Thursday | March 22, 2012


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TUE | March 27
Referral Network
Business Breakthrough Tuesdays
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WED | March 28
Land Use, Construction & Housing Council
Update on Controversial Land Use: Signs, Big Retail and Fast Food
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THU | March 29
Member Orientation
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WED | April 4
Small Business Council
Mobilizing and Motivating your Business Relationships for Success
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"Our region is one of the most diverse in the country. Diversity is the key, it's a bridge to those markets overseas. These links can be mobilized."

—Jim MacLellan, director of trade services for the Port of Los Angeles at the Global Initiatives Council meeting on Wednesday at the Chamber.

  Media Highlights  



L.A. leaders urge passage of federal transportation bill
Los Angeles Times, March 22
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Prop 28: The Latest Political Thriller
Fox & Hounds, March 22
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Reyes' Move to Block Chinatown Wal-Mart Opposed, March 22
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Ordinance Would Ban Chinatown Wal-Mart
Los Angeles Business Journal, March 21
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Plan aims to boost exports at port, LAX
L.A. Daily News, March 20
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Term limits plan moves forward, March 20
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Transportation bill will get the country moving

San Francisco Chronicle, March 19
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Riverside: LA leaders learn about the IE
The Press Enterprise, March 16
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Last summer, America's future workforce was shortchanged as youth employment numbers fell to record lows. In response, the White House announced Summer Jobs+ 2012, calling on business leaders to step up and provide pathways to crucial entry-level work experience. The Chamber and HIRE LA's Youth are ready to answer that call. Provide jobs or internships for youth 16-21 years old. Join us for our annual breakfast with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on Thursday, April 26. Register now or contact Maria Dolores Nieto, 213.580.7599.

Chamber supports a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chinatown
The Chamber joined business and community leaders at a press conference today in Chinatown to voice support of the recently announced Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Grand Plaza building at West Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues. "This press conference is not about those of us up here standing and talking," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. "It’s about those citizens right over there who stand to benefit from having a neighborhood market." In late February Walmart confirmed its intent to open a 33,000 sq. ft. grocery store. In addition to the temporary construction jobs, the store anticipates creating about 65 jobs. L.A. City Councilmember Ed Reyes is calling for a proposed ordinance to ban "formula retail" stores, which would include a Walmart Neighborhood Market, in Chinatown. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531.

Chamber opposes further child care cuts
On Friday, the Chamber joined State Superintendent of Education Tom Torklakson, Assemblymember Mike Eng, parents and teachers in opposing further cuts to California’s child care system, and called for the State to renew its commitment to quality early learning programs. The proposed budget would cut more than $500 million from child care programs statewide, cutting services to as many as 62,000 low-income children and impacting hundreds of jobs. "We need a budget that preserves what California has developed, winding backwards is unwise,” said Chamber Vice President of Education David Rattray. Contact Sonia Campos-Rivera, 213.580.7538.

California Connections in San Diego this week
California Connections is taking an in-depth look at issues surrounding the economic drivers and demographics shaping the San Diego region. On Wednesday, the group met with Robert Bonner, former administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration and commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Bonner provided vital aspects of the safety implications of the drug war in Mexico and the United State's role. "The most profound issue the next elected Mexican president will face is the battle against drug cartels," he said. Contact Hadia Kabir 213.580.7524.


Volunteer to help at the International Pow Wow
The City of Los Angeles will be welcoming U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace, April 21-25. The event will highlight an array of L.A. venues. “We are working with our partners to showcase all aspects of the City of Los Angeles to the Pow Wow delegates, some of the most influential international travel professionals,” said Mark Liberman, president and CEO of LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Volunteers are needed. Learn more.

Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital names new president and CEO
After serving as interim president and CEO of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital since October 2011, Anthony A. Scaduto, M.D. was named president and CEO earlier this month. "In a relatively short period of time, he proved to all of us that he is the best executive to lead Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital," said Paul Viviano, chair of the hospital's board of directors. Read more.

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  ISSUES of interest  


Join us in compelling House Speaker John Boehner and the members of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan Senate bill and send it to the president for his signature. If the House does not act and the president does not sign a transportation bill by March 31, many programs funded through the collection of the gas tax will cease to exist, and 1.8 million jobs will be eliminated. If the Senate bill becomes law, we will not only save those jobs, we will create 1 million more, thousands of those in Southern California due to the inclusion of the America Fast Forward program in the Senate bill. Have your voice heard today by filling out our action alert. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary visits Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
This week Secretary Hilda Solis visited the temporary site of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and toured La Kretz campus, the permanent home that will open next summer. Joined by L.A. Councilmember Eric Garcetti and regional Small Business Administration officials, Secretary Solis met with entrepreneurial companies and business organizations to discuss funding to grow jobs in the cleantech sector, programs for workforce training and STEM education. "You all are making serious economic changes, and they are positive. Your model should be replicated nationwide," she said. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.




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