Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I May 1
 
LAWA executives talk $15 billion in investments

Last Friday, three deputy executive directors from Los Angeles World Airports joined us for the Accenture Pancakes & Politics Breakfast Speaker Series. Roger Johnson, Trevor Daley and Samantha Bricker shared updates on terminal improvements, the Landside Access Modernization Program and how the $15 billion in capital improvements will substantially upgrade the traveling experience at LAX. They also touched on the upcoming gate relocation project that will impact 40 percent of operations and how the business community can help get the word out. READ MORE & SEE THE VIDEO.
 
ACCESS Washington, D.C. in three weeks

Join L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, Metro Board members, elected officials from L.A. County cities and over 100 business leaders for our annual ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip, May 22-24. The trip will kick off Monday night with a welcome reception at the Newseum, followed by two days of lobbying on issues important to the L.A. business community and developing relationships with new administration officials. REGISTER HERE by May 12.
 
In preparation for ACCESS Washington, D.C., our policy councils are engaging in a number of federal discussions:
  • Last Wednesday, the Land Use, Construction & Housing Council welcomed Douglas Guthrie, president and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of L.A. Guthrie led the Council's discussion surrounding the housing crisis in L.A., his recent meeting with newly appointed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and the impact of federal budget cuts to L.A.
  • Tomorrow, the Transportation & Goods Movement Council will feature SCAG's Hasan Ikhrata to talk about local, state and federal policies necessary to meet transportation and climate goals.
  • Next week's Innovation & Technology Council will tackle immigration and H1-B1 visa updates.
  • Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard will join the Health Care Council on May 12 to fill in Chamber members on the ever-changing status of health care reform in Washington, D.C.
Infrastructure Hot Takes
  • Last week, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben moderated a Mobility 21 roundtable on Measure M and possible future ballot measures in other Southern California counties. The roundtable discussion was an opportunity for the public and private sector to discuss lessons learned from the 2016 election cycle, successes and challenges.
  • The Metro Policy Advisory Council will hold their second meeting tomorrow, May 2, from 10 a.m. - Noon at Metro. You can see the agenda HERE and the April meeting minutes HERE. Hilary Norton with Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic and Moises Cisneros with the L.A. Latino Chamber of Commerce are representing the business community on this panel charged with discussing key issues in the Measure M Guidelines.
2016 AQMP Facility-Based Measures Working Group 
 
The South Coast AQMD will be holding an Introductory Working Group meeting on Monday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at the AQMD headquarters in Diamond Bar for a discussion on the Facility-Based Measures included in the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan. The purpose of the first meeting will be to present background information on the Facility-Based Measures, and to discuss and receive feedback on the objectives, process and schedule. To attend the meeting or receive materials, please call or email Dan Garcia, Program Supervisor, at 909-396-3304 or email at dgarcia@aqmd.gov.
 
Hiring new policy manager
 
Chamber Policy Manager Sarah Rascon has taken an exciting new opportunity with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. We will be looking to hire a new policy manager in June; in the meantime, if you need anything in the issues areas of transportation, goods movement, energy, environment or water, please contact Chamber Vice President of Public Policy Jessica Duboff at 213.580.7585 or jduboff@lachamber.com.
 
Chamber Policy Manager honored as "40 under 40"
 
Public Policy Manager Olivia Lee was named by the National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs (NAAPPPA) as one of the "40 under 40" political operatives and public affairs professionals in the US. Congratulations Olivia! You can read more about the honor and see the full list HERE.
 
 
 
POLICY CALENDAR
Tuesday, May 2
 
Thursday, May 4

Tuesday
, May 9 

Friday, May 12
 
Monday, May 22 - Wednesday, May 24
 
May 2 - Transportation & Goods Movement Council
May 3 - Metro Homelessness Task Force 
May 4 - World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast
May 4 - Southern California Association of Government's Regional Conference & General Assembly
May 4 - ACCESS Washington, D.C. Steering Committee luncheon 
 
How much you'll really pay in gasoline tax in California, San Diego Union Tribune, 04.23.17; How to build a strong workforce in California, CAeconomy.org, 04.24.17.
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