The Business Perspective

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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Webmaster on October 7, 2014 at 12:00:00 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 four weeks from today. Every one of these votes is crucial to our future.  

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Governor Acts on Chamber Request to Veto AB 1881

Gary Toebben on September 30, 2014 at 10:00:00 am 
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On Aug. 12, 2014, the Chamber, through its attorney George Kieffer, sent a letter to Gov. Brown strongly urging him to veto AB 1881, which would have mandated the nomination and appointment process for the Employee Relations Board of the City of Los Angeles and the Employee Relations Commission of the County of Los Angeles.

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Join Us at ACCESS L.A. City Hall on Sept. 30

Gary Toebben on September 23, 2014 at 12:00:00 am 
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Elected officials and their staff at City Hall often turn to our policy team on the City Council floor and say, “Why don’t you fill the room with your people like labor does?” We respond with the truth, which is that unlike labor, our members don’t get paid to take a day off to show up in Council chambers. Our members need to run their businesses, service their customers and create jobs.

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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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