Creating a Truly Business Friendly Climate

Maria S. Salinas on March 6, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Earlier this week, I traveled with Chamber Board Chair Jerry Neuman to Atlanta to engage with executives from some of our largest member investors – The Coca-Cola Company, Delta and The Home Depot – in their headquarters city. As I reflect on our meetings, I’m struck by the importance of trips like this. These major corporations, regardless of where they’re headquartered, see L.A. as a critically important market– and we believe they’re vital to this Chamber’s advocacy agenda and building a bold new L.A.

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Chamber supports CA aerospace companies at industry expo in Australia

Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment on March 3, 2019 at 11:59:00 pm in L.A. Business This Week 
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The Chamber, in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service and the State of California, organized the California Pavilion at the Australian International Aerospace & Defense Exposition (Avalon 2019) in Geelong, Australia.

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Raising our Collective Voice in D.C.

Maria S. Salinas on March 1, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Each year, the L.A. Area Chamber partners with more than 150 business professionals and elected officials from throughout the region to visit our nation’s capital for our ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip. The purpose of this trip is to represent the Los Angeles region at the federal level. 

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Our Strength is Our Diversity

Maria S. Salinas on February 22, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Earlier this week, I represented the business community on a panel about diversity and race in higher education. Hosted by Charles R. Drew University’s President Dr. David Carlisle, the event brought together more than 250 community and civic leaders for a thoughtful conversation that began with a keynote by Secretary Julian Castro. 

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Our response to Gov. Newsom's State of the State

Maria S. Salinas on February 12, 2019 at 5:00:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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Earlier today, the Governor laid out his vision for California during his State of the State address. Here's our response:
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Honoring Dr. Michelle King

Maria S. Salinas on February 6, 2019 at 7:55:00 pm in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, Los Angeles lost one of its great leaders with the passing of Dr. Michelle King, former superintendent of LAUSD. While I didn’t know Dr. King, I knew of her outstanding reputation and impact on our schools. Our Executive Vice President, David Rattray, shares a few words. 
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Leading the Way

Maria S. Salinas on January 31, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This evening, the Chamber will host its 131st Inaugural Dinner. The night is about celebrating leadership – the new leadership of the Chamber, the outstanding leadership of our honorees and the leadership that will be required to drive this region to a bold new future. 

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The Affordable Care Act Could This Be the Final Challenge?

John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan on January 31, 2019 at 7:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Over the years, Congress has attempted to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more than 70 times, with no success. Recently a federal judge in Texas put access to care for millions of Americans in jeopardy as a result of Congressional action related to a specific portion of the ACA. The judge ruled that when Congress eliminated the financial penalty associated with the individual mandate, which required all Americans to sign up for some form of insurance, it made the landmark law unconstitutional. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have filed an appeal of the Texas ruling, and the matter is expected to ultimately reach the Supreme Court.

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Volunteers Doing Their Part

Maria S. Salinas on January 24, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I’ve been in awe of the work of so many volunteers working on the homeless count these past couple of days.  Today, I met with one of our civic leaders from the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder’s office, who shared his volunteer experience in the Southeast cities and his passion for doing his part.  

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A Sense of Urgency

Maria S. Salinas on January 17, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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With every passing day, the disruption of the teachers' strike, resulting from the break down in negotiations between LAUSD and UTLA, has a ripple effect across our region. However, it is the impact on our school children that is most concerning. As a mother, I know that our youngest learners need the routine of their teacher in the classroom. Our students are losing every day that this strike goes on.
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