Good Jobs, Less Traffic, Better Air Quality: What Else Could You Ask For?

Gary Toebben on September 27, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As the Port of Los Angeles prepares for the opening of the widened Panama Canal in 2014, the goods movement industry is doing its part to make sure that Los Angeles is ready to meet the challenge with innovative, environmentally friendly projects and technology. Modernizing the terminals, deepening the channel, cleaning the trucks and developing near-dock rail facilities are all essential to maintaining our region's competitiveness. 







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LAUSD Test Gains A Reason to Cheer

Gary Toebben on September 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers, administrators and staff deserve our congratulations and support. Despite significant budget cutbacks, LAUSD students achieved a 19-point Academic Performance Index (API) percentage gain for the 2010-11 school year. This increase in performance exceeded the State average for the second year in a row and was the highest gain among urban school districts in California. 

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Moving the Ball Down the Field

Gary Toebben on September 13, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has consistently rallied our members and legislators to support regulatory reform in California a cause made all the more urgent by the Great Recession and the continued slump of the California economy. It was exciting last week to watch members of the state Legislature respond to that rallying cry from the Chamber and other business and labor organizations.arrowRead More

Leaders Embrace Transportation Investments

Gary Toebben on September 6, 2011 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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More than 1,000 transportation, business and elected leaders are converging in Los Angeles today at Mobility 21's 10th Annual Southern California Transportation Summit to pledge their commitment to job creation for Southern California, by aggressively pursuing and delivering state and federal transportation investment to our region.

Leaders from seven counties will come together in support of the reauthorization of a long-overdue federal transportation bill and urge Congress to pass legislation to prevent the federal gas tax 18 cents per gallon from expiring at the end of September. The gasoline tax is the principle revenue source for federal transportation funding and if it vanishes, most of the federal funding for transportation will disappear.

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