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TUE | Feb. 24
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
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TUE | Feb. 24
L.A. Export Series - Session 4
International Matchmaking
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TUE | Feb. 24
Energy, Water & Environment Committee Meeting
Delta Solutions with The Nature Conservancy
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FRI | Feb. 27
Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee Meeting
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FRI | Feb. 27
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series
Featuring Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
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TUE | March 3
U.S.-Korea Green Tech Business Forum Luncheon
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THU | March 5
Trade Finance Tools for Exporting in an Economic Downturn
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MON-THU | March 9-12
Southern California On The Hill - Access Washington, D.C.
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TUE | March 10
L.A. Export Series: Session 5
Getting Paid for Export Sales
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WED | March 18
Global Initiatives Committee Meeting
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FRI | March 20
Principal for a Day
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THURSDAY | Feb. 19, 2009

     
   


INVESTING IN OUR COUNTRY. The Chamber welcomed U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for a discussion Thursday on transportation and education and workforce development funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus package signed into law earlier this week. "We are going to get out of this economic crisis," Murray said. "Investing in workforce training and transportation allows us to move forward and be a better country." Above, Sen. Murray; David Rattray, Chamber VP of Education & Workforce Development; and Board Member David Crippens, UNITE-LA. (View photo gallery.)

Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign state budget, ending budget stalemate
For the past nine months, the Chamber has advocated for state budget reform that addresses the long-term fiscal challenges facing California. The Chamber is pleased with the $14.9 billion in targeted spending reductions which will roll back state spending to 2006 levels, and is grateful for the preservation of funding for the statewide Cash for College program, which provides financial aid to students throughout California. "For the sake of the businesses and residents of California, the Chamber urges all state lawmakers to work together in the months ahead to reform once and for all the budget process," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. Read the Chamber’s guiding principles for budget reform.

Chamber victorious in seeking continuance on signage regulations
The Chamber called for a delay Thursday on the city of Los Angeles' proposed ordinance revising the city's sign regulation. The City Planning Commission voted to retain a distinction between on-site and off-site signage but will meet next week to further discuss a timeline for revisions to the ordinance. The Chamber and business leaders want the city to evaluate the economic impacts associated with implementing the citywide ordinance. Contact Public Policy Manager Vanessa Rodriguez, 213.580.7531 or vrodriguez@lachamber.com.

Chamber applauds passage of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The stimulus package includes support for the unemployed and investments to create up to 3.5 million jobs and foster long-term growth in the private sector. The Chamber commends the inclusion of tax incentives to spur home and automobile sales and the $3.9 billion investment in job training and employment services. A long-standing champion of workforce development and the leading L.A. business organization supporting youth employment programs, the Chamber is pleased with the $1.2 billion that will be invested to create 1 million summer jobs for youth across the nation. Contact VP of Public Policy Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or sgarrison@lachamber.com.

Chamber discusses what the state needs to do to keep businesses
The Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey finds that L.A. County has five of the most expensive cities to do business in and just one of the 10 least expensive cities, said Larry Kosmont at the Chamber’s Jobs & Business Growth Committee Thursday. "California continues to lose jobs and businesses; states are pummeling us competitively," Kosmont said. He called on the committee to help local communities receive their share of the federal stimulus dollars. Contact Vanessa Rodriguez, 213.580.7531 or vrodriguez@lachamber.com.


The Chamber’s voting guide for the March 3, 2009 L.A. City Primary Election ballot provides the business perspective on the candidates and measures that impact business. We hope you will join us in voting for a better L.A.

Take the Chamber's official voting guide with you to the polls

The Chamber endorses the following candidates:
CITYWIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS
MAYOR ............................ Antonio R. Villaraigosa
CITY ATTORNEY ................................ Jack Weiss
CONTROLLER ............................... Wendy Greuel
CITY COUNCIL
DISTRICT NO. 1 ................................. Ed P. Reyes
DISTRICT NO. 3 ............................ Dennis P. Zine
DISTRICT NO. 5 ....................... Adeena N. Bleich
DISTRICT NO. 7 ......................... Richard Alarcón
DISTRICT NO. 9 ................................ Jan C. Perry
DISTRICT NO. 11 .......................... Bill Rosendahl
DISTRICT NO. 13 .............................. Eric Garcetti
DISTRICT NO. 15 .............................. Janice Hahn
BOARD OF EDUCATION
DISTRICT NO. 2 ............................ Mónica García
DISTRICT NO. 4 ................................ Mike Stryer
DISTRICT NO. 6 ........................... Nury Martinez
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SEAT NO. 2 ................................. Angela Reddock
SEAT NO. 4 .................................... Kelly Candaele
SEAT NO. 6 .................................. Nancy Pearlman
SEAT NO. 7 .................................. Miguel Santiago

The Chamber announced positions on the following measures:

BALLOT MEASURES
OPPOSE
MEASURE B
Solar Energy and Job Creation Program

SUPPORT
MEASURE E

Economic Incentives for Business Development

View more about the issues

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OVERHEARD_______________

“It's a breath of fresh air ... To have members of the business community come out and talk on a specific issue is very significant.”

U.S. Senator Patty Murray, referring to Southern California on the Hill - Access Washington, D.C., at a special briefing at the Chamber Thursday.

MEDIA HITS_____

"Greuel offers L.A. stimulus package," Daily Breeze, Feb. 13. The Chamber joined L.A. City Councilmember Wendy Greuel as she introduced six motions with 30 recommendations, including a proposal to offer economic incentives to the entertainment industry and other businesses.

"How to stop L.A.'s corporate flight," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 12. "Measure E will make it possible to develop strategies and incentives to keep companies in our state. Right now we are fighting with both hands tied behind our back," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.

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UCLA Extension’s Free Open House
Wednesday, March 18, 5:30-8 p.m.
Westwood Village
For details contact Helen Williams 310.825.7729 or hwilliam@uclaextension.edu.

 

 

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