There They Go Again

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

I wish I could say I was surprised. I wish I could say that this is a new frustration. In reality it is just the same old song we keep hearing from public employee unions. More than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature showed leadership by making some moderate changes to the […]

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On the Goal Line

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

As we enter the start of football season, I always look forward to watching a team march down the field with pinpoint passes and well executed running plays to score the winning touchdown with seconds left on the clock. This scenario acts as an effective metaphor for AB 1839 – The Film and Television Tax Credit program […]

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Potholes or Pensions: A Fundamental Question

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

Two weeks ago the headlines in Los Angeles included a Department of Water & Power water line failure in West L.A. and a ruling by the Employee Relations Board to overturn the creation of a new pension tier for future city employees. The juxtaposition of these two stories points out the tug of war taking […]

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California and Mexico are Essential Partners

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

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Trade Mission to Mexico last week sent the right message to business leaders in Mexico and California. Mexico is California’s largest export market and businesses know how important it is to take care of your largest customers. Gov. Brown and his 130-member delegation were warmly received by Mexican elected officials and business leaders at […]

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Don’t Let This Drought Go Down the Drain

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

Two weeks ago, State officials approved an emergency regulation imposing $500 fines on water users who violate mandatory conservation measures. With 80 percent of the State now in extreme drought, it’s imperative that we all conserve as much water as possible. Visit SoCal WaterSmart to find out what water conservation programs are available for your home and business. The […]

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They Thought We Were Crazy

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

In 2009 when the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to end chronic and veteran homelessness in L.A. County, most people either ignored the announcement or thought we were crazy. Los Angeles was the homeless capital of the United States and it would always be that […]

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West Coast Ports Negotiations are Critical to Regional Economy

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

The initial deadline for reaching agreement on a new labor contract governing America’s 29 West Coast ports passed a week ago today and the uncertainty of negotiations has many businesses in Southern California worried. That is why the Chamber has joined with many other U.S. business organizations in encouraging the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and […]

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Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty

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

As our country celebrates its 238th birthday this Friday, we look back in appreciation of the brave men and women who shaped our country and sacrificed to preserve the ideals of our democracy, one of which is the ability for Americans to vote in secret ballot. This basic tenet of our society protects our ability […]

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Small Business, Big Impact

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

Throughout our nation’s history, small businesses — with fewer than 500 employees as defined by the federal government — have been the engine of our economy. Today, America’s 28 million small businesses represent the creativity and innovation that drives our economic growth. Like this Chamber’s efforts, many of today’s civic conversations are focused on job […]

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Time to Put San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in the Rear View Mirror

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

Saturday, June 7 will mark the one-year anniversary of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) decision to permanently shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). SONGS generated 2,150 megawatts of power for our region each year and many of us had hoped there was a safe solution and timely regulatory approval to allow SONGS to […]

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