August 9, 2019

In This Issue
"Our biggest challenge is housing, and our biggest opportunity is working with organizations like VICA to find affordable solutions."

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson at VICA's 2019 Local Officeholders Luncheon


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members



McDonald's USA

Seymour Consulting Group

Welcome our New Member

Pathways to Advocacy

The Week Ahead

Land Use Committee
Tuesday, August 13
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., 
North Hollywood
Click  here to RSVP

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
Click  here to RSVP

Save the Date

Final Sacramento Advocacy Trip of 2019!
Wednesday, August 21
All Day
Sacramento, CA
Click here to RSVP

Congressional Luncheon
Friday, August 23
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
Studio City
Click here to RSVP

New Member Breakfast
Wednesday, August 28
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Aviation Committee
Wednesday, September 4
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Aerolease Associates Van Nuys East
7943 Woodley Ave.,
Van Nuys
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Entertainment Committee
Thursday, September 5
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Granada Hills Charter School
Granada Hills Charter School is moving ahead
with its plans of adding elementary and middle school grades at a separate campus, with new students expected to attend this fall. One of the largest charter schools in the country, the high school expects a student population of over 6,000 by 2023.

Bike Sharing
Metro launched its bike-sharing program in the San Fernando Valley, adding 16 new stations in North Hollywood.

Homeless Shelters
Governor Newsom rejected a proposed "right-to-shelter" measure, citing the difficulty of the State financing the building of all shelter beds the plan required.

Rent Increase Cap
Governor Newsom recently voiced support for AB 1482, which VICA continues to oppose. The proposal to cap rent increases to 7%, plus inflation, would negatively impact all future rental housing development.

Rams Pick'em
The L.A. Rams will be the second NFL team to launch a free-to-play predictive gaming app. Starting this preseason, the app offers non-cash prizes to adults over 18 for correctly predicting what happens in a game.

Women's Health Clinic
The Northeast Valley Health Corporation, opened a new Women's Health Center in Pacoima this week. The clinic will take on 5,000 patients, including existing patients from the first clinic, as well as homeless women.

Housing Development
Home builders are pulling back from new construction. In the first six months of 2019, builders gained approval for 51,178 new homes in California, nearly 20% fewer than the same period a year earlier. That puts the state on track for the first meaningful annual decline since the recession.

Elected Officials Join VICA for Annual Local Officeholders Luncheon

From left to right: Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and City Attorney Mike Feuer

On Thursday, over 350 VICA members and their guests met with local elected officials at VICA's 2019 Local Officeholders Luncheon at the Burbank Airport Marriott. Leaders from Los Angeles County as well as from the Cities of Los Angeles, Agoura Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Glendale, Pasadena, San Fernando and Simi Valley talked about substantive issues important to the greater San Fernando Valley business community.
Attendees enjoyed a Q&A session where each official was asked a question. The questions ranged from asking  Los Angeles Unified School District Board Members and Los Angeles Community College District Trustees how to best support students who plan to transfer to four year schools to asking Los Angeles City Councilmembers questions regarding ways to best tackle issues such as the housing crisis and transportation infrastructure. 
The 2019 Local Officeholders Luncheon was presented by the Comcast NBCUniversal, Los Angeles Department of Water and PowerSouthern California Gas Company and Wells Fargo and was co-sponsored by Airbnb, California Apartment Association of Los AngelesCharter CommunicationsComcast NBCUniversalFilmL.A.Los Angeles Daily NewsMicrosoftPricewaterhouseCoopers and US Bank. Thank you to our sponsors, members and all who attended this event.
Thank you to our elected officials and local leaders who attended this event:
San Fernando Vice Mayor Sylvia Ballin

Mayor of Glendale Ara Najarian

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield


Board of Supervisors
Kathryn Barger
Jeffrey Prang
Alex Villanueva
Kelly Gonez
Scott Schmerelson
LACCD Trustees
Scott Svonkin
Steven Veres

City Attorney
Mike Feuer
City Controller
Ron Galperin
Council President
Herb Wesson
Bob Blumenfield
Paul Koretz
Paul Krekorian
Nury Martinez
Mitch O'Farrell
City Administrative Officer
Richard Llewellyn
LADOT General Manager
Seleta Reynolds

City of Agoura Hills
Debbie Klein Lopez
City of Burbank
Sharon Springer
City of Calabasas
David J. Shapiro
City of Glendale
Ara Najarian
City of Pasadena
Terry Tornek
City of San Fernando
Sylvia Ballin
City of Simi Valley
Keith Mashburn

Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell

Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Los Angles City Council President Herb Wesson

Support Needed for Metro 's North San Fernando Valley BRT Project!

Metro's North San Fernando Valley (NSFV) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is part of Metro's network expansion and will close a significant gap in the frequent transit network in the San Fernando Valley. Adding a BRT line in the North Valley will help get cars off the road and encourage more people to commute. The NSFV BRT project will provide a premium east-west transit service to link key activity centers, including CSUN, and improve access to jobs, education, essential services and the regional transit system.

Your support is needed! Attend one of Metro's upcoming community meetings to voice support for the NSFV BRT project.

Panorama City
Saturday, August 10, 11 AM - 1 PM
Plaza Del Valle Community Room 
8610 Van Nuys Blvd.
Panorama City 91402

Monday, August 12, 6 - 8 PM
CSUN, Orange Grove Bistro
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge 91325
(Validated parking will be available)

Click here to learn more about the project.


Assemblymember Laura Friedman inducts the 2018 Board of Directors.

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 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!
Welcome VICA's New Staff

Evaristo Capalla will serve as VICA's new Legislative Affairs Associate. Having immigrated from the Philippines, he has called the San Fernando Valley home for 11 years. Evaristo recently earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science at UCLA . Besides being a policy wonk, he also enjoys learning languages and discussing movies.

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 for more information.
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 by Friday, August 30, 2019.

Submit your Nominee to Cathy at
VICA Recognized by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

On Tuesday, August 13, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be recognizing VICA for 70 years of serves to the San Fernando Valley, its businesses and its residents. VICA is honored to be receiving this recognition from Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl, and looks forward to more years to being an advocate for the Valley. 

Committee Report
Labor and Employment (8/7)
Hosted by The Hilton Universal City
  • The Labor and Employment committee discussed developing an effective predictive scheduling ordinance with Diana Gi from the City of Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards.
  • Jason Gilbert from CalSavers presented on new requirements for employers under the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program.
  • Becky Warren from Elevate Public Affairs gave a presentation about ongoing negotiations in Sacramento regarding the status of independent contractors following the Dynamex Decision in the California Supreme Court.  
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