L.A. Area Chamber Announces Complete Sweep for Chamber-Endorsed Initiatives on November 4 General Election Ballot

Chamber-authored Prop. 11, Measure Q and Measure R Among Key Initiatives to Improve

November 5, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce today claimed victory on every initiative on the November 4 General Election ballot that it endorsed including: Proposition 11 (Voters FIRST Act); Proposition 1A (Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century); Proposition 3 (Children’s Hospital Bond Act); Proposition 12 (California Veterans Bond); Measure B (City of Los Angeles Update of Low Rent Housing Authorization); Measure J (Los Angeles Community College District Classroom Repair, Public Safety, Nursing and Job Training Measure); Measure Q (Los Angeles Unified School District Safe, Healthy Neighborhood Schools Measure); and Measure R (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Traffic Relief. Rail Extensions. Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence).
      
“California voters sided with business by supporting critical initiatives to improve our economy and quality of life for years to come,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  “The L.A. Area Chamber is especially pleased with the passage of Prop. 11, which takes the first step in ending the partisan gridlock that has paralyzed our state government.”
      
L.A. Area Chamber-authored Prop. 11 (Voters FIRST Act) will impact the future of governance and policymaking on issues important to business for years to come.  Supported by more than 2,300 business, community and good government organizations, the passage of Prop 11. will help make politicians more accountable, by taking the power to draw district lines out of the hands of legislators and with a 14-member independent citizen commission in a transparent and non-partisan process.
      
As the only Chamber of Commerce supporting Measure Q (Los Angeles Unified School District Safe, Healthy Neighborhood Schools Measure), the Chamber is helping usher in a decade of jobs and more opportunities for L.A. students.  Measure Q will generate 50,000-80,000 full-time jobs and update and repair aging public schools for all L.A. students.

“The L.A. Area Chamber is proud to have been the Chamber of Commerce supporting Measure Q,” said Toebben.  “This bond measure will not only stimulate our economy with needed jobs, it will ensure that all our children receive a quality education in a safe school with 21st century technology.”
      
Chamber-supported Measure R (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Traffic Relief. Rail Extensions. Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence), will also help stimulate the local economy and help ease traffic congestion – a top concern of local employers and their workers.  Measure R will invest $40 billion over the next 30 years in needed mass transit, highway improvements, traffic light synchronization and other projects.

For more information on the L.A. Area Chamber visit www.lachamber.com.

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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.

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