March 23, 2018

In This Issue
"In Los Angeles, we still have a long way to go with many things, but we are seeing a turning of the page -- a great decade of investment in the physical and human infrastructure of our proud city." 

- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the State of the Global City
Media Highlights
T arzana Hospital's $542 Million Expansion Gets Key Approval 
March 20
Leading California Business Associations Join Cadiz Water Project Support List
March 21
Markets Insider
March 21
March 21
VICA Thanks our Renewing Members

Premier  Partner


Si lver Member

Bronze Member


California Grocers Association
DC Collective
Galpin Motors
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Southern California Association of Governments
Sportsmen's Lodge


VICA Welcomes our New Members
Prime Strategies
Tamaki Consulting


The Week Ahead

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 28
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
Click  here  to RSVP


Save the Date 

Congressional Luncheon
Wednesday, April 4
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.,
North Hollywood
Click here to RSVP

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
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International Trade Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 12 
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Hosted by: 
Tseng College at
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
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Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, April 18
Noon to 2 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way.#170
Van Nuys
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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
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Sunday Brunch and Fashion Show
New Directions for Youth
Sunday, April 29
9 to 11 a.m.
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Hot Issues 
"Woman of the Year"
VICA Member Diana Sanchez ( Van Nuys Airport) was honored by the California Senate as "Woman of the Year" for her service to the San Fernando Valley.

Uber halted autonomous vehicle tests after one of the cars struck and killed a woman in Arizona, in what is likely the first pedestrian fatality involving the technology.

Consumer Privacy 
Facebook is under siege amid revelations that  a data analytics firm secretly harvested personal data from 50 million of its users during the 2016 elections. 

Los Angeles City Councilmembers pledged to build at least 222 units of homeless housing in each of their 15 districts over the next three years, bringing 3,330 supportive housing units to "every corner" of the city by July 2020. 

California's housing problems are spilling across its borders, to cities like Reno, Phoenix, P ortland, Austin, and others that have seen an influx of home buyers from California. Each of these cities faces a growing housing  crisis

Federal Budget
President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure today averting a government shutdown at midnight, acting just hours after saying he was considering a veto.  

State Legislature
Sen. Toni Atkins became the first woman and first LGBT person to lead the California Senate. Atkins takes over as the Legislature faces upcoming budget negotiations and the 2018 elections.  

International Trade
President Trump's call to impose tariffs on Chinese products prompted an outcry for fear of an all-out trade war that could ultimately hurt U.S. consumers, farmers and manufacturers. 

Over 82,000 more people were living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in 2017 than 2016. The biggest growth was in the two Inland counties, where housing is cheaper and home construction is trying to keep up with demand.

VICA Sacramento Advocacy Day
On Tuesday, VICA traveled to Sacramento for our monthly Advocacy Day. President Stuart Waldman, Legislative Affairs Director Elizabeth Hawley and VICA members met with legislators and staff to discuss pending legislation and business policy priorities. 
The VICA delegation met with Senator Richard Pan, as well as with senior staff for Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson, Joel Anderson, Mike McGuire, Jean Fuller, Ted Gaines, and Patricia Bates. They also met with the chief of staff to Assemblymember Blanca Rubio and an advisor to Governor Jerry Brown. The delegation focused on supporting bills that will spur housing development; increase access to financial aid for higher education; and extend film credits for filming in California. VICA also urged legislators to reform labor laws that expose businesses to frivolous litigation, and called for the construction of a tunnel system that will ensure water supply reliability for Southern California.  
Join VICA at our next Sacramento Advocacy Day on April 17! Send VICA your issues by emailing

Monday, April 9, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys

Come meet 
California State Treasurer John Chiang

Attendees enjoy hosted drinks and appetizers as they meet and interact with other prominent business leaders from the community and Treasurer Chiang. VICA After Darks are complimentary to VICA members.
Oppose Hiring Limitations on California Hospitals

VICA opposes Assembly Bill 2759 (Santiago), which would prohibit clinics and health facilities from excluding students enrolled in a community college associate degree prelicensure nursing program from clinical placement slots. This bill would also prohibit clinics and health facilities from rejecting candidates who have completed an associate degree nursing (ADN) program instead of a baccalaureate degree nursing (BSN) program. Research studies show that patients in the care of nurses with a BSN have better outcomes, including lower rates of mortality. Nurses who have a BSN are also more proficient in making diagnoses and evaluating the results of interventions. Shorter lengths of stays, higher patient acuity, and more sophisticated technologies and procedures are increasing the complexity of patient care and placing great demands on nursing competencies. This bill ignores these needs and fails to improve patient care, prevents hospitals from recruiting the best qualified nurses to serve patients, and reverses the recommendations of nursing organizations and researchers that show a direct correlation between nursing education and patient outcomes.

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
Get On Board with the 
Optimized Rail Expansion Plan

VICA strongly supports  Metrolink's Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) Program, which proposes to upgrade the regional rail system by adding tracks, grade separations and upgrading signal systems across the entire regional rail network, so that trains will operate more frequently and reliably.

Metrolink is the only high-speed, long-distance transit service across Southern California. Metrolink trains carry their riders safely on routes parallel to highways that experience chronic congestion. As Southern California's population continues to grow, congestion on area highways is growing as well. The SCORE Program will support the significant transportation needs of the future, including those associated with the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, by ensuring there are viable, safe public transportation alternatives. 

The capital investments included in the SCORE Program will transform regional rail while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing ridership, lowering vehicle miles traveled, and enhancing safety.
Wednesday, May 23 - Thursday, May 24

Visit with your local legislator, and discuss issues of concern for your region. The cost for the trip is $125, which includes the CalChamber Capitol Summit registration, reception, breakfast, lunch and group transportation between the airport and Capitol (if at similar times). The cost of the flight and hotel are not included. 

There is an additional VICA delegation dinner available Wednesday night for $65.

Sacramento Advocacy Trips are reserved for members of VICA only.


Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
See the big picture on national campaigns, presented by strategic consultants

Wednesday, 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Forum focused on trade issues for the California trade/business community.

Wednesday, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
A networking reception for business leaders from all industries statewide

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
A breakfast where industry & government leaders can meet and network

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit wth your local legislator, discuss issues of concern for your region
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