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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    FULLERTON, CA – Robert C. Fisler and Valencia Park Schools have been named Apple Distinguished Schools for 2019-2022. This honor is given to schools as nationwide recognition for an exemplary learning environment. Valencia Park students are engaged learners who navigate their 1:1 iPad devices while app surfing. For example, students learn about the water system and create an animated short film ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Founded in 1971, Southwest Airlines is the world’s largest low-cost airline. With 4,000 flights a day and over 59,000 employees, Southwest has seen global success and achieved international brand recognition. In order to stay on top of the industry, Southwest has a small but mighty team of state affairs advisors who track, monitor, and manage the policy issues that affect the company most. While ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Starting in 2019, you may notice census takers in your neighborhood.  This is a normal part of preparations for the 2020 Census. Census Bureau employees will also be in the community to continue collecting information for the American Community Survey and other ongoing surveys. Visit the new 2020 Census website for more information on census workers, including:How you can verify someone is a ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    Fullerton Collaborative hosted a panel during its general meeting, titled Jobs 2020: A Clear Vision for our Future Workforce, moderated by Barry Ross. Panelists included Ahmad Zahra of the Fullerton City Council, District 5; Theresa Harvey of the North Orange County Chamber; Sean Butler and Elite Learners of Solidarity; and Jennifer Merchant of Fullerton College. The panel focused on generational ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    Southwest Airlines Co., in partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), has awarded 187 students complimentary roundtrip air travel as part of the ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! travel award program. The 2019 recipients are from 120 different schools across the country ranging from freshman to graduate students. Each year, ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! provides roundtrip air travel ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    The North Orange County Chamber recently held its State of North Orange County program at Cal State Fullerton and featured city leaders, elected officials and chamber members, as well as CSUF President Fram Virjee and Vice President for Information Technology Amir Dabirian. The first half of the program addressed the state of the north Orange County, while the second half focused on “smart ...read more
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    Monday, October 14, 2019
    A homeless camp in Fullerton that residents have voiced concerns for to the City Councils.October 10, 2019 - Photograph and article by Spencer Custodio  Fullerton is one step closer to having a homeless shelter, including some recuperative care beds, after the City Council voted to give the Illumination Foundation $500,000 to help improve a private property the foundation is negotiating to ...read more
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    Friday, October 11, 2019
    Five members of the City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to grant permission for SiFi Networks to construct the fiber optic network throughout the city. “We’re excited to enhance the quality and availability of internet access for all Placentia residents and businesses,” said Mayor Rhonda Shader. “The deployment of citywide fiber optic gives residents’ access to the fastest and best ...read more
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    Friday, October 11, 2019
    North Orange County Chamber hosted State of North Orange County at CSU Fullerton, focusing on the concept of smart cities and its increasing relevance to the region. As the modern era forges the way for an increased use of technology, cities have the possibility of using these advancements to cultivate a more prosperous city. The discussion addressed key components of smart cities, policies to be ...read more
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    Friday, October 11, 2019
    Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (DFEH), employers are obligated to conduct an internal investigation whenever they receive a complaint of sexual harassment or discrimination In this episode of The Workplace, investigations expert Lisa Buehler joins CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank to talk about emerging ...read more
    Categories: Legislative and Advocacy, Business Training, Member News
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    By Susanne Stirling From October 1-4, 2019 a delegation of California business and state agencies led by Lieutenant Governor Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis traveled to Mexico City for a trade mission to advance business, collaboration and partnership between California and Mexico. The delegation was made up of 20 private sector leaders  as well as approximately 20 representatives from an array of ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 08, 2019
     October 8, 2019 CalChamber On behalf of its members, the California Chamber of Commerce yesterday filed a lawsuit to stop the multitude of Proposition 65 warnings for the presence of acrylamide in food. The lawsuit filed against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is responsible for enforcing Proposition 65, asks the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California to stop the ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    Backers of an initiative for the 2020 ballot to increase business property taxes have changed their measure twice since introducing it in 2017. The main result of those tweaks: up to a billion dollars a year of the new taxes will be sent right back to state and local governments for implementation, overhead, and existing state programs. That’s a billion dollars a year that will be intercepted ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    On Tuesday, October 1, the La Palma Community Foundation was awarded the Non-Profit of the Month Award by Senator Ling Ling Chang for the Foundation's invaluable contributions. This includes their continual promotion  public safety through community programs such as the "Every 15 Minutes" program.Learn more about La Palma Community Foundation here.
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    Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    American First Credit Union sought to partner with a local organization to carry on the credit union’s legacy of “people helping people.” The credit union helped beautify and restore Boys & Girls Clubs across the City of Fullerton as part of its community service day. With a group of 100 volunteers working together for one cause, American First associates fanned out across four sites to paint ...read more
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    Monday, October 07, 2019
     October 7, 2019 CalChamber Twenty-four California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bills, including one job killer bill, are currently on the Governor’s desk awaiting action. CalChamber job killer bill SB 1 (Atkins; D-San Diego) was vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 27. Seventeen CalChamber-supported bills, including three job creator bills, also are awaiting action. Governor Gavin ...read more
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    Friday, October 04, 2019
    By Adam Regele Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed job killer legislation last week that threatened California’s water supply, and would have created regulatory uncertainty and litigation. “SB 1 posed a major threat to California’s water supply and reliability, and the Governor has shown outstanding leadership in announcing his veto of this measure,” said California Chamber of Commerce President and ...read more
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    Friday, October 04, 2019
    By Leah Silverthorn Two California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills that will help prevent wildfires are among bills signed this week by the Governor to improve the state’s wildfire prevention, mitigation and response efforts. The CalChamber-backed bills are: • SB 190 (Dodd; D-Napa), setting up a program to educate the public about defensible space; and • SB 632 (Galgiani; D-Stockton), a ...read more
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    Friday, October 04, 2019
    By Valerie Nera The Blob is back in the Pacific Ocean. The Blob is a massive pool of water that is warmer than normal in the Pacific Ocean and runs from Alaska past Southern California down to Baja. The last time it appeared was during the 2012 to 2016 drought. There was considerable scientific speculation about its exact role in the extreme weather of those times. However, The Blob above ...read more
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    Friday, October 04, 2019
    On Thursday, SoCalGas applauded the more than 100 local governments across Southern California, representing approximately 6.75 million Californians, that have passed resolutions in support of affordable and balanced strategies to reduce emissions from buildings and that call on state policymakers to preserve consumers’ ability to choose either natural gas or electric appliances for their homes ...read more
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    Thursday, October 03, 2019
    Docents providing educational tours for 4th and 5th graders were recognized for their volunteer work to the exhibit, A Class Action: The Grassroots Struggles for School Desegregation in California. In collaboration with the Heritage Museum, the work of volunteers, and community support, MOTAL continues educating people of all ages.  From left to right: Billy Glass, Pat Pisano Casey, Raul ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 02, 2019
    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced 60 winners of SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The recipients, including UCI Beall Applied Innovation in Irvine, represent accelerators and incubators across 39 states and territories focused on a broad set of industries and sectors and will receive a total of $3 million in awards to support startups and entrepreneurs researching and ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 02, 2019
    Southwest Airlines Co. launched a sale offering low fares for winter travel on October 1st. Customers may take advantage of fares starting at $49 one-way to select domestic destinations through October 3, 2019, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city. Seats and days are limited. Examples of Southwest Airlines' domestic low fares include:As low as $49 one-way nonstop ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 02, 2019
    Wine & Design announces the opening of its newest location in Stanton. The paint and sip franchise, as seen on Shark Tank, provides chic, upbeat spaces for memories and masterpieces. To celebrate the opening, Wine & Design is inviting the community to five days of festivities starting Thursday, October 3, to Monday, October 7, with themed parties, discounted classes, complimentary glass of wine ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    Orange County outperforms peer regions in areas such as educational attainment and employment; however, issues such as affordable housing and homelessness still plague the area, according to the 2019-20 Orange County Community Indicators Report, released on September 19. Report findings were presented by Dr. Wallace Walrod, OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor, and the report was unveiled to over 300 ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    Adam Grundy,  October 1, 2019 It’s no secret the manufacturing sector has a major impact on the U.S. economy. But just how big of an impact will be recognized on Manufacturing Day this week. Manufacturing Day is held annually on the first Friday in October to showcase the contributions of this key economic sector but events are happening all week across the country. To highlight modern ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
     October 1, 2019 CalChamber California has one of the worst lawsuit climates in the country, affecting companies’ decisions on whether to do business in the state, according to a recent survey of senior U.S. business executives. The state comes almost last in the overall national ranking, at No. 48,  in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute ...read more
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    Monday, September 30, 2019
    By Lucia Mutikani U.S. consumer spending barely rose in August and business investment remained subdued amid lingering trade tensions, prompting economists to slash their economic growth estimates for the third quarter. The reports on Friday from the Commerce Department, however, likely do not signal a recession is looming as consumer spending remains supported by solid income growth, thanks ...read more
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    Monday, September 30, 2019
    Photo Credits: Irvine Unified School District By Jeong Park Six schools across Orange County haven been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for their academic excellence, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday, Sept. 26. The schools were among 362 in the country and 30 in California to win the award this year. This year’s tally of six represents the most Blue Ribbon honors awarded ...read more
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    Friday, September 27, 2019
    The historic Ebell Clubhouse in Santa Ana will be the site of an Oct. 19 celebration to mark the organization’s 125th  anniversary. Members and guests are invited to join the festivities between 2 and 6 p.m. that will take them to rooms throughout the historic building at 625 French Street in Santa Ana. The festivities will begin in the Courtyard Garden with hors d'oeurves and beverages. ...read more
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    Friday, September 27, 2019
    A new white paper released today by the Southern California Water Coalition's Stormwater Task Force aims to further the discussion of harnessing power of rainstorms through its provision of nine case studies of successful stormwater capture projects from California to New York. The case studies and analysis provide critical insights into the elements of success for innovative local water supply ...read more
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    Friday, September 27, 2019
    By CalChamber Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation placing in law the test for determining when a worker is an independent contract as outlined in a California Supreme Court decision last year. AB 5 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) codifies the “ABC” test adopted by the California Supreme Court and its exemptions go into effect on January 1, 2020. Much of the talk surrounding AB 5 has ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By CalChamber In today’s modern workforce, it’s not uncommon to find employees from a number of generations in a single company. In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank talks with employment law expert Jennifer Shaw about the pitfalls of age-based stereotyping, succession planning, and mandatory retirement.Read more.Listen to the ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    Last May, OCTA asked Beach Boulevard users how to improve the major street which runs from Huntington Beach to La Habra. Now, they are asking for additional public feedback through a short online survey. Your response will help build a better Beach Boulevard for all. Click here for the survey.
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    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    Two women-owned, Fullerton businesses and Chamber members joined forces to provide a fun and delicious learning environment for locals. After continued interest and requests from their many followers for a workshop, 2019 Business of the Year Hapa Cupcakes hosted its very first one at RSVP Event Space. Attendees learned how to decorate their own cake, with donuts provided by another Fullerton ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
     September 24, 2019 CalChamber A broad coalition that includes the California Chamber of Commerce, small businesses, and taxpayers yesterday announced the formation of the California Tax and Budget Research Project (CTBRP). The project will educate Californians about the harmful impacts that imposing a new sales tax on services will have on the state’s economy, budget, consumers and ...read more
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    Monday, September 23, 2019
    After 23 years of public service, 13 of which with La Palma, City Manager Laurie A. Murray has announced her retirement effective December 19, 2019.   Prior to being appointed City Manager in November 2015, Mrs. Murray was hired as the City’s first Administrative Services Manager in 2006, and was subsequently promoted to the Administrative Services Director position in 2014. Among her many ...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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