April 13, 2018

In This Issue
"Stuart [Waldman] was a bright young man way back then, and now he's a mature, 
middle-aged man."

-  California State Treasurer, 
John Chiang at VICA's 
After Dark Event (4/9)
New Members
VICA Welcomes Our New Members

International School of  Los Angeles
VICA Thanks our Renewing Members

Platinum Member

Bronze Member

Van Nuys Airport Industrial Center

The Week Ahead

Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, April 18
Noon to 2 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
Click  here to  RSVP


Save the Date 

Victory for Victims
Dignity Health
Saturday, April 21
Click here for Flyer

Leaders Forum with Antonio Villaraigosa
Monday, April 23
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr., 
Universal City
Click  here to RSVP

Sunday Brunch and Fashion Show
New Directions for Youth
Sunday, April 29
9 to 11 a.m.
Click  here for Flyer

Hot Issues 
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California agreed to take on approximately two-thirds of the $17 billion cost of the Delta tunnels project, which involves construction of two 40-foot-wide, 35-mile-long pipes. VICA has advocated in support of the California Water Fix and urged MWD's board to move forward with the project.

California students moved closer to the national averages in reading and math, continuing a trend of generally slow but steady improvement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. 

L.A. County is launching a pilot program to pay property owners to put houses for homeless people in their backyards. Officials hope it could be a fast and inexpensive way to house the most stable homeless individuals.  

The White House announced a new effort to speed environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects. President Trump has made shortening the timetable to get approvals for projects a key focus of his infrastructure reform plans. 

Federal Deficit
The nation's deficit will top $1 trillion by 2020 and its debt burden within a decade will approach rates not seen since the aftermath of World War II, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  

Regional Economy
Southern California's weekly wages have hit record highs as workers get more hours. The average weekly wage at private employers in L.A. and Orange counties was a record-high $955.30. 

The Los Angeles City Council approved up to $4.9 billion to for an elevated train that will whisk passengers in and out of LAX's central terminal area. Service is expected to begin in March 2023. 

National Security
Gov. Brown agreed to increase California National Guard operations along the state's border with Mexico, insisting personnel will not be used to support any immigration enforcement. 

International Trade
An analysis by the Brookings Institution finds that California and the West Coast have the most jobs on the line in the potential trade war between Washington and Beijing. 

On Wednesday, the L.A. City Council approved two important ordinances that will help produce critical housing units for the city's homeless population. VICA advocated in support of both the Permanent Supportive Housing and Interim Motel Conversion ordinances.

California State Treasurer John Chiang Joins VICA Members for VICA After Dark
On Monday, California State Treasurer John Chiang joined VICA members for an After Dark at
CA Treasurer John Chiang and Presenting Sponsor Pegi Matsuda ( Valley Presbyterian Hospital )
Valley Presbyterian Hospital. The Treasurer discussed the importance of helping small businesses succeed in California, noting that full compliance with taxes and regulatory issues could be daunting for small businesses. He recounted a story of an immigrant family who built their small business and achieved the American dream, only to have that threatened because they failed to realize one type of tax had not been paid for years. Chiang also spoke about the importance of getting the basics - education, healthcare, and job creation - done right, rather than focusing on high profile but less foundational issues. Our thanks to presenting sponsor Valley Presbyterian Hospital for hosting, and to our members for joining us.

Monday, April 23, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr., Universal City

Antonio Villaraigosa
Gubernatorial Candidate
VICA's Leaders Forum offers members the  opportunity  to connect with  political and in dustry leaders in a  setting  that allows for  discussion  and networking. Lunch is included for this event.

Sponsorships still available! Please contact Helene for more details.
Support More Efficient and Rapid 
Emergency Responses
VICA supports Assembly Bill 1795 (Gipson), which would authorize a local emergency medical services agency to allow paramedics to transport individuals with mental health conditions to a behavioral health facility or sobering center rather than a hospital's emergency department. This will allow emergency departments to truly serve as a rapid response to medical emergencies by shortening long wait times and decongesting emergency departments.   
Currently, patients with a mental health condition who are under the care of a paramedic must be transported to a hospital with an emergency department. Although hospitals may be well-equipped to handle trauma, disasters, or emergency physical health conditions, they are not as well-equipped to serve patients who have mental health care needs or substance abuse problems. Patients experiencing mental health emergencies should be treated in a behavioral health facility or sobering center where medically-trained personnel, including nurses and psychiatrists, can provide specialized intensive crisis services and treatments. AB 1795 will ensure that trained paramedics have the option to direct a person to a behavioral health facility or sobering center and help all patients receive timely and appropriate care.

Leave Everyday Life Behind and 
Escape to Tuscany! 
Known for its beautiful landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and vast influence on high culture, Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of art and science. Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside with charming medieval hill towns and sweeping hillsides full of vineyards. Join us as we explore the endless opportunities that Tuscany has to offer.

November 7-14, 2018

Early-Bird Special!
(if reserved by April 27)


8 days, 6 nights including hotels, meals, day trips, and round trip airfare from 
Los Angeles.


Wednesday - Thursday, MAY 23-24, 2018

Visit with your local legislator and discuss issues of concern for your region. The cost for the trip is $125, which includes CalChamber Capitol Summit registration, reception, breakfast, lunch and group transportation between the airport and Capitol (if at similar times). The cost of the flight and hotel are not included. There is an additional VICA delegation dinner available Wednesday night for $65.

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for members of VICA.

Download the flyer and agenda  here.

Committee Reports

Special Joint Land Use - Transportation Committee (4/10)
Hosted by  The Garland

The Land Use and Transportation committee convened for a special joint meeting to discuss housing development, transit-oriented communities and regional planning. Special guests included Marco Anderson from the Southern California Association of Governments, Matt Glesne from the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, Wells Lawson from Metro, and Mark Vallianatos from Abundant Housing L.A.

International Trade Committee (4/12)
Hosted by Tseng College, California State University, Northridge

Chinese Consul General Zhang Ping joined the committee to discuss Chinese-California trade, recent tariffs, and protection of intellectual property.
Vartan Djihanian, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, discussed the recent tariffs proposed by the U.S. Trade Representative.
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