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...

BizFed Urges City Leaders to Keep SCIG on Track

In an op-ed published last week in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, David Fleming, founding chair of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) wrote, "two environmental reports concluded that the project actually results in air quality improvements and reductions in associated health risks for surrounding communities, particularly for nearby residents...this arguing and dissension has paralyzed California and the region long enough.

SGVEP's Kurtz Named to MWD Board

San Gabriel Valley businesswoman Cynthia Kurtz was seated today as a member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Kurtz, a former co-Chair of BizFed's Advocacy Committee, represents the city of Pasadena on Metropolitan's 37-member board. She succeeds Timothy F. Brick, who had served on the Metropolitan board since June 1985. Kurtz was appointed to the board's Finance and Insurance Committee and Communication and Legislation Committee.

A New Set of Eyes on LA City Finances

Gary Toebben, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber, has written a good piece on the formation of a new group of private citizens - including BizFed Founding Chair David Fleming - that has been tasked with studying the financial health and long-term needs of the City of LA. Read the full write-up here.   Or read more below.......

In an effort to protect and expand the military’s vital role in national security and California’s economy, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has established an 18-member Governor’s Military Council. The panel will be led by former Congresswoman and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher and includes BizFed member Joe Czyzyk of Mercury Air Group.

SBA LA Offers Free Small Business Classes

The Los Angeles District of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a variety of no cost classes for business owners at its Glendale training site. Check out the April schedule of training classes here - and register today to get the help your business needs.

Fracking Could Boost CA Economy 14%

A recent report from the University of Southern California stated that developing the Golden State's Monterrey Shale oil formation would add nearly 3 million jobs and close to $25 billion in tax revenues by 2020.

Read the full report here.

A new bill in Sacramento is gathering momentum - AB690 (Campos), developed with BizFed member Kosmont Companies and designed to boost the use of critical tax increment financing to increase jobs in California.

BizFed Supports Release of Bay Delta Plan Details

The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), representing over 100 business organizations with more than 250,000 businesses across the region, strongly supports today’s release of preliminary draft elements of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan as a critical step toward finding a solution to our state’s water crisis.