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SOCEC Positions

Our Board adopted Advocacy Guidelines that serve as the foundation in determining our various positions on legislation and local initiatives. Our Advocacy Committee is quick to respond to member issues.
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Removing Barriers to Broadband Adoption for Low Income Public Housing Residents 

SOCEC supports SB 743 (Bradford) which will effectively, sustainably, and equitably bridge the digital divide by removing barriers to broadband adoption for low-income public housing residents. 

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Support Village at Laguna Hills Revitalization

SOCEC strongly supports the revitalization efforts of the Village at Laguna Hills which could create more than 8,000 jobs in retail, entertainment, construction and other areas. The project would also generate approximately $22 million in park fees to update community parks in the city.  

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SoCal Greenprint Initiative

SOCEC signed onto a coalition of business, industry and community organizations requesting clarification to ensure that the SoCal Greenprint is appropriately crafted and that we have a viable tool that can truly support our business, development and labor partners in their efforts to strengthen the Southern California region for all of its inhabitants. 

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Advocate for Sounds Housing Policies in San Clemente

Called on the San Clemente City Council to strongly consider a policy that does not restrain housing production, increase ownership costs and further complicate attainability.

Support assuring that operators of toll roads statewide can perform the necessary operations to enforce toll policies

SOCEC supports SB 623 (Newman) because it makes it clear that toll facilities are permitted to share necessary customer information with the Department of Motor Vehicles and other agencies to pursue toll collection and enforcement.

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Support proposed Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project

SOCEC calls on Governor Newsom to ensure the proposed Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project (“Project”) is approved.

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Support RFFC Proposed Budget Item

SOCEC suppports the proposed budget item for the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity (RFFC) Program of the Department of Conservation in the California Resources Agency.

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SOCEC Comments On DEIR For Legacy at Coto

SOCEC supports The Legacy at Coto project and requests that the project traffic study within the DEIR include the specific intersections that will be impacted within the city of Rancho Santa Margarita.

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Support Pupil Access to Computing Devices and Internet Service 

SOCEC supports AB 1560 (Daly) which will help effectively, sustainably, and equitably bridge the digital divide, by removing barriers to broadband adoption and bring more Californian’s online.  

Oppose SCAQMD Warehouse Indirect Source Rule

SOCEC recently joined LABizFed and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership in opposition to SAQMD Rule 2305 which imposes an illegal tax on warehouses, requiring them to reduce emissions by limiting the amount of trucks that can come to their buildings or be subject to a "mitigation fee." 

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Water

Support IRWD Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project 

SOCEC supports s the Irvine Ranch Water District’s (IRWD) Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project. The project would greatly increase the district’s recycled water storage capacity, reducing the need to import more expensive water from outside the region, and would be a great asset to residents and the business community. 

Oppose Bill that Modifies Labor Code and current Worker's Compensation Resolution Process

SOCEC expressed concern over SB 213's effort to replace trhe current resolution process administered by the Division of Worker's Compensation with a new system that would establish presumption in the Worker's Compensation Program for hospital employees without having to demonstrate that the ailments arose out of their work.

Support restaurant tax credit

SOCEC supports AB 259 which would allow a one-year retroactive tax credit for personal income taxes and corporation taxes for 2020 providing much needed relief.

Oppose AB 650 and SB 213-Employee safety is a top priority

SOCEC opposes SB 213 (Cortese) which would establish a presumption in the workers’ compensation program for hospital employees for a broad range of illnesses and injuries.

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SOCEC Supports Small Business Awards 

SOCEC suppports SB 74 (Borgeas and Caballero) which would appropriate $2.6 billion dollars to the Office of Small Business Advocate in order to award grants to small businesses and non-profits that have experienced economic hardship resulting from COVID-19.

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California needs to address pandemic crisis and employer shortages

SOCEC calls on the Governor and Legislature to take immediate action to provide financial relief and
reduce the costs facing all employers in California.

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Oppose AB 650-Increasing Costs on Healthcare Providers

SOCEC sent letters of opposition to Assemblymembers Davies, Choi and Petrie-Norris and signed-on to a letter from the California Chamber of Commerce in opposition of AB 650. This bill seeks to impose at least an estimated $6 billion in direct payroll costs on healthcare providers, which have lost billions of dollars during the pandemic, jeopardizing access to affordable healthcare for Californians. 

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Oppose Paid Sick Day Accrual Job Killer Bill

SOCEC recently joined the California Chamber of Commerce in opposition to AB995 which would impose signficant costs on small businesses by amending the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act to increase the number of sick days employers are required to provide. 

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Support Santa Margarita Water District's San Juan Watershed Project Application

SOCEC supported SMWD's application for funding through the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's WaterSmart Program for Title XVI water reclamation and reuse projects for FY 2021. 

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Community Project Funding/Support for Medical Assistant Academy Program 

Called on U.S. Representative Porter to prioritize Providence's Medical Assistant Academy Program in Mission Viejo as one of her recommended projects. 

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Support AB 62-Providing tax credit for struggling businesses

SOCEC supports AB 62 (Gray) which will facilitate and assist with California’s economic recovery and provide a tax credit for struggling businesses seeking to comply with costly new COVID-19 regulations.

Support Rancho Mission Viejo's NEV transportation plan

SOCEC supports SB 214 (Bates) which would remove the January 1, 2022, sunset date and authorize the County of Orange to develop a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) transportation plan for the developing community of Rancho Mission Viejo.

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Having Access to Water Is A Right 

SOCEC stands with South Orange County's right to have a local water source.