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ONT CELEBRATES 5 YEARS, SUPPLY CHAIN UPDATE, WHO'S TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET, HOUSING THREATS, COVID-19 UPDATES AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
ONT CELEBRATES 5 YEARS OF LOCAL CONTROL
  • OCBC President and CEO, Lucy Dunn and Senior VP of Advocacy and Government Affairs, Jennifer Ward joined a full Ontario Convention Center ballroom to celebrate Ontario International Airport's (ONT) fifth anniversary of freedom from LAX control. 0NT has enjoyed increases in passenger and cargo traffic under local leadership, and President Alan Wapner shared the history of negotiations between himself, US Senator Diane Feinstein and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Lucy Dunn was also honored with a special award as one of the founding ONT airport commissioners.

OCBC PUSHES BACK ON SUPPLY CHAIN DISMISSALS:
  • In response to continued backlog at the ports and all levels of an already strained supply chain, OCBC and statewide business leaders called on Gov. Newsom to take action. The business community called for common sense steps that could provide immediate regulatory and financial relief to help with supply chain congestion that is affecting ability to deliver products and materials essential to daily lives and business operations. Our ask for a declaration of a state of emergency at the ports was denied. The Los Angeles Times published an editorial last week criticizing our solutions to the crisis at the ports, mischaracterizing them as "opportunistic requests." So OCBC and business partners across CA are pushing back. It is critical that the goods movement sector be granted temporary environmental and regulatory suspensions to alleviate the bottlenecks. Without action, the negative effects on small businesses, consumers, workers, natural resources, and jobs will worsen. Contact Jennifer Ward, OCBC SVP of Government Affairs and Advocacy to get involved in a call to action.

THIS WEEK! OCBC’S 11TH ANNUAL TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARDS:
  • Don’t miss OCBC’s groundbreaking Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Awards this Thursday, Nov. 4, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.! The Awards recognize local agencies that are cutting red tape and supporting a resilient OC. This year, 44 nominations were submitted by more than 25 cities, county departments, educational institutions and special districts across six diverse categories. Who will win OCBC’s coveted awards? Register here to find out live during the virtual award ceremony! Special thank you to title sponsor, Amazon, and silver sponsors, Charter Communications, Orange County Department of Education, SDG&E and Verizon.

BIA WEBINAR: LEARN MORE ABOUT THE “PERFECT STORM” THREATENING HOUSING:
  • A “perfect storm” of regulations threatening the housing industry is swirling—and you can help overcome it. Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA) is hosting part one of its four-part Perfect Storm Education Series virtually on Thursday, November 4 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Learn from experts about how SB 12, vehicle miles traveled regulations, the SoCal Greenprint and stormwater permits could all devastate the housing industry. Register here.

HELP CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WITH OC UNITED WAY:
  • Orange County United Way has partnered with Ingram Micro to receive and refurbish donated laptops, tablets and phones to support OC residents and families in need and help close the digital divide. Learn more on how to help.

OCHCA'S LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES:
  • Those who received Pfizer or Moderna for their primary series COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster dose at least six months after their second shot if they: are 65 years or older, are age 18+ living in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk due to social inequity, or work or live in high-risk settings. Those who received Johnson & Johnson and are 18 years or older are eligible for a booster dose at least two months after the first shot. OCHCA is staying tuned on further direction regarding vaccine eligibility for children ages five to eleven. Learn more
ADVOCACY
OCBC AND REAL COALITION HOST CA PORT AUTHORITIES ASSOCIATION:
  • As backlog at the ports persists and all aspects of the supply chain continue to be impacted, CEOs from OCBC and other regional economic associations met with Martha Miller, Executive Director of the CA Port Authorities Association to discuss how business can help. Statewide leaders from business, agriculture, retail, and others already asked the State for specific actions--including to declare a state of emergency at the ports, which was denied--but the Governor's Executive Order response lacks immediate solutions. Given the complexity of the supply chain and sustained underinvestment of federal dollars in CA's ports, Martha emphasized the need for a single decision-maker over the system within the State Government, such as a supply chain czar.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS:
NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE AND RETAIL PORTFOLIOS OPERATED BY BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES RECEIVE HIGH HONORS:
  • Brookfield Properties and International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) recently announced that the North American office and retail portfolios operated by Brookfield Properties have achieved IWBI’s WELL Health-Safety Rating. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address acute health threats like COVID-19 today and into the future. Learn more.
CONGRATULATIONS REBECCA HALL:
  • Rebecca Hall, APR, President and CEO of Idea Hall and OCBC Board Member was recently named Business Leader of the Week. Rebecca is a thought leader and a visionary that has been contributing to Orange County since 2003. She is the founder of Idea Hall and a celebrated entrepreneur in the public relations (PR), branding, and marketing industries. Keep up the great work!
ONELEGACY'S LIFE SAVING WORK: 
  • Did you know that a single donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation? OneLegacy is SoCal's federally designated organ, eye and tissue recovery organization and facilitates donation between hundreds of hospitals and transplant centers and saving more than 1,650 lives each year! Through continuous innovation OneLegacy has been able to increase donations and save more lives each year! Learn more about how to help with organ donation and OneLegacy’s lifesaving work.
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET NOMINEE SPOTLIGHT
CITY OF COSTA MESA’S PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP WITH IKEA:
  • City of Costa Mesa’s Partnership with IKEA is nominated for the Public-Private Partnership Award! In April 2021, Costa Mesa converted an industrial warehouse to a permanent homeless shelter where homeless individuals from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach can transition to better living circumstances. IKEA donated $125,000 worth of furniture to the shelter, and as many as 60 employees readied the shelter for occupation.*
CITY OF PLACENTIA’S HOW TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS DIFFERENTLY:
  • Also nominated for the Public-Private Partnership Award is City of Placentia’s How to Address Homelessness! Placentia and North OC cities collaborated to establish two Navigation Centers to assist homeless individuals. The Placentia Navigation Center opened in March 2020 with 100 beds and the Buena Park Navigation Center opened in June 2020 with 150 beds. The Navigation Centers partner with People Assisting the Homeless, who have helped over 180 individuals people since opening and obtaining permanent housing for 31 people.*

*Winners announced at virtual event on Nov. 4; register here!
OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
EVENTS
Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Ken Potrock
November 9 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Join OCBC for an IN PERSON Chairman’s Leadership Breakfast featuring Ken Potrock, President, Disneyland Resort. Hear about Ken's mission, how the Disneyland Resort has evolved over the past year and a half, what's new at the resort, what's coming soon, and so much more! OCBC Board Member, Steve Churm, FivePoint, will lead what is sure to be a fascinating discussion. Thank you to our incredible gold sponsors, Disneyland Resort and SDG&E, and supporting sponsors, BIA-SC, CSUF College of Business and Economics, Siddiqui Law, APC and The Orange County Register. Purchase your ticket today!

For more information about OCBC Events contact Lauren Martin, OCBC Events Manager.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS*
November 5 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Join OCBC virtually for a discussion with Assembly Member Cottie Petrie-Norris.
OCBC members, contact Connor Medina, OCBC Government Affairs Manager, to register.

November 16 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
OCBC's guest speaker will be Dr. Bobbie Porter, Assistant Vice President, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Programs for Cal State Fullerton. Hear how Cal State Fullerton, which employs over 4,000 people, identifies, recruits, attracts and retains a diverse workforce. OCBC members, register here.

November 16 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The meeting will feature updates from San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison.
OCBC members, contact Connor Medina, OCBC Government Affairs Manager, to register.

November 18 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
OCBC's guest speakers will be Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor for OCBC, and Katie Kalvoda, President and Board Chair of AdvanceOC, which brings together leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors to champion equity-oriented, data-driven strategies. Dr. Walrod will discuss migration data and its impact on Orange County's population, and Katie will discuss the work of her organization and their OC Equity Map. OCBC members, register here.

*OCBC Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to OCBC members.
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