The Business Perspective

Lift Your Voice in Sacramento Next Week

Gary Toebben on March 21, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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While the daily headlines are focused on Washington, D.C. administrative and legislative proposals, the L.A. business community understands that what happens in Sacramento has a direct impact on jobs and profitability. That's why the Chamber is looking forward to interacting with California's top elected leadership in Sacramento next week.

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Join Us Today in the L.A. Talent Challenge for Summer Jobs

Gary Toebben on March 14, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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I suspect you can recall your first work experience. Mine was baling hay with neighbors in Nebraska. Linda Sanazaro, Head of Enterprise Operations, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, started her career as a receptionist. Dennis Rodriguez, Chief City Executive, Siemens Corporation, started his career as a carpet cleaner. In each of these first work experiences, someone gave us an opportunity that was the start of our career path. Now the Chamber is asking you and your business to do the same thing.

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I Am So Proud of Los Angeles and You!

Gary Toebben on March 8, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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The voters of Los Angeles City and County sent a very loud message to the world yesterday. They signaled strong support for continued economic growth and strong empathy for the 47,000 homeless individuals who spend their nights sleeping on the streets and public spaces throughout L.A. County.

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L.A. Area Chamber Voter Guide for Tomorrow

Gary Toebben on March 6, 2017 at 8:00:00 am 
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Tomorrow, March 7, is Election Day in both the City and County of Los Angeles. This is a very important election and every vote counts! Here are the L.A. Area Chamber's recommendations. Please share them with your employees.

 

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Join the Chamber for ACCESS Sacramento on March 28-29

Gary Toebben on March 2, 2017 at 10:00:00 am 
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The Chamber's annual advocacy trip to our state's capital is less than four weeks away and the early bird deadline for registering is tomorrow, March 3. We are traveling to Sacramento earlier than normal this legislative session to get ahead of the budget conversations and share our thoughts on the positions that California might take relative to the new Federal agenda.

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Governor Brown - Vote No on Measure S 

Gary Toebben on February 27, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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"I join with all those who say Measure S goes too far."
- Gov. Jerry Brown

Last week Gov. Brown agreed with what a historic coalition of community residents and civic leaders has been saying for over a year - Measure S goes too far. In his second term, the Governor has led the charge to address the housing crisis in California's cities. His 2017-2018 budget warned specifically of the dangers of anti-housing policies like Measure S. The Governor's budget demonstrated how a housing ban would raise rents, drive away the middle-class, and worsen homelessness, climate change and traffic. Thank you Gov. Brown for joining us. 

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Los Angeles Daily News Says "No on Measure S," Encourage Your Employees to Vote on March 7

Gary Toebben on February 21, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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The Los Angeles Daily News began its editorial this past weekend in opposition to Measure S with these two sentences: "Measure S, the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, is by far the most consequential ballot measure facing Los Angeles city voters on March 7. While it aims to quell conflicts of interest and pay-to-play politics, its good points are outweighed by its unintended consequences, hurting economic vitality and progress in L.A. It deserves a no vote."

We're only two weeks away from one of the most impactful elections in Los Angeles history. That is why the Chamber is urging all of its members to encourage their 650,000 employees in L.A. and L.A. County to vote on March 7.

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Los Angeles Times Agrees - No on Measure S

Gary Toebben on February 14, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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"Measure S would block the construction of new and much-needed housing ... Measure S would make it harder to address homelessness ... Measure S would also stifle economic development in communities that want the development."  - Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, 2/11/17

The largest, most diverse coalition of business, labor, elected officials, civic leaders and non-profits has been communicating with voters for months how dangerous Measure S is to the future of our city. This past weekend, the Los Angeles Times editorial board weighed in, strongly urging a NO vote. While acknowledging the issues that laid the groundwork for the measure, the editorial board stated in no uncertain terms that "Measure S isn't a solution to L.A.'s housing woes, it's a childish middle finger to City Hall."

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Chamber Endorsed Candidates for March 7 election

Gary Toebben on February 7, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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Four weeks from today, City of Los Angeles residents will head to the polls to vote for city-wide elected offices and odd-numbered Council Districts. If you vote by mail, please keep an eye out for the ballots that will be mailed this week.

The L.A. Jobs PAC, sponsored by the Chamber, interviewed candidates in selected races over the last few months and is proud to present this list of candidate endorsements for the March 7 election. As you can see, the Jobs PAC did not endorse in all races. 

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How to Help 47,000 Homeless in L.A. County? Vote Yes on Measure H

Gary Toebben on January 31, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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Yesterday, I stood with Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Councilmember Curren Price, mayors and councilmembers from other cities throughout L.A. County, labor representatives, social service and non-profit leaders, religious communities and environmentalists in support of Measure H to tackle the crisis of homelessness in L.A. County. This quarter cent sales tax on the March 7 ballot will create a dedicated stream of revenue to provide an array of services, including outreach, housing, mental health care and job training, to the 47,000 homeless individuals in our region.

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