Big Opportunities for 2017

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

2016 finished strong for the Los Angeles County economy. Employment during the year grew by 65,300 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 5.1 percent. Voters expressed their willingness to invest in transportation (Measure M), housing (Measure HHH) and education (Measure CC) at the Nov. 8 election by 71.15 percent, 77.14 percent and 75.92 percent […]

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It’s Time for the Safe, Re-Opening of Aliso Canyon

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

It has now been more than a year since the Aliso Canyon gas leak temporarily shuttered one of this region’s most critical pieces of energy infrastructure. The impact on adjacent communities was significant, but after much work, the leak was stopped and new, stringent safety measures have been implemented. Yet, the facility still sits idle. […]

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Growing the Los Angeles Economy Through Tech Entrepreneurs

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

The story of the growth of Los Angeles and its economy is highlighted by the ingenuity and vision of entrepreneurs. During National Entrepreneurship Month, I want to share with you what the Chamber is doing to ensure that L.A. builds on its fastest growing entrepreneurial sector: technology. Five years ago, there were few outside of […]

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Vote No, No, No on Measure JJJ

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

“Measure JJJ would impose some of the nation’s most demanding affordable housing and wage mandates on privately-funded development. It was written without any analysis of whether the measure would actually relieve the city’s affordable housing crisis, as opposed to increasing the cost of new construction so much that developers build fewer units for low- and middle-income Angelenos.” […]

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Measure M – L.A. County’s Path to Improved Mobility

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Very rarely are we, as citizens, given the opportunity to make a decision that will dramatically transform our economy and our quality of life for generations to come. That is the opportunity that Los Angeles County residents have on Nov. 8 when we vote on whether to continue our investment in transportation improvements for our […]

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The Buck Stops With Governor Brown

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Last week, I touched on a number of wins in the Legislature and several remaining priorities for the Chamber. Among the 789 bills sitting on Gov. Brown’s desk to sign or veto, there are many items that would impact the business community. We are continuing to weigh in on these bills before the Sept. 30 […]

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State Legislature Aids Business at End of 2015-2016 Session

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Late on the night of Aug. 31, the California State Legislature wrapped up the 2015-2016 session. The end of the session contained a number of bright spots for the Los Angeles business community. Two bills were defeated that would have allowed Sacramento to usurp power from local boards. SB 522, then SB 1379 (both Mendoza) […]

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Sacramento Should Not Usurp Local Control

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

California is a vast state, with regions that vary greatly in needs and circumstance. From dense cities, to desert expanses and mountain ranges; from areas whose economy depends on technology or manufacturing, to communities that are driven by fishing or agriculture. This geographic and economic diversity is what makes California great. With such varied needs, […]

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The Time is Now for the California WaterFix

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board began a series of hearings on the California WaterFix, the plan to update the state’s aging water infrastructure. Our Southern California region is highly dependent on this infrastructure, with one-third of our fresh water flowing from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In total, 25 […]

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Prop 53 Gives Taxpayers Less Say, Not More

Gary Toebben
President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

One of the myths of Proposition 53 – the Cortopassi ballot measure – is that it somehow would give taxpayers more control over the funding of major infrastructure projects. In truth, Proposition 53 gives local taxpayers and residents less ability to decide what gets built in their communities. One of the little-known details of Proposition […]

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