Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I June 30
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter

Chamber supported Lucas Museum 
receives L.A. City Council approval
On Tuesday, L.A. City Council unanimously approved the construction of the $1 billion George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The museum will house the Star Wars creator's personal collection of fine and popular art, including memorabilia related to the Star Wars franchise. The Chamber has supported bringing the first-of-its-kind museum to L.A., as it will create a new public green space, extraordinary educational opportunities for the community, and bring economic investment to the region. Lucas will fully fund the museum construction, collection and operating endowment. LEARN MORE and see the Chamber SUPPORT LETTER.

*Header photo courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Federal agencies show support for California WaterFix

The Chamber is a strong proponent of Gov. Jerry Brown's California WaterFix and that plan received a ringing endorsement from Federal agencies this week. This long-awaited review by the Federal government should give Gov. Brown and his state agencies the support they need to move forward on the California WaterFix to improve the environment in and around the San Joaquin/Bay Area Delta, and to increase the reliability of water to Silicon Valley, the Central Valley and Southern California. LEARN MORE.

Minimum Wage increase for City of L.A. begins July 1

On July 1, employers within the City of L.A. with 26 or more employees must increase their minimum wage to $12.00 per hour, and all employers with 25 or less employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour. See a letter from Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben for more information HERE.
State bill to mandate new Metro Board membership is shelved
This week, Sen. Tony Mendoza tabled SB 268, a Chamber-opposed bill that would have changed the composition of the L.A. County Metro Board of Directors. The Chamber argued that the current Board was put together through a carefully negotiated local process and shouldn't be reconstituted by Sacramento legislators. The Chamber was at the hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday to oppose. 
Big wins for the Chamber in education budget items

The Chamber applauds Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Legislature for their investments in education in the state budget just passed. The budget includes one-time funding for the development of Guided Pathways in California Community Colleges and funding for the Chancellor's Higher Education Innovation Awards Program. It maintains funding for the current Cal Grant awards. As part of this budget, the Chamber sponsored AB 1164 (Thurmond), secured critically important emergency child care funding for foster care. READ MORE.

LADWP launches Renewables/Clean Energy Study Advisory Group

Last week, the Chamber participated in the kick-off meeting of the Department of Water and Power's (DWP) Advisory Group to help determine how the Department will move forward on a 100 percent renewable energy portfolio, as outlined by a L.A. City Council motion adopted in 2016. DWP is beginning a comprehensive research study to look at investments necessary to achieve the 100 percent renewable goal. The Chamber will engage to ensure the DWP adequately plans for issues related to feasibility, reliability and economic development workforce

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel has sky-high grand opening
We've all watched it being built for months, and now you finally have the opportunity to experience Chamber member InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel for yourself. The Wilshire Grand Center boasts the 899-room hotel with breathtaking views of L.A. from guest rooms and restaurants including Spire 73 and La Boucherie on 71. The Chamber is proud to have played an important role in bringing the new Wilshire Grand Center to L.A., as pointed out in a 2010 letter from Chris Martin of AC Martin, after the Chamber organized a trade mission to Korea for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. LEARN MORE.
Financial incentives for hiring our veterans
On Friday July 14, Deloitte will host a program for L.A. area business leaders that highlights the tax incentives for hiring veterans. The event, which aligns with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's 10,000 Strong Veteran Hiring Initiative, will take place at L.A. City Hall from 3-5 p.m. and will feature guest speakers from the Mayor's Office and the Call of Duty Endowment. LEARN MORE or REGISTER NOW.
SCLN 30-in-30: David Eads
This week's SCLN 30-in-30 honoree is near and dear to the Chamber's heart - congratulations David Eads, former COO of the Chamber! Eads, an alum of Leadership Southern California '08, is now the executive director and CEO of the Tournament of Roses. Watch his video to learn about his early introduction to leadership and the impact of SCLN programming HERE.
Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: Southern California Gas Company and Walmart. To learn how you can support SCLN's 30th anniversary celebrations, contact Nancy Olson.
Chamber and Quebec Minister of International Relation discuss NAFTA renegotiation
The Hon. Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations of Quebec, Canada, held a roundtable discussion with Chamber members and business leaders last week centered around NAFTA renegotiations and possible outcomes. St-Pierre noted her office's interest in promoting the tangible benefits that Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have achieved during the 23 years since the agreement was approved. 
Future Engineers awarded $900,000 grant
Future Engineers, a Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch member, has been awarded a $900,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The award was made possible with consultation from Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch program. The award will allow the online hub for national student challenges and curriculum to expand its platform to host a diverse range of K-12 challenges inspired by industry, media and emerging technologies. 
Interested in Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch program? Learn more about their non-equity and no-cost advising, resources, workshops and events HERE.
RecycLA to launch on July 1 
The City of L.A. will begin the transition to an exclusive commercial waste-haul franchise system on July 1. The program divides the City into 11 zones that will be served exclusively by one waste haul collection company. Each recycLA zone has been divided into six smaller transition subzones. Service providers will begin contacting commercial customers in the first subzones on July 1 to conduct on-site assessments for each customer, review their rights and responsibilities and determine level of service needed. Bins will be delivered by Aug. 1 The transition for each of the remaining service area subzones will follow. LEARN MORE.
Chamber and Colombia AMCHAM sign MOU
The Chamber and the American Chamber Colombia (AMCHAM) have signed and formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This document provides the parameters to organize seminars and exchange commercial information to facilitate and promote trade between Colombia and the L.A. region. Colombia is the L.A. region's 28th largest trading partner with a total annual bilateral trade of $1.5 billion. 
The Action
Chamber supported Lucas Museum receives L.A. City Council approval
Policy This Week |
Federal agencies show support for California WaterFix
Minimum Wage increase for City of L.A. begins July 1
State bill to mandate new Metro Board membership is shelved
LADWP's 100 percent Renewables/Clean Energy Study Advisory Group launches
Big wins for the Chamber in education budget items
The Member |
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown has sky-high grand opening
The Opportunity |
Financial incentives for hiring our veterans
Other News
SCLN 30-in-30: Eads
Chamber and Quebec Minister of International Relation discuss NAFTA 
Future Engineers awarded $900,000 grant
RecycLA to launch on July 1 
Chamber and AMCHAM Colombia sign MOU