Yes on Proposition 28: A Sensible Reform

Gary Toebben on May 29, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The statewide primary election is June 5 one week from today. Proposition 28 is on that ballot and gives Californians a change to fix one of the many things that is wrong with state government. 

Sacramento is not working as it should. Californians agree and are frustrated by the lack of leadership and decision making in our state capitol.  How do we move past the status quo of disappointment and disfunctionality?arrowRead More

Chamber Members Rally For Business Growth In Sacramento

Gary Toebben on May 22, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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More than 100 L.A. Area Chamber members are taking part in ACCESS Sacramento today and tomorrow to advocate for legislation to dramatically improve the statewide business climate and place the highest priority on growing jobs and the economy.

The course of California's future is being set right now in Sacramento. Decisions made this year will determine the rate of business growth, the number of new jobs created and the strength of our education system. Every day businesses are being stymied by anti-competitive regulations, residents are losing faith in the State's ability to deliver essential services and California remains in dire need of a long-term strategy for budget stability.arrowRead More

New Focus on Jobs and Budget Needed at L.A. City Hall

Gary Toebben on May 16, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Times ran a story over the weekend that missed the mark about the influence of the business community at L.A. City Hall, which prompted me to send a letter to the editor on Sunday afternoon.

In my response to the story, I pointed out that business is an aggressive advocate at City Hall and actively engaged in city elections.

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Make Term Limits Work: Vote Yes on Proposition 28

Gary Toebben on May 8, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The original intent of California's term limits law was to end the era of career politicians and cultivate a new breed of citizen-legislator to focus on the needs of their constituents. But things haven't turned out that way.

The author of the original law, former Republican Assemblymember Pete Schabarum, laments that that law is not working as he intended. In an article in the Los Angeles Times, he said his hope was that term limits would encourage a new type of "citizen legislator," one who would serve for a period of time but return to private life, allowing new individuals to offer their ideas and perspectives to government. Unfortunately, that has not been the result.arrowRead More

Expo Today, America Fast Forward Tomorrow

Gary Toebben on May 1, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week was a significant week for transportation. Locally, the Los Angeles County Metro Board of Directors approved the first 3.9 miles of the Westside Subway Extension, and the first phase of the Expo Line, 7.9 miles from downtown to Culver City, opened to great fanfare.arrowRead More