Thursday | April 22, 2010
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  Coming Up At
The Chamber
  FRI | April 23
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Featuring L.A. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian
more info | register

FRI | April 23
Special Briefing with Ex-Im Bank President
Featuring Fred Hochberg
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TUE | April 27
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
more info | register

WED | April 28
Land Use, Construction & Housing and Jobs & Business Growth Committees Meeting
Featuring L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel
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"As much as we have trade in this region, we also have innovation."

James Flanigan, author and business columnist, at the Chamber Wednesday during the Global Initiatives Council meeting.

  Media Highlights  

State of the city + budget: media and reax
LA Observed, April 21
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Chamber President & CEO discusses Mayor Villaraigosa and the state of the city
Which Way, L.A.?, April 20
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30/10 Transportation Initiative Would Create Jobs, Cut Emissions In Southern California
Natural Resources Defense Council, April 20
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Mayor Picks Deputy To Head DWP, April 18
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L.A. Community College District Has New Chancellor

Los Angeles Business Journal, April 16
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SUCCESS IN SACRAMENTO. The Chamber successfully passed three of its sponsored bills out of the Senate and Assembly education policy committees this week. SB 1143 (Liu) which seeks to increase student completion in community colleges, passed the Senate Education Committee with strong bipartisan support. AB 2445 (Furutani) and AB 2172 (Carter) are companion bills related to Linked Learning (formerly known as Multiple Pathways) and seek to incorporate recommendations that come from AB 2648 (Bass, Carter, Furutani) Multiple Pathways Report. All three bills are on their way to Senate and Assembly appropriations committees. Contact Sonia Campos-Rivera, 213.580.7538 or

Californians for a Fresh Start submits signatures for ballot initiative

Californians for a Fresh Start co-chairs, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO Executive Secretary/ Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo, announced today that the
campaign committee has submitted more than 1,050,000 signatures to qualify a new statewide term limits initiative for the November ballot. The initiative reduces a legislator’s time in office from 14 to 12 years. Under this reform this time can be served entirely in the State Assembly, the State Senate or a combination of both houses. This measure does not benefit any current or former legislator in office now or on the ballot this year. Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

Chamber meets with Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

During his first visit to Los Angeles since his appointment, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez visited with Chamber members Monday to discuss opportunities and challenges of doing business overseas. He emphasized the importance of hearing from the business community regularly in order to establish policies that benefit global trade. "We have relationships with Chambers such as yours across the country and we need to strengthen those in order to accomplish President Obama's mission," Sánchez said. Above, Sánchez, left, presents Chamber VP of Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama with a certificate of appreciation for achievement in trade for the Chamber's support of U.S. export development and for creating opportunities for businesses through trade. View photo gallery. Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570 or

Chamber members encouraged to participate in job shadowing
The Chamber, in collaboration with Junior Achievement of Southern California, is looking to recruit business leaders interested in improving public education by providing job shadow opportunities for youth. For just a few hours, business leaders can show students that an education leads to exciting and rewarding careers, while encouraging community involvement among employees. Register now or contact Cindy Barakhyan, 323.957.0585 or

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Large Marge Sustainables inspires students
Meg Taylor, Large Marge Sustainables, recently spoke to students at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights during the school's annual Career Week. Taylor, the owner of a catering company, shared the benefits of eating fresh foods. Pillar, a partnership between the Chamber and the Los Angeles Unified School District, helped host this event as business leaders provided students with information on careers ranging from engineers to lawyers, and newscasters to race car drivers. Contact Gail Levy, 213.580.7594 or

IE Design + Communications wins "The Best of LA Women's Business Award"
Marcie Carson, IE Design + Communications, recently received a Best of LA Women's Business Award, sponsored by the Los Angeles Lakers and Comerica Bank. The award recognizes women in leadership throughout L.A. County for their contributions. Read more.

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  Hot Issues  

Metro Board supports 30/10 transportation proposal
The Chamber applauds the Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Directors (Metro) for its unanimous vote to support Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s 30/10 transportation initiative.The accelerated 30/10 plan aims to complete the 12 largest transit projects included in Measure R within the next 10 years, and would create thousands of jobs, speed up traffic relief and reduce pollution without adding to the federal deficit or placing federal tax dollars at risk. Read more.

Interim General Manager of LADWP
The Chamber applauds L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his selection of Austin Beutner as interim general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. "The business community knows how important the LADWP is to the growth of business and the long-term vitality of the City, and the Chamber applauds the Mayor for his selection of Austin Beutner to lead the organization,” said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. Read more.


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2010 SCAG Regional Conference and General Assembly
May 5–7
La Quinta Resort & Club

This year’s theme, "Moving Forward – Planning Together" promises to be as exciting and interesting as ever. To secure your place,
register online and send payment by April 30. For more information, contact Linda Jones, 213.236.1912, or

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