October 13, 2017

In This Issue
"This country is bigger and greater than any one person, any one politician, any one ego."

- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Media Highlights 

Valley Business Owners In Limbo As DWP Takes Vacant Site Off Table For Major Metro Project
October 11

With More Affordable Housing In LA's Sights, A Linkage Fee On Developers Takes Another Step
October 10


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Bronze Members

Blossoms by Cherry

Mission Community Hospital 

Rosenheim & Associates 

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission

VICA Welcomes Our New Members 

Bronze Member

Pacifica Senior Living  

Next Week 

Manufacturing Day with Congressman Cardenas
Tuesday, Oct. 17 
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
LA Valley College
5800 Fulton Ave
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Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Noon to 2 p.m.
Hosted by Providence Tarzana Medical Center
18321 Clark St., Tarzana
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Healthcare Committee Meeting 
Thursday, Oct. 19
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by  Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys
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2017 Business Forecast Conference
Presented by Wells Fargo and SoCal Gas
Friday, Oct. 20
7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Dr, Universal City
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Save The Date

Great Futures Gala
Hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley
Friday, Oct. 27
6:30 p.m.
Warner Center Marriott Hotel
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Manufacturing Day with Congressman Cardenas
Tuesday, Oct. 30 
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Spectrolab 12500 Gladstone Ave Sylmar
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After Dark with Vince Bertoni
Wed., Nov. 1
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Bobrick Washroom 
6901 Tujunga Ave., N. Hollywood
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Education Committee 
Sponsored by Woodbury University
Thurs., Nov 2
8:30 - 10 a.m.
VICA Office 
16600 Sherman Way #170, Van Nuys
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Transportation Committee 
Tues., Nov 7
8 - 10 a.m.
Hosted by The Garland 
4222 Vineland Ave., N. Hollywood
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Aviation Committee 
Wed., Nov 8
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by Aerolease East
7943 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys
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Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee 
Sponsored by Metropolitan Water District
Thurs., Nov 9
12 - 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office 
16600 Sherman Way #170, Van Nuys
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Leaders Forum with Supervisor Kuehl
Friday, Nov. 10
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Braemar Country Club 
4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 
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Inaugural Women in Philanthropy Boutique, Luncheon, Fashion Show and Awards
Hosted by Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation 
Wed., Nov. 15
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Airtel Plaza Hotel 
7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues

An attempt to raise revenue by taxing sugar-sweetened beverages failed after voters objected to the cash grab. 

Small businesses will now be required to provide 12 weeks of unpaid family leave under legislation signed by Gov. Brown.

Controller Ron Galperin released a report outlining concerns about City of Los Angeles finances.

Health Insurance
Covered California is placing an average surcharge of 12.4% on the exchange's most popular plan.

Special education in California is in deep trouble, according to Michael Kirst, president of the California State Board of Education.

An annual report has found that Southern California wages will rise, but that rents will remain unaffordable for many.

Public Safety
Questions have been raised about the lack of cellphone emergency warnings received by residents before the Northern California fires devastated their neighborhoods.

Executive Order
President Trump signed an Executive Order that starts the process to undo some of the Affordable Care Act's provisions. 
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth Speaks to VICA members
Presenting Sponsor and VICA Vice Chair Steve Nissen (Comcast NBCUniversal), VICA Chair Kevin Tamaki (AT&T), VICA Board member Erika Endrijonas (Los Angeles Valley College), U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, Presenting Sponsor Tony Mueller, Anthony Cordero, VICA Board member Anthony Williams (The Boeing Co. )
VICA was honored that U.S. Senator and Purple Heart recipient Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined members for a Leaders Forum at the  Airtel Plaza Hotel this week. Senator Duckworth spoke about her experiences as a freshman Senator, working with the White House, and key upcoming issues. The Senator spoke about bipartisan efforts to address healthcare. She would "vote for anything that lowers rates and expands coverage - anything that takes the burden off employers," she said, adding that the U.S. is "the only country that places the burden of healthcare on employers, and that is affecting our global competitiveness."

What's next in Washington D.C.? "We need $3 trillion of investment in infrastructure to be on a global level with our competitors," she said. Another priority is comprehensive tax reform, she said, stating that Members of Congress "can negotiate and get there working together to put that money back into our economy."

The Leaders Forum was presented by The  Boeing Co. and  Comcast NBCUniversal . Thank you to table sponsor  JLM Strategic Talent Partners and Community Partners:  Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce Valley Economic Alliance and  West Valley/Warner Center Chamber of Commerce .
Successful Month Urging Governor to Sign and Veto Bills
As the deadline nears for Governor Brown to act on legislation, VICA is proud to report continued success in our legislative advocacy. The housing legislative package was a significant victory for spurring development and easing the statewide housing crisis. Senate Bills 35, 167, and 540 will help streamline housing development, while SB 2 will assist families in need of affordable housing.

In a victory for California's children, the Governor signed AB 752, which will implement the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines to avoid unnecessary expulsions from preschool and child care programs. Locally, Providence Tarzana Medical Center will benefit from the enactment of AB 908, which will allow for investment in building their new medical center without closing down the hospital.

The Governor also signed SB 145 to streamline the process for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads, which will ultimately bring much-needed efficiency to our systems of transportation. Despite our efforts, the Governor signed AB 168 which will prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. Meanwhile, SB 231 will allow local governments to raise property fees and taxes - without voter approval - for stormwater-related projects.
Survey - The Business Climate in the San Fernando Valley
Welcome Cathy Mendoza, VICA's new Office Manager!
VICA is thrilled to welcome Cathy Mendoza as VICA's new Office Manager. Cathy will be the first point of contact for many VICA members and partners. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of VICA's office, as well as event support, communications duties, and other administrative tasks. Cathy worked for the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley for 11 years, and is a 21 year alum of the Club. She is also a student at Moorpark College and a lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley.

You can reach Cathy by emailing Cathy@vica.com or calling 818 817 0545. 
Committee Report
Land Use Committee (10/10)
Hosted by The Garland
  • Michael Tou, Director of Government Relations for Providence Health & Services, provided an update on the Providence Tarzana hospital's Reimagined Project.
  • Darryl Ford from the Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks presented on the new Park Dedication and Fee Ordinance, also known as Quimby Fee.
  • The committee recommended to support two ordinances, the Permanent Support Housing Ordinance, which would streamline the approval process for projects that include Permanent Supportive Housing units; and the Interim Motel Conversion Ordinance, which would streamline the approval process to allow existing motels and hotels to be converted into supportive and transitional housing.
  • The committee discussed 2018 legislative priorities, which included CEQA reform and ways to improve the onerous planning process. 
Manufacturing Committee (10/12)
Hosted by Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
  • Doug Morton, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Development, provided a historical overview of Bobrick Washroom Equipment and gave a presentation on the 111-year old company's ongoing efforts to stay competitive on the international marketplace.
  • The Committee toured Bobrick's state-of-the-art corporate headquarters and North Hollywood-based manufacturing plant, where they assemble bathroom partitions and soap dispensers among other commercial washroom accessories.

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