The Pro-Housing Conference was held July 11 at the Japanese American National Museum.
Thank you to our Conference Co-Conveners:
California Community Foundation
Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors
Urban Land Institute
UCLA Ziman Center
UCLA Lewis Center
USC Lusk Center
American Planning Association - Los Angeles Chapter
Natural Resources Defense Council
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Pepperdine Fred Sands Institute of Real Estate
Southern California Association of Non Profit Housing
Abundant Housing LA.
Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben visited Berlin in July to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City relationship. During the trip, he was able to spend time with Germany's current counsel general to L.A., Hans Jorg Neumann, and his two immediate predecessors Bernd Fisher and Wolfgang Drautz, both of whom are retired in Berlin.
Global Initiatives Council on the Regional Impact of the Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), featuring Joel Backaler, Managing Director, Global Marketing, at Frontier Strategy Group.
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond joined the Chamber's Education & Workforce Development Council last Friday, discussing what the legislature is currently doing to address the statewide K-12 teacher shortage. The Council meeting also included remarks from Tara Kini of the Learning Policy Institute and from Dr. Michael Spagna, Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge who offered ideas on how higher education can work proactively to produce more quality K-12 teachers. 75 percent of California school districts reported teacher shortages in the 2016-17 school year.
On June 13, Bixel Exchange celebrated the official launch of Mayor Garcetti’s L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline initiative at an event hosted at General Assembly DTLA. The L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline — a partnership between the Mayor and Bixel Exchange — is a component of the HIRE LA’s Youth program, and brings together public and private sector partners to expand training and job opportunities for the next generation of talent. Beginning this summer, the pipeline will place at least 100 young Angelenos in tech jobs.
More than 150 L.A. area leaders gathered for the Chamber's 2017 State of STEM at the University of Southern California. Cultivating diverse talent in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is essential to continued economic growth and competitiveness. The program highlighted high demand/high growth STEM related industries within L.A. County and its implications to our regional economy. The discussions focused on expanding access to STEM education and fostering education-industry partnerships to meet Southern California's high-skill workforce needs.
Ralphs Grocery Company is continuing its goal of bringing health, wellness and jobs to the diverse communities its supermarkets serve with the grand re-opening of its latest remodeled store at 1730 Manchester Avenue in South Los Angeles on Friday, May 26. The 45,000 square-foot store’s renovation includes expanded and upgraded produce, meat, seafood, bakery and deli departments. The store will also offer customers a wide range of fresh, organic and natural meats, produce and seafood. “Our remodeled Western & Manchester store has an even greater focus on health and wellness with a large assortment of natural and organic offerings,” said Valerie Jabbar, Ralphs president. “We designed this store with the neighborhood it serves in mind – offering specialized design features, an outstanding selection of fresh food options, personalized customer service and great prices.” Customers will enjoy a variety of new and unique enhancements, including:
• An expansive selection of natural foods, including organic, gluten-free and other specialty, dietary-specific items
• A full-service Bakery with artisan breads, pastries, cakes, donuts, rolls baked daily in-store, along with ethnic treats
• A service Delicatessen featuring a sandwich bar and a full menu of fresh-prepared entree items and salads
• An expanded Meat/Seafood Department featuring a full-service meat and seafood counter with an added selection of natural and organic products
• An enlarged Produce Department featuring an abundance of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables
• An in-store Starbucks café with seating and free Wi-Fi. The store’s Starbucks also features a specially-commissioned mural by local Los Angeles artist Allison Kunath
• A “Money Shop” offering a wide variety of financial services, including money transfers, money orders, payroll and government check-cashing.
The remodeled store also boasts several environmentally-friendly features that contribute to a greener community. It is Ralphs’ second totally illuminated LED store, which provides for superior lighting and reduced energy consumption. The store also features other green technologies designed to improve energy efficiencies. To serve customers, the Western & Manchester Ralphs will employ approximately 90 full- and part-time associates, including 20 new-hires from the surrounding community. The store is managed by Ray Sum, who began his career in 1982 as a part-time Courtesy Clerk. He has managed the Manchester & Western Ralphs since 2012. “We are excited to share our newly remodeled store with our customers,” Sum said. “At Ralphs, we focus on friendly service and fresh products, and we believe that shoppers will be pleased with our renovated store with a new bakery, deli, fresh meats, greater selection of fresh produce as well as the great prices we offer every day. We are also pleased and proud to bring new jobs into this vibrant neighborhood.” In celebration of the store’s grand re-opening, Ralphs officials, store associates and local dignitaries participated in the store’s grand re-opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 26 at 8 a.m. Richard Thomas, the store’s most senior associate, had the honor of cutting the ribbon. Thomas, a produce clerk, began his Ralphs career in 1976. Ralphs also made donations to George Washington Preparatory High School and La Salle Elementary School as part of its ongoing commitment to make a positive impact in the communities it serves. The Washington Prep High School Marching Generals marching band also performed at the store’s grand re-opening celebration. Other special grand re-opening events include character appearances, product giveaways, samplings and raffle drawings. The Western & Manchester Ralphs has been serving the community for more than 60 years.
Members of the Chamber's World Trade Week Committee received a private tour of Yusen Terminals in the San Pedro Harbor, where they learned about key terminal service operations and containerized cargo. Members also had the rare opportunity to view the harbor from the working four post-Panamax cranes situated in the terminal.
This week, the Chamber and more than 140 civic, business and elected leaders traveled to our nation's capital for the Chamber's annual ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip. Delegates heard from elected leaders including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Corey Booker, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Judy Chu as they took part in events, group briefings and small group meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate for issues vital to L.A.'s business community.