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VCC Lunch & Learn at Hotel Erwin: Government 101

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Name: VCC Lunch & Learn at Hotel Erwin: Government 101
Date: October 16, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM PDT
Event Description:
Please join us at Hotel Erwin for our quarterly, lunch-time series, Lunch & Learn where business professionals, while enjoying a delicious lunch, obtain information and tips for refining skills and acquiring new knowledge. 
Topic: Government 101: Meet Your Local Reps & Share Your Business Issues and Concerns
  • Do you know your congressional district and elected representatives? 
  • How about your representatives at the state senate and assembly? 
  • And at the City and County level, what resources are available to you as a business employer/professional?

If you answered “no” or “maybe” to any of the above, this Lunch & Learn is for you!

We will begin with a brief top-down overview of the political engine and local resources, and then continue the discussion with a panel of the local field deputies representing the Venice area. 

During this presentation, you will learn what issues and activities each of our elected offices are working on, and how their efforts impact local business. We will conclude with a spirited, mediated discussion to identify action items to pursue, with the objective in mind to empower and activate positive change for Venice. 

Registration includes presentation & lunch. 

Members: $25.00
Guests: $35.00

The panel session will be with representatives from the offices of Congressman Ted Lieu, State Senator Ben Allen, Assembly Member Autumn Burke, City Council Member Mike Bonin, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

We are honored to have Mark-Antonio Grant, former deputy and special advisor to the late Council Member Bill Rosendahl as our MC and moderator. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Mark-Antonio Grant moved to Los Angeles in 1978. Following six and a half years as an engineer, he made a career change to the public service arena; which featured assignments with Santa Monica Chapter of the American Red Cross, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's "Best Campaign For A Drug Free Tomorrow;" and the Los Angeles Unified School District. After campaigning in 2005 to elect Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl to his first term in office, Mark accepted a staff position with Councilman Rosendahl and continued serving with Councilmember Mike Bonin until his retirement in 2015. Read more

Meet our panelists:
Nicolas Rodriquez - District Director
Congressman Ted Lieu - 33rd Congressional District

Colby Harriman - Field Deputy
State Senator Ben Allen - 26th Senate District

Brandon Stansell - Field Deputy
Assembly Member Autumn Burke - 62nd Assembly District

Stephanie Cohen - District Director
Zachary Gaidzik - Field Deputy
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Morgan Bostic - Venice Field Deputy
Los Angeles City Council Member Mike Bonin

About Lunch & Learn
The Venice Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn event is a quarterly series. Local business professionals are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch while obtaining information and tips for refining various skills and acquiring new knowledge for immediate use. 

Event speakers provide a topic proposal along with a summary on what guests can expect to learn. Our goal is to deliver content that is relevant, engaging and contributes to enhancing participants’ professional and personal experience. 

As another benefit to membership, the Venice Chamber continually seeks to provide programs and activities that help our members connect, promote and support business interests in Venice. 

Interested in presenting? Download proposal form here, complete and email to
About Hotel Erwin
We don't want to date ourselves, but Hotel Erwin has remained a Venice Beach staple since 1975. The man behind our hotel is a local legend,  though he'll never admit it, and his vision to welcome all travelers and treat them like family still influences our hospitality today.

Here at Hotel Erwin, we give our guests an unmistakably Venice Beach experience. Our vibrant rooms and event spaces capture a unique aesthetic that sets the scene for any occasion. Not only do we put guests right next to the beach, but we are also steps away from the areas famed shopping, dining, and activities. When you finally return back to the hotel, there?s always a seat at our rooftop bar High Lounge or low-key dining spot Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails.



Hotel Erwin - Larry's Loft
1697 Pacific Avenue 
Venice, CA 
Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, October 16th
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Check-in begins at 11:30 am
Contact Information:

Registration (includes presentation and lunch):

Chamber Members: $25.00
Guests: $35.00

Valet or street parking available

Refunds for cancellations will not be accepted after Friday, 10/11/2019
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