AUGUST 18, 2011
CCA Meets with New City Planning Commissioner Justin Kim

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
General Membership Meeting
The City's Economic Engines Fueling LA's Future
Panelists: Gina Marie Lindsey, Ron Nichols, Dr. Geraldine Knatz

First pitch at 7:10 p.m.
(Open to Executive Level Members Only)
Dodger Night at Dodger Stadium

11:45 a.m.
(Open to Executive Level Members Only)

Special Guest: The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard, 34th Congressional District of California

The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation's Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division is developing a report to the City Council on waste hauler franchising options.  As part of that report, they are holding the second round of stakeholder meetings, where they will be soliciting input on the development of the city's commercial waste hauling franchise system. 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Expo Center
3980 Bill Robertson Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90037

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Marvin Braude Building
6262 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91401

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Invitation to Cuba
CCA and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce have been invited to assemble a group to visit Cuba from September 14-18, 2011.  This trip comes at an important time for Cuba: a new economy is being born; a genuine Cuban private business sector is emerging; reforms have been made in taxation, production, business, and agriculture; foreign investment is being expanded and strongly encouraged. This trip will provide a full-time schedule of educational experiences with meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba.
For more information on this historic trip, please click here.

CCA & DCBID Present:
12th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Barbecue

Friday, September 30, 2011
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ernst & Young Plaza @ FIGat7th

CCA Meets with New City Planning Commissioner Justin Kim

Newly-appointed City Planning Commissioner Justin Kim met with CCA’s Housing, Land Use & Development Committee, and discussed the important role that smart zoning and planning will play in Los Angeles’ economic recovery.  As the principal appraiser for TMG Realty Advisors, Commissioner Kim comes to the City Planning Commission with over fifteen years of experience in real estate appraisal and consulting. 

In his remarks, he emphasized that good planning creates sound value for property owners and municipalities alike.  Proper zoning designations that take into consideration future growth and development, density of population, and the adequacy of public infrastructure directly correlate to higher land values, ultimately leading to increased tax revenue to local cities and counties.  He also reminded the committee that property buyers come to Los Angeles from all over the world, and our zoning must be sufficiently flexible and business-friendly to accommodate their needs.  He focused on Hollywood and Downtown in particular, noting that the vibrancy of these two communities is crucial because of their revenue-generating potential.

Ackley Padilla, Chief Deputy to the CEO of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), also updated our committee on the state’s plans to dismantle redevelopment agencies and discussed how the California Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state action will affect CRA/LA’s future.  Despite City Council approval to transfer $97.3 million to the state and protect CRA/LA from dissolution, the agency’s future is still in doubt because of a stay issued by the California Supreme Court which forbids the agency from incurring new debt, transferring assets, acquiring real property, or entering into or modifying contracts.  Although CRA/LA is currently exploring legal action, it is unlikely that there will be any clear resolution to this situation until January 2012, when the court is expected to render a decision.


After considering a set of eight recommendations to the city’s gross receipts tax from a recently released economic study commissioned to provide a comprehensive analysis of the city’s business tax structure, the Business Tax Advisory Committee (BTAC) voted unanimously to eliminate the gross receipts tax.  CCA was among several business organizations urging BTAC to ''axe the tax.'' 
Staff Contact: Director of Government & Member Relations, Tracey Chavira.

CCA testified before the Los Angeles City Council in support of a proposal by the City Administrative Officer (CAO) to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) to transfer zoo operation and maintenance over to a private party.  The City Council approved releasing the RFP while directing the CAO to explore a plan to keep the zoo under city management.
Staff Contact: Vice President of Legislative & Legal Affairs, Anne Williams.