September 28, 2018

In This Issue
"[VICA] has remained an active voice in Los Angeles... this is a city that needs your voice."

- LAPD Chief Michel Moore addressing VICA members at our After Dark
Media Mentions

The Nightmare on Spring Street
September 17


The Week Ahead

4th Annual Valley Village Run/Walk
Sunday, Sept. 30
7 a.m. to noon
Kite Field, Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys
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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night
Saturday, Oct. 6
4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
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Save the Date

Land Use Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 9
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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After Dark With Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel
Thursday, Oct. 11
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys
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Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Sponsored by 
Dolphin Group
Wednesday Oct. 17
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170,  Van Nuys
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Leaders Forum with CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra
Thursday Oct. 18
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sportsmen's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City
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Hot Issues 

On Thursday, Governor Brown signed SB 1045 (Wiener), which VICA supported. This bill will implement an expanded conservatorship system to treat homeless people suffering from mental illness and addiction in specific counties.

Proponents of Proposition 6, the measure to repeal California's increased gas tax, filed a new ballot measure on Tuesday to kill Governor Brown's high speed rail project. The measure would also prevent the state from spending gas tax funds on mass transit.

Analysis of California's new clean energy goals show the immense cost of transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2045. Estimates say that achieving this goal will require upwards of $100 billion and Moody's has called the implementation of SB 100 a credit negative for the state's electrical utilities. VICA opposed SB 100 (De Leon) for these very reasons.

With less than six weeks before the November election, Prop 10 is lagging behind in the polls. According to recent polls, Prop 10, which seeks to allow cities and counties to implement new rent controls and is strongly opposed by VICA, has support from 36% of likely voters with 46% opposed and 16% undecided. 

This week negotiations continued between UTLA and LAUSD over pay raises and class sizes amid the threat of a teacher strike. VICA has urged both sides to do everything possible to avoid a strike. 

LAPD Chief Michel Moore Discusses Challenges facing the City of LA
David Meza ( SoCalGas), Steve Nissen ( Comcast NBCUniversal), Lisa Gritzner ( LG Strategies), Susan Disney Lord ( The Bel-Air), LAPD Chief Michel Moore.

On Wednesday, VICA members met with Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore at a VICA After Dark. Members enjoyed appetizers and drinks hosted by the  Bel-Air as they heard remarks from Chief Moore. Chief Moore discussed the challenges the city faces, especially with regard to homelessness. He noted that Los Angeles is a "tale of two cities, with an explosion of commerce and business" at the same time as we face the "greatest humanitarian crisis of our generation: homelessness." He pointed out that Bel-Air  was threatened with a fire inadvertently caused by "people just trying to exist, using cooking utensils to try to keep warm." Homelessness is a community issue to solve, he said, and the LAPD will continue to protect life and property with compassion. Chief Moore also answered questions from members on distracted driving, the LAPD contract with  Metro , and cannabis licensing. 
Our thanks to presenting sponsors the Bel-Air, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Southern California Gas Company.

Presented by   

California State Assemblymember
Jesse Gabriel

Thursday, October 11, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys

Join VICA for our upcoming After Dark, featuring California State Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel. Attendees enjoy hosted drinks and appetizers as they meet and interact with other prominent business leaders from the community.  VICA After Darks are complimentary to VICA members.

Non-members who are interested in attending are encouraged to contact

VICA Around Town
This week VICA sent a letter to the LA Unified Board and UTLA expressing strong concerns about the impact of a potential strike on our children, working parents, and community. Staff also attended a Metro community meeting on the North San Fernando Valley BRT project, and a Warner Center Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council Impacts and Policies committee meeting to discuss the five-year review of the Warner Center 2035 Plan.

Board of Education Votes in Favor of Valley Student Success
VICA  applauds the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education's decision to renew the Granada Hills Charter High School (GHCHS) and to expand into grades Transitional Kindergarten to 8th Grade. 

GHCHS has been recognized as one of the highest performing public schools in the Valley.  Our state's long-term economic growth relies on our educational institutions to produce tomorrow's highly skilled work force. 

On October 6, 2018, join Homes 4 Families in going  Over the Edge for Veterans - a chance for the most daring donors to rappel down the Universal Hilton. 100 percent of the funds you raise will help build homes and provide services for low-income veterans and military families in North LA County. Click here to register or explore sponsorship opportunities, or call Donielle DeLeon at (818) 884-8808 x209.
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