March 22, 2019

In This Issue
"Don't worry car people, I am on your side. I don't want to pay to drive on the freeway. It is called the  free  way for a reason."

- Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl discussing congestion pricing.
Media Mentions 
LA School Strike Settlement Threatens Businesses
Fox & Hounds
March 18

YIMBY ZOMBYs and California's Housing Crisis
Fox & Hounds
March 21


Members

VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members
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PREMIER PARTNER

(2005)

SILVER MEMBER

(1998)

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Alpert, Barr & Grant
(1992)

The Buckley School
(2007)

Irvine & Associates
(2017)

Motion Picture Association of America
(2012)

Neighborhood Legal Services of L.A. County
(2007)

Western Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America
(2014)
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VICA Welcomes our New Member

Addition Building & Design, Inc.
 
Calendar

The Week Ahead

Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, March 26
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Save the Date

After Dark with Los Angeles Councilmember David E. Ryu
Tuesday, April 2
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Vitello's Restaurant
4349 Tujunga Ave., 
Studio City
Click here to RSVP

Land Use Committee
Hosted by The Garland
Tuesday, April 9
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood
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Sacramento Advocacy Day
Wednesday, April 10
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Not-for-Profit Committee
Hosted by Child Care Resource Center
Thursday, April 11
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Child Care Resource Center
20001 Prairie Street, Chatsworth
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Government Affairs Committee
Hosted by Penny Lane Centers
Wednesday, April 17
8:30 to 10:30
Penny Lane Centers
15314 Rayen Street, North Hills
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Hot Issues 

Homeless Housing
One year after the Los Angeles City Council pledged to support new housing with supportive services in each of their districts, over half of the council districts have yet to meet their homeless housing goals

Mega Merger
On Wednesday night, VICA members  Disney and 21st Century Fox officially merged to become the biggest studio in Los Angeles.

Forgotten Funds
California's unclaimed property law requires businesses to transfer unclaimed funds to the state controller after three years of inactivity. However, due to lack of compliance, there is an estimated $24 billion in unclaimed property throughout the state.

Water
California and the six other states that rely on the Colorado River for water finished a years long effort to create a drought contingency plan. Under the plan, states would voluntarily give up water to keep Lake Mead from falling dangerously low. 

Cannabis
According to a 2019 cannabis harvest projection, California is producing significantly more cannabis than the market can support. This overproduction could cause the price of cannabis to collapse.

Homelessness
This week, California mayors were in Sacramento to advocate for more funding to address homelessness. Governor Newsom agreed to take their requests into consideration as he prepares his revised budget.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Talks Woolsey Fire and Transportation
VICA President Stuart Waldman, VICA Board Member Rashmi Menon ( Parsons ), Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, VICA Board Members Carol Kim ( Health Net ) and Scott Mills ( The Garland

On Friday, VICA members enjoyed lunch at the  Hilton Universal City with Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl at VICA's first Leaders Forum of the year. Kuehl discussed a wide range of topics including the county's response to the Woolsey fire and increased investment in transit. Supervisor Kuehl discussed the county's new emergency response plans and provided an overview of the extensive outreach by county staff to find new evacuation and warning systems. She then discussed her work on the Metro Board and her vision for improved transportation in Los Angeles, saying, "We are trying to get back to the future. When I was young, we had street cars and relied on public transit; we are trying to get back to that." Kuehl concluded the luncheon reassuring VICA members that the Metro Board is not anxious to place fees on drivers, saying, "don't worry car people, I'm on your side."

Thank you to our presenting sponsors, The Garland, Health Net, and Parsons. Also, thank you to our co-sponsors HNTB, Metro, Mission Community Hospital, and the Southern California Partnership for Jobs.

Click here to view photos from the event
VICA Forms Coalition to Campaign Against LAUSD Property Tax
VICA formed a coalition with business groups to campaign against the proposed LAUSD 16 cent per-square-foot property tax on the June 4th ballot. While a strong education system is crucial for our region, this new tax will not improve the quality of education. Though expected to raise up to $500 million per year, this revenue will only cover an existing structural deficit. Instead of working with the business community to improve education, the Board of Education chose not to make hard decisions about reducing overhead or ballooning pension and healthcare costs. This proposed property tax will remove the pressure to reform the district's broken finances at the expense of the business community, who will shoulder the majority of the tax burden. 

If you want to join the coalition to stop the rushed and burdensome tax measure, contact elizabeth@vica.com.

To learn more, email elizabeth@vica.com
Month After Month, VICA Reps SFV Business Priorities in Sacramento
Stuart Waldman (VICA), Jon Graff (The Reason Foundation), Jan Maseda (Tierra del Sol Foundation), Senator Scott Wilk, Elizabeth Hawley (VICA), Jacque McMillan (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California), Rebecca Lienhard (Tierra del Sol Foundation), Ross Pendergraft (Leavitt Insurance Services)
 
The VICA delegation with Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove


This week, VICA met with legislators and senior staff to discuss important legislation and business priorities during our March Sacramento trip.

The VICA delegation met with Assemblymembers Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Tom Lackey, Patrick O'Donnell, Jim Patterson, Luz Rivas, and Senator Scott Wilk, as well as staff from the offices of Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg and Senator Patricia Bates. The delegation focused on supporting bills that provide funding for Californians with developmental disabilities, increasing development near transit, protecting the water supply, and expanding nightlife.

VICA will return to Sacramento on April 10. Be sure to RSVP and make your voice heard in Sacramento!

Click here to RSVP


Tuesday, April 2, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hosted at: Vitello's Restaurant
4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City

Los Angeles Councilmember David E. Ryu



Join VICA at our upcoming After Dark, featuring Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu. Attendees will enjoy hosted drinks and appetizers as they meet and interact with other prominent business leaders from the community. VICA After Dark is complimentary to VICA members. Sponsorships are available.

Co-Sponsored by California State University, Northridge and Sheppard Mullin

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Advocating for Aircraft Hangar Events
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee voted to move forward with a motion to allow special event permits for public events in aircraft hangars at LAX and the Van Nuys Airport. VICA has strongly advocated for the city to lift its sudden ban on events in aircraft hangars after enforcement began in November of last year. VICA welcomed the committee's decision to craft an ordinance that protects public safety while allowing events to be held in hangars. We look forward to working with the city to create an event permit system that meets the needs of Angelenos and their businesses.

To learn more, email elizabeth@vica.com


Join us as VICA continues its tradition by inducting a few of the Valley's remarkable business and community leaders into the San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame. We are looking forward to celebrating Valley businesses and 70 years of VICA members.

VICA is excited to announce that our emcee for the evening will be NBC4's Fritz Coleman.

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 Universal Hollywood Dr., Universal City
Reception 5:30-6:45pm 
Awards 6:45-7:45 p.m.  |   Dinner  7:45-9:00 p.m.

Click here to RSVP
VICA Discusses Transportation Policy With Congresswoman Katie Hill
Transportation Roundtable with Congresswoman Katie Hill
VICA and other business leaders joined newly elected Congresswoman Katie Hill for a roundtable discussion on transportation and infrastructure funding. Hill and attendees discussed how to improve infrastructure in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley to accommodate projected population growth in the region. At the meeting, VICA suggested focusing on transit-oriented communities as a way to meet the transportation and housing needs of a growing population. The group also discussed a potential federal gas tax increase as a way to fund infrastructure improvements. VICA urged the Congresswoman to ensure that money generated by raising a gas tax should come back to the community as funding for local and regional projects.  

To learn more, email armando@vica.com
Committee Report

Government Affairs Committee (03/20)
Hosted by Penny Lane Centers
  • The committee heard a presentation on early results of the County's interim housing inspection program from Pabina Bista (LA County Department of Public Health).
  • Jennings Imel (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) provided an update on the federal budget and the new Congress.
  • The committee also heard a presentation on the business community's opposition to LAUSD's proposed property tax from VICA President Stuart Waldman.
  • Dylan Johnson (Rodriguez Strategies) gave an update on legislation impacting retailers and soft drink vendors.
  • The committee recommended supporting Senate Constitutional Amendment 1 after discussing the importance of removing barriers to affordable housing construction. This will go to the VICA Board next week. 

Join Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley's Chair Jessica Yasukochi (VICA) as her guest. To RSVP please contact jessica@vica.com

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