Thursday | Sept. 13, 2012


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TUE | Sept. 18
Government & Fiscal Affairs Council
The state of City of Los Angeles pension systems
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WED | Sept. 19
Connection Point Series
Should my business have an interest in Pinterest?
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THU | Sept. 20
Business After Hours Mixer
Natural History Museum
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FRI | Sept. 21
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
California State Controller John Chiang

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FRI | Sept. 21
Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council
As the weather cools down, water issues heat up
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"We need a pipeline for a quality workforce and there's no chamber in the United States that does a better job of that than the L.A. Area Chamber."

— L.A. City Councilmember Eric Garcetti at the Chamber's Board of Directors meeting today.

"As leaders in L.A. you are very connected. If you see something, say something. Don't discount what you see."

— City of Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez discussing crime activity with Leadership L.A. fellows at the law and society session on Friday.

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State Pilot Program Links Learning, Career Readiness
SCV, Sept. 11
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The Chamber applauds Gov. Jerry Brown for signing a bipartisan pension reform bill, AB 340 (Furutani) on Wednesday. The legislation will save billions of taxpayer dollars through the capping of benefits, will increase the retirement age and require state employees to pay at least half of their pension costs. The Chamber has been a strong proponent for State pension reform. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568. Photo courtesy of Assembly Speaker John Perez's office.

Chamber hosts fourth annual The Americas Business Forum
More than 200 local business leaders gathered Wednesday at the Chamber's fourth annual The Americas Business Forum – Creating Jobs Through Exports event at the University of California, Los Angeles. Senior commercial officers stationed at U.S. embassies in the Western Hemisphere discussed export opportunities in Canada, Mexico and Latin America. "In this period of globalization, there is massive integration going on in this world — there are enormous opportunities to deepen our relationships here in the Americas," said Ambassador Charles Ford, U.S. Commerce assistant secretary and director general (above). "When you look at Latin America, don't look in the rear view mirror, look forward, there's a lot going on over there." Contact Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570.

Chamber takes positions on November ballot initiatives
Today the Chamber’s Board of Directors took up a number of the propositions on the November statewide ballot. The Board voted to support Propositions 35 and 36, and to oppose Propositions 37, 38 and 39. After discussion and debate, Propositions 30 and 32 failed to reach the 60 percent necessary by Chamber by-laws to formalize a support or oppose position. At an earlier meeting, the Board voted to support Propositions 31 and 40 as well. View the Chamber's positions on all November ballot initiatives. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

Statewide priority enrollment policies established for community college students
On Monday, the California Community College Board of Governors approved historic, system-wide registration policies that favor students who declare an education plan, and complete an orientation and assessment. The proposed changes will make it easier for students to reach their educational goals, improve college completion rates and expedite a net return on California's investment in their education. These changes were a result of recommendations from the statewide Student Success Task Force, formed in part by Chamber-sponsored SB 1143. The Chamber has advocated for dramatic changes in community college policies that will lead to improved student success. Contact Alma Salazar, 213.580.7566.

Coalition sends message to Congress to protect jobs
The Chamber joined business, labor and other civic organizations in sending a letter to Federal lawmakers calling for the protection of jobs that will be affected by the $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts (sequestration) set for Jan. 2, 2013. The coalition is urging Congress to pass legislation to avert the fiscal year 2013 sequestration cuts to defense and social service and for Congress to find a balanced, bipartisan and long-term budget compromise that protects California and the nation going forward. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

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Upcoming Chamber member ribbon cutting

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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
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Come out and support your fellow Chamber member at a ribbon cutting. Interested in having a ribbon cutting? Contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595.

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Los Angeles Department of Water & Power approves rate hike
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power approved an energy rate hike of about 5 percent for most residential customers and about 11 percent for commercial customers. The plan now goes to the L.A. City Council. If approved, the hikes would take effect later this year. The Chamber's Board of Directors voted today to support the increase. Read more.

Chamber supports Farmers Field at Planning Commission hearing
Today the Chamber testified in support of the Environmental Impact Report for the Farmers Field stadium plan. The Council is expected to vote on the stadium, proposed by Anschutz Entertainment Group, later this month.



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