Put Out The Fire — Pass Legislation to Send Californians Back To Work

Gary Toebben on August 23, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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When part of our California landscape is burning, we send in the firefighters. The California dream is ablaze for millions of able men and women whose ability to support their families has gone up in smoke. The California Legislature will adjourn the 2011 legislative session on Friday, Sept. 9. Taking bold action in the next three weeks will not require more tax revenue, but it will require bipartisanship, political will and a relentless focus on passing laws that will encourage and enable the private sector to create new jobs for Californians. arrowRead More

Building for the Future

Jessica Duboff on August 23, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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When the name of the Energy, Water & Environment Committee was changed to the Environmental Sustainability Council, the thought was to broaden the Chamber’s vision of how to promote economic growth through sustainable, pro-jobs energy and environmental policies.  In 2011, in addition to tackling the traditional topics of environmental regulations, energy supplies and reliable water sources, the Council partnered with Opportunity Green to design panels that creatively focus on where green and clean innovation is headed.

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Pennsylvania Congressman Talks Transportation

Jessica Duboff on August 17, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in Intersection L.A. 
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Last Friday, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), joined the Chamber, Mayor Villariagosa, Metro CEO Art Leahy, Metro Boardmember Richard Katz and Metrolink CEO John Fenton for a conversation on transportation authorization and America Fast Forward.  The Congressman, a senior member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials emphasized to Chamber members that “if we don’t make our infrastructure a priority, we are going to get left behind globally.”

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Let the Zoo Out of its Cage

Gary Toebben on August 16, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Unlike most major U.S. cities, the Los Angeles Zoo is still tethered to a city government that will soon be unable to afford to feed the animals or the keepers. An effort to explore an opportunity to create a public/private partnership for our Zoo, by releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an independent operator, passed in L.A. City Council last week. But we have a long way to go before progress is assured. arrowRead More

Framework for Downtown Stadium Deserves Support

Gary Toebben on August 8, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For months the City of Los Angeles has been watching closely, with both fanfare and skepticism, as to whether or not an agreement for a downtown stadium and events center near the Staples Center could be worked out to the benefit of the City. With the release and public review of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Los Angeles and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), we now have an outline for a deal that reflects tough negotiations that protect Los Angeles taxpayers and offer the potential of a major economic stimulus for the City.arrowRead More

Finding a Middle Ground When Our Nation Needs It

Gary Toebben on August 2, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The business community applauds the bi-partisan efforts of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the passage of legislation to raise the national debt ceiling and reduce the federal deficit. These leaders persevered to find the middle ground in a very contentious debate that had the nation wondering if it was still possible to compromise on any issue in Washington, D.C. arrowRead More

Axe the Gross Receipts Tax to Create Jobs and New Tax Revenue

Gary Toebben on July 26, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The City of Los Angeles has the highest gross receipts tax rate of all 88 cities in L.A. County — a distinction that also puts it among the highest of any major city in the United States. This, coupled with the fact that technology now allows businesses to locate almost anywhere, has left the City struggling to attract and retain businesses, jobs and tax revenue.arrowRead More

Releasing the Brake to Move America Fast Forward

Gary Toebben on July 19, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Congratulations to Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on their success this weekend in taking down half of the Mulholland Drive bridge over the 405 Freeway in 17 fewer hours than originally scheduled. The engineers and construction crews in charge of this project made national news, earned our respect and saved the taxpayers' money. Now it's time to focus our collective attention on another big job, securing national support for dozens of other badly needed highway and transit projects in Los Angeles County.arrowRead More

Hijacking the Public Good

Gary Toebben on July 12, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Improvements Taking Off at LAX

Gary Toebben on July 5, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The new Tom Bradley International Terminal was a source of pride for Los Angeles as we welcomed the world to the 1984 Olympics. That was 27 years ago — enough time for 1 billion passengers to fly in and out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Time also extracted a major toll on the facilities, so did delays caused by lawsuits and a lack of commitment by elected officials. Some observers were convinced that the politics of Los Angeles would doom LAX to third world status forever.
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