Thursday | Feb. 25, 2010
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  Coming Up At
The Chamber
  FRI | Feb. 26
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Featuring Rick J. Caruso

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WED | March 3
Member Orientation
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WED-THU | March 3-4
Second Annual The Americas Business Forum
Featuring U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dennis Hightower
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| register

TUE | March 9
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
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MON-WED | March 15-17
Southern California On The Hill - Access Washington, D.C.
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"Immigration pertains to all of Southern California it is more than just a Mexican-American issue."

California Community Foundation CEO Antonia Hernandez, at Southern California Leadership Network's Global Connections: Mexican-Americans & Southern California event on Tuesday, encouraging people to not ignore immigration issues.

  Media Highlights  

New and underperforming L.A. schools to be run by outside groups
LA Weekly blog, Feb. 23
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Proposition 14
Los Angeles Times blog, Feb. 22
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Leaders sign pact to improve L.A. public schools
KCBS Channel 2, Feb. 17
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PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY. Nearly 150 business and community leaders, including former Los Angeles Laker A.C. Green, headed back to school Friday for an exchange of ideas and resources, and to build lasting partnerships that benefit students during the 11th annual Principal for a Day event on Friday. Presented by Pillar, a partnership between the Chamber and the Los Angeles Unified School District and sponsored by Bank of America, the event's largest participant, Principal for a Day is a critical first step in building collaborative, long-term relationships between the business and education communities. Many of these business leaders will now welcome educators into their offices for an Executive for a Day exchange this spring. Above, Green talks with students at Thomas Jefferson High School. (View list of participating organizations and photo gallery).

Chamber discusses future of Delta and proposed state water bond
The stability of the water supply in Los Angeles hangs in the balance if efforts for conservation, treatment and infrastructure are not increased. "Every single person is vulnerable to a Katrina-like disaster in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if we don't do this in time," said Chamber Board Member Ron Gastelum, Cordoba Corporation, and interim director of the Southern California Water Committee at a special joint committee meeting of the Chamber's Energy, Water & Environment and Land Use, Construction & Housing committees on Wednesday. Gastelum discussed L.A.'s water supply, land use implications and the proposed state water bond, The Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010, which will be on the November statewide ballot.
Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531 or

Sen. John McCain and Valerie Jarrett at Access Washington, D.C., March 15-17
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. John McCain and Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett are all confirmed to kick off Southern California on the Hill Access Washington, D.C. Join more than 200 civic and business leaders for the region's premier advocacy trip to the nation's capital. With so much at stake, this is an important opportunity to meet with members of Congress and senior Obama Administration officials on priorities important to the Southern California economy. This year's trip includes special briefings with lawmakers, advocacy meetings on specific regional issues and unparalleled business networking with fellow participants. Several Los Angeles City officials will be joining the delegation including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel. Register now or contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

Chamber encourages members to participate in Job Shadow Week
Business leaders are encouraged to host Crenshaw High School students during the 2010 Mentoring in the Moment Job Shadow Week, from March 29- April 2. The event is being presented in partnership with the Chamber, the Los Angeles Urban League and Junior Achievement of Southern California. Business leaders will have a chance to provide students with an orientation on work expectations, overview of the mission and purpose of the organization, and help students understand the range of education, skills and knowledge required for jobs in the organization. Register by Friday, March 5 or contact Gail Levy, 213.580.7594 or

good news

Salvation Army to host "Million Meals for Haiti," March 12-13
Join the Salvation Army in packing a million meals in 24 hours at the Bell Shelter Warehouse on March 12-13. Volunteers can choose from six different shifts throughout the two days. Sign up today or call 213.607.7314.

Chamber members make Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For"
More than 10 Chamber member companies made Fortune magazine's annual list including Bingham McCutchen, Alston & Bird, Ernst & Young and Microsoft. Companies nominate themselves by going through a detailed application process. Three hundred forty-three companies participated. Companies must be at least seven years old and have at least 1,000 employees to qualify. Read more.

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  SURVEY Spotlight


Look at the Facts, not at the Faces
Saturday, March 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Monterey Park City Hall

Join the Asian American Economic Development Enterprises (AAEDE) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California to learn about federal laws and policies that employers must comply with. Employers will learn what they need to know about recruiting, hiring, promoting and firing employees. Register now for the free event or call 626.572.7021.

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  Hot Issues  

Job creation
Two bills recently went before State legislative committees that would have created jobs and helped California’s economy get back on course. However, instead of focusing on job creation and the economy, California legislators failed to take any action. SBx6 4 and SBx8 42 both failed in committees. Read more.


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The Chamber is proud to now offer eCert technology as our standard to process Certificates of Origin. With eCert, exporters and freight forwarders now have a seamless and streamlined electronic solution providing real value in cost savings and efficiency gains. Read more.

  event Spotlight


Senator Gloria Romero Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Women of the 24th District and Youth Trailblazer Award

State Sen. Romero is seeking nominations for women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the community of the 24th Senate District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Several honorees will be chosen, including a Youth Trailblazer an outstanding female high-school student in the area. Nominate someone today.The luncheon and awards ceremony will be on Friday, April 9 at the Industry Hills Expo Center. For more information, call 323.881.0100.

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