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Coffee with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
 
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez Guest Speaker At ABC Adult School
By Larry Caballero
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Thanking Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (center) for dropping by ABC Adult School and for talking to students and community leaders were (l-r) ABC School Board member Sophia Tse, Artesia Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Shaila Patankar, Cerritos College Board President Dr. Shin Liu, and ABC Adult School Principal and Artesia Chamber President Dr. PaoLing Guo. ABC Adult School and the Artesia Chamber of Commerce hosted a Coffee for Congresswoman Linda Sanchez Nov. 4, where more than 200 attended the Cuesta campus to hear the Congresswoman talk about the “gridlock challenges” in Washington. Sanchez said there is a lot of “election uncertainty about our countrys future, but even so, I believe that better days are ahead for us, and I am waiting for that breakthrough moment.” She will soon be moving on from being Chair of the Hispanic Caucus, and the ranking member of both the Ethics Committee and the Select Committee on Benghazi, and she hopes to soon be elected to a leadership position on the Democratic Caucus. Sanchez will also remain as the first Latina and woman on the House Ways & Means Committee, a powerful committee where issues are addressed that impact millions of Americans. Sanchez said that she is proud of the work she has done for her communities that she represents, including just recently turning over 15 acres of land to the City of Norwalk. “This has been a crazy Presidential election year,” said Sanchez, “and 2016 will prove to be a very unproductive year in terms of legislation, and when we return to Washington, we only have 16 legislative days left until the end of this year.” Addressing a potential government shutdown is the first priority, and Sanchez believes Congress will pass a short term spending bill to last until early 2017. Another issue is overhauling the criminal justice system. “We can improve it,” said Sanchez, “if we work together to make America even greater.” Another serious issue is rebuilding our infrastructure. “If we do not do it, our whole economy suffers.” When she is visiting the District, she loves to meet with local businesses and walk through their shops. “When I am in Artesia, I love to stop by boutiques like Sona Chaandi to buy a piece of jewelry or maybe even a sari.” She was asked about challenges to having access to higher education, and she expressed concern about the exorbitant student loan debt. “It hampers student desires to go to college,” said Sanchez. She said that student debt is second to mortgage debt, has already surpassed credit card debt, and “it is a drag on our economy.” She is worried that states are divesting in education. In the past, states spent up to 30 per cent of tax dollars on education, and now it iss about 9 per cent. Sanchez is in favor of reducing the interest rates on student loans and in supporting a new GI Bill that will allow funding for a vet when he returns home, or it can be transferred to a dependent. Sanchez said she had more than $60,000 in law school debt when she graduated from a public university, and it took her 20 years to repay the debt. The Congresswoman also supports providing resources for vets so they can find jobs when they return home, and also providing funding for job skill training. When asked about public safety in our schools and parks, she said that the rise in homelessness in our communities is a growing concern, and more funding is needed to address the problem. On exorbitant citizenship application fees, Sanchez said that we have a broken immigration system, and more immigration judges are needed. She advised immigrants to apply for fee waivers if they qualify. Recognized by her colleagues and the national media as a leading voice for working families, judiciary, and trade matters, Linda Sánchez has represented California 38th Congressional District since 2013. From 2003 - 2013, Congresswoman Sánchez represented California 39th Congressional District, which included many of the communities she currently represents. The 38th District includes the communities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, East La Mirada, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada, La Palma, Los Nietos, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier.
Thousands Attend 5-Star Diwali Celebration At Cerritos College
 
Many dignitaries an officials attended the Diwali Festival of Lights at Cerritos College Oct. 22 including Los Angeles County Supervisorial Candidate and Congresswoman Janice Hahn who wished everyone a happy Diwali day.
The Indian Cultural Society of Los Angeles (ICSLA) organized its Annual Grand Diwali Celebration Oct. 22 at Cerritos College where thousands attended. Diwali is India’s largest annual festival celebrated by people throughout the world. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. The Artesia Chamber of Commerce also joined forces with ICSLA in organizing the event.
Co-event planner and past President of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce Parimal Shah described the vision for the organization. “Our dedicated team of organizers would like to take ICS platform nationwide,” said Shah “by connecting various groups and organizations from other states that are engaged in promoting Indian values.”
Performers included international pop singer, actor and celebrity host Reggie Benjamin, who sang an impromptu Bollywood duet with Pooja Batra that added sparks to the evening.
Bollywood film stars Preity Zinta and Pooja Batra also mesmerized the audience who attended the festival. Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez greeted the audience and wished them a Happy Diwali. They recognized the importance of India-America relations. U.S. Representative Ed Royce also attended the evening and greeted the audience.
Other distinguished guests included Cerritos College President Dr. Jose Fierro, Board of Trustees President Dr. Shin Liu, Board member John Paul Drayer, Ken Glenn Trustee candidate, Commander Kevin Kuykendall LA Sherriff, Dganit Abramoff of the American Jewish Community, President of Artesia Chamber of Commerce Dr. Paoling Guo , Vice President Shaila Patanker ,Treasurer Bipin Morari and Secretary Larry Caballero, along with Board members Bill Lee and Lou Trerotola, City of Artesia Planning Commissioner Bhakta Thapa, Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem Naresh Solanki and Artesia Mayor Pro Tem Ali Sajjad Taj. At the festival, the ICS organizers also honored many supporting organizations like American Jewish Community of Los Angeles, Nepali Association, Artesia City Council, UFICA, Rajput Association, Artesia Chamber of Commerce, Cerritos College, Indian American Professional Association, Cerritos City Council and individuals who had made significant contributions in making this event a grand success.
The ICS Diwali celebration featured the diversity of India’s music, dance and cuisine while highlighting the contributions of Indian Americans locally and nationally. The event was sponsored by One West Bank, Pioneer Money,Wallis State Bank, Cake Korner+, Denny’s and many businesses. Artesia Live, DOMA Properties and Apel Constructions were the Grand Sponsors of the event.
Street Fair 2016
 
Artesia Mayor Pro-Tem Ali Taj and Artesia Chamber of Commerce President Dr. PaoLing Guo welcome more than 40,000 guests to the 2016 Artesia International Street Fair & Diversity Festival Oct. 1 on Pioneer Boulevard. Artesia Chamber Board members manned the Wheel of Fortune Chamber booth from 11:00 am to closing at 11:00 pm.
Business Academy Workshop on October 4th
 
Presenting Certificates of Appreciation to the Keynote Speakers Oct. 4 at one of several Artesia Chamber of Commerce Business Academy Workshops were Artesia Chamber President and ABC Adult School Principal Dr. PaoLing Guo (l) and Past President Parimal Shah of Pioneer Money (r).
Business Law Attorneys Guest Speakers At Artesia Chamber Luncheon
 
By Larry Caballero
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Welcoming more than 50 Artesia Chamber members and guests Sept. 27 for a Business Networking Luncheon and Business Academy Workshop were (l-r): Chamber Vice-President Shaila Patankar, Attorneys Lomel Sharo and Melissa Centeno, Mayor Pro-Tem Ali Taj and President Dr. PaoLing Guo.
Business and Immigration Law Attorneys Melissa Centeno and Lomel Sharo, of the Centeno & Sharo Law Firm, were guest speakers at the Artesia Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Luncheon Sep. 27 at the Nanking Chinese Restaurant in Artesia.
The Artesia Chamber is hosting several 2016 Business Academy Workshops for their members beginning with the first on “Business Law,” followed by “How to Start Your Own Business scheduled for Oct. 4 at ABC Adult School. Attorneys Centeno and Sharo discussed several legal issues including:
Failure to incorporate or create a business entity to protect against personal liability;
Failure to create effective company agreements (partnership, shareholder, or multi-member operating agreement);
Non-existent or ineffective employee manuals and human resource guidelines;
Exposure to liability in talking about competition publically or anonymously on the web; and Failing to take inventory of your company’s intellectual property. Other workshops will include “Financial Ways to Establish Values for Your Own Business,” Oct. 11, “Marketing in the Digital Age,” Oct. 18, “Making Online Marketing A Success,” Oct. 25, “Healthcare: What the Affordable Care Act Means to Small Business,” Nov. 1, “Serve for Success,” Nov. 8, and “Business Etiquette,” Nov. 15.
Centeno is a graduate of UCLA where she received her BA in Political Science concentrating on American Government. She then received her Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Law. Her practice focuses on contracts, purchase and sale agreements, entity formation, securities law and other transactional matters.
Saro is a graduate of UC San Diego, where he received his BA in Political Science with a focus on Theory. He went on to study law at UC Berkeley School of Law. His practice focuses on employment and immigration law.
For more updates on future Artesia Chamber of Commerce events, visit www.artesiachamberofcommerce.org.