April 6, 2018

In This Issue
"Do I believe in bipartisanship? Yes, but I like it when we're the majority. There is hope in Congress."

-  U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, VICA's Congressional Luncheon
Retailers Facing Work Rules,
San Fernando Valley Business Journal
April 2

Revive Redevelopment Agencies,
April 2

Community of Business,
San Fernando Valley Business Journal
April 2

VICA Thanks our Renewing Members

Platinum Member

Silver Member


Bronze Member

Aeroplex/Aerolease Group
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Concorde Career College
L.A. Family Housing
Northeast Valley Health Corporation
The Adult Skills Center
Valley Cultural Center


The Week Ahead

VICA After Dark with CA State Treasurer 
John Chiang
Monday, April 9
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Presented by: 
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St.,
Van Nuys
Click  here to RSVP

Joint Land Use- Transportation
Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 10
8 to 10 a.m.
Hosted by: 
The Garland 
4222 Vineland Ave.,
North Hollywood
Click  here to RSVP

International Trade Committee Meeting with Chinese Consul General
Thursday, April 12 
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by: 
Tseng College at
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
Click  here to  RSVP


Save the Date 

Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, April 18
Noon to 2 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170
Van Nuys
Click  here to  RSVP

Victory for Victims
Dignity Health
Saturday, April 21
Click here for the  Flyer

Leaders Forum with Antonio Villaraigosa
Monday, April 23
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr., 
Universal City
Click here to RSVP

Sunday Brunch and Fashion Show
New Directions for Youth
Sunday, April 29
9 to 11 a.m.
Click here for the Flyer

Hot Issues 
The cost of buying a home in the San Fernando Valley hit a new record-high in February, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. A typical Valley homes now cost buyers $700,000. The estimated median price across all of L.A. County was $580,000.

Special Elections
Democrats Luz Rivas, in the northeast Valley, and Jesse Gabriel, in the West Valley, advanced to June 5 runoffs against Republican candidates Ricardo Benitez and Justin Clark in the races to fill two vacancies in the State Assembly. 

L.A. City leaders missed about $28 million in funding that could have been used over the years. As much as half could be used for park and street improvements, while the other funds could go toward programs related to economic development, public safety, affordable housing and social services.

International Trade
China raised import duties on pork, fruit and other products from the U.S. in an escalating tariff dispute that companies worry might depress global commerce. VICA's International Trade Committee will be discussing this on April 12.

Land Use
A planned 24-acre complex by Adler Realty could bring about 1,000 apartments and condos, a 24-story hotel, and a trio of 15-story office buildings to the Warner Center Corporate Park. 

The search for the next superintendent to lead LAUSD moved into high gear this week as the school board started to interview candidates. The process is confidential, and it's not clear that anyone has the inside track.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intends to revoke California's ability to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions. The Justice Department also sued to block a state law that limits the federal government's ability to sell any of the public lands it controls in California. 

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is dropping plans to push ahead with a two-tunnel proposal to revamp the state's water delivery system, opting to pursue a scaled-back version instead.   

United States Representatives Join VICA Members at Congressional Luncheon
VICA members had lunch at The Garland with four of our local Congressional Representatives at VICA's 5th Annual Congressional Luncheon on Wednesday. Members spoke with United States Congressmen Pete Aguilar, Tony Cárdenas, Jimmy Gomez, and Brad Sherman. Our Congressmembers spoke about pressing issues such as international trade, education, immigration, and their hopes for the future of Congress. 

Congressman Sherman
spoke about the impact of federal tax reform for people living in the Valley, noting that "Valley homeowners have their values locked in our homes - they are the main source of their investment." Sherman also discussed international security and nuclear developments,including the importance of monitoring nuclear armament in Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Congressman C árdenas discussed the importance of building connections between local businesses and students, saying that "we need to prepare students for tradesmanship opportunities in order to meet the needs of manufacturing businesses." Cárdenas remarked, "we have some of the best higher education colleges in the UC and CSU system, but we need to reward community colleges and high schools with the same opportunities." He also spoke about the importance of a DACA solution for businesses: "If we tell DACA recipients to go, businesses will suffer. Nine out of ten DACA recipients are working or studying or both. Those are individuals that enhance the American dream." 
Congressman Gomez started by discussing infrastructure, saying that California "needs real dollars for this." He also raised his concerns about the Administration's proposed tariffs. "I'm for fair trade, not no trade. It seems that we are pulling away from important markets. There will be someone who will step in and fill the gaps that we create," he explained.

Finally, Congressman Aguilar wrapped the afternoon by reiterating the importance of reaching a solution on immigration. He expressed his support for a sensible and secure measure that includes members from both sides of the aisle noting that "there are people working together for a solution. We want to extend a hand in politics. Our work is to get something done." Aguilar also raised the issue of natural disasters, saying that "we should not wait until a natural disaster happens to invest in this sector."
Our thanks to Presenting Sponsors Boeing, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Wells Fargo.  


Monday, April 23, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Dr., Universal City

Antonio Villaraigosa
Gubernatorial Candidate
VICA's Leaders Forum offers members the  opportunity  to connect with  political and in dustry leaders in a  setting  that allows for  discussion  and networking. Lunch is included for this event. 

Sponsorships are available. Contact Helene at the VICA office for more  information. 
Spotlight On 
VICA Committee Leadership
Charles Crumpley, Chair of VICA's Labor and Employment Committee and Vice Chair of VICA, is the editor and publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, which delivers business-oriented news and information to employers throughout the Valley area. Ultimately, his goal as publisher is to help create an even stronger sense of community in the Valley.
How is VICA valuable to you and your business?
VICA is absolutely vital to business people throughout the San Fernando Valley area. VICA's terrific staff keeps us very informed of proposed ordinances and statutes that could have an impact on employers, and it gives businesspeople a voice to convey our approval - or disapproval - of those issues.  Also, VICA is a terrific organization for networking; you get to know real leaders throughout our community.
Why should members be involved with your committee?
I hope VICA members seriously consider joining the Labor and Employment Committee. Cities, along with the state and county, constantly come up with proposals that affect the employer-employee relationship. Many of those proposals are well-intentioned but costly and burdensome for employers. Our committee gives employers a chance to express and explain their objections (or approvals). What's more, our committee members are among the most well-informed about coming regulations and rules regarding employment issues.

Labor and Employment Committee meets quarterly and the next meeting is on May 2.
Learn more about VICA Committees by clicking here.
Support the CA Film and TV Production 
Tax Credit

VICA strongly supports the extension of the California Film and Television Tax Credit, which is vital to supporting below-the-line middle class jobs in one of our most important industries. This
tax credit establishes an economic stimulus incentive to movie and television industries to  keep and expand their production within the state. The current California Film and Television Tax Credit, in place since 2015, has been very successful at increasing on-location filming in Los Angeles. According to the California Film Commission as of 2017, on-location film and television production increased direct in-state spending to $3.7 billion, with television bringing in $891 million including $315 million in below-the-line wages, which typically generate longer term employment compared to feature film projects. We urge our Legislature to continue its support of the Film and Television Tax Credit to retain these jobs in California.

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

Join VICA in Sacramento for one of our monthly advocacy trips. Don't miss this opportunity to be heard on how legislation affects your company.

April 17 & June 26

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

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for VICA members. 

Download the flyer here.

Special International Trade Committee Meeting

Zhang Ping
Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles
Thursday, April 12 from Noon - 1:30 P.M.
Tsung College at California State University, Northridge  

Join Chinese Consul General Zhang Ping and VICA's International Trade Committee for a discussion on the US-China trade partnership and California's relationship with China. 
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