The Business Perspective

Measure EE - Vote No on June 4

Maria S. Salinas on May 31, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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On Tuesday, voters in Los Angeles will head to the polls to vote in a special election. Measure EE – a $500 million dollar per year parcel tax for Los Angeles Unified School District – will be the only item on the ballot (unless you're in CD12).
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Building our Relationships in Sacramento

Maria S. Salinas on May 29, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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When it comes to advocating on behalf of the Los Angeles business community, some of the strongest tools we have are our relationships with elected officials and policy makers. Last week, as we traveled with more than 80 Chamber members to Sacramento for our annual ACCESS Sacramento advocacy trip, building relationships with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new administration was our top priority.

 

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Vote No on Measure EE

Maria S. Salinas on May 17, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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On June 4, Los Angeles voters will decide the fate of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Measure EE, a $500 million per year property tax. Measure EE would tax structures on properties annually at a rate of 16 cents a square foot for 12 years on top of the 12 cents currently paid by property owners.  

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Thinking Globally in L.A.

Maria S. Salinas on May 2, 2019 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today’s global marketplace is evolving faster than ever before, and success requires the ability to connect, compete and respond to market demands on an international scale. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce convened the global community yesterday at our World Trade Week Kick-off Breakfast, with global leaders sharing insights to success. If we plan to stay competitive globally, we need to foster a supportive platform that helps businesses and our workforce build that capacity.
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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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