Thursday | July 19, 2012


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TUE | July 24
Referral Network
Business Breakthrough

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WED | July 25
Land Use, Construction & Housing Council
L.A.'s Housing & Mobility Future
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FRI | July 27
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield and Joel Fox on the State budget
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TUE | July 31
Small Business Council
The Delegation Dilemma
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"Business organizations and government entities need to become stakeholders and make their support for Japan to join the Trans Pacific Partnership known. Both sides on the local level need to be engaged."

—Julia Lowell, economist and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, at the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council meeting Wednesday. 

"I'm the first nurse to be president of the Tournament of Roses, and hopefully not the last."

— Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby at the Chamber's Power Hour Series Wednesday.

  Media Highlights  



L.A. Chamber doles out college scholarships
Los Angeles Times, July 17
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Los Angeles Planning Commission Makes Smart Move for City, Downtown Residents
Huffington Post , July 13
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On Monday, the Chamber, along with L.A. City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Mónica García, HOT 92.3's Josefa Salinas and other Cash for College partners presented $129,000 to local high school graduates during the 7th annual Scholarship Awards reception. "Our future is dependent on a well-educated populace," said David Rattray, Chamber senior vice president of Education & Workforce Development. "Without this kind of help, a lot of our students are not going to be on a pathway to success." Contact Paola Santana, 213.580.7586.

Los Angeles to receive $1 billion in High Speed Rail funds
On Wednesday, the Chamber attended a press conference where Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation authorizing the release of $5.8 billion to begin construction of the high-speed rail project in the Central Valley. That money includes $2.6 billion in state bond funds with the rest coming from the federal government. Nearly $2 billion is slated for immediate investment in the urban bookends of San Francisco and Los Angeles to improve and expand regional systems in anticipation of connecting to high speed rail, including investments in the Regional Connector. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

State, local WIBs say private sector key for success
Tim Rainey, executive director of California's Workforce Investment Board (WIB), joined the Chamber's Education & Workforce Development Council on Friday to discuss the future of the State's WIB, emphasizing the importance of local partnerships. Gregory Irish, executive director of the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and Robert Sainz, assistant general manager of the Community Development Department, provided overviews of efforts to provide employment opportunities for displaced workers while reconnecting dropouts back to school or providing them with pathways to sustainable careers. "Who do you think is the largest investor in workforce development programs? The private sector," Sainz said. Contact Sonia Campos-Rivera, 213.580.7538.

Leadership L.A. focuses on national security and trade infrastructure
On Friday, Leadership L.A. 2012 Fellows visited the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Port of Los Angeles for an inside look at what makes these hubs for trade and movement among the largest and most important in the world. "There has been a $6.89 billion impact on the economy from the construction and development of the Bradley West Project at LAX, creating 40,000 jobs," said Deputy Executive Director Roger Johnson, Los Angeles World Airports. The group also discussed security issues with police chiefs from the airport, port and city of Long Beach. Contact Hadia Kabir, 213.580.7524.

good news

Cirque du Soleil IRIS artists to perform at Grand Park inaugural event
Grand Park, the expanded and renovated Civic Center green space, will open to the public on July 26. Cirque du Soleil artists will perform at the festivities. Also, for a limited time, Chamber members can purchase a four-pack of category two tickets for as low as $199 to IRIS. The first resident Cirque du Soleil show in California, IRIS features 72 performers, 200 costumes and 20 video projectors. Buy your tickets today.

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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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