Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Delegation Urges State Legislators to 'Recover, Reform and Rebuild' California

Nearly 100 Southern California business leaders met with state lawmakers to urge immediate actions to create jobs, stimulate the economy and address the budget crisis during Access Sacramento

June 11, 2009 4:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, together with nearly 100 business leaders from Southern California today met with state lawmakers to advance its agenda to recover, reform and rebuild California during Access Sacramento — the L.A. Area Chamber’s annual advocacy trip to the state capital.  The two-day trip, included legislative meetings with 52 lawmakers, staff and consultants, a breakfast address from State Senator Abel Maldonado and CalChamber President & Chief Executive Officer Allan Zaremberg, and a lunch panel discussion with State Controller John Chiang and Inspector General Laura Chick.

“California’s fiscal crisis has never been more urgent,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  “There is no time to waste.  The L.A. Area Chamber and our members are calling for immediate actions to accelerate economic recovery and protect the state’s long-term financial solvency.”

During their visit, the Chamber delegation urged state lawmakers to maximize California’s stimulus investments; incentivize workforce and economic development; reform the broken budgeting process; grant school districts charter-like flexibilities; ensure the state’s water supply; and much more. The L.A. Area Chamber’s complete advocacy agenda to recover, reform and rebuild California is available at: www.lachamber.com/accesssacramentoadvocacy.

“Now more than ever lawmakers in Sacramento must hear from business,” said Allan Zaremberg President & Chief Executive Officer, CalChamber.  “Our elected officials cannot jeopardize California’s economic recovery by raising costly taxes that will hinder the ability of employers to retain and create new jobs.”

The L.A. Area Chamber is a champion for state budget reform that addresses the long-term fiscal challenges facing California.  More information on the L.A. Area Chamber and Access Sacramento is available at 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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