Volunteers Needed to Test Mileage Fee System for Road Funding

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

I served this past year as chair of the California Transportation Commission, which is responsible for allocating funds for highway construction, passenger rail and transit improvements, active transportation such as walking and biking and a host of other mobility projects. A variety of financial indicators last month showed that the excise tax portion of the […]

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Both Sides Are Right on Transportation. Let’s Find a Deal

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

To the outside, a deal may appear elusive on transportation funding this session. Republicans are intent on using existing funding and demand accountability reforms. Democrats want new funding while also agreeing that accountability reforms are necessary. Both sides are right. It’s time to make a deal. Before we consider new revenues, we must agree to […]

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Dunn & Done: A New School Construction Bond Preserves The American Dream For Californians

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

The American Dream is unique for each one of us, but without a doubt, it includes a safe school for our children and a home of our own. Yet both these fundamental components for thriving California families and economic prosperity are once again at risk. On September 1, California “runs out” of funds to update […]

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Don’t Mess With Ex-Im Success!

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

Question:  What 80-year old government entity helps U.S. businesses create jobs, compete globally, and make a profit for taxpayers? Answer:  “Ex-Im”—the biggest little competitive advantage you may have never heard of. “Ex-Im” stands for The Export-Import Bank of the United States.  It is the official export credit agency that assists in financing the export of […]

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Is California Doing All It Can to Address Drought?

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

In recent weeks, Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Diane Feinstein, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have called on Californians to do all they can do to address the current severe drought. It’s a critically important call, as water is the mainstay of California’s economy.  Even the recent rainfall won’t make a dent in […]

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The Tourism Industry is an Economic Powerhouse for CA and OC

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

Last week, I moderated a panel discussion on tourism in Orange County, hosted by the California Women’s Leadership Association, and was reminded of the importance that travel and tourism has on this region’s economic engine, broadening the state’s economic base, and driving recovery. Unemployment in Orange County recently dropped to its lowest level in several […]

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Sound Bites and the Law of Unintended Consequences: “Buy America” Needs Rethinking

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

“Three strikes and you’re out”—baseball terminology used to determine the standard for sending someone to prison, and prison overcrowding that is one of its by-products.  “No child left behind”—a federal program on education that failed to deliver.  “Affordable Care Act”—not looking too affordable these days as family health costs escalate double and triple digits just […]

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Toyota Settles with OC DA for $16 Million

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

Toyota—the world’s largest automaker—certainly had its troubles with alleged product liability issues for unintended acceleration of its cars, a National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration investigation and hundreds of private and class action lawsuits.  Yet, to its credit, Toyota recalled its vehicles, made corrections and is back on top as a trusted brand. But the […]

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Clean Air Is Important, But So Are Jobs

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

On December 7, members of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Board of Directors (AQMD) voted to approve its 2012 Air Quality Management Plan (“clean air plan”).  These clean air plans are updated periodically in order to address new federal clean air rules for Southern California. Over the last 20 years, the South Coast […]

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Toll Road Irony Is Not Funny

Lucy Dunn
President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

The LA Times recently published an article calling into question the viability of Orange County’s Toll Roads in light of a formal inquiry launched by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer into whether the roads can cover the interest payments to private investors who purchased tollway bonds. This could be a sitcom if it weren’t funny, however. […]

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