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    Monday, August 20, 2018
    Now Accepting Nominations for 2018 Architectural Awards ProgramThe Buean Park Beautification-Environmental Commission 2018 Architectural Awards Program recognizes residents who take pride in living in Buena Park. The City is now accepting nominations for properties that display beautifully landscaped lawns, well-kept homes and buildings with unique features that enhance neighborhoods in Buena ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, August 20, 2018
    A California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that could ban California sales of many personal care products is awaiting consideration by the Assembly. SB 1249 (Galgiani; D-Stockton) jeopardizes hundreds of thousands of California manufacturing, distribution and retail jobs by effectively banning for sale any personal care product whose ingredient was tested on animals on or after January 1, 2020 ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, August 20, 2018
    Hundreds of independent contractors gathered at the State Capitol on August 15 to urge policymakers to suspend any application of a recent court ruling to allow time to decide the best test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor. The workers at the rally included physicians, insurance agents, taxi drivers, rideshare drivers, salespeople, and speech therapists, among other ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, August 20, 2018
    AB 375 (Chau, Hertzberg), the California Consumer Privacy Act, was passed in late June to avoid a big ballot fight in November over the flawed “privacy initiative.” However, due to a hard deadline to withdraw the ballot initiative, there was little time for meaningful policy negotiation about a law that has a huge impact on many, many businesses. Lots of folks think this new law only applies to ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, August 20, 2018
    California’s labor force grew only 16,922 over the 12 months ending July 2018, or 0.1% growth. The US as a whole grew 1.8 million--a 1.1% expansion. While workers elsewhere continue to return to the workforce, California’s continued low rate has implications for future growth in the state, including the ability to sustain jobs expansion as fewer workers are available and continued effects on state ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, August 17, 2018
    Cal State Fullerton alumni are returning to campus Friday, August 24, 2018 as presenters at the Arts and Technology Forum at the Clayes Performing Arts Center.   The forum, organized by the College of the Arts, is bringing together professionals from the entertainment arts and technology fields to teach students about the growing range of in-demand career options available in entertainment ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News
    Friday, August 17, 2018
    As a result of recent amendments, a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill dealing with pay data disclosure has been removed from the job killer list.SB 1284 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) was amended on August 8 to help rectify the public shaming aspect of the bill and therefore remove the job killer tag. CalChamber remains opposed to SB 1284 because of the administrative burden it still ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    A big battle over property taxes in California is shaping up for the 2020 ballot. Supporters of a bid to increase taxes on commercial land announced Tuesday they’ve collected more than 860,000 signatures to force a vote on the issue in two years. “This is a defining moment for California,” Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, said in a statement. “Closing the commercial property ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    As a result of recent amendments, a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill dealing with pay data disclosure has been removed from the job killer list.SB 1284 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) was amended on August 8 to help rectify the public shaming aspect of the bill and therefore remove the job killer tag. CalChamber remains opposed to SB 1284 because of the administrative burden it still places ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Monday, August 13, 2018
    How many voters does it take to pass a local special tax? Since Proposition 13 in 1978, voters have had the final say on local tax increases. A subsequent initiative passed in 1996, Proposition 218, further required most local tax measures to gain approval by two-thirds of voters, whether proposed by a local government agency or by citizen initiative. (The exception to this is “general” city or ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, August 13, 2018
    The City Council will consider the implementation of a 90-Day Downtown Nighttime Paid Parking Pilot Program on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.  Please see www.cityoffullerton.com/gameplan for more information.
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Chamber News
    Sunday, August 12, 2018
    During an interview with KPCC radio this week, Jennifer Barrera, senior vice president of policy for the California Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the urgent need for the Legislature to pause the application of a recent court ruling to allow time to decide the best test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor. The California State Legislature returned from summer break ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Sunday, August 12, 2018
    Recently, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) updated a required California workplace poster - EDD Notice to Employees (DE 1857A). The revised notice is dated May 2018 but was published in July 2018. The EDD informed the California Chamber of Commerce that, while maintaining updated publications is always encouraged, employers can continue to use the previous version of DE ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, August 10, 2018
    In late April, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, No. S222732 (April 30, 2018), in which it set forth a new standard for distinguishing between an employee versus an independent contractor. (See May 4, 2018 Alert). To distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor, the Court concluded that individuals ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, August 10, 2018
    During the first month of the 2018-19 fiscal year, California took in less revenue than estimated in the budget enacted at the end of June, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today.  Total revenues of $6.63 billion for July were lower than anticipated by $294.7 million, or 4.3 percent. While sales taxes missed the mark, personal income tax (PIT) and corporation tax – the other two of the “big ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    Yesterday afternoon AB 448 passed off of the Senate Floor with no recorded opposition. The final vote count was 37-0, with three Senators absent from the floor at the time of the vote. Yesterday's vote means that AB 448 went through two Senate policy committees and the full Senate without a recorded "no" vote against the measure. The bill was sponsored by Association of California Cities Orange ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    During an interview with KPCC radio yesterday Jennifer Barrera, senior vice president of policy for the California Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the urgent need for the Legislature to pause the application of a recent court ruling to allow time to decide the best test for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor. The California State Legislature returned yesterday from summer ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    North Orange County Chamber’s President & CEO, Theresa Harvey, recently participated in a program hosted by Orange County Business Council focusing on Opportunity Zones. The program featured Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-65 District) , chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy. During the event, California Forward provided an overview of "opportunity ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News, Member News
    Monday, August 06, 2018
    The California State Assembly and Senate return today from their month-long summer recess and will consider the remaining job killer bills over the next several weeks. The next significant deadline for the job killer bills is August 17, the date by which fiscal committees must send the bills along for consideration by the entire Senate or Assembly. In addition, seven tax-related job killer ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Monday, August 06, 2018
    California’s brand new $290 million system for collecting sales tax is off to a rocky start. A customer service center for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is swamped with complaints. Small business owners are leaving snarky comments online, and Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is preparing to waive penalties for people who file their returns late because of technical ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Friday, August 03, 2018
    The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has announced the second application period is open for businesses interested in applying for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). Applications must be submitted by August 20. The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses who want to come, stay, or grow in California. Tax credit ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Member News, Legislative and Advocacy
    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    New Study Advises Policymakers to Consider Renewable Natural Gas for Low-Carbon Buildings Strategy   Replacing 16 percent of natural gas with renewable gas could achieve similar GHG reductions as electrifying 100 percent of California’s buildings   By using a mix of both in and out of state resources, the renewable natural gas strategy is 3 times more cost effective in reducing GHGs than any ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    The City of Buena Park, in association with Palmer Productions, will be presenting the Civic Theatre production of Xanadu. This Tony Award-nominated, humorous, roller-skating, musical adventures about following dreams despite limitations set by others, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    North Orange County Chamber joins a coalition of businesses led by CalChamber to oppose SB626, as amended May 25, 2018, as it requires a publicly held corporation with its principal executive offices in California to: (1) promote an individual to the Board of Directors simply on the basis of gender; (2) displace an existing member of the Board of Directors solely on the basis of gender; and (3) ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy, Chamber News
    Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    The Fullerton Museum Center will be launching its latest exhibit, "They Also Ran: The Presidential Hopefuls," on Saturday, August 25, 2018 and run the exhibit until Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Fullerton Museum Center 301 N Pomona Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832.  The exhibit will open on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 with a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, where patrons can enjoy an evening of ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    Colette’s Catering is now the exclusive caterer of the historic Ebell of Santa Ana, available for holiday parties, corporate presentations, weddings, showers, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, live theater and dance performances.   The Ebell of Santa Ana features a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces including arched doorways, colorful Spanish tiles, high wood beam ceilings, iron ...read more
    Categories: Member News
    Monday, July 30, 2018
    The California Chamber of Commerce is leading a coalition of businesses and organizations in support of workers’ ability to work independently. Through its website at imindependent.co, the coalition explains why state lawmakers need to suspend putting a recent court decision into effect so that there can be a robust legislative discussion about how best to balance worker protections with a ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, July 30, 2018
    In recent years, employers have faced lawsuits over small, or “de minimis,” amounts of unpaid time spent either before or after the employee clocks in — like time spent booting up your computer or locking up the store. In Troester v. Starbucks, the California Supreme Court held that California’s Labor Code and wage orders have not adopted the federal de minimis rule that excuses payment for ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, July 30, 2018
    California’s new Consumer Privacy Act gives consumers the nation’s strongest protections for their personal data, backers contend. But business interests, including the California Chamber of Commerce, and tech associations call the law a “serious threat to the economy” that will result in a barrage of class-action lawsuits without providing benefits to consumers. The new law, which was ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, July 30, 2018
    WARNING: Beginning August 30, 2018, new Proposition 65 regulations will take effect that significantly overhaul longstanding warning regulations and depart from the rules that businesses have relied on for decades. Accordingly, it is imperative that businesses operating or selling into California reassess and potentially overhaul their long-established Proposition 65 compliance programs before ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, July 23, 2018
    You spend up to 40 hours a week (and maybe more) with your co-workers so workplace etiquette, an unofficial code of conduct, can affect both your work environment and professional life. Minding your workplace manners can be tricky though as workplace cultures differ as do the opinions of your managers and fellow co-workers. According to a recent Robert Half survey, senior managers said the most ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Business Training
    Monday, July 23, 2018
    The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a plan to divide California into three states will not appear on the November ballot.The court instructed Secretary of State Alex Padilla to refrain from putting the measure before voters pending further review, “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity, and because we conclude that the potential harm in ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, July 23, 2018
    California voters will save themselves a few stamps after Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a measure requiring elections officials to provide prepaid mail ballots in future elections. The law takes effect in 2019, so you must still pay for your own postage if you vote by mail this November. A handful of counties already include prepaid return envelopes with their mail ballots. Voting by ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, July 23, 2018
    A California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition continues to seek changes to make more workable a bill that, among other provisions, requires hotels to provide employees who work alone with a panic button to summon immediate assistance when called. Although the coalition does not oppose providing panic buttons to employees working alone in hotels, the coalition supports amendments to AB 1761 ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, July 23, 2018
    Given the recent dramatic developments in U.S. trade policy, the U.S. Chamber has provided an update on the key issues in play and how the Chamber is working to represent their members' interests in a rapidly changing arena. Cresting in the first week of July, a wave of steep retaliatory tariffs has been imposed on about $75 billion of U.S. exports. These tariffs are being levied by other ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy
    Monday, July 23, 2018
    California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) latest data shows on a seasonally adjusted basis, total employment edged down 8,900 from May, while the number of unemployed notched up by 5,700.  The labor force eased by 3,200.   California’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.2%, the lowest level in the current data series that began in 1976, as the labor force continued to ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Monday, July 23, 2018
    Theresa Harvey, North Orange County Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer, has been selected by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to study education attainment along with 20 chamber of commerce professionals from communities throughout the United States.The Fellowship for Education & Talent Development is an immersive executive development program that provides ...read more
    Categories: Chamber News
    Thursday, July 12, 2018
    The West County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be hosting a free CERT training class starting Friday, August 17, 2018.  at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. West County CERT is comprised of those who live and/or work in Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Westminster. CERT educates people in disaster preparedness for events that may impact their area and provides ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Business Training
    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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