HAPPY HOLIDAYS. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce wishes our members and partners a wonderful holiday season. The Chamber will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 25 and throughout the holidays. We will reopen Monday, Jan. 5. L.A. Business This Week will resume on Jan. 8.
Chamber Board member honored by L.A. City Council
Chamber Board Member Joseph Czyzyk, Mercury Air Group, Inc., was honored recently for his 10 years of service as a Los Angeles city commissioner. Czyzyk stepped down as president of the City of Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners in September. "There's no doubt that Joe has left his mark on the transportation system of Los Angeles," said L.A. City Council President Pro Tempore Wendy Greuel, above left, with Czyzyk. Contact VP of Public Policy Sam Garrison, 213.580.7568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber supports land use-based approach to billboards
The Chamber testified before the L.A. City Council Wednesday on the importance of re-writing the city’s existing policy on off-site signage. Council voted to impose a three-month moratorium on all signs. The Chamber’s Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee supports a land use-based approach for off-site signage - signs advertising messages for services and products at another location - which would include community input in deciding where is most appropriate for signage and the possibility of developing special zones or districts. The Chamber advocated that the new approach be tied to the city’s existing Zone Information & Map Access System. Contact Public Policy Manager Vanessa Rodriguez at 213.580.7531 or email@example.com.
L.A. City Council 5th District forum on gridlock, jobs and the economy
Join the Chamber and partnering organizations for a forum featuring candidates running for the 5th Council District on Monday, Jan. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, 5:30 - 8 p.m. The city of Los Angeles faces significant economic challenges including rising unemployment, a shrinking middle class and a growing budget deficit. Hear the candidates' perspectives on how they plan to address these challenges, create more jobs, improve our quality of life and ensure that Los Angeles remains a global economic leader. Register now or contact VP of Public Policy Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irvine Foundation awards grant to Southern California Leadership Network
The James Irvine Foundation has awarded the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) a $250,000 grant over two years to engage leaders and address critical issues in the region through three multi-faceted community initiatives focused on arts and culture; resources and the environment; and global connections. "This grant comes to SCLN at an important time," said SCLN Executive Director Kevin Cottrell. "We are pleased to have the resources to build upon our successes and to assist regional leaders work towards positive change in our region." Contact VP of Leadership Programs Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7577 or email@example.com.
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“Ray Cortines' qualifications will allow the district to immediately continue in our momentum to reform our schools, improve graduation rates and develop the future workforce.”
—Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce statement on the appointment of Ray Cortines as the new Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent.
"L.A. Council OKs 3-month moratorium on billboards," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 18. The Chamber advocated for the importance of re-writing the city's existing policy on off-site signage.
"Cortines to take LAUSD helm," Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 16. "His qualifications will allow the district to immediately continue in our momentum to reform our schools, improve graduation rates and develop the future workforce," read a Chamber press release.
"Cortines named schools superintendent," Los Angeles Business Journal, Dec. 9. "In an unusual move last week, the Chamber publically supported Cortines as Brewer’s successor, and in a statement today applauded his appointment."
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