L.A. Area Chamber

    TUESDAY | Feb. 10, 2009





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FRI | Feb. 13
Health Care Committee Meeting
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THU | Feb. 19
Jobs & Business Growth Committee Meeting
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THU | Feb. 19
Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice 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

350 S. Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213.580.7500 tel
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The latest policy decisions in Sacramento. The agenda and discussions at City Hall. The successful efforts by civic organizations to build better schools and neighborhoods. Broad coverage of these state and local issues are important in the lives of a region, its businesses and its citizens. They keep us informed and connected to what is happening outside the walls of our employment and family life. That is why the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is saddened by the recent announcement of the Los Angeles Times to combine the California section with its main news pages.

Access to accurate and timely state and local news coverage is critical to educating voters, energizing community volunteers and maintaining governments that are transparent and accountable to citizens and taxpayers. The L.A. Times is the largest newspaper in California and one of the longest-standing institutions in our city. Many readers rely on the paper as their primary means of staying abreast of important social, political and economic news at the state and local level.

The L.A. Area Chamber is in no position to tell the L.A. Times or any of our members how to run their business. The challenges facing all of our members, including the newspaper industry, during this difficult time in our nation’s economy are significant and the L.A. Times must evaluate every aspect of its business model. Across the country, newspaper readership and the advertising that goes with it are down, as traditional media competes with a growing number of online news sites, RSS feeds and the blogosphere.

Even the oldest and largest publishers are not immune to these challenges. Gannett – which owns about 100 daily newspapers across the country – announced that it will lay off 10 percent of its workforce. A.H. Belo Corporation – owner of The Dallas Morning News and other big papers – is severing one-seventh of its workforce. Like its peers, the L.A. Times must make difficult choices to address these challenges. But from the perspective of this reader, preserving state and local coverage should remain a very high priority.

The L.A. Times has served Los Angeles for nearly 130 years, and it is one of the pillars of our region. As it designs its new format, we hope the L.A. Times will continue to provide the same level of state and local coverage in its pages. After all, that is what makes the L.A. Times different from Time magazine and thousands of other publications that are printed each day.

We urge subscribers and advertisers to continue to support the Los Angeles Times and other sources of state and local news in our community. A free press that covers the issues of our community is one of the essential cornerstones of our democratic form of government.

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, produced with the input of Samuel Garrison, Vice President of Public Policy.

by Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce


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