Holiday Open House POSTPONED

Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions, we will have to postpone the 2020 Toluca Lake Holiday Open House to a future date. We are saddened by this situation, but we must take every appropriate step in an abundance of caution.

Shannon Hartman, the Chamber Vice President and the owner of Priscilla’s Gourmet Coffee, and a team of volunteers have spent several months planning an all-new, socially distanced, and fully masked Holiday Open House, however, the new restrictions make it impossible even with our best efforts.

As a result, we will postpone the event for now and we hope to hold it (or something similar) in the coming months.

We are very grateful to the entire Toluca Lake community for all of the support that has been given to the local small businesses, and we ask for your continued patronage during these challenging times. Please know that many of the restaurant’s will still be offering take out and delivery, and we hope that you will support them. Also, most of the retail stores will still be open with all of the proper social distancing rules in place, and we encourage you to visit them if you’re able.

Thank you all very much for your patience and understanding as we get through these challenges together. The Chamber is here to offer assistance and provide key information to our members and the entire community.

We are wishing all of you and your families a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.


Adam James
The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce

Entertainment Industry Seminar & Mixer

Thursday, November 12, 6:00 pm  –  Free to all!

Seminar Topic:  5 Top Takeaways from the virtual 2020 American Film Market with Adam James, filmmaker and President of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce. Fun, educational and great networking for writers, directors, producers, actors, musicians and anyone in the entertainment industry!

RSVP to President@TolucaLakeChamber.com to get the Zoom Meeting ID before the meeting.



Install the Zoom app ahead of time.

2020 Virtual Turkey Trot


YES, it is happening folks, we are officially un-canceling the Turkey Trot! Well…sort of. This year, for safety reasons, we are asking you to participate on your own time and at your own pace.

Join our team, the TOLUCA LAKE TROTTERS, and help us raise funds for two organizations that are doing great things for our community!

* Toluca Lake Beautification Partners

North Hollywood Police Activity League (PALS)

 The process is simple:

– Join our team today!  $10 to join. Any generous donations beyond that are appreciated.

– Invite friends & family members to join the fun. Encourage each other to move from literally anywhere.

– You will have 10 days to complete 2 runs/walks/jogs: get out for a 1 mile and/or a 5k between Nov 20 – Nov 29. Safely, on your own schedule, at your own pace.

– Upload your results to the Leaderboard and follow along as the standings update in real time! (OPTIONAL: if you use a GPS watch or smartphone when you run, the results can be auto-detected and uploaded for you)

*Specific instructions and details will be sent via email after you register.

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for 2021

California’s Sexual Harassment Mandatory Training Law in Effect in 2021

Sexual harassment training was supposed to be mandatory for virtually all employees in California as of Jan. 1, 2020. That was thanks to Senate Bill 1343, which was passed in September 2018. However, that date has been pushed back to Jan. 1, 2021 because of SB 778, which state lawmakers quietly passed in August. SB 778 pushed back the implementation of SB 1343 by a full year.

You’d be forgiven for being mistaken and not realizing employers had another full year before they are mandated to be in compliance. CapRadio was. In a correction, the media outlet wrote, “(SB 778) came with no announcements or notification from the lawmaker’s office.”

That said, our Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers would encourage companies to that haven’t already begun the process may want to explore how to do so this year so there aren’t any surprises with compliance issues in 2021. The more your workers understand about sexual harassment and your company policies for dealing with it, the more likely it can be appropriately handled from the start (which means better morale for your workers and less chance of litigation for you). It will also allow you to be prepared well ahead of time so your company isn’t scrambling last-minute to comply.

What Does SB 1343 Require

As it stands, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) outlines a number of unlawful employment practices, which include harassment of an employee either directly by an employer OR indirectly by agents of the employer with the employer’s knowledge. This is the provision under which many California sexual harassment claims are filed. An “agent of an employer” is a co-worker or other employee of the company. If you report the harassing conduct to your employer and your employer does nothing, you then may have grounds to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against your employer.

SB 1343 requires any employer who employs five or more employees (including seasonal and temporary workers) to extend a minimum of two hours to train all supervisory employees AND at least one hour of sexual harassment training to all non-supervisory employees. After the initial training session, additional training must be conducted at least once every two years thereafter.

The law also directs the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing to develop and/or obtain online sexual harassment prevention training courses for both the 1- and 2-hour requirements. The department must also make develop or obtain fact sheets and posters on preventing sexual harassment in California. These materials, to be produced in multiple languages, are intended to be made available to employers, employees and the general public.

Every employer must obtain these information sheets and materials for reproduction and distribution to workers.

Some of the information available on these posters should help employees by:

  • Identifying sexual harassment as illegal;
  • Defining sexual harassment under both state and federal statutes;
  • Describing examples of sexual harassment;
  • Detailing the employer’s internal complaint process for reporting sexual harassment;
  • Explaining the legal remedies available through the DFEH;
  • Indicating how to contact the DFEH;
  • Explaining state laws that protect workers who report sexual harassment from being subject to retaliation.

An employer who violates any of the requirements under SB 1343 can be compelled by the DFEH to do so.

Toluca Lake’s Fritz Coleman

Fritz Coleman may be retiring from his day job, but as he has only been the Honorary Mayor of Toluca Lake since the Fall of 1994; we will require he remain in his role for at least another 15 years to get our 40!

Fritz has been a real friend to the Toluca Lake Chamber, supporting our events, fund raisers and local village businesses. We will miss him as weatherman at 5 and 11 on NBC4 but now he will have time to follow his passion of giving of himself in dedication of time and talent, and raising funds and awareness for countless charitable causes. At a time like this we need more Fritz Colemans in this world.

Congratulations Fritz!

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