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    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    Our existing natural gas infrastructure will be needed to achieve the state’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2045. A big reason for this is because California already produces more renewable energy from wind and solar than we can use in a day. Most Californians use energy in their homes during hours without solar and wind production. While batteries can help store of this extra energy, they ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    The Buena Park Beautification Environmental Commission, in conjunction with the Buena Park City Council, will recognize the top three candidates who display their holiday spirit and holiday creativity with extraordinary lights, sights and other displays.  Awards will be given for the first, second and third place winners. The winning homes and/or businesses will be recognized with a holiday ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    At its regular meeting on December 3, 2019, the La Palma City Council selected Peter Kim as Mayor and Nitesh Patel as Mayor Pro Tem for 2020.    Mayor Kim said, “I thank the City Council and residents for the opportunity to serve as Mayor once again. This upcoming year will be a time of transition for the City of  La Palma and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure that the ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Thursday, December 05, 2019
    On December 3, 2019, the La Palma City Council voted to appoint Allan L. Roeder as Interim City Manager, effective December 19, 2019. Mr. Roeder retired from the City of Costa Mesa in 2011 after serving 25 years as City Manager. He most recently served as Interim City Manager for the cities of Fullerton and Garden Grove.    “We are fortunate to have someone as seasoned as Mr. Allan Roeder to ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, December 04, 2019
    The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.  To apply for being a Census worker, you need to first complete an online job application.  This will include some assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience.  For More Information Click HereSee Pay Rates  
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, December 04, 2019
    By special arrangement with the North Pole, Fullerton Parks and Recreation has established a direct mail route to Santa.   From December 2nd – December 16th, special North Pole Express Mailboxes will be found in the lobby of Fullerton City Hall, the Children’s Library of the Fullerton Main Library, the Maple Neighborhood Center, and the lobby of Fullerton Community Center.   Letters ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 04, 2019
    The world’s largest water reuse project of its kind is now entering its final phase in SoCal’s Orange County. The Final Expansion of Orange County’s award-winning Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) is now underway with an estimated completion date of 2023. The joint project of the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) was celebrated last week ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, December 04, 2019
    The Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society and the Aging Studies Academic Program is doing a Holiday Sock Drive for Older Adults.  Bring cheer and warmth to an older adult this year.   All proceeds will go to Adult Day Care Facilities in our community.   Boxes located on the 1st floor of the Humanities, Education Classroom, and Kinesiology buildings.   If you have any questions or comments, please ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 04, 2019
    As the holiday shopping season kicks off, shoppers from coast to coast made an impact at small businesses on the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, held on November 30, 2019. New data released today found U.S. shoppers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reported spending a record high total of an estimated $19.6 billion, according to the 2019 Small ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 03, 2019
    Arborland Montessori Children's Academy in Fullerton has partnered with Golden Dreams Media Company to produce a five-episode STEAM Competition show called "Battle of the Brains." For the next four weeks, the city-owned government/public access channel is broadcasting Arborland's TV show every day between  5 - 8 p.m. on Fullerton's government/public access channel. Arborland hopes the audiences of ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 03, 2019
    For Cal State Fullerton’s female juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent alumnae who aspire to start their own businesses, the Titan Women Collective, a mentoring and professional networking program founded by the Center for Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Charlesetta Medina ’10, is the pathway to preparing for the challenges of running your own business. Following its ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Tuesday, December 03, 2019
    OC Supervisor Doug Chaffee and his colleagues will be hosting their annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Orange County Hall of Administration. At Supervisor Chaffee's office, you will experience a "Taste of District 4" from a local restaurant in his district.  Refreshments will also be provided by Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Vice Chair Michelle Steel, ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, December 02, 2019
     December 2, 2019 CalChamber   How much notice must I give my employees that I’m canceling a shift in order to avoid paying reporting time? Anytime an employee reports to work but is given less than half of the employee’s regular shift, the employer owes that employee reporting time pay. The reporting time payment is equal to half of the scheduled or regular shift, no less than two hours and ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, December 02, 2019
    The La Palma Community Services Department is collecting donations for the annual holiday Marine Toys for Tots Program. Those interested may bring a new, unwrapped toy to help less fortunate children throughout the country experience the joys of the holiday. Toy donations may be delivered at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 11th or may be dropped off at the Community Center ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    During Thanksgiving week, your work commute may be a little smoother as some people take the entire week off from work, resulting in fewer cars on the road. For the rest of the year, however, you’re not alone if your commute stresses you out before you arrive at work; half of professionals say traveling to and from work is stressful, according to a recent Robert Half survey.  Additionally, ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    Construction of Fullerton’s city wide fiber optic network is in full swing. The network will be the USA’s largest privately funded Open Access Network passing each and every home and business in Fullerton. SiFi Networks is revolutionizing the American market in its creation of an open access network which is privately funded, enabling residents and businesses a choice of Internet Service ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    Habitat for Humanity of Orange County has many ways to volunteer.  Invest yourself in creating healthy OC communities.  Currently, they are in a final push to get four homes in Fullerton completed and have the following volunteering dates available.    Monday, December 2Tuesday, December 3Thursday, December 5Click here to volunteer for these Fullerton homes.Click here to view other volunteer ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    The County of Orange is transitioning to the Voter’s Choice Act, Vote Centers, in 2020.  Under the Voter’s Choice Act, casting a ballot in Orange County will be easier and more convenient for voters - every voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot, voters will have the option to vote in-person for an 11-day period including weekends, and voters will be able to vote at any location in the ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, November 26, 2019
    November 25, 2019 Valerie Nera Water The Newsom Administration just announced that it intends to sue the federal government over its plan to ship more water through the Delta saying the biological opinions supporting the plan are insufficient to protect endangered fish. The back and forth sparring between the Newsom Administration and the Trump Administration continues unabated.  Read More
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Tuesday, November 26, 2019
    There are 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. These are distributed to the 50 states by population, and an accurate census count helps your state get the right amount of seats. Watch this new Public Service Announcement (PSA) by the U.S. Census Bureau to learn more about how census data will affect congressional representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.  More
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, November 25, 2019
     November 19, 2019 CalChamber For the ninth year in a row, California’s travel and tourism economy surged, adding $79 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). Visit California’s Economic Impact of Travel in California report for 2018 shows that visitors spent more than $140 billion in the state on travel, a 5.4% increase from 2017. The travel and tourism sector also added more than ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Lyft wants to make sure everyone makes it home safe to enjoy turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie with their family by offering free ride credit to Orange County residents on Wednesday, November 27.    Teaming up with the Orange County Ride Smart Coalition, Lyft is pledging up to $25,000 this year in free ride credit to provide a responsible ride option and discounted rides on weekends and ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Meagan Bingham from Be Inspired PR joined KTLA with décor and tablescape ideas for your Thanksgiving table and Colleen from Colette’s Catering and Events joined with recipe ideas for an Italian Inspired Thanksgiving. For more information on BE Inspired PR, you can visit their website. Watch the video here.
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, November 25, 2019
    Pathways of Hope, a nonprofit agency dedicated to ending homelessness and hunger in North Orange County, California, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund. “Pathways of Hope puts the needs of the community members we serve first in all of our work. We deeply appreciate being recognized by the Day 1 Families Fund and chosen for their ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, November 25, 2019
    In honor of the 10th annual Small Business Saturday®, taking place on November 30, American Express is illuminating the challenges and opportunities facing small business owners today, as well as educating consumers on the positive impact of shopping small year-round. With the state of retail changing – from rising rents to shifting consumer behavior – and many communities experiencing ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, November 22, 2019
    Senator Ling Ling Chang Will Introduce Bill to Make Unsolicited Nude Images a Crime in CA State Senator Ling Ling Chang (R – Diamond Bar) announced today she will be working with one of the world's most popular social networking apps, Bumble, and its founder and CEO, Whitney Wolfe Herd, to combat indecent exposure online. In January, Senator Chang will introduce legislation to go after sexual ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, November 22, 2019
    By Brady Macdonald The return of the reimagined Bear-y Tales attraction at Knott’s Berry Farm raises one all-important question: Will the new dark ride still have the famous boysenberry smell? “Riders once again will visit and see the boysenberry pie factory,” Knott’s vice president of entertainment Ken Parks said during a press conference in Florida. “And yes, there will be the smell of ...read more
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    Friday, November 22, 2019
    By Jeong Park Sustainable farming could breathe new life into Union Pacific Park near Fullerton’s downtown. The 1.7-acre park was closed off by the city nearly a decade ago, but a proposal by the nonprofit Renewable Farms that would develop part of the property with an urban farm using aquaponics could make way for recreational use by the community again. The city recently entered into an ...read more
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    Friday, November 22, 2019
    By: Robert Moutrie Building on decades of steady movement towards legalization of cannabis in California, 2020 promises new questions for employers concerned about workplace safety and federal compliance.   As a refresher, 2016’s Proposition 64 legalized recreational use of cannabis products, but expressly carved out the workplace and preserved employers’ ability to keep marijuana out of the ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, November 22, 2019
    By CalChamber Throughout the year, the California Chamber of Commerce has been covering the developments surrounding the Dynamex Supreme Court decision on independent contractor classification and AB 5 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego; Chapter 296), the bill that codified the Dynamex decision. Now that AB 5 has been signed into law and is set to take effect on January 1, 2020, employers may be wondering ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, November 22, 2019
    By: Thaddeus Swanek As 95% of global customers reside outside the United States, international trade is more vital than ever.  The U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) provides financing and loan guarantees to U.S. companies who export and their customers.  Reauthorization for Ex-Im will run out November 21 if Congress fails to pass a funding bill to keep the government open. This funding will ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    There are a few new and significant 2020 California employment laws that employers need to be aware of, as they may affect daily business operations, policies and employees. Of the 2,625 bills introduced in the Legislature this year, 1,042 bills reached Governor Gavin Newsom's desk. He signed 870 and vetoed 172 — and many of those signed will affect California employers. Some bills made ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News, Business Training
    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    The U.S. Small Business Administration today issued a direct final rule that will allow governors to petition the SBA's Administrator to designate HUBZone status to certain covered areas.  A covered area is an area in a state that is located outside of an urbanized area, as determined by the Census Bureau.  The rule is published in the Federal Register and effective January 1, 2020, unless ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Thursday, November 21, 2019
     Nov 20 2019 -  Benefits -  HRWatchdog   Now is the time for your employees to start planning on taking full advantage of their employer’s health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) during 2020. Employees may contribute up to $2,750 during the 2020 plan year, which is a $50 increase over 2019. Employees who want to contribute to an FSA must make that choice for 2020, even if they contributed ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association Gives 100% For Chang's Voting Record Senator Chang received a perfect voting record from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association.  Only seven of the forty elected Senators received a perfect score for their tax related votes. Chang was also a co-author of AB 162, an attempt to prohibit a 'cell phone tax'.  Read More.
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    OC MADE Program to Launch 40 New Businesses at the O.C. Marketplace The SBA is encouraging Americans to support local communities by shopping at small businesses on Saturday, November 30. Celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday allows consumers to make a tremendous impact in their neighborhoods by supporting local small businesses. Last year, an ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    November 12, 2019 By: Robert Moutrie | Capitol Insider Building on decades of steady movement towards legalization of cannabis in California, 2020 promises new questions for employers concerned about workplace safety and federal compliance.   As a refresher, 2016’s Proposition 64 legalized recreational use of cannabis products, but expressly carved out the workplace and preserved employers’ ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    By: Thaddeus Swanek | U.S. Chamber of Commerce At a time when more than 95% percent of global consumers reside outside the United States, international trade is more vital than ever. But buying and selling abroad carries inherent risk. What if you can’t obtain financing for your overseas sales? Luckily, these problems were considered long ago and the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) was created ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    By: Thomas J. Donohue | U.S. Chamber of Commerce From an economic standpoint, we’ve yet to unlock the full potential of America’s small business sector. But we know just where to start – using technology to boost exports. To help realize the commercial promise of growth-minded companies across the country, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with Google – published a report detailing ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    The City of Buena Park is presenting an exhibit featuring over 40 different quilts from the Acacia Quilt Guild and Subterranean Quilters.  The vibrant handcrafted textiles were created to illustrate a story, be donated to charitable organizations and simply for the appreciation of the craft.  The Aracia Quilt Guild has partnerships will the local Buena Park community.  The Subterranean Quilters ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    Stater Bros. Markets will celebrate grand reopenings for its stores located in Phelan, Riverside, and the Fullerton store located at 1040 E. Bastanchury Road.  In addition to the upgraded exterior signage featuring the Company's new, refreshed logo, each of these locations will also showcase enhanced interior upgrades and expanded offerings.   Stater Bros. Charities will present to a donation ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance on cost-of-living adjustments affecting contributions to 401(k) plans and other retirement-related items for 2020 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds, triggering their adjustment. However, one key limit remains unchanged. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Chamber News, Member News
    Monday, November 18, 2019
    In September, the IRS published a notice indicating the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which is mandated by the Affordable Care Act, would be back in effect in 2020.  The HIT was active from 2014 through 2016, and again in 2018, with reprieves in 2017 and 2019.  The tax is applied to individual policies, small groups, employers that are not self-insured, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Part D, and ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, November 18, 2019
    By Jeong Park | Orange County Register   Apartments were overcrowded. Gangs owned the neighborhood park. When the usual city tools – code enforcement visits and increased police presence – weren’t enough, frustrated officials reached for a sledgehammer to address the problems of the Richman Park neighborhood in south Fullerton: The city would buy all of the properties in the neighborhood, ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Southwest Airlines Co. announced a continuation of the carrier's legacy of Culture leadership with a new Managing Director of Culture & Engagement, Whitney Eichinger. In this role, Eichinger will be responsible for Southwest's enterprise support of the airline's iconic Culture, along with the roadmaps for the Employee Experience and Employee Insights. The Change Leadership Team will be part of ...read more
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    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Southwest Airlines Co., in partnership with Leon Logothetis, known as The Kindness Guy, shares a content series created exclusively for the airline that underscores Southwest's core values of kindness, civility, and following The Golden Rule. This five-part series follows Leon as he travels with Southwest to cities across the country, using his welcoming man-on-the-street style to meet people ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Governor Gavin Newsom signed a California Chamber of Commerce supported job creator bill last month that will help California businesses rebuild after disasters. SB601 (Morell, R-Rancho Cucamonga) permits state agencies to establish a procedure to reduce licensing fees for individuals or businesses in California that have been affected by the federal or state-declared emergency, such as a natural ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, November 18, 2019
    Supervisor Doug Chaffee hosted the first annual Orange County Fourth District Kindness Awards on Wednesday, November 13 at Fullerton College, which was emceed by the Honorable former Mayor of Anaheim Tom Tait and attended by over 90 guests. Michael Brown was the recipient of the Kindness Award from the City of Buena Park. Brown has been volunteering at the SeniorServ Adult Day Care Center every ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, November 18, 2019
    The City of Fullerton is collecting donations in hopes to decorate Downtown Fullerton for the holiday season with new bows, wreaths, and lights on several lampposts and trees. Donations of any amount are appreciated and will be collected until Sunday, December 15th at 11:59 pm.  Donation are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please check with your tax attorney for the actual ...read more
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    Friday, November 15, 2019
    By Adam Beam for Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians who lost their home insurance because of the threat of wildfires will be able to buy comprehensive policies next year through a state-mandated plan under an order issued Thursday by the state insurance commissioner. Devastating wildfires have plagued the state in recent years, destroying thousands of homes. Those claims ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, November 15, 2019
    This month, residents in the neighborhoods approximately between Gilbert and Euclid, between Commonwealth and Orangthorpe will begin to see these door hangers announcing SiFi’s FiberCity™ network construction activities for the installation of a gigbit speed fiber optic network. The door hangers include a contact phone number directly to SiFi for inquiries, questions or concerns (855) 712-6082. ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Friday, November 15, 2019
    CARB has provided limited education and engagement to the business community on the reporting regulation. In fact, CARB only released the reporting requirements less than two months ago, and a large portion of the more than 10,000 businesses impacted are unaware of the proposed regulation.   CalChamber (along with other leading business groups) is urging CARB to: Bifurcate the large entity ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, November 15, 2019
    Maureen Grimaldo, for The Hornet The North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees voted 4-3 in approval of the Sherbeck Field improvement project. The approval will allow the installation of permanent bleachers, lighting and a sound system. There were a number of speakers ranging from former to current athletes, residents of the surrounding area and also a letter from ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Friday, November 15, 2019
    Senate Bill 552 (Household Hazardous Waste Sunset) will delete the January 1, 2020 sunset date established by Senate Bill 456 (Huff) and encourage the use of door-to-door household hazardous waste (HHW) collection.  By removing the sunset from the statue, this bill will allow the program to continue indefinitely into the future. Residents will be able to safely, easily, and responsibly dispose of ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    Stater Bros. Markets is inspiring the spirit of “Harvesting Hope” by offering convenient ways for customers and employees to further local hunger relief efforts. Throughout November and December, all checkout lanes will sell $5.00 “Bag of Hope” donation cards and also display holiday canisters to collect cash and coin donations.  All funds collected in November and December through these efforts ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    The City of Fullerton is accepting applications from citizens interested in filling vacancies on the City of Fullerton Community Development Citizens’ Committee and Library Board of Trustees. The Community Development Citizens’ Committee has an unscheduled vacancy for a term expiring December 31, 2020.  The Library Board of Trustees has vacancies for two upcoming terms expiring December 31, ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    The digital revolution is creating economic opportunity, but it’s also creating disruption – and with it, insecurity for many businesses and workers. Much of this insecurity stems from two gaps that are preventing our nation from leveraging its talent and people from realizing their potential. The first is a skills gap – too many people lack the skills or credentials required to compete for ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Wednesday, November 13, 2019
     Nov 12 2019 -  Local Ordinances -  Bianca Saad More California cities continue to adopt local minimum wage ordinances (MWO). Three new cities have local minimum wage ordinances beginning January 1, 2020 — Menlo Park, Novato and South San Francisco. Don’t forget, earlier this year, both Sonoma and Petaluma established local minimum wages, which are higher than what is required under California ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training, Member News
    Wednesday, November 13, 2019
     November 13, 2019 CalChamber Last week, the CalChamber’s employment law experts joined The Workplace podcast to share the most common questions they are asked concerning medical leaves of absence. Today, the experts are back to discuss other frequently asked questions. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    by Matthew J. Roberts An issue that’s been plaguing employers, their human resources professionals and their employment law counsel for some time now is how to properly calculate premium pay for a nonexempt employee who doesn’t get a compliant rest or meal break. On October 9, 2019, however, the California Court of Appeal issued a long-awaited clarification of California’s meal and rest break ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    College Promise programs provide support for students to attend, persevere in, and complete college based on where they live or where they attend school. 1 It has grown from its first program 15 years ago to more than 320 programs in 47 states. 2 College Promise is not just one specific program — it serves as an umbrella that covers a wide range of programs led by colleges, universities, ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Governor Gavin Newson finished signing/vetoing all bills on October 13. The California Chamber of Commerce was tracking 62 bills on his desk, 32 supported and 30 opposed. So how did we do? Out of the 30 opposed bills, the Governor vetoed 11, including job killer SB 1 (Atkins; D-San Diego) that could have impacted voluntary water agreements, existing water projects, and water flows for ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    This report is from the CalChamber Vote Record: Major Bills 2019, which focuses on California legislators' floor votes on bills of priority to the California Chamber of Commerce.Click here to view the 2019 Legislation Voting Record for Orange County.
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, November 08, 2019
    Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) benefits is a crucial employment law to watch in 2020.  Beginning July 1, 2020, the maximum duration of PFL benefits an individual can receive from California State Disability Insurance (SDI) program will be increased from six to eight weeks.  Read more. 
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training, Member News
    Friday, November 08, 2019
    The employment law experts at the California Chamber of Commerce field more than 1,600 calls on workplaces issues a month. And that’s on top of the inquiries sent their way at human resources seminars and other events. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Friday, November 08, 2019
    By  CalChamber  - November 1, 2019 This report for the first year of the 2019–2020 legislative session focuses on California legislators’ floor votes on California Chamber of Commerce priority bills. This is the 45th vote record the CalChamber has compiled in response to numerous requests by member firms and local chambers of commerce that would like a gauge by which to measure the performance ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, November 08, 2019
    The U.S. Small Business Administration declared the primary county of Riverside and the contiguous counties of Imperial, Orange, San Bernardino, and San Diego a disaster area. This declaration is a result of damages caused by the Sandalwood Fire that occurred 10/10/2019 to 10/14/2019.   The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OS) is providing the enclosed information ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, November 07, 2019
    The North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) Board of Trustees is expected to vote in November on the proposed stadium at Fullerton College. If they approve the project, construction could start as early as January. NOCCCD representatives presented the latest stadium plans at a Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday October 22. There was a formal presentation of the Final ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    By THERESA WALKER | thwalker@scng.com | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 5, 2019 at 7:31 pm | UPDATED: November 5, 2019 at 7:32 pm   A first-of-its-kind legislative hearing in Buena Park Tuesday covered a wide range of issues related to homelessness in Orange County, from the cost of operating emergency shelters to support for medical-based treatment for jailed addicts to the dynamics ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    By ALICIA ROBINSON | arobinson@scng.com | The Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: November 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm | UPDATED: November 5, 2019 at 10:58 pm Traditional elections – having a single day to cast a ballot in a local church hall, fire station or neighbor’s garage – are so 2019. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters in three cities (San Clemente, Santa Ana and Stanton) chose school board and council ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) announced rate changes for the computer software employee exemption and the licensed physician and surgeon exemption. The new rates take effect January 1, 2020. For the computer software employees’ exemption:The minimum hourly rate of pay exemption increased to $46.55 from its previous rate of $45.41;The minimum monthly salary increased to ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park earned recognition with the 2019 Gold Standard Attendance and Programmatic Excellence Award from the Boys & Girls Club of America (BCGA). The award was presented to Club CEO Todd Trout by BGCA President Jim Clark.Selected from over 1,000 clubs in the Pacific West region, the Buena Park Club was also awarded $12,000 from Bridgestone Tires to further its growth and ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, September 09, 2019
    Orange County is famous for its “firsts” when it comes to Toll Roads. Orange County’s Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) opened the first toll roads in the state a quarter century ago. TCA created FasTrak, the first to offer electronic transponders so drivers could pay without having to stop at a toll booth. And now, TCA is first again – this time with the sticker transponder. If you are a ...read more
    Categories: Member Highlight, Chamber News, Member News
    Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    In the words of the great Albert Einstein, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world.” Professionals at RAI Wealth Management agree, and they emphasize that the time to plan for retirement is now. With no minimum requirement to invest, it’s no surprise that the independent advisory team at RAI Wealth Management recommends people begin to plan for their financial future as early as ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News, Member Highlight
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019
    Arborland Montessori Children’s Academy cultivates future leaders by applying and teaching the Montessori Method of Education – an innovative, child-centered approach to education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Arborland is one school with two campuses in Fullerton—one on Hughes Drive and the other on Valencia Drive. However, the faculty, students and parents all function as one community. The ...read more
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    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    Brea Improv combines stand-up comedy with tasty food and cocktails for laughter-filled nights.  The popular club has now moved to a larger, expanded theater - on Brea Boulevard, just four doors down from its former location on Birch Street. Founder Robert Hartmann opened the comedy club in 1989. According to management, the club continues to receive support from Brea and surrounding communities ...read more
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    Monday, January 14, 2019
    Ocean Subaru of Fullerton: Share the Love  Ocean Subaru of Fullerton, located on Euclid in Fullerton, shares the love with customers and the community. While the dealer offers a variety of new and used Subaru models, loan and lease options, and car service and maintenance, they also support partnerships benefiting organizations throughout the community. According to General Manager, Kevin Kim, a ...read more
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    Monday, January 07, 2019
    Pickled Monk: A Little Spot for Everybody   A neighborhood hub for folks to drink and grub, Pickled Monk is “a little spot for everybody,” described Chelsea Coltman, general manager of the new downtown Fullerton establishment.   Upon entering, guests are directed to the host stand by black carpet and deep orange railings. There, they are welcomed with warm smiles and greetings from the staff ...read more
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