Thursday | Aug. 23, 2012


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FRI | Aug. 24
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
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FRI | Aug. 24
Education & Workforce Development Council
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MON | Aug. 27
Special Presentation from LADWP Rate Payer Advocate
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TUE | Aug. 28
Referral Network
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"I think morality and ethics plays a huge part in leadership. If you don't have a moral compass you will fail as a leader."

ó San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon (LSC '98) at the Southern California Leadership Network's California Connections 2012 session on Wednesday in Sacramento. Fellows also heard from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Secretary for Service and Volunteering Karen Baker (LSC '91).

  Media Highlights  



Dozens of lawmakers call for no changes to CEQA this year
San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 21
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Downtown Hotel Gets a $20 Million Upgrade
Los Angeles Downtown News, Aug. 21
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Editorial: Bring on the ballot -- pension reform for L.A and Long Beach must go to voters
Long Beach Press Telegram, Aug. 19
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Study details economic impact of LAX in 2011
Daily Breeze, Aug. 20
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County's homeless get $105M for housing, aid
Daily Breeze, Aug. 16
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Is it time to scale back California's environmental law?
89.3 KPCC, Aug. 23
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The Chamber is leading the charge to bring the Los Angeles International Airport into the 21st Century. LAX provides more than $39 billion and 300,000 jobs to the local economy, and we must modernize this important asset. But to do that, we need your help. Join us Tuesday, Aug. 28, 5:30 - 8 p.m., at the Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 West 5th St. We need as many Chamber members as possible to attend and give public comment in favor of LAX modernization. If you cannot join us Tuesday, plan on attending a hearing either Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd. This is a top priority for the Chamber and for the entire L.A. region. Join us to Fix LAX Now. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

Chamber honors HIRE LA'S Youth supporters

Above, Alicia Villarreal, regional representative for Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and three Wells Fargo interns from left to right, Eric Gutierrez, Kevin Pimentel and Hoang Minh Nguyen. (Photo by Patrick Botz-Forbes)
The Chamber honored HIRE LAís Youth sponsors, partners and volunteers Thursday during a special reception for their efforts to train youth for entry-level jobs. Wells Fargo Regional President John Sootedeh presented a $100,000 check to support HIRE LAís Youth and its ongoing efforts to provide quality employment opportunities. "The various contributions this group makes, whether monetary or committing time out of your day shows the effort to prepare youth for success in the workforce is invaluable," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. "Their success is your success." Contact Kimberly Balderrama, 213.580.7505.

Chamber fought for CEQA modernization legislation
Today it was announced that CEQA reform discussions will continue beyond this current legislative session. The Chamber backed State Sen. Michael Rubio's (D-Bakersfield) amended SB 317 with language to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Chamber has been involved in a statewide coalition to advocate for the changes outlined in the legislation, including: integrating environmental and planning laws, eliminating CEQA duplication, focusing litigation on compliance with environmental and planning laws, and enhancing public disclosure and accountability. Thank you to our members who made their voice heard on this issue. The coalition remained committed to pursuing reforms to modernize CEQA. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber supports USC Specific Plan
This week the Chamber spoke at L.A. City Councilís Planning and Land Use Management Committee in support of the University of Southern Californiaís Specific Plan, a $1.1 billion, 20-year blueprint that will provide the university and residents with new shopping, dining and community benefits. The plan will create about 12,000 new jobs for students and community residents once the facilities are operational, it will generate $5 billion over the course of the project. The Committee postponed a decision and asked USC for more information to address some of the community concerns. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

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Aileen Getty Foundation donates $1.2 million to Hollywood Central Park
Go! Goldman Organization and Friends of the Hollywood Central Park, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a 44-acre street-level park over the Hollywood Freeway in a densely populated and park-poor area of the City, recently announced a $1.2 million gift from the Aileen Getty Foundation to fund the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). With the Aileen Getty Foundation's generous donation and the City's contribution of $825,000, the projected $2 million EIR is now fully funded. The Chamber is a proponent for this project. Read more.

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Cap and Trade Forum
Friday, Aug. 24, 2-4 p.m.
California State University Dominguez Hills
Join the Chamber, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, and Assemblymembers Isadore Hall III and Susan Bonilla to learn more about the implications of the California Air Resources Board's "cap and trade" program, which is set to regulate 600 of the State's largest greenhouse gas emitting stationary sources, including numerous local entities. To register, call the 52nd Assembly District Office, 310.223.1201.

Congressional Field Hearing held for new federal courthouse
Last Friday, Rep. Jeff Denham's Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management held a hearing on the new downtown federal courthouse. The General Services Administration ranked it as one of the highest urgency projects in the nation for space and safety reasons. The Chamber submitted testimony in support of the project, which would allow for the consolidation of federal employees on a central campus. The project will create thousands of construction jobs and millions in new state revenue over the five-year life of the project. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.




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