Thursday | Aug. 16, 2012


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"Hospitals are facing workforce issues and our demographics are changing. We need to start a pipeline early on to get interested employees and invest more at the community college and university level."

— Ellen Zaman (LLA '10), director of Community Affairs, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, at the Leadership L.A. 2012 session on health care on Friday.

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L.A. business leaders press city to address pension costs
Los Angeles Times, Aug. 16
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L.A. County to invest $105 million to combat chronic homelessness
Los Angeles Times, Aug. 16
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Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15
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Richard Riordan, L.A. business leaders threaten to put pension reform on the ballot
LA Daily News and Contra Costa Times, Aug. 15
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Riordan, chamber push city pension reform
LA Observed, Aug. 15
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LA Pension Reform
KFI AM 640, Aug. 15
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Richard Riordan: LA headed for disaster without pension reform
89.3 KPCC, Aug. 15
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The Home For Good Funders Collaborative announced today more than $105 million in resources from public and private systems to help end chronic homelessness. The funding will provide permanent supportive housing to more than 1,000 chronically homeless individuals throughout the L.A. region. The resources include housing vouchers, capital funds and health, mental health and substance abuse services. "This is the Home For Good blueprint come to life," said Jerry Neuman, co-chair of the Home For Good Task Force. Studies find that placing chronically homeless people in permanent supportive housing creates a cost savings of more than 40 percent per person. Home For Good is a joint initiative between the Chamber and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

Above from left, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben; Renee Fraser, co-chair of the Home For Good Task Force; Aileen Getty, Getty Foundation; Elise Buik, United Way of Greater Los Angeles; Jerry Neuman, co-chair of the Home For Good Task Force; and Steve Hilton, Hilton Foundation. (Photo by Gary Leonard)

Chamber leads business delegation on pension reform
On Wednesday, the Chamber and civic leaders, including former Mayor Richard Riordan, told the City’s Executive Employee Relations Committee that now is the time for pension reform in the City of Los Angeles. "Our message today is not about blame, it is about all of us working together to find a solution to a pension system that if unchanged will spell disaster for the City of Los Angeles," said Riordan. "The time to act is now. If not now, when? If not us, who?" The Chamber outlined three recommendations: a charter amendment on the ballot, controlling the increase in salaries, and a new pension tier for new employees. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

Chamber opposes Interim Control Ordinance for Chinatown
On Tuesday, the L.A. City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee considered a draft Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) which would temporarily prohibit the establishment of new formula retail stores that are 20,000 square feet or larger in Chinatown. The ICO would send a negative message to businesses looking to invest in Los Angeles. The item was continued to a later date. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber supports NBCUniversal Evolution project
On Tuesday, the Chamber testified at an Area Planning Commission meeting in favor of the NBCUniversal Evolution project, which will include upgrades and improvements to studio production and post-production facilities, new media-related office space, and enhancements to the Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park and Citywalk. The project represents a $1.6 billion investment in Los Angeles and creates more than 30,000 jobs during construction and operations. NBCUniversal will also invest $100 million in key transportation improvements to enhance traffic flow and access to transit. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

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LEDtronics, Inc. supplies L.A. City Hall park with LED lighting
The park surrounding Los Angeles City Hall recently reopened after eight months of repair work following the occupation of the area by demonstrators for nearly two months. LEDtronics, Inc. supplied the 27-watt LED lamps located around the tree-lined pathways and stairs of the 1.7-acre park. The lights provide an energy saving of 103 watts per unit and offers a longer product lifespan. Read more.

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Cap and Trade Forum
Friday, Aug. 24, 2-4 p.m.
California State University Dominguez Hills
Join the Chamber, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, and Assemblymembers Isadore Hall III and Susan Bonilla to learn more about the implications of the California Air Resources Board's "cap and trade" program, which is set to regulate 600 of the State's largest greenhouse gas emitting stationary sources, including numerous local entities. To register, call the 52nd Assembly District Office, 310.223.1201.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's Washington Update Community Luncheon
Thursday, Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
City of Hope
Join the City of Hope - Medical Center and the San Gabriel Valley Partnership for a discussion with Sen. Feinstein on health care and the economy. Register now or call 626.856.3400.




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