The Business Perspective

Building an Inclusive Economy with an Inclusive Workforce

Maria S. Salinas on December 13, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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For years, the Chamber has been involved in bold efforts to expand workforce opportunities, including the reintegration of young adults with previous criminal justice involvement. The Chamber has a history of bringing issues like this to the forefront because of the economic impact to our business community. 

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Regional Collaboration on Business Recovery in the Aftermath of the Wildfires

Maria S. Salinas on November 29, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As our region and the entire state still reel from the Hill, Woolsey and Camp fires – the deadliest and most destructive in our history, people throughout California are working on the long-term recovery efforts. The L.A. Area Chamber has been at the center of meeting with partners and providing information to our impacted communities.

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Building a Thriving L.A.

Maria S. Salinas on November 14, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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One of the most impactful roles that the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce takes on is that of regional trustee.  
 
We bring together different stakeholders with varied agendas to focus on issues that matter to all of us. In my first State of Infrastructure convening, our position as trustee for the region is clear.
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Reflecting on Foster Youth College Awareness Month

Maria S. Salinas on October 31, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Earlier this month, the Chamber was recognized by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger for our work in supporting foster youth and their educational attainment. The Board of Supervisors declared October “Foster Youth College Awareness Month” and doubled down on its commitment to supporting foster youth to college. 

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Prop 6 is dangerous and destructive - Vote No

Maria S. Salinas on October 25, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday’s 17th annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit attracted more than 1,300 transportation, business and elected leaders. A common theme ...arrowRead More

Amplifying our Collective Voice at City Hall

Maria S. Salinas on October 19, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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On Wednesday, I joined more than 150 of our members at Los Angeles City Hall for our ACCESS L.A. City Hall. An annual event, ACCESS L.A. City Hall not only gives our members an opportunity to interact with elected leaders, but also, for many it’s an introduction to how to engage with City Hall on policies and issues of importance to their businesses, economic development and quality of life.

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Join the Chamber for ACCESS L.A. City Hall

Maria S. Salinas on October 10, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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A week from today, the Chamber will convene nearly 200 Chamber and business community members at Los Angeles City Hall for our annual morning reception with City elected leadership. It’s a great opportunity to speak directly with Council members and department staff, as well as your fellow business leaders to discuss issues of major importance to our community.
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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Ballot Recommendations

Maria S. Salinas on October 3, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Chamber has spent a large part of the year analyzing and taking positions on the state and local ballot measures that will be before voters on Nov. 6. Starting with our ...arrowRead More

Propositions 1 and 2 are solid steps to help address our housing crisis

Maria S. Salinas on September 27, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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As we head toward election day on Nov. 6, we want to provide helpful information about the many propositions and measures you will find on your ballot. In last week’s Business Perspective, I argued that Prop 10, which would expand rent control, would have the unintended consequence of making our housing crisis worse. Luckily, there are two propositions on the November ballot that would be much more productive:

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Proposition 10 is No Solution to our Housing Crisis

Maria S. Salinas on September 20, 2018 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, I wrote an op-ed piece on one of the most troubling topics in our state, affordable housing. In advocating in the Sacramento Bee that our housing supply and affordability crisis must be top of mind for policy makers, I noted that without more housing opportunities within financial reach, we risk the California dream slipping away. I argued government and the private sector must collaborate to address barriers to more housing supply and seek creative solutions to funding and regulatory challenges.

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