Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Feb. 22
 
Opposition to Measure S continues to grow

Last week the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board joined the growing group of community leaders in opposition to Measure S. The Editorial Board referred to the ballot measure as the "most important decision L.A. voters will make on March 7" and said Measure S will further worsen L.A.'s housing crisis, stifle economic development and make it harder to address homelessness. READ MORE. The L.A. Daily News also editorialized against Measure S over the weekend, urging voters to say no to the economic risks. READ MORE. L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, co-chair of the Homelessness & Poverty Committee, joined our coalition for a press conference in South L.A. to emphasize the harmful impacts Measure S would have on the communities they represent. See Councilmember Harris-Dawson's powerful op-ed in the Los Angeles Sentinel HERE.
 
*Public Policy This Week header photo courtesy of L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson's office.
 
Report shows immigrants contribute $232 billion to L.A. County GDP

The Chamber recently joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, the New American Economy (NAE) and business members for a press conference to highlight the economic contributions of immigrants in L.A. City and County. The event marks the release of a NAE and Chamber report documenting the outsized impact immigrants have on the local economy through their high representation in the workforce and as entrepreneurs; large tax contributions; and spending power. The report, New Americans in Los Angeles, serves as a valuable resource and statistically shows the enormous contributions of foreign-born residents to our regional economy. LEARN MORE.

The Chamber is committed to sharing the impact that immigrants have on our economy and communities. See the Los Angeles technology community coalition letter we signed onto HERE.
Transportation Infrastructure Hot Takes
  • The California state legislature is moving quickly on a transportation funding package, with an April 6 deadline set by leadership to come to an agreement. Last week, Chamber supported SB1 passed out of the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and today it passed out of the Environmental Quality Committee. You can see our support letter HERE. Assembly Republicans also released their own $5.6 billion package, you can read more on that effort HERE. Please join the Chamber to support a deal on transportation funding during our ACCESS Sacramento trip, March 28-29. REGISTER HERE.
  • Earlier this month, Gov. Brown's office sent a list of priority projects, representing over $100 billion in statewide investment, to the National Governor's Association for consideration by the federal government. See the letter HERE. We are pleased to see so many of our local priorities on this list, including the Metro Airport Connector, California Water Fix and San Pedro Bay Port complex projects.
  • The Chamber has partnered with the Inland Empire Economic Partnership to host the third annual Logistics & Supply Chain Summit on Friday, April 20. This annual event addresses the entire Southern California network of logistics and supply chain interconnectivity within L.A., Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire. Last year's summit featured keynotes from UPS, Amazon and multiple industry panels. Save the date and see HERE for more details on sponsoring this premier event.
  • Next month, the California Transportation Commission will be holding their first meeting in Los Angeles in a number of years. The Chamber has partnered with Metro and Mobility 21 to host a reception for the Commissioners, please join us! You can register for this complimentary event HERE.
Chamber heads up stormwater task force
 
With both the City and County of L.A. studying stormwater and water resiliency proposals, the Chamber has convened a business and industry group task force to make sure a plan is devised that is fair to property owners and minimizes impacts on business and residents while meeting state and federal mandates. Led by Policy Manager Sarah Rascon, the task force is already tracking related state bills and will be seeking input from members as talks progress.
Chamber, Go-Biz and Mayor Garcetti to hold California Competes Tax Credit Workshop

Mayor Garcetti, the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the Chamber are hosting a workshop on the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). The CCTC program has $243.3 million in tax credits available during the 2016-17 fiscal year for businesses that want to expand in or relocate to California. The next application period begins March 6. Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program. 

Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: L.A. Area Chamber 
350 S. Bixel St. Los Angeles, CA 90017
Parking: Parking available in the Chamber garage located on W 4th Street and Bixel Street.
Workforce Advocacy in Action
Feb. 5-7, the Chamber's Senior Vice President, Center for Education Excellence and Talent Development, Alma Salazar, joined more than 300 workforce advocates from 34 states who traveled to Washington, D.C. to take their voices to Capitol Hill as part of the National Skills Coalition's 2017 Skills SummitWorkforce advocates, educators, public sector partners, community-based organizations and labor leaders shared the priorities of our coalition with 200 members of the 115th Congress, reaching both majority and minority leadership, and meeting with members of all key committees. 
POLICY CALENDAR
 
Friday, Feb. 24

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28 & 29
 
Feb. 22 Land Use, Construction & Housing Council with L.A. City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson on homelessness
Feb. 22 - LAEDC Economic Forecast
Feb. 22 - Central City Association's Downtown Economic Forecast
Feb. 23 - L.A. City Planning Commission meeting re: linkage fee proposal
Feb. 24 - Accenture Pancakes & Politics with L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell
 
McClintock likely to draw big crowds over Obamacare repeal, travel ban, Sacramento Bee, 2.3.17; Report: Immigrants to Los Angeles provide major economic boost, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2.8.17; Measure H in 90 seconds, KCET, 2.8.17; Immigrants have positive impact on the L.A. economy, according to new study, KCET, 2.8.17; Immigrants fueled LA economy to tune of $232.9 billion in 2014,  L.A. Daily News, 2.08.17; With ballot initiative, Los Angeles looks toward ending homelessness, New American Media, 2.09.17; Measure S campaigns heat up ahead of March 7 election,  KPCC, 2.10.17; Silicon Beach unites in opposition to Muslim travel ban, ilccyberreport.com, 2.10.17; 'This is the worst I have seen': California's roads are in dire shape, says former Caltrans director, L.A. Times, 2.12.17; Immigrants: A $232 billion boost to local economy, EGPNews.com, 2.13.17.
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