ENGAGE. INNOVATE. PROSPER. This year’s 120th Annual Inaugural Dinner at the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE on Jan. 29 was the largest in the Chamber’s history with more than 1,300 business and civic leaders attending to welcome Fran Inman, Majestic Realty Co., as 2009 Board Chair. Above, 2008 Board Chair Timothy McCallion, Verizon, passes the gavel to Inman. (View a message from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulating honorees.)
Chamber, Mayor launch 2009 Cash for College workshops
The Chamber, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Ed Reyes and Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic, along with students and parents, launched the 2009 Cash for College Workshops at Franklin High School Monday. In honor of his upcoming Day of Service, the mayor asked for volunteers for Cash for College workshops on Saturday. "This year, more than ever, it is imperative that students understand that the dream of paying for a college education is not out of reach," said Mayor Villaraigosa. Volunteer or contact Education & Workforce Development Program Coordinator Heather Birdsall, 213.580.7582 or email@example.com.
Chamber to hear from Assembly Speaker Bass over pancakes
Hear from Assembly Speaker Karen Bass as she updates the Chamber on her efforts to broker a budget compromise as well as develop consensus on improving the state's tax and finance structure at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series on Friday, Feb. 27, 7:45-9 a.m. The breakfast is open to Board and Circle Level members only. Register now or contact Public Policy Assistant Janine Glass, 213.580.7565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber discusses economic stimulus bill in relation to transportation
As legislators in Washington, D.C. continue to negotiate the terms of the $920 billion economic stimulus bill, the Chamber’s Transportation & Goods Movement Committee Thursday heard from Lisa McLean, Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber, about the transportation funding in the bill and from Norman Emerson, Emerson & Associates, about the logistics and goods movement policy and funding in the Federal Transportation New Authorization. "We need to demonstrate how we’ve used our past investment wisely and that we have a strong case, moving forward, for additional revenue," Emerson said. Contact Senior Public Policy Manager Alex Pugh, 213.580.7558 or email@example.com.
Attend public meeting on formation of Prop 11. Citizen’s Commission
With Prop 11. – California VOTERS First – now passed into law, the California Bureau of State Audits will host a series of public meetings to solicit comments related to the formation of the Independent Citizen's Commission that will redraw California district lines to help end partisan gridlock in Sacramento. The L.A. meeting is Monday, Feb. 23 at the Central Library downtown. Contact VP of Public Policy Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"A Touchdown In The Making"
“Imagine what it would be like to come with us to Washington, D.C. We want everyone there.”
—L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, encouraging attendees to join the Southern California on the Hill — Access Washington, D.C. trip, at the Chamber's Inaugural Dinner Thursday, Jan. 29 at L.A. LIVE.
The Chamber's Cash for College workshop launch Monday received several media hits including "Mayor unveils 'Cash for College' program," CBS2, Feb. 2.
"Getting off the Ground," Los Angeles Business Journal, Feb. 2.
Board Chair Fran Inman's vision for the Chamber in 2009.
"Trading Places," Los Angeles Business Journal, Jan. 26. The Chamber has appointed Carlos J. Valderrama to its newly created position of senior vice president of global initiatives.
Do you have your tickets to the Northern Trust Open?
The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner in presenting the West Coast's premier PGA TOUR event – featuring the world's best golfers – Feb. 16-22 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA. Visit northerntrustopen.com for tickets, sweepstakes, golf tips and more.