LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce today announced that it opposes Propositions 19 and 25 on the November 2 California Election Ballot, but remains neutral on 23. Leading up to the election, the L.A. Area Chamber, which represents more than 1,600 businesses and 700,000 employees in the greater Los Angeles region, will communicate with its members about the significance of the election and the Chamber’s stance on these propositions.
The L.A. Area Chamber Board of Directors voted to oppose Prop 19 because health experts, law enforcement officials and employers have all voiced serious opposition to the initiative.
The L.A. Area Chamber Board also voted to oppose Prop 25 because of concerns that it would result in increased spending at the legislature through the raising of fees in lieu of taxes as part of the state budget process. In 2004 a similar measure, Prop 56, was defeated with 65.7 percent of people voting no.
The L.A. Area Chamber Board of Directors decided not to take a position on Prop 23 because Chamber membership was very divided on the issue and the impact it would have on the California economy.
By opposing Prop 19, the L.A. Area Chamber joins the California Chamber of Commerce, Coalition for a Drug-Free California, California Narcotics Officers Association, The California Bus Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the California Police Chiefs Association.
The L.A. Area Chamber joins the California Chamber of Commerce, Californians Against Higher Taxes and dozens of local chambers of commerce in opposing Prop. 25.
Business groups across the state are split on Prop 23 with the California Chamber of Commerce voting to stay neutral as well.
The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce full voting guide for the November 2 California Election, which also includes the Chamber’s support for Props 20, 22 and 26 and opposition for Props 24 and 27, can be found online.
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.