Thursday | March 25, 2010
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Health Care Committee Meeting
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"You can't have the healthiest employees if you have smoking employees ... Our long-term goal is that nobody starts smoking and everybody who wants to quit can."

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, at a special briefing on reducing employee health costs at the Chamber Thursday.

  Media Highlights  

Business leaders decry plan to raise DWP rates
Los Angeles Times, March 25
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Los Angeles Lowers Taxes for Internet-Based Businesses, March 23
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Lower Taxes for LA Internet Businesses
KTTV Fox 11, March 22
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Training tomorrow's leaders
Pasadena Star News, March 21
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The LA Compact: A Dollop of Hope for Our Schools
The Huffington Post, March 16
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JOB CREATION AT WORK. The Chamber joined L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and Shopzilla President Bill Glass for the signing of an Internet Business Tax Ordinance on Monday at the Westside Internet firm Shopzilla. "We are sending a message loud and clear that Los Angeles will fight to keep good-paying and high-growth jobs in our city," said Villaraigosa. The Chamber worked with the City to maintain a lower tax rate for the growing Internet industry and retain several Internet-based businesses and hundreds of jobs in Los Angeles. Above from left: Villaraigosa, Garcetti, Rosendahl, Glass, Shopzilla General Counsel Blythe Holden and Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. Read more.

Chamber asks for more review on a proposed electric rate hike
The L.A. City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to review the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power's proposed electric rate hikes package. The rate hikes would boost bills 9 percent to 28 percent by
April 2011, depending on where customers live and how much power they consume. "We understand the importance of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power balancing its budget and paying for the higher cost of renewable energy," testified Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. "But for government to do this at the expense of more lost jobs in business is not in the best interests of our community or the citizens of Los Angeles." Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

Chamber hears from PBS Host Huell Howser on California's many resources
Everyone has a story to tell, said PBS Host Huell Howser at the Occidental Petroleum Power Hour Series on Tuesday at the Chamber. "In the simplest things you can have a wonderful, inspiring story," Howser said, encouraging people to go out and explore the city and state that we live in. Howser also discussed the water challenge in the state, saying that unfortunately there is still a disconnect on where water originates in California. Contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or

Chamber applauds Governor and Legislature for action on job-creating bills
The Chamber commends Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California State Legislature for their recent action on the Homebuyers Tax Credit bill (AB 183) and the sales tax exemption for clean technology manufacturing equipment (SB 71). First introduced by Gov. Schwarzenegger as a part of his jobs package, these two pieces of legislation will stimulate the State’s economy and create jobs. The homebuyers tax credit, an extension and expansion of a program enacted last year, will apply to first-time buyers who buy new or existing homes between May 1-Dec. 31, 2010 and will offer 5 percent off (up to $10,000) the purchase price. The targeted sales tax exemption for clean-tech manufacturing applies to the purchase of equipment for advanced transportation, renewable energy and other clean technology projects.
Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

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Wells Fargo recognized for community involvement
United Way recently recognized Wells Fargo with a Summit Award for exceptional volunteerism as a testament to actions the company and its employees took to improve lives and local communities. "Community involvement is an essential part of the Wells Fargo culture from top to bottom," said United Way Worldwide Executive Vice President Atul Tandon. "This year, Wells Fargo championed their local communities across the nation and rallied team members to become the largest employee campaign in the entire U.S." Read more.

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L.A. has the most energy efficient buildings
Los Angeles has the greatest number of energy efficient buildings that merited the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star in 2009, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "These cities see the importance of taking action on climate change," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Read more.


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Building a Green Economy:
Connecting Sustainability to Business and Job Creation

Tuesday, April 6
7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty

Hear from a host of speakers including California Attorney General Jerry Brown on environmental regulations and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the rising energy rates.
Register now for this annual event or call 818.715.1128.

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