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BUSINESSES NOW OPEN, NO ON PROP 15, OCBC SUPPORTS ANGELS DEAL, AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
MORE BUSINESSES CAN REOPEN AS OC MOVES INTO RED TIER OF STATE'S COVID-19 MONITORING PLAN:*

OC ON TRACK TO REOPEN SCHOOLS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING:*
  • After moving to a less restrictive tier of states COVID-19 tracking system, OC is on track to reopen grades K-12 for in-person learning by September 22, 2020. Learn more.

ANAHEIM CONSIDERS ANGELS STADIUM SALE AND SURROUNDING DEVELOPMENT PLAN:*
  • OCBC enthusiastically supports the proposal being considered by the Anaheim Planning Commission tonight and City Council later this month to sell Angels Stadium to the baseball team's owners. The deal includes a robust plan to build world-class retail, dining, entertainment, commercial and residential development in the surrounding area. The developer will also construct nearly 500 affordable housing units and a 7-acre park adding to the many community and economic benefits of this project. Coupled with the OC Vibe plan for a concert venue and more shopping and housing around the Honda Center, these investments in Anaheim's Platinum Triangle will help Orange County's tourism industry thrive.

OC RESTAURANTS CAN REOPEN INDOOR DINING UNDER NEW TIER - HAS YOUR RESTAURANT APPLIED FOR A SafeDineOC GRANT TO HELP COVER REOPENING COSTS?:*
  • Qualifying restaurants will receive a $1,000 grant after completing a five minute application. Learn more.

PACIFIC SYMPHONY RE-IMAGINES 2020-21 SEASON:*
  • The 2020-21 season will be full of incredible concerts and live performances hosted virtually. Click here to learn more!

OCBC STRONGLY OPPOSES PROP. 15 - WILL RAISE TAXES ON BUSINESSES ALREADY STRUGGLING TO REMAIN OPEN:*
ADVOCACY UPDATES
COVID-19 RECOVERY AND SURFLINER RIDERSHIP TOP OF MIND FOR LOSSAN CORRIDOR AGENCY LEADER:*
  • On Tuesday, OCBC hosted Donna DeMartino, Managing Director of the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency. The 351-mile rail corridor travels through six counties and includes the Pacific Surfliner. Ms. DeMartino informed Committee members that ridership decline due to COVID-19 has temporarily reduced service to six roundtrips, but LOSSAN is employing strategies like enhanced cleaning protocols to keep riders safe. Ms. DeMartino also outlined LOSSAN’s $303.5 million capital improvement program, which includes a focus on safety, optimization and reliability.

OCBC GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HOSTS STATE SENATOR MOORLACH, OC SUPERVISOR STEEL:*
  • On September 4, OCBC welcomed State Senator John Moorlach and Orange Board of Supervisors Chair Michelle Steel. Senator Moorlach provided a recap of the legislative session, highlighting two of his bills on the Governor's desk including SB 1386 important to water agencies across CA that will protect fire hydrant system funding and SB 998 that improves local governments' investment ability. While many bills that would have addressed CA's housing crisis or benefited businesses--such as Senator Moorlach's effort to suspend the harmful impacts of AB 5 restrictions on independent contractors--failed in this unprecedented session, OCBC will continue working diligently with our State delegation on these critical issues next year in Sacramento.  Chair Steel thanked OCBC for partnering with the County of Orange on SafeDineOC. Chair Steel applauded Orange County’s progress combating COVID-19 and hopes we continue the downward trend, as she finds it crucial that restaurants, schools and others are able to open safely.

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
HELP THE COUNTY OF ORANGE UNDERSTAND YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS:*
  • To best assist businesses in Orange County during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Community Resource Department is conducting a survey for business leaders to report ongoing effects of the pandemic on their workforce and business operations. This survey takes approximately 7 minutes to complete and will help inform and guide the actions of organizations working to support businesses across the Orange County region. All responses will remain anonymous and will be reported in aggregate. Please complete the survey by 9/18. OC Economic Recovery Business Survey

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
FREE LATINO HEALTH ACCESS COVID-19 TESTING:*

JOHNSON & JOHNSON SEES POSITIVE RESULTS WITH COVID-19 VACCINE:*
  • Johnson & Johnson conducted COVID-19 vaccine testing on hamsters that showed virus immunity with a single vaccine dose. Read more.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
OC ANIMAL CARE HOST LOW-COST PET ADOPTION AND PET FOOD PANTRY:*
  • On September 12, OC Animal Care’s Fur-ever Family Event will showcase adoptable pets via social media platforms and will provide adoption vouchers for the first one hundred applicants. The event will also feature a drive-thru pet food pantry from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Applications submission will begin 8 a.m. on September 18. 

SANTA ANA UNIFIED INTRODUCES ‘WIFI ON WHEELS’ PROGRAM:*
  • WiFi on Wheels” will station WiFi vans around the city of Santa Ana to provide service for over 200 students throughout the school day. 

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 
CALOPTIMA LAUNCHES “DON’T WAIT – VACCINATE” CAMPAIGN:*
  • CalOptima’s “Don’t Wait—Vaccinate” campaign promotes preventive care solutions for the upcoming flu season. CalOptima will provide members with no-cost services for routine doctors visits and shots. The campaign will be featured on social media platforms, PBS commercials, call reminders, mailed materials, and more. 

U.S. BANK EARNS TOP 10% ON 2020 DIVERSITY BEST PRACTICES INCLUSION INDEX:*

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