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  • Fri, June 22, 2018 12:23 PM | Deleted user

    Join us for an intimate breakfast and discussion regarding the state of the local nonprofit community and get updates on important issues facing the nonprofit sector and the available resources that can help support your organization.

    Free Registration!

    Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 

    Time: 9:00-10:30 AM

    Location: Foothill Unity Center 790 West Chestnut Avenue Monrovia, CA 91016

    RSVP by July 20th with Jeannie Delaure  


    OR CALL (626) 535-1802

  • Fri, June 22, 2018 11:56 AM | Deleted user

    Over 100 business and civic leaders gathered to understand US-China trade.

    (L-R) Gil Flores, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager at City National Bank, and Jeff Allred, President & CEO at SGVEP 

    "China does not want to have a trade war with the United States,” said Haiyan Liu, Senior Commercial Consul for the Chinese Consul General in Los Angele, to an audience of over 100 business and civic leaders on Thursday, June 21 at an event titled “Power Lunch 2.0 -- International Trade: What’s Really Happening with US-China,” a monthly business series hosted by the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.

    (L-R) Haiyan Liu, Senior Commercial Consul for the Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles; David Atkinson, senior vice president and foreign exchange sales manager at City National Bank; and Andrew Kositkun,  vice president and interbank FX trader

    Joined by two senior analysts from City National Bank, a sponsor of this event, Mr. Liu showed the audience the facts: China is the Largest Trade Partner and the largest import source of the US. China, at the same time, is a significant market for US exports. That means, according to Mr. Liu, trade between the world’s two largest economies is mutually beneficial.

    David Atkinson and Andrew Kositkun of City National Bank offered insights into the recent increase threat of a trade war between Washington and Being. On Friday, Washington announced a 25% levy on $50 billion of imports from China. Beijing fired back by slapping a 25% tariff on American imports. This week Washington threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports and to double that amount if Beijing retaliates.

    The Partnership would like to thank all the following individuals and organizations for attending this event:

    Government Officials

    City of Irwindale, Council Member Manuel Ortiz

    Three Valleys, John Mendoza

    Office of Congress Member Ed. Royce, Stephanie Hu

    Office of LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Sandra Maravilla and Paul Green

    Office of Congress Member Grace Napolitano, Bob Pence and Heather Elizalde

    City of Arcadia, Tim Schwehr

    City of Monterey Park, Donna Ramirez & Tom Welch


    Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley News Group (SGV Tribune and Pasadena Star News)

    Apple Daily

    Charming China 

    EDI Media

    News Agency America

    Sky Link TV

    Business Organizations

    Chinese Consulate General, Yuan Hao

    Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Paul Little

    Irwindale Chamber of Commerce, Marlene Carney

    El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce, Ken Rausch

    San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, Anthony Duarte

    Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, Dora Leung

    Pacific Merchants Shipping Association (Ports of LA and Long Beach), Jessica Alvarenga

    Chinese American Federation, Sher Li

    US Zhejiang General Chamber of Commerce, Guang Lin

    Beijing Association, Peter Wei

    Guandong Economic Development & Trade Promotion Office of North America, Ding Hong He

    Invest Shanghai, Michael Yu

    America Guizhou Chamber of Commerce, Mandy Carter

    SGVEP Board Members 

    Paul Donaldson, Citizens Business Bank

    Michel Rodgers, Lucas, Horsfall Accountants and Adv

  • Fri, June 15, 2018 12:20 PM | Deleted user



    June, 2018

    Jed Daly


    The Invisible Gorilla 

    If a life sized gorilla walked right across your field of vision, right in front of you, would you see it? “You bet I would,” you answer. “No one would miss something that obvious!”

    You would be wrong!

    In a mind blowing, now world famous psychology experiment in the late 1990’s, University of Illinois professor Daniel Simons and his collaborator, Christopher Chabris constructed an ingenious experiment. They created a video, The Monkey Business Illusion, in which they filmed two teams of college students, 3 in white shirts and 3 in black shirts, pass a basketball to other members of their team. The audience is asked to count the number of times that the players on the white team pass the ball to each other. Spoiler alert: The answer is 16.

    After the video ends, the audience is asked if they saw the person in a life sized gorilla suit walk across the stage about half way through. About half the audience doesn’t. The experiment has been replicated thousands of times and it doesn’t matter who is in the audience. Men or women, high IQ or low IQ, detail oriented or creative types, young or old -- the result is always the same.

    In 2010, Simons followed up, repeating the experiment in front of audiences who knew about the gorilla, but with a few changes. This time, as the gorilla comes into your field of view, a player from the black team leaves the stage and the background curtain changes color from red to gold. In this case, just 20% of the audience noticed the new changes. If you’re looking for something specific, Simons concluded, the chances are that you’ll miss something else.

    I didn’t see the gorilla. I would have testified in court that it wasn’t there. And, confronted by someone telling me it was there, I would have thought them delusional. We now know the neuroscience: the brain, overwhelmed with input, selectively ignores most of what the eyes see. It’s called “inattentional blindness.”

    Consider the implications for your organization. About half the time, you and members of your staff will not see things that are right in front of them. Not just abstract concepts, but real physical things. Large items. This is normal. So, what are you missing? What can you do to be sure that you miss less? That your staff misses less? How will you (or your managers) react the next time a staff member doesn’t see something that is right in front of them (if you get angry or impatient, what does that do to your culture)?

    The next time you’re with a group of people, with your staff or your Board, try running the video (see the above link or google “The Monkey Business Illusion”). You’ll be amazed at what happens.

    A  CEO for more than 25 years, Jed Daly works with the CEOs and senior executives of more than 40 Los Angeles companies as a Vistage Chair.  Vistage is the world’s leading CEO membership organization, with more than 22,000 members in 19 countries who run companies with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to over $18 billion. Mr. Daly chairs three out of the 50 Los Angeles based Vistage Boards, and will shortly be forming a fourth Board in the San Gabriel Valley. His 40 members make better decisions, become more profitable AND work less, so they can spend more time with their families, do the things they love and have better personal and professional relationships. For additional posts and content, please link here.  He can be reached or

  • Fri, June 15, 2018 10:53 AM | Deleted user

    SCORE - For the Life of Your Business

    East San Gabriel Valley SCORE and West Covina Present

    SCORE Workshop: "Staying Current with Employment Laws"

    A No-Charge Workshop

    SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides free and confidential business advice, to provide local businesses, and entrepreneurs convenient access to this great business resource

    Click Here to Register

    Date: Thursday June 28, 2018    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Place: City of West Covina City Hall

    1444 West Garvey Ave

    Council Chambers

    West Covina, CA 91790

    Here's Why You Should Come:

    Employers with operations in California - from established corporations to emerging and startup companies - face unique challenges. California law often sets the national trend with employment law developments predating changes across the country. This workshop is aimed at helping participants learn about the latest legal developments and explore ways they may avoid liability by developing preventive strategies.

    About the presenter:

    Hazel U. Poei is a Principal in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has practiced exclusively in the field of employment law for over 15 years. Her practice is focused on single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action employment litigation in state and federal courts in areas such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination of employment, failure to pay wages, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, and improper disclosures relating to background checks. She also handles general advice and counsel matters, including leaves of absence, employee handbooks, and best practices. Ms. Poei has also handled arbitration proceedings and matters before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. She has also prepared briefing to the United States Supreme Court.

  • Fri, June 15, 2018 10:44 AM | Deleted user


    Enjoy a meal at the EST Prime Steakhouse located at the San Gabriel Sheraton for its Father’s Day Weekend Special

    Three-course meal featuring its signature dry-aged KC Steak.

    $85 per person | 20% off select wines

    Available June 15-17 | 5:30 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

    Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel   626.607.2012

    303 East Valley Blvd 

    San Gabriel, CA 91776


  • Thu, June 14, 2018 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pasadena Star-News: Why it's important that a bill declaring Route 66 a National Historic Trail passed the House of Representatives

    Route 66 is one step closer to National Historic Trail status thanks to a bill that passed the House of Representatives on June 5 by a unanimous vote, a month after it cleared the House Natural Resources subcommittee.

    The potential status change carries tremendous significance for supporters, historians, cities and proprietors along the 2,400-mile roadway from Chicago to Los Angeles, dubbed the “Main Street of America.”

    Gaining historic trail status would mark the first, full-length national designation of the road that passes through eight states, and could open a permanent pathway to federal dollars for preservation, promotion and rehabilitation.

    Co-authored by local Rep. Grace Napolitano, a Democrat from El Monte and Rep. Darin LaHood, a Republican from Illinois, the bipartisan bill  making Route 66 the nation’s 20th historical trail was introduced last year.

    After advancing out of the House, the bill was referred to the U.S. Senate Transportation Committee and the subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

    Without the bill, the highway would lose funding from a temporary corridors preservation program funneled through the National Park Service that ends in September 2019, said Bill Thomas, chairman of an eight-state collaborative called the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership.

    Sacramento Bee: Why California won't refund billions in surplus taxes

    California state government has so much money this year that it’s opening two new savings accounts so it can keep socking away even more cash for the rainy day that Gov. Jerry Brown says is just over the horizon.

    That tactic — setting a course to pile up $16 billion in savings over the next 12 months — should reassure taxpayers that cuts to government services won’t be as severe as they were a decade ago when the state’s economy plummeted into the Great Recession.

    But the money is inviting a different kind ofpolitical problem for majority Democrats. It could be used to fuel the campaign that would repeal the 12-cents-a-gallon gas tax that they and Brown championed last year to lock in $52 billion in road repair funding for the next decade.

    Washington Post: House to vote next week on two competing immigration after negotiations fall short

    The House will vote next week on competing immigration bills that deal with the fate of young undocumented immigrants with no guarantee that either will pass and resolve the divisive issue.

    A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) made the announcement late Tuesday after a group of renegade Republican moderates failed to gather enough support to force votes on far-reaching protections for “dreamers” — including on bipartisan bills that could easily pass.

    “Members across the Republican Conference have negotiated directly and in good faith with each other for several weeks, and as a result, the House will consider two bills next week,” said AshLee Strong, an aide to Ryan.

    In a severe blow to the moderates’ hope of forcing action on an issue that has long bedeviled the GOP, the House adjourned Tuesday with the rebels two signatures short of completing a petition that would set up debate on legislation to shield dreamers from deportation.

    Instead, the House will consider a conservative bill, tilted toward hard-line positions that offers a limited path to permanent legal status for young undocumented immigrants. Another bill that has not been finalized would offer that status, and an eventual path to citizenship, but it remains unclear whether it could pass the House.

    Capital Public Radio: This Tax Increase Could Be A Major Issue in California's General Election

    California political campaigns are preparing for the increase of the gas tax to be this fall’s pre-eminent campaign issue, after Republicans focused on the issue during the successful recall of a state Senator.

    Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox jumped on the gas tax issue immediately after his primary win last week.

    “It wasn’t Donald Trump who gave us that gas tax,” he said in his victory speech on Tuesday night. “It was Gavin Newsom, and we’re going to repeal that tax in November!”

    Jen Jacobs, a Republican strategist based in Southern California — where several long-held GOP Congressional districts are considered potentially vulnerable — also says the gas tax will be a main message for the GOP, especially in swing districts. “They’re going after people who might be registered Democrat, but tend to be more conservative, or middle-of-the-road people who might have voted,” Jacobs said.

    KQED News: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: What the Proposal to Split California Could Learn From the Past

    With a complicated path to reality and the state's political and  business establishment lined up firmly against it, the proposal to split California into three separate states appears to be the longest of political longshots.

    But the move would not be completely unprecedented.

    The states proposed by Cal 3 proponent Timothy Draper (Northern California, Southern California, and California) would be the first states formed out of an existing state since West Virginia was carved out of Virginia in 1863. But Virginians didn't have complete say in that decision; the Commonwealth had seceded from the Union in 1861.

    For a more apt example, you'd have to look back to 1820, when Maine was admitted to the union by splitting from Massachusetts, where the legislature approved of the move.

    Maine's statehood lays bare two overwhelming hurdles to the Cal 3 proposal: meeting a legal standard for popular support, and gaining the required political support in Congress.

    Those are far from the only roadblocks that the initiative faces. The idea would first have to be approved by voters in November, and potentially by the state Senate and Assembly, although the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized initiative votes as a constitutional substitute for the legislature.

    O.C. Register: Joel Kotkin: Blue-collar blues in the Southern California job market

    Every year over the past decade, in the Forbes’ annual “Best Places for Jobs” survey, we have been fortunate to assess Southern California’s economy and compare it to other large metropolitan areas. The results point to some strong points but also many long-term problems that regional leaders need to address.

    Overall Southern California remains an economic powerhouse, with the nation’s largest collection of information workers, the third-largest business and professional sector and, remarkably, still the largest core of manufacturing employees. Our economic legacy remains strong, but the rest of the world is catching up on us, and fast.

    Our rankings balance last year’s growth with short-term and medium-term trends, emphasizing momentum. This year Los Angeles ranked a mediocre 43rd out of the 71 largest metros; employment has grown by 5.7 percent over the decade. Contrast that with Dallas, which ranked No. 1 the last two years and has expanded employment at five times L.A.’s rate since 2006. The Big D replaced the dominant post-2010 economic behemoths to the north — San Francisco and Silicon Valley — but both are still solidly in the top 10, having enjoyed over 20 percent job growth over the past decade.

    Within the region, job growth has been fastest the further you get from downtown. Orange County, for example, ranked 27th this year, enjoying a small edge over L.A. but the regional growth leader by far has been exurban Riverside-San Bernardino, which now ranks No. 10 on our overall list. Over the past decade, the region has enjoyed 15.3 percent job growth, which has actually accelerated from 2.6 percent in 2016 to a strong 3.8 percent rate last year.

    Perhaps the biggest threat to Southern California’s economy is not a lack of jobs, but a shortage of those that pay higher wages to offset high housing costs. As Citylab recently reported, Los Angeles is now the most unaffordable place in the nation, in large part due to a relative dearth of higher-paying jobs.

    City Journal: Joel Kotkin: In California, the "Jungle" is Predictable

    One doesn’t expect the unexpected in California elections. A progressive Democrat will become governor; Dianne Feinstein will return to the Senate yet again; and so on. Nuances still matter, particularly at the congressional level, in part due to the “jungle primary” system, but nothing much has changed. Statewide, the ideological die, at least for now, is cast.

    Perhaps the best news for Republicans, with the surprisingly strong showing of businessman John Cox, is that they will actually have a candidate on the November ballot for governor. Businessman Cox easily beat out the Democratic challengers to the front-running Democrat, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. Some conservatives, like Newt Gingrich, think that Cox has a serious shot at victory in November, but all GOP candidates combined pulled in barely 35 percent of the vote.

    Here’s the reality: California Republicans, constituting barely a quarter of the electorate, now make up a smaller cohort than Independents. Combined with Independents who lean to the GOP, they perhaps could win 40 to 45 percent of the vote in November—still not good enough. The big money that once filled the coffers of Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon now goes overwhelmingly to the other side: the top three Democratic gubernatorial candidates raised over $70 million, more than ten times what the GOP’s top candidate, the largely self-funded Cox, had drummed up by the end of last month.

    Even more than money, the problem for Republicans is demographics, which suggest a continued decline of the state party. In the last decade, the state gained 2 million Hispanics and 1 million Asians—both groups now trending overwhelmingly Democratic—while losing almost 800,000 whites, the GOP’s vanishing base. Migration patterns show middle-aged, middle- and working-class families exiting a state increasingly dominated by the unmarried childless and older, affluent white voters, including many who have profited from the rise in housing prices and are the most bullish on the state’s future.

  • Mon, June 11, 2018 1:10 PM | Deleted user


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    Bilingual English/Mandarin or Cantonese speakers for WSGV and English/Korean speakers for Wiltern area, encouraged to apply!

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  • Fri, June 08, 2018 3:57 PM | Deleted user

    (L-R) SGVEP President & CEO Jeff Allred, Allegra Consulting President & CEO Suzanne Madison, SGVEP Director of Marketing & Communications Regina Wang || Photo by Cameron Carothers 

    In 2017, we worked with Allegra Consultingand our Member Cities to create a beautiful exhibit booth that has made the San Gabriel Valley look fabulous at international trade shows. This year, we received the great news that our booth has won an American Advertising Award, an national competition that receives over 40,000 entries annually. We are looking forward to taking our award-winning booth to this October's ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) event at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


  • Fri, June 08, 2018 2:27 PM | Deleted user

    At the June San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership Board Meeting, a new Executive Committee was introduced to serve the Partnership membership. Please join us in congratulating the 2018-19 Executive Committee officers:

    Chair — Reyna Del Haro, Kaiser Permanente

    Vice ChairLupe Valdez, Union Pacific

    SecretaryPeter Hidalgo, Charter Spectrum

    Treasurer Donovan Green, AT&T

    City Manager Representative Darrell George, City of Duarte

    Immediate Past Chair Tina Javid, SoCalGas

    Past Chair David Reyno, Foothill Transit

    Words cannot describe our appreciation for Tina Javid for serving as the chair of the Executive Committee during the 2017-18 fiscal year. Tina's vision of leadership permeated the Partnership and was manifested in the organization's success. Thank you, Tina!

    In the left photo, Tina Javid (R) passes the gavel to new Chair Reyna Del Haro.

    In the right photo, Tina Javid (L) receives a crystal gavel as a token of gratitude for her leadership as the chair of 2017-18.

  • Fri, June 08, 2018 11:53 AM | Deleted user

    Pasadena, CA June 7, 2018– Fifteen local designers and event planners will showcase their creative talents at Leadership Pasadena’s Setting the Table: The Art of Conversation, the community’s first tablescape design competition to be held on the evening of July 21 at the historical—and newly renovated—Hotel Constance Pasadena rooftop event space.

    Kaiser Permanente is a sponsor of this event. Joining Kaiser Permanente are Rusnak Group, Rusnak Maserati, Wells Fargo, Hotel Constance Pasadena, Jacob Maarse Floral Design, realtor Barbara King Richardson, the Coldwell Banker Foundation, Haydel Biel & Associates, Taylor Insurance and Financial Services, Hahn & Hahn LLP, KSHift, Maude Woods Artful Living, The Content Lab Creative Marketing, Plan Ahead Events LA, Melissa Gersh Innovative Marketing, LionMark AVL Entertainment, Town and Country Event Rentals and Media Sponsor LA Dreams Magazine.

    In addition to the tablescape design competition, the event features delicious bites and appetizers from renowned Chef Claude Beltran and wine and bubbly beverages, as well as a silent auction. All proceeds will support the Leadership Pasadena community leadership programs, including the new Community Leadership Course for Veterans.

    Tickets and additional event information may be found here

San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership

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Phone: (626) 856-3400    Fax: (626) 856-5115


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