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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Boeing Provides a Spark to the Economy

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

A job is like a fire, providing energy, light, heat and sustenance to the life of the person who holds the flame. It illuminates the vision ahead to see a brighter future of caring for oneself and our families. Last week, the Los Angeles region received the promise of many more lights with The Boeing […]

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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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