October 27, 2017

In This Issue
"The Dodgers embody everything we love about L.A. - the grit, resilience, teamwork, and talent that have built our city into one of the world's most extraordinary places...Go Dodgers!"

- Mayor Eric Garcetti
Media Highlights 

Panel: What Government is Looking for? More Taxes
October 24

San Fernando Valley Residents Like What They See in the Economy, But Concern Looms Over Wealth Gap
October 20

VICA Conference Features Economic Forecast
October 20


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Children's Hospital Los Angeles 

Mid-Valley Family YMCA 

Planning Associates 

VICA Welcomes Our New Member 

Phillips Graduate University  

Next Week 

Manufacturing Day with Congressman Cardenas
Monday, Oct. 30 
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Spectrolab 12500 Gladstone Ave Sylmar
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After Dark with Vince Bertoni
Wednesday, Nov. 1
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by  Bobrick Washroom 
6901 Tujunga Ave., N. Hollywood
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Education Committee with Asm. Miguel Santiago
Sponsored by Woodbury University
Thursday, Nov. 2
8:30 - 10 a.m.
VICA Office 
16600 Sherman Way #170, Van Nuys
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Save The Date

Transportation Committee 
Tuesday, Nov. 7
8 - 10 a.m.
Hosted by The Garland 
4222 Vineland Ave., N. Hollywood
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Aviation Committee 
Wednesday, Nov. 8
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by Aerolease East
7943 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys
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Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee 
Sponsored by Metropolitan Water District
Thursday, Nov. 9
12 - 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office 
16600 Sherman Way #170, Van Nuys
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Leaders Forum with Supervisor Kuehl
Friday, Nov. 10
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Braemar Country Club 
4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 
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Inaugural Women in Philanthropy Boutique, Luncheon, Fashion Show and Awards
Hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation 
Wed., Nov. 15
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel 
7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues

The election is more than a year off, but the leading Democratic candidates for governor are already staking out differences on how to reform health care and are cautiously approaching an issue that has long been untouchable in California politics - Proposition 13. 

Starting Nov. 1, a 12 cent per gallon tax increase will be added to fuel costs to help pay for costly backlogs to road repairs.

After several hours of confusion over the Trump administration's position on a massive water delivery project, the Interior Department said Wednesday it would continue to work with the state on California WaterFix.

LA Metro just announced it's looking for a contractor to help it build an on-demand transit program, which would supplement the services the agency already runs. "Microtransit" is something in between a big bus that follows a rigid route and a personal ride that takes you door to door.

Higher Education
A new report shows that California continues to have the lowest community college tuition in the country, CSU tuition also is well below national averages, but the costs for UC rank above the average of other research universities.

International Trade
Major automakers, suppliers and auto dealers launched a new coalition on Tuesday to urge President Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The auto coalition said ending NAFTA, which underpins $1.2 trillion in annual trade, would put U.S. auto sector jobs at risk.

Public Health
President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency on Thursday. Responding to a growing problem wreaking havoc in rural areas, Trump's declaration will redirect federal resources and loosen regulations to combat opioid abuse. 
Let's Keep the Valley on Track to a 21st Century Transportation System

Metro is evaluating the feasibility of a major mass transit project that would operate along Van Nuys Blvd and San Fernando Rd from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink station. Monday, October 30 is the deadline to submit public comment on the draft environmental impact statement and report.

VICA strongly supports building this project as at-grade light rail transit with 14 stations, as well as preserving local bus service and mitigating parking impacts on Van Nuys Blvd.

Light rail transit has the highest ridership capacity among the alternatives, and provides the best connectivity time to the Orange Line and future Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. Light rail will sustain increasing transit demand, attract economic development and get the Valley on track to a 21st Century transit system.

Let Metro know that Light Rail Transit is the preferred option of Valley businesses for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor.
How do California Labor Laws Affect You?
As we prepare for the next half of the 2017-18 legislative session, the VICA Labor and Employment Committee is developing a list of priorities. 

VICA is working with members and other groups on issues such as the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), under which businesses are vulnerable to high legal and settlement costs for minor labor code violations, and workers compensation, including the high cost and specific issues such as post-termination workers compensation claims. 

We need to hear your ideas for practical changes which would help business owners cope with these issues. To get involved in the working group or share your ideas, please email Elizabeth@vica.com
San Fernando Valley Business Climate Survey
VICA Attends US Chamber Government Affairs Conference
VICA Legislative Affairs Managers Elizabeth Hawley and Armando Flores with Rob Engstrom, SVP and National Political Director at the US Chamber of Commerce.
This week, VICA staff attended the US Chamber of Commerce Regional Government Affairs Conference in Chicago, where they heard updates on federal issues which will affect the business community in the San Fernando Valley. Discussion areas included intellectual property protections, healthcare reform, transportation, infrastructure, and energy policy. 
Committee Report
Government Affairs Committee (10/18)
Hosted by Providence Tarzana Medical Center
  • Karen Swift, Community Relations Manager for Metro, provided an update on the implementation of Measure M.
  • Jeff Kiernan with the League of California Cities presented on the ballot initiative to repeal the recently approved gas tax increase.
  • The Committee adopted guiding principles for federal tax reform legislation.
  • The Committee also discussed 2018 legislative priorities. 
Healthcare Committee (10/19)
Hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital
  • Chris Patton, Vice President of Sales at Covered California, presented on Covered California's Small Business Program.
  • Darrell Scholte with the LA County Department of Mental Health presented on the County's mental health adult programs services.
  • Vartan Djihanian with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave an update on the federal healthcare reform efforts. 
  • The Committee discussed legislative priorities for 2018.

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