Roger Niello

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So here’s the math facing the L.A. Unified School District according to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by its Superintendent Austin Buetner. “During the three-year period that began last summer, Los Angeles Unified will spend about $24 billion educating students. The district’s revenue during that time will be closer to $22 billion, forcing us to spend all our More

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President Donald Trump has consistently opposed birthright citizenship and he declared recently that he can alter that by an Executive Order. I disagree and believe he should leave that to the legislative process. But there is another problem with his wish: any review of birthright citizenship should only be done in connection with a comprehensive reform of our immigration policies, More

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I recently sat down with Kat Maudru of The Eagle 96.9 for a visit. Listen here:  http://www.eagle969.com/media/audio-channel/auto-group-owner-and-former-state-assemblyman-roger-niello.

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Fellow Californians: Everyone in California, of all places, should have a shot at the American Dream: A chance to work, to discover one’s own potential, and to share that potential with others. But for too many Californians, that Dream is fading. Our great state, the sixth largest economy in the world and a global leader in innovation, is now home More

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If @realdonaldtrump attack on Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel is not racist we should still be troubled. Maybe more so. I’ve heard the logic from those who would defend The Donald. Judge Curiel is, indeed, of Mexican descent and, given Trump’s comments about Mexicans who have migrated north in recent years and his unapologetic commitment to build “The Wall” I suppose More

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I was serving in the California State Assembly ten years ago when we debated whether to pass AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Other than the debate regarding the importance of reducing greenhouse gases and the economic impact of the proposed regulations, there were two provisions of the measure that caused me and many of my colleagues concern should More

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We all know that familiar phrase: If we don’t learn the lessons of history we’re doomed to repeat them. Well, today’s lesson is trade. The issue is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement. The history to learn from is the Smoot-Hartley tariff bill that was enacted in 1930. There were many mistakes made as the 1920s came to a close More

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Just like nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee (remember that commercial?), everybody is against duplicative and overly burdensome regulations. And everybody is a small business advocate. Liberals and conservatives alike, all policy makers profess the same allegiance. But talk specifics and the ranks start to separate. Everyone laments the so-called drive-by lawsuits filed in the name of the Americans with Disability More

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I’m happy to announce that I’ll be returning to the State Legislature next month. As part of our Chamber’s State Legislative Summit March 1, that is. While in elected office I often spoke of the need for business people to lobby their government. I call it The Business Imperative. For self interest, for sure, it is important for business to More

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Do you remember Bobby Vee’s 1950s song Rubber Ball? Do you remember 1995? And what do those two have to do with each other? Well, 1995 was the year that I was President (as the volunteer head was called then) of the Metro Chamber and, like Bobby Vee’s rubber ball, I’ve come bouncing back! The Metro Chamber Leadership has honored More

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