January 26, 2018

In This Issue
"Our economy, the sixth largest in the world, depends on mobility, which only a modern  and efficient transportation system provides."

- Governor Jerry Brown at his final State of the State address

VICA Thanks our Renewing Members

Carlsmith Ball
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Cooper Communications
David Gershwin Consulting
El Camino Real Charter High School
High Point Stategies
Los Angeles Mission College
M Advisors
Paris Industrial Parks
Ross B. Hopkins & Associates
San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council
United Way
Valley Community Healthcare

The Week Ahead

Education Committee
Sponsored by Woodbury University
Thurs. Feb 1
8:30 to 10 am
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Sacramento Advocacy Trip
Tues., Feb. 6
All Day
Sacramento, CA
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Labor and Employment Committee
Wed. Feb 7
8:30 to 10 am
Hosted by: Hilton Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
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Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee
Sponsored by Metropolitan Water District
Thurs. Feb 8
Noon - 1:30 pm
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Land Use Committee
Tues. Feb 13
8 to 10 am
Hosted by:  The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
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Government Affairs Committee
Wed. Feb 21
12 to 2 pm
Hosted by: Providence Tarzana Hospital
18321 Clark St., Tarzana
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New Member Breakfast
Fri. Feb 23
8:30 to 10 am
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Newsmaker Connection- AD 45 Forum
Mon. Feb 26
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, Suite 170, Van Nuys
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View VICA's 2018 Event Calendar

Hot Issues 

Last Sa turday, VICA staff attended an AQMD Refinery Committee to address board members regarding a  proposal  to ban Modified Hydrofluoric Acid. This ban could cause two Southern California refineries to cease operations, which would reduce California's gasoline supply by 30 percent and cost thousands of jobs. VICA will continue to work with AQMD staff to find a workable solution.

O n Thursday, VICA's president addressed the City Planning Commission (CPC) in support of
Providence Tarzana's
Reimagined Project. The project would expand the existing facility to help increase critical health care services for the San Fernando Valley. The CPC approved the project with zero opposition and will now be heard at the Los Angeles City Council's PLUM committee.

State of the State
Gov. Jerry Brown, in his 16th and final State of the State address, spoke
about the importance of investment in infrastructure including the California Water Fix and transportation repairs, which VICA strongly supports. 

Higher Education
University of California regents delayed a scheduled vote on a plan to raise annual tuition and fees by $342 next year. The controversial matter will now be decided in May.

Ballot Measures
As millions of dollars from Senate Bill 1 are set to start pouring into city and county coffers, an initiative to repeal the law has nearly gathered the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. If successful, the measure would roll back the hike on taxes and vehicle fees, as well as require a public vote for any such future increase.

Elon Musk's Boring Co. presented its plan to build an underground transportation tunnel through Culver City this week at a city council meeting. The proposed tunnel from Hawthorne to West Los Angeles would contain a high-speed underground transportation system running up to 150 miles per hour.

Home prices in the San Fernando Valley reached an all-time high in 2017, according to a new report from the
Southland Regional Association of Realtors. The median price of all single-family residences sold in the region last year was $643,783.

World Cup
The World Cup may be headed to North America in 2026, and Los Angeles leaders are seeking to ensure the city plays a role in hosting the popular soccer competition.

The U.S.Senate  confirmed Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell as the next head of the central bank, a move likely to provide continuity in U.S. monetary policy with the economy growing now for nine years straight.

VICA Advocates in Sacramento on Housing, Taxes and PAGA
VICA Supports New Effective Dates for Ballot Measures
VICA Commends Approval of Metro's Twenty-Eight by '28 Initiative
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