Thursday | June 7, 2012


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FRI | June 8
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck
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FRI | June 8
Education & Workforce Development Council
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SAT | June 9
Work Ready Now - Volunteer to Prepare Our Youth
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TUE | June 12
Referral Network
Growing Your Business is Our Business
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TUE | June 12
Transportation & Goods Movement Council
Mid-Year Metro Update
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WED | June 13
Small Business Owners Roundtable
Small Businesses Thinking Big
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WED | June 13
Small Business Awards
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" If the Affordable Care Act is overturned, California will work to provide what the federal government cannot."

— State Sen. Ed Hernandez at the Chamber's Health Care Council meeting Friday.

  Media Highlights  



Prop. 29 tobacco tax losing; Prop. 28 term limits pass
Orange County Register, June 6
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Term Limit Bill Approved, Cigarette Tax Narrowly Defeated
Walnut Patch, June 6
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LA schools boost math, science to in effort to stem reliance on foreign workers
89.3 KPCC, June 6
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California voters approve Proposition 28 to amend term limits for state politicians
89.3 KPCC, June 5
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Immigration needed to spur economic recovery in California, increase competition
89.3 KPCC, May 31
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Proposition 28, which garnered the support of 61 percent of voters and passed in every county in the State in Tuesday's primary election, was co-sponsored by the L.A. Area Chamber and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. We thank voters for understanding the need to fix term limits and make the legislature more accountable. Proposition 28 will reduce the allowable time in office from 14 to 12 years without extending the term of any sitting legislator. Yesterday was also the first time Chamber-sponsored ballot initiatives were at play: the new legislative and congressional districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission created by Proposition 11 in 2008 and Proposition 14 which created the top two primary in June 2010. The California election reforms that the Chamber championed gave the citizens of our State a much stronger voice in yesterday’s primary election than they have ever had in the past. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber supports Farmer's Field environmental document
This week, the L.A. City Council's Ad-Hoc Committee on the Proposed Downtown Stadium met to review the recently released Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The document identifies 170 mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate stadium impacts. Benefits outlined in the DEIR include recommendations for capital investment to upgrade current infrastructure at 73 intersections, an additional lane on the Hollywood Freeway and a $10 million investment in the Blue Line Pico Station. The DEIR is in a 45-day public comment period. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber-led coalition urges action on transportation reauthorization
On Monday, the Chamber sent a coalition letter and map to the Congressional conferees in charge of reconciling the House and Senate versions of transportation reauthorization. More than 50 chambers across the country signed onto a letter urging the conferees to draft a robust, bi-partisan, multi-year bill that includes innovative funding mechanisms such as America Fast Forward. Congress has until June 30 before the ninth extension of the last surface transportation reauthorization bill expires. Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben participated in a press conference organized by the Southern California Association of Governments to ask Congress to come to an agreement on a bill that will put Americans back to work. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Small Business Awards to present 12 awards on June 13
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Chamber in celebrating small businesses at the annual Small Business Awards on Wednesday, June 13, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Keynote speaker is Linda Griego, president and CEO of business management company Griego Enterprises, Inc. Register now or contact Michelle Attebery, 213.580.7585.

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President & CEO of Diversified Risk Management, Inc. honored
good newsPatricia A. Kotze-Ramos, president and CEO of Diversified Risk Management, Inc. recently received the 2012 Bill Brownell Executive Leadership Award at WeTip's 39th Annual National Crime-Fighting Conference. "As a community leader with a vision for safe neighborhoods, Patty has demonstrated exemplary leadership in her business endeavors, community activism and contributions to volunteerism," said Susan Aguilar, CEO of WeTip. Kotze-Ramos will also be honored at the Small Business Awards on June 13. Read more.

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What's Next LA? Economic Forecast
Thursday, June 21, 7-11 a.m.
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Join Beacon Economics for its fourth annual economic forecast conference on Thursday, June 21. Hear from some of the State's most renowned forecasters as they deliver new outlooks for the U.S., California and Los Angeles economies. Learn what's next for home prices, employment, consumer spending, personal income and much more. L.A. Area Chamber members receive a discount. Use code laac12 when registering. Register now.




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