Vote Tomorrow in City Elections

Gary Toebben on March 2, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (0)

The primary election for local governing bodies is tomorrow. If you have not already voted by mail, we urge you to identify your polling location and plan to vote tomorrow.    

arrowRead More

Consolidating Health Care Services for L.A. County Residents

Samantha Beasley and Shelby Thurston, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce on February 25, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
Comments (1)

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is proposing a big change to the way Los Angeles County provides health care for its residents. On Jan. 13, County Supervisors voted unanimously to continue moving toward the merging of three different health departments. This proposal, championed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and Mitch Katz, director of the L.A. County Department of Health Services (DHS), would merge the County’s public and mental health agencies with the DHS, which currently runs a number of hospitals and clinics in the L.A. region.

arrowRead More

Thank You President Obama

Gary Toebben on February 24, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (3)

The Los Angeles business community is relieved and appreciative that a new labor contract has been agreed to at our west coast ports. We thank President Obama and Secretary Perez for stepping in to mediate a solution.

arrowRead More

Join Us in Washington, D.C. on March 16-18

Gary Toebben on February 17, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (0)

Congress and the White House have been in the news this past week as we finally saw a bi-partisan outreach from Washington, D.C. to the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) urging a speedy conclusion to labor negotiations that began nine months ago. The lack of a contract is crippling businesses and employees who work at the ports and industries that rely on the ports.

arrowRead More

The Measles Outbreak is a Big Story. This One's Bigger.

Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing Editor on February 11, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
Comments (0)

In the past 10 days, one health care story went viral: the Disneyland-centered measles outbreak. It's an important story. More than 100 Americans are infected; thousands more have been exposed. But it's probably not the most important story in health care this month. The only problem is -- which one is?

arrowRead More

Taft-Hartley Act an Option for Ports Labor Dispute

Gary Toebben on February 10, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (2)

For nine months, negotiators for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been unsuccessful in crafting a labor agreement to replace the contract that ended on July 1, 2014.  The PMA represents the shippers that use the West Coast ports of the United States to import and export products. The ILWU represents 20,000 longshoremen that work the ports. 

arrowRead More

City of L.A. To Reduce Top Rate of Gross Receipts Tax

Gary Toebben on February 3, 2015 at 7:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (0)

Today, the Los Angeles City Council will vote to reduce the top rate of the City’s Gross Receipts Tax. The action will lower the top rate from $5.07 per $1,000 in gross receipts to $4.75 on Jan. 1, 2016, $4.50 on Jan. 1, 2017 and $4.25 on Jan. 1, 2018.  The proposal was developed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson and Budget Committee Chair Paul Krekorian. 

arrowRead More

Medicaid Expansion a Big Leap Forward for People Experiencing Homelessness

John Connolly - Insure the Uninsured Project on January 28, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
Comments (1)

A recent report from researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council examined the experiences of four clinics for people experiencing homelessness in the wake of the Medicaid expansion in 2014. Each of the clinics was in a different state; three were in states that expanded Medicaid, and one was not. Unsurprisingly, the researchers found that many of the clinics’ previously uninsured patients and clients who are homeless have gained health coverage though Medicaid. New health coverage has made a substantial difference in individuals’ access to care, particularly in their ability to get timely, needed treatments. Not only can individuals get more regular access to services, they can now have important, life-saving surgeries that they delayed, and fill prescriptions—with ongoing, regular access to these medications—that they previously could not. These newly available treatments have been virtually indispensible for controlling many individuals’ behavioral health conditions.

arrowRead More

Celebrating Business and Special Olympics World Games

Gary Toebben on January 27, 2015 at 7:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (1)

This Thursday, Jan. 29, more than 1,500 Chamber members and guests will celebrate business leadership in the City and County of Los Angeles at the Chamber’s Inaugural Dinner, presented by Bank of America. As part of the program, we will highlight the 7,000 athletes that will visit L.A. this summer for the Special Olympics World Games that will begin on July 25 at the Coliseum. 

arrowRead More

Playa Vista A Lesson in Leadership and Perseverance

Gary Toebben on January 20, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (3)

This past week, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles celebrated the news that Yahoo! Inc. signed a long-term lease at the Collective Campus in Playa Vista. Playa Vista has emerged as a national model for urban living and high tech jobs, but turning back the clock, Playa Vista almost never happened.     

arrowRead More