The Leading Voice of Business
Thursday, September 10, 2020 | View as Webpage
BIZ SURVEY, ANGELS STADIUM PLAN, COVID-19 SAFETY CITATIONS FOR BUSINESSES, IS YOUR RESTAURANT SAFE? AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
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.

CAL/OSHA ISSUES EMPLOYER COVID-19 SAFETY CITATIONS:*

IRVINE SELECTS NEW INTERIM CITY MANAGER:*
  • Marianna Marysheva has been named Irvine’s Interim City Manager, effective September 9 taking the lead for retiring John Russo. Marysheva has served as Assistant City Manager since July 2018.

GREAT PLATES DELIVERED PROGRAM EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 9:*

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! 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ANGEL STADIUM DEVELOPMENT PLANS:*
  • OC Register has a full list of common questions and answers about the development agreement for Angel Stadium that include public benefits, parking and traffic, Angels baseball’s team involvement, and more.

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.

VOTE NO ON PROP. 15 - WILL RAISE PROPERTY TAXES 11 BILLION PER YEAR:*
ADVOCACY UPDATES
ANAHEIM CONSIDERS ANGELS STADIUM SALE AND SURROUNDING DEVELOPMENT PLAN:
  • OCBC supports the proposal before the Anaheim Planning Commission this week 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.

OCBC HOSTS STATE SENATOR JOHN MOORLACH, OC BOARD CHAIR MICHELLE 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. 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.  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:
MEET OC'S TOP BUSINESS CANDIDATES AT THE ORANGE COUNTY VIRTUAL JOB FAIR:*

CAL/OSHA ISSUES EMPLOYER COVID-19 SAFETY CITATIONS:*

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES:
COVID-19 NEWS:
$5 COVID-19 RAPID TEST RECEIVES EMERGENCY-USE STATUS FROM FDA:*
  • Abbott Laboratories has created a $5 rapid-response Covid-19 antigen test that post results in 15 minutes via a mobile app. The test is roughly the size of a credit card and expects to conduct up to 50 million tests a month in October. 

ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER COVID-19 TEST SITE EXTENDS CONTRACT:* 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN ELECTRIC OUTAGE:*
  • Southern California Edison shares power outage safety tips on supply kits, electronics and appliances, food safety, medical equipment, generator safety and more. Find out if your city will be impacted here. 

TODAY’S EVENT - JAMBOREE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE STUDY VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE:*
  • Tonight, join the City of Irvine from 5 to 6 p.m., to discuss the best location to construct a pedestrian bridge over Jamboree in the northern part of the Irvine Business Complex. Register here.

SANTA ANA PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUNCHES CURBSIDE PICKUP:*
  • The Newhope Branch Library now offers curbside book pickup and phone-based check-out services. These service rollouts are offered as the library receives indoor cosmetic and service enhancements. 

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.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS: 
SOCAL GAS LAUNCHES CONTACTLESS ENROLLMENT FOR ENERGY SAVINGS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:*
  • The Energy Savings Assistance Program aims to conserve energy and reduce natural gas to promote better health and safety. Eligible customers may receive an average of $705 worth of energy-efficiency home upgrades at no cost. Improvements include the installation of high efficiency washers, water heater and furnace replacement, attic insulation, and more. 

CAL STATE FULLERTON TO DEVELOP INTELLIGENT UNMANNED ROBOTS FOR THE MILITARY:*
  • The Army Research Office has granted Cal State Fullerton’s computer engineering research team an expected $418,657 to build intelligent hardware for unmanned robots. This three-year research project will provide the U.S. Army hardware resources to minimize energy consumption and execution time in employing unmanned aerial vehicles or small robots in battlefield situations. 

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!

WHERE TO GET TESTING IN OC:

MISSED OCBC'S PREVIOUS NEWSLETTERS? View them by clicking here. PLEASE SHARE THESE UPDATES WITH COLLEAGUES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
NOT AN OCBC MEMBER? JOIN TODAY!
Join OCBC and connect with the most influential companies and top executives actively engaged in creating a pro-business environment and prosperous economy. Hundreds of Orange County's leading businesses, cities and non-profit organizations represent an elite group from every industry cluster. But we need YOUR VOICE! For more info, contact  Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Chief Operating Officer.
RESOURCES
New items are noted with an *
If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online,
contact James Alley, at 714.501.9893 or jalley@ocbc.org.
OCBC works to get you the best information in these difficult times fighting COVID-19, its health and economic impacts. Check your email often for important updates AND follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. In addition, check out our COVID-19 Resources page on OCBC.org.