The Business Perspective

Bidding for the 2024 Olympics

Gary Toebben on December 15, 2014 at 11:59:00 pm 
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Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti and a small delegation from Los Angeles are in Redwood City, California for a presentation before the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The Mayor and his point person on this bid, Casey Wasserman, will have 45 minutes to make the case for L.A. and Southern California to host the 2024 Olympics. The other cities that have been invited to bid are Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

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Google Announcement Signals Surge in High Tech Jobs

Gary Toebben on December 9, 2014 at 9:00:00 am 
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When Google announced a week ago that it was making a $120 million purchase of 12 acres of land in Playa Vista, the tech world took notice. The land is zoned for nearly one million square feet of commercial space and sits adjacent to the historic hangar in which Howard Hughes built his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane.

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CEQA Abuse Kills Construction Jobs Again

Gary Toebben on December 2, 2014 at 9:00:00 am 
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Jon Healey with the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board hit the nail on the head last week in his column about how IBEW, the electrical workers union, used a threatened environmental challenge under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to secure a card-check provision from Kinkisharyo in Palmdale. Then, once the IBEW had that assurance, CEQA was no longer an issue. 

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We Are All Pilgrims

Gary Toebben on November 25, 2014 at 9:00:00 am 
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A Pilgrim is defined in most dictionaries as a person who makes a long and difficult journey to reach a sacred place. As we begin the Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded that those pilgrims who shared a feast with Native Americans in 1621 traversed the Atlantic to find a sacred place. 

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Foreign Trade Missions Pay Off

Gary Toebben on November 18, 2014 at 9:00:00 am 
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is leading a trade mission this week and next to China, Korea and Japan. The Mayor and his delegation of public and private sector leaders will convey a message to businesses in those three countries that L.A. invites and welcomes their investment, trade and tourists.

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Remembering our Veterans

Gary Toebben on November 11, 2014 at 8:00:00 am 
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Today we commemorate the millions of men and women who have risked their lives fighting for the United States of America. 

As we emphasize today, freedom is not free. It demands vigilance and commitment from all of us and sacrifice by those who personally serve in our armed forces. 

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Vote Tomorrow on Crucial Business Decisions

Gary Toebben on November 3, 2014 at 7:00:00 am 
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses and their employees to vote for these candidates and ballot propositions endorsed by the Chamber PAC and the Chamber Board of Directors in the election tomorrow. Every one of these votes is crucial to our future. 

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Lack of Port Agreement a Threat to Christmas and the New Year

Gary Toebben on October 28, 2014 at 9:00:00 am 
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Thank You John. Welcome Back Ray.

Gary Toebben on October 21, 2014 at 9:00:00 am 
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What happens in the classrooms of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) determines the economic opportunities that lie ahead for nearly 700,000 K-12 students. It also determines whether L.A.’s businesses and their employees will be able to compete in the global marketplace in the future. 

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Vote YES on Proposition P (for Parks) on Nov. 4

Gary Toebben on October 14, 2014 at 9:00:00 am 
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In our day-to-day hustle, it’s easy to forget how beautiful L.A. County really is. Our County’s parks and beaches are essential factors in the quality of life we all enjoy and on Nov. 4, voters have a chance to protect and maintain these natural resources. 

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