VICA Weekly
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Friday, February 19
In This Issue
  • Quote of the Week
  • Action Alert: Hazard Pay
  • Members
  • LA Times: Post-Pandemic Workplaces
  • Upcoming Events
  • VICA Advocacy
  • Hot News
  • Member Spotlight
  • 2021 Government Handbook
  • Committee Recap
  • Member Messages
"While the Legislature's proposal represents a step in the right direction, it doesn't go far enough or fast enough. I look forward to building on the growing momentum to get our schools open and continuing discussions with the Legislature to get our kids back in school as safely and quickly as possible."
Governor Gavin Newsom
Action Alert: Oppose Detrimental Hazard Pay Ordinance
On Tuesday, February 23, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be voting on a damaging ordinance requiring Hazard Pay for frontline grocery and drug retail workers. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council will be discussing similar Hazard Pay ordinances.

VICA has been actively urging the Board of Supervisors and the City Council to complete a thorough economic and policy analysis before voting on any Hazard Pay ordinance. Still, the City and the County are moving forward with their proposal to increase costs for grocery stores throughout the region.

This $5 per hour increase is equivalent to a 30 percent wage increase, a cost which will be passed onto consumers in the form of higher grocery costs. This will negatively impact many in our region who are already struggling to afford living expenses during the pandemic.

As a result of a similar Hazard Pay ordinance by the Long Beach City Council, the Kroger Company announced the permanent closure of 25 percent of its stores in Long Beach. Los Angeles could see a similar fate if the Board and City Council pass these Hazard Pay ordinances.

Tuesday, February 23rd at 9 a.m.
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Tuesday, February 23rd at 3:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, February 24th at 3:30 p.m.
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LA Times: Post-Pandemic Workplaces
The LA Times wants to hear from businesses about returning to work after COVID-19 and what the "new normal" for workplaces will look like.

As companies contemplate returning to the office, how are they prioritizing mental health and taking into account the serious emotional toll and stress that has been caused by COVID-19? Some experts believe that as the pandemic winds down, employers will have the opportunity to implement changes in how they support workers' well-being. The LA Times would like to hear from you about employer support and what the return to the workplace will look like.

Make sure to mention your support of a flexible workweek, as proposed in AB 230 (Voepel)! For more information on AB 230, or to send a letter to your legislators in support of AB 230, click here!
Upcoming Events
Bringing Sacramento to you!

February 23, 2021

VICA’s regular advocacy trips to the state capitol are crucial to ensuring the voice of the business community is heard by legislators. As we are staying home we want to still offer our Advocacy trips to you virtually.

This member-only Advocacy Day will allow direct interaction with state elected officials and create the freedom for discussion on issues are vital to our business community.

$50/ Member
Space is limited: Only 4 Slots Left!
(registration must be paid to hold your space)

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for VICA members.

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 February Advocacy Day
Tuesday, February 23
Online Video Conference
Only 12 Spots Available!
Ambassador Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 23
10 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Save the Date
Civic Snapshot with Former Maryland Gov. Martin O' Malley and LA City Controller Ron Galperin
Presented by Grant Thornton
Tuesday, March 2nd
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
SETH Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 4th
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
First Sip with VICA
Friday, March 5th
9 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Transportation Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 9th
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Healthcare Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 11th
12 to 1:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
VICA Advocacy
Extend the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act!
VICA strongly supports Senate Bill 7 (Atkins), which would extend The Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act until 2025 while also allowing qualified housing projects to be certified as Environmental Leadership Development Projects (ELDPs).

Since the passage of Assembly Bill 900 in 2011, the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act, over 20 ELDPs have been approved, with at least 10 containing a housing element. These new developments have streamlined billions of dollars in new investment opportunities into the state. These flourishing investments exist as a result of thousands of new jobs being generated in the construction and renewable energy sectors. Because of these clear benefits, it is imperative that we support SB 7 to extend the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act.

Urge legislators to SUPPORT Senate Bill 7!
Hot News
About 12,500 vaccine appointments in Los Angeles have been rescheduled after winter storms across the country have delayed shipments of doses.

California is fast-tracking the "Golden State Stimulus" package, a $9.6 billion economic package that includes low income and small business funding.

Federal COVID-19 Relief
House democrats are moving forward to advance a COVID-19 relief package that includes a $15 minimum wage provision using a budget reconciliation procedure.
Sports Education
New California Department of Public Health guidelines will allow for high school football and water polo teams to meet starting as soon as February 26.

Reopening Schools
California will earmark 10% of COVID-19 vaccines for educators starting next month, in an attempt to jumpstart the reopening of public schools.

US jobless claims rose last week to 861,000, nearly 100,000 more than economists predicted, but experts hope that the vaccine will lower this number.
Member Spotlight
Beverly Kenworthy
California Apartment Association Los Angeles
Beverly Kenworthy is the Vice President for the California Apartment Association Los Angeles (CAA LA) – a rental housing trade association in Southern California representing the state’s multi-family property owners and developers. Beverly heavily engages in local public affairs serving as the Association’s lobbyist and housing advocate in the City and County of Los Angeles.

Before joining CAA LA, she was Director of Public Policy with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where she developed and managed key Chamber policy initiatives and served as lead staff liaison for the Los Angeles City Council. During that time she worked with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to establish the Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness, which led to the creation of Home For Good – the blueprint to address the homeless crisis here in Los Angeles. Prior to her Chamber experience, she was the Senior Planning Deputy for former Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss. Beverly is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she holds a Master’s of Public Policy and a BA in English and American Literature. She and her husband, David Gershwin, have a 12-year-old daughter, Alexandra.

During the pandemic Beverly has had more time to do what she loves best – spending time in the kitchen making bread, desserts and meals for her family.

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 does a great job engaging on key legislation at both the state and local level. Working in conjunction with members, the staff effectively prioritizes their advocacy efforts and does a great job keeping the membership informed on these efforts. In addition, VICA offers members the opportunity to be the voice of business in the Valley by making sure that it is the membership that is leading the charge.

If you were to share an experience about VICA, what would that be? 
What I appreciate about VICA is how proactive staff is about informing me of any upcoming issue they believe would affect the organization I represent. Being so busy myself, I value the fact that I usually don’t have to ask them to advocate on an issue – they are already on it.

What do you believe to be the greatest accomplishment VICA has achieved? 
I think overall VICA provides tremendous value to its members, but in 2020 VICA has really stood out on how well they pivoted to the online meeting and event format. Even though we cannot meet in person, the interaction with elected officials and networking among members through the remote event platforms has been impressive.

What was your organizations and/or your greatest accomplishment in 2020? 
2020 has been particularly difficult for the multi-family housing industry. With Covid-19 rent moratoriums, many are providing free housing without benefit of mortgage relief. On top of that we were forced again to fight another statewide Rent Control ballot measure by Michael Weinstein. Fortunately, we were able to work with a large coalition of labor, veterans and affordable housing providers to defeat the measure.

Can you share what VICA has meant for you and your business during COVID? 
I think the continued advocacy for its membership on business issues has never been more important. I value their continued advocacy on behalf of the multi-family housing industry.

> 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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2021 Government Handbook
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Committee Report
Government Affairs Committee (2/17)
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  • Anders Corey and Anish Saraiya from the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger gave updates on Los Angeles County's Roadmap to Recovery.
  • Avital Shavit, Senior Manager of the Office of Extraordinary Innovation at Metro, presented on the Metro Travel Rewards Research Program and invited VICA members to participate.
  • Vartan Dijihanian, Congressional and Public Affairs Manager for the Western Regional Office of the United States Chamber of Commerce, updated the committee on Federal COVID-19 relief negotiations and Biden's business related executive orders.
Member Messages
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