November 16, 2018

In This Issue
"Business has the know-how, [consular] officials have the know-who. We need the know-how and the know-who together."

- Carlos Garcia de Alba, Mexican Consul General, addressing VICA's International Trade Committee
Media Mentions
Interest Rates Impact Real Estate, Markets Evolve to Keep Up with Ongoing Trends
November 5

Preview: Olympic Competitions Coming to Valley in 2028
November 9

Pasadena City College has 3 Finalists for President
November 10

CEO Conveys Holiday Look in Capital 
November 12

Who's Money Is It, Anyway?
November 12

Local Leaders React to Amazon's HQ2 Decision
November 13


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members



Center Theatre Group

The Week Ahead

Airtel Thanksgiving Day Champagne Brunch
Thursday, Nov. 22
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Landings Restaurant
7277 Valjean Ave. Van Nuys.
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Save The Date

Ambassador Committee
Wednesday, Nov. 28
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way,
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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VICA Hockey Night
Hosted by AEG
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Staples Center Private Suite
1111 South Figueroa St. 
Los Angeles
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Aviation Committee
Hosted by Aeroplex Aerolease Group
Wednesday, Dec. 5
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Aerolease Van Nuys East
7943 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys
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Leaders Forum with L.A. General Managers
Presented by Outfront Media and Dosist
Thursday, Dec. 6
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sportsmen's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd.,
Studio City
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Land Use Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, Dec. 11
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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Healthcare Committee
Hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Wednesday, Dec. 12
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys 
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69th Annual Meeting
Friday, Dec. 14
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys
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Sacramento Advocacy Day
Wednesday, Jan. 23
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Hot Issues 

After being evacuated from their homes, most of the thousands of people who fled Southern California's huge wildfire were allowed to return home. First responders continue to work on containing the fires that have been burning since last week. 

Democrats won back their supermajority in the California Legislature. This will give Democrats the power to override vetoes by the governor and pass tax increases or craft statewide bond measures without  Republican support.

LA Housing Crisis
California's next governor wants to build 3.5 million new homes by 2025 . Governor-elect Newsom has declared that he will oversee the construction of nearly 500,000 units per year to address the state's housing crisis.

Amazon HQ2 
Amazon will build new offices in New York City and northern Virginia, ending months of jockeying among potential locations. It's a disappointment for cities including Los Angeles, which offered billions of dollars in tax breaks.

Hollywood Connections
Delta has added service between Hollywood
Burbank Airport and Atlanta ,
connecting Southern California with Atlanta's booming film production industry.

Convention Center Expansion
The LA City Council Committee on Economic Development endorsed a VICA supported $1.2 billion expansion of the convention center and hotel in partnership with

Environmental Regulations
The EPA Plans to rewrite truck pollution rules for heavy-duty trucks to lower nitrogen oxide emissions while also removing requirements that have been costly and burdensome to the industry.

VICA Advocates Against Anti-Housing Ordinances at Los Angeles County, City of Glendale

On Tuesday, VICA advocated against new rent control ordinances at Los Angeles County and the City of Glendale. The interim rent stabilization ordinance passed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors imposes a 180-day moratorium on rent increases, caps rent hikes at 3 percent per year and imposes a moratorium on evictions without just cause in unincorporated areas of L.A. County. Additionally, after almost nine hours, the Glendale City Council could not come to a conclusion on a rent control policy. While they deliberate, they are poised to approve a temporary rent freeze on November 27. These new rent control ordinances will be devastating to the rental housing market, especially as California is already being suffocated by the housing crisis. 
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VOTE: 2019 Board & Executive Committee Nominees and By-Law Change
At VICA's Annual Meeting on December 14, VICA members will elect a new board and executive committee for 2019. Nominees from a diverse group of businesses and industries across the greater Los Angeles area were carefully selected to lead VICA in the coming year. Thank you to our nominating committee for their hard work, time, and consideration.  VICA members will also vote on a change to VICA's by-laws concerning the nomination of Board Members. Register for VICA's Annual Meeting >>
Click here to view the 2019 VICA Board nominees.
Click here to view the 2019 VICA Executive Committee nominees.
Click here to view the proposed change to VICA's By-Laws.
Sponsor or Host a VICA Committee in 2019
VICA is looking for members to host or sponsor committee meetings or a board meeting in 2019. If your company can accommodate between 20 and 40 people comfortably, we may have a committee for you. As a host you will have an opportunity to say a few words of welcome and give members the chance to visit your site. You will also be listed on each agenda as the host and table cards will be provided at the meeting. If you have the financial wherewithal, but not a site, consider sponsoring the meeting at VICA. Please see the costs of sponsorships below. Your company would still get to welcome everyone at the meeting and would have their logo on the agendas.

Los Angeles Department Executives
Thursday, December 6, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sportsmen's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

Frank Bush
General Manager, Department of Building & Safety
Doane Liu
Executive Director,
Department of Convention & Tourism Development
Cat Packer
Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation
Michael Shull
General Manager,
Department of Recreation & Parks

Leaders Forums give attendees the opportunity to converse with leaders in an intimate setting. On December 6, City of Los Angeles Department Executives will discuss issues in their departments that relate to our business community and take time to answer members' questions. Find out what to expect for 2019.
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VICA Successfully Urges CARB to Avoid Cap-and-Trade Market Instability
On Thursday, VICA successfully urged the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish a reasonable price ceiling and cost containment mechanisms for the state's Cap-and-Trade program. VICA supported the 2017 cap and trade extension because it included cost containment features such as a price ceiling and 'speed bumps' to reduce market volatility. CARB's proposal on Thursday would have turned the cap and trade program into a punitive 'cap and tax' system, harming businesses across the state. VICA is relieved that the CARB board chose not to move forward with their harmful proposal and we look forward to working with CARB on a sensible implementation plan.
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VICA Supports Rapid Proven Approach to Fixing the Housing Crisis
VICA has been a strong supporter of relaxed Acessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations to help maximize the construction of these units, which have proven to be an immediate solution to the housing shortage. VICA supports the proposed City of Los Angeles Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance, if amended to: allow for ADU construction in Hillside Areas except in substandard streets; allow the conversion of accessory or unpermitted structures to ADU's; and exempt single family lots which contain an ADU structure from rent control. The Los Angeles City Planning Commission will reconsider this item on November 29th.
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Friday, December 14, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys

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Committee Report
International Trade Committee (11/13)
Sponsored by Daar and Newman
  • Vaughn Lucas (JPMorgan Chase), Consul General Carlos Garcia de Alba, International Trade Chair Jeff Daar (Daar & Newman), and co-chair Claudette Moody (WSP-USA)
    Mexican Consul General Carlos Garcia de Alba presented to the committee on U.S. - Mexico trade partnership and California's relationship with Mexico. De Alba discussed the long history of trade between Los Angeles and Mexico, highlighting that Mexico has maintained a consulate in Los Angeles since 1886. De Alba also spoke on the importance of NAFTA, saying that over the last twenty four years, the agreement has been a win for all three countries. 
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