June 12, 2020

VICA continues to fight for the  business community and Valley residents as we face uncertain times.
In This Issue

"I believe that housing construction could be a very important part of the State's recovery. We could create good jobs and more affordable housing."

- State Senator Maria Elena Durazo at VICA's Land Use Committee Meeting.

Media Mentions

Workers' Comp Worries Valley
June 8

L.A. County Approves Grants, Other Support for Businesses Reopening
June 9

L.A. County Wants to Give $3,000 Each to Small Businesses Coming Back From Coronavirus  
Los Angeles Daily News
June 9

Supervisors Approve Grants, Other Support for Businesses Reopening
San Fernando Sun
June 10

Din Tai Fung Closes Original Location in Arcadia
June 12

San Fernando Sun

VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 


The Buckley School

Daar and Newman

Dolphin Group

Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling

Welcome Our New Member

The Week Ahead

Aviation Committee
Sponsored by  Aeroplex/Aerolease
Monday, June 15
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
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Government Affairs Committee
Sponsored by  Dolphin Group and  Rodriguez Strategies
Wednesday, June 17
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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VICA University - CJAC COVID-19 Legal Developments
Thursday, June 18
10 to 11:15 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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VICA After Dark
Thursday, June 18

First Sip With VICA -
Virtual Networking
Friday, June 19
9 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Save the Date

Newsmaker Connection
with L.A. Rams CEO
Kevin Demoff
Sponsored by State Farm
Tuesday, June 23
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
Click here to RSVP

Not-For-Profit Committee
Sponsored by Pacific Federal
Thursday, July 9
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Hot Issues 

L.A. County Reopening
Starting today, June 12, Los Angeles County enters Phase 3, further loosening its Safer-at-Home restrictions to allow gyms, sports arenas, day camps, museums, film and TV production, camp grounds, and hotels to reopen under certain limitations.

California job loss continues to rise for a second week, with 258,000 Californians filing unemployment claims on the week ending on June 6. In contrast, the rate of new unemployment claims on the national level decreased slightly that same week.

In May, Los Angeles and Orange Counties saw a 4.2 percent increase in grocery prices, the fastest percentage increase since 2011. Other regional inflation indicators remained steady, with the cost of living rising at a 0.9 percent annual rate and overall L.A.-O.C. inflation averaging at 2 percent for 2020 so far.

According to the annual point-in-time count conducted in January, the population experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County increased by 13 percent, and a 14 percent increase within the City of Los Angeles.

Following a deal struck in April, California will begin receiving a shipment of 150 million N95 masks from BYD after the automaker received federal approval on Monday. Governor Newsom said that this provides California a reliable source of PPE for essential workers.

Metro's Recovery Task Force released its first set of recommendations on how to guarantee safe ridership and mobility as many businesses begin to reopen. The recommendations include, but are not limited to, surveying ridership needs and experiencing, introducing new cleaning practices in transit system, and a contactless payment system via the Transit app. 

Disney announced the dates for gradual reopening of Disneyland in July. Downtown Disney is expected to open on July 9, and the California Adventure and Disneyland parks are reopening on July 17. Beginning on Thursday, June 11, Universal City Walk has reopened on a limited basis.

With music, film and TV production set to restart today, Los Angeles County released guidelines on how production companies can keep their employees safe, including regular testing, digital scripts and physical distancing.

VICA Brings Business Concerns to Elected Officials in Virtual Advocacy Day
VICA delegation speaks with State Treasurer Fiona Ma

On Wednesday, VICA members had the opportunity to discuss California's most pressing issues with elected officials in another successful Virtual Sacramento Advocacy Day. The VICA delegation met and spoke with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, State Treasurer Fiona Ma, Assemblymembers Laura Friedman and Tom Lackey. VICA also spoke with Senator Scott Wiener, and staff of Senators Toni Atkins, Ben Allen, Connie Leyva, and Jim Nielsen; and staff of Assemblymembers Phillip Chen, Kansen Chu and Luz Rivas.
VICA meets with Senator Scott Wiener

VICA discussed a variety of topics with elected officials with a focus on balancing the COVID-19 response and efforts to safely reopen California for business. Topics included addressing the housing shortage by streamlining approval of high density projects and supporting a centralized Governor's Office to End Homelessness. VICA also spoke on the need for flexible work schedules for employees during this emergency period and relief for freelance workers affected by both recent independent contractor legislation and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to all State Elected Officials, Assemblymembers, Senators and Staffers for discussing these topics with VICA and for listening to the concerns of the business community.

10 to 11:15 a.m.
via Zoom Video Conference

COVID-19 Legal Developments

VICA invites you to join Civil Justice Association of California and VICA as we co-host this legal update for employers on new COVID-19 California and federal workplace laws.

Approved for 1.25 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

VICA Holds Newsmaker Connection Event with Congressman Brad Sherman

On Tuesday, VICA held a Newsmaker Connection event with guest speaker U.S. Representative Brad Sherman. Congressman Sherman began by reflecting on current events and issues. "If you ever needed to see a stress test on the strength of our society," Sherman said, "now is that time." Despite the impact of all current crises, he expressed the need for Congress to continue its work in addressing all issues. 

On the Paycheck Protection Program, Sherman celebrated the approval of much-needed expansions to the program to provide relief to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Congressman Sherman was glad to say that "it is now easier to turn a PPP loan into a grant" due to new requirements and greater benefits for struggling businesses. He spoke briefly on negotiations over a second CARES Act, although the fate of that bill is currently uncertain.

Although the country is going through challenging times, Congressman Sherman ended with a reassuring note. Sherman said that despite Congress being "at its most deadlocked, we also passed our biggest legislation," referring to the CARES Act.

Thank you to State Farm for sponsoring this Newsmaker Connection event.

9 to 10 a.m.
Bring Your Own Coffee
Meet new leaders and business community members for virtual small group breakout sessions with no set program. You will have the opportunity to exchange information, catch up and network with other professionals.



Countywide Fee Caps for Food Delivery Apps Would Impact Restaurants and Their Customers
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved forward with considering a countywide ordinance which would place a cap on commission and delivery fees that third-party food delivery companies can charge. VICA provided comments during the Board of Supervisors meeting, raising concerns that placing a cap on fees would increase consumer prices and harm both restaurants and customers at a time when they can least afford it. VICA urged the Board of Supervisors that if they plan to move forward with drafting an ordinance, it should follow the similar City of Los Angeles' ordinance in order to avoid confusion for restaurants operating in different jurisdictions. VICA will work closely with the Board of Supervisors to ensure restaurants are given the flexibility of opting-in to the fee caps.

Support Legislation to Make Water Board Decisions More Transparent
VICA supports Assembly Bill  2560  ( Quirk ),  which would  require the State Water Resources Board to  publicly distribute information when it is creating or revising  notification or r esponse  levels.  Recently, when the notification and response levels for drinking water contaminated with the chemicals PFOA and PFOS, several water agencies in Orange County had no choice but to shut down their wells and invest heavily on treating their wellheads.  Making technical information and scientific findings from the State Water Resources Board more publicly available makes the Board's decision-making process more transparent and helps stakeholders understand the reasoning behind new notification or  re sponse   levels. Advanced notification would also  help municipal water districts prepare a reliable back-up water supply and ensure future  shut-offs  wi ll not negatively impact residents' access to safe drinking water.  

Committee Meetings
Land Use (6/9)
Sponsored by The Garland
  • Committee members discussed the impact of City and County restrictions on project developments, business and operations.
  • Senator Maria Elena Durazo provided updates on the California State Senate's Housing Package.
  • The Committee recommended to support SB 995 (Atkins): Environmental Leadership: Housing Projects.
  • The Committee recommended to support SB 1085 (Skinner): Density Bonus Law: Moderate-Income Housing.
  • The Committee recommended to support the concept of SB 1120 (Atkins): Subdivisions: Tentative Maps, and to work with the author on clarifying details.
  • The Committee recommended to support SB 1410 (Caballero): COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance Program.
Healthcare (6/11)
Sponsored by Mission Community Hospital
  • Philip Tagari (Amgen) presented on the biotech industry's progress in developing vaccines and medicine for COVID-19.
  • Dr. Marc Hoffman, Physician at Kaiser Permanente, presented on the preparedness of their hospitals to meet the possibility of a second COVID-19 surge.
  • Committee members discussed the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Three-year plan for fiscal years 2020-21 and 2022-23.
  • The Committee recommended to oppose SB 2537 (F. Rodriguez): Personal Protective Equipment: Healthcare Employees.

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