November 30, 2018

In This Issue
"I look forward to working with the Federal Transit Administration to get L.A.'s public transportation system moving full steam ahead."

- Mayor Eric Garcetti discussing new funding for the Metro Purple Line
Media Mentions

Los Angeles City Council Approves Sidewalk Vending Regulations
Los Angeles Business Journal
November 28

L.A. City Council Approves Street Vending Regulations
November 28

After Years of Debate, L.A. Legalizes Sidewalk Vending
November 28

What Happens Next Now that Street Vending is Officially Legal in Los Angeles
89.3 KPCC
November 29


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members





Communities for California Cardrooms

Mercury Public Affairs

VICA Welcomes Our New Members

Alice Yardum-Hunter Law Corp



Morgner Construction Management

Paratus Insurance Services


The Week Ahead

VICA Hockey Night
Hosted by AEG
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Staples Center Private Suite
1111 South Figueroa St. 
Los Angeles

Aviation Committee
Hosted by Aeroplex Aerolease Group
Wednesday, Dec. 5
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Aerolease Van Nuys East
7943 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Leaders Forum with L.A. General Managers
Presented by Outfront Media and Dosist
Thursday, Dec. 6
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sportsmen's Lodge
12833 Ventura Blvd.,
Studio City
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Save the Date

Land Use Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, Dec. 11
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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69th Annual Meeting
Presented by the  San Fernando Valley Business Journal and The Boeing Company
Friday, Dec. 14
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys
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After Dark with State Assemblymember Luz Rivas
Thursday, Jan. 10
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
15800 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys
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Sacramento Advocacy Day
Wednesday, Jan. 23
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Hot Issues 

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission moved forward with a proposed ordinance for Accessory Dwelling Units. VICA strongly supports the construction of these units as a proven and immediate solution to the housing crisis. VICA will continue to advocate for relaxed ADU regulations as it moves to the City Council.

Open Spaces
VICA attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday for the opening of Metro's  new landscaped plaza in front of the historic Lankershim Depot in North Hollywood. The park recreates the public space that was originally opened at the depot more than 100 years ago.

Hundreds are still  waiting to return to their properties in the Woolsey fire area. Public works and emergency officials said that infrastructure reconstruction and safety inspections are responsible for the delay. 

Metro secured a $100 million federal grant to extend the Purple Line to West Los Angeles. The subway project will whisk commuters from the Westside to downtown in less than half an hour and is expected to generate 78,000 new daily trips on the county's growing rail system. The project is scheduled for completion in 2026.

New Sheriff in Town
Alex Villanueva beat incumbent sheriff Jim McDonnell in a historic upset in the race for Los Angeles County Sheriff . McDonnell's defeat marks the first time an incumbent sheriff has lost in more than a century.

Climate Goals
California is falling short on climate change goals because driving is increasing. According to the California Air Resources Board, carbon emissions per capita from vehicle travel in California were increasing, making it more difficult to reach the state's ambitious climate goals. 

Nursing Strike Avoided
Los Angeles County officials and the labor union representing county nurses reached an 11th hour deal Monday night to avert a labor strike that was set to begin Tuesday morning. 

Los Angeles City Council Approves Sidewalk Vending Ordinance
After years of advocacy work by VICA and the business community, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance regulating sidewalk vending. The ordinance establishes a permit system for vendors subject to specific restrictions such as limitations on selling near entertainment venues. Though severely limited in what they could regulate after the passage of Senate Bill 946 (Lara), VICA commends the City Council for working within the limitations of state law to pass an ordinance that respects the concerns of the business community. The passage of the ordinance is only the first step in the process of implementing new rules and regulations for sidewalk vending in Los Angeles. Over the next year, the city will continue to work on crafting the permit system.
Click here to read VICA's press release.
Regional Planning Commission Postpones Decision on New Housing Fee
On Wednesday, VICA advocated strongly against a proposal to add a new one percent fee on major developments in unincorporated Los Angeles County, including residential developments with five or more units, exacerbating the housing crisis when most agencies are trying to make housing less expensive to build. The revenue raised would be used for a poorly-defined list of arts projects. Developers would have the option to provide an on-site art installation but community benefits such as innovative architecture or attractive landscaping would not count towards the art fee. Commissioners raised the possibility of also subjecting affordable housing development to the fee. VICA is relieved that commissioners voted to continue the item until February to allow staff to work with VICA and others in the business community to address these concerns.

For more information or to get involved, please email
Sponsor or Host a VICA Committee in 2019
VICA is looking for members to host or sponsor committee meetings or a board meeting in 2019. If your company can accommodate between 20 to 40 people comfortably, we may have a committee for you. As a host you will have an opportunity to make welcome remarks and give members the chance to visit your site. You will also be listed on each agenda as the host and table cards will be provided at the meeting. If you have the financial wherewithal, but not a site, consider sponsoring the meeting at VICA. Please see the costs of sponsorships below. Your company would still get to welcome everyone at the meeting and would have their logo on the agendas.

Please call Jessica at the VICA office at (818) 817-0545 to discuss.

Click here to learn more.

Sacramento Advocacy Day
Wednesday, January 23

VICA's regular advocacy  trips to the state capitol are crucial to ensuring the voice of the business community is heard by legislators. Join us for our first trip of the year.

These member-only trips allow direct interaction with state elected officials and create the freedom for discussion on issues that are vital to our members. Join VICA in Sacramento for one of our monthly advocacy trips. Don't miss this opportunity to be heard on how legislation affects your company.

Click here to RSVP
Board of Supervisors Approves Anti-Housing Measure
VICA advocated against the Interim Rent Stabilization Ordinance at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which imposes a 180-day moratorium on rent increases. VICA was disappointed by the Board's decision to approve this anti-housing policy, which will devastate the housing market. This ordinance will disincentivize the development of more housing, limit funding available for maintenance and repair of older buildings, make it very difficult to evict bad tenants causing problems for other residents, and inflate prices for non-rent-controlled units. Despite the passage of this measure, VICA will continue to advocate for sensible solutions to our current housing crisis.

To learn more, email

Friday, December 14, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys

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CalOSHA Updates Electronic Filing Requirements
CalOSHA has updated its requirements for electronic submission of Form 300A "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illness" for 2017. Previously, California employers did not have to comply with the electronic filing requirement, but now must submit their 300A data for 2017 to the federal OSHA Injury Tracking Application (ITA) by December 31, 2018.

Thank you to LBW Insurance for bringing this to the attention of our members.

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