Thursday | Sept. 20, 2012


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FRI | Sept. 21
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
California State Controller John Chiang

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FRI | Sept. 21
Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council
As the weather cools down, water issues heat up
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TUE | Sept. 25
Referral Network
Grow your business
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THU | Sept. 27
Aviation Subcommittee
Briefing on the LAX SPAS Draft EIR
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"We have to retrain ourselves as business people to be in the moment when it comes to social media."

Josh Levine, CEO of Rebel Industries at the Connection Point Series on Wednesday.

  Media Highlights  



Some business groups on the sidelines in California tax debate
The Sacramento Bee, Sept. 15
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Every year, Cash for College helps thousands of students and their families navigate college admissions and the financial aid process to realize their college and career aspirations, but we can't do it without volunteers. Volunteer with the Chamber on Oct. 3-4 at the 11th annual College and Career Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Above, students at the Cash for College Convention last year.

Chamber supports steps towards L.A. City pension reforms
On Tuesday, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana released a pension reform proposal recommending the retirement age be increased from 55 to 65 and that maximum pensions be scaled back. Changes would save up to $70 million within five years and as much as $309 million over a decade. "The pension reform proposal made today for new civilian employees by the Mayor and members of the City Council is another positive step in dealing with our long-term pension challenges," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. "We support this critical action, but want to make it clear that though this is another important step, our work is not done and we must do more to deal with the financial crush of our immediate, mid- and long-term pension obligations." Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.

Chamber testifies in support of LADWP rates
On Wednesday, the Chamber testified at L.A. City Council's Energy & Environment Committee in support of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power's (DWP) proposal to increase rates approximately 11 percent. After a presentation from Dr. Fred Pickel, the DWP Rate Payer Advocate, the Chamber Board agreed that the increases were necessary to allow the DWP to comply with federal and state mandates, replace our aging infrastructure, ensure reliability and help L.A. meet our efficiency and renewable objectives. The Committee approved the proposal, which will be in Council next week. If approved by the full Council, rates could take effect in November. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Mobility 21's Annual Summit next week
Attend the largest one-day transportation conference in the State. More than 1,000 transportation leaders, policy makers and nationally-known transportation experts are expected to attend the 11th annual summit on Friday, Sept. 28 at the Disneyland Hotel. Mobility 21 will be honoring Sen. Barbara Boxer with the Transportation Vanguard Award. Sen. Boxer, in her role as chair of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, spearheaded Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the bipartisan legislation that included America Fast Forward and expanded TIFIA funding. Register now or contact Kristin Slocum, 949.288.6884.

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Northrop Grumman Corporation's navigation a part of Curiosity Mars Rover
Northrop Grumman Corporation supplied the navigation and pointing aid for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which recently began a two-year exploration of Mars. The LN-200S is a lightweight, fiber-optic inertial measurement unit that will help guide the Mars rover on the planet. Read more.

Le Ka opens in downtown L.A.
Congratulations to new member Le Ka for its recent opening on Sixth Street. On Tuesday, the restaurant celebrated its grand opening in the Financial District with a ribbon cutting. The more than 200-seat restaurant serves steak, seafood and tapas. Read more.

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ExpressLanes to open Nov. 10 - Do you have your transponder?

The ExpressLanes on the I-110 Freeway will open on Saturday, Nov. 10. Sign up for Metro ExpressLanes now to open your account and receive your switchable transponder — the first of its kind in California. Automobile Club of Southern California members receive a special one-time 20 percent discount.

LADWP approves environmental study
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) Board of Water and Power Commissioners recently approved the final environmental document required to expand a critical power transmission line. The decision paves the way for building the Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project, which will provide up to 2,000 megawatts of additional power transmission capacity to access vital wind and solar resources necessary for LADWP to meet the State-mandated 33 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2020. Read more.



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