October 11, 2019

In This Issue
" We've invested more in new housing than at any point in our history. Now, we are removing some key local barriers to housing production. This crisis has been more than a half century in the making, and this Administration is just getting started on solutions."
- Governor Gavin Newsom on signing a package of housing bills including VICA-supported SB 330 and AB 68.
Media Mentions

New Housing Bill May Spur Valley Development
October 9

Public Banking Begins in California as Newsom Signs New Law
October 4

New Law Will Allow Cities and Counties to Create Public Banks
October 8

The Week Ahead


Mayor Garcetti's Manufacturing Summit
Tuesday, October 15
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WET Design
10847 Sherman Way,
Sun Valley
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Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, October 16
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Penny Lane Centers
15305 Rayen St.,
North Hills
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Aviation After Dark
Wednesday, October 16
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Burbank Airport Marriott
2627 North Hollywood Way, Burbank
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Save the Date

Business Forecast Conference
Friday, October 25
7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hilton Universal Hotel
555 Universal Drive,
Universal City
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Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, November 6
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Hilton Universal Hotel
555 Universal Drive
Universal City
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Education Committee
Thursday, November 7
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way
Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Electric Trucks
Anheuser-Busch will deploy 21 electric trucks made by
BYD Motors for its Sylmar distribution facility in its effort to cut carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2050.

Public Banks
L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson plans to propose establishing the City's first public bank. This comes after Governor Newsom signed a bill that allows municipalities to do so.

Section 8 Vouchers
Governor Newsom signed into law a bill that prohibits landlords from rejecting potential tenants who use housing vouchers, otherwise known as 'Section 8', to pay for rent.

Power Shutoffs
This week, PG&E  shut off power for about 800,000 customers in Northern and Central California in anticipation of strong winds amidst high wildfire risk. SoCal Edison is planning its own shutoffs in Southern California with the coming Santa Ana winds.

Electric Train
Metrolink proposed new high-speed electric trains
to travel between Burbank and Anaheim in hopes of reducing carbon emissions and relieving freeway congestion.

USMCA
Congress plans to move forward with the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promises to enforce new labor standards in Mexico.

More Homes for the Valley with Governor's Signature on VICA-Sponsored Bill


VICA is proud to announce Governor Gavin Newsom has signed VICA-sponsored bill AB 1560, authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman, into law. The approval of AB 1560 will allow the Valley to maximize housing along bus rapid transit (BRT) lines and optimize the investments we're making in our transit system. AB 1560 will amend  the definition of Major Transit Stop to include BRT lines, allowing Metro's Orange Line and future BRT lines to qualify for incentives and CEQA exemptions. 

The development of transit-oriented communities will transform the Valley. Sponsoring this bill and getting it through the Legislature is only the first step in meeting the Valley's unmet housing demand. 

Thank you to Assemblymember Friedman for her partnership on this bill, and thank you to Governor Newsom for signing this important legislation for the Valley into law.

Click here to read VICA's press release.
    
Attendees enjoy hosted  drinks and appetizers as  they meet and interact with  other prominent business  leaders from the community.  VICA After Darks are  complimentary to VICA  members.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  5:30 - 7:30 P.M. 
  Toll Bros- Cascades at Westcliffe
20340 W. Aberdeen Lane, Porter Ranch

Council Member, District 12
JOHN LEE


Click here to register.
Oil Well Setback at Los Angeles City Council Energy Committee
On Tuesday, he Los Angeles City Council Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee will discuss the Petroleum Administrator's recommendation to increase setback distances for future and existing oil wells. According to the report, implementing the recommended increased setbacks of 600 feet from residences and schools on existing oil and gas wells and 1,500 feet for future oil and gas development, could cost the City upward of $90 billion because of permanent losses to mineral and surface owners in the city. Shutting down oil and gas production will make us even more dependent on imported foreign oil and less energy independent. If we don't produce energy locally, we are forced to import more of it from countries that don't hire Californians, pay California taxes or care about our rigorous environmental regulations and health protections.

Let the City Council Energy Committee know you oppose this proposal by providing comment at the upcoming committee meeting:

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15 at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010, 200 N Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Click here to send a letter on the oil well setback.



Proposed Ordinance Details on Predictive Scheduling Released
The Los Angeles City Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) recently released its implementation report for a proposed predictive scheduling ordinance. The ordinance would apply to retail employers with over 300 employees globally, and would require those employers to provide schedules 14 days in advance. The BCA recommended that employees working an additional shift be compensated an extra hour of pay, and half pay for each hour not worked if a shift is reduced or canceled. The report raises some questions and concerns, including a proposed requirement that employers provide a good-faith estimate of average hours, a four year record-keeping requirement and a proposed new private right of action.

Please contact Elizabeth@vica.com for more information or to be involved in the VICA working group on this issue.


VICA Victories from the Governor's Desk
This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of housing bills that will have a positive impact on the San Fernando Valley's housing stock. This package included VICA-supported bills SB 330, which temporarily changes housing laws to expedite housing construction, and AB 68, which allows for the development of more accessory dwelling unit (ADU) construction. This comes after other major victories for housing with the passage of AB 1197, exempting supportive housing from CEQA, and VICA-sponsored AB 1560.

Governor Newsom also agreed with VICA in vetoing AB 1451, which sought to restrict ballot initiative signature-gatherers. This would have barred many Californians from participating in the democratic process. 
Committee Meetings

Land Use Committee (10/8)
Hosted by The Garland
  • Melvin Sanchez presented on the Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) draft methodology for the 6th Regional Housing Needs Assessment.
  • Tommy Newman, Director of Public Affairs of United Way's "Everyone In" Campaign, presented on how Measure HHH has addressed homelessness in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
  • The committee discussed the City of Los Angeles' new Vehicle Miles Traveled Thresholds and Guidelines.
Not-For-Profit Committee (10/10)
Hosted by Child Care Resource Center
  • The committee spotlighted Child Care Resource Center Development Manager Shauna Carter.
  • Bobby Kobara from the Mayor's Office of Budget and Innovation presented on the role of not-for-profit organizations in the 2020 Census.
  • Thalia Nawi (Education First) gave a presentation on the Los Angeles County Office of Education's new intiatives for supporting students, families and educators.
 
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