HEARING FROM THE CANDIDATES. The Chamber, along with the Century City Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Business Journal and Time Warner Cable, hosted a forum Monday for candidates running for the L.A. City Council’s 5th District seat. Above, from left, Adeena Bleich, Ron Galperin, Paul Koretz, Robyn Ritter Simon, Robert Schwartz and David Vahedi give their perspectives on gridlock, jobs and the economy.
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Chamber hears from Canadian Minister of International Trade
Hon. Stockwell Day indicated a profound interest in creating stronger commercial and industrial ties with Los Angeles. "We have built a strong and durable trade relationship with the United States over the years and we must continue to aggressively pursue this already robust relationship, especially during these difficult economic times," said Minister Day. He noted that Canada is pursuing a number of bilateral trade agreements in Latin America and acknowledged that this strategy will give Canada a competitive advantage over other countries, including the United States. Contact International Trade Coordinator Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569 or email@example.com.
Chamber committee takes position on card-check
The Chamber’s Jobs & Business Growth Committee voted to recommend that the Executive Committee take an oppose position on The Employee Free Choice Act, referred to as "card-check." This federal legislation gives unions the right to achieve recognition through the card-check process instead of traditional secret ballot elections. The committee opposed the legislation because it would lead to coercion on the part of union organizations and not protect employee privacy. The committee also heard from L.A. City Councilmember Greig Smith, who presented his recently introduced legislation, LA LEAP, which the committee supported. Contact Public Policy Manager Vanessa Rodriguez, 213.580.7531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber members tour Boeing facility
The Chamber’s Aviation Committee visited the Boeing C-17 production facility in Long Beach Wednesday. The committee heard from Jean Chamberlin, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager, who highlighted the facility's economic impact on the community. View the 2009 advocacy agenda. Contact Senior Public Policy Manager Alex Pugh, 213.580.7558 or email@example.com.
Chamber discusses state and federal funding for health care
The state budget's shortfall will be greater next year than the shortfall in the current fiscal year, said California Hospital Association President C. Duane Dauner at the Health Care Committee meeting Friday. "We are currently disadvantaging people because of the state's inability to do what needs to be done to get on track," Dauner said. But, he added, there may be as much as $60-100 billion in the stimulus package for the health care industry. The committee will form a taskforce to discuss how money in the package should be spent. Contact VP of Public Policy Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"Economic Recovery Begins With Us"
“The 42 billion dollar deficit is a rock upon our chest and we cannot breathe until we get it off.”
—Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in his State of the State address Thursday.
"Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce supports NFL stadium proposal," San Fernando Valley Tribune, Jan. 14. "We're viewing everything this year through a lens of job creation and economic growth," said Chamber Marketing & Communications Director Gwen Oldham.
"L.A. Chamber backs NFL stadium in City of Industry," Daily Breeze and Contra Costa Times, Jan. 14. "Bringing an NFL stadium and team to the Los Angeles area is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Southern California economy," said Chamber President & CEO.