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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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    Monday, October 21, 2019
    By Ronald Bird Analysis of new government data for August 2019 again shows barely one available worker for every job opening in America. The August data was little changed from July and June. This is continuing evidence of historically tight labor market conditions over the past year and a significant “people gap” challenge with regard to the American workforce. The Worker Availability Ratio — ...read more
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    Monday, October 21, 2019
    October 21, 2019 Adam Regele Environmental Regulation One of the world’s safest and most widely used drugs may soon come with California’s cancer warning. Tylenol, Benadryl, Dayquil, Midol and Excedrin, just to name a few commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing acetaminophen, may soon be required to come with a cancer warning label. That’s of course only if the California ...read more
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    Friday, October 18, 2019
    By The Editorial Board of the OCR The California Chamber of Commerce has filed a federal lawsuit to challenge California’s Proposition 65 requirement for warnings that food containing the chemical acrylamide may cause cancer. Proposition 65, an initiative passed in 1986, requires businesses to provide warnings to the public about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Legal weed shops could come to Fullerton after the City Council took its first steps to study the issue and hire a consultant, despite council member disagreements about community safety and a split public.  “I want to make sure that we have sound policies that protect the quality of the product. Because what we have right now is marijuana is being sold in our city, whether you like it or not,” ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    By James Ward Sunday, October 13, 2019, was the last day for Governor Gavin Newsom to either sign or veto legislation that the California Legislature passed in 2019. Employers need to be aware of a few significant new 2020 employment laws that may affect their daily business operations, policies and employees. Some new laws make significant changes while others make smaller changes to existing ...read more
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    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    By Matthew J. Roberts, Esq. On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, the California Court of Appeal issued a long-awaited clarification of California’s meal and rest break penalty provision (Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC). The court was asked to interpret whether the phrase “regular rate of compensation” meant the same as the “regular rate of pay,” which is used to calculate overtime premiums, or ...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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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council launched its new Opportunity Zone website, www.OpportunityZones.gov. The website’s goal is to provide information to stakeholders interested in the Opportunity Zones program. As of now, the website is offering the basics, such as the legislation itself, a map of Opportunity Zones, government contracting opportunities, relevant tax forms ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    SBA OCIE District FY19 Guarantees supported more than $1.08 billion with 1,721 approved loans  The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Orange County/Inland Empire (OCIE) District FY19 ending numbers showing that SBA guarantees supported more than $1.08 billion to entrepreneurs that otherwise would not have access to capital to start, grow, or expand their small businesses. The OCIE ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    By Jennifer Barrera The Governor finished signing/vetoing all bills yesterday. CalChamber was tracking 62 bills on his desk, 32 support and 30 opposed.  Out of the 30 opposed bills, the Governor vetoed 11, including Job Killer SB (1) (Atkins) that could have impacted voluntary water agreements, existing water projects, and water flows for agriculture as well as development. Out of the 32 bills ...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
    By Chris Micheli With the recently concluded 2019 California Legislative Session, take a look back at the highlights and compare them to the last Legislative Session as a reference point, especially in light of the Democratic supermajority in both houses of the Legislature and Governor Newsom replacing Governor Brown after eight years. Read more.
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    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    By: Catherine Ho Open enrollment for Covered California, the state marketplace that sells subsidized health insurance to Californians who do not get insurance through their employer, begins Tuesday and ends Jan. 31. Those who sign up by Dec. 15 will have their health coverage take effect Jan. 1. Those who sign up from Dec. 16 to Jan. 31 will have coverage take effect Feb. 1. About 235,000 ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    By Anna M. Phillips, Anthony Pesce Nearly 300 drinking water wells and other water sources in California have traces of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, new state testing has found. Testing conducted this year of more than 600 wells across the state revealed pockets of contamination, where chemicals widely used for decades in manufacturing and household goods have seeped into the public’s water ...read more
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    Monday, October 14, 2019
    SAN FRANCISCO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on October 10 released to the public proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA was introduced as Assembly Bill 375 and signed into law on June 28, 2018. The law provides consumers with groundbreaking new rights on the use of their personal information. The law mandates that on or before July 1, ...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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    Monday, October 14, 2019
    Federal and state governments are sitting on more than $60 billion in unclaimed cash. 1 out of every 10 individuals has unclaimed money waiting to be collected. Some sources of unclaimed money are:Undelivered federal, state, and local tax refundUtility deposits and energy rebates Forgotten checking or savings accountsUnpaid wagesUncollected retirement benefitsUnclaimed death benefits ...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
    By Sophia Bollag Gov Gavin Newsom signed several laws Wednesday aimed at increasing housing density by limiting cities' ability to block new construction and making it easier to build so called granny flats, part of a larger push to confront the sever housing crisis in California. The farthest reaching new law will limit "downzoning," the practice of reducing the total number of units that can ...read more
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    Friday, October 11, 2019
    By Leah Silverthorn Governor Gavin Newsom this week vetoed a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bill that would have hindered Californians’ ability to use the direct democracy tools of initiatives, referendums and recalls. The bill, AB 1451 (Low; D-Campbell), would have made paying petition gatherers based on the number of signatures they collected for statewide initiatives a crime. ...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
    Categories: Chamber News, Legislative and Advocacy, Member News
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    By Ben Adler and Chris Nichols Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law that caps rent increases for some people over the next decade as the nation's most populous state grapples with a housing crisis. The governor held a signing ceremony Tuesday in Oakland, an area where a report earlier this year documented a 43 percent increase in homelessness over two years. Newsom called this moment “profoundly ...read more
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    Friday, October 11, 2019
    By Kathleen Pender Publicly traded companies headquartered in California have increased their number of female directors by 23% since the state passed a law last year requiring female representation on corporate boards, according to a new academic study that looks at a larger universe of firms than previous research. The “most surprising result” was that 70 companies, or 14% of the 488 ...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
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    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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    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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    Monday, October 07, 2019
    FILE - This Feb 23, 2019, file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. While small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly targets for cybercriminals, companies are struggling to devote enough resources to protect their technology from attack. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File) NEW YORK (AP) — While small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly targets for cybercriminals, ...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 CalChamber Julie A. Su, the Governor’s Cabinet adviser on labor issues and employment programs, will deliver the luncheon keynote address at the California Chamber of Commerce 2019 HR Symposium on November 8. The day-long event at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach will feature California-specific compliance insights on topics ranging from hiring in a competitive market to emerging workplace ...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
    With open enrollment just around the corner, employers may be wondering what types of benefits to offer their employees besides the traditional health and dental options. Finding an employee benefits program that works for everyone can be challenging given that the U.S. workforce is highly diverse, with as many as five generations working at the same time. In this episode of The Workplace, ...read more
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    Thursday, October 03, 2019
    By  SPENCER CUSTODIO for VoiceofOC.com Fullerton homeless people living in their cars will at some point be able to legally park and sleep in an area within the city, which mostly prohibits overnight parking, and will have access to bathrooms and homeless services.  “Am I concerned that this will become a magnet, that it will overwhelm what we’re trying to do? Yes I am,” said Councilwoman Jan ...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
     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 David Leporiere For many years, employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide supervisors with two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. Last year, SB 1343 was signed into law that required all employers with 5 or more employees to provide the same training to supervisors and an additional one hour of training to employees. This training had to be ...read more
    Categories: Business Training, Legislative and Advocacy
    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
    By CalChamber Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed job killer legislation on Friday 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, 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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    Friday, September 27, 2019
    A California Chamber of Commerce-sponsored bill to help protect businesses from predatory lawsuits has been signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. AB 1607 (Boerner Horvath; D-Encinitas; Chapter 293) requires that businesses receiving or renewing their licenses get written notice of the Gender Tax Repeal Act, which precludes businesses from charging different prices for services based on ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By Robert Moutrie On Friday, September 20, Governor Newsom took a notable step towards impacting climate change. In Executive Order N-19-19, the Governor ordered multiple state agencies to utilize specific assets and programs to mitigate the effects of climate change. Specifically, the Order directed agencies to take specific actions to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change in their ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By Jenna Chandler Within the next few weeks, the governor is expected to enact rent control in California by signing Assembly Bill 1482. That means the state would begin to regulate how much your rent can increase every year, limiting it to 5 percent, plus the local rate of inflation. Once signed, the measure would take effect January 1 and expire in 2030 (unless lawmakers vote to extend ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By Bryce Baschuk and Jonathan Stearns The European Union is weighing an aggressive new approach to its trade dispute with the U.S., signaling a willingness to engage in the combative tactics embraced by President Donald Trump and risking a further deterioration in transatlantic relations. The EU is considering imposing tariffs on more than $4 billion of U.S. exports, citing as justification a ...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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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By Dave Kilby While still savoring the fact that the U.S. economy is in the midst of a record-breaking expansion, attention has suddenly shifted to questions about when the next recession will begin. There are a number of mounting concerns: U.S. trade conflicts, weaker global economic conditions, Brexit, and the inverted yield curve. Still, despite the uncertainty that has fueled these ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By Martin Crutsinger The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in coming quarters as global weakness and rising trade tensions exert a toll. The April-June increase in the gross domestic product, the economy’s total output of goods and ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By Alexa Díaz, Anna M. Phillips - Los Angeles Times   The Trump administration notified California officials on Thursday that it is “failing” to meet federal water-quality standards, attributing this in part to homelessness. An oversight letter addressed to Gov. Gavin Newsom alleges that San Francisco, Los Angeles and the state “do not appear to be acting with urgency to mitigate the risks ...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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