International Trade Essential To Future Jobs

Gary Toebben on March 31, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (0)

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.

arrowRead More

The End of SGR?

Samantha Beasley, Senior Public Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on March 25, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
Comments (1)

House leaders from both sides of the aisle are finally coming together to change the way the federal government pays Medicare doctors. Championed by House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act, was introduced on Monday to permanently repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare payments to physicians. Without a remedy or replacement plan in place before the current ‘doc fix’ expires, physicians would see a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments on April 1. 

arrowRead More

Minimum Wage Increase Intent and Results Will Not Match

Gary Toebben on March 23, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (1)

Southern California Delegates Blanket the Capitol to Advocate for Action on Critical Issues

Gary Toebben on March 17, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (0)

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.

arrowRead More

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

Gary Toebben on March 10, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (3)

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. 

arrowRead More

Vote Tomorrow in City Elections

Gary Toebben on March 2, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (0)

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.    

arrowRead More

Consolidating Health Care Services for L.A. County Residents

Samantha Beasley and Shelby Thurston, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce on February 25, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
Comments (1)

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is proposing a big change to the way Los Angeles County provides health care for its residents. On Jan. 13, County Supervisors voted unanimously to continue moving toward the merging of three different health departments. This proposal, championed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and Mitch Katz, director of the L.A. County Department of Health Services (DHS), would merge the County’s public and mental health agencies with the DHS, which currently runs a number of hospitals and clinics in the L.A. region.

arrowRead More

Thank You President Obama

Gary Toebben on February 24, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (3)

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.

arrowRead More

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

Gary Toebben on February 17, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
Comments (0)

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.

arrowRead More

The Measles Outbreak is a Big Story. This One's Bigger.

Dan Diamond, California Healthline Contributing Editor on February 11, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
Comments (0)

In the past 10 days, one health care story went viral: the Disneyland-centered measles outbreak. It's an important story. More than 100 Americans are infected; thousands more have been exposed. But it's probably not the most important story in health care this month. The only problem is -- which one is?

arrowRead More