December 1, 2017

In This Issue
"VICA singularly helped revitalize [the Orange Line] as a major transportation corridor in the state of California.
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- California State Senator Henry Stern at Monday's VICA After Dark
Media
Highlights

Woodbury Names Local Business Leader to Board

The San Fernando Valley's Economy is Ready to Go on a Roll,
November 17

America Recycles Day,
November 16

Members  
VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members
 
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Platinum Member

(2009)

Bronze Member
(1988)
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El Proyecto Del Barrio, Inc.
 (2001)

Really Great Employee Benefits 
(2014)

Traders Loan & Jewelry
(2008)

 
Calendar 

The Week Ahead

Labor & Employment Committee Meeting
Wed., Dec. 6
8:30 - 10 a.m.
VICA Office 
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Entertainment Committee Meeting 
Sponsored by Pacific Federal, LLC
Thur., Dec. 7
8:30 - 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

VICA's 68th Annual Meeting
Fri., Dec. 8
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Warner Center Marriott
21850 Oxnard St, 
Woodland Hills
Click here to RSVP

Save The Date

Land Use Committee Meeting
Tue., Dec. 12
8 - 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
Click here to RSVP

Hot Issues
Business
A slew of new laws that address unpaid parental leave, new hiring restrictions and other workplace issues will have an impact on California businesses in the coming year. 

Workforce
 According to a new study, a coming wave of job automation could force between 400 million and 800 million people worldwide out of a job in the next 13 years. 

Politics
First-term Assemblymember Laura Friedman of Glendale will lead a series of public hearings aimed at cleaning up a culture at the Capitol that allows sexual harassment to go unchecked. 

Healthcare
Nearly months after Congress missed its deadline to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), California is just a few weeks away from exhausting its reserves, and doesn't yet have a plan to replace the $2.7 billion in federal support it stands to lose. 

Technology 
According to a new study, autonomous vehicles used by ride services will cut the demand for owner-driven sedans by half in the United States by 2030.

Transportation
With the Summer Olympics and Paralympics coming to Los Angeles in 2028, LA Mayor Garcetti and Metro are working on a "Twenty-eight by '28" plan to ensure that 28 key road and transit projects are completed by the time the Games arrive. 

Education
A new study reveals that most California 9th-graders will never earn a college degree. A combination of weak high school preparation, poor counseling, and unclear direction at the college level will keep 70 percent graduating college.
 
Infrastructure
Uncertainty is growing on Capitol Hill over whether the Trump administration will immediately turn to an infrastructure package after Congress finishes tax reform. 
State Senator Henry Stern Speaks to VICA Members at Holiday VICA After Dark 
Presenting Sponsor Brad Roen ( Vitello's), California State Senator Henry Stern, VICA 1st Vice Chair Lisa Gritzner ( LG Strategies), and VICA Chairman Kevin Tamaki ( AT&T) at Monday's VICA After Dark. 

On Monday, VICA members gathered at Vitello's Restaurant  for a holiday After Dark with California State Senator Henry Stern. The freshman Senator discussed his first year in office and his priorities as he enters his second year as the representative for the 27th Senate District. Priorities include transportation, housing, workforce development, as well as the California budget and economy. "This is as spendy as we are going to get in Sacramento," said the Senator. Senator Stern voiced his optimism for the upcoming year and affirmed his commitment to help produce more housing, better transit infrastructure, and a better pipeline for students leaving high school and entering the workforce: "Housing, transportation, and workforce development...those three areas are hungry for growth."  Other topics addressed during his speech included the California Governor's race and the transition of Senate leadership.  Thank you to the presenting sponsor and host Vitello's Restaurant , and Health Net for co-sponsoring the event.  
Make Your Voice Heard to Improve the Valley's Orange Line
The Metro Orange Line has been operating successfully since it opened in 2005. New funding provides up to $286 million to further improve this 18-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor in the San Fernando Valley. Metro has completed a technical study that evaluated ways to enhance the Orange Line's speed, safety, reliability and ridership.

VICA strongly supports the installation of crossing gates along the entire corridor and a bridge from Van Nuys to Sepulveda Boulevards. Crossing gates will increase speed and reduce travel time with minimal impact to passengers and Valley residents, as well as lay the groundwork for the Orange Line's conversion to light rail.
Last Chance to Purchase Tickets for VICA's 68th Annual Meeting!
Learn About New 2018 Labor Laws
Don't miss this special Labor and Employment Committee which will include a comprehensive overview of new laws effective in 2018. Nicole Kamm, employment attorney with  Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan , will review issues including parental leave for small employers, new statewide 'ban the box' law, the ban on salary history questions for job applicants, discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections including gender neutral language; gender neutral restroom rules, and many more. VICA members are encouraged to extend this invitation to their HR person, as a valuable opportunity to ask questions and understand what to expect in 2018. 

The meeting is on Wednesday December 6 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the VICA Office (16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys). To RSVP, click the link below. 
2018 Membership Due Increase
In 2018 VICA will be raising dues. As part of our efforts to serve our members and to provide them with the best advocacy efforts possible, VICA will be modestly raising rates of each membership level. The last increase VICA members have seen was in 2012, and since then the cost of business has gone up considerably. Each membership level will be increasing by 10 percent up to $1000 (the basic member increase will be $110 on up to $1000 for our Platinum and above members).
 
We appreciate your understanding for the need to increase dues after 5 years. However, if you would like to lock in the 2017 rates for 2018, you can pay this month only and receive your current rate without the increase. If you are interested in taking advantage of this, please contact Jessica@vica.com as soon as possible. 


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