Growing Our Ports Is Essential for Greening Our Ports

Gary Toebben on October 31, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This Thursday, a joint meeting of the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissions will consider updates to the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) that would require companies serving the ports to spend between $7-14 billion. This is the third iteration of a program that began more than a decade ago, when the original CAAP challenged the public and private sector to deliver on an ambitious set of goals to green and grow the ports at the same time. Companies rose to the challenge and developed technologies that have achieved tremendous emission reductions and have made the Ports a global model for green technology.

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Four More Wins and a Parade

Gary Toebben on October 24, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Tonight, after a nearly three decade absence, the Dodgers will play host to Game 1 of the World Series. Clayton Kershaw, owner of an MVP and three Cy Young Awards, will take the mound against the Houston Astros, the team with the second-best record in baseball this year. It’s the first match-up of 100+ win teams since 1970. And the Dodger faithful are excited!

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Mid-Skill Worker Shortage Meets Its Match

Gary Toebben on October 17, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last month, in response to a transitioning economy in which jobs are becoming more technical and specialized, the Chamber and its partners launched the Center for a Competitive Workforce to assist employers, workforce development organizations and educational institutions in meeting labor market demand.

 

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Opposing the California Water Fix Is Courting Disaster

Gary Toebben on October 9, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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During the recent five-year drought, residents and businesses in Los Angeles were saved from disaster by water that was imported to Southern California from the mountains and rivers of Northern California via the State Water Project and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). In fact, imported water from MWD is the reason we have averted disaster twice during the last 10 years. 

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Random Acts of Kindness, Not Violence

Gary Toebben on October 3, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This morning, as I read the Los Angeles Times’ front page coverage of the senseless and evil slaughter of 59 innocent people and the wounding of more than 500 others at a concert in Las Vegas, I was filled with sadness and anger. The message I was going to share with you today in my weekly Business Perspective seemed pale in comparison to the pain and grief so many families and friends of those who died or were injured are feeling today.

 

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Historic Water Conversation Today

Gary Toebben on September 26, 2017 at 5:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Board of Directors will hold a historic hearing on the California Water Fix proposed by Gov. Brown to modernize the State Water Project. The Governor's plan would greatly enhance the reliability of a long-term water supply for L.A. County and Southern California. It would also improve the environmental integrity of the Bay Area Delta which is an integral part of the State Water Project.

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An Olympic Victory Bigger Than a Month in 2028

Gary Toebben on September 19, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In the summer of 2028, the world will flock to Los Angeles to celebrate sports, share cultures and inspire the youth of our world to run faster, reach higher and grow stronger in all aspects of life. The Games will also leave a legacy for L.A., as they have in the past.  Many athletes, coaches and fans will travel Olympic Blvd. to visit the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center for events like fencing, taekwondo, boxing, table tennis and basketball. In 1932, 10th Street was renamed Olympic Blvd. for the 10th modern Olympiad.  It was the first of many legacies the Olympic movement would leave on our City.

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Voice Your Opinion in Sacramento This Final Week

Gary Toebben on September 12, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The California State Legislature will complete its 2017 session this Friday. The Chamber is sending letters to legislators, making phone calls and providing testimony in ...arrowRead More

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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