Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Oct. 13
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter
Chamber supported CA WaterFix receives MWD approval 

The California WaterFix took another step forward this week as Metropolitan Water District's (MWD) Board of Directors voted to support the project. Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben advocated for the project at the MWD meeting. "History will record this vote as a visionary action that will benefit future generations of residents and employers in Southern California and help the economy of the entire state," said Toebben following the Board's vote. While MWD's support is critical, the CA WaterFix still needs significantly more funding, and will be voted on by further water agencies in the coming weeks. Read the Chamber's SUPPORT LETTER or LEARN MORE.

Affordable Housing Linkage Fee moves forward

The Chamber opposed Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (AHLF) was approved by the City's Planning and Land Use Management Committee on Tuesday. The Chamber spoke against the proposed fee, which would charge a per square foot impact fee on all new residential, commercial and industrial construction in L.A. The proposed ordinance now heads to the City's Housing Committee before moving to the full Council for a final vote. Read more on why the AHLF is the wrong way to fund affordable housing HERE

Lake on Wilshire project approved by Community Planning Commission

The Chamber stood in support of the Lake on Wilshire project at the City's Community Planning Commission on Thursday. The Commission approved the transit-oriented project led by the Walter J Company, which will help address L.A.'s housing shortage with 478 new housing units, 11 percent of which are very low-income affordable housing units. In addition, Lake on Wilshire features a robust multi-cultural center for the surrounding community, retail space and a hotel.
A free helping hand for those in need
Chamber member St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles is part of a global charity serving the poor of any religion. St. Vincent has operated in the L.A. area for more than 100 years, and currently has 2,500 volunteers serving those in need with food, clothing, appliances, furniture and other aid. St. Vincent also runs homeless shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens. You can support St. Vincent's mission by donating to their L.A. thrift store. Call 800.974.3571 for free pick up of donations today. LEARN MORE.
Celebrate L.A.'s inspiring leaders at the 2017 Visionaries awards
Join us Nov. 30 at the iconic Theatre at Ace Hotel for the 2017 Visionaries Awards as Southern California Leadership Network honors 30 community leaders, all of whom are alumni of SCLN fellowships and personify the commitment to driving change. Enjoy a cocktail party on two levels in the lobby, entertainment and great food, while you network with some of our region's most accomplished business leaders, elected and appointed officials, and nonprofit innovators. It's not too late to sponsor this exciting event -- contact Nancy Olson for more details! LEARN MORE.
New speakers added to 2017 State of L.A. Infrastructure line-up
This year's State of L.A. Infrastructure has added infrastructure experts Jeff Kightlinger, general manager and CEO, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and Samantha Bricker, deputy executive director, Project Development and Coordination, Los Angeles World Airports, to our exciting panel of featured speakers! Join us on Nov. 8 to hear from them, as well as Public Sector Keynote Phillip Washington, CEO of Metro, as they take a closer look at the state and future of infrastructure investment in our region. RSVP NOW!
SCLN 30-in-30: Andy Carrasco
This week's 30-in-30 honoree is Andy Carrasco, graduate of Leadership L.A. '09 and director of Regional Public Affairs for SoCalGas. Born and raised in East L.A., Andy is a proud product of Garfield High School where his leadership journey began as a student of the legendary Calculus teacher Jaime Escalante, featured in the film "Stand and Deliver," who dedicated his career to changing lives and inspiring others. Learn more about Andy's experience with this legendary leader and his journey since high school HERE.

The 30-in-30 campaign is a celebration of SCLN's 30th anniversary, honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017. Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company and Walmart
Chamber to hear from Deputy Mayor of International Affairs
Amb. Nina Hachigian, the newly appointed deputy mayor of International Affairs for the Office of Mayor Garcetti, will be joining the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council on Oct. 18. Amb. Hachigian will facilitate an open discussion to solicit ideas from participants about priorities for the future work of her office. JOIN THE CONVERSATION
NextLA helps aspiring entrepreneurs find balance with latest workshop
NextLA, the newest iteration of the L.A. Junior Chamber of Commerce, hosted a group of current and aspiring entrepreneurs last night for their latest workshop, Balancing Full-Time Work and Entrepreneurial Aspirations. Life and Career Coach Kea Meyers Duggan provided the group with valuable advice on what to expect when you work a 9-to-5 and want to start up a side business, including how to identify the "why" in your decision to start a business and use that as inspiration during challenging moments, and the importance of building a network that includes fellow entrepreneurs, mentors and coaches. SEE THE PHOTOS and JOIN NEXTLA.
The Action
Chamber supported CA WaterFix receives MWD approval 
Policy This Week 
Affordable Housing Linkage Fee moves forward
Lake on Wilshire project approved by Community Planning Commission
The Member 
A free helping hand for those in need
The Opportunity 
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