Feb. 1 is Cash for College Super Saturday

Gary Toebben on January 27, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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While the nation is focused on the Super Bowl this coming Sunday, thousands of high school students and their parents in Los Angeles will be focused on Cash for College Super Saturday by attending a free financial aid workshop at 50 locations. From now until March 2, workshops will be held at 180 locations throughout Los Angeles.

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Big Progress On Transit Projects

Gary Toebben on January 21, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In 2008, more than two-thirds of Los Angeles County voters approved Measure R, a one-half cent sales tax that will generate $40 billion over the next 30 years for traffic relief and transportation improvements throughout the county. Today and last week, voters were rewarded for their support.

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A Time for Truth

Gary Toebben on January 14, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, after nine months of work, the LA 2020 Commission released its first report. Outlining the critical issues facing Los Angeles, the report is long on facts and short on rhetoric. I encourage everyone to read “A Time For Truth.”

One of the challenges identified by the 13-member commission is shown in the graph below which can be found on page six of the report.

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A Good Start for 2014

Gary Toebben on January 7, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I often find that when I set pen to paper to write these weekly communications, it’s to scold one level of government or another for creating another new regulation that makes it harder or more expensive for businesses to create jobs and grow the economy. Imagine my joy when my first The Business Perspective of 2014 is to call attention to a positive action by a powerful yet not highly visible part of our state government. Today, I write in praise of the California Board of Equalization.

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Add Your Voice to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Today

Gary Toebben on December 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last month we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct — a historic project constructed by William Mulholland to bring water to L.A. and transform our region into an economic powerhouse for our state and nation. 

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California's Economy to Benefit from New Trade Agreement

Gary Toebben on December 10, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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California’s economic future became brighter this weekend when the World Trade Organization (WTO) reached an agreement to ease barriers to trade by simplifying customs procedures and making them more transparent. One hundred and fifty-nine countries were involved in the negotiations that are projected to add $1 trillion in global trade and keep the WTO’s Doha Round of Trade Negotiations alive.  

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SHOP Covered California for Small Business Health Insurance

Gary Toebben on December 3, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Covered California is leading the nation in enrollment via the new health insurance exchanges with 10,000 individuals signing up each day. As of this week, Covered California is open to small businesses as well.  

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Thanksgiving in the Words of Abraham Lincoln

Gary Toebben on November 26, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Giving thanks for our blessings on a special day has been a part of America’s history since 1621. George Washington was the first president to declare a day of Thanksgiving in 1789, but it was not until 1863 that Thanksgiving became an established holiday on America’s calendar.      

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Mayor Garcetti Outlines Partnership with the Chamber

Gary Toebben on November 19, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Thursday, the L.A. Area Chamber Board of Directors welcomed Mayor Eric Garcetti at its final board meeting of 2013. Mayor Garcetti toasted the Chamber's 125 years of leadership and outlined how his administration, working together with the Chamber, plans to move our economy forward. He asked the Chamber to partner with him in his four part strategy to convene, build, train and market Los Angeles. The Chamber Board gave a standing ovation to this strategy, which is right on target and closely matches the leadership role that the Chamber has played for 125 years.

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Our Industry and Our Jobs

Gary Toebben on November 11, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In 1910, D.W. Griffith shot the first silent movie, "In Old California," in Hollywood. It was the beginning of a quintessential California industry. The pioneers of the movie industry came to California because the State is tailor-made for film with great weather and every natural backdrop a director could want. For a century, a network of communities and businesses have grown up to support these productions and place a unique California stamp on world culture.

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