Thursday | Oct. 25, 2012


This Week At The Chamber
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Member News
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Issues of Interest
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FRI | Oct. 26
Accenture Pancakes & Politics Speaker Series
2012 Political Crystal Ball: Hear from Two Top Political Thinkers
more info & register

TUE | Oct. 30
Regional CEQA Roundtable Discussion
Featuring Sen. Michael J. Rubio
more info & register

WED | Oct. 31
Land Use, Construction & Housing Council
General Plan Update: What's in Store for L.A. County
more info & register

THU | Nov. 1
Cash for College FUNdraising Event
Nine California Pizza Kitchen Locations
more info

FRI | Nov. 2
Health Care Council
Health Care 360: Access, Insurance & Reform
more info & register

View all upcoming events on our Web Calendar.




"Profit is critical. If your business is a body, profits are the red blood cells you need them to exist. But you don't exist to create red blood cells. A business is about more than just making money."

Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's at the Power Hour Series on Tuesday at the Chamber.

"If you do drive-by evaluations, it's either punitive or compliance...and neither one is helpful."

Drew Furedi, executive director of talent management, Los Angeles Unified School District, on the topic of teacher evaluations at the Chamber's Education & Workforce Development Council on Friday.

  MEDIA HighlightS  



Civic Leaders Lobby for L.A. Pension Reform
L.A. Business Journal, Oct. 24
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L.A. City Council Seeks to Block Permits for Chinatown Wal-Mart
Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch, Oct. 24
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Airbus to double US spending in coming years
AFP, Oct. 20
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The Chamber's Home For Good Task Force is encouraging participation in the 2013 Homeless Count and your help is needed. Solid, reliable data is critical to the Home For Good effort we must know who and where the homeless are. Chamber members are encouraged to check the list of communities for which you can volunter. With your help, you can make a significant contribution to ending chronic and veteran homelessness. Act quickly the count roster closes next week. Also plan to join the Chamber on Saturday, Nov. 17 for the annual HomeWalk 5K Run/Walk. Contact Tina Hossain, 213.580.7531.

Chinatown Interim Control Ordinance not approved by City Council
The Chamber testified in strong opposition this week to a proposed Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) that would have banned formula retail stores from locating in Chinatown. The ordinance was introduced to block a Walmart Neighborhood Market that will bring jobs and services to the community. Twelve votes were necessary for passage; the Council voted 10-4 in favor. We urge you to contact Councilmembers Joe Buscaino, Tony Cardenas, Mitchell Englander, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, who all refused to support the anti-business ICO. The business community needs to thank them and urge them to continue to oppose the issue when it is heard again next week. Contact Jessica Duboff, 213.580.7558.

Pizza got you through college, now you can order a pizza to help others go to college
All day on Thursday, Nov. 1 if you order food from any of the nine participating California Pizza Kitchens, 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Cash For College student scholarship program. All you have to do is bring this flyer with you. Contact Carrie Shapton, 213.580.7551.

Leadership Southern California explores downtown Los Angeles
Leadership Southern California 2012 Fellows received a first-hand breakdown on what is shaping L.A. at the Music Center of Los Angeles on Friday. "Be a leader be civically engaged in your local neighborhoods by becoming appointees on committees," said Micah Ali, Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees. Fellows discussed issues facing L.A.'s economy, downtown's redevelopment plan and how the arts and entertainment industry are an important facet to the City. Learn more about Southern California Leadership Network fellowships by attending the Leadership L.A. graduation on Monday, Nov. 5, 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Music Center. Register now or contact Hadia Kabir, 213.580.7524.

good news

Chamber members win 6th street bridge competition
Congratulations to HNTB Corporation, AC Martin Partners and Michael Maltzan Architecture for winning the design competition for a new, $401 million 6th Street bridge over the Los Angeles River. "It will be a world-class, iconic piece of Los Angeles infrastructure," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Read more.

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One-stop business permitting service: free business license reports
City Councilmember Eric Garcetti and are providing prospective business owners with a
free, one-stop online service for the city, county and state
permitting paperwork required for opening various types of businesses. Users who access this service via Councilmember Garcetti's website will not be charged a fee. Learn more.



MEMBER opportunity

Adding value to your Chamber membership


Free Small Business Training: Health & Safety/
Email Marketing

Tuesday, Oct. 30
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
L.A. Area Chamber

Attend a hands-on course that focuses on helping small businesses grow and save money by promoting health and safety in the workplace. This training is intended for small business owners, managers and supervisors with employees or potential for hiring in the future. This event is presented by UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program and Constant Contact, in partnership with SCORE LA and the Chamber. Register now.


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