On Tuesday in the nation's capital, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard led the introduction of HR6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, that would grant young, undocumented immigrants (DACA recipients and DREAMers) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients an opportunity to acquire full, U.S. permanent residency if they meet certain requirements. Locally, the same day, the Chamber joined the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and other community advocates on the steps of L.A. City Hall in support of this legislation.
The Chamber celebrated numerous 2016 ballot victories. 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. SEE HERE for a complete list of Chamber victories.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger met with Chamber Board members to discuss the significance of not having a state budget in place and its impact on jobs and the economy, nearly a month into the budget stalemate.
The Chamber joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lieutenant Gov. Abel Maldonado for a news conference at the Chamber to celebrate the passage of Proposition 14, which will reform the primary election process for congressional, statewide and legislative races and allow voters to choose any candidate, regardless of the candidate's or voter's political party preference.
The Chamber joined L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and Shopzilla President Bill Glass for the signing of an Internet Business Tax Ordinance at the Westside Internet firm Shopzilla.
The Chamber joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School to applaud the California Legislature for passing landmark education reforms, which will allow the state to compete for part of the $4.3 billion available to states through the Obama administration's Race to the Top initiative.