Thursday | Sept. 6, 2012


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FRI | Sept. 7
Health Care Council
Increasing Efficiency in L.A.'s Health Care System
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TUE | Sept. 11
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
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WED | Sept. 12
Small Business Owners Roundtable
Small Businesses Thinking Big
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WED | Sept. 12
Transportation & Goods Movement Council
Maritime Administration Interim Director Joel Szabat
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WED-THU | Sept. 12-13
The Americas Business Forum
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View all upcoming events on our Web Calendar.




"Your core values are most important. You have to determine who you are and not be afraid of the next level of opportunities."

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board Member Dr. Gloria Gray at the Leadership Southern California 2013 two-day orientation last week.

  Media Highlights  



LAX plan excluding move of north runway favored by airport neighbors
The Argonaut, Sept. 6
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On Labor Day, trying times for organized labor
Los Angeles Daily News, Sept. 2
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Sacramento Gives Final Approval to $200 Million, Two-Year Tax Credit Extension
The Hollywood Reporter, Sept. 1
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Leadership Southern California 2013 launched with a two-day orientation last week at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Fellows experienced a series of leadership building exercises with an overview of civic entrepreneurship with Jodi Walker, Success Alliances; an introduction to personal leadership style assessment with Kevin Groves, Pepperdine University; and a discussion on the internal dynamics of leadership with Jeremy Hunter, The Drucker School - Claremont Graduate University. Contact April Tam, 213.580.7526.

Chamber applauds schools for performance improvements
The Chamber congratulates state and local schools for consistently improving performances in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. Overall performances must drastically improve, but the steady increases in proficiency taking place over time is significant. Statewide, students improved 22 percentage points in English, from 35 percent in 2003 to 57 percent and in math, students improved 16 percentage points from 35 percent to 51 percent. With the L.A. County STEM Hub, the hope is that students will be encouraged to focus more on math through career awareness. Contact David Rattray, 213.580.7515.

Health Care Council to focus on L.A.'s health care system
The Chamber's Health Care Council will discuss efficiencies in L.A.'s health care system on Friday, Sept. 7 with Lucien Wulsin, director of Insure the Uninsured Project, and Samuel Garrison, board member of Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. Join the Council to learn about the current health care landscape around Healthy Families transition, the California Exchange and LA Safety Net. Register now or contact Tina Hossain, 213.580.7531.

Additional speakers confirmed for ACCESS L.A. City Hall
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Council President Herb Wesson and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich are all confirmed to speak at the Chamber's annual ACCESS L.A. City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-noon at Los Angeles City Hall. Above, Mayor Villaraigosa at last year's event. Register now for the free event or contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

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Automobile Club of Southern California now providing transponders
All Automobile Club of Southern California branches are offering Metro ExpressLane transponders at a 20 percent discount for Auto Club members. Currently, Auto Club branches are the only retail locations outside of Metro customer centers where the transponders can be obtained. Existing and expanded carpool lanes will become ExpressLanes open to both toll-paying solo drivers and carpoolers on the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) later this year and along Interstate 10 in East Los Angeles next year. Buy your transponder today.

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Monday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. at Dodger Stadium
Join Communities Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF) for a night of baseball and support disability rights! This tax-deductible event benefits CALIF, which serves the disabled of Central L.A.
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