Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Dec. 9

City Council Elects First Latina Council President
The Los Angeles City Council took a historic vote last Wednesday, electing their first Latina Council President, Nury Martinez. The Chamber is incredibly proud to support President-Elect Martinez in her new role, and we hope to work closely as she leads the L.A. City Council. The Council also unanimously voted to elect Councilmember Joe Buscaino as President Pro-Tem to lead by her side. We also want to say thank you to outgoing Council President Herb Wesson for all his work and support of the Chamber in the past.
Save the Date for ACCESS Washington, D.C.
We are excited to announce that we have confirmed this year's dates for ACCESS Washington, D.C., March 9-11, 2020. Stay tuned for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Manager of Public Policy, Diana Yedoyan, at dyedoyan@lachamber.com.
Health Care Council Discusses 2020 with Assemblymember Santiago
The Health Care Council welcomed Assemblymember Miguel Santiago at the last meeting of the year. At the meeting, the Assemblymember discussed the evolving health care legislative priorities in the state legislature. He predicts that there will be ongoing conversations on issues such as rate-setting, Medi-Cal reimbursements and surprise medical billing. Additionally, the Assemblymember spoke on the nexus of mental health and homelessness as it relates to the current homelessness crisis in the region. The meeting also heard a presentation on repealing the Health Insurance Tax currently in Congress, which would affect small businesses. The body voted to support the appeal if there was no objection from the Chamber's Small Business Council, President & CEO and Board Chair. Lastly, there was a brief discussion on the 2020 Health Care Policy Council Guiding Principles and the upcoming ACCESS Washington, D.C. advocacy trip next year. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Assembly Select Committee on Los Angeles County Homelessness Information Hearing
The Chamber participated at the Information Hearing hosted by the Assembly Select Committee on Los Angeles County Homelessness, which took place at the Weingart Center in the heart of Skid Row. Select Committee Chair Miguel Santiago presided over the meeting with his colleagues Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Sen. Holly Mitchell, Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Assemblymember Mike Gipson and Assemblymember Luz Rivas. During the hearing, the legislators heard from County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles officials and stakeholders on what is currently being done to address the crisis and facilitated a conversation on innovative ways to help our homeless community.
SCAG Southern California Economic Summit
The Chamber attended the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) 10th Annual Southern California Economic Summit. This year's summit focused not only on regional economic updates, but also on tackling Southern California's housing crisis with potential partnerships between local and state leaders as well as SCAG's Connect SoCal plan, which aims to create a strong regional transportation system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Discussions at the summit included the future of Southern California's economy and the role of technology.
LADWP 100% Renewable Energy Study Reviews Initial Run Scenarios
On Thursday, Policy Manager Kendal Asuncion attended the final 2019 Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) 100% Renewable Energy Study Advisory Group meeting. Throughout 2019, the advisory group provided feedback to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and LADWP to develop scenarios and models that analyze the necessary investments needed to transition LADWP's energy portfolio to 100 percent renewable energy sources. During the meeting, NREL walked the advisory group through the initial run model inputs. The inputs included electricity-demand projections, renewable energy resource assessments and customer-adopted rooftop solar. They also reviewed the initial results for distribution models and potential upgrade requirements. The presentations included high-level cost estimates and a greenhouse gas reduction accounting for five of the nine scenarios developed. The draft of the final report is due to come out in September 2020. For more information on the study, please CLICK HERE.
Policy Council Updates
Upcoming councils:
  • Special Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability - Tuesday, Jan. 14, with speakers including Lauren Faber-O'Conner, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer for the County of Los Angeles. RSVP HERE.
  • Education & Workforce Development - Friday, Jan. 17, focusing on the Governor's proposed budget on education. RSVP HERE.


Dec. 10 - Meeting with Assistant Deputy Secretary of State
Dec. 12 - Safe, Clean Water Program: NSMB Watershed Area Steering Committee Meeting
Dec. 13 - Community Clinic Association Local Advocates Convening: 2020 Policy Priorities Preview
Supreme Court confronts homeless crisis and whether there's a right to sleep on the sidewalk, Los Angeles Times, 10.5.19
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