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Century City Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Susan Bursk Appointed to Los Angeles’ Quality and Productivity Commission

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Century City Chamber of Commerce’s President & CEO, Susan Bursk, was unanimously selected to be a Commissioner on the Quality and Productivity Commission by the 15 members of the Los Angeles City Council during an appointment ceremony at City Hall on December 4, 2013.

The Commission is dedicated to improving the responsiveness, efficiency and quality of services delivered by the City of Los Angeles to the public. Comprised of 15 designated volunteers, the Commission works closely with Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council members to provide recommendations for improving productivity and work measurement within City government.

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During the appointment ceremony, City Council President Herb Wesson and District 5 Councilmember Paul Koretz referenced Ms. Bursk’s extensive experience in the private and public sectors as an asset to the Commission. In addition to her eight years overseeing the Century City Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Bursk was District Director and Chief Field Deputy of the Westside District Office of Councilmember Jack Weiss and has been heavily involved in her community including being Co-founder and the first President of the South Robertson (SoRo) Neighborhood Council; serving on the West Los Angeles Police Department’s Volunteer Surveillance Team (VST); and serving on the Castle Heights Neighborhood Association.

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“It is a privilege to be chosen to contribute to the Quality and Productivity Commission, and I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Commissioners to devise solutions and produce results,” says Ms. Bursk.

For more information about Susan Bursk, please contact the Century City Chamber of Commerce: 310-553-2222 or contact@centurycitycc.com.

Century City Chamber Featured on the Radio!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

betsy+reneeBetsy Berkhemer-Credaire and Renee White Fraser bring real business stories to life on their weekly CBS radio show, “UnFinished Business.” Recently, they discussed how Chambers of Commerce are champions for businesses. Special guests CEOs included Christina Davis, LAXCoastal Chamber; Nancy Hoffman, San Fernando Valley Chamber; and our very own Susan Bursk, Century City Chamber of Commerce! 

To listen, click here. “UnFinished Business” airs Sundays from 4-5 p.m. on KFWB. Visit their website at UnfinishedBusinessTips.com.

Outdoor Sculptures To Transform Avenue of the Stars

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

LOS ANGELES (October 30, 2012) – Century City, Los Angeles’ Westside urban and commercial center, will launch a uniquely large-scaled annual outdoor art exhibition along the center median of Avenue of the Stars beginning on November 15, 2012, transforming the Avenue of the Stars into a “must see” artistic and cultural destination in Los Angeles. The first outdoor exhibition, a series of 22 life-size bronze animal sculptures created by Los Angeles artist Gwynn Murrill, will be on display on the Avenue of the Stars between Pico Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard until October 2013. The animal subjects, including wild coyotes, tigers, deer, panthers, big horn sheep, horse and an eagle depicted in flight, will be installed on the famed street center median in a manner that fuses landscape, architecture and art into an environmental experience.

Developed by the Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council’s Sculpture Committee, Murrill’s exhibit is the first in an ongoing outdoor sculpture art project along Avenue of the Stars in Century City. Murrill’s exhibit features bronze sculptures that she has created over the past twenty years positioned throughout landscape designed, installed, and maintained by ValleyCrest Landscape Companies.

“It is easy to think of Century City as only a business center with skyscrapers,” said Carl Schlosberg, chair of the sculpture committee and curator and sponsor of the exhibition. “But it is truly a center of arts and culture in Los Angeles. Our vision is to celebrate the human side of Century City by integrating Gwynn’s masterful sculptures in a setting that complements and accentuates the surrounding landscape and architecture. An outdoor exhibit of this scale will make a long-term impact on Century City’s place in the Los Angeles arts and culture narrative.”

“Century City is the cosmopolitan heart of Los Angeles,” said Century City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Susan Bursk. “There is no better place in the city for art to both complement and humanize the urban landscape. Gwynn’s sculptures will demonstrate a powerful juxtaposition between the natural world and the surrounding urban environment. It is the perfect way to launch Century City’s outdoor sculpture program.”

“Gwynn is drawn to animal forms because of their complex beauty,” said the artist’s representative and director of L.A. Louver gallery, Kimberly Davis. “Her sculptural forms are not completely represented by external form but by essence as well. She has an uncanny ability to pair each animal to its essential characteristic and to project the spirit of each animal and so these extraordinary works, in an unassuming way, take on a life of their own.”

“Creating a landscape environment for Gwynn Murrill’s sculptures was an exciting and fulfilling process,” said ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance South Los Angeles Vice President and Regional Manager Brian Helgoe. “We take pride in transforming landscapes into enriching, one-of-a-kind environments and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in such a beautiful fusion of landscape and art.”

Gwynn Murrill’s outdoor exhibit and installation was made possible with the support of the contemporary art gallery, L.A. Louver, landscape pioneer ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, the Century City Foundation and Gainsborough Capital, and in partnership with the Century City Chamber of Commerce. For further information about Gwynn Murrill, please visit http://www.lalouver.com/murrill. For more information on ValleyCrest visit http://www.valleycrest.com. For more information about the Century City Chamber of Commerce visit http://www.centurycitycc.com/.

About L.A. Louver

L.A. Louver specializes in contemporary American and European painting and sculpture, through a vigorous program of museum-quality exhibitions. Founded by Peter Goulds in 1975, L.A. Louver was one of the first exhibition spaces in Venice, California. Since its inception, the gallery has balanced its commitment to representing local established and emerging artists, with introducing artists from across the country and across the world to a Southern Californian audience. For more information about L.A. Louver, please visit www.lalouver.com, or email info@lalouver.com.

About ValleyCrest

Founded in 1949, Calabasas, California-based ValleyCrest Landscape Companies is the nation’s largest integrated  landscape services company with annual revenues of more than $850 million, more than 10,000 employees and operations in more than 150 locations nationwide. ValleyCrest, which ranks on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s 500 Largest Private Companies, is commissioned by architects, developers, commercial real estate owners, public agencies, property managers and luxury home builders to help create, build or maintain some of the world’s extraordinary natural environments. For more information about ValleyCrest, please visit www.valleycrest.com ValleyCrest is the WORKFORCE of NATURE®.

About Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts

Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts exhibits contemporary sculpture, paintings, and prints. Establishing himself as a private art dealer in 1972, Carl Schlosberg had bi-annual exhibitions in his home for thirty years before moving to Century City a decade ago. He has curated outdoor sculpture exhibitions in the city of Malibu as well as in suites at the Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills.  He served as chair of the Smalley Garden at the American Jewish University and is currently chair of the sculpture committee of the Century City Arts Council. www.malibusculpture2010.com

About the Century City Foundation

The Century City Foundation is an IRS approved Section 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to promoting the charitable, scientific, literary and educational needs of the Century City community. The mission of the Century City Foundation is to assist as appropriate to expand the vision and the horizon of the community. The Century City Foundation is pleased to participate in the sponsorship of the Gwynn Murrill exhibit on the Avenue of the Stars.

About Gainsborough Capital

Gainsborough Capital is an independent private Registered Investment Advisory firm based in Century City, serving significant private investors, especially wealth builders. The firm invests with two preferred asset managers – one offshore, one onshore – with long-standing performance records and access to best-of-class talent and opportunities for diversification worldwide www.gainsboroughcapital.com

About Century City Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Century City Chamber of Commerce is to promote the best interests of Century City and its membership, serving as the unifying voice for business development and civic growth, through effective communication, events and programs making Century City the preferred place to live, work, visit and shop within the City of Los Angeles www.centurycitycc.com

About the Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council: Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, Chair

The mission of the Arts Council is to enhance quality of life and provide leadership in Century City and its surrounding communities through the promotion and support of a broad range of artistic activities and initiatives. As a development arm of the Century City Chamber of Commerce, the Council serves as a catalyst for and a major contributor to the economic and cultural vitality of this community.

About the Century City BID Association (CCBID)

A coalition of property and business owners to provide services that specially benefit individual parcels in the business district of Century City. The purpose of the CCBID is to provide clean, safe and beautiful services and activities that are above and beyond what the City of Los Angeles currently provides. www.centurycitybid.com

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The Pollack PR Marketing Group

310-556-4443

mhavenner@ppmgcorp.com

32nd Annual Century City Golf Tournament Update

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

We would like to thank the following sponsors, community supporters and volunteers for their support and contributions to our 32nd Annual Century City Golf Tournament!

We greatly appreciate their efforts to make this event such a success.

SPONSORS

Eagle
Otis Elevator Company

Helicopter Ball Drop
Holwick Constructors, Inc.

Birdie
Advanced Discovery
Constellation Place, LLC 
ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance
Universal Services of America

Lunch
Rice Drywall, Inc.

 

 COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

ABM
Alex & Louis
Beverly Hills Country Club
Brooks Brothers
Brookside Golf Club
Cathy Campfield
Energy Unlimited Fitness
Fox Entertainment Group
Har-Bro Incorporated
House of Blues, West Hollywood
Hyatt Grand Champions Resort
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City
Microsoft Store, Century City
Mike Holwick
Ocean Institute
Pink Taco
Robinson Ranch
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Roger Dunn Golf Shops
Standard Parking
Steve Campbell
The Cheesecake Factory
The Stand
Tiffany & Co., Century City
Waxie Sanitary Supply
Westfield Century City 

 

AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS AS WELL!

Nominate a Women of Achievement Today!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Click on the Flyer below to download a printable version!

CENTURY CITY CHAMBER METRO UPDATES

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Please see below for ongoing information and updates about the proposed Metro stop in Century City:

Articles:
3/2012: Los Angeles Business Journal: Subway Report Seeks New Location of Century City Station

3/2012: Westwood-Century City Patch: Metro Officials Support Constellation Avenue Stop for Century City

1/2012: The Source: California Geogolical Survey issues letter about LA Weekly Story

10/2011: Experts Recommend Constellation Station for Subway Project for Safety Reasons

10/2011: Zev Yaroslavsky- Fault Findings Break New Ground

8/2011: Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Subway’s Tunnel Vision

8/2011: Westside Neighborhood Council Backs Constellation Subway Station

7/2011: City Watch’s Beverly Hills Rejection of Century City Station: Embarrassing and Tiresome

6/2011: Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Keeping the Subway on Track” article

6/2011: City Watch’s “Constellation Blvd: The Subway Stops Here”

6/2011: Huffington Post’s “Rejecting Century City Subway Station Adjacent”


Videos:

10/2011: Metro Board of Directors Planning & Programming Committee, Part 1: Oral report/presentation

10/2011: Metro Board of Directors Planning & Programming Committee, Part 2: Committee discussion/questions & public comment

10/2011: Metro Board of Directors Planning & Programming Committee, Part 3: News briefing


Information/Resources:

Westside Subway Extension Century City Area Station Options

Westside Subway Extension: Subway Planning in the Century City Area

Online Constellation Blvd. Subway Stop Petition


Century City Chamber Press Conference:

Post-Event Press Release

Press Conference Photos

And, on Thursday, June 9th, the Century City Chamber along with Councilmember Paul Koretz, the Century City Homeowners Alliance and the Comstock Hills Homeowners Association held its first ever Press Conference regarding the proposed  metro station stop in Century City, which made the KCAL 9 Channel news:

2012 Board of Director Nominations!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Are you a current Century City Chamber member interested in becoming more involved?

Consider joining our prestigious Board of Directors!

Participating as a Board member is a great way to network with other longstanding Chamber members,
to guide the direction of the organization each year and to gain access to prominent city, state and federal
decision-makers.

If interested, please complete the form below and return it to us by February 24th!
(Click on the form to download the PDF; completed forms can be faxed to: 310.553.4623 and/or emailed to contact@centurycitycc.com)

The Century City Chamber now Accepting Nominations for the 2012 Citizen of the Year Awards

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

We are excited to announce that for the first time in 30 years, we will be taking nominations for our
prestigious 2012 Citizen of the Year Awards Luncheon,

held Thursday, May 23rd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

One “Citizen of the Year” is selected in each of the following categories: Individual and Corporate.

Past Honorees have included:
John E. Anderson of TOPA Equities
Alan Rothenberg of 1st Century Bank
Allen Matkins
Brad Cox
Tiffany & Co.
Trammell Crow Company 
Universal Protection Service 
And many others…

For additional information, please click on the image to download a PDF version of the 2012 Citizen of the Year Nomination Form.
You may also call our office at (310) 553-2222 or email us at contact@centurycitycc.com.

Completed Nomination Forms will be accepted until next Friday, January 20th.

New 2012 Board of Directors Executive Committee

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Century City Chamber recently inducted its new
2012 Board of Directors Executive Committee
at a recent January Board meeting!


Below is a list of our new 2012 Executive Committee,
appearing from left to right in the above photo:

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT:
Owen Fileti, L.A. Realty Partners

SECRETARY:
Susan Coddington, Chelsea Design Group, Inc.

TREASURER:
Louis Dienes, TroyGould PC

DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, Gainsborough Capital LLC

DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Harris Sperling, HS Consulting

DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Renee Watkinson, Century Park/CBRE

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR:
Samantha Martinez, Kindel Gagan

PRESIDENT & CEO:
Susan Bursk, Century City Chamber of Commerce

DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Carey Doss, ABM Industries, Inc.

(Not pictured)
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD:
Mark Garcia, Mark Garcia Consulting

DIRECTOR AT LARGE:
Mike Holwick, Holwick Constructors, Inc.

Westwood-Century City Patch Covers a Century City Chamber Event

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Need a good read?

Check out this video & article by Westwood-Century City Patch on our Arts & Cultural Affairs Council’s 1st Appraisal Fair on 12/13!

(Click on the video below to be redirected to the Westwood-Century City Patch website)

 

http://centurycity.patch.com/articles/antiques-determined-to-be-trash-or-treasure#video-8703920