Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben provided the business perspective at an Infrastructure Roundtable hosted by Congressman Jimmy Gomez at Union Station. Toebben spoke alongside California political and community leaders including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sup. Hilda Solis, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Ron Miller of the L.A./O.C. Trades Council, Metro CEO Phil Washington, and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. The roundtable focused on procuring funding to fix and modernize California's roads, bridges and transit systems.
California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León shared his insight and expectations for the future of the cap-and-trade program in California at a joint meeting of the Chamber's Energy, Water & Environmental Council and Transportation & Goods Movement Council.
The Pro-Housing Conference was held July 11 at the Japanese American National Museum.
Thank you to our Conference Co-Conveners:
California Community Foundation
Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors
Urban Land Institute
UCLA Ziman Center
UCLA Lewis Center
USC Lusk Center
American Planning Association - Los Angeles Chapter
Natural Resources Defense Council
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Pepperdine Fred Sands Institute of Real Estate
Southern California Association of Non Profit Housing
Abundant Housing LA.
This week, the Chamber and more than 140 civic, business and elected leaders traveled to our nation's capital for the Chamber's annual ACCESS Washington, D.C. trip. Delegates heard from elected leaders including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Corey Booker, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Judy Chu as they took part in events, group briefings and small group meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate for issues vital to L.A.'s business community.
Our ACCESS Washington, D.C. Delegates took photos of their work all across our nation's Capital. Take a look!
The Chamber's Innovation and Technology Council and Bixel Exchange partnered with FWD.us to understand what the H-1B visa is, the effects of President Trump's executive order regarding these visas, and what that means for businesses. Los Angeles Community College District board trustee Mike Eng joined the Council and moderated our panel of experts to help us understand these issues.
On Wednesday, the Chamber joined Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, along with labor and business leaders to announce a landmark transportation investment package. The $5 billion-a-year program will provide funding to fix California roads, freeways and bridges, and comes with strict accountability provisions to ensure funds can only be spent on transportation. Our ACCESS Sacramento trip’s Transportation & Infrastructure team members participated in the press conference. The Chamber has been a strong advocate for this investment for the past year.