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Police chief, State of City, more Jan. 28

Presentations by the Arcadia Police Chief on recent crimes, trends, and business tips; reports by School District officials; a presentation on what the start of Metro Gold Line train service on March 5 will mean for street crossings and rail safety, updates on Methodist Hospital; and an expanded State of the City presentation with reports from most City department heads on Business Development, Public Works, Finance, and more.

The popular annual Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Planning Conference on January 28 will be even more comprehensive than usual for business and organization leaders as well as the community at large, thanks to the support of host sponsor Embassy Suites by Hilton, Community Contributor Presenting Sponsors Westfield Santa Anita and Methodist Hospital, and event sponsors Century Rooter Service & Plumbing, Professional Advisory Services, BMW of Monrovia, Foothill Credit Union, Arcadia Association of Realtors, Singpoli’s Dusit D2 Hotel Constance, and the USE Eye Institute.

In addition to a huge and delicious buffet breakfast, L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Community Relations Manager Lilian De Loza-Gutierrez will give one of the first formal detailed presentations about what to expect when the Gold Line light rail service begins six weeks later on March 5. Methodist Hospital and Arcadia Unified School District will also make presentations their state-of-the-art and award-winning services.

The heads or representatives of most of the various departments of the City will be on hand at Embassy Suites by Hilton Arcadia to give separate presentations about everything from police, fire, public works, and economic development, and answer questions from the audience.

The Planning Conference will be from 8 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Host sponsor Embassy Suites Arcadia is hosting a full breakfast buffet before the program begins and will offer drinks and light pastries throughout the morning in the remodeled ballroom. Also sponsoring the event are Century Rooter Service & Plumbing and Professional Advisory Services.

Sponsors who contribute $1,000 get their branding on all promotion for the event and the option of a short presentation at the program. Contact the Chamber at 626-447-2159 or e-mail:

Last year City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto provided a wealth of information that is still referenced nearly a year later, including previews of many upcoming developments and city initiatives like the new City of Arcadia web site that recently launched. This year the State of the City address will be greatly expanded to include FAQs from the police and fire chiefs and other department heads relative to commonly asked questions and issues, as well as valuable tips on how businesses and residents can make their own lives easier, more efficient, and safer.

The conference is an extension of the Chamber’s monthly meeting of the Board of Directors. This year’s Citizen of the year and Corporate Community Contributor will also be announced for the first time at the Planning Conference.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online here or by calling the Chamber office at 626-447-2159 or e-mailing to:

In addition to a brief convening of a regular meeting agenda of the Chamber Board of Directors, the agenda also includes a summary of the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year by President Andrew Gregson of Hart Mieras & Morris and The Executive Factor. Incoming President Vicki Knight will present her plans and goals for the Chamber in 2016-17, as well as a call to action.

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