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February 2005 Vol. 12 No. 2

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California Chamber of Commerce “ADVOCACY PARTNER OF THE YEAR” for 2003 & 2004

Your Chamber Advocacy in Action

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n February, The Chamber will announce its 2005 public policy platform on its advocacy Web site, www.longbeachadvocacy.biz. The Chamber’s public policy committee, the Government Affairs Council (GAC), began the process of developing the 2005 priorities in September of 2004. “The process of developing our priorities each year is taken very seriously by our GAC members and our Board of Directors,” stated Matt Kinley, GAC Chairman. “2005 is no exception—expect another year of action!” This month we highlight our 2004 accomplishments and outline the return on investment for The Chamber’s membership. Over the past year, we have doubled the number of government affairs staff members and have increased our investment into our entire government affairs operation. “I am proud of our progress and we will continue the fight for our members in 2005 and the years ahead,” stated Lou Anne Bynum, Chamber Chairman of the Board.

Long Beach Accomplishments A leader in revolutionizing Advocacy. The Chamber believes in giving you the tools to assist us in fostering change. We built the only Web site of its kind, www.longbeachadvocacy.biz, so you can help fight laws that hurt you. Protecting jobs in Long Beach. The Chamber lobbied the city council to pass an ordinance giving our businesses a priority when bidding for contracts with the City. Securing access to elected officials. The Chamber was successful in stopping the Long Beach City Council from passing an ordinance that would have limited businesses’ ability to lobby the city council and city staff. A clear position on the future of our airport. The Chamber is one of few community organizations that is clear on its position on the Long Beach Airport: “Expand the terminals and do not sacrifice the flight capacity ordinance.” Revitalizing opportunities for high-paying jobs. The Chamber spearheaded a community effort to support

the new Douglas Park project. In December 2004, the City Council approved the Douglas Park plan. The project will contain retail, housing, mixed-use commercial, hotel, residential, and other uses planned on the Boeing site in east Long Beach. The Douglas Park project will produce over 10,000 jobs for our region. Protecting the future of our ports. The Chamber is one of the most proactive supporters of trade and port growth. The Long Beach Chamber aggressively fought AB 2042 which would have limited port growth and prevented new jobs from being created at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Securing tax credits. The Chamber is the only community organization promoting the Long Beach Enterprise Zones. The Enterprise Zones in Long Beach (encompassing 26 square miles) provide State tax credits for businesses that are located within the zones.

Statewide Accomplishments Taking action! The Chamber became the first chamber of commerce in the state to recruit and endorse a candidate for the California State Assembly. After an extensive process of polling our community, on August 7, 2003 the Long Beach Chamber announced the endorsement of former Congressman and Assemblyman Steve Kuykendall for the 54th Assembly District seat. Tracking the votes of our legislators. The Chamber tracks the voting records of Long Beach legislators as it relates to laws that might impact your business or your ability to get a job. The Chamber holds local politicians accountable to their votes by publishing their voting record on business laws. If they vote against business we recruit people to replace them in office. Stopping lawsuits that cost our community jobs. The Chamber was the first chamber of commerce in California to step forward on the west steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento and endorse a statewide ballot initiative (Proposition 64) to stop frivolous lawsuits that are costing our businesses millions of dollars in lawsuits each year.

Senator Feinstein to Speak on Feb. 23rd

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n Wednesday, February 23rd, The Chamber will welcome U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein as the special guest speaker for the National Leaders Luncheon Series. The luncheon, co-sponsored by The Chamber and the Long Beach Education Foundation, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach beginning with a reception at 11:00 a.m. followed by the luncheon at 11:45 a.m. As California’s senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing California and the Nation. She serves on the Judiciary Committee, where she is the ranking member of the Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security Subcommittee; the Appropriations Committee, where she is the Ranking member of the Military Construction Subcommittee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Rules and Administration Committee. Senator Feinstein’s visit to Long Beach will be extra special for the education community. She is planning to present a $100,000 grant to the Long Beach Unified School District’s High School Initiative. “In spite of major budget cuts and other obstacles, Long Beach Unified School District is still America’s best urban district,” said Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of schools for the Long Beach Unified School District. “We’re pushing ahead with our goal of having all students graduate from high school ready for higher education and the world of work. We are thrilled that Senator Feinstein has confidence in our High School Initiative and has secured $100,000 to help us reach our goal. Her visit will mark another stellar day for our community.” Individual tickets are $35 and sponsor tables are available for $500. For more information, please contact The Chamber’s Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs, Janet Nguyen, at (562) 983-1241 or via email jnguyen@lbchamber.com.

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Chamber Hosts Mayor’s 11th Address

Douglas Park: A Reality

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Chairman’s Message Lou Anne Bynum

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’d like to thank Chamber members and individuals who attended our State of the City luncheon in January. Our highly successful Mayor once again shared with us why our City is such a great place in which to live and work. And our Spotlight Sponsor, Verizon, deserves immense credit for their business excellence and their commitment to improving our community. In capturing a theme from Mayor O’Neill, I coined an acronym to describe how the Chamber goes about serving our business community. I call it the three the “Three Cs and a Question Mark.” The first C represents our Customers — Chamber members and the business community. Commitment, represents the highest level of services and products available to our members. And the third C represents the Courage to act on behalf of our business community. The Question Mark challenges us: Does it make a difference and improve business development, and if so, how? Here are a few examples of how this Chamber is working for you. Since September and at no cost, all Chamber members became members of the US Chamber, providing access to additional resources and assistance to members at a national level. With over 150 businesses participating so far this year, the Chamber has held three free seminars on a range of issues that impact business and bottom line.

“Our highly successful Mayor once again shared with us why our City is such a great place in which to live and work.” We will soon go live with a new website at “lbworkforcediversity.com” where businesses can find a continually updated list of resources on implementing and managing a diverse workforce. And our collaboration with DLBA, LB Strategic Marketing and the City’s Economic Development Bureau has led to an opportunity to co-host the first ever statewide summit in Long Beach this year of the California Association for Local Economic Development. I mentioned in my address that I will be eternally grateful for the dedicated Board and Leadership Cabinet serving this year. They put in countless volunteer hours of expertise that make this Chamber the best in the State. Coupled with a superb staff, you can be assured of an unwavering and steadfast mission to continue to serve this business community.

Chamber Hosts Mayor’s 11th Address

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ayor Beverly O’Neill delivered her 11th consecutive State of the City Address on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 to a crowd of 1,500 at the Long Beach Convention Center, an annual event hosted by The Chamber. Below are excerpts from her 40-minute speech:

Introduction

“America’s economy is driven and fed by our largest metro areas. The Los Angeles and Long Beach metro economy for 2003 exceeded $400 billion for the first time and is second in the nation to New York’s metro economy. Our area represents the 18th largest economy in the world. This is a strategic area.” “Long Beach is more on the national stage now. In June I will assume the Presidency of the US Conference of Mayors and involvement in the coming months will intensify. We will have an unprecedented opportunity to raise

Long Beach issues to a national level, elevating our concerns to the national discussion.” Achievements

• “Our sales tax revenue continues to grow, expanding 58% since 1995. Having more people visit Long Beach and spending their money, was one of our primary goals established in the middle 1990s.” • “We have led Los Angeles County and the Region in Retail Sales Growth in five of the past six years and our

retail store sales have improved by more than 85% since 1994.” • “Our tourism vigor is reflected in a robust 80% growth in our transient occupancy tax over the past decade.” • “No investment has been more attractive over the past ten years than Long Beach real estate. Assessed valuation has grown 48%—property tax revenue is up 32%—and expected to rise another 7% this year.” • “This may help account for CNN & Money Magazine recognizing the 90802 zip code as one of America’s hottest zip codes in the nation.” Global Trade

“One of those areas where job growth seems to continue is our Port. The Port continues to be a major provider of jobs to the local and regional economy. This will continue as Pacific Rim trade sustains its uncommon

growth. Our Port is recognized for its efficiencies, its innovative cargo-handling techniques and its on-dock rail system. The port’s major challenges will be to balance expansion with growing environmental concerns.” “Our Port has taken dramatic steps this year to meet those challenges including the expansion of the Healthy Harbor programs, involving 16 separate environmental initiatives.” Continued on page 6

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Chamber Staff: Randy Gordon . . . . . . President & CEO . . . . . . . . . (562) 436-6723 Judy Donley . . . . . . . . Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . (562) 437-8823 Janet Nguyen. . . . . . . VP Government Affairs . . . . (562) 983-1241 Shaun Lumachi . . . . . . Advisor, Government Affairs (562) 843-0947 Jackie Kuhl . . . . . . . . . VP Special Events . . . . . . . . (562) 436-2810 Judy Nelson . . . . . . . . VP Business Councils . . . . . . (562) 432-8128 Michele Woods . . . . . VP Member Services . . . . . . (562) 590-9234 Kelly Stortz . . . . . . . . . Assistant to the President. . . (562) 432-7830 Bobbie Spohn . . . . . . Receptionist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ext 100 Alice Curran . . . . . . . . Member Services Executive . . . . . . . ext 108 Vivian Tondreault . . . . Member Services Executive . . . . . . . ext 111 Linda Izzo . . . . . . . . . . Member Relations Executive . . . . . . ext 101

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 Business, please fax to (562) 436-7099, attn: Jackie Kuhl, or e-mail jkuhl@lbchamber.com. Circulation: Long Beach Business is mailed directly to more than 2400 Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members, elected officials and community leaders.

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The Chamber is the platform for business to provide leadership, education and advocacy so that the Long Beach area thrives in the 21st century.

The Chamber will be the acknowledged leader in creating community consensus to support local, regional, and international business.

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Creating a Stronger Community

Douglas Park: A Reality for Long Beach By Dede Soto, Development Manager, Douglas Park, Boeing Realty Corporation

The project plan was improved several times as a result of the Chamber’s recommendations. Following the Chamber’s Task Force’s work, the plan for Douglas Park received the endorsement of the Long Beach Chamber’s board of directors. We wish to thank The Chamber and its members who supported the project and played a vital role in the five-year process from project conception to project approval. Commemorating the bold past of Boeing’s Long Beach Facility and working towards a brilliant future for Douglas Park and its neighbors is a theme that Boeing Realty strives to embrace in every aspect of Douglas Park. Douglas Park will transform unused Boeing aircraft manufacturing buildings into a dynamic mixed-use community of offices, commercial development, neighborhood retail, a hotel and residential neighborhoods—building upon Long Beach’s bold past and moving

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oeing Reality Company’s Douglas Park, a new housing, retail and commercial development in east Long Beach is officially a reality for Long Beach. On December 14, 2004, the Long Beach City Council formally approved the project after a five year planning process. Boeing Reality worked closely with the Long Beach Chamber’s Douglas Park Task Force since early 2003.

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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) 432-7830 for details.

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towards a brilliant future for the entire community. Boeing Realty Corporation’s plan is designed to create a distinct “sense of place” that will differentiate it from a common business park. So, instead of attracting few, relatively low-paying warehouse and distribution jobs, Douglas Park is designed to be a magnet for quality businesses with high-paying jobs—11,000 such on-site jobs with a payroll of $1 billion according to Dr. Joseph Maggadino, Chairman of the Department of Economics, California State University, Long Beach. Here are a few highlights of the Douglas Park project: • More than 13 acres of parks, bike trails and open spaces • Millions of dollars for Long Beach Unified School District • An Adaptive Traffic Control System to improve traffic flow on major arterials all around the project • Improvements to 12 city intersections • Fund established for unanticipated traffic improvements • $3 million contribution to Long Beach’s affordable housing fund • New housing opportunities • New shops, restaurants and services • 11,000 new high-quality, high-wage jobs • Over $1 billion in new payroll for the local economy Boeing Reality thanks The Chamber and the Long Beach business community for your support and continued commitment to the economic vitality of our city. Douglas Park will play a role in furthering that commitment. For more information about Douglas Park, please call (562) 733-2166 or visit www.douglaspark.org.


Serving as the Voice of Business

New State Meal and Rest Period Regulations Promises employers much-needed relief, employees greater options By John Kabateck Senior Legislative Director, California Restaurant Association

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ecently, labor officials with Governor Schwarzenegger’s administration released emergency regulations that substantially clarify onerous meal and rest period policies in California. These new rules contain no new mandates, remove unnecessary bureaucracy and minimize litigation exposure, and provide greater flexibility and options for employees. In addition, because these regulations are not new laws, but instead, clarify existing statutes, they should have retroactive effect. First, the new regulations clarify that the “one hour of pay” due a worker for a missed meal or rest period is considered a penalty, and not wages. Until now, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) had enforced a staff opinion letter that deemed this hour of pay “wages”. However, state officials determined that the legislative history of the applicable penalty statute in the Labor Code indicates that this payment is, in fact, intended to be a penalty. As a penalty, the payment is subject to a one-year statute of limitations (not three years, as has been the case), which should result in speedier resolutions of these claims and will minimize exposure. The second area of law clarified by these new regulations relates to the time parameters in which meal periods can be taken. Until now, DLSE staff had interpreted state Labor Code and Wage Orders to require an employer to begin the employee 30-minute meal period before the end of the fifth hour after the start of the workday. This interpretation has resulted in the imposition of penalties on employers, even in cases where the employee’s meal period was scheduled to begin, for example, just five minutes after the fifth hour of the workday. As a result, employers often force employees to take meal periods within narrow time constraints, even when the employee has no desire to stop working in order to eat or rest at such specific times. DLSE has now determined that the statutes and

Under the new rules, as long as an employer provides Wage Orders provide a sufficient basis for allowing sufficient evidence that he or she is making a meal meal periods to commence in the sixth hour of the period available to employee, and the employee has workday. In addition, the regulations provide additional acknowledged this notice in writing, the employer will flexibility for employers with respect to the second meal not be liable if the employee chooses not to take that period that is required for employees that work shifts in meal period. excess of ten hours. The Office of Administrative Law has ten days in Finally, under the new regulations, an employer which to review these regulations. If approved, the regwill be deemed to have provided a meal period to ulations are slated to become effective on December an employee if the employer makes the meal period 20, 2004, unless they are derailed in the review process. available to the employee and affords the employee The California Restaurant Association applauds the opportunity to take it; posts the applicable Governor Schwarzenegger and his administration for order of the Industrial Welfare Commission; and issuing fair and reasonmaintains accurate time able regulations that will “These new rules contain no new mandates, records for covered help to restore fairness remove unnecessary bureaucracy and miniemployees. The new regand balance to workplace mize litigation exposure, and provide greater ulations invite employers meal and rest periods, flexibility and options for employees.” to document that meal and will go a long way in periods have been proproviding employers and hard-working men and vided in accordance with state law by informing women in California greater opportunities and much employees of the circumstances under which they are needed flexibility in today’s ever changing workplace. entitled to a meal period and having them acknowledge in writing that they understand those rights.

2004: Advocacy in Action Continued from page 1 Reforming workers compensation. The Chamber worked for over a year lobbying statewide leaders for workers’ compensation reform. In July, 2004 Governor Schwarzenegger signed sweeping workers’ compensation reform at the Long Beach Boeing plant. Protecting any tax increases. The Chamber was successful in stopping a new law that would have authorized local governments to enact an income tax assessed at the local level with a simple majority of voters. Stopping mandates. The Chamber was successful in stopping a new law that would have mandated a new procedure on the textile industry. At least 15% of the laundry workforce and about 2,600 employees union and non-union, would have been in jeopardy due to this law.

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Stopping a new gas tax. The Chamber successfully stopped a new gas tax from passing the legislature in 2003. The gas tax would have added over $1 billion in new taxes.

Awards The Long Beach Chamber is the only chamber in the state to earn the 2003 AND 2004 California Chamber of Commerce “Advocacy Partner of the Year Award” recognized for producing the best advocacy program in the state. The Long Beach Chamber’s advocacy Web site, www.longbeachadvocacy.biz won the 2004 Best New Program award from the Western Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.


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CPA firm Wertz & Company, LLP, recently announced the company’s acquisition of John Ernest Accountancy Corporation, a Tustin based tax practice serving individuals and business owners since 1979. The merger follows Wertz & Company’s earlier announcement regarding its acquisition of the Irvine based firm of Fox & Cova. This marks the second merger by Wertz & Company within the last 30 days, reinforcing the company’s overall growth strategy. “We believe that by combining high quality firms into a multi-disciplinary practice, we broaden the scope of the services and deepen the resources which ultimately allow us to better serve our clients” said Russ Wertz, managing partner. n

DENSO Sales California, Inc. reports that its parent company, Japanbased DENSO Corporation has pledged a total of $762,000 to the Japan Red Cross Society to aid in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the affected countries. The gift was a combined donation from its domestic and international operations. DENSO is conducted a worldwide audit on the whereabouts of its employees after the tragedy and as of today, no casualties had been reported. DENSO, the third largest automotive supplier in the world, employs 95,000 people in 31 countries including Thailand (2,000 people at 5 companies); Indonesia (2,500 people at 4 companies); and India (6,583 people at 7 companies). All these companies produce automotive systems and components for customers in DENSO’s Asian/Oceania region.

La Vont’e Jackson, Goodwill Employment Services Coordinator— People Works Program and stationed at the Goodwill/Carmelitos Workforce Development Office, was recently honored by the California Department of Corrections & Parole Community Services Division Region III Eastern District. This award was presented to La Vont’e for her efforts to provide employment training and placement services for ex-offenders served by the parole office. One of La Vont’es many activities to assist Carmelitos area exoffenders is to attend monthly parole office orientations where ex-offenders are given information on various community service organizations such as Goodwill. In 2004, La Vonte assisted 25 paroles to obtain employment and is always looking to help more. n

Ryan J. Alsop, who has served the last seven months as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Director of External Affairs, is rejoining the Long Beach Water Department as Manager of Government & Public Affairs. Alsop, the newest member of the Department’s executive management team, was also just recently appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. As the Manager of Government & Public Affairs for the Long Beach Water Department, a position he held for nearly three years prior to his appointment by the governor, Alsop will direct all Federal, State and local government affairs activity of the Department and its governing body, the Board of Water Commissioners. He will also direct all communication and public relations activities as they relate to the sale, use and distribution of the Department’s water resources. n

Buster’s Beach House Grill and Long Board Bar in Long Beach has a new chef in town! Buster’s welcomes Chef Jason von Rekowsky from New York where at the age of 14, he started his way around the kitchen. Upon graduation from The Culinary Institute of America, Jason came to Southern California where he moved into mostly corporate style restaurants such as Champs Americana and the Yard House. Working in both the

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front and the back of restaurants, Jason finds his true passion is being a chef behind the scenes creating mouth-watering delights. Come on down and enjoy the sunset over Alamitos Bay and the Marina at Buster’s and see what Chef Jason has cooking! Buster’s Beach House is located at 168 Marina Drive, (562) 598-9431.

Our Members are Saying...

It is time for all of us to give credit where credit is due. The State of the City Luncheon was world class. You and your staff have ‘done yourselves proud’. The organization was seamless, the timing was flawless, and the overall production was faultless. And…your team made it all look effortless. After many years of attending major IBM functions around the country, I can honestly say that you guys are every bit as good as IBM’s full time staff of event production professionals. We can all be very proud of our mayor and our City—and they can both be very proud of their Chamber. —Terry Geiling, CEO, Professional Business Services

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Note when filing your 2004 Income Tax: Your membership investment is a taxdeductible business expense under Section 501 (c) (6) of the IRS Code. A portion of dues, however, is not deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense due to the extent that the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce engages in state or federal lobbying. The non-deductible portion of your dues is 5%.

Web Stats

Last fall, hundreds of baseball fans submitted over 1,000 entries to the “Name the Team” contest for the Golden Baseball League’s new Long Beach team. After narrowing the list down to 10 finalists, the contest—presented by Vons—was recently announced at a community event at Gameworks. Team officials and Golden Baseball League executives selected the Long Beach Armada as the final name. The Long Beach Armada is one of eight charter teams in the new League which will begin play in May 2005 at Blair Field. For season ticket plan information, visit the team’s website at www.goldenbaseball.com/longbeach or by phone at (562) 597-9787.

, member listings were requested in January 2004 on the Business directory of www.lbchamber.com The top five categories requested were: Hotels & Motels, Things to See & Do, Restaurants, Catalina Island Trips & Transportation, Real Estate-Residential The top five members requested were: Dockside Bed & Boat, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Hotel


Focusing on Small Business

Chamber Aims to “Drive Success” at Business Forecast

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he Chamber’s annual halfday conference—the Business Forecast—is scheduled for April 7, 2005 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Westin Long Beach this year. Conference Chairman Jack Kyser Byron Schweigert, CEO of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, has put together a terrific agenda for the conference including a line-up of industry experts you won’t want to miss. This year’s conference themed, “Driving Success in the Long Beach Region” will feature Jack Kyser, Chief

Economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, as the keynote speaker who will present an overview of the current local and regional economy. The general session policy panel topic is: “Balancing the Port of Long Beach as our Economic Engine with Quality of Life.” Conference attendees will then have an opportunity to choose between one of three breakout sessions: A Balanced Perspective on the Long Beach Airport; City of Long Beach Business Strategies Plan; and Employment Law, New Legislation, and What it Means for Your Business.

Special thanks to our major sponsors: City National Bank, Long Beach City College, the Greater Long Beach Workforce Development Board, the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and the City of Long Beach. Save the date for the most important business gathering of the year! And stay tuned for more information and registration materials coming out soon. For sponsorship information, please contact Jackie Kuhl, vice president of special events for The Chamber, at (562) 436-2810 or email jkuhl@lbchamber.com.

State of the City Recap

• and, we want to continue our public policy and advocacy efforts to ensure that business has a voice in major business policy decisions and legislative efforts. In accomplishing these goals, we’re committed to work collaboratively with other organizations working on behalf of business in Long Beach.” “Each year our Government Affairs Committee puts together a public policy platform that provides direction on various economic development issues and legislation. We review and react to significant citywide business-related issues that affect the Long Beach business environ-

ment. Some of these issues include development at the Port, revitalization of the Airport, the Douglas Park development, redevelopment issues and the first ever on-going Jobs and Business Strategies Plan for the City.” “Your chamber will work with our local legislators, elected officials and our partners to ensure that the voice of business is heard. The Chamber’s advocacy efforts for business have resulted in the California Chamber’s Advocacy Partnership Award for the past two years. And our three C’s and a Punctuation Mark will guide us: Customers, Commitment, Courage and Accountability.”

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• Cold ironing—the technique of using on-dock electric power reducing diesel emissions has been embraced by BP, and other shipping lines are in line to follow; • Diesel Emission Reduction efforts that exceeds both State and Federal requirements, and; • A comprehensive storm water pollution prevention program that has earned awards. Airport

“The ongoing airport enhancement proposal will be facing the Council in the coming months. This is vital to our airport’s future. We are bound by our limit of 41 flights as determined by our noise ordnance and the city council will fight to maintain that limit. In many cases visitors get their initial look and impression of our community at the airport.” “Our airport was never designed to handle over 3 million travelers—that is a 300% increase since 2001 thanks in large part to Jet Blue. We need an airport that is consistent with our image as a tourist and business center. It’s time for us to reach consensus and solve it—and the sooner the better. Even if a decision were made today, we are years away from completion.” Excerpts from Chairman Lou Anne Bynum’s State of the Chamber Speech:

“We have many levels of membership and many services and efforts that must reflect a variety of needs. So each year the chamber leadership—the board and the Leadership Cabinet—agree to focus on strategic areas. This year we: • want to address more effectively small business needs; • we are putting more emphasis on significant economic development issues in the region; • we want to reach out more effectively to businesses in the community – especially ethnic businesses that do not typically participate and take advantage of what The Chamber has to offer;

Chamber Reminds Employers of 2005 Required Notices The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is reminding employers that there are new 2005 notices they are required to post starting with the new year. The Chamber makes these 2005 required notices available to employers to help them eliminate time and confusion in determining which compliance materials to use. The Chamber offers the required notices individually or all together in the Required Notices Kit. The Required Notices Kit includes:

• 2005 California Employer Poster—This 26” x 39” poster contains all 15 state and federal employer notices required for every California employer. • Unemployment Insurance/State Disability Pamphlets— These pamphlets provide employees with the information they are required to give employees when they are hired, taking a leave of absence, laid-off or terminated.

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• California Sexual Harassment Information Sheets— These sheets must be distributed to new hires, independent contractors and all employees as evidence of your commitment to preventing workplace harassment. • Workers’ Comp Rights & Benefits Pamphlets—These pamphlets explain California’s workers’ compensation program and must be distributed to all employees at time of hire. • California Paid Family Leave Pamphlets—These pamphlets provide employees information on the still-unfamiliar new benefit program in California. These pamphlets must be handed out to new employees and any employee taking a covered leave of absence. For more information about The Chamber’s Required Notices Kit or to purchase these items and other compliance products, please call Michele Woods at (562) 590-9234 or visit www.lbchamber.com and click on “Visit The Chamber Store.” These items will be listed under Human Resource Materials.


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This special event is themed, “Health, Heart and Happiness” in observance of National Heart Month. We will have prestigious speakers from Orange County Provider President, Lori M. Lofstrom Network teaching us about stress management, warnHolmes and Lofstrom, LLP ing signs for cardiovascular problems, nutrition and fitness. We are all so busy and often neglect our own health for that of our family. It’s important to understand the enormous risks we put ourselves at by continuing to do so. It is not well known, but heart attacks are “Heart, Health and Happiness” the most common cause of death in women. We expect a large turnout so get your reservations early. Our March luncheon will also be a special event with omen’s Council is off to a fast start out of the our keynote speaker, Juliet Funt of Talking on Purpose gates this year and we have a lot planned so hold on (daughter of Candid and try to keep up! Camera’s Allen Funt). February is a huge On February 24 at 5:30 p.m. our annual Juliet will present solumonth of events. Our lunExperience Speaks Program will take place at cheon will be on February Keesal, Young & Logan… and this special event tions for our over-committed, overwhelmed 17 at the Airport Marriott is themed, ‘Heart, Health and Happiness’ in lives to help balance and the speaker will be observance of National Heart Month. our work-life challenges. Felicia Ross from Fitness She is both an enterImpact. On February 24 at taining and informative speaker that you won’t want to 5:30 p.m. our annual Experience Speaks Program will miss on March 17 at 11:30. take place at the lovely dining room facility of Keesal, We look forward to seeing you at these programs. Young & Logan, who has, for the third consecutive year, Contact Judy Nelson at the Chamber for reservations graciously hosted this event for Women’s Council. We and information. wholeheartedly thank them for their continued support.

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ow that 2004 is history and the Holidays are past we can look ahead to a great 2005. The IBA January Luncheon featured the annual State of the Port address by Executive Director Richard Steinke. His remarks included an overview of Long Beach Port activities; development updates, trade trends and our community and general status of the Port. It was informing as well as entertaining! I would like to add IBA congratulations to Tom Teoflio for his recent appointment as the Managing Director of Maritime Services at the Port of Long Beach. Tom has been an IBA member and supporter for many years, serving as the President in 1986, 1988 and 1989 in addition to holding most all of the other positions within the IBA. He is a great asset to the trade community and we are looking forward to working with Tom on joint goals and mutual interests in the future.

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“As part of World Trade Week in May... a total of $1,100 will be awarded in prize money to students and one school.”

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As a part of World Trade Week in May, the IBA will once again hold our annual Speech Contest for local area students. A total of $1,100 will be awarded in prize money to students and one school. An individual winner will be chosen from Long Beach State, Long Beach City College and LB Unified School District. The student presentations will be judged by a panel at the Port of Long Beach. In addition to individual awards, a special award goes to the high school of the winner from the LBUSD. The overall speech contest winner will present his or her winning speech again at the World Trade Week Scholarship Awards luncheon. This year’s chair for WTW is Tim Mournian. Thanks to Tim his committee who are working hard to make this a great event for the students and our community.

2005 Scholarship Awards Program

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The Tech Point Technology Committee of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce invites Long Beach area college and university students in all technology or engineering related fields pursuing a Bachelor's Degree or Technology Certification to apply for a $500.00 monetary scholarship. Annually, scholarships are awarded to selected students pursuing a based on their overall life history, technology interests, scholastic achievements and financial need. The application must be delivered or postmarked no later than April 29, 2005. One of the Tech Point members, Touro University

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Upcoming Events February 2005 See Enclosed Flyers National Leaders Luncheon Series Featuring U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2005 11:00 A.M. RECEPTION / 11:45 A.M. LUNCH Hyatt Regency Long Beach $35 Individuals / Sponsor Tables $500 Janet Ngyuen (562) 983-1241• jngyuen@l bchamber.com

Women’s Council Experience Speaks

“Heart Health & Happiness” THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2005 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Keesal, Young & Logan $30 Members; $35 Nonmembers Judy Nelson (562) 432-8128 • jnelson@lbchamber.com

Women’s Council Luncheon

“Management of Overcommitted and Overwhelmed Lives” THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2005 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Speaker: Juliet Funt $28 Members; $30 Nonmembers Judy Nelson (562) 432-8128 • jnelson@lbchamber.com

Business Expo WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2005 4:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. The Grand, 4104 E. Willow Michele Woods (562) 590-9234 • mwoods@lbchamber.com

2005 Business Forecast Conference

“Driving Success in the Long Beach Region” THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2005 7:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Keynote: Jack Kyser, Chief Economist, L.A. County Economic Development Corp.

Westin Long Beach Jackie Kuhl (562) 436-2810 • jkuhl@lbchamber.com

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