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...

LA Gets U.S. OK for Start of New Subway, Rail Lines

Pursuit of an expanded mass-transit system in LA advanced this week after federal officials cleared the local transportation agency to start preliminary engineering on new subway and light-rail lines. Raffi Hamparian at Metro says the FTA formally notified the agency that it has approved the Westside Subway Extension and the Regional Connector for entry into preliminary engineering. 

Senate Committee Chair and Assembly Committee Assignments for 2011-12 Session - With new lawmakers, a new Governor, and a new state budget, pinpointing which legislators are directly involved in various issues will be key in the months ahead. CalChamber has compiled a complete list of Senate Committee Chair and Assembly Committee assignments for the 2011–12 legislative session - take a look: Los Angeles County members are highlighted in bold below.

Senate Committee Chair Assignments

2011: Optimism on Villaraigosa's 30/10 initiative

Looking to the year ahead, Los Angeles' civic agenda is likely to be dominated by continuing fiscal stress, but nothing City Hall can do for the local economy will have a greater impact than vigorously pushing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 30/10 initiative in the next Congress, writes Tim Rutten in an LA Times Op-Ed published on New Year's Day.

Toledo, Burke Among Key CA Transit Appointments

The Governor made several appointments to key transportation posts yesterday including LA Business Journal publisher Matt Toledo to the High-Speed Rail Authority Board and former LA County Supervisor Yvonne Burke to the California Transportation Commission.

2011: A New Year - and 725 New CA Laws

CA residents will face more than 700 new regulations as the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1. So if you're getting your business ready for the New Year, CalChamber offers an at-a-glance look at the more than a dozen new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2011 that will impact businesses across the state.  

"Mojo back" at LA and LB Ports

The resurgent tide of international trade lifted nearly all major U.S. seaports this year, but none is gaining freight and jobs like Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's busiest cargo complex, according to an LA Times story today.

One-Stop Transit News Shopping: Coalition eNewsletter

If you've never checked this out, The Transit Coalition weekly eNewsletter is a quick way to stay on top of major transit and transportation issues impacting all of us across the region every week. Consider signing up to keep up-to-date; in the meantime, here are excerpts from this week's email:

Boeing's El Segundo Site Lands $1B Contract

Boeing Co.'s El Segundo satellite systems unit has won a contract valued at about $1 billion to provide an upgraded satellite communications system for the Mexican government. That's good news for jobs: Boeing has about 5,500 employees in the El Segundo area and the contract is expect to preserve those - although not necessarily add any. Several area subcontractors also will benefit.