September 6, 2019

In This Issue

" The bottom line is that formerly homeless people living indoors have a much smaller impact on neighborhoods than sidewalk encampments. It is incumbent on the city to ensure that neighborhoods that accept homeless housing remain clean and free of sidewalk encampments, so that residents see practical benefits to welcoming these facilities. "

- Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino on the city's Encampment to Home initiative.

Members
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VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

 
(1998)



(2016)
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Build Rehabilitation Industries
(2018)

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
(2018)

Million Air Burbank
(1995)

National Business Aviation Association
(2013)
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Welcome to our New Member





The Week Ahead

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, September 10
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
Studio City
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Healthcare Committee
Thursday, September 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St.,
Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, September 18
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Penny Lane Centers
15305 Rayen St.,
North Hills
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After Dark with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
Thursday, September 19
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
The Bel-Air 
662 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
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Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, September 24
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

2019 Health Equity Awards
Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
9 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel Gulfstream Ballroom
Click here for the flyer


Hot Issues 

HomeSTAT
Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin called for a data-driven approach to address homelessness, proposing a "HomeSTAT" system.

Real Estate
Los Angeles city planners hired a consultant to work with the department on a Warner Center Inclusionary Housing Study.

Land Use
An organization filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles for the Transit Oriented Communities program.

Housing Crisis
According to the California Legislative Analyst's Office, only 8,640 residential building permits were issued in the state in July, down 10% from the same period in 2018.

High Fire-Risk Areas
The Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a rule change allowing police officers to order people living in brush-filled hillsides to leave the area.

 EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to revoke a waiver that allows California to limit vehicle emissions more stringently than federal rules.

LA River
A new protected bike path stretching along the LA River opened in Studio City. 

Flurry of Activity in Final Week of Legislature
As the Legislature moves into it's final week before it goes on recess, VICA continues to advocate on bills which will impact Valley businesses.  VICA-sponsored AB 1560 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman passed the Senate and is now in concurrence, which if signed by the Governor, will mean that the Valley can take advantage of housing incentives available to other parts of Los Angeles. Also on housing, SB 330 by Senator Skinner passed the Assembly, and would make temporary changes to housing laws for a 5-year period to help expedite housing construction throughout California. Unfortunately, a misinformed rent control measure, AB 1482 by Assemblymember Chiu, also continues to move. Rent control will cause the rental market to become more limited and expensive for Californians.
 
Other concerning bills include AB 1066 by Assemblymember Gonzalez, which would allow striking workers to claim unemployment benefits, even though those workers would be choosing not to work. AB 857 by Assemblymember Chiu would open the door to public banks, an idea decisively rejected by Los Angeles voters last year as fiscally irresponsible.
 
The big issue that everyone is talking about is AB 5 by Assemblymember Gonzalez, which would codify the new definition of independent contractors with exemptions for specified industries that have traditionally relied on independent contractors. While VICA supports the relief for these industries, we continue to express our strong concern at codifying such a wide-ranging and damaging decision for many non-profits and other small business.
Read the latest update on bills and VICA's position by clicking here.
2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR 2020 
Assemblymember Laura Friedman Inducts Board
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, September 6.
Submit your Nominee to Cathy at cathy@vica.com.
VICA Speaks at South Coast Air Quality Management Board Meeting on Proposed Ban

The  South Coast Air Quality Management  (SCAQMD) Board is voting today on a proposal to ban refineries' use of Modified Hydroflouric Acid (MHF) with Proposed Rule 1410, which would cost thousands of jobs and increase gasoline prices by an estimated 26 cents per gallon. VICA is at the SCAQMD Board meeting, saying that an MHF ban would cost thousands of jobs in Southern California. We are urging the Board to end further rulemaking and to allow safety enhancements designed for each refinery impacted to be implemented.

Harmon Ballin Community Service Award
Nomination & Selection Process
LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE 
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, September 6, 2019.

Submit your Nominee to Cathy at cathy@vica.com.
ACTION ALERT: County to Vote on Permanent Rent Control
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal to implement a permanent ordinance to limit rent increases, and a proposal to implement eviction defense and prevention services in Los Angeles County. While VICA appreciates the Board of Supervisors working to address our homelessness and housing crisis, these types of policies fail to provide real solutions. These policies ignore the need to build more housing and place the burden on landlords who already face high costs and regulatory burdens. VICA will attend Tuesday's hearing to urge the board to reconsider implementing rent control policies and to, instead, focus on ways to produce more desperately needed housing units.

Click here to send a letter on permanent rent control proposal.
Committee Meetings
 Aviation Committee (9/4)
Hosted by Aeroplex-Aerolease Group
  • The Aviation Committee heard updates from Mark Adams and Glenda Silva (Los Angeles World Airports) on upcoming changes to ridesharing and taxi pickups at LAX.
  • Flora Margheritis, Airport Manager for Van Nuys Airport, updated the committee on the status of Van Nuys Airport.
  • Sarah Sheehy, Senior Director of Government and Public Affairs for Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), presented on BUR Green Initiatives.
  • The Aviation Committee discussed legislative priorities for 2020.
Sports, Entertainment, Tourism and Hospitality Committee (9/5)
Sponsored by Pacific Federal
  • David Kahn from Warner Bros. presented on the New Visitor Experience for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour starting spring 2020.
  • Bianca Rae, Entertainment Reporter from Spectrum News, spoke on the current state of entertainment news.
  • The Entertainment Committee discussed potential legislative priorities for 2020.
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