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L.A. Area Chamber Applauds Governor, State Legislature for Helping to Make California Eligible for 'Race to the Top'

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature today for passing landmark education reforms, which will allow the state to compete for part of the $4.3 billion available to states through the Obama administration’s Race to the Top initiative.

“This is exactly the type of reform that parents and businesses have been calling for since lawmakers started looking at these bills,” said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.  “We’d like to thank Governor Schwarzenegger, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass, Senator Gloria Romero and Assemblywoman Julia Brownley for their leadership, as well as the entire legislature for coming together with a strong compromise of the first Senate and Assembly bills.”

“We now urge Los Angeles Unified School District leaders and partners, as well as those throughout the state, to put together a strong application to win the up to $700 million in federal funds available.”

In December, the Chamber sent a letter to the legislature outlining specific recommendations reconciling SB X5 1 (Romero) and AB X5 8 (Brownley).  The majority of these recommendations were included in the final bill.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit