Thursday | July 2, 2009
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  THU | July 8
Small Business Owners Roundtable: Developing a New Media ID
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FRI | July 10
Health Care Committee Meeting
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TUE | July 14
Referral Network
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TUE | July 14
Summer V.I.P. Reception
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Power Hour Series
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"How do we accelerate Measure R? We have to deliver. No one wants to see it 25 years later. We want to see progress now."

óDenny Zane, executive director of Move LA, discussing the importance of Measure R funding at a business briefing Thursday at the Chamber.

  Media Highlights  

Early retirement for Los Angeles workers could be more costly in the long run
L.A. Daily News, June 28
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Mayor's second term will be uphill
L.A. Daily News, June 27
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L.A. employers face immigration audits
Los Angeles Times, July 2
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CHAMBER SUCCESSFULLY ADVOCATES ON BEHALF OF BUSINESS. The L.A. City Council delayed action Tuesday on a motion that would significantly increase fees paid by businesses for planning and building permit applications in order to address business community concerns. The Chamber advocated for clear time lines for specific application processes with proportional fee refunds to developers if those time lines are not met. In addition, the Chamber sought assurance that the additional revenue will be dedicated solely to permit processing and not siphoned off to the city's general fund. Council asked city departments to report back in one month on how to incorporate these improvements. Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

Chamber brings business groups together on Measure R
With the passing of transportation-booster Measure R last year, the Chamber continues to be a part of the discussion over its funding for specific projects in Los Angeles. The Chamber and other business organizations came together Thursday to discuss Metro's Long Range Transportation Plan, which will be voted on at Metro's July 23 board meeting. "There is an opportunity to move things forward," said Brad McAllister, Metro executive officer of county wide planning. "A year ago we weren't doing any of these projects, now we are because of Measure R." The Chamber was a strong proponent of Measure R, which will invest $40 billion over the next 30 years in needed mass transit, highway improvements, traffic light synchronization and other projects. Contact Alexander Pugh, 213.580.7558 or

Chamber committee urges city to fund parking study
The Chamber's Transportation & Goods Movement Committee voted Thursday to urge L.A. City Council to release existing funds to examine a public private partnership concession for parking meters in Los Angeles. The proposed concession could generate millions of dollars for the city and allow for needed equipment upgrades not currently available in the cityís budget. The committee also heard from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation on a proposal to provide a congestion relief solution along Olympic and Pico Boulevards between Centinela and Fairfax Avenues. The initiative will cost $600,000 and will see a 40 percent decrease in travel time along this corridor. Contact Alexander Pugh, 213.580.7558 or

Chamber focuses on accelerating recovery
The Chamber is working to help you grow your business and create a better L.A. During these difficult economic times, the Chamber has introduced several new benefits to help members on the road to economic recovery. The Chamber encourages our members to take advantage of the programs, analysis and resources. Contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or

good news

Boeing C-17s will continue to be built until 2011
Boeing Co.
received a victory recently when President Barack Obama signed into law a $106 billion spending bill measure that includes $2.17 billion for eight of the large military transport aircraft. The Chamber advocated for the continuation of the Boeing C-17s during the annual Access Washington, D.C. trip in March.
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USC plays vital role in Southern California economy
A new independent report shows that the University of Southern California generates $4.9 billion annually to the local economy and beyond. "We are proud to be a leader in higher education and a catalyst for the economy of Los Angeles," said Steven B. Sample, USC president. Read more.

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11th Annual L.A.'s Largest Mixer, July 23

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  Hot Issues  

AB 332
Chamber-sponsored AB 332 is making its way to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk. The Work-based Learning bill, will expand quality programs for students and encourage school districts and employers to create work experience programs that reinforce academic learning. Voice your support today.

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