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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Jobs and Freedom

Gary Toebben on August 27, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech and the March on Washington, there is one bit of information that many forget. The actual name for that historic event was the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”  The theme for the 25th anniversary commemoration was “March for Jobs, Peace and Freedom.”

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Time is Running Out on Meaningful CEQA Reform

Gary Toebben on August 20, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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With three weeks left in the 2013 legislative session, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform is waiting on the sidelines while the list of public and private projects being stalled under the allegation of CEQA violations continues to grow. The most recent ruse is a CEQA challenge to a new downtown high-rise housing project in San Jose by a construction union official objecting that some workers on the project would be non-union from Sacramento. The appeal may not be successful in the long term, but it is one more example of interest groups using CEQA to stop or delay projects for reasons that have nothing to do with the environment. 

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Transportation Funding on a Crash Course

Gary Toebben on August 13, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In September of last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed an important bipartisan pension reform bill designed to increase the retirement age for new employees, cap the annual payout, eliminate numerous abuses of the system and require workers who are not contributing half of their retirement costs to pay more. The Public Employee Pension Reform Act affects all state public workers hired after Jan. 1, 2013, as well as local governments that participate in the State's pension funds. It was an important first step towards reducing the hundreds of billions of dollars in underfunded pension liability.

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California's Pro-Athlete Workers' Comp Loophole is Bad Business

Gary Toebben on August 6, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Professional sports are part of the excitement Los Angeles offers to residents and visitors. We have the privilege of cheering for some of the world's best teams and finest athletes.

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Getting to Yes on New Jobs

Gary Toebben on July 30, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Even though they have been seated for less than a month, it is already clear that the "new" Los Angeles City Council has a spirit and energy that is focused on the economy and finding a way to get to "Yes."  This means yes to job creation, yes to economic growth that provides more tax revenue for city services, yes to businesses large and small to help them invest in Los Angeles, and yes to policy and development decisions based on sound economic data, not political calculations.

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A Good First Move Towards More Jobs

Gary Toebben on July 23, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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recent study by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs shows that the City of Los Angeles lost nearly 100,000 jobs between 1990 and 2011. During that period of time, examples of government working closely with business and community leaders to drive successful economic development projects and strategies are too few and far between.

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