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  • April 04, 2023 6:54 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    The California Chamber of Commerce has named the following as job killer bills for 2023. Please note SB 525, which would increase minimum wage to $25 - the highest in the nation.

    Labor and Employment

    AB 524 (Wicks; D-Oakland) Expansion of Litigation Under FEHA. Exposes employers to costly litigation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act by asserting that any adverse employment action was in relation to the employee’s family caregiver status, which is broadly defined to include any employee who contributes to the care of any person of their choosing, and creates a de facto accommodation requirement that will burden small businesses.

    AB 1156 (Bonta; D-Alameda) Expands Costly Presumption of Injury. Significantly increases workers’ compensation costs for public and private hospitals by presuming certain diseases and injuries are caused by the workplace and establishes an extremely concerning precedent for expanding presumptions into the private sector.

    SB 525 (Durazo; D-Los Angeles) Costly Minimum Wage Increase. Imposes significant cost on health care facilities and any employer who works with health care facilities by mandating increase in minimum wage to $25.

    SB 365 (Wiener: D-San Francisco) Undermines Arbitration. Discriminates against use of arbitration agreements by requiring trial courts to continue trial proceedings during any appeal regarding the denial of a motion to compel, undermining arbitration and divesting courts of their inherent right to stay proceedings.

    SB 399 (Wahab; D-Hayward) Bans Employer Speech. Chills employer speech regarding religious and political matters, including unionization. Is likely unconstitutional under the First Amendment and preempted by the National Labor Relations Act.

    SB 616 (Gonzalez; D-Long Beach) Costly Sick Leave Expansion on All Employers. Imposes new costs and leave requirements on employers of all sizes, by more than doubling existing sick leave mandate, which is in addition to all other enacted leave mandates that small employers throughout the state are already struggling with to implement and comply.

    SB 627 (Smallwood-Cuevas) Onerous Return to Work Mandate. Imposes an onerous and stringent process to hire employees based on seniority alone for nearly every industry, including hospitals, retail, restaurants, movie theaters, and franchisees, which will delay hiring and eliminates contracts for at-will employment.

    SB 723 (Durazo; D-Los Angeles) Onerous Return to Work Mandate. Imposes an onerous and stringent process for specific employers to return employees to the workforce for specified industries, including hotels and restaurants that have been disproportionally impacted by this pandemic, and removes guardrails on existing law by making mandate permanent and significantly broadening the applicability of the law.

    SB 809 (Smallwood-Cuevas; D-Los Angeles) Prohibits Consideration of Conviction History in Employment. Prohibits nearly every employer from considering conviction history of an applicant or existing employee in employment decisions and imposes cumbersome process on employers that are legally not allowed to hire individuals with certain convictions.


    AB 259 (Lee; D-San Jose) / ACA 3 (Lee; D-San Jose) Wealth Tax. Seeks to impose a massive tax increase upon all forms of personal property or wealth, whether tangible or intangible, despite California already having the highest income tax in the country. This tax increase will drive high-income earners out of the State as well as the revenue they contribute to the General Fund.


    AB 68 (Ward; D-San Diego) Quashes Housing. Worsens California’s existing housing crisis by preventing local governments from permitting new housing units in most of their jurisdictions.


    SB 12 (Stern; D-Canoga Park) Arbitrary Greenhouse Gas Target. Arbitrarily changes the State’s GHG reduction goal from 40% of 1990 levels by 2030 to 55%. By the State’s own estimate this proposal will force 17 million gas-powered cars off the road in the next 10 years.

    SBX1 2 (Skinner; D-Oakland) Windfall Profits Tax. Sets an arbitrary cap on the amount of profits that a refiner operating in the state of California can earn over a quarterly basis. This measure would further diminish supply, discourages operational efficiencies, and would limit the amount of capital a refiner could reinvest into their infrastructure to support California’s long-term climate goals. Signed. Chapter 1, Statutes of 2023–24 First Extraordinary Session.

  • February 17, 2023 1:07 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    Take Pilates under the stars with Jody Salamirad and Core Town Pilates. 

    Includes Pilates, some lite bites and cocktails!

    Be a part of this epic event by registering at

  • February 09, 2023 3:18 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    Everybody loves NETWORKING and it is an important tool in spreading the marketing message about your business. There are obviously quite a few current and potential customers in Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo but the Ladera Rancho Chamber has partnered with the Chambers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Lake Forest to expand that reach considerably in 2023.

    Starting in March, we will be rotating the quarterly Mixer between each location to open up new connection opportunities! 

    As usual, each event will feature food, beverages and an "Opportunity" raffle drawing of at least 12 items. Proceeds benefit the host Chamber. 

    Participation is FREE if you are a Chamber member or $20 if you are not. We look forward to seeing you!

  • August 16, 2022 3:55 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    On Friday, August 12th the Chamber partnered with LARCS at the last concert of the year in bringing 25 area businesses out for a Business Expo!

    The concert provided businesses an opportunity to connect with large volumes of residents at an in-person event. The concerts draw 3,000 - 4,000 people and represent the largest gatherings of people all year long in Ladera Ranch. 

    The businesses in return provided activities, raffles, games, contests and giveaways and served to entertain area youth even during the concert until it got dark.

    Everyone had a GREAT time and we look forward to doing it again next year! Hopefully with some cooler weather since temperatures topped 90 degrees earlier in the day!

  • August 04, 2022 10:09 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    On Monday August 1st and Tuesday August 2nd, Orange County Public Works performed what is known by pavement experts as an a/c grind and overlay: a new fresh top coat of asphalt to the rest of us laypersons!

    This was a project our Chamber of Commerce asked for in 2021 and OCPW was able to incorporate as part of the larger south Antonio Parkway project that will provide the same treatment from the Covenant Hills gate entrance at Antonio Parkway, through Rancho Mission Viejo, down to Ortega Highway set to start on Monday, August 8th. The majority of the work will occur at night.

    The work on Daisy Street refreshes the top layer, which should be good for another 20 years. The Chamber thanks Orange County Public Works and 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and her team for a job very well done!

    Street maintenance is an ongoing effort as the community has passed its 22nd birthday with much of the original construction still intact, but showing its age. 

    Several other streets are getting close to needing refreshes as well including Crown Valley Parkway, Windmill, Dorrance, Cecil Pasture and Sellas. We will continue to provide the community with updates!

  • July 27, 2022 7:29 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    The Chamber has been working with Orange County Public Works and 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett's Office for several years on a couple of these proposed projects and they will commence August 1st!

    We apologize in advance for any inconveniences they may cause the community but they will be worth it in the long term!

    We'll let your know if the schedule changes in any way.

  • July 19, 2022 2:11 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    The Ladera Summer Concert Season got into full swing on Friday, July 15th as residents rocked out with Slapbak's funk edge, sprinkled in with a splash of blues and a dash of jazz! The Mighty Untouchables are playing this Friday, the 22nd from 6:30 - 8:30 pm and our local restaurants are offering Carry-out Concert Packs for your convenience. The following are participating:

    • Board & Brew - bagged sandwich $9 - $11 and $5 canned beer: (949) 503-1265
    • Forte Mediterranean Bistro - beef gyro or chicken wrap (4 types) and French fries, $10.99: (949) 388-7999
    • Joe's Italian Food - drinks, cocktails (doubles $22) and any food to go: (949) 438-1338
    • Mama's Comfort Food & Cocktails - Kids eat FREE, regular and Happy Hour food items and drinks to go: (949) 889-2600
    • Pino's Cucina - $40 family combo includes your choice of pasta with marinara sauce, a Mista salad and bread that feeds 4 - 5 people. Protein upgrades available: (949) 388-4931
    • Pokeworks - Ohana catering pack, everything you need to build your own bowls for 6 - 8 people and a FREE quart of Dole Whip, $65: (949) 561-1600
    • Rancho Capistrano Winey - 20% off a to go pizza and a bottle of wine purchased together, $3 extra for plastic wine carafe and glasses: (949) 542-8340
    • Selma's - Large pizza and beer growler to go, $5 off: (949) 388-7260
    • Xclusive - Order dinner and cocktails to go - Family Packs are available: (949) 339-3545
    Order YOURS Friday afternoon and enjoy the concerts!

  • July 01, 2022 11:36 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    While LARCS is busy making all of the preps at Founders Park, we will be moving over to Cox Sports Park for the July 3rd market only! So come see us there!

  • June 08, 2022 7:33 PM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    It's no secret that bike adoption is growing in our community - especially ebikes. Residents have been complaining about their operation since early in the pandemic. 

    Late last year the Chamber and the Civic Council began working collaboratively to develop a list of improvements the County could implement to make bike transport safer in Ladera Ranch. We noticed streets that were missing bike lanes completely when they seemed wide enough to accommodate them.  

    In February, we submitted a comprehensive list of locations with recommendations for improvements from the easiest to implement to the more difficult requiring funding and engineering. We will detail all of those requests in a subsequent posting. 

    The county, under Supervisor Lisa Bartlett's leadership, responded and here is the first of those proposed charges. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback.

    We think you'll agree that the changes are necessary and will result in the safer co-existence between cars and bicycles!

  • April 07, 2022 5:35 AM | Todd Stearns (Administrator)

    After 2 years of virtual runs, the Freedom Run returns LIVE, IN-PERSON this year!

    The Freedom Run is a Ladera Ranch tradition, in its 16th year, that is the kick off event in Ladera's fantastic Fourth of July community festivities. It benefits local charities: James Henry Ransom Foundation, Laura’s House and us, the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce.

    Sponsorship is a great way to give your business visibility and to show the community you support them, as they support you!

    See the attached levels below and reach out to Todd Stearns with any questions (949-436-1868):

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