The Business Perspective

They Thought We Were Crazy

Gary Toebben on July 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In 2009 when the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County, most people either ignored the announcement or thought we were crazy. Los Angeles was the homeless capital of the United States and it would always be that way.  

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Speak Up Today About Water

Gary Toebben on July 14, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In two weeks, on Tuesday, July 29, state and federal officials will officially close the comment period on a water infrastructure project that will impact Southern California forever. The Chamber submitted its letter on May 6 and we need all of our members to send their comments as well.   

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West Coast Ports Negotiations are Critical to Regional Economy

Gary Toebben on July 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The initial deadline for reaching agreement on a new labor contract governing America's 29 West Coast ports passed a week ago today and the uncertainty of negotiations has many businesses in Southern California worried. That is why the Chamber has joined with many other U.S. business organizations in encouraging the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to make every attempt to conclude a new agreement as quickly as possible.

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Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty

Gary Toebben on July 1, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As our country celebrates its 238th birthday this Friday, we look back in appreciation of the brave men and women who shaped our country and sacrificed to preserve the ideals of our democracy, one of which is the ability for Americans to vote in secret ballot.

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L.A. County to Invest $24 Million in Youth Employment

Gary Toebben on June 24, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, Supervisor Don Knabe announced L.A. County’s $24 million commitment to LA Youth Jobs “Earn & Learn” summer youth employment. This investment will enable 12,000 young adults ages 14-21 to develop work readiness skills and gain exposure to careers while earning wages. Each youth will earn about $1,100 and also receive special training in financial literacy.

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Kings Make Our City Proud and Set an Example

Gary Toebben on June 17, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The teamwork, hard work and humility of the players, coaches, management and ownership of the Los Angeles Kings makes me extraordinarily proud of our 2014 Stanley Cup Champions. I've watched sporting events all my life, but I can't remember a championship team at the professional level that so completely embodies the values that I grew up with as a farm kid in Nebraska.  

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Small Business, Big Impact

Gary Toebben on June 10, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Throughout our nation's history, small businesses — with fewer than 500 employees as defined by the federal government — have been the engine of our economy. Today, America's 28 million small businesses represent the creativity and innovation that drives our economic growth.

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Time to Put San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in the Rear View Mirror

Gary Toebben on June 3, 2014 at 9:30:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Next Saturday, June 7 will mark the one-year anniversary of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) decision to permanently shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). 

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$2.1 Billion from D.C. A Team Effort

Gary Toebben on May 27, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I’ve made more than 100 trips to Washington D.C. during my 39 years serving chambers of commerce in four states, but last Wednesday’s trip to D.C. was the most rewarding. Its purpose was the signing by Metro and federal transportation officials of a $1.25 billion Capital Investment Grant and an $856 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for phase one of the Purple Line Extension to West Los Angeles County.  

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STEM Education is Key to Our Economic Future

Gary Toebben on May 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The next big breakthrough in medicine, the Internet, manufacturing, green energy and construction will all have one thing in common: they will all be discovered or designed by a person educated in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). America's ability to compete globally will depend on innovations related to STEM and the economic opportunities for the young people in our classrooms today will depend on their education in subjects related to STEM.

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