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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Focusing on Jobs and Education in Sacramento

Gary Toebben on April 23, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Three weeks from today, 100 business and community leaders will come together for the Chamber’s annual ACCESS Sacramento trip, advocating for legislation and policies that will rebuild the California economy, create new jobs and deliver essential services for the people of California.

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Immigration Reform is Key to a New Economy

Gary Toebben on April 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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A month ago, more than 150 business and civic leaders descended on our nation’s capital to make the case for policies, initiatives and funding priorities to improve our local and national economy. Though we advocated on many fronts, one of our top priorities was Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).

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Stop Politics From Grounding A World-Class LAX

Gary Toebben on April 8, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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It is not hyperbole to say that the upcoming vote by the members of the L.A. City Council on the new long-range plan to modernize the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the most important vote they will cast during their term in office. Their vote will determine whether our gateway to the world moves forward with an exciting plan for modernization or whether we settle for piecemeal investments that will never create the safe and efficient passenger experience that is being offered at competing U.S. airports and other gateways around the world.

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A New Set of Eyes on City of L.A. Finances

Gary Toebben on April 2, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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When I arrived in Los Angeles in 2006, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Council were facing a $200 million budget deficit even though the economy was booming and city tax revenue was growing by 5 percent annually. The Council balanced the budget with cuts in expenditures, but in 2007, the same story unfolded again. The economy was strong and city tax revenue was growing by more than 5 percent, but the projected budget deficit was still $200 million. Some of us asked the question, why do we have a significant budget deficit every year when tax revenue is growing at a rate much higher than inflation? 

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Strong Advocacy in Washington, D.C.

Gary Toebben on March 26, 2013 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Earlier this month the Chamber led a delegation of 150 people for two days on our annual ACCESS Washington, D.C. advocacy trip. Business and nonprofit leaders were joined by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and five members of the L.A. City Council to advocate for a wide range of policies to benefit Los Angeles and the nation.

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