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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The Excitement of a Summer Job

Gary Toebben on July 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off HIRE LA’s Youth for 2013 and called on L.A. business leaders to provide summer employment and internship opportunities for the young people of our city. The Chamber lauds Mayor Garcetti for making summer youth employment and internship opportunities one of the first priorities of his new administration.  

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Independence and Immigration

Gary Toebben on July 9, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Five days ago we celebrated the birth of our great nation and paid tribute to a society, culture and economy that have been driven by immigrants and their descendants. For 500 years, people from far-away lands have displayed a passion for America and the dreams it offered. The desire to protect those dreams led to the founding of the United States of America 237 years ago.   

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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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