The Business Perspective

Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. - Two Weeks from Today

Gary Toebben on April 12, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Two weeks from today, more than 150 business and civic leaders from Los Angeles County will be in Washington, D.C. to advocate for our region. We’ll be joined by City of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, members of the L.A. City Council, LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King and Board President Steve Zimmer, and elected officials from Glendale, South Bay and West Hollywood. On the agenda will be legislation to improve our economy, transportation, energy, housing, health care, technology, education and workforce development.

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California Passes Highest Minimum Wage in the Nation

Gary Toebben on April 5, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Yesterday, Governor Brown and legislative leaders gathered in Los Angeles to sign a bill raising California's minimum wage to $15 an hour - the highest in the country - by 2022. While discussions had been ongoing in the Capitol about a compromise to ward off two competing ballot measures for the November election, the language in the bill that was signed yesterday did not exist two weeks ago.

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It's Sports Time In L.A!

Gary Toebben on March 29, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week the National Basketball Association (NBA) chose Los Angeles as the host of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. The 67th annual game will take place at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, and will be the record sixth NBA All-Star game in L.A. In announcing the selection, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, "Los Angeles is known for first-class hospitality and entertainment..." This three-day event is anticipated to fill 20,000 hotel rooms and generate $100 million in spending.

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A Good Fix for L.A.'s Sidewalks

Gary Toebben on March 22, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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We've all heard the childhood superstition "Step on a crack, break your mother's back." The City of Los Angeles is currently grappling with how to repair miles of treacherous sidewalks -- without breaking the bank -- and establish who will be responsible for repairs going forward.

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Don't Halt Los Angeles' Momentum

Gary Toebben on March 15, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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 *UPDATE: Since the drafting of this Business Perspective, we have received word that the initiative effort led by Michael Weinstein has stopped collecting signatures, but may try to instead qualify for the March 2017 City Ballot.

Los Angeles is an exciting city in which to live and work right now. Cranes are a common part of the skyline, new rail lines are opening, Olympic momentum is building, and a new movie, City of Gold, celebrates this city's incredible food scene fostered by the diversity in our communities.

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Ready to Ride

Gary Toebben on March 8, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This past Saturday, thousands gathered in the San Gabriel Valley for the opening of the Gold Line Extension, which connects Pasadena to Azusa, through the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte and Irwindale. This $1 billion, 11.5 mile extension was funded with Measure R dollars approved by the voters in 2008.

 

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Congratulations and Welcome to Speaker Rendon

Gary Toebben on March 1, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Next Monday, Speaker-elect Anthony Rendon from Los Angeles County will be sworn in as the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly. He was elected on Jan. 11 to the chief leadership position of the 80-member body, taking the helm from outgoing Speaker Toni Atkins, who we thank for her service.

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Changing Lives and Shaping Our Workforce: Summer Internships Make a Difference

Gary Toebben on February 23, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Los Angeles County has more than 200,000 young people who are out of school and out of work. At the same time, many businesses are struggling to fill thousands of entry-level positions. We call these 16-24 year olds “Opportunity Youth,” because their disconnection from the labor force is a significant loss to the L.A. economy.

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LADWP Infrastructure Investments Deserve Our Support

Gary Toebben on February 16, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Angelenos in every corner of the City at one point or another have been impacted by a broken water main or electricity blackout. These incidents are the most visible signs of our aging water and power systems and the necessity of maintaining the infrastructure in the 465 square-mile area served by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). The business community has a long history of recognizing that improvements to and maintenance of our utility infrastructure is key to the health of our economy and has supported rate increases that dedicate funds to this use.

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Transportation Funding Needs Green Light in Sacramento

Gary Toebben on February 9, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In his State of the State address in January, Gov. Jerry Brown once again called on the Legislature to find a solution to California’s funding gap for highways, bridges and transit. The funding shortfall for the basic transportation needs of our state is getting worse every day and our businesses, residents and visitors are grumbling. 

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