Chamber talks modernizing L.A. infrastructure with Calif. political leaders
Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben provided the business perspective at an Infrastructure Roundtable hosted by Congressman Jimmy Gomez at Union Station. Toebben spoke alongside California political and community leaders including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sup. Hilda Solis, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ron Miller of the L.A./O.C. Trades Council, Metro CEO Phil Washington, and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. The roundtable focused on procuring funding to fix and modernize California's roads, bridges and transit systems
Affordable Housing Linkage Fee back at PLUM
Tomorrow, the L.A. City Planning and Land Use Management Department (PLUM) will present an updated report on a proposed linkage fee for new residential and commercial development to fund affordable housing. The Chamber strongly believes that a fee on new development will make housing more expensive for everyone. See our COALITION LETTER from June and the updated linkage fee REPORT.
Council committee holds up affordable housing project
Last week, the Planning and Land Use Committee allowed an appeal to move forward on an affordable housing project in Boyle Heights. The Chamber had strongly supported the project with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the California Community Coalition. We urge the Council and developer to come to a compromise so that the needed project can move forward. SEE our letter and READ MORE.
Sacramento Legislature returns from summer recess
State legislators will be returning this week to finish up their work on remaining bills. Over recess, the Chamber has engaged on a number of our priority pieces of legislation including:
Advocacy against AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer), which would make it harder for the County to contract out necessary services. See our BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE.
Support for SB 384 (Weiner), which would allow communities the option to extend bar hours to 4 a.m., thereby increasing economic development and boosting tourism. The Chamber participated in a press conference downtown last Friday.
Infrastructure Hot Takes:
Chamber supports California WaterFix at MWD hearing - Chamber Vice President of Policy Jessica Duboff spoke in support of the California WaterFix at last week's Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) hearing. In the coming months, water agencies from Silicon Valley to San Diego will decide whether to support and pay for the Governor's plan to modernize our decades-old state water system. The Chamber will also support CA WaterFix at MWD's Sept. 26 board meeting. READ MORE and SEE THE SUPPORT LETTER.
Chamber authors op-ed on LAX projects- Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben partnered business and labor leaders to oppose a CEQA lawsuit against LAX's Landside Access Modernization Program. Read the piece published in the Los Angeles Business Journal HERE.
Chamber Policy Director departs
Chamber Public Policy Director Samantha Beasley has accepted a position as statewide government and public affairs representative for Chamber member Health Net. Sam has been at the Chamber for four years; we thank her for all the extensive work she has done in expanding our health care advocacy practice and in helping to manage the operations of the policy department. Her last day will be Friday, Aug. 25.