The Business Perspective

California Economy Needs A Strong Education Bill From Congress

Gary Toebben on July 28, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For California to maintain its position as the 8th largest economy in the world, our education system needs to prepare ALL students for a competitive workplace. California is making progress by implementing substantial changes to our educational standards, better testing and accountability systems, and granting local control over funding. California high school graduation rates have improved from 75 percent in 2010 to an all-time high of 81 percent in 2014. We are on the right track.

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Unemployment Rates For Los Angeles Tell A Disappointing Story

Gary Toebben on July 22, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday, the California Employment Development Department released the Employment Report for June. The California unemployment rate stands at 6.3 percent, the County of Los Angeles is 7.4 percent and the City of Los Angeles is 7.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.3 percent. While all of these numbers are better than a year ago, the growth in jobs in L.A. City and County is lagging far behind other metropolitan counties in California. Here are the comparisons: San Francisco – 3.5 percent; Alameda (Oakland) - 4.6 percent; San Diego – 5.0 percent; Orange – 4.3 percent; Santa Clara (San Jose) – 4.0 percent. All of these metro counties have a lower unemployment rate than the United States except L.A. County. 

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State & Feds Must Address Transportation Funding Crisis

Gary Toebben on July 14, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Federal Highway Trust Fund will expire on July 31 and California’s highways are falling apart. The businesses and residents of California are angry and frustrated by the lack of focus on transportation at both the State and Federal level. Tax revenue is growing in Washington DC and Sacramento but none of that new revenue is going to transportation.

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Special Olympics World Games Begin July 25 – Join Us

Gary Toebben on July 7, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The World Cup Championship victory by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team on Sunday was exciting and inspiring. It was especially moving because it took place the day after the celebration of the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and founding of our nation.

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Congress Authorizes Trade Promotion Authority With Bipartisan Support

Gary Toebben on June 30, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week’s Congressional approval of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was a major victory for President Obama, U.S. businesses that export, and the working men and women of America. With a bipartisan vote, the U.S. Congress prioritized economic growth and job creation here at home. In doing so, Congressional leaders proved they could tune out opposition on the left and the right and take action on an important measure to move our economy forward.

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Help “Make It in LA” - Return Your Survey Today

Gary Toebben on June 23, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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From the entrepreneur tinkering in his or her garage to the mighty aerospace industry, making things has always been part of the DNA of Southern California. According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, there are more than 365,000 people employed by the manufacturing industry in L.A. County, the most for any county in America. Led by aerospace and fashion, manufacturing accounts for almost 10 percent of all jobs in L.A. County.

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Homes For Heroes – An Opportunity for Homeless Vets and Apartment Owners

Gary Toebben on June 16, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was in Los Angeles 11 days ago to meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. apartment owners to encourage their participation in “Homes For Heroes.” This campaign was organized by Home For Good, a partnership between the L.A. Area Chamber and United Way of Greater Los Angeles aimed at ending veteran homelessness in L.A. County by 2015.

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Chamber Advocacy Strengthens Workforce Education & Training

Gary Toebben on June 9, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) was among three programs from the L.A. region awarded a Career Pathways Trust Grant to educate thousands of students through partnerships with businesses. LACCD received $15 million to support programming that blends academic and career technical education, cultivates business education partnerships, and trains students for jobs in high-demand fields, such as health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, bio-technology and engineering. 

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MWD Invests $450 million on Water Conservation

Gary Toebben on June 2, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Is there a long-term benefit to Los Angeles County and all of Southern California that can come from this brutal, historic drought? Yes, if the call by Gov. Jerry Brown to lower water use turns out to have a permanent, lasting effect. Lowering demand will allow the system to store more water in wet years so that sufficient water is held in reserve to meet the demands of future droughts. 

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Thank You West Coast Senators for Supporting Trade Promotion Authority

Gary Toebben on May 26, 2015 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The California economy received a potential shot in the arm on Friday, when the U.S. Senate voted to give President Obama greater authority in negotiating trade agreements with other nations. On a 62-37 vote, the Senate sent the trade promotion authority bill to the U.S. House of Representatives, where it is expected to be hard-fought as well.

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