Nearly two-dozen BizFed members engaged in an insightful small-group dialogue last month with Congressman Kevin McCarthy, delving into issues ranging from taxes and transportation to education and visa reform –...
Nearly two-dozen BizFed-member business leaders took part in a special behind-the-scenes Inspection Trip of the Colorado River Aqueduct & Hoover Dam Nov. 2-4. The educational trip was hosted by Metropolitan Water...
Today we are pleased to report that the LA County Board of Supervisors voted NOT TO PROCEED with the proposed “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” parcel tax measure. This is a big victory for the business...
With this year's unprecedented turnover in LA County's state legislative delegation (13 Assembly and 2 Senate), BizFed held its first-ever special breakfast reception Feb. 22 for freshman state legislators to...
BizFed leaders are continuing their nearly 2 years of direct engagement with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office to help move California’s economy forward, meeting recently to discuss the status of his office...
You saw the news about LA City Council approving the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), which will both create jobs and improve air quality for Southern California.  As hard as we work to urge...
LA Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti last week gave BizFed a shout-out by name, at a breakfast with key business leaders, and emphasized his commitment to making Los Angeles a better place to do business. BizFed has already...
A BizFed leadership delegation visited Sacramento May 15, continuing our alliance's advocacy on behalf of business across the region. BizFed leaders who attended included: Tracy Rafter, BizFed CEO;  Mark...
MOVE LA has authored an exceptional piece looking at the top transportation gains during Mayor Villaraigosa's tenure as mayor of LA City. BizFed - and its many member organizations - have been involved in many of...
The BizFed Institute convened more than 100 top business leaders at Woodbury University in Burbank Wednesday for a frank and spirited discussion of the opportunities and challenges associated with accessing the...
At the President's Export Council meeting today at the White House, President Barack Obama highlighted a steady increase in U.S. exports during his term as “one of the biggest bright spots” in the...
BizFed (Los Angeles County Business Federation), representing over 120 top business organizations with more than 260,000 business owners across the region – with more than 2.5 million employees across LA County...
The June 3 primary is rapidly approaching - and BizFed is actively engaged in holding special Meet-and-Greets with key candidates in LA County races for Supervisor, Assessor and Sheriff. If you missed last week...
The June 3 primary is rapidly approaching - and BizFed is actively engaged in holding special Meet-and-Greets with key candidates in Los Angeles County races for Supervisor, Assessor, and Sheriff. If you missed...
Proposals to change California’s Proposition 13, combined with significant government spending increases threaten the economic future of the state, members of the Los Angeles Business Federation (BizFed) heard...

First LA County Gov't Agency Bans PLAs

In a victory for nonunion contractors, the LABJ reports that the Palmdale Water District has become the first government body in Los Angeles County to ban union-friendly project labor agreements. The water board this week voted 3-2 to amend its rules and regulations to prohibit the requirement of project labor agreements, despite heavy pressure from local construction union trades.

 

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, together with more than 200 business leaders including BizFed members, convened at L.A. City Hall this week to call on the Mayor and LA City electeds to make job creation their number one priority and help put L.A. back to work.

An LA City Council committee this week tabled a decision on whether to put a measure on the March 2011 ballot to levy a 12 percent tax on billboards, supergraphics and other forms of outdoor advertising, referring the proposal back to the City Legislative Analyst for further review.

 

Measure R Transit Projects Getting Momentum

Another big step occurred today toward solving regional gridlock - using the Measure R (1/2 cent sales tax) and 30/10 plan funding – as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted 10-0-1 to approve a preliminary route plan for a $4.2-billion project to build a subway between downtown Los Angeles and Westwood.
 

The South Coast Air Quality Management Board of Governors is set to meet next week to consider BizFed-opposed amendments to its Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) Program designed to reduce sulfur oxide emissions at refineries – but creating what would be the most expensive change to air quality regulations ever imposed on the refining industry.

My City's Workers Make HOW Much? Find Out Here

State Controller John Chiang this week unveiled a massive online database of local government employee compensation information for about 400 California cities that offers a goldmine of information on local government payroll costs and insight into how effectively our local electeds are using tax funds.

CA Workers' Comp Rates on the Rise

California employers paid on average $2.44 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation coverage in the first half of this year, according to new data. That’s 3 percent above the average amount employers paid a year earlier, but still 62 percent less than the average rate they paid in the second half of 2003 before the state’s system for injured workers was overhauled.
 

Top elected officials in Los Angeles pledged this week to help small and minority-owned local businesses win more contracts with the city in the wake of a report on minority business contracting reform by BizFed-member Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce.