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Pictured above: Congressman Ted Lieu presents a certificate of congratulations to Kiwanis President Guy Puckett and Past Distinguished Lieutenant Governor Tony Molino.
Donna Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Kiwanis Club of Torrance
This past Friday evening, 80 individuals gathered to celebrate the 30 th anniversary of the Kiwanis Club of Torrance. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child, one community at a time.

Celebrating with a 1960’s theme, several of those attending dressed in tie-dyed tee shirts and bellbottoms, go-go boots and bright, colorful, floral dresses. Tables were decorated with peace sign necklaces, replicas of 45s and a flower power van. Mojo A Gogo provided live music from the 1960’s. Read more...
NEWS
CalChamber Seeking Changes to Make Panic Button Legislation More Workable
A California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition continues to seek changes to make more workable a bill that, among other provisions, requires hotels to provide employees who work alone with a panic button to summon immediate assistance when called.

Although the coalition does not oppose providing panic buttons to employees working along in hotels, the coalition supports amendments to  AB 1761  (Muratsuchi; D-Torrance) to ease administrative burdens. The CalChamber and coalition remain opposed to the bill unless it is amended because AB 1761 creates unworkable requirements for paid leave and allows for a patchwork of state of local rules on the subject. So far, the coalition’s amendments have not been accepted.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider AB 1761 when legislators return from summer recess. Read more...
Torrance Area Hoteliers Discuss Hotel Panic Button Bill with Senator Ben Allen
Yesterday, Linda Amato, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Torrance-South Bay, welcomed Senator Ben Allen, 26 th District and local hoteliers to discuss AB 1761, the Hotel Panic Button Bill.

General Managers and hotel leadership expressed concern about the ‘circle of costs’, clarification of HR regulations and the potential for litigation in reference to AB 1761. From the onset, this bill raised several concerns for hotel leadership. The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce previously hosted two separate meetings with Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and hoteliers.
More than 400,000 Entrepreneurs Use Bizfile in First Year
Since its release last year, more than 400,000 entrepreneurs throughout the state have utilized bizfile California’s online business filing and search services, according to government data released this month.

The California Secretary of State (SOS) created the online portal in an effort to bring the process of filing business documents into the digital age. The agency goal was to ensure that customers would no longer have to drive to an office and wait in line to search for business records or file financial statements. Rather, customers could simply go online, and at the click of their mouse, file or search for the documents they need.

Tools available through bizfile California include:
•  California Business Search Tool . More than 12.4 million Corporation, LLC, and Limited Partnership (LP) records are available for free download;
•  Eureka Chatbot .
For more information or to take advantage of the services above, visit the bizfile California   website .
Sincere Thanks Extended to Dan Armendariz and California Water Service Co.
Last week, the TACC's A/V capability received a fantastic upgrade, thanks to the hard work and volunteerism of TACC Board Member, Dan Armendariz and his crew from Cal Water, who installed the Chamber's new TVs. We are so appreciative of their time and attention to detail and extend our sincere appreciation!
Manners Make an Employee
You spend up to 40 hours a week (and maybe more) with your co-workers so workplace etiquette, an unofficial code of conduct, can affect both your work environment and professional life. Minding your workplace manners can be tricky though as workplace cultures differ as do the opinions of your managers and fellow co-workers.

According to a  recent Robert Half survey , senior managers said the most common breaches of workplace etiquette included:

  • Running late to or missing meetings (34 percent)
  • Not responding to calls or emails in a timely way (26 percent)
  • Gossiping about others in the office (23 percent)
  • Being distracted during meetings such as checking a smartphone or writing emails (7 percent)
  • Not crediting others when appropriate (6 percent)
  • Criticizing others publicly (2 percent)

Southern California Gas Co. Provides Update on Changing Industry
This past Monday, Patricia Wagner, CEO, and Bret Lane, President and COO, of Southern California Gas Co., welcomed dignitaries and business leaders to the Energy Resource Center Facility in Downey.  As the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, safely serving more than 21 million consumers through nearly 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities, Wagner and Lane provided up to date information on the changing industry in California.

Whether it's pioneering new ways to help customers put this clean, low-cost energy source to good use in transportation, construction and agriculture; converting Los Angeles’ rails and ports; decarbonizing the pipeline; or working to advance sound and responsible energy policy on behalf of its customers, SoCalGas is bringing forward game-changing innovations that will improve Southern California’s air quality, economy and way of life.

Donna Duperron, TACC President & CEO, attended this informative meeting and looks forward to working with the South Bay Restaurant Association, chaired by Vince Giuliano, as electrification is being explored and researched.
Duperron Selected to Air Force Space Command Civic Leader Program
Donna Duperron, President & CEO, has been named as a member of the Air Force Space Command Civic Leader Program. Twelve individuals from across the United States were selected to this program. Duperron, Former Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke are from California.

In a letter from John W. Raymond, General, United States Air Force, Duperron will be invited to participate in a series of events throughout the year to keep her informed about top command priorities and programs, as well as the opportunity to share insights and feedback. Duperron will also attend a launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

She recently participated on a conference call that outlined AFSPC infrastructure, Integrated Defense, and Small-Unmanned Aerial Systems.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
(a.k.a. Networking Opportunities!)
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Ribbon Cutting : The Aurelia Foundation: Friday, July 27 @ 11:30am
GAP (Gov't Affairs Policy): TACC Boardroom: Thursday, August 9 @ 12pm
Women in Business : TACC Boardroom: Friday, August 10 @ 8am-9am
Business @ Noon: Hey 19 : Tuesday, August 14 @ 11:45am-1:15pm
South Bay HYPE: Zymurgy Brew Works : Tuesday, August 21 @ 5:00pm-6:30pm
Tech Talks: AMAG Technology : Thursday, August 23 @ 12:00pm-1:30pm
Honda Evening Under the Stars: Saturday, August 25 @ 6pm-9:30pm
California Coastal Clean Up Day : Miramar Park: Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 9am-12pm
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