Election Day is LESS THAN one week from today! During Monday's BizFed Roundtable with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, he suggested that instead of merely "getting out the vote," we use BizFed's strength in numbers to "Inspire The Vote!"

BizFed October Board Actions - Get The Scoop!

Many thanks to the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the October Board Meeting, and also to the Southern California Methodist Hospital for hosting us. This summary of Board actions will arm you and your members on these critical issues.

Culver City Council OPPOSES Anti-Prop 13 Split Roll Resolution

BizFed has signed onto a Coalition letter seeking urgent resolution to negotiations. Read the Coalition letter here. In the meantime, here's the latest intel on the impact from various news organizations:

BizFed has joined with more than 100 other organizations to urge workers and management of West Coast ports to reach a new labor agreement. As West Coast ports, led by facilities in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, are the crucial entry points for merchandise from Asia, a new labor agreement is critical.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach account for about 40% of the cargo shipped to the U.S., with a combined 14.6 million containers arriving last year, said Rachel Campbell, a spokeswoman for the port of Los Angeles.

Did you know that L.A. County posted the lowest turnout in the state for the June 3 primary, with only 16.97% of all registered voters turning out to vote?  Statewide turnout hit a record low during that election with only 25.17% of the 17.6 million people who are registered throughout the state! Let's do something to change that!

BizFed urges all its members to VOTE Nov. 4.


Quick Read: BizFed Board Actions - Weigh In!


Many thanks to the Western States Petroleum Associationfor hosting our Sept. 16 Board Meeting in Carson. This summary of Board actions will arm you and your members on these critical issues.



The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development today announced the upcoming opening of applications for companies seeking to take part in the California Competes Tax Credit Program for FY 2014-15.

The program is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate and grow in California. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and approved by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee.

Each fiscal year, 25% of the credits are reserved for small businesses.

LA City Council's Dangerous Anti-Prop 13 Position

BizFed has long been opposed to a "split-roll" - differing taxation rates for commercial and residential properties. But the LA City Council voted recently to support legislative efforts to support such legislation.

Read this Op-Ed by the Los Angeles News Group - which ALSO OPPOSES a split-roll effort:  Los Angeles leaders sometimes talk about ways to make the city more business-friendly. Tuesday apparently will not be one of those times.