News Hits featuring the L.A. Area Chamber

Michelle King is new superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District January 11, 2016 - L.A. Times

For months, a high-profile head-hunting firm searched the nation for a new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. On Monday evening, the Board of Education gave the job to a candidate who was part of the district all along: Chief Deputy Supt. Michelle King.

Unless It's Repealed, Cadillac Tax Will Be Expansive (and Expensive) April 14, 2015 - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

By 2022, over half of all employers will be at risk of paying the 40% excise tax on high-value health plans (“Cadillac Tax”). READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

MCC receives $300,000 grant to study transfer students January 6, 2016 - C & G Newspapers

Macomb Community College is one of three educational institutions nationwide that will receive grant money from the Kresge Foundation’s new education program.

LA City Council Committee Recommends Launching a New Office to Patrol 'Wage Theft' May 6, 2015 - KPCC

The L.A. City Council's Economic Development Committee approved a set of recommendations Tuesday to create a new city "Office of Labor Standards," which would enforce local wage laws, including any future increases to the minimum wage.

Los Angeles City Council Votes 13-1 to Raise Minimum Wage to $15; 2nd Vote Needed June 3, 2015 - ABC7

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday tentatively approved a measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

LA Minimum Wage Hike Proposal Passes Another Hurdle June 3, 2015 - Nation’s Restaurant News

The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-to-1 Wednesday in favor of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020, although details of the ordinance remain under consideration.

Council Votes to Tentatively Approve Minimum Wage Hike Wednesday June 3, 2015 - MyNewsLa.com

The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 per hour by 2020 for hundreds of thousands of workers.

L.A. Unions: $15 Minimum for thee, but not for me June 2, 2015 - OC Register

It was rather revealing when labor unions in Los Angeles lobbied hard for the city to impose a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2020 – and then made a very public eleventh-hour bid to exempt themselves from the measure.

With Homelessness Increasing, Councilman Calls Los Angeles ‘A City of Encampments’ June 2, 2015 - LADowntownNews.com

With the number of people living on the streets increasing, a Los Angeles City Councilman yesterday said that area leaders have made big mistakes in their response to homelessness, leading to what he described as a “city of encampments.”

Road wage: How to pay workers who split time inside and outside L.A.? June 2, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Yet another wrinkle has emerged as Los Angeles lawmakers seek to boost the minimum wage: how businesses will pay employees who split their time inside and outside the city limits.

Earthquake Expert Finds Fault and Fun in Blockbuster Movie “San Andreas” June 1, 2015 - NBC 4 Los Angeles

Seismologist Lucy Jones is busy separating fact from fiction after the premiere of the blockbuster summer disaster movie, "San Andreas," which she enjoyed despite the "very bad seismology."

Op-Ed: L.A. Union that Advocated for Wage Increases now Opposes it June 1, 2015 - DigitalJournal.com

Sorry Rusty Hicks of Federation of Labor, but unions are not about the individual bargaining, but rather the collective. That's why it's called a union.

Hollywood Blindsided by L.A. Minimum Wage Increase June 1, 2015 - NewsMax.com

Los Angeles recently became the largest city in the nation to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour.

Despite $15 Minimum Wage Battle, Small Business is Happy to be Here June 1, 2015 - LA Weekly

Despite months of debate over the now-approved $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles, small businesses are upbeat about their prospects, according to a recent Thumbtack Small Business Sentiment Survey.

L.A. to host small business networking opportunity Tuesday June 1, 2015 - vcstar.com

The Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles District Office and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce are inviting the public to attend the SBA’s 52nd annual Small Business Recognition Ceremony in celebration of National Small Business Week.

Minimum Wage Hypocrisy: A Union Busts Itself May 30, 2015 - UnionLeader.com

Minimum wages are and always have been tools used by labor unions to benefit themselves at the expense of people willing to start working at a lower wage.

Los Angeles Labor Group Backs Minimum Wage Increase, Then Seeks Exemption May 29, 2015 - The New York Times

Labor unions across the country have been among the most vocal and important backers of the nationwide fight to increase the minimum wage to $15.

L.A. Labor Leaders Seek Exemption for Unions from City-Wide Minimum Wage Hike May 29, 2015 - KPCC

LA labor leaders are seeking an exemption from the city’s minimum wage law for companies with union employees.

L.A. Labor Leaders Seek Exemption for Unions from City-Wide Minimum Wage Hike May 29, 2015 - KPCC

LA labor leaders are seeking an exemption from the city’s minimum wage law for companies with union employees.

Los Angeles City Council Approves Landmark Minimum Wage Increase June 3, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

A landmark ordinance boosting the minimum wage in Los Angeles won approval Wednesday from the City Council despite a variety of unresolved issues about how the law would work.

L.A. City Council Votes to Tentatively Adopt Minimum Wage Hike June 3, 2015 - CBS Los Angeles

Members of the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday voted to tentatively adopt an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years.

Garcetti Signs Agreement to Fund Storm Water Treatment Project May 7, 2015 - Los Angeles Business Journa

Trying to address both the drought and the cleanup of Santa Monica Bay, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an agreement on Thursday finalizing an estimated $40 million storm water treatment project to clean polluted runoff from Los Angeles International Airport before it runs into the bay.

Los Angeles is (Almost) Halfway to Ending Homelessness for Veterans May 7, 2015 - Care2.com

In January the Department of Veterans of affairs settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of ten homeless veterans in Los Angeles.

Labonge Insiders are at War in District 4 Council Race Between Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu May 7, 2015 - Los Angeles Weekly

At a recent meeting of the Los Feliz Improvement Association, City Council District 4 representative Tom LaBonge was given a hero’s farewell.

Councilman Proposes Lower Increased Minimum Wage For Some Businesses May 8, 2015 - Los Angeles Daily News

City Councilman Paul Krekorian today called for a plan that boosts the minimum wage of workers at large businesses to $12 per hour by 2017 -- less than the $13.25 per hour by the same year supported by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

L.A. Councilman Floating Compromise Plan on Minimum Wage Hikes May 8, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles City Council member is floating a compromise plan on boosting the minimum wage, one that would increase hourly pay to $15.25 more gradually than other proposals being studied at City Hall.

3 Easy Steps to Advance Women in Technology May 12, 2015 - Business2Community.com

It’s quite obvious that a gender gap exists between women and men in the tech startup world.

Keeping Southern California Competitive as a Gateway for World Trade: Guest Commentary May 12, 2015 - Los Angeles Daily News

Not a lot of people understand trade and how it affects their lives.

Keeping Southern California Competitive as a Gateway for World Trade: Guest Commentary May 12, 2015 - The San Bernadino Sun

Not a lot of people understand trade and how it affects their lives.

Independent Groups Step up Spending in L.A. City Council Race May 12, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

In his bid to win a Los Angeles City Council seat, candidate David Ryu swore off accepting campaign money from local developers, people who buy land for construction projects that require city approval.

Homelessness in Los Angeles: Down for the Count? May 13, 2015 - Huffington Post

The recent homeless count in Los Angeles revealed that homelessness increased by 16 percent from 2013 to the present; the unsheltered homeless population has nearly tripled.

Los Angeles Minimum Wage Plan Wins Council Panel's Backing: $15 by 2020 May 14, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

A key group of Los Angeles lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a hotly contested plan to raise the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020, up from the current $9 an hour.

Alachua County Bans Together for Education June 4, 2015 - InWeekly.com

When a normally “A” or “B” public school system receives a “C” two years in a row, what should business, education and government leaders do?

L.A. Approves Landmark Minimum Wage Increase June 4, 2015 - The Herald Business Journal

Moving to the forefront of a national campaign to boost the incomes of low-wage workers, Los Angeles lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve an ordinance hiking the citywide minimum wage to at least $15 an hour by 2020.

Algunos empresarios preocupados por el aumento al sueldo minimo June 4, 2015 - HoyLosAngeles.com

Mientras unos festejan la reciente aprobación del aumento salarial para los residentes de la ciudad de Los Ángeles que ganan el minino, otros están preocupados por las decisiones que tendrán que tomar sobre sus negocios con más de 25 empleados.

Los Angeles Tentatively Moves Toward Raising Minimum Wage to $15 June 3, 2015 - DailyNews724.com

The City Council gave its tentative support to the measure in May.

L.A. Council President Backs Off Union Exemption From $15 Minimum Wage May 28, 2015 - LA Weekly

L.A. City Council president Herb Wesson today backed off on a last-minute attempt to exempt union workers from the city's $15 minimum-wage law.

Ports of Los Angeles, Auckland and Guangzhou establish tripartite ports alliance June 16, 2015 - En.portnews.ru

The Port of Los Angeles has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ports of Auckland, New Zealand, and Guangzhou, China, at a Tripartite Ports Summit sponsored by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is Now the Largest City with a $15 Minimum Wage June 18, 2015 - Trade Post

In an anticipated move on Saturday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a measure into law that will require employers to raise the minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour over the next five years.

Coffee Bean Moves Into Oprah’s Digs, Opens 1000th Store July 29, 2015 - LAmag.com

After opening their first store in Brentwood in 1963, locally-based chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cut the ribbon on their 1,000th location last week—in the heart of Miracle Mile, and right next to their posh new headquarters.

Ethiopia: Chambers of Commerce Sign MOU to Explore Business Opportunities June 29, 2015 - AllAfrica.com

The Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce & Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Los Angeles City Chamber on June 23, 2015.

L.A. Study Seeks to Promote Manufacturing Economy June 29, 2015 - CP-DR.com

Plans to build a $5 billion, 6.3-mile tunnel to close the "gap" of the 710 freeway are gaining headway as both the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments recommended that project as the best option.

Early Childhood Education Partnership Applauds Significant State Budget Gains for California’s Children in Joint Statement June 29, 2015 - MoneyShow.com

Organizations representing a partnership of key statewide and regional early childhood education advocacy organizations (ECE Partnership), joined together today to thank the Governor, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Léon and the Legislative Women's Caucus for their efforts and bold vision in delivering a signed state budget that includes important investments and policy developments for our state's early care and education system.

LA Asks Manufacturers to Stand Up and Be Counted June 30, 2015 - CityWatchLA.com

In the old days of manufacturing, you knew where the factories were.

LA to Loosen Minimum Wage Rules for Some Nonprofits June 30, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Nonprofits that hire and train disadvantaged and out-of-work clients to rejoin the workforce won't have to pay them Los Angeles' new minimum wage for the first year and a half of their employment, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Tuesday.

L.A. Asks Makers to Stand Up and Be Counted July 1, 2015 - PublicCEO.com

In the old days of manufacturing, you knew where the factories were.

L.A. to loosen minimum wage rules for some nonprofits July 1, 2015 - RocketNews.com

Nonprofits that hire and train disadvantaged and out-of-work clients to rejoin the workforce won’t have to pay them Los Angeles’ new minimum wage for the first year and a half of their employment, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Tuesday.

City Council developing plan to spur job creations July 1, 2015 - MyNewsLA.com

With a citywide $15 minimum wage plan now adopted, Los Angeles city leaders Wednesday said they are ready to work on developing a plan to keep and create more jobs.

City Council president says L.A. lacks a strategy for creating jobs July 1, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said Wednesday that the critics were right: City Hall lacks a comprehensive strategy for attracting new jobs.

Ethio-LA Chambers Work on Stronger Trade And Investment Ties July 2, 2015 - EthioSports.com

The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (ACCSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) at Elilly Hotel on Tuesday June 23, 2015.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Recipients of Inaugural Smart on Crime Awards at Recidivism Reduction Roundtable July 8, 2015 - Imperial Valley News

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the recipients of the inaugural Smart on Crime Awards for their excellence in working to reduce recidivism in California.

Ed-tech start-ups envision L.A. as a hub for growing sector July 8, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles tech scene has spawned numerous e-commerce websites, dating and messaging apps, and online video companies, but a growing contingent of start-ups wants the attention to shift to a new sector: educational technology.

Court OKs Affordable Housing Rules June 15, 2015 - Los Angeles Business Journal

In a decision that could impact developers across the state, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday to allow Los Angeles and other cities to require that developers provide affordable housing as a condition of getting building permits.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signs $15 minimum wage law June 15, 2015 - DigitalJournal.com

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a law on Saturday raising the city's minimum wage from $9 per hour to $15 by 2020, a historic move that will affect hundreds of thousands of workers.

Zambia Seeks Jobs, Wealth Links May 28, 2015 - Times of Zambia

Zambia is seeking to form synergies in economic areas with potential for wealth and employment creation, Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has said.

Who should pay to fix cracked L.A. sidewalks? You! May 28, 2015 - Reason.com

Who's responsible for those cracked sidewalks across Los Angeles? Property owners, says City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana in a new city report that suggests shifting liability and permanent maintenance of sidewalks to residential and commercial property owners.

L.A. $15 Minimum Wage Almost Official June 4, 2015 - EGPNew.com

The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 per hour by 2020 for hundreds of thousands of workers.

L.A. Council Tentatively Approves Minimum Wage Increase June 4, 2015 - San Fernando Valley Sun

The Los Angeles City Council has tentatively approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 per hour by 2020 for hundreds of thousands of workers.

Los Angeles City Council Approves Landmark Minimum Wage Increase to $15 an Hour by 2020 June 4, 2015 - Hotel-Online.com

Moving to the forefront of a national campaign to boost the incomes of low-wage workers, Los Angeles lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve an ordinance hiking the citywide minimum wage to at least $15 an hour by 2020.

L.A. Raises the Minimum Wage—Here’s How June 5, 2015 - LiberationNews.org

Without any doubt, June 3 was a big day for hundreds of thousands of poor and working people in Los Angeles.

Housing for Homeless Veterans Pushed June 5, 2015 - NBC 4 Los Angeles

In an effort to speed the process of finding housing for homeless veterans in Los Angeles, the VA Secretary joined the city's mayor in appealing to landlords to commit more housing units.

$15 Los Angeles Minimum Wage Passes June 10, 2015 - WestsideToday.com

Los Angeles City Council passed legislation today that will gradually raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by 2020 for hundreds of thousands of workers.

Los Angeles Boosts Minimum Wage June 10, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

The City Council on Wednesday approved a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, giving a boost to similar efforts elsewhere but prompting objections from business groups that said it could lead to job losses. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Signs $15 Minimum Wage Law June 15, 2015 - MoralLowGround.com

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a law on Saturday raising the city’s minimum wage from $9 per hour to $15 by 2020, a historic move that will affect hundreds of thousands of workers.

Mayor Garcetti signs measure to boost L.A.’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020 June 13, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Promising to provide relief for families enduring "back-breaking poverty," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday signed into law a measure raising the citywide minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

Mayor will make minimum wage law official at signing today in South L.A. June 13, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti will formally sign into law Los Angeles' landmark ordinance boosting the city's minimum wage at a ceremony Saturday in South Los Angeles.

To Live and Dine in L.A. Explores L.A. History Through Restaurant Menus June 12, 2015 - LA Weekly

What were elite Angelenos eating at Spago when it opened in 1982? What was served at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce banquet in 1895? How were the tiki drinks made at the Tonga Lei in the '70s? 

Wage Hike Becomes Official This Weekend June 12, 2015 - Los Angeles Business Journal

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is scheduled to sign the city’s minimum wage hike into law this weekend, capping the wage-raising campaign he started last fall.

Los Angeles Boosts Minimum Wage June 10, 2015 - Nasdaq.com

The City Council on Wednesday approved a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, giving a boost to similar efforts elsewhere but prompting objections from business groups that said it could lead to job losses.

Los Angeles city council approves $15 minimum wage by 2020 June 10, 2015 - The Guardian

Los Angeles will officially raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

LA Plans to go Green April 9, 2015 - News24.com

Los Angeles, known for its cars, smog and sprawl, wants to reinvent itself as the home of electric vehicles, solar panels and bicycle paths.

From Small Farming to Urban Agriculture: El Monte and Subsistence Homesteading April 14, 2015 - KCET

"People want to get outdoors ... and the small farms home gives them that opportunity," Ross H. Gast told an audience of San Diegans in 1933.

The State We're in: California Leading the Nation? April 15, 2015 - CSUF News

President Mildred García served as a panelist at a Wednesday, April 15, forum on "Diversity, Equity and Excellence: College Learning and America's Unmet Promise," sponsored by the Association of American Colleges & Universities and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

All in Favor of Raising the Minimum Wage, Start Marching April 15, 2015 - Los Angeles Magazine

Citing economic concerns, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce is against paying low wage earners more. That’s why Raise the Wage has organized a demonstration downtown.

The State We're in: California Leading the Nation? April 23, 2015 - PlacerCountyOnline.com

With momentum building for comprehensive tax reform in California, State Controller Betty T. Yee today appointed a Council of Economic Advisors to assess the impact of proposals across the spectrum of taxpayer constituencies.

Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports: Casey Wasserman Rises to the Top of L.A. Sports Scene April 24, 2015 - Los Angeles Daily News

Casey Wasserman lunches with the Clintons on occasion. The CEO of Wasserman Media Group has been friends with the NFL commissioner for 30 years.

A New Council Formed to Analyze California’s Tax Reform Proposals April 24, 2015 - UCR Today

Imran Angelov Farooq, director of UC Riverside’s Center for Economic Development & Innovation, has been appointed to a new Council of Economic Advisors for California’s Chief Financial Officer, Controller Betty T. Yee.

Activists Outnumber Business Owners at L.A. County Minimum Wage Forums April 28, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

At the first three in a series of forums for small businesses to weigh in on the effects of raising the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, business owners were significantly outnumbered by activists advocating for the increase.

InBody Wins World Trade Week Award May 4, 2015 - www.BizJournals.com

InBody USA has been selected to be the recipient of the 2015 Foreign Direct Investment Award. The Foreign Direct Investment Award honors foreign companies who have established US operations in the 5-county Southern California region that have made significant contributions to the local economy through financial investment. 

InBody Wins World Trade Week Award May 4, 2015 - www.WFXG.com

InBody, a leading manufacturer of body composition analyzers, will be awarded the Foreign Direct Investment Award at the 2015 World Trade Week in Los Angeles.

L.A. Lawmakers Consider Creating a Unit to Crack Down on Wage Theft May 5, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

As Los Angeles lawmakers considers hiking the citywide minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25, they are pushing to create a new city office that could crack down on employers who break those wage rules.

Minimum Wage Debate L.A. Style May 1, 2015 - Fox&Hounds

 What if three different studies on the effects of a minimum wage increase in Los Angeles each came up with a different conclusion — who do you trust?

California State Senator Tom Berryhill Says Legislature Deals Another Blow to Main Street May 1, 2015 - Goldrushcam.com

Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) announces the defeat of Senate Bill 389 (SB 389), his legislation to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act. SB 389 was rejected late Wednesday in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on a party line vote.

Women in Los Angeles Wrap up Fast for $14 Call for Citywide Wage Hike April 30, 2015 - Free Speech Radio News

A group of women who had been camping out during daylight hours in front of Los Angeles City Hall ended a 15-day fast today with a bread breaking ceremony.

New Report Puts More Momentum Behind LA Minimum Wage Hike April 30, 2015 - KPCC

Two economists, hired by the city of Los Angeles to analyze the findings of three recent minimum wage studies, concluded that the city would likely benefit from a $13.25 per hour minimum wage hike. The city has spent many months considering the impacts of a minimum wage increase, which was first proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti last year.

Second annual '710 Day' in Alhambra aims to 'Close the gap!' July 11, 2014 - Alhambra Source

City leadership backs a proposed 4.5-mile tunnel extending the 710 Freeway in Alhambra to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena.

L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben July 13, 2014 - Zocalo Public Square

Personal interview with President and CEO of the L.A. Chamber of Commerce Gary Toebben.

L.A. activists plan $15-minimum-wage ballot measure July 14, 2014 - L.A. Times

$15 minimum wage advocates argue that existing wages are too low for workers and their families to thrive.

Early Learning Advocates Respond to the First Five Years Fund poll July 22, 2014 - KMPH FOX 26

Poll finds that 71 percent of respondents support increasing preschool programming for low and moderate income families.

Viewpoints: A plan to prevent copper pollution in waterways is fatally flawed July 19, 2014 - Sacramento Bee

The State Water Resources Control Board could take up the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s recommendation for the maximum level of copper particulates allowed in Marina del Rey.


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Five Questions with Gary Toebben, L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO July 18, 2014 - Los Angeles Register

President and CEO of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce Gary Toebben talks about the economy, traffic and significant political races. 

First Lady Lauds Los Angeles Mayor’s Homeless Vets Initiative July 16, 2014 - American Forces Press Service

First Lady Michelle Obama praised Mayor Eric Garcetti for taking on the challenge of assisting transitioning veterans through employment and support resources.

Los Angeles finds summer jobs for 10,000 youth July 8, 2014 - Daily Breeze

Mayor Eric Garcetti thanked local business leaders for helping Los Angeles again find summer jobs for the city’s youth.

L.A. leaders focusing on groundwater treatment in bond discussions July 7, 2014 - L.A. Times

Los Angeles leaders are focused on preserving groundwater treatment funds in bond discussions.

Tipoff: LA 2020 Commission frustrated by inaction July 6, 2014 - Los Angeles Daily News

Containing 13 recommendations on how the city can be improved, the “Time for Action” report from the LA 2020 Commission has faced little response from City Council.

Southern view of twin tunnels plan July 2, 2014 - The Record

Here's a real shocker: The movers and shakers down Los Angeles' way are very much in favor of the twin tunnels plan.

Lift veil of secrecy from ports negotiations: Guest commentary July 1, 2014 - Los Angeles Daily News

The deadline for reaching agreement on a new labor contract governing America’s 29 West Coast ports passes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and the scant amount of insight or information on the future status of a new contract worries many.

L.A. councilmen push for ordinance to crack down on wage theft June 24, 2014 - L.A. Times

Two Los Angeles City Council members began a push Tuesday for a new city ordinance that would crack down on businesses that cheat workers of their pay.

Report: Latinos overrepresented as crime victims and in justice system June 25, 2014 - Los Angeles Daily News

Latinos are significantly overrepresented not only in the state’s courts, jails and prisons but also as victims of crime.

L.A. City Council to vote on bolstering foreclosure registry June 25, 2014 - L.A. Times

L.A. City Council hopes to strengthen its foreclosure registry by increasing fees on banks.

Job applications put ex-offenders in tight box June 24, 2014 - Aljazeera America

States and cities across the country are enacting laws to ban the prior-conviction box on job applications — a movement that has picked up momentum this decade.

Over minimum-wage plan for L.A. hotels, reservations linger: Editorial June 18, 2014 - Daily Breeze

The L.A. City Council has proposed nearly doubling the pay of workers at large, non-union hotels to $15.37 an hour.

Ambassadors, Mayor, and Business Community welcome Etihad Airways to Los Angeles June 12, 2014 - Zawaya

Planned non-stop flights between LAX and Abu Dhabi International Airport brings out L.A. business and political community in celebration.

L.A. panel takes key step toward wage boost for hotel workers June 10, 2014 - L.A. Times

Today, Los Angeles lawmakers asked staff to prepare an ordinance boosting the minimum wage for hotel workers.

Downtown Nonprofits Get Walmart Donations June 9, 2014 - Downtown News

Walmart donated to several Downtown LA non-profits including the LA Chamber.

L.A. Area Chamber Led Delegation Called on State Leadership to Prioritize Job Growth, Transportation Investments and Securing a Reliable Water Supply May 18, 2014 - Insurance News Net

The L.A. Chamber led a delegation of 100 local business and civic leaders on lobbying trip to advocate on issues vital to the Southern California region.

Proposal to Attract High-Quality Teachers Advances May 4, 2014 - SCV News

Chamber backed bill to help the State attract quality teachers advances in California legislature.

JPMorgan Chase gives $10 million to LA job training programs April 21, 2014 - 89.3 KPCC

JP Morgan Chase plans to give $10 million to LA jobs programs, including $300,000 for the LA Chamber.

Garcetti Releases $8.1 Billion Budget Proposal April 18, 2014 - KFI AM 640

Mayor Garcetti releases $8.1 billion budget proposal with goal of lowering business receipt tax.

Los Angeles city leaders say transparency, collaboration needed to improve city April 9, 2014 - Los Angeles Daily News

Three months after a panel of city leaders painted Los Angeles as a municipality in decline, it has come up with a series of recommendations to make the region more transparent and accessible.

L.A. backs overhaul of trash collection for businesses and apartments April 1, 2014 - L.A. Times

The L.A. City Council voted in favor of a controversial plan to overhaul the trash collection system in an effort to reduce waste.

L.A. Area Chamber Endorses Shriver in Supes Race March 27, 2014 - Los Angeles Business Journal

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce endorses Bobby Shriver in County Supervisor race.

Report recommends L.A. sales-tax hike to fund street repairs March 18, 2014 - L.A. Times

One year after Los Angeles Voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets.

AT&T Invested $1.95 Billion In Greater Los Angeles Since 2011 March 6, 2014 - Droid Report

AT&T shows continued commitment to the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Bid to hike L.A. minimum wage gets pair of powerful backers March 1, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

As the L.A. City Council examines the 'living wage' issue, philanthropist Eli Broad and developer Rick Caruso say they support a higher minimum wage.

Los Angeles moves forward with fracking ban February 28, 2014 - Los Angeles Daily News

Facing complaints from South Los Angeles residents living near oil fields, the Los Angeles City Council moved Friday to place a moratorium on fracking and other drilling methods, a move opposed by oil companies

Bill aims to weed out fraudulent farmers market vendors February 23, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

Business leaders praisedemergency drought legislation, unveiled last week by Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democratic lawmakers. But the $687-million package, they stress, is only part of the solution to the state's water woes.

New face of career technical education and why legislative support matters February 18, 2014 - California Economic Summit

Encourage legislators to prioritize funding for workforce programs to close our skills gap and improve job opportunities for all.

UPS SoCal President Noel Massie looks to get economy shipshape as chairman of Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. February 3, 2014 - Los Angeles Business Journal

Interview: UPS exec Noel Massie looks to get L.A.’s economy moving as the new chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hotels Seek Say on Worker Pay February 3, 2014 - Los Angeles Business Journal

Minimum – wage increase seemed like done deal

Garcetti joins call to give $15 minimum wage to some hotel workers January 24, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined the ranks of supporters of a sharp rise in the minimum wage for workers at large hotels in Los Angeles.

$250-million grant program launched to link learning and careers January 21, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

California officials Tuesday opened applications for a $250-million grant program to help students connect their academic learning with careers, marking the nation’s largest effort of its kind, officials said.

Obama picks Maria Contreras-Sweet to head SBA January 14, 2014 - The Washington Post

President Obama on Wednesday plans to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder and board chairman of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, as the head of the Small Business Association, according to a White House official.

L.A. expected to soon debate raising minimum wage for hotel workers January 13, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles could soon take the national lead in dramatically raising the minimum wage — with members of the City Council expected to propose that large hotels be required to pay roughly $15 an hour to their workers.

Cal State L.A. president hopes to raise profile of campus January 1, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

Cal State L.A. aims for spotlight with degrees from both UCLA and USC, William Covino is well aware of the prestige of those higher education heavy-hitters.

Affordable Care Act: Reform concerns some business owners September 21, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily Journal

For businesses, uncertainty, perhaps opportunity

Reform of CEQA requires compromise August 25, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Reform of environmental law requires compromise

Los Angeles prepares for the 2015 Special Olympics July 20, 2013 - Pasadena Star-News

L.A. scrambling to find financial support for 2015 World Games

SBA makes 17,000 more businesses eligible for assistance June 25, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

The federal government is making 17,000 more employers eligible for assistance from the Small Business Administration.

Forging Links to Los Angeles June 24, 2013 - Los Angeles Business Journal

L.A. Area Chamber launches technology center, Bixel Exchange.

New site reveals earnings of community college grads June 22, 2013 - Woodland Daily Democrat

California's community colleges have published the median earnings of graduates who went straight into the workforce after earning a certificate or associate degree.

Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College receives 'Excellence and Innovation' award June 18, 2013 - Long Beach Business Journal

Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College receives 'Excellence and Innovation' award

Development center for tech start-ups launches in Los Angeles June 13, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

A resource for tech start-ups launches in L.A.

City Eyes Planning, Building and Safety Merger by 2014 May 30, 2013 - Los Angeles Downtown News

Consolidation, delayed by six months, will happen under Garcetti's watch

Los Angeles' $7.7 billion spending plan approved May 28, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily News

A $7.7 billion Los Angeles city budget that restores some basic services while beginning to change the development permitting process received unanimous approval on Wednesday from the City Council.

Antonio Villaraigosa's Quest for Wall Street, Washington and Wealth May 23, 2013 - LA Weekly

L.A. Mayor with baggage seeks job

Garcetti, Greuel debate leadership April 22, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Cadidates focus on the influence of union campaign funding and allegations of an 'ethics violation.'

Officials Seek Merger of Planning, Building and Safety April 8, 2013 - Los Angeles Downtown News

Major Restructuring Sought to Streamline Development Process

L.A. business group wants answers from Greuel on pensions March 19, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles business group that endorsed Wendy Greuel called on her to explan her statements about pensions

L.A. Chamber of Commerce seeks meeting with Greuel March 19, 2013 - L.A. Daily News The Sausage Factory blog

The meeting will resolve the Chamber's concerns on Wendy Greuel's position on pension reform

L.A. Mayoral Candidates Receive Endorsements March 19, 2013 - CBS News

Both Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel received big endorsements from local groups

A New Rail Yard Is Proposed at the LA Ports March 18, 2013 - 89.3 KCRW

The L.A. City Harbor Commission approved a new cargo facility

Angelenos storm Capitol Hill for annual LA Chamber lobbying trip March 13, 2013 - 89.3 KPCC

More than 150 business and political leaders from Los Angeles joint in the annual D.C. lobbying trip

LCalifornia needs financing mechanism for affordable homes March 13, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily News

California must create new tools to provide affordable homes to workers and their families

L.A. County Federation of Labor signals support for Wendy Greuel in mayor's race March 12, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor voted to endorse Wendy Greuel over Eric Garcetti in the race

Storm drain fee may be scrapped March 11, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily News

Two supervisors said the Department of Public Works should not procceed with the storm drain fee proposal

Federation of Labor helps four win L.A. City Council seats March 6, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Organized labor sent four candidates to the Los Angeles City Council

L.A. mayor's race: could Greuel's union support backfire in contest with Garcetti? March 6, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Wendy Greuel won the support of Service Employees International Union

Sacramento veterans dominate L.A. City Council races March 6, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

The primary election results raised the possiblity that half of the council's 15 searts could be held by ex-Sacramento veterans

L.A. Voters Reject Sales Tax, Send Two Into Mayor Runoff March 6, 2013 - Bloomberg

Los Angeles voters' rejection of the measure suggests that California may be weary

Gov. Brown sends out robocall for Gilbert Cedillo's City Council bid March 4, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

A robocall recorded by Gov. Jerry Brown went out to 25,000 voters

Is Measure A right for Los Angeles? February 27, 2013 - AirTalk 89.3 KPCC

Measure A to increase sales tax aims at helping make up for an anticipated $216 million deficit

Mayer Brown LLP attorney awarded civic medal of honor February 22, 2013 - Los Angeles Daily Journal

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce honored Mayer Brown LLP's Michael "Mickey" Kantor

Massive mixed-use project in Hollywood clears a hurdle February 19, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

The city's planning department approved a proposal for two skyscrapers flanking the iconic Capitol Records Tower

Villaraigosa endorses former Assemblyman Cedillo in council race February 15, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed Gil Cedillo for a seat on the City Council

L.A. Chamber of Commerce backs Wendy Greuel for mayor February 12, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce backed mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel in the race to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

LA Area Chamber of Commerce endorses Wendy Greuel for mayor February 12, 2013 - 89.3 KPCC

Wendy Greuel added another significant endorsement from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Environmentalists and unions band together to fight CEQA changes February 6, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

A fight to overhaul California's landmark environmental law

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce backs sales tax increase January 31, 2013 - 89.3 KPCC

A measure to increase the City of L.A. sales tax was endorsed by the Chamber

Linked learning comes of age in California with new pilot programs January 29, 2013 - EdSource

The California Department of Education selected 63 officers to pilot "linked learning" program

State Budget a Positive Step for Education January 23, 2013 - Fox & Hounds

Gov. Jerry Brown's new proposal increases budget on education

High Tech Road Show delegates visit Los Angeles to explore innovation and technology infrastructure January 16, 2013 - AMEInfo.com

A senior level of delegation of over 25 Arab government and business leaders visited Los Angeles

De Ocampo receives backing of Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce January 11, 2013 - Asian Journal

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed Alex Cruz De Ocampo for City Council in the 13th district

Gary Toebben and Jamie P. Merisotis: L.A.'s economy depends on higher education January 10, 2013 - L.A. Daily News

Education is poised to decide L.A.'s economic future  

The New Year, Brought to You By the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce December 28, 2012 - The Huffington Post

A look back in history from the L.A. Area Chamber's archives

Downtown property owners fight MTA subway tunnel plans December 15, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

As the MTA moves closer to starting construction on a subway tunnel

Cash for College Convention helps students find financial aid opportunities October 3, 2012 - KABC-TV

Cash-strapped students can learn the ins and outs of how to pay for college

L.A. City Council backs pension cuts for new workers September 25, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Despite raucous protests and threats of a lawsuit from labor unions

Some business groups on the sidelines in California tax debate September 15, 2011 - The Sacramento Bee

In January, Gov. Jerry Brown traveled to Irvine to meet with members of the

L.A. Chamber doles out college scholarships July 17, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Wilson High School graduate Audrey Lopez has long dreamed of

MTA to vote on indefinite extension of half-percent sales tax for transportation June 19, 2012 - Daily News

A new debate over how to pay for billions in regional rail and highway projects kicks off

Los Angeles Chamber receives summer jobs grant from Walmart Foundation June 13, 2012 - Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it received an $800,000 grant

Proposed tweak to term limits makes eminent sense May 10, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Proposition 28 proposes a tiny tweak in legislative term limits

Bernard C. Parks and Jan Perry: Redistricting is hurting the progress we've made April 29, 2012 - Daily News

AS we observe the 20-year anniversary of the 1992 riots

Riots20: Stories from the LA Riots April 23, 2012 - 89.3 KPCC

Over the last few months, KPCC has been talking with Angelenos

Villaraigosa's legacy rides on transit plan April 18, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's bid to indefinitely extend a transportation

L.A. leaders back revised bullet-train business plan April 3, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Several Los Angeles leaders backed a revised business plan

Chinatown residents speak out in support of Walmart March 22, 2012 - KPCC

Walmart wants to put what it calls a "Neighborhood Market"

Ordinance Would Ban Chinatown Wal-Mart March 21, 2012 - Los Angeles Business Journal

City Councilman Ed Reyes is proposing to block retail chains from moving into

Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Touts Progress February 24, 2012 - Los Angeles Downtown News

In late 2010, a group of business leaders from the Los Angeles Area Chamber

Jerry Brown talks taxes, pensions at L.A. Chamber of Commerce January 26, 2012 - Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday urged 1,500 Los Angeles political and business leaders

20 more Customs officers coming to LAX to speed up traveler processing January 19, 2012 - Daily News

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will deploy 20 more officers over the next year

Mayor says Asia trip pays off by bringing business to L.A. December 15, 2011 - Contra Costa Times

Depicting himself as "salesman in chief" for Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Villaraigosa says Asia trip will bring jobs, investment December 15, 2011 - Los Angeles Times

Just back from an 11-day trade mission to China, Japan and South Korea

L.A. council votes to exempt mutual fund firms from business tax November 16, 2011 - Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles City Council took more steps Wednesday to chip away at the city's business tax

City Controller Greuel releases report card for Los Angeles departments September 8, 2011 - 89.3 KPCC

City Controller Wendy Greuel released a report card today

California lawmakers try to head off Amazon sales tax referendum August 26, 2011 - Los Angeles Times

State lawmakers escalated their war with Amazon.com Inc.

Business Groups' Frustration Grows on Regulatory Reform August 15, 2011 - Capital Public Radio

State lawmakers return to Sacramento Monday after their summer recess, and hundreds of bills remain

Rick Perry assembles top California donors for campaign August 15, 2011 - Los Angeles Times

An invitation has just landed in the in-boxes of California conservatives

Elise Buik, Blair H. Taylor and Gary L. Toebben: With AB 114, more students will be left behind August 2, 2011 - Daily News

If Assembly Bill 114 were part of the math section of California's high school exit exam, most legislators

Door Opens for Major Reform of School Finance June 3, 2011 - San Jose Mercury News

In a notable display of bipartisan support, the state Assembly

Report Puts Premium on People Skills May 26, 2011 - San Jose Mercury News

When making hiring decisions, many companies appear

Business Groups Lay Out Path to Budget Deal May 12, 2011 - San Jose Mercury News

Gov. Jerry Brown and Republicans in the Legislature got a new, golden opportunity Wednesday

Mapping a Way Out of Budget Mess May 11, 2011 - Merced Sun-Star

A coalition of California business groups has offered a reasonable outline

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Chairman and CEO Matthew Rose May 9, 2011 - NBC Los Angeles

The man behind the largest railroad in the nation, BNSF railway, Matthew Rose

Times Updates and Expands Value-Added Ratings for Los Angeles Elementary School Teachers May 7, 2011 - Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times on Sunday is releasing a major update to its elementary school teacher ratings

Villaraigosa Should Push for Development Reform May 6, 2011 - Los Angeles Downtown News

Last fall, the Los Angeles development community pricked up its ears when several key city players rolled out a new effort to streamline permitting

Area Officials Meeting in Washington May 3, 2011 - Contra Costa Times

A delegation of city, county and school officials, along with members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, met Tuesday with top

Fairfax Opens Economic Development Office in Los Angeles May 1, 2011 - The Washington Post

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority has opened an office in Los Angeles to lure companies to the Washington region

Cracking the Code April 29, 2011 - Los Angeles Downtown News

Everyone knows that getting a construction project approved in Los Angeles is a difficult and often maddening task.

Green Energy Mandate Lifts Effort to Reform CEQA Rules April 27, 2011 - Daily Journal

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce claims projects will stall without action

LA Labor, Business Groups Come Out Against Vernon Dissolution April 26, 2011 - The Sacramento Bee

Two powerful Los Angeles groups are turning thumbs down on legislation to dissolve the tiny city of Vernon that is being pushed

Will DWP’s New General Manager Fit the Bill? April 25, 2011 - Los Angeles Business Journal

The announcement by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s new general manager, Ron Nichols, that he is reducing DWP’s budget


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