Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Delegation Urges State Leaders to 'Make California Work Again'


March 22, 2011 3:00 pm

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, joined by more than 100 business and community leaders from Southern California, is in Sacramento today urging state lawmakers to make California work again as part of its annual ACCESS Sacramento advocacy trip.

During the two-day event, the Chamber will engage lawmakers and legislative staff; meet with consultants; host a panel discussion; and hear from Assembly Speaker John Pérez and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

“California’s fiscal crisis has never been more urgent,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.  “There is no time to waste … The L.A. Area Chamber and our members are calling for members of both political parties to take action to put Californians to work again and protect the state’s long-term financial solvency.”

Top priorities for this year’s trip include reforming California’s anti-jobs regulatory environment by improving the State’s CEQA law, conducting a top-to-bottom review of all regulations and implementing new ones responsibly by considering impact on already struggling businesses.

The Chamber will ask legislators to enact budget and tax reforms for long-term fiscal stability by enacting meaningful pension reform and implementing performance-based budgeting; and will call for creation of an intergovernmental agency to coordinate and align strategies among state agencies to address homelessness.

Perhaps the largest education and workforce development team of any business organization in the country, the Chamber will also highlight key education priorities such as AB18 (Brownley), which requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to make statutory and regulatory changes that would modify the format and requirements of education funding in California.  The L.A. Area Chamber’s complete advocacy agenda is available at www.lachamber.com/accesssacramentoadvocacy.

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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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