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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
State Officials
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
                                                                                                  or call 213.580.7500

                                                                                                           APRIL 2005
                                   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
                                                                                                                             Board 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
                                                                                                                             Referral Network
              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
                                                                                                           JUNE 2005
              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

                                                                                                           SIGNATURE EVENTS
                                                                                                           & 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
                                                                                                                                      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                         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
          and unfair.
                                                               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                                                                    
                                                               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
          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,

          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.
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         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
                                                                                                                                                                                         Sacramento last
        As part of our Business Vitality and Economic Growth agenda, the Chamber advocates for:
                                                                                                                                     Competitiveness                                      week, the Los
                                                                                                                                     International Trade
                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                           Chamber of
        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-
                                                                                                                                    Fiscal Reform
        International Trade
                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                      Environmental Quality
        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


        • California houses 12.2 percent of the
        nation’s population.
        • 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
                                                                      among countries.

                         The new Caltrans building in Downtown L.A.

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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 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.”

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        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

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        Enterprise Rent a Car                             Chico 323.887.0464.
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        Top Shelf Cleaning Company                        meeting or event. Call Jaimi Williams
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        Business Kit. Maximum order of 5 per order.       Bouquet of Fruits                                                                                ROOFING
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        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
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        CHIROPRACTIC CARE                                                                                                                                  PDQ Personnel Services, Inc.
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        server and network consulting.                    customers. No equipment charges.
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                                                          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
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        Superior Merchant Services                        20% off (w/ cash or check) 10% off with
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                                                          chased with courtesy card. Call Mark                                                             Soho Network Services
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                                                          HOUSING                                         213.365.7750.                                    June, 2005. Call James Keller 818.887.8718.
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                                                          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
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        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.

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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
                                                                               Silver Circle
                                                                               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
                                                                               Bronze Circle
      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
                                                                               Standard Members
      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,
                                                                                         Community Organizations
                    AIG American General
          1         Alameda Corridor Transportation                            LA, 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

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Diamond Club
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

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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.
                                                                                             be required.
      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
                              traffic venues.
                                                                                             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.
venient bill.
                                                                                                   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.

Our Mission
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.

Diamond Club
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
gratefully acknowledges the support of
the Diamond Club members:
Bank of America
ChevronTexaco Corporation
Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison
The Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility
Wells Fargo

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.

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