125TH ANNIVERSARY INAUGURAL DINNER
Fifteen hundred business and civic leaders welcomed 2013 Board Chair Alan Rothenberg, 1st Century Bank, at the Chamber's 125th Anniversary Inaugural Dinner at the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE last Thursday. Many elected officials were in attendance, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The Chamber presented its three highest awards during the event: the Civic Medal of Honor to Mickey Kantor; the Distinguished Business Leader award to Thomas Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System; and the Corporate Leadership award to the University of Southern California. Above, 2012 Board Chair Karen Hathaway, LAACO Ltd./Los Angeles Athletic Club, passes the gavel to Rothenberg. View photo gallery of the event. Photo by ImageActive
- Los Angeles International Airport
Today, the L.A. City Planning Commission unanimously passed the staff recommendation to support LAX modernization including separating the north runways. Chamber Board Chair Alan Rothenberg, 1st Century Bank, joined business, labor and community leaders in speaking out in support. It will now be considered by L.A. County and L.A. City Council.
- Clean Water, Clean Beaches
Today, the Chamber's Executive Committee approved efforts to reclassify L.A. County's proposed Clean Water, Clean Beaches stormwater fee measure as a special tax. This would change the voting threshold needed for approval from a simple majority of property owners to two-thirds of registered voters. The County Board of Supervisors will consider it on March 12. Read more about the Chamber's position on this issue.
Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568 or Frank Lopez, 213.580.7573.
Chamber's L.A. Jobs PAC endorses L.A. City Controller Greuel for mayor
On Tuesday, the L.A. JOBS Political Action Committee (PAC), sponsored by the Chamber, announced its endorsement of Wendy Greuel for mayor. "Wendy has a long record of working with the Chamber to champion job creation and build a stronger economy in Los Angeles," said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. The PAC is also endorsing five candidates for L.A. City Council and two candidates for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. View the full list. Contact Ruben Gonzalez, 213.580.7568.
Chamber education council discusses community college transfers
On Friday, Erik Skinner, executive vice chancellor, California Community Colleges, and Michele Siqueiros, executive director, The Campaign for College Opportunity, discussed SB 1440 implementation and how California community colleges are helping to improve student success by developing streamlined transfer pathways. "The State has a role and the college has a role," Siqueiros said. The Chamber is a proponent for increasing the efficiency of the transfer process for community college students, which will expedite a student's time to completion and reduce the State's costs. Contact Alma Salazar, 213.580.7566.