The Business Perspective

FIX LAX Coalition Pays Off

Gary Toebben on September 16, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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For many years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of a coalition of business, labor, airlines, passengers and civic stakeholders who have been pressing for the modernization of LAX. A groundbreaking at Terminal 1 today represented the success of that effort.

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CEQA Being Used To Thwart 250 Jobs for Los Angeles County

Gary Toebben on September 9, 2014 at 10:00:00 am 
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I am often asked by the media what elected officials can do to be more business-friendly and create new jobs. I tell them about California business regulations and taxes that do not exist in other states. I also talk about streamlined processes and tax credits that do exist in other states.

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Labor Day 2014: Let's Talk Jobs

Gary Toebben on September 2, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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With the steady news coverage about Mayor Garcetti’s minimum wage proposal for the City of Los Angeles, two important stories stood in the shadows. The first is that the California economy is improving; and the second is that there are still thousands of unemployed Californians, especially in L.A. County. 

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There They Go Again

Gary Toebben on August 26, 2014 at 10:00:00 am 
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I wish I could say I was surprised. I wish I could say that this is a new frustration. In reality it is just the same old song we keep hearing from public employee unions. More than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature showed leadership by making some moderate changes to the State’s pension systems.

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On the Goal Line

Gary Toebben on August 19, 2014 at 9:00:00 am 
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As we enter the start of football season, I always look forward to watching a team march down the field with pinpoint passes and well executed running plays to score the winning touchdown with seconds left on the clock. This scenario acts as an effective metaphor for AB 1839 – The Film and Television Tax Credit program which will grow middle class jobs in California. 

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Potholes or Pensions: A Fundamental Question

Gary Toebben on August 12, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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Two weeks ago the headlines in Los Angeles included a Department of Water & Power water line failure in West L.A. and a ruling by the Employee Relations Board to overturn the creation of a new pension tier for future city employees. The juxtaposition of these two stories points out the tug of war taking place in the City of Los Angeles today. With our limited tax dollars, do we prioritize salaries and pensions or maintenance and services?

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California and Mexico are Essential Partners

Gary Toebben on August 5, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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Gov. Jerry Brown’s Trade Mission to Mexico last week sent the right message to business leaders in Mexico and California. Mexico is California’s largest export market and businesses know how important it is to take care of your largest customers. Gov. Brown and his 130-member delegation were warmly received by Mexican elected officials and business leaders at every event during the four-day visit.  

 

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Donít Let This Drought Go Down the Drain

Gary Toebben on July 28, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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Two weeks ago, State officials approved an emergency regulation imposing $500 fines on water users who violate mandatory conservation measures. With 80 percent of the State now in extreme drought, it's imperative that we all conserve as much water as possible. Visit SoCal WaterSmart to find out what water conservation programs are available for your home and business. 

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They Thought We Were Crazy

Gary Toebben on July 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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In 2009 when the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County, most people either ignored the announcement or thought we were crazy. Los Angeles was the homeless capital of the United States and it would always be that way.  

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Speak Up Today About Water

Gary Toebben on July 14, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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In two weeks, on Tuesday, July 29, state and federal officials will officially close the comment period on a water infrastructure project that will impact Southern California forever. The Chamber submitted its letter on May 6 and we need all of our members to send their comments as well.   

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