July 26, 2019

In This Issue
" We must take a careful look at what we need to do in LA County to increase housing production to help deliver on our share of Governor Newsom's goal of providing 3.5 million units of housing by 2025 and studying this in the context of this new fee will help us do that."

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Kathryn Barger on the LA County Arts Fee proposal

VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

California Apartment Association of LA

Assurance Learning Academy

Lee & Associates


Welcome our New Member

Boys & Girls Club of the San Fernando Valley


The Week Ahead

Education Committee
Thursday, August 1
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, August 7
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City
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Local Officeholders Luncheon
Thursday, August 8
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Burbank Airport Marriott
2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank
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Land Use Committee
Tuesday, August 13
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
North Hollywood
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Government Affairs Committee
August 14 - CANCELLED

Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee
Thursday, August 15
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Final Advocacy Trip to Sacramento for 2019!
Wednesday, August 21
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Congressional Luncheon
Friday, August 23
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
Studio City
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Hot Issues 

Independent Contractors
The San Francisco SPCA, an animal-welfare nonprofit, will stop offering dog training classes and scale back its adoption services because the cost to have employees over independent contractors is far more expensive.

Tax Collections
California brought in $1 billion more than projected in its last financial year - a sign the state's unusually long period of economic growth is still going.

Los Angeles County officials claim that 21,631 homeless people were housed last year, but a breakdown of the numbers reveals only a quarter of these people received permanent supportive housing.

Federal housing officials have denied Los Angeles $80 million in funds, citing long-standing failures by local leaders to ensure that properties built with government money are handicap-accessible.

Tech Workers
Los Angeles has the third largest pool of tech workers on the West Coast, after Seattle and San Francisco, according to a report released last week.

Beach Parking 
Los Angeles County is voting on a proposal to boost parking fees at several popular beaches, as well as equipment rentals, field trips, camper vans, and birthday parties.

Sepulveda Transit Corridor
Metro recently released their cost estimates for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project varying between $9.4 billion to $13.8 billion.

MPG Deal
Four major automakers - Ford, BMW, Honda, and Volkswagen - have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards, bypassing federal plans to freeze standards.

Westfield Promenade
City planning officials have approved the VICA-supported  Westfield Promenade 2035 project, which would bring new rental units, retail stores and office space to the West San Fernando Valley. 

Connecting the Valley and Westside with Metro's Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project

VICA strongly supports Metro moving forward with the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project and an alignment that provides equity between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside

Part of that list of projects VICA fought for in Measure M included the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project, which will connect the Valley and the Westside and reduce traffic on the I-405.   As Metro considers alignments for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project and continues to conduct studies for the project, it is critical that each community receive equitable levels of investment.  While VICA does not have a preference for the alignment or technology for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project, we want to ensure the alignment Metro selects for the project provides equity between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside. 
VICA also supports an on-campus UCLA station as part of the project.The current staff and  students who ride LADOT's long-distance bus service, whom largely reside in the San Fernando Valley, would likely be among the first early adopters of a faster, more efficient form of transportation the project would provide. Failing to place an on-campus UCLA station as part of the project would be a missed opportunity to serve thousands of staff and students at UCLA.

VICA will continue to work with Metro as this project moves forward to determine the best result for the Valley and Westside's public transit users.
For more information, email armando@vica.com.


VICA's 2020 Board of Directors nomination and selection process is underway, and we want your nominations! 

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 2020 Board of Directors guidelines, click  here.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating on the board in 2020, please click on the nomination form below and submit to  Jessica@vica.com. 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. Applications are due by Friday, August 30.

Click here to submit your 2020 Board of Directors interest form!

11:30 - 2 P.M.



Assorted sponsorship opportunities are available. 
Contact the VICA office at (818) 817-0545 or Jessica at jessica@vica.com for more information.

Click here to register for Local Officeholders Dinner!
Redundant Healthcare Rate Review Requirement Will Increase Health Care Costs
VICA opposes Assembly Bill 731 (Kalra), which would impose new reporting requirements on health plans and insurers by requiring the plan or insurer for large group filings to submit the factors used in determining the rating.

Under current state law, health plans are already required to report and make large group rate information publicly available. Large employers currently negotiate with their health plans to secure the plan at the cost that best fits their budget and employees' needs. Adding another layer of review does not provide any benefits to employees or employers, and only creates uncertainty about the health plan which employers have worked to carefully negotiate for their employees.

This bill is redundant with existing law and reporting requirements that health plans must already comply with. AB 731 would not only raise health care costs, but also create a burden for health plans, employers and consumers.
Click here to send a letter opposing AB 731.
Harmon Ballin Community Service Award
Nomination & Selection Process

VICA's Harmon Ballin Community Service Award annually honors an active VICA member who has made an outstanding contribution to our community through their long-term community service activities. A nominee is someone who:

  1. Has been an active VICA member and is actively engaged in the organization currently.
  2. Has significant and long-term involvement in philanthropic and community/public serve organizations or a significant record in that area.
  3. Is a role model as a community leader

Click here to download the Nomination Form.

All Nominee forms must be submitted via email to Cathy@vica.com by Friday, August 30, 2019.

Submit your Nominee to Cathy at cathy@vica.com.

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 jessica@vica.com for more information.
LA County Arts Fee Proposal - Fee on Residential Development Delayed
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on a Private Developer Arts Fee, which would force developers to allocate one percent of the project's value to a County Arts Fund. VICA attended the hearing to voice strong concerns this fee would have on the cost of residential construction, especially at a time when our region is facing a homelessness and housing crisis. 

VICA thanks Supervisors Barger and Hahn for adding a key amendment to delay implementation of the ordinance on residential development for 60 days. During the 60 days, staff will conduct an analysis to study the impacts the fee would have on residential development. We look forward to continuing to work with the Board and their staff to seek ways to encourage public art without reducing housing production.  
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