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    Monday, January 27, 2020
    Californians who do not receive health insurance through their jobs or public insurance programs have until Friday, January 31, to sign up for health coverage for 2020, or face tax penalty.  About 318,000 people have newly enrolled in health insurance through Covered California, the state marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, since open enrollment began Oct. 15. For those who enroll by ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Monday, January 27, 2020
    By  Loren Kaye By many important measures, California has never been better off. Our state enjoys unprecedented wealth, employment and health. Our economy created 3.4 million jobs in the 10 years since the worst of the Great Recession, a 24% growth spurt, driving the unemployment rate to a record low 3.9%. Our job growth has accounted for one out of every seven new U.S. hires. This rising tide ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, January 24, 2020
    The Fullerton Police Department has been developing its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program for almost two years and is now ready to join the other 900 public agencies using UAS’s to provide airborne support to police and emergency operations. The deployment of civilian UAS will be used to assist the City of Fullerton and incident commanders on heightened situational awareness on specific ...read more
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    Friday, January 24, 2020
    Illumination Foundation Recuperative Care and Navigation Center  At its meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the City Council voted to deny an appeal of the Planning Commission approval of conditional use permit (CUP) for a Human Service Agency with 60-beds of recuperative care and 90-bed navigation center with wraparound services at 3535 West Commonwealth Avenue. Now that the appeal has been ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue gave the annual State of American Business address, where he outlined top priorities for the business community in the coming year. During the event, the Chamber highlighted several business leaders who are finding solutions in the face of uncertainty and called upon government leaders to adopt the must-do spirit of American business to address ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    The California Chamber of Commerce employment law team has been on the road throughout January, conducting Employment Law Updates seminars and explaining changes that transpired over the previous year that impact workplace practices and policies. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law experts Matthew Roberts ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News
    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    On Jan. 15, 2020, the California Supreme Court granted, and then deferred further action on, the appeal of a lower appellate court’s opinion in Gonzales v. San Gabriel Transit, Inc. pending its disposition of Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int'l, Inc., which takes up the common issue of whether the Dynamex decision applies retroactively. Last year, the governor of California signed Assembly ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    American First Credit Union will award one member $50,000, its grand prize in their newest savings program named Big Prize Savings. The program is designed to promote and increase members’ saving habits by offering a chance to win cash prizes just for saving their money. The program started in February 2019 and has presented monthly $1,000 and quarterly $10,000 awards in addition to the grand ...read more
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    Thursday, January 23, 2020
    American First Credit Union has moved to its newly constructed branch in the Fullerton marketplace to better serve members in the area. The new financial center is open at 4180 N. Harbor Blvd. Ste. A at the corner of Harbor Blvd. & Imperial Highway, 1.4 miles from its former location. In addition to its standard weekday hours, the branch has added Saturday express branch hours, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    Economic trends, projections of the economy, the state of housing in California, and the current presidential race will be among the topics addressed at the 2020 North Orange County & Western Riverside Economic Forecast Conference at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on Thursday, February 13, 2020. The keynote speaker, Dr. Christopher Thornberg, one of California’s leading economists and ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Chamber News
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking comments on a proposed rule that would allow veteran-owned small businesses, including companies located in Puerto Rico and disaster areas, access to property no longer needed by the federal government. The Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program, managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, enables non-federal ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training, Member News
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    Drones buzzing over So Cal beaches, piloted remotely by Fullerton College students, are doing more than capturing scenery from a bird’s eye view. While the drones do provide a fresh perspective not normally available to humans, the students piloting these drones are taking advantage of what can be seen to help the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach.Read more.
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    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    AB 5 (Gonzalez) Codifies and applies retroactively the 2018 California Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Dynamex Operations W. v. Superior Court, which prohibits independent contracting unless very proscriptive and restrictive conditions are met (i.e. the “ABC” Test).Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) issued the following statement after the governor signed Assembly Bill 5, which will ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020
    Knott’s Berry Farm will kick off its 2020 Seasons of Fun with the return of the Knott’s PEANUTS Celebration, a special multi-weekend event uniquely dedicated to celebrating the beloved PEANUTS characters. Guests can step inside the pages of a Charles M. Schulz comic book strip as Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the PEANUTS Gang take over Knott’s Berry Farm with a celebration ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    The new law governing independent contracting, AB 5, includes what can be described as a business-to-business (B2B) exemption. But a close examination of the actual language shows that the B2B exemption is virtually inoperable. The author of AB 5 consistently states that the B2B carve-out provides relief to freelancers and sole proprietors to continue operating in the state and not be subject ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    State Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler discussed California's economic outlook at a California Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week. The Department of Finance (DOF) expects the state's economy to keep growing, though at a slower pace than seen before. The state saw an overall $5.6 billion surplus this year, and though the figure is lower than previous years, Bosler cited improvements in the ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), together with Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1930, to protect students if any admission requirement policy changes are sought by California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).   AB 1930 comes on the heels of a proposed decision by the California State University to add to the already long ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    The California Chamber of Commerce reminded legislators this week that pending job killer legislation will significantly increase workers’ compensation costs for public and private hospitals. Senate Bill 567 (Caballero; D-Salinas) presumes certain diseases and injuries are caused by the workplace, including blood-borne infectious diseases, tuberculosis, meningitis, Methicillin-resistant ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    The California Chamber of Commerce is the voice of California businesses of all sizes, expert at promoting pro-job policies and advising employers on the practical impact of state laws and regulations in the workplace. It tracks more than 3,000 legislative proposals every year, speaking up when a bill will hurt employers and the economy, and working to win support for legislation that will help ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    In December 2019, the IRS released its new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for 2020. Prompted by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the IRS made major revisions designed to make income tax withholding easier for employees, including changing the name from Employees’ Withholding Allowance Certificate. The new form no longer has withholding allowances, which were tied to personal ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training, Member News
    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), the California Legislative's non-partisan fiscal and policy advisor, released its annual report on California's climate policies, recommending that "[i]n the future, the Legislature might want to rely more heavily on the most cost-effective programs, such as cap-and-trade. Read More.
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    The Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposal increases funding for the three public higher education segments—the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges—with the goal of improving degree completion rates and closing opportunity gaps, therefore improving students’ upward economic mobility.  This budget proposal addresses two of California ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    Jovita Carranza now serves the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Administrator Carranza will lead the only federal agency exclusively dedicated to assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting, growing, and expanding their businesses. Read More. 
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    California is now into the 11th year of the U.S. economic recovery and all of the state's economic vitals continue to be strong, state Finance Director Kelly Martin Bosler told business leaders at a California Chamber of Commerce luncheon yesterday. Read More. 
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law experts Matthew Roberts and Biana Saad discuss new lactation accommodation requirements, highlighting location specifications, a new policy requirement, reset and meal break premium pay penalties, private right of action, expectations, and the undue hardship exemption in this episode of The Workplace podcast. To ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    Stater Bros. Markets will celebrate the grand reopening of its store located at 1111 E. Imperial Highway in Placentia. This location will feature updated exterior signage including the Company's new, refreshed logo and will showcase enhanced interior upgrades and expanded offerings including: Energy-efficient LED lightingExpanded selection of wine and beerFujiSan handcrafted sushiFresh cut ...read more
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    Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    The Habitat OC construction team is in need of volunteers to help out at our Fullerton site. Volunteer opportunities are available on the following days:Thursday, January 16  Friday, January 17Thursday, January 23 No experience is necessary.  
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, January 13, 2020
    SANTA ANA – The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the selection of Godfrey Hinds as Lead Economic Development Specialist for SBA’s Orange County / Inland Empire District Office (OCIE). Hinds will lead a team of professionals responsible for developing initiatives and opportunities that maximize the delivery of SBA programs and services to approximately 7 million people throughout ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Monday, January 13, 2020
    Connect SoCal - Upcoming Plan Engagement Opportunities As the January 24 public comment deadline for Connect SoCal approaches, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is announcing their final plan engagement opportunities, including two virtual opportunities, a Webinar and Tele-Town Hall. They will offer these virtual forums as a convenience for the communities they serve and allow ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, January 13, 2020
    Jerrold Williams Joins Stater Bros. Markets as Senior Vice President of Human Resources Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in Southern California, has named Jerrold Williams as Senior Vice President of Human Resources (HR). In this role, Williams will report directly to Stater Bros. President, Greg McNiff and will oversee Stater Bros.’ Administration Division, ...read more
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    Friday, January 10, 2020
    The City of Stanton is accepting nominations for the 2020 Women of Distinction Awards Program. This program is to recognize women from different industries and professions who have demonstrated exceptional leadership through their professional endeavors, community involvement, and social responsibility. The requirements are that a nominee must live, work, and/or volunteer in the City of ...read more
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    Thursday, January 09, 2020
    Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:00am 2020 State of American Business Address: A Year of Meaningful Action Today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue gave the annual State of American Business address, where he outlined top priorities for the business community in the coming year. During the event, the Chamber highlighted several business leaders who are finding solutions in the face of ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    On Friday, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller is expected to hear arguments on whether to permanently stop a new California law banning arbitration agreements made as a condition of employment from taking effect. Mueller issued a temporary restraining order on the arbitration law, AB 51, on December 30, 2019, thus preventing it from taking effect on January 1. In October 2019, the ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
    During Governor Newsom’s successful gubernatorial election run, he lauded the single-payer health care model.  While the concept has garnered red-hot attention amongst Democratic Presidential candidates, the issue has gone stone cold in California.  That is, until the Governor announced he had created a single-payer commission to explore the health care financing concept. On December 17, the ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, January 06, 2020
    The state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) will be hosting a series of seminars discussing Assembly Bill 5 throughout the year. During the seminar, they will go over the ABC Test, how to go about determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor as well as provide resources to aid in classifying workers. Here are the first few months of seminars, if you do not see ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, January 02, 2020
    The 1920’s was seen as a Decade of Change – and we can expect the same for the 2020’s. As we begin the New Year, change is certain for businesses large and small. Beyond local regulations, the U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting its population count which will undoubtedly change the future of our communities. California will also hold an early primary with voters casting ballots on and before ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    No Party Preference Voters that want to vote for U.S. President must request a primary election ballot with presidential candidates.SANTA ANA, CA – If you are a No Party Preference voter and want to vote for a presidential candidate, the Registrar of Voters needs to hear which ballot you would like by January 2nd for March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. No Party Preference voters that do ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    CalChamber Advocacy | By: Denise Davis United States District Judge Kimberly J. Muller today issued a temporary restraining order enjoining enforcement of AB 51 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego), pending the court’s resolution of CalChamber’s motion for preliminary injunction.   The judge set a hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction for January 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.   AB 51, which was set to ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    OC Register | By Brooke Staggs Fields are less crowded than two years ago, but still competitive.  Ballots are set for the March 3 primary in Orange County, with tough partisan and in-party battles expected in a number of races. The Secretary of State on Thursday, Dec. 26, released the list of certified federal and state candidates who qualified for the 2020 primary election. And the Orange ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    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
    Categories: Member News, Member Highlight
    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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