CELEBRATING DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP. The Southern California Leadership Network honored four outstanding regional leaders at its annual Southern California Visionaries awards luncheon Tuesday at the Music Center of Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall. Above, Charlie Woo, founder, Megatoys, and former Chamber Board Chair, receives the Excellence in Civic Leadership award from Maria Contreras-Sweet, PROMERICABank, and Chamber Boardmember. View other honorees and photos from the event.
Chamber celebrates new opening of Virgin America terminal at LAX
The Chamber helped Virgin America celebrate the opening of the airplane's new terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Wednesday. "Our new face at LAX is a nod to the airport’s glamorous past, with all of the upscale, tech-savvy amenities that today’s travelers expect," said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush, above. The terminal is a step foward in modernizing LAX, which the Chamber has advocated. Contact Senior Public Policy Manager Alex Pugh, 213.580.7558 or email@example.com.
Chamber to cohost L.A. City Council 5th District forum
Join the Chamber and partnering organizations for a forum featuring candidates running for the 5th Council District on Monday, Jan. 12 at the Hyatt 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.
Chamber small business owners plan for 2009
Chamber small business owners were told to prioritize risks and follow the money to grow their businesses at a roundtable Wednesday to discuss their initiatives for the New Year. "Focus on things that make you money, and outsource the rest that is not part of your key expertise," said Small Business Owners Chair Tom Anderson, Anderson Associates Recruiting Corp. Representatives from the Pasadena-based accounting and consulting firm Maginnis Knechtel & McIntyre LLP offered year-end tax tips and an overview of business legislation passed in 2008. Contact Program Manager Bridget Netter, 213.580.7576 or email@example.com.
Chamber-supported Multiple Pathways approach featured in new book
A paper written by Chamber VP of Education & Workforce Development David Rattray about the multiple pathways approach in education is featured in the new book, "Beyond Tracking: Multiple Pathways to College, Career, and Civic Participation," by Jeannie Oakes. “By engaging and motivating students to learn through contextual and hands-on approaches, each pathway becomes an equally rigorous opportunity for students to access a broad range of postsecondary opportunities,” said Rattray. The Chamber-supported multiple pathways approach prepares students for college and career by integrating college preparatory coursework and career and technical education for all students. Contact VP of Education & Workforce Development David Rattray, 213.482.3987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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—Charlie Woo, founder, Megatoys, and Excellence in Civic Leadership honoree, during a dialogue on leadership and challenges facing Southern California at the Southern California Leadership Network Visionaries Luncheon Tuesday.
"City Council Weak in Hospital Flap," Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 11. Editorial in support of the expansion of the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.
"L.A. Schools Chief Says He'll Take Buyout," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 9. "Ray Cortines has started what we consider a very good process of bringing reform to the LAUSD," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.
"Brewer to Leave LAUSD," Los Angeles Business Journal, Dec. 9. The Chamber called on the district to hire Ray Cortines as superintendent.
"City of Los Angeles to Certify Green Businesses," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 8. The green business program already has received the backing of the Chamber.