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VOTERS GUIDE, OCBC RECOGNIZED, TRICK-OR-TREAT GUIDELINES, METROLINK PROGRAM, AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
VOTE YES OR VOTE NO? FIND INFO HERE:*
  • As Election Day approaches, OCBC's Voting Guide gives a breakdown on those supporting economic recovery. NO on Prop 15! – no tax increases now and YES on Prop 22 - Save App-Based Jobs and Services!

OCBC RECOGNIZED AS A NONPROFIT OF DISTINCTION BY ASSEMBLYWOMAN PETRIE-NORRIS:*
  • OCBC has been recognized for its commitment to the community during COVID-19 for its work on the SafeDineOC restaurant grant program, daily e-newsletter, and TLC for OC Community Newsletter. Thank you Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris for the recognition! 

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS STRONGLY DISCOURAGE HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREATING:*

DISNEYLAND RESORT SECURES RETURN TO WORK AGREEMENT WITH 11 EMPLOYEE UNIONS:*
  • Disneyland Resort and 11 employee unions have agreed on a plan to safely return cast members back to work. Increased safety and wellness protocols such as free COVID-19 testing have been agreed upon.

OC HEALTHCARE AGENCY AND PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH HEALTH TAKE TOP HONORS AT PROTOS AWARDS:*
  • OC Health Care Agency Communications took top honors, winning “Best in Show” for its “Could it be COVID?” campaign and Providence St. Joseph Health won the Distinguished Service Award. Read more!

METROLINK LAUNCHES NEW LOYALTY AND REWARDS PROGRAM FOR RIDERS:*

ORANGE COUNTY SANITATION DEPARTMENT HOSTS STATE OF THE DISTRICT:*
  • On Friday, October 30, join the annual State of the District for a virtual plant tour, a look to the year ahead with OCSD’s General Manager and Board Chairman, and a special presentation from Congressman Lou Correa. Register here.

NEWPORT BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2021 ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL FORECAST:*
  • October 20 at 11:00 a.m. This event is free and features Christopher Schwarz, Associate Professor of Finance at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business.  Register here.

LOOKING FOR A SAFE RESTAURANT TO VISIT? CHECK THIS OUT!
  • Restaurants in your community that have received a SafeDineOC grant have made significant efforts to ensure the health and safety of their guests! View the lists.
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET SPOTLIGHT
ORANGE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY’S COVID-19 RESPONSE:*
  • In early March, OCTA successfully transitioned more than 500 employees to remote work. This seamless transition was possible due to strong investments in technology over the past five years and collaboration between many of the agency’s divisions. OCTA’s remote workforce made several operational changes to transit service levels to ensure the safety of passengers and employees, including adjusting service levels to match demand, implementing rear-door boarding and providing hand sanitizer onboard. Ridership has declined, but OC Bus recorded roughly 33,000 daily boardings in April and had 64,000 daily weekday boardings in early September. Additionally, the remote work program has accelerated critical infrastructure projects like the I-405 improvement project.

ADVOCACY UPDATES
TODAY! DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO HEAR FROM OC HOUSING EXPERTS:*
  • Today, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.. the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce will host The Case for Housing: A Review of Housing in North OC, an informative webinar discussion on the need for more housing in North Orange County communities. Panelists include Dr. Wallace Walrod, OCBC’s Chief Economic Advisor. Don’t miss out—register here.

BUSINESS RESOURCES
A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE AT ZOOMTOPIA 2020:*
  • Zoom welcomes you to its annual conference, Zoomtopia 2020. Join the virtual experience for insight into the future of tele-working, fireside chats with industry leaders, data privacy updates, and how to expand your in-home workspace.

SMALL BUSINESS LENDING OPPORTUNITIES:*
  • Today at 10:00 a.m., participate in the Where’s The Money NOW? Workshop to hear expert knowledge on the current lending landscape, who is lending, and what has changed due to COVID-19. Register here.

TOMORROW'S WEBINAR – UCI HOSTS VC SPEAKER SERIES WITH UNLOCK VENTURES:*
  • Join Sanjay Reddy from Unlock Venture Partners on October 16 to learn about the Southern California tech ecosystem, investment criteria, and the firm’s philosophy on pre seed and seed. Register here.

WEBINAR – FUNDING OPTIONS FOR HISPANIC OWNED BUSINESSES:*
  • On Thursday, October 29, join funding expert, Hannah Fernandez, for a conversation on the challenges that small business owners face to receive capital, alternative fund options for minorities in the “missing middle” gap, and the best way to increase the ability to receive funds. Learn more and register here.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
COVID-19 NEWS
WILL YOU GET A COVID-19 VACCINE? SHARE YOUR VIEWS VIA SURVEY:*
  • The OC Health Agency invites you to take a brief and confidential survey to share your attitude on receiving a potential COVID-19 vaccination. 
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
MISSION VIEJO PREPARES FOR A PLANNED POWER OUTAGE:*

OC PARKS HOSTS A DRIVE-IN HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHT:*
  • On Friday, October 23 at Mile Square Regional Park, join the Sanderson sisters for a special drive-in feature of Hocus Pocus. Tickets are available here. 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SECURES 500,000 DEVICES FOR STUDENTS IN NEED:*
  • California Department of Education has partnered with major companies such as ASUS, DELL, HP, Samsung, Staples and Office Depot to provide students computer devices and hot spots for distance learning. 

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
SOCALGAS CELEBRATES ENERGY EFFICIENCY DAY:*
  • SoCalGas highlights its accomplishments that saves customers over $229 million in utility bills on National Energy Efficiency Day. SoCalGas’s mission to enable all customers with energy efficient appliances is met with hundreds of rebates and the Energy Savings Assistance program which upgrades home appliances such as tankless water heaters, smart thermostats, and furnaces for energy efficiency. Through the end of the year, SoCalGas will offer an increased rebate of 50 percent on all major appliances. 

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