A Major Step Forward on Pension Crisis

Gary Toebben on February 28, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, Senate and Assembly Republicans introduced Gov. Jerry Brown's pension reform legislation and called upon all members of the Legislature to work across party lines to enact Gov. Brown's 12-point reform plan. The Chamber applauds this action and leadership.

The growing liability of our current public employee pension system is out of control and cannot be sustained. Gov. Brown’s plan is a blueprint for addressing billions in unfunded state pension obligations and moving our State forward toward full economic recovery. The outcome of Democrats and Republicans working together on this crisis has the potential to benefit all Californians and reduce the fiscal anxiety that citizens and every department of state government currently experiences each year.


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Congress Fiddles While Our Infrastructure Burns

Gary Toebben on February 21, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Imagine as the CEO of a business or the head of a household, that you limited your long-term planning to six months. That’s how Congress has been managing transportation and infrastructure since 2009, when the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act- A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) expired. Eight short-term extensions have only served as a Band-Aid. Repeated delays have hurt our economy, stymied job creation and allowed for the continued deterioration of our nation's roads, highways, bridges and transit.




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Environment and Justice for All

Gary Toebben on February 14, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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There was a seven hour trash stink at L.A. City Hall yesterday as businesses from across the City expressed their anger about a proposal that would give the City the power to select the trash hauler for every business in Los Angeles and set the rates as well.

For the first time in the history of Los Angeles, the City is moving forward with a proposal that will set waste hauling rates for all privately held multi-family and commercial businesses by moving from an open market system to an exclusive franchise selected by the City. Specifically, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works is recommending that the City establish an exclusive franchise for each of the 11 yet to be established waste hauling districts. The proposal will create a costly and contentious bureaucracy for businesses and put the squeeze on small, family-owned waste hauling companies, many of whom have served Los Angeles for generations.arrowRead More

An Investment Worthy of Business Community Action

Gary Toebben on February 7, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness blueprint, Home For Good, was launched just over a year ago. There is good news to share as well as a big opportunity to take this strategic initiative to end chronic and veteran homeless in Los Angeles County to the next level!

Home For Good is aimed at the 12,000 chronically homeless Angelenos, which includes approximately 1,400 homeless veterans, who have been homeless for more than a year and have serious mental or physical health problems. It is a plan that not only saves tax payer dollars, but has proven successful in cities all over the nation. As a result of the Task Force’s participation in the last two ACCESS Washington, D.C. trips, the feds have renewed faith in Los Angeles and our efforts to solve this terrible blight on our City and our people.


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Fight On To Return the Coliseum to Its Glory Days

Gary Toebben on February 1, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In 1984, the eyes of the world were watching as Rafer Johnson, decathlon gold medal winner of the 1960 Summer Olympics, made the dramatic climb up thestairs of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to light the torch signifying the start of the XXIII Olympiad. That flame still burns today above the peristyle and reminds us that the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is an icon — representing Angelenos and the best athletes the world has to offer.

The 1984 Olympics will always represent an important piece of Los Angeles history, but since that time the Coliseum has fallen into disrepair. Outdated and lacking the amenities of a modern sports venue, today’s Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is about more than Olympic history — it is also the home of USC Trojan Football.



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