July 3, 2020

VICA continues to fight for the  business community and Valley residents as we face uncertain times.
In This Issue

" We bent the curve in the state of California once. We will bend the curve againWe'll get past this, but we're going to have to be tougher and... smarter in terms of our approaches."

- Governor Gavin Newsom on addressing the spike in statewide COVID-19 cases.


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 


Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

JLM Strategic Talent Partners

Stacy Miller Public Affairs

The Termo Company

Van Nuys Airport Industrial Center

Welcome Our New Members


The Week Ahead

Newsmaker Connection with Councilmember-elect Kevin de Leon
Sponsored by  State Farm and HNTB
Tuesday, July 7
2 to 3:15 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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Not-For-Profit Committee
Sponsored by  Pacific Federal
Thursday, July 9
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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VICA University: The Business of Branding with Cowe Consulting
Thursday, July 9
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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Save the Date

Transportation Committee
Sponsored by The Garland
Tuesday, July 14
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Government Affairs Committee
Sponsored by Dolphin Group and Rodriguez Strategies
Wednesday, July 15
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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VICA After Dark
Speaker TBA
Thursday, July 16
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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First Sip with VICA
Virtual Networking
Friday, July 17
9 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Ambassador Committee
Monday, July 20
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Sacramento Virtual Advocacy Day
Only 12 spots available!
Tuesday, July 21
All Day
Online Video Conference
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2020 San Fernando Valley Hall of Fame - Home Edition
Thursday, July 23
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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Leaders Forum with Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Thursday, July 30
10 to 11:30 AM
Online Video Conference
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Hot Issues 

Public Health
Governor Newsom plans to issue statewide regulations on enforcing California's mandate on wearing face coverings while in public or high-risk settings. The state is stepping up regulation plans through local officials' authorities in preparation for spreading concerns with the July 4th holiday weekend.

In response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo imposed a 14-day quarantine order for all travelers from specific states, including California. Visitors are asked to self-quarantine upon arrival or risk facing a violation order and a civil penalty up to $10,000.

Hollywood Burbank Airport has announced the scheduled resumption of operations from Terminal B on Thursday, July 2. The Terminal had been closed since April 10, in connection to the drop in flights caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak are now delaying Proposition HHH housing projects, citing a lack of federal support in subsidies as making the construction process more difficult.

Cannabis Industry
While facing severe budget gaps as unemployment rises, California local governments are turning to cannabis tax measures for the November ballot to increase local tax revenue sources. Counties that have already adopted a cannabis tax are using the revenue to offset losses directly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education is moving forward with reallocating funds from the school police budget towards other school programs.

After weeks of negotiations, Major League Baseball plans to return to the field for a shortened 60 game season which is expected to begin at the end of July.

VICA Members
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal recently won the gold award for Best Newspaper and Best Overall Design in the small tabloid category by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers.

L.A. City to Provide More Resources for Child Care Services
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council moved forward with a motion that will look at providing financial support for the child care industry. On Thursday, the Planning and Land Use Management Committee also moved forward with a similar motion to streamline approval for child care facilities. VICA provided public comment in support of both motions due to the critical need for child care as part of our economic recovery plan. As with many businesses, child care providers are struggling to stay afloat as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With businesses beginning to slowly reopen, parents are facing the challenge of going back to work without leaving their kids unattended.  Funding and providing resources for our child care providers will help ensure that parents can return to work with the peace of mind that their children are being cared for in facilities that can adhere to new health guidelines and operate without fear of a looming closure. VICA will continue to engage with the City Council and their staff to find the most effective strategies for supporting the child care industry.

Sponsored by

2 to 3:15 PM
via Online Video Conference

Kevin de Leon
Los Angeles City Councilmember-elect - CD 14

VICA's Newsmaker Connection lets our members connect with important government and business leaders.

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County Sustainability Plan Report 
On June 11, the draft Progress Report for the "Our County Sustainability Plan" was released, while only providing 14 business days for the public to provide input. VICA submitted public comments to raise major concerns regarding the Report. Many of the goals and actions provided in the progress report were problematic because they would negatively impact the livelihoods of workers in Los Angeles' oil and gas industries. This would be inappropriate at a time when the County continues to face major jobs losses due to COVID-19. The report itself is lacking in its implementation analysis, thus failing to provide a clear picture as to the plans costs. Noticeably absent are input from the business community, whose legitimate concerns are not addressed in the plan. 

Because of the limitations of the report and the short timeline given for response, the County should reconsider what they have included in the Sustainability Plan. VICA hopes the County Sustainability Office will consider the many concerns that have been raised as they continue working on the Plan.

2 to 3:30 PM
via Online Video Conference

The Business of Branding

Join us for another VICA University Webinar where we will discuss the importance of branding with Cowe Consulting.

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USMCA Trade Agreement Goes Into Force
On July 1, the VICA-supported United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) officially entered into force, ushering in a new trade relationship between the three countries. The USMCA is a much-needed update to the quarter-century old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). With USMCA now in full effect, we expect that Los Angeles will see new opportunities for small businesses, manufacturing, as well as the auto and agriculture industries. With access to one of the largest export markets, the agreement provides a much needed outlet for increasing commercial activity following the recession brought about by COVID-19. VICA is proud to have been a strong supporter and member of the USMCA coalition.

10 to 11:30 AM
via Online Video Conference

Kathryn Barger
Chair, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

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Support Streamlining Housing Projects 
VICA supports the main provisions of Senate Bill 1120 (Atkins), which would require that qualified applications to a local government seeking to create a duplex or subdivide an existing residential parcel be approved ministerially without discretionary review. Addressing the housing crisis remains a top priority for VICA, especially with the additional pressures of the COVID-19 outbreak. SB 1120 would be a positive step towards increasing housing construction by streamlining the process of approving duplex construction or urban lot splits, which would promote small-scale neighborhood developments and increase housing availability.

However, VICA is concerned over the requirement that urban lot splits be equally sized as it fails to account for irregularly sized parcels. There is also confusion regarding the language of the bill referring to single-family residential zones and residential zones in different areas. VICA will work with the legislature to address these concerns and work to ensure SB 1120's language remains consistent and avoid potential confusion for developers and local governments.

Proposed Mandate for PPE Stockpile Places Burden Exclusively on Hospitals
VICA opposes Assembly Bill 2537 (Rodriguez), which would require hospital employers to provide a stockpile of new and unused Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the amount of six months of normal consumption. Hospitals have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 outbreak as they struggle to guarantee public health and safety with the limited resources they have. While AB 2537's intent is commendable, it could push many hospitals to close  their doors. Despite financial hardships, hospitals have pooled their resources to guarantee PPE for their employees. The requirement for "six months of consumption" is too vague and unrealistic. Ultimately, AB 2537 unfairly penalize hospitals for unforeseen circumstances that could lead to a sudden depletion of stockpiles. The state should do more to provide resources to hospitals rather than shifting more financial burdens on them.

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