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OC ON TRACK FOR NEXT TIER, EARLY BALLOT RETURNS, YES ON PROP 22, OC ADVISES COVID-19 VACCINE DEVELOPMENT, AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
OC ON TRACK TO ENTER LESS RESTRICTIVE ORANGE TIER:*

OC VOTERS RETURN EARLY BALLOTS IN RECORD NUMBERS:*
  • OC Registrar of Voters reports that early ballot returns have increased 490% from the 2016 election and trends point towards a slow down leading to November 3.

TODAY IS YES ON PROP 22 DAY:*
  • Save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of app-based drivers by voting Yes on Prop 22. Help make #YESonProp22 trend on social media with handles, hashtags, and graphics in the #YESonProp22 toolkit. Click Here to view OCBC's Voting Guide.

CAL STATE FULLERTON HOSTS DIVERSITY ALLY TRAINING:*
  • On November 20, join Cal State Fullerton and guest speakers for best practices on how to advance your company’s diversity campus recruiting. Register here.

SMWD CELEBRATES LANDMARK WATER RESILIENCY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT:*
  • Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) recently dedicated the Trampas Canyon Dam and Reservoir, which has capacity to hold 1.6 billion gallons of treated wastewater for reuse. Congratulations to SMWD, and its key partner Rancho Mission Viejo, on this groundbreaking project to bolster water supply reliability. Click HERE to learn more.

OC MEDICAL EXPERT NAMED TO STATE’S COVID-19 VACCINE REVIEW GROUP:*

LOOKING FOR A SAFE RESTAURANT TO VISIT? CHECK THIS OUT!
  • Restaurants in your community that received a SafeDineOC grant have made significant efforts to ensure the health and safety of their guests! View the list.

OCBC EVENTS YOU CAN'T MISS
OCBC'S VIRTUAL ELECTION DAY LUNCHEON - DON'T MISS THE BEST POLITICAL HUMOR IN TOWN!:
  • Join OCBC on November 3 for the Virtual Election Day Luncheon. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the fun and good humor with acts from Peter Buffa, Brian Calle, Don Hansen, Kate Klimow, Curt Pringle and a performance from OC's Got Political Talent winner, Dirissy Doan! Register here.

JOIN OCBC'S TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARDS FOR A HAPPY HOUR HONORING LOCAL AGENCIES!:
  • OCBC's 10th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet virtual awards on November 19 will highlight leadership from local governments across the County that have stepped up during the pandemic with creative solutions to support businesses and the economy. Register here.
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET SPOTLIGHT
OC TREASURER’S PENALTY CANCELLATIONS FOR CASH-STRAPPED PROPERTY OWNERS:*
  • OC Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich canceled all late payment penalties for businesses and individuals with a direct financial impact due to COVID-19. More than 5,600 taxpayers received penalty cancellation waivers, saving property owners over $3.6 million. The secured taxes collection rate ended up at 99.15% as of June 30, 2020, just slightly less than the prior year’s collection rate. Because the Treasurer collected the majority of late property taxes, the County could deliver these critical funds to over 200 local government agencies. Orange County was one of the few counties statewide that made penalty cancellations available to all types of businesses.

BUSINESS RESOURCES
IS YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION PREPARED FOR THE NEXT NATURAL DISASTER?:*
  • It is becoming ever more imperative to take the necessary steps to be ready for business interruption to occur. Edison International teamed up with the Outsmart Disaster Campaign to offer resources and tools to mitigate business interruptions through a new "Resilient Business Challenge" program. It covers topics such as Identifying Impacts of DisruptionStrengthening Facilities, and Structuring Your Crisis Communication Plan. Learn more at OutsmartDisaster.com/Edison

ALLIANCE FOR HEALTH POLICY HOSTS VOICE OF THE PATIENT SUMMIT:*
  • Today, join medical experts at the keynote, “Are They Trustworthy? – The Paradox of the Informed Patient” and the panel “Using the Patient Voice to Drive Systemic Change”. 

IS YOUR BUSINESS LOOKING FOR COLOMBIAN MARKET EXPANSION OPPORTUNITIES?:*
  • Join the California-Colombia Trade and Investment Week to meet with the necessary representatives to expand your small business's market to Colombia. Register here.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COVID-19 UPDATES
FLYING IS SAFER THAN YOU THINK:*
  • When a seated passenger is wearing a mask, 0.003% of air particles in their breathing zone are infectious, even when the plane is full. This results in extremely low risks of exposure. Continue reading.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
ORANGE COUNTY’S YOUTH CHAMPIONS ANTI-HATE INITIATIVE:*
  • The To Know Better multimedia campaign contest calls on middle and high schoolers to create a short video that highlights inclusivity and promotes social distancing and mask use. Each winner's school will be awarded funding and receive professional assistance to launch the anti-hate initiative.

HOME DEPOT LOOKS TO HIRE FOR HOLIDAY SEASON:*
  • Home Depot will hire over 600 employees for full-time, part-time, and seasonal openings in Southern California. 

STAY SAFE AND DRIVE-THRU TRICK-OR-TREAT:*

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
AVENUE OF THE ARTS COSTA MESA OFFERS THE ULTIMATE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE:*
  • The Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa rolls out a special limited-time shopping package that offers guest deluxe accommodations, $100 South Coast Plaza gift card, breakfast and post-shopping cocktails for two at Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar, and a South Coast Plaza VIP Passport with value-added offers for over 100 stores and restaurants. 

VIEWSONIC LAUNCHES NEW INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY:*
  • At the Adobe MAX 2020 Conference, ViewSonic introduced its ColorPro VP68a monitor series designed for media professionals to work with true-to-life image quality. ViewSonic also provided COVID-19 communication solutions for hospitals, transportation, hospitality, and retailers with the Health Flex Hand-Sanitizing Stations, equipped with an integrated display and touchless hand sanitizer dispenser.

WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC

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