Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I April 3
 
Chamber leads 100-person delegation to Sacramento to advocate for L.A. 

Last week, the Chamber led a 100-person delegation of business and community leaders to Sacramento during our annual ACCESS Sacramento trip. Delegates met with state legislators to advocate for issues relevant to the L.A. area business community. The entire delegation heard from our State's top ranking officials throughout the trip, including Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Xavier Beccera, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Léon, California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, Sen. Bob Hertzberg and Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes. READ THE AGENDA and SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
State transportation funding package moving

While the Chamber was in Sacramento last Wednesday, Gov. Brown, along with legislative leaders, released details on a transportation funding agreement to bring in $52 billion over 10 years to maintain and repair our roads and highways. Chamber representatives participated in the press conference as members of the Fix Our Roads coalition, and Policy Manager Sarah Rascon will be offering our support in committee hearings in Sacramento today. READ MORE HERE. Additionally, the Fix Our Roads coalition will be having a major rally in support of the legislation in Sacramento this Wednesday, April 5, at 8:30 a.m. on the East Steps of the Capitol. We urge anyone in Sacramento to attend this rally to support the package. For more information, contact Vice President of Policy Jessica Duboff at jduboff@lachamber.com.
 
California Air Resources Board approves 2016 AQMP
 
On March 23, California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) previously approved by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The 2016 AQMP was the result of four years of stakeholder meetings and input to draft a blueprint to improve the region's air quality. After defeating an effort at AQMD to apply an indirect source rule (ISR) to the ports, which would essentially place a cap on growth at the facilities, the discussion was revived at CARB. While the Board declined to pursue an ISR, they did add in amendments to begin the process of developing rules for berth and cargo technology. The Chamber signed on to an industry letter to the Gov. Brown, expressing concern with the Board's action. SEE THE LETTER.
 
Metro Policy Council to hold first meeting this week
 
On Wednesday, the first meeting of the Metro Policy Council will convene at Metro Headquarters. Chamber Transportation & Goods Movement Council Vice Chair Hilary Norton with Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST) will represent the business community on the Council, whose goal is to provide meaningful input on the Measure M Master Guidelines, as well as future policies like the Long Range Master Plan. You can see the draft guidelines that will be presented to the Council HERE.
 
ACCESS Washington, D.C. in less than two months
 
The Chamber and our partners are in the planning stages of our annual coalition advocacy trip to the nation's capital. With a new federal administration, this is an opportunity to develop new relationships with elected and appointed leaders in D.C. and to weigh in on policies that impact L.A. You can register HERE
at the early bird rate of $750 before April 20.
POLICY CALENDAR
 
April 3 - Dodgers Opening Day!
April 3 - Mobility 21 Advocacy Day in Sacramento
April 4 - Chamber New Member Orientation
April 5 - Joint Hearing Examiner/Advisory Agency Hearing re: support for Lucas Museum
April 5 - Meeting with City Planning Department re: OurLA 2040
April 6 - ACCESS Washington, D.C. Steering Committee
April 6 - Ignite 22 tech conference
 
Absentee vote pushes L.A. County homeless sales tax measure to a strong finish, L.A. Times, 3.17.17; Absentee vote pushes L.A. County homeless sales tax measure to a strong finish, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3.18.17; LA Housing ballot measure called unconstitutional, Courthouse News Service, 3.20.17; Investing in Workforce: Leaders in education, business must join with politicians to help prepare future employees with proper skills, Los Angeles Business Journal, 3.20.17; Water quality she-roes, The Huffington Post, 3.21.17; County homelessness tax measure officially wins, WaveNewspapers.com, 3.24.17; Dr. Dre, David Geffen, and LAUSD's Michelle King join L.A.'s Olympics Push, Patch.com, 3.30.17; Supporting a College-Ready L.A., EGPNew.com, 3.30.17; Amazon automation expert will speak at Southern California supply chain summit, Whittier Daily News, 3.30.17.
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