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  TUE | Aug. 17
Transportation & Goods Movement Committee
Featuring Port of Los Angeles Harbor Comissioner Kaylynn Kim

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WED | Aug. 18
Global Initiatives Council
Featuring Ross DeVol, Milken Institute

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FRI | Aug. 20
Energy, Water & Environment Committee
Featuring Jack Stewart, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, and Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency
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TUE | Aug. 24
Referral Network
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"I'm hoping we can adopt a model that will focus more on finding solutions rather than finding someone to blame."

U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, referring to the need for education reform, at the Chamber's Education & Workforce Development Committee meeting Friday.


Accelerating Measure R's job creation
Los Angeles Times, Aug. 10
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California water bond pushed back to 2012
Los Angeles Times, Aug. 10
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Harbor Commission approves plan to replace Gerald Desmond Bridge
Contra Costa Times, Aug. 9
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The Business Tax Holiday Victory
The Huffington Post, Aug. 6
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A NEW BRIDGE. Plans to replace an aging bridge in Long Beach means improved safety and traffic, better accommodations for larger, cleaner freight ships and more jobs. The Chamber testified on Monday in support of the $1.1 billion plan to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge at the Port of Long Beach. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved the plan, which will generate more than 4,000 jobs per year over a five to six year period. Currently, 15 percent of the goods coming into the country move across the bridge, while commuters account for about three quarters of the bridge's traffic. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558 or jduboff@lachamber.com

Chamber and L.A. Compact applaud measure to save jobs
More than 16,000 education jobs are expected to be saved thanks to the recent passage of a
$26 billion measure by Congress. "We applaud President Obama and Congressional leaders for moving quickly and decisively to provide much-needed funds to save thousands of jobs of the teachers and support staff who are doing the essential task of educating our future workforce," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. Contact David Rattray, 213.580.7515 or drattray@lachamber.com.

Chamber efforts to oppose airport curfew successful
Curfews at local airports would cost jobs, hurt businesses and increase congestion at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is why the Chamber recently joined other stakeholders to oppose an attempt to ban for the second time all overnight flights at Van Nuys and Bob Hope Airports. This latest attempt to insert language for a ban in the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill failed. Commercial airlines already observe a voluntary curfew at Bob Hope Airport. Any new curfew would directly impact cargo carriers and business aircraft, forcing them to reroute operations to LAX. The FAA denied an earlier administrative request by Bob Hope Airport. Contact Beverly Kenworthy, 213.580.7531 or bkenworthy@lachamber.com.

Chamber meets with Attorney General Candidate Kamala Harris
Innovation and collaboration are key when it comes to fighting crimes including identity theft, high-tech crime, mortgage fraud and truancy at schools, said San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris at the Chamber's California Candidates Series on Wednesday. "To fix what is broken in our State will require true and meaningful public-private partnership," said the Democratic nominee for California Attorney General. "It will require your leadership as well as mine." Join us for the next event in the series when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Democratic nominee for California Lieutenant Governor, visits the Chamber on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Register now or contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or sgarrison@lachamber.com.   

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Ralphs debuts "Signature" store in Midtown Los Angeles
After three months of renovations, the Ralphs store at 4760 W. Pico Blvd. celebrated its grand reopening last week as the company's first "Ralphs Signature" format prototype. The new "Ralphs Signature" features groceries from gourmet to everyday, offering customers an expansive selection of fresh foods and quality groceries. The store now employs more than 150 full-time and part-time associates. About 30 store associates have been newly hired from the community. Read more.

Woodbury University tops list of success in graduating Hispanic students
The Education Trust singled out Woodbury University as a school where Latino students are thriving, noting that 31 percent of Woodbury students are Hispanic and that the graduation rate for this population is 62 percent well above the 47 percent rate for Latino students nationally. "Woodbury's Hispanic students are typically the first in their families to go to college, and they're coming here in search of their entry to economic success," said David M. Rosen, senior vice president, Academic Affairs, Woodbury University. Read more.

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Interim Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) General Manager Austin Beutner discussed California's once-through cooling regulation at the Chamber Wednesday. This regulation, passed by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on May 4, will have a significant financial impact on LADWP ratepayers. The cost to customers will increase incrementally by $220 million per year for 10 years for a total of $2.2 billion, which translates into a rate increase of 6 percent. The SWRCB policy requires the reduction of coastal waters to cool power plants by 2020, but LADWP has requested an extension until 2031 to account for costs related to cooling towers. The Chamber will continue to have discussions with the LADWP. Read more.


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