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OUT & ABOUT
Donna Visits South Bay Children's Health Center

Entering the front door to South Bay Children’s Health Center I was warmly welcomed by Rachel Green, Director of Mental Health Programs.  It was quite simple to see, from her enthusiasm and her knowledge, that Rachel loves her job.  As we toured the facility, I admired colorful paintings, inspirational murals and handcrafted office decorations.

In 1947, South Bay Children’s Health Center was created in response to concerns from the community for the health of local children living on low and moderate incomes with poor access to health services.  Inspired and supported by the local PTA and other members of the community, the organization began as a dental clinic under the auspices of the Community Chest.
NEWS
Top 10 OSHA Workplace Safety Citations
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for fiscal year 2016. The list was compiled from nearly 32,000 federal OSHA inspections.

One interesting fact: This list rarely changes year after year. According to OSHA, “If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.” Both California and federal law require employers to provide a safe working environment for all employees.
Criminal History Regulations: CalChamber Seeks Rejection

The California Chamber of Commerce is asking the state Office of Administrative Law (OAL) to reject proposed regulations that create confusion regarding when employers may consider criminal history in making employment decisions and which could lead to litigation.

The CalChamber does not believe the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has authority under the law to adopt the proposed regulations.

CalChamber does not believe that anything within the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) grants the FEHC authority to impose mandates on how employers use criminal history in employment decisions.

In addition, there is no statutory authority for the FEHC to interpret the Civil Code or the Labor Code regarding the relevancy of criminal convictions, based upon the time that has passed, as the council seeks to do in the proposed regulations.

Trade Report: Strong Start to 2017 for California Exports

California’s merchandise export trade started 2017 with an exceptionally strong showing in January, posting a nominal 10.9% gain over the same month in 2016, according to a recent Beacon Economics trade report.

According to the Beacon Economics analysis of U.S. trade statistics released March 7 by the U.S. Census Bureau, foreign shipments by California businesses totaled $13.27 billion for the month, a robust increase over the $11.96 billion recorded in January 2016.

EVENTS
Hahn to Address a Hotbed of Topics of Interest to South Bay Business Owners and Residents

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has had a whirlwind few weeks; with myriad issues surrounding the South Bay highlighting their leadership agenda. Hahn's highly-anticipated inaugural address is being hosted by Sunrider International in Torrance on Wednesday, March 22nd from noon until 1:30pm; with registration beginning at 11:30am.

Jonathan Beutler, Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, states, "We are so excited to have this opportunity to host supervisor Hahn for this major address. We look forward to hearing her county-level view about issues that impact our regional economy, the business community, and the millions of residents in our area."

4th Annual Torrance Police Department
Awards & Appreciation Luncheon

Honoring the brave officers of the Torrance Police Department who, while serving in an official or unofficial capacity, have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty and/or standard job responsibilities.

Thursday | March 30th | 12noon-2pm

Held at the  Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
3635 Fashion Way | Torrance

Torrance Fire Department B.E.R.T. Program
Friday, March 17th | 8am-12noon
• FIRE • EARTHQUAKE •  TERRORISM • FLOOD •

Do you know how you and your employees would respond to immediate danger at your office or place of business in the event of a major emergency? The Torrance Fire Department has crafted an informative (and surprisingly entertaining) 4-hour workshop to educate, inform and empower the business community. B.E.R.T. stands for "Business Emergency Response Training" and all members of the Torrance community are encouraged to attend.

In an emergency event, official first responders may be overwhelmed by public demand; or simply unable to reach your place of business. Arm yourself with information that can help you, your employees, and your customers survive. 
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
Primo Italia
Thursday, March 23 | 4pm

24590 Hawthorne Blvd. | Torrance

Burger City Grill
Monday, March 27 | 11am
3605 Artesia Blvd. | Torrance
Small Business Cyber Security Summit
Join Congressman Ted Lieu and a panel of cyber security experts for this free event hosted by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

FRIDAY | MARCH 31
7:30am | Registration
8-9:30am | Event
Business @ Noon:
The San Franciscan
2520 Sepulveda Blvd. | Torrance
$25 per person (incl. lunch & non-alcoholic beverage)
Tues | April 4th | 11:45am-1:15pm
2,500+ Expected for Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk
Presented by the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and UCLA Health, the 2017 Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K Run/Walk in tribute to Louis Zamperini is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th.

The TACC is currently seeking sponsors for this most worthwhile community event. Whether a $100 "Red, White and Blue" sponsorship is in your budget, or you're interested in becoming a $500 "Patriot" sponsor; we are delighted to have your support of this event that celebrates our Armed Forces and our community!

Register yourself as an individual, or put together a team representing your business by May 1st and enjoy the low registration rate of $35 per person; which includes a commemorative t-shirt.
There's Always Something Happening at the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce!
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Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce | (310) 540-5858 | www.TorranceChamber.com