Thursday | July 12, 2012


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FRI | July 13
Education & Workforce Development Council
Repurposing the State's Workforce Investment Board

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MON | July 16
Cash for College Partners Reception
Celebrate Cash for College

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TUE | July 17
Member Orientation
New Member Reception to follow
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WED | July 18
Global Initiatives Council
The U.S., Japan and Free Trade
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WED | July 18
Power Hour
President of Tournament of Roses
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WED | July 18
Connection Point Series
How new Facebook features impact your business
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"For years I sat and wondered why State government works the way it could and should. But unlike me, the Chamber stepped up to make fundamental change."

—Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, on the Chamber's role in term limits, open primaries and redistricting at the Chamber's Board of Director's meeting Thursday.

"This is the most diverse and entrepreneurial city in the country, you are the standard bearers for the rest of the country."

— Javier Palomarez, president & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's Board of Director's meeting Thursday.

  Media Highlights  



California Senate vote keeps bullet train alive
Los Angeles Times, July 6
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This week the Chamber's Transportation & Goods Movement Council received a briefing on Metro's plans for ExpressLanes on the 10 and 110 freeways. The pilot program to convert carpool lanes to High Occupancy Toll lanes will be implemented later this fall. Access to the lanes will require a transponder. Members of the Automobile Club of Southern California are eligible for 20 percent off. The council also discussed the Fasana amendment to the Measure R ordinance that the Metro board is considering. This amendment would provide flexibility for the use of funds if an extension is approved by the voters. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber opposes Interim Control Ordinance for Chinatown
The Chamber agrees with the L.A. City Planning Department's report to the City Planning Commission that recommended the Commission not approve an Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) that would prohibit the establishment of formula retail uses in the Chinatown community. The ICO would send a negative message to businesses looking to invest in Los Angeles. The Commission voted 5-2 in favor of the Planning Department's staff report to disapprove the ICO. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

L.A. JOBS PAC endorses Felipe Fuentes for L.A. City Council
This week, the L.A. JOBS Political Action Committee (PAC), sponsored by the Chamber, endorsed Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes for L.A. City Council District 7, an open seat due to term limits. Currently a State Assemblymember, Felipe Fuentes represents the 39th Assembly District. He has partnered with the Chamber on legislation to extend the Film & Television Tax Credit Program to retain hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs created by the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Find out how to use Facebook for your business, July 18
Facebook, the largest social network in the world with nearly 1 billion users, has recently introduced new sales features, the 'Timeline' format and advertising options. Gain insight on how to incorporate these features into a winning business strategy on Wednesday, July 18, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Chamber. Please pass this opportunity on to the marketing and communications department in your organization or to interested colleagues. Register now or contact Bridget Netter, 213.580.7576.

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Wells Fargo gives $100,000 to HIRE LA's Youth
Wells Fargo presented $100,000 to HIRE LA's Youth at the Chamber's Board of Directors meetings today. The money will be used to help youth from low-income families work this summer at organizations including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Cedars-Sinai Health System and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Contact Maria Dolores Nieto, 213.580.7599.

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High-speed rail still moving forward
Last week the state Senate authorized initial funding for California's high-speed rail project. A construction start date is not yet determined. The State still needs regulatory approvals to start the first 130 miles of track in the Central Valley. The Senate vote allocates roughly $8 billion for the first segment of track and related transportation projects, with $2 billion of the initial funding to be invested in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.




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