LA City Council Wants to Run Businesses During Economic Crisis

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

The current global health crisis has ushered in a rapid recession which is decimating the economy, jobs and businesses. In the midst of this global health crisis, the Los Angeles City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to adopt several emergency measures. Two of the measures will dictate how employers can react to […]

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Let’s Repair Minimum Wage Law

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

Last week, I was up in Sacramento speaking with legislators on one of our monthly advocacy trips with our members of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. A new year brings new bills: hundreds of ideas, some fresh, and some old. The new year also brings an opportunity to fix the unintended consequences of past […]

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New Year Brings More Frustrations

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

Few people would accuse me of being sentimental, but if there’s ever a time for it, it’s the first week of January. The holidays are over and the cracks in our economy, disguised during the December rush, are showing again. A few weeks ago, we got word that Corky’s, open for over 60 years and […]

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The High Cost of Environmentalism

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

With Thanksgiving in two weeks, I have to start by giving thanks that my family and home have been safe from the fires we have seen recently. I have many friends who were evacuated or lost power. And seeing the homes that burned was sobering for everyone living in California. The smoke, power outages, and […]

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Here’s a Deceptively Simple Issue

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

The easiest policy issues are the ones that are black and white – I can happily rail against the latest bright spark who’s proposed a new rule which will kill jobs and hurt working families in the San Fernando Valley. But most policy is complex, and what might look like a terrible idea can be […]

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Summertime; the Livin’s (Not) Easy

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

School’s out! Time for hot days at the beach, popsicles, cranky arguments with bored siblings and freedom. Not to mention a summer job for high school teens, a tradition as American as apple pie. Who else remembers that feeling of being handed their first paycheck? Back in the dark ages, when I was a teen, […]

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Green New Deal: What’s the Cost?

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

If there’s one big trend in politics’ Spring/Summer 2019 Collection, it’s got to be the Green New Deal. Progressives love it, conservatives love to mock it, but either way, an opinion on it is this season’s must-have. What’s ‘it’? Well, that depends on who you’re asking. In February, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressmember Alexandria […]

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Here’s How Privacy Law Will Hurt

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

I see it every day and I was happy to read some numbers to back it up: the San Fernando Valley is thriving in many ways. A recent report done for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Economic Forecast Breakfast by California Lutheran University’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting shows that the Valley’s economy […]

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LAUSD Tax: Is It Really All About the Kids?

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

I’m a father of two beautiful, energetic, smart kids, the oldest of whom is about to start kindergarten. As many of my fellow parents will know, this has felt like an overwhelming decision for my wife and me. I know – it’s “just” kindergarten. But choosing the right school means choosing where my son will […]

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The True Problem

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

The beginning of every year prompts a flood of new ideas from California’s state legislators, and obviously, I’m grateful to them. They’re keeping me and my staff employed, as businesses turn in desperation to advocacy groups around the state who can try and explain to legislators why their proposal would harm our economy and kill […]

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