September 15, 2017

In This Issue
"Though our country was wounded that day, today we remind the world that terrorism
 will never defeat the
United States...Our hearts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones to terrorism.
We remain committed
to stopping those extremists who plot, enable, and carry out attacks on the innocent."

  - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks
 
Media Highlight

Barger Rips Plan to Expand Board of Supervisors, SCV News,
September 12

There Is No Way in Hell Amazon HQ IS Coming to L.A., LA Weekly,
September 14
Calendar 
Save The Date

Public Hearing on East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor
Hosted by Metro
Monday, Sept. 18
8:30 to 11 a.m.
Zev Yaroslavsky 
Family Support Center
7555 Van Nuys Bl, Van Nuys,   
Click  here for more information and additional dates

VICA After Dark with LAWA Chief Development Officer Bob Gilbert
Sponsored by The Bel Air and Englander, Knabe & Allen
Tuesday, Sept. 19
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Bel Air
662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
Click  here to RSVP

Government Affairs Committee with Assemblymember Dante Acosta
Hosted by Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
18321 Clark St., Tarzana
Click here to RSVP

Job Fair
Hosted by U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas
Thursday, Sept. 21
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Los Angeles Mission College
13356 Eldridge Ave, Sylmar
Click  here for more information


Hot Issues
 
Elections 
California is pushing to change the state's primary date from June to March, a move that could determine the 2020 presidential nominations and swing the early weight of the campaign to the west.

Healthcare 
United States Senator Sanders released his proposal for single payer healthcare.
   
Housing  
New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that California has the country's highest poverty rate. California's housing crisis is a huge contributor.

Education 
L.A. Unified announced an 80.2% graduation rate for 2016-2017,  which exceeded the district's goals.

Technology 
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao unveiled federal guidelines for self-driving cars that aim to support innovation and create a fair playing ground.

Transportation 
Angelenos spend about 100 hours a year stuck in traffic. Some say toll roads could alleviate traffic, but others counter that the price might deter drivers from the trip altogether.

Emergency Preparedness 
Scientists say it's possible for SoCal to be hit with an 8.2 earthquake similar to the one in Mexico. Such a quake would be especially disastrous to Los Angeles because it sits on the San Andreas Fault.

Immigration 
California, along with three other states, ha  sued the Trump administration for rescinding DACA.

Make Your Voice Heard on Final Day of Legislative Session
Last Chance to Register for VICA After Dark With LAWA's Chief Development Officer Bob Gilbert
California Assembly Moves Towards Effectively Addressing the Housing Crisis
Register Now for VICA's 2017 Business Forecast Conference
Take Action on Environmental Legislation Costly to Businesses
Harmful Legislation Attacks Small, Minority Owned Businesses and Non-Profits
Committee Report
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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