February 1, 2011
Chamber Announces 2011 Policy Platform
The Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
looks forward to working with the local business community
once again in 2011 to further strengthen and successfully
execute its program of work, and to send a clear message
that a unified, well thought out plan, stimulated by
inventive and creative thinking and supported by a broad
section of interests can make meaningful progress in
representing the interests of businesses in our community.
“We expect 2011 to be an exciting and busy year. Our policy
priorities reflect this and we will be ready to represent
the interests of Redondo Beach businesses with government,”
stated Marna Smeltzer, President and CEO of the Redondo
Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. “Maintaining
the economic vitality of the Redondo Beach business climate
is priority number one for our Chamber,” continued Smeltzer.
believes the basic interests of business closely parallel
the interests of workers, who are directly linked to
companies as consumers, employees, shareholders, and
suppliers. In their roles as business owners, Chamber
members are responsible for the jobs, products, services and
benefits that affect the economic well-being of all
The Chamber seeks to identify issues early, employ careful
research, and understand the problems faced by government as
well as business. It serves as a catalyst, stimulating
individual business leaders to become more active in public
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau’s 2011
Business Retention and Attraction
economic development opportunities in Redondo Beach and
the region that promote business retention and
attraction and expansion.
streamline and reduce unnecessary requirements of
regulatory agencies and departments.
quality of life that supports the Redondo Beach
community as a desirable place to live, work and do
efforts that encourage California's investment in
business districts and their priorities in order to
create a strong local economy.
efforts to (1) secure the long-term retention of the Los
Angeles Air Force Base and (2) promote an enhanced
quality of life for Air Force personnel and aerospace
industry in the South Bay.
Reduce Over Burdensome Regulation
efforts to keep business regulations to a minimum that
do not put Redondo Beach and regional businesses at a
tax and fee system that are not market competitive.
government accountable for its actions and for the
programs it operates.
government and its actions to ensure maximum efficiency
and return on investment with public funds.
legal system that contains checks and balances to ensure
fairness to all.
elimination of unfunded mandates on business.
educational system that prepares people for 21st
century jobs, careers and promotes good citizenship.
agencies to assist with the development of workforce
training priorities, programs and placement.
development of on-going programs within the business
community that integrate with the school district for
vocational and technical career paths.
incentives for an adequate supply of housing, housing
affordability and choices of home types that meet the
needs of Redondo Beach businesses and their employees.
common-sense reforms that will help our local housing
support emergency preparedness including homeland
security measures within the Redondo Beach business
legislation and security reforms that impacts Los
Angeles International (LAX) and the Ports of Los Angeles
and Long Beach.
regional solutions to public safety and growth at LAX
and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
responsible and comprehensive healthcare infrastructure
and insurance policy proposals that balance the cost for
businesses with affordable and reasonable healthcare
health education and preventive healthcare initiatives
within our communities.
adequate physical education and nutrition funding for
guest worker program that is comprehensive, addressing
both future economic needs for workers and the status of
undocumented workers already in the United States.
efforts that strengthen national security by providing
for thorough screening of foreign workers and creating
strong disincentives for hiring of illegal immigrants.
efforts to create a fast, accurate and reliable
employment verification system.
policies that address the impacts of immigration on
healthcare, housing issues, traffic, education and
encourage reasonable and effective efforts to increase
the efficiency and productivity of the transportation
and highway systems and to reduce congestion, increase
traffic flow, reduce pollution and accommodate
population, business, and transportation growth
throughout the Redondo Beach region.
development and use of traffic management devices,
public and private transportation technologies,
intelligent transportation systems, and motorist
information technologies; as well as incentives and
education to encourage ridesharing, trip consolidation,
telecommuting, alternative work sites and schedules, and
use of public transit, walking, and bicycling.
regional coalition to achieve solutions to traffic and
efforts to accelerate the building of the Green Line
Extension to the Redondo Beach Galleria.
construction of new transit centers.
polices that recognize the importance of balancing
environmental issues including green programs and their
impacts on the public and private sector.
policies that ensure long-term positive impacts on
environmental stability and the economic vitality of
Redondo Beach businesses and our quality of life.
adequate, reliable, and cost-effective utility
infrastructure system (including gas, electric, water,
and telecommunications) be planned, developed and
maintained to meet the needs of our resident and
policies that enable local regions to produce and ensure
local, reliable supplies of potable and nonpotable
monitor legislation that enables long term fixes for
water reliability from the San Joaquin Bay Delta to
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