October 18, 2019

In This Issue
" Having your commute reduced has a huge effect for when you're at work or when you're at home. I see it has a positive effect on everyone I saw at work today."

- Hollywood Burbank Airport Executive Director of Planning and Development Patrick Lammerding on the importance of transit to the airport.
Media Mentions

Public Bank is Back on the Table in L.A. After Voters Rejected the Idea
October 11

As Saddleridge Fire Burns, San Fernando Valley Residents Seek Refuge in Local Businesses
October 11

Throwaway Sector?
October 14


VICA Thanks our Renewing Members 




California Eminent Domain Law Group

Glendale Community College

Kinkisharyo International

Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters

 Pomerance, Nye & Adreani

U-Frame It Gallery


Welcome our New Members

Home Depot


Synergy Global Housing

The Week Ahead

Business Forecast Conference
Friday, October 25
7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hilton Universal Hotel
555 Universal Drive,
Universal City
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Save the Date

Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, November 6
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Hilton Universal Hotel
555 Universal Drive
Universal City
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Education Committee
Thursday, November 7
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,  Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Transportation Committee
Tuesday, November 12
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
North Hollywood
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After Dark with Councilmember John Lee
Tuesday, November 12
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Toll Bros - Cascades at Westcliffe
20340 West Aberdeen Lane,
Porter Ranch
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Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee
Thursday, November 14
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Trade Truce
Companies welcomed the U.S.-China trade truce, as Washington suspended a tariff hike on $250 billion of Chinese goods originally planned to take effect this week.

A new California law signed by Governor Newsom bans 'no-rehire' clauses from being included in settlements of legal disputes between an employee and an employer.

Rent Increase Moratorium
The L.A. City Council approved drafting an emergency ordinance to temporarily limit rent increases and evictions ahead of new statewide rent regulations coming into effect on January 1.

Affordable Housing
The L.A. City Council voted to fund new apartments for those experiencing homelessness in Chatsworth, becoming the first project to be funded with Proposition HHH revenue in Council District 12.

The L.A. City Council moved forward with plans in raising the minimum wage of rideshare drivers to $30 by requesting an independent study on the drivers' average earnings.

Health Insurance
Starting next year, California will become the first state to offer health insurance subsidies to middle-income people who do not qualify for federal tax credits to buy health coverage through Covered California.

Power Shutoff
SoCal Edison warns of another possible power shutoff in parts of Los Angeles County as high fire risks continue with strong, prevailing winds.

Film and Television
According to a FilmL.A. report, California was featured in 44 percent of television shows shot in the current season, owing to the rise of streaming networks.

Delta Air Lines and Burbank Airport Join VICA After Dark
Scott Santoro ( Delta Air Lines ), Presenting Sponsor and host Cindi Munemitsu ( Burbank Airport Marriott ) VICA Chair Lisa Gritzner (LG Strategies), Presenting Sponsor Dana Debel (Delta Air Lines), Patrick Lammerding ( Hollywood Burbank Airport ) and VICA Vice Chair Sarah Sheehy ( Hollywood Burbank Airport )

On Wednesday, VICA held a VICA After Dark at the  Burbank Airport Marriott who hosted the event   with Vice President of Los Angeles and West Sales for Delta Air Lines Scott Santoro, and Executive Director of Planning and Development for the  Hollywood Burbank Airport Patrick Lammerding . During the aviation-themed event, Lammerding and Santoro discussed the future for both the  Hollywood Burbank Airport and  Delta Air Lines and efforts to make their services more convenient for passenger and to provide greater employee wellness.

Lammerding and Santoro spoke on the importance of making air travel a more convenient experience for passengers. "We need to introduce new technology that gives our customers convenience," Santoro said. Santoro mentioned the use of biometric tracking to decrease the time it takes for passengers to go from check-in to boarding. Lammerding talked about Hollywood Burbank Airport's new 14-gate Replacement Passenger Terminal, which will incorporate seismic safety and better access for those with disabilities.

Lammerding and Santoro also spoke about the importance of employee wellness. Lammerding mentioned providing greater access to public and alternative transportation for  Hollywood Burbank Airport employees, which reduced their commute times and improved their well-being and productivity. Santoro talked about  Delta 's efforts to provide funds for rising healthcare costs and profit sharing payouts, as well as access to gyms and doctors, for their employees.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors the  Burbank Airport Marriott  and  Delta Air Lines . Thank you to our Co-Sponsor  Cerrell Associates .

Click here to view photos from the event.
Attendees enjoy hosted  drinks and appetizers as  they meet and interact with  other prominent business  leaders from the community.  VICA After Darks are  complimentary to VICA  members.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  5:30 - 7:30 P.M. 
  Toll Bros - Cascades at Westcliffe
20340 W. Aberdeen Lane, Porter Ranch
Council Member, District 12

VICA Success with Governor's Signatures and Vetoes
Last week marked Governor Gavin Newsom's final deadline to sign or veto bills approved by the Legislature. The Valley can expect more housing construction after Governor Newsom signed VICA-sponsored AB 1560 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman, which expands the definition of Major Transit Stop, allowing more affordable housing to be constructed along bus rapid transit (BRT) lines. Governor Newsom also signed SB 330, which temporarily changes housing laws to expedite housing construction, and AB 1197, which exempts future supportive housing projects in Los Angeles from CEQA.

Governor Newsom signed bills which provide clarifications for the California Consumer Privacy Act. AB 25 allows employers to collect information within an employment context, and AB 1564 clarifies which methods companies can offer to consumers to submit personal information requests.

The Governor sided with VICA by vetoing AB 1451, which would have made restrictions on signature-gathering for petitions, barring many from participating in the democratic process. The Governor also vetoed the shortsighted SB 1, which would have made California businesses less competitive and would have negatively impacted the water supply in the Central Valley and Southern California. 

Despite overwhelming opposition from Los Angeles voters, a bill allowing the formation of risky public banks was signed into law. VICA will continue to urge the City of Los Angeles to reconsider its own plans for a public bank.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood

Keynote Speaker
Maryam Brown
President, Southern California Gas Company

This luncheon will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear a keynote speaker and panel of leading businesswomen who will share their experiences and perspectives on what it takes to overcome challenges and succeed in their respective industries.

Click here for more information.
Predictive Scheduling Proposal
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council Economic Development Committee moved forward with a proposed predictive scheduling ordinance. The ordinance would require retail employers with over 300 employees globally to provide schedules 14 days in advance, and includes many other components including extensive record-keeping requirements and a private right of action. VICA shared concerns, asking for clarifications on the requirement for employers to provide a good-faith estimate of average hours, the four-year record keeping requirement, the application of penalties, and the introduction of a private right of action. VICA continues to work closely with Council staff to ensure the new predictive scheduling ordinance works for both employees and employers.

Get Involved with Exciting Changes at Hollywood Burbank Airport
Hollywood Burbank Airport will be hosting its sixth and final charrette to unveil the community-based vision for its new Replacement Passenger Terminal (RPT). Over the past eight months, Hollywood Burbank Airport held 5 design charrettes to ensure the new terminal would address community concerns and surpass passenger expectations. 

RSVP now and join Hollywood Burbank Airport in celebrating the community's participation for the RPT.

WHERE: On-site of the future Replacement Passenger Terminal
             2821 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank

: Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Click here for more information about the final charrette.
Committee Meetings

Government Affairs Committee (10/16)
Hosted by Penny Lane Centers
  • Chris Hannan of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council presented on 3D-printed construction techniques and building housing for the homeless.
  • The Committee recommended to support the Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020.
  • The Committee discussed legislative priorities for 2020.
The holiday season is approaching and there is no better place for your event than the Airtel Plaza Hotel. Offer your guests an amazing experience, with a special holiday menu to conclude an unforgettable evening! 
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