Thursday | Nov. 1, 2012


This Week At The Chamber
Read the latest happenings

Member News
Read good news from Chamber members

Issues of Interest
Read about what's going on in your community


FRI | Nov. 2
Health Care Council
Health Care 360: Access, Insurance & Reform
more info & register

MON | Nov. 5
Leadership L.A. 2012 Graduation & Class Report
more info & register

WED | Nov. 7
Connection Point Series Finale
Advertising and Marketing with Social Media
more info & register

THU | Nov. 8
Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event
Register for an employers booth
more info & register

FRI | Nov. 9
Education & Workforce Development Council
Early Childhood Education Programs and Employee Retention & Productivity
more info & register

View all upcoming events on our Web Calendar.




"Truly great leaders say no to their core constituencies from time to time."

Jim Brulte, former Minority Leader in both the California State Senate and Assembly, at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series on Friday.

"The big question is, how do we grow and where do we grow?"

Richard Bruckner, director of the L.A. County Department of Regional Planning, at the Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Council on Wednesday

  MEDIA HighlightS  



DWP sues air district over Owens Valley dust rules
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 30
Read more

Media spotlight: State Superintendent Tom Torlakson visits Cleveland High's Media Academy in Reseda
Los Angeles Daily News, Oct. 30
Read more

Villaraigosa's rollback pension plan up for final vote
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 26
Read more



The Chamber is encouraging its members to read up on the issues and join us in voting, if you haven't already, on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The November ballot contains critical initiatives that will impact L.A. businesses and the economy for years to come. View our voting guide. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

Chamber members discuss CEQA with State Sen. Michael Rubio
On Tuesday, State Sen. Michael Rubio, incoming chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, spoke about his plans to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the 2013 legislative session. "Meaningful reform should provide greater certainty to everyone, reduce timelines, focus on compliance and preserve the right of participation for citizens," he said. Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben is co-chair of a statewide CEQA Working Group to urge updates to the law. If you would like to get involved, fill out a volunteer engagement form or contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber supports DWP Owens Lake legal action
This week the Chamber testified at L.A. City Council in favor of a resolution that supports the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power's recently filed lawsuit against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District over Owens Lake. DWP has spent $1.2 billion for vegetation and flooding of 42 square miles of Owens Lake to reduce pollution by 90 percent, but the Air Pollution Control District is asking the DWP to eliminate dust on an additional 2.9 square miles at an added cost to ratepayers of $400 million. The Council unanimously voted in support of the resolution. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber joins state, local superintendents at Cleveland High School's Media Academy
On Tuesday, Chamber Senior Vice President David Rattray joined State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, at left, and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, during a press conference and tour of Cleveland High School's Media Academy. Superintendent Torlakson is conducting a month-long tour of career-technical programs that help prepare students for life after high school. "What works for students works for business," said Rattray. "Skills and academics can be learned in ways that make them superstars for students." Contact David Rattray, 213.580.7515.

good news

Score LA recognized for program improvements
Congratulations to SCORE LA for being nationally recognized for its program improvements. The business development organization with more than 125 volunteers increased its workshops held by 99 percent from the previous year and increased workshop attendance by 178 percent. Learn more.

Click here to submit your member good news.

good news goods news goods news




2012 Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event
Los Angeles Proud Bird Event Center, 11022 Aviation Blvd.
Thursday, Nov. 8
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a hiring fair for veterans, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses. This event will be a one-of-a-kind FREE hiring fair for both employers and job seekers. We encourage any business in the L.A. area that is hiring to set up a display at the job fair. Deadline to register for a booth is Wednesday, Nov. 7, by noon. There is no fee for a company or a veteran/spouse to participate. Learn more.



MEMBER opportunity

Adding value to your Chamber membership


One-stop business permitting service: free business license reports
City Councilmember Eric Garcetti and are providing prospective business owners with a
free, one-stop online service for the city, county and state
permitting paperwork required for opening various types of businesses. Users who access this service via Councilmember Garcetti's website will not be charged a fee. Learn more.


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