Bill Clinton, Yes — Sacramento, No

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

Last Thursday morning, former President Bill Clinton was at L.A. City Hall with Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss strategies to finance economic development and to promote job growth, climate mitigation and resiliency through 21st century infrastructure. Clinton was joined by the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange and spent much of his time touting the opportunity to […]

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Lights, Camera and Action Now

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

Last week, in the first step of what will be a long legislative journey, Assembly Bill 1839, which will retain movie and TV production jobs in California, passed its first committee with a unanimous 7-0 vote. We applaud the members of the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee for their vision, but […]

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Killing Middle Class Jobs

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

During the 20th Century, the growth of middle class jobs in Los Angeles and Southern California was fueled by oil, manufacturing and construction. Today, all three of these industries are under attack by new regulations and a not-in-my-back-yard mentality, which together are depleting the number of middle class jobs in these sectors. Last Friday, the […]

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Welcome Investments for L.A.’s Future

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

The “grand pour” was the center of attention in downtown Los Angeles this past weekend.  The continuous concrete pour of the foundation for the new Wilshire Grand hotel and office tower set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records and attracted thousands of spectators. The 1,100 foot building will be the tallest in Los Angeles […]

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A Good Start for 2014

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

I often find that when I set pen to paper to write these weekly communications, it’s to scold one level of government or another for creating another new regulation that makes it harder or more expensive for businesses to create jobs and grow the economy. Imagine my joy when my first The Business Perspective of 2014 is […]

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Add Your Voice to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Today

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

Last month we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct — a historic project constructed by William Mulholland to bring water to L.A. and transform our region into an economic powerhouse for our state and nation. Today we find ourselves at another “Mulholland” moment in California’s history with the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). This […]

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California’s Economy to Benefit from New Trade Agreement

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

California’s economic future became brighter this weekend when the World Trade Organization (WTO) reached an agreement to ease barriers to trade by simplifying customs procedures and making them more transparent. One hundred and fifty-nine countries were involved in the negotiations that are projected to add $1 trillion in global trade and keep the WTO’s Doha […]

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Our Industry and Our Jobs

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

In 1910, D.W. Griffith shot the first silent movie, “In Old California,” in Hollywood. It was the beginning of a quintessential California industry. The pioneers of the movie industry came to California because the State is tailor-made for film with great weather and every natural backdrop a director could want. For a century, a network […]

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John Deasy: “A Warrior for our Kids”

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

A warrior for our kids is how Dr. Robert Ross described Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy a month ago when the California Endowment announced a $50 million investment in students of color attending LAUSD. Under Deasy’s leadership, LAUSD has seen important gains across the board in student achievement. The District has improved […]

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Businesses Urge Congress Not to Shut Down Government

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

On Monday, 251 business organizations from every corner of the United States co-signed a letter to Congress stating, “With the U.S. economy continuing to underperform, the federal government needs to maintain its normal operations pending a successful outcome of broader budgetary reforms. It is not in the best interest of the employers, employees or the […]

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