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Thursday | Jan. 10, 2013


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FRI | Jan. 11
Education & Workforce Development Council
State budget experts on post-Proposition 30
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TUE | Jan. 15
Life After CRA: New Model for Economic Development
L.A. Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana

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WED | Jan. 16
Small Business Owners Roundtable
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THU | Jan. 17
Government & Fiscal Affairs Council
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
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FRI | Jan. 18
Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council
L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar
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"I believe we should do everything we can to ensure individuals have access to health care. We need to educate the public and businesses on resources available to them."

— State Sen. Ed Hernandez at the Health Care Council meeting Friday.

"If we really want to rescue our region, it's not up to any mayor. It's up to us in the business community to do it from the outside."

Rick J. Caruso, founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliate, at the Chamber's Board of Directors' meeting on Thursday.





On Monday, the coalition to Fix LAX NOW released a comprehensive citywide poll on what L.A. voters think about the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and moving the north runway. The poll, conducted in December, shows voters solidly in favor of moving the north runway. More than 3,000 likely Los Angeles municipal election voters were polled representing about 200 people in each City Council district and 300 voters in Council District 11, home to LAX. Read more or contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

L.A. City officials at Chamber next week
The Chamber will be hosting three L.A. City officials at separate meetings throughout next week. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be speaking about immigration reform at the Government & Fiscal Relations Council on Thursday, Jan. 17. L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar will be attending the Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council on Friday, Jan. 18. L.A. Chief Administrative Officer Miguel Santana will speak about the new model for economic development at a special briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 15. We encourage you to attend these important meetings. Register now or contact Shannon Cooper, 213.580.7565.

Is your business 100 years or older?
This year the Chamber is celebrating its 125th anniversary. As a part of our year-long celebration, we would also like to recognize our members that have a long-standing history in business. Is your business 100 years or older? If so, we want to know. Contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595.

L.A. Jobs Pac announces L.A. City Council endorsements
The L.A. Jobs Political Action Committee (PAC), sponsored by the Chamber, announced its endorsement today of Mike Bonin for L.A. City Council District 11 and Alex De Ocampo for District 13. Here is the full list of Chamber endorsements for the March 5 City Council races:
Here’s the full list of Chamber endorsements for the March 5 City Council races:

  • District 1 - Gil Cedillo
  • District 7 - Felipe Fuentes
  • District 11 – Mike Bonin
  • District 13 – Alex De Ocampo
  • District 15 – Joe Buscaino

Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

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Rubalcava family receives Chamber's 2012 Chair's Award
Congratulations to the Rubalcava family for receiving the 2012 Chair's Award, which was presented at the Board of Director's meeting today at the Chamber. 2012 Chamber Board Chair Karen Hathaway, LAACO, LTD./Los Angeles Athletic Club, recognized Board Member Dominick Rubalcava, Law Offices of Dominick W. Rubalcava, for his role as fundraising chair of the L.A. Jobs PAC; Sharon Rubalcava, Alston & Bird LLP, for her participation as co-chair of the CEQA taskforce; and Alex Rubalcava, Rubalcava Capital Management, for his leadership in former Mayor Richard Riordan's pension initiative.

Chamber member hosts benefit for Home for Good
Sydney Weisman, Weisman Hamlin Public Relations, is hosting a cabaret performance with The Wayne Peet Trio on Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Westwood Presbyterian Church. All proceeds will benefit Home for Good, an initiative of the Chamber and United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Register now.

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Deadline to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration Awards extended to Jan. 31
The U.S. Small Business Administration - Los Angeles District Office, in collaboration with the Chamber, is currently accepting award nominations for National Small Business Week. Nominations are for business awards for local small business owners, business champions and the 2013 Small Business Person of the Year. Apply now or contact Patrick Rodriguez, 818.552.3222.

$3 billion street repair bond measure
L.A. City Councilmembers Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino have proposed a $3 billion street repair bond. This week the Council asked them to return next Tuesday with an outreach plan to neighborhood councils and business organizations. The Council will then decide whether or not to place the bond on the May 21 election ballot. Read more.




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