On July 2, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released an analysis showing the state-by-state impact of retaliatory tariffs from China, the European Union, Mexico, and Canada, which have been imposed in response to new U.S. tariffs on imported goods. Raising tariffs will have adverse consequences and fails to consider the impact on our allies and trading partners.
At the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, we are hearing more and more stories of the substantial impacts the tariffs are having on our local businesses.
The analysis was compiled using data on state exports from the U.S. Department of Commerce and data on U.S. exports subject to foreign tariffs from the official government sources of China, the EU, Mexico, and Canada.
Although trade is a nationally determined policy issue, its impact on California is immense. California exports to more than 225 foreign markets.
Raising tariffs can result in higher prices to the consumer for the specific product protected and in limited choices of products for consumers. Further, it can cause a net loss of jobs in related industries, retaliation by U.S. and California trading partners, and violates the spirit of our trade agreements.
The U.S. Chamber analysis found that:
According to a California state government international trade and investment study, “International trade and investment is a major economic engine for the state of California that broadly benefits businesses, communities, consumers and state government… California’s economy is more diversified than ever before, and the state’s prosperity is tied to exports and imports of both goods and services by California-based companies, to exports and imports through California’s transportation gateways, and to inflows and outflows of human and capital resources.”
Trade offers the opportunity to expand the role of California’s exports. In its broadest terms, trade can literally feed the world and raise the living standards of those around us.
The analysis is available online at www.thewrongapproach.com. State-specific fact sheets are available for download, as is the full U.S. data set.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce was one of 200 local chambers of commerce from across the United States signing on to a letter supporting Senator Corker's bill that would limit the President's powers to impose or raise tariffs.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday signed a California Chamber of Commerce-sponsored job creator bill that protects sexual harassment victims and employers from being sued for defamation.
AB 2770 (Irwin; D-Thousand Oaks) codifies case law to ensure victims of sexual harassment and employers are not sued for defamation by the alleged harasser when a complaint of sexual harassment is made and the employer conducts its internal investigation. This bill also provides additional protections to employers by expressly allowing employers to inform potential employers about the sexual harassment investigation and findings. The bill has been tagged as a job creator because reducing the cost of frivolous litigation allows an employer to utilize these financial resources to grow its workforce.
AB 2770 passed the Legislature with unanimous bipartisan support.
CalChamber sponsored AB 2770 because alleged harassers are not only suing victims, but also filing suit against employers for defamation. Such lawsuits put employers in an impossible position as they have an affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct harassment.
Even worse, if the alleged harasser’s employment is then terminated, or the alleged harasser resigns, employers are put in an even more difficult position. The company has knowledge of the harassing activity and yet its hands are tied. If the company tells a potential employer that the employee was accused of harassing conduct, the company is on the hook for a defamation claim. If the company stays silent, the harasser is then free to victimize more individuals at his/her next job without anyone at the new company ever knowing about the unacceptable behavior.
AB 2770 will protect employers and allow them to warn potential employers about an individual’s harassing conduct during a reference check without the threat of a defamation lawsuit.
A newly released economic impact study reveals businesses and tenants at the Channel Islands Harbor in 2016 contributed $159 million in economic impact on the Ventura County economy and more than 900 jobs.
The report, presented at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 18, 2018, quantified the economic benefits generated by businesses at the Channel Islands Harbor including jobs, earnings, sales, and taxes. The study was conducted by the California Economic Forecast, a Santa Barbara-based research firm, and was commissioned by the Ventura County Harbor Department. The full study can be found here.
Highlights of the study include:
- In 2016, business activity at the Channel Islands Harbor had a direct economic impact of $74 million and a total economic impact of $159 million.
- The direct impact of Harbor businesses, which provide goods and services to residents and visitors, includes an employment base of 920 workers, who received an estimated $38 million in labor income.
- Since 2012, Channel Islands Harbor business activity has out-performed general overall business growth in Ventura County. The average annual rate of growth over the last four years for Harbor businesses is 6.3 percent.
- Two proposed projects in the Harbor, the construction of a Hyatt House and the redevelopment of Fisherman’s Wharf, would increase direct economic activity at the Harbor by more than 60 percent.
Ventura County Harbor Department Acting Director Suzy Watkins said the report was commissioned to provide a variety of stakeholders a comprehensive look at current and future business activity at the Harbor.
“This study reinforces the role of the Channel Islands Harbor as a regional economic driver,” Watkins said. “Our business owners and lessees deserve the credit, as they chose to locate their businesses here and have put in their time, money, and energy to make them a success. We look forward to supporting our current business owners and further improving the Harbor to ensure residents and visitors have increased coastal access and a second-to-none experience.”
As the first recreational harbor in Ventura County, Channel Islands Harbor has become one of the largest in California. It now includes over 300 acres of land and water, but the initial development included only a small portion of the current harbor area. Additional construction took place over the years, including the west channel of the harbor, along Harbor Boulevard and Peninsula Road. Development of the harbor has been largely accomplished through leases with private developers, who have constructed eight marinas (not including the three constructed by the County) comprising over 2200 boat slips, two hotels, two yacht club buildings, two boat yards, three shopping areas, restaurants, a Maritime Museum, over 100 condominiums and 485 apartments. In addition, public agencies have provided parks, restrooms, the public launch ramp and parking for the public. For more information on Channel Islands Harbor visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
Legislation imposing new recycling and composting requirements for disposable food service packaging at certain state facilities passed an Assembly policy committee this week despite opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce and other groups.
SB 1335 (Allen; D-Santa Monica) forces food service facilities operating in California state agencies or facilities to stop using disposable food service ware by 2021 unless 75% or more of the packaging can be recycled or composted.
Since the mandated recycle/compost rate is not achievable within the time frame allotted, the bill serves as a “de-facto” ban on single-use cups, take-out containers, plates, trays and bowls in all state facilities.
In a letter to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, the CalChamber and coalition note that they support efforts to increase the amount of disposable food service packaging that is diverted from disposal, but the bill sets arbitrary and vague standards for the types of disposable food service packaging that certain state facilities may use.
Accordingly, the CalChamber and coalition are opposing SB 1335 unless it is amended. In its current form, SB 1335 hurts California manufacturers, increases costs for state agencies and restaurants, and arbitrarily picks winners and losers in the marketplace.
At a minimum, SB 1335 should be material neutral, the letter states. The bill should specify clear and measurable criteria to guide how the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) determines that a package is “prone” to become litter.
Moreover, portions of SB 1335 that duplicate the science-based food packaging requirements already being developed by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control should be deleted.
The CalChamber and coalition agree that manufacturers and end users of disposable food service products have a role to play in supporting increased diversion of the products from landfills. Once the product leaves the restaurant, however, it is up to the customer to ensure the product is either recycled or composted (where programs exist).
A shared responsibility approach is needed if the state is to increase the amount of material that is recycled, recovered or composted.
SB 1335 passed Assembly Natural Resources on June 25, 7-3:
Ayes: Chau (D-Monterey Park), Eggman (D-Stockton), Limón (D-Goleta), McCarty (D-Sacramento), Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Reyes (D-Grand Terrace), M. Stone (D-Scotts Valley).
Noes: Acosta (R-Santa Clarita), Flora (R-Ripon), Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore).
Message for our Chair, Stacy Miller
The year was 1908.
The Ford Motor Company produced the first “Model T” at its Detroit factory. The first Boy Scout handbook, “Scouting for Boys” was published. It was the first time a ball, signifying the new year, dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce was created--just five years after the City of Oxnard was incorporated by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
Celebrating our 110th anniversary this year, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has come a long way. The last century plus has seen many firsts for Oxnard, and the Chamber of Commerce has been here through it all.
In 1929, the Roosevelt Highway was built, connecting Oxnard with Los Angeles for the first time. In 1934, the Oxnard Airport opened. In 1938 the Oxnard Harbor District was formed and with it, a commercial and yacht harbor was built. In 1947, the first live missile, the Loon, was launched from our area and in 1952, the Oxnard Air Force Base was established.
The Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard was dedicated in 1965 and in 1969, Oxnard City Hall was constructed. Jumping forward to the new millennium, the Dallas Cowboys held their first training camp in Oxnard in 2001. With new residents came new opportunities for shopping, entertainment and dining with the opening of The Collection in 2012.
Today, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and its 500+ members remain dedicated to the principles upon which it was founded: Serving as the catalyst for business growth, the convener for leaders and influencers, and the champion for stronger communities.
Our goals continue to be to promote the business and economic well-being of our diverse community; to benefit enterprises, big and small, through advocacy, services and education, business exposure, and promotional opportunities. We value a high quality of life in our community and encourage economic vitality.
I want to personally thank each of you that choose to become a member of this thriving business organization; your continue support and participation in the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce will help Oxnard grow to be a stronger business community in the decades to come.
It will be interesting to see what the next millennium will bring for our community, but you can be sure if the Chamber is involved, it will be good for business!
Until next time…. Stacy