VICA Weekly
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Friday, March 26
In This Issue
  • Quote of the Week
  • Canoga Park Improvements
  • Members
  • VICA Advocacy
  • Job Opportunities
  • Upcoming Events
  • Hot News
  • Member Spotlight
  • Member Messages
"There is not just a light at the end of the tunnel; there's a bright light at the end of the tunnel."
Governor Gavin Newsom
Discussing the Expansion of Vaccine Eligibility to All Californians 16+
Canoga Park Improvements Approved
This week, the "Connecting Canoga Park Through Safety and Urban Cooling" project funding was approved by the California Transportation Commission, chaired by VICA member Hilary Norton. This project is the largest Active Transportation Program (ATP) in history, with a $30.7 million grant from state and federal funds, paired with a $7.9 million local match and will fund improvements in the San Fernando Valley.

"Connecting Canoga Park Through Safety and Urban Cooling" will fund improvements to make it safe and convenient to walk, bike, and take transit in Canoga Park. More specifically, the funding will go to building new sidewalks, opening new bike lanes, and making improvements to transit stops, the project will also include elements, such as trees and cool pavement, that would provide environmental benefits while improving the Valley.

This will be transformational for Canoga Park, and the San Fernando Valley thanks Councilmember Bob Blumenfield for facilitating the community outreach and planning for this great project.
Members
VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members
Platinum Member:
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (1985)
  • International School of Los Angeles (2018)
VICA Welcomes Our New Members
  • Alder Law
  • Zapanta Alder Law
VICA Advocacy
Voicing Support for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor
This week, VICA made comments at the Metro Board Meeting in support of the Metro Sepulveda Transit Corridor project (STC). VICA wants to ensure that Metro considers an alignment that provides equity and fair levels of investment between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.

The STC project is exciting for the Valley and all Angelenos, and we want to make sure it is built right. While VICA does not currently have a preference for the alignment or technology for the STC project, we are working to ensure that the Valley does not get shortchanged and that any alignment Metro moves forward will include an on-campus station at UCLA. VICA looks forward to continuing our work with Metro as this project moves forward.
Supporting Senate Bill 9, A Step Toward Addressing the Housing Crisis
VICA supports Senate Bill 9 (Atkins) if amended, because it would require that qualified applications to a local government seeking to create a duplex or subdivide an existing residential parcel be approved ministerially without discretionary review.

California continues to face a major housing and homelessness crisis, and SB 9 would be a positive step towards addressing this problem by streamlining the process of approving the construction of duplexes or urban split lots. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, a policy like SB 9 could lead to roughly 800,000 additional homes to be built in existing single family neighborhoods. Still, while VICA is supportive of SB 9's main provision and intent, we request that the author consider revising the bill, as there is confusion regarding the language and equal size lot provisions.

VICA urges you to make your voice heard and tell the legislature to amend and approve SB 9.
Upcoming Events
Monday, April 5th at 10 a.m.
At this special redistricting-focused Newsmaker Connection featuring Redistricting Commissioner Derric Taylor, we will discuss the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, protecting the San Fernando Valley as a community of interest and how the business community can influence the commission's decision making process.
Join VICA for a special Newsmaker Connection

with
Commissioner Derric Taylor
Currently an Investigator with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Taylor has served California communities for over twenty-five years. As an Investigator, Mr. Taylor ensures that investigations are completed in a just and equitable manner in a wide variety of categories ranging from assaults to computer crimes. Mr. Taylor received his B.A. in Accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a master’s degree in Crime, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Taylor is an active volunteer in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas, serving as a mentor and coach among other duties. Mr. Taylor is registered with the Republican Party.
This event offers attendees the freedom to ask questions and receive immediate responses from community leaders.
The event is free for VICA members. Non-members interested in attending, please contact Shauna at Shuana@vica.com.
Save the Date
VICA Newsmaker Connection California Citizens Redistricting Commission - Exploring Legislative and Congressional Redistricting
Monday, April 5
10 to 11:15 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Not-For-Profit Committee
Thursday, April 8
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Land Use Committee
Tuesday, April 13
8 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
VICA Advocacy Day
Wednesday, April 14
Online Video Conference
Limited Spots Available!
VICA After Dark with Senator Portantino
Wednesday, April 14
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
First Sip with VICA
Friday, April 16
9 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Aviation Committee
Tuesday, April 20
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Online Video Conference
Government Affairs Committee
Wednesday, April 21
9 to 11 a.m.
Online Video Conference
Hot News
Vaccines
California has announced a dramatic expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, allowing residents age 50+ on April 1 and residents age 16+ on April 15

Attorney General
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, an advocate for justice reform, will be California's next Attorney General, the first Filipino American to hold this office.

Homelessness
LA's Echo Park Lake area filled with protestors this week who opposed the City's plans to close the park for repairs and move a homeless encampment.
Employment
California added 141,000 jobs in February, a reflection of loosening restrictions on businesses, more vaccines, and a slow but sure economic recovery.

School Reopening
Based on ongoing survey results, parents of fewer than 1 in 3 students are ready to send their students back to LAUSD campuses.

Federal Relief
California could receive $151 billion in new federal aid from the economic relief plan, adding to an estimated $43 billion that CA has not yet spent from 2020 aid packages.
Member Spotlight
MUST BE A CURRENT VICA MEMBER TO BE FEATURED!

> Please share a brief biography and a fun fact about yourself that people would love to learn, ie: you love skydiving, you have run a marathon, you started your own business at a young age, etc. (2-3 sentences) 

> Tell us about your belief in VICA, how has VICA been most valuable for you? 

> If you were to share an experience with someone about VICA, what would that be? 
 
> Share with us what you believe to be the greatest accomplishment VICA has achieved?

> What was your organizations and/or your greatest accomplishment in 2020?

> Can you share what VICA has meant for you and your business during COVID?

Send responses and headshot to Shauna Carter
shauna@vica.com
Member Messages
Member Messages
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