Water Crisis Demands Action

Gary Toebben on May 6, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Water will be a high priority during the Chamber's ACCESS Sacramento trip next week.  The reliable greenery we take for granted in California may be coming to an end without swift action.  

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Toyota's Decision: A Major Loss for California

Gary Toebben on April 29, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Toyota is moving 3,000 high-paying jobs from California to Texas over the next three years. Thousands of L.A. County families will be directly impacted by this job loss and many other support businesses and their employees will also feel the pain. The ripple effect will go on and on, including hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations that Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. has generously supported.

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California's Small Business Health Options Program

E. Jones, ACA Implementation Specialist on April 23, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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A major component of health care reform that has rolled out in each state is the health insurance marketplace. Each marketplace is operated by that state’s government, the federal government, or a partnership between the state and federal governments. California’s marketplace, known as Covered California, is a state-run marketplace. It serves both individuals looking for health plan coverage for themselves and their families, as well as qualifying small businesses looking to offer coverage to their employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

With the implementation of SHOP there is now the opportunity to offer choice when it comes to plan selection for employees, along with a more simplified administrative process (single bill for coverage) for employers. Open enrollment for both small businesses and individuals through Covered California began October 1, 2013. Though open enrollment for the individual marketplace recently closed on March 31, 2014, we feel this is an appropriate time to refocus education and enrollment efforts for small businesses, the marketplace for which (SHOP) has no open enrollment deadline.

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This is our Chance

Gary Toebben on April 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday, the State Employment Development Department issued its employment numbers for March. The good news is that employment increased once again in California and Los Angeles County. The bad news is that California still has 84,300 fewer jobs than it had at the start of the Great Recession, and L.A. County has 75,200 fewer jobs, almost 90 percent of the State total.  

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Boeing Provides a Spark to the Economy

Gary Toebben on April 15, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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A job is like a fire, providing energy, light, heat and sustenance to the life of the person who holds the flame. It illuminates the vision ahead to see a brighter future of caring for oneself and our families. Last week, the Los Angeles region received the promise of many more lights with The Boeing Co.’s announcement that it would soon be moving 1,000 high paying skilled engineering jobs to our communities.

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Clinton: Yes Sacramento: No

Gary Toebben on April 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Thursday morning, former President Bill Clinton was at L.A. City Hall with Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss strategies to finance economic development and to promote job growth, climate mitigation and resiliency through 21st century infrastructure. Clinton was joined by the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange and spent much of his time touting the opportunity to use public-private partnerships to advance infrastructure projects in Los Angeles and California.  

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Lights, Camera and Action Now

Gary Toebben on April 1, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, in the first step of what will be a long legislative journey, Assembly Bill 1839, which will retain movie and TV production jobs in California, passed its first committee with a unanimous 7-0 vote. We applaud the members of the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee for their vision, but none of us can stop for even one television commercial to rest on this initial victory. 

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Thank you Mayor, Disney and L.A. County

Gary Toebben on March 25, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today was a good day for the young people of Los Angeles. At a news conference this morning in support of HIRE-LA's Youth, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti reaffirmed his commitment to hiring 10,000 young people this summer and brought with him partners in government and business to announce their support. The Chamber has co-sponsored HIRE-LA’s Youth with the mayor’s office for nine years.   

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Beyond Staying the Course

Gary Toebben on March 18, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Yesterday, Miguel Santana, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Los Angeles released his annual report on the financial health of the City. He also included recommendations to the mayor and City Council on the budget deliberations for the 2014-15 year,  which must be concluded by mid-June. Santana titled the report “Staying the Course” because he built on recommendations from his past reports and actions that the mayor and City Council have taken the last five years to address the City's structural budget deficit.  

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L.A. Blankets the Halls of Congress

Gary Toebben on March 11, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Southern California delivered 168 leaders from business, government and nonprofits to the steps of the Capitol today for ACCESS Washington, D.C. 2014. The annual lobbying pilgrimage, sponsored by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and 12 other business organizations is cutting a wide swath across the halls of government.

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