What happens in the classrooms of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) determines the economic opportunities that lie ahead for nearly 700,000 K-12 students. It also determines whether L.A.’s businesses and their employees will be able to compete in the global marketplace in the future. Read More
In our day-to-day hustle, it’s easy to forget how beautiful L.A. County really is. Our County’s parks and beaches are essential factors in the quality of life we all enjoy and on Nov. 4, voters have a chance to protect and maintain these natural resources. Read More
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses and their employees to vote for these candidates and ballot propositions endorsed by the Chamber PAC and the Chamber Board of Directors in the election four weeks from today. Every one of these votes is crucial to our future. Read More
On Aug. 12, 2014, the Chamber, through its attorney George Kieffer, sent a letter to Gov. Brown strongly urging him to veto AB 1881, which would have mandated the nomination and appointment process for the Employee Relations Board of the City of Los Angeles and the Employee Relations Commission of the County of Los Angeles.Read More
Employers want affordable health coverage for their employees without sacrificing the delivery of health services. One option to consider is the integrated health care model in which the health plan, the hospital and the doctors work together in a coordinated way to benefit patients.
The term “integrated health care” has been used to describe a variety of situations: the combination of traditional and alternative medicine, the provision of sick care and wellness under one umbrella, the treatment of physical and behavioral problems at the same time, etc. In this article, we discuss the four important benefits of the integrated health care model and the emerging Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model.Read More
Elected officials and their staff at City Hall often turn to our policy team on the City Council floor and say, “Why don’t you fill the room with your people like labor does?” We respond with the truth, which is that unlike labor, our members don’t get paid to take a day off to show up in Council chambers. Our members need to run their businesses, service their customers and create jobs.Read More
For many years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of a coalition of business, labor, airlines, passengers and civic stakeholders who have been pressing for the modernization of LAX. A groundbreaking at Terminal 1 today represented the success of that effort.Read More
One of the largest—and most controllable—contributors to rising health care costs in the United States today is overutilization, or overuse, of the health care system. Yet cost is not the only consequence of overutilization—also at stake is health, quality of life, and in some cases, life itself. In fact, the United States spends a significant amount more per person on health care than any other country in the world, and yet U.S. health outcomes are equal to or worse than those in other countries. Read More
Understanding the key drivers behind overutilization is an important step for you as both a business owner and a health care consumer. By understanding the drivers, you can help identify the highest quality and most fairly priced care for you and your employees.
I am often asked by the media what elected officials can do to be more business-friendly and create new jobs. I tell them about California business regulations and taxes that do not exist in other states. I also talk about streamlined processes and tax credits that do exist in other states.Read More
With the steady news coverage about Mayor Garcetti’s minimum wage proposal for the City of Los Angeles, two important stories stood in the shadows. The first is that the California economy is improving; and the second is that there are still thousands of unemployed Californians, especially in L.A. County. Read More