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    Monday, October 22, 2018
    Cal State Fullerton Experts Focus on the State of the Economy Trade wars, a slowing global economy, rate hikes, and the threat of a volatile stock market have the business community asking “Have we reached the end of a nine-year economic expansion?”  Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics economists Anil Puri and Mira Farka said in their spring forecast that Southern ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News
    Friday, October 19, 2018
    This report for the second year of the 2017–2018 legislative session focuses on California legislators’ floor votes on California Chamber of Commerce priority bills. You can view these via links at www.calchambervotes.com. Most bills in this report cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies. The CalChamber recognizes that there are many bills supported or ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training, Member News
    Friday, October 19, 2018
    Unlike Europe, with its recently implemented GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the United States does not have a comprehensive law to regulate the collection and use of data. Certainly, a federal law in this realm, which primarily regulates the internet, is preferable to a piecemeal, state-by-state approach. Yet, as is often the case in these situations, California passed a law to fill ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Friday, October 19, 2018
    North Orange County Chamber (NOCC) joined local elected officials at Slidebar Rock n’ Roll Kitchen in downtown Fullerton as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced their support for Young Kim’s run for the 39th Congressional District. They join NOCC in supporting Kim in this competitive race.   "Young Kim has been a small-business owner and a public servant. She served with Congressman Ed Royce ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Chamber News, Member News
    Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Every year, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction names extraordinary educators as California Teachers of the Year.  Fullerton School District is pleased to be the home of one of the finalists for the 2019 Teacher of the Year, Andrea Calvo.  Ms. Calvo is a music teacher at Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts.   Each year, local school districts submit names of nominees to the ...read more
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    Thursday, October 18, 2018
    The City of Fullerton will host its annual Winter Market in conjunction with a paper shredding and e-recycle event on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  The event begins at noon and will last until 4 p.m. and is located in the Fullerton Downtown Plaza. The event will feature performances from local dance studios and local high school music groups. There will be several artesian craft vendors, food ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    “Vireo,” a made-for-TV opera composed by CSUF Grand Central Art Center 2017 artist-in-residence Lisa Bielawa, has received two nominations for the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmys /Television Academy Awards. Bielawa was nominated for creative technical crafts – composer; Charlie Otte was nominated for outstanding director – programming. The episodic production features the work of more than 350 ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    It’s important for employers to keep in mind that California has its own set of rules when it comes to joint-employer liability. A recent top story discussed the proposed rule recently announced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which would change the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As a reminder, the NLRA covers all ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, October 12, 2018
      The space industry has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry and has attracted considerable media attention in recent years, in part because of interest and investment from high profile billionaires like Paul Allen, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk, among others. These entrepreneurs have poured billions of dollars into their respective commercial space ventures and many other private ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News, Business Training
    Friday, October 12, 2018
    The Internal Revenue Service is urging small business owners to learn about how the new tax law changes may affect them. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, made tax law changes that will affect virtually every business and individual in 2018 and the years ahead. Among other things, the new law may change their tax rates and have an impact on the quarterly estimated tax payments ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Friday, October 12, 2018
    Today, Brea City Manager Bill Gallardo and Fullerton City Manager Ken Domer announced the retirement of Brea/Fullerton Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe effective December 29, 2018 and the appointment of Deputy Chief Adam Loeser as the new Fire Chief effective December 30, 2018. In a joint statement, the two City Managers praised Chief Knabe for his professionalism and dedication to the Brea and ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Friday, October 12, 2018
    Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M) honored 10 members of the Southern California community at its eighth annual “California’s Strongest People You Can Bank On” awards ceremony. The awards presented yesterday were given to people who demonstrated the same values and strength of character as F&M’s Declaration of Beliefs: Honesty, Faith, Loyalty, Integrity, Dedication, Gratitude, Humility, ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Chamber News
    Friday, October 12, 2018
    Senator Ling Ling Chang (29th District) and Mayor Virginia Vaughn (Buena Park) were among those honored as Women to Watch in 2019 by California Women’s Leadership Association (CWLA) at the organization’s annual awards luncheon held on October 11, 2018. The organization annually recognizes women leaders, innovators and pioneers. “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by CWLA,” noted Vaughn.  “I ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Fullerton College will join more than 40 community colleges and organizations across California that will host events for Undocumented Student Week of Action, October 15 – 19, 2018. This campaign will advocate for a permanent solution to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that includes a pathway to citizenship, and to provide support and resources to all ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    A recent update on the California Labor Commissioner’s website signals a change in interpretation about how employees must be paid when they work a split shift. The updated information states that the split shift premium owed is one hour at the state minimum wage, or the local minimum wage if there is one, whichever is greater. Historically, the split shift premium has been based only on the ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training
    Tuesday, October 09, 2018
    Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva successfully secured $1 million in funding from the 2018-19 State Budget for Fullerton College’s welding program. The investment from the state, by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva, will allow Fullerton College to better equip students with the skills needed to meet the growing needs of industry. “This funding represents a critical investment in Orange County, and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    Monday, October 08, 2018
    An updated guidance on a tax credit for employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees has been issued by the IRS (Notice 2018-71). The tax credit applies regardless of whether an employer has fewer than 50 employees and therefore is not covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act. Employers should seek guidance from ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training
    Monday, October 08, 2018
    On Friday, October 5, 2018, manufacturers across California and the nation will open their doors to participate in Manufacturing Day, kicking off a series of events taking place during the month of October. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) the chance to showcase their facilities to the general public. Throughout the state, students, educators, ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Chamber News
    Sunday, October 07, 2018
    Grand opening festivities were truly a celebration at Fullerton Grocery Outlet.  During the festivities, the family-owned company gave five customers from our local community each a $50 gift cards for winning the company's WOW Price is Right game.  In addition, Fullerton Grocery Outlet donated $2,496.12 to Fullerton Soroptimist.  The donation was calculated based on the verified savings that was ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    Friday, October 05, 2018
    On his final day to act on legislation, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed the last surviving California Chamber of Commerce - opposed job killer bill.AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego) would have banned arbitration agreements beneficial to employees, employers and the courts. “We are grateful to the Governor for vetoing this bill and recognizing that, had it become law, AB 3080 would have ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, October 05, 2018
    The Fullerton College Foundation, celebrating its 59th anniversary, announced today the honorees for this year’s President’s Gala. The Gala is being held on the Fullerton College campus, celebrates the contributions of this year’s honorees to the College and the community. The honorees and their respective contributions are as follows: Mary Dalessi: 2018 President’s Award for Outstanding Service ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has vetoed two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed health care bills that would have increased health care premiums if signed into law.Governor Brown recently vetoed:AB 2384 (Arambula; D-Kingsburg) which sought to mandate medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse disorders and would have eliminated all quality control and cost containment mechanisms for the ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training, Member News
    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
      Now Accepting 2019 Small Business Week Award Nominations!The U.S. Small Business Administration, Orange County/Inland Empire District Office is proud to announce it is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.  Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    Wednesday, October 03, 2018
    The California Department of Education recently released results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) online test highlighting increased student achievement gains across the state.  Students in the Fullerton School District CAASPP scores showed gains larger than both the State of California and Orange County. The English Language Arts (ELA) scores in FSD showed ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    The Fullerton College Foundation, celebrating its 59th anniversary, announced today the honorees for this year’s President’s Gala. The Gala is being held on the Fullerton College campus, celebrates the contributions of this year’s honorees to the College and the community.  Among the recipients is Dr. Sueling Chen, Principal, Arborland Education Center and NOC Chamber board member.  The honorees ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Chamber News
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    In celebration of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Allergan Foundation proudly supports the YWCA of North Orange County. The Foundation's Community Grant of $7,500 will help underwrite the YWCA of North Orange County's Neighborhood Link to Breast Cancer Screening Program. In alignment with the mission of the Allergan Foundation, the YWCA of North Orange County makes a positive and ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Late Sunday night, just before the midnight deadline, the U.S. and Canada came to an agreement on a new trade pact, rebranding it the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The joint statement touts the new agreement as creating “freer,” “fairer” and more “robust economic growth in our region.” The revised successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is once again ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Buena Park Police Department (BPPD) will be wearing pink patches in support of the Pink Patch Project. The Pink Patch Project is a collaborative effort of approximately 110 law enforcement agencies across the country who help raise funds for breast cancer research, treatment and education. Purchase a pink patch in support for $10. Under the ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Fullerton School District (FSD) works to provide something for everyone and incorporate personalized learning. Our Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is no exception. FSD believes that all students, including the gifted, develop to their full potential only when their special strengths are identified and supported throughout their lives. The District is committed to providing ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Modernizing NAFTA into a 21st Century Trade Agreement The United States, Mexico, and Canada have reached an agreement to modernize the 24-year-old NAFTA into a 21st century, high-standard agreement. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America. INTELLECTUAL ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Orange County has a competitive edge in the International markets because of our unique blends of communities according to MOIA, the newest company of The Volkswagen Group. MOIA recently met with OCBC and regional economic development leads including NOCC President & CEO, Theresa Harvey, to discuss their new fully electric vehicle rideshare and autonomous driver pilot program. MOIA is looking at ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    NOC imPACt, the political action committee (PAC) formed by the North Orange County and Brea Chambers of Commerce, recently announced their endorsements for those running for office in North Orange County region.  PAC chairman, Alex Burrola, announced the organization’s positions. Among those endorsed is Tim Shaw, candidate for 4th District Orange County Supervisor. NOC imPACt joins other business ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Chamber News, Member News
    Monday, October 01, 2018
    The first modern streetcar in Orange County is expected to break ground by the end of the year, after county transit officials on Monday hired a construction firm to build it for $220.5 million. Orange County Transportation Authority board members voted to award a contract to Walsh Construction, whose bid was the lowest of two that agency officials said met the project requirements. OCTA ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Monday, October 01, 2018
    Orange County supervisors on Tuesday authorized a new $400 million headquarters for the county government, including a public meeting room for the Board of Supervisors and new offices for the supervisors and their staff. The new offices relocate the county Hall of Administration, and involve demolishing three large buildings in the county Civic Center that house other county offices: those of the ...read more
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    Monday, October 01, 2018
    Roughly 2,700 hospitality workers at the Disneyland Resort will get a $15 minimum wage, after members of UNITE HERE Local 11 ratified a new contract over the weekend. The new minimum wage will take effect in January 2019, although hotel housekeepers will immediately see their wages rise to $15.80 an hour, according to a Disney press release. In addition to the wage increase, as a result of the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, October 01, 2018
    AB 3080 Would Have Banned Arbitration Agreements Beneficial to Employees, Employers, Courts The last CalChamber identified Job Killer bill of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher), has been vetoed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. “We are grateful to the Governor for vetoing this bill and recognizing that, had it become law, AB 3080 would have been preempted by federal ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, September 28, 2018
    Two California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills that will help expedite home building, one dealing with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform and another with land-use improvements, have been signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. AB 1804: Promotes Housing DevelopmentAB 1804 (Berman; D-Palo Alto) expedites infill development of affordable housing by expanding the existing ...read more
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    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    On Monday, September 24 at the UN General Assembly in New York, President Trump signed the revised KORUS deal with South Korean President Moon Jae-in calling it a “brand new agreement”. The revised deal includes an extension to the phase-out period for the 25% U.S. tariff on trucks. The tariffs had been scheduled to phase out by 2021, but the amendment will lengthen the phase-out period to 30 ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    For more than 150 years, Coney Island, a strip of sand at the mouth of New York Harbor, has occupied a singular place in the American imagination. From a beginning as a watering hole for the wealthy, through its transformation into an amusement and entertainment mecca for the masses, to its struggle for renewal in recent decades, an extraordinary array of artists have viewed Coney Island as a ...read more
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    Monday, September 24, 2018
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made good on its promise to revisit the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) through the rulemaking process. Because joint-employer status can have significant implications for an employer, the newly proposed rule, which clarifies and narrows the standard for who is considered a “joint employer,” ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, September 24, 2018
    Following are brief summaries of the measures that will appear on the November 6 General Election ballot. When the California Chamber of Commerce has taken a position, the reasons for that position are summarized. The CalChamber encourages employers to share this information with their employees. Businesses are within their rights to do so—just remember: NO PAYCHECK STUFFERS, no coercion, no ...read more
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    Monday, September 24, 2018
    Nicolas Junior High School and Fullerton School District, along with industry partners Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc., and Festo Didactic, global employers and partners in technical and industrial education and training, are proud to announce the opening of a new high-tech STEM lab at Nicolas Junior High School. To mark the occasion, NJHS, FSD, ATC and Festo hosted a ribbon cutting ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Through generous donations from community and corporate partners, every year Giving Children Hope provides new, wrapped Christmas presents to thousands of children in the We’ve Got Your Back program. This year, the Giving Children Hope foundation have created three ways of partnership to spread this Christmas joy: Sponsor Christmas Wish Lists: Every child in the We’ve Got Your Back program ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    Today, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Cranston Fire that occurred July 25 - August 15, 2018. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s designated ...read more
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    Monday, February 05, 2018
    CENTURY 21 Discovery announced today that John Shipley has retired from his position as founding Broker of the firm. Joe Lins has purchased the company and will remain President and CEO of CENTURY 21 Discovery. Stephanie Goedl will continue as Chief Operating Officer and become Broker and a Partner of the firm.   “We are an agent-centric company,” said Lins “and will continue to provide the ...read more
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