Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce led a delegation of 100 local business and civic leaders to lobby state leaders around issues vital to the Southern California region. With over 50 meetings, the delegation focused on business & economic development, early childhood education, energy & environment, higher education, housing & homelessness, innovation & technology, K-12 education, transportation & infrastructure and water during the annual ACCESS Sacramento advocacy trip.
Governor Jerry Brown, State Senator Kevin de Leon and Assemblymember Mike Gatto greeted the group during delegation wide events in the midst of meetings with key State leadership over the course of the two-day event.
“It’s time we rebuild the California Dream,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. “The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce stands ready to help State leaders rethink, re-envision and rebuild the institutions that made California great – our systems of public and private infrastructure, natural resource management, health care delivery and education finance.”
The Los Angeles delegation emphasized the necessity of addressing our regulatory environment, our aging water, energy and transportation infrastructure, our inadequate health care delivery and housing, and our underperforming public education system in order to strengthen California’s economic competitiveness and ensure continued job growth.
The Los Angeles delegation asked State leaders to reduce/streamline regulations to provide certainty for job creators; secure a reliable water supply for the State by adopting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan; support investments in transportation by adopting policies that empower local governments to identify programs that best improve regional mobility; build a strong innovation economy by creating incentives for technology companies to grow; maintain a positive business environment for providers and increase access to quality health care; encouraging the redevelopment of our educational system through a cradle-to-career approach.
ACCESS Sacramento is sponsored by Southwest Airlines Co., Pacific Federal Insurance Corporation, Southern California Gas Company, Time Warner Cable, Toyota, AT&T, Automobile Club of Southern California, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Chevron Corporation, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Majestic Realty Co., Metro, Metropolitian Water District of Southern California, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Siemens Corporations, Southern California Edison, Tesoro Refining & Marketing, Los Angeles Refinery, BNSF Railway Company, City of Hope-Medical Center, First 5 LA, JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Mercury Air Group, Verizon Southern California, Southern California Leadership Network.
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.