September 14, 2018

In This Issue
"We need to empower individuals to own their own homes."

-  Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger on the housing crisis
Media Mentions

VICA Calls New Electricity Law Ridiculous
September 12

VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Child Care Resources Center

Free Speech Coalition

Kinkisharyo International

Mission Community Hospital

VICA Welcomes Our New Member

Boys & Girls Club of Burbank & the Greater East Valley

Sabroso Mexican Restaurant


This Weekend

Mile of Quarters
Saturday, Sept. 15
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westfield Topanga Mall
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park
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Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel Community Swearing-In and Resource Fair
Sunday, September 16
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reseda High School
18230 Kittridge St., Reseda
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The Week Ahead

Healthcare Committee Meeting
Sponsored by Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Thursday, Sept. 20
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley's Tee Off Fore Kids Golf Classic
Monday, Sept. 24
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Calabasas Country Club 
4515 Park Entrada, Calabasas
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Ambassador Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 26
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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After Dark with LAPD Chief Michel Moore
Wednesday, Sept. 26
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Bel-Air
662 Sepulveda Blvd., Beverly Hills
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4th Annual Valley Village Run/Walk
Sunday, Sept. 30
7 a.m. to noon
Kite Field, Anthony C. Beilenson Park
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Rent Control
On Tuesday, in a 4-1 decision, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to enact a temporary rent freeze. The temporary freeze caps rent increases at 3% annually.

Burbank Flight Routes
A plan to allow more flights from the Hollywood Burbank Airport over San Fernando Valley communities is facing push back from local residents. Opponents of the plan cite increased noise and pollution as their main concern.

Global Climate Action Summit
This week, Governor Brown met with climate leaders from across the globe at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The governor highlighted California's landmark cap-and-trade program and other environmental measures.

LA Unified Fiscal Problems
This week, LA School Board members were warned by officials from the State Department of Education and the County office of Education that they are living off reserves and spending beyond their means. Officials warned against spending out of reserve funds and encouraged the board to find a path to fiscal solvency.

LA Officials Back Hollywood Development Project 
On Thursday, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to endorse the Crossroads Hollywood development project. The new campus calls for a hotel and two residential towers offering 950 new apartments and a 308 hotel rooms.

Proposition 8 Price Controls Will Hurt Dialysis Patients and Patient Services
VICA opposes Prop 8, a dangerous overreach that sets price controls for dialysis treatments. Prop 8 aims to set a cap on how much treatment providers and clinics can charge dialysis patients for treatment. The initiative caps total revenue for dialysis at 115% of the cost of patient care. There are many costs to operate a clinic, all of which would have to be covered under the 15% allowed for operating costs. Physician medical directors, nurse clinical coordinators, staff who help patients navigate insurance options, community-based kidney disease education, regulatory compliance, facility administrators, facility security, non-clinical information technology, professional services like accounting, human resources, payroll and legal would all have to be covered under new low revenue cap. If clinics are forced to reduce services or close due to their inability to cover operating costs under Prop 8, the results for patients could be catastrophic; missing even one dialysis appointment increases the risk of death for patients by 30%.

Additionally, this measure will increase costs for Medi-Cal and Medicare as more patients would be forced to seek treatments in more expensive hospital settings or suffer complications from missing treatments, ending up in emergency rooms. Price controls introduced by the measure would also set a dangerous precedent for California businesses. If Prop 8 passes, proponents of the measure will likely try to expand price controls to other healthcare providers and businesses.

Proposed Business Registration Program is an Unnecessary Waste of County Resources
VICA Strongly opposes LA County's proposed Business Registration Program. The program will only add yet another layer of regulation and fees for local businesses. The measure is unnecessary and will fail to benefit county residents, businesses, and employees. While the aim of the program is to assist in wage enforcement and allow county staff to connect with the business community, wage enforcement programs already exist at the county, state, and federal level. Despite its nominal fee, this registration program would require additional paperwork from businesses, county resources to manage it, and fines for businesses that fail to register correctly. This time and money could be put to better use on more important issues.

Proposition 7 Permanent Daylight Savings Time Will Impact California Business Operations
VICA opposes Prop 7, which would repeal the Daylight Savings Time Act in the State of California, allowing the Legislature to choose to place California on year-round Daylight Savings Time (DST).

Amending DST would impact every type of business. Remaining consistent with the other 48 states is important. The Uniform Time Act was passed to address the problems faced by businesses arising from inconsistent DST across the country. Permanent DST would mean confusion with other parts of the country.

DST is a practical solution to changing daylight hours to ensure people don't have to commute to work in the dark during the winter and can have longer summer evenings. Dark mornings could increase traffic accidents as people commute to work and school.

Voters should not repeal this law without further study on the impact this will have on California.

Michel Moore
Los Angeles Police Department Chief
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Bel-Air
662 Sepulveda Blvd., Beverly Hills

Join VICA for our upcoming After Dark, featuring LAPD Chief Michel Moore. 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.

Non-members who are interested in attending are encouraged to contact
Committee Reports
Transportation Committee (9/11)
Hosted by The Garland

  • Shirley Choate, Interim District Director of the California Department of Transportation presented to the committee on infrastructure development and repair projects and provided updates on the use of SB 1 funding.
  • Denny Zane from the No on Prop 6 campaign presented to the committee on the status of the campaign and spoke about how to best advocate against the repeal of SB 1. 
  • Roderick Diaz from Metrolink presented to the committee on the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion.
Government Affairs Committee (9/12)
Hosted by Dolphin Group
  • Special Agent Miguel Luna, FBI gave a presentation to the committee on cyber security issues for businesses and illustrated best practices to keep you and your business safe online.
  • Ari Simon from the UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability presented on the LA County Sustainability Plan Development. He discussed the plan and its aim to bring policymakers, community members, and businesses together to craft a sustainability plan for the county. 
  • The committee recommended to oppose the proposed LA City Right to Counsel for tenants measure, which would provide free legal counsel to any tenant facing eviction, regardless of the reason for eviction. 

On October 6, 2018, join Homes 4 Families in going  Over the Edge for Veterans - a chance for the most daring donors to rappel down the Universal Hilton. 100 percent of the funds you raise will help build homes and provide services for low-income veterans and military families in North LA County. Click here to register or explore sponsorship opportunities, or call Donielle DeLeon at (818) 884-8808 x209.
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