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Building for the Future

Jessica Duboff on August 23, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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When the name of the Energy, Water & Environment Committee was changed to the Environmental Sustainability Council, the thought was to broaden the Chamber’s vision of how to promote economic growth through sustainable, pro-jobs energy and environmental policies.  In 2011, in addition to tackling the traditional topics of environmental regulations, energy supplies and reliable water sources, the Council partnered with Opportunity Green to design panels that creatively focus on where green and clean innovation is headed.

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Pennsylvania Congressman Talks Transportation

Jessica Duboff on August 17, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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Last Friday, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), joined the Chamber, Mayor Villariagosa, Metro CEO Art Leahy, Metro Boardmember Richard Katz and Metrolink CEO John Fenton for a conversation on transportation authorization and America Fast Forward.  The Congressman, a senior member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials emphasized to Chamber members that “if we don’t make our infrastructure a priority, we are going to get left behind globally.”

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From Smart Grid to Smart Invesment- A Snapshot of Clean Tech

Jessica Duboff on May 23, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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Last Friday, the Chamber's Environmental Sustainability Policy Council, in conjunction with Opportunity Green, hosted a panel to discuss the state of the clean tech industry in Los Angeles. A standing room-only crowd heard from experts in the industry on what venture capitalists are looking to invest in, what Los Anglees needs to do to cultivate a more clean tech friendly environment and what game-changing technologies are on the horizon.



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"Democracy Is Messy" *

Jessica Duboff on February 4, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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This morning in Simi Valley, a little known, but very important board met to choose their leadership for the coming year. The  Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) protects ground and surface water quality in the Los Angeles Region, including the coastal watersheds of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Their decisions on permitting, compliance and enforcement affect 10 million California residents.   arrowRead More

Gambol too much of a Gambol?

Jessica Duboff on January 28, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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This morning's marathon Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee on Gambol Industries shipyard proposal clocked in at just over 3.5 hours.  A couple weeks ago, at the request of Councilwoman Hahn, City Council had voted to take jurisdiction over the Harbor Committee's decision to sever ties with Gambol. The Commission had ruled that the Gambol proposal would necessitate a re-opening of the permitting process, thus causing a delay to the Main Channel Deepening Project (MCDP), costing thousands of jobs and the region's competitiveness.   arrowRead More

Three More Policy Councils Debut

Jessica Duboff on January 26, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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Three more of the Chamber's revamped Policy Councils held their first meetings of 2011 in the last week, emphasizing a renewed focus on industry participation, partnerships and engagement with regional thought-leaders.   arrowRead More

Ron Nichols, Welcome to Los Angeles

Jessica Duboff on January 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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Yesterday the LA City Council voted 11-0 to approve Ron Nichols' appointment as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP).   arrowRead More

Planning Department Hires Four New Case Processors

Beverly Kenworthy on January 19, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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For the first time in four years, the Planning Department went through the City's Managed Hiring process to request four new case processors.   Proving successfully that their salaries are fully cost recoverable, the Planning Department received full City Council support.  This is a victory for the Planning Department and newly appointed General Manager Michael LoGrande.  Congratulations to Mr. LoGrande for fulfilling a promise to increase the case processing staff so that the City can start addressing the case backlog and move applications forward in a timely manner.   

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President announces business regulatory relief initiative in WSJ op-ed

Samuel Garrison on January 18, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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President Obama wrote the magic words for many businesses in a rare Wall Street Journal op-ed today - ordering "a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive."  The president also issued a companion executive order calling on government agencies to ensure that any regulations on the books "protecour safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth."  








 
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2011 Policy Councils Kick-Off with Land Use & Mobility's "Triple Play for 2011"

Jessica Duboff on January 13, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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The revamped Land Use & Mobility Policy Council met for the first time today and featured three speakers highlighting the Council's priorities for the year.   arrowRead More