Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship: The Engines of L.A. Success

Maria S. Salinas on August 23, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles region’s growth is a story of vision, creativity and innovation at play. And since its inception in 1888, the Chamber has played an integral role in shaping L.A.’s future and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.

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Advocating for a Business-Friendly Region - A Bold Voice for Business

Maria S. Salinas on August 15, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Chamber has a long tradition of advocating on behalf of the L.A. region and its business community. But there’s more work to be done to promote a truly business-friendly L.A. We are well positioned to convene business leaders and come together to proactively define a pro-business agenda. And, to maintain an open dialogue with with policy makers to make our business concerns heard.

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On a Mission to Strengthen Our International Ties

Maria S. Salinas on August 8, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, I returned from joining L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti for a portion of his 10-day trade mission in Asia. I was excited to participate and to see so many Chamber members join the Mayor’s delegation, which visited Tokyo, Seoul, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong.

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Embarking on this Journey with You

Maria Salinas on August 1, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today, I officially begin my role as President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has a remarkable legacy over its 130-year history, and serving in this capacity, for the businesses and people of this region, is a tremendous honor. I look forward to building upon the great work of my predecessors, and to expanding the Chamber's leadership role and influence on a regional, national and global basis.

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Another Health Crisis the Growing Physician Shortage: A Health Plan Takes Action

John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan on July 26, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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California is facing a looming health crisis – a physician shortage that could force people to forgo needed care or push them into emergency rooms for minor ailments.  Last year, the University of California San Francisco released a report showing California is expected to face a statewide shortfall of 4,700 primary care providers as soon as 2025. By 2030, we will need another 4,100 providers to meet the demand.

 

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Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform

David Rattray on July 24, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The past few months have brought some challenging developments in immigration policy -- challenges that have put additional pressure on communities working to create a safe, inclusive environment for immigrants and their families.

Los Angeles is home to 3.5 million immigrants, and the Chamber understands how immigrants are inextricably tied to this country’s social fabric and economic success. With unemployment at historic lows, and immigrants adding billions of dollars to our gross domestic product and tax revenue, we need immigration policies that pave the way toward citizenship, encourage diversity in thought and talent, and ensure businesses have the workforce needed to compete in a 21st century global economy.

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November 2018 Elections- Four Months Out

Jessica Duboff on July 17, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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After months of signature gathering, verifications and last minute legislative negotiations, Secretary of State Alex Padilla certified the state ballot at the end of June, solidifying 12 measures for California voters to decide in November. The Chamber’s Board of Directors has analyzed a number of the measures to date, taking positions and authorizing staff to work with relevant campaigns to ensure the business community voice is communicated to voters.

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Saying Goodbye to a Los Angeles Legend

Jessica Duboff on July 10, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This morning, Los Angeles said goodbye to civil rights leader John W. Mack. A giant among men, whose sweeping impact will never be forgotten.

As head of the Los Angeles Urban League for three and half decades, John was a powerful, leading voice through some of our City’s most challenging times. From 1969 to 2005, he built the organization into one of the country's most successful non-profits, a mega force for hope and success for thousands of Angelenos, especially African-American youth.

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Reflecting on a Tradition of Generosity

Jessica Duboff on July 3, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Angelenos traditionally spend the 4th of July gathered with family and friends, enjoying a summer barbeque and sharing a beer or two, celebrating the beginning of summer and our nation’s independence. This year, however, let’s also pause to remember those who don’t have homes to gather at, those for whom the holiday is just another day without a roof over their head.

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Beyond Doctors

Carol Kim, Vice President of Community Investments & Public Affairs, Health Net on June 28, 2018 at 8:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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As many Californians grapple with health challenges, the state faces shortages of health care providers in several major health professions, including allied health workers who are the front line of medical care.

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