Business And Labor In Promising Discussions For Ports Future

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

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are essential to the economic health and well-being of the Southern California – as well as the State of California and the nation.  The two ports are responsible for more than 300,000 jobs for our friends and neighbors.  But the world in which the ports operate is […]

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Don’t Halt Los Angeles’ Momentum

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

*UPDATE: Since the drafting of this column, we have received word that the initiative effort led by Michael Weinstein has stopped collecting signatures, but may try to instead qualify for the March 2017 City Ballot. Los Angeles is an exciting city in which to live and work right now. Cranes are a common part of the […]

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An Important First Step Toward a Water Market

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

What gets measured gets managed, ” management guru Peter Drucker once said.  In the fourth year of a historic drought, Drucker’s statement is especially relevant. Simply put, in spite of numerous databases containing information on hydrology, biology, water quality, water use and other technical information, there is no single entity responsible for collecting and reporting […]

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Don’t Doom L.A. to a Permanent Housing Shortage

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

Last month, a group of activists calling themselves the “Coalition to Preserve L.A,” led by Michael Weinstein with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, filed papers to place an initiative on the November 2016 ballot that would establish a citywide building moratorium on higher density housing. The measure is officially titled “Restrictions on General Plan Amendments, Required […]

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Working To Build a 21st Century Los Angeles

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

Chambers of Commerce across America were often formed to champion major infrastructure improvements. For the L.A. Area Chamber, that project was the Port of Los Angeles 127 years ago. Since 1888, the Chamber and its members have successfully advocated for the construction of the Port of L.A., the Los Angeles Aqueduct, new sources of electricity, […]

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Building an Economy for All in L.A. County

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

It is a core tenant of every action we take at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce that the best commodity is a job. A job allows us to stand with pride and be empowered to take care of ourselves, our families and our community. A job teaches young adults important values, and increases […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Job Creation in a Global Economy

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

It was exciting news yesterday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations among Pacific Rim nations have resulted in a final agreement. If ratified, this treaty would not only benefit the United States as a whole, but also uniquely and specifically the Los Angeles economy, which serves as the gateway to and from the U.S. for trade […]

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State Transportation Funding and Reform Overdue

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

As we approach the final days of the legislative session, Governor Brown has released a framework for a transportation funding package. We urge legislators to use this proposal as the basis for negotiations and come together to fix our crumbling streets and roads now. The Governor’s package includes a mix of reforms to ensure we’re using […]

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Balancing Climate Change and Job Displacements

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

Public opinion polls show that Californians are concerned about jobs. They are also concerned about climate change and there is a tail-wind of support behind two bills in the legislature to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: SB 32 by Senator Fran Pavley and SB 350 by Senate pro temp Kevin deLeon. SB 32 would create a […]

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Unemployment Rates For Los Angeles Tell A Disappointing Story

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

Last Friday, the California Employment Development Department released the Employment Report for June. The California unemployment rate stands at 6.3 percent, the County of Los Angeles is 7.4 percent and the City of Los Angeles is 7.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.3 percent. While all of these numbers are better than a year […]

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