August 2, 2019

In This Issue
"We have the largest and most aggressive infrastructure program in this country, right here in LA County. With Measure M, it's the largest in North America. Shame on us if we do not use this measure to transform communities"

Metro CEO Phil Washington


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members


Adler Realty Investments

Boys & Girls Club of America

Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley

City of Calabasas

Free Speech Coalition

Hand Prop Room

Town & Country Event Rentals

Welcome our New Member

Flatiron Construction


The Week Ahead

Labor & Employment Committee
Wednesday, August 7
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City
Click  here to RSVP

Local Officeholders Luncheon
Thursday, August 8
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Burbank Airport Marriott
2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank
Click  here to RSVP

Save the Date

Land Use Committee
Tuesday, August 13
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
North Hollywood
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Government Affairs Committee
August 14 - CANCELLED

Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee
Thursday, August 15
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Final Sacramento Advocacy Trip of 2019!
Wednesday, August 21
All Day
Sacramento, CA
Click here to RSVP

Congressional Luncheon
Friday, August 23
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
Studio City
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New Member Breakfast
Wednesday, August 28
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
Click here to RSVP

Hot Issues 

Federal Reserve
The Federal Reserve moved  to lower interest rates for the first time since 2008 due to "muted inflation pressures" despite continued economic growth.

Water Supply
Governor Newsom recently signed AB 756 into law, making California the first state to require water suppliers to notify customers if toxic 'forever' chemicals are found in drinking water. 

Wildfire Preparation
Governor Newsom announced a plan to hire an additional 393 firefighters in anticipation of the upcoming wildfire season. A prolonged rainy season and thick grass and underbrush growth increases the threat of wildfires when the vegetation dries up.

Polystyrene Ban
Based on a vote from last week, the Burbank City Council is making its first moves in developing a plan to ban expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, and other single-use plastic items.

The L.A. City Council introduced a motion that would require equal compensation for sporting competitions with city permits and feature both men's and women's divisions. 

President Trump recently announced the introduction of an additional 10 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods beginning September 1. 

Solar Energy
Having declared bankruptcy earlier this year, PG&E  negotiated lower prices for its solar power contracts in order to meet California's renewable energy goals. The deal is expected to save PG&E $20 million for the next 15 years. 

The CSU System is planning to spend $10 million for its Mathematics and Science Initiative for the next four years. The initiative aims to remedy the shortage of math and science teachers in California. 

Support Developmental Screening 
Services for Children
Ahead of the legislative session reconvening on August 12, VICA urges legislators to support
Assembly Bill 1004 (McCarty), which would require developmental screenings for children ages 0 to 3 years old to be provided as part of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit under Medi-Cal. The EPSDT benefit is designed to ensure that children from low-income families receive early detection and preventive care in addition to medically necessary treatment services, so that health problems are diagnosed and treated as early as possible. In California, only 36 percent of infants and toddlers in Medi-Cal receive developmental screenings despite EPSDT requirements. AB 1004 helps establish clear guidelines and oversight for developmental screenings for children ages 0 to 3 years old. Early identification and intervention can improve a child's long-term outcome.

Click here to support AB 1004.


Assemblymember Laura Friedman inducts the 2018 Board of Directors.

VICA's 2020 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 2020 Board of Directors guidelines, click  here.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating on the board in 2020, please click on the nomination form below and submit to 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 30.

Click here to submit your 2020 Board of Directors interest form!
Predictive Scheduling Proposal
Earlier this year, Los Angeles City Councilmembers introduced a proposal to require large retail
employers to schedule their employees' shifts at least two weeks in advance.

The current motion is very limited on detail, and VICA has reached out asking to work actively with the authors to make this work for employees and employers. Join us at next week's VICA Labor and Employment Committee meeting on Wednesday August 8 to meet with the staff preparing recommendations for the ordinance. 

RSVP to join VICA at our Labor & Employment Committee here.

11:30 - 1:30 P.M.

The Garland - 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood

Don't miss our 6th Annual Congressional Luncheon, a unique  opportunity to engage with federal elected officials who represent  the Valley in a casual Q&A format.

Sponshorship opportunities are available. Contact the VICA office at 818-817-0545 or Jessica at for more information.
Harmon Ballin Community Service Award
Nomination & Selection Process

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

Click here to download the Nomination Form.

All Nominee forms must be submitted via email to by Friday, August 30, 2019.

Submit your Nominee to Cathy at
Oppose Ban on Towing Abandoned Vehicles
VICA strongly opposes Assembly Bill 516 (Chiu), which would prohibit cities from towing vehicles with five or more parking or traffic violations, or have had a lapse in registration for six or more months, from being impounded or towed. The bill would also delay the removal of vehicles which have been consecutively parked for 72 or more hours on a public street. Removal of vehicles from public streets is a critical enforcement tool for municipalities. Parking is a scarce resource especially in areas where many residents park on the street. Removing the city's ability to remove these vehicles will hurt residents and businesses who rely on street parking.
Click here to oppose AB 516.
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