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RAS Comes to LA

Remote Access Service (RAS) has been utilized a lot more in recent years.  It is a way of facilitating and supervising of all network-connected devices; to easily troubleshoot; simplifying file access through connected networks and devices; delineating folder access for different user categories and through all of this, supporting business growth and development and more.

Since the start of the pandemic, remote working has become increasingly standardized. RAS users are being empowered to remotely access computers anywhere in the world and for office work evolution today, this is crucial.

The use of RAS is extremely widespread in LA today. One example being the InfoTech Services Group Inc. of Los Angeles which is providing this service for organizations and individuals throughout the LA and Venice communities. This includes the supervision, overseeing, management and more of computer networks. Those who use the service have encountered greater productivity from staff members working at home, enhanced cybersecurity, a reduction in overhead costs and more.

Another company providing this service is Remote Desktop. This IDrive remote access solution lets users access their computers and servers through Android, iOS, PC and Mac no matter where they are geographically located. 

Co-founder of Workr Beeing (a form that focuses on workplace wellness) Patricia Grabarek said:

“Research shows that a lot of employees can be way more productive when they are home. They are able to focus in and create an environment that is conducive to how they like to work. And research for decades has shown that if we allow employees to have autonomy over how they do their work, and flexibility in their schedules, they are much more likely to be happy in their jobs.”

This is exactly where RAS has been helping.

California: Employment, Unemployment and the Big Bad Coronavirus

It would have been nice if California’s unemployment figures would have dropped given the mass vaccine rollout. But numbers between May and June remained at a static 7.7%, a slight drop from April’s 8% figure.  Having said that, 73,500 jobs were created in June but only 24,500 people seem to have gotten them indicating that there are many thousands of open positions.

Governor Gavin Newsom however said that the local economy is “roaring back” given the number of jobs that have been created. But is this actually true? Not according to a recent report conducted by United Ways of California on the cost of living that illustrated just how hard it is for Californians to live with fiscal stability. Indeed, the report found that because housing and childcare costs have increased so much – and this has not been matched by a hike in salaries – a staggering 3.5million households where people are working cannot pay for their most fundamental needs. Thus CEO and President of United Ways of California Peter Manzo, said there is a clear need to broaden eligibility for safety net programs. 

What’s perhaps even more concerning is the fact that the report was not just referring to the pandemic but used data from up to five years before it started.  And it showed that there is a huge divide between California’s haves and have-nots that is only worsening.

Los Angeles’ Economic Recovery: Jobs and Housing

We are seeing some positive upticks in the economic recovery around the world.  In Los Angeles – as in many other regions – there have been various ups and downs but latest news is indicating that at least in employment and jobs, things are looking up.

According to a recent report from the  UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, both the job and housing markets are showing strength in Los Angeles. The labor market in Southern California has returned 70 percent (52 percent nationwide) of the jobs that were lost at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

Housing figures are likewise showing optimism.  In fact, housing has actually been one sector that has done quite well with the pandemic with the first quarter of 2020 having a 17.8% increase in median home price. In LA County sales jumped 117% and prices of homes increased 25%.

Getting Angelenos Back to Work

COVID-19 resulted in thousands of Angelenos (along with the rest of the world) losing their jobs.  Now that there is an apparent lull in the pandemic, there is hope for getting locals back to work thanks to various endeavors undertaken by decision-makers and policy creators. 

One example of this was the Senate Bill 93 that Governor Newsom recently signed.  In it, he requested that hospitality employers re-hire the workers they had to lay off before they look to hiring new workers.  His signing of the bill was commended by the Service Employees International Union California which pointed out that this will likely benefit people of color and women who will be “first in line when their jobs come back as businesses reopen and that they can’t be retaliated against or passed up for younger employees.”

This policy is known as a Right of Recall Protection and has been adopted in various communities throughout the state of California.

In related news, the Senate now has a ‘Build Back Boldly’ budget, offering a rare chance to create an impressive transformation through California.  According to Senator Toni G. Atkins: 

“California has long led the nation on things like expanding health care for the middle class and undocumented immigrants, providing paid family leave and a higher minimum income, and establishing our own Earned Income Tax Credit.  With the Build Back Boldly budget, the Senate continues to prioritize smart investments that take care of Californians and take California into the future.”

The main goals of the proposal are: 0-3 childcare/education for all; the establishment of debt-free college for all; provide resources for non-profits and small businesses to recover completely post-COVID-19; transform homelessness by making home ownership and rental affordability a reality; healthcare affordable for all and an overall improvement in state systems.

Jobs and Internships Fair

Next week the largest local annual career fair will be held at UCLA. Hosted by the UCLA Ackerman Union, the UBS (Undergraduate Business Society) Jobs & Internships Fair gives business owners the opportunity to present their vacancies to the public.

A wide variety of industries are presented including HR, marketing, operations, communications, sales and accounting.  More than 500 people come every year and all UCLA students are welcome.

As well as presenting opportunities, this event is a networking event for students and business owners.  Some of the student organizations that have attended in the past include: Alpha Kappa Psi, Bruin Advertising Team, Campus Events Commission (CEC) and Sigma Eta Pi.

Employment News

shared workspace

Employment, investment and office constructions are in fluctuation in LA.  Here we look at three new such developments connected to Homeland Security, Lyft and Toolbox LA

In an attempt to bolster hiring operations and diminish unauthorized employment, Homeland Security Investigations program has hired DFS Group and Contemporary Services Corporation.  Undocumented workers are problematic for the vulnerabilities they result in with the marketplace today.  False documentation is used to get benefits not due to them and even steal the identifies of legal US workers.  To combat this, ICE initiated the IMAGE program in 2006.

DFS has signed the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers program.  The idea would be to divulge any vulnerabilities that unauthorized workers could exploit; join employment eligibility verification program E-verify; training staff on IMAGE Best Employment Practices and take on an ICE Form I-9 audit. According to Human Resource Director of Corporate Compliance at CSC Jim Lenoue:

“The IMAGE Program squarely hits on what our company is about. As a company that provides security services at major gatherings, our customers place their trust on our team and our services. Being an IMAGE partner promotes our company’s reputation and its resolve to maintain integrity in our hiring practices.”

The fact that CSC and DFS have committed to IMAGE leads to the greater likelihood of creating and maintaining an “authorized workforce.”

Lyft is making investments in places such as LA.  A staggering $50 million is being infused into cities in which it operates and local transportation initiatives will be supported by this injection of money through the Bridge Home program (which works in conjunction with Greater LA YWCA, PATH and The People Concern).  Lyft City Works is the resulting program which is indicative of Lyft’s “long-term commitment” supporting cities with the best transport solutions.

While WeWork seems to be taking over everywhere, LA  has its own little gem.  Toolbox LA – in San Fernando Valley – is a co-working space with a difference.  Its “innovation hub includes coworking, shared desk space, dedicated desks, private offices, event space, a makerspace, hardware accelerator Make In LA, and biotech lab for startups Lab Launch.”  But it is more than that as it breeds on ecosystem operation with a goal of becoming a “comprehensive, self-sustaining community focused on high-concept hardware and software companies.”

So with the potential of LA moving into sustainability, creating  more authorized employment and making some serious investments in transportation systems, there is much positive change happening in the LA business world right now.

LA Jobs

New jobs

Any efforts made to facilitate the process of getting a job is appreciated.  In LA, they are no stranger to organizations and individuals trying to help people become gainfully employed.  One way of doing this is through students and as such, the LA Southwest College recently hosted an employment fair.  The event – held on 31 January – was focused on those looking for work in homeless services and related industries and attracted around 60 bosses with approximately 1,200 open positions in the field. 

With over 700 job seekers attending the fair, Dr. Seher Awan, President of the college said:

“Los Angeles Southwest College is honored to play its part in helping these all-important agencies find the critical resources and support they need to aid our homeless community. I’m truly appreciative of all of the work being done by Mayor Garcetti’s Office as well as city and county agencies to lead this effort and look forward to being their partners for years to come or until the homelessness crisis in our communities is fully addressed.” 

In addition, looking overall at the job market for California, we find good news.  According to figures from the California Employment Development Departmentfor December 2018, there were 24,500 net new jobs and an expansion of 1.7% in year-over-year payrolls by 284,300.

Legalization of Street Vendors!

In a unanimous council victory of13-0, Los Angeles’ street vendors have been legalized. One of the“micro-entrepreneurs” (a term coined by Curren Price Jr. – one of the members of the City Council Chambers), Andres Garcia explained:

“For us, it’s very important. “If someone complains, the police, they could come in and take everything from us.Make us throw all our stuff away and we lose all our money for that day.”

The next step however, is to figure out the permit system and it is crucial that permit costs are not too cumbersome.Other details still have to be ironed out but these will be undertaken with the participation of various advocacy groups including the Leaders of the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign.

California: An “Economic Powerhouse”

It was a recent article in The New York Times by Tim Arango, Adam Nagourney and Natalie Kitroeff that sung the praises of California’s economic surge.  They began their article by describing California as having:

“the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. It exports more computers than any other state. It is the nation’s largest producer of agriculture products by far: More than $6 billion in dairy products alone last year.”

They referred to California as “an economic powerhouse — now the fifth largest economy in the world after surpassing the United Kingdom in total output this year.”

But their concern is of Jerry Brown’s uncontested successor – Gavin Newsom – and how he will “navigate California through challenging fiscal times could be critical to assuring both the state’s continuing economic durability and its outsize contribution to national prosperity.”

Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, Christopher Thornberg believes that California is reflective of the economy as a whole.  He said:

 “So goes California, so goes the U.S.. It is far and away a dominant source of job growth in the U.S.”

And that’s good because a recent LA Times article noted how employment rates in California are positive too, with an additional 44,80 net jobs and a low of 4.2% in unemployment.  There was an increase in wages but that was  not “enough to top the increase in consumer prices.”

And as SS Economics President said: “California’s economy continues to sizzle.”