Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Aug. 18
 
L.A. BUSINESS THIS WEEK
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter

Chamber supports California WaterFix

The Chamber spoke in support of the California WaterFix at Monday's Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) hearing. Gov. Brown's plan to ensure our long-term water reliability and preserve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is essential to our future. In the coming months, water agencies from Silicon Valley to San Diego will decide whether to support and pay for the Governor's plan to modernize our decades-old state water system. The Chamber will also support CA WaterFix at MWD's Sept. 26 board meeting. READ MORE and SEE THE SUPPORT LETTER.

 
Chamber talks modernizing L.A. infrastructure with Calif. political leaders

Wednesday, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben provided the business perspective at an Infrastructure Roundtable hosted by Congressman Jimmy Gomez at Union Station. Toebben spoke alongside California political and community leaders, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sup. Hilda Solis, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ron Miller of the L.A./O.C. Trades Council, Metro CEO Phil Washington, and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. The roundtable focused on procuring funding to fix and modernize California's roads, bridges and transit systems. PHOTO.
 
Chamber welcomes new LAUSD Board President & Board Member 
 
As the new school year for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) begins this week, newly elected LAUSD Board President, Dr. Ref Rodriguez, and new board member, Kelly Gonez, headlined last week's Education & Workforce Development Council meeting. Rodriguez and Gonez addressed the District's financial deficit, dual language programs and charter schools. "I'm ecstatic about the partnership LAUSD has with the Chamber," Rodriguez noted. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
L.A. City Council gives final approval for L.A. 2028 Olympic Games
 
The Chamber stood in support last week as L.A. City Council gave final approval for L.A. to host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games. Council members unanimously supported the bid and agreed to accept financial responsibility in the event of cost overruns. READ MORE.
 
L.A. County small business input needed
 
One of the Chamber's research partners is launching a new survey with the goal of improving opportunities for local small businesses. Whether you run a small business or work in one, your perspective is valuable for this project! The survey will take 10-15 minutes, and is open until Aug. 24. TAKE THE SURVEY.

Chamber supports Mayor's L.A. Cyber Lab program

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the L.A. Cyber Lab this week. The program is a city-led partnership dedicated to protecting businesses and residents from cyber attacks by freely sharing information about cybersecurity threats. The Chamber supports this effort to bridge the gap between residents, business and government to further combat cyber-crime and guide cyber activity. LEARN MORE.


Give back with the Wiltern
 
One of L.A.'s largest theaters, the historic Wiltern has been welcoming L.A. theater and event-goers since 1931. When you book your event with the Wiltern by Sept. 31, three percent of your events contributions will be donated to a charity of your choosing. Events must be executed by March 31, 2018 to qualify. LEARN MORE.
     
 
Chamber takes Summer V.I.P. Reception to new heights
 
Join the Chamber Aug. 24 as we head to the brand new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel for our Summer V.I.P. Reception. Take part in executive-level networking with the Chamber's top investing companies as we experience the brand new hotel inside the world-class Wildshire Grand Center. *The Chamber's Summer V.I.P. is open to Board and Circle Level members only. LEARN MORE or RSVP NOW.
Chamber staff supports Habitat for Humanity project
 
The Chamber's professional staff showed their support for building more housing in L.A. County by spending Thursday working on four Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles houses in Long Beach. The staff also met with one of the families that will be buying one of the units. SEE THE PHOTOS!
Chamber hosts Vietnamese trade delegation
 
Twenty-one members of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) visited the Chamber this week. In 2016, Vietnam became the L.A. region's 4th largest trading partner with a total bilateral trade of $18 billion. This remarkable growth during the last decade is the result of the 2007 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement signed with the United States.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
Chamber supports California WaterFix 

Policy This Week 
Chamber talks modernizing L.A. infrastructure with Calif. political leaders
 
Chamber welcomes new LAUSD Board President & Board Member
 
L.A. City Council gives final approval of L.A. 2028 Olympic Games
 
L.A. County small business input needed
 
Chamber supports Mayor's L.A. Cyber Lab program

The Member 
Give back with the Wiltern
 
The Opportunity 
Other News
Chamber staff supports Habitat for Humanity project
 
Chamber hosts Vietnamese trade delegation

New Members 
 
Member Good News
Chamber Diamond Club Members
CHAMBER CALENDAR
 
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Wednesday, Aug. 23
 
Wednesday, Aug. 23
Thursday, Aug. 24
 
Friday, Aug. 25
 
Thursday, Aug. 31
Member Good News
 
Cerrell and Gonzalez Strategic Affairs Create Public Affairs "Dream Team" - Cerrell Associates and Gonzalez Strategic Affairs (GSA) announced a strategic partnership that brings together two of the most trusted names in public affairs, and adds a new dynamic to the world of Southern California political and communications consulting. READ MORE.
New Chamber Members
 
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