Thursday | May 27, 2010

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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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WED | June 2
Investment Opportunities in Bicentennial Argentina
Featuring Dr. Beatriz Nofal, president of Argentina’s Investment Development Agency
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TUE | June 8
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
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WED | June 9
Small Business Owners Roundtable
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"Facebook started as a small company, and it now has 1,400 employees with 500 million users. Small businesses can become big businesses if you focus on giving people what they need."

— Chris Kelly, former Facebook chief privacy officer and candidate for California Attorney General, at the Smart + Simple Strategies for Small Business event hosted by the Chamber and Microsoft Tuesday at the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown.


Los Ángeles en el plato de Calderón
La Opinión, May 20
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LAX AIRPORT TERMINAL RENOVATION COMPLETE. This week the newly renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was unveiled. The $737 million, three year project was completed on time and under budget. The Chamber has been a strong proponent for the renovation and advocated strongly to the Transportation Security Administration for $115 million for the new in-line checked-baggage security screening facility at the terminal. Renovating LAX has been a high priority for the Chamber over the past several years during the ACCESS Washington, D.C. - Southern California on the Hill trips. (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports)

Chamber discusses future of Community Redevelopment Agency with new CEO
The future of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was outlined by recently appointed CRA CEO Chris Essel and CRA Commissioner and Chamber Board Member Ken Fearn, Integrated Capital, LLC, at the Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee meeting Wednesday at the Chamber. "There is a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done to make this place efficient, and to run it like a business," said Essel, above right. "We need to focus on how we can create a true economic development strategy at the agency for job creation, retention and expansion." The committee also heard from L.A. City Councilmember Jan Perry, who discussed her work stabilization plan in the City. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531 or

Business successful in defeating apartment owners mandate
The L.A. City Council chose not to approve a four-month moratorium on the allowed 3 percent annual rent increase on rent-controlled property in Los Angeles. The Chamber joined dozens of small business apartment owners to oppose the motion on Friday at City Hall after successfully fighting the original motion, which called for a full-year moratorium. This would have placed an additional financial burden on apartment owners after the City Council approved a 4.5 percent DWP rate increase last month. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531 or

Chamber delegation gets ready for annual ACCESS Sacramento trip, June 1-2
Nearly 100 business leaders will spend next Wednesday, June 2, meeting with State Assembly members and State Senate leadership, as well as committee chairs and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration on issues including advocating for jobs and business-friendly legislation; improving K-12 and higher education; reforming the State's budget process and pension system; and investing in transportation and infrastructure. Confirmed speakers include Assembly Speaker John Perez and State Controller John Chiang. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558 or

Do you aspire to be a dynamic leader? Apply for Leadership Southern California

Now, more than ever, regional leaders need to be connected to the issues and people who will help rebuild the region's prosperity. Leadership Southern California Fellows gain in-depth knowledge of the people, places and trends shaping Southern California's major counties. The 2011 curriculum includes a regional seminar in Ventura County and a two-day seminar on natural resources management including energy. A two-day orientation session will feature an Internal Dynamics of Leadership component, in partnership with the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. This component focuses on executive education practices dedicated to managing one's self in the midst of challenging and sometimes stressful situations. View more information and apply now, or contact Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7577 or

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UCLA researchers surpass $1 billion in awards
For the first time in UCLA history, campus researchers have broken the $1 billion mark for research grant and contract awards won in any given year. With about a month to go before the 2009-10 school year draws to a close, UCLA researchers have already made this fiscal year a record-breaker, surpassing last year’s all-time best of $968.3 million in awards. As of May 21, faculty have garnered 632 awards totaling $1.02 billion in grants and contracts.
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CleanTech Corridor
The Urban Land Institute recently recommended that a four-mile stretch of land near the Los Angeles River be transformed into a CleanTech incubator and industrial park that would draw jobs to the city. The Chamber has been a proponent for a CleanTech Corridor in Los Angeles. Read more.


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