The Business Perspective

Mid-Skill Worker Shortage Meets Its Match

Gary Toebben on October 17, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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Last month, in response to a transitioning economy in which jobs are becoming more technical and specialized, the Chamber and its partners launched the Center for a Competitive Workforce to assist employers, workforce development organizations and educational institutions in meeting labor market demand.


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Opposing the California Water Fix Is Courting Disaster

Gary Toebben on October 9, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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During the recent five-year drought, residents and businesses in Los Angeles were saved from disaster by water that was imported to Southern California from the mountains and rivers of Northern California via the State Water Project and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). In fact, imported water from MWD is the reason we have averted disaster twice during the last 10 years. 

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Random Acts of Kindness, Not Violence

Gary Toebben on October 3, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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This morning, as I read the Los Angeles Times’ front page coverage of the senseless and evil slaughter of 59 innocent people and the wounding of more than 500 others at a concert in Las Vegas, I was filled with sadness and anger. The message I was going to share with you today in my weekly Business Perspective seemed pale in comparison to the pain and grief so many families and friends of those who died or were injured are feeling today.


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Historic Water Conversation Today

Gary Toebben on September 26, 2017 at 5:00:00 am 
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Today, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Board of Directors will hold a historic hearing on the California Water Fix proposed by Gov. Brown to modernize the State Water Project. The Governor's plan would greatly enhance the reliability of a long-term water supply for L.A. County and Southern California. It would also improve the environmental integrity of the Bay Area Delta which is an integral part of the State Water Project.

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An Olympic Victory Bigger Than a Month in 2028

Gary Toebben on September 19, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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In the summer of 2028, the world will flock to Los Angeles to celebrate sports, share cultures and inspire the youth of our world to run faster, reach higher and grow stronger in all aspects of life. The Games will also leave a legacy for L.A., as they have in the past.  Many athletes, coaches and fans will travel Olympic Blvd. to visit the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center for events like fencing, taekwondo, boxing, table tennis and basketball. In 1932, 10th Street was renamed Olympic Blvd. for the 10th modern Olympiad.  It was the first of many legacies the Olympic movement would leave on our City.

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Voice Your Opinion in Sacramento This Final Week

Gary Toebben on September 12, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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Meet With L.A. Elected Officials on Sept. 27

Gary Toebben on September 5, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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The Chamber invites you to hear from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson, City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Controller Ron Galperin and members of the L.A. Council during Access City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Throughout the year, the Chamber serves as your voice and the voice of the L.A. business community at L.A. City Hall. We represent you in hours of meetings and hearings so you can focus on serving your customers and growing your business. But once a year, we ask you to join us at City Hall to advocate with one voice for a set of recommendations that will spur economic growth in L.A. and benefit every business in our region.

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Opening the Door for Opportunity Youth

Gary Toebben on August 29, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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For the past 10 years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has championed career exploration and employment for youth and young adults.

While many L.A. employers struggle to fill jobs, nearly 170,000 young people ages 18-24 in L.A. County are not in school or working. This population, known as Opportunity Youth, includes some of our most vulnerable young people who are homeless, foster or court-involved. Without appropriate intervention, their disconnection with school or work continues, and results in a significant loss of economic opportunity and human capital.

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The Wrong Way to Fund Affordable Housing

Gary Toebben on August 22, 2017 at 9:30:00 am 
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This afternoon, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will hold its second hearing on the creation of an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (AHLF), which would charge a per square foot impact fee on all new residential, commercial and industrial construction in Los Angeles.  The business community strongly supports affordable and workforce housing, but this proposal will make low and middle-class housing more expensive to build and more expensive to rent or own.

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AB 1250 is Bad for Counties and for Business

Gary Toebben on August 15, 2017 at 9:00:00 am 
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As legislators return to Sacramento next week to wrap up the 2017 session, the Chamber will continue to support bills that will advance our state and oppose bills that would be a step backward. We will support legislation that encourages more desperately needed housing and we will oppose bills that would do great damage to our state like AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer).


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