March 6, 2020

In This Issue
" There is extraordinary work being done alongside our partners in county and federal government to keep Angelenos safe, aware, and informed."

Mayor Eric Garcetti in response to concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus.

Media Mentions

California State Assembly Select Committee on Jobs & Innovation Hosts Hearing on the State of the Entertainment Industry in Los Angeles
March 2

Members 
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VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 

President's Circle

(1949)
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Premier Partner

(1992)
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Platinum Member

(2004)
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Gibson Transportation
(2019)

Los Angeles Pierce College
(2014)

Northeast Valley Health Corporation
(2005)


The Week Ahead

Access D.C.
Monday, March 9 to
Wednesday, March 11
Washington, D.C.

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, March 10
8 to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood
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Healthcare Committee
Thursday, March 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Mission Community Hospital
14850 Roscoe Blvd.
Panorama City
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State Officeholders Dinner
Friday, March 13
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City
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Save the Date

Sacramento Advocacy Day
Tuesday, March 17
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Government Affairs Committee
Sponsored by Dolphin Group and Rodriguez Strategies
Wednesday, March 18
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, March 24
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

Democratic Presidential Primaries
Primary results in 14 states following Super Tuesday show a strong showing for former Vice President Joe Biden, making him and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the front-runners for the Democratic Party's nomination as candidate for the presidential election.

Public Health
Governor Newsom has declared a state of emergency to help prepare California in containing the spread of novel coronavirus and direct resources towards determining which individuals have been exposed to the virus. 

Public Health
Governor Gavin Newsom and State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered all public and commercial insurance plans in California to cover the costs of coronavirus testing and other medically necessary screenings.

Transportation
Officials from Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol announced that a section of the 5 Freeway in Burbank will be closed for 36 hours from April 25 to April 27 as part of the Burbank Boulevard bridge expansion.

Transportation
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward to adopt recommendations from the Department of Transportation (LADOT) to improve signal priority on street-running sections of the E Line to reduce end-to-end travel times and improving travel time reliability.

Homelessness
Both the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council are exploring ideas and recommendations for restructuring the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) in order to better define the agency's role and possibly give it more authority to act.

Energy and Utilities
California authorities are considering asking utility companies to provide real-time updates during power outages and create community centers for vulnerable populations that will be affected by future power outages.

Entertainment
2019 was a record year for film production in the city of Santa Clarita with 576 film permits processed and generating about $35.9 million.


The San Fernando Valley and California Have Voted
On Tuesday, voters across the country showed up to the polls to participate in the democratic process. VICA took positions on California ballot measure, Proposition 13, a $15 billion general obligation bond which would have funded improvements to preschool, K-12 school and college facilities, and two other local ballot measures. Unfortunately, early results show that only about 45 percent of voters supported the bond measure. However, Los Angeles County showed stronger support with 53 percent of voters approving Prop 13.

Voters in the city of Calabasas rejected VICA-supported Measure N, which would have preserved 80 affordable housing units and allowed the construction of 161 new market-rate units. 

VICA is pleased that the city of Burbank's Measure I, which would have imposed a 10 cent-per-square-foot parcel tax, will not reach the two-thirds vote required to pass. Measure I would have increased the tax burden on property owners, businesses and renters.

VICA congratulates Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and John Lee, who were endorsed by the VICA PAC, in winning reelection for their respective council districts. VICA also congratulates Supervisor Kathryn Barger on her reelection, as well as VICA member Marilyn Koziatek who will face Scott Schmerelson in November for the LAUSD Board seat in District 3. Congratulations to VICA Member Lucie Volotzky who will face Suzette Martinez Valladares in November for the State Assembly seat in District 38.

Upcoming 2020 Trip Dates
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VICA Delegation with Assemblymember Ash Kalra during the February 2020 Advocacy Trip.


VICA's regular advocacy trips to the State Capitol are crucial to ensuring the voice of the business community is heard by legislators.

These member-only trips allow direct interaction with state elected officials and create the freedom for discussion on issues that are vital to our members. Join VICA in Sacramento for one of our monthly advocacy trips.

The cost of the trip is $50, which includes lunch and group transportation between the airport and the Capitol. The cost of the flight is not included.

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for VICA members.

Clarity Needed for California's Independent Contractors
VICA remains concerned with the legal definition of independent contractors in California under AB 5. In 2019, the Legislature sensibly realized that these new rules don't work for specific industries and provided certain exemptions. However, many other small businesses and non-profits are left out in the cold, uncertain if individuals traditionally considered to be independent contractors must now be considered employees.

While AB 5 does allow proper contracting between companies through a business-to-business exemption, VICA has heard from a number of small businesses and non-profits who have chosen to avoid contracting individuals for their services out of fear of being non-compliant with the requirements under AB 5.

Businesses want clarity and equity on this issue. We urge the Legislature to continue negotiating to allow independent contractors to continue to thrive in California.

Westfield Promenade Project Will Bring Jobs, Housing and Open Space to the Valley
VICA continues to strongly support the Westfield Promenade 2035 Project, which will provide much needed housing and generate thousands of jobs for the San Fernando Valley while generating new revenue for the City of Los Angeles. The Westfield Promenade Project team has amended the plan to include a commitment of 15 percent of the initial residential units for affordable, stakeholder and workforce housing, which is first-of-its-kind voluntary action for the Warner Center.

The next public hearing for the Westfield Promenade is scheduled on Thursday, March 26 at the Van Nuys City Hall. VICA will be there to advocate in support of the project and the benefits it will bring to the residents and economy of the San Fernando Valley.
Committee Meetings
Aviation Committee (3/4)
Hosted at Aeroplex / Aerolease
  • Lieutenant Dennis Lau, Officer-in-Charge of Van Nuys Airport Police, presented on improvements to safety and security at Van Nuys Airport.
  • Jonathan Schaefer from LAUSD presented on the North Valley Occupational Center's Aviation Program which provides students with the skills necessary to thrive in the aviation industry.
  • Airport Manager Flora Margheritis provided updates on the state of Van Nuys Airport.
Sports, Entertainment, Tourism and Hospitality Committee (3/5)
  • Anne Wurts, Senior Research Analyst for FilmL.A., presented a report on feature film and television production in Los Angeles in 2018.
  • Nina Crowe, Managing Director for Glendale Arts / Alex Theatre, provided updates on exciting changes coming to Glendale Arts and the Alex Theatre.
  • Nikke Perez (Office of Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel) provided updates from the State Assembly Select Committee on Jobs and Innovation in the San Fernando Valley hearing on the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.
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