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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Congratulates Governor Jerry Brown, Celebrates Victories on Endorsed General Election Ballot Initiatives

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce congratulated newly elected Governor Jerry Brown in a letter today and celebrated victories on all but one of the General Election ballot initiatives on which it took a position.  Victories included Support of Proposition 20 (Voters FIRST Redistricting for Congress); Support of Proposition 22 (Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act); Support of Proposition 26 (Supermajority for State Levies and Charges); Opposition to Proposition 19 (Marijuana Legalization, Regulation and Taxation); Opposition to Proposition 24 (Stop the Jobs Tax) and Opposition to Proposition 27 (Eliminate Redistricting Commission).

“The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce looks forward to partnering with Governor Brown to create jobs and improve our state’s economic climate,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.

Toebben also applauded the voters of the great state of California for “paying close attention to the ballot measures and supporting critical initiatives that will lead to a stronger economy.”

“Voters were able to see right through the misguided Prop. 27, which would have repealed a measure voters had approved just two years ago to prevent politicians from gerrymandering,” Toebben said.  “And now with Proposition 20, we can look forward to even more transparency as the task of drawing up congressional district boundaries will also be given to the Citizens Redistricting Commission created by Proposition 11 in 2008.”  

“Voters also recognized the fact that rolling back the business tax reforms targeted in Proposition 24 would have eliminated three important job-creating tax incentives approved by the legislature in 2008 and 2009 and made it even more difficult for California to recover from the current economic downturn with new jobs in the future,” Toebben said.

The L.A. Area Chamber authored Prop. 11 (Voters FIRST Act) passed by the voters in 2008 and was a steering committee member of Yes on Prop. 20 & No on Prop. 27.


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

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