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RECORD HIGH COVID CASES, EDD SUSPENDS UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS, ARTS ADAPT TO PANDEMIC, FIRST 5 HELPS OUT & MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
DUNN & DONE: You’ll see ANOTHER story today about California’s failed Employment Development Department or EDD, responsible for getting out unemployment checks to the millions of folks struggling in pandemic. This is outrageous. The Newsom administration must fix this now. Decades behind in technology and delay after delay while fraud is rampant. Prioritize this. Talk about this in your Nooner briefings. Get it done. That’s my opinion. –Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC.

OC COVID-19 CASES ARE AT A RECORD HIGH. STAY HOME. STOP THE SPREAD: 
  • While vaccinations are being deployed, most of OC’s population has not yet received the vaccine. OC’s rate and spread of coronavirus is at an all-time high. Please #MaskUp, limit gatherings with people outside of your household, get tested and stay safe. 
 
EDD SUSPENDS OVER ONE MILLION COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS:* 
  • 1.4 million unemployment claims have been frozen by CA Employment Development Department to combat fraud. Claimants will be contacted to prove their identities before their claims are unfrozen. Hundreds of millions of COVID-19 unemployment funds have been given to fraudsters during the pandemic. 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. 
 
U.S. CHAMBER 2021 STATE OF AMERICAN BUSINESS – UBER CEO TO KEYNOTE: 
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host the 2021 State of American Business Program on Tuesday, January 12, featuring Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi among other leaders. The program will explore how a united business community can support a divided nation and rebuild the economy. Register here
 
OC REPS CALL FOR CALSTA’S DAVID KIM APPOINTMENT TO DOT: 
  • OC Representatives Mike Levin, Lou Correa and Alan Lowenthal are among House members calling for President-Elect Biden to appoint David Kim, who currently leads CA’s State Transportation Agency, as Deputy U.S. Transportation Secretary. Kim has held numerous leadership roles at U.S. DOT, LA Metro and Hyundai Motor Co. He would be the number two federal transportation official. 
 
NEXT WEDNESDAY! JOIN TCA FOR VIRTUAL GRAND OPENING OF OSO PARKWAY BRIDGE:*   
  • Transportation Corridor Agencies, County of Orange and Caltrans are hosting a virtual grand opening for the Oso Parkway Bridge Project. Join local elected officials and stakeholders to celebrate this much needed safety and traffic improvement! Watch on Facebook Live or on YouTube at 10:00 a.m. on January 13. 
ADVOCACY
BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL FOR SMALL BIZ:
  • SB 74, the Keep California Working Act, is a shining example of smart leadership that engages both parties to help drive economic recovery. The bill provides an urgently needed lifeline to small businesses by offering $2.6 billion in grants. For more information on the bill - Click Here.

BUSINESS RESOURCES
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS - APPLY NOW FOR ICEP GRANTS:*   
  • California STEP grant program opened the application window for Individual Company Export Program (ICEP) grants. The ICEP program is designed to reimburse eligible California small businesses up to $5,000 for eligible export promotion-related expenses. Click here for more information.   
 
CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS:   

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COVID-19 NEWS
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BREAKDOWN – VACCINATIONS, TIER LEVEL AND ICU REGION CAPACITY:   
  • Where is each county at in terms of vaccinations, ICU capacity and risk tier? See the data here

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
FIRST 5 ORANGE COUNTY HELPS FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN FIND RESOURCES:*
  • First 5 Orange County is dedicated to connecting families with resources to support their young children during the pandemic. Find health and mental health support, childcare services and other resources here

STUDENT LEADER OPPORTUNITY WITH BANK OF AMERICA:
  • Bank of America is looking for talented High school juniors and seniors to apply for their summer leadership training and paid internships. High school juniors and seniors can apply for the program now through Jan. 29. Interested students are encouraged to apply online here. 

JOIN THE BE WELL OC ORANGE CAMPUS VIRTUAL RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY: 
  • On January 13 at 12:00 p.m., the first Be Well OC campus will be celebrated virtually on YouTube and Facebook Live. The new 60,000-square-foot facility will offer mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs to all OC residents. Register here

GET TESTED NOW! WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
SEE WHAT’S IN STORE FOR OC TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS IN 2021:
  • Orange County Transportation Authority and Transportation Corridor Agencies both have key projects making progress or nearing completion in 2021, including the new Oso Parkway bridge and the I-405 Improvement Project. Read more

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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
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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