August 25, 2017

In This Issue
"Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, I saw firsthand how the aerospace and other local technology industries shaped the economy and culture of Southern California. On this 818 Day, we have a chance to not just celebrate this history, but harness the Valley's unique potential to foster a new generation of industries providing jobs and economic opportunity for families throughout the region."

- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch Englander on his iNNOV818 motion to designate a Chatsworth-Northridge Industrial Core
Media Highlights

'Linkage fee' to Spur Affordable Housing Production Clears City Committee 
Curbed LA, August 22 


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members



American Beverage Association 

Northeast Valley Health Corporation

Urban Strategy Group

The Week Ahead

Sacramento Advocacy Day
Wednesday, August 30
All Day
California State Capitol
Click here to RSVP

Save The Date

Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, Sept. 6
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
The VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,
Suite 170
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VICA After Dark with LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson
Sponsored by Toll Brothers
Wednesday, Sept. 6
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Palisades at Westcliffe
11741 N. Manchester Way, Porter Ranch
Click here to RSVP

Entertainment Committee
Sponsored by Pacific Federal, LLC
Thursday, Sept. 7
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
The VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,
Suite 170
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Transportation Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, Sept. 12
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave,
North Hollywood
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VICA After Dark with LAWA Chief Development Officer Bob Gilbert
Sponsored by The Bel Air and Englander, Knabe & Allen
Tuesday, Sept. 19
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Bel Air
662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
Click  here to RSVP

Hot Issues

In a major test of California's crusade against climate change, businesses spent $935 million last week on carbon-emission permits. It was the first complete sellout of carbon permits since November 2015.

The Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee backed a new costly fee that will harm development, with the funds going to pay for affordable housing. The linkage fee applies to new construction and varies by real estate market, ranging from $1 to $15 per square foot.

In a leadership shakeup linked to last month's climate deal, Assembly Republicans on Thursday voted to replace Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes with their colleague Brian Dahle, a farmer from Lassen County. 

Capital Punishment
The California Supreme Court largely upheld a measure passed by voters to speed up executions but severely diluted a key provision aimed at ending a backlog of appeals. The majority decision is likely to have the biggest effect on more than 15 death row inmates who have exhausted their appeals .

Higher Education
The California
 Student Aid Commission wants to simplify the way it distributes more than $2 billion a year in college aid programs. The agency is searching for a consultant to study the current system and determine how to make it more efficient and comprehensible. 

Consumer Trends
Americans aged 18 to 34 have become the largest groups of home buyers, and almost half live in the suburbs, according to Zillow Group data. They're also buying bigger vehicles as large SUV sales have jumped 11 percent in the first half of the year. 

Tronc, the parent company of The Los Angeles Times, abruptly replaced the newspaper's top leadership on Monday. Ross Levinsohn was named publisher and chief executive. Jim Kirk, former editor and publisher of The Chicago Sun Times, will be the interim executive editor.

Supporters of the Clippers' proposed new arena in Inglewood are seeking last-minute legislation that would give the arena a significant break under CEQA. In 2013, the Legislature supported similar legislation to benefit a new basketball arena for the Kings in downtown Sacramento. 

The last of the millennials are going to college, and they've never known a world without emojis or eHarmony. Beloit College has released its annual Mindset List for this year's incoming freshmen, the class of 2021. Most of the students were born in 1999.

The Hawthorne City Council voted to allow Elon Musk's Boring Company to construct a two-mile tunnel under the city. The tunnel will allow for testing of the zero-emission transportation system that Musk has outlined in public presentations.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch Englander introduced a motion last week to preserve industrial land in the West San Fernando Valley by designating a Chatsworth-Northridge Industrial Core.
Business Leaders Weigh In on the Future of the Valley with LA Department of City Planning
Register Now for VICA After Dark With LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson
Mandatory Staffing Requirements Would Limit Access to Dialysis Services
Register Now for VICA's 2017 Business Forecast Conference
Support Local Control on Nightlife
VICA Seeking Administrative Assistant
Immediate opportunity for an Administrative Assistant for a small, but busy office in Van Nuys. The Administrative Assistant is the face of VICA for most visitors and many VICA members. While duties range from managing the front desk activities to compiling event registration, the first priority of the Assistant is always the person who calls in or walks through the door.

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious graduate to learn about advocacy and the business community in the San Fernando Valley.

If you or someone you know is a qualified candidate, click below to learn more about the requirements for the position and information on how to apply.

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Last Chance for VICA Board Nominations
VICA's 2018 Board of Directors nomination and selection process is under way, and we want your suggestions! Board members must be able to attend regular board meetings and be prepared to vote on a wide variety of public policy issues. Board members must also attend regular committee meetings and VICA events. Additional responsibilities may include calling or writing lawmakers, attending press conferences, testifying, authoring editorials, interacting with top opinion leaders and more. For more information on the 2018 Board of Directors guidelines, click here.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating on the board in 2018, please click on the nomination form below and submit to If you don't want to serve on the board, but are interested in serving as a committee chair, please let us know that on the nomination form.

Send VICA Your Nominations for the 2017 Harmon Ballin Award

On October 7, 2017, join Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV and Homes 4 Families in going Over the Edge for Veterans - a chance for the most daring donors to rappel down the Universal Hilton. 100 percent of the funds you raise will help build homes and provide services for veteran families in North Los Angeles County. Click here to register or explore sponsorship opportunities, or call Donielle DeLeon at (818) 884-8808.
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