grove. The rail was set in place this month at the intersection of Santa Ana Boulevard and Bristol Street, and crews are continuing working to place rail westbound toward Raitt Street. Watch the video here!

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RESOURCES
Giving Back
American Red Cross & Blood Donations - Donate blood today!
Caterina's Club Feeds Kids in Need - Donate today to help
Chrysalis Working for 100 – Help 100 people get back to work
Donate, Volunteer or Host a Virtual Food Bank 
Cal State Fullerton - Support Higher Education
Cal State Fullerton - It Takes a Titan Campaign
Colette’s Children’s Home - Donate Today to Help Homeless Women and Children
HCA Accepting Medical Donations - Masks, Gloves, Gowns Needed
Basic supplies needed
OC Food Bank- Donations needed. 
Help students with laptops & other financial assistance
Second Harvest Food Bank - Match My Gift- Every $1 DOUBLES to provide SIX nutritious meals!
Help support Vital Link's STEM and career pathways for students
StandUp For Kids Orange County - Help Homeless Youth
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