Chamber Takes Position On Two Major Issues

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The Legislative Action Committee has recently taken a position on two very important issues facing California – The Immigration Reform Act and AB 667 Land Use.

The Chamber has sent a letter to Congressman Paul Cook in Support of the California Chamber of Commerce Position on Immigration Reform. CalChamber and a coalition of more than 70 local chambers of commerce, ours included, have joined in emphasizing that immigration reform is more important to California than any other state. With the importance of the technology, agriculture and tourism industries, among others, California needs reform to thrive. The Chamber supports these tenets of reform:

  • Strong border security without jeopardizing trade with Mexico (California’s largest trading partner);
  • A temporary worker program that meets the needs of employers for both high and low-skilled jobs that cannot be filled by U.S. workers.
  • Strict enforcement of employment verification combined with 100% reliable employment eligibility information;
  • An earned pathway to legal status.

The Chamber has also taken a position, along with CalChamber, against AB 667 Land Use: Development Project Review: Superstores. The Chamber feels that it undermines local land use discretion by mandating an additional and costly economic and community impact report prior to approving a permit to construct a large retail establishment. AB 667 failed passage in Senate Governance and Finance on June 26, 2013 and as of now, a second hearing was cancelled on July 13, so it sits in the committee process.

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