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FRI | May 16
Accenture Pancakes & Politics
Featuring Hon. Jack O'Connell, Hon. Yolie Flores Aguilar and Hon. Tamar Galatzan
WED | May 21
Mobility 21 Coalition Meeting
Focus on the San Fernando Valley with L.A. City Council President Pro Tempore Wendy Greuel
THU | May 22
Energy, Water & Environment Committee Meeting
THU | May 22
Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Featuring California Secretary of Education David Long
THU | May 22
The Connection Point
What's Your USP?
TUE | May 27
Grow Your Business
WED | May 28
Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee Meeting
Featuring Jane Ellison Usher, president of the L.A. City Planning Commission
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On Tuesday, June 3, voters in the Second Supervisorial District will have one of the rarest of opportunities in our local political system - to fill a vacancy on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Voters have the chance to elect a candidate whose strong grasp of public finance, fiscal responsibility, economic development and public safety can help lead L.A. County at this crucial moment in its history. That candidate is L.A. City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks.
Last week, the Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Parks for L.A. County Board of Supervisors. The Chamber does not make this endorsement lightly. Our Board of Directors thoroughly evaluated the campaign platforms and voting records of both leading candidates in this race – Parks and State Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas. Both candidates have taken leadership roles on issues important to the Chamber and our community, but Parks' steadfast commitment to business retention, economic development and promoting fiscal responsibility in government tipped the scales to his advantage.
As a member of the L.A. City Council and chair of its Budget and Finance Committee, Parks successfully navigated the complexities of public finance and upheld the sacred duty of each elected official to exercise prudent stewardship of taxpayer dollars. He asks the tough questions, digs deep into the mind-numbing minutiae of the 1,000 page budget proposals and is not afraid to say no.
This experience will be especially useful at the county. Nearly half of the $22 billion county budget comes from the state and federal government. State budget cutbacks threaten that funding especially in the area of health care and social services.
In addition, billions of dollars in public employee contracts will be up for renewal next year at the same time that the county must seriously plan for the long-term financial implications of county pension liabilities that have been estimated at $20 billion. We are confident that Parks will help lead a collective bargaining process that is fair to both our county workers and taxpayers.
The Second District faces its own unique challenges that Parks’ leadership will prove crucial to addressing. The closure of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital leaves one of the nation’s most densely populated and underserved communities without an anchor health care facility.
Parks is committed to fixing this unacceptable situation by re-opening the hospital as soon as possible. This includes exploring innovative ways to expand health care access for county residents through more public-private partnerships and attracting more specialty care to the Second District.
Most importantly, he has endorsed the creation of a new county health care governance structure to replace the current broken management structure and strengthen the health care safety net for years to come.
Finally, his 38 years of experience as a Los Angeles Police Department officer, culminating as chief of police, will prove invaluable as the county works with local cities, community stakeholders, parents and educators to end the cycle of gang violence in our region.
Bernard Parks will make an outstanding member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Chamber strongly endorses his candidacy.
And that’s The Business Perspective.
Gary L. Toebben
President & CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
The Business Perspective is a weekly opinion piece by Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
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