Beverly Hills Chamber addresses current issues affecting the local business community, providing up to date information and local forums in which these issues are addressed. Issues change as frequently as the seasons, but there’s always something important that will impact local businesses.
This is a small sample of some of the significant current issues the Economic Development and Government Affairs Department have been working on. Check back regularly for updates on local issues.
Metro’s Subway to the Sea
Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce has taken a position in support of the development of Metro’s Subway to the Sea. Having a train run along Wilshire Blvd. through Beverly Hills is seen as the best long-term solution to traffic density in Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills Chamber has hosted many presentations by Metro to its membership and advocates the vocal support of incorporating the Subway to the Sea into Metro’s Long-Range Transportation Plan. The primary issue inhibiting its incorporation into the plan at this time is funding. Voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase in November, 2008 in order to allow development of much-needed projects like the Subway to the Sea. For more information about Metro's transportation plan, visit www.metro.net.
Beverly Hills is currently updating its General Plan. A General Plan is a state-required legal document that provides guidance to decision makers regarding the allocation of resources and determining the future form and character of development for local jurisdictions. It reflects the extent and types of development needed to achieve the community’s physical, economic, social, and environmental visions and goals. The General Plan affects all businesses in Beverly Hills, as it will determine the future growth and viability of the city.
Beverly Hills Chamber has been and continues to be actively engaged in this community-wide project. The Chamber encourages its members to stay involved and take part in the General Plan review. It is critical to the vitality of the community for businesses to continue to engage in a dialogue about our values, objectives, priorities and needs.
For more information about Beverly Hills General Plan, visit www.beverlyhills.org/generalplan.