Thursday | Dec. 24, 2009
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This Week At The Chamber
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Member News
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Hot Issues
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  Coming Up At
The Chamber
  THU | Jan. 7
Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting
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FRI | Jan. 8
Health Care Committee Meeting
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TUE | Jan. 12
Transportation & Goods Movement Committee Meeting
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THU | Jan. 14
Annual Taste of the Chamber Mixer
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"My wish for 2010 is a year of green and green, more profits and more investment in technology and lifestyles to promote a healthier planet. Both will contribute to creating the jobs we need to put our citizens back to work."

Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben, writing about his dream for 2010 in The Business Perspective blog. Read more.

  Media Highlights  

A Holiday Gift for the Children of L.A.
The Business Perspective blog by Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben on Fox & Hounds Daily, Dec. 16
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce wishes our members and partners a wonderful holiday season. The Chamber will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25 and throughout the holidays. We will reopen Monday, Jan. 4. L.A. Business This Week will resume on Jan. 7. View holiday card.

The Chamber recently introduced new benefits for both members and nonmembers. As a resident of L.A. County, you and your family have access to a free Discount Prescription Drug Card program. Download and print a Los Angeles Rx Card and take to any participating pharmacy to save up to 75 percent on your prescriptions. And if you do business abroad, you know that mailing or sending couriers to get your Certificates of Origin stamped is costly. The Chamber has now adopted the next generation eCert technology as our standard to process Certificates of Origin. Contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or

Southern California Leadership Network recruiting for Leadership L.A. 2010
SCLN is now accepting applications for Leadership L.A. 2010, a nine-month leadership development program in partnership with the Chamber for business, government and nonprofit leaders seeking to add or enhance their community leadership roles, and to study the people and issues shaping L.A. City and County today. Fellows will experience an in-depth look at issues like education, health care, arts and culture, and public safety, while meeting with local leaders and forming meaningful relationships with their fellow participants. Chamber members receive a 10 percent credit on tuition. Read more or download an application. Deadline to apply is Monday, Feb. 1. Contact April Tam, 213.580.7524 or

Chamber members have opportunity to partner with educators on health care
Join Pillar, a partnership between the Chamber and the Los Angeles Unified School District, in conjunction with ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, for a Health Symposium for educators and industry professionals on Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Chamber. This event is designed for health care industry professionals who currently have or plan to establish a Business-Education partnership, educators working in health-themed high school Small Learning Communities, and post-secondary institutions. Register now or contact Gail Levy, 213.580.7594 or

good news

Providence Health & Services - California to open new facility
Construction is complete on the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and the opening of this state-of-the-art facility, which will serve the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, is tentatively set for Feb. 2010. Read more.

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  EVENT Spotlight


The Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure a complete and accurate 2010 Census. Chamber member businesses are encouraged to promote participation within their organizations. Learn how you can get involved.

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  Hot Issues  

AQMD Permits
The Natural Resources Defence Council has filed an appeal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to overturn Chamber-supported legislation allowing the South Coast Air Quality Management District to release 1,200 air permits to small business and essential services. The Chamber has joined a coalition urging EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to protect 65,000 jobs by denying the appeal. Read more.  

Redistricting Committee
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 applications. The Commission was created by the 2008 ballot initiative Proposition 11, co-sponsored by the Chamber. 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.

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Feb. 5-14
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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