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...
Have you checked out the California Business Roundtable's California Center for Jobs and the Economy yet? There's a lot for BizFed members to use on the website! BizFed member organization Building...
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...
A new BizFed survey shows employers think things are getting better – 25% more say business conditions will improve this year than did last year and 20% more report that they plan to hire than did last year....
BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter was in Washington, D.C. on May 21 with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (pictured) and other top officials to celebrate the award of $2.1 billion to extend the...
California State University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on LAEDC CEO and BizFed member Bill Allen at the May 22 Commencement ceremony of the David Nazarian School of Business and Economics at...
BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter was honored with the leadership award at the 17th annual Valley of the Stars Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony hosted by The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA). Rafter was honored for...
Southern California policymakers and businesses must urgently work to both conserve and tap into new sources of water or quality of life and economic growth will suffer, according to an expert panel convened in June...
There is timely intelligence from the President’s Export Council June meeting in DC that BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter attended on behalf of BizFed along with Gene Hale, founding Chair of GLAACC and owner of G&C...

They Did It: CARB Approves Cap-and-Trade Rules

CA took a major step toward the development of a low-carbon economy yesterday by approving a cap on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by refiners, utilities and other energy companies.

Special Election Set for SD28

The first election under California's new top-two primary rules has been set: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called an April 19 special election to fill the vacant 28th Senate District seat. That date means the primary will be held Feb. 15. 

 

LA CPC Approves Wilshire Grand Project

The LA City Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve the Wilshire Grand hotel/office project, as well as a new sign district for the AC Martin-designed building, as dozens of supporters gathered to testify include BizFed members.
 

The California Air Resources Board will take a significant vote Thursday on a proposed regulation to implement a first-in-the-nation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap-and-Trade Program that has ramifications for business across California. The vote Thursday – which will be webcast live - sets out regulations for the framework and requirements for the program. 

 

As the Legislature reconvened today – and faced the dire budget realities of a $25.4 billion deficit - Gov. Schwarzenegger called a special session to try to patch a six-month, $6 billion deficit in the current budget year before leaving office.
 

Good News on Workers' Comp: Rate Hike Rejected

State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Friday rejected an insurance industry recommendation for a 28 percent increase in workers’ compensation premiums, saying insurance carriers could do more to control costs. In September, BizFed wrote to the Commissioner urging him to reject the recommendation.

Election Intelligence: BizFed Briefing

With the deluge of post-election information flying around, BizFed has compiled a very handy summary of the election results with the key implications for business as a result of the outcome of each race and ballot measure. Feel free to utilize these briefing grids to inform and engage your key contacts, board members,

BizFed Tours the Delta - SoCal's Water Hub

BizFed members this month completed a whirlwind 2-day MWD-sponsored inspection trip of the State Water Project and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region that included informational seminars, behind-the-scenes facility tours, a special Post-Election Discussion and Recap, and wide-ranging discussions about the myriad issues facing this hub of California’s water delivery system.