Education a Priority in Governor Brown's Budget Proposal

Gary Toebben on January 16, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This past week, Gov. Brown released his 2018-19 budget, the last for his administration.  Education was a priority, and it should be. California needs to produce 2.5 million more graduates over the next 10 years with degrees and credentials that our growing businesses need. The Governor's budget proposal makes clear that investments in California’s future workforce are paramount to driving the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

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RecycLA -- Government Overreach

Gary Toebben on January 9, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Five years ago, I wrote a Business Perspective entitled “A Trash Proposal That Stinks,” warning that a vote the L.A. City Council was about to take to implement a complete overhaul of the waste haul system for commercial and multi-family facilities would have many negative consequences and be very expensive for businesses. The business community argued that the City could achieve all its waste reduction and recycling goals through a non-exclusive franchise system, developing a set of standards that all haulers would need to meet in order to operate in L.A.

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The Chamber's 2018 Priorities

Gary Toebben on January 2, 2018 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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A special message from President and CEO Gary Toebben on working with members toward the Chamber's 2018 priorities.

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LAWA Leads on Solving Homelessness

Gary Tobben on December 19, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) moves forward on its $5.5 billion Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), one of the key components has been to address homelessness at Manchester Square. Manchester Square is the site of the future Consolidated Rental Car Facility and until two years ago, it was home to as many as 420 people experiencing homelessness. Today, the homeless population at Manchester Square has been reduced to approximately 120 people and progress continues to be made.

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Let's Not Make Working-Class Housing More Expensive in Los Angeles

Gary Toebben on December 12, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Tomorrow the Los Angeles City Council will vote to approve a per square foot impact fee on new commercial, industrial and residential construction in L.A. Labeled an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (AHLF), this new development fee by city government will be used to fund low-income housing. While the business community strongly supports affordable housing, we're advocated against this proposal because it will make middle-class housing more expensive to build, buy or rent.

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CSU’s - Engines of Social Mobility

Gary Toebben on December 5, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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At the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, we know that education is the foundation of upward mobility and essential to developing a high quality workforce for the growing businesses in our region. That’s why we are so excited about the results of the 2017 Social Mobility Index, and the superb rankings of the five California State University campuses in Los Angeles County. 

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The Changing Face of Leadership

Gary Toebben on November 28, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Thirty years ago, Los Angeles was a different place. The silos of business, government and the social service sectors were well defined, and so was the power structure. But as author John Naisbitt noted in his 1982 best-selling book Megatrends, community leaders were moving their attention from Hierarchies to Networking.

In 1987, the roots of the Chamber’s Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) were planted by a small group of community leaders. They had a vision of preparing emerging leaders to cross existing boundaries. In those early years, this movement was led by committed individuals like Dori Pye, Chamber board member Frank Sanchez and one of my predecessors, Ray Remy.

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Growing Tech Jobs For Our Future

Gary Toebben on November 21, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The tech sector is one of the fastest growing components of Los Angeles’ economy. Global technology companies now headquartered in L.A. include Cornerstone OnDemand, Snap Inc., SpaceX and Tinder, with Snap’s high-profile $24 billion IPO in March 2017 effectively cementing L.A.’s place as a global technology hub.

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An Important Step Toward More Housing

Gary Toebben on November 14, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, something really important happened at the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (CPC). The Commissioners took a big step towards increasing our ability to build more desperately needed housing along our new transit lines. After five years of planning, we are making real progress.

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Dreams Deferred

Gary Toebben on November 7, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In early September, President Trump announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) if Congress does not act within six months to permanently legalize their status. A lack of action by Congress would impact 800,000 young adults that have DACA status. In California alone, we have more than 230,000 DACA young people. The majority are employed, and almost half are currently in school.

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