Thursday | June 14, 2012


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FRI | June 15
Discover Cuba: Info Session
Learn more about traveling with the Chamber

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TUE | June 19
Government and Fiscal Affairs Council
Weigh in on the November ballot measure to prohibit political contributions by payroll deduction
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WED | June 20
Global Initiatives Council
Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow on Mexico and Venenzuela presidential elections
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WED | June 20
Emerging Commerce Council
Financing for emerging commerce
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June 20
Connection Point Series - Social Media: Connecting with Customers in Real Time
Tap into the power of real-time social media marketing
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"I'm in awe of how L.A. LIVE has made a difference to this City. Good policing helps, but it's about development — making spaces available for legitimate activities."

— Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series, Friday at the Chamber.

"If we can agree on where we’ve failed, we can begin to debate solutions."

— House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy speaking to business leaders Wednesday at the Chamber on how business leaders can help put California back on the right track.

  Media Highlights  



L.A. Area Chamber gets $800,000 from Wal-Mart Foundation to help create summer youth jobs
Daily Breeze and Contra Costa Times , June 13
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Proposition 28 Passes, Proposition 29 Defeated
The San Fernando Valley Sun, June 7
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More than 400 small business owners and supporters joined the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Chamber on Wednesday in celebrating the power of small businesses at the annual Small Business Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. "We entrepreneuers are mostly optimists," said keynote speaker Linda Griego, president and CEO of business management company Griego Enterprises, Inc., saying that economic downturns provide both opportunities and challenges. Contact David Eads, 213.580.7546. Above, title supporter Wells Fargo representatives with more than 12 award winners honored at the luncheon. View photo gallery. Photo by ImageActive.

Chamber Foundation receives grant from Walmart Foundation
The Chamber Foundation this week received an $800,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation that will be used to create an additional 447 summer jobs for local youth. The Chamber is a key partner in the City’s HIRE LA’s Youth summer jobs campaign, which places young adults 16-21 in entry-level jobs. The Chamber actively recruits employers to provide jobs and get involved in Jobs Skills Workshops and Work Readiness Certification sessions where youth are prepared for entry-level work. “Companies like Walmart truly make the difference," said Chamber Senior Vice President of Education & Workforce Development David Rattray. "If they didn’t step up, less youth would have the ability to benefit from this positive summer work experience.” Contact David Rattray, 213.580.7515.

Business tax reform advances
On Wednesday, the City of Los Angeles' Jobs and Business Development Committee voted 2-1 to approve a recommendation to begin reducing the business gross receipts tax and simplifying classification, with the goal of eventual elimination after 15 years. The Chamber testified in support of the proposal, developed by the Business Tax Advisory Committee. The first phase of the plan, which will consolidate nine classes into three and reduce top rates to .255 percent over five years, will now move forward for consideration by the full City Council. To support reform, we are compiling a list business leaders willing to provide written or oral testimony on the impact of the gross receipts tax on their business. If your company has a story to share, contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Business leaders announce regional workforce skills gaps
America’s Edge and local business leaders joined the Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development Council Friday to announce a report urging support for an education approach that addresses significant skills gaps for many job fields in California.  Can California Compete? Reducing the Skills Gap and Building a Skilled Workforce through Linked Learning, stated that nearly half of California jobs are in "middle skills" occupations — requiring education beyond a high school diploma but less than a college degree. Only 38 percent of California workers have the skills to fill these positions, creating a nearly 10-percentage-point skills gap. “This report proves that California is simply not doing enough to prepare students for ongoing education and employment in a competitive, global market,” said Chamber Senior Vice President of Education & Workforce Development David Rattray, above. Contact Sonia Campos-Rivera, 213.580.7538.

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Chamber Board member appointed as Citibank Los Angeles market president
good newsCitibank N.A. recently announced the appointment of Lisa Deloney as market president for Los Angeles, a new role within its U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking Business. Deloney, who joined Citibank in 1986, will collaborate with Citi teams across the greater Los Angeles area as well as community stakeholders, businesses, civic organizations and government partners to ensure strong local engagement. “We are committed to the L.A. community and I am excited about the opportunity to further engage with the people and businesses, community and civic leaders in this great market,” said Deloney. Read more.

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Ubifrance-French Trade Commission Reception

Monday, June 18, 5-7 p.m.
W Hotel Hollywood

Join the Chamber, Mobility 21, Metro, Metrolink and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation for an evening of networking with
transportation industry
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FuturePorts' Annual Conference 2012 Strong Ports = Strong California – Keeping Our Freight Here
Tuesday, June 19
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton, San Pedro

Join FuturePorts for a discussion on topics facing Southern California's Goods Movement Industry:
• Policies, Politics and Pitfalls – What the Goods Movement Industry is Facing in California
• Exploring the Electrification of Goods Movement
• The Current Reality and Future Solutions - What is Needed at What Cost?
• Financing the Future: What Will it Take to Fund New Technology and Infrastructure in Goods Movement? Register now.




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