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  TUE | May 25
Smart+Simple Strategies for Small Business
Featuring Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly and Yahoo! VP of B2B Marketing Patrizio Spagnoletto
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WED | May 26
Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee Featuring L.A. City Councilmember Jan Perry and Community Redevelopment Agency CEO Chris Essel
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FRI | May 28
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Featuring Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

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TUE & WED | June 1-2
ACCESS Sacramento
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"There are so many infrastructure issues that have to be addressed in the next few years and no one is talking about it. There has to be a dialogue with business, providers and insurance groups. The leadership won't come from Sacramento."

Rep. Hector De La Torre, at the Health Care Committee meeting Tuesday at the Chamber.


Two Views on the L.A. City Budget
Fox & Hounds Daily, May 19
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GROW YOUR BUSINESS. Are you looking for ways to incorporate new technology into your business that can go everywhere you do and has the tools you need to overcome everyday challenges? Join the Chamber, Microsoft and Inc. on May 25 at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown for Smart + Simple Strategies for Small Business to increase productivity, boost your bottom line and get the most from social media. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers Patrizio Spagnoletto, Yahoo! vice president of business-to-business marketing for the Americas region, and Chris Kelly, Facebook chief privacy officer. Register now or contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or

Chamber-proposed L.A. Office of Economic Analysis funded
Due to the efforts of L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, the City is creating a new Office of Economic Analysis. The office will ensure that new proposals for City legislation or regulations undergo an independent, nonpartisan economic analysis to evaluate impact on private sector jobs creation, the City's business climate and the overall economy. "We applaud the creation of this new Office of Economic Analysis," said Chamber Board Chair Matt Toledo, Los Angeles Business Journal. "The office will provide the critical jobs information currently lacking from City policymaking." The Chamber looks forward to working with the City on continued implementation. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531 or

Chamber applauds L.A. City Council deficit hawks
The L.A. City Council approved the 2011 city budget earlier this week to help close a $485 million deficit. The budget includes reductions in City services, new and higher fees on Angelenos, and the possible elimination of at least 761 employee positions. Eleven councilmembers voted for the budget. "These councilmembers prevailed over the misguided notion that city government is an employment service, and the fiscal denial about the need to pass a real budget now," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

Leadership L.A. 2010 engages education community for future opportunities

On Friday, the Leadership L.A. Class of 2010 focused on education in Los Angeles, including an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "If we are really committed to the children and believe the rhetoric we tell our teachers and parents about the importance of student achievement, we will agree to change the rules and work together," said LAUSD Board Member Yolie Flores Aguilar, above left, on the importance of the Public School Choice Resolution. "It is the only way to break through the status quo that exists today." Fellows also interacted with administrators, teachers and students at the four Small Learning Communities at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex and discussed different ways they can make a difference in the education system. Read more on Twitter @SCLN. View photo gallery. Contact Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7577 or

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SBA offers exporters tools to grow trade as part of World Trade Week
The U. S. Small Business Administration is offering free tools for new and established small business exporters to help them grow and succeed in international trade. Small businesses will now have access to a six-part podcast series, an introduction to exporting YouTube video and an online training course. These new tools are available as part of the World Trade Week celebrations taking place in May nationwide to raise awareness of the increasing importance of international trade to the nation's economy. “Exporting is a critical strategy for helping small businesses grow and create jobs,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills.
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L.A. City Council to vote on apartment rent freeze
The L.A. City Council will vote Friday on whether to prevent apartment owners from levying the usual 3 percent annual rent increase on rent-controlled units. The Chamber opposes the mandate and will testify in opposition at the meeting. Apartment owners, many of whom are family-run small businesses, have said the moratorium will force them to forgo maintenance and improvements. This comes just one month after the City Council raised electricity rates 4.8 percent on users citywide. Read more.

Positive Train Control
The California Transportation Commission recently approved funding for Positive Train Control (PTC), a safety enhancement for passenger rail service. More funding is still needed for PTC, money that Metro hopes to receive from the federal government. The Chamber advocated for PTC funding during the annual Southern California on the Hill - ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip in March. Read more.


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