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OUT & ABOUT WITH DONNA
Donna Visits a Celebration of Special Olympics at North High School
This past week I had a memorable experience visiting the launch of a new youth activation campaign to create the first truly unified generation – a generation in which young people with and without intellectual disabilities create a future of respect and inclusion for everyone.

This celebration urges youth everywhere to play and ultimately live unified, breaking down the barriers that exclude people with intellectual disabilities. The #PlayUnified movement is inspired by a simple principle: training, playing and competing together is a quick path to understanding, acceptance and friendship.
NEWS

Thank you Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi, 66th District

Last week the Assembly passed AB 1008 to the Senate. The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce extends appreciation to Assembly member Al Muratsuchi, 66th District, for his opposition vote to AB 1008 which exposes employers to increased litigation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act for utilizing relevant criminal history of an applicant in its employment decision to maintain safety in the workplace.

Members Discuss “Drive-By” Lawsuits with Congressman Ted Lieu’s Office
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce members were provided a forum to discuss H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. This legislation would close the loophole in the federal law that has unintentionally helped produce “drive-by” ADA Title III lawsuits while adding safeguards that incentivize the remedy of alleged violations – without taking away the right to pursue “bad actors” who ignore compliance.

This is a “notice and cure” bill that requires a plaintiff to give specific notice to the property owner about the alleged violations so they know what they are looking for in terms of a barrier. The legislation also allows property owners up to 120 days to fix the alleged ADA violation before the clock starts running on attorney fees. Chamber members agreed that this piece of legislation is a good first step. “Small businesses are fragile. Starting with a conversation, instead of a lawsuit is promising,” stated Kirk Rossberg, owner of Torrance Bakery.
Beutler Joins International Delegation
TACC Chairman Jonathan Beutler has been selected as a fellow for an upcoming German Marshall Fund program. As the sole representative from California, he will join the delegation in Washington, from where the group will travel together to Brussels, Berlin, Bonn, and Frankfurt.  During the program we will meet with a variety of  leaders  from the European Union, NATO, the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, as well as representatives from the government of Germany, among others.

The German Marshall Fund is headquartered in Washington DC and was founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.
Appreciation extended to Cortez and Trinneer, Ambassador Program
Co-Chairs
Heartfelt appreciation is extended to Leslie Cortez, City of Torrance and Todd, Trinneer, Staybridge Suites for their leadership with the Ambassador program this past year. Leslie and Todd provided countless volunteer hours to organize calls to new members, encourage attendance at ribbon cuttings and to promote the benefits of chamber membership.

Leslie has enthusiastically agreed to organize and implement the new Junior Leadership Torrance program which will kick off in October 2017. This program will follow in the footsteps of the Leadership Torrance program, but will be specifically designed for high school sophomores.

Todd has been elected to serve on the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce board of director's. He will hold the position of vice-chair of membership.
TACC Hosts Torrance Police Department & Local Credit Unions to Discuss ATM Skimming
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce members, representing credit unions, met with Sargent Ron Connor, Torrance Police Department, Economic Crimes Division, this morning to discuss the placement of skimmers on ATM's and the increase of fraudulent checks.

"Getting together in small groups like these, establishes a  dialogue  which enables police personnel and businesses to share ideas and issues," stated Connor. This morning's discussion included deep skimmer inserts, fraudulent checks, chip readers servicing customers, frequency of ATM checks by branch leadership team and store front appearance. Detective Mark  Hassoldt  presented a timeline of the evolution of ATM fraud.

Attending this morning's meeting were representatives from Cal Com Credit Union, Schools First Credit Union,  Kinecta  Federal Credit Union and Nikkei Credit Union.
Congratulations to the Leadership Torrance Graduating Class of 2017
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce next week's graduation of the 2016-2017 Leadership Torrance class. Developed by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Torrance is the South Bay’s premier leadership development course, designed to develop effective and visionary leaders who will help our community remain successful.

For the past six months, class members have explored topics including leadership styles, state and local politics, international trade, the arts, and local history. Participants are challenged with the objective to become engaged in civic activities with the long-term vision of giving back to their business and the community as a whole.

Congratulations to the following individuals for having successfully completed this year’s Leadership Torrance program:

Cynthia Aguado – City of Torrance, Community Services Dept.
Liz Hosmer – Grassroots Lab
Richard Kazandjian – City of Torrance, Fire Dept.
Jorge Loera – Aloha HR
Stephen MacAller – Torrance-South Bay YMCA
Tracy Maestro – California Water Service
Yonnie Parker – City of Torrance
Tom Penland – Greenline Associates
Marcelino Rivas – The Van Lingen Group
Dawn Salvatore – Moog, Inc.
Tracy Schiller – Encore Theatre Group
Frank Umekubo – California Water Service
Mark Underwood – City of Torrance, Police Dept.
Danielle Wagner – Switzer Learning Center
Soc Yumul – City of Torrance, Community Development Dept.

Additional thanks to Cyndy Rosell of the City of Torrance, Susan Swinburne of the Torrance Education Foundation, and Russell Akiyama of Sunflower Farms for their directorial leadership of the 2017 class.
EVENTS
One Week Remaining to Secure Seats or Tables for the 2017 Business Awards Celebration & Inaugural
Business @ Noon: Ragin' Cajun Cafe
"Because You Gotta' Eat"

525 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach

Tuesday, June 13th
11:45am-1:15pm

$25/person includes lunch (TACC Members Only)
Governmental Affairs Policy (GAP)

Wed., June 14th | 12noon-1:30pm

Open to TACC members only.

GAP members help to shape the advocacy efforts carried out by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce. Join in the discussion; RSVP to Donna Duperron via email .
Art of Business: Networking Only!

Thurs., June 15th | 12noon-1:30pm

Please join Candy Messer for this special, networking-only edition of the Art of Business.

Mix and mingle with other TACC members and make meaningful connections over your lunch hour! RSVP Here

TechPros

Tues., June 27th | 12noon-1:30pm

This free program is designed to help you navigate the ever-changing technological landscape, give you big picture analysis of the future of business and technology, and find intelligent ways of using technology to stay ahead of the competition. RSVP Here

Ribbon Cutting Celebrations

Thursday, June 15th | 9am
Mimi's Cafe
25343 Crenshaw Blvd. | Torrance

Thursday, June 15th | 4pm
Black Raven Tattoo Gallery
1313 Sartori Ave. | Torrance

Thursday, June 15th | 4:45pm
The Catalina Room
128 S. Catalina Ave. | Redondo Beach
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