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Thursday | Dec. 6, 2012


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WED | Dec. 12
Power Hour Series
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FRI | Jan. 4
Health Care Council
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Transportation & Goods Movement Council
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"The key is to associate ourselves with organizations that have values which align with your work. If I do a quality job, the rewards that come from that organization fuels me even more."

Chet Pipkin, founder and chairman of Belkin International, Inc., and the Lifetime "Still Achieving" Award honoree at the Southern California Visionaries Awards Tuesday.

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Tentative Agreement Reached To End Port-Impacting Strike
LBreport.com, Dec. 5
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LAX runway separation safety plan moves ahead
Daily Breeze, Dec. 3
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More than 300 of the region's top business, government and nonprofit leaders came together on Tuesday for the Southern California Leadership Network's annual Southern California Visionaries Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Honorees provided a glimpse in to their approach to inspire positive change, and the balance of business and philanthropy. View photo gallery. Contact Hadia Kabir, 213.580.7524. Above from left: Amelia Williamson, Magic Johnson Foundation; Kimberly Freeman (LSC '02) Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility; Chet Pipkin, Belkin International, Inc.; Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council. (ImageActive)

Chamber supports 260' separation of LAX's north runways
On Monday, the Coalition to Fix LAX NOW, a group of Los Angeles business and labor organizations, pledged its support to Los Angeles World Airports' (LAWA) recommendations that will assure the safety and maximum operational efficiency of LAX's North Airfield. The Coalition supported LAWA's recommendation for an additional 260' separation. In a statement, the co-chairs of the coalition including Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Maria Elena Durazo and Executive Secretary of Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council Ron Miller called on the Board of Airport Commissioners to adopt this recommendation and urged the L.A. City Council and the County of Los Angeles for approval as well. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

Strike ends at San Pedro Port Complex
Workers returned to work Thursday after eight days of a strike that shuttered 10 of 14 terminals at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach. About 800 clerical workers had walked off the job and were joined by 10,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The Chamber signed a letter with nearly 100 other organizations urging the federal government to get involved. With the news that a federal mediator was headed to L.A. on Tuesday night, the union and employers came to an agreement. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

NCAA President at the Chamber, Dec. 12
Don't miss the rare opportunity to meet with NCAA President Mark Emmert on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7:45-9 a.m. at the Chamber for the Power Hour Series. President Emmert will discuss how the NCAA is protecting and sustaining the collegiate student-athlete model. Register now or contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595.

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Chamber member completes construction on new LAUSD high school
On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of Augustus F. Hawkins High School, a four-story, state-of-the-art high school that will accommodate more than 2,000 students on West 60th St. in South Los Angeles. "I have hope for this school, because I’ve come to bond with it," said Hawkins High School Student Body President Maria Jerezano. "Let's give Augustus F. Hawkins a chance to change the perspective of South L.A."  The construction of the Los Angeles Unified School District school was led by Clark Construction Group - California LP, representatives pictured above. The company reached and sustained a level of more than 50 percent local worker hires on the project, providing 30 percent of the $90 million worth of contracts to Small Business Enterprises. Read more.

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Downtown streetcar line project approved
On Monday, the streetcar ballot measure passed with more than 70 percent of the vote in a special vote-by-mail election by downtown L.A. residents. The measure will create a special tax assessment district to raise up to $85 million. The tax will not be levied on property owners unless the project receives matching funds from the federal government and completes an environmental review. The streetcar could start running by 2015. Read more.




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