May 4, 2018

In This Issue
"The status quo is not good enough...Change must happen." 

- Newly appointed LAUSD  Superintendent 
Austin Beutner
Media
Boring. Co and Metro, Shoulder to Shoulder on Expo to LAFC
April 30

Metro Ruling a Wild Card
April 30

Back to the Future in the Valley
April 30
Members 
VICA Thanks our Renewing Members
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Premier Partner
(1970)
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Gold Member
(2006)
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Consensus Inc.
(1996)
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Craig Lawson & Company, LLC
(2010)
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Greenberg & Bass LLP
(2001)
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Pegasus Transit
(2017)
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Polaris Group
(1998)
VICA Welcomes Our New Members

Beezley Management

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Health Clinic of Southern California
Calendar
The Week Ahead

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, May 8
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., 
North Hollywood
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Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee
Thursday, May 10
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, May 16
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Two Day Sacramento Advocacy Trip
Wednesday, May 23 -
Thursday, May 24
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Ambassador Committee
Wednesday, May 23
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 
Education
LAUSD board members appointed Austin Beutner, a former investment banker, as superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district. Beutner previously served as deputy mayor and as the chief executive at the Los Angeles Times.

Aviation
JetBlue  Airways announced that it will launch new nonstop service between  Hollywood Burbank Airport  and Boston Logan International Airport, beginning September 5, 2018.
 
 
Environment
California and 16 other states on Tuesday challenged the Trump administration's decision to revise strict U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules put in place under former President Barack Obama. The 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Energy
Although California has more recoverable oil than Alaska, it's boosting imports of foreign oil while cutting back on drilling. Importing oil has taken a toll on California pump prices, which were 61 cents higher per gallon last year than the national average.
 
Labor & Employment
The California Supreme Court on Monday limited businesses from classifying workers as independent contractors who can't receive key employment protections. Experts expect the ruling to expand the number of workers eligible for minimum wage, rest breaks and other benefits under a state wage standard.
 
Ballot Measures
Supporters of an effort to repeal California's recent gas tax increase submitted signatures on Monday in hopes of getting the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot.
 
Water
Silicon Valley's largest water district has scheduled a vote on a plan to commit up to $650 million to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. VICA has strongly advocated in support of this project.
   
Homelessness
Mayor Eric Garcetti more than doubled the amount dedicated to easing the city's homeless problem to $430 million for next year's budget. Only about 20% of the proposed spending, however, would come from general fund money earmarked for direct services to homeless people.
 
Agriculture
Growers across California are increasingly turning to the H-2A visa program, which is intended to supplement the domestic farm labor force. The shift comes as farmworkers are aging, turning to other industries or moving back to their home countries. 


Let's Bring Light Rail Back to the Valley!

In June, the  Metro Board of Directors is expected to vote on the mode for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, a 9.2-mile stretch running from the Metrolink Sylmar/San Fernando  station along San Fernando Road and Van Nuys Boulevard to the Van Nuys Orange Line station. With funding from Measure M and Senate Bill 1, we have an unprecedented opportunity to connect the Valley with a high capacity rail transportation system like never before. 

More than just traveling between Sylmar and Van Nuys, building this line as light rail will connect Valley residents, businesses and visitors to opportunities to live, work and play in and out of the Valley. The East Valley line will be among the first steps towards a rail transit system that, including regional rail, will span from Ventura to Chatsworth to Warner Center to North Hollywood and Universal City, from Palmdale to Santa Clarita to Sylmar to Van Nuys, and over the hill through the Sepulveda Pass to West Los Angeles and LAX, serving key activity centers and connecting with other rail lines along the way.

Light rail will sustain increasing transit demand, attract economic development and get the Valley on track to a 21st Century transit system.
Spotlight on 
VICA Committee Leadership 
 
Sue Bendavid, Co-Chair of VICA's Labor and Employment Committee, is a shareholder at  Lewitt Hackman and Chair of Lewitt Hackman's Employment Law Department, representing employers and management.  As an employment law attorney, Sue has been defending employers for close to 30 years in both class action and individual lawsuits, as well as before the Labor Commissioner, Department of Fair Employment & Housing and other governing agencies. She counsels employers on day to day employment law issues and steps employers can take to reduce the risk of employee litigation, and holds in-house training  for companies and their management teams. She finds it rewarding to show employers how to avoid potential employee claims to begin with and avoid that escalating process.  

How is VICA valuable to you or your business?
VICA is a forum that allows me to further my goals of reaching out to and educating employers. Because the organization works both at the micro (establishing relationships with employers small and large), as well as the macro (reaching out to legislators, government agencies and state politicians) levels, there is also the potential to create change that benefits employers and our clients.

Why should prospective members consider becoming more involved with the Labor and Employment committee?
Anyone who has a business generally runs into challenges, if not serious problems with employees. That's especially true here in California where the legislative climate is complicated and very pro-employee. The key for employers is to stay abreast of the ever-changing laws and litigation trends. Joining the committee will give employers a forum to share their voice, express concerns, learn about new laws and ways they can reach out to their representatives.

The Labor & Employment Committee meets quarterly and the next meeting is on Aug. 1.
Learn more about VICA Committees by clicking here.
VICA Opposes Placement of Initiative 
Regulating Internet on November Ballot
Signatures have been submitted this week to place a measure on the November ballot which would effectively disconnect Californians from using everyday internet services and expose almost every business in the state, large and small, to lawsuits. VICA strongly opposes the placement of this measure on the ballot because its data and information requirements are so unworkable that every business with any information on its customers and clients will be impacted. VICA has joined a growing coalition of businesses across the state to oppose the measure. 
Submit a Post for VICA's Relaunched Business Advocate Blog!
Leave Everyday Life Behind and 
Escape to Tuscany!
Known for its beautiful landscapes, its rich artistic legacy and vast influence on high culture, Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of art and science. Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside with ch arming medieval hill towns and sweeping hillsides full of vineyards. Join us as we explore the endless opportunities that Tuscany has to offer. 

November 7-14, 2018


8 days, 6 nights including hotels, meals, day trips, and round trip airfare from 
Los Angeles.

WITH THE CALIFORNIA  CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Wednesday - Thursday, May 23-24, 2018

Visit with your local legislator and discuss issues of concern for your region. The cost for the trip is $125, which includes the CalChamber Capitol Summit registration, reception, breakfast, lunch and group transportation between the airport and Capitol (if at similar times). The cost of the flight and hotel are not included. 

There is an additional VICA delegation dinner available Wednesday night for $65.

Download the flyer and agenda here.

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for members of VICA.
Committee Reports
Labor and Employment (5/2)
Hosted by Hilton Universal City
  • Eric Kingsley (Kingsley and Kingsley) presented some top tips and employment practices that employers should audit to prevent and protect against employment-related lawsuits.
  • The committee also discussed four action items and recommended to oppose bills that would require gender quotas on corporate boards, ban mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, expose H.R. professionals to personal liability for carrying out their duties, and place unreasonable and unnecessary requirements on hotels.
Education (5/3)
Sponsored by Woodbury University
  • LAUSD Board Member Kelly Gonez discussed her policy priorities for advancing academic achievement in Los Angeles schools. 
  • Elsa Jacobsen, Policy Director at Child360, presented on the state of early childhood education policy and advocacy in California. 
  • The Committee recommended to support AB 1754, The Pre-K for All Act, and AB 1941, The Pathways to College Act.
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