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Thursday | Feb. 14, 2013


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FRI | Feb. 15
Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council
Featuring California Air Resources Board Chair and California Water Foundation Executive Director

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WED | Feb. 20
Global Initiatives Council
Strategies for expanding California's exports

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WED | Feb. 20
Joint Aviation and Government & Fiscal Affairs Councils
The future of LAX

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FRI | Feb. 22
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
What's next in public transportation with Metro CEO Art Leahy

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WED | Feb. 27
Land Use, Construction & Housing Council
What zoning code revision will mean for your business

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"Trust in institutions is rising, while the trust in those leading them is going down."

Mark Hass, president & CEO, Edelman U.S. at the Power Hour Speaker Series on Wednesday at the Chamber.




Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Jobs PAC backs Wendy Greuel for mayor
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 12
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Fifteen hundred business and civic leaders welcomed 2013 Board Chair Alan Rothenberg, 1st Century Bank, at the Chamber's 125th Anniversary Inaugural Dinner at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE last Thursday. Many elected officials were in attendance, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The Chamber presented its three highest awards during the event: the Civic Medal of Honor to Mickey Kantor; the Distinguished Business Leader award to Thomas Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System; and the Corporate Leadership award to the University of Southern California. Above, 2012 Board Chair Karen Hathaway, LAACO Ltd./Los Angeles Athletic Club, passes the gavel to Rothenberg. View photo gallery of the event. Photo by ImageActive

  • Los Angeles International Airport
    Today, the L.A. City Planning Commission unanimously passed the staff recommendation to support LAX modernization including separating the north runways. Chamber Board Chair Alan Rothenberg, 1st Century Bank, joined business, labor and community leaders in speaking out in support. It will now be considered by L.A. County and L.A. City Council.
  • Clean Water, Clean Beaches
    Today, the Chamber's Executive Committee approved efforts to reclassify L.A. County's proposed Clean Water, Clean Beaches stormwater fee measure as a special tax. This would change the voting threshold needed for approval from a simple majority of property owners to two-thirds of registered voters. The County Board of Supervisors will consider it on March 12. Read more about the Chamber's position on this issue.

    Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568 or Frank Lopez, 213.580.7573.

    Chamber's L.A. Jobs PAC endorses L.A. City Controller Greuel for mayor
    On Tuesday, the L.A. JOBS Political Action Committee (PAC), sponsored by the Chamber, announced its endorsement of Wendy Greuel for mayor. "Wendy has a long record of working with the Chamber to champion job creation and build a stronger economy in Los Angeles," said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. The PAC is also endorsing five candidates for L.A. City Council and two candidates for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. View the full list. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

    Chamber education council discusses community college transfers
    On Friday, Erik Skinner, executive vice chancellor, California Community Colleges, and Michele Siqueiros, executive director, The Campaign for College Opportunity, discussed SB 1440 implementation and how California community colleges are helping to improve student success by developing streamlined transfer pathways. "The State has a role and the college has a role," Siqueiros said. The Chamber is a proponent for increasing the efficiency of the transfer process for community college students, which will expedite a student's time to completion and reduce the State's costs. Contact Alma Salazar, 213.580.7566.

  • good news

    The livery stable at First and Broadway is where the Chamber was founded in 1888. It is now the present site of the Los Angeles County Law Library. Read more.

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American Airlines and US Airways merge

The combined network of these two airlines will result in increased connectivity and a broader route network for Californians. Together, American Airlines and US Airways employs about 7,160 in our state. Read more.

Boeing awarded $51 million contract

The U.S. Air Force, which operates the Global Positioning System (GPS) network, recently awarded The Boeing Co. a $51 million, one-year contract with four one-year options. The company is under contract to build at least 12 satellites at its El Segundo facility. Read more.

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