August 30, 2019

In This Issue

"Elected leaders need to figure out how to get people into housing, and then, how to elevate their economic status."

Rep. Katie Hill at  VICA's Congressional Luncheon 
Media Mentions

Tariffs, Homeles Top Issues at VICA Congressional Luncheon
August 23
San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Brad Sherman: Democratic Race Could come down to Biden, Warren
August 23

WSP Names New Leadership Team
August 27


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members

Callahan Public Affairs

The Week Ahead

Aviation Committee
Wednesday, September 4
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Aerolease Associates Van Nuys East
7943 Woodley Ave.,
Van Nuys
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Entertainment Committee
Thursday, September 5
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, September 10
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
Studio City
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Healthcare Committee
Thursday, September 12
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St.,
Van Nuys
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Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, September 18
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Penny Lane Centers
15305 Rayen St.,
North Hills
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After Dark with Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
Thursday, September 19
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
The Bel-Air 
662 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles
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Ambassador Committee
Tuesday, September 24
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 

According to an audit released Wednesday by Controller Ron Galperin, L.A.'s top homeless outreach agency failed to meet the goals of its contract with the city of Los Angeles during the last 2 fiscal years.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution to oppose a VICA-supported bill that would allow select cities to participate in a pilot program to allow certain bars to sell alcohol for onsite consumption until 4 a.m. 

High-Risk Fire Zones
On Wednesday, a Los Angeles City Council committee approved a draft ordinance that would give law enforcement the authority to order homeless people out of encampments located in brush areas on high-risk fire days.

LA Music Center
Earlier this week, the 53-year-old plaza at The Music Center in Los Angeles was re-opened after a 20-month, $41 million renovation, which added new features and doubled its capacity for events from 2,500 to 5,000.

Charter Schools
Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced Wednesday they had reached a final deal on the most extensive changes to California's charter school law since it was adopted nearly three decades ago.

EPA Emissions Rollback
On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to abandon federal rules that require the oil and gas industry to install technology that monitors and curbs methane leaks in wells, pipelines and other operational facilities

United States Representatives Meet with VICA Members at Congressional Luncheon
Presenting Sponsor Martin Adams (Los Angeles Department of Water & Power), Rep. Tony Cardenas, Presenting Sponsor Steve Nissen (Comcast NBCUniversal), Rep. Katie Hill, VICA Chair Lisa Gritzner (LG Strategies), Rep. Brad Sherman, Presenting Sponsor Robin Choi (Wells Fargo), and Rep. Jimmy Gomez. 

Last week, four local members of Congress joined VICA at our 6th Annual Congressional Luncheon. Congressmembers Tony Cárdenas, Jimmy Gomez, Katie Hill, and Brad Sherman joined VICA members at  The Garland to discuss issues including new technologies, international trade, healthcare, housing, and their hopes for the future of Congress.
After a networking reception and introductory  remarks by VICA Board Member Robin Choi ( Wells Fargo ), VICA Vice Chair Steve Nissen ( Comcast NBCUniversal ) asked Rep. Katie Hill about her first year in Congress, and priorities including homelessness. Hill pointed to legislation that the House has passed in the last year, including gun control, the Equality Act, and legislation impacting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients. 

Next, Rep. Tony Cardenas was interviewed by VICA First Vice Chair Brad Rosenheim ( Rosenheim and Associates ). Cardenas spoke about the importance of manufacturing to many San Fernando Valley residents, including the impact of tariffs and how tax credits for research and development can be so critical. We need to "make sure that [the US] continues to be the leader in the world when it comes to innovation in healthcare, elections, anything," he said, calling for incentives in the tax code to make sure we can stay ahead.

VICA Board Member and co-sponsor Scott Mills (The Garland) invited Rep. Brad Sherman onto the stage, where they spoke about issues ranging from cryptocurrency to nuclear threats to the 2020 election. Sherman decried the "manifest failure for the last twenty years" which allowed North Korea to develop nuclear weapons and effective delivery methods, and noted the critical importance of effective diplomacy, saying that "the reason we're all sitting here alive today is the nuclear non proliferation treaty."

  VICA Chair Lisa Gritzner ( LG Strategies ) rounded out
the discussion with Rep. Jimmy  Gomez. The two  discussed his leadership role in Future Forum,  which examines student loan debt and other issues facing young Americans. " 'Young' is relative in Congress," Gomez cracked. Gomez also spoke about the challenges of new technology, noting that "coming from California, we're always cognizant of the fact that innovations come out of technology, [so] how do you balance civil liberties with letting companies grow. We've dealt with that with autonomous vehicles."

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  General Manager Martin Adams thanked all our Congressmembers and VICA members for joining us at the event. Our thanks to presenting sponsors Comcast NBCUniversal , Los Angeles Department of Water and Power , and Wells Fargo, and to co-sponsors  The Garland, Los Angeles Daily News, PhRMA, and Wonnacott Strategies
Go to VICA's Facebook page for photos of the event, or click here to read the event report.
A Flurry of Activity in the Legislature
As the Legislature heads into the final two weeks of session, VICA is paying close attention to bills which will impact the San Fernando Valley. Lawmakers and VICA are focused on some big issues, including the independent contractor issue. AB 5 is the bill that would codify the decision but exempt certain industries  that have traditionally relied on an independent contractor model, and it continues to be negotiated in the Legislature. Another major issue is privacy, and making sure that unintended consequences are limited following the hastily-passed California Consumer Privacy Act, which is due to take effect on January 1, 2020.

Other major bills include AB 1066, which would allow striking workers to claim unemployment benefits,  potentially extending strikes even though unemployment benefits are for people involuntarily unemployed. AB 161, a bill that would ban retailers from providing paper receipts, has been amended so that businesses would be required to use non-BPS paper, which is significantly more expensive. AB 1270 is another bill which would hurt small businesses, by essentially providing a private right of action for tax fraud cases. Similarly to ADA and PAGA laws, this would mean that anyone could threaten to sue your business for tax fraud, forcing you to defend yourself even if you haven't done anything wrong.
Finally, VICA continues to push for policies that will help address California's growing housing crisis by supporting bills like SB 330, which would help expedite housing construction by speeding up the permitting process for new developments and capping the amount of public hearings to 5 for new housing projects. VICA-sponsored bill AB 1560, which would help bring more housing along Metro's Orange Line, has made it out of Senate Appropriations and is expected to pass out of the Senate Floor. 

Assemblymember Laura Friedman Inducts Board
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, September 6.
Submit your Nominee to Cathy at
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, September 6, 2019.

Submit your Nominee to Cathy at
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