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Listen Up Federal People. Invest America's Tax Dollars in SoCal

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As we discussed last week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington D.C. today telling the rest of America why LA and its surrounding area is getting ripped off from federal investment. If we get jammed in traffic, we can't deliver for the rest of the U.S. Here are some facts:

  • This delegation is part of the kick off of Access Washington, D.C. 2007, a trip sponsored by the L.A. Chamber and Mobility 21.
  • Southern California is America's economic gateway. With forty-three percent of imports coming through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Southern California is the top entry point for all goods, visitors and immigrants entering the U.S.
  • The Port of Los Angeles produces $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenue.
  • Southern California is the largest manufacturing center in the nation and the entertainment industry capital of the world.
  • Southern California's economy ranks 15th in the world and our population is larger than 47 states in the nation.
  • According to the sometimes dubious Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the region accounts for approximately six percent of the nation*s total share of employment, wages and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • This year's advocacy trip includes the largest-ever bipartisan delegation (nearly 200) of Southern California leaders including: Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent David L. Brewer, III, LAUSD School Board President Marlene Canter, five Los Angeles City Councilmembers and more than 20 Southern California business and trade organizations.

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