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HB APPROVES HOUSING, LA HABRA HOUSING LAWSUIT, NEW SOKA VACCINATION SITE, CITY OF HOPE VACCINE INFO, OCTA FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS & MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
MAGNOLIA TANK FARM APPROVED BY HB COUNCIL:* 
  • OCBC testified before the Huntington Beach City Council in support of Magnolia Tank Farm development, which would transform a blighted industrial property into a mixed-use community that will increase the City’s housing supply. Thanks to the support of business and the community, the City Council voted 5-2 to move the project forward. Thank you to Mayor Pro Tem Ortiz and Councilmembers Posey, Delgleize, Kalmick and Moser for voting in favor of housing Huntington Beach’s workforce. 250 single-family units will be created by this project. 

SECOND MASS VACCINATION SITE LAUNCHES AT SOKA UNIVERSITY TOMORROW:* 
  • In addition to the site at Disneyland, OC will add another vaccination site at Soka University in Aliso Viejo tomorrow. This is the first vaccination site in South Orange County. To learn more about vaccine eligibility, click HERE

CITY OF HOPE VACCINE DEVELOPMENT RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FUNDING:* 
  • City of Hope is researching and developing an investigational COVID-19 vaccine. Broadcom Inc. saw the value of City of Hope’s efforts and made a donation supporting their research. It is estimated that more than 100 million people worldwide benefit from discoveries made at City of Hope. Read more

LA HABRA SUED FOR $100 MILLION FOR BLOCKING COYOTE HILLS HOUSING PROJECT:*
  • Lennar Homes accused the city of delaying tactics and unwarranted fees to derail the 443-home Rancho La Habra development. Read more.

EXPANDING OPERATIONS? VISIT GO-BIZ'S BUSINESS INCENTIVES GATEWAY:* 

UCI TO BUILD WORLD-CLASS HOSPITAL ON IRVINE CAMPUS:*
  • UCI plans to build a world-class hospital on the northern edge of campus. UCI Medical Center Irvine-Newport medical campus will be anchored by a state-of-the-art hospital which will offer 24-hour emergency care and personalized treatments in cancer and other specialties. To nurture health and wellbeing, the 800,000 square-foot campus will feature healing gardens, naturescapes and a research preserve. Read more!

OC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS RECOGNIZED WITH GOLDEN BELL AWARDS:* 
  • Congratulations to 11 OC educational programs recently presented with California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell Awards. Notable winners that are helping prepare our future workforce were Anaheim Union High School District’s Anaheim Innovative Mentoring Experience (AIME); Garden Grove Unified’s College and Career Mentoring Program; and Magnolia School District’s MSD Summer STEM Academy. 

CITY OF ORANGE DEBUTS ADVANCE RESERVATION SYSTEM FOR PROJECT REVIEW:* 
  • The online scheduling system makes it easy to reserve a convenient time to meet with staff to review projects in Orange, reducing wait times and improving the processing of applications. Learn more!

HELP LOCAL CHILDREN - HERE ARE CHOC'S HIGHEST NEED PRIORITIES THIS WEEK:*
  • Below, please see the top five items CHOC has identified as the highest priority and shortage needs this week. Please contact Rachel Rolnicki to help!
  • Food Contact Sanitizing Wipes (PDI#P66784)
  • Ultrasound Disinfecting Wipes (PDI #P13872)
  • Chemotherapy Exam Gloves (Various Sizes)
  • Disinfecting Wipes (Purple Top)
  • Small N95 Masks 

OCBC EVENTS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS
FEBRUARY 4 AT 4 PM: CAPTAIN “SULLY” SULLENBERGER TO SHARE HIS STORY OF RESILIENCE:  
  • We need a hero! You won’t want to miss this! OCBC’s Virtual Annual Dinner on February 4 will feature a keynote from Captain “Sully” Sullenberger. In 2009, Captain Sully safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River, saving the lives of the 155 passengers and crew on board. His inspirational heroism drew international praise and is captured in the 2016 hit film Sully. Join OCBC to hear the epic story of resilience in the face of disaster from Captain Sully himself—and the lessons leaders can take away in facing today’s challenges. Thank you title sponsor, UCI and UCI Health, presenting sponsor CHOC, and all of the generous sponsors who make Annual Dinner possible!  Register here! 
ADVOCACY
DYNAMEX IS RETROACTIVE: CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT’S REJECTION OF THE REASONABLE RELIANCE EXCEPTION IGNORES REALITY:* 
  • AB5 drastically altered the classification of independent contractors in California. A recent court decision has extended the liability risk for businesses by ruling that the Dynamex decision is retroactive, opening businesses that acted in good faith to potential litigation. Read more.

BUSINESS RESOURCES
ATTENTION IRVINE BUSINESSES: APPLY NOW FOR THIRD DISTRICT SMALL BIZ SUPPORT GRANT:*   
  • City of Irvine has opened applications for the Third District Small Business Support grant program, which provides qualifying small businesses with one-time grants of up to $5,000. Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 29. Learn more and contact Irvine staff if you have any questions.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PPP RELAUNCH AT SBA WEBINAR:
  • The SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District office, in collaboration with SCORE, invites you 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. 
  • January 25: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 
  • January 26: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 
  • January 27: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 
  • January 28: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST 

TAKE A LOOK AT THE RESULTS 2021 BUSINESS LEADERS’ OUTLOOK SURVEY: 
  • JPMorgan’s 2021 Business Leaders’ Outlook Survey uncovers insights from business leaders across California and the U.S. about the impact of the pandemic’s disruptions, the actions they’re taking to survive—and even thrive—in the current environment and their outlook for the year ahead. Executives and companies have been remarkably resilient despite the turbulent year. Read more. 

APPLY NOW – 5TH DISTRICT SMALL BUSINESS GRANT RELIEF PROGRAM:
  • If your business is in OC’s 5th Supervisorial District, apply now for the Small Business Grant Relief Program. $10,000 grants are being awarded to qualifying applicants on a first come, first served basis. Thank you Supervisor Lisa Bartlett for sponsoring this program! Learn more. 

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
COX CALLS FOR OC HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS:* 
  • Cox Communications invites high school seniors to apply for college scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 3. Students must live in a Cox service area and meet other eligibility criteria. Learn more about how to apply

MWD TO HOST VIRTUAL TOUR OF RECYCLED WATER ADVANCED PURIFICATION CENTER: 
  • On Thursday, January 28, join Metropolitan Water District for a live virtual presentation and tour of the Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center. Learn more about the facility, its innovative purification process and the importance of purified water to Southern California’s future water supply. Register now.

GIRL SCOUTS OF OC NEED YOUR SUPPORT:
  • Girl Scouts of Orange County invites local businesses to participate in The Great Girl Scout Cookie Buy Out, an easy way to support local Girl Scout troops. All proceeds stay local to power amazing experiences for OC's Girl Scouts! Help local Girl Scouts achieve their cookie-selling goals during the pandemic. Click HERE to learn more!

K-12 STUDENTS: TAKE PART IN MWDOC’S 2021 WATER AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST: 
  • Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) is calling on OC students in grades K-12 to submit hand-drawn posters for the 2021 Water Awareness Contest. MWDOC encourages children and young adults to learn about the importance of water while expressing themselves through art. This year’s contest theme: Saving Together. Entries are due March 1, 2021. Learn more

GET TESTED NOW! WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCTA BRINGS HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO DISTRIBUTE VACCINES:* 
  • OCBC commends OCTA for working with OC health officials to transport medical workers from the Disneyland vaccination site to smaller sites throughout the county. Thank you, OCTA, for assisting efforts to vaccinate senior populations. Read more

IRVINE COMPANY DONATES $2 MILLION TO IRVINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT:
  • Thank you to Irvine Company for contributing $2 million to Irvine Unified School District to support arts, music and science education. Read more.

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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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