VICA Weekly
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Friday, March 12
In This Issue
  • Quote of the Week
  • VICA Advocacy
  • Members
  • Job Opportunity
  • Upcoming Events
  • Media Mentions
  • Hot News
  • Member Spotlight
  • Committee Recap
  • Member Messages
"We are providing certainty. Certainty that we are safely vaccinating Californians as quickly as possible. Certainty that we are safely reopening our economy. Certainty that we are safely getting our kids back in classrooms. All of which adds up to a brighter future for our state."
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
VICA Advocacy
Oppose Harmful Workers' Compensation Presumptions
VICA opposes Senate Bill 213 (Cortese), which would establish a presumption in the workers' compensation program for a broad range of illnesses and injuries, and relieve hospital employees from having to demonstrate that certain infectious diseases and injuries arose out of their work environment.

SB 213 would expand non-COVID-19 presumptions into the private sector for the first time without any evidence that employees lack access to workers' compensation benefits. In fact reports show that health care employers are a leading industry when it comes to approving the vast majority of workers' compensation claims. Further, any increase in workers' compensation costs will have a direct and immediate impact on the financial ability of a hospital to provide access to high-quality care, which is already in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This bill sets a troubling precedent and has the potential to significantly alter the state's workers' compensation system. For these reasons, VICA urges you to tell your legislators to vote NO on SB 213.
Support Development on Big Box Retail
VICA supports Senate Bill 6 (Caballero), which would allow residential development on existing lots currently zoned for commercial office and retail spaces, such as strip malls or large 'big box' retail spaces.

SB 6 would allow local governments to approve housing development on commercial and retail spaces, which will improve our housing crisis which has been exacerbated by COVID-19. However, VICA is concerned that the prevailing wage provisions included in the bill will make housing development more expensive, contradicting any positive steps toward affordability of new housing under SB 6. Therefore, VICA supports SB 6, but urges the legislature to strike the prevailing wage provisions.

Passing SB 6 will help the state reach its housing goals and drive economic activity in regions most in need of revitalization. Your voice is needed to urge legislators to amend and pass SB 6!
VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members
Premier Partner:
  • US Bank (2005)
Platinum Member:
  • Clear Channel (2004)
Gold Member:
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne (1979)
Bronze Member:
  • Merlone Geier Partners (2015)
  • Lee & Associates (2018)
  • Aeroplex/Aerolease Group (2013)
  • Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital (2017)
Upcoming Events
Ticket Price: $100
Includes Breakfast

Circle of Influence & Business Leader members receive a free ticket to this event. Please contact Cathy to reserve your free seat. 
Contact Shauna Carter for additional details. | 805.558.0731
The Week Ahead
VICA's March Advocacy Day
Tuesday, March 16th
Online Video Conference
Almost SOLD OUT!
Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Sponsored by Amazon
Wednesday, March 17th
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
New Member Orientation
Thursday, March 18th
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Extraordinary Women in Leadership Breakfast
Friday, March 19th
8:30 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Save the Date
VICA Newsmaker Connection with Commissioner Taylor
Monday, April 5
10 to 11:15 p.m.
Online Video Conference
VICA After Dark with Senator Portantino
Wednesday, April 14
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
Media Mentions
Hot News
California will allow an estimated 4.4 million people with disabilities or underlying health conditions to access the vaccine starting Monday.

Tier System
California has met its initial target for vaccinating disadvantaged communities, clearing the way for a loosening of the four-tier reopening blueprint guidelines.

Federal Stimulus
The President has signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package covering stimulus checks, unemployment insurance, and tax relief.
Los Angeles County will reopen certain sectors on Monday, including indoor dining, gyms, museums, schools, and movie theaters.

Stock Market
Several major US stock indexes hit all time highs on Thursday as investors bet on the trillions of dollars in government stimulus passed this week.

Organizers of the Governor's recall efforts said that they have collected 2 million signatures, but it is still unclear whether the issue will head to voters this year.
Member Spotlight
Troy Brown
University of West Los Angeles
I am a Los Angeles native and attended Crossroads Highschool in Santa Monica. Upon graduating, I was awarded a scholarship to play basketball at the prestigious Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. Most recently, I was awarded a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Business Innovation in 2016 from the University of West Los Angeles (UWLA)

Today, as the Senior Vice President and the Director of Admissions, Recruitment & Marketing at UWLA, I oversee the day-to-day operations of both the School of Business and School of Law.

UWLA is first and foremost a family. With a goal to provide a premier educational experience UWLA prides itself with the ability to enable our broadly diverse community of students to obtain the professional skills and knowledge necessary to pursue and achieve their goals and dreams. Thus, a biproduct of my role is to ensure the creation of a family rich environment that builds equity within our community. I couldn’t be more proud to continue to enrich the UWLA community. Outside of UWLA I enjoy giving back to my community; I currently act as a mentor for the Achievers Program in Los Angeles, where I assist young high school seniors with their college applications and train them to meet their life goals. As a spinal cord injury survivor, I also make it a priority to mentor other individuals who have suffered from spinal cord injuries throughout Los Angeles County by instilling hope and perseverance in them during their recovery. I have presented a TEDx talk about overcoming tragedy and making the right, conscious decision to continue to persevere no matter the odds. Most recently, I was named a Board Member at Imagine LA where we continue to aid in the fight against homelessness. 

When VICA asked a few additional questions, these responses were shared:

Tell us about your belief in VICA, how has VICA been most valuable for you?  
VICA holds a great importance to business and educational organizations, the ability to create a connection that furthers success for all those involved. VICA has opened an opportunity for UWLA to have a voice in local advocacy and legislation as well as a foothold in navigating how to develop better diversity and inclusion within the association.

If you were to share an experience about VICA, what would that be? 
VICA has an outstanding inclusivity within their community. It has been a pleasure to network with no challenge of getting to know other professionals within the association.

What do you believe to be the greatest accomplishment VICA has achieved? 
UWLA finds great accomplishment in VICA’s work to advocate and support businesses within their association through the works of their legislative tracking and efforts.

What was your organizations and/or your greatest accomplishment in 2020? 
UWLA finds great accomplishment in the ability to adapt to unforeseen global impacts, continue their pursuit to providing excellent education successfully, as well as grow their newly established School of Business by developing relationship with various organizations and institutions.

Can you share what VICA has meant for you and your business during COVID? 
VICA has allowed UWLA to stay connected with the community and understand the struggles presented by COVID everyone is finding together.
Committee Recap
Sports, Entertainment, Tourism, and Hospitality Committee (3/4)
Sponsored by History for Hire

  • Don Skeoch, Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, presented on COVID-19 Marketing Recovery Plans.
  • Elissa Glickman, CEO of Glendale Arts gave updates on the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program.
  • The SETH Committee recommended that VICA Support Senate Bill 285 (McGuire): California Tourism Recovery Act.
Transportation Committee (3/9)
Sponsored by The Garland

  • California State Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Chair of the State Assembly Transportation Committee, joined as a special guest to answer questions and update the committee on State transportation efforts.
  • Samantha Bricker, Deputy Executive Director of LAWA, presented on the LAX Airfield and Terminal Modernization Project.
  • The Transportation Committee recommended that VICA support Assembly Bill 365 (O'Donnell): Sales and Use Taxes Exclusion - Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Drayage Trucks.
  • The Transportation Committee recommended that VICA support Senate Bill 44 (Allen): CEQA Streamlined Judicial Review - Environmental Leadership Transit Projects.
Healthcare Committee (3/11)
Sponsored by Mission Community Hospital

  • Dr. Paul Simon, Chief Science Officer and Director of the Division of Assessment, Planning, and Quality at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health gave updates on the state of the COVID-19 emergency and progress that has been made.
  • The Healthcare Committee recommended that VICA support Assembly Bill 32 (Aguiar-Curry): Telehealth.
  • The Healthcare Committee recommended that VICA support Assembly Bill 1162 (Villapudua): Health Care Coverage - Claims Payments.
  • The Healthcare Committee recommended that VICA oppose Assembly Bill 705 (Kamlager): Health Care Facilities - Medical Privileges.
  • The Healthcare Committee recommended that VICA support Assembly Bill 593 (Petrie-Norris): Golden State Innovation Act of 2021.
  • The Healthcare Committee recommended that VICA support Senate Bill 593 (Portantino): Employer Associations - Large Group Health Insurance.

> Please share a brief biography and a fun fact about yourself that people would love to learn, ie: you love skydiving, you have run a marathon, you started your own business at a young age, etc. (2-3 sentences) 

> Tell us about your belief in VICA, how has VICA been most valuable for you? 

> If you were to share an experience with someone about VICA, what would that be? 
> Share with us what you believe to be the greatest accomplishment VICA has achieved?

> What was your organizations and/or your greatest accomplishment in 2020?

> Can you share what VICA has meant for you and your business during COVID?

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