Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Oct. 2
 
Chamber presents annual economic report to L.A. City Council
 
The Chamber convened more than 200 business and community leaders Wednesday for ACCESS L.A. City Hall, the Chamber's annual advocacy event to build stronger partnerships between City Hall and local businesses. Beacon Economics Founding Partner Chris Thornberg presented the 2017 L.A. City Council Districts Economic Report to the Council, comparing employment, average wage, tax revenue and building permit data from the last year for each of L.A.'s 15 Council Districts. Chamber leadership reviewed eight action items to improve our economy. Prior to the presentation, attendees heard from L.A.'s elected officials including Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Controller Ron Galperin, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Council President Herb Wesson and five City Councilmembers. SEE THE PHOTOS and READ THE REPORT.
 
Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors hearing on CA WaterFix
 
Last week, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben spoke to the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors on the CA WaterFix, urging the Directors to approve moving forward on the plan to invest in our aging water infrastructure and secure our long-term water reliability. The Board will vote on Oct. 10. READ the Business Perspective. 
 
Chamber continues DACA advocacy
 
The Chamber partnered with Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jimmy Gomez and the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights for a private, roundtable discussion on the critical issues raised by the recent rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Young DACA-protected immigrants shared their moving perspectives with the roundtable, and urged a quick and clean passing of the DREAM Act by Congress -- a permanent legislative solution for those left in limbo after the end of DACA on March 5, 2018. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Following the roundtable, the Chamber sent LETTERS to Congressional leaders, urging the approval of the DREAM Act. 
 
Housing package signed and final days of Sacramento legislative advocacy
 
Last Friday, Gov. Brown stood with state legislative leaders and Mayor Eric Garcetti as he signed 15 housing bills to address our crisis. The Chamber supported the pillars of the package, including SB 2, a $75 real estate transaction fee; SB 3, a $4 billion housing bond; and SB 35, which will ease approvals for qualified projects. With two more weeks for Gov. Brown to sign or veto bills, the Chamber policy team continues to advocate on our legislative priorities. SEE THE LIST.
 
L.A. City Planning Department publishes TOC guidelines
 
As part of Measure JJJ implementation, the Planning Department has completed and signed the Transit-Oriented Community (TOC) guidelines. Officially in effect as of Sept. 22, they allow for a range of density and FAR bonuses, parking reductions, and other incentives that go beyond the SB 1818 density bonus law, provided projects are within a certain distance of a Major Transit Stop. You can see the document HERE.
Challenges to SB 1
 
Two possible measures are continuing to take steps towards the November 2018 ballot, both of which would impact California's ability to fund transportation infrastructure improvements. A judge decided to rewrite the title and ballot summary of a measure filed by Assemblyman Travis Allen to repeal SB 1 and a constitutional amendment was filed to undo the SB 1 fees and tie legislators hands in the future. READ the coverage of a coalition the Chamber is part of to stop these efforts and protect our infrastructure investment. 
Metro announces plan to accelerate three Measure M projects
 
At last week's Metro Board of Directors meeting, plans were announced to partner with private investors in order to speed up a number of projects listed for Measure M funding. Those projects are: an 11-mile portion of the Sepulveda Transit Corridor, the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor and additional ExpressLanes. READ MORE.
 
 
 
Oct. 3 - Assembly District 51 primary
Oct. 3 - Metro PAC meeting
Oct. 3 - Grand openings for USC Village and Westfield Century City 
Oct. 4 - Manufacturing Day at Northrup Grumman
Oct. 6 - L.A. Area Chamber Board of Directors retreat
Oct. 6 - L.A. Dodgers playoff games!
 
L.A. area DACA-recipients contribute approximately $5.5 billion annually to economy, Chamber estimates, LAist, 09.21.17; California takes aim at contractors working on Trump's wall, CommercialObserver.com, 9.20.17; Advocacy efforts for early care, education get boost in L.A. County, Patch.com, 9.15.17; Three California regions win $1 million to boost college completion, EdSource.org, 09.24.17; Hilton gives millions to fight L.A. homelessness, SFVBJ.com, 09.27.17; House Republicans threatened with 'robust and powerful' battle over California gas tax, Sacbee.com, 09.28.17.