Thursday | Oct. 18, 2012


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FRI | Oct. 19
Education & Workforce Development Council
Supporting the Development of High Quality Educators
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TUE | Oct. 23
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
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TUE | Oct. 23
Power Hour Speaker Series
Former President of Trader Joe's
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FRI | Oct. 26
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Speaker Series
2012 Political Crystal Ball: What's in Store for us on Nov. 6?
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"California is driving international business through continuous technological innovation. The State has huge trade opportunities given its multi-industry focus, gateway features, and political and economic strengths."

Paul Oliva, deputy director, International Affairs and Business Development, California Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz) at the Global Initiatives Council on Wednesday.

  MEDIA HighlightS  



Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce urges tax reform at City Hall
L.A. Daily News, Oct. 17
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Ex-Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's pension-reform plan irks unions
Pasadena Star News, Oct. 15
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L.A. schools improve by state standards, not enough by U.S. yardstick
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12
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More than 200 business leaders convened at L.A. City Hall on Wednesday for the Chamber's annual ACCESS L.A. City Hall event. Chamber members heard from L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel, L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and L.A. City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (left). This year's event, presented by the Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility, focused on eight issues that the L.A. City Council can support right now to create jobs and strengthen the economy. "The Chamber has been an advocate and a champion here in the Council chambers," said Greuel. The Chamber also presented to the Council the Los Angeles City Council Districts Economic Report. Above, from left: Chamber VP of Public Policy and Political Affairs Ruben Gonzalez; Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben; Chamber Board Chair Karen Hathaway, LAACO, Ltd./Los Angeles Athletic Club. View photo gallery. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Business leaders become principals for a day
On Friday, nearly 100 business leaders reported to the principal's office as part of Principal for a Day, which connects industry professionals with local school administrators for an exchange of ideas and resources in an effort to build lasting partnerships that benefit students. The event is organized by Pillar, a partnership between the Chamber and the Los Angeles Unified School District. L.A. City Councilmember Eric Garcetti and LAUSD Boardmember Bennett Kyser were among the participants. View a list of participants and photos from the day. Contact Gail Levy, 213.580.7594.
Above, Shawnda Whittaker, Deloitte LLP, shadows Christian Quintero, Los Angeles School of Global Studies. Photo by Rich Schmitt Photography.

Chamber supports creation of solution to resolve City's outstanding digital sign issues
On Tuesday, the Chamber testified in City Council to support a proposal to resolve remaining legal disputes between the City and digital sign companies through a legislative solution, which will be made public within 30 days and undergo a public vetting process before adoption. The motion passed, 11-3, instructing the Planning Department and the chief legislative analyst to draft a legislative solution that provides clarity and consistency in regulations for digital sign companies and the businesses they serve, and outlines substantial benefits to the City. The Chamber will continue to support final resolution on this issue affecting thousands of businesses. Contact Tina Hossain, 213.580.7531.

L.A. JOBS PAC endorses Gil Cedillo for L.A. City Council District 1
The L.A. JOBS Political Action Committee (PAC), sponsored by the Chamber, announced its endorsement this week for Assemblymember Gil Cedillo for L.A. City Council District 1. Currently a State Assemblymember, Cedillo represents the 45th Assembly District. Prior to his election in 2010, he represented the 22nd District in the California State Senate. "Gil has a history of standing up for what is right. That kind of integrity and dedication is needed in City Hall," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

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Metro receives funds for Crenshaw Light Rail Line
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department (DOT) of Transportation provided the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority with a $545.9 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to help build this new light rail transit line along the Crenshaw corridor. The MTA expects this DOT TIFIA loan to help generate a total of $1.75 billion in investment in this project. Read more.

Upcoming Chamber member ribbon cutting
Friday, Oct. 26, 2:30-5 p.m.
1763 W. Century Blvd.
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Come out and support your fellow Chamber member at a ribbon cutting. Interested in having a ribbon cutting? Contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595.

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California's Economic Payoff: A Dialogue on College Opportunity and the Future of Our State

Wednesday, October 24
10 a.m. - Noon
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Join The Campaign for College Opportunity for a briefing to learn the findings of the California Economic Payoff Report and the Public Policy Institute of California's recent report, Defunding Higher Education. Register now.

Southern California Leadership Network hosts European Marshall Memorial Fellowship Fellows

This week, the Southern California Leadership Network is hosting activities for European fellows on their trip to Southern California as part of the European Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Fellows are receiving insight on L.A.'s economic, political and creative drivers. Highlights include a plenary session with L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa and city leaders, a tour of Sony Pictures Entertainment and a Los Angeles Clippers game. Contact Hadia Kabir, 213.580.7524.



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