Thursday | Sept. 22, 2011


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| Sept. 23
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Politics and Social Media with State Sen. Tony Strickland
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TUE | Sept. 27
Referral Network
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WED | Sept. 28
Business Opportunities in Latin America
Featuring U.S. Ambassadors to Latin America

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WED | Sept. 28
Economy & Infrastructure Council
Competition from the Panama Canal: Update on the Port of Los Angeles

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WED | Sept. 28
The Connection Point Series
Twitter and Blogs for Business

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THU | Sept. 29
Korean Buyer's Meeting with U.S. Suppliers
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FRI | Sept. 30
Environmental Sustainability Council
A Conversation with the Chair of the California Energy Commission
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"For 25 years, community leaders have worked to make a high-quality light rail line a reality. This was the dream of Julian Dixon, of Diane Watson, of Mayor Tom Bradley and many, many others. Today's vote means we're ready to start right away not 15 years from now as originally was slated to happen."

L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Mark Ridley-Thomas on the Metro Board decision to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor light rail project.

  Media Highlights  



Caltech Supports Patent Reform Legislation
Media Newswire, Sept. 21
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West by West, An Hour with Jerry West
The Huffington Post, Sept. 16
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More than 20 minority small business owners gathered Wednesday at the Chamber to meet with Beatrice Hidalgo, senior policy advisor in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. The group discussed what the federal government can do to make the process easier for small businesses to access capital and talked about what contracting opportunities are available for small businesses. Above from left, Hidalgo; meeting coordinator Kerman Maddox, Dakota Communications; and Kalika Yap, Citrus Studios, Inc. Contact P. Anthony Thomas, 213.580.7568.

Blogging and tweeting expert to share how to build your business brand
Special guest Nic Adler,left, owner of the Roxy Theatre, will share how he reinvented his business using social media at the next Connection Point series on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. Learn how Twitter can be an information accelerator with the power to build awareness for your company, improve customer relationship management and enhance product development with real bottom line results. Also, find out how blogs can increase customer engagement and help establish you as a thought leader. Register now or contact Bridget Netter, 213.580.7576.

Chamber-supported Measure R project to begin construction
The Metro Board of Directors recently certified the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor, one of the Chamber-supported Measure R projects. The 8.5-mile light rail project now advances into the construction phase and is estimated to create 15,100 direct jobs. The project, which could open by 2018, will connect the Metro Green Line and the Expo Line currently under construction, providing critical linkages for the region's residents, employees, and national and international visitors. Last year, the project received a $546 million TIFIA loan from the federal government. The Chamber continues to advocate for the expansion of the TIFIA program as a component of the America Fast Forward initiative. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber discusses North American Free Trade Agreement
"We need to start with an idea that no longer just recognizes our independence, but our interdependence," said Professor Robert Pastor (left), founder and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University, speaking to members of the Global Initiatives Council at the Chamber on Friday. When it comes to relations with Mexico and Canada, said Pastor, there is no state or city that has a greater stake than California and Los Angeles. Read Pastor's recent op-ed on this topic in the Los Angeles Times. Contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles distributes backpacks
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles and the Catholic Schools Consortium awarded backpacks filled with school supplies on Monday to 24 elementary-age students from eight inner-city Catholic Schools. The Society, in conjunction with Office Depot and Feed The Children, donated the backpacks and school supplies. Read more.

Chamber partners with Los Angeles Department of Water & Power for electric car charger
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) recently installed an electric car charger station in the Chamber's parking garage. With more visitors and building occupants requesting electric vehicle charging, the station is used on a daily basis. LADWP offers rebates for residential electric vehicle home chargers. Read more.

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  ISSUES of interest  

Chamber co-hosts conference on China
On Friday, business leaders, academics and researchers from China, the United States and Latin America convened at the University of Southern California for a discussion on China in Latin America. The event was co-hosted by the Chamber, the Center for International Business Education & Research at USC and the Institute of the Americas. Chamber Senior VP of Global Initiatives Carlos Valderrama moderated a panel discussion on issues related to trade and investment of China in Latin America. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.






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