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2022 Energy Forum Highlights Hope in Energy Goals
The 2022 Energy Forum on June 15, 2022 was both enlightening and informative as a rockstar lineup of energy experts discussed the most critical issues at the forefront of the industry and how the changes in energy will impact our everyday lives. Check out the event recap here. A huge thank you to all the panelists, moderators and sponsors for a great event last week. Experts from Southern California Edison, SoCalGas, UCI, Clean Energy Fuels, Western States Petroleum Association and Bloom Energy contributed as panelists while Business Council Board Members RickNogueira of JPMorgan Chase and Jodi Duva of Cox Business each moderated a panel discussion. A special thank you to title sponsor Southern California Edison and gold sponsor SoCalGas.
Photo Courtesy of Alexis Rios.
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employers, Limits PAGA
In an important victory for all CA employers, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that federal law partially overrides the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), a state law allowing employees to sue employers for alleged labor violations on behalf of other employees and the state. PAGA lawsuits are ripe for abuse, increasing employment litigation statewide and imposing staggering costs on employers acting in good faith. SCOTUS’s decision limits individuals from sidestepping arbitration agreements that waive the right to pursue PAGA claims. Click here to read compelling research by the CA Business & Industrial Alliance on PAGA's ineffectiveness.
TODAY! Support Local Housing Projects Being Heard in Fullerton, Brea
Orange County’s severe lack of housing available to all income levels is well-documented—help the Business Council change that by supporting two important housing proposals in North Orange County! Today, June 21, the Fullerton and Brea City Councils will consider two projects led by investors Shopoff Realty and Aera Energy, respectively. The Fullerton project—The Pines at Sunrise Village—would add 153 sorely needed housing units by revitalizing an existing retail space. BIA Orange County put together an easy, one-click tool to let the Fullerton Council know you support this new community. In Brea, the Council will vote on the 1,100-unit Brea265 project. Email the Brea Council to express your support. Leaders need to hear from local businesses how crucial housing is for their workforce and economic development; please consider lending your voice in support of new housing!
Share Your Non-Profit Story
The Business Council is grateful for all of its non-profit investors and the impact they're making in our communities. 
If you’re a non-profit member and would like us to highlight your stories. Please send your stories to the Communications Team for consideration.
Photo courtesy of Mid-Atlantic.
Reader Survey Coming Soon
We value your feedback! Look for OCBC’s reader survey coming soon here in e-news. We want to know how we can make this newsletter better for you! 
  • TODAY! Virtually join Chrysalis’ Community Broadcast: Understanding the OC Point in Time Count at 3 p.m. to learn the latest on homelessness in Orange County! There will also be a Q&A opportunity. Register here
  • Council investor University of California, Irvine has established the UCI Ukraine Emergency Response Fund so that displaced students and scholars who are unable to continue their education and research can flee Ukraine. Donations help pay for transportation out of Ukraine or from a third county to the U.S., visa-related costs, basic living expenses and more. 
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce will be leading a Healthcare Trade Mission to Southeast Asia this September with stops in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. The mission will assist U.S. health sector exporters to build industry contacts and increase export sales to Southeast Asia.
  • Join the Business Council's team as the new Business Initiative Specialist and support programs and initiatives designed to create measurable change in Orange County's economy. If interested in applying, contact Jesse Ben-Ron, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at
  • Council investor Transportation Corridor Agencies’ Board recently approved balanced fiscal year 2023 budgets that focus on continued debt management, delivering transportation improvements, incorporating innovative technologies, and considering regional mobility partnerships.
  • Council investor OCTA has approved a balanced budget for FY 2022-23. The budget makes significant investments in public transit and improvements to Orange County’s freeways and streets.
National CORE Receives High Honors
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings, one of the foremost U.S. providers of credit ratings, has given National Community Renaissance of California (National CORE)--an OC Business Council investor--an A+ credit rating, making National CORE only the second affordable housing developer in the nation, and the only one in Southern California, to earn such a rating.
Photo courtesy of National CORE.
2022 Health Care Forum
Embracing Change in Health Care
Don’t miss a candid conversation with Orange County’s health care leaders discussing how they are embracing change and innovations in patient wellness. Featured panel announced soon.

A special thank you to title sponsor City of Hope Orange County, gold sponsors Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Kaiser Permanente and MemorialCare and silver sponsor Providence Southern California.
2022 Washington D.C.
Virtual Advocacy Summit
Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County’s competitive advantage even further! Join us virtually for targeted meetings with legislators and federal agency leaders to advocate for Orange County’s priorities and gain unparalleled access to elected officials. Registration opening soon. 
Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to The Business Council's investors.
Click the committee meeting link to learn more about the specific topics and issues that will be covered and any special guest speakers.
Join Orange County Business Council 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, The Business Council's Chief Operating Officer.