The Business Perspective

Local Leadership Shines

Gary Toebben on November 15, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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This past week I've been reminded of how important leadership is. We rely on leaders for direction, for courage and for inspiration -- in business, the social sector and, of course, in government.

Nowhere is leadership more important than at the local level, where real nuts-and-bolts change happens. We are most successful at addressing society's biggest challenges by working together with those in our region who are committed to common causes.

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Chamber leads way on unprecedented voter investment in Los Angeles

Webmaster on November 9, 2016 at 10:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last night we saw Los Angeles vote overwhelmingly for a commitment to our infrastructure and future. More than 75 percent of Angelenos approved Measure HHH, the $1.2 billion bond to build permanent supportive housing for the homeless. Nearly 70 percent of the County approved Measure M, the ½ cent sales tax for Metro’s Traffic Improvement Plan, which surpassed even the approval of the original Measure R. Measure CC, a $3.3 billion bond for upgrades to our Los Angeles Community College District’s nine campuses, passed with 75 percent of the vote.

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Chamber Ballot Recommendations - VOTE TOMORROW

Gary Toebben on November 7, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Tomorrow is Election Day. Months of campaigning and advocating will come to a close as California voters head to the polls to elect a new President, a new U.S. Senator and state legislative representatives. California voters will also decide the fate of 17 ballot propositions. Los Angeles County voters will be choosing two new supervisors and deciding three ballot measures. City of L.A. voters will see an additional four measures on their ballots.

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Don't Exacerbate Our Housing Crisis- Vote No on Measure JJJ

Gary Toebben on November 1, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Los Angeles Times says No on JJJ. The Daily News says No on JJJ. Why? Because there is broad consensus by those who have studied JJJ that this poorly crafted measure will do the opposite of what it purports to do by making it more costly to build housing that our city desperately needs.

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Mobility 21 Summit Stands in Support of Measure M

Gary Toebben on October 25, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday, 1,200 transportation experts at the annual Mobility 21 Summit in Anaheim voiced their support for Measure M, the Los Angeles County transportation measure on the Nov. 8 ballot. Metro Chairman John Fasano and City of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti were articulate spokespersons for the dramatic improvements that Measure M will provide to mobility and quality of life in L.A. County.

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Vote on November 8 - L.A. Area Chamber Recommendations

Gary Toebben on October 18, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Three weeks from today, Americans across the country will be heading to the polls. Here in California, you should have already received your state and local voter guides, sample ballot and an actual ballot if you are registered to vote by mail.

The California voter guide, issued by the Secretary of State, is 224-pages, covering 17 propositions that include nine new laws, six constitutional amendments, one referendum and one ballot question. Los Angeles County voters will have three additional measures and City of L.A. voters will have four more. The local measures are the last items on the ballot, but they address several high priorities of the Chamber and the community.

 

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Vote YES on Measure CC for our Community College Students

Gary Toebben on October 11, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) are essential to meeting the workforce needs of employers in the L.A. region. That is why the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is joined by the Los Angeles Times in strongly recommending a YES vote on Measure CC.

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Vote No, No, No on Measure JJJ

Gary Toebben on October 4, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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"Measure JJJ would impose some of the nation's most demanding affordable housing and wage mandates on privately-funded development. It was written without any analysis of whether the measure would actually relieve the city's affordable housing crisis, as opposed to increasing the cost of new construction so much that developers build fewer units for low- and middle-income Angelenos." - Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, 9/27/16

The Chamber, along with a coalition of community organizations, homeless advocates, housing advocates and tenant rights groups, opposes Measure JJJ and so does the Los Angeles Times editorial board. Measure JJJ would place huge burdens on the ability of developers to build the housing we desperately need to address our affordability and homeless crisis.

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Vote Yes on Measure M - L.A. County's Path to Improved Mobility

Gary Toebben on September 27, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Very rarely are we, as citizens, given the opportunity to make a decision that will dramatically transform our economy and our quality of life for generations to come. That is the opportunity that Los Angeles County residents have on Nov. 8 when we vote on whether to continue our investment in transportation improvements for our entire county through Measure M.

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Yes on Measure HHH- Help House the Homeless

Gary Toebben on September 20, 2016 at 9:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Six years ago, the Chamber and the United Way released Home For Good, an action plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. Since then, cooperation between the business community, philanthropic foundations, apartment owners, and local and federal officials has helped house 14,543 chronically homeless people and 16,939 homeless veterans. But, regrettably, the number of new homeless is growing faster than our solutions.

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