Thursday | Oct. 15, 2009
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  TUE | Oct. 20
L.A. Export Seminar Series: Session 4
International Matchmaking
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WED | Oct. 21
Small Business Owners Roundtable
Financially Fit for Business
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THU | Oct. 22
Access L.A. City Hall
Getting Down to Business
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MON | Oct. 26
California Spain Business Forum
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TUE | Oct. 27
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
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"We are hoping that revitalizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital will be a symbolic catalyst for change in the area. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas looks at it as an asset-based approach to turn the lens and look at not just what's lacking, but what's there. This is an opportunity to spark economic development in the area."

Yolanda Vera, Senior Health Care Deputy, Office of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas at the Health Care Committee Meeting Friday at the Chamber.

  Media Highlights  

Environmental exemptions OKd for football stadium in City of Industry
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14
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Two-step bond would help finance water projects
Capitol Weekly, Oct. 15
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JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. The Chamber applauds the passage of SB 827, formerly known as SB 696, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Sunday. Authored by Sen. Roderick Wright, the bill will end the moratorium on South Coast Air Quality Management District permits and unfreeze more than 3,000 local development and upgrade projects. "SB 827 is the single-largest job creation bill passed by the legislature this session," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. Contact Alexander Pugh, 213.580.7558 or Visit to view the Chamber's Accelerate Recovery initiative.

Chamber will 'Get down to business' at annual Access L.A. City Hall, Oct. 22
Join more than 400 business, labor and community leaders at L.A. City Hall during the Chamber's free, half-day annual advocacy day on Thursday, Oct. 22. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and elected city officials will discuss the key issues facing the city and a checklist of recommended solutions. View a list of breakout sessions and speakers. Register now or contact Janine Glass, 213.580.7565 or

Chamber forms Los Angeles School Development Institute
The Chamber, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) and UNITE-LA have developed the Los Angeles School Development Institute (LASDI). LASDI was created to help school teams bid on LAUSD schools through the Chamber-supported School Choice motion, passed in August. LASDI will provide the teams with proposal development, school design, budgeting and implementation. Contact David Rattray, 213.580.7515 or

Leadership L.A. focuses on neighborhood development in Koreatown
With a high concentration of small businesses, the revitalization of Koreatown over the past 20 years has been accelerated in part by foreign direct investment from Korea, including a commitment of $300 million of foreign investment brokered by the City of Los Angeles. The Leadership L.A. Class of 2009 delved into Koreatown Friday by meeting with Korean-American leaders, including business owners, developers, community organizers, historians and neighborhood councilmembers. SCLN will also be launching its Leadership Southern California Class of 2010 this Friday. Over the next 10 months, these leaders will experience the people, places and trends shaping Southern California. Contact Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7577 or

good news

Wells Fargo emerges as top lender
The U.S. Small Business Administration recentlly announced that Wells Fargo is the number-one lender through the Small Business Administration's loan programs this year. The bank has increased its lending this year by 4 percent, from $583.4 million in 2008 to $605 million in 2009. Read more.

Metrolink to activate video cameras in all locomotives
Metrolink recently announced plans to activate inward- and outward-facing video cameras in all of its locomotives. The commuter rail agency will become the first railroad system in the nation passenger or freight to install inward-facing cameras in its ongoing commitment to passenger and rail safety innovation. Read more.

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  Member Spotlight

18th Annual Veterans Day Job and College/Trade School Fair
Saturday, Nov. 7
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Recruit and/or provide education/training opportunities to job ready veterans, including recently discharged military personnel at a job fair sponsored by The Kenny Nickelson Memorial Foundation. Register now for a canopy, table, chairs, tablecloth and a meal. For more information, call 310.545.2937.


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  Hot Issues  

Legislative victories
The Chamber celebrated important legislative victories Monday after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Chamber-supported legislation including job-creator SB 827; SB 19 which will make California eligible for competitive federal education funding; and AB 1383 which will give hospitals access to $2 billion in federal funds. Read more.

ARRA funds
More than $156 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds are available for application for energy efficiency and solar projects in California. A package of options under the State Energy Program (SEP) and the Energy Efficient and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Program offer local jurisdictions, nonprofits and private organizations the opportunity to invest in energy efficiency and photovoltaic energy projects. Read more.


Celebrate the Drucker Centennial with Leadership All-Stars

Warren Bennis, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey and Charles Handy
Nov. 3 and 5
Register now or call 909.607.6007.

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