Vote on November 8 - L.A. Area Chamber Recommendations
Gary Toebben on October 18, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective Comments (0)
Three weeks from today, Americans across the country will be heading to the polls. Here in California, you should have already received your state and local voter guides, sample ballot and an actual ballot if you are registered to vote by mail.
The California voter guide, issued by the Secretary of State, is 224-pages, covering 17 propositions that include nine new laws, six constitutional amendments, one referendum and one ballot question. Los Angeles County voters will have three additional measures and City of L.A. voters will have four more. The local measures are the last items on the ballot, but they address several high priorities of the Chamber and the community.
CMS Gets Kudos for New Medicare Payment Rule
Mary Ellen McIntire, Morning Consult on October 14, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Reaction was positive to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule released Friday finalizing changes to how doctors are paid through Medicare. Health provider groups said they were pleased that the agency has been, and expects to continue to be, responsive to their concerns.
The changes implement a new law aimed at saving the Medicare program money by rewarding providers for high quality care. Under the rule, providers will have two paths to choose from to start shifting away from the traditional fee-for-service system.Read More
Vote YES on Measure CC for our Community College Students
Gary Toebben on October 11, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective Comments (0)
The nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) are essential to meeting the workforce needs of employers in the L.A. region. That is why the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is joined by the Los Angeles Times in strongly recommending a YES vote on Measure CC.Read More
Good health is good for business!
Sam Beasley, Director, Public Policy, L.A. Area Chamber on October 6, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Losses in productivity due to worker illness and injury cost U.S. employers $225.8 billion annually. Knowing what business leaders can do to improve health and wellness among employees and within their community has shown to not only help businesses thrive, but it can also be the tipping point towards ensuring economic vitality and creating equitable prosperity. Read More
Vote No, No, No on Measure JJJ
Gary Toebben on October 4, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective Comments (1)
"Measure JJJ would impose some of the nation's most demanding affordable housing and wage mandates on privately-funded development. It was written without any analysis of whether the measure would actually relieve the city's affordable housing crisis, as opposed to increasing the cost of new construction so much that developers build fewer units for low- and middle-income Angelenos." - Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, 9/27/16
The Chamber, along with a coalition of community organizations, homeless advocates, housing advocates and tenant rights groups, opposes Measure JJJ and so does the Los Angeles Times editorial board. Measure JJJ would place huge burdens on the ability of developers to build the housing we desperately need to address our affordability and homeless crisis.Read More
Vote Yes on Measure M - L.A. County's Path to Improved Mobility
Gary Toebben on September 27, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective Comments (0)
Very rarely are we, as citizens, given the opportunity to make a decision that will dramatically transform our economy and our quality of life for generations to come. That is the opportunity that Los Angeles County residents have on Nov. 8 when we vote on whether to continue our investment in transportation improvements for our entire county through Measure M.Read More
Can Health Care Adapt to a New Economy?
Samantha Beasley, Director, Public Policy, L.A. Area Chamber on September 23, 2016 at 11:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room Comments (0)
Today, consumers expect what they want, when they want it. But where does this emerging on-demand economy leave health care?
Consider the state of health care. The average wait time to see a primary care doctor is 18 days. The average emergency room wait time in Los Angeles is 3.5 hours. And yet 71 percent of emergency room visits are unnecessary.Read More
Yes on Measure HHH- Help House the Homeless
Gary Toebben on September 20, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective Comments (2)
Six years ago, the Chamber and the United Way released Home For Good, an action plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. Since then, cooperation between the business community, philanthropic foundations, apartment owners, and local and federal officials has helped house 14,543 chronically homeless people and 16,939 homeless veterans. But, regrettably, the number of new homeless is growing faster than our solutions.Read More
The Buck Stops With Governor Brown
Gary Toebben on September 13, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective Comments (0)
Last week, I touched on a number of wins in the Legislature and several remaining priorities for the Chamber. Among the 789 bills sitting on Gov. Brown's desk to sign or veto, there are many items that would impact the business community. We are continuing to weigh in on these bills before the Sept. 30 deadline, and we urge you to join us in communicating with Governor Brown.Read More
State Legislature Aids Business at End of 2015-2016 Session
Gary Toebben on September 6, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective Comments (0)
Late last Wednesday night, the California State Legislature wrapped up the 2015-2016 session. The end of the session contained a number of bright spots for the Los Angeles business community.
Two bills were defeated that would have allowed Sacramento to usurp power from local boards. SB 522, then SB 1379 (both Mendoza) attempted to change the composition of the Los Angeles Metro Board of Directors and SB 1387 (de Leon), sought to add seats appointed by Sacramento leadership to the Southern California Air Quality Management District. The Chamber strongly believes regional and local agencies are best-equipped to deliver projects and programs that provide regional benefits and we are pleased to see these two bills defeated.Read More