Meet With L.A. Elected Officials on Sept. 27

Gary Toebben on September 5, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Chamber invites you to hear from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson, City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Controller Ron Galperin and members of the L.A. Council during Access City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Throughout the year, the Chamber serves as your voice and the voice of the L.A. business community at L.A. City Hall. We represent you in hours of meetings and hearings so you can focus on serving your customers and growing your business. But once a year, we ask you to join us at City Hall to advocate with one voice for a set of recommendations that will spur economic growth in L.A. and benefit every business in our region.

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Opening the Door for Opportunity Youth

Gary Toebben on August 29, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For the past 10 years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has championed career exploration and employment for youth and young adults.

While many L.A. employers struggle to fill jobs, nearly 170,000 young people ages 18-24 in L.A. County are not in school or working. This population, known as Opportunity Youth, includes some of our most vulnerable young people who are homeless, foster or court-involved. Without appropriate intervention, their disconnection with school or work continues, and results in a significant loss of economic opportunity and human capital.

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The Wrong Way to Fund Affordable Housing

Gary Toebben on August 22, 2017 at 9:30:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This afternoon, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee will hold its second hearing on the creation of an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee (AHLF), which would charge a per square foot impact fee on all new residential, commercial and industrial construction in Los Angeles.  The business community strongly supports affordable and workforce housing, but this proposal will make low and middle-class housing more expensive to build and more expensive to rent or own.

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AB 1250 is Bad for Counties and for Business

Gary Toebben on August 15, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As legislators return to Sacramento next week to wrap up the 2017 session, the Chamber will continue to support bills that will advance our state and oppose bills that would be a step backward. We will support legislation that encourages more desperately needed housing and we will oppose bills that would do great damage to our state like AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer).

 

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California WaterFix: Decision Day Approaches

Gary Toebben on August 8, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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When it comes to the weather, we were fortunate this year. Northern California had record rain and snow, and this allowed Southern California to partially refill its reservoirs and groundwater banks. But we cannot count on that amount of moisture every year. Many years, our statewide water system struggles to capture storm flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to send to the south.

 

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Wesson Cites Housing as Top Priority

Gary Toebben on August 2, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson delivered a speech to his colleagues and the City, laying out his priorities for the year ahead. The Chamber is proud to be a partner on one of his biggest initiatives, the formation of a new commission to recommend strategies for building more affordable housing in L.A. Council President Wesson named the L.A. County Federation of Labor as another partner, and we will work together with Labor and other community leaders to assemble the best data and recommendations to make it easier and less expensive to build the housing our city desperately needs.

 

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Congratulations to Los Angeles!

Gary Toebben on August 1, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti made a once in a generation announcement - the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are coming back to Los Angeles for the third time.

Two and a half years after losing the United States Olympic Committee's bid selection to another U.S. city, the determination and creativity of the Mayor and local Olympic leadership have solidified an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to stage the 2028 Games here in L.A.

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Inspiring Our Students & Growing Our Workforce

Gary Toebben on July 25, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For 12 years, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and its members have helped thousands of students across the region obtain quality summer jobs and internships. This year, we are adding the L.A. Talent Challenge, with a focus on two industries that are growing rapidly -- health care and technology. Our goal is to help employers address their talent needs and give our young people exposure to promising job opportunities.

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LAX Takes Exciting Steps Forward

Gary Toebben on July 18, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week's Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Board of Airport Commissioner's meeting was a milestone for LAX modernization. The Board approved exciting new terminal upgrades and the beginning of a major investment that will transform how travelers access the airport in the future.

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Los Angeles & Berlin - 50 years & A Bright Future

Gary Toebben on July 11, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week nearly 50 Angelenos spent the 4th of July in Berlin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City relationship. The trip was organized by the restructured Sister Cities of Los Angeles organization, under the leadership of Tom Gilmore and Fabiola Vilchez. The relationship began in 1967, 22 years after the end of WWII and the division of Germany and the City of Berlin into quadrants under the oversight of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France and the United States. The City of Berlin, deep in the heart of East Germany, was the focal point of the Cold War, the Berlin Air Lift in 1948-49, the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and its opening in 1989.

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