The Business Perspective

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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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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