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Donna Visits Red Apple Air
As a former second grade teacher, anything with 'red apple' in the title is intriguing to me. Arriving at Red Apple Air, Maria Zavalla and Misty Rivera, provided a warm welcome. Since 2004, Red Apple Air is an independently owned heating and air conditioning company that specializes in servicing, repairing, and installing a wide variety of HVAC makes and models. They are an insurance approved company, ensuring that their work meets the highest industry standards.
 
Red Apple Air's goal is to be a trustworthy HVAC service leader. "We’ll go the extra mile to earn the trust of business owners, homeowners and renters, and believe in providing the highest level of service in all areas of our expertise. Our craft is our pride, so leave your heating and air conditioning worries with pros who really care," shared Rivera. Read more...
NEWS
Recap at Summer Break: Employment Bills Remain
A review of action on major employment-related legislation for business before the Legislature began its summer recess on July 6 shows both good and disappointing outcomes for the employer community.

On the plus side was the passage of a CalChamber-sponsored  job creator that enables businesses to avoid hiring repeat sexual harassment offenders AB 2770 (Irwin; D-Thousand Oaks)  codifies case law to ensure victims of sexual harassment and employers are not sued for defamation by the alleged harasser when a complaint of sexual harassment is made and the employer conducts its internal investigation.

In addition, strong opposition from the CalChamber and its coalitions of business/industry groups and local chambers of commerce helped stop several job killer bills or provided pressure to secure amendments removing the more onerous provisions of job killers and other CalChamber-opposed proposals.

Still, a number of employment-related job killers continue to move in the Legislature. Read more...
Above: Attendees to the inaugural HYPE event with special guest STAR, Torrance Chief of Police, Eve Irvine.
TACC Kicks Off New Young Professionals Group, HYPE
This week, the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce proudly introduced a young professionals group, geared toward 21 to 45 year olds seeking meaningful opportunities for networking and career-minded connection. The group is called HYPE, which stands for Helping Young Professionals Excel.

More than 28 were in attendance at the Torrance Marriott's 21 Square for the kick-off event, which featured special guest, Torrance Chief of Police, Eve Irvine. Each month, the group will enjoy a brief presentation from a different STAR (Successful Torrance Area Representative) who will inspire and offer advice to the group. Special thanks are extended to Regan Ward and the 21 Square staff, as well as Chief Irvine for taking the time to be at the event.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 21st from 5-6:30pm at Zymurgy Brew Works . RSVP is requested by clicking HERE .
July 31, 2018 Marks Deadline to Apply for SEED Award
The South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC) is hosting the 11 th annual SEED Awards event in September. Comprised of businesses and municipalities throughout the South Bay and beyond, the SBBEC uses the SEED (Southern California Environmental Excellence Development) program to recognize the extraordinary environmental efforts of local businesses, individuals and organizations.

Past SEED Award winners have ranged from individuals to international corporations each of which have helped the quality of life in the South Bay and surrounding region. By recognizing the efforts being made locally, these awards help demonstrate to others how a few simple steps can make a significant impact.

The event will welcome local political figures, community leaders, and business owners. For more information, please visit www.sbbec.org to download an application, or contact event chair, Doug Krauss at 310-349-2987.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: International Surf Festival
Calling all dudes and dudettes! The 2018 International Surf Festival is seeking volunteer Lifeguard Competition Judges; 12 individuals on Friday, August 3rd; and 12 on Saturday, August 4th.

It's incredibly fun, you'll walk away with a free t-shirt commemorating the event, and be a part of a long-standing South Bay tradition! Tell a friend!

Why a Regional Power Grid Brings Energy Security
Reliable energy infrastructure is a hallmark of a modern world, and affordable power is vital for economic development and social cohesion. Ensuring that electricity is both affordable and reliable are ultimately the responsibility of our state government leaders when they set the ground rules for how electricity is generated and how it is transmitted around the grid.

California’s world-leading greenhouse gas reduction efforts have curbed the state’s carbon footprint, but have also resulted in more expensive electricity and greater challenges to utilities to maintain service reliability, issues of great concern to California businesses. Just as the Legislature has led the way in insisting that more of our electricity come from renewable sources, it must also have a plan to ensure that our electricity grid can deliver power when businesses and residents need it, at the most affordable rates possible.

That’s why business groups are encouraging the Legislature to approve legislation that could reshape the future of the state’s energy infrastructure and lower energy costs for consumers and businesses.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
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Tech Talks Kick-Off Mixer : Survios Virtual Reality Arcade: Thursday, July 26 @ 4:30pm-6:30pm
Ribbon Cutting : The Aurelia Foundation: Friday, July 27 @ 11:30am
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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