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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8,000 Job Applications

Gary Toebben on September 24, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Our political leaders are often pulled in many directions. The exception is during a crisis. During the great recession and glacially moving recovery, we heard many elected officials declare a jobs crisis and the creation of jobs as the top priority. 

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Move to Delay LAX Modernization Denied

Gary Toebben on September 17, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This past Wednesday was another critical step on the long march to a modern Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as the front door to the largest county in the United States and gateway to South America and Asia. The Los Angeles County Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) denied an appeal by the cities of Ontario and Culver City and the County of San Bernardino to delay the LAX modernization plan approved by the L.A. City Council last spring.

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Join Us in Supporting Technology Start-Ups

Gary Toebben on September 10, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last year, Start Up Genome ranked Los Angeles as the third best startup ecosystem in the world, just after Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. Our assets are many including a strong base of universities, creative talent and a Hollywood-fueled edge in digital media. 

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New Scorecard and Salary Surfer to Aid Community College Students

Gary Toebben on September 3, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For 2.6 million students, the California Community Colleges system is the gateway to higher education and a fulfilling career. As California seeks to dramatically increase the number of credentialed and college educated workers to remain economically competitive, the California Community Colleges system is a vital link to a strong and skilled workforce.

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