The Business Perspective

A Bold Statewide Advocacy Agenda

Maria S. Salinas on April 25, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Advocating on public policy that impacts our business community can take on many forms; evaluating legislation, providing guidance on ballot measures and conducting face to face meeting with policy makers. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s ACCESS series is designed to get our members and partners in front of lawmakers. This year, we look to expand our footprint in the policy arena in Sacramento. We are pleased with our new Governor and his new administration’s outreach to the L.A. Area Chamber.  Our goal is to engage and represent the view of the L.A. business community.  

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Responding to the Mayor's State of the City Address

Maria S. Salinas on April 18, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last night, in his annual State of the City address, Mayor Eric Garcetti shared his reflections on and visions for the City of Los Angeles, and we were pleased to hear that we share so many priorities – from education and homelessness, to transportation, infrastructure, job creation and equity and inclusion.   

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Global Trade: An Engine that Drives L.A.'s Economy

Maria S. Salinas on April 4, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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We might not recognize that our daily lives are positively impacted by global trade. From the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the phones we use and even the jobs we have – global trade is an engine that touches every facet of our lives. In Los Angeles, there is no doubt that we are fueled by a global economy.

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Measure EE is Not the Answer

Maria S. Salinas on March 27, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I’ve come to know the L.A. Area Chamber as an organization with a deep legacy, grounded in a value system that demonstrates our care of community. Those values are reflected in our commitment to investing in public education, dating back to our beginning. 

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Representing L.A. at the Federal Level

Maria S. Salinas on March 21, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, I had the pleasure of leading more than 150 L.A. area businesses, civic and community leaders to our nation’s capital for ACCESS Washington, D.C. A first for me, this year’s trip was not only an opportunity to represent the Los Angeles region at the federal level, but also continue to build and strengthen relationship with national and global partners. 

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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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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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