Thursday | July 26, 2012


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TUE | July 31
Small Business Council
The Delegation Dilemma
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WED | Aug. 1
2012 Leadership Southern California Graduation & Class Report
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FRI | Aug. 3
Health Care Council
Rising Health Care Costs and the Affordable Care Act
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TUE | Aug. 7
Economic Briefing
Recovering from the Recovery
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"Our nation and our community should view this imminent drawdown as an opportunity, like we did following World War II when millions of veterans re-entered the workforce. That massive infusion of talent helped the U.S. economy thrive for generations.  "

—Gary Toebben, discussing the need to help match military veterans with companies who are hiring in this week's Business Perspective

  Media Highlights  



Business, labor groups join to seek continued upgrades at LAX
Los Angeles Times, July 26
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Business, labor alliance to support separating northern LAX runways
Daily Breeze , July 25
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Today, the Chamber announced that it will partner with the L.A. County Federation of Labor, LA/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and other business organizations in addressing a city and region-wide issue: the modernization of LAX. The creation of the Coalition was triggered by Los Angeles International Airport Specific Amendment Plan Study (SPAS) Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is anticipated to be released for public comment very soon. "After nearly 20 years of studies and planning to fix LAX, we felt enough is enough and we needed to put the full effort of the business community behind ensuring our elected officials make the necessary decisions to finally give L.A. a 21st Century airport rather than kick the can down the road one more time ," said Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more about the Coalition. Other prominent business organizations which have joined the Coalition to Fix LA Now include the Central City Association of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs. To join the Coalition or for more information, contact Ellie Ramseyer, 213.580.7596.

Gov. Brown unveils Delta water plan
On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced deal on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Chamber, along with major business and labor organizations across the State, applauded the announcement after urging the governor and federal government to take action. This plan will bring California closer to implementing the necessary infrastructure upgrades and environmental improvements. "The BDCP represents the most exhaustive planning effort in history to review various ways to move water through the Delta and various ways to restore the estuary," said Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber helps launch next phase of City’s green buildings efforts
On Monday, the Chamber co-hosted the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge Energy Leadership Summit at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Organized by the Mayor's Office, the Summit launched the next phase of the City's green buildings efforts and showcased opportunities to learn about innovative ways to maximize energy efficiency in commercial buildings. More than 100 participants, which included commercial property owners and small businesses, were encouraged to reduce their energy use, take advantage of the array of energy efficiency programs offered by the City and explore financing opportunities to conduct energy efficiency work on their buildings. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

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Chivas USA to offer Chamber members special
On Sunday, Aug. 12 at 8 p.m., Chivas USA invites members of the L.A. Area Chamber to take advantage of a special ticket offer. Members can get preferred seating plus a hotdog, a $70 value, at the discounted rate of $40. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Phil Francois, 310.630.4588.

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Cap and Trade Forum
Friday, Aug. 24, 2-4 p.m.
California State University Dominguez Hills
Join the Chamber and Assemblymembers Isadore Hall III and Susan Bonilla to learn more about the implications of the California Air Resources Board's "cap and trade" program, which is set to regulate 600 of the State's largest greenhouse gas emitting stationary sources, including numerous local entities. To register, call the 52nd Assembly District Office, 310.223.1201.


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