The Time is Now for the California WaterFix

Gary Toebben on August 2, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board began a series of hearings on the California WaterFix, the plan to update the state’s aging water infrastructure. Our Southern California region is highly dependent on this infrastructure, with one-third of our fresh water flowing from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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A Bold Transportation Plan For L.A. County

Gary Toebben on July 26, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In 2008, Los Angeles County residents took a leap of faith and voted to raise our county-wide sales taxes to fund the construction and maintenance of our transportation infrastructure. Seven years later, Metro conducted a quality of life report to study the impact of that decision on the region. The results are impressive. New rail and bus rapid transit now provides access to more than 300,000 jobs in the region. Nearly 500,000 residents now live within a half mile of projects that opened after passage of Measure R. What’s impressive is that this data was tallied prior to the 2016 openings of the Gold Line extension and Expo Phase II.

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California ACA Exchange Rates to Jump 13.2 Percent on Average

Caitlin Owens, Morning Consult on July 22, 2016 at 1:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Obamacare exchange premiums in California will go up an average of 13.2 percent next year, although almost 80 percent of consumers could pay less or see a premium increase of no more than 5 percent if they shop around.

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Oakley Is Outstanding Choice to Head Community Colleges

Gary Toebben on July 19, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Yesterday, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (CCC) announced the appointment of Eloy Ortiz Oakley as the next Chancellor of the 113-college system.

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Join Us in Hiring L.A. Youth for the Summer and Throughout the Year

Gary Toebben on July 12, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Don Knabe kicked off this summer’s HIRE-LA’s Youth campaign by thanking Los Angeles County businesses for the summer youth employment and internship opportunities they provide. The Chamber has been a partner with the City and County of L.A. for a decade in championing youth employment and internships opportunities because we recognize the powerful economic impact on individual families and the prosperity of our region.   

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State Budget: Good Progress, but Transportation Void is Obvious

Gary Toebben on July 5, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week Governor Brown signed a $171 billion California budget for the fiscal year that began on July 1 and the legislature adjourned for summer recess. The budget included major wins for the Chamber's cradle-to-career education priorities to prepare California's 21st century workforce. 

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The Next Generation of Manufacturing in Los Angeles

Gary Toebben on June 28, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, President Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $70 million grant for a Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII) to be headquartered in Los Angeles. More than 200 partners from academia, industry and non-profits, including the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, formed the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) and worked with UCLA and LA n Sync to successfully bring the headquarters of this project to Southern Californi

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California Budget: Small Health Gains, Advocates Look to November Ballot For Big-Ticket Items

Pauline Bartlonoe, California Healthline on June 24, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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The $122.5 billion state budget approved last week by California lawmakers will fund a variety of health-related efforts, including training of primary care physicians, dental care for school children and medical interpreters for Medi-Cal, the government-funded insurance program for people with low incomes.

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Action On Affordable Housing by Governor Brown

Gary Toebben on June 21, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Investing in housing is critical to California's long-term quality of life and economic competitiveness. That's why the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the proposal Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled last month to streamline affordable housing and help ease the housing crunch that is devastating the state.

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LAUSD Improves High School Graduation Rates and College-Preparedness

Gary Toebben on June 14, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Area graduation ceremonies for 2016 have been completed and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for its progress preparing youth for success. High school graduation rates have increased sharply over the past five years to a record 72 percent (from 62 percent), and dropouts declined by one-third (from 25 percent to 17 percent). While unacceptable disparities still exist, LAUSD has made significant progress in closing the gap for lower income and minority students.

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