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BIZ VAX MANDATE HURDLE, OC HOUSING HEROES, EMERGING OC INDUSTRIES, FED INFRASTRUCTURE BILL FINALLY, AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SETBACKS FOR BIDEN’S VAX-OR-TEST MANDATE ON PRIVATE SECTOR:
  • Last week the federal government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new rules to implement the President’s call for workers at companies with 100+ employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-10 by Jan. 4, 2022 or undergo weekly testing and mask requirements. This mandate will impact about 84 million Americans and requires employers to provide up to 4 hours of PTO for employees to get vaccinated starting Dec. 5. Read White House Factsheet here. Over the weekend however, a federal court ordered the mandate be stayed due to concerns over its constitutionality. Stay tuned for updates.

“HOUSING HEROES” RECOGNIZED AT 2021 OC YIMBY AWARDS:
  • YIMBY, which means “yes in my backyard”, has emerged as a rallying cry for community members who say yes to new workforce housing. People for Housing - OC YIMBY, a grassroots advocacy group dedicated to supporting OC homebuilding, honored OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn as a 2021 “Housing Hero” for her long career of achievements in increasing housing opportunities. In addition to leading OCBC’s robust advocacy for workforce housing, Dunn has served as Director of CA Department of Housing and Community Development. She was honored alongside Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and Jamboree Housing’s Kelsey Brewer.

OCBC PRESENTS EMERGING INDUSTRY CLUSTERS TO ORANGE COUNTY CITIES:
  • At the Association of CA Cities – Orange County (ACC-OC) Conference on Nov. 5, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn delivered a forward-look at OC’s emerging industry cluster that will drive jobs growth, employer-decisions, and education for the County’s future residents and businesses. With OC’s history of innovation as a strong foundation of the economy, Dunn emphasized five emerging technology sectors of cybersecurity, AI, gaming, ophthalmics, and drones. Read OCBC’s 2021 Workforce Indicators Briefing here. OCBC's Research is lead by Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.

ICYMI: OCBC’S 11TH ANNUAL TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARDS:
  • On Nov. 4, OCBC presented its prestigious “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” awards to cities and agencies throughout Orange County for eliminating barriers to economic growth and fostering jobs creation for a Resilient OC. Now in its eleventh year, OCBC’s groundbreaking awards program received a record 44 nominations. To learn more about this year’s distinguished winners, honorable mentions and nominees, click here or watch the replay. Special thank you to title sponsor, Amazon, and silver sponsors, Charter Communications, Orange County Department of Education, SDG&E and Verizon.
ADVOCACY
HOUSE PASSES HISTORIC INFRASTRUCTURE BILL:
  • After prolonged negotiations, the House passed the $1.2T Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, sending the massive deal to the President’s desk. OCBC thanks OC Representatives Lou Correa, Mike Levin, Alan Lowenthal, Katie Porter and Linda Sánchez for voting yes on this crucial bill. CA is set to receive roughly $23.5B for roads and bridges, $9.45B for transit and $3.5B for water infrastructure over the next five years, among other investments in EV charging, broadband, and additional infrastructure to support a resilient economy and create jobs. OCBC will help ensure OC receives its fair share of funding to improve regional infrastructure.

STATE BEEFS UP LOCAL HOUSING ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY:
  • Every eight years, cities and counties are required to demonstrate how they plan to accommodate new housing units in response to projected population and employment growth through a process called Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). And now the CA Government is flexing its authority over enforcing these housing targets via a newly expanded department. As State Housing Director Gustavo Velasquez describes in this article, Gov. Newsom announced a new Housing Accountability Unit and tripled its policy and legal staff to ensure every jurisdiction complies.

NEW COALITION SEEKS TO BREAK STALEMATE AT SONGS: 
  • Since launching in March 2021, Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now has made major advancements to encourage the federal government to remove spent nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The coalition, now over 150 members strong, has indications U.S. officials may soon restart work on a solution. Amplify OCBC’s efforts to call on Congress to solve the spent nuclear fuel problem impacting Orange County’s community and economy by joining here.
BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
PFIZER VACCINE APPROVED FOR KIDS:
  • Children ages 5-11 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, which are safe, effective and recommended for children 5 and older. Read the article from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about the benefits of the vaccine. Learn more at COVIDVaccineFacts.com and schedule an appointment at Othena.com.

CDPH WEBINAR ON BUILDING COVID-19 VACCINE TRUST:
  • Join California Department of Public Health and pediatrician, Dr. Eric Ball, on Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m. for a virtual training on how to communicate effectively with parents about COVID-19 vaccines for school-aged children. Learn about the vaccine's safety and efficacy, key messages to address common concerns, and tips and resources to use with parents. Register here.
COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES
UNITED WAY'S MENTORSHIP PROGRAM:
  • Use your professional skills and experience to help OC students succeed! Play a critical role in the life of a high school senior through OC United Way’s e-Mentorship (virtual) program for the Class of 2022. Mentorship applications are due Dec. 3. Learn more and apply here.

OCDE OFFERS FREE RESOURCES TO CONNECT ESSENTIAL WORKERS WITH CHILD CARE:
  • OCDE’s Family Support Services team subsidizes child care costs for eligible families using funds allocated through the California Department of Education. Families get to choose their own providers, and OCDE has contracts with day care facilities, center programs, school districts, private homes and other settings throughout the county to make the process pretty seamless. Learn more.

BUSINESS EDUCATION WORKSHOP ON EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION:
  • Communication and presentation skills are crucial for business success. Join OC Black Chamber and SoCal Edison on Nov. 16 at 9:00 a.m. for a virtual workshop to hone these important skills. RSVP by Nov. 15.
OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
COMMITTEE MEETINGS*
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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