DOING BUSINESS IN COLOMBIA. Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos discussed how safety and security have drastically increased in the Latin American country in the last several years at a special briefing Wednesday at the Chamber. Santos credited this change to Colombia's strong institutions. Santos encouraged companies to do business in Colombia and to spread the message to legislators that the country is changing, with hopes that this year a Free Trade Agreement will be signed. Above from left, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben, Vice President Santos and Chamber Board Chair Fran Inman, Majestic Realty, Co. (View photo gallery.)
Vote for a better L.A. on March 3
Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, March 3. The Chamber has endorsed the candidates and measures we believe will be most effective in helping to create jobs and accelerate our economic recovery. Take the Chamber's official voting guide to the polls.
Last chance to register for Access Washington, D.C., March 9-12
Join the Chamber, partnering organizations and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Southern California On The Hill - Access Washington, D.C., our annual trip to the nation's capital. With a new President, new Congress and new opportunities, now is the time to meet with Congressional leaders and senior Administration officials on issues that are important to our region. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will provide an in-depth update on the economic stimulus legislation's impact on California as well as an overview of her policy priorities for 2009 at the March 10 breakfast. Register now or contact Public Policy Assistant Janine Glass, 213.580.7565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber committee votes to support renewable energy project
The Chamber’s Energy, Water & Environment Committee voted Tuesday to recommend to the Board of Directors to support Southern California Edison's Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project. "Tehachapi provides significant new wind energy to customers, and helps to meet California's renewable energy goals," said Chuck Adamson, project director, Southern California Edison. "This project will help create jobs and local economic stimulus." The project continues the state’s reputation as a leader in greening the transportation grid. Contact Senior Public Policy Manager Alexander Pugh, 213.580.7558 or email@example.com.
Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 visits Inland Empire
The Leadership Southern California Class of 2009 looked at key issues and trends shaping the Inland Empire Friday, including the identity of the region, the economy, housing, transportation, goods movement and political and civic engagement at the Mission Inn in Riverside. "Foreclosures have surpassed home sales here," said Brad Kemp, director of regional research, Beacon Economics. "But remember this: recovery is inevitable." Fellows had case study excursions focusing on downtown Riverside redevelopment projects; the housing crisis in the region; and rail in Southern California with Union Pacific Railroad Company. Contact VP of Leadership Programs Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber applauds Kaiser Permanente for pledging the most internships
Kaiser Permanente recently announced the allocation of 40 summer youth employment slots for the 2009 HIRE LA’s Youth program. Last year, Kaiser employed 14 youth in an effort to meet Mayor Villaraigosa's challenge of hiring more than 15,000 youth. Join Kaiser and other businesses in helping to cultivate our workforce of tomorrow. Contact Education & Workforce Development Manager Maria Nieto, 213.580.7599 or email@example.com.
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"Vote For A Better L.A. March 3"
“We have to be aggresive and do whatever we can. We have to dramatically reduce the harm that they do in this country.”
—Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos at a special briefing Wednesday at the Chamber, referring to the war on drugs in Colombia.
"Vote no on Charter Amendment B," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 26. The Times and the Chamber both urge a no vote on Measure B.
"Colombian VP reaffirms support for war on drugs," Associated Press, Feb. 25. Santos is making a seven-day official visit to the United States and visited the Chamber Wednesday.
"L.A. politicians push for perks for businesses," Los Angeles Times, Feb. 21. "The Chamber also supports the initiative (Measure E), saying it will help Los Angeles lure companies that have traditionally set up shop in smaller, more politically nimble municipalities."