LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce today announced its positions on the November 4, 2008 General Election ballot, which were determined during its Board of Directors meeting on September 11, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. In an effort to provide the business perspective on key state, regional and local initiatives, the L.A. Area Chamber also released a comprehensive voting guide to its members and the public.
“In keeping with our 120-year tradition, the L.A. Area Chamber’s slate reflects a balanced approach to public policy issues,” said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “The one thing you can predict about the L.A. Area Chamber is that our positions are the result of thoughtful analysis with one overarching goal: creating a better L.A.”
The L.A. Area Chamber Board of Directors voted to take the following positions:
Proposition 1A – Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act (SUPPORT)
The Chamber supports this $10 billion bond which will link Southern and Northern California via a high speed bullet train, create up to 160,000 new construction jobs and lead to a 2.5 hour travel time between L.A. and San Francisco.
Proposition 3 – Children’s Hospital Act (SUPPORT)
The Chamber supports this proposition authorizing a $980 million bond to fund the construction, expansion, remodeling, furnishing, and equipping of California’s thirteen children’s hospitals. Investing in our hospital infrastructure is vital to the region’s health, especially since nearly half of L.A. County’s trauma and emergency rooms have closed in the past two decades.
Proposition 11 – Voters FIRST Act (SUPPORT)
The Chamber is a co-author of Prop. 11 – the first step in ending the partisan gridlock that has paralyzed state government. Prop 11 will take the power to draw districts lines away from politicians and place it in the hands of a 14-member independent citizen commission in a transparent and nonpartisan process.
Proposition 12 – California Veterans Bond (SUPPORT)
The Chamber supports this $900 million bond to help veterans purchase homes and farms through the low-interest CalVet loan program. This bond is revenue neutral to the state.
Measure B – Update of Low Rent Housing Authorization (SUPPORT)
The Chamber supports this revenue neutral measure to consolidate five previously approved low income housing programs into one single program. The measure will eliminate obstacles to access state and federal funding.
Measure J – Classroom Repair, Public Safety, Nursing and Job Training (SUPPORT)
The Chamber supports this $3.5 billion Los Angeles Community College District bond to fund campus modernization projects at all nine L.A. community colleges serving 130,000 students.
Measure Q – Safe, Healthy Neighborhood Schools Measure (SUPPORT)
The Chamber supports this $7 billion Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) facilities bond to fund school modernization projects and charter school construction. This bond will pay for long overdue deferred maintenance of existing schools averaging 61 years of age.
Measure R – Traffic Relief. Rail Extensions. Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence (SUPPORT)
The Chamber supports this Metropolitan Transportation Authority half-cent sales tax increase, which will raise $40 billion over the next 30 years to fund needed mass transit, highway improvements and traffic light synchronization throughout the county.
Proposition 2 – California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (OPPOSE)
The Chamber opposes this misleading proposition, which would ban nearly all modern egg production in California resulting in job losses, higher egg prices and greater reliance on imported eggs.
Proposition 7 – The Solar and Clean Energy Act (OPPOSE)
The Chamber opposes this proposition, which would require California utilities to procure half of their power from renewable resources by 2025. This poorly-written initiative will actually hurt renewable energy development in the state while driving up consumer costs.
Proposition 10 – Renewable Energy and Clean Alternative Fuel Act (OPPOSE)
The Chamber opposes this unwise use of taxpayer money to underwrite the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. This initiative places increased financial burdens on the state and negatively impacts an overall strategy to support renewable energy.
View the L.A. Area Chamber Voting Guide.
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.