L.A. Business This Week

Thursday | March 5, 2009
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  Coming Up At
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MON-THU | March 9-12
Southern California on the Hill - Access Washington, D.C.
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TUE | March 10
L.A. Export Series: Session 5
Getting Paid for Export Sales
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TUE | March 10
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
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WED | March 18
Global Initiatives Committee Meeting
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FRI | March 20
Principal for a Day
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"When it comes to growing and expanding as a community, we have to work hard to support USC because of the vitality it adds to the downtown area.

- Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben at the Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee meeting Friday.

  Media Highlights  

City of Industry approves EIR for NFL stadium project, which the Chamber supports
Los Angeles Times, March 1
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State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, above, discussed the recently passed state budget with Chamber members Friday at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series. "I ran for office to protect and expand programs that lately I've been slashing and burning," said Speaker Bass. "Cuts were made with the anticipation that I can get the votes to restore them in the future." (View Photo Gallery)

Chamber, with more than 200-strong delegation, going to nation's capital, March 9-12

The Chamber and partnering organizations have been preparing for months for this year's Southern California on the Hill - Access Washington, D.C. The delegation will meet with Congressional leaders and senior Administration officials. Keynote speakers include Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the President for economic policy. See this year's advocacy agenda and a list of the delegation. Contact VP of Public Policy Sam Garrison, 213.580.7568 or sgarrison@lachamber.com.

Chamber committee votes to support USC's master plan
The Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee voted Friday to recommend that the Board of Directors take a support position in favor of the University of Southern California's Master Plan. The plan is a framework that addresses the future physical development of the University Park Campus and its surrounding community. The committee voted to support the project for the economic vitality it brings to downtown and the entire region. USC is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles. Contact Public Policy Manager Vanessa Rodriguez, 213.580.7531 or vrodriguez@lachamber.com.


Good News from Chamber Members

Majestic Realty Co.'s NFL football stadium plan accepted by City of Industry. 
The City of Industry recently voted to approve plans for the $800 million stadium proposed by Majestic Realty Co. "This stadium can be built environmentally, this stadium can be built financially without public dollars," said Majestic Vice President John Semcken. Read More.

New electric trucks headed to Port of Los Angeles
A manufacturing facility in Harbor City will begin producing clean, all-electric, heavy-duty trucks capable of hauling 30-ton shipping containers in the San Pedro Bay port complex. "We are proud to be the first port in the world to develop and put into service these groundbreaking electric trucks," said Harbor Commission President S. David Freeman. Read More.

JetBlue Airways to begin service to LAX in June
The airline will offer two new routes to the East Coast from the Los Angeles International Airport starting June 17. "We look forward to continuing to welcome L.A. travelers onto JetBlue flights, whether they prefer to depart from LAX, Long Beach or Burbank," said Robin Hayes, JetBlue's chief commercial officer. Read More.

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  Member Spotlight

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State budget
Gov. Schwarzenegger recently signed the state budget, putting an end to the eight-month stalemate that had pushed California to the brink of insolvency. The Chamber urges state lawmakers to work together in the months ahead to reform the budget process so that this harmful budget crisis won't occur again.
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  EVENT Spotlight

Employers needed for 14th Annual Community Job Fair
Saturday, March 14
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dodger Stadium

Meet potential employees at a job fair hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and organized by elected officials including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the State of California Employment Development Department. For more information, call 323.224.1466.





The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com