Google Announcement Signals Surge in High Tech Jobs

Gary Toebben on December 9, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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When Google announced a week ago that it was making a $120 million purchase of 12 acres of land in Playa Vista, the tech world took notice. The land is zoned for nearly one million square feet of commercial space and sits adjacent to the historic hangar in which Howard Hughes built his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane.

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Health Care Legislation a Priority for State Legislature on First Day of Session

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on December 3, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Last Monday, 10 new state senators and 27 new assembly members were sworn in.  Simultaneously, a number of health care-related initiatives were announced, including several carried over from last year.

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CEQA Abuse Kills Construction Jobs Again

Gary Toebben on December 2, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Jon Healey with the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board hit the nail on the head last week in his column about how IBEW, the electrical workers union, used a threatened environmental challenge under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to secure a card-check provision from Kinkisharyo in Palmdale. Then, once the IBEW had that assurance, CEQA was no longer an issue. 

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We Are All Pilgrims

Gary Toebben on November 25, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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A Pilgrim is defined in most dictionaries as a person who makes a long and difficult journey to reach a sacred place. As we begin the Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded that those pilgrims who shared a feast with Native Americans in 1621 traversed the Atlantic to find a sacred place. 

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Renewing the Bridge to Reform (Section 1115 Waiver)

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on November 19, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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At our last Health Care Council Meeting, we had a great discussion on issues to include in our 2015 advocacy agenda. In this, California’s section 1115 “Bridge to Reform” Waiver arose. Set to expire in October of 2015, the current 5-year demonstration waiver provides initiatives to invest in the state’s health care delivery system to tackle the significant changes spurred on by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Foreign Trade Missions Pay Off

Gary Toebben on November 18, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is leading a trade mission this week and next to China, Korea and Japan. The Mayor and his delegation of public and private sector leaders will convey a message to businesses in those three countries that L.A. invites and welcomes their investment, trade and tourists.

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Remembering our Veterans

Gary Toebben on November 11, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today we commemorate the millions of men and women who have risked their lives fighting for the United States of America. 

As we emphasize today, freedom is not free. It demands vigilance and commitment from all of us and sacrifice by those who personally serve in our armed forces. 

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New Leadership in the Senate, and CA Voters Reject Prop 45 and 46

Samantha Beasley, Health Care Policy Manager, L.A. Area Chamber on November 7, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Earlier this week we all woke up to a post-midterm political scene, and although the results haven’t lead to any grand predictions of sweeping regulatory or legislative health care reform in the coming state and congressional sessions, a few items are worth keeping an eye on.

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Vote Tomorrow on Crucial Business Decisions

Gary Toebben on November 3, 2014 at 7:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses and their employees to vote for these candidates and ballot propositions endorsed by the Chamber PAC and the Chamber Board of Directors in the election tomorrow. Every one of these votes is crucial to our future. 

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Lack of Port Agreement a Threat to Christmas and the New Year

Gary Toebben on October 28, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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