CalChamber in the News


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

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Back to the Office? The Complaints and Lawsuits Are Already Trickling In
…Managing the transition back to the office is likely to involve delicate negotiations. Getting people back to work side by side with colleagues is “going to be tough, just like it was tough getting us home,” attorney Jennifer Shaw said in a recent California Chamber of Commerce podcast. “I’ve been saying to employers, try to have empathy.” Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2021

California Delays Debate on Easing Virus Rules for Workers
…Having two conflicting enforcement dates would be “a huge source of confusion and problems,” California Chamber of Commerce policy advocate Rob Moutrie told the board. The Associated Press, May 20, 2021

What California Leaders Are Saying About Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $268 Billion Spending Plan
…“California’s record budget surplus represents a once in a generation opportunity to remedy our most pressing issues. We need to invest in education and create opportunities to improve outcomes as well as make quality higher education a priority so we can continue to be a magnet for the best talent in the world. We look forward to working with the governor and the Legislature to make sure California remains a top tourist destination, trading partner and leader in innovation as well as the best state in the nation to live and work.” – Allan Zaremberg May 14, 2021

California Governor Seeks $1.5B Boost for Small Businesses
…California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg praised Newsom’s announcement and urged lawmakers to support it. But he warned them to not pass what he called “costly, onerous new regulations,” including a measure that would force employers to provide paid bereavement leave and give bonuses to some health care workers, among other proposals. “Let’s not forget, it is California’s successful businesses that have provided a once-in-a-generation budget surplus that will allow the state to address some of its most pressing needs,” Zaremberg said. The Associated Press, May 13, 2021

Newsom Proposes COVID Grants Up to $25,000 for Thousands More California Businesses
…“Small businesses intimately understand the pain and stress of the last year — directly understand it — and the struggle now to reopen with all of the dust settling around us,” Newsom said during a virtual address to a meeting of the California Chamber of Commerce. Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2021

Holding the Line Against New Taxes Will Improve California’s Economic Future
Significant tax increases proposed in the Legislature would make California less competitive when seeking to attract jobs and investments. Allan Zaremberg and Robert Gutierrez in CalMatters, May 11, 2021

Sacramento DA to Challenge AG Rob Bonta + Bakersfield on Fracking + Jenner’s In
…The California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg said in a statement that fossil fuels will continue to play a crucial role in our economy for the foreseeable future.”
“Oil production in California reduces our reliance on foreign fuel imports and provides good paying middle-class jobs in the Central Valley. Oil production in California is highly regulated and more environmentally friendly than having to import the energy that will be required if we do away with in-state production. Thus, the Central Valley will unnecessarily suffer a loss of good paying middle-class jobs for no additional environmental benefit,” Zaremberg said. The Sacramento Bee, April 26, 2021

California ‘Job Killer’ List Reignites Old Conflict
Annually, the California Chamber of Commerce chooses a relative handful of the hundreds of bills pending in the Legislature and labels them “job killers” that would impose new regulatory or taxation burdens. Dan Walters in CalMatters, April 12, 2021

Court Issues Injunction Enjoining New Prop 65 Acrylamide Lawsuits
…The California Chamber of Commerce filed suit against the state, arguing that by compelling a Proposition 65 warning on consumer food products with regard to cancer risks from acrylamide exposure is counter to the First Amendment, by forcing false speech. The court agreed, and analyzed the issue under the standard established by the U.S. Supreme Court in Zauderer v. Office of Disciplinary Council, 471 U.S. 626 (1985). JDSupra, March 31, 2021

Ah, It’s Bill Passing Season in California Again – and No Employer is Safe!
…The California Chamber of Commerce has just identified a host of recently introduced “Job Killer” Bills from the California Legislature. This year’s list includes 18 bills that would expand Cal/OSHA authority and enforcement; create a new single-payer health care system; impose new mandatory leave requirements; and further increase taxes. As is often the case, many of these measures seem to be “solutions in search of a problem,” according to Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg. The National Law Review, March 29, 2021

Chamber of Commerce Urges California to Ease Restrictions on Employers
The California Chamber of Commerce and nearly 200 other organizations joined in a January 13 letter to the Governor and the leadership of the state Senate and Assembly, urging them to stave off a growing exodus of businesses by loosening the California’s regulatory yoke on employers. The National Law Review, March 4, 2021

Get to Know Mark Jansen, a Most Admired CEO Honoree
…Join us as we honor the area’s top CEOs as selected by their peers. These are individuals who have made a positive impact through their dedication and leadership inside their company and in the business community as a whole. Sacramento Business Journal, February 26, 2021

Is Unaffordable California Still the Land of Economic Opportunity?
…The California luxury tax falls hardest on poor and working Californians. We have among the highest utility rates, gasoline prices, housing and rental costs, consumer taxes and insurance premiums in the nation — and public policy is making it worse. Loren Kaye in The Sacramento Bee, February 24, 2021

California Workers Could Get 2 Weeks of Sick Leave for COVID, Quarantines Under New Proposal
…The California Chamber of Commerce is fighting the proposal, contending employers can’t afford “the immediate payroll costs necessary to pay for the 80-hour leave requirement mandated by” the bills. California should reimburse its businesses for the cost of giving workers paid sick days, Chamber of Commerce policy advocate Ashley Hoffman wrote. The Sacramento Bee, February 24, 2021

Prop. 65 Reform Sorely Needed in California
The first line in a recent alert from the California Chamber of Commerce is tongue-in-cheek, but clearly represents how things are in the Golden State when it comes to business regulation. “WARNING: Everything in California May Cause Cancer.” The Business Journal, February 18, 2021

Californians with Low Incomes to Receive $600 Checks Under $9.6-Billion COVID-19 Economic Package
The assistance was also hailed by Denise Davis, spokeswoman for the California Chamber of Commerce. “California’s small businesses are reeling from the economic fallout of COVID-19 shutdowns and need the financial bridge that grants, tax breaks and fee waivers offer so that they can stay afloat until our economy recovers,” Davis said. Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2021

We’ll Need to Replace the Gas Tax in Transition to ZEVs
California should reinvigorate effort to research and introduce a road users charge – in effect trading a gas tax for a fee on miles traveled. Loren Kaye in CalMatters

California Expects Record Revenues in Stunning Covid Budget Reversal
“Any and all efforts to provide relief for small businesses, alleviate regulatory burdens and eliminate costs for them as they struggle through this pandemic should continue to be the priority of the Governor and policy makers,” California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg said in a statement. “The Legislature must act quickly on these proposals.” Politico, January 8, 2021


More Business Grant Funding, Tax Relief Made Available Through State
Upon the announcement of the fast-approaching shutdown, the California Chamber of Commerce, along with more than 100 local chambers, sent a letter to the California Congressional delegation asking for an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program as well as forgiveness of the federal loan California has received for unemployment benefits. Turlock Journal, December 4, 2020

Regional Stay-At-Home Order From Newsom Looms
“The loss of revenue many small businesses will experience as a result of this latest shut down could be catastrophic. We appreciate that the Governor has allowed retail to stay open even if it is at a reduced capacity. With so many small businesses relying on revenue from the holiday shopping season, we are encouraging people to take advantage of local retail establishments to do their holiday shopping,” said Allan Zaremberg, CEO of CalChamber. The Business Journal, December 3, 2020

California Voters Reject Big Changes to Landmark Property Tax Measure Prop. 13
A four-decade quest to downsize Proposition 13, California’s famed limit on property taxes, has come up short after supporters failed to convince a new generation of voters that businesses should pay more to help fund schools and local services. Los Angeles Times, 11/10/20

Most ‘Job Killer’ Bills Bite the Dust Again
Despite the influence of COVID-19 and recession, the California Chamber of Commerce maintained its record of defeating “job killer” bills. Dan Walters in CalMatters, 09/16/20

Business Targets COVID-19 Bills as ‘Job Killers’
Annually, the four groups would introduce their legislative agendas and the California Chamber of Commerce, the state’s leading business lobby, would choose a few dozen of those it considered to be most costly or bothersome and label them “job killers.” Dan Walters in CalMatters, 05/18/20

CalChamber Releases its Annual List of “Job Killer” Bills Proposed by the California Legislature
The California Chamber of Commerce has just identified 10 recently introduced “job killer” bills that have been proposed by the California legislature. The National Law Review, 05/18/20

Certainty for PG&E Ratepayers Is Crucial in These Uncertain Times
Californians rely on affordable and dependable electricity supplies. Response to and mitigation of catastrophic wildfires, aggressive climate policies, and increasing costs to modernize infrastructure have already pushed electricity rates in California to some of the highest in the nation. Key to stabilizing energy rates will be ensuring the solvency and future health of the essential companies that provide that energy. Allan Zaremberg in San Francisco Chronicle, 04/24/20

COVID-19 Warrants CCPA Enforcement Delay, Calif. AG Told
While the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act took effect Jan. 1, Attorney General Xavier Becerra isn’t allow to start bringing enforcement actions until July 1. But in a letter sent to the regulator Tuesday, the California Chamber of Commerce, UPS, the Internet Coalition, the Association of National Advertisers and 30 others called for this looming deadline to be pushed back to Jan. 2, 2021. Law360, 03/19/20

Legal Marijuana Use Still Costs People Jobs. A New California Bill Takes on the Issue
“Allowing drug use in the workplace — including requiring an employer to accommodate an employee’s marijuana use — could jeopardize the safety of other workers as well as the public,” the Chamber said in a statement this month. Los Angeles Times, 02/19/20

Employers Score Another Hit Against AB 51 as Preliminary Injunction Extends Prohibition on Enforcement by State of California
In the span of five weeks, a coalition of plaintiffs representing national and state business organizations and employers, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the California Chamber of Commerce, have gone two for two in challenging AB 51 to restore the previous status quo permitting the use of arbitration agreements with their employees. The National Law Review, 02/13/20

Why Jurassic Park Star Jeff Goldblum Wants California to Ban Even More Plastics
The California Chamber of Commerce opposed the legislation, citing a “lack of infrastructure that is critical for manufacturers to comply and meet the recycling rates and dates,” in a pair of Sept. 9 letters. The Sacramento Bee, 01/22/20

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