News Hits featuring the L.A. Area Chamber

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 -

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 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