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September 16, 2005 | Bill Sing, Times Staff Writer
Russell J. "Rusty" Hammer will resign as president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce because of health reasons, the chamber said Thursday. Hammer's four-year tenure was marked by the efforts of the 1,450-member organization to be more influential on public policy at the local, state and national levels, the chamber said.
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September 27, 2001 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to reverse a membership slide, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that Russell J. "Rusty" Hammer will take over as its president and chief executive beginning Nov. 5. Hammer, 48, was credited with engineering a turnaround of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Under his presidency, which began in 1994, it became California's second-largest chamber, with 2,500 members and a budget of $3.2 million.
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January 30, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Russell J. "Rusty" Hammer, former president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, died Monday at a hospice in San Jose. He was 54. The cause was leukemia, according to a chamber spokeswoman. Hammer was credited with revitalizing the Los Angeles business group, which he led for five years until 2006, when he stepped down because of his illness.
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July 15, 2005 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
A little-known state board sat down this spring to ponder this ticklish question: What does a California legislator deserve to be paid these days? What the members decided caused more than a few people to scratch their heads, considering that: * California legislators were already the highest-paid state lawmakers in the land, with an annual salary of $99,000 on top of benefits that include daily expenses, auto rentals, car repairs, gasoline and staff expenses.
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