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Recent articles and videos from news sources that mention the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber.)



It’s Time for California to Curb Enthusiasm for ADA Lawsuit Abuse
At the state level, Senate Bill 1142 has been introduced by Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, and Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, has proposed SB 269. Both bills have been named among the California Chamber of Commerce’s 12 “job creator” bills. (Los Angeles Daily News, 04/26/16)

California Bill to Unionize ‘Gig’ Workers Likely Dead for 2016
Business groups like the California Chamber of Commerce and the Internet Association, a technology industry lobbying group, opposed the bill. Labor groups including the Teamsters and the United Food and Commercial Workers were in support. (The Sacramento Bee CapitolAlert, 04/21/16)

New Bill Would Give Californians Three Paid Days of Parental Leave
While opponents aren’t arguing with the intent of the bill, the California Chamber of Commerce said companies would struggle with paid leave, particularly if they don’t currently have a paid leave policy. Businesses are also struggling to comply with three days of paid sick leave and other forms of protective leave. “It’s a matter of balance when you start talking about protective leave of absence,” said Jennifer Barrera, policy advocate for CalChamber. (Sacramento Business Journal, 04/21/16)

Uber And Lyft Drivers Could Organize Under Assembly Bill
Business groups oppose the bill. Tech industry groups say the bill is too broad; it does not limit the number of collective bargaining units that could negotiate with each company. Jennifer Barrera of the California Chamber of Commerce also said it wouldn’t just affect the tech industry. “This could impact obviously a host of industries, including health care, construction, agriculture, across the board,” said Barrera. (Capital Public Radio, 04/21/16)


California Lawmakers OK Highest Statewide Minimum Wage
California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to the nation as it struggles with a growing gap between rich and poor. However, Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, said the increase was being made too fast. “It is unfortunate the Legislature didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to address the issue in a more balanced manner,” he said. (The Associated Press, 03/31/16)

Here’s Where CalChamber Stands on Two High-Profile Ballot Issues
Worried about employer costs, the California Chamber of Commerce has taken a stand on two high-profile issues headed to the ballot. (Sacramento Business Journal 03/07/16)

California Bond Vote Measure Takes a Beating
Democratic legislators and officials, business and labor representatives, and water suppliers took turns Wednesday flailing a November ballot measure that would require voter approval of major state revenue bond issues. The California Chamber of Commerce and the State Building and Construction Trades Council, which are often at odds, also voiced their opposition, and were joined by the Association of California Water Agencies. (The Sacramento Bee 03/02/16)


A Tax Hike That No One Could Quibble About
The state Chamber of Commerce, California’s most powerful business lobby, supports the tax on health plans. “It’s the right thing to do and makes sense,” says chamber President Allan Zaremberg. “However, on a pure political scale, there are people who are appropriately prudent — and should be.” (George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times 02/22/16)

Addressing an Uneven Economy
Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, recently hit it on the head with his assessment of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget and the state’s priorities in recovering from the economic downturn. (Fresno Business Journal, 02/15/16)


Communities Need Good Schools
Ali Youssefi pointed out a number of ways developers can help make Sacramento’s urban core more vibrant and draw in new residents. I would add one more important piece, however. Vibrant communities need families, not just single 20-somethings and active retirees looking to live closer to commercial and cultural amenities. (Allan Zaremberg in The Sacramento Bee, 01/30/16)

Change To Prop. 13 Could Be Headed For November Ballot
But Allan Zaremberg with the California Chamber of Commerce says the measure would reach beyond the rich. “In California, if you have a small restaurant, you’re probably renting from somebody who has a property of $3 million or more,“ Zaremberg says. “So you’re gonna pay more in rent. And you just can’t afford that.” (Capital Public Radio 01/19/16)

California Must Address Our Uneven Recovery
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a state budget brimming with new revenues, but carefully socking part of the surplus away for a future economic downturn. He understands the impermanence of recovery. In fact, California has been the source of recent national fluctuations, from the dot-com bubble 15 years ago to the more recent housing bubble. (Allan Zaremberg in The Sacramento Bee 01/18/16)

Retirement Liabilities Remain Despite State Budget Surplus
In negotiations with public-employee unions, he’s asking state workers to pay into a fund through a deduction on their paychecks. The state would pay an equal amount. “Over the next three decades we’d have enough money to basically eliminate that unfunded liability going forward,” Finance Director Michael Cohen told the California Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. (The Associated Press 01/18/16)

California Cranks Out New Businesses and Jobs Despite Criticism
Still, critics of the state’s business climate say the rapid pace of new business creation masks the challenges for long-tenured companies operating in an expensive state. “Certainly you have the talent here and you have the investor capital, so start-ups are going to blossom here more than the rest of the country,” said Allan Zaremberg, president and chief executive of the California Chamber of Commerce. “Once you get beyond that, if you have an IPO, you have to be able to perform. Mature industries are always looking at their costs: Can my employees afford to live here? Can I afford the rent?” (Los Angeles Times 01/02/16)