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FRI | July 25
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Supervisor Elect Hilda Solis
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WED | July 30
Member Orientation
Questions about your membership?
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WED | July 30
New Member Reception
Open to new members and invited guests
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TUE | Aug. 5
Transportation & Goods Movement Council
Harbor Commission President Drummond on the Port of Long Beach
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FRI | Aug. 8
Education & Workforce Development Council
The Workforce Investment & Opportunity Act of 2014
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“We should not destroy the economy of the present to save the economy of the future.”

—Dr. Lucy Jones, safety advisor for the Office of the Mayor, discussing the work she is doing with the City of Los Angeles, at the Chamber’s Land Use, Construction & Housing Council on Wednesday.




L.A. Hotel Workers Move Closer to $15.37 Hourly Minimum Wage
BeyondChron, July 22
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Early Learning Advocates Respond to the First Five Years Fund poll
KMPH Fox 26, July 22
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Five Questions with Gary Toebben, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO
Los Angeles Register, July 18
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Viewpoints: A plan to prevent copper pollution in waterways is fatally flawed
Sacramento Bee, July 19
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Alhambra says support grows for extension of 710 Freeway
Los Angeles Wave, July 17
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Today, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben and Senior Vice President David Rattray, along with many Chamber Board Members and staff, attended the rally with President Barack Obama at Los Angeles Trade Technical College to highlight the opportunity to expand the workforce in high-growth industries. The president spoke about the importance of promoting partnerships between business, education and workforce institutions to create training programs that help Americans gain the skills necessary to have a strong and thriving middle class. The Chamber's cradle-to-career approach to education and workforce development aligns with President Obama's job-driven agenda. Contact David Rattray, 213.580.7515.

Chamber members meet with East West Bank President & COO
On Thursday, East West Bank President & COO Julia Gouw talked about the importance of setting goals to reach your potential at the Chamber's Power Hour Speaker Series. Gouw discussed her contribution to the growth of the bank, emphasizing that crisis can turn into opportunities. "Life takes on meaning when you're motivated and you set high goals for yourself," Gouw said. Contact Brenda Valiente, 213.580.7559.

Chamber receives seismic update
On Wednesday, Dr. Lucy Jones, safety advisor for the Office of the Mayor, discussed the seismic resilience of buildings across Los Angeles at the Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Council. Jones emphasized that thousands of older buildings are still seismically vulnerable. She said the Northridge earthquake two decades ago illustrated the importance of creating a society that can function after a disaster. The Council also met with Lisa Trifiletti, director of environmental and land use planning for Los Angeles World Airports, who outlined LAX's North Side Plan development. Trifiletti said the plan’s intention is to meet the needs of the airport and plan for the future. The Council also heard from Phillip Tate, Kilroy Realty Corporation, on the Academy Site Development in Hollywood. Contact Samantha Beasley, 213.580.7558.

good news

Los Angeles is No. 1 tourist destination
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board recently announced a new international report by Resonance Consultancy Ltd. that named Los Angeles the No. 1 tourism destination in the U.S. Los Angeles set tourism records for the third consecutive year in 2013, with 42.2 million visitors who spent $18.4 billion. Read more.

Los Angeles County Bar Association installs 120th president
The Los Angeles County Bar Association, one of the largest metropolitan voluntary bar associations in the country with more than 20,000 members, installed Linda L. Curtis as its 120th president at its annual Installation and Awards Dinner on June 26 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Read more.

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  issues OF INTEREST  
  You have options for accessing LAX this weekend
Century Crunch is this weekend, July 25-28, and those planning to travel to LAX are being reminded that Century Boulevard at Aviation Boulevard will be closed for 57 hours so that an old railroad bridge can be demolished and replaced by a new state-of-the-art light-rail station for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. Read more.



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