January 12, 2018

In This Issue
"You need a politics of truth-telling. And the truth is we've got a lot of big challenges."

- Governor Brown, as he presented his 16th and final budget 
Media Highlights 

VICA Releases 2018 Legislative Priorities
January 4, 2018

Utilities Commission Postpones Vote on Gas Hookups
January 12, 2018

New Members

VICA Welcomes our New Member
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Renewed Members

VICA Thanks Our Members
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Calendar

The Week Ahead

Government Affairs Committee
Wed., Jan 17
Noon to 1:30 pm
Providence Tarzana Hospital
18321 Clark St.
Tarzana
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Save the Date 

Sacramento Advocacy Trip
Wed., Jan 24
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Ambassador Committee
Wed., Jan 24
8:30 to 10 am
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Education Committee
Thurs. Feb 1
8:30 to 10 am
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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View VICA's 2018 Event Calendar
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Hot Issues 

Cannabis
A state lawmaker is reviving a  proposal
 that would make California a so-called "sanctuary state" for marijuana. The bill seeks to prevent state and local agencies from helping federal drug enforcement agencies target the state's burgeoning marijuana industry without a federal court order.

Education
LA USD Supt. Michelle King, who has been on a medical leave since September,  announced that she has cancer, and will not be returning to the district. She will officially retire by June.

Higher Education
Gov. Brown wants California to launch its first fully online public community college to help 2.5 million young adults without college credentials gain skills for better jobs and greater economic mobility.

Politics
A flurry of Republican retirements in recent weeks has further weakened the party's hold on the House heading into the  midterms . California Reps. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce both bailed on their reelection campaigns, bringing the total of Republican-held open seats to 29 districts.

State Budget
California has a
projected $6.1 billion budget surplus and $131.7 billion to spend in 2018-19, Gov. Jerry Brown revealed. He made dire predictions of the next recession and proposed stockpiling the vast majority of the extra cash to make the next downturn less painful.

Energy
On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission postponed a planned vote for a moratorium on new natural gas connections for businesses and commercial properties throughout most of Los Angeles County. VICA has strongly opposed this moratorium and the delay represents a partial victory for the business community.



VICA Win: Assembly Committee Stops 
Anti-Development Rent Control Bill
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Committee Reports

Transportation Committee (1/9)
Hosted by The Garland
  • David Mieger, Executive Officer for Transit Corridor Planning at Metro, discussed the proposed "28 by '28 Plan" to advocate for accelerated resources and identify projects for completion by the 2028 Olympics.
  • Abdollah Ansari, Senior Executive Officer for Construction and Engineering at Metro, discussed Metro's Highway Program and planned freeway improvements to relieve congestion.
  • The Committee recommended to support the California TransportationTaxes and Fees Lockbox Amendment, a ballot measure that will restrict the expenditure of vehicle taxes and fees to transportation purposes only.
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