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Tuesday | Nov. 23, 2010

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THU| Dec. 2
Annual Small Business Summit
Innovative Alternatives: Accessing Capital, Incentives and Tax Credits
more info |

FRI| Dec. 3
Health Care Committee
more info |

FRI| Dec. 10
Accenture Pancakes & Politics
Featuring Speaker John A. Perez
more info |

TUE| Dec. 14
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
more info |

WED| Dec. 15
Business After Hours Holiday Mixer

View all upcoming events on our Web Calendar.





"Isn't it great to live and work in a city where business has a conscience?"

Carlos Illingworth, Vons, a Safeway Company, and Leadership L.A. Graduate, who was selected by his peers to summarize the LLA experience during the Graduation & Class Report.


  Media Highlights  



Newsmakers: Mid-term elections outcomes
ABC-7 Newsmakers, Nov. 7

New Planning Guidelines: 12-2, 17-0, 10-6, Hike!
Curbed LA, Nov. 22
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE L.A. AREA CHAMBER. We are thankful for your support and your personal commitment to our mission. It is your commitment to making Los Angeles City and County a better place to live, work and create jobs that inspires us each and every day.

Chamber successfully delays anti-business City Council regulation
Today, the Chamber testified against a motion that would have amended the Hotel Worker Retention Ordinance, which currently applies only to establishments on the Century Corridor, to include all hotels with 50 or more rooms in the City. The Chamber argued that this motion sends the wrong message to business and is exactly the reason the Council created the pilot project for the Office of Economic Analysis. The City Council agreed to postpone the drafting of the ordinance and instead ask the Chief Legislative Analyst and City Attorney to prepare an economic and legal analysis on the impact to business. Contact Sam Garrison, 213.580.7568.

Ports approve Clean Air Action Plan Update after addressing Chamber concerns
At a Joint Meeting of the Harbor Commissioners on Monday, commissioners from the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach voted unanimously to approve the 2010 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update. Last month, the Chamber submitted letters requesting more time and clarification from Port staff on a few issues to ensure that the final update accomplishes the dual goals of cleaning our environment and strengthening the goods movement sector in Southern California. With industry commitment, the initial CAAP reduced pollution by 45 percent since 2005. This update is expected to lead to a 72 percent reduction in diesel particulate matter, along with a 22 percent nitrogen oxide reduction and a 93 percent decrease in sulfur oxides emitted by 2014. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber hosts Beutner for discussion on development reform
Last Wednesday, City of Los Angeles First Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Austin Beutner joined Director of Building & Safety Ray Chan, Director of Planning Michael Logrande and Julie Chapgier, Office of Economic Development, at the Chamber, where they gave a progress report on development reform. The changes being made are aimed at dramatically reducing the amount of time and money required to move a project through the City. The more than 70 Chamber members and guests in the audience were very encouraged by the reports and plans for the future. Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568.

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Los Angeles Convention Center achieves Gold LEED certification
The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded the Los Angeles Convention Center the highly coveted Gold level Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB). "I am especially proud of the Los Angeles Convention Center for their continued commitment to investing in our green economy and environmental stewardship," Mayor Villaraigosa said. "We are now one step closer to reaching our vision of being the greenest big city in the U.S." LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most.

Samsung receives new member plaque and certificate of commendation
Samsung Electronics Co. QA Lab was recently presented with a new member plaque and certificate of commendation from the Chamber at Samsung’s “Sharing the Vision” 2010 Environmental Celebration. Chamber Vice President of Business Development Lee Ligons presented the plaque to Samsung CSD-QA Lab Senior Manager Peter Ra. The “Sharing the Vision” 2010 Environmental Celebration was held to highlight Samsung’s environmental commitment and leadership role in product recycling, proper handling of e-Waste and sustainable business practices throughout the U.S.

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City of L.A. announces Offer in Compromise Program
In an ongoing effort to improve taxpayer service and address the realities of the current economic downturn, the City of Los Angeles Office of Finance announced the implementation of an Offer In Compromise Program. This program is available to financially troubled businesses that seek a reduction of their outstanding business taxes due to an economic hardship. Program information and application documents are available at the Office of Finance website.





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