AB 1250 is Bad for Counties and for Business

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

As legislators return to Sacramento next week to wrap up the 2017 session, the Chamber will continue to support bills that will advance our state and oppose bills that would be a step backward. We will support legislation that encourages more desperately needed housing and we will oppose bills that would do great damage to […]

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Congratulations to Los Angeles!

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

Mayor Eric Garcetti made a once in a generation announcement – the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are coming back to Los Angeles for the third time. Two and a half years after losing the United States Olympic Committee’s bid selection to another U.S. city, the determination and creativity of the Mayor and local Olympic […]

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Sacramento Legislation We Don’t Need

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

Last Friday marked the deadline to get bills out of the house of origin for the California Legislature. More than 600 bills were voted on last week. The good news is that the business community had some significant victories in defeating or stalling legislation that would have made it harder and more expensive to do […]

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What We Hope to Hear from Mayor Garcetti

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

This Thursday, Mayor Eric Garcetti will give his fourth State of the City (SOTC) address, and his first since he was overwhelmingly re-elected in March to a five and half year second term. Los Angeles has a lot to be proud of since the Mayor’s last SOTC. The results of the November and March elections […]

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Logistics – Our Region’s Economic Foundation

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

It’s an often repeated statistic that 40 percent of our nation’s imported goods enter through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. After this cargo is unloaded from ships, it enters an incredibly complex system of logistics that employs hundreds of thousands of people in Southern California and spans a variety of industries including […]

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It’s Time to Fix Our Roads

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

Last week during ACCESS Sacramento, the Chamber was proud to stand with other business leaders, Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon at a press conference unveiling the outline of a long-sought transportation funding agreement. Last year’s special session on transportation was a bust and ended with […]

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Governor Brown Says Vote No on Measure S 

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

“I join with all those who say Measure S goes too far.” – Gov. Jerry Brown Last week Gov. Brown agreed with what a historic coalition of community residents and civic leaders has been saying for over a year – Measure S goes too far. In his second term, the Governor has led the charge […]

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Measure S Would Be a Giant Step Backwards for Los Angeles

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

The sponsors of Measure S claim that this two-year construction moratorium is altruistic, to halt greed and improve life in Los Angeles. They claim that this draconian measure will increase housing affordability and decrease traffic. The exact opposite is true. It is not progressive to minimize housing supply and drive up rents for everyone.  It is not […]

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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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