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    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, January 8, 2018
    As advocates for the business community, our work will never be finished in California. Just when you think that there cannot possibly be any more laws to create, legislators dream up something new. As the New Year rolls around, employers are reading up on changes to labor law and how they can comply. Get comfortable: you’ll be reading for a while. You don’t need me to tell you how important it is to comply with every little new rule, no matter how obscure or how little it will actually affect your employees. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Thursday, December 21, 2017
    California is the world’s sixth largest economy, and the Los Angeles region drives much of that economic output. In fact, recent federal data show that last year the Los Angeles-Orange counties metro area had a gross domestic product of $1 trillion, second only to the New York metro area and higher than most states and many entire nations. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, December 11, 2017
    We’re now squarely in the holiday season. In November, we teach our children to give thanks for their blessings. But barely four weeks later, we ask them to put together their holiday wishlist so we can give them the things that they want. So in that contradictory but all-American spirit, here are the blessings that I’m grateful for, and my wishlist for the things I want to improve for our San Fernando Valley. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Thursday, November 16, 2017
    This month we celebrate America Recycles Day. This is a nationally recognized day to educate the public on recyclable materials and encourage people to make recycling a part of their daily routine. Each of us has a choice every day to invest a few extra minutes to properly recycle rather than tossing materials into the garbage or even worse…littering. Recycling can make a huge impact with some renewed habits. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, November 13, 2017
    In Downtown Los Angeles, an inadvertent experiment has proven a lot of points about the causes and solution to the housing crisis we’re facing in California. While the vacancy rate across the whole City of Los Angeles is a stubborn 4%, the vacancy rate in DTLA has become a much more competitive 12%. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    Last year, voters made it clear to our State Legislature that they expect transparency from the body that governs our everyday lives. By passing Proposition 54 by an overwhelming majority, voters created a constitutional requirement that bills passing through the California Legislature must be in print for at least 72 hours before the final vote. A reasonable person might assume that this was merely a technical change to the state Constitution. After all, legislators have nine months to read, analyze, consider and vote on legislation every year – from January, when bills start to be filed, through to the end of session in September. Read more
    Enrique Zaldivar & Stuart Waldman
    Monday, October 16, 2017
    Last year, Gov. Brown issued California’s 75 Percent Initiative to reduce the state’s reliance on landfills by 2020. The state mandate has required Los Angeles to develop new strategies and procedures that transform the way trash is picked up at businesses and large residential buildings throughout the city. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, October 16, 2017
    You may be sick of me discussing transportation in the Valley, but please bear with me for a few more minutes. Reducing traffic and improving our transit infrastructure are worth it, and the story here is about playing politics instead of actually improving our lives. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    When Measure M passed last year with its billions of dollars for public transit in Los Angeles, I was thrilled. VICA worked hard to pass the ballot measure, and every single one of the projects we identified as critical for the San Fernando Valley was included on Metro’s expenditure plan. But already, I want more for the Valley. Read more
    Stuart Waldman
    Monday, August 21, 2017
    A lot of Californians are guilty of complacency when we think about the economy and American jobs. I think many of us consider the decline of American manufacturing and working-class jobs as something that’s happening elsewhere - in the Rust Belt, or the Midwest, or in rural Pennsylvania. The vitriol and overwhelming Democratic majority in California allowed us to dismiss many of the issues that then-candidate Donald Trump raised about the future of the working class. Read more
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