The Business Perspective

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 
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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.

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Yes on Measure HHH- Help House the Homeless

Gary Toebben on September 20, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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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.

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The Buck Stops With Governor Brown

Gary Toebben on September 13, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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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.

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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 
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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.

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Great News: Agreement Allows LAX Modernization to Take Flight

Gary Toebben on August 30, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In 2013, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS), which evaluated projects that were part of the Los Angeles International Airport’s 2004 Master Plan. The passage of SPAS was a huge victory for L.A., as it laid out plans for projects that would kick-start desperately needed modernization at LAX, as well as upgrades to passenger safety and security. The L.A. Area Chamber and organized Labor led the charge in securing this approval in 2013.

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The Excitement Builds for a 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles

Gary Toebben on August 23, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As the 2016 Olympics came to a close Sunday night, there are number of indelible images that will forever signify Rio 2016. Gymnast Simone Biles tumbling through the air on her way to a record four gold medals. Swimmer Katie Ledecky shattering world records in a class all her own. Michael Phelps coming out of retirement after finding joy in his sport again to claim an additional six medals for himself and the United States. 

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Sacramento Should Not Usurp Local Control

Gary Toebben on August 16, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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California is a vast state, with regions that vary greatly in needs and circumstance. From dense cities, to desert expanses and mountain ranges; from areas whose economy depends on technology or manufacturing, to communities that are driven by fishing or agriculture. This geographic and economic diversity is what makes California grea

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Keep Moving Forward on SCIG

Gary Toebben on August 9, 2016 at 7:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Three years ago, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) project, a near-dock rail facility proposed by BNSF Railway. This $500 million project to move goods more efficiently, lower emissions and reduce thousands of truck miles from our congested freeways is vital to our logistics sector, our economy and our environment.

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The Time is Now for the California WaterFix

Gary Toebben on August 2, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board began a series of hearings on the California WaterFix, the plan to update the state’s aging water infrastructure. Our Southern California region is highly dependent on this infrastructure, with one-third of our fresh water flowing from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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A Bold Transportation Plan For L.A. County

Gary Toebben on July 26, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In 2008, Los Angeles County residents took a leap of faith and voted to raise our county-wide sales taxes to fund the construction and maintenance of our transportation infrastructure. Seven years later, Metro conducted a quality of life report to study the impact of that decision on the region. The results are impressive. New rail and bus rapid transit now provides access to more than 300,000 jobs in the region. Nearly 500,000 residents now live within a half mile of projects that opened after passage of Measure R. What’s impressive is that this data was tallied prior to the 2016 openings of the Gold Line extension and Expo Phase II.

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