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Political Advocacy News: California Capitol homes in on environmental injustice – but will focus lead to real results?

California Capitol homes in on environmental injustice – but will focus lead to real results? CalMatters A new generation of state legislators have made localized fights over environmental justice – how environmental decisions affect poor communities and minorities – is now at the center of state policy deliberations. The shift in focus comes as Go …

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June 14 Members Meeting Features Miguel Santana, CEO of Fairplex, as Speaker

Dear Partnership Members, Please mark your calendar for the next Members Meeting, which will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14. We are pleased to have Miguel Santana, president and CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, as our guest speaker. A longtime Partnership member, Fairplex has recently begun a year-long strategic planning …

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Political Advocacy News: Senate GOP’s agenda is at a moment of reckoning with unpredictable Trump

Senate GOP’s agenda is at a moment of reckoning with unpredictable Trump Washington Post Senate Republicans are grappling with a demanding policy agenda riddled with political peril, as they prepare to try to confirm a new FBI director and reshape the nation’s health care system – two challenges that have landed before them in the space of a week. …

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SGVEP Member WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to Operate as WSP USA in the United States

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services firm, is now WSP worldwide effective May 10. In the United States, the firm will operate as WSP USA. Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading transportation engineering and management organization founded in 1885 in New York City, was acquired in 2014 by WSP, a global professional se …

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Political Advocacy News: Initiative filed to repeal California gas tax increase

Initiative filed to repeal California gas tax increase Sacramento Bee California’s new gas tax hike to pay for road maintenance backed by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats could be placed on the ballot to ask voters to approve or repeal the new taxes. Travis Allen, a Republican Assemblymember from Orange County, has filed the 2018 ballot measure to el …

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Partnership supports Career Pathway grants, opposes anti-business legislation

The Partnership’s Legislative Committee voted this week to support an extension of California’s Career Pathways grant program, an important funding mechanism for career technical education in K-12 schools. The Committee also opposed two key bills that would open businesses to needless litigation and subject them to harsh regulations. The Partnershi …

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Political Advocacy News: New bill will add two new LA County Supervisors, County Executive

New bill will add two new LA County Supervisors, County Executive Sacramento Bee Legislation by Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) would add two new supervisors for L.A. County and create a new County Executive elected position – powerful offices for ambitious politicians in the region. The County Executive would be eligible to serve two, six-year terms …

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Political Advocacy News: This is how close the Pasadena council race is between Hosp and Wilson

This is how close the Pasadena council race is between Hosp and Wilson Pasadena Star-News In the final run-off for the Pasadena District 7 City Council race on Tuesday, newcomer Phil Hosp leads Councilman Andy Wilson by a mere 20 votes. The razor-thin margin makes the race too early to call with more than 300 votes that remain to be counted. A fina …

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Partnership’s Annie Wei connects SGV chambers of commerce with Chinese business associations

Business Assistance Manager Annie Wei hosted a roundtable discussion with several chambers of commerce to engage with Chinese business associations in and from China. Participants included Industry Manufactures Council, Irwindale Chamber of Commerce, Rosemead Chamber of Commerce, Temple City Chamber of Commerce, Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, R …

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Partnership Welcomes Henrietta Williams, CEO of The Convergence

Henrietta Williams, MPA, EdD, has been appointed as the new CEO of The Convergence and will operate out of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership offices in Irwindale as well as the offices of the IEEP in Rancho Cucamonga. The Convergence began as a movement some four years ago to create greater cooperation and synergy between healthcare provi …

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Political Advocacy News: California Legislature approves $52 billion transportation plan, increases gas and diesel taxes

California Legislature approves $52 billion transportation plan, increases gas and diesel taxes Sacramento Bee Late Thursday night, the California State Legislature voted to raise gas taxes to fund critical road repairs throughout the state. The vote – 27-11 in the Senate, 54-26 in the Assembly – had the bare minimum required to reach the 2/3rds ma …

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Political Advocacy News: Gov. Jerry Brown, state lawmakers announce gas tax increases to fix California’s roads

Gov. Jerry Brown, state lawmakers announce gas tax increases to fix California’s roads Los Angeles Daily News Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers announced a tax plan on Wednesday to raise $52 billion in revenues to repair the state’s roads. The revenues comes from significant tax increases on gasoline and diesel fuels, higher car registration …

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