GOVERNING LAUSD. Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines shared his plan for an early retirement incentive that could save the district millions of dollars and preserve positions for less-experienced teachers whose jobs are at risk, at the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series Friday. Cortines also discussed improving student performance, reducing dropouts and pushing more authority to the schools. (View photo gallery)
More than 1,300 to attend Chamber's Inaugural Dinner tonight
We will be celebrating the installation of 2009 Chair of the Board Fran Inman, Majestic Realty Co., at the Chamber's Inaugural Dinner tonight at the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE. The event is recognized as the premier business and civic leadership event in Los Angeles. The Chamber will also present the prestigious Civic Medal of Honor to Thomas V. McKernan., CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California; the Distinguished Business Leader award to Dr. Ray R. Irani, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corp. and the Corporate Leadership Award to Woodbury University. Visit lachamber.com for post-event coverage.
Chamber PAC endorses Adeena Bleich for L.A. City Council
The Chamber's L.A. Jobs PAC voted Friday to endorse Adeena Bleich for the L.A. City Council, District Five. After interviewing all six candidates, the PAC's Board of Trustees concluded that Bleich demonstrated the best platform for job creation, business growth and constituent service. The PAC noted that Bleich was sharply focused on business issues and demonstrated the independence needed to make challenging decisions during this critical moment in our city’s economy and quality of life. The Chamber co-hosted a candidates’ forum that will be available on Time Warner Cable's On Demand video service Feb. 1. Contact VP of Public Policy Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber seeks volunteers for Cash for College financial aid workshops
Even in the current economic slowdown, the dream of funding a college education is alive and well. Join the Chamber and Cash for College on Saturday, Feb. 7 at more than 40 financial aid workshops throughout the greater L.A. region. Volunteer to help high school seniors and their families complete the financial aid forms necessary to apply for state and federal aid. Students who attend a Cash for College workshop will be eligible for more scholarship money than ever before, up to $4,000. For volunteer opportunities or to sponsor a workshop site, contact Education & Workforce Development Manager Maria Nieto, 213.580.7599 or email@example.com.
Chamber discusses electricity and energy efficiency with CPUC president
The Chamber, in partnership with the Los Angeles Power Association, heard from California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey Monday on electricity and the challenges of energy efficiency. Peevey, a leader in implementing California's energy efficiency and solar and greenhouse gas initiatives, is working to ensure California has adequate energy resources and transmission facilities to support its growing population and economy. "The state can do a great deal in leading the country in clean energy solutions," Peevey said. "The challenge we face is making our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions a reality and doing it in an economic way." Contact Senior Public Policy Manager Alex Pugh, 213.580.7558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Southern California focuses on Orange County
The Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 visited Orange County Friday to gain an understanding of the major trends shaping the region, including demographics, ethnicity, politics, transportation, and a case study on science, technology and innovation. "Orange County has changed — our ethnic diversity now better reflects the state," said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. "We are an urban community with challenges." Fellows took a case study look at Orange County as a hub of science, technology and innovation with excursions to several institutions including the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California, Irvine. Contact VP of Leadership Programs Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7526 or email@example.com.
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“The South Coast Air Quality Management District and the business community should be shoulder-to-shoulder in speaking to Congress and send a priority message to legislators.”
—Robert Wyman, Latham & Watkins LLP, at the Chamber's Energy, Water & Environment Committee meeting Tuesday, encouraging district leaders and members to join the Chamber's upcoming Southern California on the Hill — Access Washington, D.C. trip to present a united agenda.
"L.A. Chamber endorses council candidate," Los Angeles Business Journal and San Fernando Valley Business Journal, Jan. 27. "Bleich gets business group backing," L.A. Daily News, Jan. 27. "Bleich is the best candidate to fight for good-paying jobs, fiscal responsibility at City Hall and smart solutions to traffic gridlock," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.
Do you have your tickets to the Northern Trust Open?
The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a partner in presenting the West Coast's premier PGA TOUR event – featuring the world's best golfers – Feb. 16-22 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA. Visit northerntrustopen.com for tickets, sweepstakes, golf tips and more.