LAUSD Graduation Surges

Gary Toebben on June 13, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As students and families celebrate recent high school commencements, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates all of our high school graduates. We also applaud the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for improving its high school graduation rate by an unprecedented five percentage points in one year, while at the same time stepping up completion requirements and university eligibility.

 

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Sacramento Legislation We Don't Need

Gary Toebben on June 6, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday marked the deadline to get bills out of the house of origin for the California Legislature. More than 600 bills were voted on last week.

The good news is that the business community had some significant victories in defeating or stalling legislation that would have made it harder and more expensive to do business in California. Included were:  AB 5 (Fletcher-Gonzalez), an overly burdensome scheduling mandate on employers; SB 705 (Allen), a costly mandate prohibiting food establishments from using take-out containers made of polystyrene foam; SB 57 (Stern), which would threaten Southern California's energy reliability by shuttering Aliso Canyon.

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Single-Payer Marches Forward In California, But Sky-High Price Tag Threatens To Trip It Up

California Health Line on June 2, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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The proposal passed the state Senate and now heads to the Assembly, but with few details on how to foot the $400-billion-a-year cost for the plan, the prospects don't look too sunny.

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Applause for Culver City and Inglewood: Clearing the Way for LAX Improvements

Gary Toebben on May 30, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In 2013, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS), which charted a path for the $14 billion in improvements that are underway today at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The passage of SPAS was a major step forward for LAX and the L.A. regional economy as it laid out plans for projects that would kick-start desperately needed modernization investments by LAWA and the airlines that serve LAX.  The new plan was supported by a broad coalition of community groups headed up by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the LA/Orange County Building & Construction Trades Council.

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A Budget to Build a Future

Gary Toebben on May 23, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown released his May budget revision that affirmed the State’s commitment to college affordability and student success.

Earlier this year, the Chamber and our members championed a robust higher education agenda during our annual Access Sacramento advocacy trip. We called for investments to improve community college pathways, spur innovation in higher education, protect our state’s most vulnerable students--including foster and undocumented youth--and repeal an 11.3 percent cut to Cal Grants for students attending private, non-profit institutions.

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L.A. County Re-Confirms Use of Measure H Revenue for New Programs

Gary Toebben on May 16, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Two weeks ago, this Business Perspective alerted readers that the County of L.A. was considering using Measure H revenue to back-fill an October 2015 commitment to increase its general fund allocation for housing and services for the homeless by $100 million over several years. This motion in October 2015 was heralded as strong leadership by the County in addressing the growing homelessness crisis.  

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ACCESS Washington, D.C. -- Your Voice, Your Issues

Gary Toebben on May 10, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This Friday is the deadline to register for ACCESS Washington, D.C., the region's largest annual trip to our nation's capital. With a new Presidential Administration and Congress focusing on a broad range of major issues, your voice is more important than ever in sharing the impact that new policies would have on your business, your customers and Southern California as a whole.

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Learn How To Grow Your Small Business on May 17

Gary Toebben on May 9, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Apple. Mattel. The Walt Disney Company. Huge, successful companies that have something in common -- they all started as small businesses. Like these companies, today's small businesses have the power to transform industries, communities and the world as we know it. Small businesses drive innovations and power our economy. They are responsible for the majority of our job growth.

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A Deal is a Deal -- Measures H and HHH & Accountability

Gary Toebben on May 2, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In November and March, the voters of the City and County of Los Angeles stepped up in an unprecedented way to invest in infrastructure. None of those investments were more critical than the new tax dollars Angelenos agreed to provide to build the infrastructure of compassion, creating needed housing and funding services to meet the challenge of homelessnes

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Numerous Airlines to Change Terminals at LAX Beginning May 12

Gary Toebben on April 25, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Beginning the night of Friday, May 12, the largest airline terminal relocation in the history of aviation will take place at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Delta Air Lines will relocate all their gates from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3. The airlines that are Delta partners and are currently located in Terminals 2 and 3 will remain in those terminals. Other airlines currently located in Terminals 2 and 3 will move to the terminals being vacated by Delta on the south side of the airport. This move will impact 370 departures, or 40 percent of LAX's operations.

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