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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Happy Birthday to the L.A. Aqueduct

Gary Toebben on November 5, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today we celebrate the birthday of the L.A. Aqueduct. Even before the water began flowing a century ago, the aqueduct was a longheld vision of the founding members of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. The road was not easy, but the visionaries stayed on course, knowing that with the birth of the aqueduct, a modern Los Angeles was born.

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John Deasy: " A Warrior for our Kids"

Gary Toebben on October 28, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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A warrior for our kids is how Dr. Robert Ross described Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy a month ago when the California Endowment announced a $50 million investment in students of color attending LAUSD.

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Doing Business in an Obamacare World

Gary Toebben on October 21, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Recent events have made it clear that, whether you supported or opposed it, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and is being implemented today. Business people everywhere owe it to their employees and stockholders to explore the options in the Affordable Care Act and determine if those options can have a positive impact on their employees and their company's bottom line.  

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