IN THIS ISSUE:
Your Chamber working for you 3
Feature: L.A.’s business agenda 4
Member-to-member discounts 6
Chamber VOICE Spring / Summer 2005 • Volume 4 • Issue 1
A quarterly publication of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Access Sacramento leads largest delegation yet
In addition to a visit with the Gov. Arnold
At the end of the trip it was clear the
Schwarzenegger, Chamber members met with: Chamber had done something unprecedent-
ed and phenomenal in the realm of business
Kim Belshe, Secretary, Health and Human Services lobbying.
Victoria Bradshaw, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary “With so many business leaders from
Richard Costigan, Legislative Affairs Secretary
David Crane, Director of Economic Development, Office of the Gov. throughout the region lobbying for the same
Mark Drummond, Chancellor, Community College District thing, it was clear we left an impression on
Kacy Hutchison, Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary (Health)
Anne McKinney, Assistant Secretary for Higher Education
the administration and legislature,” said
Paul Navarro, Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary David Herbst, senior vice president of the
Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction MWW Group and past chair of the El
Sandra Shewry, Director, Health and Human Services
Brian Smith, Deputy Director Planning & Modal Programs, CalTrans Segundo Chamber of Commerce. “With the
Terry Tamminen, Cabinet Secretary high level of collaboration with other local
Sunne Wright-McPeak, Secretary, Business, Transportation & Housing
business groups, Access Sacramento sets a
State Senators high standard for advocacy.”
Don Perata Liz Figueroa Kevin Murray
Richard Alarcón Sheila Kuehl George Runner
Debra Bowen Alan Lowenthal Jack Scott
Gil Cedillo Bob Margett Nell Soto
Martha Escutia Tom McClintock Tom Torlakson The 2005 Access Sacramento trip lived manner.
State Assemblymembers up to its name, granting 85 Los Angeles “Our strategy this year was to hold this
Fabian Nuñez Jackie Goldberg Gene Mullen business leaders access to key officials at trip early in the legislative session before
Juan Arambula Mike Gordon Roger Niello the state capitol March 1-2 to push the issues got redefined in the partisan
Karen Bass Loni Hancock Gloria Negrete-
Rudy Bermudez Jerome Horton McLeod Chamber’s agenda and fight to ensure the debates,” said Chamber President and CEO
Ron Calderon Bob Huff Joe Nation prosperity and growth of Los Angeles. Rusty Hammer. “We were able to present our
Wilma Chan Lloyd Levine Jenny Oropeza
Ed Chavez Carol Liu Fran Pavley The trip, part of an annual lobbying positions in a constructive sense, as
Judy Chu Betty Karnette George Plescia effort orchestrated by the Chamber, is con- opposed to obstructive, which was appreci-
Hector de la Torre Paul Koretz Keith Richman
Mervyn Dymally Cindy Montañez Mark Ridley-Thomas sidered the largest lobbying trip of any ated by lawmakers in both parties.”
Dario Frommer Dennis Mountjoy Sharon Runner chamber of commerce to the state capitol The 85 participants were broken up
Legislative Analyst’s Office and proved that the Chamber is a leading into six teams -- Goods Movement, Public
Anne Curry & Joel Riphagen, Bay Bridge Analysts business organization with the power to Transportation, Health Care, Education &
Mari Grimes, Education Analyst
Shawn Martin, Medi-Cal Analyst
influence the capitol to help better L.A. Workforce Development, Environmental
County. Quality and Business Issues.
Political figures, including Gov. Arnold The teams discussed everything from
Schwarzenegger, Senate President Don the need for transportation funds to the Los
VOTING L.A. Chamber members discuss education
Perata, cabinet secretaries, opinion leaders, Angeles housing shortage with various lead- and health care issues with Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-
and other lawmakers, met with the Chamber ers in the state capitol. They also empha- Santa Monica). Pictured, from left (top photo): Joe Ahn,
over the two day period to discuss educa- sized the importance of keeping the L.A. Air Northrop-Grumman; Kuehl; Randy Howard, Los
Angeles Department of Water & Power; Jacque
tion, transportation, environmental quality, Force Base open, investing in outreach McMillan, Metropolitan Water District; Nancy
and other issues important to the Chamber efforts for undeserved youth, and funding Swaim, SWAIM390 Investigations, Inc.; and Colleen
and the future of Los Angeles in a proactive local healthcare facilities and programs. Callahan, American Lung Association of L.A.
County. Access Sacramento participants meet with
Senator Gil Cedillo (D-Downtown L.A.), fourth from left
(bottom photo) at his Sacramento office.
Inaugural Dinner: Chamber starts 2005 with a splash
In the spirit of community-building, the Chamber Nearly 1,100 Los Angeles stars in the Angeles. Martin succeeds Immediate Past
annually recognizes extraordinary civic leadership at business, political, and civic world came Chair George Kieffer, a partner at the law
the Inaugural Dinner gala. The 2005 honorees were:
together under the downtown Los Angeles firm Manatt, Phelps & Philips, LLP.
Civic Medal of Honor skyline to celebrate the Chamber’s 116th Gala attendees heard an energizing
John Mack year at the annual Inaugural Dinner on speech from Martin on the need for every-
President, Los Angeles Urban League
February 10. one to join together to help Los Angeles
Distinguished Business Leader The gala event, set against the rainy reach the pinnacle of its potential.
Sharon Allen backdrop of the newly dedicated City “We are an emerging global capital,
Chair, Deloitte and Touche USA LLP National Plaza, glistened with the presence an economic powerhouse, and a vibrant
Corporate Leadership Award of Mayor Jim Hahn, County Supervisor Zev community – but we must rise to overcome
City National Bank Yaroslavsky, members of Congress and the the challenges our rapid growth has brought
L.A. City Council, and a host of business about,” said Martin. “This is no small task,
executives and entrepreneurs. but it is one that the LA Area Chamber is
At the gala the Chamber honored com- ready and eager to undertake.”
DISTINGUISHED CROWD. Inaugural Dinner honorees,
munity and business leaders John Mack of The gala event also welcomed
above from left, Russell Goldsmith, accepting on behalf Los Angeles Urban League with the Civic Chamber President & CEO Rusty Hammer
of City National Bank; Sharon Allen; and John Mack. Medal of Honor, Sharon Allen of Deloitte & back into the limelight after a long battle
Touche USA LLP with the Distinguished with leukemia. Although Hammer continued
THE CHAIR HAS THE FLOOR. 2005 Chamber Board
Chair Christopher C. Martin, CEO, AC Martin Partners, Business Leader Award, and City National to serve as Chamber president & CEO
addresses the crowd of nearly 1,100 at the Inaugural Bank with the Corporate Leadership Award. throughout his illness, his public appear-
Dinner Feb. 11. The event was a microcosm of the ances were rare.
function of the Chamber, which continually “Words cannot express how happy I
brings together business, political, and civic am to be here this evening,” said Hammer at
leaders to help propel Los Angeles into the the gala. “Let’s do some great things for Los
future as a successful and prosperous world Angeles this year. Since 1888, the LA Area
city. Chamber has championed regional solutions
The Chamber took the opportunity for our growing population and business
amongst the “movers and shakers” of Los community. Southern California is at a piv-
Angeles to install Christopher Martin, CEO, otal crossroads, and the Chamber in 2005
AC Martin Partners, California’s oldest will be doubling its efforts to promote invest-
planning, architecture, and engineering firm ment in our infrastructure.”
as the new chair of the Board in Los
Calendar of events
Mark your calendars! Here’s the lineup of the
next quarter’s events. For event details, visit
the new and improved online calendar at
www.lachamber.org or call 213.580.7500
A Message from Rusty WED Apr. 6 Health Care Committee Meeting
THU Apr. 7 Connection Point: Networking in Color
Yes…you are holding our new quarterly newsletter. Don’t Business After Hours Mixer
you recognize it? FRI Apr. 8 Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Hopefully you’ve noticed over the past two months a TUE Apr. 12 Referral Network
redesign of several of the Chamber’s communication pieces.
WED Apr. 13 Executive for a Day
Our weekly communication, L.A. Business This Week, provides
you with timely, up-to-the-minute updates on Chamber activi- Technology Industry Council featuring Oracle
ties and issues. In addition, the Business Perspective, my week- THU Apr. 14 Executive Committee Meeting
ly editorial column, now includes a calendar of events to keep FRI Apr. 15 Accenture Pancakes & Politics with Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn
you informed about Chamber happenings. SUN Apr. 17 Access D.C.
And today I’m proud to introduce our new quarterly publi- MON Apr. 18 Executive Briefing: Hedging Business & Political Risks in Latin America
cation, Chamber VOICE. presented by Kroll
Simply put, we think that our members, as professionals in WED Apr. 20 Access D.C.
a challenging, ever-changing business environment, deserve up-to-date, easily World Trade Week General Committee Meeting
digestable information. In redesigning our membership communications, we wanted Power Hour Lunch Series: Creating a Mindset for Building Your Business, Part 1
to present information to our members in a more effective way that meets your THU Apr. 21 Export Seminar Series #7: Legal Do’s & Don’ts for Exporters
needs. More targeted feature stories. More focused delivery of news. More bite-sized Non-Profit Plus. Session #1
information. You should never feel lost inside these pages. FRI Apr. 22 Leadership LA #4
In terms of look and feel, all of the credit goes to our marketing & communica-
TUE Apr. 26 Referral Network
tions department. They came to the project with great enthusiasm and the results
speak for themselves. We’ll continue to dig deeper into the issues and keep you WED Apr. 27 Construction Industry Council
informed on the policy debates impacting the Los Angeles regional business commu- THU Apr. 28 Economic Development & Land Use Committee Meeting
nity. MAY 2005
So, please enjoy the new Chamber VOICE and all of the issues to come. Here’s
to the future, and happy reading. WED May 4 Health Care Committee Meeting
World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast
THU May 5 Leadership LA Cinco De Mayo Mixer
FRI May 6 Accenture Pancakes & Politics with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez
TUE May 10 Referral Network
WED May 11 Power Hour Lunch Series: Creating a Mindset for Building Your Business, Part 2
RUSSELL J. HAMMER
Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting
President & CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce THU May 12 Executive Committee Meeting
TUE May 17 Transportation & Goods Movement Committee Meeting
Small Business Awards Luncheon
THU May 19 Non-Profit Plus, Session #2
Environmental Quality Committee Meeting
“Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget FRI May 20
TUE May 24
Leadership LA #5
could derail attempts to unplug THU May 26 Export Seminar Series #8: Freight & Logistics – Delivering Goods
several troublesome bottlenecks. Economic Development & Land Use Committee Meeting
Rusty Hammer, president of the WED Jun. 1 Health Care Committee Meeting
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, WED Jun. 8 Power Hour Lunch Series, Session #3
Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting
cited several endangered projects, THU Jun. 9 Executive Committee Meeting
including building northbound carpool FRI Jun. 10 Accenture Pancakes & Politics
TUE Jun. 14 Referral Network
lanes on the San Diego Freeway between THU Jun. 16 Environmental Quality Committee Meeting
the Santa Monica and the Hollywood Non-Profit Plus, Session #3
FRI Jun. 17 Leadership LA #6
freeways, extending a light-rail line to TUE Jun. 21 Transportation & Goods Movement Committee Meeting
Santa Monica and expanding a THU Jun. 23 Economic Development & Land Use Committee Meeting
TUE Jun. 28 Referral Network
Crenshaw Corridor bus transit way.”
– Los Angeles Times, Jan. 11
& NEW PROGRAMS
Sunday-Wednesday, Apr. 17-20 Wednesday,
Access D.C. May 4
Chamber VOICE is a quarterly publication of the While 43 percent of the nation’s commerce World Trade Week
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce enters through LA County, we’re getting only 77 Kick-Off Breakfast
350 S. Bixel St., Los Angeles, CA 90017 cents back on each For 79 years, the annual education and outreach
For membership information, contact the Chamber at 213.580.7546 tax dollar we send to activities of World Trade Week have highlighted
or visit www.lachamber.org.
Washington. Join the the importance of international trade to our
2005 LA Area Chamber Board Officers Chamber for meetings region and educated the community about its
Chair: Christopher C. Martin FAIA, CEO, AC Martin Partners with key lawmakers direct and indirect benefits. Please join us for the
First Vice Chair: David Nichols, Senior Vice President, External Affairs South, SBC and cabinet secre- Los Angeles region’s signature world trade event.
Treasurer: Matthew A. Toledo, President & Publisher, Los Angeles Business Journal taries as we fight for
Vice Chair, Development: John Semcken, Vice President, Majestic Realty Co. California’s fair share. Tuesday, May 17
Vice Chair, Diamond Club: Martin Newton, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Small Business Awards Luncheon
Immediate Past Chair & Vice Chair, Public Policy: George Kieffer, Partner, Manatt, Wednesday, April. 20 Presented by the Chamber in partnership
Phelps & Phillips, LLP Power Hour Lunch Series: with the U.S. Small Business Administration,
President & CEO: Rusty Hammer
Creating a Mindset for Building this event attracts over 500 hundred small
Chamber VOICE Staff Your Business, Part 1 business owners to honor the achievements
Director of Marketing & Communications: Marie Condron A four part series that will provide a focused of small business advo-
Graphic Designer: Antonio Grajeda forum for members to enhance their businesses’ cates in 10 awards
Communications Interns: Carisha Larios, Kavya Yadav performances by increasing their selling, market- categories.
ing and leadership skills through practical exer-
cises and interaction
Thursday, Apr. 21
Non-Profit Plus, Session #1
An eight part series designed to help non-profit
members master the business of non-profit
p a g e 2 management.
Political Action & Policy
Your Chamber working for you Highlights from Chamber events and activities, Jan.-Mar. 2005.
Villaraigosa, Richard Alarcon, Bernard Parks, and
receive financial aid assistance for college. In Director, Regional Economics, Milken Institute, and
Bob Hertzberg addressed issues related to L.A.’s partnership with Mayor Jim Hahn, the L.A. City Jack Kyser, Chief Economist, LAEDC, reviewed
Advocacy business climate, including housing and attracting Workforce Investment Board, Los Angeles regional economic drivers and generated a discus-
new businesses to the city. Community College District, UNITE-LA and LAUSD, sion of proposed solutions by the LLA fellows.
Jan. 12 Chamber meets the Chamber and members including UCLA, USC,
with State Finance Director Jan. 27-28 Chamber testifies American Express and Citibank conducted work- Feb. 18 Leadership LA
A group of Chamber Board members met with shops at 28 locations. More than 1,600 students Fellows met for their second session at the
State Finance Director Tom Campbell in an exten- at goods movement meeting and 4,000 participants were served. For more info,
Fran Inman of Majestic Realty Co. and vice chair Japanese American National Museum and focused
sive discussion about the state’s budget deficit visit www.lacashforcollege.org. on the different faces of the Los Angeles commu-
and the structural problems in the way of long of the Chamber’s Transportation & Goods
nity–past, present, and future. Fellows were pre-
term reforms. Schwarzenegger, Secretaries Movement Committee testified before California
Business, Transportation & Housing Secretary
Feb. 4 Members meet up to sented with an overview of the “post-moderniza-
Tamminen, Belshe, McPeak and Bradshaw as well connect jobs and youth tion” of Los Angeles, with special emphasis on
as Assembly Speaker Nuñez and Senate President Sunne Wright McPeak and CalEPA Secretary Alan
C. Lloyd, Ph.D. in support of building consensus on The Chamber’s LA Youth At Work program hosted politics and ethnicity and examined statistics, per-
Perata. its second quarterly Employer Breakfast, bringing ceptions, strengths, and issues of the Latino, Asian
a comprehensive plan for goods movement in
California. together companies with hiring needs and non- and Pacific Islander, and African-American com-
Jan. 18 Chamber testifies at profits, helping expand access to jobs for youth. munities within Los Angeles. Presenting perspec-
Port Community Advisory Feb. 11 Chamber testifies at The event attracted L.A. businesses including tives and leading discussions were Fernando
Anderson Associates Staffing Corp., Coca-Cola Guerra of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles,
Committee meeting L.A. City Council on sales tax Bottling Company, Los Angeles World Airports, Stewart Kwoh and Kimiko Kelly of the Asian
The Chamber testified before the Port Community
Advisory Committee meeting in San Pedro and hike for police American Red Cross, UCLA, Archdiocese Youth Pacific American Legal Center, Marge Nichols of
Chamber Board Vice Chair Dave Nichols of SBC Employment Services and Warner Brothers. United Way of Greater L.A., Gene Grigsby of the
urged PCAC to reject a motion to adopt a baseline
testified at the L.A. City Council on whether to National Health Foundation, Julia Gouw of East
for cruise ship call emissions set at 2004 levels.
Mayor Hahn has a "no net increase" policy for place a measure on the city’s May ballot to raise Mar. 8 Chamber members West Bank, and Councilmember Jan Perry of the
the sales tax one-half cent to pay for more police Ninth District of the City of Los Angeles.
emissions in the harbor area set at 2001 levels.
and other public safety personnel. Nichols com-
show tomorrow’s workforce the
The Chamber testified that using different levels working world
for businesses in the same port was impractical municated that the Chamber would support the Member Programs
sales tax hike if the proposal was amended to The Chamber launched Groundhog Job Shadow
include private sector representation on the over- Day with professionals seeing their students’ Jan. 27 The Connection Point
shadows all over Los Angeles and throughout the
sight committee and the tax would sunset in 10
nation. Dozens of Chamber members welcomed
helps members achieve
years. The City Council ultimately voted down the
proposal. high school students from L.A. high schools and networking success
showed them the ropes about working in the pro- The Connection Point helps members unlock the
fessional world. secret of networking success. A four-part series
Mar. 10 Chamber endorses on how to make meaningful business
Hahn in L.A. mayor’s race relationships that last, the program
Based on where the candidates stand on the addresses skills that help members
Chamber’s priority issues, the Chamber’s Board of maximize their time at networking
Directors voted overwhelmingly to endorse Jim events. Contact Program Manager
Hahn in his campaign for a second term as mayor. Bridget Netter, 213.580.7576 or bnet-
An ensuing press conference was widely reported email@example.com.
in the local media and the Chamber’s Political
Action Committee is helping the Hahn campaign.
BUSINESS FOR HAHN. Past Board Chair Charlie Woo,
Mar. 11 Chamber testifies at
President & CEO Rusty Hammer, and Immediate Past Chair State Senate hearing on state
George Kieffer at the Chamber’s press conference announcing transportation funding
endorsement of Jim Hahn for reelection as L.A. Mayor. Fran Inman of Majestic Realty Co. and vice ON-THE-JOB EDUCATION. Chamber staff members with
chair of the Chamber’s Transportation & Goods students from the Downtown Business Magnet, who visit-
Jan. 19 California Research & Movement Committee, provided testimony on ed the Chamber as part of the Groundhog Job Shadow
Cures Coalition Community behalf of the Chamber at the Senate Budget program Mar. 8.
Forum Subcommittee on Transportation. Inman urged the
legislators to carefully consider how state spend-
The Chamber hosted the California Research &
ing cuts will impact the economy, infrastructure
Mar. 29 Principal for a Day
Cures Coalition's Community Forum for the Los Have you thought about what you’d do if given the
Angeles area. This regional public forum is and air quality, especially along the corridors
opportunity to make significant changes in our
designed to encourage people to express their linking the seaports to distribution centers in
public school system? Adopt-a-School Office, the
ideas for the Institute for Regenerative Medicine the Inland Empire. SWEET DEALS. Chamber members Beth Hansler and Courtney
Urban Education Partnership, UNITE-LA and the LA
on a variety of topics. Featured speakers covered Area Chamber invited members to participate in Strand of The Victorian at their table during the “Taste of the
the grant-making process, royalty agreements, Mar. 16-17 Chamber members Principal for a Day, giving local business leaders Chamber” Mixer on Jan. 27, highlighting Chamber member
standards and ethical guidelines among many caterers and restaurants.
lobby in Sacramento fair share the chance to experience firsthand the challenges
others. The 85 participants in the Chamber’s annual our schools face and to take an active role in
improving education. You can still sign up to shad-
Jan. 21 Chamber meets with
Access Sacramento lobbying trip went to bat for
the region’s fair share of state transportation dol- ow a principal for a day through May—contact the
Jan. 27 Taste of Chamber mixer
Senate Transportation Chair lars and rallied support for protecting local monies Chamber for more details. draws over 150 people
against being used to pay for Bay Bridge cost Over 150 people turned out for the "Taste of the
Economic Development & Land Use Committee
chair David Abel, ABL Inc., hosted a meeting in overruns. The Chamber met with Gov. Leadership LA Chamber" Mixer sponsored by COMERICA to
Schwarzenegger, Secretaries Tamminen, Belshe, make valuable new connections and sample the
his office for Chamber members with Sen. Tom
Torlakson (D-Contra Costa) who chairs the Senate McPeak and Bradshaw as well as Assembly Jan. 21 Leadership LA 2005 offerings of Chamber member caterers and
restaurants. Thanks also to the following member
Transportation & Housing Committee. Speaker Nuñez and Senate President Perata. kicked off at Dodger Stadium companies for making it such a success: City
with a team-building exercise designed to provide
Fare, Classic Fare, DuckDuckMousse, Gourmet
Jan. 24 Chamber co-hosts Education & Workforce each participant with insight into their personal
Celebration, Hyatt Regency, Passionfruit, and
mayoral candidate business Development leadership styles and how to construct teams to
The Victorian. If you have an interest in becoming
bring out the best in each person. Tony Buzzelli,
a sponsor or host sponsor at our next Chamber
forum Jan. 22 Cash for College Deloitte and Touche USA LLP and Chair,
mixer, contact Program Manager Pat Clark,
Five candidates running for mayor of Los Angeles Leadership LA introduced the keynote speaker,
participated in the first-ever Mayoral Candidate
workshops a huge Sharon Allen, former Chamber Board member and
213.580.7595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Forum, presented by several business success Chair of Deloitte and Touche USA LLP. Sharon
organizations including the LA Area Chamber, Beginning Saturday, Jan. 22 and continuing shared some of her experiences as a leader of a
Central City Association, Latin Business through Feb., thousands of students and their global company, corporate governance, ethics and
Association and Greater Los Angeles African families received help completing the required the importance of contributing resources and time
American Chamber. Mayor Jim Hahn, Antonio financial aid and Cal Grant forms necessary to to community service organizations. Ross DeVol,
CHAMBER IN THE NEWS
Just a few of the headlines from media coverage of the Chambers activities this quarter
“Business starts to coalesce for Hahn in runoff,” LA Business Journal, Mar. 14.
“Candidates pick up high-profile Endorsements,” LA Times, Mar. 11.
“Less than 48 hours
“The latest business lobby,” LA Downtown News, Mar. 7. after squeaking into the runoff
“Chamber gala draws 1,100 local leaders,” LA Downtown News, Feb. 21.
“Paying for college education?” Press Telegram, Feb. 6.
ahead of former Assembly Speaker
“Mexico promoted among businessmen in LA,” La Opinion, Jan. 31. Bob Hertzberg, Hahn picked up
“Pakistan gears up to boost exports at New Expo,” California Apparel News, Jan. 21.
“$500 million sought in tax amnesty plan,” LA Business Journal, Jan. 24. the biggest business endorsement:
“Public forum to address stem-cell research,” Pasadena Star News, Jan. 29. the Los Angeles Area
“Hahn proposes bond for affordable housing,” LA Times, Jan. 20.
“Vital role of Air Force base requires attention”, LA Business Journal, Jan. 11. Chamber of Commerce.”
“Gov.’s budget plan skips transportation again,” LA Times, Jan. 11. --Los Angeles Business Journal, Mar. 14
“Panel to examine pollution proposals,” Torrance Daily Breeze, Jan. 5.
“Leaders lobby state for transportation fund,” Long Beach Press Telegram, Jan. 3.
p a g e 3
Feature: business vitality & economic growth
L.A.’s business agenda
Chamber members work to strengthen the region by keeping
L.A.’s people, goods and economy moving forward
As the voice of business in L.A. County, the LA Area Chamber works every day to build a better
business climate and improve quality of life in the region. At right is the short list of our 2005 LA Area Chamber “During its two-day
Regional Advocacy Agenda priorities. In each issue of the Chamber VOICE this year, we’ll high-
light helpful facts and figures and Chamber policy advocacy positions in each of the three major 2005 Regional trip to lobby state
categories at right. This first installment covers issues related to the Chamber’s efforts in pro-
moting business vitality and economic growth, a timely topic as Chamber members head to
Advocacy Agenda lawmakers in
Washington, D.C. this April for the annual Access D.C. advocacy trip. (1) Business Vitality & Economic Growth
As part of our Business Vitality and Economic Growth agenda, the Chamber advocates for:
Competitiveness week, the Los
Transportation & Goods Movement Angeles Area
To improve the region’s business climate and to create jobs, the full impact of legislation on (2) Governance & Fiscal Reform
employers must take in to account competitiveness as it relates to taxation, regulations, work-
place standards and other employer costs.
Fair Share Commerce’s 85-
Political Reform member contingency
As a leader in international trade, strengthening Southern California’s logistics infrastructure and (3) Infrastructure & Social Services
found a receptive ear
efficiency must be a priority for policymakers throughout the region. Education & Workforce Development for its aggressive
Transportation & Goods Movement
As nearly half of the nation’s imports enter through Southern California, federal transportation
Health Care business agenda.”
monies must be secured to relieve congestion on local roads, highways, seaports and airports. – Downtown News, Mar. 7
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT...
• California houses 12.2 percent of the
• California pays 13 percent of the nation’s
total federal taxes.
• For every paid federal tax dollar, California
receives 79 cents back in federal expendi-
tures, shortchanging us by $50 billion last
year. Ships passing at the Port of L.A.
• Federal per capita spending in California in
2001 was $5,566 compared to national
average of $6,321. Los Angeles
• California has been a donor state for 18
consecutive years. County
• California is home to a quarter of the • Today’s leading sectors include:
nation’s 11 million undocumented immi- - International trade (306,400 jobs)
grants, 485,000 of whom enter into the - Tourism (256,100 jobs)
country each year. - Film/TV production (225,300 jobs) The newly lit Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro
- Wholesale trade & logistics (200,700)
- Technology (182,900 jobs)
• LA County’s population is 10.7 million The Port Los Angeles
people, which is larger than 41 states.
• LA County’s emerging economies include
of Los Angeles Air Force Base
bio-medical, environmental and digital tech- • The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest port • LAAFB provides 50,000 jobs and $8 billion
nology as well as creativity. in the nation and eighth busiest in the world, in economic activity in LA County; 112,000
• Los Angeles is the largest major manufac- handling 8,100 ships each year. jobs and $16 billion economic activity in the
turing center in the U.S., with 500,000 work- • The Port handles $122.1 billion worth of state.
ers in these activities in 2003. cargo annually. • Since 1988, California lost 93,456 military
• The LA Customs District, which includes • The Port handles nearly 150 million metric and civilian jobs, which was 55 percent of
LAX and the seaports of Long Beach, Los revenue tons of cargo annually. the nation’s net personnel cuts due to base
Angeles and Port Hueneme, is the nation's • Last year, the Port moved 7.4 million TEUs, closures.
largest, based on value of two-way trade. In a national record. • LAAFB provides vital missile defense infor-
2003, this totaled $235.0 billion, compared • Port of Los Angeles benefits include: mation and meteorology to armed forces
with $219.6 billion for the second place New - 259,000 full and part time jobs in throughout the world.
York. Southern California • No other region in the world can provide
• LA County has 171 colleges and universi- - 1,353,500 jobs nationwide the skilled workforce and private sector sup-
ties, some of which rank among the world’s - $26.8 billion annually in industry sales port needed to adequately operate the
leaders in research and academia. LAAFB’s unique services.
• LA County’s GNP ranks 17th in the world
The new Caltrans building in Downtown L.A.
p a g e 4
BUSINESS ADVOCACY UPDATE
A quick run-down of the issues the Chamber’s working on right
now, positions we’re advocating, and how they impact L.A. busi-
ness. Contact Public Policy Director Brendan Huffman,
213.580.7531 or email@example.com with your feedback.
Let the Bay Area pay for its bridge
The Oakland Bay Bridge in Northern California is now more than $3 billion
over budget. As the Bay Area community has resisted making cost-saving
design changes, Southern California leaders, including the Chamber, are
urging state lawmakers not to use L.A.’s transportation monies to pay for
these cost overruns. With L.A. in a transportation crisis, we can’t afford to
pay the estimated $500 million it will cost our region for this bridge’s
escalating costs. We ask the Bay area leaders to find creative ways to
finance the project—from private funds to toll increases— Secure L.A.’s fair share of
to complete the project fairly. transportation dollars
BOTTOM LINE: Southern California can’t afford to spare transportation dollars
The Chamber is lobbying for L.A.’s fair share of
to continue funding this expensive project, now $3 billion over budget
federal Transportation Equity Act Legacy User
funds and state Prop. 42 funds to jump-start
Save L.A. Air Force Base backlogged transportation projects to improve
The Chamber is lobbying hard to spare Los Angeles Air Force Base from the federal govern- mobility in the region. These projects include:
ment’s Military Base Realignment and Closure process. Previous BRAC rounds were especially Metro’s Gold line rail extension, the Expo Line
tough on L.A.'s defense industry: between 1988 and 1995, 29 major installations, and 95,000 from Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica beaches Downtown L.A. skyline (above); the Port of L.A. (right)
jobs, were lost in our state due to base closures, by far the most of any state. Los Angeles Air and improvements at the seaports for smoother goods movement.
Force Base provides 50,000 jobs and $8 billion in economic activity in L.A. County (112,000 BOTTOM LINE: L.A. County’s infrastructure facilitates the national economy and millions
jobs and $16 billion in the state). LAAFB provides vital missile defense information and of jobs locally. If goods and people don’t move, our jobs will.
metereology to armed forces around the world. Programs include the Global Positioning
System (GPS), space-based radar, development of the next generation of ballistic missiles,
infrared satellites used to track enemy missiles, and some of our nation’s most secretive Reform the California Environmental Quality Act
space weapons systems. Since 1998, California has lost 93,456 military and civilian jobs— Signed into law in 1970, the California Environmental Quality Act mandates review of all land
55 percent of the nation’s net personnel cuts—due to base closures. use and development projects with potentially significant environmental impacts. The act’s
BOTTOM LINE: LAAFB must be spared from closure. No other region in the world can unintended consequences have included heavy challenges for housing developers. Chamber
provide the skilled workforce and private sector support needed to adequately fulfill Immediate Past Chair George Kieffer has been appointed by the Governor to the CEQA
this facility’s unique mission. Improvement Advisory Group, which is exploring ways to encourage efficient land-use pat-
terns in the development of housing and infrastructure while protecting valuable natural habi-
tats and productive farmland. The Chamber is also hosting a CEQA reform dialogue in April
Nurture L.A.’s emerging logistics industry with regional opinion leaders and the Schwarzenegger Administration.
BOTTOM LINE: We are encouraged by the Governor’s intentions to reform CEQA and will
Rapidly gaining prominence for replacing declining manufacturing jobs, the “logistics” industry
work to ease burdens on developers for infill development in urban areas.
comprises the activities of goods movement—from cargo arriving at ports and airports, trans-
ported by truck and rail to warehouses, and distributed to stores and factories across the
nation. Only recently have economists begun to identify this cluster of related jobs and servic- Headquarter the new stem cell institute in L.A.
es as an industry, and it’s one for which L.A. is a natural-born leader as a world trade hub. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is the body overseeing the implementation
The best news about these jobs: they are similar to the manufacturing jobs we’re losing in not of Prop. 71, the initiative to fund stem cell research in California. CIRM is currently considering
requiring a college education, but they pay even better. locations for headquartering the institute, and the Chamber is advocating that it be located in
BOTTOM LINE: With 43 percent of the nation’s imports entering through the L.A. area, Los Angeles area, where some of the nation’s most cutting-edge biomedical research institu-
we must invest in port upgrades, airport modernization, and transportation infrastruc- tions and skilled workers are located.
ture to take advantage of our central role in world trade. BOTTOM LINE: With a base of operations in L.A., the stem cell institute will tap into the
region’s unparalleled network of cutting-edge breakthroughs in biomedical science and
The Chamber brings together a diversity of people and businesses. Here, four members share how they’re affected by the Chamber’s work.
Bob Hammer Vicky Panossian Joe Stevens Stephen Williams
Pareto Point Industries IMD, Integral Market Developer Bridge Consultants, Inc. E-Chx Inc., Payroll Solutions
Member since 2002 Member since 2004 Member since 2003 Member since 2002
Bob has been in business for six years as a Panossian says the Chamber does things that Joe is in the business of workers compensa- “My business is payroll.” Chamber member
light manufacturer for the automotive indus- matter to her business. IMD specializes in tion consulting. He and his partners created E-Chx works with companies, taking on a
try. As a small business owner, he takes foreign market development, assisting small- Bridge Consultants to provide strategies, range of payroll processing related issues,
advantage of the Chamber’s networking to-medium size businesses in expanding advice, information, answers, and specific including tax liabilities and issuing checks
events and policy committees. Bob believes overseas. Her geographical areas of expertise programs to help reduce the cost of workers and W-2s. A member of the Chamber’s
that access is a huge benefit he derives from include Europe, China, and many Persian Gulf compensation to companies. Joe joined the Ambassadors Club, members who assist
the Chamber. Through events and programs nations like Dubai, Bahrain, and most recent- Chamber a few months after starting his other members in maximizing their invest in
like the Access advocacy series and ly, market access to 311 million consumers company and has been involved in the the Chamber, Stephen says he joined for the
Pancakes & Politics, Bob has taken advan- in Iraq. Vicky believes that L.A. is a global Chamber’s efforts to reform workers comp. relationships, networking, and perspectives
tage of the Chamber’s access to business center for international business. “Those of His connection with the Chamber dates back on the business community that the Chamber
referrals and policymakers. He also recog- us working in international trade, we want to to the days when he was a sales and mar- provides. He believes this knowledge is cru-
nizes the importance of being aware of the be in L.A. It’s just that we need to start keting manager at a previous company. “I cial for doing business in Los Angeles. For
legislative and regulatory scene in California. addressing the problems in L.A., the traffic, learned you can waste a lot of time with dif- Stephen, one of the biggest advantages to
“It is a fact that manufacturers work under the cost of doing business—we need to be ferent groups and organizations. But I attend- operating in L.A. is the multitude of compa-
laws and technologies that are volatile. For proactive about it, and I think that’s what the ed LA Area Chamber events and saw value in nies with which to interact and do business.
instance, the standards for the California Air Chamber is doing very well.” Vicky’s interests its people and functions.” He acknowledges the presence of a certain
Resource Board are continuously evolving. in the Chamber range across many policy degree of L.A. bureaucracy, but is confident
The Chamber keeps on top of those areas. One of her hobbies is teaching, and that if this is reformed thanks to the work of
changes... I’ve never considered dropping my she expresses strong concern over the condi- the Chamber, the community will benefit as a
Chamber membership.” tion of L.A.’s public education system. “The whole. “I think the Chamber is doing a great
policy committees have given me a lot of job right now as far as communicating with
knowledge and insight…they help you members and educating members on how to
become a better thinker and a better citizen.” utilize the Chamber and its networks, which
is something that is often overlooked.”
p a g e 5
Member Advantage: member-to-member discounts
Member Advantage gives members the opportunity to save money on the products and services of fellow members. If you would like to add your discount to this list,
please contact the Chamber at 213.580.7595. You may also view the complete list at www.lachamber.org.
ADVERTISING DENTISTS HUMAN RESOURCES PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS
Smallbiz4U LA Dental Day Spa Diversified Risk Management, Inc. Bazic Promotional
Chamber members get two months of adver- 50% off at home bleaching kits. Pre-employment background screening serv- 10% discount on promotional products
tising free with no obligation for more. After Call Elizabeth Garcia 323.655.1350. ices. Sign up today and receive your second placed online at www.bazicpromo.com, must
two months members get the $40 ad for $25 background for free! Rates start at $6.99. indicate “Los Angeles Area Chamber of
if they continue. Contact Joe Brennan DESIGN DEVELOPMENT Call Jose Leyva 800.810.9508. Commerce” during check-out. For more info,
323.876.8113. call 323.859.8838x115.
10% off any design products: logos, INTERIOR DESIGN
ART Web sites, ecommerce. Also search engine Design Theory Interior Design Solutions PUBLIC RELATIONS
Eos World Creative Group optimization. Mention code “chamber” when 15% off design hourly rate or 10% off design MAYO Communications
Fine art photography 15% off breathtaking requesting estimate. Call Alexandra Schmidt flat fee. Visit www.design-theory.com. 15% off one year of crisis communication,
images, focusing on landscape and human 310.836.6100. public affairs,websites, media placements,
interest black & white and color. Contact Hal LEGAL SERVICES community outreach, branding, marketing,
Myers 626.695.1144. EDUCATION PROGRAM vorporate identity, media training, and corpo-
Henrichs Law Firm, P.C. rate communications. Call George McQuade
The Anderson School at UCLA 10% off regular billable hour of $200.00 for III 818.340.5300.
AUDIO VISUAL Save 10% on any Executive Education partners and $125.00 for associates. Call
CCS Presentation Systems, Inc. Program. Acquire top-level management John Henrichs 213.239.0500.
Chamber members receive a $75 discount on strategies and leadership skills to guide
projector rentals. Call Gina Riberi your organization. Call 310.825.2001. MEETING PRODUCTION
323.954.7754 x12. Restriction: Cannot combine with any
other discount. Focus Creative Group
10% off all staging equipment, Robert Rauschenberg
Cutting Edge Productions, Inc. 15% off video production, presentation Cloister Series, 1980
Receive 25% off equipment rental only. ENTERTAINMENT and management fees. Call Permanent Collection
Call Bill Dedes 310.326.4500. Bill (C) and His Quartet Robert Crossman 818.728.9200 x240.
Will perform for all and any occasion at a
AUTOMOBILE SERVICES $200 discount (regular $650.00). Call Bill MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT
Enterprise Rent a Car Chico 323.887.0464.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
10% off our already low prices, mention code 20% off membership. Visit www.lacma.org.
32w2630. Call 1.800.593.0505 or EVENT PLANNING Call Cami Lee 323.932.5861.
your local office. All in The Planning
10% off the management fee for your MOVING AND STORAGE
Top Shelf Cleaning Company meeting or event. Call Jaimi Williams
818.774.9594. Ortiz Bros. Moving and Storage
20% off auto wash and detail. Services pro- 15% off packing materials, 10% off moving
vided at your location. Call James Douglass services. Call Richard Slowey
213.840.3379. FABRIC 323.221.3393.
BUSINESS SERVICES Receive a 10% discount on silk fabrics OFFICE SERVICES Weisman Hamlin Public Relations
Charo Community Development five yards or more. Call customer service for 10% off WHPR’s full public relations and mar-
more information 213.747.2406. Shred-It, Inc.
Corporation 10% discount on automatic services or keting services are on an hourly basis. Call
Chamber members receive 10% off the purges. Call Charles Wilson 562.529.2200. Sydney Weisman 323.730.0233.
purchase of Charo’s ABC’s of Starting a FRUIT & GIFT BASKETS
Business Kit. Maximum order of 5 per order. Bouquet of Fruits ROOFING
Call Anita Rodriguez 323.269.0751. OFFICE SUPPLIES AND
10% off private online catalog for Royal Roofing Company
Chamber members. EQUIPMENT
10% off expert reroofing and roof repairs.
CATERING Call Stephen Paul 559.294.2070. Bayview Digital Systems Flat roofs our specialty. Discount valid at time
50% discount on any service calls for of estimate only, up to $500.
Chichen Itza Catering copiers or printers and 10% off new
10% discount on food cost for any Gotta Getta Gift Call Steve Pinkus 800.ROOF.390 or email
copiers or toner cartridges. Call Ed firstname.lastname@example.org.
catered event. Call Gilberto Cetina, Jr. 10% off any order of Bryant 866.727.3187.
213.741.1075. $100 on gift baskets
or promotional prod- STAFFING & RECRUITMENT
ucts. Call Matt Cohen Konica Minolta Business
CHIROPRACTIC CARE PDQ Personnel Services, Inc.
310.324.3244. Solution 10% off permanent placement fees;
Dr. John McKean, Chiropractor 20-30% off the retail price of
10% discount on chiropractic treatment. Free 5% off temporary help rates.
Melissa/World any black & white or color Call Janet Ault 323.938.3933.
full spine massage with first paid visit. Call machines or get a digital
Dr. John McKean 323.655.HEAL (4325). Variety
Produce, Inc. camera. Contact Kathy
Bradley 213.437.3601. Search Finance Group
COMPUTER/COMPUTER NETWORKING 15% off any 10% off the standard fee for your first
exotic baskets. permanent placement with us.
Virtualis IT (technology) Call Frank Labbe Ricoh Business Systems
Computer and computer networking New customers only. Call Denise Schmitz
888.588.0151 x 340. Receive 25% discount on any of 213.614.7400.
services at $70 dollars per hour (regular your digital copiers (black & white or color),
rate at $95). New customers only. faxes or scanning equipment. Call Monique
Call John Ko 213.384.0380x2. FIRST AID SERVICES The Job Shop
Emergency-1 Discount to all LA Chamber members.
COMPUTER CONSULTING Response, Inc. Hire a temporary employee from The Job
PAYROLL SERVICE Shop for 5 days and the 6th day is FREE.
Avatar Computer Consulting 10% off event first-aid
services for new E-chx, Inc. Payroll Solutions Please contact Brett Adams at
Receive 20% off hourly rates for PC, 10% off payroll services with a 50% discount 310-581-5720.
server and network consulting. customers. No equipment charges.
Call Maren Steiner 866.840.0911. on one-time set up fees. Promotion offer
Call Rob Poston 323.664.0105. through telephone orders only. Call Stephen TECHNOLOGY
CREDIT CARD and CHECK PROCESSING GYM ABCO Technology
Curves for Women (Los Angeles Figueroa) ABCO will offer Chamber members
E-Commerce Exchange PHOTOGRAPHY 10% off course
No application fees and/or $99 off any equip- 60% off sign up fee. This club only with
LAACC add/flyer, etc. Contact Michelle Moore Architectural Photography & Design
ment, software or the set up of any services Save 10% on architectural photography fees
including debit, gift card and EBT. Contact Sanders at 213.746.3488. SADA Systems, Inc.
includes exteriors, interiors, construction Receive 15% off of hourly rates for all tech-
Tim Rogers 323.965.2840, progress, and claims for use as promotion
email@example.com, www.ecenow.com. HOME IMPROVEMENT nology consulting and support, and web soft-
purposes or contract. Call Richard Levy ware development services. Call Tony Safoian
Emil’s Hardware 213.250.0100. 818.705.8899.
Superior Merchant Services 20% off (w/ cash or check) 10% off with
Free set up, installation, support and shipping credit card. Discount off most items pur- ImageActive
chased with courtesy card. Call Mark Soho Network Services
= $395.00 Value. Plus 10% Receive 10% off all digital photography. 20% off installation/configuration of equip-
discount on monthly transaction rate for Mondelo 310.839.8571. eye-catching, easy to use, headshots, por- ment and services, also 20% off monthly
first year. Contact Chris Miller 800.318.3088, traits, event or product photography. Call Ron managed contracts first 3 months. One year
firstname.lastname@example.org. HOTEL Murray 818.907.7310. contract minimum does not include equip-
Elan Hotel Modern ment. Call Wayne Legauz
Special room rates for LAACC members PRINTING & COPYING 888.505.9890 x200.
beginning at $135 with confirmed upgrade, Universal Reprographics, Inc.
breakfast, DSL. Contact Rob Alleman 15% off color copies, posters, black & white TRANSLATION SERVICES
323.658.5300. digital printing and copying, CAD plotting and Global Ready
blue printing. Call Madeline Wilson 10% discount on all translation services until
HOUSING 213.365.7750. June, 2005. Call James Keller 818.887.8718.
National Corporate Housing
Chamber members receive a special 10% WEB SITE AND TECHNOLOGY DESIGN
discount on any temporary housing stay of 30 PRINTING & GRAPHIC DESIGN Cluworks
days or longer. Contact Melissa Paper Image Printing & Print Solutions Receive a 10% discount off all published
888.604.7368. 15% off printing and graphic design. prices pertaining to logo, Web, e-card, and e-
Complimentary consultation at your office newsletter designs. Call Clu Connors
anywhere in Southern California. Call David 818.973.7144.
CLUBS/PRIVATE Pegasus Apartments
Chamber members receive a special $99 Dettman 818.704.5444 ext 12.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club
Join the Los Angeles Athletic Club and security deposit fee and one month free on a
receive 15% off initiation fee. Application years lease. Upon approved credit. Call Kathy
subject to approval. Contact 213.630.5200. Klingele 213.430.9112.
p a g e 6
Congratulations to our renewing members! We greatly appreciate
your continued support and involvement.
WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER
Thanks to our new members, who joined the Chamber between January
and march of this year. To learn more about Circle Level membership benefits,
110 call 213.580.7546
88 Fluor Corporation
Vulcan Materials Company CalMat Division
Cerrell Associates, Inc., Joseph Cerrell, 323.466.3445, Public Relations
years JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management, David C. Sears, 310.860.7047, Financial Services
85 Charles Dunn Company, Incorporated
years Broadway Federal Bank, Johnathan Heywood, 323.634.1700, Banks
Circle, Inc., Lee H. Ashby, 909.392.7564, Printers/Cleaning & Repair
Cumbre Insurance Services, Inc., Rafe Shoup, 213.489.6826, Insurance/Brokers
75 Unified Western Grocers, Inc.
March of Dimes, Rita T. Hopkins, 213.637.5037, Health Care
years Rockefeller Group Technology Solutions, Erica J. Sandman, 310.545.7960,
Telecommunications/Telephone Systems & Service
45 Pepperdine University
years Accordent Technologies, Inc., James G. Andrade, 310.374.7491, Software Developers
Allan Hoffenblum and Associates, Robert W. Manikowski, 310.205.8811, Consultants
California State University Los Angeles
35 American Limousine, Mehrdad Baghi, 310.665.0024, Limousines
AndersonPacific, LLC, James R. Anderson, 310.689.2300, Real Estate/Developers
Anger Solutions, Lorie Moore, 310.328.5800, Community Organizations/Social Service Organizations
Bangkit USA, Inc. dba Bazic Promotional, Rudy L. Kusuma, 323.859.8838, Advertising/Specialties
Arden Group/Gelson's Market
25 Bayview Financial, Lance W. Newton, Lance W. Newton, 661.775.1549, Financial Services
years Beyond The Pharmacy Inc, Mary Sirounian, 323.660.3667, Pharmaceuticals
California Certification Board of Chemical Dependency Counselors , Paula Torres,
323.581.8547, Community Organizations
15 Dearden's Furniture
Campus Circle, Sean Bello, 323.939.8477, Publishers/Newspapers
years City Business Services & Shipping, Pirouz M. Adeli, 213.612.4949, Trucking/Local Cartage
Courtney Property & Investments, Inc., Robert M. Courtney, 818.708.1770, Consultants/Real Estate
Archdiocesan Youth Employment Dr. Kim's California Dental Group, Tania Beltran, 323.953.7500, Dentists
10 Services of Catholic Charities of LA E.H. Financial & Realty, Shawna N. Henry, 562.461.3780, Real Estate/Investments
years Greif & Company Eos World Creative Group, Hal Myers, 626.695.1144, Art
Freedom Builders Los Angeles, Jeff Hoffman, 626.296.2935, Business Organizations
Avis Rent-A-Car Gamboa & Associates, Richard Gamboa, 661.510.3196, Construction/Management
5 First Regional Bank Hana Kawano, Hana Kawano, 323.640.6958, Health Care/Services
years Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. Harvard-Wilshire Medical Group, Inc., Peter Hahn, 213.387.9400, Medical Groups
HerShe Group, Kenadie Cobbin, 310.350.0575, Community Organizations/YouthPrograms
Los Angeles Area Council Boy Scouts of America
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw Improvised Program Services, Major Lewis, 323.957.0264, Health Care/Services
The Mobile Storage Group InFocus-NOW, Pamela S. Johnson, 310.477.9000, Photography
Unite LA Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Inc., Andra Carlson, 213.437.3600, Office Supplies
Washington Mutual Bank The Los Angeles Greek Festival at St. Sophia Cathedral , Helene K. Liatsos, 323.737.2424,
AIG American General
1 Alameda Corridor Transportation LA Singles.com, Toshia D. Johnson, 310.245.1267, Dating Service
year Bibby Financial Services Los Angeles Times Federal Credit Union, Bruce Lund, 213.237.5736, Credit Services/Unions
Carlsmith Ball, LLP. Maginnis Knechtel & McIntyre, Arthur J. Thielen, 626.449.3466, Accounting/CPA
Craft Resources, Inc. Maxim Healthcare Services, Michael J. Rolbin, 323.939.4228, Staffing
Dougherty Laser Vision Nouveau Riche Academy, Cheri Tree, 801.647.2999, Schools/Vocational
Gotta Getta Gift
OC Block Works, Stephen J. Kfoury, 310.844.8956, Butcher Blocks
Greer, Dailey and Minter Public Affairs
Jacob Bear Preferred Plush, Ginalin Tan, 323.278.8188, Importers & Exporters
Korea Business Development Center - LA Premiere Global Services, David Allen, 818.951.6070, Telecommunications
Rozelle Financial Ramp, Rachel L. Elnar, 213.617.1445, Graphic Designers
Schafer Communications Schoth, Creyaufmiller & Associates, APC, Timothy P. Creyaufmiller, 626.963.7161, Attorneys
Stuart F. Cooper Shanghai Spring International Travel Services, Jing Huang, 626.571.5800, Travel Agencies
United Assurance Company
Shomer & Associates, Amy Shomer, 310.734.5681, Production/Film
SOHO Network Services, Wayne A. Legaux, Jr., 949.203.6491, Information Technology/Services
denotes Circle Level Member Sonnett & Associates, Stephanie E. Branch, 213.628.2200, Attorneys/Legal Services
Southern California Indian Center, Inc., Abel Moreno, 213.387.5772, Community
Organizations/Social Service Organizations
Special Inspection Services, Inc., Jodie McMilon, 714.636.9254, Construction
Steton Construction Company, Thomas Limas Welsh, 714.255.7080, Contractors
Unique Corporate Team Enhancement, Michael Carter, 877.372.2783, Contractors/Mechanical
VELAH Group LLP, Juan Antonio Estevez, 213.596.7300, Accounting/CPA
Wiltel Communications, Ali Mirshafii, 866.945.8351, Telecommunications/Providers
DOING BUSINESS IS A BREEZE
with the Chamber’s online member directory
Find goods and services quickly with the LA Area Chamber Member Directory online. Just go to www.lachamber.org and
click on “Spending in LA.” Search for member companies by keyword, business name, city and zip code, or view listings
by business category, from “advertising” to “warehouse rentals” and more. The listings link directly to company Web
sites so you can find what you need in just a couple of clicks.
p a g e 7
The LA Area Chamber wishes to thank our Diamond Club members for their support. The Diamond Club is the highest level of Chamber membership, reaping the most
benefits and supporting the Chamber’s efforts to seek full prosperity for the L.A. region. For more information on Diamond Club opportunities, contact Vice President of
Membership David Eads, 213.580.7546 or email@example.com.
AT SBC, WE MEAN BUSINESS. BUSINESS CUSTOMERS
That’s why we’re providing businesses with simple, cost-effective communica- TO BENEFIT FROM ACCESS TO
tions tools to enhance productivity.
SBC companies are industry leaders in Internet Protocol networking, delivering NEW NATURAL GAS SUPPLY
Voice over IP, video and data services that meet the needs of almost any business.
The advanced communications applications possible with IP-based solutions can SOURCES
translate into competitive efficiencies and advantages for many business operations.
Ensuring a reliable supply of reasonably priced natural gas continues to be a key
SBC Hosted IP Communication Service combines voice and data communica-
goal of Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company). As domestic gas production
tions on a single network, giving you personalized control, simplified management,
continues to decline, non-traditional supplies such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) will
potential cost savings and advanced applications to drive your business success.
HIPCS functionality can be accessed from any Internet connection, which means
The Gas Company believes customer access to new supply sources will increase
you can be reached at the same number whether you’re at your desk, in a conference
reliability and competition among suppliers, helping to reduce price volatility and cre-
room, or working remotely across town or around the globe.
ate lower prices for all customers. Also, diversity of natural gas supplies is key to the
Unified Communications allows you to check all your email, landline voicemail,
future well being of our state. That is because a large number of residents and busi-
Cingular voicemail and faxes through a personal computer. With cutting-edge text-to-
nesses in the region depend on natural gas
speech technology, you can have the contents of an
to heat their homes and fuel their processes.
email message or fax read to you whether you are
In fact, the percentage of homes, businesses
checking messages from your office or remotely via
and electric power plants fueled by natural
gas is greater in Southern California than
With SBC’s FreedomLink, when you leave the office,
anywhere else in the nation.
you roam with high speed Wi-Fi accessing SBC
With increased reliability, there will be
“hotspots” at airports, hotels, convention centers, car
less risk of a supply shortfall or price spikes
rental offices, bookstores, coffee shops, and other high
that might occur if something happens on an
existing pipeline or in an existing supply basin. Industry experts estimate that the
Our Wireline/Wireless integration offers wireline calling with great value and fea-
total savings in gas costs from bringing LNG into the west coast will be at least sever-
tures, plus Blackberry connectivity and Cingular wireless access all on one easy, con-
al hundred million dollars a year, and could be as much as $1 billion a year.
The California Public Utilities Commission last year approved our proposal to
SBC is meeting business needs like no other company can. Find out how SBC
allow LNG supplies to flow into California from several receipt points through our
can help your business identify the right strategy and assist with every stage of
extensive pipeline system. We expect customers will see lower gas bills due to more
implementation and management by calling 1-800-750-2355 or long on to
competition created through increased diversity in supply sources.
By being the voice of business, helping its
members grow and promoting collaboration,
the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce seeks
full prosperity for the Los Angeles region.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
gratefully acknowledges the support of
the Diamond Club members:
Bank of America
Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison
The Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility
The views contained in the LA Area
Chamber Voice reflect positions taken by the
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and
do not necessarily reflect the views of our
Diamond Club members.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Your Chamber working for you 3
LA Area Chamber activities in the first quarter
Feature: L.A.’s business agenda 4
Useful facts and policy positions affecting L.A.’s business climate
Member-to-member discounts 6
Do business with fellow members and save