Thursday | May 26, 2011


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FRI | June 3
Education & Workforce Development Council
Featuring State Sen. Lowenthal and Assemblymember Furutani
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TUE | June 7
Small Business Awards
Empowering Entrepreneurship
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FRI | June 10
Health Care Council
Health Care Reform in California
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MON | June 13
Special Breakfast Honoring Jane Harman
Open to Circle Level Members and Above
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MON | June 13
Environmental Sustainability Council
Special meeting on AQMD Energy Policy
more info | register

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"I am invited to every city in the world to present my solar film technology and discuss collaboration. Some cities have been waiting patiently for two years for me to come. In Los Angeles, I can't even get meetings, not to affiliate, collaborate or anything else. Los Angeles is conspicuously absent on the global green technology platform. When, the fact is, Los Angeles actually has all the elements to be on the forefront of clean tech."

—-Woolas Hsieh, president and founder of Solarmer, which produces flexible, plastic solar panel technology, at the Environmental Sustainability Council meeting Friday.

  Media Highlights  



Report puts premium on people skills
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, May 26
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A Trolley to the Mayor's Office
Examiner, May 23
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Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and University of Phoenix Release New Study on Los Angeles Employment Landscape
Green Technology World, May 20
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Report: Most minorities in college do not graduate
The Downey Patriot, May 19
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The Chamber applauds the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee for moving forward with the reauthorization of the transportation funding bill. "Their specific support of America Fast Forward will move local transportation projects funded by Measure R forward at a much faster pace if approved by Congress and signed by President Obama," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. "The 165-member delegation from L.A. County that touted America Fast Forward as part of Los Angeles on the Hill — ACCESS Washington, D.C. three weeks ago did a great job in reinforcing the importance of America Fast Forward." The America Fast Forward program will leverage existing private and local commitments to accelerate the financing of infrastructure projects and contribute to significantly increased jobs and Federal, state and local revenues. The Chamber has been a strong proponent for America Fast Forward, known locally as 30/10. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558. 

Chamber supports pension legislation, AB 340
AB 340, authored by Assemblymember Warren Furutani, would begin to put in place important reforms of California’s broken public pension system. This bill gives retirement boards permission to call out and identify suspicious pension enhancement practices, an authority they currently do not hold. "We strongly encourage all members of the State Senate to support AB 340 as an important first step in reforming our state’s public pension systems," said Board Chair Joseph Czyzyk, Mercury Air Group, Inc. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531.

Chamber supports creation of department of Economic Development
Chamber President & CEO Gary Teobben testified this week before the California Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations in support of a new Department of Economic Development for the state of California. Toebben noted that California is one of the few states not to have such an agency. California eliminated its Department of Commerce in 2004. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531.

Chamber meets with Senate President pro Tem Steinberg on education issues
Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg discussed the importance of connecting education and the economy to ensure that the State has the 21st Century workforce it needs to stay competitive at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series on Friday. In efforts to increase California’s graduation rates, Steinberg introduced a bill package (SB 547, 611 and 612) that seeks to connect rigor and relevance to help students become more engaged, similar to Linked Learning. "I cannot think of a more important agenda than connecting education with workforce," he said. "We must connect the dots and integrate rigor and relevance." Contact Sonia Campos-Rivera, 213.580.7538.

Social Media: The New Way to Connect with Customers
Are you looking for innovative ways to connect with existing and potential customers? Or maybe you're just feeling out of the loop and confused by social media. Either way, the Chamber has the answer for you. Join us for The Connection Point Series, a five-part program that will teach you how the strategic use of free social media communication tools including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn can build your business, organization and the bottom line. This series will empower you with: social media strategies that work, insights on which platforms align best with your goals, methods to measure and analyze conversation and tips on managing time and staff to adopt platforms. Contact Bridget Netter, 213.580.7576.


Los Angeles World Airports recognized for rideshare program
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) recently won the prestigious Rideshare Diamond Award for having one of the best employee transportation programs in Southern California. The award acknowledges LAWA's continuing commitment to reducing the number of single-occupancy trips associated with its operations, and development of internal programs designed to reduce single-occupancy trips to, from and within its three airports. Highlights of LAWA's Rideshare Program involve subsidized vanpools, carpools, public-transit incentives and bicycling, as well as marketing and advocacy activities to recruit and retain the program's participants. Read more.

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  ISSUES of interest  

Volunteer Interviewers needed for Work Ready – Now!
Saturday, June 4
9 a.m.-Noon
L.A. Area Chamber

Volunteer business  professionals are needed to conduct interviews of work ready young adults ages 16 – 21. More than 200 young adults will be in attendance. If your company is hiring or seeking interns this summer, this is a great opportunity to interview qualified candidates. Contact Maria Dolores Nieto, 213.580.7599.

WNBA Opening Night at STAPLES Center, June 3

First 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Sparks T-Shirt and first 10,000 receive a Sparks Magnet Schedule. Access this exclusive ticket offer and enter the special offer code for L.A. Area Chamber members: SPARKSLR.



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