Thursday | July 23, 2009
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  FRI | July 24
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
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TUE | July 28
Los Angeles Economic Forecast Conference
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TUE | July 28
Referral Network
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TUE | July 28
Leadership Southern California 2009 Graduation
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WED | July 29
California Candidates Series
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WED | July 29
Member Orientation
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"Los Angeles is an indispensable center of trade in the nation ... Working together we can secure our status in international trade and as innovators of trade and commerce."

—L.A. City Councilmember Janice Hahn at the Chamber's Global Initiatives Committee meeting Wednesday.

  Media Highlights  

Council moves L.A. Marathon back to March, shifts route
Los Angeles Time, July 22
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CHAMBER SUCCESSFUL IN REVIVING TRAIN SAFETY FUNDING EFFORT. The Chamber joined Mobility 21, Metro, the Automobile Club of Southern California and other regional partners this week in Washington, D.C. to advocate for more Southern California transportation funding. One of the top issues was to secure federal money for Positive Train Control – equipment critical to preventing train collisions like last year’s deadly Metrolink crash. The Chamber applauds Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard for speaking on the House floor today to push for the safety funding in this year’s transportation appropriations bill. The delegation met with several other legislators and Obama Administration officials including Rep. Ken Calvert, Rep. Laura Richardson and newly elected Rep. Judy Chu. Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or (Photo courtesy of Metro)

Chamber helps put more than 1,500 L.A. youth to work
The Chamber has achieved its goal of putting 1,500 L.A. youth to work in private-sector jobs through the HIRE LA’s Youth campaign, a partnership with Mayor Villaraigosa and other organizations. The Chamber encourages more job pledges and thanks Vons, HMS Host, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente and the other businesses that are providing jobs for local youth during these difficult economic times. Contact Maria Dolores Nieto, 213.580.7599 or

Chamber hears from trade experts on opportunities abroad
More than half a million Angelenos are employed in jobs directly related to international trade. But with the movement of cargo slowing down at our ports, it's more important than ever to continue to access trade opportunities with our international partners. This week the Chamber hosted events focused on doing business with other countries. On Monday, members of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka discussed the business climate and opportunities in the South Asian country. Chamber members also heard from trade experts including representatives from the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports on doing business in Latin America. Above, A.M.C. Kulasekera, Deputy Director General, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, addresses the Chamber. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or

Chamber hosts economic forecast conference and dialogue on recovery
Hear from leading economists and senior executives on the economic outlook for Los Angeles, California and the U.S. economy at the Los Angeles Economic Forecast Conference on Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 - 11 a.m. at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The conference is free for Board and Circle Level members. Presented in partnership with the Southern California Leadership Network, Beacon Economics and the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, the program includes a panel discussion from some of L.A.’s most prominent business leaders. Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

good news

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center rated a top hospital in the nation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranks as one of the top three American hospitals — and the best hospital in the western United States for the 20th consecutive year — according to a U.S. News & World Report survey. Read more.

Orthopaedic Hospital raises more than $72,000 for research
The 20th annual Paul and Berniece Harbers Runyan Memorial Golf Classic raised more than $72,000 to benefit Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital’s pediatric clinical research to help improve treatments for children with crippling disorders. Money raised will help the hospital’s medical teams design research studies, collect long-term outcome data that compare different treatment methods and analyze results. Read more.

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The nation’s leading venture capital firms and GreenTech companies will be in attendance at the Green Tech Connect Forum & Expo Aug. 3-4 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The forum will include more than 60 companies representing 11 new and emerging clean tech industries such as renewable energy, emission control, power generation and others. Register today.


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  Hot Issues  

L.A. Marathon
L.A. City Council voted Tuesday to move the L.A. Marathon back to March from Memorial Day. The Chamber lent support for the decision, which also includes an altered route that will begin at Dodger Stadium and end at the ocean.

State Budget
After months of negotiations, California’s government leaders announced an agreement earlier this week on how to fix the state’s $26.3-billion deficit. The Assembly will vote on the budget proposal. The Chamber has been a proponent for a budget that will prevent the state from plunging further into fiscal insolvency.

AB 332
Many bills held from reaching Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk will be sent for a decision after the passage of the budget, including AB 332 (Fuentes). This bill seeks to establish quality work-based learning opportunities for students by promoting more partnerships between local education agencies and employers across the state. Voice your support today.

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