February 2, 2018

In This Issue
"America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year -- is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?"

- President Trump at the 
State of the Union

on your Promotion!

Elizabeth Hawley 
 Legislative Affairs Director

Thank you for all your contributions and we look forward to seeing you excel further with VICA!
VICA Thanks our Renewing Members






California Independent Petroleum Association
Corporate Impressions LA, Inc.
Exceptional Minds
Gonzalez Strategic Affairs
IMT Capital
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Spindler Engineering
The Week Ahead

Sacramento Advocacy Trip
Tues., Feb. 6
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Labor and Employment Committee
Wed. Feb 7
8:30 to 10 am
Hosted by: Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
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Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee
Sponsored by Metropolitan Water District
Thurs. Feb 8
Noon - 1:30 pm
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Land Use Committee
Tues. Feb 13
8 to 10 am
Hosted by:  The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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Government Affairs Committee
Wed. Feb 21
12 to 2 pm
Hosted by: Providence Tarzana Hospital
18321 Clark St., Tarzana
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New Member Breakfast
Fri. Feb 23
8:30 to 10 am
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Newsmaker Connection- AD 45 Forum
Mon. Feb 26
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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View VICA's 2018 Event Calendar

Hot Issues 
In another shake-up at the Los Angeles Times, Chicago journalist Jim Kirk was named editor in chief of the newspaper, replacing Lewis D'Vorkin. The move follows two weeks of turmoil, including a unionization vote by newsroom employees and accelerating hostilities between the former editor and his staff.

International Trade
The sixth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) made headway, according to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The latest round of discussions between the United States, Canada and Mexico concluded this week. VICA has expressed its support of NAFTA to the White House.

Higher Education
Trustees of the California State University system postponed any vote on a possible tuition hike until May but warned that a $228 increase was likely, along with cuts in course offerings and enrollment, if the Legislature doesn't substantially increase funding.

President Trump's call for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment plan counts on state and local governments working with private investors to come up with much of the cash. VICA looks forward to engaging in public-private partnerships to leverage federal funds for Southern California projects.

A costly and potentially bruising campaign is taking shape over rent control in California, with a proposed November ballot initiative to repeal a state law that sets tight limits on the type of housing covered under local rent control laws. VICA has previously opposed measures that discourage the development of multifamily housing.
The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% to roughly 55,000 in the last six years. VICA has been a strong advocate for policies that accelerate the construction of new housing to help address this issue. 

ICYMI: Harmful Bills Fail to 
Move Forward in Legislature
Yes on Prop. 69: Safeguard Our Dollars 
and Fix Our Roads
Valley Businesses at Risk with Proposed Moratorium on New Natural Gas Connections
Access DC
Committee Report

Education Committee- 02/01/2018
Sponsored by Woodbury University

  • Jeff Dunn, Director of Legislative Affairs at LAUSD, discussed the proposed full funding of the Local Control Funding Formula for K-12 schools and its impact in LAUSD.
  • Dr. Bob Miller, Vice Chancellor of Finance at the LA Community College District, presented on Gov. Brown's proposal to change community college funding, as well as to create an online community college.
  • Francesca Vega, Director of Government Relations at CSUN, discussed the proposed budgets for the California State University and University of California systems. 
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