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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Root, Root, Root for the Dodgers

Gary Toebben on October 15, 2013 at 9:10:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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It doesn’t get any better than last night’s 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.  The temperature at game time was 79 degrees and the sky was Dodger blue.  The historic stadium was filled with more than 53,000 loyal fans who knew they had a crucial role to play in energizing a team that was down 0-2 in the series.  

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Walkers, Bikes & Trolleys Take Center Stage

Gary Toebben on October 8, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Since its release in 1982, the Missing Person’s song "Walking in L.A.,” with its refrain "Nobody walks in L.A.," perfectly captured the City of Los Angeles’ affection for the automobile. Today, the song has become an anachronism rather than an anthem as L.A. moves towards a multimodal future. That future was on full display this past week with another successful CicLAvia event and plans to connect the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Grove with a street trolley.

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Businesses Urge Congress Not to Shut Down Government

Gary Toebben on October 1, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Yesterday, 251 business organizations from every corner of the United States co-signed a letter to Congress stating, “With the U.S. economy continuing to underperform, the federal government needs to maintain its normal operations pending a successful outcome of broader budgetary reforms. It is not in the best interest of the employers, employees or the American people to risk a government shutdown that will be economically disruptive and create even more uncertainties for the U.S. economy. We respectfully urge the Congress to raise the debt ceiling in a timely manner and remove any threat to the full faith and credit of the United States Government.”

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