The Business Perspective

Congress Authorizes Trade Promotion Authority With Bipartisan Support

Gary Toebben on June 30, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Last week’s Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was a major victory for President Obama, U.S. businesses that export, and the working men and women of America. With a bipartisan vote, the U.S. Congress prioritized economic growth and job creation here at home. In doing so, Congressional leaders proved they could tune out opposition on the left and the right and take action on an important measure to move our economy forward.

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Help “Make It in LA” - Return Your Survey Today

Gary Toebben on June 23, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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From the entrepreneur tinkering in his or her garage to the mighty aerospace industry, making things has always been part of the DNA of Southern California. According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, there are more than 365,000 people employed by the manufacturing industry in L.A. County, the most for any county in America. Led by aerospace and fashion, manufacturing accounts for almost 10 percent of all jobs in L.A. County.

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Homes For Heroes – An Opportunity for Homeless Vets and Apartment Owners

Gary Toebben on June 16, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was in Los Angeles 11 days ago to meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. apartment owners to encourage their participation in “Homes For Heroes.” This campaign was organized by Home For Good, a partnership between the L.A. Area Chamber and United Way of Greater Los Angeles aimed at ending veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2015.

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Chamber Advocacy Strengthens Workforce Education & Training

Gary Toebben on June 9, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) was among three programs from the L.A. region awarded a Career Pathways Trust Grant to educate thousands of students through partnerships with businesses. LACCD received $15 million to support programming that blends academic and career technical education, cultivates business education partnerships, and trains students for jobs in high-demand fields, such as health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, bio-technology and engineering. 

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MWD Invests $450 million on Water Conservation

Gary Toebben on June 2, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Is there a long-term benefit to Los Angeles County and all of Southern California that can come from this brutal, historic drought? Yes, if the call by Gov. Jerry Brown to lower water use turns out to have a permanent, lasting effect. Lowering demand will allow the system to store more water in wet years so that sufficient water is held in reserve to meet the demands of future droughts. 

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Thank You West Coast Senators for Supporting Trade Promotion Authority

Gary Toebben on May 26, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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The California economy received a potential shot in the arm on Friday, when the U.S. Senate voted to give President Obama greater authority in negotiating trade agreements with other nations. On a 62-37 vote, the Senate sent the trade promotion authority bill to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is expected to be hard-fought as well.

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Small Businesses Object to Minimum Wage Increase Proposal

Gary Toebben on May 19, 2015 at 7:00:00 am 
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There have been times when the voice of business was a distinct minority on issues before the Los Angeles City Council. That was not the case during the five hearings on increasing the minimum wage that City Council held throughout L.A. this spring. Small businesses that urged the City Council to go slower with the minimum wage increase, carve out small business and non-profits and include tips in calculating the total compensation that their employees earn represented about half of the speakers at the hearings.

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Business Has A Story To Tell In Sacramento

Gary Toebben on May 5, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Two weeks from today, 100 local leaders will travel to our State Capitol for the Chamber’s annual ACCESS Sacramento trip. The purpose of this day and one-half mission will be to advocate for legislation and policies that will invigorate the Southern California economy, create new jobs and deliver essential services for the people of California.

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Workforce Education Is Key to Economic Prosperity

Gary Toebben on April 28, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Last Friday in Washington, D.C., the L.A. Area Chamber and UNITE-LA were invited to a White House Summit on Upskilling America. Nearly 400 leaders from business, labor, education, foundations and nonprofits from across the country gathered with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to share initiatives and big ideas on building a competitive business climate and a stronger middle class by investing in educational programs to better equip America’s workforce. 

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Tell Congress to Grow California Jobs Through Trade

Gary Toebben on April 21, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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During the Chamber's ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip to our nation’s capital in March, increasing American exports through international trade was a high priority for the 190 representatives of business, government and the non-profit sector. Increasing exports gained momentum last Thursday when a compromise proposal to give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority was announced by key leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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