Save Our Businesses. Wear a Mask

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

About a month ago, there was a glimmer of hope that things were getting better. The number of COVID-19 cases were beginning to drop, and more tests were becoming available. Nonessential businesses were also allowed to reopen. If they complied with state and local health orders and public health requirements, businesses could resume operations and […]

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Now Is Time for State to Be Flexible

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

I don’t think any of us truly believed we would be living through this unimaginable time. As the weeks and months continue to pass us by, we are given time to reflect and time to think about how we will move forward. The business community has been hit incredibly hard by the economic impacts of […]

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Governor’s Executive Order on Worker’s Comp Makes It More Difficult to do Business in CA

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

We fully understand why the Governor wants to help Californians impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. But, creating a rebuttable presumption shifts the burden to businesses who are struggling to keep their workers employed while also keeping their doors open.  The Governor’s Executive Order opens up employers to significant abuse from employees. What’s to stop an […]

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Cut the Red Tape. Let’s Build Now

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

To say we are living in unprecedented times would be an understatement. I can’t tell you how many Zoom calls I’ve been on in the last month. I’m sure many of you can relate. This new normal has required us to adapt in order to continue taking care of business. Being ordered to stay at […]

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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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