Letís Move Forward on the Sale of Ontario International Airport

Gary Toebben on January 13, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce agrees with Mayor Garcetti that the City of Los Angeles should sell Ontario International Airport (ONT). The business community believes that there is no strategic reason for the City of L.A. to continue to own and operate ONT, as long as the City of Ontario, or some other appropriate entity, continues to operate the facility as a commercial service airport for our region.

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Happy New Year - Hereís What A Great 2015 Would Look Like

Gary Toebben on January 6, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Most economists predict that 2015 will be a better year than 2014. That’s good, but my question is “What would make 2015 a great year for Los Angeles County?” What would dramatically contribute to the growth of our regional economy and cause a significant reduction in our unemployment rate?

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LAWA Gives Region A Christmas Present For The Decades

Gary Toebben on December 23, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved a $4 billion plan to dramatically transform LAX's ground transportation, and arrival and departure experience. The commissioners approved plans for a Landside Access Modernization Program that will include an automated LAX Train to connect passengers to the airline terminals from off site locations. 

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Health Insurance Toolkit for Small Business Owners Now Available

The Health Law Guide for Business Team on December 17, 2014 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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By now you have probably seen the commercials on TV, heard something on the radio, or even read it in this blog— open enrollment for health insurance through Covered California is happening now through Feb. 15, 2015, so there is no better time to make sure you and your employees get covered.

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Bidding for the 2024 Olympics

Gary Toebben on December 15, 2014 at 11:59:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti and a small delegation from Los Angeles are in Redwood City, California for a presentation before the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The Mayor and his point person on this bid, Casey Wasserman, will have 45 minutes to make the case for L.A. and Southern California to host the 2024 Olympics. The other cities that have been invited to bid are Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

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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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