Renewing the California Dream

Maria S. Salinas on January 11, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Happy New Year! For me, the start to 2019 included being present for the transition of power in our great state. I joined several Angelenos in attending Gov. Newsom's swearing in ceremony earlier this week. The threat of rain didn't stop thousands from coming out, and it didn't put a damper on the excitement of the crowd as we watched the now Governor take his place as the 40th to lead the Golden State.

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Public Charge and Employee Health

A joint blog by L.A. Care Health Plan and Health Net on December 20, 2018 at 7:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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The term Public Charge has received quite a few headlines in the past few months, but many in the business community may not have fully absorbed what impact changes to the longstanding federal policy could have on the health of the workforce. Many health care experts fear adverse health outcomes for workers and their families if proposed changes are implemented.

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Building an Inclusive Economy with an Inclusive Workforce

Maria S. Salinas on December 13, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For years, the Chamber has been involved in bold efforts to expand workforce opportunities, including the reintegration of young adults with previous criminal justice involvement. The Chamber has a history of bringing issues like this to the forefront because of the economic impact to our business community. 

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Regional Collaboration on Business Recovery in the Aftermath of the Wildfires

Maria S. Salinas on November 29, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As our region and the entire state still reel from the Hill, Woolsey and Camp fires – the deadliest and most destructive in our history, people throughout California are working on the long-term recovery efforts. The L.A. Area Chamber has been at the center of meeting with partners and providing information to our impacted communities.

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Poverty and Public Health

John Baackes, CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan on November 29, 2018 at 7:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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We are officially in the season of giving – a time of joy. But for those who are simply trying to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, it is a time of high stress. Maybe it’s a time for all of us to give some thought to why so many in this country have so little.

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Building a Thriving L.A.

Maria S. Salinas on November 14, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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One of the most impactful roles that the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce takes on is that of regional trustee.  
 
We bring together different stakeholders with varied agendas to focus on issues that matter to all of us. In my first State of Infrastructure convening, our position as trustee for the region is clear.
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Reflecting on Foster Youth College Awareness Month

Maria S. Salinas on October 31, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Earlier this month, the Chamber was recognized by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger for our work in supporting foster youth and their educational attainment. The Board of Supervisors declared October “Foster Youth College Awareness Month” and doubled down on its commitment to supporting foster youth to college. 

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Building Resiliency in Watts

Health Net on October 31, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in Health Care Waiting Room 
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Childhood trauma should not determine the course of the rest of your life. Research shows that meaningful interventions can help offset negative impacts of childhood trauma, allowing healing and positive growth.

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Prop 6 is dangerous and destructive - Vote No

Maria S. Salinas on October 25, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday’s 17th annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit attracted more than 1,300 transportation, business and elected leaders. A common theme ...arrowRead More

Amplifying our Collective Voice at City Hall

Maria S. Salinas on October 19, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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On Wednesday, I joined more than 150 of our members at Los Angeles City Hall for our ACCESS L.A. City Hall. An annual event, ACCESS L.A. City Hall not only gives our members an opportunity to interact with elected leaders, but also, for many it’s an introduction to how to engage with City Hall on policies and issues of importance to their businesses, economic development and quality of life.

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