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Thursday | Sept. 9, 2010

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TUE | Sept. 14
Referral Network
Grow Your Network
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THU | Sept. 16
The Connection Point
New Rules for the Contact
Sport of Life

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THU | Sept. 16
Business After Hours Poolside Mixer
Fiesta Style!
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THU | Sept. 23
California Candidate Series
Featuring Steve Cooley, candidate for Attorney General

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"In Los Angeles, we know that rebuilding our infrastructure is the key to rebuilding our economy. Every dollar invested in building mass transit is also an investment in our businesses and working families."

Matthew Toledo, Chair of the L.A. Area Chamber and President & Publisher of the Los Angeles Business Journal at the 30/10 Transportation press conference, hosted by CALPIRG on Wednesday.

  Media Highlights  

County Leaders Fret Northrop's Flight
Los Angeles Business Journal, Sept. 6
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L.A.'s Automotive Bailout
Reason Magazine, Sept. 7
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Asian trips aim to woo trade here
Los Angeles Daily News, Sept. 8
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Section 9006 of the Health Care Reform bill would place an unprecedented burden on small business reporting and paperwork requirements. This provision would require any business that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business to submit a 1099 tax form to the Internal Revenue Service. Take action today by urging Senators Feinstein and Boxer to repeal this mandate by voting yes on the Johanns amendment to the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 (HR 5297) and no on the Nelson amendment to the same bill. Contact Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568.

Herbalife Chairman and CEO shares his vision of leadership
Herbalife Chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson met with more than 80 Chamber members at Thursday's Occidental Petroleum Power Hour Series. Johnson,who joined the company in 2003, shared his strategies for achieving double-digit sales growth over the past five years, which included focusing on four priorities: the product, business opportunities, the brand and social awareness.
"We have a role to play in promoting a healthy lifestyle and making this community a better place to live and work," said Johnson. He also detailed how the company focuses on making lives better -- not only those of its distributors, but also for people around the world. "Wealth follows health," Johnson added. Contact Pat Clark, 213.580.7595

Take action on behalf of education
Join the Chamber in urging Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign three Chamber-sponsored education bills. AB 1223 (Block) will support teacher knowledge, development and implementation of applied learning strategies in the classroom. AB 2211 (Fuentes) would establish quality work-based learning opportunities for students by promoting more partnerships between local education agencies and employers across the State. SB 1143 (Liu) will require the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to adopt a plan for improving student success. Contact Sonia Rivera, 213.580.7538 or visit the Chamber's Jobs Advocacy Center.

Bill to move California's kindergarten start date and save education dollars progresses
SB 1381 (Simitian), which would move up the starting date for kindergarten and annually provide about 120,000 of our State's children with invaluable extra time in high-quality early education programs was passed out of the Legislature on Aug. 31 and is now pending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature. If signed, the bill's "transitional kindergarten" could save the State money by not only reducing grade retention, but also by reducing the number of children receiving special education services. In total, this bill could save the State more than $49.7 million when fully implemented. Contact Sonia Rivera, 213.580.7538.

good news

Jobs increase at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Thanks to the recent surge in cargo volume, 11 of the 13 major terminals in the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will extend operating hours, adding late-night and weekend shifts. With the extension of hours, shippers will now have service from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Read more.

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Metro Small Business Orientation & Workshop
The Chamber has partnered with Metro to bring you Follow the Road to Metro: Small Business Orientation and Certification Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 9:30 a.m. - noon. Hosted by Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass and Senator Curren Price, this session will include certification programs, vendor registration, contract look ahead's and
other information. In addition, there will be presentations from Metro's staff, including Doug Failing, Executive Officer Highway Programs, Bruce Feerer, Executive Officer of Procurement and Material Management and Donald Howey, Transportation Planning Manager. Attendance is by RSVP only. Contact Patrice Marshall, 323.937.4747.







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Ninth Annual Southern California Transporation Summit
Delivering Sustainable Transportation Solutions

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010
Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, CA



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