Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I July 21
 
L.A. BUSINESS THIS WEEK
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter

Chamber supported Newhall Ranch project certified by L.A. County Board of Supervisors
 
On Tuesday, the Chamber stood in support of FivePoint's $13 billion Newhall Ranch project at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting. The Board certified plans for the Landmark and Mission villages, clearing the way for the development of 5,500 homes and apartments, office space and schools. Estimated to create 60,000 permanent jobs and generate $800 million a year in state and local taxes, the project is groundbreaking in its commitment to net-zero emissions in order to balance environmental concerns with economic development and the need for housing. See our SUPPORT LETTER and LEARN MORE.
State confirms safety of Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility
 
Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) cleared SoCalGas to resume injections at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. SoCalGas is committed to maintaining a transparent and open dialogue with the communities near Aliso Canyon and will provide regular updates on progress at socalgas.com/alisoupdatesREAD MORE.

 
Cap-and-trade agreement passes State legislature
 
This week, the state Senate and Assembly voted to extend California's cap-and-trade program until 2030. In a show of bipartisanship, the legislators approved a set of three bills: AB 398 to extend the program, AB 617 to reduce pollution, and ACA 1, which will place a measure on the 2018 ballot to establish a legislative "check-up" on the program in 2024. The Chamber was proud to support these bills as a compromise that balances environmental protection with market certainty and economic growth. See our coalition letter HERE.
 
BOAC approves LAX Terminal 2 and 3 modernization

Last week, the Chamber testified in front of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) in support of the LAX Terminal 2 and 3 modernization project. The BOAC approved the modernization project, which will include state-of-the-art facilities and better connections between the terminals on the north side of the airport, and the connection of the two terminals to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The Board also voted in favor of a lease agreement with Southwest Airlines for a new building (Terminal 1.5) that will include a connector between Terminals 1 and 2, as well as space for additional ticket counters, baggage carousels, a bus gate and an additional Security Screening Check Point. LEARN MORE.
 
Chamber testifies in support of L.A. County foster youth

Tuesday, the Chamber testified in front of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in support of a motion to create a Foster Youth Bill of Rights authored by Sup. Janice Hahn and Sup. Sheila Kuehl. The Foster Youth Bill of Rights provides a comprehensive list of resources and services available for foster youth and their families. While the state of California has a foster youth bill of rights, the list is outdated and does not cover programs at the county-level. SEE THE MOTION.


Chamber Member named a CNN Hero!
 
Harry Grammer, founder of New Earth, was just named a CNN Hero for his work empowering juvenile justice and system-involved youth in L.A. County. CNN Heroes is a yearlong initiative that honors everyday people for their selfless, creative efforts to help others. New Earth provides mentor-based programs that empower youth to transform their lives, move toward positive life choices, and realize their full potential. Young people receive career training, jobs, an accredited High School education program, mentorship, case management, and additional services that help them re-enter their communities feeling fully supported. SUPPORT NEW EARTH'S MISSION.
     
 
TSA PreCheck program is on the move with new mobile enrollment RV
 
Chamber member MorphoTrust USA is bringing the TSA PreCheck program to your business' doorstep with their new mobile enrollment RV. The RV event is held at a location of your choosing with no fee to host. TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a more efficient screening experience. For TSA PreCheck travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. These events can be public or private (employees & family) and are only available in the L.A. area for a limited time. TSA PreCheck is $85 and valid for 5 years at more than 260 U.S. airports. For more information please contact Melissa Lucken, 615.961.0592 or LEARN MORE.
Chamber named Partner of the Year by NCCEP
 
On Tuesday, the Chamber was recognized as Partner of the Year by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) for its partnership with GEAR UP 4 LA. GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education with the goal of significantly increasing the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college. The Chamber is working with GEAR UP 4 LA and Union Bank to open college savings accounts and provide scholarships to participating students through a grant from the Eva Longoria Foundation.
Chamber joins partners to launch innovative center to address workforce needs
 
The Chamber is excited to announce its partnership with L.A. County's 19 community colleges, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Southern California Leadership Council and the Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research at Mt. San Antonio College, to launch the region's first Center for a Competitive Workforce. The Center will train, educate and upskill L.A. County residents for specific industries and address the talent gaps employers currently face. LEARN MORE.
Impact, Connection and Leadership
 
"Thirty years in, Southern California Leadership Network holds a unique position, bringing together people across sectors, demographics, political perspectives and geographic boundaries to address the challenges faced by our region and state. There are countless stories of good that simply would not have happened if not for connections made and lessons learned during an SCLN fellowship," writes Nancy Olson, vice president of the Chamber's Center for Leadership. Read the rest of Nancy's blog and learn more about how your business can directly benefit from a partnership with SCLN.
 
Join us as we celebrate SCLN's 30th anniversary on Nov. 30 at our annual Visionaries Awards. We will be honoring 30 of SCLN's outstanding alumni from across the years who work hard every day to make a difference, inspired by what they learned during their SCLN journey. Learn more about these 30 leaders who impact our region, our state and our nation HERE!
IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
Chamber supported Newhall Ranch project certified by L.A. County Board of Supervisors

State confirms safety of Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility
 
Policy This Week |
Cap-and-trade agreement passes State legislature

BOAC approves LAX Terminal 2 and 3 modernization

Chamber testifies in support of L.A. County foster youth
 
The Member |
Chamber Member named a CNN Hero!
 
The Opportunity |
TSA PreCheck program is on the move with new mobile enrollment RV
Other News
Chamber named Partner of the Year by NCCEP
 
Chamber joins partners to launch innovative center to address workforce needs
 
Impact, Connection and Leadership

New Members 
 
Member Good News
Chamber Diamond Club Members
CHAMBER CALENDAR
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