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REGIONAL HOUSING/TRANSPO PLAN APPROVED, MAKE IT A SAFE LABOR DAY, MISSION VIEJO GRANTS, FUTURE ENERGY, DC RECAP, AND MORE!
LABOR DAY WEEKEND WARNING: OC’s Covid-19 cases are coming down. We expect good news on more business sectors reopening next week. Remember to practice good health protocols this Labor Day Weekend!  #MASKUP2REOPEN!

HOT OFF THE PRESS
SOCAL ELIGIBLE FOR $1.4 BILLION IN STATE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AFTER BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND SCAG REACH AGREEMENT ON LONG TERM PLAN:*
  • Yesterday, So Cal Association of Govts, cover 5 So Cal counties, unanimously approved its 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) or “Connect SoCal,” which is the long-range vision for housing, transportation and climate change. After months of working on problematic components of the plan, the business community secured important clarity on future growth and protections for local control over land use and housing development decisions. Read the plan!

SANTA ANA REDUCES INCLUSIONARY ZONING ORDINANCE:*
  • The City of Santa Ana has taken an important step to reduce housing shortages with a revised amendment presented by the Building Industry Association of Southern California. In a 5-2 vote, the $15 in-lieu fee for multifamily complexes will now be reduced to $5. OCBC applauds this win that will benefit low- and middle-income residents.

STATE'S NEW “HOUSING IS KEY” PROTECTS RENTERS WITH SOME HELP FOR LANDLORDS:*
  • "Housing is Key" provide information and resources to renters and landlords. No tenant can be evicted before Feb. 2021 if he has experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19. Landlords are still entitled to back rent. The campaign targets California’s most vulnerable communities and issue digital materials and social media ads in various languages. 

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IN OC? AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:*

THE CITY OF MISSION VIEJO OPENS UP ROUND SIX OF RELIEF GRANTS:*
  • Small businesses in need of immediate financial relief may apply for LISC Small Business Relief Grants. Deadline is Monday, September 7. Apply here.

HELP A LOCAL RESTAURANT GET $1,000, SHARE SafeDineOC TODAY!:*
  • Qualifying restaurants will receive a $1,000 grant after completing a five minute application. Learn more.
ADVOCACY UPDATES
DC SUMMIT WRAPS UP:*
  • In lieu of its annual trip to the nation’s Capital, OCBC hosted a virtual Washington, D.C. Advocacy Summit on August 24 and August 28. Over 140 members joined 11 federal leaders to hear the latest updates and advocate for OC’s priorities. Download OCBC's 2020 Washington. D.C. Program & Policy Guide for more information. 
 
KEY TAKEAWAYS & CALLS TO ACTION:*
  • Nearly every speaker, detailed below, emphasized the importance for Congress, the Senate and the White House to find common ground and pass the next phase of coronavirus aid to course correct the economic downturn by supporting American businesses and families. Also at risk is a September 30 government shutdown if Congress does not act on the budget. OCBC urges you to contact your representatives. The time to work together is now.
 
UPDATES FROM FEDERAL LEADERS

  • CONGRESSWOMAN KATIE PORTER underscored the economic challenges front and center to the COVID-19 recovery efforts and the importance of reaching a phase 4 stimulus agreement to direct much needed support to businesses, state and local government, child care, social services, education and the many other critical community sectors. She highlighted her continued efforts on making free COVID testing widely available.

  • CONGRESSMAN HARLEY ROUDA discussed the need for adapting our future policies to reflect increased tele-working, tele-learning, and tele-medicine trends that will likely remain post-COVID. He, like Rep. Porter, discussed needed changes at the USPS and shed light on the Postal Service’s financially burdensome healthcare benefit requirements. Building on the DC Summit’s theme of collaboration, Rep. Rouda commended the leadership strength of OC’s business community and encouraged members to continue to raise diverse viewpoints.

  • ICYMI, Day 1 of the DC Summit featured U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia among many others. Secretary Scalia recognized America’s outstanding periods of job growth at all levels pre-COVID and described his focus on protecting workers, supporting the unemployed, and now rebuilding the economy. The Secretary is playing a key role supporting the Trump Administration’s plan to bring jobs back and leverage the ingenuity and innovation in the private sector as the vehicle for guiding us through the recovery. Secretary Scalia also highlighted the passage of the USMCA as essential for bringing jobs back and rebuilding America’s manufacturing economy.

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
WEBINAR- CONCRETE STRATEGIES TO BOOST YOUR SLEEP & DOUBLE YOUR BUSINESS IMPACT:*
  • On Tuesday, September 29 at 10 a.m., join Success Coach and Speaker Holly Jean Jackson to overcome what the World Health Organization categorizes as a sleep loss epidemic. Learn strategies to promote better sleep, the three biggest sleep challenges, and why sleep is critical for good business. Register here.

WEBINAR-OVERCOMING CYBERSECURITY CHALLENGES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
  • On Thursday, September 17, join cyber experts: Jon Clay, Director of Global Threat Communications, Trend Micro; Mitchel Chang, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Education, Trend Micro; and Kristin Judge, CEO, Cybercrime Support Network to hear top-level counsel on cybercrime defense. Register here.

THE WORKPLACE PODCAST - VACATION POLICY BEST PRACTICES:*
  • CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts conduct an in-depth discussion on the best practices and obstacles with vacation policies for Californian employers. Listen here.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
URGENT REQUEST FOR STATES TO PUSH FOR COVID-19 VACCINE DELIVERY:*

DR. FAUCI’S RESPONSE TO HERD IMMUNITY AND WHY IT WON’T WORK WITH COVID-19:*
  • “We certainly are not wanting to wait back and just let people get infected so that you can develop herd immunity,” Fauci said. “That’s certainly not my approach.” Continue reading.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
THE CITY OF MISSION VIEJO LAUNCHES KIDS FACTORY DROP-IN DISTANCE PROGRAM:*

THIS WEEKEND- SANTA ANA GARAGE AND YARD SALE *
  • The community of Santa Ana will host garage and yard sales from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6. Social distancing and face mask are required.

DRIVE-IN CONCERTS AT THE OC FAIRGROUNDS:*
  • The OC Fairgrounds will host drive-in concerts through the weekend of September 25-27. View concert line-up.

LABOR DAY TREATS FROM THE OC FAIR FOOD DRIVE-THRU:*
  • Enjoy Labor Day with classic dishes and desserts from the OC Fair Food Drive-Thru in Lot G. View Menu.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 
SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC SEW FOR FAMILIES IN NEED:*
  • San Diego Gas & Electric employees have sewed and distributed over 2,800 face covers for field employees and community members. This action was sparked with a volunteer employee virtual sewing circle and have been received across the company and nonprofits that aid low-income families with children who receive cancer treatments. 

CHOC CHILDREN’S INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO TELEHEALTH:*
  • Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has provided nearly 42,000 telehealth visits for its patients. This number has drastically increased since July 2019 to mid-March 2020 of only 182 telehealth visits. CHOC Children’s elevated telehealth services is due to technology upgrades, physician training videos, satisfaction surveys, and the optimism to replicate the in-person experience. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON LAUNCHES CHARGE READY TRANSPORT TO HELP BUSINESSES TRANSITION TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES:*
  • Businesses with fleets in Southern California can receive resources, funding, and expertise to easily and cost-effectively install charging infrastructure that supports medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs). To learn how to take advantage of these resources, join a complimentary webinar hosted by Southern California Edison and ACT News, to hear from industry experts on how to build EV charging infrastructure that is optimized and compatible with your unique operations, while mitigating costly project delays. Also, hear from fleet managers at Penske Transportation Solutions and Parking Concepts to see real-world benefits and usage of EVs that can help your fleet overcome common barriers to electrification. Register here to join the webinar on Thursday, September 10th at 10 a.m.

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