July 12, 2019

In This Issue
" As a charter, we've been able to respond to the needs of our families and their children by providing an array of academic, arts, athletic, and civic programs that provide our wonderfully diverse students an opportunity to explore their curiosity. "

- Brian Bauer, Executive Director, Granada Hills Charter School, at the groundbreaking of GHC's new TK-8 campus


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members


Burbank Chamber of Commerce

Daar & Newman

Goodwill Industries of Southern California

Marathon Communications

San Fernando Community Health Center


Upcoming Week

VICA After Dark with Assemblymember Christy Smith
Tuesday, July 16 
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel
7277 Valjean Avenue, 
Van Nuys
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Government Affairs Committee
Hosted by  Penny Lane Centers
Wednesday, July 17
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Penny Lane Centers
15314 Rayen Street, North Hills
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Save the Date

Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, July 23
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite #170, Van Nuys
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Education Committee
Thursday, August 1
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite #170, Van Nuys
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Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, August 7
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City
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Hot Issues 

Property owners and residents of shelters on skid row are going to court to block a contentious legal settlement that restricts Los Angeles' ability to clear homeless encampments in the downtown area.

According to a new report, Los Angeles has ranked the nation's 5th most expensive city for renters.

Rent Control
The tenant protection bill aimed to cap rent increases and require a just cause for evictions is facing backlash among Californian landlords and lawmakers.

Governor Newsom signed a major wildfire bill which will address some of the impacts on investor-owned utilities and ratepayers. 

Governor Newsom has announced that Marybel Batjer, a veteran of state government, will serve as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. 

California may soon join most states in creating a 5-year high school graduation rate as a way of crediting districts and high schools that help students who return to school after senior year to earn a diploma. 

Major Labor Bills Advance in Legislature
Two major bills advanced through the Senate Labor committee this week. Assembly Bill 5, by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would codify a strict new test which would limit the definition of an independent contractor by codifying the California Supreme Court ruling in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court ("Dynamex") and carve out certain exemptions. The exemptions currently include insurance agents, financial services advisors, direct salespeople, certain healthcare professionals, realtors, hairstylists, and professional services. VICA continues to have concerns about this bill and will continue to advocate to make sure that any worker who prefers the flexibility to work as an independent contractor can continue to do so.
Another bill, AB 1066, also passed out of the Senate Labor committee. AB 1066 would allow striking workers to claim unemployment benefits after a certain period of time. California unemployment benefits are needed to support workers involuntarily unemployed, especially during a recession, and taking benefits away from those families to fund voluntarily striking workers is unfair.

 Click here to send a letter on AB 5  or click here  to send a letter on AB 1066.

11:30 - 2 P.M.



Board of Supervisors: 
Kathryn Barger
Sheila Kuehl

Jeffrey Prang

Alex Villanueva

City Attorney
Mike Feuer

Bob Blumenfield
Paul Koretz
Paul Krekorian
Mitch O'Farrell
Herb Wesson

City Administrator
Richard Llewllyn

General Manager
Seleta Reynolds
City of Burbank 
Sharon Springer

City of Pasadena
Terry Tornek

City of San Fernando
Joel Fajardo

City of Glendale
Ara Najarian

City of Simi Valley
Keith Mashburn

City of Calabasas
David Shapiro
Board Member
Scott Schmerelson
Nick Melvoin

Scott Svonkin
Steve Veres

Support Incentives for Small and Mid-Size Manufacturers in California
VICA supports Assembly Bill 1248 (Garcia ), which would allow cities and counties to offer property tax abatements to small and mid-size manufacturers under the Capital Investment Incentive Program (CIIP) for up to 10 consecutive years. The existing CIIP allows a local government to rebate an incentive amount to a large manufacturer equal to the property taxes owed on the manufacturing property in excess of $150 million for up to 15 years. The CIIP is intended to attract large manufacturers, which would act as massive sources of employment and economic vitality for the community. However, between 2016-2017, a third of California's manufacturing investments came from small and mid-size manufacturers, each investment ranging from $5 million to $55 million.  AB 1248 would expand incentives available to large manufacturers to small and mid-size manufacturers, and will ensure the manufacturer functions as a job creator for the community.
Click here to send a letter supporting AB 1248.

11:30 - 1:30 P.M.

The Garland - 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood

Don't miss our 6th Annual Congressional Luncheon, a unique  opportunity to engage with federal elected officials who represent  the Valley in a casual Q&A format.

Support a Needed Film Tax Credit for Relocating Productions
VICA supports Assembly Bill 1442 (Rivas), which would provide an additional film and
television production tax credit to projects which relocate production to California. While VICA would prefer to see AB 1442 amended to include relocating productions from anywhere outside of California, we support any efforts to increase film and television production in the state. The current California Film and Television Tax Credit, in place since 2015, has increased on-location filming in Los Angeles. As of 2017, on-location film and television production increased direct in-state spending to $3.7 billion, with television bringing in $891 million, including $315 million in below-the-line wages, which typically generate longer term employment compared to feature film projects. 

Click here to send a letter supporting AB 1442.
VICA is Hiring!
VICA is currently looking for an individual to join our dynamic team. The positions is:

Membership Manager: VICA is looking for a Membership Manager to help recruit new members, retain existing members, sell sponsorships and advertising and develop a strong membership program and ambassador committee. This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated professional who wants to facilitate participation and networking in the most influential business community in the Valley. 

If you or anyone you know would like to work for the most influential business group in the Valley, email a resume and cover letter to  Jessica@vica.com.

Click here to view the job descriptions.
Committee Reports
Transportation Committee (7/09)
Hosted by The Garland 
  • Karen Swift from Metro provided the committee with updates to the North San Fernando Valley and North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Projects.
  • Mark Yamarone, Deputy Executive Officer of Long Range Planning for Metro, presented updates on Metro's Long-Range Transportation Plan, as well as Metro's Bus Rapid Transit Vision and Principles Study.
  • The Committee also discussed and recommended positions on two action items with regard to Metro's Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project.
Not-For-Profit Committee (7/11)
Hosted by Child Care Resource Center
  • The committee heard from Tamika Farr, Executive Director for El Centro De Amistad, Inc., on the organization's mental health services available to families and individuals in need.
  • Janet Levine of Janet Levine Consulting presented to the committee on fundraising strategies for not-for-profit organizations.
  • Stephen Landsman, Partner at SqarMilner, presented to the group on the impacts the federal tax reform would have on charitable donations.
  • The committee discussed two events to take place in 2020: one on board recruitment and dedicated not-for-profit advocacy day.
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