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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Friday, November 08, 2019
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 OCTA approved an agreement with the Riverside County Transportation Commission, Transportation Corridor Agencies and Caltrans that lays the groundwork for the construction of a tolled connector between the 241 Toll Road and the 91 Express Lanes. The agreement is a result of several months of discussions and sets the stage for traffic relief, while ensuring the ...read more
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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. 
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    MISSION VIEJO, CA – Seven community college districts throughout Orange County and Los Angeles have partnered to present the City to Sea Community College Faculty Job Summit, to be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Anaheim Majestic Hotel. The Orange County event is the first of its kind, spearheaded by leaders of each community college district. All four ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    Supervisor Doug Chaffee in partnership with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC) is hosting a Turkey Dinner Food Drive in the 4th district. CAP OC hosts the annual Turkey Drive as a part of the Hope for the Holidays campaign. Join them to make a difference for struggling families and help them celebrate by donating $20. Every $20 will go towards providing a special turkey ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    Anaheim, CA- The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) has formally voted to make Anaheim Union High School District’s Superintendent Michael B. Matsuda a member of the organization’s Board of Directors on November 1st.. Mr. Matsuda was appointed to the NCCEP Board of Directors to enhance the organization’s mission of ensuring underserved students have the ...read more
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    Monday, November 04, 2019
    November 4, 2019 Jennifer Barrera General Last week, a much-anticipated initiative was filed regarding independent contractor status for transportation network drivers and delivery network drivers/couriers in the gig economy.  The initiative is titled the “Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act” and would allow individuals who are drivers or couriers to continue working as independent ...read more
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    Friday, November 01, 2019
    By John Fensterwald and Daniel J. Willis In 2017, California education leaders heralded the significant increase in the state’s 8th-grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress as a sign that the state’s investment in education and its adoption of the Common Core standards had taken hold. Curb that enthusiasm. In 2019, California’s 8th-graders gave back the gain, as ...read more
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    Friday, October 25, 2019
    Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Stater Bros. Markets, has announced the appointment of Pete Van Helden to its Board of Directors. Van Helden currently serves and will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stater Bros. Markets. “Pete’s appointment comes with full Board approval and on behalf of the entire Board of Directors, it’s my pleasure to welcome Pete as ...read more
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    Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Fullerton School District is a place where learning isn’t just for the students. FSD staff is always learning new and innovative approaches to sharing knowledge with students and improving the learning environment. On November 6, 2019, thirty FSD teachers, administrators, district staff, board members, parents, and community partners will participate in a Korean Cultural Experience. This is an ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    The City of La Palma has been working on a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is a strategic document to identify and reduce threats natural and human-caused disasters. The plan involved public safety officials, City staff, stakeholders, agencies, and technical consultants. Feedback and comments from other La Palma community members have helped ensure the plan reflects the opinions of residents ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    By Rong-Gong Lin II On Thursday, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will unveil an app created by UC Berkeley that will give all Californians who download it on iOS and Android phones the chance to get earthquake early warnings from any corner of the state. Authorities will also begin issuing quake early warnings through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, offering text ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
     2020 Census Jobs These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure that everyone in your community is ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    You may see officers wearing special pink patches in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The La Palm Police Association will be selling these patches, both in the La Palma style as well as the classic Dairyland style. If you would like to purchase either patch, please visit the Police Department Lobby (7792 Walker Street) with $10 cash or check, with checks made out to the La Palma ...read more
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    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
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    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
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    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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