Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Sept. 18
 
L.A. officially chosen as host city for 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games
 
Last week, during the host-city selection ceremony in Lima, Peru, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially awarded the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti was in attendance to sign the host-city contract. A Chamber and LA 2028 commissioned Loyola Marymount University survey showed an overwhelming majority, 83 percent of L.A. residents, want L.A. to host the games, with 54 percent in "strong" support. A Chamber representative also spoke in support of state legislation supporting the games in an Assembly committee earlier in the week. SEE THE SUPPORT LETTER and LEARN MORE.
 
Major victories on housing legislation

As the clock ticked down on the 2017 session, the State Legislature approved a number of housing bills that the Chamber supported to address our housing crisis:
  • SB 2 (Atkins): Establishes a permanent funding source for affordable housing through a $75 fee on real estate transaction documents.
  • SB 3 (Beall): Provides $4 billion through a statewide housing bond to fix existing affordable housing and veterans housing programs. This will need to be approved by voters on the November 2018 ballot.
  • SB 35 (Wiener): Ensures communities create housing we need to address the housing shortage by streamlining qualified housing projects until cities meet their Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) housing production goals at all income levels. 
The Chamber will also be sending a letter to Gov. Brown urging him to sign a number of bills we support and to veto bills that we were not able to defeat in the legislature.
ACCESS L.A. City Hall next week
 
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Controller Ron Galperin, Council President Herb Wesson and a number of councilmembers are confirmed to attend the Chamber's annual ACCESS L.A. City Hall event next Wednesday, Sept. 27. Join us for a meet and greet with our local elected leadership and a district-by-district economic outlook presentation. REGISTER NOW!
 
Clean Air Action Plan
 
Following a presentation from the Port of Los Angeles and a robust industry discussion at last week's Transportation & Goods Movement Council on the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan, the Chamber submitted a letter articulating our concerns about the impact the cost of the plan could have on our economic competitiveness. READ OUR COMMENTS.
Help protect SB 1
 
We are disappointed that an initiative was filed last week with the State Attorney General to repeal SB 1, the transportation funding package passed earlier this year. See the statement from the Fix Our Roads Coalition and the letter the Chamber signed on to Congressional Republicans who may be part of the effort HERE.
 
Decision approaching on California WaterFix
 
Next week, the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors will hold a final hearing on the California WaterFix before the vote scheduled for Oct. 10. The Chamber will be there to speak in favor, and we urge all businesses to voice their support to the Board on the importance of this project to our future water security and reliability. Learn what outreach you can do HERE. Chamber Policy Manager Olivia Lee will also be speaking at L.A. City Council's Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee tomorrow on why this project is specifically important to the City. 
 
Welcome new Policy Manager Kendal Asuncion!
 
Kendal joins the Chamber after spending the last five years in Austin, Texas, where she worked at AngelouEconomics managing a variety of projects including strategic plans, state-level incentives negotiations, and feasibility and economic impact studies. Prior to that, she worked in public involvement on transportation projects at Nancy Ledbetter and Associates. Kendal's portfolio will include transportation, goods movement, energy, water and environmental policies. Please join me in welcoming Kendal, who will be starting on Tuesday, Sept 19. She can be reached at kasuncion@lachamber.com.
 
 
 
Sept. 18 - Rail-volution Conference in Denver
Sept. 19 - L.A. City Council Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee re: CA WaterFix
Sept. 22 - Furthering Economic Opportunity in LA County's 2nd District Forum 
Sept. 23 - Congressman Jimmy Gomez's local swearing-in celebration
 
Here's what's next for Los Angeles in plan to host 2028 Olympics, USA Today, 09.11.17; Travel ban to anti-DACA states by LA County: Trump dreamer move, MyNewsLA.com, 09.12.17; LA County restricts travel to anti-DACA U.S. States, Press-Telegram, 09.12.17; LA County leaders limit travel to anti-DACA states, DailyNews.com, 09.12.17; Barger rips plan to expand Board of Supervisors, SCVNews.com, 09.12.17; California plan puts state on the right track to achieve academic goals for its students, EdSource.org, 09.12.17; LA County Supervisors vote to fight Trump's DACA decision, LAWestMedia.com, 09.12.17; Plan to create STEM-focused school in L.A. County deserves support, Pasadena Star-News, 09.13.17. 
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