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our chair I have the honor and privilege of being the 2016-2017 Chairman of the Board for the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. As the 64th Chairman, I have some pretty big shoes to fill. This organization has been blessed with such tremendous leadership over the years and I enter this position excited to continue our legacy of being the core of business for this region. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Westchester, where the seeds of this Chamber were first planted. As we celebrate our vibrant history, I canâ€™t help but reflect upon the changes that have occurred in the LAX Coastal community. Our area is rich with business. From aerospace and aviation to academics and hospitality, these industries have helped our city grow and flourish. While these industries have been the foundation of our business community, we continue to evolve. With the rise of Silicon Beach, a new and improved LAX, a new NFL team and stadium, a new transportation system that connects our area, the LAX coastal area is located in the epicenter of activity in one of the most dynamic regions in the world. I have been active in this community for over two decades and I could not be more excited about leading this vibrant business organization. I am looking forward to leading the Chamber and continuing its rich tradition of excellence.
Charles bassett, l&R group of companies 2016-17 lax coastal chamber chair
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The LAX Coastal community is in the midst of progress, and what an exciting time it is! The economic engine that is the Los Angeles World Airport is receiving a long overdue upgrade. As the 2nd busiest airport in the country and the 7th busiest airport in the world, this community asset remained static for far too long and is now finally undergoing the face lift it needs to become a world-class airport. Our Marina, which first opened over 50 years ago, is also seeing some significant improvements and much-needed restoration projects. And across the way, the tech hub within Playa Vista continues to attract some of the most reputable companies in the world. Each day, our community grows stronger. Through professional relationships, business growth, and endless potential, the LAX Coastal region is in the midst of change. Progress is here, and we are proud to be at its epicenter. *The following is demographical information about the LAX Coastal area from the 2010 US Census and 2012 American Community Survey
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NEIGHBORHOOD UPGRADES & Inglewood Stadium Los Angeles is once again the proud home of an NFL team: the Los Angeles Rams. Needing a home to call their own, in January 2016 it was announced that the HKS architecture firm would be undertaking the design of a 3.1 million-square-foot
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and billions more planned in the future to complete the vision, modernization at LAX is easily the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles. And this massive investment is being made with no tax dollars from the City’s general fund.
Wetlands Restoration Plan – Parcel 9U In 1984 a construction project was started but never finished in Marina del Rey, leaving behind an undeveloped parcel of wetland that has decayed over time. Roughly 3.8 acres in size, a rehabilitation project has been proposed to heal the wetland area through reshaping the land, removing any non-native species, and establishing a native coastal salt marsh habitat. This will not only enhance the aesthetics of the parcel, but will also provide an educational opportunity for the public to learn more about this type of habitat and the plant species that live within it, such as coastal sage scrub and maritime chaparral.
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CITY OF LOS ANGELES
LAX Coastal improvements Facebook at playa jefferson campus With technology titans such as YouTube and Yahoo already located inside Playa Vista, it should come as no surprise to hear that other companies are following suit. Playa Jefferson, a creative office campus, recently welcomed Omnicom and IPG to Building C and have big plans for new and current tenants with a 4-1/2 story parking structure and Building E in the works, along with a ground breaking for a 55,000-square-foot development, the new home of a Facebook office.
LMU Master plan Approved by the LA City Council in 2011, Loyola Marymount University’s Master Plan is being used to guide the university’s development over the next two decades. Through this Master Plan, LMU will not only upgrade educational, research, recreational and housing facilities, but they will also reduce water, electricity, and natural gas consumption, allowing more undergraduates the chance to live on campus and improve the pedestrian experience within campus grounds.
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the community welcomed yet another big name into the neighborhood in December of 2014. Google, the tech titan, spent nearly $120 million on 12-acres of vacant land next to a historic hangar where aviator Howard Hughes built his famous “Spruce Goose.” The land is zoned for nearly 900,000-square-feet of commercial space that could house offices or studios, vastly more room than Google now occupies in a handful of buildings in Los Angeles County.
oxford basin project Originally built in 1959 to help mitigate flood risks, the Oxford Retention Basin is a man-made basin located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Oxford Avenue. Due for improvements, this land has been used for multiple purposes over the years and the decision that something must be done to improve and redevelop the site’s biodiversity was welcomed by many community leaders. The Oxford Basin Multi-Use Enhancement Project is estimated at approximately $14.5 million and was completed in the spring of 2016. It will feature enhanced flood control functions, improved habitat and water quality and new recreation and safety amenities. www.laxcoastal.com | LAX Coastal 2016 Annual Report | 7
YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER PROUD TO BE YOUR CORE OF BUSINESS
The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is a network of local businesses working together to develop and promote events, programs and services within the communities of Westchester, LAX, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Del Rey, and surrounding beach cities. Our goal is to be the strongest voice possible for the business community, to connect with government to solve problems, to work with the community to address quality of life issues and to connect businesses with each other. Since 1953, our Chamber has taken the lead on every meaningful issue affecting the business and residential communities it represents, keenly aware of balancing what is good for businesses with what is good for local residents As your local Chamber, we are the hub for all businesses and organizations looking to grow and thrive. LAX Coastal Chamber members are offered exclusive access to resources, connections, advocacy, networking, and community outreach not available anywhere else. Together we are creating a stronger community built on mutual success and growth. The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce goes beyond business, and is waiting eagerly to help you with yours. 8 | LAX Coastal 2016 Annual Report | www.laxcoastal.com
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LAX COASTAL CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES
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The LAX Coastal Chamber is constantly working to be the strongest voice for business within our community. Through quarterly Governmental Affairs Breakfasts, our monthly Public Policy Committee, and daily discussion, our community is highly involved in the issues that directly reflect their way of living and doing business.
The following are the LAX Coastal Policy Pillars, used to make informed decisions for the advancement of our region.
We support tax policies that enhance the competitiveness of our local businesses.
We support policies that aim to maintain and increase the region's tourism industry.
We support educational reforms that increase engagement and develop a skilled workforce.
We support increasing the size and presence of our police and fire departments.
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We support policies that improve mobilization and relieve congestion on our roads and freeways.
We support policies that encourage smart growth planning with a jobshousing balance.
We support reasonable redevelopment of unincorporated Marina del Rey.
We support a positive environment for businesses to flourish and remain competitive.
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A CONNECTED COMMUNITY IS A STRONGER COMMUNITY. Membership Orientations
Committee Meetings Educational Workshops Leadership Academy Program
THE LAX COASTAL CHAMBER OFFERED THE FOLLOWING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR MEMBERS TO ENGAGE.
Honored as the 2016 Community Builder by Airport Marina Counseling Service
AIRPORT We support the modernization of LAX to retain its reputation as a worldclass airport.
Energy & Environment We support efforts to move away from coal and toward renewable forms of energy.
3rd Place Innovation Winner for our LAX Coworking Program in the Chamber 2016 Innovation Award National Competition
Ranked #16 as a Chamber of Commerce in the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2016 Book of Lists* *Ranked by Annual Budget
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FOURTH OF JULY PARADE Each year, neighbors come together in a sea of red, white, and blue to express their pride in country and community on the Fourth of July. This year's parade, "Our Little Piece of Paradise - Celebrating 75 Years of Westchester," was the kickoff event for a yearlong birthday party for our town and included 50+ entries with 10,000+ spectators.
power hour Hosted as an exclusive VIP event for our Corporate partners, this year's Power Hour speakers included Deborah Flint of LAWA, Max Nikias of USC, Phillip Washington of Metro, Timothy Law Snyder of LMU, and Inglewood Mayor James Butts.
meeting of the membership The Annual Meeting of the Membership is the LAX Coastal Chamber's only open Board Meeting of the year, allowing interested members to learn more about the coming Chamber year and hear from a key speaker. For the 2015-16 year, the LAX Coastal leadership was joined by Councilmember Mike Bonin.
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The Governmental Affairs Breakfast, or GAB, allows LAX Coastal members to meet and discuss pressing topics with local politicians. This year we featured LA City Controller, Ron Galperin, and Senator Ben Allen.
a productive work day near LAX. Officially opening its doors in January of 2014, this year we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Chamber's innovative program and ended strong with 12 LAX Coworkers, 50+ past coworkers, and 250+ individual professionals supported.
cruise n brews Over 40 breweries and 300 locals joined the LAX Coastal Chamber and Tony P's Dockside Grill at the 3rd annual Cruise N a Hornblower yacht and a Venice Paparazzi
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26 local schools, 9 businesses, and 100+
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attendees came together at our Neighborhood School Expo to help teach residents about our education community. www.laxcoastal.com | LAX Coastal 2016 Annual Report | 13
lax coastal magazine Used as a yearly resource, the LAX Coastal Magazine & Business guide connects our members and the community. This year's feature informed readers about upcoming project developments in our area, from Inglewood Stadium to Playa Vista, included listings of our 500+ members, and was delivered to 17,000+ locations.
city of angels The City of Angels Awards Gala allows the Chamber to honor those who have done something extraordinary to enhance our Los Angeles Region. This year we honored Supervisor Don Knabe, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Google Inc., and Anson Williams.
protector's luncheon For the last 21 years we have presented a special event to honor the brave men and women from our protective agencies. This year we hosted 50 protectors from over 8 agencies, and kept them entertained with a routine from comedian Cash Levy.
lax coastal website In a technologically-driven world, a strong internet presence is essential to an organization's success. This year the Chamber aimed to create a website as special as our members through the support of LAX Coastal Chamber member, Diamond, and can be viewed at laxcoastal.com.
chamberfest laexpo ChamberFest LAeXpo is a business expo and â€œTaste Of" food court, featuring networking, music, and entertainment. This year over 60 exhibitors and 10 restaurants attracted 4,000+ spectators, and a great time was had by all.
teacher eddy awards Often described as Oscar night for our education community, the Teacher Eddy Awards was filled with celebration as we honored 26 teachers from local schools with a "Prom on the Red Carpet" theme.
INSTALLATION DINNER GALA This gala event is filled with the presentation of awards, auctions, gourmet cuisine, entertainment, and festive surprises as we say thank you to last year's leadership, install a new Board of Directors, and congratulate our graduating Leadership Academy class. This New Orleans-themed evening included special guests Councilmember Mike Bonin and Deborah Flint, CEO of LAWA. www.laxcoastal.com | LAX Coastal 2016 Annual Report | 15
Maintaining a tradition of success, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce once again ended the year in the black with a more than $25,000 surplus. In an effort to constantly strive for excellence, we continue to make significant upgrades to our staff, officespace, technology, branding, and marketing opportunities to make sure that we are always prepared to be the strongest voice for business within the LAX Coastal region. Below is a snapshot of our 2015-2016 year.
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JUNE 30, 2016 523 Members
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OUR CHAMBER LEADERSHIP The LAX Coastal Chamber is governed by a 34 member Board of Directors. Each year, 9 seats are open for election for a one-year term. The Chair has the prerogative to select 3 one-year board appointments, and there are 3 designated seats held by Los Angeles World Airports, Loyola Marymount University, and Otis College of Art and Design.
2016-17 BOARD Charles Bassett* • Wallypark
Kelly King • Villa del Mar Apartments & Marina
Ryan Gales** • Jenkins, Gales & Martinez
Cody Koopmann • Drollinger Properties
Michelle Ballard-Smith • Turner Construction
Kristen Lonner*** • Burns & Bouchard
Vince Buonocore • LAX Marriott Hotel
Geoff Maleman • Maleman Ink Public Relations
Andrew Chereck • Bryan Cave
Tony Mira • The Ritz-Carlton, MdR
Michael D'Amodio • Embassy Suites LAX North
Tony Palermo • Tony P's Dockside Grill
Jeff DeLarme • Raymond James Financial Services
Howard Pollack • Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
Joe Devon • Diamond Web Services
Susan Pollack • Otis College of Art and Design
Lissa Dye • Pacifica Hotels
Jory Rosen • J. Rosen Group
Thomas Flintoft • Kindel Gagan Inc.
Diane Shapiro • The Boeing Company
Jon Graff • Reason Foundation
Matthew Swanlund • Aesthetic Legal
Keith Greville • Arup
Tara Taylor • Dickerson Employee Benefits
Cynthia Guidry • Los Angeles World Airports
Ronn Tokuyama • Smarte Carte, Inc.
Liz Hall • Inn at Playa Del Rey
Jennifer Vaden Barth • Google
Mike Harriel • SoCalGas
David Voss, Jr. • Voss, Silverman & Braybrooke
Belinda Jacobs • Howard Hughes Promenade
Scott Woodhill • Woodhill Solutions
Michael Kapoulis • Hotel MdR
Grace Yao • Loyola Marymount University
Michelle Kiely • TWE Solutions, Inc. 18 | LAX Coastal 2016 Annual Report | www.laxcoastal.com
Chair* | Honorary Mayor** | Immediate Past Chair***
OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS Our Corporate Partners are the backbone of the LAX Coastal Chamber. It is through their support that we are able to grow and thrive as an organization, and their donations enable us to do greater outreach for our small businesses, advocate on behalf of our members, and continue our 63 year legacy as being the voice for business within our community. We thank each of the organizations below for their investment.
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