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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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. Read More
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.
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.Read More