The Business Perspective

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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Save Water for Our Future – Make a Plan Today

Gary Toebben on April 14, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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The current drought requires all of us to be on the same team when it comes to conserving water. Whether your goal is reducing the water you use by 20 percent, 25 percent or more, every business and every household in Los Angeles County must carry its share of the load. 

Lawmakers, major water users and environmentalists have already started to blame someone else for our current water shortage. For a moment, let’s stop blaming someone else and look to our own ingenuity. We are in the fourth year of a drought, the snowpack in the Sierras is five percent of normal and we are running out of water. It is time for all of us to take action. 

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Make Plans Today to HIRE LA’s Youth This Summer

Gary Toebben on April 7, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Employment for young adults continues to decline nationwide and 6 million young adults are neither working nor in school. Research shows that summer jobs encourage young people to graduate from high school and continue their education in a community college, trade school or four-year university. It is the goal of HIRE- LA’s Youth to give thousands of young people in Los Angeles County the opportunity to learn valuable life skills by earning a paycheck this summer. 

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International Trade Essential To Future Jobs

Gary Toebben on March 31, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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In 1926, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce sponsored a celebration of International Trade that became a predictor of the future. That celebration, World Trade Week, was intended to open the eyes of Angelenos to the international trade opportunities that awaited L.A. businesses. Other metropolitan areas soon followed our lead and in 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt declared World Trade Week as worthy of national recognition. On May 5, 2015, the Chamber will sponsor its 89th annual World Trade Week Kick-off Breakfast at the Beverly Hilton.

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Minimum Wage Increase – Intent and Results Will Not Match

Gary Toebben on March 23, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Southern California Delegates Blanket the Capitol to Advocate for Action on Critical Issues

Gary Toebben on March 17, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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At this moment, more than 180 leaders from business, government and nonprofits are making their way through the halls of our Capitol as part of ACCESS Washington D.C. 2015. ACCESS D.C. is our region’s largest, annual lobbying trip, sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and 12 other business organizations.

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Privatization Makes Money for L.A. Convention Center – What Should Be Next?

Gary Toebben on March 10, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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Last month the L.A. Convention Center announced a $3.3 million profit for 2014. The first-ever profit at the Convention Center was the result of a new partnership between the City of Los Angeles and AEG to operate the facility. 

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Vote Tomorrow in City Elections

Gary Toebben on March 2, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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The primary election for local governing bodies is tomorrow. If you have not already voted by mail, we urge you to identify your polling location and plan to vote tomorrow.    

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Thank You President Obama

Gary Toebben on February 24, 2015 at 9:00:00 am 
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The Los Angeles business community is relieved and appreciative that a new labor contract has been agreed to at our west coast ports. We thank President Obama and Secretary Perez for stepping in to mediate a solution.

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Join Us in Washington, D.C. on March 16-18

Gary Toebben on February 17, 2015 at 10:00:00 am 
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Congress and the White House have been in the news this past week as we finally saw a bi-partisan outreach from Washington, D.C. to the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) urging a speedy conclusion to labor negotiations that began nine months ago. The lack of a contract is crippling businesses and employees who work at the ports and industries that rely on the ports.

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