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NEW HOUSING TO BE PLANNED, VOTE YES ON PROP 22, SMALL BIZ SUPPORT, TAKE THE BIZ SURVEY, AND MORE!
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NEW HOUSING TARGETS ARE STAGGERING: CAN CITIES REALLY PLAN THAT MUCH?*
  • With the regional plan Connect SoCal, a 25-year vision for housing, transportation, and climate change, comes the numbers for housing needs in Orange County (and all of SoCal), known as the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation. OC cities must by law plan for over 183,000 new housing units in a range of affordability by 2029, nearly 5x higher than its previous allotment. OCBC supports good planning—this will be a challenge. Click here to see your community's housing targets! 

SURVEY: COVID-19 IMPACTS ON YOUR BUSINESS:
  • To assist businesses during the pandemic, Orange County Community Resource Department is conducting a survey on its effects on workforce and business operations. This survey takes approximately 7 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by 9/18.

COVID DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN CANCELING HALLOWEEN, KEEP HALLOWEEN SAFE!:*
  • L.A. County officials are urging residents to avoid 2020 trick-or-treating, but the annual ritual can proceed safely, an economics professor contends. We simply need to “adopt the right precautions and the right attitude.”

OCBC AND FIRST 5 OC REPORT, THE TIME TO FIX ORANGE COUNTY'S CHILDCARE IS NOW:*

WORKING FOR 100 – 100 PEOPLE, 100 DAYS, AND $100K:*

PROTECT INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, VOTE YES ON PROP. 22:*
  • California nearly lost the convenient transportation options offered by Lyft and Uber due to a court order. These companies help connect people with Orange County businesses. If they were forced to shut down the region as a whole would suffer. Vote yes on Prop. 22 to support drivers and their choice to be independent contractors. www.Yeson22.com/videos

INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS:*
  • OC United Way calls on community leaders to share their school-to-career journey with local high school students as a Virtual Corporate Classroom Speaker. Speaker sessions are offered anytime throughout the week; RSVP today!

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. Find out if you are going to a SafeDineOC restaurant: check the list here.
OCBC EVENTS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS:
OCBC AND CSUF'S 26TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE:*
  • Join OCBC and Cal State Fullerton on October 22 for the 26th Annual Economic Forecast Conference - 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. Register today! A special thank you to all sponsors: U.S. Bank, CoreLogic, Boeing Capital Corporation, Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation, Commercial Bank of California, FivePoint Holdings, LLC, CommerceWest Bank, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Southwest Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company, Coast Community College District, Infinity Bank, SoCalGas, and Wells Fargo.

BUSINESS RESOURCES:
GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL FOR SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT:*
  • Governor Newsom has signed legislation that would exclude PPP loans from gross income for state taxes and $100 million for a hiring tax credit. If you are a business with 100 or fewer employees and experienced significant economic harm due to the pandemic, the hiring credit will be equal to $1,000 for each employee hired between June and the end of November over the number of employees that you had to layoff between April and June. A business can use this tax credit to up to $100,000.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WELCOMES SENATOR CONNIE LEYVA:*
  • On September 8, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Connie Leyva, spoke to OCBC’s workforce development committee where she gave an overview of what happened in Sacramento for the 2020 legislative year. The two most important priorities of the legislative year, was protecting education from deep cuts and closing the digital divide given the virtual environment we are in. Orange County’s economic health is predicated on having a strong workforce, so we thank Senator Leyva for her time and commitment to education. If you missed the meeting, it can be viewed here. Password: W54+Ub&X

CALIFORNIA WOMEN LEAD'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE "STRONGHER" - A TRIBUTE TO WOMEN'S INCREDIBLE RESILIENCY:
  • CWLA’s Annual Conference is October 13-14, so SAVE THE DATE. We will be joined by former FOX anchor, author, and activist Gretchen Carlson; California's indomitable First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom; political trailblazers Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis and State Treasurer Fiona Ma, and many more! OCBC’s Lucy Dunn serves on the board. Register coming soon! 

CAL/OSHA ISSUES EMPLOYER COVID-19 SAFETY CITATIONS:

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
ARE MASKS A KIND OF VACCINE AGAINST COVID-19? #MASKUP!:*
  • "In two recent outbreaks in U.S. food-processing plants where workers were told to wear masks, 95% of cases of coronavirus infections were asymptomatic, and the remaining 5% experienced only mild-to-moderate symptoms," says medical experts. Read more.

COVID-19 TREATMENTS AND VACCINES TRACKER:*
  • Over 35 companies are in various development stages to help fight the spread of COVID-19. View the therapies and vaccine tracker to find out scientific details and projected timelines.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
HUNTINGTON BEACH EXTENDS OUTDOOR DINING STREET CLOSURES:*

LAGUNA BEACH FIRE CHIEF ASKS RESIDENTS TO PREPARE HOMES:*
  • Fire Chief Mike Garcia asks Laguna Beach residents to remove dead or dying plant vegetation, trim tree canopies, and remove leaves and pine needles from yards and rain gutters to help prevent canyon and hillside fires

BE AIR AWARE- HOW TO STAY SAFE FROM WILDIFRE SMOKE:*

THE RACE TO FINISH THE CENSUS COUNT:*

GREAT PLATES DELIVERED PROGRAM EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 9:

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS CUT RIBBON ON NEW SOFI STADIUM:*
  • The Los Angeles Chargers host a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new home, SoFi Stadium. The state-of-the-art venue welcomes a new era of sports as the NFL’s largest stadium, the first open-air, indoor-outdoor venue, and features the largest videoboard in sports. With a fan-first concept, SoFi Stadium welcomes up to 100,000 fans, 13,000 premium seats, 260 suites, seven suite concepts, and 12 club spaces.

WELLS FARGO OFFERS $1 MILLION IN SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS:*
  • Wells Fargo launches Wells Fargo Student Impact Scholarship that will present 200 students with $5,000 each-funds. The scholarship aims to bridge the financial hardship students face by covering the cost of their instruction. Applications will open on September 14, 2020 for incoming and current college undergraduates enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester. 

ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PILLARS MENTAL HEALTH THROUGHOUT DISTANCE LEARNING:*
  • OCDE paves the path for positive mental health by providing no-cost training for educators on suicide risk prevention, restorative practices, and social-emotional classroom learning. Through partnerships with CHOC Children’s and Western Youth Services, a Mental Health Toolbox will be developed to alleviate the effects of COVID-19 on children’s mental health. The toolbox will offer 27, multilingual, virtual workshops for students, parents, and educators on developmental assets, protective factors, and the effects of stress on health.

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