Don'ít Doom L.A. to a Permanent Housing Shortage

Gary Toebben on December 8, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last month, a group of activists calling themselves the “Coalition to Preserve L.A,” led by Michael Weinstein with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, filed papers to place an initiative on the November 2016 ballot that would establish a citywide building moratorium on higher density housing. The measure is officially titled “Restrictions on General Plan Amendments, Required Review of General Plan; Building Moratorium Initiative Ordinance,” but don’t be fooled by the archaic sounding language. The implications of this measure would be devastating to Los Angeles and doom us to a permanent housing shortage.

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Congress Should Ratify Trans Pacific Partnership and U.S. Leadership Role

Gary Toebben on December 1, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Wednesday, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman had lunch at the Chamber to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement that Congress will consider in 2016. Prior to the Chamber meeting, Ambassador Froman met with leaders from the motion picture industry, who are very supportive of the TPP and know how important the agreement is to growing entertainment jobs in L.A. and California.

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A Prayer for Safety this Thanksgiving Day

Gary Toebben on November 24, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Thanksgiving is an important day on the American calendar, both for our nation, and for each of us as individuals, families and businesses. It is a collective opportunity to express appreciation for all that we have, whether that is a little or a lot.

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End Goal in Sight for Federal Transportation Legislation

Gary Toebben on November 18, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Since 2010, a new six-year federal transportation bill has been a high priority for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce during our frequent trips to Washington, D.C. After 33 short-term extensions and the two-year MAP-21 bill, Congress is finally poised to approve the first long-term transportation package since SAFETEA-LU was passed in 2005. America needs this certainty to ensure the construction of essential transportation and goods movement infrastructure for the future.

 

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Show Your Patriotism for Just $11

Gary Toebben on November 11, 2015 at 5:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Every Veterans Day we celebrate those few among us who have done so much for so many. Through bravery and sacrifice of life and health, our men and women in uniform give so much and ask so little in defending our country. On Nov. 11 each year we honor those who have served. Yet after the parades end, the speeches conclude, the picnics are packed up and the bunting is taken down, we all return to our everyday lives, while the real struggle continues for so many that we just exalted.

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Working To Build a 21st Century Los Angeles

Gary Toebben on November 3, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Chambers of Commerce across America were often formed to champion major infrastructure improvements. For the L.A. Area Chamber, that project was the Port of Los Angeles 127 years ago. 

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Building an Economy for All in L.A. County

Gary Toebben on October 27, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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It is a core tenet of every action we take at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce that the best commodity is a job. A job allows us to stand with pride and be empowered to take care of ourselves, our families and our community. A job teaches young adults important values, and increases our individual and collective human capital.

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2015 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference

DJ Wilson, stateofreform.com on October 23, 2015 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a Major Sponsor of the 2015 Southern California State of Reform Health Policy Conference being held on Nov. 6. The event convenes senior health care executives and health policy leaders from across the spectrum of care to dialogue on the most pressing issues facing health care today. This conference relies on a Convening Panel of folks which you will recognize as a diverse set of thought leaders, policy makers and executives from a wide range of California’s health care sector.
 
Chamber members can utilize a 30 percent discount code by registering for the event with the code CHAMBER. The event is held at the JW Marriott at LA Live and is an all day, single day conference.

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Building Momentum on Solving Homelessness

Gary Toebben on October 20, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Since 2009 the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has worked in partnership with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to pioneer a new approach to end chronic and veteran homelessness through the creation of permanent supportive housing. This effort, known as Home for Good, began with visits to other communities that were making progress in meeting this difficult challenge. Taking advantage of their lessons learned, Home for Good was born and in five years we have housed 9,305 chronically homeless and 14,094 homeless veterans. Key components of Home for Good’s success include a Coordinated Entry System and a Funders’ Collaborative that has invested more than $650 million.

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It’s Time to Pass a Citywide Sign Ordinance

Gary Toebben on October 13, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Advertising is essential for growing a business and our economy. More than 6,000 small and large businesses in Los Angeles use outdoor advertising as part of their strategy to market their goods and services. Outdoor advertising also creates thousands of jobs in our region for people who design and create the advertisements and for those who construct and service billboards and signage.

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