It's Time for the Safe, Re-Opening of Aliso Canyon

Gary Toebben on December 6, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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It has now been more than a year since the Aliso Canyon gas leak temporarily shuttered one of this region’s most critical pieces of energy infrastructure. The impact on adjacent communities was significant, but after much work, the leak was stopped and new, stringent safety measures have been implemented. Yet, the facility still sits idle. It’s time to change that.

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Growing the Los Angeles Economy Through Tech Entrepreneurs

Gary Toebben on November 29, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The story of the growth of Los Angeles and its economy is highlighted by the ingenuity and vision of entrepreneurs. During National Entrepreneurship Month, I want to share with you what the Chamber is doing to ensure that L.A. builds on its fastest growing entrepreneurial sector: technology.

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California Braces For Medi-Calís Future

Anna Gorman and Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline on November 22, 2016 at 11:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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California grabbed the first opportunity to expand Medicaid and ran with it, helping cut the number of uninsured people in half in a few short years.

Thanks in part to billions of dollars in federal funding, a third of California’s residents — including half its children — are insured by Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid.

Now, with the election of Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, the state that bet so heavily on the Medicaid expansion is bracing to see how much of its work will be undone. While no one knows yet exactly what will happen, many policymakers and advocates fear the federal government will end or severely limit funding for the expansion.

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Local Leadership Shines

Gary Toebben on November 15, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This past week I've been reminded of how important leadership is. We rely on leaders for direction, for courage and for inspiration -- in business, the social sector and, of course, in government.

Nowhere is leadership more important than at the local level, where real nuts-and-bolts change happens. We are most successful at addressing society's biggest challenges by working together with those in our region who are committed to common causes.

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Chamber leads way on unprecedented voter investment in Los Angeles

Webmaster on November 9, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last night we saw Los Angeles vote overwhelmingly for a commitment to our infrastructure and future. More than 75 percent of Angelenos approved Measure HHH, the $1.2 billion bond to build permanent supportive housing for the homeless. Nearly 70 percent of the County approved Measure M, the ½ cent sales tax for Metro’s Traffic Improvement Plan, which surpassed even the approval of the original Measure R. Measure CC, a $3.3 billion bond for upgrades to our Los Angeles Community College District’s nine campuses, passed with 75 percent of the vote.

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Chamber Ballot Recommendations - VOTE TOMORROW

Gary Toebben on November 7, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Tomorrow is Election Day. Months of campaigning and advocating will come to a close as California voters head to the polls to elect a new President, a new U.S. Senator and state legislative representatives. California voters will also decide the fate of 17 ballot propositions. Los Angeles County voters will be choosing two new supervisors and deciding three ballot measures. City of L.A. voters will see an additional four measures on their ballots.

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Don't Exacerbate Our Housing Crisis- Vote No on Measure JJJ

Gary Toebben on November 1, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Times says No on JJJ. The Daily News says No on JJJ. Why? Because there is broad consensus by those who have studied JJJ that this poorly crafted measure will do the opposite of what it purports to do by making it more costly to build housing that our city desperately needs.

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Mobility 21 Summit Stands in Support of Measure M

Gary Toebben on October 25, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday, 1,200 transportation experts at the annual Mobility 21 Summit in Anaheim voiced their support for Measure M, the Los Angeles County transportation measure on the Nov. 8 ballot. Metro Chairman John Fasano and City of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti were articulate spokespersons for the dramatic improvements that Measure M will provide to mobility and quality of life in L.A. County.

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Vote on November 8 - L.A. Area Chamber Recommendations

Gary Toebben on October 18, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Three weeks from today, Americans across the country will be heading to the polls. Here in California, you should have already received your state and local voter guides, sample ballot and an actual ballot if you are registered to vote by mail.

The California voter guide, issued by the Secretary of State, is 224-pages, covering 17 propositions that include nine new laws, six constitutional amendments, one referendum and one ballot question. Los Angeles County voters will have three additional measures and City of L.A. voters will have four more. The local measures are the last items on the ballot, but they address several high priorities of the Chamber and the community.

 

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CMS Gets Kudos for New Medicare Payment Rule

Mary Ellen McIntire, Morning Consult on October 14, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Reaction was positive to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule released Friday finalizing changes to how doctors are paid through Medicare. Health provider groups said they were pleased that the agency has been, and expects to continue to be, responsive to their concerns.

The changes implement a new law aimed at saving the Medicare program money by rewarding providers for high quality care. Under the rule, providers will have two paths to choose from to start shifting away from the traditional fee-for-service system.

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