Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I March 20
 
Rallying support for state transportation funding

This morning, Chamber Board Chair Steve Nissen joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis and business and labor organizations to urge the state to move forward with a comprehensive transportation funding package to fix our roads, highways, bridges and trade corridors. This will be a Chamber priority during ACCESS Sacramento next week. READ MORE.
 
ACCESS Sacramento registration deadline is Wednesday!

Register HERE to join our delegation of 80+ business and civic leaders in Sacramento Tuesday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 29. Confirmed speakers include Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León and Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly. We will have teams across ten issue areas advocating for ways to make L.A. and California economically stronger. See our advocacy agenda HERE.
 
March election wrap-up
 
The Chamber has claimed huge victories in the March 7 election, with the passage of Measure H and defeat of Measure S. After last Friday's vote count update, Measure H was up to 69.24 percent support and Measure S opposition topped 70 percent. Thank you to all those who helped out with your time, dollars and messaging. The Chamber was also proud to support Measure P, and our Jobs PAC claimed victory in the Mayoral race and re-election of Councilmembers Blumenfield, Bonin, O'Farrell and Buscaino. The PAC will be working on a strategy to support Gil Cedillo and Monica Rodriguez in the May 16 election.
 
Infrastructure Hot Takes
  • The Chamber joined Metro and Mobility 21 for a reception last week to honor California Transportation Commissioners who were in town for their March meeting. This had been the first meeting in L.A. in years. SEE THE PHOTOS.
  • President Trump recently released his budget, which calls for a 13 percent cut to the Transportation Department. We are still studying impacts, but major impacts to L.A. transportation include the elimination of the New Starts program, which would hit the subway extension.
  • Public Policy Vice President Jessica Duboff traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the annual California Transportation Congressional Reception with legislative leaders during the American Public Transit Association Conference.
  • We're excited to announce UPS Senior Chief Information Officer Juan Perez as the keynote address for 2017 Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit. The summit, jointly sponsored by the Chamber and Inland Valley Economic Partnership, will take place on April 20 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona. Perez will join more than 500 attendees and over 20 industry experts in providing information on the state of the logistics and supply chain industry, the economic engine of Southern California. Find more information and register HERE.
Chamber participates on Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) convened the first meeting of the Speaker's Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education on March 6 to discuss California's current childcare landscape, including subsidy programs, Proposition 98 funded programs, and access to childcare. The Chamber's Senior Director of Education Policy and Public Affairs Sonia Campos-Rivera, appointed by the Speaker, represented the business community and the many Angeleno families in our region. The Commission will be taking the show on the road as they host meetings across the state to gather information from California's diverse communities and develop recommendations for the legislature to consider. 
POLICY CALENDAR
 
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28 & 29
 
March 21 - R.E.A.L. Coalition meeting
March 23 - Home for Good Business Leaders Task Force meeting
March 23 - ACCESS Washington, D.C. Steering Committee
March 23 - Fix Our Roads local legislative meeting
March 23 - 20th Annual Los Angeles Political Roast benefiting American Diabetes Association
 
An AIDS charity fights builders in L.A., Bloomberg Businessweek, 3.2.17; Independent committees pour money into City Council races, L.A. Times, Disney, L.A. Chargers and USC among major donors to Measure H, L.A. Times, 3.3.17; 3.4.17; Independent committees pour money into City Council races, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3.4.17; LA County voters to decide on quart-cent sales tax to fund homeless programs, L.A. Daily News, 3.5.17; County voters to decide sales tax increase to fight homelessness, Beverly Hills Patch, 3.6.17; County to vote on Measure H, Santa Clarita Valley Signal, 3.6.17; McInture in the Morning "Flips Out" for Pancakes and Politics at I-HOP in Hollywood, KABC, 3.7.17; Combating Homelessness: Measure H emerges victorious, NBC4LA, 3.8.17; A decisive defeat for Measure S: LA voters reject anti-development measure, Curbed LA, 3.8.17; LA Election Results: Voters approve Measure H to fight homelessness, Daily Bulletin, 3.8.17; Measure S defeated, Los Feliz Ledger, 3.8.17; Measure S defeated after heated, costly battle over future L.A. development, L.A. Times, 3.8.17; Measure S defeated after heated, costly battle over future L.A. development, San Diego Union Tribune, 3.8.17;LA Election Results: Voters approve Measure H to fight homelessness,  Whittier Daily News, 3.8.17; Measure S soundly defeated, Hollywood Patch, 3.8.17; What's next after Measure S? L.A. must tackle the issues brought up during the campaign, advocates say, L.A. Times, 3.8.17; Anti-Development Measure trounced at polls; sales tax increas for homeless services appears to squeak by; L.A. Business Journal, 3.8.17; Faced with a chance for radical change, L.A. voters choose to stay the course, L.A. Times, 3.8.17; L.A. Mayor wins re-election in landslide, Governing.com, 3.8.17; LA Election Results: Voters approve Measure H to fight homelessness, L.A. Daily News, 3.8.17; Measure S backers say their effort changed City Hall, L.A. Wave, 3.9.17; Measure S is defeated, county homeless tax passes, L.A. Independent, 3.9.17; College affordability under attack in President's proposed budget, Huffington Post, 03.16.17.
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