February 14, 2020

In This Issue
" Most school districts struggle just to keep up with basic maintenance and repairs. They need help from our state to be able to handle some of these larger needs. "

- California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on the education bond measure designated as Proposition 13

VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 




Allison Asset Management Co.

California Independent Petroleum Association

History for Hire

Primestor Development

Southern California Association of Governments

The Week Ahead

Government Affairs Committee
Sponsored by  Dolphin Group and  Rodriguez Strategies
Wednesday, February 19
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
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Save the Date

Sacramento Advocacy Day
Tuesday, February 25
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Aviation Committee
Wednesday, March 4
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Aerolease Associates Van Nuys East
7943 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys
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Sports, Entertainment, Tourism, and Hospitality Committee
Thursday, March 5
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Access D.C.
Monday, March 9 to
Wednesday, March 11
Washington, D.C.
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Healthcare Committee
Thursday, March 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Mission Community Hospital
14850 Roscoe Blvd.
Panorama City
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State Officeholders Dinner
Friday, March 13
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City
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Hot Issues 
Green New Deal
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an Executive Directive moving forward with an action plan to advance the "L.A. Green New Deal." The Directive includes plans for public transit improvements and changes to the city's use of electricity and water.

Clay Lacy Aviation is partnering with World Kinect Energy Services to create a sustainability program with the goal of reducing the company's carbon footprint.

Independent Contractors
A federal judge refused to temporarily block a new California law regarding independent contractors from applying to Uber and Postmates while considering the companies' lawsuit.

Los Angeles County officials are making final preparations for the county's new voting system overhaul. The new devices will be available to try at VICA's Government Affairs meeting on February 19.

L.A. River
The Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Project has received more than $1.8 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a cleanup and revitalization effort.

Criminal Justice
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has dismissed 66,000 marijuana convictions, with the help of data gathered by the non-profit organization Code for America.

The U.S. Drought Monitor now finds half of California to be under the state of "abnormally dry" or "moderate" drought level. This comes as a result of an unusually dry winter.


How is VICA Voting?
The March 3 election is less than three weeks away, and while all eyes will be focused on the Democratic primary, there are several votes that will be important to Los Angeles.

This election matters. Make sure you and your employees are registered to vote, and check out the VICA Voter Guide to learn more about these critical issues.

Upcoming 2020 Trip Dates
Click one of the dates below to RSVP

VICA Delegation with Assemblymember Richard Bloom during the January 2020 Advocacy Trip.

VICA's regular advocacy trips to the State Capitol are crucial to ensuring the voice of the business community is heard by legislators.

These member-only trips allow direct interaction with state elected officials and create the freedom for discussion on issues that are vital to our members. Join VICA in Sacramento for one of our monthly advocacy trips.

The cost of the trip is $50, which includes lunch and group transportation between the airport and the Capitol. The cost of the flight is not included.

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for VICA members.

Senate Bill Would Raise Retail Prices and Expose Businesses to Nuisance Lawsuits
VICA opposes Senate Bill 873 (Jackson), which would prohibit businesses from charging different prices for goods deemed to be for different genders. This bill strips businesses of their right to set their own prices based on market forces and factors of productions, and requires an intrusive analysis of "gendered products" on the part of retailers. SB 873 would create a situation where it becomes very difficult to determine whether or not discrimination is taking place because it is difficult to ultimately define what makes a product appeal to one specific gender. The bill doesn't explicitly define what factors correspond to a specific gender, forcing retailers to rely on largely harmful stereotypes when making price decisions. This lack of clarity and the private right of action would expose businesses to frivolous litigation costs. While the intent of the bill is understandable, it is the wrong way to address gender discrimination.

Monday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 11
Conference Hotel:
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-3000

VICA's 2019 Access D.C. Trip

Join more than 200 civic and business leaders for the region's premier advocacy trip to the nation's capitol. Attendees will meet with members of Congress and senior Administration officials on priorities important to Southern California.

Register with VICA for exclusive access to additional meetings and lunch, and the opportunity to join the VICA delegation dinner (additional fee for dinner).

Registration Deadline:
February 27

Registration Fee

*Refunds are not available after February 27

For an additional $400 , registrants will receive a one-stop Southwest Airlines round-trip flight.

Support Assembly Bill to Expand Health Care and Reduce Emergency Hospitalizations
VICA supports Assembly Bill 890 (Wood), which would grant nurse practitioners who meet regulatory requirements the authority to provide specified services without physician supervision. In order to provide these services, nurse practitioners must complete additional education, examination and training requirements, and a supervised, three-year transition to practice period.  Recent reports show that California will have a shortage of about 4,700 primary care physicians by 2025. This shortage will result in more patients visiting emergency rooms for routine care, which is costly for Californians.  Expanding the scope of practice regulations will allow nurse practitioners to achieve unsupervised practice authority and help meet the basic healthcare needs of our growing population. This practice authority will result in cost savings to Californians from reduced emergency department hospitalizations and the lower costs of retail clinic use and primary care.

Friday, March 13, 2020
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City

VICA invites you to dinner with your state lawmakers!
VICA provides a rare opportunity for Valley business leaders to connect with state lawmakers and enjoy an exciting program during its annual State Officeholders Dinner.

Confirmed speakers as of February 14, 2020

Richard Bloom
Wendy Carillo
Vince Fong
Laura Friedman
Jesse Gabriel
Tim Grayson
Chris Holden
Tom Lackey
Marc Levine
Luz Rivas
Blanca Rubio
Miguel Santiago
Christy Smith
Bob Hertzberg

State Treasurer
Fiona Ma

Secretary of State
Alex Padilla

State Controller
Betty Yee

VICA Legislative Affairs Manager - Position Opening
VICA is looking for a Legislative Affairs Manager who will be responsible for advocating for business issues at the local, state and federal levels, as well as advocating policies, legislation and regulation that are conducive to a positive and successful business environment through the engagement of our members. 

If you or anyone you know would like to work for the most influential business group in the Valley, email a resume and cover letter to  Elizabeth@vica.com .

Committee Meetings
Land Use Committee (2/11)
Hosted by The Garland
  • Christine Saponara, Senior City Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, presented on the Ventura-Cahuenga Specific Plan.
  • The Los Angeles Department of City Planning presented on the implementation of Senate Bill 330.
  • Larry Green (Westfield Corporation) provided updates on the Westfield Promenade 2035 project.
  • The committee recommended to support AB 1907 (Santiago), which would grant CEQA exemptions to emergency shelters, supportive and affordable housing.
Energy, Environment, Manufacturing and Utilities (2/13)
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Joan Huang, Assistant Division Manager for Los Angeles Sanitation, provided updates on the City of Los Angeles' RecycLA Program.
  • Jacque McMillan (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California) providedupdates on the Delta Conveyance Project.
  • The committee recommended to support SB 45 (Allen) - the Wildfire Prevention ,Safer Drinking Water, Drought Preparation and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.

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