"We need to keep having these conversations, and I need your voice present in Sacramento. Allow me to elevate your concerns."
Assemblymember Christy Smith at VICA After Dark
Assemblymember Christy Smith Joins VICA Members for VICA After Dark
VICA board member Beverly Kenworthy (
California Apartment Association), Jennifer Pochedly (
Airtel Plaza Hotel), Assemblymember Christy Smith, John Shamoun (
Southland Regional Association of Realtors), and VICA 1st Vice Chair Brad Rosenheim (
Rosenheim & Associates)
On Tuesday, VICA held a VICA After Dark with Assemblymember Christy Smith at the Airtel Plaza Hotel. Assemblymember Smith covered a breadth of topics, ranging from California's housing crisis to online market safety practices. When asked for her top three priorities, Smith emphasized the importance of expanding economic development, improving California's K-12 education system, and modernizing public safety services.
Assemblymember Smith addressed local and state government failures regarding the housing and homelessness crisis, pledging to push for more residential development to meet the needs of Californians. She also emphasized her commitment to protecting California businesses. "What can I, in government, deliver for you? Because fundamentally that's the thing I really believe...it is my job as a public servant to make sure you have faith in government, that government can hear you and will deliver for you," said Smith.
Thank you to our presenting sponsors The
Airtel Plaza Hotel and
Southland Regional Association of Realtors, Inc.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
11:30 - 2 P.M.
BURBANK AIRPORT MARRIOTT - 2500 N. HOLLYWOOD WAY, BURBANK
CONFIRMED LOCAL OFFICEHOLDERS
(as of 07/19/19)
Assorted sponsorship opportunities are available.
Contact the VICA office at (818) 817-0545 or Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
VICA-Sponsored Bill to Spur Housing Development in the Valley Moves Forward
VICA-sponsored Assembly Bill 1560, by local Assemblymember Laura Friedman, has passed the Senate Environmental Equality and Senate Housing Committees. AB 1560 would bring more homes along Metro's Orange Line by amending the definition of Major Transit Stop. The existing definition excludes parts of California served by Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), but not served by rail. This means that the Valley and other communities across the state cannot take advantage of CEQA exemptions and incentive programs offered to affordable housing projects built within a 1/2 mile of a Major Transit Stop. AB 1560 will allow the Valley to take advantage of housing development incentives where housing is ideal.
AB 1560 will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
|Click here to send a letter supporting AB 1560.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019
11:30 - 1:30 P.M.
The Garland - 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
Don't miss our 6th Annual Congressional Luncheon, a unique
opportunity to engage with federal elected officials who represent
the Valley in a casual Q&A format.
Sponshorship opportunities are available. Contact the VICA office at 818-817-0545 or Jessica at email@example.com for more information.
LA County Proposal Would Increase Cost of Housing Construction
A Private Developer Arts Fee, which would force all new residential construction to allocate one percent of the project's value to a County Arts Fund, will be considered by the LA County Board of Supervisors next Tuesday, July 23.
While we acknowledge and support the many benefits of investment in art and local artists, VICA cannot support the requirement of an art provision on homes in the face of ever-growing homelessness numbers and housing shortages in the County. The Los Angeles County homeless population is nearly 59,000, a 12 percent increase over last year. The proposed ordinance requiring residential developers to invest in County-approved art or pay the equivalent of 1 percent of their project value into a County Arts Fund only serves to exacerbate an already dire housing situation in the County of Los Angeles.
The housing and homelessness crisis requires a drastic response in housing development efforts. Let the County Board of Supervisors you oppose this proposal and oppose making housing more expensive.
Provide public comment at the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting:
WHEN: Tuesday, July 23 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90012
|For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VICA is currently looking for an individual to join our dynamic team. The positions is:
Membership Manager: VICA is looking for a Membership Manager to help recruit new members, retain existing members, sell sponsorships and advertising and develop a strong membership program and ambassador committee. 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.
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
to view the job description.
Government Affairs Committee (7/17)
Hosted by Penny Lane Centers
- City of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation, Miguel Sangalang, provided an overview of the City's new $10.7 billion budget.
- Jill Banks Barad, Chair of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) spoke about their priorities and issues, including development and how business can work with the neighborhood councils.
- The committee recommended to oppose AB 731 (Kalra), which would impose new reporting requirements on health plans and insurers.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Join us for our Comics For Kids Gala and Auction event. This is Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley's premier fundraising event attended by over 300 guest! This year's event will be featuring Jay Leno and will honor community leaders and philanthropists while featuring entertainment, dining, live and silent auctions, as well as VIP experiences.
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