Thursday | Dec. 15, 2011


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| Jan. 10
Transportation & Goods Movement Council
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WED | Jan. 11
Power Hour Series
A Story of Downtown L.A. with Cedd Moses
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FRI | Jan. 13
Education & Workforce Development Council
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"We came away with a healthy respect and acknowledgement of how important our relationship is with Asia.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a press conference on Thursday at the Chamber regarding his recent trip to China, Korea and Japan.

  Media Highlights  



The 10th Annual Cash for College: College & Career Convention received a lot of media coverage including on: ABC 7, KNX 1070, KMEX 34, KVEA 52, KCRW 89.3 FM, Wradio 690 AM, Azteca TV 22 Read more



SCLN is now recruiting for Leadership L.A. 2012. The early application deadline is Jan. 18. Apply today or forward to a colleague. The Southern California Leadership Network graduated 56 Fellows from the Leadership L.A. Class of 2011 on Tuesday at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. "May you see yourself not only as a leader in Los Angeles, but as a person leading Los Angeles," said Laurie Goganzer, Stuart M. Ketchum Downtown YMCA , in her class report summarizing their nine months together. Above from left: Vic Thompson, Los Angeles Air Force Base; Connie Taylor-McCray, CNA; Diane Pitman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Liz Alchimio, State Farm Insurance; Goganzer; and Luz Rivas, Iridescent. View photo gallery. Contact April Tam, 213.580.7526.

Chamber supports compromise on single-use bag ban
This week, the Chamber testified in opposition to a proposed outright ban on all single-use bags in Los Angeles and supported a compromise that would ban plastic bags, but make paper bags available to customers for a small charge. As a significant policy decision that will have major impact, the Chamber urged the L.A. City Council to develop a plan that fully takes into account the economics and feasibility of our businesses and residents. The proposed ban will be heard in the Council's Energy & Environment Committee on Friday. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Chamber's Cash for College receives a boost for 10th anniversary
The Chamber thanks the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Bank of America for their recent contributions in support of the Cash for College campaign, now in its 10th year. San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated $5,000 and Bank of America gave $50,000 in support of educating local youth about financial aid opportunities for college. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in contributing to Cash for College, contact Erika Heeb, 213.580.7567.

Chamber to meet with L.A. Downtown Bar Czar Cedd Moses
Hear how a multi-million dollar hedge fund manager turned into L.A.'s downtown bar czar at the Power Hour Series on Wednesday, Jan. 11, noon-1 p.m. at the Chamber. Cedd Moses was a professional money manager until the mid 90s when he shifted gears to concentrate on nightlife development, an extension of his ongoing passion for the City's arts and underground music subculture. Moses is now firmly committed to the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles as a thriving 24-hour city center. His real estate development company and 213 Spirited Ventures focuses on nightlife entertainment and hospitality development and has created nine distinctive bars in downtown. Register now or contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595.


Port of Los Angeles receives design, engineering awards
The Port of Los Angeles recently earned three prestigious engineering and design awards for the Wilmington Waterfront Park, a 30-acre green space that opened in June. The Port received the 2011 Project of the Year Award by the Southern California Chapter of the American Works Association; along with consultant team Sasaki Associates, Inc. The Port also received the 2011 Best Project Award in the Landscaping/Urban Planning category by Engineering News-Record California Magazine, and the American Council of Engineering Companies will honor the Port of Los Angeles and Sasaki Associates, Inc. with the 2012 Merit Award in Engineering Excellence. Read more.

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Small businesses urged to review IRS guidelines
Small businesses are urged to review IRS guidelines to determine eligibility for the small business health care tax credit. The tax credit is part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), small business employers that pay at least half of the premium for employee health insurance coverage may be eligible for the small business health care tax credit. Small tax-exempt organizations also may qualify. Learn more.




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