VICA Weekly
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Friday, November 6
VICA continues to fight for the business community and Valley residents as we face uncertain times.
In This Issue
  • Quote of the Week
  • 2020: An Election to Remember
  • Members
  • Member Spotlight
  • Action Alert: S. 2241 TREAT Act
  • Upcoming Events
  • Week Ahead
  • Save the Date
  • Submit Your Suggestions for the 2021 Legislative Priorities!
  • In the News
  • 2020 VICA Foundation Scholarships
  • Committee Meeting Recaps
"We are on the path to recovery. It is going to be a long road, and probably a long and winding road, but we are on the path."
Charles Dougherty, Wells Fargo Securities
Economic Forecast Breakfast - VICA Business Forecast Conference
2020: An Election to Remember
Over the last few weeks, voters mailed in their ballots and headed to the polls for early voting, but Tuesday marked the culmination of months of work by VICA. VICA's Board vetted every measure on this year's ballot, considering how each proposition would impact the business community and our economy. VICA took positions on fourteen state and local measures, and voters have agreed with VICA on majority of the most pressing ones. It appears we have ended with a 79% success rate based on current results.

VICA is proud that our advocacy proved successful on the following ballot measures:

  • Proposition 17 | Voting Rights Restoration Amendment - PASSED: Prop 17 will restore voting rights to individuals who are on parole after serving their sentence in prison.

  • Proposition 21 | Local Rent Control Initiative - FAILED: Prop 21 would have expanded local authority to enact rent control, freezing new housing supply and driving up rent.

  • Proposition 22 | App-Based Drivers as Contractors - PASSED: Prop 22 will save hundreds of thousands of jobs by reclassifying app-based drivers as independent contractors.

  • Proposition 23 | Dialysis Clinic Standards - FAILED: Prop 23 would have raised the cost of dialysis treatment by adding burdensome requirements for clinics.

  • Measure RR | LAUSD Bond Measure - PASSED: Measure RR will authorize general obligation bonds to fund much needed school facility construction and upgrades.

While VICA celebrates our current 79% success rate, we are disappointed with the outcomes for the following ballot measures:

  • Proposition 16 | Affirmative Action Amendment - FAILED: Prop 16 would have allowed race, gender, and ethnicity to be factors in admission and hiring decisions, creating a more diverse workforce in the future.

  • Proposition 24 | Consumer Personal Information Initiative - PASSED: Prop 24 will expand already confusing California Consumer Privacy Act and remove the ability for businesses to remedy violations.

  • Proposition 25 | Replacing Cash Bail - FAILED: Prop 25 would have replaced the discriminator pre-trial cash bail system with a risk assessment system.

Some ballot measures have not been officially called yet. The following ballot measures seem to be heading towards success for VICA:

  • Proposition 14 | Medical Research Bonds - PASS

  • Proposition 15 | Split Roll Ballot Measure - FAIL

  • Proposition 19 | Home Protection Act - PASS

  • Burbank Measure RC | Just Cause Evictions and Rent - FAIL

  • Calabasas Measure C | Cannabis Business Tax - PASS

  • San Fernando Measure SF | Sales Tax Revenues - PASS
If you missed VICA's 2020 Business Forecast Conference, please click on the image below to read and download our Post-Event Report or to see the panel videos on the VICA YouTube page.
Members
VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members
Bronze Member:
Member Spotlight
Tim Gaspar - Gaspar Insurance Services
Tim Gaspar is the proud owner and principal at Gaspar Insurance Services. A lifelong entrepreneur, Tim started his first business in high school and ran a number of businesses while attending California State University, Northridge. Tim worked with Marsh & Co., an independent insurance agency in Encino, where he worked as a producer offering personal and commercial insurance and risk consulting. In February 2008, Tim purchased his book of clients from the Encino agency and founded Gaspar Insurance Services, Inc. As of 2020 Gaspar Insurance Services has over 60 team members and is one of the largest independent insurance firms in both Los Angeles City and the San Fernando Valley (as ranked by the LA and SFV business journals). Additionally, Gaspar Insurance was ranked by Inc. magazine as of the fastest-growing companies in America in 2020, 2019, and 2017. Committed to his community, Tim supports a number of non-profit organizations focused on youth and public safety and serves on a number of boards including the Discovery Cube Los Angeles and West Valley YMCA. My wife Christina loves game shows and contests and I get to enjoy her spoils. We won Celebrity Name Game on KTLA in 2016, took a trip to Jamaica courtesy of KIIS FM, have been to more free concerts than I can remember and the coup de grais is when we won a pallet of Peeps candy and we don’t even like Peeps.

When asked a few questions about VICA and his experiences he shared these thoughts with us:

Tell us about your experience with VICA, how has VICA been valuable for you? 
VICA has been awesome. VICA obviously serves as a great way to connect with local business people and to stay up on legislative action at the city, state and national level. It’s important to have someone in our corner when these laws are being drawn up.

If you were to tell a peer or friend about VICA, what would be your sales pitch? 
If you want to support the people that are advocating for our business community it’s a must. You can’t complain about the laws passed in Sacramento if they hurt your business if you aren’t trying to do something about it.

What is your favorite experience or memory with VICA?
When COVID first hit the City of Los Angeles came up quite a few laws that would have made doing business in Los Angeles during a pandemic that much harder dictating who could be laid off and when. VICA was very quick to mount an opposition against these laws and speak up for business owners. I definitely saw the value of VICA during this process.

How has your company made commitments or adjustments to support employees and/or the community during the COVID-19 pandemic? 
First and foremost we want to ensure our employees are safe. 80% of our team is working from home through at least January 1st. As a company we are doing everything we can to support local businesses by getting takeout food, connect clients to each other and keep our customers informed in important COVID related insurance issues.
Action Alert
Action Alert: S. 4421 TREAT Act
VICA strongly supports S. 4421 (Murphy), the Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment (TREAT) Act, which will provide temporary licensing reciprocity across state lines to medical practitioners. It is crucial to ensure that our health system is capable of handling national emergencies both now and in the future.

The COVID-19 Public Health Crisis has demonstrated that access to health care services is crucial to the welfare and economy of our nation. The TREAT Act would allow healthcare professionals to bypass lengthy license requests while still adhering to safety measures. In doing so, the TREAT Act expands possibilities for treatment and provides important flexibility to accessing safe and timely health care in national emergencies.

During our current crisis, economic activity has been limited by public health authorities and other government officials to flatten the curve of infections and hospitalizations. Maximizing efficiency of health care resources is vital to reopening the economy. By enabling health care workers to work across state lines during national crises, the TREAT Act will ensure that health care personnel can be readily mobilized to respond to dynamic and evolving situations.

The United States faces an unprecedented path forward from the COVID-19 crisis and allowing temporary licensing reciprocity for health care professionals will not only play an important role in our current recovery but will also help prepare us for future crises. 
Upcoming Events
The Week Ahead
Transportation Committee Meeting
Sponsored by The Garland
Tuesday, November 10th
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
2020 State Officeholders Dinner - Home Edition
Thursday, November 12th
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Online Video Conference
Save The Date
International Trade Committee Meeting
Monday, November 16th
12 to 1:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference

New Member Orientation
Wednesday, November 18th
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference

First Sip with VICA
Friday, November 20th
9 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
2021 Legislative Priorities
Submit Your Suggestions for VICA's 2021 Legislative Priorities!
As we move towards the end of the year, VICA is preparing its Legislative Priorities for 2021. This member-driven process depends on our members to suggest key issues on which VICA should advocate over the next year.

We need to hear from you and your ideas for practical changes VICA can advocate for, which would help businesses recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 and thrive in Los Angeles.

Don't miss this chance to submit your suggestions for VICA's 2021 Legislative Priorities! Please send your ideas by Tuesday, November 10.

For more information, email armando@vica.com.
Hot News
COVID-19
Los Angeles County recorded the highest daily COVID-19 case numbers since July, while the U.S. passed a milestone of over 100,000 COVID-19 cases per day.

Education
Los Angeles public schools are unlikely to reopen until January 2021 due to high COVID-19 rates, says LAUSD Board of Education President Richard Vladovic.

Weather
After a hot September and October that contributed to one of the worst wildfire seasons in history, L.A. could see the first rain of the season this weekend as temperatures cool down.

Homelessness
The Los Angeles City Council postponed voting on a proposal that would allow the removal of homeless encampments in the City without the condition of offering shelter to the unhoused.
Board of Supervisors
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has made history this week. For the first time in over 150 years since the Board's inception, the Board of Supervisors will consist entirely of women.

California Wildfires
The California Department of Insurance has issued a one-year moratorium on canceling or not renewing homeowners insurance in wildfire-stricken areas.

Economy
U.S. employers added 638,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate has dropped from 7.9% in September to 6.9% in October, signaling a slow, but sure, recovery after the pandemic.

Reopening
It may be until 2022 before the United States feels a sense of normality, says Dr. Anthony Fauci amid a resurgence in cases.
Media Mentions
SFVBJ | November 4
Leading National and State Advocacy Groups, Ben & Jerry's, and the Sacramento Bee Endorse Proposition 17
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | October 15
2021 Government Handbook
VICA Foundation Scholarships
2020 VICA Foundation Scholarships
Each year, the VICA Foundation offers scholarships to outstanding local students with a demonstrated interest in business. We strongly encourage our member schools to share this opportunity with their students.

For more information and to apply: VICA.COM/SCHOLARSHIPS
Application Deadline: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Marvin R. Seltzer Memorial Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student attending a VICA member university or college
Melvyn A. Kohn Memorial Scholarship
A $500 scholarship to a student attending a VICA-member high school or primary education institution.
Ricky M. Gelb Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship for a full time undergraduate student attending CSUN, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, or Los Angeles Valley College.
Committee Meeting Recaps
Labor & Employment Committee (11/4)
Sponsored by Sun Hill Properties/Hilton Universal City

  • David Jones pf Lewitt Hackman provided updates on new labor and employment laws in California, including what the new laws do and the effects that they will have on businesses.
  • Justin Grooms, CEO of Chariot Consulting, presented on mitigating employment risks during the COVID-19 crisis, and explained how to navigate the complex labor requirements surrounding the pandemic.
Education Committee (11/5)

  • Glenn Gritzner of Mercury Public Affairs explained the impacts the results of the local, state, and national elections will have on education.
  • Committee Chair Marilyn Koziatek of Granada Hills Charter School presented updates on distance learning for K-12 in Los Angeles County and mentioned when some students may be able to return to school.
  • Provost Mary Beth Walker of California State University, Northridge presented on COVID-19 impacts of higher education and provided status updates on enrollment and graduation rates.
  • Elsa Jacobsen, Director of Public Policy at Child360, and Patrick MacFarlane, Government Relations Manager of the Child Care Resource Center, presented on the impacts of COVID-19 and distance learning on early childhood education.
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