The Business Perspective

The School Board's Big Decision

Gary Toebben on September 1, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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The Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has embarked on its most important decision – the selection of a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Ray Cortines has announced that he will be leaving during this school year after completing his third stint at the helm. During each of these voyages, he has demonstrated determined leadership to unify the board and steer the district ship forward.

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Letís Go After the 2024 Olympics

Gary Toebben on August 26, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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A Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics needs to be submitted prior to Labor Day and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is pledging its support to Mayor Eric Garcetti and Bid Committee Chairman Casey Wasserman. The endorsement was provided by the Chamber’s Executive Committee, in a unanimous vote, at its meeting last week.

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Balancing Climate Change and Job Displacements

Gary Toebben on August 25, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Public opinion polls show that Californians are concerned about jobs. They are also concerned about climate change and there is a tail-wind of support behind two bills in the legislature to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: SB 32 by Senator Fran Pavley and SB 350 by Senate pro temp Kevin deLeon.

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Connecting Leaders to Drive Change Throughout California

Gary Toebben on August 18, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Drought, job creation, education, immigration reform and climate change – California has no shortage of critical issues and challenges. But it also has is an abundance of opportunity.

 

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It's A New Day for MLK Community Hospital

Gary Toebben on August 11, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Many individuals and organizations were applauded last Friday during the official dedication of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) in Willowbrook-Watts. And for good reason. It took a symphony of people and organizations, coming together in harmony, to raise this new community, privately-run, safety net hospital from the ashes.

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A Gold Medal for Los Angeles

Gary Toebben on August 4, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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During my nine years in Southern California, I have never been prouder of the City and County of Los Angeles. From the Opening Ceremony on July 25 to the Closing Ceremony this past Sunday, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games celebrated the importance of inclusion, courage, personal effort, civic generosity and volunteer spirit. To capture a glimpse of this nine day celebration, take a moment to view this video shown at the Closing Ceremony.

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California Economy Needs A Strong Education Bill From Congress

Gary Toebben on July 28, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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For California to maintain its position as the 8th largest economy in the world, our education system needs to prepare ALL students for a competitive workplace. California is making progress by implementing substantial changes to our educational standards, better testing and accountability systems, and granting local control over funding. California high school graduation rates have improved from 75 percent in 2010 to an all-time high of 81 percent in 2014. We are on the right track.

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Unemployment Rates For Los Angeles Tell A Disappointing Story

Gary Toebben on July 22, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Last Friday, the California Employment Development Department released the Employment Report for June. The California unemployment rate stands at 6.3 percent, the County of Los Angeles is 7.4 percent and the City of Los Angeles is 7.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.3 percent. While all of these numbers are better than a year ago, the growth in jobs in L.A. City and County is lagging far behind other metropolitan counties in California. Here are the comparisons: San Francisco – 3.5 percent; Alameda (Oakland) - 4.6 percent; San Diego – 5.0 percent; Orange – 4.3 percent; Santa Clara (San Jose) – 4.0 percent. All of these metro counties have a lower unemployment rate than the United States except L.A. County. 

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State & Feds Must Address Transportation Funding Crisis

Gary Toebben on July 14, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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The Federal Highway Trust Fund will expire on July 31 and California’s highways are falling apart. The businesses and residents of California are angry and frustrated by the lack of focus on transportation at both the State and Federal level. Tax revenue is growing in Washington DC and Sacramento but none of that new revenue is going to transportation.

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Special Olympics World Games Begin July 25 Ė Join Us

Gary Toebben on July 7, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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The World Cup Championship victory by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on Sunday was exciting and inspiring. It was especially moving because it took place the day after the celebration of the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and founding of our nation.

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