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BH Chamber of Commerce Announces Local Endorsements

Find out what propositions the chamber supports and its stance on Measure J.

The following is a press release from the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. 

After carefully considering all state and local initiatives on the November ballot, the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce endorses the following positions: 

  • Yes on Prop. 30: California's beleaguered education system needs investment to keep the state competitive in higher education. In the City of Beverly Hills, over 58 percent of adult residents have a bachelor's degree or higher, and the continued success of our business community relies upon having a well-educated workforce.
  • No on Prop 31: Well-intended but flawed reform initiative would amend the California constitution. The proposition contains some good ideas (two-year budget cycle) mixed with some bad ones (allowing counties to alter state statutes or regulations relating to spending) and should be rejected.
  • No on Prop 32: This proposition intends to prohibit payroll deductions for political purposes to curtail the influence of special interests. However, with all the exemptions written into the measure for large businesses, this measure is misleading and does not take a fair approach to reducing the influence of money on state politics.
  • No on Prop 38: This proposition would hike taxes at a higher rate than the proposition backed by the Governor, Prop. 30, which the Chamber supports.
  • Yes on Measure J: A 30-year extension of the half-cent transportation sales tax would accelerate the construction of needed transportation projects and create thousands of jobs in the region.

The Chamber urges all of its member businesses and their employees to vote on Nov. 6. 

About Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce

Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce is the unrivaled authority of business - advocating on its behalf, anticipating trends, advancing knowledge, creating innovative practices that inspire and invigorate, and embodying a professional conscience. Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce has been leading businesses to success since 1923. For more information, click here.

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AJ Willmer October 30, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Yes, very good and well thought out endorsements by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. Beverly Hills Unified School District will take a $2 million hit THIS year if Prop 30 fails and face up to a $6 million deficit over this and the next 2 years. Prop 38 actually generates a GREAT deal more revenue for the BHUSD but not as beneficial for ALL of California. I COMPLETELY agree with the Chamber's support of Measure J. This will accelerate the building of the Purple line extension to Rodeo Drive and onto to Westwood and the VA. Clearly the Chamber is reflecting how important this is to our business community, who we know generate the majority of the revenue for our City services and a huge amount of our School funding.
John Mirisch October 31, 2012 at 01:30 AM
The Chamber's support of a raft of anti-business propositions is nothing if not bizarre. In fact, their support of anti-business tax increases, their disregard for our schools and our School Board and their opposition to systemic reform efforts leads one perforce to wonder if they haven't been co-opted by special interests. As said: bizarre and extremely damaging to their reputation as an organization which supposedly represents and supports business interests in BH. This gambit by the Chamber only serves to damage their own credibility and is most unfortunate at a time when they supposedly want to repair their tarnished reputation. How very sad.
George Vreeland Hill October 31, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I have a deep respect for the BH Chamber of Commerce, but they fumbled a couple of these. Measure J must be defeated. It has been only four years since we gave them money and 30 years and now Metro wants more. This one can wait. Besides, Metro has a lot of wrongs to account for first. As for Prop. 30, there seems to be a lot they do not understand. It looks great on the outside, but the inside has a lot of pocket-lining involved.
lisa korbatov October 31, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Wonders never cease, how out of touch can our Chamber of Commerce actually be? This insider's club must live in an alternate universe, or have they all been under a rock for the last 2 years! Both the BHUSD and BH CIty Council are in litigation with METRO, an agency that is arrogant and dismissive of our valid concerns regarding the science below ground and the politics above ground. How sad that our own Chamber of Commerce is driven by others interests that don't seem to correspond with the principles and goals of the only 2 elected bodies of our city with regards to Measure J. Measure J is a forever tax that will accelerate funding to damage Beverly High forever. I know those that make decisions at the Chamber have never spoken to our Board of Education in any way, to understand why the Board voted unanimously to pass a resolution to oppose Measure J. As a resident, taxpayer and private citizen, I am shocked and dismayed with this endorsement.
LAofAnaheim October 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Love how the councilmember can just verbally thrash his constituents on an online forum. Nice to hear some reasonableness out of Beverly Hills. It's actually pro-business to support Measure J because those merchants can't wait to have a subway stop at Wilshire/Rodeo to attract thousands more people a day. Look at how the streets of downtown and Hollywood get busy with people now that the Red Line feeds people into the Central Business Districts. Glad they endorsed Measure J, which means they support the 20% ongoing funding for bus operations, which by BRU's definition, is what the poor and minorities rely on (oddly I find some people of wealth who ride the bus too, but that's another story). Good job Chamber of Commerce!
LAofAnaheim October 31, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Out of Touch? Metro has done extensive studies, which were also reviewed by Lucy Jones, the top seismologist in the United States who agreed with the findings and said that Metro can only safely go to the Constellation route. Maybe you're side is "out of touch". Also, looks like your Chamber of Commerce understands the power of business. Look at how busy Hollywood Blvd and 7th Street get at night with people walking easily accessible by the Red Line. Rodeo becomes quiet at night. Business will boom once your Wilshire/Rodeo station opens in the heart of Beverly Hills, a station that is supported by everybody in Los Angeles County!
C. Vella November 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Time to get our government totally out of the school business. Give the parents VOUCHERS, and also make the parents pay something for educating their children. I guarantee you the children WILL Learn after that.

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