October 12, 2018

In This Issue
"It is important to have a healthy business climate ... I want to hear from all of you how we can create a thriving business climate here in California, and especially in the San Fernando Valley."

-  Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel discussing California's business climate.
Media Mentions

Air Resources Board Set to Turn Cap-and-Trade to Cap-and-Tax
October 1


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members


BNSF Railway Company

Children's Hospital of
Los Angeles

Granada Hills Charter High School

Holiday Inn Express - North Hollywood

Urban Solutions

VICA Welcomes our New Members

Citadel Information Group


This Weekend

One Generation Fall Boutique
Sunday, Oct. 14
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Encino Farmers Market
17400 Victory Blvd., 
Van Nuys
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The Week Ahead

Government Affairs Committee 
Sponsored by 
Dolphin Group
Wednesday, Oct. 17 
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
VICA Office 
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Leaders Forum With CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Thursday, Oct. 18
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sportsmen's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd.,
Studio City 
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Valley Cultural Center Dancing With Our Valley Stars
Friday, Oct. 19
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Warner Center Marriot
21850 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills
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Save the Date

Circle of Life Gala Honoring Martin M. Cooper
Sunday, Oct. 21
5:00 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles
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Corporate Circle Reception
Wednesday, Oct. 24
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys
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Business Forecast Conference
Friday, Oct. 26
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hilton Universal Hotel
555 Universal Drive,
Universal City
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Education Committee 
Sponsored by 
Woodbury University
Thursday, Nov. 1
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors placed a ballot initiative aimed at reforming the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on the 2020 ballot. The measure aims to grant more authority to a civilian oversight commission.

Local Politics
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the northwest San Fernando Valley, announced that he will step down at the end of the year to take a job with a sports and entertainment firm.

City Council
The Los Angeles City Council voted to crack down on people who repeatedly disrupt their meetings at City Hall. Beginning in January, people who are repeatedly ejected from City Council meetings can be banned from attending other meetings for up to six meeting days.

California is vulnerable to an undercount in the 2020 census that could overlook more than 1.6 million people and cost the state a congressional seat and funding.

Contractors hired by the US Army Corps of Engineers are accused of fraudulently removing too much debris from damaged neighborhoods, adding thousands of dollars to wildfire victims' costs.

Election 2018
On Monday, California's candidates for governor met for the sole gubernatorial debate. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and John Cox sparred over transportation funding, housing, sanctuary policy, and more. 

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel Gets Down to Business
VICA Board Member Samona Caldwell ( State Farm Insurance ), VICA Board Member Carol Kim ( Health Net ), VICA Chair Lisa Gritzner ( LG Strategies ), Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, Adriana Call ( The Airtel Plaza Hotel ), VICA Board Member Francesca Vega ( California State University, Northridge ), District Representative Catherine Coddington 

On Thursday, VICA members met with newly elected Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel at a VICA After Dark. Members enjoyed appetizers and drinks hosted by the Airtel Plaza Hotel  as they heard remarks from Assemblymember Gabriel. Gabriel discussed his early experience in the legislature, commenting that the large volume and rapid pace of legislation considered in the legislature is not the most artful way of crafting policy. Gabriel said, "I don't believe we have all the answers. The legislature is not necessarily the way to solve a problem." Assemblymember Gabriel also spoke on the challenges facing our state, noting the housing crisis as "one of the most ... important public policy issues facing the state." Gabriel expressed a strong interest in working with the business community and encouraged members to reach out with ideas to strengthen the business climate and keep businesses in California. 

Thank you to our presenting sponsors, the Airtel Plaza Hotel and Health Net, as well as our co-sponsors, the California Resources Corporation, and California State University, Northridge, and our friends of VICA sponsor, State Farm Insurance
Metro Celebrates Groundbreaking on Orange Line BRT Improvement Project
VICA Past Chair Coby King ( High Point Strategies ), Councilwoman Nury Martinez, VICA President Stuart Waldman, Assemblymember Luz Rivas

On Friday, VICA President Stuart Waldman and VICA Past Chair Koby King joined Metro as they broke ground on new improvements for the Orange Line. The Orange Line has been a tremendous success and has become the transit backbone of the San Fernando Valley. Funded by Measure M and SB-1, the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Improvements Project will make key speed, safety and capacity improvements, and will help prepare the line for future conversion to light rail for San Fernando Valley residents. City Councilmember Paul Krekorian said, "many stakeholders and community members made these improvements a priority when we were considering Measure M, and today we are delivering on that promise." Supervisor Sheila Kuehl called it, "a major milestone for the San Fernando Valley."
Los Angeles City Planning Commission Considers New ADU Ordinance
On Thursday, VICA provided comments at the City Planning Commission hearing as they considered a proposal for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance. As currently drafted, the ordinance imposes stricter regulations than required by state law. ADUs have proven to be an immediate solution to the housing shortage and the construction of these units should be maximized, not burdened by strict regulations. VICA's vision for an ADU ordinance include: allowing ADU construction in Hillside Areas except in substandard streets; allowing the conversion of accessory or unpermitted structures to ADUs; and exempting single family lots which contain an ADU structure from rent control. The Commission voted to continue the item to November 29 where the City Planning Department will need to address concerns raised by stakeholders and community members, including allowing ADUs to be built in Hillside areas.
City Council Votes on Anti-housing and Anti-Transit Measures
On Wednesday, VICA urged the Los Angeles City Council Committee on Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations to oppose Proposition 6 and Proposition 10. Proposition 6 will eliminate more than $5 billion annually to maintain, repair, and make safety improvements to state highways, local streets, bridges, tunnels, and overpasses.  Proposition 10 will make it more difficult for renters to find affordable housing in the San Fernando Valley and across California by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Act. The Committee voted to oppose Proposition 6 and to support Proposition 10.

VICA applauds the Council's decision to oppose Proposition 6 and protect vital transportation funding. However, we were disappointed in the committee's decision to support Proposition 10, which will stifle development and exacerbate the housing crisis. 

Last Chance to RSVP
Xavier Becerra
Attorney General of California
Thursday, October 18, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sportsman's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Leaders Forum gives attendees  he opportunity to converse with political leaders in an intimate setting. Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra will discuss the issues that are of importance to the business community and take time to answer members' questions.
Committee Report
Land Use Committee (10/9)
Sponsored by The Garland
  • Matthew Rudnick, Chief Sustainability Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks presented to the committee on the department's Strategic Plan.
  • The committee also heard from Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director of LA MAS, about the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Pilot Project.
  • The committee recommended changes to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission's (CPC) proposed ADU regulations.
Manufacturing Committee (10/10)
Sponsored by Mission Valley Bank
  • Elizabeth Glynn of Exportech presented to the committee on Exportech's Export Corporate Management Program.
  • The committee also heard from Dale Turner of CESMII, who gave a presentation on Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing. 
  • Libby Williams, Project Manager of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California provided an update on manufacturing and economic development in Los Angeles county. 
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