July 27, 2018

In This Issue
"Our planned improvements for the Orange Line will save riders precious time as we continue to build fast, reliable and high-capacity transit for the residents of the San Fernando Valley."

- Metro CEO Phil Washington, on Metro Board's approval of improvement plans for the San Fernando Valley's Metro Orange Line 
Media Mentions
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Metro votes to speed up ride times on Orange Line
July 26

VICA Thanks our Renewing Members
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Bronze Member


(1994)

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Adler Realty Investments
(2017)

Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters
(2017)

Town & Country Event Rentals
(2010)

VICA Welcomes Our New Members
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JSL Advisory Group

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Stratiscope

Calendar
The Week Ahead

Labor & Employment Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 1
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City
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Education Committee Meeting
Sponsored by Woodbury University
Thursday, August 2
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee Meeting
Sponsored by Metropolitan Water District
Thursday, August 9
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Land Use Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 14
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
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Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Sponsored by Dolphin Group
Wednesday, August 15
Noon to 2 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Local Officeholders Luncheon
Thursday, August 16
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City
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VICA After Dark with Frank Miller
Wednesday, August 29
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Burbank Airport Marriott
2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank
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Hot Issues 

Education
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office announced that it had reached an agreement with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities that guarantees community college students acceptance to 36 private, nonprofit, four-year institutions through the Associate Degree for Transfer pathway program.

Poverty
New data from the Public Policy Institute of California refute the common belief that California's poorest residents are concentrated in rural places, like the Central Valley. According to the California Poverty Measure, the two counties with the highest poverty rates are Los Angeles (24.3 percent) and Santa Cruz (23.8 percent). According to the data, almost four in 10 Californians are living either below the poverty line or just above it.

Transportation
The
Metro Board approved the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Improvement Project. This project seeks to provide safe and cost-effective strategies to improve operating speeds, capacity and safety, while addressing passenger needs and minimizing disruption to to San Fernando Valley residents.
 

Stop the Attack on Road and Bridge Safety
VICA opposes Proposition 6, which would eliminate critical funding for more than 6,500 local bridge and road safety and transportation improvement projects. 

Prop 6 would eliminate more than $5 billion per year in new transportation funding. These funds are currently being used to ease traffic congestion, fix potholes, upgrade bridges and overpasses and improve public transportation in every California community. 
Prop 6 will jeopardize public safety, stop transportation improvement projects already underway in every community, worsen traffic congestion, cost drivers and taxpayers more money in the long-run and hurt job creation and the California economy.
Oppose Los Angeles County Property Tax Ballot Measure
VICA opposes the L.A. County Stormwater ballot measure, which would impose a 2.5 cent per square foot parcel tax on impermeable surface within the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. We cannot continue to place undue burdens on and increase costs for businesses and property owners without a more considered approach as to how the funds will be invested effectively. This ballot measure was rushed and many questions remain unanswered. It will continue to deter business and property owners from doing business in Los Angeles County.
Join VICA's 2018 Board of Directors
VICA's 2019 Board of Directors nomination and selection process is underway, and we want your nominations! Board members must be able to attend regular board meetings and be prepared to vote on a wide variety of public policy issues. Board members must also attend regular committee meetings and VICA events. Additional responsibilities may include calling or writing lawmakers, attending press conferences, testifying, authoring editorials, interacting with top opinion leaders and more. For more information on the 2019 Board of Directors guidelines, click here.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating on the board in 2019, please click on the nomination form below and submit to Jessica@vica.com. If you don't want to serve on the board, but are interested in serving as a committee chair, please let us know that on the nomination form. Applications are due by Friday, August 31.
Send VICA Your Nominations for the 2018 Harmon Ballin Award
VICA's Harmon Ballin Community Service Award annually honors an active VICA member who has made an outstanding contribution to our community through their long-term community service activities. A nominee is someone who:

1. Has been an active VICA member and is actively engaged in the organization currently
2. Has significant and long-term involvement in philanthropic and community/public serve organizations or a significant record in that area
3. Is a role model as a community leader


Rent Control Initiative Pulled from Board of Supervisors Agenda
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have removed a draft interim rent hike freeze ordinance from the upcoming agenda for next week's meeting. The ordinance would cap rent hikes at 3 percent a year in incorporated areas of Los Angeles. This draft rent control ordinance would be devastating to the rental housing market, especially as California is already being suffocated by the housing crisis.

Clearly, the Board of Supervisors heard the strength of the opposition to this draft ordinance, and responded in kind. However, the rent control ordinance could easily be placed back on the Board's agenda. The business community must remain vigilant to keep this harmful ordinance from coming before the Board of Supervisors.


Local Officeholders Luncheon
Thursday, August 16, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City

Reserve your spot for one of VICA's most popular events of the year! The Local Officeholders Luncheon provides members unparalleled access to the Valley's elected officials and officials from other local governments.


Confirmed Speakers (as of 7/27/2018):

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