Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I March 8
 
L.A. BUSINESS THIS WEEK
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter
 
 
Chamber President & CEO and Board Chair meet with Atlanta-based members

This week, Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas and Board Chair Jerry Neuman, DLA Piper LLP, traveled to Atlanta to meet with Chamber members based in the city, including The Home Depot, The Coca-Cola Company and Delta Air Lines. The trip reaffirmed our crucial partnerships and gave Salinas and Neuman the opportunity to learn about the various operations at each of the companies. READ MORE.
 
Pictured above (L to R): Peter Villegas, VP and Head, Office of Latin Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company; 2019 Board Chair Jerry Neuman; Jim Dinkins, President, Coca-Cola North America; Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas; and Quinton Martin, Executive Assistant, Office of the President & VP, Community Marketing, Coca-Cola North America
           
 
 
Chamber hears updates on SB 1 funding and P3 reauthorization
 
At the Transportation & Goods Movement Council, California Transportation Commission (CTC) Executive Director Susan Bransen discussed steps to ensure accountability for SB 1 funding, CTC's work with Gov. Newsom's administration and joint meetings with the California Air Resources Board. Bransen also reflected on the ongoing Road Charge pilot program and the need to address the Highway Trust Fund's insolvency. Mark Kempton, principal at Kempton Strategies, shared ongoing efforts for P3 reauthorization since its expiration in 2017. Kempton leads a group working with legislators and engineers to discuss obstacles facing reauthorization. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
SCAQMD voter authorization efforts
 
On Wednesday, South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) Executive Officer Wayne Nastri gave an overview of the District's efforts to incentivize and fund clean air efforts to reach ozone attainment by 2023 and 2031. The District will need between $1.5 to $2 billion annually to incentivize adoption of cleaner vehicles. Given the shortfall, Nastri discussed the District's recent work to introduce a bill that would create a special voting district to encompass the air district. Its authorization would clear the way for a potential voter-led effort to add a 30-year sales tax ballot measure to the 2020 ballot throughout the District.
 
 
 
Giving Tree Treatment Center opens in Studio City
 
The Giving Tree Treatment Center in Studio City has opened its doors to provide a safe haven for those struggling with addiction and substance abuse. The Chamber held an official ribbon cutting for the center late last month. The center offers a highly personalized level of care, with an open, family setting for clients in need. LEARN MORE.
     
 
Trends in global logistics
 
Join the Global Initiatives Council on March 20 to hear from John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, as he sheds light on consolidation trends in the shipping industry in response to the challenges presented by the global economic and political environment. RSVP NOW.
Chamber and UCLA Anderson co-host Latin American Business Conference
 
Last Friday, the Chamber and UCLA Anderson welcomed more than 350 guests attending the 2019 Latin American Business Conference, entitled "A Road Map for Latin America's Future." This event marked the fourth consecutive year attracting senior government officials and prominent business executives representing various industry sectors and countries. Speakers discussed and covered diverse and controversial topics, including "The Region's Economic, Political and Social Prospects"; "Strategies for Trade, Investment, Governance"; and "Infrastructure and Building Successful Organizations in Latin America."
Bixel Exchange hosts joint coworking day at Indie Desk
 
Bixel Exchange's Startup LAunch tech SBDC partnered with Inspiralia and Acelera.LA to host their first coworking day of the year last week at Indie Desk. The conversation focused on federal contracts and federal grants, both funds that require no paying back and no equity. In addition, their startup founders had the opportunity to mock interview Bixel Exchange's L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline applicants in the first joint session between Bixel's two programs.
Chamber diplomat group meets with California State Board of Food and Agriculture
 
Nearly 30 members of the Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group met with senior representatives from the California State Board of Food and Agriculture this week to learn about the state's agriculture sector, international strategies department and best practices for agricultural exports and imports. Speakers included Josh Eddy, executive director of the CA State Board, Dr. Amrith Gunasekara, science advisor to Secretary Ross at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Brooks Ohlson, director of the Sacramento Regional Center for International Trade Development. California is the top performing agricultural producer in the nation. VIEW THE PRESENTATION; SEE THE PHOTOS.

IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
Chamber President & CEO and Board Chair meet with Atlanta-based members
 
Policy This Week
Chamber hears updates on SB 1 funding and P3 reauthorization
 
SCAQMD voter authorization efforts
 
The Member
Giving Tree Treatment Center opens in Studio City
 
The Opportunity
Trends in global logistics
 
Other News
Chamber and UCLA Anderson co-host Latin American Business Conference

Bixel Exchange hosts joint coworking day at Indie Desk
 
Chamber diplomat group meets with California State Board of Food and Agriculture
CHAMBER CALENDAR
 
Monday, March 11

Monday - Wednesday, March 11-13

Wednesday, March 13

Thursday, March 14
 
Welcome New Chamber Members!
 
Zillow Group
Blu Fable LLC
Alas Media
Murakawa Communications
MugenKioku Corporation
City Design Studio LLC
Mountain Productions Inc.
Regal Medical Group
Smartteg
Bagel Broker LLC
Chamber Anniversaries
 
Silver Circle
The California Endowment - 15 years
 
Bronze Circle
UCLA Anderson School of Management - 20 years
Collaborate - 1 year
 
Small Business
Milken Institute - 15 years
Emerson College - 5 years
Good News
 
Gov. Newsom Designates Lt. Governor Kounalakis as Representative on International Affairs and Trade - Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order designating Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis as his top representative to advance California's economic interests abroad. READ MORE.
 
ALA launches "Men Wear Turquoise, Too" - The American Lung Association has launched their new campaign, "Men Wear Turquoise, Too" to raise awareness about how air quality impacts lung health while raising funds to end lung cancer. LEARN MORE.
 
Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves Diane Middleton to Board of Harbor Commissioners - The Los Angeles City Council has approved Mayor Eric Garcetti's appointment of Diane Middleton to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. READ MORE.
In the News...

"SoCalGas Aims to Replace 20% of Traditional Natural Gas Supply With RNG by '20," MyNewsLA.com, 3.6.19; "As head of the L.A. Chamber, Maria Salinas is getting down to business," Los Angeles Times, 3.3.19; "Erratic hours are the norm for workers in retailing. Can Los Angeles buck the trend?," Los Angeles Times, 3.2.19
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