Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Feb. 6
 
Measure S update: Historic coalition forms in opposition and L.A. County Board of Supervisors vote 'NO'

Last Tuesday, Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Rusty Hicks of the L.A. Federation of Labor for a press conference to oppose Measure S. The Chamber also attended the L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday to support the oppose motion. The Supervisors voted unanimously against the measure. An independent economic study recently found that Measure S could destroy 24,000 jobs, suck $3.8 billion out of the local economy and cut $140 million out of public budgets. VIEW the press conference and learn why Measure S GOES TOO FAR.
The same day as the Mayor and County Board were voicing their opposition to the devastating measure, the City Council was working on solutions to address our outdated planning process. The Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved a plan to review the City's Community Plans every six years. READ the Planning Department's report.
Chamber joins Measure H campaign kickoff

Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben stood in support of Measure H with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Sups. Janice Hahn, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis last week during the campaign's official kickoff. The measure, a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase, is estimated to raise more than $355 million a year for 10 years to aid in the transition of homeless Angelenos into affordable housing. A complement to Prop. HHH passed last November by the City of L.A., Measure H will be on the March ballot for L.A. County voters. LEARN MORE.
 
Chamber appointed to Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education
 
Sonia Campos-Rivera, Senior Director of Education Policy and Public Affairs, has been selected by Assembly Speaker Rendon to participate on the newly launched Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education. The commission's goal is to develop solutions to improve results for California's youngest learners and their families. READ THE RELEASE.
 
Measure M implementation
 
Metro has begun the implementation of a number of oversight and accountability functions that were outlined in Measure M, the November ballot measure establishing an additional ½ cent sales tax to transportation. The Chamber participated in an informational meeting for the creation of the Public Advisory Council and will be submitting a nomination for the business community designated seat. Metro is also looking to form an Independent Taxpayer Oversight Commission. If you are interested, you can find more information HERE. 
 
LAX moving forward on transit projects
 
Last week, LAX and the Planning Department held the first of several public hearings regarding the entitlement process for Los Angeles World Airports' (LAWA) proposed Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), a project that will dramatically change the way travelers access the airport. SEE the support letter the Chamber submitted. Helping to shepherd this project will be the Chamber's Immediate Past Chair, Tom Sayles, who was just appointed to the LAWA Board of Airport Commissioners. Congratulations, Tom!
 
Air Quality Management Plan approval postponed
 
Last Friday, the AQMD delayed a vote on the 2016 AQMP. Policy Manager Sarah Rascon delivered remarks on behalf of the Chamber, urging the Board to approve the plan as currently drafted after years of work and stakeholder input. The Chamber has concerns with the draft, but last minute amendments now being considered could have negative, unintended consequences to our goods movement sector, including capping growth, causing freight diversions and eliminating jobs. We will continue to advocate for a balance between business and environmental interests leading up to the March 3 vote. SEE the business coalition paper.
 
February's Health Care Council 

Last Friday, the Chamber's Health Care Council heard from California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The Commissioner has made recommendations to Congress on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, and is one of the loudest voices defending California's innovative approach when it comes to the health of our communities.
 
Welcome our new policy manager Olivia Lee!

Olivia Lee is the Chamber's newest addition to the policy team, focusing on land use and technology policy. Olivia previously served as a Field Representative for Assembly Members Ed Chau and Mike Eng in California's 49th Assembly District and as a Political Accounts Supervisor at Kaufman Legal Group. Most recently, Olivia worked as an Associate at Hilltop Public Solutions, working on various state and national campaigns for the November Presidential Election. A first generation American and a San Gabriel Valley native, Olivia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. You can contact her at olee@lachamber.com.
 
POLICY CALENDAR
 
Feb. 7 - Transportation & Goods Movement Council with DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds
Feb. 7 - LADOT Accessible Parking Advisory Committee
Feb. 10 - Education & Workforce Development Council with Sen. Ben Allen, newly appointed Senate Education Chair
 
Thinking of starting a business in California? Here are the online resources you'll need, CBS Los Angeles, 1.20.17; What to do before you move to LA, TECH Featured, 1.25.17; Parents cite urgent need for counselors in L.A. schools who can aid DACA students, LASchoolReport.com, 1.25.17; Is Measure 'S' all about saving a view?,  Larchmont Chronicle, 1.26.17; Carnival provides Skid Row residents with resources,  Daily Trojan, 1.29.17; LA leaders urge voters to pass countywide quarter-cent sales tax to help homeless, L.A. Daily News, 1.30.17; L.A. elected officials make new push against Measure S,  L.A. Times, 1.31.17; Vin Scully honored by Southern California Broadcasters Association,  ABC7, 1.31.17; Mayor Garcetti, Historic Citywide Coalition unite against "Scorched-Earth" Measure S, RealEstateRama.com, 2.1.17; Mayor Garcetti sounds off against Measure S,  The Real Deal, 2.1.17.
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