May 17, 2019

In This Issue
"The cost of housing - both for homeowners and renters - is the defining quality-of-life concern for people across this state. "
- Governor Gavin Newsom expressing his disappointment about the failure of SB 50
Media Mentions

A Mall Overhaul
May 13

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Holds Debate Over Measure EE
May 15

Sacramento Nixes Bill to Allow More Housing in Single-Family Areas
May 16


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members







Penny Lane Centers


The Week Ahead

Two Day Sacramento Advocacy Trip
Wednesday, May 22 - Thursday May 23
Sacramento, CA

Save The Date

Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, May 28
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys 
Click here to RSVP

VICA University
Led by Gaspar Insurance
Wednesday, May 29
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Leaders Forum with Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins
Thursday, May 30
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave., 
Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Manufacturing Committee
Tuesday, June 4
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Aviation Committee
Hosted by Aeroplex Aerolease
Wednesday, June 5
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Aeroplex Aerolease
7943 Woodley Ave., 
Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Entertainment Committee
Sponsored by Pacific Federal
Thursday, June 6
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Hot Issues 
California's population is growing more slowly than expected, making it increasingly likely that the state will  lose at least one congressional seat in 2020. If California loses a seat, it will be the first time in the state's history that it has lost a congressional seat.

The massive subway project under construction in downtown Los Angeles at the center of the County's ambitious rail expansion has now been delayed to March of 2022 due to labor shortages.

Trade War
President Trump's chief economic adviser stated that American consumers would bear some pain from the escalating trade war with China. Economists agree that the new tariffs will lead to higher prices on many consumer goods. 

In April, California's economy surged forward as employers added 46,000 net jobs. Unemployment is at a near record low of 4.3 percent according to the state's Employment Development Department.

High Speed Rail
The federal government terminated a $929 million grant for construction of California's high speed rail project. State officials say that no immediate changes to construction are planned and that they plan to challenge the decision in court.

As  Key Deadline Passes, VICA Advocates on Housing, Other Issues for Business in the Valley
This week, a flurry of activity took place in the Legislature as the deadline hit for bills to pass out of the Appropriations Committee. VICA was pleased that the VICA-sponsored bill AB 1560, which would allow the Valley to take advantage of incentives available to transit-oriented development, successfully moved forward. We are also relieved that some harmful bills were blocked, such as SB 561, a new private right of action for businesses who inadvertently violate the complex new California Consumer Privacy Act, and AB 345, which would have imposed restrictive new set-back requirements on oil and gas infrastructure, impacting over half of California's oil and gas wells.  
VICA President Stuart Waldman expressed his disappointment on the failure of SB 50, a landmark bill which would have helped California address our housing crisis. We will continue to advocate in support of moving this bill forward this year. VICA was also disappointed that AB 1482, a new rent-control bill, continues to move forward even though California voters rejected expanded rent control at the ballot last year.

Click here to send a letter opposing AB 1482

Harassment and Discrimination Training

VICA invites you and your work team to join the  Gaspar Insurance Services Harassment & Discrimination Training at the VICA office. 

Gaspar Insurance Services is offering  VICA Members a SPECIAL offer of $25/attendee
  • By January 1, 2020 an employer having five or more employees shall provide at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory employees. They must also provide at least one hour of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all non-supervisory employees in California within six months of their assumption of a position.
  • This training must be provided once every two years, and it must be provided by qualified trainers (attorneys admitted for more than two years, Human Resources Professionals with 2 or more years of practical work experience, professors and instructors who have a post-graduate degree or a California teaching credential).
(Space is limited) 

Wednesday, May 29th 
Wednesday, June 12th

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, 
Van Nuys

VICA University Workshop led by:

Click here to register
VICA Meets Lawmakers on California Consumer Privacy Act
Over the last week, VICA met with Assemblymembers Jaqui Irwin and Christy Smith to express our strong concerns over the potential impacts of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA, which takes effect in 2020, creates new costs and compliance burdens for many businesses and increases the risk of litigation. VICA is supporting three bills, Assembly Bills 873 (Irwin), 846 (Burke), and 1564 (Berman), which would narrow the definition of personal information to exclude non-identifiable data, clarify that the CCPA is not intended to prohibit small businesses from offering loyalty programs or other services, and clarify which methods companies can offer consumers to submit personal information requests.

Click here to read more about how this law will impact business.

Thursday, May 30, 2019
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave.,
Van Nuys

Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins

On May 30, Stephanie Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer of  Metrolink will join VICA to discuss
Metrolink's critical role in providing transit options to Angelenos. Wiggins will take time to answer member's questions and give an overview of  Metrolink services and expanded safety features. 

Sponsorships are available - email or call the 
VICA Office at (818) 817-0545

Click here to register
Spotlight on VICA Committee Leadership
Andrew Sisolak has served as an Executive for the Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America since 2008 and is co-chair of VICA's Ambassadors Committee. Sisolak is currently the Director of Field Service and manages Scouting operations for roughly 65 percent of Los Angeles County, providing service to over 10,000 families. Sisolak is an Eagle Scout and grew up in Scouting programs in Ventura County.

Why is VICA valuable to you or your business?
VICA is an amazing asset as it allows me to develop relationships with key business leaders in the local community, which in turn helps our local non-profit grow and thrive. Additionally, being aware of business developments and the legislative landscape empowers me to make strategic choices for our organization and advocate for our needs.  Significant to me personally is that VICA is composed of thoughtful, caring, and compassionate human beings, many of whom I have developed real friendships with.

Why should members consider becoming more involved with the Ambassadors Committee?
I love serving on the Ambassador Committee and helping guests, new members, and longtime members feel welcome at our events. I'm an extrovert, and I enjoy interacting with others, learning about their business, and finding ways to partner or help them find resources. If you hope to meet as many VICA members as possible, the Ambassadors Committee is a way to formalize that process and have great opportunities to connect.

Ambassadors Committee's next meeting is on May 28.
Click here to RSVP for the May 28 International Trade Committee meeting.

Click here to learn more about VICA's Policy Committees
Job Opportunity at VICA: Membership Manager
VICA is looking for a Membership Manager who will help recruit new members, re-sell dropped (canceled) members, retain and provide service to existing members, and sell sponsorships and advertising. This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated professional who wants to facilitate participation and networking in the most influential business community in the Valley. Please share this with your contacts and, to apply, email a resume and cover letter to

Click here to read the job description

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Buca di Beppo
17500 Ventura Blvd.,

Councilmember Paul Koretz

Join VICA for our upcoming After Dark, featuring Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz. Attendees enjoy hosted drinks and appetizers as they meet and interact with other prominent business leaders from the community.  VICA After Darks are complimentary to VICA members.

Sponsorships are still available - email or call the 
VICA Office at (818) 817-0545

Non-members who are interested in attending are encouraged to contact Jessica

Click here to register
Urge the Legislature to Keep Negotiating on Independent Contractor Status
VICA continues to have strong concerns about Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez), which would severely limit the definition of an independent contractor by codifying the California Supreme Court ruling in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court ("Dynamex") and carve out exemptions for specific industries. The new three-part 'ABC' test under Dynamex will mean that many professionals who are traditionally independent contractors will now be considered employees. AB 5 sensibly recognizes that these new rules don't work for specific industries, but unfortunately leaves smaller businesses and not-for-profits out in the cold. 

Committee Report
Government Affairs Committee (05/15)
Hosted by the  Penny Lane Centers
  • Andrew Westall, Assistant Chief Deputy to Council President Herb Wesson, gave an update on the city's proposed fair work week ordinance.
  • The committee heard a presentation from Maral Farsi, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
  • Bobby Kobara gave a presentation on the city's efforts to prepare for the 2020 Census.
  • The committee recommended to oppose Assembly Bills 1356 (Ting), 857 (Chiu/Santiago), as well as Senate Bill 732 (Allen).
Joint Land Use & Transportation Committee (05/14)
Hosted by The Garland
  • The Land Use and Transportation Committees convened for a joint meeting on housing and transportation.
  • The committee discussed housing development, transit-oriented communities, and regional planning with special guests Jason Greenspan, Sustainability Manager (Southern California Association of Governments), Brian Hanlon, President & CEO (California YIMBY), Wells Lawson, Senior Director of Joint Development (Metro), and Arthi Varma, Deputy Director (Citywide Planning Bureau, Department of City Planning).
Member Messages:
Get Your Message in VICA Weekly!
VICA members can promote their business, events and news in VICA Weekly. Member messages are available for $50 per week or $175 for four weeks. Messages are text-based and may not contain more than 70 words. A logo may be added for an additional $5 per week. For more information or to schedule your member message, contact  or 
call (818) 817-0545.