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Thursday | March 19, 2009
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“The success of trade in general depends on our efforts to make it known that trade is not the problem, but part of the solution.”

- Brian Peck, adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and co-chair of the Chamber's Global Initiatives Commitee, at the committee meeting Wednesday.

  Media Highlights  

The Chamber and 200-strong delegation traveled to Washington, D.C., March 9-12
KPCC 89.3, March 10

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Measure B foes urge solar progress
L.A. Daily News, March 10
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Chamber Board First Vice Chair Matt Toledo, Los Angeles Business Journal, and former Chamber Board Chair David Fleming, Latham & Watkins LLP, sat front and center at Thursday's Town Hall meeting with President Barack Obama at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, a Chamber-supported Small Learning Communities. Obama addressed the economy and education, among other issues. "We will come out on the other side a stronger and more prosperous nation. I can't tell you how long it will take or what obstacles we will face along the way," Obama said. "But I promise you this: there will be brighter days ahead." Above, Obama speaks as Fleming and Toledo, from right, listen (photo courtesy of nbclosangeles.com).

Chamber helps rescue $33 million for schools
The Chamber joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers/Los Angeles and other key partners to rescue $33 million in state funding to reduce class sizes and hire counselors for 6,600 students attending nine schools in some of the most underserved communities in California. “This important precedent-setting decision means funding will follow our students and not get trapped in the bureaucracy,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. Contact VP of Education & Workforce Development David Rattray, 213.580.7515 or drattray@lachamber.com.

Global Initiatives Committee highlights 2009 projects

The Chamber’s Global Initiatives Committee met Wednesday to discuss key initiatives and goals for the year. Projects include the 2010 World Trade Fair, led by Norman Arikawa, Port of Los Angeles (left), and a Trade Commissioners Networking Group, led by Vanessa Pereda, The Boeing Co. Elizabeth Glynn, UCLA Extension, discussed her project to create better education strategies for local exporters through a series of Global Education Strategies. Brian Peck, adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, reviewed possible policy challenges from the new administration. Contact Senior VP of Global Initiatives Carlos J. Valderrama, 213.580.7570 or cvalderrama@lachamber.com.

Leadership L.A. Class of 2009 announced
A new group of community leaders is poised to take on the issues and trends shaping Los Angeles city and county through the Southern California Leadership Network’s Leadership L.A. program that began on March 13. The Class of 2009 Fellows are 40 mid- to senior-level executives in the business, government and nonprofit sectors from across Los Angeles County. They will tackle issues including health care, education and workforce development, public safety and neighborhood development, while honing their civic entrepreneurship skills and forming close bonds with classmates and other leaders they encounter. Contact VP of Leadership Programs Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7577 or kcottrell@lachamber.com.

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Good News from Chamber Members

Providence Holy Cross gets council okay to finish expansion
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center successfully urged the L.A. City Council to reaffirm their 2007 approval of the new four-story patient care wing, which would add 136 beds. "This isn't just a great day for Providence Holy Cross, it's a big victory for our entire community," said Kerry Carmody, Chief Operating Officer, Providence Health & Services, California region. Read More.

American Apparel's profit increases 30 percent
Los Angeles-based manufacturer and retailer American Apparel recently announced that fourth-quarter net income jumped 30 percent as same-store sales grew. "I strongly believe that our company is better positioned than at any time in its history to succeed and deliver on the great potential of the American Apparel brand," said Dov Charney, American Apparel chairman and CEO. Read More.

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  Hot Issues  

State Workers' Compensation Insurance Increase
The Chamber is opposed to the 24.4 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates. The Chamber is requesting that Commissioner Steve Poizner reject the unreasonable increase and ensure that a final decision protects the businesses that drive California’s economy. 
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  EVENTs Spotlight

2009 Opening Doors Small Business Conference
Los Angeles, April 6-8

Join the U.S. General Services Administration for, "Providing Opportunities in a Challenging Economy." Open new doors to your share of the government marketplace by attending or exhibiting at this information-packed small business procurement conference. Register now or call 509.838.8755.

UCLA Anderson School of Business, April 2, 8-10 a.m.

Journal Editor Wendy Bounds will host a panel of some of the most entrepreneurial minds in business as they discuss what it takes to turn a good idea into a major business proposition. Benefit from their experience, ask questions directly and network with like-minded business owners. Register now.



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