The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to have attended the California Capitol Summit with the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce May 27-28. Throughout the two days we were busy working with our local representatives, statewide officials, and fellow civic organizations. Together the Chambers from the South Bay represent the interests of 17 municipalities and their business communities. With such a large and diverse area we are able to command the attention of the leaders of California.
Wednesday started off with hearing from State Attorney General Kamala Harris. She continued to reiterate the need for businesses and the public sector to work together. The Attorney General focused on the ROI of working together and how businesses continue to change the ways we live. Discussing security concerns arising from the proliferation of Apps and smartphones, she shared how tremendous progress was made with Google and Amazon.
Up next we were able to meet with State Assembly Members David Hadley and Autumn Burke, State Senators Ben Allen and Isadore Hall, and the Governor’s Office. During these meetings we stressed the importance of maintaining the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Infrastructure and Transportation, as well as Trade Tech Education. Throughout the meetings we gained tremendous support for each of these initiatives as well as hearing from them on minimum wage, commitment to community engagement, and continued focus on driving an educated workforce.
Thursday focused on 90th Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast at the Sacramento convention Center with Governor Brown serving as the keynote speaker. The governor was focused on how the “State of California will fight all threats foreign or domestic” when it comes to taking business from California. While he understands there are key issues facing the business community it was his commitment to the business community which wrong true. Building better infrastructure, a better educated workforce, a long term balanced budget, and better business policies were among his platform.
As always the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is focused on bringing the needs of our community and the surrounding area to the forefront. We will continue to work with each of our elected officials to ensure our voices are heard on key issues directly and indirectly affecting each business. We will take the State up on their challenge of a more cohesive public-private partnership moving forward.