Thursday | Feb. 11, 2010
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  Coming Up At
The Chamber
  FRI | Feb. 12
Health Care Committee Meeting
Cedars-Sinai Health System President & CEO Tom Priselac
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WED | Feb. 17
Multi-Chamber Mixer with the Clippers
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THU | Feb. 18
Global Initiatives Council Meeting
Ambassador Charles Ries, senior fellow at the RAND Corporation
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THU | Feb. 18
Jobs & Business Growth Committee Meeting
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FRI | Feb. 19
Principal for a Day
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View all upcoming events on our Web Calendar


"We're all about getting projects underway, creating construction jobs and getting our customers in a competitive position for when the market bounces back."

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz at the Transportation & Goods Movement Committee meeting Tuesday.

  Media Highlights  

Business Journal’s Publisher to Lead L.A. Area Chamber
Los Angeles Business Journal, Feb. 10
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A TRADITION OF LEADERSHIP. More than 1,100 business and civic leaders welcomed 2010 Board Chair Matt Toledo, Los Angeles Business Journal, at the 121st Annual Inaugural Dinner at the Beverly Hilton last Thursday. Many elected officials were in attendance, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Above, 2009 Board Chair Fran Inman, Majestic Realty Co., passes the gavel to Toledo. (Photo by ImageActive) View video and photo gallery from the event.

Chamber Board discusses city budget with Mayor
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Chamber Board members and other area business leaders Thursday at the Chamber for a roundtable discussion on the City’s budget crisis. The Mayor shared his plans for addressing the deficit and gave those in attendance an opportunity to ask questions. "There is no scenario - none - in which we can resolve this deficit without layoffs," said Villaraigosa. "But, by working together, I believe we can minimize the impact." Villaraigosa stressed the importance of the business community's role, especially as it relates to private sector job creation. Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

SCLN unveils new statewide program
The Southern California Leadership Network is launching California Connections to expand opportunities and leadership development for a new generation of stewards of California's future. Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has just been confirmed to kick off this program, which will expand the reach of SCLN to bring together current Fellows and Alumni with other leaders from throughout the state of California. Apply now for the April 28-30, 2010 kickoff trip, which will be a unique excursion to San Francisco and the Bay Delta. Meet with the region's top civic leaders on San Francisco civic engagement and innovations in science and technology; transportation and land use; and social services; as well as experience a full-day focused on water resource management in the Bay Delta. Apply now or contact Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7577 or

Become a Principal for a Day, Feb. 19
2010 Board Chair Matt Toledo will shadow Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ray Cortines this Friday to kick off this year's Principal for a Day. Follow his lead by becoming a principal during the 11th Annual Principal for a Day on Friday, Feb. 19. Executives are especially needed to volunteer their time in the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles areas. Executives will have an opportunity to shadow a school administrator as they carry on their day-to-day duties, and learn about the triumphs and challenges of running a public school. The event is hosted by Pillar, a partnership between the Chamber and the Los Angeles Unified School District
. Register now or contact Paola Santana, 213.580.7553 or

good news

U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes HIRE LA's Youth and AT&T
John Donner, AT&T, and City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board Director Greg Irish recently received an award on behalf of HIRE LA's Youth from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Excellence Award recognizes outstanding partnership between the private sector and cities. Read more.

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  SURVEY Spotlight

Rose Bowl Stadium Renovation Survey

Members of the L.A. area business community are invited to participate in a survey on the proposed renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium. The survey will help the City of Pasadena understand companies' opinions and potential interests in the renovation. It will also give the City an idea of potential demand for new premium seating at the stadium and tickets to the annual Rose Bowl game. Survey participants will have the opportunity to preview initial architectural renderings for the renovation project. Click here to complete the survey or copy and paste the link into your internet browser:
. For more information,
contact Barrett Sports Group, LLC,


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  Hot Issues  

June ballot measures assigned numbers
The Secretary of State recently released proposition numbers for five measures on the June 8 statewide election ballot. The Chamber supports Proposition 13, which bars property tax increases on construction for seismic retrofits, and Proposition 14, which would allow a top-two candidates open primary. The Chamber opposes Proposition 15, an act that would increase state lobbyist registration fees. Read more.

Redistricting Commission
The 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission, which will be tasked with redrawing state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts after the 2010 census is complete, is currently seeking applicants. The Commission was created by the 2008 ballot initiative Proposition 11, co-sponsored by the Chamber. The deadline has been extended to Feb. 16. Apply now.


Adding value to your
Chamber membership

eCert, the efficient way to process Certificates of Origin, saves you time and money.

The Chamber is proud to now offer eCert technology as our standard to process Certificates of Origin. With eCert, exporters and freight forwarders now have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. Read more.

  event Spotlight

All Chamber After–Hours Mixer
Wednesday, Feb. 17
5:30 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to network with members from more than 20 different chambers in the Greater Los Angeles Area at the Palm Restaurant, which will provide hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Then stay afterwards and watch the Los Angeles Clippers as they take on the Atlanta Hawks. Register now.

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