California WaterFix: Decision Day Approaches

Gary Toebben on August 8, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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When it comes to the weather, we were fortunate this year. Northern California had record rain and snow, and this allowed Southern California to partially refill its reservoirs and groundwater banks. But we cannot count on that amount of moisture every year. Many years, our statewide water system struggles to capture storm flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to send to the south.

 

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Wesson Cites Housing as Top Priority

Gary Toebben on August 2, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson delivered a speech to his colleagues and the City, laying out his priorities for the year ahead. The Chamber is proud to be a partner on one of his biggest initiatives, the formation of a new commission to recommend strategies for building more affordable housing in L.A. Council President Wesson named the L.A. County Federation of Labor as another partner, and we will work together with Labor and other community leaders to assemble the best data and recommendations to make it easier and less expensive to build the housing our city desperately needs.

 

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Congratulations to Los Angeles!

Gary Toebben on August 1, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti made a once in a generation announcement - the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are coming back to Los Angeles for the third time.

Two and a half years after losing the United States Olympic Committee's bid selection to another U.S. city, the determination and creativity of the Mayor and local Olympic leadership have solidified an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to stage the 2028 Games here in L.A.

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Inspiring Our Students & Growing Our Workforce

Gary Toebben on July 25, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For 12 years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and its members have helped thousands of students across the region obtain quality summer jobs and internships. This year, we are adding the L.A. Talent Challenge, with a focus on two industries that are growing rapidly -- health care and technology. Our goal is to help employers address their talent needs and give our young people exposure to promising job opportunities.

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LAX Takes Exciting Steps Forward

Gary Toebben on July 18, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week's Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Board of Airport Commissioner's meeting was a milestone for LAX modernization. The Board approved exciting new terminal upgrades and the beginning of a major investment that will transform how travelers access the airport in the future.

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Los Angeles & Berlin - 50 years & A Bright Future

Gary Toebben on July 11, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week nearly 50 Angelenos spent the 4th of July in Berlin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City relationship. The trip was organized by the restructured Sister Cities of Los Angeles organization, under the leadership of Tom Gilmore and Fabiola Vilchez. The relationship began in 1967, 22 years after the end of WWII and the division of Germany and the City of Berlin into quadrants under the oversight of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France and the United States. The City of Berlin, deep in the heart of East Germany, was the focal point of the Cold War, the Berlin Air Lift in 1948-49, the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and its opening in 1989.

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Happy 241st Birthday America

Gary Toebben on July 4, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today is the birthday of our great nation. A day of celebration, parades, picnics and good times with family and friends. It should also be a day of gratitude.

Gratitude for the founders of our nation, whose courage, dreams, and wisdom created the greatest democracy and incubator of free enterprise on earth. Gratitude for the freedom and personal liberties provided in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Gratitude for the peaceful transition of elected leadership at all levels of government, even after hard-fought and divisive campaigns.

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American Airlines Announces More Great News at LAX

Gary Toebben on June 27, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This coming Fourth of July weekend will be extremely busy at Los Angeles International Airport. Travelers during the biggest holiday weekend of the summer will be part of an estimated 25.6 million summer passengers, a 2.7 percent increase over 2016. As traveler counts continue to rise, so does investment in the number one origin and destination airport in the world.

 

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Thank You Chairman Cho and Korean Air

Gary Toebben on June 20, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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When I wrote about the Los Angeles City Council's approval of the Wilshire Grand project in April 2011, the City was struggling to emerge from the recession. The promise of a new Wilshire Grand was a delicate balance of vision, commitment to L.A. and a test of private and public sector leadership. Now, after six years of watching this vision come to life at the corner of Wilshire and Figueroa, we eagerly anticipate the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony this Friday.

 

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California’s Kids Are Healthier But Many Are Living In Poverty

California Health Line, Anna Gorman on June 14, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Ambar Garcia, who lives just north of downtown Los Angeles, said she’s thankful her two daughters have health coverage through California’s version of Medicaid, the government program for low-income people.

That’s one less bill to worry about. But Garcia, a 30-year-old receptionist at a dental office, said she still has trouble paying the rest.

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