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OCBC SACTO - NEW SPEAKERS, BUSINESS GUIDANCE ON VACCINES, HOW TO GET YOUR VACCINE IN OC, IRVINE HATE CRIME PORTAL, AND MORE!
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NEW SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR OCBC SACRAMENTO ADVOCACY SUMMIT:*
  • Don’t miss your chance to meet with Secretary of State Shirley Weber, Treasurer Fiona Ma, Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot and more! OCBC’s “One Voice, Two Capitols” Sacramento Advocacy Summit will be held virtually on April 6 and 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Register today to meet with state officials and elected leaders. You can also meet with Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Controller Betty Yee, Senate Housing Chair Scott Wiener, CA Transportation Commission Chair Hilary Norton and other esteemed speakers. Learn more and register today!

BUSINESS GUIDANCE ON EMPLOYEE VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS:* 
  • California Department of Fair Employment and Housing released guidance on requiring employees to vaccinate against COVID-19. To learn more about when a business can require employees get vaccinated, click here.

HOW TO GET YOUR VACCINE IN OC:*
  • California has administered more than 13.8 million vaccines throughout the State, with approximately 430,200 OC residents receiving full vaccination. The groups currently eligible for vaccines include:
  • Healthcare workers.
  • Long-term care residents.
  • Residents age 65 and older.
  • Teachers, child-care providers, and professors.
  • Food service, grocery, and agriculture workers. 
  • Emergency services.
  • Residents 16 and older who are disabled, a client or caregiver of a regional facility, or an individual with pre-existing health conditions.
  • Click HERE to see a full list.
  • HERE ARE THE PLACES AND LINKS TO REGISTER FOR A VACCINE APPOINTMENT IN OC:
  • My Turn: Click HERE.
  • Othena.com: Click HERE.
  • AltaMed: Click HERE. (Only vaccinating residents 65+)
  • CVS: Click HERE.
  • Hoag Hospital Network: Click HERE.
  • Kaiser Permanente:
  • Members - Click HERE if a Kaiser member.
  • Non-Members - Click HERE if NOT a Kaiser member.
  • Memorial Care: Click HERE.
  • Rite Aid: Click HERE.
  • UCI Health: Click HERE.
  • Walgreens: Click HERE.
  • People may also visit www.vaccinefinder.org to find a nearby location where they can register for a vaccine appointment and get information on locations' inventory.

SERVE OC TAXPAYERS AND HELP ADVISE COAST COLLEGES DEVELOPMENT:*

OCTA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE:*  
  • Do you know someone who wants to make a difference in OC transportation? OCTA is on the search for people to join its 34-member committee, which actively provides input on exploration of traffic improvements and participates in public communication. OCTA looks for dedicated community leaders interested in transportation issues. Learn more. 

OC UNITED WAY VIRTUAL SCORECARD EVENT “UNITED TO END HOMELESSNESS”- APRIL 1:* 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
CITY OF IRVINE LAUNCHES NEW MULTILINGUAL HATE CRIME REPORTING PORTAL, SPEAKS OUT AGAINST RECENT VIOLENCE:*
  • In light of recent hate crimes and incidents toward the Asian Pacific Islander community throughout the United States and Irvine, the City has reaffirmed its commitment to protecting its residents from hate and discrimination with the launch of a new multilingual hate crime reporting portal through the Irvine Police Department. “I am strongly committed to upholding the ideals of the City of Irvine,” said Mayor Farrah N. Khan. “This includes the celebration of our community’s diversity and continued strong messaging that there is no room for hate in Irvine. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, the We Are Irvine campaign, and the hate crime reporting portal are just the beginning of this City Council’s cognizant efforts to preserve and cultivate these standards.” Thank you Mayor Khan and City of Irvine leaders for protecting OC's Asian Pacific Islander community. Read more!

ETHNIC STUDIES TO BE INCORPORATED IN CURRICULUM:* 
  • On March 18, State Board of Education adopted an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for high schools. The model curriculum is set to be voluntary for districts and intended to expand upon ethnic studies courses already offered as electives in many high schools. Change has also been seen on the university level, as California State University students are now required to take an ethnic studies course with an emphasis on one of four ethnic groups to graduate. Read more

TODAY IS EQUAL PAY DAY:* 
  • Equal Pay Day is dedicated to highlighting the average wage gap between men and women. Advocacy groups designated the day to illustrate the extra three months it typically takes for a woman to earn same amount as her male counterpart in accords to research from year prior. Read more.

ORANGE COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE AND POD SCHEDULE
ADVOCACY UPDATE
BIA OC OP-ED: LA HABRA LAWSUIT COULD BE GAME CHANGER FOR HOUSING:* 
  • Lennar Homes has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the City of La Habra after the homebuilder’s proposed Rancho La Habra development was delayed and ultimately denied by the City Council. The project would have converted a private golf course scheduled for closure into a vibrant neighborhood, adding nearly 450 homes and 40 acres of new public open space. Read more.

BUSINESS RESOURCES
NATIONAL CORE PANEL DISCUSSION - HEALTH AND HOUSING - MARCH 30:*
  • Join National CORE President and CEO Steve PonTell as he moderates an esteemed panel for a discussion on the health and housing connection in the era of COVID-19. Learn more and register today!

OUTSMART DISASTER WITH EDISON INTERNATIONAL:
  • Edison International has teamed up with Outsmart Disaster Campaign to offer resources and tools to mitigate business interruptions in times of a hazard or natural disaster. Resilient Business Challenge is a new program that focuses on preparation and recovery from disasters. Join other OC businesses on April 7 at 10 a.m. so your business can be more resilient when disaster strikes. To register, click here. 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
LIFESTREAM BLOOD BANK OPENS NEW PLACENTIA DONOR CENTER - DONATE TODAY!:*
  • LifeStream is a nonprofit, independent blood bank that provides blood products and services to more than 80 Southern CA hospitals in six counties. On Feb. 8 LifeStream opened its first OC -based, fixed-site location, Placentia Donor Center. LifeStream is excited to be a part of OC community and elevate local blood donation process. To learn more or get involved, click here. 

COVID-19 TENANT RELIEF ACT:*
  • Under the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program both income-eligible renters who experienced pandemic related financial hardships or landlords who experienced income loss due to unpaid rent are eligible for financial assistance. To apply or check eligibility requirements, click here. 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
SPECTRUM NAMED AS ONE THE BEST COMPANIES FOR LATINOS TO WORK FOR:
  • Known through its Spectrum brand, Charter was named a Top Company for People of Color by the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and a Top Company for Women to Work by Women In Cable Telecommunications. Charter aims to attract, retain and develop the best talent in its industry, reflecting the diversity of its customers and markets. In 2020, it received the Corporate Leadership in Hispanic Television and Video award from Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News for its commitment to Hispanic customers and the addition of five Latino targeted TV networks. Read more!
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
OCBC EVENTS
April 6 & 7, 2021 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Join OCBC for a series of exclusive virtual meetings with elected officials and state leaders.
For more information contact Jennifer Ward, OCBC Sr. V.P., Advocacy and Government Affairs.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
March 18 | 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Join the Economic Development Committee and hear from Mike Orlando, Acting Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Denise Hucke, Executive Director - Global Technology - Cybersecurity & Technology Controls, JP Morgan Chase, and Jared Ruth - Director of Marketing - Cloud Solutions, Cox Business.
Register with Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC V.P., Economic and Workforce Development.

April 14 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Register with Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC V.P., Economic and Workforce Development.
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