Lou Baglietto: Cleaner air doesn’t have to risk jobs at our local ports

By Lou Baglietto:  California leads the world in progressive environmental policies aimed at lowering carbon emissions. Who is more environmentally friendly than California? But another area where California is a leader is in unemployment; it ranks in the top-10 for highest unemployment rate in the nation (tied for seventh place). To bring it home, the […]

Elizabeth Shapiro featured at ‘State of Business’ talk

Challenges and opportunities faced by the business community were considered Sept. 22 at a lightly attended town hall panel discussion held in La Cañada and hosted by local Assemblywoman Laura Friedman. Recurring themes included streamlining the permitting process, the need to reform the California Environmental Quality Act in relation to affordable housing for workers and […]

Have you taken the 2017 BizFed Poll?

Friday, April 14 marks the final day to take the 2017 BizFed Poll. We’re relying on each of you to communicate the priorities of your region and industry sector. Don’t get left out – take this 10-minute poll and make sure others from your network are taking the BizFed Poll as well! Simply visit bizfed.org/poll […]

NAR President: Reauthorize National Flood Insurance Program

By admin on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire in six months, on September 30. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently issued a statement by NAR President Bill Brown urging Congress to reauthorize the program: “When the NFIP expired in 2010, over 1,300 home sales were disrupted every […]

AQMD approves new smog-cutting plan

(Photo) The downtown skyline is enveloped in smog shortly before sunset on November 17, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES KPCC By: Sharon McNary Air quality regulators adopted an extensive new package of rules Friday aimed at cutting smog in Southern California by half within 7 years. The plan from the South Coast Air […]

Southern California air quality officials OK cleanup plan

By DAVID DANELSKI / STAFF WRITER Published: March 3, 2017 Southern California air quality officials approved a 15-year pollution clean-up plan Friday, March 3, after adding provisions that would eventually eliminate a pollution-credits marketplace that regulates emissions from oil refineries and other major smokestack polluters. But the 11-2 vote by the South Coast Air Quality […]

Bad Foundation for Business

Approval of Measure S would curb development with costly fallout for housing market, workers, employers. By Tracy Hernandez and Josh LaFarga Friday, March 3, 2017 City of L.A. voters will head to the polls on March 7 to determine the fate of Measure S. This initiative is very clear in its intent – place a […]

Mark Your Calendar for BizFed March Meetings

BizFed Leaders, Mark your calendars for BizFed’s March meetings! ADVOCACY Committee Meeting When: Thursday, 3/9/17, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where: Holland & Knight LLP, 400 S Hope St 8th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071 OR call in to, 322980838# 2017 Co-Chairs: Charles Gale, South Bay Association of Chambers; Paul Little, Pasadena Chamber; Lou […]