Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Sept. 30
 

Register for ACCESS L.A. City Hall
Join us for our annual presentation to L.A. City Council on the business community's priorities and the debut of the 2019 Los Angeles City Council Districts Economic Report on Wednesday, Oct. 2. That evening, we will also have a reception featuring city leaders and policymakers. Confirmed attendees include Councilmembers Krekorian, Rodriguez and O'Farrell, public works commissioners and representatives from the Departments of Building & Safety, Street Services and Cannabis Regulation. RSVP HERE.
 
Hilary Norton appointed to California Transportation Commission
Congratulations to Hilary Norton, executive director of Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST) and a co-chair of the Chamber's Transportation & Goods Movement Council, on her recent appointment to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Norton has been a champion of mobility and goods movement policies and solutions to encourage economic prosperity and improve congestion. She was part of the Chamber's efforts to pass and protect SB 1 statewide transportation funding, and served on the Chamber's Measure M Working Group. As a CTC commissioner, she will play an important role in programming and allocating transportation funds throughout California.
 
Land Use, Construction & Housing Council update
On Wednesday, the Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Council welcomed Craig Weber from Los Angeles' Department of City Planning who presented on the DTLA 2040 plan. DTLA 2040 plans for about 20 percent of the City's growth on 1 percent of the City's land through innovative land use to accommodate for more residential and businesses. Additionally, the presentation covered the department's diligence to comply with new state laws and implementation of re:code LA through community plans. The Council also heard updates on local and state legislation. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Update on homelessness bills signed
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills aimed to tackle the homelessness crisis in California. These bills include Chamber-supported AB 1197 (Santiago), which provides supportive housing and shelters in L.A., an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act to ensure the timely construction of these critically needed housing projects.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts LEAD conference
Senior Manager of Public Policy, Diana Yedoyan, represented the Chamber at the annual LEAD conference held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This year's LEAD Chamber Federation Advocacy & Growth Conference highlighted millennials in the workforce, how to advocate for increased infrastructure investment and health law and policy efforts in the state and Washington, D.C.
 
South Bay Council of Governments and Measure M dollars
The Chamber has been engaged in voicing our serious concerns at Metro over the use of Measure M dollars to fund a fiber-optic cable ring in the South Bay, as proposed by the South Bay Council of Governments. The Chamber has previously highlighted that the nexus identified to justify using transportation funds to build the internet network is tenuous and leads to a slippery slope. This project passed at this week's Metro meeting. SEE our CEO's comments on the topic in the Los Angeles Times.
 
Policy council updates
Upcoming councils:
  • Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability - Thursday, Oct. 3, with representatives from LADWP and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to discuss recycled water projects. RSVP HERE.
  • Joint Innovation & Technology and Government & Fiscal Affairs - Tuesday, Oct. 15, with State Assemblymember Ed Chau, author of the California Consumer Privacy Act. RSVP HERE.
 

POLICY CALENDAR

 
Oct. 2 - ACCESS L.A. City Hall Presentation
Oct. 2 - ACCESS L.A. City Hall Reception
Oct. 3 - Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
 
Over critics' objections, L.A. Metro approves $4.4 million for South Bay internet project, Los Angeles Times, 9.26.19; Pashinyan Attends Armenia-Los Angeles Business Forum: "Invest in Armenia," Hetq Online, 9.23.19; Database Looks to Ease Bid Access, Los Angeles Business Journal, 9.20.19; Veto SB1 to embrace progress rather than chaining state to a dysfunctional past, L.A. Daily News, 9.16.19
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