VICA Weekly
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Friday, November 20
In This Issue
  • Quote of the Week
  • VICA Supports Hilton Universal Expansion Project
  • Members
  • COVID-19 Health Officer Orders
  • Upcoming Events
  • Hot News
  • VICA Advocacy
  • Member Spotlight
  • Media Mentions
  • 2021 Government Handbook
  • Committee Meeting Recaps
"[The] next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm."
Governor Gavin Newsom
Statement on COVID-19 Curfew and Further Restrictions
VICA Supports Hilton Universal Expansion Project
VICA supports the Hilton Universal Expansion Project, a $150 million expansion of existing accommodations at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel.

In the wake of COVID-19, businesses, especially in the hospitality industry, are struggling to rebuild. As the Hilton Universal City begins to revamp their business operations, they are looking towards the future by expanding, improving, and investing in their success and the economic vitality of the community around them. The Hilton Universal Expansion Project will inject $150 million into the local economy, create almost 1,000 temporary construction jobs, and create hundreds of new permanent positions at the hotel. VICA is proud to support and advocate for the Hilton Universal Expansion Project.
Members
VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members
Gold Member:
VICA Welcomes our New Members

  • Terra Health
LA County Department of Public Health Updates COVID-19 Health Officer Orders
Due to an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has updated Health Officer Orders. The new orders will go into effect Friday, November 20th. VICA wants to keep you informed about new restrictions on business and personal activities:

Restaurants/Wineries/Breweries/Food Facilities
  • Outdoor dining/wine service seating must be reduced to at least 50% and allow for at least 8 feet of distance between tables.
  • Outdoor dining must be closed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m..

Personal Care Establishments
  • Indoor occupancy is limited to 25% and personal care must be offered by appointment only.
  • Services that require the customer or staff to remove their face coverings may not be provided, and no food or drink can be offered or served to customers.

Cardrooms
  • Outdoor service must be limited to 50% of current outdoor maximum capacity

Miniature Golf, Batting Cages, and Go Cart Racing
  • Outdoor service must be limited to 50% of current outdoor maximum capacity.

Non-Essential Retail
  • Indoor occupancy is limited to 25% of facility's maximum capacity, and must be closed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m..

Essential Office-Based Business
  • Indoor occupancy is limited to 25% of office-based business' maximum office space capacity.

Indoor Shopping Malls and Shopping Centers
  • Indoor capacity is limited to 25% of facility's maximum capacity, and must be closed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m..
Upcoming Events
At VICA's 71st Annual Meeting on December 11th, VICA members will elect a new Board and Executive Committee for 2021. Nominees from a diverse set of businesses, organizations and industries were carefully selected to lead VICA in the coming year.
Save The Date
Land Use Committee Meeting
Tuesday, December 8
8 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
VICA 71st Annual Meeting
Friday, December 11
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Online Video Conference
Hot News
Travel
Amid exponential COVID-19 case growth, the CDC urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving in one of its strongest warnings yet.

Real Estate
The median October home price in Southern California rose 14.2 percent from a year earlier. While it fluctuates month-to-month, the median price stands at $605,000 as COVID-19 has pushed many to buy houses.

Education
COVID-19 cases at partially-reopened LA County schools spiked last week. While concerning, officials say that health protocols are working, and outbreaks are limited to only a few cases.

Stock Market
JPMorgan Chief US Equity Strategist predicts that the stock market will surge in 2021 due to more market confidence and less volatility.
Employment
Cal/OSHA voted unanimously this week to move forward with emergency workplace standards. This decision will fast-track the implementation of COVID-19 workplace regulations.

Vaccine
Pfizer will ask US regulators for emergency use authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine, which could mean that limited first doses will be available as early as December.

California
The State of California is ordering a COVID-19 curfew due to a rise in statewide cases. The stay-at-home order, which restricts activity from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., will affect purple-tier counties, which hold 94% of Californians.
VICA Advocacy
Metro East San Fernando Valley Transit Project
VICA has been an active supporter of the East San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit (ESFV LRT) Project and this week, VICA provided comments at the Metro Planning and Programming Committee meeting. The ESFV LRT Project will transform transportation in the Valley, and will provide service to many workers and families that rely on Metro to get to work. VICA understands COVID-19 has resulted in a reduction in Metro's revenues, but urged the Committee to ensure that the crisis is not used to shift resources or change plans. The San Fernando Valley and the communities along this corridor deserve this project and we are excited to see this project move forward.
Fighting for a Balanced Energy Approach
VICA spoke at the Special Meeting of the Los Angeles City Council Committee on Energy, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice this past Tuesday. The Committee considered reports from the Office of Petroleum and Natural Gas Administration and Safety (OPNGAS), and VICA expressed concern about regulations which would restrict oil and natural gas production. These setbacks would negatively impact our local economy, jeopardize jobs, impose unnecessary costs on residents and businesses, and increase the City's dependence on unreliable foreign sources of oil. VICA encouraged the City to embrace a comprehensive energy strategy that incorporates all forms of energy in order to ensure a reliable supply for our businesses and all Angelenos.
Planning and Building for the Valley's Future
VICA spoke on multiple items which were considered by the LA City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee this week. VICA commented on three motions which seek to reform some of the City's permitting and approval processes. VICA urged members of the committee to ensure any reform to our land use and planning process should be meaningful, fair, and effective for all communities. VICA vowed to be active in the reform process alongside the City Council.

VICA also spoke in strong support of the Westfield Promenade Project, which will elevate the economic vitality and stability of the San Fernando Valley and its residents at a time when it is desperately needed. The repurposing of the old Promenade mall into an innovative green urban center will generate thousands of jobs, over 1,000 residential units, and much needed amenities.
Member Spotlight
Carol Kim - Health Net
Carol Kim is the Vice President of Strategic Alliance & Business Development with Health Net, LLC. Her passion is finding the intersection of policy and politics, business, and social impact. That passion has taken her educational and career pursuits from LA to Ann Arbor to DC and back to LA, working in the nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors. Although these have been challenging times, one silver lining is that she has been able to spend more time at home with her fur-baby, Kingston, a one-year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

When asked a few questions about VICA and his experiences he shared these thoughts with us:

Tell us about your experience with VICA, how has VICA been valuable for you? 
Given our presence in the San Fernando Valley for over 40 years as one of the state’s largest and most experienced health plans, Health Net is proud to be a member and supporter of VICA as it continues to be an influential voice on major state and local policy issues impacting both the economy and the health of our communities.

If you were to tell a peer or friend about VICA, what would be your sales pitch? 
VICA is a highly effective association consisting of business and industry leaders, trade associations, public affairs and policy experts, and community service providers working towards a thoughtful approach and advocacy for economic prosperity and just society.

What is your favorite experience or memory with VICA?
There are many, but one of my favorite annual events is the State Officeholders dinner. It’s a red carpet gala sprinkled with a live-game show atmosphere, tokens of appreciation, and connecting with policymakers.

How has your company made commitments or adjustments to support employees and/or the community during the COVID-19 pandemic? 
Health Net has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response – supporting our members and frontline providers from the onset, particularly those serving Medi-Cal patients. Early on, we awarded over $13M in grants to 140 Medi-Cal providers statewide to help them quickly establish and expand telehealth services critical for ensuring safe access and continuity to patient care. Our “Can Do” Health Net employees have donned on masks and hit the streets, delivering PPEs to doctor offices, health centers, and community based organizations. Like many employers, Health Net has also prioritized our employees’ health and well-being, enabling all to work from home and providing flexibility and resources for our employees who are juggling work, families, and everything in between.
Media Mentions
Open Up Amusement Parks Safely
Business Life | November 1
Weekend COVID-19 Surge Alarms L.A. Officials Amid Talk of Curfew, More Actions
LA Times | November 15
2021 Government Handbook
Committee Report
International Trade Committee (11/16)

  • Special guest Dr. Hillel Newman, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles, provided comments on Israel's growing economic influence and examined what international business will look like after COVID-19.
  • Christine Peterson, Director of International Trade & Investment for the Office of Mayor Garcetti, gave updates from the Mayor's office and presented on the impact the 2020 election will have on international trade.
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