September 22, 2017

In This Issue
"We are on the threshold of making LAX the gold standard for the U.S. and the world. I am proud to be here for that."

- Los Angeles World Airports Chief Development 
Officer Bob Gilbert  
Media Highlights

VICA Reports 74 Percent Legislative Success Rate,
September 21

A Subway Through The East Valley? Sherman Oaks Residents Say They Want One,
Los Angeles Daily News
September 19

Streetsblog Editor Kept Out of Metro Meeting Due to Bike Tools,
Streetsblog LA
September 18

VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Bronze Member  
( 2007)

Fazio Cleaners

Port of Los Angeles

VICA Welcomes Our New Member 

  Green Public Affairs & Campaigns
Save The Date

Manufacturing Day
Hosted by U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas 
Friday, Oct. 6
9 a.m. to Noon
North Valley Aviation Center
16550 Saticoy St, Van Nuys
Click here for more information. 

Over the Edge for Veterans
Hosted by Homes 4 Families
Saturday, Oct. 7 
All Day Event
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr., Universal City
Click here for more information.

Land Use Committee Meeting
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, Oct. 10
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland 
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
Click here to RSVP

Valley Cultural Center's Dancing With Our Valley Stars
Featuring VICA President Stuart Waldman
Friday, October 13
6 to 10 p.m.
Warner Center Marriott
21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills
Click here for more information. 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Hosted by Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Noon to 2 p.m.
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
18321 Clark St., Tarzana
Click here to RSVP

Healthcare Committee Meeting 
Hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Thursday, Oct. 19
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

2017 Business Forecast Conference
Presented by Wells Fargo and SoCal Gas
Friday, Oct. 20
7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Dr, Universal City
Click here to RSVP

Hot Issues
According to a new report, student debt is continuing  to drive down home ownership  in cities like Los Angeles, which are already facing high costs and low inventory. The  report reveals typical student debt to be about $41,000 - several thousand dollars more than the annual median income.

Hoping to showcase the Los Angeles County region as the perfect fit to house Amazon's second headquarters , the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a pair of motions  on Tuesday to begin the process of crafting a proposal to be considered by officials with the internet giant.

A large farming district voted to oppose Gov. Brown's Delta tunnels project, voting overwhelmingly not to help pay for the $17 billion plan to remake the fragile estuary that serves as the hub of California's water delivery network.

According to an analysis released by a health policy consulting firm, California could lose $78 billion in federal funding if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act - more than any other state in the nation.

Earlier this week, California State University trustees unanimously approved a salary increase for top executives at the end of a two-day meeting in which they also discussed budget shortfalls, enrollment growth and protections for immigration students. 

UC San Diego will begin testing self-driving cars on campus roads starting in  January - taking advantage of the fact that it does not need state permission to carry out such studies. 

Los Angeles County Officials declared a Hepatitis A outbreak, but are taking preventative measures to ensure the containment of the outbreak that has affected people in Southern California

Natural Disasters
 On Wednesday, a Los Angeles County rescue team deployed from Pacoima as they headed to aid local authorities in Mexico after the devastating earthquake that occurred earlier this week.
LAWA's Chief Development Officer  Bob Gilbert Joins Members for  VICA After Dark
VICA Chairman Kevin Tamaki ( AT&T), Presenting Sponsor Bruce Holms ( SKANSKA), Presenting Sponsor Dana Debel ( Delta Airlines), Guest Speaker Bob Gilbert (LAWA), VICA 1st Vice Chair Lisa Gritzner ( LG Strategies), and Presenting Sponsor Susan Disney Lord ( The Bel-Air) at Tuesday's VICA After Dark. 

On Tuesday, VICA members gathered at  The Bel-Air to join Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Development Officer Bob Gilbert for a VICA After Dark. With over 40 years of experience in aviation, Gilbert leads LAWA's capital program, where he coordinates the modernization and improvement programs with Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Gilbert spoke to attendees about his responsibilities at LAX and efforts to involve the business community in the decision making process of projects at the airport. Gilbert said, "We want to make sure when the Olympics return to Los Angeles, that we are friendly to our neighbors." Renovations at LAX are among the largest infrastructure projects in the nation. Gilbert said he wants to reach out to business at this key moment. His office will soon start meeting one-on-one with small businesses to discuss how they can work together for the renovations at LAX and how to best prepare for the Olympics. Gilbert emphasized this by saying, "We are on the threshold of making LAX the gold standard for the U.S. and the world. I am proud to be here for that."

Thank you to the Presenting Sponsors of the event, The Bel-Air, Delta Airlines, and SKANSKA Meridiam as well as Co-Sponsors and Friends of VICA Sponsors, Bank of America - Merrill Lynch, Birdi & Associates
Dakota Communications, Hilton Universal City, Parsons, and Van Nuys Airport
Undemocratic Bill Will Increase Property Fees Without Voter Approval 
Register Now for VICA's 2017 Business Forecast Conference
21st Century Transportation System For San Fernando Valley
Committee Report
Government Affairs (9/20)
Hosted by Providence Tarzana Medical Center
  • Assemblymember Dante Acosta joined the committee and spoke about some of his experiences during his first year in the California State Legislature. He discussed a wide range of topics including issues such as employment issues, taxes, developmental services, and criminal justice.
  • VICA President Stuart Waldman updated the committee on the outcomes of the first year of the 2017-18 Legislative Session, including VICA wins and losses.
On October 7, 2017, join Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV and Homes 4 Families in going Over the Edge for Veterans - a chance for the most daring donors to rappel down the Hilton Universal City. 100 percent of the funds you raise will help build homes and provide services for veteran families in North Los Angeles County. Click here to register or explore sponsorship opportunities, or call Donielle DeLeon at (818) 884-8808.

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