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Thursday | Aug. 19, 2010
     
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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
Grow Your Network
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WED | Aug. 25
Joint Aviation and Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee
Featuring General Manager Gina Marie Lindsey,
Los Angeles World Airports
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FRI | Aug. 27
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Featuring University of California President Mark Yudof, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed and California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott

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"Revamping and modernizing U.S. export controls will increase our exports and support the President's initiative to double our exports by 2015."

Ross DeVol, executive director of Economic Research at the Milken Institute, at the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council meeting Wednesday.

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Governor and Chamber plan trade mission to South Korea
The Cunningham Report, Aug. 17
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THREE EDUCATION LEADERS DISCUSS OUR FUTURE WORKFORCE. Join California State University Chancellor Charles Reed, California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott and University of California President Mark Yudof as they discuss the future of higher education in California. The California State University, California Community Colleges and the University of California systems combined, educates more than 3.5 million students each year. Meet the leaders of these institutions, who are preparing your future workforce at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series on Friday, Aug. 27, 7:45-9 a.m. This event is open to the Chamber's Circle level and Board members only. Register now or contact Janine Glass, 213.580.7565 or jglass@lachamber.com.



Chamber-supported local hospital funding extension signed into law
The Chamber applauds Congress and President Barack Obama for recently signing a six-month extension of the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for Medicaid. The Chamber advocated for this extension during its annual Southern California on the Hill ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip this year. The bill will provide $1.28 billion to California for the six-month extension of enhanced FMAP rates. The extension of the federal assistance for state Medicaid programs provides critical relief for our State to ensure access to care for low-income families and individuals. These federal matching funds become even more essential to hospitals in fulfilling their mission of caring for patients and communities. Contact Janine Glass, 213.580.7565 or jglass@lachamber.com.


Chamber discusses transportation with Rep. Richardson

A nationwide freight-movement policy is key for this region. "You're ready to do the work for these transportation projects, and we need to make sure the work is ready for you," said U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson at the Transportation & Goods Movement Committee meeting on Tuesday. "Wherever the money is being generated is where the money should stay." Richardson provided an update on federal goods movement and port legislation. Members also met with Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner and Chamber Board Member Kaylynn Kim, who emphasized that the Port is spending $1 million a day as part of its 10-year capital improvement plan, which is creating jobs, enhancing the transportation infrastructure and cleaning up the environment. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558 or jduboff@lachamber.com.


Leadership L.A. receives first hand look at law and society
Southern California has become a model for other law enforcement agencies. Agencies "are constantly working together and that helps over the long-term," said City of Long Beach Chief of Police Jim McDonnell (LLA '00) to the Leadership L.A. 2010 Fellows on Friday. "Other regions around the country have taken note." Fellows toured Men's Central Jail and discussed with L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and others what local public safety agencies are doing to ensure that the homeless, mentally ill and incarcerated are cared for and properly reintegrated back into society. "I challenge each of you to reach out to those who are poor, powerless and voiceless who are looking for a second chance," said Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries. For every 33 gang members the organization keeps out of the prison system, $6 million is saved annually by the County, yet Homebody Industries operates on a $7 million budget. How can you help? Order Father Boyle's book "Tattoos on the Heart." Contact Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7577 or kcottrell@lachamber.com.

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Chick-fil-A provides more than 1,000 lunches at Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission (URM) guests recently dined on chicken sandwiches for lunch thanks to Chick-fil-A. The restaurant chain selected Union Rescue Mission as the launch site to celebrate its new restaurant that just opened in Los Angeles near the University of Southern California. "We are looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with an organization like Chick-fil-A that shares the same values as URM," said CEO Andy Bales. Read more.

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  HOT ISSUES  
 
 

Proposition 23
The Chamber's Energy, Water & Environment Committee will discuss Proposition 23 on Friday, Aug. 20, 10-11:30 a.m. Proposition 23 is the initiative on the November ballot that would delay implementation of AB 32, California's global warming legislation. Panelists include Jack Stewart, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association; Anita Mangels, communications director for Yes on 23; Terry Tamminen, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency; and Chamber Board Member Bob Hertzberg, partner at Mayer Brown LLP. Register now.

LADWP workshops
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) recently announced dates for six regional community workshops to provide input on the City's long-range power plan. The workshops will take place in the San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, South Los Angeles and the Harbor area next month. The public workshops will focus on the 2010 Draft Power Integrated Resource Plan, which, when further developed and completed following public input from the workshops, will provide a framework for meeting the current and future energy needs of the City. Read more.

 
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