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Lawyers Work OT on Lawsuits
The business community, in general, has opposed PAGA from the outset, said Jennifer Barrera, a California Chamber of Commerce policy advocate for labor and employment issues. “Certainly California is unique with its labor code requirement anyways, but PAGA itself is detrimental to businesses,” she said. “For our members, one of the most consistent complaints is PAGA.”(Los Angeles Business Journal 11/10/14)

California Businesses Benefit from Election Day Outcomes
Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, said that much like the inevitability of death and taxes, "in California we can talk about droughts and economic downturns." Allan Zaremberg, president of the 13,000-member California Chamber of Commerce, hailed the outcome of the four ballot measures and said he was particularly heartened by the state's commitment to saving water and money. "These are crucial investments in the future," he said, "because the only things that are certain in California are droughts and recessions." (Los Angeles Times 11/09/14)

California Enacts Changes to State Rainy Day Fund
Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, said that much like the inevitability of death and taxes, "in California we can talk about droughts and economic downturns." "We get shortages of water and shortages of government revenues for necessary programs," Zaremberg told The Associated Press in a phone interview. (The Associated Press 11/05/14)

Proposition 2 Will Prevent Boom-and-Bust California Budgets
Boom-and-bust revenues have led the Legislature to expand ongoing programs with one-time revenues. When the inevitable economic downturn hits, those programs are cut – and enormous pressure builds to raise taxes. Fortunately on Nov. 4, California voters can reboot the budget process by approving Proposition 2. (Allan Zaremberg in The Sacramento Bee 10/10/14)

2014 CFO of the Year - Nonprofit/public agency: Larry Dicke, executive vice president/CFO, California Chamber of Commerce​
Larry Dicke loves to tell his employees at the California Chamber of Commerce that Cash is King. (Sacramento Business Journal, 08/01/14)Gov. Brown To Chamber Of Commerce: ‘California Is Definitely Back’
Gov. Jerry Brown presented a robust defense of his record over the last three-and-a-half years during a speech to California business leaders Wednesday, promoting his efforts with education, pension reform, workers’ compensation, criminal justice and the economy. “California is not sitting on its laurels. We’re building,” the Democratic governor told about 1,300 guests during an annual California Chamber of Commerce breakfast. “I don’t want to sugarcoat our liabilities or our diversity or disagreements. There are plenty. But still, this is an incredible place in which to live.” (Associated Press 05/21/14)

Capitol Alert: Jerry Brown Calls California 'Job Creation Engine'
Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that California is a "job creation engine," defending his administration's handling of the economy and state budget in a forceful election year speech. "California is definitely back," Brown told about 1,300 people at the California Chamber of Commerce's annual Host Breakfast in Sacramento. (The Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert 05/21/14)

Fresno Business Owner Wins CalChamber Award
Scott Miller, owner of Gazebo Gardens Nursery in Fresno, was awarded by the California Chamber of Commerce for his advocacy on behalf of businesses. (Fresno Business Journal 05/20/14)

Dem Duels Echo an Old Conflict
Each year, the California Chamber of Commerce publishes a list of several dozen bills it calls “job killers,” targeting them for defeat or severe amendment. (Dan Walters in The Sacramento Bee 05/19/14)

Two Assembly Democrats Announce Plan to Close Proposition 13 Loophole
An unlikely duo of Democratic Assembly members -- one a business-friendly moderate, the other a stalwart of the far left -- will unveil a proposal Tuesday to close one of most notorious, and legal, tax loopholes associated with Proposition 13. "When real property truly has a change of ownership, it should be reassessed in accordance with Prop 13 and these amendments will bring clarity and certainty to commercial real estate transactions and ensure compliance with Prop 13,” Allan Zaremberg, president and chief executive of the chamber, said in a statement. (Los Angeles Times 05/13/14)

New Law Supports Job Creation in California’s Space Industry
Recently, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 777, by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, a bill that will help ensure that California creates a competitive environment and jobs within the emerging multibillion dollar space travel and supply industry. (Allan Zaremberg in the Los Angeles News Group 05/10/14)

Editorial: More 'Job-Killer' Bill
Jobs and economic growth continue to be the public’s clarion call, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the legislation being pushed in Sacramento. The California Chamber of Commerce has released its annual list of job-killing legislation, which includes 15 bills from this year and 11 holdover bills from 2013. (The Orange County Register 04/28/14)

Civics and Business: Business Relies on Population Educated in Democracy
Why should business leaders and innovators care about civics education? After all, consumers don't need to be voters to engage in the economy. A worker's aptitude for the job won't be measured by knowledge of the Constitution. (Allan Zaremberg in the San Jose Mercury News 04/26/14)

Governor Calls Special Session on Rainy-Day Funds
"Adopting an effective rainy-day reserve should be the state's top fiscal policy," Allan Zaremberg, chief executive of the California Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. "California's budget crises were caused by the Legislature spending one-time revenues for ongoing programs. A solid reserve requirement will remove the California budget from the fiscal roller coaster." (Associated Press 04/16/14)

Chamber of Commerce Targets 'Job Killer' Bills
"The economic recovery is still the No. 1 issue for Californians," said Allan Zaremberg, the chamber president. "These bills pose a serious threat to our economy and, if enacted, would dampen job growth." (Los Angeles Times 04/13/14)

California Chamber Targets 26 Bills as 'Job Killers'
The list is about a third shorter than those of the past, but inclusion of a measure is more than a symbolic gesture. The chamber, often in concert with other business groups, has been remarkably successful in past years in getting nearly all bills with that label either killed in the Legislature, significantly watered down or vetoed. (The Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert 04/09/14)

State Chamber Lists Job-Killer Bills
The bills, which range from a paid sick-leave mandate to an oil extraction tax, would each place excessive burdens on businesses in the state, the chamber said. (Los Angeles Business Journal 03/09/14)

California Oil Extraction Tax a Bad Idea
We must make protecting California jobs, the state's fragile economy and our way of life top priorities. An oil extraction tax will drive up consumer prices, push jobs away and upset a fragile economy that is showing strong signs of life. (Allan Zaremberg in the San Francisco Chronicle 03/11/14)

Long-Serving Cal State University Trustee Dies
Hauck used his experience in the public and private sector as a platform to promote better public policy, said California Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Allan Zaremberg, a friend and close associate of Hauck's for many years. "He had a passion to improve and make government work better for everybody," Zaremberg said. "No place was that more evident than his dedication to improving the California Sate University system and have it deliver the best product and best value for students." (Los Angeles Times 03/11/14)

2014 Looking Tough For Employers: Calif. Chamber GC
California employers are facing an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment that adds to their compliance burden and raises the likelihood that they will, at some point, face litigation, the California Chamber of Commerce’s general counsel told Law360 in an interview Monday. (Law360 03/04/14)

How Businesses Can Defend Against Cyber Risks
“Prevention is the best medicine. Not only does the guide provide useful information to reduce the threat of cybercrime, it highlights the need to be proactive in preventing data breaches. This is good for California businesses and consumers,” Allan Zaremberg, CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, said in the news release. The Chamber helped produce the report. (Sacramento Business Journal 02/27/14)

State Sen. Evans Proposes Oil Extraction Tax for California
“We just raised California taxes by $7 billion a year for seven years. We now have a projected $5-billion surplus,” Zaremberg said in a statement. “To create a new tax on oil only extracted in California will drive up the price of California oil, which constitutes about 40% of the California gasoline market. “ (Los Angeles Times 02/19/14)

Hong Kong Trade Commissioner Makes Sacramento Pitch
Hong Kong has become “an ideal showroom for…American companies to raise the profile of their goods to an increasingly affluent and brand-conscience Mainland middle-class,” said Leung during a luncheon hosted jointly by the California Chamber of Commerce and San Francisco’s Hong Kong trade office. (Sacramento Business Journal 02/17/14)

Justice Delayed: The High Cost of Court Cuts
Delays affect both employees and employers, said Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. (Sacramento Business Journal 01/17/14)

Obama Names L.A.'s Maria Contreras-Sweet to Head SBA
Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, said Contreras-Sweet "has a lot of experience in both government and the private sector about what it takes to make a business succeed." (Los Angeles Times 01/15/14)










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