The Business Perspective

Advocate With Us In Sacramento Next Week

Gary Toebben on May 15, 2018 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Next week, 80 business and civic leaders will head to the state capital for our annual ACCESS Sacramento advocacy trip. With Gov. Brown’s May revise last week sending the budget process into high gear, and the deadline to get bills out of their house of origin looming, it will be an impactful time to visit with our state representatives.

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Vote Yes on All Five June Ballot Propositions

Gary Toebben on May 8, 2018 at 7:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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It is very unusual for the Chamber to support five out of five ballot propositions on a statewide election. That is the recommendation from our staff and Board of Directors for the June election.

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New Funding Formula Needed For Community Colleges

Gary Toebben on May 1, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In his January budget, Gov. Brown proposed a new funding formula for California's Community Colleges. The proposed "Student-Focused Funding Formula" would change the way community colleges are funded, from an enrollment-driven funding model, to one that takes into account the success of students in completing their educational goals. This outcomes-based formula reflects a long-standing Chamber priority to utilize funding incentives to improve student retention and the completion of degrees, credentials and transfer requirements.

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California Needs Your Voice - Register to Vote

Gary Toebben on April 24, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Six weeks from today, California will hold the statewide June primary election. Voters will select candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Controller, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Five statewide propositions will be on the ballot, as well as a U.S Senate seat, Congressional seats, state Senate and Assembly races, Board of Equalization districts and countywide office holders like Sheriff and Assessor.

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Logistics - The Lifeblood of our Region

Gary Toebben on April 18, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Half a million direct jobs. Nearly 600 million tons of freight annually valued at $1.7 trillion. A 55 percent increase in warehouse jobs in the last decade. These numbers from a 2017 LAEDC report are a snapshot into the importance of the goods movement industry in Southern California. From the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, through the heart of L.A. and Orange counties, and deep into the Inland Empire, the jobs associated with international trade and e-commerce sustain more than one-half million families in our region. And the number is growing.

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Applause: Two Bold Steps For Our Future

Gary Toebben on April 17, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, two bold steps were taken that will positively affect Los Angeles and Southern California for decades. The Chamber was a proud champion of both.

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92nd Annual World Trade Week celebration to highlight power and importance of international trade

Gary Toebben on April 10, 2018 at 6:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Not since the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into force on Jan. 1, 1994 has international trade been in the national news on a daily basis. The U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer elected to cancel the last NAFTA roundtable renegotiations scheduled to take place this week, instead he call to have a series of ministerial meetings on the agreement. Along with the tariffs on imports being proposed by the U.S. and China, this is an appropriate time to remind Southern Californians about the huge importance of international trade to our local economy.

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Community College Transfers Are Key to State's Future

Gary Toebben on April 3, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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In today’s increasingly competitive economy, every projection shows that California is not on track to produce the skilled workforce we need to fulfill future economic demands. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require some level of postsecondary education and training. The Public Policy Institute (PPIC) estimates that California will face a shortage of 1.1 million workers with a bachelor’s degree by 2030. 

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Lack of Housing A Threat To Business & Future Generations

Gary Toebben on March 27, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday, the Los Angeles City Council Rules Committee voted to oppose one of the best opportunities the State has to address our housing supply and affordability crisis. SB 827, authored by Senator Scott Wiener, would increase density in transit-rich areas, allowing four to eight story residential buildings in appropriate areas throughout the State. This bill would expand housing opportunities for our families, growing workforce and first-time homebuyers.

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Next Steps on Federal Priorities

Gary Toebben on March 20, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, 160 business, non-profit and elected leaders traveled to D.C. for our annual advocacy trip. Twelve teams spanning a wide-variety of issues that impact the Southern California economy met with seven Cabinet departments, the Vice President's office and dozens of Congressional and Senate offices.

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