Thursday | Aug. 2, 2012


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FRI | Aug. 3
Health Care Council
Rising Health Care Costs and the Affordable Care Act
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TUE | Aug. 7
Economic Briefing
Recovering from the Recovery
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WED | Aug. 8
Green Pathways
Creating a Valuable Workforce through Employer Engagement and Community Partnerships
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TUE | Aug. 14
Referral Network
Leverage Your Network
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"Sunshine is a great disinfectant. We need to put more sunshine in the system to address some of these problems."

—Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield discussing the State budget and other issues at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series Friday.

"Delegation is the best thing to do for the health of your business. If you're not delegating you're closing yourself off to other opportunities."

—Linda Bidrossian, SCORE - LA, at the Small Business Council meeting Tuesday.

  Media Highlights  



Delta plan lays out stable water future
San Francisco Chronicle, July 31
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Dental Access Legislation Will Be a Boost for California's Kids
The Huffington Post, July 19
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The Chamber and Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation took legislators, elected official staff and business leaders on a bus tour to see and discuss examples of development projects that would create jobs and economic opportunities. Some of the projects were sued under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for non-environmental reasons. "CEQA is the only law in the country where you can entirely comply and still only succeed 50 percent of the time," said Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight, LLP. The group visited the University Gateway project at University of Southern California, the Expo Line and a number of Hollywood projects. Discussion centered around how delaying these housing, transit and education projects impacted the community and investment in Los Angeles, as well as ideas for legislative solutions. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Join the Chamber in Hiring Our Heroes
On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, the Chamber is joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and partnering organizations for a hiring fair for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. This hiring fair is free for both employers and job seekers. Secure your booth today. Contact the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 202.463.3110.

Green industries to discuss opportunities for development and growth
Stakeholders and leaders in the green/green building industries will talk about green jobs and opportunities for growth at a special briefing on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Chamber. Panelists include: Fred Walti, Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator; Dr. Jorge Partida, U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles; and David Hodgins, Sustento Group. Contact Geraldine Contreras-Jaimerena, 213.580.7553.

Leadership Southern California graduates another class of leaders
More than 30 leaders graduated from Southern California Leadership Network's Leadership Southern California 2012 class on Wednesday at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. "The SCLN program gives us the tools to be more than just the average leader," said Dorothy Randle, City of Los Angeles, addressing her fellow classmates. "We are now equipped to be super leaders able to use our skills, experience and relationships to build collaborations and to navigate within several regions of Southern California." SCLN is looking for its next round of dynamic leaders for Leadership Southern California 2013. Applications are being accepted until Wednesday, Aug. 8. Apply today or please forward to a colleague. Contact April Tam, 213.580.7526.

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Veterans receive mortgage free home as part of nationwide program
Singer Tim McGraw recently congratulated U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Anthony Hodge on being awarded a mortgage-free home in Canoga Park at a concert at Angels Stadium. The home was awarded as part of McGraw's nationwide program, HomeFront, in partnership with Operation Homefront and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., to award mortgage-free homes to wounded warriors and service members at each concert of his summer tour. Read more.

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"Carmageddon II" coming Sept. 29-30
The Chamber joined city and county officials this morning to discuss preparations for the second closing of the I-405 freeway in the Sepulveda Pass at the end of September. The freeway will be closed for 53 hours for the Mulholland Bridge demolition. Learn more.

Conversations About the Future of Los Angeles with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Topic: Creating Jobs
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6 - 7 p.m.
Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Join the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the third in a series of Conversations About the Future of Los Angeles: Where We're Going and Where We've Been.
RSVP by Aug. 6.

On Map-21: Everything You Want to Know About the New Federal Surface Transportation Bill (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m.- Noon
Metro Board Room
Hear from transportation panelists on what's ahead for Map-21.
RSVP by Aug. 10.




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