Open for Business!

Gary Toebben on July 1, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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While newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti passed on showing off his keyboard skills Sunday afternoon, he hit all the right notes for the business community in his inaugural address on the steps of City Hall. "These times demand a back-to-basics mayor focused above all else on our economy and jobs, and that's what I intend to be," Garcetti began.

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A New Day for Los Angeles

Gary Toebben on June 25, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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On July 1, the City of Los Angeles will see the most significant turnover of leadership in a dozen years. This turnover should bring new hope and a renewed energy for engagement in the civic arena. I have had the honor of working with many elected leaders across the country in my 40 years representing the business community. Getting a good start is important, which is why I offer our newly elected officials this bit of unsolicited advice.

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State Budget Brings Smiles

Gary Toebben on June 18, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Democrats and Republicans in the State Capitol had something to smile about this weekend. Democrats used their strong majority to replenish some of the cuts from prior years. And while no Republicans voted for the final budget, many in the minority party were appreciative of Gov. Jerry Brown's frugal approach to the use of unexpected state revenue.  

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Thanks for Investing in the County of Angels

Gary Toebben on June 11, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I often use this column to make the case for important economic development initiatives or to plead for a little common sense from our elected leaders. At other times, I get to say thank you to businesses who have taken steps to improve our community and change lives. Today, I want to highlight three companies who have chosen to invest in our region and to create that most precious of commodities … a job.

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Lawsuits Seek to Delay Take-Off at LAX

Gary Toebben on June 4, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Mayors Richard Riordan, James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa all determined that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) modernization was essential to the future of our city and region. They each put forth a plan to begin the fix and each time that plan was opposed by LAX neighbors. The result has been a two-decade delay in the modernization of LAX and an embarrassment for our city, region and state.

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Governor Brown's Plan For More College Graduates

Gary Toebben on May 28, 2013 at 4:50:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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College graduates are the key to California's future economic competitiveness. For decades, we have taken for granted California's abundance of highly educated residents relative to the rest of the U.S. and the world.

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Wendy Greuel for Mayor

Gary Toebben on May 20, 2013 at 3:35:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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Every major Los Angeles business organization and an army of business leaders, from Fortune 500 CEOs to owners of your neighborhood mom and pop shop, have chosen to support Wendy Greuel for Mayor. Contrary to what you have probably heard during this campaign, our City Controller is not a lackey of labor, but an independent voice whose integrity and honest approach to the challenges we face in L.A. have won her the loyalty and trust of leaders across the spectrum.

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California's Water "Portfolio" Making the Right Investment

Gary Toebben on May 10, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Thirty percent of all water consumed in the six-county service area of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California flows from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It makes its way through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta where it is transported by the California State Water Project (SWP) to Metropolitan's regional distribution system. This high quality water replenishes our reservoirs and makes it possible for Southern California to use the supply again and again via state-of-the-art recycling water treatment facilities.

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Don't Derail Our Leadership In Global Trade

Gary Toebben on May 7, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 87th annual observance of World Trade Week with nearly 600 people in attendance. The Los Angeles International Airport and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles represent America's trade gateway, creating billions in state and local taxes and hundreds of thousands of jobs. 

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Long Term Fix For LAX Begins Tomorrow

Gary Toebben on April 29, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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April 30, 2013 will be a signature day in the history of Los Angeles. It is the day when the Los Angeles City Council finally votes on the long-awaited plan to modernize the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Generations of residents and visitors to Southern California will be impacted by this vote.  

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