May 11, 2018

In This Issue
"We are powering Los Angeles' economy to new heights every year...and we will continue pushing forward as we expand our role on the world stage, and prepare to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028." 

Mayor Eric Garcetti on LA's record-setting 48 million visitors in 2017
California Heads Toward Requiring Solar Panels On All New Houses
May 8

California Regulator OKs Solar Panels Mandate for New Homes
May 9

Calif. One Step Closer to Mandating Solar Panels on New Homes
KNX 1070
May 9

VICA: Solar Mandate Will Burn
May 9

Back to the Future in the Valley
May 10
VICA Thanks our Renewing Members
Silver Member

Silver Member

Pacific Federal
VICA Welcomes our New Members

CVS Health
Leavenworth Endeavors
Primestor Development, Inc.
The Week Ahead

Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, May 16
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Save the Date

Two Day Sacramento Advocacy Trip
Wednesday, May 23 -
Thursday, May 24
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Ambassador Committee
Wednesday, May 30
8:30 to 10 a.m.
VICA Office
16600 Sherman Way, 
Suite 170, Van Nuys
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Hot Issues 
California has regained its position as the world's fifth-largest economy. 

Across the state, the shortage of affordable and accessible housing is restricting growth, inflicting economic and environmental damage, and causing many low-income and middle-class residents to seek opportunities elsewhere. VICA will continue its advocacy for increased housing supply to lower skyrocketing housing costs.

A record-setting pace of tourists visiting Los Angeles attractions injected $22.7 billion into the local economy last year. Experts attribute the increase in travel spending partly to low air fares and VICA-supported investments in Los Angeles-area tourist attractions, such as the opening in 2016 of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Every night, some 43,000 people sleep on the streets of Los Angeles County even as thousands of beds sit empty at taxpayer-funded shelters. An investigation found reports of bedbugs, rats, foul odors, harassment, and lax medical care in many shelters. 

Land Use
A city plan to build an emergency homeless shelter in a Koreatown parking lot is drawing criticism from residents and business owners. VICA expressed concerns about getting community buy-in for these projects, but remains committed to working with leaders to address the homelessness crisis

The six leading candidates for California governor discussed housing, immigration, gas taxes and other issues at a debate ahead of next month's primary. Democrats pledged to stand up to President Donald Trump and provide help to the homeless while Republicans said they'd cut taxes and regulations.  

The Boring Company completed their first tunnel in L.A. It is expected to serve as the proof of concept for the company's vision of a network of tunnels under the city. As strong supporters of investment in transit infrastructure, VICA is excited to see how this new technology is applied.

Uber announced a flying version of its ride-hail service. The service is expected to use small aircraft that can fly four people at a time. Its goal is to launch flight demonstrations in 2020 and commercial trips by 2023. 

Gov. Brown released his final 2018-19 budget proposal for $199.3 billion in total spending. The Legislature must pass a budget by June 15.  

VICA-Supported Bills Move  Forward  in the Legislature

As some important deadlines passed in the California Legislature, VICA continues to amplify the voice of the San Fernando Valley business community. 

VICA has been working for more quality housing and infrastructure for the Valley, encouraging flexibility for employees, lowering taxes for businesses, and maintaining choice in energy consumption, among other issues. In order to address the statewide housing crisis, VICA is advocating in support of bills, like AB 831 and AB 3037, that remove barriers to increased residential construction and ultimately lower housing costs.
VICA is making sure that the Valley's perspective is heard loud and clear in the State Capitol and has already played an instrumental role in defeating some bills that would harm business. These include bills like AB 1759 and AB 1745, which threatened to derail Los Angeles County's transformative transit improvement and expansion plans and would have severely limited mobility options for Californians.

Stay informed by following VICA's Twitter account Follow us on Twitter @VICASFValley for updates and alerts.
Spotlight on 
VICA Committee Leadership 
Lily Lee, Co-Chair of VICA's Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee, is the Public Affairs Manager for  Waste Management in Los Angeles, California. She is responsible for community relations, communications, and external affairs. Her current responsibilities include serving as the company's liaison in communities where it does business; account setup coordination; review of charitable and political contribution requests; municipal contract compliance; local and state ethics compliance. As an aide to former Mayor Tom Bradley, she was introduced to VICA in the course of working with business organizations to engage them in the public decision process.
How is VICA valuable to you or your business?
The majority of VICA's members are Waste Management's customers in the San Fernando Valley. Being active in VICA allows us to stay engaged with our customers. Through its committees' work, VICA is able to submit thoughtful input to legislators at all levels of government as they propose or enact policies and laws that impact businesses in the region.
Why should prospective members consider becoming more involved with the Energy, Environment & Utilities committee?
As the city, county and state move towards establishing a more clean and sustainable climate, VICA considers the business perspective on issues such as water infrastructure, clean and green technology, and environmental regulation. VICA members will find that the issues we discuss at EE&U impact them directly either as business owners, tax payers or utilities customers.
The Energy, Environment & Utilities Committee meets quarterly and  the next meeting is on Aug. 9
Learn more about VICA Committees by clicking here.

VICA Members Meet Jesse Gabriel for 
Business Leaders Breakfast

Candidate for the 45th Assembly District Jesse Gabriel met VICA members to discuss key priorities for the Valley business community as he prepares to represent the district in Sacramento. Our members briefed Gabriel on the housing crisis and solutions that VICA has supported in the past, updated him on transportation projects, and discussed the strength of the Valley's higher education institutes.

Meet L.A. City Administrative Officer 
Richard H. Llewellyn, Jr.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant
21743 Devonshire St., Chatsworth

VICA Members enjoy hosted  drinks and appetizers as they  meet and interact with other  prominent business leaders from the community. 

VICA After Darks are complimentary to VICA members.
 VICA Celebrates New Train-to-Plane Connection in 
the  San Fernando Valley

Years of advocacy by VICA and other Valley groups culminated in the opening of a new Metrolink Antelope Valley Line rail station that will connect travelers with the Hollywood Burbank Airport. VICA President Stuart Waldman was thrilled to join Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Kathyn Barger, Assemblymember Dante Acosta, Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian, Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian, Metro, Metrolink and other officials on Thursday to celebrate the completion of this new station, which will help reduce vehicle trips on the I-5 freeway and roads in the many residential neighborhoods near the airport. Air travelers will be able to seamlessly connect to and from the new station via a free shuttle operated by the Hollywood Burbank Airport. The station will officially open to the public on Monday, May 14.

Guest Post: VICA's Business Advocate Blog

Barbara Oberman,  Barbara C. Oberman Insurance Services, Inc. discusses a new bill which would require employers to provide employees a scheme to set aside up to $260 per month of their paycheck pre-tax to cover the cost of ride sharing, van pools, and transit.
Committee Reports
Transportation (5/8)
Hosted by The Garland
  • Michelle Boehm, Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, presented an update on the high-speed rail's business plan and local infrastructure investments.
  • Tim Mengle, Director of Finance for Metro, presented on Metro's 2019 proposed budget.
  • The Committee recommended to support AB 2548 on commute benefit policies and to oppose AB 3059 on congestion pricing pilot programs.  

Energy, Environment & Utilities  (5/10)
Sponsored by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Mark Pestrella, Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, presented to the committee on the County's proposal to implement a 2.5 cent parcel tax per square foot on property owners which voters can expect to see on the November ballot.
  • The committee recommended to support the Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018, which is a $8.877 bond measure that will be on the November ballot. The committee also recommended to support AB 3170, a bill which exempt water conservation products from sales and use taxes during the last weekend in March; and recommended to oppose SB 623, a bill which would impose a water tax on each customer of a public water system.
  • The committee recommended to support SB 1477, which would develop an incentive program for developers who install low-emission technologies in their new or existing buildings.   
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