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An award-winning quarterly publication of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Winter 2010

Chamber Holds Local Legislator’s Feet to the Fire How Long Beach Legislators voted on the 27 most important state legislative proposals of 2009 for the Long Beach business community This past year was another busy year for the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as The Chamber focused its advocacy efforts on the 27 most important legislative proposals that would have the greatest impact on the Long Beach business community. The Chamber studied each proposal and took a position of support or opposition by communicating those positions with each Long Beach legislator. This year, most legislators scored below the 50 percent mark, with the exception of State Senator Rod Wright and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Our legislators need to know that their decisions in Sacramento have a direct impact on the economic conditions in Long Beach…” “Our vote records underscore the need for our business community to remain vigilant when communicating our positions to our legislators,” stated Joanne Davis, Chair of the Long Beach Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee. “We cannot continue down the same path with our legislators as we did this year. Our legislators need to know that their decisions in Sacramento have a direct impact on the economic conditions in Long Beach and we need to work with them in order to prevent low scores in the future,” continued Davis.

2009 Summary of Votes Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger State Senator Rod Wright State Senator Alan Lowenthal Assembly Member Warren Furutani State Senator Jenny Oropeza Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal

“The Chamber has the responsibility to work with our local state legislators to inform them of our business community’s point of view on important issues,” stated Randy Gordon, President and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “As we move forward into the last year of the legislative session, The Chamber will continue to communicate its positions with area legislators and educate each of them on the importance of their decision on the Long Beach business community,” continued Gordon. The Long Beach Chamber lobbied Senators Alan Lowenthal, Jenny Oropeza and Rod Wright and Assembly Members Warren Furutani and Bonnie Lowenthal to OPPOSE 17 legislative proposals and SUPPORT 10 proposals. The Chamber’s positions on each of the 27 legislative proposals are available online at including summaries and explanations of why The Chamber opposed and supported each proposal. To reach the “Percentage FOR pro-jobs legislation,” The Chamber tallied the number of times our legislators voted for the Chamber’s position on each proposal and divided that total by the total number of proposals in which each legislator voted. A legislative proposal is not figured into the vote record percentage if a legislator, for whatever reason, did not vote or if the proposal failed before the legislator had an opportunity to vote. Log on to for more information. POSITIONS ON PRO-JOBS LEGISLATION FOR AGAINST Percentage FOR 8 2 80% 6 5 55% 5 7 42% 5 7 42% 3 6 33% 3 9 25%

2009 Vote Record – In Depth Assembly Member Warren Furutani

Assemby Member Bonnie Lowenthal

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

AB 68 (Brownley) Solid Waste: Single-Use Carryout Bags OPPOSE N/A N/A N/A




AB 87 (Davis) Single Use Carryout Bags OPPOSE N/A N/A




AB 89 (Torlakson) Taxation: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products OPPOSE N/A N/A N/A N/A



AB 109 (Fuer) Outdoor Advertising OPPOSE N/A N/A





State Senator Alan Lowenthal

State Senator Jenny Orpeza

State Senator Rod Wright




AB 226 (Ruskin) Coastal Resources: Coastal Act of 1976: Enforcement OPPOSE N/A SUPPORT N/A SUPPORT SUPPORT


AB 474 (Blumenfield) Water Efficiency Improvements SUPPORT SUPPORT Not Voting SUPPORT




AB 793 (Jones) Employment: Discrimination OPPOSE SUPPORT SUPPORT





AB 804 (Hall) Invasive Aquatic Species: Mussels SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT




AB 943 (Mendoza) Employment: Credit Reports OPPOSE SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT




AB 1000 (Ma) Employment: Paid Sick Days OPPOSE N/A N/A

Not Voting




AB 1019 (Beall) Alcohol-Related Services Program OPPOSE N/A N/A N/A

In this Issue:



4 Ronald McDonald House Comes to Long Beach


2009 Vote Record – In Depth (Continued) Assemby Member Bonnie Lowenthal

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger





AB 1358 (Hill) Product Management: Disposable Food Containers* OPPOSE N/A N/A N/A N/A



ACA 8 (Jeffries) Meetings of the Legislature SUPPORT N/A N/A





SB 24 (Oropeza) Grand Theft: Cargo SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT





SB 242 (Yee) Civil Rights: Language Restrictions OPPOSE SUPPORT Not Voting SUPPORT














State Senator Alan Lowenthal

State Senator Jenny Orpeza

State Senator Rod Wright

Assembly Member Warren Furutani

AB 1139 (J. Perez) Income Taxes: Credits: Enterprise Zones OPPOSE N/A N/A N/A N/A AB 1329 (Brownley) Waste Management OPPOSE SUPPORT N/A

SB 287 (Calderon) Meal Periods SUPPORT N/A


SB 356 (Wright) Regulations: Small Businesses SUPPORT N/A Not Voting



SB 407 (Padilla) Property Transfers: Plumbing Fixtures Replacement OPPOSE SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT


SB 424 (Padilla) Vehicles: Manufacturers and Distributors SUPPORT SUPPORT Not Voting SUPPORT SUPPORT

Not Voting


SB 558 (DeSaulnier) Alcohol Abuse Treatment Program Fund OPPOSE N/A N/A N/A N/A



SB 568 (Hollingsworth) Income and Corporation Taxes: Capital Gains SUPPORT N/A N/A N/A N/A



SB 600 (Padilla) Cigarette and Tobacco Products Taxes OPPOSE N/A SUPPORT N/A



SB 696 (Wright) South Coast Air Quality Management District: CEQA** SUPPORT SUPPORT Not Voting SUPPORT N/A N/A


SB 789 (Steinberg) Labor Representatives: Elections OPPOSE SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT





SB 827 (Wright) South Coast Air Quality Management District: CEQA SUPPORT OPPOSE SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT OPPOSE


Not voting = Elected official did not vote. N/A = Potential new law died before elected official had an opportunity to vote or in the case of the Governor the potential new law did not reach his desk *Original bill. Has since been amended with new bill language on 10/26/2009. **Original bill supported. Original bill language was transferred to SB 827 on 09/04/2009.

State of the Port Address Friday, January 29, 2010 Hyatt Regency Long Beach 200 S. Pine Avenue 11:30 - 1:30 $45 pp / $650 table of 10 Please join us for the International Business Association’s annual State of the Port Address. The Port’s Executive Director, Richard Steinke will give us an inside look at the past year at the Port of Long Beach and their plans for the future. Dick Steinke’s leadership resulted in the industry’s first

seaport “green leases” with environmental covenants calling for Long Beach shipping terminals to modernize cargo-handling equipment to meet air quality standards and to use dockside equipment to reduce air pollution from ships at berth. Thank you to our sponsor, Moffatt & Nichol. For more information and reservations contact Judy Nelson at (562) 432-8128 or

Councilmembers Get Chamber Endorsement The Chamber PAC has endorsed these pro-business incumbents for City Council. See page 3 for full story.

Vice Mayor 9th District Councilmember Val Lerch

5 Chamber to Form Business “Red Team”

1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia

3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong

7 A Brand New Women’s Business Council

Board of Directors

Chairman’s Message

Leadership Cabinet

Mid-Point Marks Success, More to be Done

Chairman of the Board

Lori M. Lofstrom Managing Shareholder, Holmes Lofstrom, PC Chairman-Elect

James H. Eaton President, Airdrome Precision Components Immediate Past Chairman

Blake E. Christian Partner, Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP

by Lori M. Lofstrom Managing Shareholder HOLMES LOFSTROM, PC

Chief Financial Officer

Pei Pei Wang Partner, Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp. Vice Chair of Economic Development

Jerry Miller Managing Partner, IMC Municipal Vice Chair of Community Development

Tony Chavez President/Plant Manager, AES Alamitos LLC Vice Chair of Membership

LaDonna DiCamillo Director of Government Affairs, BNSF Railway Vice Chair of Government & Public Affairs

Joanne Davis President, Davis Group At Large

Jan Maize Vice President, The Maize Tuebner Maize Group/Smith Barney At Large

John Howard Owner/Operator, Chick-Fil-A Legal Counsel

Robert Stemler Partner, Keesal, Young & Logan President & CEO

Randy Gordon Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Audrianne Adams-Lee

Edward Herro

HR Network

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Dan Alf

Ken Houp

DENSO Sales CA, Inc.

UHS Insurance Agency

Kristi Allen

Kjell Karlsen

Hilton Long Beach

Mike Bafan

Sea Launch Company, LLC

TABC, Inc./Toyota

Frank Komin

Thomas Berg

Oxy/THUMS Long Beach

JetBlue Airways

William Bettison

This edition of Your Advocate marks the halfway point in my term as the Long Beach Chamber’s Chairman of the Board. The past six months can be summed up in two ways. First, I am proud of how much responsibility the staff and volunteers of this Chamber have in protecting the economic vitality of our city. Second, it amazes me to reflect on such a short amount of time and see such a long list of results. I announced at the beginning of my term that the theme of my 2009-2010 year as Chairman would be “Building Business, Supporting the Community.” So far, we are soundly marching in that direction and I look forward to continuing that effort in the final six months of my term. All of the great people that make up the Long Beach Chamber are committed to our four core competencies: Economic Development: Creating a Strong Local Economy; Public Policy: Representing the Interest of Business with Government; Community Development: Promoting the Community; and, Membership Services: Providing Networking Opportunities. Below is a list of how we all have worked together in the context of these four core competencies to provide the highest rate of return on your investment as a valued member in The Chamber: • Supported the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project because of the jobs that will be created and the emissions reductions planned for the Harbor.

• Lead efforts to keep JetBlue in Long Beach by initiating a letter writing campaign to local city officials in Long Beach. • Supported Mayor Foster’s proposal that calls for a 100% increase in The Chamber initiated local preference ordinance that allows for keeping jobs and business within city limits. • Represented more than 1,000 member businesses including leading aerospace, energy, and goods movement organizations, opposed

“It amazes me to reflect on such a short amount of time and see such a long list of results.” Congress’ tax plan which changes the tax code ending the deferral of U.S. taxes on income from the foreign operations of U.S. corporations, essentially a $200 billion tax on business. • Created the Small Business Enterprise Program (SBE) that encourages three City departments to increase their relationships with small businesses by setting a goal that Long Beach Public Works, Gas & Oil, and Parks, Recreation & Marine contract at least 20% of projects with small businesses. • Defeated a legislative proposal that would have prohibited employers from using consumer credit reports for employment purposes unless the information is “substantially job related.” • Supported five of the six special election ballot measures aimed at moving California out of the “red.” • Called for a comprehensive legislative package that would restore the Delta ecosystem and allow a reliable water supply for 25 million Californians, a multi-billion dollar economy and millions of acres of farmland.

• Urged Congressional leaders for the continued procurement of the Boeing C-17 airplanes, effectively saving 5,000-plus Long Beach jobs, and allowing the aircraft manufacturing plan to continue until at least 2011. • Graduated the largest class ever of the Long Beach Chamber’s Candidate Academy program for individuals considering running for local, county, regional, and state public office. • Development of The Chamber’s Red Team to help attract new business and retain existing businesses through the valiant efforts of our Vice Chair of Economic Development, Jerry Miller. • Conducted our first of four “Small Business CEO Roundtables” to provide a forum to address the most critical issues facing small business. • Successfully held a sold-out 3rd annual State of the County event with the address from County Supervisor Don Knabe that actually gave people some hope for the future of business. • Active participation by The Chamber’s Government Affairs Council on issue of policy and the recent PAC endorsements of local candidates, Val Lerch in the 9th District, Robert Garcia in the 1st and Gary DeLong in the 3rd, as well as our first-ever School Board candidate endorsement of Richard Lewis (3rd District). I recently read the following quote in an annual report that described the passion the organization brought to its accomplishments the past year. After reading the quote below, I immediately thought of The Chamber and its persistent efforts and passion while working for Long Beach businesses: “Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln Well the Long Beach Chamber is hustling too, and I hope you feel it as much as I do.

Media Notes &Quotes

Larry Labrado

Enterprise Rent A Car

Southern California Edison

Grunion Gazette

Becky Blair

Chris Lytle

The ordinance had the backing of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is a strong supporter of equality and is proud to represent a business community in the most diverse urban city in America,” said Lori Lofstrom, chair of the Chamber Board of Directors. “The idea of an equal benefits ordinance is commendable based on our collective desire to maintain our standing as a diverse city.”

Blair Commercial Real Estate

Gregory Burnight Newell, Curtis, Nelson & Burnight LLP

David Cameron City National Bank

Syndi CroadDalton

Port of Long Beach

Glenn Maddalon Community Hospital of Long Beach Foundation

Joseph Magaddino Cal State University Long Beach

Moondance Catering

Michael McCarthy

John Crochet

Moffatt & Nichol


Bob Michell

Jimmy Crosby

Turner Construction

Paramount Petroleum

Jill Morgan

Mark DeVoss


The Boeing Company

Walter Neil

Robert Garey

BP America, Inc

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Eloy Oakley

Tom Good Matson Navigation Co., Inc.

Kevin Grant

Kristie Pabst Pabst, Kinney & Associates

Andy Perez

Jeffrey Green

William Phillips

Simon Grieve Gazette Newspapers

Michele Grubbs Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Del Heinz Charter Communications

Diana Hendel, PhD Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children’s Hospital

Grunion Gazette, November 18, 2009 When Long Beach was announced as a finalist for the award in September, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Randy Gordon said that the city has a long way to go in regards to being business friendly, but pointed out that new tax breaks and enterprise zones have helped that cause.

“Long Beach Named Most Business Friendly in LA County”, November 13, 2009

Press-Telegram “My gut reaction is that the economy has finally, finally bottomed out,” said Randy Gordon, president of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re seeing indications of a recovery, but it’s going to be a long, slow road; people and businesses are going to continue to suffer, but the free fall appears to be ending or already ended.”

“Long Beach’s jobless rate steady at 13.9%”

Long Beach City College

Keller Graduate School of Management Laserfiche

“City Approves Equal Benefits Ordinance”

Union Pacific Railroad

Press-Telegram, November 20, 2009

The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is giving early endorsements to incumbent City Council members Val Lerch and Gary DeLong in next April’s election. The Chamber’s political action committee endorsed Lerch in the 9th District and DeLong in the 3rd District because of their support of business and job creation, and Lerch as well for his efforts to improve public safety in North Long Beach.

“Long Beach Chamber endorses Lerch, De Long” Press-Telegram, November 12, 2009

Comerica Bank

Ed Proenza Ensemble Real Estate

Sarah Nguyen . . . . . . (562) 432-7830

Aaron Rios

Executive Assistant to President/CEO

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Bill Shumard Special Olympics of Southern California

Mark Stevens Long Beach Magazine

John Wagner St. Mary Foundation



One World Trade Center, Suite 206 Long Beach, CA 90831-0206 n n PH (562) 436-1251 n FAX 436-7099 n

Chamber Staff: Randy Gordon . . . . . . (562) 436-6723 President/CEO Judy Donley . . . . . . . . (562) 437-8823 Executive Vice President Judy Nelson . . . . . . . . (562) 432-8128 Vice President, Business Councils Joel Perler . . . . . . . . . . (562) 590-9234 Vice President, Membership


Shaun Lumachi . . . . . (562) 843-0947 Consultant, Public Policy

Administrative Staff (562) 436-1251 Leanna Rodgers. . . . . . (562) 436-1254 Consultant, Trade Missions

Kelly DeSimas . . . . . . . . (562) 436-1253 Administrative Assistant

Sandy Wong . . . . . . . (562) 436-2810 Administrative Assistant

Siomara Castaneda. . . . . . . . . ext 100 Community Information Specialist

Linda Izzo . . . . . . . . . . . (562) 983-1360 Member Relations Executive

Jackie Kuhl . . . . . . . . . (562) 843-0951 Media Manager

Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . Via Media Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seaside Printing Assembly . . . . . . Goodwill Industries

Members wishing to submit articles, press releases, or member news items for upcoming issues of Long Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Your Advocate, please fax to (562) 436-7099, attn: Jackie Kuhl, or e-mail Circulation: Long Beach Business is mailed directly to more than 1500 Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members, elected officials and community leaders. Our Mission The Chamber is the platform for business to provide leadership, education, and advocacy so that the Long Beach area thrives in the 21st century. Our Vision The Chamber will be the acknowledged leader in creating com-

munity consensus to support local, regional, and international business. Our Core Competencies n Economic Development: Creating a Strong Local Economy n Public Policy: Representing the Interest of Business with Government n Community Development: Promoting the Community n Membership Services: Providing Networking Opportunities

California Chamber of Commerce’s “Advocacy Partner of the Year” for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 “Political Partner of the Year” for 2008

Creating a Strong Local Economy President’s Message

PAC Endorses Candidates for April Election Vice Mayor and Councilmember Lerch, Councilmembers Garcia and DeLong get Chamber nod the candidates who are dedicated to creating jobs and protecting the vitality of our local economy—no one else will do it. That is why we endorsed the three following candidates for the City Council election in April 2010:

by Randy Gordon President and CEO

The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (Long Beach Chamber PAC), the separate political action committee entity of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, announced its endorsements for the April 13, 2010 City Council elections. These endorsements are important to you because the decisions these people make impact your business, employees and our entire community. It is the responsibility of the Long Beach Chamber PAC to ensure that Long Beach business interests are being represented in the political decisions of our community. Just as important is the level of responsibility that The Chamber itself has to be the voice of business on the important policy decisions. We accomplish this each month via our Government Affairs Council (GAC).

“These endorsements are important to you because the decisions these people make impact your business, employees and our entire community.” So, the Long Beach Chamber PAC raises funds from private citizens to support pro-jobs candidates. The Chamber does not use any Chamber membership revenue to fund our political activities. Getting this job done is so important because if our Long Beach Chamber PACdoesn't support

Vice Mayor Val Lerch Long Beach City Council, 9th District Write-In Candidate Vice Mayor Val Lerch has earned our endorsement as he gears up for his write-in campaign. Vice Mayor Lerch has reduced crime in North Long Beach to levels that fall below crime activity from 20 years ago. He delivered upon the North Police Sub-station and was instrumental in the opening of new businesses—specifically, the new Target at 68th and Cherry, producing 200 new jobs and $600,000 to the general fund. Vice Mayor Lerch is committed to job-creation and job-retention. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee,” stated Vice Mayor Val Lerch. “I have been a supporter of The Chamber and local businesses for years. I have worked with The Chamber’s membership on many issues and feel that we have for the most part come to fair and equitable conclusions. I look forward to continuing this relationship for the next four years,” continued Lerch. Councilmember Robert Garcia Long Beach City Council, 1st District Candidate The Long Beach Chamber PAC is committed to Councilmember Garcia for the upcoming April 2010 election because of his ability to work with the business community on some important issues facing Long Beach in the short time he has been in elected office. The Chamber worked closely with Councilmember

Garcia on responsible growth at the Port of Long Beach; to ensure the community was able to play an active role in securing the a new downtown courthouse; and provided input on the Equal Benefits Ordinance. “I want to thank the Long Beach Chamber PAC for their continued support of my efforts to change Long Beach,” stated Councilmember Garcia. “Working with the business community and the Chamber itself to understand how they want to make Long Beach a better place is one of my top priorities. Job creation and job retention is important to our city and to me and I am committed to ensuring our resident’s have opportunities for higher paying jobs and a better quality of life,” continued Garcia. Councilmember Gary DeLong Long Beach City Council, 3rd District Candidate Councilmember Gary DeLong earned our endorsement in the 3rd District race for being the driving force for job creation in his district as well as throughout Long Beach. He routinely seeks ways to prevent government waste and looks for opportunities to understand the economic and fiscal impact of city decisions. A long-time business owner and entrepreneur, Councilmember DeLong understands the responsibilities and outcomes associated with signing the front of a paycheck. DeLong is a friend of both job creation and the taxpayers— something our community demands from our local leaders at a time in which creating jobs is so important. “I am honored to have earned the Long Beach Chamber PAC’s endorsement,” DeLong said. “The Chamber’s PAC and the Chamber itself are the leading business organizations in the State of California and are instrumental to the City’s economic development efforts.”

Members Reveal Positive Returns on Their Investment

“The Chamber (as expected) orchestrated this year’s annual golf classic with precision and style. Golfers had a chance to win $100,000 in a putt out, we visited some of the most popular restaurants in Long Beach at each tee box, and we watched Randy Gordon conclude the event as an auctioneer extraordinaire. Hats off and congratulations to the Chamber for an enjoyable opportunity to network and show the City leaders all the good their Chamber is doing.” –David Thornburg SA Recycling

“Thank you for a wonderful trip to Spain. This was our first overseas outing and we had a lot to learn. But from our first

contact with the Long Beach Chamber, we received answers to all of our inquiries regarding information on travel which made for a smooth trip. We enjoyed the hotel and

tour guides and our comfort and safety were always apparent. We are looking forward to another trip in the future.” –Larry and Donna Lenihan Spain tour participants, Nov. 2009

Join the Chamber Trade Missions to:

“Professionally staged and executed, the Chamber’s State of the County event brought us the right message at the right time. It showcased a business leader (The Port’s Dick Steinke) and a political leader who were upbeat and positive in these tough economic times. LA County Supervisor Don Knabe exemplified what politicians can do if they’re focused and forward thinking. Networking opportunities at an event like this inevitably benefit our businesses and our communities.” –Bob Michell Turner Construction

“Office Depot has turned a job that took much time and energy and transformed it into a simple process. Their website for members combined with free shipping and one day turn-around significantly reduced the headaches and hassles of ordering. We have been very fortunate to capitalize on The Chamber’s Office Depot discount program as it increases our bottom line through substantial member savings. The savings

we see from this benefit alone pay for our annual Chamber dues.” –Kurt M. Fagan Fagan & Fagan, LLP


Chairman’s Circle Diamond n City National Bank n DeVry University n Long Beach Magazine n Port of Long Beach n Ristorante da Vinci n Wal-Mart Stores, Inc./Sam’s Club Platinum BNSF Railway Company n Long Beach City College/Small Business Development Center n Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Childrens’ Hospital n Holthouse, Carlin & Van Trigt, LLP n Press-Telegram n St. Mary Medical Center n Verizon n

Gold BP America, Inc. n Community Hospital of Long Beach n Epson America, Inc. n Farmers & Merchants Bank n Hilton Long Beach n JetBlue Airways n Keesal, Young & Logan n Laserfiche Document Imaging n Moffatt & Nichol n Paramount Petroleum/ALON USA n Southern California Edison n TABC, Inc./Toyota n Universal Healthcare Solutions Insurance Agency n Yellow Book USA n

Silver AES Alamitos LLC n California State University, Long Beach n Catalina Express n Charter Communications n Citslinc International, Inc. n Davis Group n DENSO Sales California, Inc. n Hyatt Regency Long Beach n INCO/IMC Municipal Consulting n Long Beach Airport n Long Beach Business Journal n Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center n Marriott/Renaissance Properties n Oxy/THUMS Long Beach Company n Paragon Steel n Seaside Printing Company, Inc. n The Boeing Company n The Queen Mary/Save the Queen n Turner Construction n Union Pacific Railroad n Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corporation n

Bronze n American Golf n Aquarium of the Pacific n City Light and Power, Inc. n Color Broadband, Inc. n Downtown Long Beach Associates n DirecTV—California Broadcast Center n Ensemble Investments, LLC—Beach Business Bank n Guzman & Gray, Certified Public Accountants n Holmes Lofstrom, PC n HR NETwork, Inc. n n Legacy Partners n Parkers’ Lighthouse n SA Recycling n Savor Catering by SMG n Tesaro n Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP n Valero n Via Media Graphic Design The “Chairman’s Circle” is a special group of members that have committed to support the LBACC through sponsorships at various financial levels and at special events. If your company would like to become a member of the Chairman’s Circle, please contact Randy Gordon, President/CEO, at (562) 436-6723 for details.

Italy’s Amalfi Coast February 17-25, 2010 Only $2199

For tour itineraries and more information, contact Leanna Rodgers, Trade Development Consultant • (562) 436-1254

Egypt, with Nile Cruise Spain’s Costa del Sol March 10-18, 2010 Only $1999

April 27-May 5, 2010 Only $2590


2009 State of the County Luncheon L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe presented his third annual State of the County Address at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center on November 4, 2009. Photos by Ambrose Martin

(L to R) Chamber President and CEO Randy Gordon, Chamber Chairman of the Board Lori Lofstrom, Supervisor Don Knabe, and Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach Dick Steinke.

Supervisor Don Knabe delivers his third annual State of the County Address.

Dick Steinke shares remarks as the Port of Long Beach served as keynote sponsor of the event.

The Long Beach Convention Grand Ballroom was at full capacity with a sold-out crowd of over 1,200.

(L to R) Dick Steinke, Lori Lofstrom, Supervisor Knabe, and Randy Gordon (far right) present a portion of the event proceeds to Sr. VP of Community Development for U.S. Vets Stephen Peck, and Greg McCormack, site director for U.S. Vets, Long Beach. The L.A. County Jr. Golf Foundation was also presented with a check.

Ronald McDonald House to be Built in City by Ron Piazza Chairman, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California remains singularly focused on its mission to provide comfort, care and support to children and families throughout the Southland. With that mission comes the challenge to meet the overwhelming demand for the services we provide, particularly the services of our Ronald McDonald Houses which offer low cost, and often free, temporary housing for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at local hospitals. In the city of Long Beach our services are particularly needed to serve Long Beach Memorial and Millers Children’s Hospital which together form the second largest notfor-profit, community-based hospital west of the Mississippi. This past September Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California announced its plans to reconstruct the current Memorial Guest Residence building, located on the Long Beach Memorial Campus, to create a new Long Beach Ronald McDonald House adjacent to Miller Children’s Hospital. This exciting opportunity would not have been possible without the extraordinary support of Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital, the Mayor’s office and Long Beach residents. Designed as a refuge that provides all the comforts of home, the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House will have 25 bedrooms with private bathrooms, communal living and dining rooms, a kitchen, and laundry facilities. Children can play in a designated playroom and game facility. Ronald McDonald Houses help alleviate families’ stress by providing them with a comfortable alternative to either sleeping on cots at the hospital or incurring the additional expense of staying at a hotel. Additionally, families find comfort and encouragement in being surrounded by other families who are in similar situations. Once completed, the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House will be the sixth in Southern California; others are located in Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena. A study conducted by the UniHealth Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well being of individuals and

Chick-fil-A 7681 Carson Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90808 562-425-4232

Frenchy’s Bistro 4137 E Anaheim St Long Beach, CA 90804-4201 562-494-8787


than $13 million to Southern California non-profit organizations that directly benefit children. Find out more about how Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California is making a difference in the lives of children and families at

The Chamber has started a new Restaurant Loyalty Program as another benefit for members. All you have to do is present your Restaurant Loyalty Rewards card to receive a 10% discount on your food bill. And some restaurants are offering more than 10% off so be sure to inquire within. Contact Kelly DeSimas at or call (562) 436-1253 to receive your rewards card. Bon appetite! The following Long Beach restaurants are participating in the program as of December 2009:

Extreme Pizza at the Pike 21 The Paseo Long Beach, CA 90802 562-901-9700

Supervisor Knabe proudly introduces a young boy to the audience who was a “Safe Surrender Baby” now 3 and a half years old.

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times provides children with cancer an opportunity to process their diagnosis and restore their self-esteem while learning independence and selfreliance in the therapeutic environment of the great outdoors. A Ronald McDonald Family Room brings the services of a Ronald McDonald House to the hospital setting—allowing parents with children in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units a location to sleep, shower and eat while remaining mere steps from their hospitalized child. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California has awarded more than $3.3 million in college scholarships to deserving high school seniors since 1990 and the Community Grants Board has given more than 600 grants totaling more

Chamber Membership saves you money at restaurants with new rewards program

Buono’s Pizzeria 401 W. Willow Street Long Beach, CA 90806 562-595-6138 Randy Gordon welcomes attendees to the third annual event hosted by The Chamber.

“The Houses are designed to provide a peaceful retreat from the hospital where families can meet others going through similar circumstances.”

Dine Out, Save, and Support Area Eateries

555 East 555 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802 562-437-0626

Lori Lofstrom delivers a “State of the Chamber” address.

communities within its service area, has shown that Ronald McDonald Houses provide much more than a place to sleep. They ensure families have access to the best medical care by reducing barriers that may exist if a family had to drive long distances every day to visit their child. The Houses also allow families to remain actively involved in their child’s care and, because the parents are present, research shows that children actually heal faster and cope better with their diagnoses. The Houses are designed to provide a peaceful retreat from the hospital where families can meet others going through similar circumstances. These social interactions facilitate the healing process and provide much-needed psychosocial support. Through Ronald McDonald Houses and our other programs: Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, four scholarship programs and a Community Grants Board, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California helps children and families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy. More than 17,000 people were served across the organization last year.

Fresh Foods Café 340 Golden Shore Long Beach, CA 90802 562-980-9200

Gladstones 330 S. Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 562-432-8588

Original Park Pantry Restaurant 2104 E. Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802 562-434-0451

Johnny Rebs’ Southern Roadhouse 4663 N Long Beach Blvd Long Beach, CA 90805-6929 562-423-7327

Parkers’ Lighthouse 435 Shoreline Village Dr. Long Beach, CA 90802-4550 562-432-6500

KAVIKAS Grill & Bar 95 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 562-432-8700 Michael’s on Naples Ristorante 5620 E. Second St. Long Beach, CA 90803 562-439-7080 Naples Rib Company 5800 E. Second St. Long Beach, CA 90803 562-439-7427

Pizza Place & Garden Café 1431 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802-4033 562-432-6000 Renaissance Bar & Grill 111 East Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802 562-499-2533 Ristorante da Vinci 2801 E. Spring St., Suite 300 Long Beach, CA 90806 562-685-8111 The Sky Room 40 S. Locust Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 562-983-2703

Smooth’s Sports Grille 144 Pine Ave Long Beach, CA 90802 562-437-7700 Stefano’s Pizza & Pasta 429 C Shoreline Village Drive Long Beach, CA 90802-4541 562-437-2880 Tequila Jack’s 407 Shoreline Village Drive Long Beach, CA 90802 562-628-0454 Tides Restaurant At the Hyatt Regency Long Beach 200 S. Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802 562-624-6020 WOKCANO 199 The Promenade North Long Beach, CA 90802 562-951-9652

Representing the Interest of Business with Government

Chamber to Form Business “Red Team” Launches aggressive economic development effort by pooling resources to ensure business retention

by Jerry Miller Managing Partner, IMC Municipal Consulting

The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has been an active partner with the City of Long Beach in the economic development of the community for many years. However, following a recent action of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, led by Chairman Lori Lofstrom, an even more aggressive economic development effort has been launched for 2010. Recognizing that the retention of existing businesses is the cornerstone of the economic development process, the Chamber has formed a business “Red Team” which has as its goal the identification of Long Beach companies which may need technical business assistance to ensure companies survive what has become one of the most challenging economic environments in recent history. The “Red Team” will bring together the resources of the Chamber, the City, Small Business Development Center, and other entities, in the attempt to use these resources to resolve issues which may be barriers to the viability and success of local businesses.

“The City of Long Beach was recently recognized as the ‘Most Business Friendly’ city in Los Angeles County.” One recent example of the “Red Team’s” value involves a company which is contemplating a modest expansion of its manufacturing program. To accomplish this, the company will need to secure the authorization of its parent company and, to the extent that the expansion can be accomplished efficiently and cost-effectively, the likelihood of corporate approval will increase. Though the company is located within the boundaries of the Long Beach Enterprise Zone, the company has not taken

full advantage of the Enterprise Zone, a program which can be particularly valuable to manufacturing businesses. With the “Red Team’s” assistance, a review of the Enterprise Zone benefits has allowed the manufacturer to have a better under–standing of the potential State tax savings which may support the company’s planned expansion. Although further detailed analyses and tax savings projections are planned, it is hoped the company’s expansion will be approved later this year and that additional new investment in the plant and its employees will result. Although the example noted above is a mid-sized company, the “Red Team” is committed to assisting small businesses as well. Many members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, much like the vast majority of Chamber member businesses, own or represent small businesses and have a keen understanding of the issues, and challenges, which small businesses face. This expertise is now available through the “Red Team,” as are other business assistance resources of the City of Long Beach, Small Business Development Center, and other entities. These resources can help businesses with lending assistance, business planning, marketing, customer development, worker training and retention, and in many other areas as well. The Chamber’s commitment to the economic development effort stretches beyond even the borders of Long Beach. The Chamber has teamed with other area Chambers of Commerce in order to compete for federal grant funding which will enable business outreach, structured business interviews and the utilization of “Red Team” assistance, in the communities of Long Beach, San Pedro, Wilmington and Lomita. This is a very innovative approach which aims to address business and job retention on a regional basis. The City of Long Beach was recently recognized as the “Most Business Friendly” city in Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. While the Chamber applauds the City on this deserved recognition, the Chamber’s goal for the upcoming year is to work in partnership with the City on such important initiatives as the “Red Team” to ensure that Long Beach continues to demonstrate its commitment to becoming even more business friendly.

Chamber Honored by St. Mary Foundation The Long Beach Chamber was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award for their service to the community from the St. Mary Medical Foundation at their 29th Annual “Joy of Giving” Dinner and Auction on November 14, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency.

(L to R) Chamber President and CEO Randy Gordon and Chamber Chairman of the Board Lori Lofstrom accept the Lifetime Achievement award from Governor George Deukmejian.

CBS2/KCAL9 News Anchor Sandra Mitchell presided as master of ceremonies for the evening.

Chamber Moves Clean Air Action Plan Forward In November 2009, the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a Long Beach Chamber-supported ordinance by a vote of three to one, with Commissioner Mario Cordero dissenting. “This ordinance allows the successful Clean Trucks Program to continue eliminating polluting trucks at the Port and ends a lawsuit that would have been expensive and protracted,” stated Lori Lofstrom, chairman of the Long Beach Chamber’s Board of Directors. “It also saves millions of dollars that can now be utilized to further the Port’s Green programs,” continued Lofstrom. The vast majority of those in opposition were union-affiliated with the usual “parade” of speakers organized by a few supervisors with clipboards. Although each speaker in this group appeared genuinely compelled by their position, the inherent contradiction in the reasoning associated with their position is evident. On one hand they are very fond of jobs, products, services and benefits that positively affect the economic well-being and quality of life in our community. On the other hand, they seem to resent, criticize and, at this hearing, even blatantly insult those who create jobs and generate revenue streams that positively benefit the economy and encourage investment into our community. To be fair and honest, The Chamber acknowledges that no organization is always as good as it is when it’s at its best nor is it always as bad as it is when it’s at its worst. As with individu-

als, they operate on a continuum and ideally, they should understand and see the benefit of doing right and serving as a leader in their communities. The Port of Long Beach understands this as much as any organization and has delivered real and significant value to our community and its citizens.

Immediate Past Chairman of the Chamber Matt Kinley with Governor George Deukmejian and Mayor Bob Foster.

“This ordinance allows the successful Clean Trucks Program to continue eliminating polluting trucks at the Port.” Consider the facts: • Port operations support nearly 30,000 jobs, about one out of every eight jobs in the city. • Nearly $1.9 billion a year is spent in the city for Port industry services (services purchased primarily by foreign and domestic shippers and steamship companies). • More than $800 million a year is spent on wholesale distribution services in the city for goods imported through the Port. And, that is just the impact in Long Beach. The impact of the Port of Long Beach on the local, regional and national economies is even more substantial. More than $100 billion worth of cargo moves through the Port every year, creating jobs, supporting retail and manufacturing businesses, and generating tax revenues.

Randy Gordon encourages lively bidding from a crowd of over 500 to raise funds for St. Mary as the event’s auctioneer.

Airport Breaks Ground on New Parking Structure Parking will soon become easier at the Long Beach Airport as officials recently broke ground on a new parking structure to be built just steps from the main terminal. The five-story, nearly 2,000space garage will be built on existing lots and is slated to open in Fall 2011. “The Chamber continues to be one of the strongest supporters of the revitalization of our airport,” said Chamber President

“The Chamber continues to be one of the strongest supporters of the revitalization of our airport.” and CEO Randy Gordon. “The groundbreaking of the parking structure begins an exciting new chapter as the planned renovations move forward, continued Gordon.” The first phase will add 247 parking slots by summer, with the entire structure adding 989 spots where less than 1,000 now exist on two ground-level lots (known as lots B and C) off Donald Douglas

(L to R) Governor George Deukmejian, Dinner Committee Co-Chair Gene Lentzner, St. Mary Medical Center President and CEO Chris DiCicco, Dinner Committee Co-Chair Rocky Suares, Randy Gordon, and Lori Lofstrom.

Drive, the airport’s primary entry route. Once the new garage is complete, Lot D, an off-site property the airport leases, will close. The $48 million structure is being financed through a 30-year bond expected to cost about $4.2million annually. Money generated by parking fees will pay for the bonds. Currently, the airport handles a maximum of 41 passenger flights and 25 commuter flights daily, averaging about 3.5 million passengers annually. The airport is one of the largest economic drivers in our city and region, and our economy depends upon it as the demand for air travel reaches new heights despite a lagging economy.

Dr. N. Simon Tchekmedyian (left) and his wife was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement award from Christopher DiCicco.


Welcome New Members We are pleased to welcome our newest investors in The Chamber who joined during the months of September, October and November.

A & R Marketing Group Art Heilsberg (310) 294-1055 www.InovativeMarketing.Info Marketing & Advertising A.M. Marine Surveys LLC Andrew Madden (562) 275-3518 Marine Surveyors Alliance Inspection Management (AIM) Jim Yates (562) 432-5050 Automotive Bayshore Insurance Services Laurie Raykoff (562) 987-0959 Insurance Bezaire Ledwitz & Associates Brian Chou (562) 497-2700 Attorney - Estate Planning Cartridge World of Los Alamitos Cindy Zarember (562) 594-7140 Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges Cash America Payday Advance Pauletta Lewis (562) 987-5500 Financial Services & Advisors Centernix Corporation Sean Crumpler (562) 496-1111 IT Consulting & Staffing Children and Families Health Connections Yesmin Martinez (562) 218-1811 Health Clinics EMA Builders, Inc. Hope Corleu (661) 284-2962 General Contractors ETA Advertising Cindy Allen (562) 499-2305 Advertising Agencies Friends’ House at Drake Park Jana Shields (562) 495-1729 Non-Profit Organizations KimstaffHR Leona Reed (310)402-6864 Human Resources KSPA Life Settlements Tara Shepard (310) 748-6219 Life Settlements Long Beach Basket Brigade Kym Livesay (562) 900-3574 Non-Profit Organizations Long Beach Business Services, Inc. Donna Miller (562) 424-3088 Taxes and Bookkeeping Long Beach Community Business Network (LBCBN) Paul Duncan (562) 590-0808 Non-Profit Organizations


Mai Tai Bar Johanna Duterte (562) 435-1200 Restaurant & Bar McKenna’s on the Bay Vanessa Auclair (562) 342-9411 Restaurants National Processing Company Deb Crowley (562) 562-6886 Merchant Services/Credit Card Processing/Payroll Onisko & Scholz, LLP Lauren Osborne (562) 420-3100 Accountants - Certified Public Professional Career Consultant Dow Parkes (562) 436-1054 Coaching - Consulting Red Hawk Industries Ron Chavers (909) 525-3846 Security & Fire Protection Services Shear Rhythm Theresa Garcia (562) 572-7877 Hair Salon & Dance Studio South Street Self Storage Sandra Tinajero (562) 984-1100 Storage Services/Rental Services Starlight Children’s Foundation Patricia Evans (310) 479-1212 Non-Profit Organizations State Farm Insurance Ena Alcaraz (562) 866-2250 Insurance & Financial Services T-1 Connections Inc. Robert Fox (702) 425-2006 Telecommunications TD Ameritrade Joel Lenzini (562) 668-5012 Financial Services & Advisors Terra Bella Properties Darshi Balasuriya (562) 901-3200 Property Management Tesoro Refining and Marketing Brissa Sotelo-Vargas (310) 522-6001 Petroleum Refining – Industry The ATM Guy Guy Arzamendi (424) 456-5115 ATM Services for Events The Lean Bean Rhiannon Acree (562) 986-7520 Coffee House Toshiba Business Solutions CA/NV Birdie Kopp (888) 827-9378 Office - Supplies, Tech & Furniture Turner Construction Bob W Michell (714) 940-9000 Contractors - Building, General Wilkes & McHugh, P.A. Kimberly Valentine (562) 424-3003 Attorneys/Law Firms Women’s Shelter of Long Beach TuLynn Smylie (562) 437-7233 Non-Profit Organizations

Nonprofit Event Master Calendar We are pleased to feature a calendar listing major fundraising events for our nonprofit members in the greater Long Beach area. If you would like to promote a nonprofit event, contact Jackie Kuhl at JANUARY 2010 JANUARY 25 12th Annual Toyota Symphony Golf Classic (562) 436-3203 ext 228 29 The Chamber’s State of the Port (562) 432-8128 31 Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Long Beach Brunch (562) 427-7916 FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 6 Miller Children’s Hospital Gala — “Dancing for Our Stars” (562) 933-1656 8 Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach “Fore the Kids” Golf Tournament (562) 595-5945 x229 13 Long Beach Playhouse – 80th Anniversary Celebration Dinner (562) 494-1014 24 CCEJ – 19th Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast (562) 435-8184 MARCH MARCH 6 WiiHAB Championship Benefitting Memorial Care Rehab Center (562) 933-1655 11 Greater Long Beach American Red Cross “Hometown Heros” (562) 595-6341 13 Elwyn California – 12th Annual Bowlathon (714) 557-6313 20 Jewish Community Center Gala (562) 426-7601 APRIL APRIL 2 YMCA – Annual Good Friday Breakfast (562) 279-1700 8 Long Beach Commercial Real Estate Council Annual Luncheon (562) 495-6070 10 Catalina Conservancy Ball – (562) 437-8555 ext. 231 10 Long Beach Symphony Orchestra – CRESCENDO: 27th Annual Gala (562) 436-3203 ext 228 12 Long Beach Grand Prix Foundation Charity Golf Tournament (562) 490-4509 14 Long Beach Grand Prix Foundation Ball (562) 490-4509 24 Long Beach Cancer League Dinner (562) 437-0791 MAY MAY 1 55th Annual Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach Gala (562) 595-5945 1 Rancho Los Amigos Foundation – 24th Annual Amistad Gala (562) 401-7053 2 American Diabetes Association “Tour de Cure Ship to Shore” (323) 966-2890 x7444 3 Miller Children’s Hospital – Annual Golf Classic (562) 933-1676 6 The Chamber’s City National Bank Entrepreneur of the Year Luncheon (562) 432-7830

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Special Olympics Southern California – “A Bid of Excitement” (562) 354-2606 16th Annual CSULB Regional Economic Forecast (562) 985-5061 World Trade Week Luncheon (562) 432-8128 Long Beach State Athletics – Jewels of the Night (562) 985-4662 CCEJ – 47th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner (562) 435-8184 Salvation Army’s Golf Tournament (562) 426-7637

JUNE JUNE 4 Community Hospital of Long Beach – 28th Annual Community Golf Classic (562) 494-0835 12 Aquarium of the Pacific – Ocean Conservation Awards Gala (562) 951-1606 12 Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Center – “Profiles in Courage” Dinner, Dance & Auction (562) 933-8600 12-13 Special Olympics Southern California – Summer Games at CSULB (562) 354-2606 24 The Chamber’s 119th Inaugural Gala (562) 432-7830 27 Long Beach Public Library Foundation – ”Grape Expectations” (562) 628-2441 JULY JULY 19 5th Annual Long Beach Mayor’s Trophy Charity Golf Tournament (562) 431-5962 AUGUST AUGUST 7 Musical Theater West’s Broadway in the Park (562) 856-1999 SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 23 The Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic (562) 436-1251 OCTOBER OCTOBER 2 Food Finders – Autumn Harvest Ball (562) 598-3003 16 Aquarium of the Pacific – SEA FARE (562) 951-1606 17 Long Beach International City Bank Marathon – 23 International City Theater (ICT) – ENCORE Annual Benefit Gala (562) 495-4595 NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 6 St. Mary Medical Center Foundation – 30th Annual Dinner & Auction (562) 491-9000 20 Community Hospital of Long Beach Foundation – Condit Dinner (562) 494-0567

Do You Have a Flexible Workplace? If so, get recognized for it! Apply for a prestigious national award. The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility recognize exemplary employers across the U.S. for their innovative workplace effectiveness and flexibility initiatives. Using a rigorous scoring methodology that includes employees’ views as well as employer practices in its scoring, the Sloan Awards honor organizations and worksites that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase workplace effectiveness and yield positive business results, and to help employees succeed at work and at home. If your organization qualifies as a Sloan Award Winner, YOUR organization will receive the following: • National recognition in USA Today • Official congratulation in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate

• Company profile featured in a publication • Local recognition, including tribute award at our Inaugural Gala and coverage in the local media • Winners are also featured in books, articles, or other publications by Families and Work Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Applying for the Sloan Awards is fast and easy. If you think your organization is an effective and flexible workplace, you can self-nominate by filling out the on-line application at Visit for more information, or contact Sarah Nguyen at (562) 4327830. Applications begin January 12, 2010.

Providing Networking Opportunities

A Brand New Women’s Business Council The Chamber’s Women’s Business Council launches new attitude, logo and branding effort

by Susan L. Jacobs WBC board member and freelance writer

Noticed the Women’s Business Council (WBC) lately? You might want to take another look. This isn’t your grandmother’s WBC. • By 2010, women are expected to control $1 trillion, or 60% of the country’s wealth according to research by BusinessWeek and Gallup. • Women purchase or influence the purchase of 80% of all consumer goods, including stocks, computers and automobiles. • More than half of all new Web users are women, according to Jupiter Media Metrix. And yes, they have male members as well.

The WBC launched its year with a new brand look, a sharp logo, and an information-packed monthly e-newsletter, all thanks to Moller Creative, a local design, marketing and branding firm. The Council also has an active presence on Twitter and Facebook to keep the conversation going. Leanna Rodgers, social media chair, notes that the WBC’s new launch and social media focus has been an effective way to stay in close and personal contact with our members and community. “With the ability to post monthly events, WBC is staying at the forefront of networking and is gaining more exposure to its scholarship fund,” she said. Join us on Facebook and Twitter at /wbclongbeach. Plenty is new, but WBC’s philanthropic goal has not wavered which is to provide scholarships for women pursuing

Get Connected with Social Networking Members can find The Chamber on Facebook, Twitter, and Ning and get down to business The Long Beach Chamber has launched pages on three social networking websites allowing members to connect on a whole new level by bringing you important information through postings, photos and videos, calls-to-action, networking opportunities, member events, group discussions and forums, and much more. The Chamber realizes the importance of social networking as a business tool, creating new outlets for members to do business and get information, as well as provide a whole lot of access and instant connections for members—both personally and professionally—just by the click of a mouse. Facebook is a global social networking website with more than 350 million active users worldwide. In order to use Facebook as a tool to do business, you

need to have a personal Facebook profile established in order to access the Long Beach Chamber’s page. It’s free and anyone can join. Start by going to and follow the simple instructions to sign up. Once you become a member, visit the Long Beach Chamber’s page at and you will find the button that asks to be “added as a friend.” You need to be added as a friend to view the entire Long Beach Chamber profile. Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What’s happening? Visit to join the conversation and start receiving the Long Beach Chamber’s tweets on

business at Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Stay tuned, because to raise funds, the Council is raffling off something HUGE very soon and you don’t want to miss out! But have you checked out any of the WBC’s luncheons this year? Here’s a quick rundown of a few of them: • “Get Social” delved into social media and networking. According to speaker Cara Stewart, co-founder of WunderMarx|PR, smart business owners are embracing the phenomenon and making it work for them. And forget the outdated notion that it’s only for kids. More than half of the visitors to social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr and Live Journal are 35 and older. • WBC’s annual Power Networking Luncheon gave attendees the opportunity to spend two solid hours on strategic, concentrated networking. The round-robin type format allowed people the chance to get to know each person quicker, said organizer, WBC Luncheon chair Dr. Andy Tang. Since 1962, the WBC has stayed true to its mission: To provide a supportive environment for professionals to network, grow and to contribute to the Long Beach community. Check them out and find out what all of the excitement is about. To join, contact Judy Nelson at

Ning offers a free easy-to-use service that allows people to join and create Ning Networks based on their interests, passions, and shared pursuits. With more than 1.8 million Ning Networks created and 37 million registered users, all Chamber members are invited to join the Long Beach Chamber “membersonly” site found at First, visit to join, and then create your networks from there.

“The Chamber realizes the importance of social networking as a business tool.” If you want to increase your network and Chamber member interaction, expand your business opportunities, or simply get up-to-the-minute information about The Chamber via three different social networking sites, log on today and get connected. Any questions? Contact The Chamber’s Vice President of Member Relations, Joel Perler, at (562) 590-9234 or email See you online!

Members Making News Hotel Maya Names New GM and Marketing Director Joie de Vivre Hotels has announced the appointments of new General Manager Phil Baxter and Director of Marketing Leah Corradino to the Hotel Maya. The 11-acre waterfront Hotel Maya emerged in July 2009 from a $20 million renovation. General Manager Phil Baxter comes to Hotel Maya as a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry. He began his career in finance, as a controller for hotels and resorts in varied destinations such as San Francisco, Florida, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, before moving up the ranks at Tishman Hotel Corporation. Leah Corradino, Hotel Maya’s new director of marketing will be responsible for overseeing all marketing programs and project management, attracting group, leisure, and business travel to the property. SA Recycling Secures Safety Record SA Recycling, a world leader in the metal recycling and processing industry, has completed its 400th day without an injury or accident at their Port of Long Beach facility. With over 180,000 man-hours of work completed in the past 400 days the facility is one of the safest in the industry. Over the past 400 days the Long Beach Facility has loaded 21 vessels with a total of 700,000 MT of recycled metal. Their processing operations at SA Long Beach include shear, torching, railroad car, container, and large bulk vessel loading. Departments at the facility include Logistics and Transportation, Scale Masters, Maintenance, and Industrial Operations. Charter Launches Fundraising Referral Program Continuing its commitment to the communities it serves, Charter Communications launched Charter Community Connection,™ a fundraising referral program exclusive in Southern California. The program helps local community organizations in Charter service areas raise funds through referrals back to Charter. The participating organization receives a referral payment each time their supporters subscribe to a qualifying Charter service. Charter Community Connection was launched in May this year

and so far has helped more than 30 local organizations in Southern California. The program has enabled Charter to give more than $5,000 back to the community, which helps organizations pay for uniforms, supplies, events, and more. Minuteman Press Wins Quality Award Minuteman Press, located in downtown Long Beach, was the winner of the Top Quality Award, presented at the recent Southern California Regional Conference of Minuteman Franchises. A start-up business in 2002, downtown Minuteman Press, which specializes in printing, copying, graphic design, and mailing services, was selected from 60 other Minuteman Press Centers located from Bakersfield to San Diego. The award, presented to Minuteman Franchises whose excellence of craftsmanship and quality are outstanding, was given to co-owner Hilda Sanchez in recognition of the ability of the downtown Long Beach Minuteman Press to obtain and maintain high printing standards. Choura Venue Services Hires Industry Veteran Choura Venue Services, finishing a successful year of celebrating 40 years in the hospitality and event industry, has brought on board Howard Tabackman as executive vice president to join its Anza Event Rentals division. Howard Tabackman began his distinguished career in the event industry in 1979 with Abbey Rents. In 1983 he joined Aztec Tents & Events of Torrance where he quickly rose to Vice President of Sales. He was instrumental in building the company from a small mom and pop local operation to a nationally renowned event and rental company, that later became acquired by Classic Party Rentals. Southern California Gas Earns Top Ranking Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) has earned the top customer satisfaction ranking among natural gas utilities in the Western United States and has the highest score among all utilities nationwide, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.SM The study is

based on a random survey of U.S. residential natural gas utility customers on six factors: billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; customer service; and field service. The Gas Company received a customer-satisfaction score of 671, the highest score among all natural gas utilities, and the highest score among the 15 utilities surveyed in the western region. World’s Largest Zeppelin Returns to Long Beach Airship Ventures returns to Long Beach January 14-January 18, 2010! Airship Ventures promotes the only airship designed for passenger travel in the United States featuring Eureka, the world’s largest Zeppelin. Cruising at an altitude of 1200 feet above ground, at 35 miles per hour, Airship Ventures operates daily 30-minute, one and two hour scenic flights over the Long Beach harbor, beaches, down to Rancho Palos Verde and the Hollywood sign. All flights depart from Airflite Aviation Services at the Long Beach Airport. For reservations and information including future dates of operation, call (650) 969-8100 ext. 111. Chamber CEO is Dancing for Our Stars

Selected Long Beach community leaders, including The Chamber’s very own President and CEO Randy Gordon, and some of Miller Children’s familiar faces will strut their stuff in a fundraising dance competition at the “Dancing for Our Stars” Gala event benefiting Miller Children’s Hospital on February 6, 2010 at the Westin Long Beach. In lieu of an auction at this special event, guests will have the opportunity to fundraise by “bidding” on their favorite dance or dancers during the competition. Equal weight is given to pre-event fundraising by the dancers themselves, event night fundraising and judges’ scores to crown the overall winner! Each dancer will be paired up with a professional dancer, except for Randy Gordon who has chosen to dance with his fiancé Nancy Becker. The five other dancers are Raymond Bustamante, Susan Galvao, Kim Hertzog, Julie Jones, and Fombe Mdiforchu, MD. For more info, call (562) 933-1671.

If you would like to submit information for Members Making News, please send a 75-word statement to Jackie Kuhl at


out about these upcoming events and more at Plan Ahead… Find or call (562) 436-1251.

State of the Port

Trade Mission to Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Trade Mission to Costa del Sol, Spain

February 17-25, 2010

March 10-18, 2010

Egypt, with Nile Cruise

Entrepreneur of the Year

119th Inaugural Gala

April 27-May 5, 2010

May 6, 2010

June 24, 2010

January 29, 2010

One World Trade Center, Suite 206 Long Beach, CA 90831-0206




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