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NO ON PROP 15 PLUS PROPS RUN DOWN, OC CHILD CARE SHORTAGE, OAK COVID-19 TEST SITE, AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
PROP 15 WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC FOR AN ALREADY DEVASTATED ECONOMY:* 
  • Supporters of the measure claim Prop 15 will only raise taxes on large, wealthy corporations with commercial land and buildings worth more than $3 million. What they fail to mention, is the catastrophic domino effect it will have on all Californians, from local businesses and consumers to farmers and homeowners. Continue reading.

PROPOSITIONS EXPLAINED: LEARN, SHARE, AND VOTE:*
  • On Friday, October 9 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., join Jennifer Ward, OCBC’s Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs and Carolyn Cavecche, President and CEO of the OC Taxpayers Association at the Virtual AM Connect. Hear from the experts on what each ballot proposition means for your business and you. Register here.

OC EXPERIENCES SHORTAGE OF CHILD CARE:*
  • First 5 Orange County just released Phase I of their “Orange County Child Care Landscape Analysis,” which shows that there are only enough licensed childcare slots for only 5% of OC’s infants between the ages of 0-2. High costs are also a burden for working families. Issues with childcare, especially in a pandemic, has disrupted an employee’s ability to rejoin the workforce, and will hamper economic recovery. 

AMC THEATRES AND CINEMARK ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS:*
  • AMC Theatres and Cinemark will reopen following the temporary closure of Regal Cinemas. AMC has developed AMC Safe & Clean protocols in partnership with Clorox and faculty of the Harvard University School of Public Health to ensure the health and safety of moviegoers.  

DISNEY CHAIRMAIN RESIGNS FROM GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S COVID-19 TASK FORCE:*
  • Disney chairman Bob Iger no longer serves on Governor Newsom’s economic recovery task force team as the governor continues to leave theme parks in limbo. Today, the Governor stated theme parks will not open soon and refused to share science and data—is this politics or what? OCBC says theme parks know better than politicians how to keep guests safe.

OCBC HOSTS UCI'S DR. GARY MATKIN, DEAN OF CONTINUING EDUCATION:*
  • OCBC's Workforce Development Committee welcomed Dr. Gary Matkin, Dean of the Division of Continuing Education for UCI, serving over 50,000 students a year, and provides them with new training to upskill their talents. UCI’s new and flexible training models such as alternative digital credentials or “badges” make clear to employers job candidates competencies. For more information, see the recording or contact Jesse Ben-Ron at jbenron@ocbc.org. Password to access the recording: Juf?9cD%

PROGRAM ENDING SOON! SafeDineOC GRANTS HAVE BEEN RAISED TO $5,000!:*

OCBC EVENTS YOU CAN'T MISS:
OCBC'S 2020 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE:*
  • October 13, 8:00 a.m. is OCBC’s 2020 Workforce Development Conference . Hear how Orange County leaders embrace diversity and create an equitable future! Learn about educational advancements to improve outcomes across diverse communities, and how diversity and inclusion initiatives will positively impact the workplace. Learn how to be an agent for positive change! A special thank you to title sponsor, Union Bank! Register here.

OCBC AND CAL STATE FULLERTON HOST 26TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE:*
  • October 22 at 10:30 a.m. - The Great Disruption: Searching for Innovative Solutions and Infinite Possibilities in a Post-COVID World. Hear from Cal State Fullerton’s industry experts on the economic trends and forces shaping Orange County post-pandemic. A special thank you to title sponsor, U.S. Bank! Register here. 
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET SPOTLIGHT:
CITY OF PLACENTIA’S VETERANS VILLAGE:*
  • Placentia partnered with Mercy Housing, the County, and New Directions for Veterans to design and construct a permanent supportive 49-unit affordable housing development that serves homeless veterans. The state-of-the-art Veterans Village opened in March 2020 and is LEED Gold certified. Residents have access to an energy efficient edible garden, comprehensive onsite services, job training and direct medical clinic services. The project’s estimated cost is nearly $22 million and was funded through city, county and state loans combined with the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. OCBC commends Placentia for addressing Orange County’s challenging homeless crisis by providing veterans a home with the supportive services they need.

ADVOCACY UPDATES:
GOVERNOR VETOES JOB KILLER ‘RIGHT TO RECALL’ MANDATE:

OCTA SEEKING FEEDBACK ON BUS RAPID TRANSIT ON FREEWAYS STUDY:
  • Do you travel the I-5 or SR-55 freeways? OCTA is studying the two freeways for the development of Freeway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes--express bus service mostly on freeways, taking advantage of carpool lanes, express lanes, toll lanes or shoulder lanes to serve key destinations. OCTA’s Study will identify improvements to infrastructure, potential stops and transportation solutions for potential BRT routes. Take the Freeway Bus Survey or phone 909-494-2900 until November 16, 2020. Let OCTA know where you will go! Attend a live virtual public meeting on October 14 at 5:30 p.m. Register here and be sure to watch the video.

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
TODAY’S WEBINAR – RESILIENT WORKPLACE:*
  • Today at 10:00 a.m., prepare for the unexpected with Disaster Resistant Business. Learn crisis management strategies, how to help your customers and employees in times of need, and how to beat your competitors to recovery. Participants will receive a complimentary toolkit. Register here. 

2ND ANNUAL INFORMATION AND COMPUTER SCIENCES INDUSTRY SHOWCASE:*
  • On October 13-14, 2020, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences welcomes innovators to its 2nd Annual Industry Showcase. This virtual, two-day showcase highlights the community and school's partnership to promote research and growth in machine learning, cybersecurity, software engineering, and human-computer interaction. Register here.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LAUNCHES FREE RAPID COVID-19 TEST SITE:*
  • Airport employees and travelers can receive free COVID-19 test results in fifteen minutes at the Oakland International Airport. Travelers are advised to get tested the day before their flight or arrive three hours ahead of their departure. 

BOEING DEVELOPS PORTABLE WANDS TO COUNTER COVID-19 ON PLANES:*

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
SHARE WHAT YOUR CITY IS DOING FOR THE HOLIDAYS:*

THE CITY OF ANAHEIM REOPENS EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:*

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:
DISNEYLAND RESORT TESTS NEW CONTACTLESS METAL DECTECTORS:*

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS LAUNCH CHARGERS HOMETURF:*
  • The Los Angeles Chargers bring the SoFi Stadium experience to you with the Chargers HomeTurf app. Fans can download the app in the App Store and Google Play to access video board graphics and features, live chats with Chargers legends and fans, participate in polls, trivia, interactive games, and more.

WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC:

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