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Chamber gladly serves as drop off location for holiday goodies sent to Marines overseas

Looking to donate goodies for our Marines over the Holiday Season?  You can visit the Chamber office to donate items that will be sent to Marines deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.  To see what is needed, please see the list below:

100_1009 Tooth Past & Brushes, Unscented Face Wipes, Anti Bacterial Soap, Lip Balm, Q-tips, Deodorantm, Skin Cream, Disposable Razors, Shaving Cream, Sun Screen, Hand Sanitizer, Foot Power & Cream, Protein Bars, Granola Bars, Dried Fruit, Trail Mix, Jelly Beans, Beef Jerky, Emergen-C Packs, Hot Chocolate Packs, Snack Packs, Ground Coffee, Music CD’s, DVD’s, Playing Cards, AA Batteries, Zip Lock Bags, Towels, Wash Cloths, White Tactical Socks

The Chamber applauds Chamber member, the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, for coordinating these efforts!  The Dana Point Chamber is located at 24681 La Plaza Suite 115, Dana Point, CA 92629 and all items must be collected by December 15, 2009.


Chamber News Alert

(E-blast sent on Nov. 4, 2009)

Legislature Passes Comprehensive Water Package

$11 billion bond measure to go to voters on November 2010 Ballot

After three years of working towards upgrading California’s water system,  a historic compromise was reached on November 4, 2009 that will ensure a safe, clean and reliable water supply for California.

This plan will meet the historic water supply challenges California is facing. California’s population – 38 million residents and growing – depends upon water infrastructure originally built for 16 million and is facing extreme challenges: environmental change, court-ordered restrictions, and years of continued drought. This package meets these challenges.

California’s lack of water has significantly damaged California’s economy – this package will help change that. Crops have been plowed under, unemployment in some of the state’s agricultural centers is in the forties and housing and business projects have stalled – this comprehensive package will help California families, farmers and ranchers, business owners and workers have the water to continue to grow and thrive in this state.

The Details

Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010

$455 million Drought Relief: For drought relief projects, drought relief for disadvantaged communities, small community wastewater treatment improvements and safe drinking water revolving fund.

$1.4 billion Regional Water Supply: For integrated regional water management projects up and down the state and for local and regional conveyance projects.
$2.25 billion Delta Sustainability: For projects that support delta sustainability options – levees, water quality, infrastructure and to help restore the ecosystem of the Delta.

$3 billion Water Storage: For public benefits associated with water storage projects that improve state water system operations, are cost effective, and provide net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions.

$1.7 billion Watershed Conservation: For ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in 21 watersheds including coastal protection, wildlife refuge enhancement, fuel treatment and forest restoration, fish passage improvement and dam removal.
$1 billion Groundwater Clean-up and Protection: For groundwater protection and clean-up.

$1.25 billion Water Recycling and Water Conservation: For water recycling and advanced treatment technology projects as well as water conservation and water use efficiency projects.

Total: $11.1 billion

Comments from Governor Schwarzenegger

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement on November 4, 2009 regarding the legislature’s passage of an historic package to reform and rebuild California’s water system:

“Water is the lifeblood of everything we do in California. Without clean, reliable water, we cannot build, we cannot farm, we cannot grow and we cannot prosper. That is why I am so proud that the legislature, Democrats and Republicans, came together and tackled one of the most complicated issues in our state’s history. This comprehensive water package is an historic achievement.

On October 11, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger issued a proclamation calling for the legislature to meet in an extraordinary session to address California’s water crisis, urging the passage of legislation on the many issues facing the state’s water system which were ultimately addressed by the water package passed today.

Stay Connected to the Chamber

As this bond measure makes its way to November 2010, count on the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce to keep you up to date.

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Chamber provides access to local legislators

Bates headshot IWhen was the last time you had the opportunity to sit down with your county Supervisor and hear about how decisions made by the legislature were affecting you? We want you to know that the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business with government. It is one a our core competencies to do so. That is why the Chamber and OC Supervisor Patricia Bates, 5th District have partnered to present the  State of County Luncheon on Thursday, September 24 at the Doubletree Guest Suites – Doheny Beach.

Pat Bates has a well-earned reputation as one of California’s most accomplished public servants. She was the driving force behind Laguna Niguel’s cityhood campaign and became the first Mayor upon the city’s incorporation in 1989. She served four terms as Mayor and then continued serving as a City Council Member until her election to the 73rd District for State Assembly in 1998.

In the Assembly, Pat served as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Appropriations and Assembly Health Committee, and was the founding Chair of the Republican Women’s Caucus. She was also appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the prestigious Little Hoover Commission as well as the historic California Performance Review Commission which was responsible for providing recommendations on reforming State Government and its operations.

Upon her term ending in the Assembly, Pat turned her sights to the County of Orange where she was elected to represent the 5th Supervisorial District on the Board of Supervisors in 2006. As current Chair of the Board, Pat is known as a conservative consensus builder able to bring people together and get things done for the good of the County and her district. Among her top priorities is working in her capacity as a Director on both the Orange County Transportation Authority and Transportation Corridor Agency Boards of Directors to help relieve traffic congestion and improve regional mobility. She’s also committed her year as Chair to improving government transparency and accountability. Throughout her career, Pat has worked diligently to make our communities better and safer places to live for everyone.

The Chamber thanks the following sponsors for partnering on this event!

Gold Sponsor
Cox Communications

Silver Sponsors
Pacific Western Bank
SDG&E/The Gas Company

As a member of the Chamber, if legislative action is a passion for you, we invite you to align your name with this event. Sponsorships are available at the following levels. If you wish to sponsor, please contact Kelly Straine at

Platinum Sponsor – $2500 (Limit 1)
• Corporate name and logo recognition at event
• Preferred seating for one table of (10) at event
• Opportunity to place collateral on tables
• Opportunity for display booth at event
• Promotion on Chamber website, newsletter & e-newsletter
• Full page advertisement in event program
• Company Table Sign

Gold Sponsor – $1000
• Corporate name and logo recognition at event
• Preferred seating for one table of (8) at event
• 1/2 page advertisement in event program
• Promotion on Chamber website
• Promotion in Chamber newsletter
• Company Table Sign

Silver Sponsor – $500
• Preferred seating for (4) at event
• Recognition at event
• 1/4 page advertisement in event program
• Company Table Sign
• Recognition in Chamber newsletter Bronze Sponsor – $250
• Recognition at event
• 1/8 page advertisement in event program
• Recognition in Chamber newsletter

If you would like to attend this event, members of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce can attend for $40.  Potential members are invited to attend for $60.  Please make your reservation by contacting the Chamber at (949)496-1555.